Sustainability Series: BIDDER 70

Todays Show Times: 7:00

Watch Trailer Director: Beth Gage, George Gage
Writer(s): Beth Gage

Playing one night only as part of the Common Experience Project on Sustainability Series:
Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00
Panel and audience discussion to follow screening

In 2008, as George W. Bush tried to gift the energy and mining industries thousands of acres of pristine Utah wilderness via a widely disputed federal auction, college student Tim DeChristopher decided to monkey-wrench the process. Bidding $1.7 million, he won 22,000 acres with no intention to drill. For this astonishing (and successful) act of civil disobedience he was sent to federal prison. Beth and George Gage’s new documentary BIDDER 70 tells the story of this peaceful warrior whose patriotism and willingness to sacrifice have ignited the climate justice movement. This is a powerful film that will inspire students to question their commitment to the world and to fight against global injustices.

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Running Time: 73 Minutes73 MIN
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Sustainability Series: CHASING ICE

Todays Show Times: 7:00

Watch Trailer Director: Jeff Orlowski
Writer(s): Mark Monroe
Cast: James Balog
Awards: Winner Sundance, Winner SXSW and dozens of others

Playing one night only as part of the Common Experience Project on Sustainability Series:
Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00
Panel and audience discussion to follow screening

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

“You’ve never seen images like this before…it deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen”-Robert Redford

“Heart-stopping”-Roger Ebert

“One of the most beautiful and important films ever made”-Huffington Post

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Running Time: 75 Minutes75 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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The Hunt

Watch Trailer Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer(s): Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
Awards: Winner of three awards at Cannes Film Festival, including Best Actor
Language: Danish

Mads Mikkelsen (NBC’s Hannibal, A ROYAL AFFAIR, CASINO ROYALE) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

“For his deeply affecting role that haunts the viewer long after the film ends, Mr. Mikkelsen won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival.”-Rex Reed, New York Observer

“The Hunt” is a merciless examination of the fear and savagery roiling just below the surface of bourgeois life.”-Stephen Holden, New York Times

“[A] quietly devastating drama about a soft-spoken, bespectacled and devoted kindergarten teacher whose life is upended by a false accusation from one of his students.”-Lou Lumenick, New York Post

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Running Time: 115115 MIN
R Rated
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The Bling Ring

Watch Trailer Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer(s): Sofia Coppola, based on the article by Nancy Jo Sales
Cast: Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann, Katie Chang

From Oscar award winning writer and director Sofia Coppola, THE BLING RING tells the story of a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and celebrity that burglarize celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles. Tracking their targets’ whereabouts online, they break-in and steal their designer clothes and possessions. Reflecting on the naiveté of youth and the mistakes we all make when young, amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession, we see through the members of the Bling Ring temptations that almost any teenager would feel. What starts out as teenage fun spins out of control and leaves us with a sobering view of our culture today. THE BLING RING stars Emma Watson alongside incredible new talent Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, and Taissa Farmiga. The film also features Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale, and real-life Bling Ring victim, Paris Hilton. It is based on the Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins” by Nancy Jo Sales.

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Running Time: 90 Minutes90 MIN
R Rated
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Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

Watch Trailer Director: Sebastian Silva
Cast: Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffman
Awards: Winner of Sundance Directing Award

In this freewheeling comedy from the director of The Maid, Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Superbad) stars as Jamie, a shaggy, boorish young American traveling through Chile. While searching for a rare hallucinogen-the famed San Pedro cactus-with a trio of Chilean brothers, Jamie invites a mysterious hippie (Gaby Hoffmann) along for the ride, but her free-spirited personality quickly clashes with his self-absorption. When they head for the beach, Jamie’s big trip starts taking surprising turns.

“Shot on the fly, while Silva, Cera & Co. were waiting to make another movie, Crystal Fairy ends up on a beach, and ends up resonating with a pesky charm.”- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Silva based the story on a personal experience from his early 20s, which he realizes with vivid detail and wry, humane observation; the humor is sweet and lingers in the memory.”-Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

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Running Time: 98 Minutes98 MIN
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Byzantium

Watch Trailer Director: Neil Jordan
Writer(s): Moira Buffini
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonny Lee Miller and Sam Riley

BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan’s (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughter vampires dealing with the pitfalls of eternal life. Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel (Daniel Mays), who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan, Hanna, Atonement) befriends Frank (Caleb Landry Jones) and tells him their lethal secret: They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Also starring Sam Riley and Jonny Lee Miller.

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Running Time: 118 Minutes118 MIN
R Rated
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20 Feet From Stardom

Watch Trailer Director: Morgan Neville
Cast: Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder
Awards: Nominated for Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Winner of multiple festival awards for Best Documentary

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

Rich, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking, 20 Feet From Stardom is an energetic tribute to the passion, talent, and hard work of backup singers.

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Running Time: 91Minutes91 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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The Way, Way Back

Watch Trailer Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Writer(s): Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney
Awards: Won the Audience Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival

THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.

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Running Time: 103 min103 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Unfinished Song

Watch Trailer Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Writer(s): Paul Andrew Williams
Cast: Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton

UNFINISHED SONG is the funny and uplifting story of Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeon old soul perfectly content with sticking to his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a spirited local singing group led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). This unexpected friendship and his discovery of music revitalizes Arthur’s passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.

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Running Time: 93 Minutes93 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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A Place At the Table

Watch Trailer Director: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Mariana Chilton, Tom Colicchio
Awards: Nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival

Guest Speaker Lisa Hamler Fugitt of the Ohio Association of Food Banks will lead a discussion and Q&A following the screening.

One night only! Playing at 7:00 on Thursday, August 8th.

49 million people in the U.S. – one in four children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people for who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado second-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar (R)-winning actor Jeff Bridges. Ultimately, Finding North shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides – as they have in the past – that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

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Running Time: 84 Minutes84 MIN
PG Rated
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