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When You Read This Letter
The World Before Your Feet
God of the Piano
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
John lewis: Good Trouble
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Featured Films of the Week
Directors: Betsy West and Julie Cohen
(2018 – 99 minutes – PG)
An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women. The Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning documentary RBG, chronicles the inspiring and personal story of Ginsburg’s rise to the nation’s highest court while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. “From her Supreme Court chambers to her exercise room, what a privilege and a joy it was for us to train our cameras on RBG, and capture the story of this feisty, determined, brilliant woman who used her talents to make our world a better place,” said West and Cohen. This special edition includes access to a long-form Q&A with the directors from earlier this summer.
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
(1953 – 94 minutes – Not rated)
The story, set in Cannes, concerns two sisters, Thérèse (Juliette Gréco), a novice in a convent, and the younger Denise (Irène Galter). On the sudden death of their parents, Thérèse reluctantly renounces her vocation. She leaves the convent to run the family stationery shop and support Denise. Max (Philippe Lemaire), who is a mechanic, boxer, thief, and gigolo all in one, meets Denise who he rapes. Her sister seeks revenge. However, Thérèse is not immune to Max’s charms.
Director: Itay Tal
(2019 – 80 minutes – Not Rated)
Music is all she has. Anat has never been able to reach her father’s musical standards and her hope for fulfillment is de-pendent on the embryo that is in her womb. When the baby is born deaf she cannot accept it and takes extreme measures to ensure that her child will be the composer that her father always wanted. But when the young pianist doesn’t respect his grandfather, his own glory remains uncertain. Now, Anat will have to stand up to her father.
Director: Jeremy Workman
(2018 – 95 minutes – PG-13)
There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking them all – every street, park, cemetery, beach, and bridge. It’s a five-borough journey that stretches from the barbershops of the Bronx to the forests of Staten Island, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, with Matt amassing a surprisingly detailed knowledge of New York’s history and people along the way.
Something of a modern-day Thoreau, Matt gave up his former engineering job, his apartment, and most of his possessions, sustaining his endeavor through couch-surfing, cat-sitting and a $15-per-day budget. He’s not sure exactly why he’s doing it, only knowing that there’s no other way he’d rather spend his days.
Director: Mary Wharton
(2020 – 96 minutes – Not Rated)
Politics may make strange bedfellows, but a love of music made Jimmy Carter the ideal politician for many of the most important artists of the 1970s. Throughout the film we see Carter strolling in shirtsleeves, his trademark smile on his face, embracing musicians from the worlds of rock, jazz, folk rock, classical, R&B, country, gospel, and Southern Rock — a particular favorite of the Georgia native, who was good friends with Gregg Allman.
Directors: Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni
(2019 – 90 minutes – Not Rated)
This film is an exploration of the career, music, and influence of the legendary Canadian musical icon Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon who has sold over 10 million albums and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards.
Director: Harry Mavromichalis
(2018 – 100 minutes – Not Rated)
In the same vein as Albert Maysles’ Iris, this sublimely intimate fly-on-the-wall verité documentary tells a heart-wrenching story of a woman finding her own voice on her own terms to assert a gigantic creative force into the world. Rebelling against her old world panty-sniffing suspicious Greek mother to assert her strong sexual drive, fighting the feeling she was “too ethnic” amid the Boston Brahmin at BU, and starting her own theatre company in New Jersey instead of waiting for the phone to ring, Olympia Dukakis models how to live life with blazing courage.
Director: Bert Stern
(1959 – 85 minutes – Not Rated)
The acts alternate from the event’s open-air venue, to images from around Newport RI, and periodic cutaways to the America’s Cup yacht race occurring simultaneously in the nearby harbor. The footage is presented without narration or voiceover (aside from an announcer telling us who the next act is), so there’s nothing to distract from the music and the joyous mood it brings out in the audience.
Director: Barbara Kopple
(2020 – 108 minutes – Not Rated)
Using new archival sources and unprecedented access to key players on both sides, master documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA) reveals the true story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern US history: a secret mission to free hostages captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution.
Director: Dawn Porter
(2020 – 96 minutes – Not Rated)
Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.
Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary.
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