“A fittingly devotional tribute … there’s no denying that the swami’s original American disciples all seem to possess a palpable inner glow.” –LA Times
In 1965, with America in turmoil, an unassuming 70-year-old Swami arrives in New York from India, carrying only the ancient scriptures he has translated, and his faith in his teacher’s request: “to offer spiritual wisdom to the people of the world!” Soon, he has become a core figure in a generation’s revolution of consciousness, which he believes he can accelerate through the repeated chanting of a 16-word mantra. After George Harrison’s song My Sweet Lord becomes a hit, the Hare Krishnas go mainstream … and are soon accused of being a cult. Directors John and Jean Griesser introduce us the Swami who started it all. (U.S., 2017, 90m)
Starts July 28
“The most accessible movie Jodorowsky has ever made, and it may also be the best. It's Felliniesque and moving … Dotted with his trademark phantasmagorical conceits, which are like candified bursts of comic-book magic realism, it’s also a work of disciplined and touching emotional resonance.” –Variety
The 88-year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky, who launched the midnight movie with films including EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, returns with a vivid, surreal, extraordinarily rich and often psychadelic tale of the years he spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940s, from leaving home, against the wishes of his authoritarian father, to an immersion into the explosive avant garde of Santiago. ENDLESS POETRY is a celebration of the quest for beauty and inner truth created by a man who has dedicated is existence to creating spiritual and artistic awareness. (Chile, 2016, 128m, ABKO Releasing)
Starts July 28
Preceded by a live musical sampling and introduction by Brahna Wilczynski
This inspiring account of one nation’s dramatic rebirth shares how, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence. Unlike other occupied nations of the USSR, Estonia avoided violence and bloodshed during its struggle for freedom. “The young people, without any political party, and without any politicians, just came together … not only tens of thousands but hundreds of thousands … to gather and to sing and to give this nation a new spirit,” said Mart Laar, a singer who later became first post-Soviet Prime Minister.
4p Saturday 7/29
“One of the five best children’s films ever made.” –Roger Ebert
Upon arriving at a new house, two sisters discover a secret world of fantastical creatures living in the surrounding forest. Drawn from Shinto beliefs about balance, mind-bendingly inventive and filled with humor and majesty, Hayao Miyazaki’s film invokes all of the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world around us. Featuring the voices of Dakota and Elle Fanning and Tim Daly. (Japan, 1988, 86m, DCP, recommended for all ages)
6:45p August 2
“Respectful to opponents but insistent on the data, posits an inconvenient truth for organic boosters to swallow: In a world desperate for safe, sustainable food, G.M.O.s may well be a force for good." –The New York Times
Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Scott Hamilton-Kennedy, this film dives into the polarized debate around GMOs, which has been marked by fear, distrust and confusion. Farmers and scientists from around the world help separates the hype from the science to unravel the debate around food (U.S., 2017, 92m)
7p August 2
“Two terrific French actors square off onscreen … The two fine performances at its heart are more than worth it.” –Hollywood Reporter
Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study from the César-award winning director Martin Provost.
Starts August 4
“A textured, silly, sweet, and deeply felt comedy … an honestly told story about the messiness of human relationships … there isn’t a single moment that doesn’t feel true.. -IndieWire
When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Set in 1990s Manhattan, Gillian Robespierre’s film is a warm, insightful and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies.
Starts August 4
With special guest, author James McGrath Morris
“How can … it not inspire?” - The Denver Post
THE PULITZER AT 100 is an insightful look at Pulitzer, the man and Pulitzer, the prize. The story of the prize is told through first hand accounts of recent winners including journalists Thomas Friedman, David Remnick, Carl Bernstein, and Nicholas Kristoff; authors Robert A. Caro, Michael Chabon, Paula Vogel and Junot Diaz; musicians Wynton Marsalis and John Adams; and photographers John Filo and Nick Ut. Journalism, Throughout, the film shows the courage to get at the truth.
The story of Joseph Pulitzer is told by the award-winning author James McGrath Morris and other experts featured in the film. Following the screening, Mr. Morris will discuss more of Pulitzer’s life and how an immigrant Jew who spoke little English transformed American journalism.
5p, Sunday, August 6
Filmmaker Don Carleton in person
A gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. Barbara expulsion from the cast escalates the incident to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. Now an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano, Conrad looks back on her journey.
4p Monday August 7
“***** … Fascinating and underappreciated … at all times freaky and far-out” –The Guardian
At the height of his avant-garde fame, the visionary poet Michelangelo Antonioni set off to the American Southwest to tell the story of a campus radical (Mark Frechette) who goes on the lam, steals a plane and meets a secretary (Daria Halprin) in Death Valley. A box office disaster upon release, the film is now hailed by The Guardian as a landmark of counterculture cinema, “an adventure with something in common with EASY RIDER and BONNIE AND CLYDE. It was a midwife to the desert reveries of David Lynch, and provided an acid flashback to Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST.” (U.S.-Italy, 1970) 111m)
7p Wednesday August 9
This 45-minute documentary offers a glimpse into the stories of New Mexico artists Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Nina Elder and Tom Miller, capturing their work with printers in the Tamarind Institute workshop, and to their studios or into the landscapes from which they derive inspiration. Directed by Melinda Frame, assisted by Noor-un-Nisa Touchon and UNM Cinematic Arts, and produced by Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts, The University of New Mexico.
6p Thursday August 10
“Gripping … a rousing tale … as intricately put together as the device Elser so painstakingly assembles.” –Telegraph
From the creator of DOWNFALL comes this story of the just-missed plot to kill Hitler. During Hitler's anniversary speech on November 8, 1939, a carpenter named Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects. Just minutes later, a bomb explodes in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller, immediately behind the Führer's lectern, killing eight people. Interrogated, not knowing whether his plot has succeeded or failed, Georg holds off hope that he has derailed the Third Reich … (Germany, 2016)
Starts August 11
“An ebullient chronicle of a Baltimore girls step team’s senior year matches a fascinating, worthy subject with unabashedly joyful filmmaking. It’s a crowdpleasing winner” –Variety
At an inner-city Baltimore high school, in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was killed by police, a group of girls is determined to graduate, and their dedicated teachers are doing all they can to make these dreams happen. And what helps them keep focus? Their dance team, which takes a turn towards social action when a new coach arrives. Amanda Lipitz’s crowd-pleasing, inspiring real-life tale, winner of awards at Sundance, Seattle, Hot Docs and AFI, follows these remarkable young women as they overcome hurdle after hurdle, en route to the regional dance championship. (U.S., 2017, 83m)
Starts August 18