December 23, 2014
Directed by Mitchell Kezin
93 min | 2013 | Canada | Not Rated
Join us for this special holiday themed Through the Lens – post-film Q&A with director Mitchell Kezin moderated by RadioWest’s host Doug Fabrizio.
Director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes, which include hip hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of Run DMC, The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, and filmmaker John Waters, to name a few. In his search for the 12 best, under-appreciated Christmas songs ever recorded, Kezin has crafted a wonderful film that is a historical social documentary, pop culture pilgrimage, and revealing character study.
After the film, join us at Beer Bar (161 E 200 S) for a night of DJs spinning alternative Christmas tunes like those featured in the film.
January 3, 2015
Directed by Hiroyuki Okiura
120 min | 2012 | Japan | Not Rated
Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Recommended for ages 10+
All Momo has left to remember her father is an incomplete letter with the words “Dear Momo.” Upon moving to a remote island, she discovers a trio of mischievous spirit creatures, who create mayhem in the community. This beautifully hand-drawn animated tale combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama.
January 6, 2015
Directed by David Alvardo and Jason Sussberg
78 min | 2014 | USA/UK/India | Not Rated
Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.” As they battle their own aging and suffer the loss of loved ones, their scientific quest ultimately becomes personal.
Official Selection: 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; 2014 SXSW Film Festival
January 7, 2015
Directed by Dave Jannetta
95 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
**Post-film discussion with director Dave Jannetta and author Poe Ballantine moderated by Doug Fabrizio, host of
In the summer of 2006, following a series of massive wild fires that nearly destroyed the isolated town of Chadron, Nebraska, Dr. Steven Haataja (HAW-DEE-YAH) arrived for a teaching position at the local college. A somewhat aloof but brilliant mathematician, Dr. Haataja seemed to be assimilating well into a community brimming with eccentric residents. That winter, however, Dr. Haataja disappeared without a trace.
Chadron’s police chief had recently been dismissed following a series of mishandled incidents, and the case of the missing math professor seemed to slip between the cracks. Weeks after Dr. Haataja vanished the lead investigator, Sargent Chuck James, was grasping at straws, “Right now, we’re still hoping something turns out. We sure haven’t quit trying. We have absolutely no idea where he went, or why, or how. There are no hints. No clues. It’s as if he went out to check his mail and never came back.”
Ninety-five days following his disappearance, Dr. Haataja’s body was discovered tied to a tree and burned beyond recognition on a private ranch in the remote hills south of campus.
News teams descended upon the town while law enforcement officers, along with psychics and ghost hunters, exhausted themselves in the circus-like investigation. Conjecture and hysteria prevailed and the story quickly developed a mythology all its own. The case remains unsolved, a profound mystery; “Twilight Zone shit”, in the words of Dawes County Sheriff Karl Dailey. With little evidence to go on, the locally accepted “theories” range from the expected to the absurd: a hate crime, suicide, accidental death, and even space aliens.
“Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere” explores the mystery of the math professor through the eyes of award winning author Poe Ballantine (Ed Hughes), who spent six years investigating the case while writing a memoir centered on the events (Hawthorne Books, September 2013). The film also examines the iconoclastic author’s life of wanderlust, his rocky marriage to a beautiful Mexican woman, his exceptional, yet purportedly autistic son, and the quaint High Plains town, which plays host to the mystery. More than twenty current residents of Chadron personify the town and substantiate a narrative that touches on themes such as depression, suicide, the nature of reality, and the American Dream. The stark, beautiful, and unforgiving landscape provides a backdrop for the dramatic events.
Official Selection: 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; 2014 Doc NYC; 2014 Traverse City Film Festival
January 13, 2015
Directed by Todd Douglas Miller
95 min | 2014 | USA | Rated PG
In 1990, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team discovered the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found. Their find became a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists. After the film, Dr. Randall Irmis, curator of paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah, will discuss the search for, discovery, excavation, and research of dinosaur fossils.
Official Selection: 2014 Sundance Film Festival
January 15, 2015
Directed by Michele Josue
89 min | 2013 | USA | Not Rated
Matthew Shepard was a young gay man who was tortured and murdered in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Directed by Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepards,’ this film revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, and new revelations about Shepard’s all-too-brief life.
January 21, 2015
Directed by Chris Teerink
72 min | 2012 | Netherlands | Not Rated
Presented in English, Dutch, and Italian with English subtitles.
In this art-filled documentary, artists, assistants, curators, and directors remember the work and philosophies of one of the world’s most well-known conceptual artists—Sol LeWitt (1928-2007).