Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Watch Trailer Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, and Frederic Tcheng
Writer(s): Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Cast: Philippe De Montebello and Diana Vreeland
Awards: Chicago International Film Festival: Silver Hugo Award for Best Documentary

For decades, noted columnist and magazine editor, Diana Vreeland, lead the fashion industry with her bold stylistic taste. This film guides the audience through this fashion pioneer’s long career,  from her youth in Paris to reaching the authoritative role of an editor. In this medium, Vreeland challenged its preconceptions to present a new definition of beauty and vivaciousness where nice clothes were just the beginning for something deeper. Even when that vocation ended, Vreeland managed to gain a new museum profession to present clothing’s history in her own inimitable way.

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Running Time: 86 minutes86 MIN
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End of Watch

Watch Trailer Director: David Ayer
Writer(s): David Ayer
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick

From the writer of Training Day, End of Watch is a riveting action thriller that puts audiences at the center of the chase like never before. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as young LA police officers who discover a secret that makes them the target of the country’s most dangerous drug cartel.

“Both actors are marvelous — this may be the most nuanced and far-ranging performance Gyllenhaal has ever given — and writer-director David Ayer is unapologetically frank about the dangers these men face.”-Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

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Running Time: 109 Minutes109 MIN
R Rated
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A Royal Affair

Watch Trailer Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Cast: Mads Mikkelson, Alicia Vikander

A Royal Affair is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struenseensee and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda, A Royal Affair is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people… Above all it is the story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.

 

“A Royal Affair is historical drama of the highest order – teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen.”-Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Running Time: 137 Min137 MIN
R Rated
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Sigur Ros

Watch Trailer Director: Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har'el, John Cameron Mitchell, Evie Ryland and Melika Bass
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Denna Thomsen, Ryan Heffington, Austin Westbay, and Selma Banich

Icelandic post-rock band, Sigur Ros, has given a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and has asked them to create whatever comes to mind when listening to their melodic experimental songs from their newest album entitled, Valtari. The concept of this endeavor is to allow freedom of creativity amongst artists while producing an original story and taking inspiration from around the world to execute a masterpiece.

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Headspace: The Sound of Life

Director: Jethro Senger

Joining our Music on Film week, HEADSPACE,  an 85-minute documentary brought to you by local filmmakers, was filmed in ten countries over the course of three years and brings us to the mystical land of electronic music parties and the people creating them. The film is a multi-sensory journey stemming from years of dance music evolution, delivering the stories of those encapsulated by the scene. A cosmic voyage filled with superstar and underground DJ’s, side-trips with characters of the night, and a sound track comprised of over 20 top electronic musicians will open your soul as a dedicated search for the party will explain why the sounds have captured the global heart.

To director/producer Jethro Senger, this is a careful ethnography, a detailed survey of a distinct culture in an effort to explain the massive attraction to this music. His pursuit was the “headspace,” the place in the mind where one finds the answer to why this movement has been so magnetizing, and to capture the youth spirit inside of us all. His was not to provide answers, merely to ask the required questions to get a definite picture of the dance music culture, create a journey for those who weren’t there and memories for those who were.

Visit http://www.headspacemovie.com/trailer.html for the trailer

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Running Time: 83 minutes83 MIN
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Passione

Watch Trailer Director: John Turturro
Cast: John Turturro, Max Casella and Lina Sastri
Awards: 2010 Capri Cult Award; 2010 Award of the City of Rome for Best Film

When acclaimed actor-director John Turturro was invited to make a film about Neapolitan music he was intrigued, as an Italian-American who’d grown up with many of the swooning ballads that had become popularized. But when he revisited the place from where these songs had come, and met the artists living there carrying on the tradition, he was completely blown away. Preconceived ideas evaporated and what was meant to be a straight-ahead documentary transformed into a wild fantasia, an adventure into the vibrations of history. In the film’s 23 songs, you can hear the cultures of the city’s many invaders, the Greeks, Arabs, French, Spanish, Normans, and Americans. Eight centuries echo in the aqueducts in “The Song of the Washerwomen.” In “Tammuriata Nera,” WWII is relived as Al Dexter’s twang collides with the primal roar of Peppe Barra. “O Sole Mio” becomes blend of goldenage television performances and the North African vibe, and “Malafemmena” is portrayed for the first time in all its irony, in the context of its very inspiration. The song “Vesuvio” is performed only as it can be by those who live at the foot of the volcano bearing that name. Each song, whether written in protest or superstition, out of love, jealousy, or poverty, is an emotional postcard about what has changed and what has not. As we see, a solitary voice on the street can cause an entire intersection to break out into song. Passione is Turturro’s celebration of a city intensely alive. He has let the film come directly out of the people, the walls that surround them, and the land they inhabit.

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Running Time: 90 minutes90 MIN
Rating: UR
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The Producers

Watch Trailer Director: Mel Brooks
Writer(s): Mel Brooks
Cast: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder and Dick Shawn
Awards: 1969 Oscar for Best Writing, Story & Screenplay; 1969 WGA Award for Best Written American Original Screenplay

Theatrical producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) was once the toast of Broadway. Now he lives in his seedy office, cadging cash contributions from wealthy old ladies in exchange for sexual favors. Even worse, he’s reduced to wearing a cardboard belt. Max’s new accountant, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), the soul of honesty, suggests that Max produce a hit to try to recoup his losses, but Max knows that it’s too late for that. Offhandedly, Leo muses that, if Max found investors for a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. Suddenly, Max’s eyes light up — and in that moment, Leo Bloom is gloriously corruptible. Together, Max and Leo conspire to select the worst play, the worst playwright, the worst director, and the worst actor to collaborate on their guaranteed flop. That play is Springtime for Hitler, “a delightful romp…with Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.” At the end of several weeks, Max has sold 25,000 percent of the show; and, as a finishing touch, Max bribes the opening-night critics for a favorable review, knowing full well that such a gesture is the kiss of death. The curtains part, and Springtime for Hitler opens with perhaps the most tasteless production number in the history of films.

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Running Time: 88 minutes88 MIN
PG Rated
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This Is Spinal Tap

Watch Trailer Director: Rob Reiner
Writer(s): Christopher Guest and Michael McKean
Cast: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest

Largely improvised by director Rob Reiner and his cast, This Is Spinal Tap looks and sounds like a “real” documentary, with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest as David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and Nigel Tufnel, the key members of a going-nowhere British heavy metal band called Spinal Tap. The “group” started as an informal skiffle band, eventually maturing into an R&B act called the Thamesmen (their hit was “Gimme Some Money”).

After going through a psychedelic period with “Listen to the Flower People,” the band mutated into Spinal Tap, a hard rock outfit responsible for such albums as “Intravenous DeMilo,” “The Sun Never Sweats,” and “Bent for the Rent.” This Is Spinal Tap finds them in the midst of their first American tour in years as they support their new LP Smell the Glove, with filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner), who specializes in TV commercials, on hand to document the occasion.

Just about anything that can go wrong does: shows get canceled, stage props go wrong, wireless guitar pickups start broadcasting air-traffic reports, no one shows up for in-store appearances, David’s girlfriend tries to take over the band, they wind up billed second to a puppet show at an amusement park, and the group teeters on the verge of breakup. After the film’s initial release, McKean, Guest, and Shearer did a short club tour as Spinal Tap; the “band” reunited in 1992 for a new album, Break Like the Wind, followed by a full-fledged tour and TV special, The Return of Spinal Tap.

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Running Time: 82 minutes82 MIN
R Rated
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The Sessions

Watch Trailer Director: Ben Lewin
Writer(s): Ben Lewin
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William. H. Macy
Awards: Sundance (2012): Audience Award for Dramatic, Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Ensemble Acting, and Nominated for Grand Jury Prize


The Sessions tells the story of 38-year old California native journalist and poet, Mark O’Brien, a man confined to an iron lung since the age of six. Though his condition is tragic, his witty sense of humor and plan to lose his virginity allow the audience to embark on a truly unconventional adventure. Seeking guidance from his priest, O’Brien goes on an emotional and physical journey thanks to his newly-hired sex surrogate. Full of hilarity, The Sessions is certainly one to look out for.

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Running Time: 95 minutes95 MIN
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Smashed

Watch Trailer Director: James Ponsoldt
Writer(s): James Ponsoldt, Susan Burke
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullaly
Awards: Winner of Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize

A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.

Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)  and Charlie (Aaron Paul) like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter . . . and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to give. But change isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she’s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie.

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Running Time: 85 Minutes85 MIN
R Rated
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