Film

Spring Series of FILM kicks off February 11, 2015
doors at 6 p.m. / film at 7 p.m.
Double Feature: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her Drama/Romance

Our weekly film series returns with a full program preview at 6:00pm followed by a special double-feature! James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Viola Davis star in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her, an innovative two-part love story presented in its original format. Each film has its own unique tone, appropriate to its corresponding piece of the puzzle. Part mystery, part emotional drama, Him tells the story of a befuddled man longing to reconnect with his estranged wife. On the other hand, Her is a character study about a woman trying to reinvent herself. Rated R. 190 minutes.

• February 18, 2015
Nightcrawler (2014, Crime/Drama/Thriller)
Crime/Drama/Thriller
Sponsored by Erie Bank
* Oscar Nominee for Best Original Screenplay

When Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal), a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina (Russo), a TV-news veteran.

PANELISTS include Lisa Adams (Anchor/Reporter, WICU/WSEE), Lou Baxter (News Director, JET24 & FOX66), Dave Richards (Reporter, Times Publishing Company), Ben Speggen (Managing Editor, Erie Reader), Maura Sirianni (Reporter, WICU/WSEE), Dr. R. James Wertz (Journalism Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Edinboro University).

RottenTomatoes.com Critical Consensus: “Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.”

Directed by: Dan Gilroy. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton.
Rated R.
117 minutes.

 

• February 25, 2015
Ida (2014) with Introduction by Pastor Robert Blank of the Polish Baptist Association
Drama
* Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

RT Consensus: “Empathetically written, splendidly acted, and beautifully photographed, Ida finds director Pawel Pawlikowski revisiting his roots to powerful effect.”

Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Rated PG-13.
82 Minutes.
English subtitles.

 

• March 4, 2015
Mommy (2015)
Drama
* Independent Spirit Award Nominee for Best International Film

A feisty widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son. As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla, the peculiar new neighbor across the street, offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope
is regained.

Directed by Xavier Dolan. Starring Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clement. Rated R. 139 minutes. English subtitles.

Curator’s Commentary: This is 25-year-old Xavier Dolan’s fifth feature film in just as many years. We held the PA Premier of his third film Laurence Anyways in 2013. Last year, he and 84-year old French auteur Jean-Luc Godard (director of our March 11th film, Pierrot le fou) were both awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

 


• March 11, 2015
100th Night of FILM: Pierrot le Fou (1965) with French New Wave Pre-party featuring Bertrand's Bistro
Crime/Drama/Romance - 50th Anniversary of the Jean-Luc Godard classic

Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeoisie behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard’s tenth feature in six years is a stylish mash-up of consumerist satire, politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard, Belmondo and Karina are at their most animated. Pierrot le fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina. Not Rated. 110 minutes. English subtitles.

 


• March 18, 2015
Champs (2015) with Boxing Panel
Documentary: Boxing
Sponsored by Erie Reader and Port Harbor Homes
*PANELISTS: To be announced... Hosted by Dr. R. James Wertz.

From inner-city housing projects to the biggest stages in boxing, this insightful and provocative documentary charts the lives of some of America's heaviest hitters, including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins, as they seek to break out of poverty via one of the few outlets available. Director Bert Marcus skillfully weaves their personal histories and gripping footage from their biggest bouts to explore the meaning of the American dream in a society increasingly fragmented between rich and poor

Directed by: Bert Marcus. Starring: Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins
Unrated. 85 Minutes.

 

 

• March 25, 2015
Happy Valley (2014) with filmmaker, Amir Bar-Lev, big screen Q&A via Skype
Documentary: Sex Abuse/Penn State/Sports Culture

In his newest film, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story) takes audiences on a thought-provoking journey into the town of State College, the home of Penn State University, an area long known as "Happy Valley." The film delves into the culture of a school, town, and country where football is religion; into the world of Joe Paterno, Penn State's iconic head football coach for over four decades; and into the days, months, and years leading up to November 2011, when everything came crashing down.

Happy Valley chronicles the ensuing firestorm of accusations of this complicated and tragic tale and creates a parable of guilt, responsibility, and identity for a small town caught in the glare of the national
spotlight.

Directed by: Amir Bar-Lev. Unrated. 98 Minutes.

 

• April 1, 2015
Whiplash (2014) with The Monk's Brew live jazz performance
Drama/Music
Sponsored by 3 B Saloon
*Oscar Nominee for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing & Best Supporting Actor

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness
are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Directed by: Damien Chazelle. Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons Rated R. 107 Minutes.

Immediately following the film, The Monk's Brew will take to the stage for a live performance.

The Monk's Brew has been creating what JazzErie has described as a "unique brand of contemporary jazz" since October 2011, when the group met at Mercyhurst University. The band is Dillon Shidemantle - trumpet and voice, Bobby Lucas - keyboards, Alex McLaughlin - bass, and Michael Hibbler II - drums. Inspired by the jazz tradition, the band joined to create what has been called "the next generation of jazz": music that is strong, smooth, and connected to today.

 

• April 8, 2015
Girlhood (2015) with Made in Erie Marketplace vendors from 6-7pm
Drama
* Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.

Directed by: Céline Sciamma. Starring Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh. Rated R. 112 minutes. English subtitles.

Join Made in Erie Marketplace from 6-7pm in the lobby! The Made in Erie Marketplace provides a venue for regional creative industries to support a thriving, sustainable economy in Erie County.

 

• April 15, 2015
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Drama
*Oscar Nominee for Best Actress, Marion Cotillard

Sandra (Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, the Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom.

Rotten Tomatoes concensus: Another profoundly affecting work from the Dardenne brothers, Two Days, One Night delivers its timely message with honesty and clear-eyed compassion.

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione,
Pili Groyne. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. English subtitles.

 

• April 22, 2015
The Great Invisible (2014)
Documentary: Environment/Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Sponsored by Whole Foods Cooperative

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in a blaze of fire that could be seen 35 miles away, killing 11 workers and causing the worst oil spill in American history. THE GREAT INVISIBLE, the first comprehensive overview of the incident and its aftermath, is the result of four years that Alabama-born Brown spent traveling in the small towns and major cities all around the Gulf, talking to those affected. With an eye for unforgettable characters, Brown gained the trust of a wide range of people, from industry insiders to smalltown fishermen, from lawyers administering BP's faulty compensation fund to the shell-shocked survivors of the initial blast (one of whom provides chilling first-person video taken onboard the Deepwater Horizon in the days leading up to the disaster). Together, their testimony adds up to a damning portrait of an industry whose lack of government oversight led to unthinkable catastrophe — a lack of oversight that has not changed, despite the widespread outrage at the time.

Directed by: Margaret Brown. Rated PG-13. 92 Minutes.

 

• April 29, 2015
Closing Spring FILM: White God (2015)
Drama
Sponsored by Club Pet Adoption
Pennsylvania Premiere!
* Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Un Certain Regard award-winner (2014 Cannes Film Festival)

When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog, Hagen, because it's mixed-breed heritage is deemed 'unfit' by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called 'unfit' dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time house pet who has learned all too well from his 'Masters' in his journey through the streets and animal control centers how to bite the hands that beat him.

Directed by: Kornél Mundruczó. Rated R. 117 minutes. English subtitles.

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 


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