"I MELT WITH YOU" is an extraordinarily cinematic drama from director Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road). Jonathan (Rob Lowe), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Richard (Thomas Jane), and Tim (Christian McKay) are friends from college who gather each year for a hardcore weekend of partying. Each of them has attained some degree of professional success without the personal fulfillment they expected would follow. Their reunion this time takes place in a luxury oceanfront home Ron has rented in Big Sur to celebrate Tim's 44th birthday. As the weekend progresses, the forces behind this year’s reunion drives each of them to an unexpected place where they are forced to confront themselves and the chilling promise they made to each other in their youth.
"TIM'S VERMEER" is the Oscar nominated story of a Texas-based inventor named Tim Jenison and his attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the history of Art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically -- 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning eight years, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen. This film is an unforgettable journey into the realms of human perception.
TUES. AUGUST 26 @ 7:15 pm - JODOROWSKY'S DUNE
TUES. SEPT 9 @ 7:15 pm - CUTIE AND THE BOXER
Sponsored by Bob & Paula Chianese
"JODOROWSKY'S DUNE" explores the genesis of one of cinema's greatest epics, cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic "DUNE". The cast was to have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house films "EL TOPO" and "HOLY MOUNTAIN", Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert's novel and began years of work planning this epic. He enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries including French comic book artist Moebius doing the storyboards, screenwriter Dan O'Bannon (DARK STAR, ALIEN), visionary artist H.R. Giger (ALIEN), and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. They, along with producer Michel Seydoux, thought they were going to make a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen. The film was never made. It exists only in the imaginations of its creators, and in the
hundreds of production illustrations that director Frank Pavich has woven into this immensely fascinating film.
"CUTIE & THE BOXER", nominated for a 2013 Oscar for Feature Documentary, is a relationship movie unlike anything you've ever seen. By 1972, Ushio Shinohara was a forty-year-old artist who had been living in New York City for three years. He'd won a small but distinguished following for what he called his "boxing paintings," created by dipping fighter's gloves in paint and literally pounding at the canvas. It was around this time that Ushio met Noriko Shinohara, a 19-year-old art student who had just arrived in the United States. The two fell into a relationship which was destined to become permanent when Noriko became pregnant a few months later. Four decades on, Ushio and Noriko are still together, but their marriage is not always a healthy one. He's an alcoholic who dominates his wife and is clearly resentful that his career in art has not been more successful. Things get worse when Noriko's work, using comic-style images to express messages of female empowerment inspired by her own life, starts catching the attention of critics. Filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling offers an emotionally intense look into the sometimes volatile balance between two extremely talented and highly combative personalities.
TUES. SEPT 23 @ 7:15pm pm - CÉSAR CHÁVEZ
"CÉSAR CHÁVEZ" is the first feature film to tell the epic story of the founder of the United Farm Workers and still-controversial social activist. Michael Peña gives an electrifying performance as Chávez, with America Ferrera as Helen Chávez, Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, and John Malkovich as the owner of a large industrial grape farm who leads the opposition to Chávez's organizing efforts. The film traces Chávez's efforts to organize 50,000 farm workers in California, many of whom were braceros, temporary Mexican workers permitted to temporarily work the fields of America. Working conditions were extremely poor. Racism, brutality and violence at the hands of the employers and local Californians was the norm, not the exception. This important and deeply moving story leaves its mark on our own heavily agricultural community, where much of this history was written in blood and born of struggle.
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