While we all work together to “flatten the curve,” you can enjoy any or all of these great independent films from the comfort of your nook, niche, or nest (on a variety of devices)
with CACC @ HOME!
HERB ALPERT IS…
Herb Alpert is different things to different people.
Artist, Performer, Producer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and so much more.
This uplifting, joyful and inspiring exploration of his personal and creative journey reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that have shaped an extraordinary life and instilled deep within him the desire to make a difference each and every day.
From the spectacular success of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (no one sold more records in the 60s except the Beatles), through the founding of A&M Records (the most successful independent record label in the history of the music business), to giving away more than $150 million to arts and education programs across the country, we’ll witness the humanity and the humility inherent in everything he does, as well as come to understand the power of creativity to entertain, inspire, heal and transform.
CHANGE OF LIFE
Paulo Rocha’s haunting second feature, “Change Of Life,” tells the beautiful and deeply felt story of a young man, a veteran from the war in Angola, who returns home to his remote fishing village to discover that his former sweetheart is now married to his brother. Inspired by his work with Manoel de Oliveira, Rocha “cast” the local villagers as themselves, interspersed with experienced actors led by the great Isabel Ruth who would go on to become an Oliveira regular and an iconic presence in Pedro Costa’s OSSOS. The poetry of the local vernacular is captured in the textured dialogue written by fellow Portuguese filmmaker Antonio Reis, who met Rocha through Oliveira. The film was a critical and commercial success upon release, though it would effectively be the last film Rocha made for nearly two decades.
JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY
Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer’s Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition or The Lord’s Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning.
In the same vein as Albert Maysles’ “Iris,” this sublimely intimate fly-on-the-wall verité documentary tells a heartwrenching story of a woman becoming her own woman, on her own terms to assert a gigantic creative force into the world. Rebelling against her old-world, panty-sniffing, constantly-suspicious Greek mother to assert her strong sexual drive, fighting the feeling she was “too ethnic” amid the Boston Brahmin at BU, and starting her own theatre company in New Jersey instead of waiting for the phone to ring, Olympia Dukakis models how to live life with blazing courage.
Throughout an engrossing story that seamlessly blends past and present, she opens her heart and exposes her truest self to the audience. The raw honesty with which Olympia leads us into the core of her self is what makes this film luminary. As fellow actors with whom she has shared the limelight Laura Linney, Diane Ladd, Whoopi Goldberg, and Austin Pendleton all testify, Olympia is “totally open and crazy”, which is what turns out to be the marker of her absolute sanity.
This intimate portrait of a working-class professional, a scholar actor of intense intuitive power, and a woman beloved around the world, culminates on the steps of the Dukakis’ humble ancestral home in Lesbos, Greece. Here we see Olympia’s life come full circle, both personally and professionally.
YOU NEVER HAD IT:
AN EVENING WITH BUKOWSKI
Producer and journalist Silvia Bizio introduces an evening with writer Charles Bukowski by recounting her time with the author and the discovery of an extraordinary time capsule that lead to the documentary’s creation. This short documentary is based on a video interview conducted by Bizio in January of 1981 with Bukowski at his home in San Pedro, California. It was a long night of smoking cigarettes and drinking wine with Bukowski and his soon to be wife, Linda Lee Beighle, talking about all kinds of subjects, from writers to sex, love and humanity. The interview was shot on Umatic tapes which have been digitized and edited along with new shots in Super8 of scenes of Los Angeles today and poems read by the same Bukowski.
CREEM: AMERICA’S ONLY
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MAGAZINE
Capturing the messy upheaval of the ’70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.
A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate “fish out of water” as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to reevaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND
An exploration into the career, music and influence of the iconic musician. With unprecedented access to the artist and featuring interviews with Sarah McLachlan, Alec Baldwin and more, this intimate documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from choirboy in rural Canada to troubled troubadour to international star with hits including “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” and “Rainy Day People.”
GUEST OF HONOUR
Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in the latest film from Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness. A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Accused of abusing her position of authority with 17-year-old Clive (Alexandre Bourgeois) and another student, Veronica is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father’s attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by her intransigence, Jim’s anguish begins to impinge on his job. As a food inspector, he wields great power over small, family-owned restaurants. It’s a power he doesn’t hesitate to use. While preparing Jim’s funeral, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg (Luke Wilson), who may hold the final piece of this father-daughter puzzle. From acclaimed, award-winning director Atom Egoyan.
THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
One of the great masters of photography, Helmut Newton made a name for himself exploring the female form, and his cult status continues long after his tragic death in a Los Angeles car crash in 2004. Newton worked around the globe, from Singapore to Australia to Paris to Los Angeles, but Weimar Germany was the visual hallmark of his work. Newton’s unique and striking way of depicting women has always posed the question: did he empower his subjects or treat them as sexual objects? Through candid interviews with Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Wintour, Claudia Schiffer, Marianne Faithfull, Hanna Schygulla, Nadja Auermann, and Newton’s wife June (a.k.a. photographer Alice Springs), this documentary captures his legacy and seeks to answer questions about the themes at the core of his life’s work – creating provocative and subversive images of women. The film also features Newton’s own home movies, archival footage (including a pointed exchange with Susan Sontag) and, of course, scores of iconic Newton photographs. The result: a wildly entertaining portrait of a controversial genius.
On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history. REBUILDING PARADISE, from Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding.
Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s “Pasolini” reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe’s most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists.
YES, GOD, YES!
In the Midwest in the early ’00s, 16-year-old Alice (Natalia Dyer) has always been a good Catholic girl. But when an AOL chat turns racy and lewd, she becomes guilt-ridden. Seeking redemption, she attends a mysterious religious retreat to try and suppress her urges, but it isn’t easy, especially after a cute boy (Wolfgang Novogratz) starts flirting with her.
Alice’s sense of shame is spiraling when she uncovers a shocking truth about the retreat’s most devout. Desperate and confused, she flees and meets an unlikely ally who offers an alternative view of what it means to be good. For the first time, Alice realizes she can decide for herself what to believe and finally gets the release she needs.
THE 11TH GREEN
Groundbreaking American filmmaking auteur Christopher Munch, director of “The Sleepy Time Gal” and the recently-restored indie classic “The Hours And Times,” returns with this provocative, many-layered drama starring Campbell Scott (“House Of Cards,” “Roger Dodger”) and Agnes Bruckner (“Blood and Chocolate,” “Blue Car”). Rife with hidden government secrets and Matrix-like mindbenders, THE 11TH GREEN is grounded in what is widely believed to be the nuts-and-bolts core story of post-war U.S. military and government involvement with UFO events.
DEEP IN VOGUE
“Deep In Vogue” looks at why a queer, black 1980s, New York dance scene has powerfully re-surged in the UK in 2018. Variously described as “Paris Fashion Week on crack” or “like a second birthday for everyone,” this is politically charged art in a post-Brexit, austerity-ravaged Britain. This documentary acts as a history lesson, as a snap-shot of how things stand for the marginalized now and as a wish for the future. In this intimate portrait of the scene, the focus is pointed at the colorful, queer houses of Manchester; House of Ghetto, an exclusively black and female Vogue House, and House of Decay, a trans and queer led House. We watch as these houses prep for the House of Suarez Icons Ball and explore what the culture means to them and why they need Vogue now more than ever.
Kathy (Golden Globe® nominee Hong Chau), a single mother, travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody (newcomer Lucas Jaye) to Kathy’s late sister’s house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Golden Globe®, Tony® winner and acting legend Brian Dennehy), the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer, and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home. SPECIAL $8.00 TICKET.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth. In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into conversion therapy after being caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh and her brother, Reverend Rick (himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”), the center is built on repenting for same-sex attraction. In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow “sinners.” Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr. and Jennifer Ehle. SPECIAL $8.00 TICKET.
MORONI FOR PRESIDENT
Every four years, the Navajo Nation elects its president, whom many consider the most powerful Native American in the country. Frustrated about the lack of progress in the reservation, Moroni Benally, a witty academic LGBTQ candidate with radical ideas, hopes to defeat the incumbent president. Moroni For President follows the political newcomer’s grueling, lonely campaign. Fraught with challenges, Moroni soon discovers that theory and a platform does not necessarily prepare you for the daily dirt of politics and the unpredictability of voter’s choice
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The award-winning feature directing debut of veteran casting director Stéphane Batut centres on Juste (newcomer Thimotée Robart), who can see the dead. He wanders the streets of Paris, escorting the ghosts he encounters into the afterlife after collecting their last memories. But Juste’s liminal existence is thrown into jeopardy when a young woman named Agathe (Judith Chemla), who’s still alive, recognizes him, and he falls madly (and illicitly) in love with her. Burning Ghosts was the 2019 winner of France’s Prix Jean Vigo, awarded annually for “independence of spirit and quality of directing,” and the Prix Louis-Delluc for first film. The Vigo jury cited the film for “its poetic audacity, its timeless romanticism, its belief in the powers of cinema to transcend the borders of life and death.”
THE BARE NECESSITY
Erwan Le Duc’s “comédie amoureuse” (amorous comedy), the writer-director’s debut feature, imagines the idyllic woods of the Vosges Mountains in eastern France as home to revolutionary nudists, obsessive earthworm scientists, reenactors staging pyrotechnic facsimiles of World War II battles, and a host of other eccentrics. Police captain Pierre Perdrix (Swann Arlaud) is the oddity, a regular guy whose buttoned-up life starts to unfurl when out-of-towner Juliette (Maud Wyler) turns up after being robbed by a militant nudist. Perdix takes up the case, and thus begins a fantastic odyssey. The motley crew of characters includes the great Fanny Ardant as Perdrix’s quirky mother. The film premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
WONDERS IN THE SUBURBS
As the new mayor of Montfermeil, an underprivileged municipality on the outskirts of Paris, Emmanuelle Joly (Emmanuelle Béart) has great expectations. However, two of her staffers, Joëlle (Jeanne Balibar, the film’s director) and Kamel (Ramzy Bedia), have just culminated their long separation with a finalized divorce. As the mayor starts implementing her quirky campaign promises — naps for all, rooftop farms, sexual assistance in the home, harmonization of breathing — political rivals start sabotaging her enthusiastic plans, while Joëlle and Kamel’s bickering further disrupts the administration and threatens this year’s Brioche Day. A strikingly eccentric and, in these cynical times, refreshingly utopian political satire, Wonders in the Suburbs is longtime actress and singer Jeanne Balibar’s first solo feature as a director. It premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2019.
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. “The Booksellers” takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. $4.99
In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) is a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him. Set in a sleepy French alpine village, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and befriends a trusting bartender and aspiring editor (Adèle Haenel, “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire”) who becomes his collaborator on a movie that will document a surprising new goal he sets himself. $4.99
DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY
Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters, Diana Kennedy provides an intimate look at the leading expert on Mexican cuisine. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana is called the “Julia Child of Mexico,” but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.” $4.99
Acclaimed writer-director Yaron Zilberman (A Late Quartet) chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to an intransigent ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country’s leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Incitement is a gripping and unnerving look through the eyes of a murderer who silenced a powerful voice for peace. $4.99
THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM
Told in Bill Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed six-hour 1994 interview, the iconic street photographer and fashion historian chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, The Times of Bill Cunningham features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from Cunningham. $4.99
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Epicentro is an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, “utopian” Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates. This Big Bang ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda. In his latest film, Oscar-nominated director Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana—who he calls “young prophets”—to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself.
STARTS AUGUST 28
His life was a gift and his appeal was universal. We believe the story of what really happened to him is, too. Robin’s Wish is a timely and urgent biography of the much beloved Robin Williams that weaves together the untold love story of his third marriage, his untimely suicide, his rare neurological illness, and his universal experience moving through pain in the search for healing and joy. JUST $6.99!
THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL
After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room… and over the next few days all the elaborate pretenses and facades that they’ve built up by virtue of their position in society collapse completely as they become reduced to living like animals…
THE GREY FOX
After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth, “The Straight Story”) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th-century society. Times have changed, but in the face of all these changes, neither his good-humored patience nor his joy of life has abandoned him. With the vigor of a teenager, Miner sees a screening of one of the first films, “The Great Train Robbery,” and is inspired to once again do what he does best. Filmed with the beautiful Pacific Northwest as a backdrop, “The Grey Fox” is a rare and touching yarn exploring and unravelling a greatly likable and unlikely hero. Beautifully shot by Frank Tidy (“The Duellists”) and wonderfully directed by Phillip Borsos (“The Mean Season”), “The Grey Fox” is a richly satisfying film experience considered by most as one of the greatest Canadian films of all time.
PIONEERS OF QUEER CINEMA
These classics of early queer cinema, all way ahead of their time, come to CACC@HOME for Pride Month in gorgeous new restorations.
Victor and Victoria (Reinhold Schünzel, 1933)
Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic, this dazzling, gender-bending musical romance about a female singer posing as a man performing in drag received limited exposure in the United States, and is today best known by Blake Edwards’s 1982 remake and the 1995 Broadway production. Viewers will be delighted to discover that the original is every bit as charming and outrageous, reminiscent of the sly sex comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder. (100 minutes)
Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan and Carl Froelich, 1931)
As a new student at an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with the compassionate teacher Fräulein von Bernburg, and her feelings are requited. Experiencing her first love, lonely Manuela also discovers the complexities that come with an illicit romance. This artfully composed landmark of lesbian cinema – and an important anti-fascist film – was the first of just three films directed by Leontine Sagan. (98 minutes)
Michael (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1924)
Danish film master Carl Theodor Dreyer’s homoerotic classic is a mature and visually elegant period romance decades ahead of its time. Michael takes its place alongside Dreyer’s better known masterpieces as an unusually sensitive and decorous work of art and is one of the earliest and most compassionate overtly gay-themed films in movie history. (90 minutes)
The Zone is an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife’s objections, a man rises in the early morning and leaves her with their disabled daughter to meet two men. He’s a Stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts to lead people from the Zone to the Room, a place that grants wishes and where one’s secret hopes can come true.