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Wednesday, August 5

Mr. Holmes

New Releases

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey), the film features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) who returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker). Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.

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Bill Condon. 2015. 104 m. PG. UK/USA. Roadside Attractions .

1:00 PM   3:10 PM   5:25 PM   7:40 PM   9:55 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

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Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:05 PM   3:15 PM   5:30 PM   7:45 PM   10:05 PM  

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)


Westchester Exclusive!
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives 
him a reason to live.

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Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:10 PM   2:10 PM   3:25 PM   4:25 PM   5:40 PM   6:40 PM   7:55 PM   8:45 PM   10:10 PM  

Amy

New Releases

"Amy is an emotionally stirring and technically polished tribute, its sprawling mass of diverse source material elegantly cleaned up, color-corrected and shaped into a satisfying narrative." (Hollywood Reporter)

Despite just two albums to her name, Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice oft described as a combination of Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a once-in-a-generation musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines.

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Asif Kapadia. 2015. 128 m. R. UK. A24 Films.

1:30 PM   4:30 PM  

Heaven Adores You

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“A soulful, moving tribute.” (Daily Beast)

A tender, meditative inquiry into the life and music of the ferociously talented singer/songwriter Elliott Smith (1969–2003). By threading recorded conversations and interviews through the film—along with plenty of Smith’s music, some of which even his most devoted fans won’t have heard before—Heaven Adores You is a vivid exploration of his life, work, and enduring impact. 

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Nickolas Dylan Rossi. 2014. 104 m. NR. USA. SpectiCast.

7:30 PM  

The Stanford Prison Experiment

New Releases

"The ensemble shines in demonstrating the complexities of the individuals who either endure or exploit this system of abusive power dynamics." (Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times)

In 1971, Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world. The Stanford Prison Experiment, based on the research of Dr. Zimbardo (who was a consultant on the film), is a dramatic retelling of what went shockingly wrong.

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Kyle Patrick Alvarez. 2015. 122 m. R. USA. IFC Films.

9:40 PM  



Thursday, August 6

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)


Westchester Exclusive!
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives 
him a reason to live.

close


Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:35 PM   5:00 PM   7:10 PM   9:15 PM  

Amy

New Releases

"Amy is an emotionally stirring and technically polished tribute, its sprawling mass of diverse source material elegantly cleaned up, color-corrected and shaped into a satisfying narrative." (Hollywood Reporter)

Despite just two albums to her name, Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice oft described as a combination of Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a once-in-a-generation musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines.

close


Asif Kapadia. 2015. 128 m. R. UK. A24 Films.

1:05 PM   7:05 PM  

Mr. Holmes

New Releases

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey), the film features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) who returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker). Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.

close


Bill Condon. 2015. 104 m. PG. UK/USA. Roadside Attractions .

1:10 PM   3:20 PM   5:30 PM   7:45 PM   9:55 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:15 PM   3:25 PM   5:35 PM   7:50 PM   10:00 PM  

The Stanford Prison Experiment

New Releases

"The ensemble shines in demonstrating the complexities of the individuals who either endure or exploit this system of abusive power dynamics." (Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times)

In 1971, Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world. The Stanford Prison Experiment, based on the research of Dr. Zimbardo (who was a consultant on the film), is a dramatic retelling of what went shockingly wrong.

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Kyle Patrick Alvarez. 2015. 122 m. R. USA. IFC Films.

4:05 PM   9:45 PM  

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FROM THE 2015 WESTCHESTER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 

"The Outrageous Sophie Tucker is a loving portrait .. delivered in a tidy package." (Village Voice) Sophie Tucker enchanted her audiences with her bold, bawdy, and brassy style. This delightful portrait uses the Last of the Red Hot Mama’s 400- plus personal scrapbooks to retrace her 60-year showbiz career. The movie has everything: the blues-infused songs, sexual innuendo, infectious charisma, and irreverent humor that catapulted Tucker to stardom.

LIVE CABARET PERFORMANCE with Broadway star, impressionist, and Sirius XM radio personality Christine Pedi. She will be accompanied by Matthew Martin Ward. 

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William Gazecki. 2014. 96 m. NR. US. Menemsha Films.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers)



Friday, August 7

Mr. Holmes

New Releases

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey), the film features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) who returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker). Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.

close


Bill Condon. 2015. 104 m. PG. UK/USA. Roadside Attractions .

12:00 PM   2:10 PM   5:00 PM   7:15 PM   9:50 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:05 PM   2:15 PM   5:05 PM   7:20 PM   9:30 PM  

Tangerine

New Releases

"Appearances both deceive and delight in this tough yet tender, gritty yet gorgeous movie, which was made with ingenious skill and what would count as chump change at the big studios." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

Shot entirely on iPhones, which gives the film both a grainy and highly-saturated look,Tangerine bursts off the screen with energy and style defying expectation at every turn. Back on the block, sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) discovers that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up. Sin-dee, reluctantly joined by her best friend Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embarks on a rip-roaring odyssey through various subcultures of Los Angeles to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. 

close

New York Times review


Sean Baker. 2015. 88 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

12:10 PM   2:20 PM   5:10 PM   7:25 PM  

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)


Westchester Exclusive!
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives 
him a reason to live.

close


Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:15 PM   2:25 PM   5:15 PM   7:30 PM   9:40 PM  

Best of Enemies

New Releases

"Wickedly entertaining. The debate footage is a gold mine. Highly viewable and highly illuminating. A history lesson that also manages to be extremely timely." (Steve Pond, The Wrap)


In the summer of 1968, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted and ratings for ABC News skyrocketed.
Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today. "A madcap intellectual romp. Lively and fascinating." (Avishay Artsy, KCRW)

close


Morgan Neville/Robert Gordon. 2015. 87 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

12:25 PM   2:35 PM   5:25 PM   7:40 PM   9:35 PM  

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“Morgen teases out aspects of Cobain's life that had been largely overlooked, in particular his intense ambition to succeed and his huge fear of humiliation if he didn't.” (Peter Howell, Toronto Star)

Montage of Heck is a fascinating look at the man who created music that still matters to so many people.” (Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe)

Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of legendary band Nirvana, remains a rock music icon 20 years after his sudden death. Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, On the Ropes), Montage of Heck is a journey through Cobain's life and career told through the lens of his home movies, personal recordings, artwork, photography, and journals. Filled with incredible animation, candid interviews and, of course, the timeless music of Nirvana, Montage of Heck is one of the most talked about documentaries of the year, and a fantastic late-minute addition to our “Sounds of Summer” music series.

close


Brett Morgen. 2015. 132 m. NR. USA. Abramorama.

9:45 PM  



Saturday, August 8

Mr. Holmes

New Releases

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey), the film features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) who returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker). Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.

close


Bill Condon. 2015. 104 m. PG. UK/USA. Roadside Attractions .

12:00 PM   2:10 PM   5:00 PM   7:15 PM   9:50 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:05 PM   2:15 PM   5:05 PM   7:20 PM   9:30 PM  

Tangerine

New Releases

"Appearances both deceive and delight in this tough yet tender, gritty yet gorgeous movie, which was made with ingenious skill and what would count as chump change at the big studios." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

Shot entirely on iPhones, which gives the film both a grainy and highly-saturated look,Tangerine bursts off the screen with energy and style defying expectation at every turn. Back on the block, sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) discovers that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up. Sin-dee, reluctantly joined by her best friend Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embarks on a rip-roaring odyssey through various subcultures of Los Angeles to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. 

close

New York Times review


Sean Baker. 2015. 88 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

12:10 PM   2:20 PM   5:10 PM   7:25 PM  

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)


Westchester Exclusive!
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives 
him a reason to live.

close


Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:15 PM   2:25 PM   5:15 PM   7:30 PM   9:40 PM  

Best of Enemies

New Releases

"Wickedly entertaining. The debate footage is a gold mine. Highly viewable and highly illuminating. A history lesson that also manages to be extremely timely." (Steve Pond, The Wrap)


In the summer of 1968, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted and ratings for ABC News skyrocketed.
Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today. "A madcap intellectual romp. Lively and fascinating." (Avishay Artsy, KCRW)

close


Morgan Neville/Robert Gordon. 2015. 87 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

12:25 PM   2:35 PM   5:25 PM   7:40 PM   9:35 PM  

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“Morgen teases out aspects of Cobain's life that had been largely overlooked, in particular his intense ambition to succeed and his huge fear of humiliation if he didn't.” (Peter Howell, Toronto Star)

Montage of Heck is a fascinating look at the man who created music that still matters to so many people.” (Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe)

Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of legendary band Nirvana, remains a rock music icon 20 years after his sudden death. Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, On the Ropes), Montage of Heck is a journey through Cobain's life and career told through the lens of his home movies, personal recordings, artwork, photography, and journals. Filled with incredible animation, candid interviews and, of course, the timeless music of Nirvana, Montage of Heck is one of the most talked about documentaries of the year, and a fantastic late-minute addition to our “Sounds of Summer” music series.

close


Brett Morgen. 2015. 132 m. NR. USA. Abramorama.

9:45 PM  



Sunday, August 9

Mr. Holmes

New Releases

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey), the film features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) who returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker). Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.

close


Bill Condon. 2015. 104 m. PG. UK/USA. Roadside Attractions .

12:00 PM   2:10 PM   5:00 PM   7:15 PM   9:50 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:05 PM   2:15 PM   5:05 PM   7:20 PM   9:30 PM  

Tangerine

New Releases

"Appearances both deceive and delight in this tough yet tender, gritty yet gorgeous movie, which was made with ingenious skill and what would count as chump change at the big studios." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

Shot entirely on iPhones, which gives the film both a grainy and highly-saturated look,Tangerine bursts off the screen with energy and style defying expectation at every turn. Back on the block, sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) discovers that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up. Sin-dee, reluctantly joined by her best friend Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embarks on a rip-roaring odyssey through various subcultures of Los Angeles to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. 

close

New York Times review


Sean Baker. 2015. 88 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

12:10 PM   2:20 PM   5:10 PM   7:25 PM  

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)


Westchester Exclusive!
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives 
him a reason to live.

close


Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:15 PM   2:25 PM   5:15 PM   7:30 PM   9:40 PM  

Best of Enemies

New Releases

"Wickedly entertaining. The debate footage is a gold mine. Highly viewable and highly illuminating. A history lesson that also manages to be extremely timely." (Steve Pond, The Wrap)


In the summer of 1968, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted and ratings for ABC News skyrocketed.
Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today. "A madcap intellectual romp. Lively and fascinating." (Avishay Artsy, KCRW)

close


Morgan Neville/Robert Gordon. 2015. 87 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

12:25 PM   2:35 PM   5:25 PM   7:40 PM   9:35 PM  

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“Morgen teases out aspects of Cobain's life that had been largely overlooked, in particular his intense ambition to succeed and his huge fear of humiliation if he didn't.” (Peter Howell, Toronto Star)

Montage of Heck is a fascinating look at the man who created music that still matters to so many people.” (Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe)

Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of legendary band Nirvana, remains a rock music icon 20 years after his sudden death. Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, On the Ropes), Montage of Heck is a journey through Cobain's life and career told through the lens of his home movies, personal recordings, artwork, photography, and journals. Filled with incredible animation, candid interviews and, of course, the timeless music of Nirvana, Montage of Heck is one of the most talked about documentaries of the year, and a fantastic late-minute addition to our “Sounds of Summer” music series.

close


Brett Morgen. 2015. 132 m. NR. USA. Abramorama.

9:45 PM  



Monday, August 10

Tangerine

New Releases

"Appearances both deceive and delight in this tough yet tender, gritty yet gorgeous movie, which was made with ingenious skill and what would count as chump change at the big studios." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

Shot entirely on iPhones, which gives the film both a grainy and highly-saturated look,Tangerine bursts off the screen with energy and style defying expectation at every turn. Back on the block, sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) discovers that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up. Sin-dee, reluctantly joined by her best friend Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embarks on a rip-roaring odyssey through various subcultures of Los Angeles to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. 

close

New York Times review


Sean Baker. 2015. 88 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

1:00 PM   3:00 PM   5:00 PM   9:55 PM  

Mr. Holmes

New Releases

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey), the film features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) who returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker). Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.

close


Bill Condon. 2015. 104 m. PG. UK/USA. Roadside Attractions .

1:05 PM   3:15 PM   5:25 PM   7:40 PM   10:05 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

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Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:10 PM   3:10 PM   5:10 PM   7:20 PM   9:30 PM  

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)


Westchester Exclusive!
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives 
him a reason to live.

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Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:15 PM   3:25 PM   5:35 PM   7:50 PM   10:00 PM  

Best of Enemies

New Releases

"Wickedly entertaining. The debate footage is a gold mine. Highly viewable and highly illuminating. A history lesson that also manages to be extremely timely." (Steve Pond, The Wrap)


In the summer of 1968, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted and ratings for ABC News skyrocketed.
Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today. "A madcap intellectual romp. Lively and fascinating." (Avishay Artsy, KCRW)

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Morgan Neville/Robert Gordon. 2015. 87 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

1:20 PM   3:35 PM   5:45 PM   8:00 PM   9:50 PM  



Tuesday, August 11

Tangerine

New Releases

"Appearances both deceive and delight in this tough yet tender, gritty yet gorgeous movie, which was made with ingenious skill and what would count as chump change at the big studios." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

Shot entirely on iPhones, which gives the film both a grainy and highly-saturated look,Tangerine bursts off the screen with energy and style defying expectation at every turn. Back on the block, sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) discovers that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up. Sin-dee, reluctantly joined by her best friend Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embarks on a rip-roaring odyssey through various subcultures of Los Angeles to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. 

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New York Times review


Sean Baker. 2015. 88 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

1:00 PM   3:00 PM   5:00 PM   9:55 PM  

Mr. Holmes

New Releases

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey), the film features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) who returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker). Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.

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Bill Condon. 2015. 104 m. PG. UK/USA. Roadside Attractions .

1:05 PM   3:15 PM   5:25 PM   9:45 PM  

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)


Westchester Exclusive!
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives 
him a reason to live.

close


Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:10 PM   3:10 PM   5:10 PM   7:15 PM   9:25 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

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Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:15 PM   3:25 PM   5:35 PM   7:50 PM   10:00 PM  

Best of Enemies

New Releases

"Wickedly entertaining. The debate footage is a gold mine. Highly viewable and highly illuminating. A history lesson that also manages to be extremely timely." (Steve Pond, The Wrap)


In the summer of 1968, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted and ratings for ABC News skyrocketed.
Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today. "A madcap intellectual romp. Lively and fascinating." (Avishay Artsy, KCRW)

close


Morgan Neville/Robert Gordon. 2015. 87 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

1:20 PM   3:20 PM   5:20 PM   7:25 PM   9:35 PM  

The Wrecking Crew

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“Wonderful, touching, and hilarious.” (Elvis Costello)

The story of the unsung studio musicians who provided the backbeat, the bottom, and the swinging melody that drove many of the number-one hits of the 1960s. Whether recording with Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds, or the Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the “West Coast sound” a cultural force felt around the world. A fun and moving tribute. 

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Denny Tedesco. 2008. 101 m. PG. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

7:40 PM  



Wednesday, August 12

Mr. Holmes

New Releases

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey), the film features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) who returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker). Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.

close


Bill Condon. 2015. 104 m. PG. UK/USA. Roadside Attractions .

1:00 PM   3:10 PM   5:35 PM   7:50 PM   10:05 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

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Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:05 PM   3:15 PM   5:30 PM   7:40 PM   9:55 PM  

Best of Enemies

New Releases

"Wickedly entertaining. The debate footage is a gold mine. Highly viewable and highly illuminating. A history lesson that also manages to be extremely timely." (Steve Pond, The Wrap)


In the summer of 1968, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted and ratings for ABC News skyrocketed.
Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today. "A madcap intellectual romp. Lively and fascinating." (Avishay Artsy, KCRW)

close


Morgan Neville/Robert Gordon. 2015. 87 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

1:15 PM   3:05 PM   5:00 PM   7:00 PM   9:00 PM  

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)


Westchester Exclusive!
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives 
him a reason to live.

close


Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:25 PM   3:30 PM   5:40 PM   7:55 PM   10:00 PM  

Tangerine

New Releases

"Appearances both deceive and delight in this tough yet tender, gritty yet gorgeous movie, which was made with ingenious skill and what would count as chump change at the big studios." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

Shot entirely on iPhones, which gives the film both a grainy and highly-saturated look,Tangerine bursts off the screen with energy and style defying expectation at every turn. Back on the block, sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) discovers that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up. Sin-dee, reluctantly joined by her best friend Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embarks on a rip-roaring odyssey through various subcultures of Los Angeles to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. 

close

New York Times review


Sean Baker. 2015. 88 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

1:30 PM   3:25 PM   5:25 PM   9:40 PM  

808

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

A gold mine of material for all manner of studio geeks, rap nerds, and ravers.” (Variety)

Even if you haven’t heard of the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine, you know its defining sound (think Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.”) With input from dozens of artists (Pharrell, Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin, Phil Collins, Questlove, Diplo, and others), this is a spirited chronicle of the enormous, lasting effect of a machine, "arguably the most seminal individual instrument to come along since the Fender Stratocaster." (Variety)

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Variety


Alex Dunn. 2015. 106 m. NR. Various Countries. Abramorama.

7:30 PM  



Thursday, August 13

Tangerine

New Releases

"Appearances both deceive and delight in this tough yet tender, gritty yet gorgeous movie, which was made with ingenious skill and what would count as chump change at the big studios." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

Shot entirely on iPhones, which gives the film both a grainy and highly-saturated look,Tangerine bursts off the screen with energy and style defying expectation at every turn. Back on the block, sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) discovers that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up. Sin-dee, reluctantly joined by her best friend Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embarks on a rip-roaring odyssey through various subcultures of Los Angeles to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. 

close

New York Times review


Sean Baker. 2015. 88 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

1:00 PM   2:55 PM   7:40 PM   9:40 PM  

Mr. Holmes

New Releases

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey), the film features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) who returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker). Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.

close


Bill Condon. 2015. 104 m. PG. UK/USA. Roadside Attractions .

1:05 PM   3:15 PM   5:25 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:10 PM   3:20 PM   5:30 PM   7:45 PM   9:55 PM  

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)


Westchester Exclusive!
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives 
him a reason to live.

close


Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:15 PM   3:25 PM   5:35 PM   7:50 PM   10:00 PM  

Best of Enemies

New Releases

"Wickedly entertaining. The debate footage is a gold mine. Highly viewable and highly illuminating. A history lesson that also manages to be extremely timely." (Steve Pond, The Wrap)


In the summer of 1968, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted and ratings for ABC News skyrocketed.
Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today. "A madcap intellectual romp. Lively and fascinating." (Avishay Artsy, KCRW)

close


Morgan Neville/Robert Gordon. 2015. 87 m. R. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

1:20 PM   3:10 PM   5:05 PM   7:00 PM   9:00 PM  

Tomorrow Never Knows: Deconstructing the Beatles' Revolver

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

Released in 1966, Revolver launched a period of studio experimentation for the Beatles that coincided with the end of their concert performances. The band used groundbreaking production techniques to push popular music to a new place with “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine,” and more.

Presented by composer/producer Scott Freiman, world renowned Beatleologist.

 

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Scott Freiman. 2012. 120 m. NR. USA.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)

Say the Word: Deconstructing the Beatles' Rubber Soul

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

NEW! In Oct. 1965, the Beatles were given a month to pro- duce an album of original music for a Christmas release. They emerged with one of their greatest, Rubber Soul. In this lively program Freiman uses rare audio and video to walk fans through the creation of such classic tracks as “Norwegian Wood,” “In My Life,” and “Nowhere Man.” 

Presented by composer/producer Scott Freiman, world renowned Beatleologist.

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Scott Freiman. 2015. 120 m. NR. USA.

8:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)



Friday, August 14

The Decline of Western Civilization: Part I

After Dark

These indelible chronicles of L.A.’s outrageous music scenes of the ’80s are as “entertaining, heartbreaking, and iconic” (Rolling Stone) as they were decades ago. The first film focuses on the punk music scene circa 1980 (with performances and interviews with Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, and others). The second covers glam-metal icons Poison and Faster Pussycat, as well as superstars Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Aerosmith. After being a VHS cult classic for decades, The Decline is now being released in this glorious 2K restoration overseen by director Penelope Spheeris. All the music, sweat, blood, and booze has never looked—or sounded—better.

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Penelope Spheeris. 1981. 100 m. NR. USA. Bleeding Light Film Group.

9:30 PM  



Saturday, August 15

The Decline of Western Civilization: Part I

After Dark

These indelible chronicles of L.A.’s outrageous music scenes of the ’80s are as “entertaining, heartbreaking, and iconic” (Rolling Stone) as they were decades ago. The first film focuses on the punk music scene circa 1980 (with performances and interviews with Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, and others). The second covers glam-metal icons Poison and Faster Pussycat, as well as superstars Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Aerosmith. After being a VHS cult classic for decades, The Decline is now being released in this glorious 2K restoration overseen by director Penelope Spheeris. All the music, sweat, blood, and booze has never looked—or sounded—better.

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Penelope Spheeris. 1981. 100 m. NR. USA. Bleeding Light Film Group.

9:30 PM  



Monday, August 17

Meru

Focus on Nature

Sitting at the headwaters of the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams over the past 30 years than any other ascent in the Himalayas. To undertake it, says Jon Krakauer, “You can’t just be a good ice climber. You can’t just be good at altitude. You can’t just be a good rock climber. It’s defeated so many good climbers and maybe will defeat everybody for all time. Meru isn’t Everest. On Everest you can hire Sherpas to take most of the risks. This is a whole different kind of climbing.”

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. 

Q&A filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Jimmy Chin has photographed some of the world’s most progressive athletes and explorers while participating in breakthrough expeditions around the planet. He is a 14-year veteran of The North Face Athlete Team. Elizabeth “Chai” Vasarhelyi’s films as a director include Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love, A Normal Life, Touba, and the upcoming Incorruptible (2015).

Focus on Nature is presented in partnership with Scenic Hudson and Groundwork Hudson Valley and made possible through the generous support of the Hoch family and the van Hengel Family Fund.

 

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Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Tuesday, August 18

I Am What I Play

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“To be remembered as a radio personality you need a singular vision, and you can’t be compromised.” (Meg Griffin) Rock radio disc jockeys were once creative pioneers, introducing audiences to new sounds by playing the music they wanted to play and saying what they wanted to say. But as most radio went corporate, DJs’ freedom and power eroded, and they moved on. I Am What I Play pres- ents four of the best—including New York’s Meg Griffin in a fast-paced blast through the past.

Q&A Meg Griffin and Rita Houston, WFUV Program Director and host of The Whole Wide World. Meg Griffin began her career in 1975 in Westchester at WRNW and became a champion of the burgeoning punk and new wave scene at WNEW FM. Her celebrated radio career included programs at WFUV. She currently hosts “World Café” in Boston and is heard on three different channels on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. 

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Roger King. 2015. 105 m. NR. Canada/USA. Seventh Art Releasing.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)



Wednesday, August 19

Lambert & Stamp

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“Poundingly fun. An unusually satisfying nuts-and-bolts perspective on the ’60s fame machine.” (Time Out New York)

Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert had a plan: They would find an unknown rock band, manage it to success, and then tell the whole story on film. As it turned out, the band they found became The Who—and fame intervened, derailing the movie. But the gorgeous Lambert/Stamp footage lived on and is the foundation for this kaleidoscopic, candid view of an era, a band, and a rare creative partnership. 

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James D. Cooper. 2015. 117 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

7:30 PM  



Thursday, August 20

East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FROM THE 2015 WESTCHESTER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

This rousing, inspiring documentary focuses on Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, who sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During eight days and nights of creation with American musician/producer Steve Earle and a host of international artists in an East Jerusalem studio, a hopeful message of equality and unity arises. 

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Erez Miller/ Henrique Cymerman. 2014. 80 m. NR. Israel, Arabic/English/Hebrew with subtitles. Vice Versa Films.

7:30 PM  



Saturday, August 22

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Special Events

Fun for the Whole Family! Kermit, Miss Piggy, and pals decide to take their college show to the Big Apple. While they await their big break, catchy music, deadpan humor, and wacky cameos (Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, and others) keep both kids and parents entertained. 

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12) 

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Frank Oz. 1984. 94 m. G. USA. Sony Pictures Entertainment.

12:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]



Sunday, August 23

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Special Events

Fun for the Whole Family! Kermit, Miss Piggy, and pals decide to take their college show to the Big Apple. While they await their big break, catchy music, deadpan humor, and wacky cameos (Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, and others) keep both kids and parents entertained. 

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12) 

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Frank Oz. 1984. 94 m. G. USA. Sony Pictures Entertainment.

12:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]



Tuesday, August 25

Lomax the Songhunter

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

A tribute to a man who set out to prove that the most obscure melody from the far side of the planet deserved to be heard more than the latest over- hyped pop sensation.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Alan Lomax (1915–2002) earned a place in history by record- ing and preserving folk music across the US and around the world. In this moving film, reissued in honor of what would have been Lomax’s 100th birthday, filmmaker Rogier Kappers retraces his path, blending voices from friends (Pete Seeger) with archival footage (Leadbelly) to enrich the tale.

REEL TALK JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman 

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Rogier Kappers. 2004. 95 m. NR. USA. Icarus Films.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)



Wednesday, August 26

All Things Must Pass

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“If you can relate to Tower’s ‘Music is Life’ slogan, you’ll find something to appreciate here.” (flavorwire.com)

Filmmaker Colin Hanks spent seven years working on this nostalgic tale of the rise and fall of the once-behemoth Tower Records—which started in the back of a Sacramento family drugstore and became an international retail powerhouse before it collapsed in 2006. It’s an affectionate documentary tribute filled with memorable moments you’ll enjoy, even if you’ve never bought music in a store.

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Colin Hanks. 2015. 94 m. NR. Japan/USA. Gravitas Ventures.

7:30 PM  



Thursday, August 27

Salad Days

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“A sweat-drenched, scream-sung ode to D.I.Y. empowerment.” (Mass Appeal)

Reagan-era Washington, D.C., was home to one of the most influential underground music scenes in America. Seminal punk bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Marginal Man, and Fugazi released their own records and booked their own shows—freeing themselves of major record label constraints and mainstream media scrutiny. This is their raucous story, filled with insiders’ voices and plenty of energy, rage, and creativity. 

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Scott Crawford. 2014. 90 m. NR. USA. New Rose Films.

7:30 PM  

Say the Word: Deconstructing the Beatles' Rubber Soul

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

NEW! In Oct. 1965, the Beatles were given a month to pro- duce an album of original music for a Christmas release. They emerged with one of their greatest, Rubber Soul. In this lively program Freiman uses rare audio and video to walk fans through the creation of such classic tracks as “Norwegian Wood,” “In My Life,” and “Nowhere Man.” 

Presented by composer/producer Scott Freiman, world renowned Beatleologist.

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Scott Freiman. 2015. 120 m. NR. USA.

8:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)



Friday, August 28

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

After Dark

These indelible chronicles of L.A.’s outrageous music scenes of the ’80s are as “entertaining, heartbreaking, and iconic” (Rolling Stone) as they were decades ago. The first film focuses on the punk music scene circa 1980 (with performances and interviews with Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, and others). The second covers glam-metal icons Poison and Faster Pussycat, as well as superstars Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Aerosmith. After being a VHS cult classic for decades, The Decline is now being released in this glorious 2K restoration overseen by director Penelope Spheeris. All the music, sweat, blood, and booze has never looked—or sounded—better.

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Penelope Spheeris. 1988. 93 m. NR. USA. Bleeding Light Film Group.

9:30 PM  



Saturday, August 29

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

After Dark

These indelible chronicles of L.A.’s outrageous music scenes of the ’80s are as “entertaining, heartbreaking, and iconic” (Rolling Stone) as they were decades ago. The first film focuses on the punk music scene circa 1980 (with performances and interviews with Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, and others). The second covers glam-metal icons Poison and Faster Pussycat, as well as superstars Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Aerosmith. After being a VHS cult classic for decades, The Decline is now being released in this glorious 2K restoration overseen by director Penelope Spheeris. All the music, sweat, blood, and booze has never looked—or sounded—better.

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Penelope Spheeris. 1988. 93 m. NR. USA. Bleeding Light Film Group.

9:30 PM  



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