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Schedule for Monday, July 25

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Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

New Releases

"It is a rich, beautifully organized and illustrated modern history of Eastern European Jewry examined through the life and work of the author, born Sholem Rabinovich in Pereyaslav (near Kiev) in 1859." (Stephen Holden, New York Times)

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness is the tale of the "Jewish Mark Twain" whose stories became the basis of the musical, Fiddler on the Roof. A rebellious genius who created a new literature, Sholem Aleichem helped forge a new modern Jewish identity by turning crisis into farce. 

Mon. July 25 at 7:00 pm: filmmaker Joseph Dorman joins New York Times critic Janet Maslin for a post screening interview.

Official Website / Trailer | New York Times review

Joseph Dorman. 2011. 95 m. NR. USA. International Film Circuit.

3:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

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Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times

New Releases

"A fascinating study of a newspaper doing its best to not just survive but to continue to do so with excellence while the world tilts beneath the venerable broadsheet." (Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times chronicles print journalism’s ongoing struggle to remain vital and solvent in a day where more and more people rely on the internet as their main news source. Debuting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Page One gives audiences unprecedented access to the venerable paper’s newsroom and the journalists within it, like the salty but endearing, David Carr.

Toronto Star

Andrew Rossi. 2011. 88 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

3:05 PM 5:05 PM 9:55 PM

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Buck

New Releases

"Holds your attention and heart for a tight 88 minutes." (Manohla Dargis, NY Times

Buck is a richly textured film about Buck Brannaman (the real life inspiration for the Robert Redford film, The Horse Whisperer) and his ability to dramatically transform horses – and people – with his understanding, compassion and respect. Buck is a true American story about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.

Official Website / Trailer | New York Times review

Cindy Meehl. 2011. 88 m. PG. USA. IFC Films.

3:10 PM 9:10 PM

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The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2011

Visionary producer/artist Lee Scratch Perry has been the guiding force for much of Jamaican music since the late ’60s. Perry was instrumental in Bob Marley’s career—producing several of his early, key works, and guiding him to become an international icon—before gaining worldwide recognition as a record producer and solo artist himself. Interviews with Perry and an amazing trove of old footage tell the crazy story of an incredibly innovative time in the music business and one of its unsung heroes. 

Ethan Higbee. 2008. 95 m. NR. USA. Permanent Marks.

5:10 PM 7:15 PM

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Midnight in Paris

New Releases

"It is marvelously romantic, even though — or precisely because — it acknowledges the disappointment that shadows every genuine expression of romanticism." (A.O. Scott, NY Times

Midnight in Paris, the latest from the incomparable Woody Allen, opened this year's Cannes Film Festival. The romantic comedy follows two couples visiting the City of Light, beautifully capturing Paris as well as the illusions people harbor that a life different from theirs would be much better. Allen's charming valentine to Paris stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, and features the film debut of Carla Bruni, the First Lady of France.

Official Website / Trailer | NY Times review

Woody Allen. 2011. 100 m. PG-13. Spain/USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

7:00 PM 9:15 PM