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August 28 – September 3

The Iron Ministry

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The Iron Ministry

J. P. Sniadecki / 2014, USA
83min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

Filmed over three years on China’s railways, THE IRON MINISTRY traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. THE IRON MINISTRY immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world's largest railway network. In Mandarin with English subtitles

"A formally controlled look at the range of classes [and] implied changes wrought by China’s economic boom." Variety

“The best film about China in the twenty-first century that I’ve seen to date was made by an American, J.P. Sniadecki.” Artforum

"Moving, revelatory, and often funny." The Village Voice

"CRITICS' PICK! It's a work of art - vivid and mysterious and full of life." New York Times

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm & 9pm
Sat & Sun: 5pm, 7pm
Mon, Wed, Thur: 8pm
Tues: 9pm


September 1

Angel of Fury

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EXcinema presents
Basement Media Festival

Various directors / video / 75min

The BASEMENT MEDIA FESTIVAL is an annual traveling screening event, showcasing contemporary low-fidelity moving image works. Founded in response to hi-res commercial media and corporate-sponsored film fests, Basement is a celebration of the mediated experience as an aesthetic experience. We’ll be presenting a mix’d program of celluloid and .movs this year, so def drag yrself over for a wide array of glitch’d fuzzy, faded, and scratch’d. B there & B square. Festival co-programer Nick Tamburo in attendance.

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


September 4 – 10

Top Spin

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Top Spin

Sara Newens & Mina T. Son / 2014, USA
81min / Blu-ray

Inside a cramped gym, the clacking sounds of hollow plastic balls whirling at 80 mph are punctuated by exclamations of victory and bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the hidden world of competitive ping pong. Three fiercely committed teenagers battle their way through the world of elite table tennis. With devoted parents by their side, they have traded normal teenage life for a chance to represent their country on the world's biggest athletic stage: the Olympics. An inside look at an offbeat sport, Top Spin turns one of America's favorite pastimes on its head and reveals a coming-of-age story where success and failure come down to mere millimeters. In English & Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

"Quick-moving, kinetically edited...Highlights virtuoso bursts of energy and edge-clipping shots that cinch a game, Top Spin goes a long way toward building a mystique around the little table at the center of all those blink-of-an-eye flurries." Variety

"Irresistible. It’s a paradox worth noting, and savoring, that the most dramatic movie of the week doesn’t have a script." Wall Street Journal

"If you were a fan of Spellbound, put Top Spin on your must-see list." Nashville Scene

"Top Spin grips, exhilarates and breaks hearts like the 1994 film Hoop Dreams.” Los Angeles Times

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon-Thur: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 515pm & 7pm


September 11 - 17

A Poem is a Naked Person

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A Poem is a Naked Person

Les Blank / 1974, USA
90min / Blu-ray

An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974. Blank’s camera lets us into the world of Russell and his friends and fellow artists in and around his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, capturing intimate, off-the-cuff moments and combining them with mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing live. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status. Now, after more than forty years, it can finally be seen and heard in all its rough beauty.

“One of the great AWOL music docs. An intimate look at a Seventies star in action. It’s finally getting a theatrical run over 40 years after the fact; do not let this minor miracle pass you by.” Rolling Stone

"Whiskery and restless, grooving and grotesque, the documentarian Les Blank's long-suppressed film plays like your memories of some mad, stoned last-century summer." Village Voice

Showtimes:
TBA


September 12 – 14

Love Live! The School Idol Movie

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Love Live! The School Idol Movie

Takahiko Kyogoku / 2015, Japan
99min / Blu-ray

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Although μ’s, the defending champions of the school idol tournament, plans to dissolve their group after the graduation of their senior members, they receive news that leads them to holding a concert event! The 9 girls continue to learn and grow in this new and unfamiliar world. What is the last thing that these girls can do as school idols? With the clock ticking, what kind of meaning will the μ’s members find in performing the most exciting live performance? There will be giveaway items on a first come basis. Item TBD. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Sat 9/12: 4pm
Sun 9/13: 2pm & 4pm
Mon 9/14: 630pm


September 18–24

Horse Money

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Horse Money

Pedro Costa / 2014, Portugal
103min / Blu-ray

Pedro Costa's latest film, a follow‐up to his renowned COLOSSAL YOUTH, follows Costa regular Ventura on an odyssey that is part horror film, part fever dream, and utterly unique. The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces... and suddenly it is also then, the mid ’70s and the time of Portugal's Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim. HORSE MONEY is a self‐reckoning, a moving memorialization of lives in danger of being forgotten, as well as a piercingly beautiful work of modern cinema.

"Painterly and meditative in Costa's singular manner, this 2014 feature reconfigures traumatic episodes, both personal and historical, into a waking dream." Chicago Reader

"CRITICS' PICK! Surreal. Hypnotic." New York Times

Showtimes:
TBA


September 25 – October 1

Welcome To Leith

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Welcome To Leith

Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker / 2015, USA
86min / Blu-ray

Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. With incredible access to both longtime residents of Leith and white supremacists, the film examines a small community in the plains struggling for sovereignty against an extremist vision.

"Entrancing… weaves a bizarre and enthralling tale." Sound on Sight

"Haunting…creepily even-handed…a stunning portrait of First Amendment rights pushed to their extremes." Indiewire

Showtimes:
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October 9 – 15

The Creeping Garden

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The Creeping Garden

Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp / 2014, UK
81min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined. The Creeping Garden is a feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould. Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham’s previous feature ‘KanZeOn’ and Sharps fascination with the extended world of mycology. With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s ‘Grizzly Man’) this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.

"The movie hums as if it was shot by aliens visiting Earth for the first time, and that’s a high compliment." The Guardian

"Imagine if Stanley Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull were tasked with making a 1970s educational science film about the pods from Don Siegel’s 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and you’re some way to understanding 'The Creeping Garden.'" Twitchfilm

Showtimes:
TBA


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