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FilmWorks Forum: Moving Stories

FilmWorks Forum: Moving Stories

1:24hrs

With Q&A led by Director Rob Fruchtman

Sunday, November 10, 11 AM

Director: Rob Fruchtman
Producers: Cornelia Ravenal, Mikael Södersten, Wendy Sax

Ernest Shaw

After the film: Director Rob Fruchtman will talk about his experience making the film and lead a Q&A.

“To me, dance is an art form that triggers emotions and feelings like no other. For that reason, it can help unlock the secrets, emotions and yearnings inside us, whether we’re trained dancers or ordinary bi-pedal beings.”—Rob Fruchtman Read more…

For 40 years, the Battery Dance Company has been a force on the New York and international scenes. In hundreds of performances and workshops in American schools, they’ve not only moved audiences but changed thousands of young lives. Seeing dance as a universal language, founder Jonathan Hollander created Dancing to Connect, in which his dancers travel the globe to teach the tools of creativity to youth who’ve experienced war, poverty, sexual violence, extreme prejudice, and severe trauma, enabling them to express their feelings and stories through dance. MOVING STORIES follows them to four countries India, with girls victimized by gender violence and sex slavery; Romania, with young Roma from one of Europe’s worst slums; South Korea, with North Koreans who risked their lives to escape; and Iraq, with a young Muslim dancer in a country that forbids him to perform.

Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Tickets not required.

Learn more about this extraordinary film.

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Sunday, November 10, 11 AM

Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Tickets not required.

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Met Live in HD 2019-20 Season

Met Live in HD 2019-20 Season

The Met Live in HD new 2019-20 Season includes 5 new productions including Philip Glass’ Akhnaten and George & Ira Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess

All performances take place on Saturdays at 12:55 PM with no exceptions.

February 1: Gershwins, Porgy & Bess – NEW!
David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, and Alfred Walker.
February 29: Handel, Agrippina – NEW!
The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, soprano Brenda Rae, countertenor Iestyn Davies, and bass Matthew Rose.
March 14: Wagner, Der Fliegende Holländer- NEW!
Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard, starring the great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel.
April 11: Puccini, Tosca
Soprano Anna Netrebko, tenor Brian Jagde, and baritone Michael Volle. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.
May 9: Donizetti, Maria Stuarda
Soprano Diana Damrau as Mary, Queen of Scots with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and tenor Stephen Costello. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production.

 


 

Bolshoi Ballet 2019-20 Season

Bolshoi Ballet 2019-20 Season

The Bolshoi Ballet is one of the largest companies in the world with over 250 dancers. Each year it has 30 ballets in repertory, both classical and contemporary works. With its Academy, the Bolshoi is also perpetuating the classical ballet tradition through a new generation of young and talented dancers. Experience these famous ballet performances live from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

2020
Jan 26: Giselle (Captured Live)
Giselle touches upon great and universal romantic themes. In this brand new production, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance.
Feb 23: Swan Lake (Captured Live)
Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns with a new cast for the most beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison.
Mar 29: Romeo and Juliet (Encore)
The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev a remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights. Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal lovers in Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight.
Apr 19: Jewels (Captured Live)
Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy the genius of choreographer’s visually captivating work.

 


 

Thousand Pieces of Gold: Special Screening + Q&A

Thousand Pieces of Gold: Special Screening + Q&A

Rated: PG-13

Saturday, January 25, 7 PM

Cast: Rosalind Chao, Chris Cooper
Director: Nancy Kelly
Screenplay: Anne Makepeace

After the film celebrated screenwriter Anne Makepeace will join us for a Q&A. Anne Makepeace has been a writer, producer, and director of award-winning independent films for more than three decades. Read full bio.

Set in a mining town in the 1880s and based on a true story, the script for Thousand Pieces of Gold was developed with the support of the Sundance Institute’s writer/ director lab. The film premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival After its theatrical release, Thousand Pieces of Gold aired on the PBS American Playhouse series, the UK’s Film Four and around the world. It won immediate acclaim for its portrayal of the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery. She is trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho’s gold country. Eventually, Charlie, a man of a different ilk, played by Chris Cooper, wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust.

Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo. But Nancy Kelly became a victim of prejudice against women directors within the American film industry and was never offered another narrative feature to direct in spite of extraordinary reviews from critics, some of whom compared her talent to that of John Ford.

 


 

Elizabeth MacDonald, Walls and Landscapes: Works in Clay

Elizabeth MacDonald, Walls and Landscapes: Works in Clay

January 25 – March 25, 2020

Potter/sculptor Elizabeth MacDonald of Connecticut and New York works in clay. Her most intriguing designs are rectangular slabs with an archaeological or geological effect. Their earth-toned layers and striations give the effect of a mountainous landscape, a glimpse beneath the surface of the earth, or a close look at one of nature’s exquisite details. Her aim is to convey, through contrasting textures, shapes and surfaces, an intuitive awareness of time and space.

Elizabeth MacDonald in her studio

Ms. MacDonald, who lives in Bridgewater, Connecticut, has been the recipient of numerous awards, and in 1999 received the Governor’s Arts Award in visual arts. She has most recently shown her work at the Century Association in New York City and has completed commissions for the chapel in New Milford Hospital, and the Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven. Ms. MacDonald received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Chatham College, and she attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

 


 

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Sunday, January 26, 12:55 PM

Music: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto: Théophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges

Giselle touches upon great and universal romantic themes. In this brand new production, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew.

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion.

 


 

FilmWorks Forum/ Salisbury Forum: Parkland Rising

FilmWorks Forum/ Salisbury Forum: Parkland Rising

Sunday, January 26, 11:30 AM

Director: Cheryl Horner
Cast: Jaclyn Corin, Matt Deitsch, Fred Guttenberg

On February 14, 2018, a school shooting took the lives of 17 people and suddenly changed the conversation about guns in America.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could not be called “the deadliest” or even “the most shocking” mass shooting in recent US history. It came less than five months after 58 people were shot and killed at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, and nothing changed. It came less than two years after 49 people were shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and nothing changed. There were 345 mass shootings in the US in 2017 alone, and nothing changed.

But this time, something clicked.

 


 

Oscar Shorts: Animation - Live Action - Documentary

Oscar Shorts: Animation - Live Action - Documentary

ANIMATION
1:30hrs
Daughter (Dcera): CZECHIA/ 15 mins/ 2019
Hair Love: USA/ 7 mins/ 2019
Kitbull: USA/ 9 mins/ 2019
Mémorable: FRANCE/ 12 mins/ 2019
Sister: USA/ 8 mins/ 2018

DOCUMENTARY
2:48hrs
In the Absence: USA/ 29 mins/ 2018
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl): UK/ 40 mins/ 2018
Life Overtakes Me: USA/ 37 mins/ 2019
St. Louis Superman: USA/ 28 mins/ 2019
Walk Run Cha-Cha: USA/ 20 mins/ 2019

LIVE-ACTION
1:55hrs
A Sister: BELGIUM/ 16 mins/ 2018
Brotherhood: TUNISIA, CANADA/ 25 mins/ 2018
Nefta Football Club: FRANCE/ 17 mins/2018
Saria: USA/ 23 mins/2019
The Neighbors’ Window: USA/ 20 mins/ 2019

CLICK HERE for online information and trailers for all the nominees.

 


 

Met Live: Porgy & Bess

Met Live: Porgy & Bess

By George & Ira Gershwin

Saturday, February 1, 12:55 PM

World Premiere: Alvin Theatre, New York, 1935. A supremely American operatic masterpiece and the most ambitious work by one of the nation’s greatest musical talents, Porgy and Bess focuses on the joys and struggles of a black neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 20th century. The overall combination of music, word, and idea among a complex blend of Americana make this a unique and impressive work both within and beyond the operatic repertory.

James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. “If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when the new production premiered in London in 2018. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, and Alfred Walker. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

 


 

A Hidden Life by Terrence Malik: Special Screening + Q&A

A Hidden Life by Terrence Malik: Special Screening + Q&A

Rated: PG-13

Sunday, February 2, 1 PM

Cast: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruno Ganz, Michael Nyqvist
Director: Terrence Malick
Cinematography: Jörg Widmer
Music composed by: James Newton Howard

Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fanni and children that keeps his spirit alive.

Professor Roger Berkowitz will lead an audience Q&A after the film.
Roger Berkowitz, a self-confessed Terrence Malik fan, is the Founder and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center and Professor of Political Studies, Philosophy, and Human Rights at Bard College. Berkowitz writes and speaks about how justice is made present in the world. He is author of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition,co-editor of Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch (2017), Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics (2010), The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis (2012), and editor of the annual journal HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center.He will speak to the themes of resistance and conscientious objection both in the context of the film and society today.

“Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, the true story of a World War II conscientious objector, is one of his finest films, and one of his most demanding. It clocks in at nearly three hours, moves in a measured way (you could call the pacing “a stroll”), and requires a level of concentration and openness to philosophical conundrums and random moments that most modern films don’t even bother asking for…It’s one of the year’s best and most distinctive movies…” RogerEbert.com

 


 

NT Live: Fleabag

NT Live: Fleabag

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Thursday, February 6, 7 PM

See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), broadcast live to a cinema near you.

Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre. Show image by Jason Hetherington

Age recommendation 16+

 


 

NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac

NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand

LIVE! Thursday, February 20, 2 PM
Encore: Sunday, March 1, 1 PM

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the London’s West End.
Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

 


 

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich

Sunday, February 23, 12:55 PM

Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns with a new cast for the most beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see.







 


 

Met Live: Agrippina

Met Live: Agrippina

by George Frideric Handel

NEW PRODUCTION!

Saturday, February 29, 12:55 PM

Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome arrives in cinemas on February 29, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

 


 

Exhibition on Screen: Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

Exhibition on Screen: Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

Directed by David Bickerstaff

Tuesday, March 3, 7 PM
Sunday, March 8, 1 PM

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.

The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints, and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of the very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency. Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation. This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for EXHIBITION ON SCREEN to reveal the life’s work of a master in one show.

 


 

#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories

#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories

Tuesday, March 3, 4 PM
Sunday, March 15, 1 PM

Legendary actress Helen Mirren retraces the life of Anne Frank through the pages of her diary and introduces the viewer to five other women who, as young girls, were also deported to concentration camps during World War II.

Produced in cooperation with the Anne Frank Foundation, the event takes audiences into an exact reconstruction of Anne’s room in Amsterdam, part of the secret annex where the Frank family hid for two years before being discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s writings vividly capture what was happening to a Europe in flames at the time, about Nazism, and her fears, hopes, and dreams. It also provides a context of past human experiences for understanding our own present and future through the experiences of the survivors who lived to tell their own parallel stories of persecution and deportation.

 


 

Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art

Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art

Directed by Phil Grabsky

Tuesday, April 7, 7 PM
Saturday, April 11, 1 PM

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

 


 

NT Live: The Welkin

NT Live: The Welkin

A new play by Lucy Kirkwood

LIVE! Thursday, May 21, 2 PM

One life in the hands of 12 women.

Rural England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, 21-year-old Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When Sally claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only the midwife Lizzy, Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.

James Macdonald (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins). Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.

 


 

Exhibition on Screen: Frida Kahlo

Exhibition on Screen: Frida Kahlo

Directed by Ali Ray

Tuesday, July 7, 7 PM
Sunday, July 12, 1 PM

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo. She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Guided with interviews, commentary and Frida’s own words, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN uncovers that this, however, was not a life defined by tragedy.

Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, the film explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo. Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered. Displaying a treasure trove of color and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics, and her cultural heritage.

We might think we already know Frida Kahlo – the image of floral crowns, big brows and folk style clothing have made her a muse to generations – but what lies beneath the surface of this intensely passionate woman?

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