In 1993, 16-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a well-to-do suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What followed over the next two years would become the stuff of legend. Brandon had been privately tutored in Canada while he accompanied his mother, an opera diva, on tour before her tragic death. The preternaturally bright student surprised teachers by blazing toward his goal of entering medical school, displaying a wealth of knowledge beyond his years. Brandon found friends despite his initial awkwardness, taking bullied students under his wing, introducing classmates to seminal retro bands, and even starring in the school's production of South Pacific. But then his unbelievable secret was revealed. Filmmaker Jono McLeod returns to his old school for a nostalgic look at the strange but true story of his former classmate, Brandon Lee. Utilizing playful, period-specific animation, a pitch-perfect soundtrack, the memories of students and teachers, and the talents of Alan Cumming to bring the tale to life, MY OLD SCHOOL offers more than one surprise along the way.
We recommend you restrain from searching the plot twist online before watching, as the story unfolds as a series of staggering surprises and hilarious details that carry a thought-provoking (and surprisingly poignant) kick! Using this sensational tale to compassionately explore why people deceive and how perspective can fuel empathy, MY OLD SCHOOL is an engrossing, often witty meditation on what it means to grow and evolve.
FRI (Aug 19) and SAT(Aug 20): 4:30pm and 7pm
SUN (Aug 21): 2pm and 4:30pm
MON (Aug 22): 4:30pm and 7pm
TUE (Aug 23): 4:30pm
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THU (Aug 25): 4:30pm
The J-Horror classic returns to theaters with a new restoration!
Television journalist Reiko investigates an urban legend about a cursed VHS tape that murders the viewer seven days after they watch it. As the mystery hits closer to home, Reiko joins forces with ex-husband/current-exorcist Takashi to destroy the curse. And (hopefully) survive an encounter with a ghost named Sadako. Directed by Hideo Nakata (DARK WATER), RINGU is the highest grossing Japanese horror movie in history that STILL manages to shred our nerves with its quiet, phantasmic elegance. This is the only VHS fetish movie in history to inspire an entire subgenre, as well as dozens of remakes and rip-offs, RINGU combines supernatural elements with anxieties about modern technology in a truly frightening and unnerving way. Criminally absent from theaters since its original theatrical release in 1998, the time is now for RINGU to terrify the world. Again.
Courtesy American Genre Film Archive
A benefit for NORTH VALLEY HARM REDUCTION COALITION
On a rainy night in Calcutta a group of desperate addicts chase brown sugar, but the permanent intoxication they seek proves elusive. Some of them seek a release, while others do not seem to want the night to end. An invigorating and very personal perspective on drug addiction, director Ronny Sen’s debut paints a haunting, dreamy and poetic portrait of an unseen world with striking imagery. Authentic, knife-edge performances anchor this mosaic of stories about desperation and survival. CAT STICKS is a thoroughly affecting piece of work that will challenge many viewers' preconceived notions.
$5 - 10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary musician/artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism and original music to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical. Co-directed with the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry. Set between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience – NEPTUNE FROST is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.
NEPTUNE FROST utilizes everything the medium of film has to offer visually, sonically, and emotionally, with breathtaking camerawork, poetic dialogue, and dazzling dance and musical sequences that veer between dreams and reality delivering a queer, anarchic, and optimistic vision of the future that would make Octavia Butler proud. You should not miss this, one of the most extraordinarily original cinema experiences of the year!
Mari and her friends broadcast their spiritual devotion through pastel pinks and catchy evangelical songs about purity and perfection, but underneath it all they harbor a deep rage. By day they hide behind their manicured façade, and by night they form a masked, vigilante girl gang, prowling the streets in search of sinners who have deviated from the rightful path. After an attack goes wrong, leaving Mari scarred and unemployed, her view of community, religion, and her peers begin to shift. Nightmares of repressed desires and haunting visions of alluring temptation become undeniable and the urge to scream and release her paralyzing inner demons is more powerful than ever before. A neon-tinged genre-bender that gives provocative form to the overwhelming feminine fury coursing through modern life, MEDUSA dares us not to look away. A stylistically bold, blackly comedic take-down of misogynistic bullying and the hypocrisy and violence of the religious right.
Three Minutes - A Lengthening presents a home movie shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in a Jewish town in Poland and tries to postpone its ending. As long as we are watching, history is not over yet. The three minutes of footage, mostly in color, are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. The existing three minutes are examined to unravel the human stories hidden in the celluloid. The footage is imaginatively edited to create a film that lasts more than an hour. Different voices enhance the images. Glenn Kurtz, grandson of David Kurtz, provides his knowledge of the footage. Maurice Chandler, who appears in the film as a boy, shares his memories. Actress Helena Bonham Carter narrates the film essay.
An original and incisive meditation on history, memory, memorials and a reminder of what a magical medium film is - how unique it is in its ability to capture so many moments and so much life. A powerful, essential piece of filmmaking.
New 4K restoration courtesy Janus Films
Maybe the New Wave’s most anarchic entry, Věra Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. DAISIES is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema and of the great outpourings of cinematic invention in an age of over-all artistic liberation. Brace yourself for some of the most exuberant and disjunctive Pop Art imagery ever put onscreen. As subversive as it is hilarious.
An industrial company in a provincial Spanish town awaits the imminent visit from a committee which holds its fate in their hands as to whether they merit a local Business Excellence award. Everything has to be perfect when the time comes. Working against the clock, the company's proprietor, Blanco (Academy award winner Javier Bardem) pulls out all the stops to address and resolve issues with his employees, crossing every imaginable line in the process.
Featuring an impressively slick and slimy performance from Javier Bardem who is at once loathsome, reassuring, sinister and seductive. Pitch-black undercurrents swirl throughout this sharply engaging comedy that skewers corporate corruption and alienated capitalism with writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa's sharp humor also tapping into some zany Coen brothers-like energy.
WE CAN REALLY FEEL LIKE WE’RE HERE
A LIVE CINEMA / LIVE AUDIO PERFORMANCE BY NEGATIVLAND & SUE-C
Legendary sound collage group Negativland and live cinema visual artist SUE-C collaborate in a live audio-visual performance about our minds, the world we live in, and the evolving forms of media and technology that orchestrate our perceptions. This urgent show calls time on a tech dystopia that is as malevolent as it is stupid, to meet the terrifying contemporary moment as the world slides incrementally into meltdown.
Since 1980 Negativland, a multimedia collective from the San Francisco Bay Area, have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Negativland creates art that draws attention to its own frame, and any frame designed to be invisible (as all the most lucrative ones are). In today’s media climate, it’s harder than ever to resist a voice designed to make you think it’s your own. Over the years Negativland's "illegal" collage and appropriation-based audio and visual works have touched on many things — pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, religion, death, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative activism in our media-saturated and multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.
SUE-C is a video and light artist working at the intersection of creative coding and live performance. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation “instrument,” she synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors, handmade papers, fabrics and miniature lighting effects.
THE INVINCIBLE CZARS bring new life (and fresh blood) to the silent vampire movie, 1922’s NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR, with a combined movie / live soundtrack experience. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of the most revered films in the history of cinema accompanied by a by a chilling, tastefully-modern score featuring an impressive blend of traditional acoustic and present-day electric instruments. The updated score is performed using violin, flute, bass clarinet, electric guitar, bass, piano, organ, glockenspiel, music box, drums, percussion, samples and loops. From delicate pianissimo passages of longing and love to menacing motifs of dissonant horror and pain, each instrument plays a critical role establishing character themes and maximizing the visceral nature of this film.
NOSFERATU is widely considered the most important horror film of the silent era and the first vampire movie, and remains one of film's most spine-tingling creations. This haunting tale's depictions of plague, madness, and humanity are perhaps now more relevant and frightening than ever.