JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE

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Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 79 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

 

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BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS

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Co-directors Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross’s genre-bending docudrama focuses on a Las Vegas dive bar named ‘The Roaring 20s’ as it prepares to close its doors forever. Its longtime bartenders and patrons come together for one last night of alcohol-charged camaraderie, commemoration and consolation as they contemplate their place in a fracturing and downcast late-2016 America.

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Running Time: 98 min98 MIN
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An absorbing portrait of drinking life in all its joys - fellowship, high spirits and fleeting, flirty intimacy - and sorrows.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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REBUILDING PARADISE

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Filmmaker Ron Howard profiles the first responders and the families affected by the wildfires that swept through Paradise, California in 2018. Open, honest, and emotional interviews unite with news footage to explore the human side of natural disaster and its after effects.

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Running Time: 95 min95 MIN
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A sincere and skillfully assembled tribute to a community's fortitude.

Leslie Felperin
Hollywood Reporter
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HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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One of the great masters of photography, Helmut Newton made a name for himself exploring the female form, and his cult status continues long after his tragic death in a Los Angeles car crash in 2004. Newton worked around the globe, from Singapore to Australia to Paris to Los Angeles, but Weimar Germany was the visual hallmark of his work. Newton’s unique and striking way of depicting women has always posed the question: did he empower his subjects or treat them as sexual objects? Through candid interviews with Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Wintour, Claudia Schiffer, Marianne Faithfull, Hanna Schygulla, Nadja Auermann, and Newton’s wife June (a.k.a. photographer Alice Springs), this documentary captures his legacy and seeks to answer questions about the themes at the core of his life’s work – creating provocative and subversive images of women. The film also features Newton’s own home movies, archival footage (including a pointed exchange with Susan Sontag) and, of course, scores of iconic Newton photographs. The result: a wildly entertaining portrait of a controversial genius.

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Running Time: 93 min93 MIN
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SHIRLEY: Last Day Thursday, July 30th

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Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young

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Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

 

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For $6, you will get access to watch on any internet-connected device, including laptops, tablets and smartphones, AppleTV , Chromecast , and more.

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Running Time: 107 min107 MIN
R Rated
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A thrillingly perverse example of what happens when the shackles of biopic formula are cast aside.

Benjamin Lee
Guardian
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MY DARLING VIVIAN: Last Day Thursday, July 30th

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In 1951, Catholic schoolgirl Vivian Liberto meets handsome Air Force cadet Johnny Cash at her local San Antonio, Texas skating rink. Their whirlwind summer romance lays the foundation for a feverish three-year-long correspondence while Johnny is stationed in Germany. Thousands of letters later, the two marry upon his return in 1954. Within a year, a career blossoms and a family is started. By 1961, Johnny Cash is a household name, number one on the music charts, and perpetually on tour. Meanwhile, only two weeks postpartum, Vivian settles into their custom-built home in Casitas Springs, California with their four young daughters. Plagued by bobcats, rattlesnakes, all-hours visits from fans, and a growing resentment toward her husband’s absence, Vivian is pushed to a near breaking point when she and her daughters are targeted by hate groups over her perceived race. In MY DARLING VIVIAN, we will meet the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, share with us first hand, for the first time, the entire story of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival.

 

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For $10, you will get access to watch on any internet-connected device, including laptops, tablets and smartphones, AppleTV , Chromecast , and more.

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Running Time: 90 minutes90 MIN
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My Darling Vivian does an admirable job of recounting the story of a woman who was ultimately far more than just a footnote in someone else's life.

Peter Sobczynski
RogerEbert.com
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ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS: Last Day Thursday, July 30th

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Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. “Ella: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.

The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music. – a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism.

Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.

Featuring interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.

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For $12, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV.

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Running Time: 89 min89 MIN
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A study of a much loved but little understood musical icon that was touching but also very funny. It was also great to see talking heads who actually knew what they were talking about.

John Lewis
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Sustainability Series: LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY

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The Sustainability Series is back, and you will be able to participate from home!

Watch LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY on July 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a free virtual screening of LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020. We recommend you start the film at 6:30 p.m. More details below. Registration is required to receive screening link.

Join the Zoom Panel Discussion at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15th

 

Event Details:

Registration is required. Access to the film will become available to stream for registered patrons 24 hours in advance of the Zoom discussion. We suggest starting the film at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday so it is fresh in your mind. The Zoom call begins at 8:30PM on Wednesday, though we recommend joining the call early to get properly acquainted with how Zoom works and test your connection.

Registration is now closed for this event.

After registering, you will be added to our participant list. The day before the event all registered participants will receive an email with a link to access the film and information to participate in the Zoom panel. 
Please note: As stated above, registered participants will receive email on Tuesday, July 14th. For registrants who sign up on the day of the event, our staff will work to ensure you receive your email with access info as quickly as they can, but note that it may take time to respond. If possible, please register in advance. 

 

About the film

How does a community of passionate parents, community organizers, public health experts, cooks, food zealots and politicians come together to create enduring and systemic change on the local level? How do multi-generational and multi-ethnic food system change-makers work with serious challenges to spark the political will into motion? How do we talk about health and culture, identity and responsibility through cuisine and nutrition?

Lunch Love Community is an episodic “open space documentary” that explores these questions through a mosaic of twelve short films looking at issues around food reform, health, community sustainability and citizen-based democracy. From 2010 to 2014 we created and developed a transmedia approach – from an online, interactive “watch and share” project into a completed and cohesive suite of shorts that interconnect and build upon one another. The shorts (ranging from 3 minutes to 13 minutes) zoom in on intimate and revealing stories surrounding school lunch transformation and cooking-gardening education, and zoom out to the broader social issues and consequences around these changes. The blend of children and youth, education and food ignites passions, creative energy and idealism: how we teach our children to eat and understand food is the embodiment of how we transmit values to the next generation.

The collection of 12 films included in PLAY ALL order:

We Hunger For… (8 min)
Justice, opportunity, connection, equity, friendship, respect, experience, community, knowledge, health, success, love – what do I, you, we…hunger for?

Flamin’ Hot (3 min)
What happens when a group of Berkeley 6th Grade science students burn a cheese puff and test the results.

The Parent Factor (5 min)
Against all odds, a group of visionary parents come together – through ups and downs in the 1990s – to organize and change the way Berkeley children would eat in school.

Wanda (3 min)
School lunch chef Wanda McAfee-Conart reflects in her job and how it connects her to the sensory environment and to her own family history.

Feeding the Body Politic (10 min)
Through struggles and controversy, Berkeley, California parents put the democratic process to work, one neighbor, one politician, one piece of legislation at a time.

The Whole World in A Small Seed (3 min)
In Rivka Mason’s school-under-the-sky at Malcolm X Elementary, children experience cross-disciplinary learning in their school’s garden.

If They Cook It They Will Eat It (5 min
Elementary school cooking teachers Kathy Russell and Brenna Ritch awaken children to the world through the food they cook and eat with one another.

Just Produce/Food Justice (13 min)
David and Johnathan are young African-American men passionate about their jobs managing a fresh produce stand in an East Bay “food desert.” Their routine and work for Farm Fresh Choice opens up the world and its needs to them.

Labor of Lunch (5 min)
Making from-scratch meals for 5,000 kids is hard work for everyone, and it happens every day at the Berkeley Public Schools Central Kitchen.

To Feed And Be Fed (8 min)
Ann Cooper is the tough, hard working chef whose convictions drive her to reinvent herself as a school reform activist. She takes on the professional challenge to overhaul in only three short years, the neglected and dysfunctional Berkeley school lunch system.

Imperfection Salad (5 min)
Charlotte Biltekoff is the author of “Eating Right in America” where she traces the food reform movements throughout American history. She questions socially accepted ideas about “good and bad eaters” and what those assumptions reveal about food, culture, and the struggle over moral values.

But Is It Replicable? (5 min)
Visitors from West Sacramento tour the Central kitchen and Dining Commons wondering what can make a program like Berkeley’s work for them.

Free admission and post-show discussion, as part of the Spring Sustainability Series.

 

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Running Time: 78 min78 MIN
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Lunch Love Community brings it all together. It reminds us that food is about housing; food is about jobs; food is about justice.

Ivy Ken, Associate Professor of Sociology
George Washington University
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PIONEERS OF QUEER CINEMA: Last Day Thursday, July 23rd

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These classics of early queer cinema, all way ahead of their time, come to Kino Marquee virtual cinemas for Pride Month in gorgeous new restorations.

Victor and Victoria (Reinhold Schünzel, 1933)
Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic, this dazzling, gender-bending musical romance about a female singer posing as a man performing in drag received limited exposure in the United States, and is today best known by Blake Edwards’s 1982 remake and the 1995 Broadway production. Viewers will be delighted to discover that the original is every bit as charming and outrageous, reminiscent of the sly sex comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder.

Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan and Carl Froelich, 1931)
As a new student at an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with the compassionate teacher Fräulein von Bernburg, and her feelings are requited. Experiencing her first love, lonely Manuela also discovers the complexities that come with an illicit romance. This artfully composed landmark of lesbian cinema – and an important anti-fascist film – was the first of just three films directed by Leontine Sagan.

Michael (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1924)
Danish film master Carl Theodor Dreyer’s homoerotic classic is a mature and visually elegant period romance decades ahead of its time. Michael takes its place alongside Dreyer’s better known masterpieces as an unusually sensitive and decorous work of art and is one of the earliest and most compassionate overtly gay-themed films in movie history.

 

*Films are spoken in German with English subtitles.*

 

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For $15, 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.

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Running Time: 280 min280 MIN
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WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES

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When four young orphans–Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura–first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes–just enough to start a band… and then conquer the world. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami.

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Running Time: 120 min120 MIN
Not Rated
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Explosively ingenious and energetic.

Jessica Kiang
Variety
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