Films Coming Soon

Friday, October 26, 2018

Award-winning filmmaker Robert Greene's (ACTRESS, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE) BISBEE '17 is set in Bisbee, Arizona, an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border. Radically combining collaborative documentary, Western and musical elements, the film follows several members of the close-knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town's darkest hour. In 1917, nearly 2,000 immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert and left there to die. This long-buried and largely forgotten event came to be known as the Bisbee Deportation. The film documents locals as they play characters and stage dramatic scenes from the controversial story, culminating in a largescale recreation of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and offer conflicting views of the event, underscoring the difficulty of collective memory, while confronting the current political predicaments of immigration, unionization, environmental damage and corporate corruption with direct, haunting messages about solidarity and struggle. DIR/SCR Robert Greene; PROD Susan Bedusa, Bennet Elliott, Douglas Tirola. U.S., 2018, color, 112 min. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Friday, November 02, 2018

In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970s and '80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). DIR Marielle Heller; SCR Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty; PROD Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell. U.S., 2018, color, 107 min. RATED R

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge's Sundance award-winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star. She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka's armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering, ultra-confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth. Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explode and she becomes one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today. DIR/SCR/PROD Steve Loveridge; PROD Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey. UK/U.S., 2018, color, 96 min. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Friday, October 19, 2018

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion — but not to his own facts." – politician, sociologist and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927–2003). His aristocratic demeanor and Harvard polish belied Moynihan's Depression-era roots in NYC's Hell's Kitchen, the son of a single mother. Joseph Dorman (ARGUING THE WORLD), with co-filmmaker Toby Perl Freilich (INVENTING OUR LIFE: THE KIBBUTZ EXPERIMENT), give us a portrait of a complex man who struggled to alleviate poverty and racism, but who was maligned for his use of the expression "benign neglect." Ta-Nehisi Coates, Eleanor Holmes Norton, George Will and Henry Kissinger give insight into this "connoisseur of statistics" who served four presidents, anticipated the breakup of the Soviet Union and was as comfortable writing about philosophy, ethnicity and architecture as he was rethinking the Social Security and welfare systems. DIR/SCR Joseph Dorman; DIR/PROD Toby Perl Freilich. U.S., 2018, color, 104 min. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Exploring the labyrinth of the contemporary art world, THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING examines the role of art and artistic passion in today's money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, to one-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless. Directed by Academy Award®-nominated documentarian Nathaniel Kahn (MY ARCHITECT). DIR/SCR Nathaniel Kahn; PROD Jennifer Blei Stockman, Debi Wisch, Carla Solomon. U.S., 2018, color, 98 min. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.