SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

Watch Trailer Director: Boots Riley
Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer, Omari Hardwick, Danny Glover

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.

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Running Time: 105 minutes105 MIN
R Rated
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here's nothing safe about Boots Riley's film-nothing predictable, nothing derivative or generic, nothing routine. It is what we want from Sundance in that it's a confrontational, unforgettable announcement of a new talent.

Brian Tallerico
RobertEbert.com
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PUZZLE

Watch Trailer Director: Marc Turtletaub
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrafan Khan, David Denman

A woman who has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from her suburban town and goes to New York City, where she partners with a man for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.

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Running Time: 103103 MIN
R Rated
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The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.

Brian Tallerico
RogerEbert.com
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FIRST YEAR MFA SCREENINGS

Viewing: September 15, 2018

First year students in the Film Division go through“boot camp.” They all take a prescribed series of classes in production, sound, editing, acting, directing, screenwriting, producing, and film studies. During this intensive foundation-building year, they are also compiling a creative portfolio under fairly strict guidelines that includes two 16mm narrative films and a high-def observational documentary.

The Ohio University Film Divison fosters an educational environment of creativity, diversity, and excellence. Our students are passionate and disciplined; their styles are eclectic. The only Ohio filmmaking formula is the convergence of technical expertise and skilled visual storytelling. Within this rigorous setting, our students examine and develop motion pictures as an art form, educational tool, and vehicle for social change.
 
Free Admission sponsored by Arts for Ohio.

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MADELINES’S MADELINE

Watch Trailer Director: Josephine Decker
Cast: Helena Howard, Okwui Okpokwasili, Julee Cerda

Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives.

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Running Time: 90 minutes90 MIN
Not Rated
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Anyone who has ever taken an acting class and witnessed the psychodramas brewed there will relate to this bubbling kettle of raw, unleashed emotions stirred up in shifting power grabs.

Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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JULIET, NAKED

Watch Trailer Director: Jesse Peretz
Cast: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O'Dowd

Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) – an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, JULIET, NAKED is a comic account of life’s second chances.

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Running Time: 98 minutes98 MIN
Not Rated
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[Rose] Byrne is the heart of Juliet, Naked, and she's so winning I was willing to forgive even the odd spasm of Meg Ryan-ish mugging.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Music & Film: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS

Viewing: September 18, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Morgan Neville

From the director of 20 Feet From Stardom comes a documentary about the power of artistic expression and creative collaboration. Music of Strangers is an intimate look into the personal history of the members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, a project that the celebrated cellist began in 2000.

Precedes Silk Road Ensemble Musician Cristina Pato’s performance at OU’s Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on the following Monday, September 24th.

Free admission brought to you by OU Performing Arts.

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Running Time: 96 minutes96 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Tuesday 09/187:00

...an irresistible kaleidoscope of music and good fellowship.

Moira Macdonald
The Seattle Times
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Sustainability Series: THE DEVIL WE KNOW

Viewing: September 19, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Stephanie Soechtig, Jeremy Seifert

Athena Cinema, Environmental Studies, and the Alden Library present the sixth year of the Sustainability Film Series, working in partnership with many sponsors. Our vision and goal are those of years past: to offer attendees the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of the current issues related to global environmental and sustainable challenges and solutions. We aim to bring together students, faculty and regional community members. The program recognizes the strength of this integration, coming together and learning from each other. Following each screening, we invite audience members to join us for a panel discussion hosted by faculty members, students, and community members. Please join us for a conversation following these beautiful, thought-provoking and timely films. All admissions free.

This film takes place in SE Ohio and West Virginia, close to Athens. Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical – now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans – into the drinking water supply.

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Running Time: 88 minutes88 MIN
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Wednesday 09/197:00

A blood-boiling eco-doc whose story is far from over.

John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
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Music & Film Series

Presented by OU Performing Arts, join us for music-themed events throughout the fall. Docs highlighting OU’s visiting musicians as well as live music set to classic films will make this semester really sing!

More details coming soon.

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Women Pioneer Series: GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI

Viewing: September 26, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Sophie Fiennes
Cast: Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence–Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love is the Drug,” and more. Jones herself has said watching the film “will be like seeing me almost naked” and, indeed, Fiennes’s treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself.

Free admission brought to you by Alden Library, The Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Film Division, LGBT Center, and Multicultural Center.

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Running Time: 115 minutes115 MIN
Not Rated
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Wednesday 09/267:00

Fiennes provides a meandering observation of the woman behind the glamazon, disco diva and full-throated and furious singer/performance artist in this unstructured doc.

Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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LEAVE NO TRACE

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Watch Trailer Director: Debra Granik
Writer(s): Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKensie, Jeff Kober

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.

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Running Time: 109 minutes109 MIN
PG Rated
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Debra Granik's drama about a damaged war vet (Ben Foster) living off the grid with his teen daughter, brilliantly played by breakout star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, is hypnotic, haunting and one of the year's best.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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