AMERICAN FICTION: Last Day Thursday, March 7th

Watch Trailer Director: Cord Jefferson
Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sterling K Brown

Jeffrey Wright stars as Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, a struggling writer who decides half-jokingly to write a book that leans heavily into “Black” stereotypes to appease his publishing company (but, also, a little out of spite). The book, however, becomes an unexpected critical and financial success, and Ellison is faced with dealing with the fame and fallout from his underhanded act.

A smart and sharp comedy, AMERICAN FICTION has been highly praised by critics and is considered by many to be Jeffrey Wright’s finest performance in a career full of stellar roles. Featuring a fantastic supporting cast that includes Tracee Ellis Ross, Sterling K Brown, and John Ortiz, AMERICAN FICTION has not only won numerous awards on the independent film festival circuit, but has also been nominated for Best Picture by both the Golden Globes and The Critic’s Choice awards councils.

 

 

 

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LOVE LIES BLEEDING: Last Day Sunday, April 7th

Watch Trailer Director: Rose Glass
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Katy, O'Brian, Ed Harris, Dave Franco

Kristen Stewart stars as “Lou”, a small town gym owner who’s trying to toe the straight-and-narrow and get out from under the shadow of her family’s criminal tendencies. When up-and-coming bodybuilder Jackie (Katy O’Brian) passes through on her way to a big competition in Las Vegas, Lou falls hard for her and the two begin a passionate love affair. The flames of passion, however, end up kindling a bigger inferno that ultimately engulfs them in a wildfire of revenge.

From A24 Studios, Love Lies Bleeding is a steamy, edgy romantic thriller that could have been pulled from the pages of an old pulp novel. This sophomore effort from British filmmaker Rose Glass (Saint Maud) also features a tour-de-force performance from Ed Harris as Lou’s father/nemesis “Lou Sr.”

 

 

 

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Love Lies Bleeding melds a greasy crime drama with a gritty love story, presenting a saga steeped in steroid-fueled rage, white trash aesthetics, and memorably bad haircuts.

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From the Hills and Hollers: OCTOBER SKY with Dr. Amy Wolfe

Watch Trailer Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern

About the film

Based on the memoir Rocket Boys by American engineer Homer H. Hickman Jr., the film tells the story of four young men who, while growing up in the coal fields of rural West Virginia in the late-1950s, witness the world-shaking launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite and are inspired to start building rockets of their own, seeking a path to the stars instead of succumbing to the well-tread paths that would lead them down into the coal mines.

About the series

Due to the resounding success of the series launch during 2022-2023, we are thrilled to present the 2nd annual From the Hills and Hollers: Appalachian Film Series for 2023-2024.

The series seeks to foster a deeper connection between the Athens city and university communities and the cultural legacy of the surrounding region through films that examine the many facets, both positive and negative, of life in Appalachia. This batch of films is, in large part, the product of filmmakers who have intimate knowledge of living in this environment and, as a result, are well-suited for representing the realities of Appalachia on the big screen.

Short introduction/lectures will provide context for the film and introduce the underlying issues represented in film and other media. All events in the series are presented with free admission.

This screening will take place at the Athena Cinema located at 20 S. Court St.

This series is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and Professions, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, OHIO Honors Program, Center for Campus and Community Engagement, Athens County Public Libraries, University Libraries, GO Local, University College, the Center for Law, Justice, and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council.

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DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS: Last Day Thursday, March 7th

Watch Trailer Director: Ethan Coen
Writer(s): Ethan Coen, Tricia Cooke
Cast: Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Pedro Pascal, Matt Damon

About the Film

Jamie (Margaret Qualley) and Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan) are two friends who set out on a road trip to Tallahassee in order to get a change of scenery. Jamie has recently broken up with her girlfriend and asks Marian to come along for moral support. Everything is hunky-dory until the two dolls cross paths with a group of bumbling brigands who will stop at nothing to bring Jamie and Marian’s good time to an end.

Directed by the “Ethan” half of the illustrious Coen Brothers, and co-written by Ethan and his wife Tricia Cooke, DRIVE AWAY DOLLS takes some cues from the playbook of 1970’s exploitation films and features a supporting cast that includes Pedro Pascal, Matt Damon, and Beanie Feldstein. Blending the dark thrills of FARGO with the buddy-system comedy of BROAD CITY, this hip, modern-day road movie will make you keep your hands on the wheel so you can navigate the many twists and turns that only the mind of a Coen Brother can create!

 

 

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From Death Row to Freedom: A Story of Wrongful Conviction

The Center for Law, Justice & Culture and Ohio Innocence Project present From Death Row to Freedom: A Story of Wrongful Conviction on Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm. Admission is free.

Lamont Hunter spent 15 years on Ohio’s death row. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2007 on charges of child endangerment, aggravated murder and rape in the death of his 3-year-old son, Trustin, who suffered fatal injuries after accidentally falling down the stairs.

Lamont Hunter will be present with his attorney at OU alum Erin Gallagher Barnhart, Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit and Pierce Reed, Esq., Ohio Innocence Project, and Dr. Amanda Cox, CLJC affiliated faculty and Associate Professor of Sociology.

This event is sponsored by the CLJC, OIP-u and Phi Alpha Delta.

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Heroes In Color: EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

Watch Trailer Director: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Sheinert
Writer(s): Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, James Hong
Awards: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress

About the film

Michelle Yeoh stars as “Evelyn Quan Wang” in this genre-blendingly wild cinematic ride written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. One minute, Evelyn is a normal Chinese-American immigrant eking out an underwhelming existence running a laundromat with her husband; the next minute, she’s zipping thru parallel dimensions trying to save the multiverse and bring joy back to the world.

Considered to be the “most awarded film of all time”, EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE has everything plus the kitchen sink, and will surely be unlike any film you’ve ever seen!

Each show will feature added content such as trivia, introductions, raffles, themed drinks and more!

Seating and pre-show activities at 7:00 p.m., film start time 7:30 p.m.

About the series

The mission of this film series is to synergize education and entertainment, creating a unique experience for our community. At the heart of the Heroes in Color film series lies a commitment to celebrate voices and stories of people of color that have traditionally been marginalized within popular culture. By showcasing a kaleidoscope of cinematic heroes who reflect the spectrum of human stories, backgrounds, and aspirations, we strive to redefine heroism, proving that anyone, regardless of their origin, can rise to greatness.

Click here to view the other films coming to this year’s Heroes In Color series.

Sponsored by Ohio University Division of Diversity & Inclusion, Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Global Affairs, Ohio Men of Excellence Network and Ohio Arts Council

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Running Time: 139 mins139 MIN
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Classics & Cocktails: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

Watch Trailer Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Have you ever driven a car blindfolded at 150 miles an hour? Neither have we.

Join us on Friday, February 16th at 7pm for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. We’ll be pairing this legendary psychological thriller with the H&H 50’s Party Punch cocktail, a nod to the two minds that mingled to create this classic, Patricia Highsmith and Alfred Hitchcock were both preoccupied by the dark side of the human psyche. Many directors have attempted film adaptations of her novels, but few have succeeded as Hitchcock did when he brought the story of the STRANGERS ON A TRAIN to the big screen. This specialty cocktail is made with Appleton Rum, Old Forester Bourbon, pear liqueur, pineapple, lemon, sugar, vanilla and seltzer.

Admission is $8. Drink prices vary.

About the Film

A psychopathic man tries to forcibly persuade a tennis star to agree to his theory that two strangers can get away with murder by submitting to his plan to kill the other’s most-hated person.

What could be better than a team-up between the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock and masterful writer of crime fiction Raymond Chandler..? It’s a surprise that, upon its release in 1951, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN failed to make much of an impact with critics; however, the film has since come to be regarded as on of Hitchcock’s many masterpieces and has been selected to for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Along with the specialty cocktail, we will have a full menu of wine, local beer and local ciders.

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Sustainability Series: CHASING ICE

Watch Trailer Director: Jeff Orlowski-Yang
Cast: James Balog

About the Film

In 2007, photojournalist James Balog and a team of researchers, climate scientists, engineers, and mountaineers, founded the EIS (Extreme Ice Survey) to study and document the climatic phenomenon of melting ice in the Earth’s seas and glaciers. Balog figured (correctly) that there was no better way to alert people to the effects of global warming than by showing them irrefutable photographic proof of the planet’s increasing temperatures which are driving the disappearance of ice formations that have lasted for tens of thousands of years. Through Balog’s lens, viewers get a stark reminder that action against human-led climate change must be taken immediately, before the ecological scales are forever thrown out of balance.

Winner of an Emmy for Outstanding Nature Programming and a Satellite Award for Best Documentary, Chasing Ice was directed by Jeff Orlowski-Yang, who also oversaw the cinematography for the production. The film is a visual triumph coupled to a story of the urgent need to reexamine our impact on our fragile environment.

 

About the series

Athena Cinema, University Libraries, and OHIO’s Environmental Studies Program present the 11th annual Sustainability Film Series.

This year’s batch of films will be centered on reflecting the urgency of what is before us. After a decade of screening movies and hosting discussions led by experts from the OHIO student body and faculty and the Athens community detailing the problems facing the world, this semester’s focus will be on solutions.

The films will demonstrate that a collaborative approach to problem-solving — involving all members of our global community, regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender — is a necessity. Education is the first crucial step in both understanding the world’s problems and developing sustainable solutions.

Following the screening of each of these beautiful, thought-provoking, and timely films, audience members are invited to join us for a panel discussion hosted by OHIO faculty members, students, and members of the Athens community.

The series is sponsored by Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, OHIO Honors Program, Honors Tutorial College, Cutler Scholars, Office of Sustainability, Center for Campus & Community Engagement, University College and beloved nonprofits and businesses.

Free admission and post-show discussion as part of the Spring Sustainability Series.

 

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Heroes In Color: SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE

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After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Miles Morales, is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters the Spider Society, a team of Spider-People charged with protecting the Multiverse’s very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must set out on his own to save those he loves most. Anyone can wear the mask – it’s how you wear it that makes you a hero

Spinning up a new twist on the classic Marvel Comics character, SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE is a visual thrill-ride for any fan of animation. It is a tale of inspiration, love, perseverance, and belief in one’s self — all the things that come together to turn a normal teen boy into a hero!

Each show will feature added content such as trivia, introductions, raffles, themed drinks and more!

Seating and pre-show activities at 7:00 p.m., film start time 7:30 p.m.

About the series

The mission of this film series is to synergize education and entertainment, creating a unique experience for our community. At the heart of the Heroes in Color film series lies a commitment to celebrate voices and stories of people of color that have traditionally been marginalized within popular culture. By showcasing a kaleidoscope of cinematic heroes who reflect the spectrum of human stories, backgrounds, and aspirations, we strive to redefine heroism, proving that anyone, regardless of their origin, can rise to greatness.

Click here to view the other films coming to this year’s Heroes In Color series.

Sponsored by Ohio University Division of Diversity & Inclusion, Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Global Affairs, Ohio Men of Excellence Network and Ohio Arts Council

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Classics & Cocktails: JACKIE BROWN

Watch Trailer Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Robert Forster

Our Classics & Cocktails series wraps up with the 1997 Quentin Tarantino classic JACKIE BROWN on February 23rd at 7pm. We’ll be pairing the film with a fun specialty cocktail called the Jackie’s Rum Punch in honor of Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch. Made with Pineapple Rum, orange, lime, ginger, sugar, tiki bitters, allspice dram, Skadi’s Cup Cyser, seltzer.

Admission is $8. Drink prices vary.

About the Film

A flight attendant with a criminal past gets nabbed by the ATF for smuggling. Under pressure to become an informant against the drug dealer she works for, she must find a way to secure her future without getting killed.

JACKIE BROWN is Quentin Tarantino’s third cinematic dose of retro Hollywood flair. His choice to cast 1970s blaxploitation icon Pam Grier in the lead role was a stroke of genius and continues to connect the film to the soulful charm of its predecessors. Add to that an ensemble cast including Robert DeNiro, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridgette Fonda, and even Tony Curtis, this film, while more understated than most of his others, is one of Tarantino’s best!

Along with the specialty cocktail, we will have a full menu of wine, local beer and local ciders.

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Running Time: 154 MINS154 MIN
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