Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Loving Vincent (USA, 2017)
Runtime: 94 minutes
This animated feature brings the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil painting, hand-painted by 125 professional oil painters who traveled across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent's brilliant paintings is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death. "Loving Vincent" was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is the interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent's famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint.
Monday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Keep On Keepin’ On (USA, 2014)
with Sonoma Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival
Director: Alan Hicks Rating: R Runtime 86 minutes
Cast: Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Justin Kauflin, Arturo Sandoval
The film depicts the friendship of music legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89 and Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy. Kauflin, who suffers from debilitating stage fright, is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, just as Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives.
Terry was also Quincy Jones’ first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. He is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the ‘60s Terry broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC – on "The Tonight Show."
Shot over the course of five years, "Keep On Keepin’ On" is crafted with great affection by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, who is a drummer and former student of Terry’s.
Paula DuPre’ Pesmen (behind the Academy Award winning "The Cove" and the Oscar nominated "Chasing Ice") produced the film with seven time Academy Award nominee Quincy Jones, who also counts Terry as his mentor.
Monday, April 9, 7 p.m.
I Confess (USA, 1953)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Rating: NR Runtime: 95 minutes
Cast: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne, O.E. Hasse
Based on the turn-of-the-century play "Our Two Consciences" by Paul Anthelme, this Alfred Hitchcock film is set in Quebec. Clift plays a priest who hears the murder confession of church sexton O.E. Hasse. Bound by the laws of the Confessional, Clift is unable to turn Hasse over to the police.
"A forgotten albeit flawed masterpiece, this thriller about a priest accused of murder – bound to keep secret the confession made to him by the real killer – smoulders gloriously." –Philip Olterman, The Guardian
Monday, April 23, 7 p.m.
42 Grams – An intimate portrait of a complicated chef
Director: Jack C. Newell Rated: NR Runtime: 72 minutes. Skype audience Q&A with filmmaker follows screening
After working at some of the world’s best restaurants, Jake’s aggressive personality kept him from finding a kitchen to call home. A chef without a restaurant, Jake began cooking fifteen-course menus out of his apartment. Alongside his dedicated wife Alexa, their “underground” restaurant becomes a foodie hot spot. The experience is unique: they present refined flavors while dirty dishes soak in their bedroom. A year later, they take out a lease on an abandoned chicken joint to open a real restaurant, 42 Grams. The film follows them developing menus, hiring and firing staff, shows Jake’s temper, the strains on their marriage, and what they risk in their pursuit of the American Dream.
Here’s a review: