Bernie

Watch Trailer Director: Richard Linklater
Writer(s): Richard Linklater
Cast: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey

In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder. From the director who brought you DAZED AND CONFUSED and WAKING LIFE, starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine.

 

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Running Time: 104 min104 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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All Fall Down: Ashes to Ashes

Taking place Saturday, September 30th at 7:00pm, the Athena will be showing a film by local filmmaker, Dane McCarthy. The horror flick “All Fall Down” features an all-star cast of local actors! Don’t miss this thriller, complete with government conspiracies, femme fatales and a psychopathic killer with a nervous twitch!

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School of Film First Year Screenings

The Athena Cinema will be hosting a free screening of first-year School of Film students. Selected works will be presented by students from their first year in the School of Film’s MFA class.

 

Selections are made from each student’s portfolio which includes two 13-minute narrative films and one 35-minute documentary. The students were given strict parameters and budgets for their projects and acted as editor, producer, screenwriter, and costume designer.

 

The First-Year Screening will take place on Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Athena Cinema on 20 South Court St.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

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The Intouchables

Watch Trailer Director: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
Writer(s): Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
Cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, and Anne Le Ny
Awards: Best Actor (Omar Sy) Cesare Awards, Best Cast and Tokyo Grand Prix, Tokyo International Film Festival
Language: French with English subtitles

An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility,The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy),The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. Directed Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film was nominated for a total of nine 2012 César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Picture, and winning Best Actor for breakout star Omar Sy, and won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival.

Please note that the 9:40 screening of The Intouchables will be canceled on Saturday, September 29th.

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Running Time: 112 minutes112 MIN
R Rated
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Bully

Watch Trailer Director: Lee Hirsch
Writer(s): Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen

Bullying has become something of an epidemic in our society. This year alone, over 5 million American kids will fall victim to it, whether it’s at school, over the Internet, on the street, or in their own homes. In one way or another, we have all been affected by bullying, either as victims, perpetrators, or silent witnesses.

For those 5 million kids, the first day of school is one filled with fear, anxiety and dread. This is where The Bully Project opens. The documentary follows five children and families over the course of a school year in hopes that their stories will become a catalyst for a change in the way we deal with the issue of bullies.

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Running Time: 98 min98 MIN
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Watch Trailer Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Writer(s): Graham Chapman, John Cleese
Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle

A theatrical re-release of the 1975 Python classic, with a new print, additional footage, and remastered soundtrack. Monty Python and the Holy Grail loosely follows the legend of King Arthur. Arthur (Chapman) along with his squire, Patsy (Gilliam), recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise (Jones), Sir Lancelot the Brave (Cleese), Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot (Idle) and Sir Galahad the Pure (Palin). On the way Arthur battles the Black Knight (Cleese) who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as “it is a silly place”. They are instructed by God (represented by an animated photograph of cricket figure W. G. Grace) to seek out the Holy Grail.

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Running Time: 91 minutes91 MIN
PG Rated
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Sleepwalk With Me

Watch Trailer Director: Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish
Writer(s): Mike Birbiglia
Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Marc Maron, David Wain
Awards: Audience Award - Sundance

Leaving Thursday, October 11th

Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It’s also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by “This American Life.” The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. SLEEPWALK WITH ME features Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Carol Kane (“Taxi”), James Rebhorn (“Meet the Parents”), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway’s “Once”), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.

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Running Time: 90 minutes90 MIN
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Death By China

Watch Trailer Director: Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro, director of DEATH BY CHINA (and based on the book he co-wrote with Glenn Hubbard, “Seeds of Destruction”) will present and discuss his film on Monday, September 17, at 7:00 pm. The film confronts the economic trade relationship between the U.S. and China, as well as the attendant labor, pollution and cultural ramifications. Since China began flooding U.S. markets with illegally subsidized products in 2001, over 50,000 American factories have disappeared, more than 25 million Americans can’t find a decent job, and America now owes more than 3 trillion dollars to the world’s largest nation. Through compelling interviews with voices across the political spectrum, DEATH BY CHINA exposes that the U.S.-China relationship is broken and must be fixed if the world is going to be a place of peace and prosperity.

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Running Time: 64 Minutes64 MIN
Not Rated
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Last Call at the Oasis

Watch Trailer Director: Jessica Yu

Developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, the company responsible for AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC. and WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”, LAST CALL AT THE OASIS presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. Illuminating the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system and depicting communities already struggling with its ill-effects, the film features activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick, Alex Prud’homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon.

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Running Time: 105 minutes105 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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The Island President

Watch Trailer Director: Jon Shenk

The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.
The film captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. (On February 7, 2012, Nasheed resigned the presidency under the threat of violence in a coup d’etat perpetrated by the security forces loyal to the former dictator.)

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Running Time: 101 minutes101 MIN
PG Rated
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