January 8, 2013: Connected the Film

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With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time—the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, human rights, the global economy—while searching for her place in the world during a transformative time in her life.

The screening begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance at: kinowatt.brownpapertickets.com.

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November 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

December 11, 2012: A Drop of Life

Set in the near future, A Drop of Life, directed by Shalini Kantayya, is the story of two women, a village teacher in rural India and an African American corporate executive, whose disparate lives intersect when they are both confronted with lack of access to clean drinking water.

The screening begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance at: kinowatt.brownpapertickets.com. Director Shalini Kantayya will be available for a Q&A via skype after the screening!

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October 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

The Upsetter: November 13, 2012

The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee Scratch Perry is a feature length documentary, directed by Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough, about one of the most fascinating and influential artists of our times. The film begins in rural Jamaica, probing into Perry’s mysterious youth as well as the notorious events of his peak production years in Kingston, in which Scratch mentored a young Bob Marley, created the sound of Reggae as we now know it, pioneered a new genre of music he called Dub, invented what was to become the remix and produced international hit songs for artists from Junior Murvin to The Congos to Paul McCartney to The Clash all while working out of the infamous Black Ark Studio, a shack that he built with his hands then later burned to the ground in a fit of drug addled rage.

The screening begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance at: kinowatt.brownpapertickets.com.

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September 8, 2012 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Mosquita y Mari: October 9, 2012

Mosquita y Mari, directed by Aurora Guerrero, is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A’s and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family who scrambles to make ends meet.

The screening begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance online at: brownpapertickets.com.

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August 23, 2012 at 1:09 am Leave a comment

Promised Land: September 11, 2012

Promised Land, directed by Yoruba Richen, invites viewers to take an inside look at the critical story of land reform and racial reconciliation in the new South Africa. The film explores how the country is rebuilding itself after years of living under the racist, violent system of apartheid. Beginning in 1913, Blacks in South Africa were forbidden from owning land.

The screening begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance online at: brownpapertickets.com.

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August 23, 2012 at 1:03 am Leave a comment

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: May 4, 2012

The Black Power Mixtape examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. The film combines music, startling 16mm footage (lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for 30 years), and contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars.

There will be a panel discussion after the film featuring documentary filmmaker Louis Massiah, political scholar Anthony Monteiro, and film archivist Kate Pourshariati immediately following the screening.

The screening begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance online at: brownpapertickets.com. You can also join this event on Facebook.

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April 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Futurestates: Remigration, That Which Once Was, White – April 6, 2012

What will become of America in five, 25, or even 50 years from today? The Independent Television Service (ITVS) asked both renowned and emerging filmmakers to take the current state of affairs in the United States, and extrapolate them into stories of the nation in the not-so-distant future. The result is FUTURESTATES, a series of groundbreaking digital shorts. Each episode presents a different filmmaker’s vision of American society projected forward, fusing an exploration of social issues with elements of speculative and science fiction. This month we’ll be screening three of the films–REMIGRATION by Barry Jenkins, THAT WHICH ONCE WAS by Kimi Takesue, and WHITE by A. Sayeeda Clarke, which is your opportunity watch them on the big screen and engage in dialogue with fellow audience members.

UPDATE! Director Kimi Takesue will be in attendance for Q&A after the film. Please stay tuned for other special guests!

The screening begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance online at: brownpapertickets.com.

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March 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

My Tehran for Sale: March 2, 2012

Marzieh is a young female actress living in Tehran. The authorities ban her theatre work and, like all young people in Iran, she is forced to lead a secret life in order to express herself artistically. At an underground rave, she meets Iranian born Saman, now an Australian citizen, who offers her a way out of her country and the possibility of living without fear. Shot entirely on location in Tehran, MY TEHRAN FOR SALE tells the story of modern day Iranian youth struggling for cultural freedom. It brings to the screen never before seen images of modern urban Iran, and reveals how young Iranian people live behind closed doors. MY TEHRAN FOR SALE is the first Iranian/Australian feature film collaboration and is the directorial debut of contemporary poet Granaz Moussavi.

The screening begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance online at: brownpapertickets.com.

My Tehran For Sale is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens Collection. For more information visit www.globalfilm.org.

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February 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Cultures of Resistance: February 3, 2012

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. From IRAN, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, to BURMA, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to BRAZIL, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

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January 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm Leave a comment

Press Pause Play: January 6, 2012

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay (Sweden/2011/80 minutes), a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era including: Lykke Li, Moby, Robyn, Hank Shocklee, and Ted Schilowitz, founder of the Red Digital Cinema Camera Company.

Join us for a special big-screen experience and a panel with leading local creatives afterward. Featuring: Aaron Levinson (Range Records), Anthony Howard (Fountain Insight Group), Donyale Y. H. Reavis (Spring Garden Pictures), and Rashid Zakat (Free Film Collective).

The screening begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance online at: brownpapertickets.com.

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December 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm Leave a comment

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