A Late Quartet

Watch Trailer Director: Yaron Zilberman
Writer(s): Seth Grossman and Yaron Zilberman
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Catherine Keener

Following the lives of four longtime colleagues who play in a celebrated string quartet together. As the group begin their 25th season together, the eldest member (Walken) is diagnosed with early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Because he cannot perform to the best of his abilities, he would like to bow out of the quartet without disbanding it. However, a married couple in the group (Hoffman and Keener) are on the brink of breaking up and their rocky period isn’t helped by the fact that the fourth member has begun an affair with their college-age daughter.

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Running Time: 105 minutes105 MIN
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First Ever Open Projector Night at the Athena

Director: You!
Writer(s): You!

On Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00pm members of Ohio University’s Improv Troupe will host the first ever “OPEN PROJECTOR” night! This will be the coolest short film contest ever! Just bring in your film on the day of the event, between 6:00 and 6:30pm to see it projected on the big screen! An audience APPLAUSE-O-METER will decide the winner. Grand prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Admission to the event is FREE thanks to Arts for Ohio.

Here are the rules:
We’ll play anything you’ve made that’s under 8 minutes long and is brought to us on a DVDor BLU-ray (one film per person, and DVDs must be playable on a regular DVD player). Submissions are only taken on the day of the event, and all entries MUST BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE ACTUAL SHOW (we cannot accept films after the show has begun, or during intermission). All films are played in the order they’re received.  Remember, the audience decides the winner, so keep them happy!

PLEASE NOTE: We only take the first 15 films that are brought in and the spots will probably fill up very fast.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Since we don’t pre-screen Open Projector entries, we don’t know what each month’s “film content” rating will be. Be advised that some material may not be suitable for all audiences

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Running Time: 120 Min.120 MIN
Not Rated
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Wuthering Heights

Watch Trailer Director: Andrea Arnold
Writer(s): Andrea Arnold, Emily Bronte
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson

From Oscar winning director, Andrea Arnold comes a new take on the classic novel by Emily Bronte. An epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years, the film follows Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw. Living in Earnshaw’s home, Heathcliff develops a passionate relationship with the farmer’s teenage daughter, Catherine, inspiring the envy and mistrust of his son, Hindley. When Earnshaw passes away, the now-grown characters must finally confront the intense feelings and rivalries that have built up throughout their years together.

“Wuthering Heights is a model of how to bring a classic novel kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century.”-The Playlist, Oliver Lyttelton

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Running Time: 129 Minutes129 MIN
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Seven Psychopaths

Watch Trailer Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer(s): Martin McDonagh
Cast: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits and Abbie Cornish

Three friends (Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, and Sam Rockwell) incur the wrath of a violent L.A. gangster (Woody Harrelson) by kidnapping his prized shih tzu in this black comedy from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh. Aspiring screenwriter Marty (Farrell) has a brilliant screenplay called Seven Psychopaths floating around in his head; unfortunately he’s usually to hungover to make any real progress on it. Meanwhile, Marty’s best friend Billy (Rockwell) has some great ideas for the story, but he’s reluctant to offer input without invitation. A down-on-his-luck actor, Billy pays his rent by running a lucrative dognapping scam with smooth-talking Hans (Walken). Just when frustrated Marty begins to fear that all of his ideas have dried up, however, Billy shows up with an adorable shih zhu swiped from a quick-tempered gangster (Harrelson), and a desperate trip into the desert finds the ideas flowing like drinks at an open bar.

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Running Time: 110 Minutes110 MIN
R Rated
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The Imposter

Watch Trailer Director: Bart Layton
Cast: Frederic Bourdin, Adam O'Brian, and Carey Gibson
Awards: Miami Film Festival (2012): Grand Jury Prize for Documentary and Sundance (2012): Nominated for Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary

In 1994, a 13-year old boy disappears without a trace  from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a small village in southern Spain with a story of kidnapping and horrifying memories. Although his family is overjoyed to bring him home, there are others who seem to feel uneasy about his presence and begin questioning his legitimacy . Why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look drastically different? And why does his family seem not to notice any of the inconsistencies? It isn’t until an investigator begins asking questions that this heartfelt story takes a turn for the worse. The Imposter tells this mind bogling true story where perception is challenged and just when you think the truth is revealed, another truth merges leaving the audience constantly on edge.

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Running Time: 99 minutes99 MIN
R Rated
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How to Survive a Plague

Watch Trailer Director: David France
Writer(s): David France, Todd Richman, and Tyler Walk
Awards: Nominated, Grand Jury Prize, 2012 Sundance Film Festival

How To Survive A Plague is the untold story of the efforts that turned AIDS into a mostly manageable condition – and the improbable group of young men and women who, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, and helped identify promising new compounds, moving them through trials and into drugstores in record time. These drugs saved their lives and ended the darkest days of the epidemic, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals.

For more information please visit http://surviveaplague.com/

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Running Time: 120 minutes120 MIN
Not Rated
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Holy Motors

Watch Trailer Director: Leos Carax
Writer(s): Leos Carax
Cast: Denis Levant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue, and Eva Mendes
Awards: Cannes Film Festival (2012): Award of the Youth and Nominated for Palme d'Or

Over the course of a single day, protagonist Monsieur Oscar (Lavant), takes on 10 other guises, ranging from a gangster and aging millionaire to a trouble parent and a chaotic tramp, as he travels by limousine around Paris for a series of “appointments”.  Monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller, and futuristic. Holy Motors encompasses a bit of everything for every audience.  It’s an inspirational, shape-shifting, dream of becoming story about unraveling and starting all over again.  Inspired by the filmmaker’s fascination with the after hours of life of stretch limousines, Holy Motors is a rarity, but above all a true original.

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Running Time: 115 minutes115 MIN
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How Ohio Pulled It Off

Watch Trailer Director: Charla Barker, Matthew Kraus, Mariana Quiroga
Writer(s): Charla Barker, Matthew Kraus, Mariana Quiroga
Cast: Cliff Arnebeck, Ron Baiman and Ken Blackwell

How Ohio Pulled It Off is a provocative documentary that provides evidence of election fraud in the United States. On election night 2004, U.S. citizens were glued to their television, impatiently waiting to discover which candidate wold claim 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as their new home. Among fifty states, the decision ultimately came down to one: Ohio. What happened in Ohio, on that fateful day in November? What will happen on the same day in November 2012? This documentary archives the theft of the election and the public outcry of infuriated citizens that followed. Casting a shadow of uncertainty during the 2008 election, the same can be said for the election of 2012.

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Running Time: 52 minutes52 MIN
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Watch Trailer Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Writer(s): Nicholas Jarecki
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling

Arbitrage, the feature directorial debut of writer Nicholas Jarecki, is a taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller’s also balancing an affair with French art-dealer Julie Côte (Laetitia Casta). Just as he’s about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and crime with the aid of Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), a face from Miller’s past. One wrong turn ignites the suspicions of NYPD Detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth), who will stop at nothing in his pursuits.  Running on borrowed time, Miller is forced to confront the limits of even his own moral duplicity. Will he make it out before the bubble bursts?

*The 7:20 screening of Arbitrage will be canceled on Friday, November 2nd*

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Running Time: 107 min107 MIN
R Rated
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Watch Trailer Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard
Writer(s): Simon Barrett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Nicholas Tecosky, Chad Villella, Ti West
Cast: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, and Adam Wingard

Special Athens screenings.  Playing through November 1st

When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.

Bringing together some of the top filmmakers in the game today, this wickedly conceived horror anthology sends the viewer through a gauntlet of suspense, terror, shock, and downright brutality—instantly distinguishing itself from a sea of lackluster found-footage horror flicks. The diverse and deviously creative minds behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it feel inventive and captivating once again.

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Running Time: 116 min116 MIN
Rating: R11
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