Fall 2017 Schedule



Friday, August 25 at 7:00 and Sunday, August 27 at 4:00

North Bay Premiere! "Bill Morrison’s new film is a history in still and moving images charting the transformation of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in fishing camp at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, into the epicenter of the Yukon gold rush at the turn of the last century. It is also a history of the 35mm film prints that were shipped to Dawson between the 1910s and 1920s, then hidden away and forgotten for 50 years until they were unearthed in the initial stages of a construction project. Images from those films play a key role in Morrison’s cinematic mosaic. Like all of Morrison’s work, DAWSON CITY is a haunting experience that takes place in suspended, nonlinear time." - New York Film Festival  "Wondrous, almost indescribable. A complete astonishment from beginning to end."Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times (2016, 120 min.)

Dawson City: Frozen Time Trailer


Closed For Labor Day


Friday, September 8 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 10 at 4:00

The first feature film directed by John Cassavetes. Shot on a shoestring budget, using a 16mm camera, the film is on a shortlist of the most important debut films in American cinema. Filmed in inky black and white, SHADOWS follows three African American siblings through a multi-racial New York bohemia. In making it, Cassavetes guided non-professional actors, incorporating both a semi-improvisational style and scripted scenes into his final release version. Shot and edited over a two-year period, Shadows won the Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1960.  “I saw SHADOWS at the 8th Street Playhouse [in Manhattan], and when I saw such a direct communication with the human experience, of conflict and love, it was almost as if there was no camera there at all. And I love camera positions! But this was like you were living with the people.” - Martin Scorsese (1960, 87 min.)

Shadows Trailer


Friday, September 15 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 17 at 4:00

North Bay Premiere! “Within the storied walls of The New York Times, a team of writers is entrusted with reflecting upon the lives of luminaries, icons, and world leaders of our day. Often hours before newspaper hits doorstep—and the world's eyes devour words marking the end of a momentous life--endless detail is gathered and impossible choices must be made. Vanessa Gould's fascinating documentary, OBIT., introduces us to the unseen women and men responsible for crafting the unequaled obituaries of the NYT. As we're taken through their painstaking process of digging through years of accomplishments, we learn about the particular pressures that accompany a career spent trying to elegantly and respectfully shape the story of a life for an audience of millions. From notorious politicians and beloved musicians to unknown personalities who have advanced the worlds of science, literature, and sports, the obit writers are in the unique and often unenviable position of spotlighting individuals whose impact and influence is near impossible to measure.” – Liza Domnitz, Tribeca Film Festival (2016, 95 min.)

Obit. Trailer


Friday, September 22 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 24 at 4:00

Written and directed by first time feature filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood LOVE AND BASKETBALL, follows Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy McCall (Omar Epps), childhood adversaries and talented athletes who have a love for the game of basketball and each other. The supporting cast includes Alfre Woodard and Dennis Haysbert. “It was just an idea that was in my head, it was a very personal story, a lot of it is autobiographical. Growing up, ball was everything to me. I’m an athlete first and always have been, and it’s been so much a part of my life. And I just didn’t feel that I ever saw that woman or girl reflected on screen.” – Gina Prince Bythewood. (2000, 124 min.)

SSU Assistant Professor of Multi-Cultural Studies Christina Baker-Foley will introduce the film on Friday night only.

Love and Basketball Trailer



Friday, September 29 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 1 at 4:00

North Bay Premiere! The final film from iconic Polish director Andrzej Wajda (ASHES AND DIAMONDS, MAN OF IRON) is this timely story of creative freedom in the face of government oppression. In this fitting capstone to his remarkable career, Wajda paints a loving portrait of avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski (brilliantly played by Polish superstar and Wajda collaborator Boguslaw Linda), who overcomes his physical restraints as a double amputee while battling conservative Stalinist officials in pursuit of his artistic vision. (2017. 98 min. in Polish w/English subtitles)

Afterimage Trailer


Friday, October 6 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 8 at 4:00

The first feature-length film shot almost entirely in Nepal by an American crew is set in the Annapurna Mountains. When the headmistress of a small orphanage in Nepal is visited by a rich socialite attempting to fix her image through charitable acts, a chain of events is set in motion that affects everyone involved. A Western-savvy bush pilot, an American photojournalist and chaperone, and even the British heiress, all discover their own reasons to ultimately change their lives. The story raises questions about motives, international philanthropy and the unintended consequences when disparate worlds collide. Directed by Rick McFarland. (2015, 100 min.)

Highway to Dhampus Trailer


Friday, October 13 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 15 at 4:00

New Restoration Print! “BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS represents the closure and pinnacle of a neorealist strand within the L.A. Rebellion. Billy Woodberry’s film chronicles the devastating effects of underemployment on a family. Nate Hardman and Kaycee Moore deliver gut-wrenching performances as the couple whose family is torn apart by events beyond their control. If salvation remains, it’s in the sensitive depiction of everyday life, which persists throughout. The film remains an unforgettable landmark in American cinema.” – Ross Lipman  Written and photographed by Charles Burnett. (1984, 84 min.) Preceded by THE POCKETBOOK, Billy Woodberry’s 1980 short from a Langston Hughes story. (13 min.)

Bless Their Little Hearts Trailer

DEMAIN (Tomorrow)

Friday, October 20 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 22 at 4:00

Directed and narrated (in English) by actress Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards) and activist Cyril Dion, DEMAIN (Tomorrow) introduces us to women and men making a difference in the fields of food, energy, economy, democracy, and education. The film shows how bottom-up community actions can have a meaningful impact by offering constructive solutions to act on a local level.  So far, no other documentary has gone down this road.Required viewing for anyone wondering what they could do to pitch in and save the planet. Given the onslaught of bad news that’s been hitting the world this year, it’s nice to see that some people are taking matters into their own hands, dishing out vibes both positive and worthwhile. -  Hollywood Reporter (2015, 118 min., in English and French w/English subtitles)

Presented in Conjunction with SSU's Sustainability Days

Demain Trailer


Friday, October 27 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 29 at 4:00

Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the belle-epoque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster’s moll Marie (Simone Signoret, in the full bloom of her beauty) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy. With poignant, nuanced performances and sensuous black-and-white photography, CASQUE D’OR is a romantic masterpiece. (1952, 96 min., in French w/English subtitles).

Casque d'Or Trailer


TIME TO DIE (Tiempo de Morir)

Friday, November 3 at 7:00 and Sunday, November 5 at 4:00

North Bay Premiere! In 1966, a protegé of Luis Buñuel directed a classic Western from a screenplay written by none other than Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez with additional dialogue by Carlos Fuentes. Arturo Ripstein's strikingly accomplished debut film boldly announced the engaged fascination with Latin American literature that has remained an important constant across his career. “A late entry in the cycle of so-called ‘chile-Westerns’ that flourished in Mexico from the late 1950s through the 1960s, TIME TO DIE is a stark and fatalistic revenge story set in a small tumbleweed town that follows the final days of a released convict destined to encounter the vengeful wrath of the son whose father's murder was the cause of his eighteen-year sentence. Anticipating Márquez's own CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD, TIME TO DIE reveals machismo as a pernicious cultural heredity, a curse pushing men towards unrelenting violence and sexism.” - Harvard Film Archive (1966, 90 min., in Spanish w/English subtitles)

Time to Die (Tiempo de Morir) Trailer


Friday, November 10 at 7:00 and Sunday, November 12 at 4:00

North Bay Premiere! The great Jean-Pierre Léaud, synonymous with French cinema for over half a century, delivers a majestic, career-capping performance as the longest-reigning French monarch during his final days. Albert Serra’s elegant, engrossing contemplation on death and its representation finds the extravagantly wigged Sun King slowly wasting away from gangrene in his bedchamber, surrounded by devoted servants, pets and a retinue of hopeless doctors. Filled with ravishing candlelit images and painstaking details gleaned from Saint-Simon’s memoirs and other historical texts, LOUIS XIV is as darkly funny as it is moving, revealing the absurdity of the rule-bound royal court, but even more so of death itself. "Serra has crafted a ravishing, darkly witty evocation of 18th-century aristocracy and a neoclassical period piece as reminiscent of the historical films of Visconti and Rossellini as the modernist literary adaptations of Rohmer and Oliveira." – Jordan Cronk, Film Comment (2016, 115 min, in French w/English subtitles)

The Death of Louis XIV Trailer


Friday, November 17 at 7:00 and Sunday, November 19 at 4:00

North Bay Premiere! “In the beguiling, mysterious second feature by Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong, the story of a young film director researching a project about the 1976 massacre of Thai student activists at Thamassat University is just the beginning of a shape-shifting work of fictions within fictions, featuring characters with multiple identities. Drifting across a dizzyingly wide expanse of space and time, BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK offers a series of narratives concerning love, longing, the power of cinema, and the vestiges of the past within the present. Asking quietly profound questions about the nature of memory—personal, political, and cinematic—this self-reflexive yet deeply felt film keeps regenerating and unfolding in surprising ways.” – Film Society of Lincoln Center (2016, 105 min., in Thai w/English subtitles)

By the Time It Gets Dark Trailer



Friday, December 1 at 7:00 and Sunday, December 3 at 4:00

Martin Scorsese’s epic movie, SILENCE, follows two seventeenth-century Jesuit missionaries as they travel from Portugal to Japan in search of their missing mentor, who is believed to have rejected Christ under torture. Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966, award winning novel, Scorsese’s film delves deeply into the nature of culture, faith, and mercy. With Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. (2016, 161 min., in English and Japanese w/English subtitles)

Silence Trailer


Friday, December 8 at 7:00

“THE CLOCK marks Judy Garland's first non-musical star vehicle. On the strength of his great success with Garland on MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, MGM put Vincent Minnelli in charge of the picture; he responded immediately to the urgency and vitality of THE CLOCK’s time and place: New York City during World War II. On a two-day pass, Robert Walker's gangly soldier clings to Garland's sympathetic secretary for a whirlwind courtship in the hours before he ships overseas, only to lose her in the city’s rush. The sounds of the city itself serenade the lovers—tug boat horns and subway rails set the mood in Riverside Park—while Minnelli never flinches from the wartime backdrop that underscores the romance with desperate uncertainty. THE CLOCK demonstrates Minnelli’s early ability to give the affective lives of his protagonists vivid urgency onscreen.” – Harvard Film Archive (1945, 90 min.)

The Clock Trailer

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