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August at the Stonzek Theatre

 

 

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BBC & the Stonzek Theatre Present:

        AUG 8 & 9  NOON         CASTLES IN THE SKY

    Featuring a stunning lead performance by Eddie Izzard (The Avengers, Valkyrie), Castles In The Sky recounts the powerhouse human drama behind Scotsman Robert Watson-Watt’s history-altering invention of radar technology. On the brink of war, Watson-Watt’s invention changed the playing field and advanced the British’s chances against the rising Nazi party. Izzard’s riveting portrayal captures the free-thinking rule-breaker’s struggles and ultimate triumph.

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    AUG 15 & 16 NOON       WODEHOUSE IN EXILE

     

 

BAFTA® and Emmy-award winning writer Nigel Williams crafts an intimate portrait of British humorist P.D. Wodehouse in Wodehouse In Exile. An all-star cast led by Tim-Pigott-Smith  (37 Days, Houdini) and Zoe Wanamaker  (Mr. Selfridge) shares the gripping tale of how the creator of Jeeves and Wooster faced treason charges that prevented him from setting foot on English soil again

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AUG 22 & 23  NOON      HITLER ON TRIAL

Meet Hans Litten, the brilliant young lawyer who dares to cross-examine Adolf Hitler in a Berlin courtroom in 1931. Litten’s goal: to expose Hitler’s true character and murderous plans, and halt the rapid rise of the Nazi Party. His reward: the red-hot hatred and fatal revenge of a hostile witness. Hitler on Trial sweeps you into this little-known, true story of collision between the future Führer’s blatant contempt for the law, and Litten’s brave but futile attempt to save German democracy. A gripping, intense BBC drama guaranteed to make your heart race, starring Ed Stoppard (Upstairs Downstairs, The Musketeers), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Finding Neverland), Sarah Smart (Wallander, Death in Paradise) and Anton Lesser (Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones).

 

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AUG 29 & 30  NOON    COPENHAGEN

An adaptation of the popular Michael Frayn stage-play based around a strange trip the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made to Copenhagen in 1941 to see his Danish counterpart Niels Bohr. Old friends and close colleagues, they had revolutionised atomic physics in the 1920s with their work together. But now the world had changed and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. The meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment and ended in disaster. In Frayn's play, Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife Margrethe once again to look for the answers and to work out how we can ever know why we do what we do.

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COURT

AUGUST 21 – 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dir. Chaitanya Tamhane, Drama, unrated, India, Marathi / Hindi / Gujarati / English with English subtitles, 2015, 116 min.

 

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane's Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the "people's poet," is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. What truly distinguishes Court, however, is Tamhane's brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; his affecting mixture of comedy and tragedy; and his naturalist approach to his characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich with complexity and contradiction.

100% on Rotten Tomatoes

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THE FALLING

AUG 21 – 27

dir. Carol Morley, Drama, Not Rated, UK, English, 2015, 114 min.


It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia (Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones) are best friends experiencing a sexual awakening. Following a tragedy, a mysterious fainting epidemic threatens the stability of all involved.

 

 

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CARTEL LAND

AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 3

 

dir. Matthew Heineman, Action / Drama / War / Documentary, Rated ‘R’, USA / Mexico, English /Spanish with English subtitles, 2015, 98 min


In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border.


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DIGGING FOR FIRE

AUGUST 28 – SEP 3

 

 dir. Joe Swanberg, Drama, Rated ‘R’, USA, English, 2014 85 min.

The film follows the discovery of a bone and a gun which sends a husband and wife - each full of doubts about their future and anxiety about the present - on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.

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Returning by Audience Request

Tangerine

September 4 – September 10

 

dir. Sean Baker, Drama / Comedy, Not rated, USA, English, 2015, 88 min.


It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, STARLET, "Generation Kill") hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

Live Skype Q&A's with Director Sean Baker and Screenwriter Chris Bergoch times to be announced


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PHOENIX

September 4 – September 10

 

dir. Christian Petzold, Drama / History, PG-13, Germany, German with English subtitles, 2015, 98min.

 

Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have betrayed her to the Nazis.

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Returning by Popular Demand

AMY

September 11 – September 17

 

dir. Asif Kapodia, Biography/Music/Documentary, Not Rated, UK, English, 2015, 128 min.


Amy tells the story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

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BEST OF ENEMIES

  September 11 – September 17 

 

dir. Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon, History / Documentary / News , Not  Rated , USA, English, 2015, 87 min.

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

 

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   THEthe THE  RAW RIOTOUS RETURN OF

    SCOTTY P.

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LOVE  AND MERCY

September 18 - September 24

 

 

dir. Bill Polhad / Drama /  Music / Biography, PG-13, USA, English, 2015, 121 min.

 A chronicle of reclusive Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson's life, from his successes with highly-influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

Starring: Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti

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THE END OF THE TOUR

September 18 – September 24

 

 

dir. James Ponsoldt, Drama, Rated ‘R’, USA, English, 2015, 106 min.

 

The End of the Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide.

 

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QUEEN OF EARTH

 

September 25 - October 1

 

dir. Alex Ross Perry, Drama / Thriller, Not Rated, USA, English, 2015, 90 min.

 

Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) is a woman careening towards emotional collapse after a one-two punch of heartbreaking events. Seeking peace and solitude, she heads to the secluded lakehouse of her best friend, Virginia (Katherine Waterston). But their quiet country retreat becomes a journey into steadily mounting hysteria as past and present collide and the love-hate relationship between the two women threatens to tear them apart.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSENWALD

OCT 2 – OCT 8 

 

dir. Aviva Kempner, Biography / Documentary, Not Rated, USA, English,2015, 100 min.

 

TIKKUN OLAM … REPAIR THE WORLD

BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED

Aviva Kempner's Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Rosenwald sheds light on this silent partner of the Pre-Civil Rights Movement. Rosenwald awarded fellowship grants to a who's who of African American intellectuals and artists including: Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, the father and uncle of civil rights leader Julian Bond, Ralph Bunche, W. E. B. DuBois, Katherine Dunham, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gordon Parks, Jacob Lawrence and Augusta Savage along with Woody Guthrie. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkunolam (repairing the world) and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America's most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald's philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

 

 

 

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