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Virtual Cinema Screenings

 

 

Dear Athena Supporters,

We have an exciting announcement! In light of the recent closure and stay-at-home order, we are “reopening” online!

Our team has curated three newly released films for you and they will be available starting this Friday, March 27th.

When you rent one of these films you are not only supporting independent film but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

Please see FAQs about the Virtual Cinema Screenings below.

Thank you again and enjoy the show!

 

Virtual Screenings FAQ

 

What are virtual cinema screenings? Virtual cinema screenings are ticketed screenings of films unavailable on any other VOD platform that viewers can enjoy from the privacy of their own home.  Once a customer purchases a ticket they will receive access to a temporary film rental.

How can viewers enjoy a virtual screening? Audiences can buy tickets through their local art house cinema.

How does this support independent theaters? Virtual screenings allow theaters to keep programming films, even when their doors are closed. A portion of each ticket sale will go directly to the buyer’s local art house cinema.

I just purchased the film but I don’t see how to watch it? First, check your email and make sure your purchase went through. The email you were sent should have a link for you to access the film.

I’m an Athena Cinema member. Do you offer member pricing? Unfortunately, due to our arrangements with distributors, we aren’t able to offer member pricing for these films.

Can I use Athena Cinema gift cards for virtual screenings? Unfortunately, that’s not an options at the moment. You’ll be able to use them when we reopen.

If you aren’t able to find the answer to your question here or through the screening link, please reach out to us at athenacinema@ohio.edu. We appreciate your patience as we start this new initiative.

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SAINT FRANCES

Watch Trailer Director: Alex Thompson & Kelly O'Sullivan
Cast: Kelly O'Sullivan, Charin Alvarez, Braden Crothers

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent SAINT FRANCES you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

Click here to purchase your ticket to stream SAINT FRANCIS.

 

About the film

Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family.

 

How to stream

For $8, you will get access to watch on any internet-connected device, including laptops, tablets and smartphones, AppleTV Chromecast , and more .

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for three days.

More FAQs are available here .

 

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Running Time: 106 min106 MIN
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Exactly the kind of movie that patriarchal Hollywood has been conspiring to suppress all these years.

Peter Debruge
Variety
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BACURAU

Watch Trailer Director: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Cast: Barbara Colen, Sonia Braga, Udo Kier

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent BACURAU you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

Click here to purchase your ticket to stream BACURAU.

 

About the film

A few years from now… Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. The mercenaries just may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau.

 

How to stream

For $12, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV. You can also download the Kino Now app for Roku or Apple TV (requires tvOS 9.0 or later) and watch the film there.

You will have to register for a free KinoNow account if you don’t already have one.

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for five days.

For more help, email Kino Now here .

 

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Running Time: 131 min131 MIN
Not Rated
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A GLORIOUSLY DEMENTED (and lightly psychedelic) Western.

David Ehrlich
Indiewire
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A Message from Our Director

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Dear Friends,

We are all thinking about the future. How long will this go on? Will life go back to “normal”—or will there be a new normal?

Predictably, we are seeing a deluge of opinion pieces signaling the demise of the theatrical experience. All this home viewing, Netflix-watching and straight-to-streaming distribution is surely the end of movie theaters. Never mind the fact that we’ve been seeing that same story for decades, even though theater attendance has remained relatively stable since 1964 (the only significant dip in theater attendance was the introduction of the television from 1949-1964).  But since 1964 we’ve seen the introduction of cable TV, VCRs and DVD players, the digital conversion from 35 mm, the advent of streaming services and shorter theatrical windows—oh, and Moviepass. (Remember that?!). Each change in technology has been the harbinger of doom, yet the curtain rises on the other side.

I am convinced that there is one reason theaters survive, and more than that, thrive (we had three full-capacity events in our largest theater in the month before the pandemic). That reason is you. Our tremendous community. Our beloved regulars. How we miss you!

I was moved to tears by this love letter to the movies by Manohla Dargis and I wanted to share it. It reminded me how deeply I feel tied to the physical space of the Athena. And how much I treasure the ability to watch movies with you here.

We are being forced to quickly adapt or else face an uncertain future. Should we encourage patrons to stream art house content, even try to move to a new model where we get a cut of the “ticket” you buy to stream a film? Do we “go dark” and wait it out?

I am sifting through a lot of new and daily emerging possibilities and like all of us, trying to make the best decisions for our little corner of the world. I am not sure what the answers are but I do know that our team here is scrappy, tenacious and wildly committed. We are specialists at adapting to change and we remain focused. The Athena will be here on the other side of this thing.

I hope to see you at the movies.

Stay tuned and stay healthy,

 

Alexandra Kamody

Director, Athena Cinema

 

 

 

 

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CORPUS CHRISTI

Watch Trailer Director: Jan Komasa
Cast: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent CORPUS CHRISTI you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

Click here to purchase your ticket to stream CORPUS CHRISTI.

 

About the film

Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation in a detention center. Although his criminal record prevents him from applying to the seminary, he has no intention of giving up his dream and decides to minister a small-town parish.

Nominated for Best International Film at the Academy Awards.

 

How to stream

For $12, you will get access to watch on any internet-connected device, including laptops, tablets and smartphones, AppleTV  Chromecast  , and more  .

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for three days.

More details and instructions are available here.

 

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Running Time: 116 MIN116 MIN
Not Rated
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It's flawless storytelling, effortlessly played and with a rousing, if bloody, conclusion.

Kevin Maher
UK Times
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SORRY WE MISSED YOU: Starts Friday, April 3rd

Watch Trailer Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent SORRY WE MISSED YOU you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

Click here to purchase your ticket to stream SORRY WE MISSED YOU.

SORRY WE MISSED YOU will be available to stream Friday, April 3rd.

 

About the film

Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labor exploitation.

 

How to stream

For $12, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV. You can also download the Kino Now app for Roku or Apple TV (requires tvOS 9.0 or later) and watch the film there.

You will have to register for a free KinoNow account if you don’t already have one.

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for five days.

For more help, email Kino Now here .

 

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Running Time: 102 min102 MIN
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Loach has now done it again. His new film, "Sorry We Missed You," is another intimate and powerful drama about what's going on in people's everyday lives - not just in England, but all over the world.

Owen Gleiberman
Variety
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ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND

Watch Trailer Director: Daniel Roher

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent ONCE WERE BROTHERS you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

Check back soon for release date and streaming info!

 

About the film

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become hi brothers in music and who together made their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography iconic songs and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Martin Scorsese, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, Ronnie Hawkins, and more.

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Running Time: 102 min102 MIN
R Rated
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Even at its most painful, the Band's story captures something golden, incendiary and wistfully beautiful - "so beautiful," Robertson reflects, "that it went up in flames."

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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LES MISÉRABLES

Watch Trailer Director: Ladj Ly
Cast: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga

Stéphane (Damien Bonnard, Staying Vertical), has recently joined the Anti-Crime squad in Montfermeil, a sensitive district of the Paris projects. Paired up with Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), whose methods are sometimes unorthodox, he rapidly discovers the tensions between the various neighborhood groups. When the trio finds themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone begins filming every move they make.

Nominated for Best International Film at the Academy Awards.

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Running Time: 103 MIN103 MIN
R Rated
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[A] crackling police thriller partly inspired by the civil unrest that swept through Paris in 2005.

Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
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