Film Club’s February 2016 Calendar Of Screenings

Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of February 2016.

Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets!  Enjoy!

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BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION

Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:00pm

Sponsored by our local NAACP Chapter & Douglas Alumni Association

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

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HEART OF A DOG

Thursday, February 4th at 7:00pm

Acclaimed musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson presents her meditation on love and death as relates to her dog in this playful, lucid and heartbreaking nonfiction feature. Dedicated to Anderson’s late husband Lou Reed (who floats almost unseen throughout), Heart Of A Dog takes as a jumping off point the recent passing of Anderson’s beloved terrier Lolabelle. Touching on what her love for her dog means to her by processing her childhood, music, and her life as an artist, Anderson draws upon her childhood experiences and political beliefs as she lovingly tries to help Lolabelle’s spirit face the immediate tribulations it will experience immediately after death. Aided by a beautiful use of her own compositions, animation and 8 millimeter film from her family archive, Anderson creates a gorgeous tapestry on love and loss – reminding us that every love story is a ghost story.

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HAIL, CAESAR!

Sunday, February 7th at 3pm

The Coens have entertained audiences for years with their films, dense gifts to cinema that slyly wrap comedy in whichever genre they choose to inhabit at that time. HAIL, CAESAR! looks to bring the laughter back to the forefront, a film that tips its hat to the golden age of cinema while its clueless characters try to make sense of the caper they’ve unwittingly become involved in. Actors line up to work with the Coen Brothers and HAIL, CAESAR! is no different, boasting an A-list cast of current Hollywood’s heavy hitters. Their track record speaks for itself and this film hopes to reach the lofty expectations of any film attached to these auteurs. We can’t wait to see the results.

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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00pm

Sponsored by our local NAACP Chapter & Douglas Alumni Association

On a summer night in Sparta Mississippi, an upstanding citizen is found murdered. In the course of the round-up a black man (Sidney Poitier), waiting for a train at the station, is picked up by the police. The cops have all but pinned the crime on him when it turns out that he is a Philadelphia homicide detective passing through town on a family visit. The police chief (Rod Steiger) is forced to reluctantly ask for his help in the investigation, and that’s where the trouble really begins. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is a fantastic, tense, entertaining movie full of great performances, music and camerawork. It’s also fascinating from a film-historical standpoint because it provides the bridge between the social issue films of Stanley Kramer (think THE DEFIANT ONES and ON THE BEACH) and the odder, more European inflected, Hollywood auteur movies of the 70s. While the film was produced by the powerful mogul Walter Mirisch, the cast and crew list are filled with names who would later form an honor roll of the New Hollywood: editor Hal Ashby, Cinematographer Haskell Wexler, composer Quincy Jones, and actors Warren Oates and Lee Grant among them.

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Monday, February 15th at 7:00pm

Sponsored by our local NAACP Chapter & Douglas Alumni Association

A documentary about the soul of American music. The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends from Stax records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to stars and artists of today.

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2016 OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS

Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00pm

AVE MARIA – dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes

The silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns living in the West Bank wilderness is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down right outside the convent just as the Sabbath comes into effect.

SHOK (FRIEND) – dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21 minutes

The friendship of two boys is tested to its limits as they battle for survival during the Kosovo war.

EVERYTHING WILL BE OK (ALLES WIRD GUT) – dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30 minutes

A divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can‘t help feeling that something isn’t right. So begins a fateful journey.

STUTTERER – dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12 minutes

Apart from his ageing father, Greenwood has only one connection to the external world in the form of an online relationship. Every night, often for hours at a time, he exchanges messages with Ellie. On the eve of their six-month anniversary, Ellie messages Greenwood and tells him that she has travelled to London to surprise him. She asks if he would like to take things “offline” and meet in person for the first time. The image above is taken from the moment just after Greenwood gets that earth shattering
message and is suddenly facing a daunting proposition with everything at stake.

DAY ONE – dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25 minutes

Inspired by a true story, DAY ONE depicts a new translator’s first day accompanying a US Army unit as it searches for a local terrorist. As she quickly discovers, her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging
in the balance.

2016 OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS

Saturday, February 20th at 11am

SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM – dir. Sanjay Patel, USA, 7 minutes

In SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

WORLD OF TOMORROW – dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 minutes

A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

HISTORIA DE UN OSO (BEAR STORY) – dir. Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11 minutes

An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.

WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THE COSMOS – dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 minutes

Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality.
But this story is not only about the dream.

IF I WAS GOD – (additional film)

TAKING FLIGHT – (additional film)

THE SHORT STORY OF A DOG AND A MOUSE – (additional film)

THE LONLIEST SPOTLIGHT – (additional film)

CATCH IT – (additional film)

PROLOUGE – dir. Richard Williams, UK, 6 minutes

Clocking in at six minutes, “Prologue” describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation entirely animated by Richard Williams himself. Williams – who is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, his unfinished feature “The Thief and the Cobbler” and Academy Award-winning “A Christmas Carol “adaptation – has worked
on the film for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, U.K.

 

CHI-RAQ

Sunday, February 21st at 3:00pm

Sponsored by our local NAACP Chapter & Douglas Alumni Association

Director Spike Lee’s audacious satire about gun culture in America as told through a modern day re-telling of the Greek comedy LYSISTRATA by Aristophanes.

Beautiful Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) is in love with aspiring Rapper Demitrius “Chi-Raq” Dupree (Nick Cannon), but she is disturbed by the bloody war between his Spartan gang and the rival Trojans, led by Cyclops (Wesley Snipes).

After Trojans set fire to her apartment while she’s in bed with Chi-Raq, Lysistrata moves in with her neighbor Miss Helen (Angela Bassett), a book-loving Peace activist who lost her daughter years before to a stray bullet.

When Patti, an 11-year-old neighborhood girl, is accidentally killed in a drive-by shooting, her grieving mother Irene (Jennifer Hudson) pleads with anyone who witnessed the crime to come forward. But even after a reward is offered by a local Church congregation led by fiery anti-gun-violence activist Father Mike Corridan (John Cusack), no one is willing to identify the killer.

Shaken by Patti’s death and desperate to do something to stop the escalating bloodshed, Lysistrata persuades Spartan and Trojan women to swear off sex with their men until the fighting stops. To draw more attention to their cause, she leads the women in a bold occupation of a local armory, inspiring women across the city—and eventually the world—to join the boycott. As the ultimate battle of the sexes rages on, the city’s fate hangs in the balance.

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GIRLHOOD

Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00pm

Sponsored by our local NAACP Chapter & Douglas Alumni Association

Marieme joins an all-girl gang in the projects of Paris and is slowly turned out of her shell by her three sassy neighbors. As she falls further under their bravado and volatile energy, she begins making brave and foolish choices.

Director Céline Sciamma (WATER LILIES, TOMBOY) weaves together a coming-of-age story that doesn’t insult your intelligence and embraces the emotional complexity that comes with growing up. Anchored by a wonderful and moving lead performance by Karidja Touré GIRLHOOD rises above the usual innocuous entries in the genre and blooms with generosity and energy.

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Film Club’s LOST WEEKEND V

Wednesday, February 25th – Sunday, February 28th

Film Club’s LOST WEEKEND V will be a celebration of film at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema from Thursday, February 25th through Sunday, February 28th.  Twenty feature films from around the world will be featured, including EIGHT advance screenings.  None of these films have been screened theatrically in Winchester before.  Other weekend highlights will include a Devils Bakbone beer tasting, a free photo booth, menu specials based around films, free buttons and more!

158 weekend passes are available.  Passes guarantee you a seat to all eighteen screenings for only $35.

During Lost Weekend V, Film Club will host a silent auction whose proceeds will benefit the MUSEUM OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

Please help Film Club and the Alamo make independent cinema more available to the public than ever before.

Film Club 3.0 is a community of film fans that meets as often as every week at the Alamo Drafthouse to screen independent, foreign, documentary and classic films.  Founded and led by Andy Gyurisin, the group has grown to over 2,000 members in two years of screenings at the Alamo and has helped to demonstrate that independent films are in demand in the Shenandoah Valley.

Read More About Lost Weekend Here

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Film Club’s February 2016 Calendar Of Screenings

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