A FANTASTIC WOMAN

Watch Trailer Director: Sebastián Lelio
Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future.

Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company.

After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital.

Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando.

Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion.

So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

This film is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the Academy Awards.

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Running Time: 104 minutes104 MIN
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Chilean director Sebastián Lelio and star Daniela Vega give the growing bracket of transgender drama a new, luminous touchstone work.

Guy Lodge
Variety
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THE LEISURE SEEKER

Watch Trailer Director: Paolo Virzì
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Kirsty Mitchell

Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland star as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable cross-country journey in their vintage camper. Ella and John are fleeing the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children. He is distracted but strong; she is frail but sharp. Their journey aboard the faithful old camper they call The Leisure Seeker takes them from Boston to Key West. Sharing moments of exhilaration and anguish, they recapture their passion for life and their love for one another on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. The film is inspired by the novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian.

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Running Time: 112 minutes112 MIN
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Sustainability Series: THE ANTHROPOLOGIST

Viewing: January 24, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger, Seth Kramer
Writer(s): Daniel A. Miller
Cast: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate, Mary Catherine Bateson, Margaret Mead

THE ANTHROPOLOGIST examines climate change like no other film before. The fate of the planet is considered from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate. Over the course of five years, she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures.

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Running Time: 78 minutes78 MIN
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At this point no documentarian can possibly have a fresh take on climate change, right? Wrong.

Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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BAYARD & ME and RELUCTANTLY QUEER

Viewing: January 25, 2018

Director: Matt Wolf
Cast: Walter Naegle

BAYARD & ME (16 min)

This intimate portrait of civil rights movement icon Bayard Rustin is told from the perspective of Rustin’s partner. Not only was it bold to be openly gay in 1977, when Rustin and Walter Naegle met, but theirs was also an interracial and intergenerational relationship, challenging three societal taboos at once. Through Rustin, Bayard and Me explicitly ties gay rights to the civil rights movement, observing that Rustin faced discrimination within the movement because of his homosexuality. Director Matt Wolf helps restore Rustin to his rightful place in history as one of the architects of nonviolent civil resistance in the U.S. Rustin did not live to see gay marriage become a reality, but it is the quiet dignity of Rustin’s and Naegle’s same-sex union that occupies the film’s emotional center and speaks most compellingly to the ideal of equal rights.

 

RELUCTANTLY QUEER (8 min)

This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana. Focused on a letter that is ultimately filled with hesitation and uncertainty, Reluctantly Queer both disrobes and questions what it means to be queer for this man in this time and space.

 

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Running Time: 16 minutes16 MIN
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Women Pioneer Series: DOLORES

Viewing: January 30, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Peter Bratt
Cast: Hillary Clinton, Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.

Introduction by Dr. Alicia Chavira-Prado, Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.

Free admission is provided by Arts for OHIO.

This event is also sponsored by the Kennedy Lecture Series as part of the Athena Cinema’s Women Pioneer Series.

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Running Time: 98 minutes98 MIN
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'Dolores' is a fascinating corrective to 50-plus years of American history. It's educational, to be sure, but also exhilarating, inspiring and deeply emotional.

Lora Grady
Washington Post
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Mix Tape: RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

Viewing: February 1, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Cast: Mildred Bailey, Randy Castillo, George Clinton
Awards: Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, World Cinema (Documentary)

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Redbone, & more, Rumble shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Admission $5. Part of our Masters Mix Tape Series.

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Running Time: 103 min103 MIN
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Monday 02/057:00

the film reveals how Native American rhythms and stylings became a part of the larger tapestry of American music.

Robert Ito
New York Times
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Sibs Weekend Marathon: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR’S STONE

Viewing: February 3, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Chris Columbus
Writer(s): J.K. Rowling (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

Join us in reliving all of Harry’s firsts on the big screen. From shopping at Diagon Alley with Hagrid to meeting Ron and Hermione, THE SORCERER’S STONE is sure to take you back to the moment where your love for the wizarding world began.

This film is a part of a 12-hour marathon featuring the first four films in the Harry Potter series. There will be Harry Potter-themed snacks available, and Ohio University’s Harry Potter Alliance will be hosting trivia and costume contests. Viewers, beware! This film features scary creatures, magic, mischievous 11-year-olds, and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Individual film tickets are $7 each. All days passes are $20.

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Running Time: 152 min. 152 MIN
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a red-blooded adventure movie, dripping with atmosphere, filled with the gruesome and the sublime, and surprisingly faithful to the novel.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Sustainability Series: NOT WITHOUT US

Viewing: February 7, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Mark Decena
Writer(s): Mark Decena
Cast: Nnimmo Bassey, Alix Mazounie, Pat Mooney

At the U.N. Climate talks in Paris, two weeks after terrorists attacks created a state of emergency that outlawed all “unofficial” political gatherings, follow seven global grassroots activists as they attempt to unleash the only force that can prevent catastrophic climate change: the will of the people. Not Without Us documents a crucial moment in history, framing the root causes of the global climate crisis and the greatest inequality in the history of mankind, as one and the same. Seen from the perspective of frontline communities, the film interweaves the personal stories and motivations of the activists portrayed, conveying to a broader audience why the call for deeper and far reaching change is not only necessary, but also humane.

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Running Time: 72 minutes72 MIN
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Science on Screen® Presents BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

Viewing: February 13, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Alexandra Dean
Writer(s): Alexandra Dean
Cast: Nino Amareno, Charles Amirkhanian, Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger
Awards: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Audience Award Winner, Official Selection of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Best of Fest Winner of Nantucket Film Festival

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.

Preceding the film will be a presentation by Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Dr. Gerri Botte. Gerardine (Gerri) Botte is a University Distinguished Professor, the founder and Director of Ohio University’s Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER), and the founder and Director of the Consortium for Electrochemical Processes and Technology (CEProTECH) -an Industry University Cooperative Research Center. In addition to being a professor and a scientist, she is a prolific inventor, entrepreneur, and visionary. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society for her contributions and innovation in electrochemical processes and engineering. She became a Chapter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2012. In 2010, she was named a Fellow of the World Technology Network for her contributions on the development of sustainable and environmental technologies. Dr. Botte has 171 publications including peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, 48 granted patents (in the US, Canada, Japan, China, and other countries) and 30 pending patent applications. Dr. Botte and members of her research group are focusing on developing solutions for some of the world’s greatest challenges related to food, water, and energy. Example projects include: hydrogen production from ammonia, urea, biomass, and coal, synthesis of carbon nanotubes and graphene, water remediation and disinfection, selective catalytic reduction, ammonia synthesis, electrochemical conversion of CO2 to high value products, novel electrolytes for thermal batteries, and advanced electrowinning. Dr. Botte is also an entrepreneur, she has been involved in the commercialization of technologies and has founded and co-founded companies. She received her Ph.D. in 2000 and M.E. in 1998, both in Chemical Engineering, from the University of South Carolina. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Botte worked as a process engineer in a petrochemical plant; she was involved in the production of fertilizers and polymers. Dr. Botte received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de Carabobo (Venezuela) in 1994. She can be reached at botte@ohio.edu

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Science on Screen program pairs films with a short talk with a scientist or technology expert. The free Science on Screen events are fun and engaging, offering dynamic speakers an unexpected jumping point to teach their field of expertise in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.

Free admission is provided by Arts for OHIO.

This event is also sponsored by the Kennedy Lecture Series as part of the Athena Cinema’s Women Pioneer Series.

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Running Time: 90 minutes90 MIN
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Bombshell becomes not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored.”

Kristy Puchko
The Nerdist
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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN: Last Day Thursday, January 4th

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Watch Trailer Director: Michael Gracey
Writer(s): Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya

“The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. “The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Zac Efron, Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

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