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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Join us for some creepy good fun when local TV legend Count Gore De Vol (Dick Dyszel) returns to present another horror favorite in the spirit of the original CREATURE FEATURE broadcasts, including vintage clips from the Count's vault and some interactive fun and games. The 2011 remake of FRIGHT NIGHT failed to improve on the '80s original, one of the best horror-comedy combinations of its era, which found a rich vein of anxiety and fear to mine in the gap between extended adolescence and impending adulthood. Teenager Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) suspects there's something sinister about new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon), and turns to washed-up TV horror host Peter Vincent (a terrific Roddy McDowall) for advice on confronting the undead. FRIGHT NIGHT was the directorial debut of screenwriter Tom Holland, who would later unleash Chucky into the world, directing and co-writing the original CHILD'S PLAY. DIR/SCR Tom Holland; PROD Herb Jaffe. U.S., 1985, color, 106 min. RATED R

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Friday, February 24, 2023

[خرس نیست] [KHERS NIST]
One of the world's great cinematic artists, Jafar Panahi (3 FACES, CRIMSON GOLD, OFFSIDE, 2015's TAXI), has been carefully crafting self-reflexive works about artistic, personal and political freedom for the past three decades, despite his oppression at the hands of the Iranian government. Now, as the international film community vehemently denounces his summer 2022 arrest and continued imprisonment for his vocal support of a fellow artist's independence, Panahi has gifted us all with a new virtuosic sleight-of-hand. In NO BEARS, as in many of his recent titles, Panahi plays a fictionalized version of himself, in this case relocated to a rural border town to remotely direct a new film in nearby Turkey — the story of which comes to mirror disturbing events that occur around him. As he struggles to complete his film, Panahi finds himself thrust in the middle of a local scandal, confronting the opposing pulls of tradition and progress, city and country, belief and evidence and the universal desire to reject oppression. (Note courtesy of Sideshow and Janus Films.) Winner, Special Jury Prize, 2022 Venice Film Festival. Official Selection, 2022 Toronto, Zurich, Chicago, New York and London film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Jafar Panahi. Iran, 2022, color, 107 min. In Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Friday, February 17, 2023

For the 18th consecutive year, Shorts TV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar®-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered — Animation, Live Action and Documentary — this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar® pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don't miss this year's selection of shorts. The Academy Awards® take place Sunday, March 12.

Best Animated Short Film

THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE
The unlikely friendship of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse (voiced by Jude Coward Nicoll, Tom Hollander, Idris Elba and Gabriel Byrne) as they explore the meaning of kindness, courage and hope. DIR Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy. U.S./UK, 2022, color, 34 min.
Nominees: Charlie Mackesy, Matthew Freud

THE FLYING SAILOR
In 1917, two ships collided in the Halifax Harbour, causing the largest accidental explosion in history. Among the tragic stories of the disaster is the remarkable account of a sailor who, blown skyward from the docks, flew a distance of two kilometers before landing uphill, naked and unharmed. This film is a contemplation of his journey. DIR Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby. Canada, 2022, color, 8 min.
Nominees: Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis

ICE MERCHANTS
Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground far away, where they sell the ice they produce daily. DIR João Gonzalez. Portugal/UK/France, 2022, color, 14 min.
Nominees: João Gonzalez, Bruno Caetano

AN OSTRICH TOLD ME THE WORLD IS FAKE AND I THINK I BELIEVE IT
When a young telemarketer is confronted by a mysterious talking ostrich, he learns that the universe is stop-motion animation. He must put aside his dwindling toaster sales and focus on convincing his colleagues of his terrifying discovery. DIR Lachlan Pendragon. Australia, 2022, color, 11 min.
Nominee: Lachlan Pendragon

MY YEAR OF DICKS
An imaginative 15-year-old is stubbornly determined to lose her virginity despite the pathetic pickings in the outskirts of Houston in the early '90s. DIR Sara Gunnarsdóttir. U.S./Iceland, 2022, color, 24 min.
Nominees: Sara Gunnarsdóttir, Pamela Ribbon

Total program approx. 97 min.

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Friday, February 17, 2023

For the 18th consecutive year, Shorts TV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar®-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered — Animation, Live Action and Documentary — this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar® pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don't miss this year's selection of shorts. The Academy Awards® take place Sunday, March 12.

Best Documentary Short Subject

THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS
THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS follows an indigenous couple as they fall in love with Raghu, an orphaned elephant placed in their care, and tirelessly work to ensure his recovery and survival. DIR Kartiki Gonsalves. India/U.S., 2022, color, 39 min. In Tamil with English subtitles.
Nominees: Kartiki Gonsalves, Guneet Monga

HAULOUT
A man is waiting in his hut in the desolate expanse of the Russian Arctic. He is holding out in order to observe a natural event that occurs here, every year. But ocean warming is taking its toll. DIR Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev. UK/Russia, 2022, color, 25 min.
Nominees: Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev

HOW DO YOU MEASURE A YEAR?
For 17 years, filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt filmed his daughter Ella on her birthday in the same spot, asking the same questions. The result offers a unique chance to watch time and to see a young woman come into focus physically, mentally and emotionally. DIR Jay Rosenblatt. U.S., 2021, color, 29 min.
Nominee: Jay Rosenblatt

THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT
She was once as famous as Jackie O. And then she tried to take down a President. This is an archival documentary portrait of the unlikeliest of whistleblowers: Martha Mitchell, a Republican cabinet wife who spoke out during Watergate and was gaslighted by the Nixon Administration to keep her quiet. It offers a female perspective on Watergate told through the voice of the woman herself. DIR Anne Alvergue, Debra McClutchy. U.S., 2022, color, 40 min.
Nominees: Anne Alvergue, Beth Levison

STRANGER AT THE GATE
After 25 years of service, a U.S. Marine filled with hatred for Muslims plots to bomb an Indiana mosque. When he comes face to face with the immigrants he seeks to kill, the story takes a shocking twist toward compassion, grace and forgiveness. Executive-produced by Malala Yousafzai. DIR Joshua Seftel. U.S., 2022, color, 29 min.
Nominee: Joshua Seftel, Conall Jones

Total program approx. 166 min.

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Friday, February 17, 2023

For the 18th consecutive year, Shorts TV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar®-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered — Animation, Live Action and Documentary — this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar® pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don't miss this year's selection of shorts. The Academy Awards® take place Sunday, March 12.

Best Live Action Short Film

AN IRISH GOODBYE
On a farm in rural Northern Ireland, estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan are forced to reunite following the untimely death of their mother. DIR Tom Berkeley, Ross White. Ireland/UK, 2022, color, 23 min.
Nominees: Tom Berkeley, Ross White

IVALU
Ivalu is gone. Her little sister is desperate to find her. Her father does not care. The vast Greenlandic tundra holds secrets. The search for Ivalu is on. DIR Anders Walter, Pipaluk K. Jørgensen. Denmark, 2023, color, 16 min.
Nominees: Anders Walter, Rebecca Pruzan

THE PUPILS [LE PUPILLE]
From writer and director Alice Rohrwacher and Academy Award®-winning producer Alfonso Cuarón comes a tale of innocence, greed and fantasy. The film is about desires, pure and selfish, and about the anarchy that is capable of flowering in the minds of girls within the confines of a strict religious boarding school at Christmastime. DIR Alice Rohrwacher. Italy/U.S., 2022, color, 37 min. In Italian with English subtitles.
Nominees: Alice Rohrwacher, Alfonso Cuarón

NIGHT RIDE [NATTRIKKEN]
It is a cold night in December. As Ebba waits for the tram, an unexpected turn of events transforms the ride home into something she was not expecting. DIR Eirik Tveiten. Norway, 2020, color, 15 min. In Norwegian with English subtitles.
Nominees: Eirik Tveiten, Gaute Lid Larssen

THE RED SUITCASE [LA VALISE ROUGE]
An Iranian girl decides to remove her headscarf/hijab in a life-changing situation. DIR Cyrus Neshvad. Luxembourg, 2022, color, 18 min. In English, Persian, Luxembourgish and French with English subtitles.
Nominees: Cyrus Neshvad

Total program approx. 115 min.

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Orson Welles renders Franz Kafka's unfinished novel into a satisfying cinematic whole, adding a bookended parable that finds the fractured fairy tale lurking inside the inexplicable persecution of Josef K. (Anthony Perkins), a man accused of a crime but never told what it is. Subjected to ever more surreal episodes of harassment and insinuation, K. maintains his innocence even as he struggles to maintain his dignity, enduring the entrapping enticements of temptresses played by Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider and Elsa Martinelli, various interrogations and beatings by strange men in black suits and the unconvincing assurances of his legal counsel, Welles' blustery "Advocate." The film is famous for its stunning, dystopian visuals, including settings in Brutalist modern buildings in Zagreb, Croatia, and the deserted, cavernous Gare d'Orsay train station (later Musée d'Orsay) in Paris. DIR/SCR Orson Welles, from the novel by Franz Kafka; PROD Alexander Salkind, Michael Salkind. France/Italy/West Germany, 1962, b&w, 118 min. NOT RATED

AFI Member passes accepted.