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
Not Rated
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Quartet

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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Amour

Watch Trailer Director: Michael Haneke
Writer(s): Michael Haneke
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Huppert
Awards: Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Film (Won), Cannes: Palme d'Or (Won), and Academy Awards: Best Achievement in Directing, Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Nominated)
Language: French

Well into their eighties, George and Anne are cultivated, retired music teachers. After attending a performance by one of Anne’s former pupils, Anne suddenly goes silent and cannot respond to George as she remains in a catatonic state. George tries to get her attention, but with no time to spare, he goes off in search of help. Through this beautifully written story by director Michael Haneke, the couples bond of love is severely tested and will forever change their lives.

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Running Time: 127 minutes127 MIN
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John Bresland

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John Bresland is coauthor (with Marilyn Freeman) of the forthcoming book, Crafting the Video Essay (University of Chicago Press). His audio essays have aired on public radio’s Weekend America, and his video essays can be seen at Ninth Letter, Blackbird, and The Fourth Genre, an anthology of contemporary creative nonfiction. His print essays can be read at North American Review, TriQuarterly, Brevity, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Tamarack Award for Fiction and a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation fellowship. He teaches creative writing, filmmaking, and digital production at Northwestern University.

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Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films

Awards: Nominated for the 2013 Academy Award

Join us for a unique presentation of the very best short films.  No Oscar pool will be complete without seeing these 5 fantastic films.

Featuring:

Asad (Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura)

Buzkashi Boys (Sam French and Ariel Nasr)

Curfew (Shawn Christensen)

Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) (Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De)

Henry (Yan England)

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Running Time: 120 minutes120 MIN
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Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films

Awards: Nominated for the 2013 Academy Award (short animation)

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Animated Short and more! This year’s program is being hosted by last year’s winners: William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” Program includes: “Head Over Heels” (UK), in which a couple who have grown apart (he lives on the floor and she on the ceiling) seek a way to put their marriage back together; “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’ ” (USA), in which Maggie, longing to be grouped with the gifted children at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald; “Paperman” (USA), the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City who only has his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get the attention of the girl of his dreams; “Fresh Guacamole” (USA), in which we learn how to transform familiar objects into fresh guacamole; and “Adam and Dog” (USA), the story about the dog of Eden, and what happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable.

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Running Time: 9797 MIN
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Valentine’s Day: Casablanca

Watch Trailer Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer(s): Julius Epstein
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
Awards: Best Picture Academy Award

We’re “playing it again, Sam”. Take your sweetheart to see THE timeless romance on the big screen this Valentine’s Day.

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Running Time: 102 Minutes102 MIN
PG Rated
Casablanca
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The Hangover

Watch Trailer Director: Todd Philips
Writer(s): Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Heather Graham
Awards: Golden Globe Winner Best Motion Picture

COMING TO THE ATHENA FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH-10TH.

A blowout Las Vegas bachelor party turns into a race against time when three hung-over groomsmen awaken after a night of drunken debauchery to find that the groom has gone missing, and attempt to get him to the alter in time for his wedding. In 48 hours, Doug is scheduled to walk down the aisle, effectively ending his reign as a rowdy bachelor. Realizing that this is their last blowout with their best friend, Doug’s groomsmen organize a Sin City bachelor bash he’ll never forget. The next morning, the groomsmen come to in their Caesar’s Palace suite to find a tiger in the bathroom and a six-month-old baby tucked away in the closet. Unfortunately, Doug is nowhere to be found. With no memory of the previous night’s transgressions and precious little time to spare, the trio sets out in a hazy attempt to retrace their steps and discover exactly where things went wrong. Will they find Doug in time to get him to the wedding back in Los Angeles, or will his bride experience the sharp sting of disappointment when she walks down the aisle to discover that her future husband is nowhere to be found?

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Running Time: 100 Minutes100 MIN
R Rated
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