FILM at the Erie Art Museum

6:00pm - Doors / 7:00pm - Film / $5 Film

• June 11
Summer Series kick off tonight!  6:00pm - Doors / 6:30pm - Summer Preview / 7:00pm - Film

The world’s first movie about kids in global cinema provides a perfect primer for our Summer 2014 Program.

A Story of Children and Film (2014) is a passionate, poetic portrait of the adventures of childhood – its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and stroppiness – as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries and includes classic movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Red Balloon, also dozens of masterpieces (many directed by women) that are almost unknown. A Story of Children and Film is an eye opener, a landmark film and a celebration of both childhood and the movies. 106 minutes. Written and Directed by: Mark Cousins

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival

Sponsored by Erie Reader

• June 18, 2014
Hank and Asha (2014) – Romance/Comedy
Plus Skype Q&A with filmmakers James E. Duff and Julia Morrison
Sponsored by Erie Asian Pacific American Association

An Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters - two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. When their relationship deepens, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face. Hank and Asha is a film about identity, longing, and the irresistible appeal of
entertaining life's what-ifs. 73 minutes. Director: James E. Duff. Writers: James E. Duff and Julia Morrison.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival

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• June 25, 2014
Maidentrip (2014) – Documentary/Adventure
Plus 150 Years of Kane: A Student Journey (2014) with Q&A – Documentary/History
Sponsored by Erie Arts & Culture

14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out, camera in hand, on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a yearlong battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger's debut
feature amplifies Laura's brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura's own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa. 82 minutes. Director: Jillian Schlesinger.

Language - English, Dutch w. English Subtitles.

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival

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• July 2, 2014
Teenage (2014) – Documentary/History
Western Pennsylvania Premiere

‘Teenagers’ did not always exist. But then, they were invented. With a changing tide the world over and a struggle erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing
Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn't matter - they were all a new idea of youth. They were all 'Teenagers.' Teenage is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices (provided by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer, Jessie Usher) lifted from early 20th century diary entries to define a new idea of youth. Using a smartly assembled blend of archival footage and well-made re-enactments, Teenage surveys the rise
of adolescent culture with tenderness and wit. 78 minutes. Director: Matt Wolf. Writers: Jon Savage, Matt Wolf.

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature (2013 Tribeca Film Festival)

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• July 9, 2014
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – Music/Comedy
50th Anniversary Special Event

During the first worldwide flush of Beatlemania in 1964, and working within a tight budget, director Richard Lester turned out A Hard Day's Night in a fast 6 1/2 weeks; the picture was in the theatres three months after shooting commenced. Using a variety of techniques cribbed from Hollywood slapstick comedies, the French "New Wave" movement, and his own experiences as a TV-commercial director, Lester, fashioned an exhilarating study of a "typical" 36 hours in the lives of the Fab Four. Songs include "I Should Have Known Better," "And I Love Her," "Tell Me Why," "If I Fell," "Can't Buy Me Love," and the title song. Rated G. 90 minutes.

Director: Richard Lester. Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr.

This summer, experience the thrill of the Beatles’ deliriously entertaining cinematic
breakthrough all over again. Courtesy of Janus Films, the landmark comedy-musical A Hard Day’s Night, is opening in July in select venues across the country, in a pristine new 4K restoration from the original camera negative and with a new 5.1 soundtrack remixed and remastered by record producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.

Nominated for Best Writing and Best Music at the 1965 Academy Awards

Watch the Theatrical Re-release Trailer


• July 16, 2014
Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) – Drama

Plus Skype Q&A with Writer/Director Daniel Patrick Carbone

After a neighborhood tragedy, two young brothers -- nine-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Nathan Varnson) -- confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. A dreamlike portrait of adolescence unfolding over one hot, hazy summer, Hide Your Smiling Faces is a startling debut, exploring rural American life through the distorted lens of youth. 81 minutes. Written and Directed by: Daniel Patrick Carbone. Starring: Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson, Colm O’Leary.

National Society of Film Critics Award Winner for Best Film Still Awaiting American Distribution (2014) and Tribeca Film Festival nominee for Best Narrative Film (2013)

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• July 23, 2014
12 O’Clock Boys (2014) – Documentary
Western Pennsylvania Premiere

Plus NWPA Filmmaker Spotlight: Howard Glover with Q&A

Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as The “12 O'Clock Boys”. To Baltimore locals, the riders are hooligans - a group of urban dirt-bikers that perform death-defying stunts at excessive speeds through traffic and impressively evade the hamstrung police, who must adhere to a no-chase policy to maintain public safety. Yet they are heroes to Pug, a bright, young adolescent living in the city's dangerous Westside neighborhood. Filled with stunningly kinetic footage that puts the viewer on up-close ride-alongs with the bikers, 12 O’Clock Boys provides a compelling and personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream. 76 minutes. Directed by:
Lofty Nathan.

Winner of Best Documentary Honorable Mention at the Philadelphia Film Festival

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• July 30, 2014
We Are The Best! (2014) – Drama/Music

Three girls in 1980’s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara (Mira Grosin) and her best friend Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments -or discernible musical talent- the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) as the third wheel. With tender affection for his young characters and the period in which his film is set, Moodysson paints an ebullient and sharply observant portrait of Do-It-Yourself spirit and growing up different. 102 minutes. Written and Directed by Lukas Moodyson.

Winner of the Tokyo Grand Prix (Tokyo International Film Festival), Winner of the Audience Award (Reykjavik International Film Festival), Winner of Best Ensemble (Philadelphia Film Festival)

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• August 6, 2014
Obvious Child (2014) – Comedy/Drama

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, but when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine's Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn't facing it all on her own. Anchored by a breakout performance from Jenny Slate, Obvious Child is a winning discovery, packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate have crafted a character for the ages - a female audiences will recognize, cheer for, and love. Rated R. 83 minutes. Director: Gillian Robespierre. Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman.

Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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• August 13, 2014
Rich Hill (2014) – Documentary

Unconfirmed Skype Q&A with Directors Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos

This award-winning new documentary follows the tumultuous existence of three boys and the bonds that sustain them throughout the more difficult moments encountered while living in an impoverished town in the Midwest. 91 minutes. Directors: Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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• August 20, 2014
I Believe In Unicorns (2014) with Skype Q&A

Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, Davina looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when Sterling's volatile side begins to emerge. Followed by live Skype Q&A with filmmaker Leah Meyerhoff.

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• August 20, 2014
Summer Program Finale - To Be Announced

Presented by the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania