December 13, 2016
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
56 min | 2015 | UK | PG
*Post-film discussion with Zheng Zheng, Astrophysicist at the University of Utah.
Cast: Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston, and Matt Lucas
It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from carols and comedy antlers. But when his help is requested, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and at a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.
December 14, 2016
Directed by Ian Cheney
73 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
•Post-film Q&A with director Ian Cheney moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.
From the director of The Search for General Tso, The City Dark, Truck Farm, and The Greening of Southie comes this experimental, sci-fi infused documentary that explores the potential of terraforming on Mars alongside the waterways of New York City, yielding unusual perspectives on our increasingly watery planet.
Official Selection: 2015 Doc NYC Film Festival, 2016 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
December 20, 2016
Directed by Eddie Rosenstein
86 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film Q&A with director Eddie Rosenstein
Over the last four decades, same-sex marriage has gone from a ‘preposterous notion’ to one of the most successful civil rights campaigns in the world. The Freedom to Marry is a “War Room” style feature documentary about the same-sex marriage movement, from the final frenetic months of the legal and grassroots campaign.
One of the most surprising things about the same-sex marriage movement is that, actually, it was carefully planned and orchestrated over decades. The Freedom to Marry goes behind-the-scenes to reveal the inner workings and key players of this historic civil rights battle. This is a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson, the man known as the architect of the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, and their key colleagues as they wage their climactic battle before the United States Supreme Court, providing a fresh perspective on the movement’s history along the way. This is a primer for social change and an inspirational tale of how people can actually make a difference.
Screening is presented to celebrate the 3-year anniversary of the ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in Utah.
Official Selection: 2016 Frameline 40–San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
December 21, 2016
Directed by Corinna Belz
97 min | 2012 | Germany | Not Rated
Presented in English and German with English Subtitles.
Gerhard Richter Painting offers unprecedented insight into the life and work of one of the greatest artists of our time, and is a “gorgeously rendered work of art” (Variety) in its own right.
Legendary German painter Gerhard Richter granted filmmaker Corinna Belz access to his studio in the spring and summer of 2009, where he was working on a series of large abstract paintings. In quiet, highly concentrated images, the documentary provides a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the very personal, tension-filled process of artistic creation. Richter is his own worst critic, destroying multiple canvases before his remarkable creative spirit takes hold, and the astonishing final compositions emerge.
“Painting is another form of thinking,” Richter once said, and Gerhard Richter Painting takes that premise seriously, exposing for the first time how he translates his thoughts onto a blank canvas. Beautifully shot and endlessly revealing, it “artfully and convincingly immerses us into the world of one of the greatest [painters], painting.” (Village Voice)
Official Selection: 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
January 3, 2017
Directed by Ultan Guilfoyle
50 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
For the first time in history, women are creating some of the most exciting architectural designs in the world. How have they navigated their way to the top? What is the nature of their creative process? Are there gender differences in architectural design? Making Space is a full-length documentary film about five dynamic and accomplished female architects: Annabelle Selldorf (New York), Marianne McKenna (Toronto), Kathryn Gustafson (Seattle and London), Farshid Moussavi (London), and Odile Decq (Paris). Come with us on this intimate journey as we see how these women are transforming the landscape of the 21st Century.
January 7, 2017
Directed by Isao Takahata
118 min | 1991 | Japan | PG
It’s1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. At the station, she is met by young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel), and the encounters with him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.
From Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) and general producer Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world’s most revered animation studios. This film was one of Studio Ghibli’s most critically acclaimed work, but never released in North America until this year – in celebration of its 25th Anniversary.
Parents Note: This film is set in 1966 and 1982. There are scenes of smoking, physical discipline, and references to menstruation.
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January 10, 2017
Directed by Harry O. Hoyt
106 min | 1925 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film discussion, more details to be announced.
Explorer Professor Challenger is taking quite a beating in the London press thanks to his claim that living dinosaurs exist in the far reaches of the Amazon. Newspaper reporter Edward Malone learns that this claim originates from a diary given to him by fellow explorer Maple White’s daughter, Paula. Malone’s paper funds an expedition to rescue Maple White, who has been marooned at the top of a high plateau. Joined by renowned hunter John Roxton, and others, the group goes to South America, where they do indeed find a plateau inhabited by pre-historic creatures, one of which they even manage to bring back to London with them.
January 11, 2017
Directed by Keith Maitland
82 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film Skype Q&A with director Keith Maitland moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.
On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, TOWER reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
February 7, 2017
Directed by Nancy Buirski
77 min | 2011 | USA | Not Rated
Oscar-shortlist selection The Loving Story is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia – the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage recently fictionalized in the film Loving.
A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this definitive documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving. The marriage of Mildred (who was part-black and part-Native American) and Richard (who was white) was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state of Virginia. They refused to leave one another and, with the help of the ACLU, relentlessly pursued their right to happiness. Their case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where, in 1967, it struck down laws against interracial marriage in this country once and for all. With luminous, newly discovered 16mm footage of the Lovings and their lawyers, first-person testimony and rare documentary photographs, this film takes us behind the scenes of the legal challenges and the emotional turmoil of the landmark case. The Loving Story recreates a seminal moment in history and reflects a timely message of marriage equality in a personal, human love story.
The Loving Story is a journey into the heart of race relations in America. This landmark documentary, with its contemporary parallels, will live on as a record of monumental change, not just in civil rights, but in the human right to pursue happiness regardless of color, gender or creed.
February 14, 2017
Directed by Paul Lazarus
88 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film discussion, details to be announced.
SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world’s water crisis. An eccentric genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future scientists. His inventions help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions. Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: the SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. Kamen reminisces about improving home dialysis technology and choosing to forgo parenthood while lamenting he has only one lifetime for inventing. SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at Kamen’s vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond.