Rear Window

Watch Trailer Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer(s): John Michael Hayes
Cast: James Stewart and Grace Kelly
Awards: British Institute of MNominated for 4 Academy Awards

Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

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Running Time: 112 Minutes112 MIN
PG Rated

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Open Projector Night

We had such a good time at the 1st Open Projector Night, that we’ve decided to put one on each month of Spring Semester! They will be held on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Here are the dates:

April 24th at 7:00

Just bring in your film on the day of the event, between 6:00 and 6:30pm to see it projected on the big screen! Hosted by various members of the hilarious OU Improv Troupe. An audience APPLAUSE-O-METER will decide the winner. Prizes TBA. Admission to the event is FREE thanks to Arts for Ohio.

Thank you to all who participated in making the 1st Ever Open Projector Night a success! Special thanks to Joe LaLonde and Patrick White, our hilarious emcees from the OU Improv Troupe! And congratulations to Brandon Ivey who won the Audience Applause Award for “Trash Thieves”.

Here are the rules:

We’ll play anything you’ve made that’s under 8 minutes long and is brought to us on a DVDor BLU-ray (one film per person, and DVDs must be playable on a regular DVD player). Submissions are only taken on the day of the event, and all entries MUST BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE ACTUAL SHOW (we cannot accept films after the show has begun, or during intermission). All films are played in the order they’re received.  Remember, the audience decides the winner, so keep them happy!

PLEASE NOTE: We only take the first 10 films that are brought in and the spots usually fill up very fast.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Since we don’t pre-screen Open Projector entries, we don’t know what each month’s “film content” rating will be. Be advised that some material may not be suitable for all audiences.

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The Impossible

Watch Trailer Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Writer(s): Sergio G. Sanchez
Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor
Awards: Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress

Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

‘The Impossible” is the powerful and unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives.

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Running Time: 114 Min.114 MIN
PG-13 Rated

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Hitchcock Retrospective

Taking place over eight weeks, from January 28th-March 25th, the Athena will be showing Alfred Hitchcock classics. Each film will be introduced by a College of Fine Arts student of Ohio University. From “Vertigo” dubbed the “Greatest Film of All Time” by the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound Magazine to the more obscure works, we are pleased to bring you this sampling from “the master of suspense”. This comes at a great time for us, as we are pleased to be showing a biographical portrait of the master, starring Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins. Come see “Hitchcock” and make it a double feature by staying for one of the classics. We are offering ticket packages in two increments:

4 PACK OF TICKETS TO HITCHCOCK RETROSPECTIVE: $20

8 PACK OF TICKETS TO HITCHCOCK RETROSPECTIVE: $35

Regular admission for individual tickets will be charged at the screenings.

SPECIAL OFFER, LIMITED TIME ONLY: From January 28th-February 7th patrons will receive a COMPLIMENTARY bonus 4 PACK OF TICKETS TO THE HITCHCOCK RETROSPECTIVE with any purchase of a Friends of the Athena Annual Membership.

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Rust and Bone

Watch Trailer Director: Jacques Audiard
Writer(s): Jacques Audiard
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Mattias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure
Awards: Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress and Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French

Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali’s bond with Stephanie (Academy Award Winner, Marion Cotillard), a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

“One of the year’s best films precisely because it can’t be boiled down to a message or synopsis. It’s an exercise in style that risks trashiness in search of transcendence, and it’s a sizzling celebration of the power of music, the power of images, and the electric, destructive power of the human body.”–Andrew O’ Hehir, Salon.com

“Romantic but pitiless, fearlessly emotional as well as edgy, Rust and Bone is a powerhouse.”–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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Running Time: 120 Min.120 MIN
R Rated

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Life of Pi

Watch Trailer Director: Ang Lee
Writer(s): David Magee, Yann Martel
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain
Awards: Nominated for three Golden Globes, Best Motion Picture, Best Director and Best Original Score

Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi is found adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

 

“Life of Pi” both draws the audience in and encourages it to settle back, the better to enjoy its virtually nonstop display of daring, wonder and cinematic virtuosity.”-Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“An adventure yarn that is gloriously old-fashioned – and often just glorious.”-Bob Mondello, NPR

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Running Time: 127 Minutes127 MIN
PG Rated

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Hitchcock

Watch Trailer Director: Sacha Gervasi
Writer(s): John J. McLaughlin
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson

Hitchcock is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie Psycho.

“Filmed with lots of style and a macabre sense of humor the master himself would have enjoyed.”-Richard Roeper

“One of the best movies of 2012.”-Rex Reed, New York Observer

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Running Time: 98 Minutes98 MIN
PG-13 Rated

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Tchoupitoulas

Watch Trailer Director: Bill Ross, Turner Ross

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Three young brothers take a secret sunset journey across a river to a pleasure island that’s always been forbidden to them. As such, the narrative conceit of Tchoupitoulas is as timeless as a fairy tale. But through the eyes of our juvenile protagonists, we experience an impressionistic immersion into this beguiling kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, drag queens, and revelers that parade through the lamp-lit streets between Rampart and the river. While the kids can only glance at the glittery surface, the camera follows the melodies that emanate from these corridors to admit us to the cabarets, into the dark alleyways, next to the barflies, behind the curtains, and on the bandstand with the people who make this place their audience, their stage, their home.

“It is alive with the risk and curiosity of youth, and unapologetic in insisting that the pursuit of fun can be a profound and transformative experience.”-A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Tchoupitoulas” is a jewel-bright whoosh of a ride through nighttime New Orleans.”-Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

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Running Time: 80 Minutes80 MIN
Not Rated

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Any Day Now

Watch Trailer Director: Travis Fine
Writer(s): Travis Fine
Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt and Isaac Leyva

Inspired by a true story and touching on legal and social issues that are more relevant now than ever, ANY DAY NOW tells a story of love, acceptance, and creating your own family. In the late 1970s, when Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenager with down syndrome who’s been abandoned by his mother, is taken in by committed couple Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt), he finds in them the family he’s never had. However, when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by the authorities, Rudy and Paul must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own.

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Running Time: 97 minutes97 MIN
R Rated

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Anna Karenina

Watch Trailer Director: Joe Wright
Writer(s): Tom Stoppard
Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Awards: Hamptons International Film Festival (2012): Breakthrough Performer and Hollywood Film Festival (2012): Hollywood Film Award

 

Based on the novel by author Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina tells the story set in 19th century Russia where an aristocratic, married woman has an affair and becomes the talk of the high society which she is so much used to. With beautiful cinematography and a strong cast, the film powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart.

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Running Time: 129 minutes129 MIN

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