Virtual Cinema

Virtual Cinema:

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2020. Not Rated. Documentary. 86 min.

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Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

The work, lives and personal journeys of two creative Americans -- novelist Truman Capote and playwright Tennessee Williams -- coalesce in a dual portrait documentary.

"Beautifully constructed... captivating. A wonderfully evocative time capsule and a candid tribute to a pair of artistic legends." – Los Angeles Times

"Offers a vivid sketch… like hearing one author in stereo." – The New York Times

"A compelling story of a deep and abiding friendship, warts and all… of two genius misfits who rocked the literary world at, in hindsight, just the right time." – Austin Chronicle
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2020. Not Rated. Documentary. 88 min.

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Upheaval

Looking back at his legacy in a new light, one of Israel's most venerated but complex and controversial leaders receives an incisive portrait. Menachem Begin was a proud pillar of the State of Israel, fiercely devoted to the Jewish people. Jailed in a Soviet gulag for pre-war Zionist activities and scarred by loss in the Holocaust, he founded the right-wing Likud party, and was vilified as a fascist and terrorist by critics. Yet Begin is remembered as among Israel's most democratic prime ministers for defending Jewish immigration and signing the historic peace accord with Egypt. Rarely seen archival materials and astute interviews offer rich, nuanced insights into a mesmerizing political figure born into war, but who never ceded the hope for peace.
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2021. Not Rated. Documentary. 81 min.

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City Of Ali

City of Ali is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of how the death of Muhammad Ali brought the people of his Kentucky hometown - and the world - together for one unforgettable week. Ali's passing on June 3, 2016, came in the context of a bitter U.S. presidential election, a proposed Muslim ban and the global expansion of the Black Lives Matter movement. Yet on the day of Ali's funeral procession, more than 100,000 people lined the streets of Louisville to celebrate his life. City of Ali explores Ali's lifelong relationship with his hometown through candid interviews with friends and relatives whose history with The Champ dates back to his childhood at 3302 Grand Avenue, and who share stories even devoted Ali fans have never heard. We also get behind-the-scenes accounts of this unprecedented celebration of one man's life from those who planned the events and many others who gathered in Louisville to answer the question, "How do you say good-bye to The Greatest?"

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2021. Not Rated. Documentary. 82 min.

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Two Gods

The story of Hanif, a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark who take two young men-Naz and Furquan-under his wing to teach them how to live better lives.

"The stories of Nurquan and Naz are fascinating and sad and real. There is hope in these two young men and Muhammad does all he can to bring it out in them. We root for them to make it." - Screen Comment

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2021. Not Rated. Documentary. 98 min.

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Punk the Capitol

When punk rock erupted in Washington DC, it was a mighty convergence of powerful music, friendships, and clear minds. This film is the first to explore the incredible challenges that this subculture faced when it took root in the Nation’s Capital in the late 1970’s. Punk the Capital situates DC punk within the larger narratives of rock n' roll, working as a powerful multi-layered story for both fans and non-fans of punk rock. Featuring musicians such as Bad Brains, Henry Rollins, and Ian MacKaye, this film dives deep into the ideas and sounds from this transformative music scene which continues to be influential culturally and politically around the world.
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2020. Unrated.  Drama. 92 min.

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Slalom

"Its surfaces are often lovely, even as the story it tells becomes more and more horrific." - Vulture

Under the guidance of a strict ex champion, a promising 15 year old girl trains as a professional skiing star.Will she be able to endure the physical and emotional pressures?

"With a restrained screenplay and incredible central performance from Noée Abita, filmmaker Charlène Favier presents a powerful, moving account of sexual abuse in professional skiing." - Empire

 

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2020. Drama. Not Rated. Directed by Ephraim Asili.  100 min.

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THE INHERITANCE

"If  'The Inheritance' were just a navigation of how a room full of people discusses and decides upon these topics in a productive, respectful way, that would itself be a fascinating social study. But Asili levels up to a grander approach by placing these characters who want to live by their own set of standards and rules in a lineage of other Black Americans who also pushed against the status quo." - Rogerebert.com

After nearly a decade exploring different facets of the African diaspora, Ephraim Asili makes his feature-length debut with The Inheritance, an astonishing ensemble work set almost entirely within a West Philadelphia house where a community of young, Black artists and activists form a collective. A scripted drama of characters attempting to work towards political consensus weaves with a documentary recollection of the Philadelphia liberation group MOVE, the victim of a notorious police bombing in 1985.

"One of the best movies of the year. An excellent debut. Observed with warmth and playful humor, without ever losing sight of serious political purposes and the potential for poetry therein." - Sight & Sound

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2021. Documentary. Not Rated. Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky.  117 min.
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FRANCESCO

"Afineevsky's message is that Francis is precisely the pope we need in what has developed into a golden age of wickedness, of capitalism run amok and of craven political opportunism."  - America Magazine

Francesco is not a biographical film about Pope Francis in the traditional sense. Rather, the documentary provides a glimpse into his work addressing so many issues of today; climate change, immigration, peace and religious tolerance, the LGBTQ+ community, gender and identity justice, health, and economic equality. As a result, we are given an example of leadership that provides hope and inspiration during one of the most unprecedented moments in our lives.

"Offers an unprecedented look into the life of a pope — and not just any pope, but Pope Francis, whose compassionate and progressive approach is captured beautifully in Evgeny Afineevsky’s film. Whether you are Catholic or not, you will be fascinated by this powerful portrait of a truly historic figure."  - The Hollywood Reporter

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2020. Documentary. Not Rated. Directed by Maya Zinshtein.  76 min.

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'TIL KINGDOM COME

"Illuminating and disturbing."  - Hollywood Reporter

Pastors encourage an impoverished Kentucky community, “The forgotten people of America”, to donate to Israel in anticipation of Jesus's impending return. The film exposes the controversial bond between Evangelicals and Jews, in a story of faith, power and money, revealing how Trump’s America was led by an End-Times apocalyptic countdown.

 

"Probes the entanglements of politics and prophecy that bind two strange bedfellows: American evangelical Christians and Israeli Jews." - New York Times

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