FILM - kick off
Wednesday, May 18
6:00 p.m. Doors Open
6:30 p.m. Program Preview
7:00 p.m. Film
This summer’s FILM series begins May 18. The Women in Film program
returns with a spotlight on female filmmakers. Join us for the kick-off
party. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the summer preview at 6:30 p.m.
followed by the FILM, The Witch.
College ID Night: Show your active college ID and get one
Go to Film Society of Northwertn Pennsylvania to purchase a ticket ahead of time or you can buy one at the door.
• May 25: Janis, Little Blue Girl
Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all
time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners
and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at age 27. This in
depth examination presents an intimate and insightful portrait of a
complicated, driven, and often-beleaguered artist. Directed by Amy Berg.
• June 1: Trapped
U.S. abortion clinics are fighting to survive. Since 2010, hundreds of laws
regulating abortion clinics have been passed by conservative state
legislatures, particularly in the south. These restrictions, known as TRAP
laws (or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) are spreading across
America. Faced with increased costs of compliance and the alarming fear of
violence from protesters, the stakes for the women and men on the front
lines couldn't be any higher. As the battle heads to the U.S. Supreme Court,
TRAPPED follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers fighting to
keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women, many of
them poor and uninsured. Directed by Dawn Porter.
• June 8: Suffragette
Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and
three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful
drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight
for equality in early-20th-century Britain. Directed by Sarah Gavron.
• June 15: Mustang
Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged
sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their
games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she
considers to be illicit behavior to the girls' family. The family overreacts,
removing all "instruments of corruption," like cell phones and computers,
and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in
housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters
are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate.
The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future
where they can determine their own lives, in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's
directorial debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
• June 22: Cameraperson
What does it mean to film another person? How does it affect that
person - and what does it do to the one who films? Kirsten Johnson is
one of the most notable cinematographers working in documentary
cinema today, having shot CITIZENFOUR, HAPPY VALLEY,
FAHRENHEIT 9/11, THE OATH, THE INVISIBLE WAR, and dozens of
other essential documentaries. With her visually radical memoir
CAMERAPERSON, Johnson presents an extraordinary and deeply
poetic film of her own, drawing on the remarkable and varied footage
that she has shot and reframing it in ways that illuminate moments
and situations that have personally affected her. Directed by Kirsten
• June 29: The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Sponsored by Lilly Broadcasting
Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love,
acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex
love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest
man in the world," Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows
is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic
awakening, without judgment. Directed by Marielle Heller.
• July 6: The Fits
The Fits is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni, a tomboy assimilating
to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End. Enamored by the power
and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs
routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a
mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni's desire for
acceptance is twisted. Directed by Anna Rose Holmer.
• July 13: Songs My Brother Taught Me
The setting is the often starkly beautiful Badlands of South Dakota's Pine
Ridge Indian Reservation; most of the key players are young Lakota Native
Americans who attend Little Wound High School. Johnny and his preteen
sister, Jashaun, spend time on horseback when they're not selling illegal
liquor or tattoo-designed apparel. “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” captures
the subtleties of a marginalized existence in which the historic culture of a
people can't compete on a level playing field with the modern problems of
poverty, alcoholism, and violence. Amazingly, she embroiders her tale with
moments of breathtaking natural beauty that offset the despair her
characters struggle against. An auspicious debut feature from a director
whose superb eye is informed by the sophisticated and nuanced
compassion she brings to her story. Directed by Chloé Zhao.
• July 20: TBA
Presented by the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania