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Upcoming Films

Contemporary Color

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A series of mesmerizing spectacles … visually astonishing … an entirely original blend of psychedelic experiences with a realistic window into American life.” –IndieWire

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. Recruiting performers that include the likes of Saint Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada, former Santa Feans Bill and Turner Ross have crafted a beautifully filmed snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live event. (U.S., 2016, 107m, Oscilloscope)

Starts March 31

Happy Hour

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Commands respect through the audacity of its conception and scale, and it earns affection through its humane attentiveness.” –Reverse Shot

Four friends, who have long confided in one another, are taken aback when one confesses that she is seeking a divorce from her husband. To make up with each other and dispel any bitter feelings, the group then leaves on a trip to the Arima hot spring resort where the unhappy wife vanishes, starting a chain of unexpected events in the remaining women’s lives. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s intimate epic, a winner of major awards at Locarno, Singapore and multiple other film festivals, is an immerse, deeply moving and literary work of cinema art, joining long-form classics like YI YI, DEKALOG and BEST OF YOUTH. Shown in three parts. (Japan, 2016, 317m, KimStim, digital)

11a-5p April 8-9

I Called Him Morgan

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***** … the greatest jazz documentary since Let’s Get Lost, it’s a documentary-as-jazz. Spellbinding, mercurial, hallucinatory, exuberant, tragic.” –Guardian

As a teenager, the prodigiously talented Lee Morgan playing with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He was a featured artist on John Coltrane’s legendary Blue Train, and he record 25 albums for Blue Note Records. But Morgan was haunted by addiction, and on a snowy night in February 1972 he was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The memory of the event still haunts their friends and the entire jazz community. Kasper Collin’s remarkable expose-poem—a compassionate murder mystery—offers a love letter to two unforgettable personalities, the music that brought them together, and the shared pain that led to tragedy. (Sweden, 2016, 90m, FilmRise)

Starts April 7

Donald Cried

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Hilariously unsettling … a psychological thriller stuffed into the mold of a boisterous R-rated comedy” –IndieWire

Kris Avedisian’s darkly funny story starts when former childhood best friends reconnect decades later. Peter (Jesse Wakeman) left his Rhode Island home to reinvent himself; Donald (Avedisian) hasn't grown up one bit. Together, they take an increasingly unhinged ride into their past, in one of the funniest, weirdest buddy movies in memory. (U.S., 2016, 85m)

Starts April 14

Frantz

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Winner, Venice Film Festival; 11 nominations, Cesar Awards

Astonishingly beautiful and inquisitive. it’s impossible to deny the sheer narrative sophistication.” –Indiewire

In the aftermath of World War 1, as the German Anna (the 21-year-old Paula Beer) mourns her fiance, a French stranger appears, placing flowers on his grave. Adrien, a handsome, melancholy man, also is filled with deep grief. Their intensifying friendship becomes the subject of gossip throughout the small German city. Surprising, passionate and timeless (and gorgeous—it won the Best Cinematography Cesar), Francois Ozon’s film explores the power of love and loss. (France, 2016, 114m)

Starts April 14