YES, GOD, YES: Starts Friday, August 14th

Watch Trailer Director: Karen Maine

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

YES, GOD, YES will be available to stream starting Friday, August 14th.

 

About the film

Growing up in the Midwest in the early 00s, sixteen-year-old Alice has always been a good Catholic. But when an innocent AOL chat turns racy, she discovers masturbation and is overwhelmed with guilt. Seeking redemption, she attends a mysterious religious retreat to try and suppress her urges, but it isn’t easy, especially after a cute upperclassman starts flirting with her. Alice’s sense of shame is spiraling when she uncovers a shocking truth about the retreat’s most devout. Desperate and confused, she flees the retreat and meets an unlikely ally who offers an alternative view of what it means to be a good person. For the first time, Alice realizes she can decide for herself what to believe and finally gets the release she needs.

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Running Time: 78 min78 MIN
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A sweet sincere film about a girl getting all twisted up because of the mixed messages passed down to her.

Sheila O'Malley
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Athena Marquee Restored!

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Athena Awarded Multiple Art House America Campaign Grants

The College of Fine Arts is excited to announce that the Athena Cinema has received two grants from the Art House America Campaign that helps independent cinemas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Art House America Campaign was made possible thanks to both art-house cinema fans and filmmakers. Starting on GoFundMe, the campaign received initial support from film-restoration companies the Criterion Collection and Janus Films. The Fundraising team includes indie auteurs Sofia Coppola, John Waters, Barry Jenkins and Wes Anderson, among others. The campaign provided financial relief to independent cinemas across the country and received a total $842,088 in donations.

The Athena was one of over 150 independent theaters nationwide that temporarily closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Athena was awarded a $2,500 Art House America Campaign emergency grant. In light of the campaign’s success, the campaign awarded the Athena a second grant of $2,735. The grants will assist the Athena with essential costs during the pandemic.

As Christopher Nolan wrote in the Washington Post, “When this crisis passes, the need for collective human engagement, the need to live and love and laugh and cry together, will be more powerful than ever.”

The Athena Cinema staff looks forward to serving the public when it is safe to reopen. A date for reopen has not yet been set.

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2020 Marquee Restoration

You may have noticed the work being done to restore our beautiful, art deco marquee. Its renovation is thanks to the generous support of the Weymouth Family in honor of their son, Tyler Weymouth.

We were lucky enough to get to know Tyler when he was a projectionist at the Athena during his time as an OHIO student. We look forward to the day when Tyler’s family and friends can visit to see the restored marquee in person.

Until then we send them a HUGE thank you.

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FLANNERY: Starts Friday, August 14th

Watch Trailer Director: Elizabeth Coffman, Mark Bosco, S.J.

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

FLANNERY will be available to stream starting Friday, August 14th.

 

About the film

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. With her family home at Andalusia (the Georgia farm where she grew up and later wrote her best known work) as a backdrop, a picture of the woman behind her sharply aware, starkly redemptive style comes into focus. Including conversations with those who knew her and those inspired by her (Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilton Als and more), Flannery employs never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered personal letters and her own published words (read by Mary Steenburgen) alongside original animations and music to examine the life and legacy of an American literary icon.

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Running Time: 97 min97 MIN
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‘Flannery’ is an extraordinary documentary that allows us to follow the creative process of one of our country’s greatest writers.

Ken Burns
Oscar-nominated Documentarian
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GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND

Watch Trailer Director: Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

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About the film

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an exploration of the career, music, and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon.

 

How to stream

For $9.99, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV.

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

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 48 hours.

 


 

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

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Running Time: 90 min90 MIN
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Entertaining and entirely legend-affirming.

Ben Raynor
The Star
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THE FIGHT

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

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About the film

The Fight is an inspiring, emotional insider look at how these important battles are fought and the legal gladiators on the front lines fighting them. Directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres capture the rollercoaster ride of the thrill and defeat in these deeply human battles. When a mother is separated from her child, a soldier is threatened to lose his career, a young woman’s right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official, and the ability to exercise our basic right to vote is threatened, the consequences can be devastating to us and to future generations. The Fight celebrates the unsung heroes who fiercely work to protect our freedoms.

 

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

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 48 hours.

 


 

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

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Running Time: 96 minutes96 MIN
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Ultimately the goal of The Fight [is]... to show that the organization’s work, and the work of countless others who litigate on behalf of civil and human rights, is never open-and-shut. It’s an uphill battle, one worth fighting but without any guarantee of winning. Still, people do it — and The Fight shows why.

Alissa Wilkinson
Vox
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AMULET

Watch Trailer Director: Romola Garai

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

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About the film

Following an accident that leaves him homeless in London, former soldier Tomaz is brought to the rotting home of Magda, a lonely woman in desperate need of help as she looks after her dying mother. Though at first resistant, Magda eventually welcomes him into their lives and allows him to help her care for them. But as he worms his way into their routine and begins to fall for Magda, Tomaz starts to notice strange, unexplainable, and ugly phenomena. Something seems very wrong with the mysterious old woman who never leaves the top floor, and Magda may in fact be enslaved to do her otherworldly bidding.­

 

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

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 48 hours.

 


 

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

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Running Time: 99 min99 MIN
R Rated
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Unafraid to turn into a true phantasmagoria, Garai's filmmaking hints at a director whose tastes skew away from your typical horror movie construction.

Brian Tallerico
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DENISE HO: BECOMING THE SONG

Watch Trailer Director: Sue Williams

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent DENISE HO: BECOMING THE SONG you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

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About the film

Denise Ho: Becoming the Song profiles the openly gay Hong Kong singer and human rights activist Denise Ho. Drawing on unprecedented, years-long access, the film explores her remarkable journey from commercial Cantopop superstar to outspoken political activist, an artist who has put her life and career on the line to support the determined struggle of Hong Kong citizens to maintain their identity and freedom.

 

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 ten days.

 


 

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

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Running Time: 83 min83 MIN
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I went into the film knowing nothing about the Cantopop star, and came away from it as an instant fan rejuvenated by my connection to every soul throughout the world currently fighting to preserve human rights against the rising tide of totalitarianism.

Matt Fagerholm
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