Anatomy of a Film (2012) <imdb>
Directed by David Spodak
Stanley Kubrick is arguably the greatest film director of all time. But what made him so good? Anatomy of a Film attacks the question, taking his early triumph, the controversial World War I drama Paths of Glory, and dissecting it scene by scene—quite literally. The entire film is shown from beginning to end as the filmmakers present a master class on Kubrick's technique with additional commentary from Kirk Douglas, producer Jim Harris and actor Richard Anderson. This unforgettable evening, presented by the filmmakers, is cheaper than film school by at least a hundred thousand dollars.
Saturday, March 30 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
My So-Called Enemy (2010) <imdb>
Directed by Lisa Gossels
Spanning a seven-year period, “My So Called Enemy” follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding as the conflict continues to rage in their homeland, after participating in a women's leadership program in the U.S. called Building Bridges for Peace. This heart and mind-opening film documents how the young women's transformative experience, of knowing their "enemies" as human beings, meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East. Through the coming-of-age narratives of Adi, Gal, Hanin, Inas, Rawan and Rezan, we see how creating relationships across personal, political and physical borders is a first step towards resolving conflict. Lisa Gossels' award-winning documentary presents the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict though a human lens - and the possibility and hope that come from listening to each other's stories. Meet the filmmaker and engage in a thought-provoking Q&A after the show.
Sunday, April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
My Perestroika (2010) <imdb>
Directed by Robin Hessman
They were the last generation to grow up behind the Iron Curtain. Five young adults struggle to find their place in a new Russia that is vastly different from the one that was promised to them as children. This intimate portrait finds great laughs and great sorrow in the contradiction of being young and free when you can't quite escape the old regime.
Saturday, July 13 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The City Dark (2011) <imdb>
Directed by Ian Cheney
Every traveling city dweller knows that feeling—when you first hit country and the sky fills with a countless number of visible stars. After moving to New York City from rural Maine, the filmmaker asked a simple question. “Do we need the stars?” From Brooklyn to Mauna Kea, to Paris, killer asteroids, hatching turtles and injured birds in the city streets, serve to unravel the implications of a globe glittering with lights.
Saturday, August 31 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium