THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Watch Trailer Director: Sean Baker
Cast: Willem Defoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto

Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood.

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.

Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

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Running Time: 115 minutes115 MIN
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The Florida Project is sublime: a blast of life, of celebratory highs and lamentable lows, on the outer economic edges of the Sunshine State.

A.A. Dowd
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HOLIDAY FILM SERIES

November 30th thru December 16th, Ohio University’s Athena Cinema will partner with the Department of Real Estate Management, Community Engagement and Economic Development to show popular holiday family films! The price of admission will be a minimum donation of one canned or non perishable food good per ticket to be donated to Athens city food pantries and other hunger relief programs. Cash donations are also accepted. As part of the event patrons will also receive a complimentary snowflake cookie to enjoy during the movie.

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MENASHE: Last Day Thursday, October 19th

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Watch Trailer Director: Joshua Z Weinstein
Cast: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Ruben Niborski
Language: Subtitles in English

Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent.

Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community.

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Running Time: 82 min82 MIN
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The subtle on-screen chemistry between father and son gives this sweet and poignant drama a solid emotional base.

Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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BRAD’S STATUS: Last Day Thursday, October 12th

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Watch Trailer Director: Mike White
Cast: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer

A trip to Boston with his college bound son triggers a crisis of confidence for Brad Sloan as he reassesses his own life choices in a bittersweet comedy from writer and director Mike White.

Brad has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his sweet-natured wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), and their musical prodigy son, Troy (Austin Abrams), but it’s not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can’t help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends: a Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge-fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen). As he imagines their wealthy, glamorous lives, he wonders if cozy middle-class domesticity is the best he will ever achieve. But when circumstances force him to reconnect with his former friends, Brad begins to question whether he has really failed or if, in some essential ways, their lives are more flawed than they appear.

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Running Time: 101 min101 MIN
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As dad obsessed with his son's college applications, Ben Stiller is at his best in Mike White's high-anxiety satire. Stiller and White: they make you laugh till it hurts.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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VICEROY’S HOUSE: Leaving Thursday, October 5th

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Watch Trailer Director: Gurinder Chadha
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.

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Running Time: 106 min106 MIN
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There's something pleasantly old-fashioned about 'Viceroy's House.'

Katie Walsh
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IN SEARCH OF FELLINI: LAST DAY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH

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Watch Trailer Director: Taron Lexton
Writer(s): Nancy Cartwright, Peter Kjenaas
Cast: Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo, Beth Riesgraf

A shy and sheltered young woman from Ohio reaches a pivotal time in her life when she first discovers the works of Italian director Federico Fellini at a film festival. Enchanted by his bizarre and powerful portrayals of humanity, she takes a leap of faith by traveling to Italy on her own in the hopes of finding the man whose work she idolizes, and perhaps finding out who she really is, herself.

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Running Time: 93 min93 MIN
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African & African Diaspora Series

This series is an initiative of the African Educational Research Network (AERN), as part of an effort to fulfill its mission, which is, “to broaden the scope of sociopolitical, educational and economic understanding about the continent of Africa and to support through research conducted on, in and about the African continent the dissemination of information associated with education and human development pertaining to people, products and systems on the continent of Africa”. The movie series is organized in joint-partnership with The African Studies Center, Center for International Education, Ohio University, The Patton College of Education, The African Studies Center, The African Symposium (TAS) journal, and Doctoral Specialization Program in Comparative and International Educational Leadership.

The purpose of the series is to engage, inspire and educate students, faculty, staff, and the Athens community at-large about issues of Africa and the celebrate the diversity of the African continent, its peoples, cultures, and richness. 

 

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PATTI CAKE$: Last Day Thursday, September 21st

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Watch Trailer Director: Geremy Jasper
Cast: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in PATTI CAKE$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, PATTI CAKE$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.

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Running Time: 108 minutes108 MIN
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Take "8 Mile" and cross it with "Hustle & Flow" and add a little bit of "Precious" and you have "Patti Cake$," a hip-hop underdog story about finding the rhythm by following your own beat.

Adam Graham
Detroit News
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TULIP FEVER: Last Day Thursday, September 21st

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Watch Trailer Director: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O'Connell

In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) – an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.

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Running Time: 105105 MIN
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AMERICAN MAYOR

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Director: Travis Irvine
Writer(s): Travis Irvine
Cast: John Brennan, William Harvey, Larry Heiser

When local politicians threaten demolition of his childhood home, 24 year-old comedian Travis Irvine vows to thwart their efforts by running for Mayor.

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Running Time: 39 min39 MIN
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