December 2014 – January 2015
Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk in 1972. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas’ life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently, the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history to attain such a highly regarded position. Monk With a Camera chronicles Nicky’s journey from playboy to monk to artist.
Directed by Guido Santi, Tina Mascara, 91min., 2014, U.S.A.
Harold Lloyd for the Holidays!
In 1922, the country boy Harold says goodbye to his mother and his girlfriend Mildred in the train station and leaves Great Bend expecting to be successful in the big city. Harold promises to Mildred to get married with her as soon as he “make good”. Harold shares a room with his friend “Limpy” Bill and he finally gets a job as salesman in the De Vore Department Store. However, he pawns Bill’s phonograph, buys a lavaliere and writes to Mildred telling that he is a manager of De Vore. One day, Harold sees an old friend from Great Bend that is a policeman and when he meets his friend Bill, he asks Bill to push the policeman over him and make him fall down. However Bill pushes the wrong policeman that chases him, but he escapes climbing up a building. Out of the blue, Mildred is convinced by her mother to visit Harold without previous notice and he pretends to be the manager of De Vore. When Harold overhears the general manager telling that he would give one thousand dollars to to anyone…
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor 70min. 1923, U.S.A. 3:30 pm.
Harold Lamb’s dream is to go to college and become the most popular student on campus, much like the character Speedy played by actor Lester Laurel in the movie “The College Hero”. Accepted into Tate College, Harold plans on emulating Speedy, including giving himself the nickname Speedy, to gain that popularity, not realizing that if he does so, he will be more the buffoon than the
hero. To be the most popular student, he will have to outdo the current most popular student, football captain Chet Trask. Unaware Speedy’s task is made all the more difficult when one of the upperclassmen, seeing how hard Speedy is trying to impress, does whatever he can to make Speedy look all the more ridiculous, all the while Speedy believing he is achieving his dream. The bully’s efforts are made all the more easy as Speedy is able to buy his way to seeming popularity with the small nest egg he was able to accumulate from work.
The one thing that Speedy may not be able to buy is his way onto the football team, which he is convinced is the only surefire way to becoming the campus hero, despite not realizing that he truly is not the football type. While Speedy remains unaware how he truly looks to his classmates, Peggy, the daughter of the owner of the rooming house where he is staying, is aware, she who is in love with him, and he with her. The love of a good woman may be able to provide Speedy with a clearer understanding of who he truly should be to impress, and/or get his mind focused on other things other than being everyone’s best friend.
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 76min., 1925, U.S.A. 5:00 pm.
There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector’s visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a couple – He is from La Pointe Courte, she is Parisian – coming to terms with their changing relationship.
Directed by Agnès Varda, 86min. 1956, France
A happily-married carpenter inadvertently falls in love with a young telephone company employee. As he explores his feelings in the joy of that relationship, he discovers that far from feeling alienated from his wife and child, the joy of his new relationship actually intensifies his attachment to them as well. He is at a loss how to explain this to his wife. When Thomas shares the truth about his relationships with his wife she appears to accept his statement that he has enough love for both her and his mistress, but then she commits suicide. Thomas’ relationship with his mistress survives.
Directed by Agnès Varda, 79min, 1965, France
Oscars Documentary Short-List Series
Academy & Roxie members must present their membership cards to be admitted free of charge.
Lonnie Franklin Jr was arrested in July 2010 after a 25 year killing spree in which it is thought he could have killed over a 100 victims, potentially making him the most prolific serial killer in history. Significantly his arrest was not the product of painstaking detective work but completely accidental, the result of a computer DNA match that linked him to a possible 20 victims. Franklin now awaits trial. Tales of the Grim Sleeper looks into how it was possible for all this to happen.
The murders all took place in the South Central area of Los Angeles, the poor part of the city with the worst schools, the worst hospitals, and no jobs. The Lonnie Franklin case has become very political in Los Angeles amidst accusations that the reason the killings were able to go on for so long was because the victims were all black African-American women. The murders were all reported as being the killings of prostitutes, even though it now appears many were not.
What is revealed is a police force that didn’t care and a community estranged and abandoned from the rest of the city. A police force that for years used the slang term NHI (No Human Involved) for murders of prostitutes, drug addicts and gang members.
In this film we meet all those people the police never talked to. Like a detective story, we are introduced to Lonnie’s world. We meet his friends, Richard, Gary, and Steve, who slowly reveal the extent of their knowledge; Jerry, Lonnie’s night time companion when he picked up women, and Chris, Lonnie’s son, who paint a complicated portrait of a contradictory man; The survivors who narrowly escaped death at Lonnie’s hands but would never dream of sharing their experiences with the police.
We meet the amazing women of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, who for over 30 years have fought tirelessly to see justice for the Victims families. Through characters like Pam, who used to work the streets, we are taken on a tour of Lonnie’s haunts – the Mustang Motel, The Snooty Fox, the woman who’s throat he tried to cut, and the people of South Central LA. We find wit, humour, and humanity in the most unexpected places, and a people who have been dealt a grave injustice that extends far beyond this case.
On December 2, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences announced the preliminary list of documentaries from which the eventual five nominees for Best Feature-length Documentary will be selected for the 87th Oscars®. One hundred thirty-four films were originally submitted. Voting for Academy members begins on December 29 and ends January 8. This series provides a last chance for Bay Area Academy members and the public alike to see some of these docs on the big screen before nominees are voted on and announce.
Academy & Roxie members must present their cards to be admitted free of charge.
The Screening Schedule will be announce shortly.
The Titles Include:
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper” DIrected by Nick Broomfield– Tuesday, December 30.
“Last Days in Vietnam” Directed by Rory Kennedy
“The Internet’s Own Boy” Directed by Rory Kennedy
“The Overnighters” Directed by Jesse Moss
“Keep On Keepin’ On” Directed by Alan Hicks
“Art and Craft” Directed by Sam Cullman, Mark Becker, Jennifer Grausman
“The Kill Team” Directed by Dan Krauss
“The Case against 8″ Directed by Ryan White, Ben Cotner
Happy NEW YEAR!
We reopen on January 1st..
On Valentine’s Day 1900, most of the small student body and staff of Appleyard College, a private girls’ boarding school in Victoria State, Australia, are going on a day long picnic to nearby Hanging Rock. Two people who will not be going are Mrs. Appleyard, the school’s owner and proprietress, and Sara, a student who is being punished for a situation outside of her control. Later that evening, the picnickers arrive back to the college later than expected minus four people: teacher Miss McCraw, and students Miranda, Irma and Marion, all of who have gone missing. The three girls plus a tag-along student, Emily, went exploring up the rock, when Emily came rushing off the rock by herself in a frightened panic, with several cuts and bruises and her dress torn. By that time, no one had noticed that Miss McCraw had also gone missing. Emily cannot remember anything about the incident beyond seeing Miss McCraw off in the distance climbing up the rock when she herself was heading down. As the authorities go on an exhaustive search for the missing four, their disappearance elicits different reactions from people involved. Michael Fitzhubert, a young well off man, who, along with his valet Albert, saw the four girls climbing up the rock, and feels compelled to find them. Sara, who idolized Miranda, is quietly affected as she keeps several secrets about herself and what Miranda told her earlier that day. And Miss Appleyard, although concerned about the welfare of the missing four, seems more concerned about the possibly tarnished reputation of the school, to which her name is attached, and the affect the scandal may have on its viability.
Directed by Peter Weir, 115min, 1986, Australia
Based solely on a tea leaf reading, superstitious and introspective Kay believes she and Louis are destined to fall in love. She is able to convince him of the same despite his just having gotten engaged to her co-worker, Cheryl. That destiny may change with the fortunes of what she sees as the next symbol of their relationship, a somewhat sickly elder tree Louis plants in their garden for their one year anniversary.
Their relationship is placed under a strain with the arrival of Kay’s formerly institutionalized sister Dawn – nicknamed Sweetie – and Sweetie’s current boyfriend, Bob, who Sweetie believes will help her get into show business. Kay’s pleas to her father Gordon to help get Sweetie out of her house go largely ignored, as he has never judged Sweetie, who he still sees as his performing loving little girl. Gordon is facing his own issues as Kay and Sweetie’s mother, Flo, has just left him on a trial separation, their issues largely stemming from his protecting Sweetie at all cost, Sweetie who had most recently been living with them.
Directed by Jane Campion, 97min., 1989, Australia
Friday, January 2 – Thursday, January 8
The Sundance Film Festival has been widely acknowledged as the premier showcase for short films and the launch pad for careers of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Spotlighting an impressive assortment of stories and styles, this year’s tour of Sundance shorts is comprised of two separate programs, one featuring live-action films, while another focuses on highlights from their animated presentations.
2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS: LIVE ACTION
Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the live action segment is a 94- minute program of eight short films from the 2014 edition of the January Festival and features both fiction and documentary. The diverse program ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand the meaning of life to a hilarious, all-too familiar government deposition. The shorts featured include Afronauts (Frances Bodomo, US), The Cut (Genevi`eve Dulude-Decelles, Canada, Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction), Dawn (Rose McGowan, US), I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked (Yuval Hameiri, Israel, Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction), I’m a Mitzvah (Ben Berman, US), Love. Love. Love. (Sandhya Daisy Sundaram, Russia, Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction), MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” (Daniel Moshel, Austria) and Verbatim (Brett Weiner, US).
For Further More Contents Information at OFFICIAL SITE (Live Action)
2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS: ANIMATION
The touring program of Animated Shorts from 2014 and past editions of the Sundance features styles ranging from handmade drawing and painting to puppetry, with stories of love, art, bubbles, nudism, the creation of the universe and what it all means to you. The 95 minute program includes: Belly (Julia Pott, UK), It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt, US), Marilyn Myller (Mikey Please, US/UK), The Obvious Child (Stephen Irwin, UK), Oh Willy… (Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef, Belgium/France/Netherlands), Subconscious Password (Chris Landreth, Canada), Voice on the Line (Kelly Sears, US) and Yearbook (Bernardo Britto, US, Short Film Jury Award: Animation, Sundance 2014). For Further More Contents Information at OFFICIAL SITE (Animation)