I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
July 27 and 28, 2015

USA (2014)
Family Documentary
Directed by Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker

Stars: Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Matt Vogel, Caroll Spinney

This documentary profiles Caroll Spinney the 80-year-old puppeteer who has been behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s first season.  Relying heavily on Caroll’s incredible archive of home videos dating back to the 1950s, I Am Big Bird captures how the love radiating from Caroll has created a worldwide cultural icon and answers why he can’t say goodbye to the characters he cherishes.



The Wrecking Crew
August 4, 2015

Music Documentary - USA (2008)
Directed by Denny Tedesco  
101 min.

What the Funk Brothers did for Motown… The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound.  Six years in a row in the 1960’s and early 1970’s the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings.  And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you.  THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco.  The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960’s. It didn’t matter it if was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew”.

What the Funk Brothers did for Motown… The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound.  Six years in a row in the 1960’s and early 1970’s the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings.  And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you.  THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco.  The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960’s. It didn’t matter it if was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew”.



SPECIAL 2 night screening! Aug. 10 and 11, 2015 
Man From Reno
Crime Drama Mystery – USA (2004)
Directed by Dave Boyle
111 min.

A stranger in the increasingly strange city of San Francisco, Japanese crime novelist Aki (Ayako Fujitani – Tokyo!) is unsure of precisely what role she has to play in a real-life murder mystery involving ambiguous MacGuffins and amorphous identities.  Unfolding in lonely places such as bookshops and hotel bars, Dave Boyle’s (Surrogate Valentine, White On Rice, Big Dreams Little Tokyo) moody thriller uncovers exhilarating new takes on genre conventions. Consequently, it’s an alluring l’homme fatal who supplies Aki with the breadcrumb trail of clues that entices her into a labyrinthine plot of sinister dealings. In turn, the aging sheriff (veteran character actor Pepe Serna – Scarface, The Black Dahlia, The Jerk,  fantastic in a rare leading role), who should rightfully be riding to her rescue, proves to be equally out of this depth.  The game is afoot, the chase is exhilarating and the stakes are perilously high in this inspired neo-noir.  (Courtesy of Los Angeles Film Festival)





Timbuktu
August 18, 2015
Drama - France/Mauritania (2014)
97 min.
Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
In French, Arabic, Bambara, English and Songhay with English subtitles.

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith.  Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity.  Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences.  Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbukto. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema.






Seduced and Abandoned  
August 25, 2015
Comedy/Drama – Italy (1964)
Black and White
115 min.
Directed by Pietro Germi
In Italian with English subtitles

Agnese, a 15-year-old Sicilian girl is seduced and impregnated by Peppino, her sister Matilde’s fiancé. Soon Vincenzo, Agnese’s father, discovers everything.  He wants to force Peppino to marry the dishonored Agnese, but Peppino runs away and Vincenzo sends his son Antonio to kill him.  At this point, Agnese goes to the police to try to stop events.  They’re all taken to court.  But events can’t be stopped, there’s still time for a fake kidnapping.  A happy end is still possible.