Q&A with filmmaker Mark Kitchell and panel of experts after the film!
From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) comes a new saga of social change, EVOLUTION of ORGANIC. It’s the story of the organic agriculture movement, told by those who built it. A collective portrait full of great stories and strong characters. We captured the arc of organic, from its alternative origins to mainstream triumph. Not just a history, the film explores the next generation expanding organic and carbon farming as a solution to climate change. Narrated by Frances McDormand.
Thanks very much to Rainbow Grocery for sponsoring this screening — and the film.
Appearing after the film will be a panel:
— John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project
— Bu Nygrens of Veritable Vegetable (invited)
— Sibella Kraus of SAGE, founder of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Chez Panisse forager
— Matt Diamond of Amigo Bob’s Organics, fertilizer, and kits for growing organic marijuana
This new six-part digital docu-series explores a community-based attempt to fight violence in Burkina Faso in the Sahel region of West Africa. The series is an honest, authentic, people-centered view of a peace-building effort in an area drawing increasing international attention for its role in combating violent extremism.
Stay after the screening for a discussion with producer Lance Kramer and director of Rule of Law, Justice, and Security, United States Institute of Peace, Philippe Leroux-Martin!
Each episode profiles a community member in the small town of SAABA: a police officer, a Muslim cleric, a leader of a vigilante security group, a women’s activist, and the tribal chief. The final episode follows everyone as they come together to build security and resilience in a community on the border of Boko Haram and ISIS strongholds in West Africa.
Directed by Brandon Kramer
Produced by Lance Kramer
Executive produced by Katy Chevigny
A Co-Production of Meridian Hill Pictures (CITY OF TREES, THE MESSY TRUTH WITH VAN JONES) and Big Mouth Productions (CAMERAPERSON, E-TEAM, 1971)
Actress Edita Brychtová IN PERSON for Q&A after the film!
In this sci-fi drama, Olda suffers from a total lack of energy and falls into a coma. A natural healer tries to rejuvenate him. In doing so, he learns that Olda has an “alter ego” inside the TV that sucks the energy from Olda every time he tunes in. Can Olda resist watching TV and live a more fulfilling life in the real world, or will the television world take over? The film won a Czech Lion Award for Best Editing and was the most popular film in the Czech Republic in 1994.
Director: Jan Svěrák. Cast: Petr Forman, Edita Brychtová, Zdeněk Svěrák, Boleslav Polívka, Věra Křesadlová. Screenplay: Zdeněk Svěrák, Jan Svěrák, Jan Slovák. 1994. 111 minutes.
In a dystopian Japan, twenty years in the future, all the canine pets of Megasaki City have been rounded-up after an outbreak of Dog-Flu and exiled to a massive garbage dump called Trash Island. A twelve-year old boy named Atari journeys to the crumbling kingdom of garbage in his Junior-Turbo Prop plane to search for his dog Spots. Along the way, he makes the acquaintance of a ragtag ensemble of mutts—and begins to uncover a massive political conspiracy that will shake the city to its core. Exquisitely designed, innovatively scored by composer Alexandre Desplat, and featuring a vast array of voice talents from Anderson’s ever-growing family of collaborators, stop-motion delight Isle of Dogs is a wildly inventive addition to the director’s collection of constructed cinematic worlds. (Metrograph)
Director: Wes Anderson. Cast: Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton.
About the BYOD screening on April 29 (1:15pm ONLY)
All proceeds from BYOD tickets ($5) will benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Muttville rescues dogs from all over California and beyond. At Muttville, they get medical care, grooming, and life in a loving foster home while they wait for the perfect adopter. Both dogs and people will need to have a ticket to attend. Owners are responsible for their dog‘s behavior. Overly aggressive or uncontrollable dogs will be asked to leave.
NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.
Set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation, a young boy named Eda opens up a world of trouble when he inadvertently reveals that his father has been listening to resistance broadcasts from London. As a result, the Nazi requisition their apartment, and they are forced into exile in the countryside. Shot from the perspective of the 8-year-old boy, Eda finds his own adventures and discovers a new crop of friends during the extraordinary times. Along the way, Eda’s innocent perspective of the world contrasts with the shadow of World War II weighing heavily upon the country.
Director: Jan Svěrák. Screenplay: Jan Svěrák, Zdeněk Svěrák. Cast: Ondřej Vetchý, Tereza Voříšková, Alois Grec, Jan Tříska, Viera Pavlíková, Oldřich Kaiser. 2017. 111 minutes.
Is it possible to break out of one’s routine and head into a new direction late in life? Sixty-year-old Hana is unexpectedly given the impulse to do just that when she meets her contemporary Broňa. He encourages her to take up physical conditioning, especially swimming. Hana’s grown-up sons have been brazenly abusing her generosity for years. They feel that their mother’s new friend could jeopardize their power position. The prospect of a new romance with a hardy nonconformist, who arrives at a family lunch with a hen friend called Adele, finally goads Hana into changing the established order. In his new tragicomedy, director Bohdan Sláma continues to examine familiar themes – broken family relationships, the quest for love and happiness, and the characters’ ability to transform their lives. Ice Mother received the best screenplay award at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Czech candidate for the 2018 Academy Awards.
Director: Bohdan Sláma. Cast: Zuzana Krónerová, Pavel Nový, Daniel Vízek, Václav Neužil ml., Tatiana Vilhelmová, Petra Špalková. 2017. 106 minutes.
“It’s a universal story of the search for happiness played with rueful melancholy, brilliant understatement, and a wise and humorous attitude towards sex.”~ 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Gathering around one table every evening like a family, the members of a string quartet rehearse for another concert. The somewhat incongruous foursome consists of the attractive cello player Simona, her “mommy dependent” boyfriend Robert, the show off – Tomáš, and an aging history expert nicknamed Funés. An awkward misunderstanding and sexual tensions put the fate of the quartet at risk. Will they be able to continue as a group or will they go their separate ways?
Director: Miroslav Krobot. Cast: Barbora Poláková, Jaroslav Plesl, Lukáš Melník, Zdeněk Julina, Pavlína Štorková. 2017. 93 minutes.
The Roxie is honored to present the follow-up collaboration of director Thomas Riedlesheimer, musician Fred Frith, and artist Andy Goldsworthy: LEANING INTO THE WIND. To kick off our run, we are double featuring it with the film that originally gave such sweet cinematic sanctuary to the sculptor’s “little Zen miracles that are the essence of harmony”, RIVERS AND TIDES: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY WORKING WITH TIME.
LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTH
Sixteen years after the release of the groundbreaking film Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time director Thomas Riedelsheimer has returned to work with the artist. Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. As Goldsworthy introduces his own body into the work it becomes at the same time even more fragile and personal and also sterner and tougher, incorporating massive machinery and crews on his bigger projects. Riedelsheimer’s exquisite film illuminates Goldsworthy’s mind as it reveals his art.
Directed, filmed and edited by Thomas Riedelsheimer
Camera Assistant: Felix Riedelsheimer. Additional Photography: Holly Goldsworthy, Andy Goldsworthy. Music composed by Fred Frith. Germany. 93 mins.
RIVERS AND TIDES: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY WORKING WITH TIME (35mm)
Thomas Riedelsheimer’s mind-blowing documentary RIVERS AND TIDES, which won the Golden Gate Award Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the 2002 San Francisco International Film Festival.
That rare film about an artist that is, in itself, a work of art, RIVERS AND TIDES is a sensual and poetic journey into the world and mind of the renowned sculptor. Using materials from nature, Goldworthy allows the elements to have the last say in his beautiful creations, as his ingenious patterns of wood, leaves, stone and ice move and erode over time. Filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer followed the artist for over a year intimately documenting his improvisational process and capturing the serene spectacle of his works. Although Goldsworthy’s sculpture is best known through still photography, Rivers and Tides, with its haunting musical score by Fred Frith, is an altogether different way of experiencing the artist’s most ephemeral and fleeting masterpieces. – Richard Peterson, Rafael Film Center.
Director – Cinematographer – Editor: Thomas Riedelsheimer
Music by Fred Frith. Germany. 2000. 35mm. 90 mins.
“Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, passed away Wednesday March 14. Scientifically, Dr. Hawking will be best remembered for a discovery so strange that it might be expressed in the form of a Zen koan: When is a black hole not black? When it explodes.” – NY Times.
In honor of the theoretical physicist/pop icon, we offer Errol Morris’ fascinating & singular docu-adaptation of Hawking’s best selling book (“that no one read” –S.H.). “It goes without saying that Hawking’s ideas on time black holes and the shape of the universe are beyond the grasp of the layman, but not to worry. Morris’s visual dexterity, and Hawking’s eloquence, allow even a scientific illiterate to grasp the beautiful outlines of these cosmic speculations. And the theory is deftly balanced by Hawking’s extraordinary personal story, a moving tale of triumph over the most daunting personal obstacles that is related without a shred of sentimentality. Hawking’s computer-generated voice narrates the film, which is supplemented by pithy interviews with his mother his friends colleagues and students-all of whom were shot on stage sets, a characteristically uncanny Morris conceit. Propelled by a galvanic Philip Glass score,”A Brief History of Time” is an elegant, inspirational and mysterious movie. Morris turns abstract ideas into haunting images, and keeps them spinning in the air with the finesse, and playfulness, of a master juggler” – David Ansen Newsweek.
Peacemaker Padraig O’Malley & Director James Demo IN PERSON Fri. 3/30!
“A deeply moving portrait of its truly admirable, complex subject.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“The movie is a fascinating portrait that is if anything too brief.”
– New York Times
“The more we get to know him, the more his core motivation – is he an idealist or something else? – becomes the mystery of the film.”
Padraig O’Malley is legendary among the international human rights community for being a negotiator / mediator of reconciliation in some of the world’s most contentious conflict zones—he spent the 1970s and ’80s in Northern Ireland, the 1990s in South Africa, and the years since focused on the Middle East and the Balkans. Paradoxically a pacifist in war-torn countries, and an owner of the Cambridge pub where he first settled into decades of alcoholism, but that now funds his peacekeeping activities as he doggedly struggles to maintain his sobriety in A.A. The developer of groundbreaking principles based upon his experience in recovery, O’Malley ambitiously finances conferences around the world, flying in representatives of divided cultures undergoing their own peace process so as to assist with reconciliation efforts in other regions. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life as he strives to find salvation in conflict zones, his personal relationships and within himself.