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TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’

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“This captivating movie, like the blues itself, is at once a recognition of … somber truths and a gesture of protest against them.” -New York Times

See Two Trains Runnin’, a documentary about the search for two forgotten blues singers, Son House and Skip James, set in Mississippi during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

The film revisits an important moment when America’s cultural and political institutions were dramatically transformed — all the more relevant today, in an era of renewed attention on race relations, police brutality and voting rights.

Unrated, 1 hour 20 mins

MOKA 

Now Showing

In French with English Subtitles

“An elegantly lean, low-temperature thriller from Swiss writer-director Frédéric Mermou.” -Variety

“A tense psychological thriller whose twisty plot benefits from a bravura performance by Emmanuelle Devos.” -LA Times

“You could rightly call it a thriller, but a slow-burning one, and a film that’s driven by character, not plot points.” -SF Chronicle

To find the driver of the vintage mocha-colored Mercedes which she thinks hit her son and devastated her life, Diane (Emmanuelle Devos) embarks on a trip to take revenge. She goes to Évian, where she has learned the driver of the Mercedes lives, but she now has to face another woman, Marlene (Nathalie Baye) – a beauty salon proprietor and owner of the car. In order to get closer to her, Diane pretends to be a potential buyer for the car, but the path of revenge is more tortuous and complicated than it seems. Adapted from Tatiana de Rosnay’s 2006 novel, Moka is a moody, riveting psychological thriller, showcasing the tremendous talents of two of France’s best actresses.

Unrated, 1 hr, 29 mins

AMERICAN VALHALLA: IGGY POP DOCUMENTARY

Showing Friday September 15 at 9pm

American Valhalla tells the story of an extraordinary musical collaboration between two mavericks of American rock: Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age front-man, Joshua Homme, who along with Andreas Neumann co-directed the film. The result was one of the best albums of 2016: Iggy’s “Post Pop Depression.”

The film takes you on a journey from the conception of this musical partnership and the first demos recorded in Californian desert by – what became – the Post Pop Depression band that included Dean Fertita (QOTSA) and drummer Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), and onto the release of the album, proceeded by a sold-out American and European Tour that featured the epic performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

American Valhalla is a crown jewel of this once-in-a-life-time kind of a project. Featuring stunning cinematography, insightful interviews and access all areas footage, the film reveals just what is means to know that if you risk nothing, you gain nothing, no matter who you are.

Rated R, 1 hr, 21 mins

CAMBODIA TOWN FILM FESTIVAL

Coming September 14th-17th

The programs will include a variety of special events and panel discussions featuring directors, producers, writers and actors. CTFF will provide a creative forum for emerging filmmakers. CTFF offers the opportunity for student early-career filmmakers, and seasoned filmmakers to showcase their talent and gain exposure.

One of the key purposes of Cambodian Town Film Festival (CTTF) is to highlight the diversity of the Cambodian experience through the art of filmmaking. By specifically featuring films that deal with Cambodian social political conflicts, traditions, challenges and characters, the Festival will deepen Cambodian values and encourage new dialogue on a global scale. This year, the festival will also aim to showcase an international selection of narrative features, documentaries, short films, student films, animated films from (not just Cambodia), but from around the world, bringing stories to Cambodia Town, Long Beach, California.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with MIDNIGHT INSANITY SHADOWCAST

EVERY Saturday at MIDNIGHT

If you haven’t seen ROCKY with our shadowcast you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Costumes and audience participation galore! This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of newlyweds inside a mad scientist’s strange mansion and crazy party that they come across on a rainy night after their car breaks down in the woods.

Rated R, 1 hr, 40 min.

TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK

Coming Tuesday September 19 at 7:30pm

“Channels and sustains the energy of restless youth while communicating the distinctive qualities of a community that carried collectivist 1960s ideals into a new generation, even as it rejected any vestige of their hippie parents’ music.” –Variety

“If you were there with them, in the clubs…. have a good time with this movie. Everyone else…this is a party!” -SF Chronicle

Narrated by Iggy Pop, Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk explores Northern California’s pivotal role in evolution of punk rock – the loud, intense and anti-authoritarian philosophy of music and politics that arose in the late 1970s. Early San Francisco Bay Area punk pioneers like Dead Kennedys, Avengers and Flipper as well as the Maximum Rocknroll fanzine helped take the punk underground global.

Unrated, 2 hr, 35 mins

THE THIN MAN WITH SPECIAL INTRODUCTION BY JULIE M. RIVETT

Sunday, September 24 at 11am

The Thin Man (1934) introduced one of the most beloved couples in American film—Nick and Nora Charles, played by William Powell and Myrna Loy. Nick is a retired detective, urbane, irreverent, more intent on finding his next drink than solving the murder of a former client. Nora is heir to a fortune, with all the confidence, charm, and spunk to meet Nick’s dry wit and persuade him to take the case.  Together they crack the crime and set a new standard for wisecracking, romantic banter and merry mayhem, accompanied by their wire-haired fox terrier, Asta.

W.S. Van Dyke (known as “one-shot Woody”) directed, reportedly completing shooting in 16 days, with a budget of $250,000. The screenplay was written by the married team of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, friends of Nick and Nora’s creator, Dashiell Hammett, author of the 1934 novel The Thin Man. Hunt Stromberg produced for MGM, which had purchased film rights for $21,000 just 8 days after the book was released.

The Thin Man was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, named one of the top ten films of the year by the National Board of Review, and was one of the top ten money makers for 1934. Audiences flocked to Nick and Nora’s smart and sassy escape from the harsh realities of the Great Depression. Five Thin Man sequels followed, though none quite matched the success of the trailblazing original.

 

Julie M. Rivett is one of four grandchildren of Dashiell Hammett, a Hammett scholar and trustee, and an advocate for the Hammett legacy. She has co-edited six books by or about her famous grandfather, including Return of the Thin Man (2012), the first complete publication of Hammett’s original screen stories for After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man. Julie earned her B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in Communication Studies from CSULB.

Unrated, 1 hours, 31 mins

BLACK SABBATH: THE END OF THE END

Coming September 28

The End of the End Chronicles the final tour from the band who forged the sound of metal – Black Sabbath. On February 4, 2017, the band took to the stage in Birmingham, the city where it all began, to play the 81st and final gig of The End Tour – bringing down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.

The sold out show marked the culmination of a tour that had seen them play to well over a million fans in arenas across the globe. Since their beginnings in 1968, they created a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, going on to influence bands all over the world – and influence which is still felt to this day.

The End of the End is the story of that final, emotionally-charged concert. Fans are taken into the heart of the action, up close and personal with the band on stage as they perform genre-defining hits, from Iron Man to Paranoid to War Pigs, amongst others. Sabbath also took the opportunity to spend some time in the studio, delivering a unique performance of some of their favorite songs not played on the tour. This film gives fans an intimate glimpse into the band’s relationships and their banter with each other, with both individual and group recollections from Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.

The bands loyal following spans generations and this is the opportunity for fans, young and old, to come together and see the boys from Birmingham doing what they do best, almost 50 years after they started. This is the final word from the greatest metal band of all time.

Unrated, 2 hours

PEARL JAM: LET’S PLAY TWO

Coming Friday September 29 at 9pm

Let’s Play Two is a concert film that chronicles Pearl Jam’s legendary performances at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs historic 2016 season. With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music.

From Ten to Lightning Bolt, the concert film shuffles through Pearl Jam’s ever-growing catalog of originals and covers — spanning the band’s 25-year career. The film includes exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look as the Wrigleyville neighborhood transitions seamlessly from the atmosphere of a Cubs’ win to the anticipation of, and preparation for, the concerts.

Through the eyes of renowned director/photographer Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam, the film showcases the journey of this special relationship — using the past and present of both the band and the Chicago Cubs through the music, the sweat and the eternal hopes of being both: a Cubs fan and Pearl Jam fan.

Unrated, 2 hours
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