Event Information

Cinema Program free screening of "Beauty is Embarrassing"

When: September 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Let’s Talk About Public Art
Directed by Neil Berkley (2012). “I am a middle-aged man who’s living out a 5-year-old’s fantasy.” So says Wayne White, artist extraordinaire most famously known for creating the puppets behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Versatile and lauded for his eccentric, colorful work in almost every artistic medium, White creates word paintings, comics, psychedelic sculptures, music videos, and, like the Southern ol’ boy he is, plays the banjo. (88 min.)

Cinema Program free screening of "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break"

When: October 5, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Doris’s Sunday Matinee
Directed By Edward Line, featuring W. C. Fields, Gloria Jean, Franklin Panghorn, Margaret Dumont (1941).
In this spoof of Hollywood, W.C. Fields pitches a story to a producer at Esoteric Pictures, resulting in a movie-with-in-a-movie, as The Great Man conceives to sell wooden nutmegs to a colony of Russian immigrants in Mexico.
Based on a screen story by Otis Criblecoblis (nome de plume W. C. Fields). (71 min.)

Cinema Program free screening of "World Home Movie Day"

When: October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Local Filmmakers' Showcase Festival of Ideas
Home Movie Day was started in 2002 by a group of film archivists concerned about what would happen to all the home movies shot on film during the 20th century. They knew many people have boxes full of family memories that they've never seen for lack of a projector, or out of fear that the films were too fragile to be viewed. They also knew that many people were having their amateur films transferred to videotape or DVD, with the mistaken idea that their new digital copies would last forever and the "obsolete" films could be discarded. Original films (and the equipment required to view them) can long outlast any version on VHS tape, DVDs, or other digital media. Not only that, but contrary to the stereotype of the faded, scratched, and shaky home movie image, the original films are often carefully shot in beautiful, vibrant color—which may not be captured in a lower-resolution video transfer.
Home Movie Day has grown into a worldwide celebration of amateur films. People in cities and towns on 5 continents meet their local film archivists, find out about the archival advantages of film over video and digital media, and—most importantly—get to watch those old family movies. Please bring you 8mm and 16mm home movies for cleaning, repair and screening. Because they are local events, Home Movie Day screenings can focus on family and community histories. They also present education and outreach opportunities for local archivists, who can share information about the proper storage and care of personal films, and how to plan for their future. The first Home Movie Day took place on August 16, 2003, and has been followed each year with successful events hosted by an increasing number of volunteers worldwide. Home Movie Day celebrates its11th anniversary in 2013. To participate in Home Movie Day as a volunteer or local host, see Get involved with HMD Home Movie Day is coordinated as a project of the Center for Home Movies, a registered 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation.

Cinema Program free screening of "Alive Inside"

When: October 20, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Spotlight on the Boulder Int’l Film Festival
Alive Inside
Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett (2013). Winner of an audience award at Sundance 2014 and the winner of the Catalyst Award at the Boulder International Film Festival 2014. The Henry we first see in this remarkable film is an old man who's been in a nursing home for 10 years and who now sits hunched over in his chair, incapable of answering questions beyond a yes or no. But when Henry and other patients suffering from degenerative diseases are handed an iPod full of music from their youth, a different person emerges.Immediately, Henry's face lights up. His eyes open wide and he talks! "It gives me the feeling of love, of romance. I figure right now the world needs to come into music, singing. You’ve got beautiful music here," Henry says, before breaking into a version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by his favorite singer, Cab Calloway. Alive Inside will inspire millions of people and caregivers burdened by diseases that affect memory, and help to create a grassroots demand for this kind of low-cost treatment. (75 min.)

Cinema Program free screening of "Seeking Asian Female"

When: October 27, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Spotlight on the Boulder Int’l Film Festival
Seeking Asian Female
Directed by Debbie Lum (2012). "If you betray me three times, I will cut out your eyes!" mail-order fiancé Jian-hua tells her big, clueless American husband-to-be in Mandarin. Steven smiles broadly and says to the camera, "I don't know what she said but it sounded pretty." Despite their formidable language barrier, Steven (60) beams like a kid with a new lollipop, but gradually his naive fantasies about Asian women—quiet, servile and respectful of men—are shattered by 30-year-old office-manager Jian-hua's truly awesome temper. In this hilarious movie, filmmaker Debbie Lum is awkwardly sucked into translating for the couple during their loud domestic quarrels, often over embarrassing personal issues. Will this unconventional love affair and (gulp) marriage last for the ages? In English and Chinese with subtitles. (82 min.)

Cinema Program free screening of "Holiday Inn"

When: November 2, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Doris’s Sunday Matinee
Directed by Mark Sandrich, featuring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Viginia Dale (1942). In this new slant on a backstage story, a crooner and a hoofer decide to retire. One wants to relax on his Connecticut farm, and then decides to convert it into a road house and hostel he opens only on the 15 national holidays. The hotel chain took their name from the movie. Songs by Irving Berlin. (100 min.)

Cinema Program free screening of "Ida"

When: November 17, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Spotlight on the Boulder Int’l Film Festival
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland—2013). An orphan raised in a convent is preparing to take her vows when she’s sent to visit her aunt and only living relative. A cynical, hard-drinking Communist Party judge, the aunt reveals that the orphan’s real name is Ida and that her parents were Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation. The two embark on an unusual journey through the wintry countryside to unearth their family’s dark history. The film’s beautiful black-and-white imagery is so artfully composed that every frame belongs in an exhibition. The setting—a somber 1960s Poland—suggests an austere combination of Catholicism, Communism and the Holocaust. But the film is vibrant and intimate and shares a subtle portrait of two fascinating, contrasting women: the sheltered Ida, who is exploring her faith, and the aunt who—having seen the worst of humanity—has no faith left. In Polish with subtitles. (80 min.)