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Schedule for Wednesday, April 3
Hava Nagila (The Movie)
A lively romp through the history, mystery, and meaning of the ubiquitous Jewish party tune with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, and Regina Spektor. This exuberant, surprisingly fascinating film follows the song from Eastern Europe to the American suburbs, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music, and the resilient spirit of a people.
Roberta Grossman. 2012. 73 m. NR. Israel/Ukraine/USA. International Film Circuit.2:00 PM
Gimme the Loot
“Plays so naturally that it feels spontaneous, even during passages so clever they could make Quentin Tarantino jealous.” (Variety)
A brilliantly sharp, funny, and idiosyncratic urban adventure about NYC’s ultimate graffiti writers. Gimme the Loot won Best Narrative Feature at the SXSW Film Festival last year and was lauded at Cannes—where it was one of only two US films in competition. Filmmaker Adam Leon is clearly on the way up!
Adam Leon. 2013. 81 m. NR. USA. IFC Films.2:10 PM 4:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
"...a stinging, brutally funny satire of modern politics from Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain that ads up to lesson on how to defeat a despot with a Smile button." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
Academy Award Nominee- Best Foreign Language Film
When controversial military dictator Augusto Pinochet's permanence of power is put up to a vote of "yes" or "no", opposition leaders hire a young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.
Pablo Larrain. 2013. 115 m. R. Chile, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.2:20 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM
A.K.A. Doc Pomus
Doc Pomus, a Jewish kid from Brooklyn, was one of the most successful songwriters of all time, publishing hundreds of hits (“Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “Viva Las Vegas”) from the blues clubs of Harlem to the explosion of rock and roll. Though confined to crutches and a wheelchair, he lived a rich, eventful life. Featuring collaborators and friends from Lou Reed to B. B. King, this documentary celebrates the generous spirit and storied career of a musical legend.
Peter Miller/Will Hechter . 2012. 98 m. NR. USA. Clear Lake Productions.7:00 PM