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Upcoming Films

Step

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An ebullient chronicle of a Baltimore girls step team’s senior year matches a fascinating, worthy subject with unabashedly joyful filmmaking. It’s a crowdpleasing winner” –Variety

At an inner-city Baltimore high school, in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was killed by police, a group of girls is determined to graduate, and their dedicated teachers are doing all they can to make these dreams happen. And what helps them keep focus? Their dance team, which takes a turn towards social action when a new coach arrives. Amanda Lipitz’s crowd-pleasing, inspiring real-life tale, winner of awards at Sundance, Seattle, Hot Docs and AFI, follows these remarkable young women as they overcome hurdle after hurdle, en route to the regional dance championship. (U.S., 2017, 83m)

Starts August 18

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents: Harold and Lillian

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Pre-Film Reception at 6:30

Harold and Lillian Michelson are two of the best-known names in Hollywood that you have likely never heard of. Their work left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and more. Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim gives us a behind-the- scenes look at the influential yet largely uncredited contributions of storyboard artist Harold and researcher Lillian. The charming love story of these two Hollywood figures is tenderly told through a mix of love letters, film clips and interviews with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others. It is a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of their talents. (U.S., 2015, 100m)

August 24, 7:30p & 7:45p*

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

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"Warm and hugely entertaining...endlessly charming" –The Guardian

Elsa Dorfman’s generosity, openness and deep love for her fellow humans make her a fantastic photographer, and a fitting subject for legendary, Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (THE THIN BLUE LINE, THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, FOG OF WAR) one of America’s most sophisticated portraitists. In the 70s, Dorfman began making outsized photos with her large-format Polaroid camera—one of only six in existence, capturing counter-culture heroes including Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, and Robert Creeley. But as the oversized 20x24 Polaroid camera she uses approaches obsolescence (the company went
bankrupt; the film is no longer manufactured) and Elsa’s friends and heroes begin to pass,we are left with her indelible art. (U.S., 2016, 76m)

Starts August 25

Endless Poetry

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The most accessible movie Jodorowsky has ever made, and it may also be the best. It's Felliniesque and moving … Dotted with his trademark phantasmagorical conceits, which are like candified bursts of comic-book magic realism, it’s also a work of disciplined and touching emotional resonance.” –Variety

The 88-year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky, who launched the midnight movie with films including EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, returns with a vivid, surreal, extraordinarily rich and often psychadelic tale of the years he spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940s, from leaving home, against the wishes of his authoritarian father, to an immersion into the explosive avant garde of Santiago. ENDLESS POETRY is a celebration of the quest for beauty and inner truth created by a man who has dedicated is existence to creating spiritual and artistic awareness. (Chile, 2016, 128m, ABKO Releasing)

Starts August 25

Menashe

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Thoroughly absorbing and offers a fresh and probing look at a cloistered community living in plain sight on busy New York streets ... a fascinating, poignant and rare glimpse into the world of ultra-Orthodox Jews.” –The Wrap

Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe—a kind, hapless grocery store clerk—struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah's death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah's memorial. It's his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.

Starts September 1

Whose Streets?

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***** … outstanding and incendiary” –The Guardian

In 2014, protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, filled the streets after the shooting of Michael Brown. While the national news focused on footage of looting, a more dramatic and intense story was unfolding: a community standing up after years of grief and rage. Folayan and Davis’s clear-eyed, impassioned, and forceful documentary drops us into a community broken by the stark realities of racism and police brutality while celebrating the emergence of a strong collective of inspiring, tireless community activists including a father who monitors police with his video camera, and a registered nurse who combines the patience of Gandhi with the fierceness of Malcolm X. With nothing to gain except justice, these young civil rights leaders risk their bodies to fight, with galvanizing success, for equal access to the American Dream. This is what heroism looks like. (U.S., 2016, 90m, Magnolia, digital)

Starts September 1

Crown Heights

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“A powerful testament to the political gamesmanship, racial profiling, and social inequities that continue to shape the criminal justice system” –PopMatters

Adapted by a story from This American Life, Matt Rushkin’s film, a winner at Sundance, follows the aftermath of a shooting in 1980, when a teenager was gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield), an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. That’s when Colin’s childhood friend, Carl 'KC' King, devotes every waking moment to fighting for justice, eventually learning his own route towards justice. Stanfield gives a star-making performance in a film with deep contemporary resonances. (U.S., 2017, 94m, IFC Films)

Starts September 8

The Oath

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Icelandic auteur Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, Everest) directs and stars in this psychological thriller about a father who tries to pull his daughter out of her world of drugs and petty crime, only to find that danger can be found in unexpected places. Winner of six Icelandic national film awards, and nominated for seven others.

Starts September 8

Saint of 9/11

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Followed by Q&A with Executive Producer Malcolm Lazin
Cocktail reception to follow, Honorary Chair Mayor Javier Gonzales

Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, “Saint of 9/11” chronicles the remarkable life and death of Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain of the New York Fire Department—the first official victim of 9/11. Since its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, “Saint of 9/11” has received international acclaim and has been featured on ABC’s “World News,” CNN, PBS and C-SPAN.

Sunday, September 10th at 5p

May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

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$12 No Passes

A prizewinner at SXSW, this intimate, behind-the-scenes look at one of today's most popular bands follows as they produce  their hit 2016 album "True Sadness." Buttressed by incredible live performances, directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio (ESPN's 30 For 30) captures deeply personal and revealing moments between the band. (U.S., 2017, 90m,  Oscilloscope)

7:30p Tuesday, September 12

Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary

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Presented by director Gay Dillingham and special guests

The trip of a lifetime … an admiring, even loving celebration” –LA Times

In the 1960s, two conventional Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness. Over the next five decades, the two greatly impact modern thought, Timothy Leary as a counter-cultural legend and Richard Alpert as Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher. Gay Dillingham’s film, narrated by Robert Redford, offers an intimate portrait of an epic friendship, through life and into the next realm. (U.S., 2014, 95m)

7p Wednesday, September 13