Cultures of Incarceration: Into the Abyss

Watch Trailer Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry
Awards: Winner of BFI Grierson Award

This screening is part of the “Cultures of Incarceration Series”, presented by the Center for Law, Justice and Culture at Ohio University.  “Cultures of Incarceration” is a three-film series showing at the Athena this spring and features three titles: THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, INTO THE ABYSS, and FOLLOW ME DOWN.

Into the Abyss

In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill—and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry, Herzog achihieves what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” Herzog’s inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who’ve been with death row prisoners as they’ve taken their final breaths. As he’s so often done before, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

 “A disquieting, heartbreaking look at American crime and punishment.”-Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter


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Running Time: 107 Minutes107 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Cultures of Incarceration Series: The House I Live In

Watch Trailer Director: Eugene Jarecki
Writer(s): Eugene Jarecki and Christopher St. John
Cast: Nannie Jeter, David Simon
Awards: Winner of the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize

This screening is part of the “Cultures of Incarceration Series”, presented by the Center for Law, Justice and Culture at Ohio University.  “Cultures of Incarceration” is a three-film series showing at the Athena this spring and features three titles: THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, INTO THE ABYSS, and FOLLOW ME DOWN.

The House I Live In

As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.

“A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake.”–Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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Running Time: 108 Minutes108 MIN
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Watch Trailer Director: Quentin Dupieux
Writer(s): Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Jack Plotnick, Todd Giebenhan, Eric Judor
Awards: Nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival

Dolph Springer (Reno 911’s Jack Plotnick) awakens one morning to find he has lost the sole love of his life – his dog, Paul. Desperate to reunite with his best friend and to set things right, Dolph embarks on a journey which spirals into the realm of the absurd. On his quest, he drastically alters the lives of several severely bizarro characters, including a promiscuous pizza delivery girl (Entourage’s Alexis Dziena), a mentally unstable, jogging-addicted neighbor, an opportunistic French-Mexican gardener, an eccentric pet detective (Steve Little of HBO’s Eastbound And Down) and most mysterious of all, an enigmatic pony-tailed guru, Master Chang (William Fichtner) who imparts his teachings to Dolph on how to metaphysically reconnect with his pet. From fearless cinematic surrealist Quentin Dupieux, the director behind the head-exploding Rubber, Wrong is a wholly original and hilariously hallucinatory universe all its own.

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Running Time: 94 Minutes94 MIN
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John Dies at the End

Watch Trailer Director: Don Coscarelli
Writer(s): Don Coscarelli and David Wong
Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti

We’re talking about a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t. Based on the novel by author David Wong, John Dies at the End was adapted and directed by horror auteur Don Coscarelli.

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Running Time: 99 Minutes99 MIN
R Rated
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Divan Presented by Director Pearl Gluck

Watch Trailer Director: Pearl Gluck
Language: In English with Hungarian and Yiddish with English Subtitles

On March 20th at 8:00, please join us for a screening of “Divan”, presented by the director of the film and Ohio University School of Film professor, Pearl Gluck. Free admission. This event is co-sponsored by Ohio University’s School of Film and Hillel.
As a teenager, filmmaker Pearl Gluck left her Orthodox Jewish clan in
Brooklyn for secular life in Manhattan. Many years later, Pearl’s father has
one wish: that she marry and return to the community. Pearl, however,
takes a more creative approach to mend the breach. She travels to Hungary
to retrieve a turn-of-the-century family heirloom: a couch upon which
esteemed rabbis once slept. En route for the ancestral divan, Pearl
encounters a colorful cast of characters who provide guidance and
inspiration, including a couch exporter, her ex-communist cousin in
Budapest, a pair of Hungarian-American matchmakers and a renegade
group of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews. Nimbly clever and intensely
illuminating, DIVAN is a visual parable that offers the possibility of
personal reinvention and cultural re-upholstery.

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Running Time: 77 Minutes77 MIN
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Watch Trailer Director: Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson
Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Rich Hoag

When technophile Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. A SXSW premiere and winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age.

Join us on Thursday, March 21st at 7:00 for a FREE screening of “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” with guest presenter and digital media expert, Molly Wright Steenson, Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin.

Also join us for a conversation and Q&A with co-director and OU Film Professor Annie J. Howell.

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Running Time: 73 Minutes73 MIN
Not Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible
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Stand Up Guys

Watch Trailer Director: Fisher Stevens
Writer(s): Noah Haidle
Cast: Al Pacino, Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken

Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch (Alan Arkin). Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret- he’s been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all.


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Running Time: 9595 MIN
R Rated
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Free film screening: Sam Mink and Justin Kohlas

Director: Sam Mink and Justin Kohlas

Join us as we screen films by Sam Mink and Justin Kohlas Tuesday night at 8:00.  Sam, director of the trailer for last year’s Athens International Film and Video Festival, will screen “Coyotes”.  Following that we’ll see the premier of “Rather Be”, directed by Justin.

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Running Time: 60 minutes60 MIN
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Sound City

Watch Trailer Director: Dave Grohl
Writer(s): Mark Monroe
Cast: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood

Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n’ roll’s best kept secret: Sound City. America’s greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all came out to put magic to tape. Directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and featuring interviews and performances from the iconic musicians who recorded some of rock’s greatest albums at the studio, Sound City doesn’t just tell the story of this real-life rock ‘n’ roll shrine, it celebrates the human element of music as Grohl gathers some of rock’s biggest artists to collaborate on a new album. Using Sound City’s legendary analog console, together these artists continue to create musical miracles in a digital world.

“High-spirited, emotional and funny, “Sound City” is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock ‘n’ roll.”-Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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Running Time: 106 Minutes106 MIN
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Watch Trailer Director: Dustin Hoffman
Writer(s): Ronald Hardwood
Cast: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
Awards: Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress Maggie Smith

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert?

“Quartet shows us how art illuminates our lives, and shows us artists and performers who can still, after all these years, do some illuminating.”-Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Running Time: 97 minutes97 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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