The Pageant Theatre

OPEN COUNTRY

Jesse Drew, Glenda Drew

  • 86 minutes
  • 2023
  • English
  • April 25

    Special one night only event! Filmmakers in person for intro and post film Q and A and local acoustic roots musicians THE FAMILY BAND will play a live pre-show set starting at 6:30! Co-presented with KZFR. All seats $10 a benefit for the PAGEANT THEATER!

    OPEN COUNTRY is a journey into the roots of American Country music. Although one wouldn’t realize it from listening to today’s pop Country-Western radio stations, country music has been anything but a rightwing soundtrack. To the contrary, the roots of Country and Western lie firmly in classic American traditions of resistance to capital and defense of the right of workers, poor farmers, and the dispossessed to live their lives in dignity and freedom. OPEN COUNTRY repositions country music into its rightful place as a people’s music. Featuring interviews with Billy Bragg, Mat Callahan, Hazel Dickens, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jon Langford, Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger and many more.

    Thursday April 25 --- Doors and live music 6:30pm / film 7pm with post film Q & A

PERFECT DAYS

Wim Wenders

  • 124 minutes
  • 2023
  • Japanese with English subtitles
  • April 26 - 28

    Return engagement for one of our absolute favorite films of the year! Hirayama seems utterly content with his simple life as a cleaner of toilets in Tokyo. Outside of his very structured everyday routine he enjoys his passion for music and for books. And he loves trees and takes photos of them. A series of unexpected encounters gradually reveal more of his past. A deeply moving and poetic reflection on finding beauty in the everyday world around us. Led by a remarkable Kôji Yakusho performance (Cannes Best Actor winner), PERFECT DAYS is a perfectly uplifting film of extraordinary subtlety and beauty and adds a quietly soaring gem to director Wim Wenders' estimable filmography.

    Friday April 26 --- 7pm

    Saturday April 27 --- 6:15pm

    Sunday April 28 --- 4:15pm

    PLEASE NOTE: FILMS BEGIN AT POSTED SHOWTIMES

CRASH

David Cronenberg

  • 100 minutes
  • 1996
  • English
  • April 27 - 28

    For this icily erotic fusion of flesh and machine, David Cronenberg adapted J. G. Ballard’s future-shock novel of the 1970s into one of the most singular and provocative films of the 1990s. A traffic collision involving a disaffected commercial producer, James (James Spader), and an enigmatic doctor, Helen (Holly Hunter), brings them, along with James’s wife, Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger, in a sublimely detached performance), together in a crucible of blood and broken glass—and it’s not long before they are all initiated into a kinky, death-obsessed underworld of sadomasochistic car-crash fetishists for whom twisted metal and scar tissue are the ultimate turn-ons. Controversial from the moment it premiered at Cannes—where it won a Special Jury Prize “for originality, for daring, and for audacity”—Crash has since taken its place as a key text of late-twentieth-century cinema, a disturbingly seductive treatise on the relationships between humanity and technology, sex and violence, that is as unsettling as it is mesmerizing.

    Saturday April 27 --- 9pm

    Sunday April 28 --- 7pm

    PLEASE NOTE: FILMS BEGIN AT POSTED SHOWTIMES

THE BEAST

Bertrand Bonello

  • 146 minutes
  • 2023
  • English and French with English subtitles
  • May 3 - 5

    The year is 2044: artificial intelligence controls all facets of a stoic society as humans routinely “erase” their feelings. Hoping to eliminate pain caused by their past-life romances, Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) continually falls in love with different incarnations of Louis (George MacKay). Set first in Belle Époque-era Paris, Louis is a British man who woos her away from a cold husband, then in early 21st Century Los Angeles, he is a disturbed American bent on delivering violent “retribution.” Will the process allow Gabrielle to fully connect with Louis in the present, or are the two doomed to repeat their previous fates? Visually audacious director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama) fashions his most accomplished film to date: a sci-fi epic, inspired by Henry James’ turn-of-the-century novella, suffused with mounting dread and a haunting sense of mystery. Punctuated by a career-defining, three-role performance by Seydoux, THE BEAST poignantly conveys humanity’s struggle against dissociative identity and emotionless existence.

    Friday May 3 --- 7pm

    Saturday May 4 --- 3:45pm and 7pm

    Sunday May 5 --- 1:45pm and 5pm

    PLEASE NOTE: FILMS BEGIN AT POSTED SHOWTIMES

PICKAXE

Tim Lewis, Tim Ream

  • 94 minutes
  • 1999
  • English
  • May 9

    A one night screening of the classic eco-defense film PICKAXE in support of LOST SIERRA FOREST-CLIMATE ACTION CAMP! We will have info on the camp, a zine table and film screening. Admission is free but donations are accepted and encouraged to support this important event.

    The U.S. Forest Service hopes to log 217,000 acres under the phony guise of “wildfire fuel reduction,” spewing 6 million tons of carbon dioxide and $30 million in toxic pesticides, including in ancient rainforest, while fueling 2 polluting “biomass” pellet factories! This is just one part of U.S. Forest Service unscientific “emergency action” logging, putting almost 1 million acres of carbon-storing, wildlife-sheltering public forests on the chopping block over the last year alone. Please join us for a Forest Defense-Climate Action Camp May 23-29 just outside the Plumas National Forest (near Quincy) with field trips, workshops and more! Check LOST SIERRA FOREST ACTION CAMP for updates and email us at lostsierra_forest [at] proton.me to RSVP or if you’d like to lead a workshop.

    Years after its release, PICKAXE has become a classic document of the potential for grassroots direct action to achieve victory against the forces of both government and big business. An eclectic mix of activists take a stand to protect an old growth forest from logging at Warner Creek in the Willamette National Forest of Oregon, blockading the logging road and repelling the State Police. Over months a community builds around the illegal blockade as it develops into the Cascadia Free State and similar actions spread across the region. Lovingly crafted by the participants themselves, the film expertly presents every moment, from confrontation to celebration.

    Thursday May 9 --- doors 6:30pm with zine table / film 7pm with pre and post film info share

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