Oscars Spotlight: Documentaries

Fri, Jan 4th, 2019 to Sun, Feb 3rd, 2019

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Whether they expose, enlighten, or simply entertain, we love seeing documentaries on the big screen. That's why we're delighted to team with the Academy on a special program that kicks off the new year: OSCARS SPOTLIGHT: DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SHORTLIST, an opportunity to see all of the vital and compelling films on the Academy's nominations shortlist.

Movies & Showtimes for
Oscars Spotlight: Documentaries

Fri, Jan 4th
Communion

5:00PM
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Sun, Jan 6th
Won't You Be My Neighbor?

11:45AM
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Mon, Jan 7th
Crime + Punishment

2:00PM
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Fri, Jan 11th
Charm City

2:00PM
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Mon, Jan 14th
The Distant Barking of Dogs

2:15PM
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Mon, Jan 14th
Three Identical Strangers

9:45PM
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Tue, Jan 15th
Dark Money

2:15PM
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Tue, Jan 15th
Hale County This Morning, This Evening

4:00PM
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Wed, Jan 16th
The Silence of Others

2:15PM
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Thu, Jan 17th
RBG

2:15PM
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Sun, Jan 20th
Shirkers

4:45PM
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Mon, Jan 21st
Minding the Gap

7:00PM
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Wed, Jan 23rd
Of Fathers and Sons

4:45PM
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Charm City

A FILM BY: Marilyn Ness
STARRING: Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton, Alex Long, Captain Monique Brown

On the streets of Baltimore, shooting is rampant, the murder rate is approaching an all-time high and the distrust of the police is at a fever pitch. With nerves frayed and neighborhoods in distress, dedicated community leaders, compassionate law-enforcement officers and a progressive young city councilman try to stem the epidemic of violence. Filmed over three tumultuous years covering the lead up to, and aftermath of, Freddie Gray's death in police custody, CHARM CITY is an intimate cinema verité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home. Directed by renowned documentary producer Marilyn Ness (Cameraperson; Trapped; E-Team).

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 107 mins
Format: DCP

Communion

A FILM BY: Anna Zamecka
WRITTEN BY: Anna Zamecka

When adults are ineffectual, children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother who lives separately; but most of all she tries to reunite the family. She lives in the hope of bringing her mother back home. Her 13 year old brother Nikodem's Holy Communion is a pretext for the family to meet up. Ola is entirely responsible for preparing the perfect family celebration.

Communion reveals the beauty of the rejected, the strength of the weak and the need for change when change seems impossible. This crash course in growing up teaches us that no failure is final. Especially when love is in question.

In Polish with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2016
Country of Origin: Poland
Language: Polish
Run Time: 72 mins
Format: DCP

Crime + Punishment

A FILM BY: Stephen Maing

Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Crime + Punishment chronicles the remarkable efforts and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City.

A highly intimate and cinematic experience with unprecedented access, Crime + Punishment examines the United States' most powerful police department through the brave endeavors of a group of active duty officers and one unforgettable private investigator who risk their careers and safety to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 112 mins
Format: DCP

Dark Money

A FILM BY: Kimberly Reed
WRITTEN BY: Kimberly Reed, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg
STARRING: John Adams, Jonathan Motl, Ann Ravel, Art Wittic, Gene Jarussi

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: DCP

The Distant Barking of Dogs

A FILM BY: Simon Lereng Wilmont
WRITTEN BY: Simon Lereng Wilmont
STARRING: Oleg Afanasyev

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS is set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war. The film follows the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg throughout a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of war.

Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother, Alexandra, in the small village of Hnutove. Having no other place to go, Oleg and Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village. Life becomes increasingly difficult with each passing day, and the war offers no end in sight. In this now half-deserted village where Oleg and Alexandra are the only true constants in each other's lives, the film shows just how fragile, but crucial, close relationships are for survival.

Through Oleg's perspective, the film examines what it means to grow up in a warzone. It portrays how a child's universal struggle to discover what the world is about grows interlaced with all the dangers and challenges the war presents.

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS unveils the consequences of war bearing down on the children in Eastern Ukraine, and by natural extension, the scars and self- taught life lessons this generation will carry with them into the future.

In Ukranian with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Language: Ukranian
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Of Fathers and Sons

A FILM BY: Talal Derki
STARRING: Abu Osama, Ayman Osama, Osama Osama

After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his homeland where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses mainly on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic Caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) are in the center of the story. They both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. The film captures the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into Jihadi fighters. No matter how close the war comes—one thing they have already learned: they must not cry.

In Arabic with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Syria
Language: Arabic
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: DCP

Free Solo

A FILM BY: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
STARRING: Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold

**Academy Award Nominee - Best Documentary Film**

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, the directors of MERU, comes FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock ... the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold's climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge places his story in the annals of human achievement.

FREE SOLO is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. As the climber begins his training, the armor of invincibility he's built up over decades unexpectedly breaks apart when Honnold begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks. Vasarhelyi and Chin succeed in beautifully capturing deeply human moments with Honnold as well as the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork. The result is a triumph of the human spirit that represents what The New York Times calls "a miraculous opportunity for the rest of us to experience the human sublime."

"One of the most arresting documentaries of the year. See the film on as big a screen as possible." -- Vanity Fair

"Alex Honnold’s Free Solo climb should be celebrated as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever." -- The New York Times

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

A FILM BY: Ramell Ross
WRITTEN BY: Ramell Ross, Maya Krinsky

How does one express the reality of individuals whose public image, lives, and humanity originate in exploitation? Photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross employs the integrity of nonfiction filmmaking and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film.

In the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, quotidian moments and the surrounding southern landscape are given importance, drawing poetic comparisons between historical symbols and the African American banal. Images are woven together to replace narrative arc with visual movements. As Ross crafts an inspired tapestry made up of time, the human soul, history, environmental wonder, sociology, and cosmic phenomena, a new aesthetic framework emerges that offers a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat, and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the U.S. as well far beyond.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 76 mins
Format: DCP

Minding the Gap

A FILM BY: Bing Liu
STARRING: Keire Johnson, Zack Mulligan, Nina Bowgren, Kent Abernathy, Mengyue Bolen, Bing Liu

***Director Bing Liu and Producer Diane Quon in attendance for a post-film Q&A moderated by Steve James***

First-time filmmaker Bing Liu's documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack's tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire's inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: DCP

On Her Shoulders

A FILM BY: Alexandria Bombach
WRITTEN BY: Hishyar Abid (Translation), Nawaf Ashur (Translation)
STARRING: Nadia Murad, Murad Ismael, Amal Clooney

Twenty-three-year-old Nadia Murad's life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia's calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people, even when at times she longs to lay aside this monumental burden and simply have an ordinary life.

In English, Kurdish, & Arabic with partial English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: DCP

RBG

A FILM BY: Betsy West, Julie Cohen
STARRING: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Ginsburg, James Ginsburg, Clara Spera, Gloria Steinem

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg's life and career. From Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: DCP

Shirkers

A FILM BY: Sandi Tan
WRITTEN BY: Sandi Tan
STARRING: Sandi Tan, Sophia Siddique Harvey, Georges Cardona

***Brand New 35mm Print***

An inspired labor of love for zine-making teens Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique, Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic—or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona, who disappeared. More than two decades later, Tan, now a novelist in L.A., returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. Magically, too, she returns to the film itself, revived in a way she never could have imagined.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: 35mm

The Silence of Others

A FILM BY: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
WRITTEN BY: Ricardo Acosta, Robert Bahar
STARRING: María Martín, José María Galante, Carlos Slepoy

The Silence of Others reveals the urgent and ongoing struggle of victims of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking "Argentine Lawsuit" and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP

Three Identical Strangers

A FILM BY: Tim Wardle
STARRING: Silvi Alzetta-Reali, Eddy Galland, Ron Guttman

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Tim Wardle’s acclaimed documentary THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS is the most amazing, incredible, remarkable true story ever told.

Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret –– a secret with radical repercussions for us all.  THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS is an exuberant celebration of family that transforms into a thriller with colossal implications and proof that life is truly is stranger than fiction.

***Winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award***

"A documentary that plays like a nerve-jangling thriller" -- The Wrap

"Grade: A.... A riveting truth-is-stranger-than-fiction documentary" -- Entertainment Weekly

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

A FILM BY: Morgan Neville
STARRING: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life's weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn't been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn't been since.

Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children's television host, in reality, Fred Rogers' career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.

In Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: DCP

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