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FILM launches a super-sized program January 25th and we’re kicking things off with one of our curator’s favorite film-making couples and their 1977 classic “Opening Night”. A must-see for performers and stage fans.

Doors open at 6 pm
Admission: $10 for special events: 2/15 (MOONLIGHT), 4/19 (TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME), 4/26 (INVISIBLE HAND). All other dates are $5.
Go to Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania to purchase a ticket ahead of time or you can buy one at the door.

January 25, 2017

Film at 7 pm

OPENING NIGHT (1977)
While in the midst of rehearsals for her latest play, Broadway actor Myrtle Gordon (played by the legendary Gena Rowlands) witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, after which she begins to confront the chaos of her own life. Headlined by a virtuoso performance by Rowlands, John Cassavetes’s Opening Night lays bare the drama of a performer who, at great personal cost, makes a part her own, and it functions as a metaphor for the director’s singular, wrenched-from-the-heart creative method. Written and Directed by John Cassavetes. Starring Gena Rowlands. 

February 1, 2017

Film at 7 pm

DON’T THINK TWICE (2016)
One of the highest-rated films of 2016, and the highest-rated dramedy of all-time, skipped our megaplexes, but don’t worry, FILM at the Erie Art Museumis here to fill the void. At once hilarious and touching, this is one of our curator’s favorites of the year.

When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets cast on a hit TV show, the rest of the group – all best friends – start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all. From the creator of This American Life comes Don’t Think Twice, a critically acclaimed comedy packed with comic stars Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher that presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people.

Critic’s Concensus: Don’t Think Twice offers a bittersweet look at the comedian’s life that’s as genuinely moving as it is laugh-out-loud funny — and a brilliant calling card for writer-director Mike Birbiglia.

February 8, 2017

Film at 7 pm

AMERICAN HONEY (2016)
A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. Starring Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough. Andrea Arnold has written and directed 4 feature films. With American Honey we’ve now shown 3 of them. Need we say more?

February 15, 2017

6:00pm – Erie’s Voices short film with high school filmmakers Q&A

7:00pm – Moonlight with Intro by C.Brown
Sponsored by Knox Legal Advisors, LLC and Erie Reader

Special Event: Admission $10

We will begin our evening at 6:00pm with our 2nd annual ERIE’S VOICES program where we will showcase this year’s student documentary project followed by Q&A.

Then at 7:00pm, a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery. Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.

Critics Consensus: Moonlight uses one man’s story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.

February 22, 2017

THE NICE GUYS

2016’s Most Overlooked Film gets its due! It’s got a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe and we know you didn’t see it….well, now’s your chance!

In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star. Comedy/Action. Directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).

Critics Consensus: The Nice Guys hearkens back to the buddy comedies of a bygone era while adding something extra courtesy of a knowing script and the irresistible chemistry of its leads.

March 1, 2017

Film at 7 pm

HELL OR HIGH WATER
Texas brothers–Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham).

Critics Consensus: Hell or High Water offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.

March 8, 2017

Film at 7 pm

THE HANDMAINDEN
Director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) spices up his lastest twisted tale with more kink than usual and we couldn’t be happier.

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Critics Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.

March 15, 2017

Film at 7 pm

ELLE
We’ve been fans of fearless actress Isabelle Huppert for years. In 2016 she starred in two powerhouse roles. Here’s the first.

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. Directed by Paul Verhoven. Starring Isabelle Huppert.

Critics Consensus: Elle finds director Paul Verhoeven operating at peak power — and benefiting from a typically outstanding performance from Isabelle Huppert in the central role.

March 22, 2017

Film at 7 pm

THINGS TO COME
We’ve been fans of fearless actress Isabelle Huppert for years. In 2016 she starred in two powerhouse roles. Here’s the second.

A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her. Starring Isabelle Huppert.

Critics Consensus: A union to cherish between a writer-director and star working at peak power, Things to Come offers quietly profound observations on life, love, and the irrevocable passage of time.

March 29, 2017

Film at 7 pm

NATIONAL BIRD follows the harrowing journey of three U.S. military veteran whistleblowers determined to break the silence surrounding America’s secret drone war. Tortured by guilt for their participation in the killing of faceless terror suspects, and despite the threat of being prosecuted, these three veterans offer an unprecedented look inside this secret program to reveal the haunting cost of America’s global drone strikes. Executive Producers: Errol Morris and Wim Wenders.

“Chilling exposé… haunting, beautiful”– The Hollywood Reporter

“Impressive… alarm-sounding”— Variety

“Uncovers some disturbing truths about modern American warfare…” – The Guardian

“Like a sequel to Citizenfour”— WNYC

“Urgently topical”— Documentary Magazine

April 5, 2017

Film at 7 pm

THE BUREAU OF CREATIVE WORKS
On our 175th night of FILM we will be screening a block of short films, back to back, and will break for filmmaker Q&As. Details TBA.

The Bureau is an audience-supported studio that funds and premieres an original short film each month by a new independent filmmaker. Learn more about the project at http://bureauofcreative.works/

Sponsored by Grant Larson Productions, LLC

April 12, 2017

Film at 7 pm

DAVID LYNCH: THE ART OF LIFE
Are you excited for the return of Twin Peaks? We sure as hell are! Get acquainted with the artist behind the classic TV series and such mind-altering films as Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway and The Elephant Man.

David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors. David Lynch the Art Life infuses Lynch’s own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist.

As Lynch states “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.”

April 19, 2017

Film at 7 pm

Special Event: Admission $10

TWIN PEAKS : FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992)
Are you excited for the return of Twin Peaks? We sure as hell are! Following our 4/12 screening of the new documentary, David Lynch The Art Life, join us for the prequel film to the classic TV series. A twisted tale perfect for revisiting. Bonus: our curator’s 40th birthday!

A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled.

April 26, 2017

Film at 7 pm

Special Event: Admission $10

INVISIBLE HAND (2017)
Filmmakers Joshua B. Pribanic and Melissa A. Troutman (Triple Divide, Public Herald) return, in-person, for their new, years-in-the-making documentary! Arrive early for meet & greet starting at 6pm.

Free market forces have recently manifested as ‘fracking’ in Pennsylvania – a high risk method to extract natural gas – that state and federal governments support. But communities hell bent on protecting their rights are fighting back against state and corporate take over – some with success.

So what does it take to defeat a billion-dollar corporation with more rights than you? INVISIBLE HAND tells the story of people figuring out how. One method is by bringing about the Rights of Nature.

Admission $10

May 3, 2017

Film at 7 pm

LOVESONG
Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Starring Jena Malone and Riley Keough.

Nominated for the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards John Cassavetes Award.

May 10, 2017

Film at 7 pm

BUSTER’S MAL HEART
Buster’s Mal Heart is the story of a man split in two and an experience your mind will be chewing on for some time. Writer/director Sarah Adina Smith will be joining us via Skype Q&A!

Rami Malek (Emmy-nominee, “Mr. Robot”) stars as Jonah, a troubled man on the run from fate. Malek exposes the depths of Jonah’s soul in this smart thriller, peppered with dark humor and laden with interlocking mystery. From the bold cinematic mind of Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim, winner of the AFI Fest Breakthrough Audience Award), Buster’s Mal Heart is a visceral mind-bender that will provoke discussion long after it turns your world upside down.

May 17, 2017

Film at 7 pm

JACKIE
A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.

Critics Consensus: Jackie offers an alluring peek into a beloved American public figure’s private world — and an enthralling starring performance from Natalie Portman in the bargain.

Note: Screening date subject to change.