On the Road

Watch Trailer Director: Walter Salles
Writer(s): Jack Kerouac and Jose Rivera
Cast: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart
Awards: Won the National Board of Review award for Top Ten Independent Films

Just after his father’s death, Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty, a devastatingly charming ex-con, married to the very liberated and seductive Marylou. Sal and Dean bond instantly. Determined not to get locked in to a constricted life, the two friends cut their ties and take to the road with Marylou. Thirsting for freedom, the three young people head off in search of the world, of other encounters, and of themselves.

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Running Time: 124 min124 MIN
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The Sapphires

Watch Trailer Director: Wayne Blair
Writer(s): Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson
Cast: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy
Awards: Won 11 Austrailan Film Institute awards

THE SAPPHIRES is an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late ‘60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. Plucked from obscurity, the four spirited women with powerhouse voices – called The Sapphires – are given the opportunity to entertain American troops in Vietnam. Catapulted onto the world stage as Australia’s answer to the Supremes, their journey of discovery offers them not only the chance to show off their musical skills, but find love and togetherness, experience loss and grow as women.
Receiving a ten minute standing ovation at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, THE SAPPHIRES is a crowd-pleasing combination of comedy, heart and romance and an unbeatable soul music soundtrack, set against the racial and social upheaval of the late 1960s. A jewel-bright charmer and an Australian classic, THE SAPPHIRES is not to be missed.

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Running Time: 103 min103 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Trance

Watch Trailer Director: Danny Boyle
Writer(s): Joe Ahearne, John Hodge
Cast: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson

Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

“Mr. Boyle is a flamboyant visual stylist with a punk rocker’s delight in anarchic jolts. His is a cinema of attraction and repulsion.”- Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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Running Time: 101 Minutes101 MIN
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Grease Sing-A-Long

Watch Trailer Director: Randal Kleiser
Writer(s): Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey, Bronte Woodard, and Allan Carr
Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

It’s greased lightning!

Everyone’s favorite musical about greasers and the ladies who love them is coming to the Athena this April. And even better, it’s a sing-a-long version, so you can ask John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John about that summer lovin’ yourself.

Admission is free, and if you dress up like a greaser, a pink lady or anything ’50s, your popcorn will be free too!

Everyone knows that a great movie and singing along goes together like womp-bop-a-looma, a-womp-bam-boom!

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Running Time: 110 min.110 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Trashed

Watch Trailer Director: Candida Brady
Cast: Jeremy Irons
Awards: Won the Earth Grand Prix Special Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival

TRASHED is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America. The garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture…the disposal of what our society defines as “waste.” It is an issue influenced by every American, most of whom never consider the consequences. Nor, it seems, the implications to our biosphere. At times humorous, but deeply poignant, TRASHED examines the American waste stream fast approaching a half billion tons annually.

What are the effects all this waste will have on already strained natural resources? Why is so much of it produced? While every American creates almost 5 pounds of it every day, who is affected most? And who wants America to make more?

The film analyzes the causes and effects of the seemingly innocuous act of “taking out the garbage” while showcasing the individuals, activists,corporate and advocacy groups working to affect change and reform the current model. TRASHED is an informative and thought-provoking film everyone interested in the future of sustainability should see.

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Running Time: 98 min.98 MIN
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Happy Feet: Kid’s Movie after KidFest!

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

Price of Admission is an article of children’s clothing–gently used please!Happy Feet

 

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ROOM 237

Watch Trailer Director: Rodney Ascher
Cast: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns
Awards: Won the 2012 Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival

A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film THE SHINING (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out.

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Running Time: 102 minutes102 MIN
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Emperor

Watch Trailer Director: Peter Webber
Writer(s): Vera Blasi
Cast: Matthew Fox, Colin Moy and Tommy Lee Jones

As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

 

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Running Time: 105 Minutes105 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Thank You Everyone Who Attended the 40th Athens Film+Video Festival!

The Athena Cinema has been “home base” for the Film Festival since its founding in 1974; each spring the Athena hosts the Festival and over 250 films and videos that comprise a global mix of genres, styles and approaches to filmmaking.  Now entering its 40th year, the 2013 Athens International Film and Video Festival takes place April 12 – 18th.  For more information, visit:  www.athensfest.org

To download a PDF of the 2013 fest program, click here.

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Spring Breakers

Watch Trailer Director: Harmony Korine
Cast: James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine

Four sexy college girls plan to fund their spring break getaway by burglarizing a fast food shack. But that’s only the beginning… During a night of partying, the girls hit a roadblock when they are arrested on drug charges. Hungover and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by Alien, an infamous local thug who takes them under his wing and leads them on the wildest Spring Break trip in history. Rough on the outside but with a soft spot inside, Alien wins over the hearts of the young Spring Breakers, and leads them on a Spring Break they never could have imagined.

 “A half hour, four hours, two days after walking away from it you might still flashback to its seductive, neon-lit, dayglow world.”-Adam Graham, Detroit News
 “Korine likes the poetics of transgression, and he trowels on the bad behavior with a heavy but mesmerizing hand.”-Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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Running Time: 94 Minutes94 MIN
R Rated
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