Center Aisle Cinema
We recently added “Rhythm Is It!” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2005, and currently has a rating of 77% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
250 pupils from 25 nations are dancing to Stravinsky’s ‘Sacre du Printemps’, which they have rehearsed for nearly three months, trained by the British choreographer Royston Maldoom and accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under its chief conductor, Sir Simon Rattle ; Follows the process leading to the Sacre performance, the most ambitious project in the Zukunft@BPhil program for the year 2003 ; shows the rehearsals with the choreographer and assistants and with the orchestra ; follows three of the pupils in this experience.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
“Jesse James” (57 min.) is a PBS documentary shown in conjunction with the Columbia Public Library’s interactive Civil War in Missouri exhibit. In this film, we learn that his story remains one of America’s most cherished and wrong-headed myths. A member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the war, James sought redemption afterwards, but, rode further from it, redeeming instead the glorious memory of the Old South. After the screening, we’ll take a tour through the library’s interactive Civil War in Missouri exhibit.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “The City Dark” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:
- Have you noticed any local effects of light pollution? How do you feel about these effects?
- In what ways is light pollution like and unlike other types of pollution?
- How do you think people should respond to the risks involved with light pollution?
We recently added “Beware of Mr. Baker” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown at the Ragtag earlier this year, and currently has a rating of 98% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
The documentary about the ailing-yet-ferocious Ginger Baker, the brilliant and wildly self-destructive drummer for Cream and Blind Faith. An almost impossible man to be around, he allows the director unprecedented access–even if he strikes him violently on the nose with his cane on the final day of filming.
July 12: “Twenty Feet From Stardom” starts at Ragtag. (via)
July 14: ”Makers, Women Who Make America“ 1:15 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
July 17: “The City Dark” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
Join us for a special showing of ”Makers, Women Who Make America” at Columbia Public Library. The film is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County and the Columbia Branch of the Association of American University Women. There will be at least one intermission and refreshments will be served. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Review the story of how women have helped shape America over the last fifty years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in American history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.
We recently added “The Central Park Five” to the DBRL collection. The film is directed by Ken Burns and his daughter Sarah Burns and currently has a rating of 93% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Chronicles America’s complicated perceptions of race and crime through the story of the “Central Park 5″ — a group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman in New York.
We recently added “Vivan Las Antipodas!” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2012, and currently has a rating of 88% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
What would be the shortest route between Entre Rios in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: They are located diametrically opposite each other on the Earth’s surface. During his visits to four such antipodal pairs, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captured images that turn our view of the world upside down.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, “The City Dark” (60 min.) provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars. Filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn, The Greening of Southie) embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. This documentary is shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:
- How do you think music helps the refugees cope?
- Why do you think some refugees would stay in Guinea instead of going back to Sierra Leone?
- How do you think hearing the stories of the band members helps their audiences?
We recently added “The Revisionaries” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown at the Ragtag last year, and currently has a rating of 91% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Exposé of the power struggle inside the Texas State Board of Education, the government body that determines what students learn in Texas public schools and, due to the buying power of their system, often the entire country. Showcases how public education has become the latest battleground in a new wave of cultural, religious, and ideological clashes, with Texas education board members advancing agendas of Creationism and other religious issues in public schools.
June 17: “The Source Family” starts at Ragtag. (via)
June 19: “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
June 20: “I Am Breathing” 5:30 p.m. at Ragtag, free. (via)
Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, nothing short of perfection is acceptable. Bess Kargman’s award-winning, box office hit documentary FIRST POSITION follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted ballet stars of tomorrow.
We recently added “Only the Young” and “Tchoupitoulas“ to the DBRL collection. The two films were released as a bundled set by the film company Oscilloscope Laboratories, and they are in our catalog as one record with two separate discs. “Only the Young” played at the True/False Film Festival in 2012, and currently has a rating of 80% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. “Tchoupitoulas” is the latest film from the Ross Brothers, and it currently has a rating of 88% from ciritcs at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis for the films from our catalog:
“Only the Young” - Presents three teenagers living in a Southern California desert town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, empty swimming pools and skateboard parks. With disarming honesty and wit, the innocent yet rebellious teens navigate friendship and first love.
“Tchoupitoulas” - In this lyrical portrait, three adolescent brothers take us on a lively journey through one immersive night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers and introducing us to the people who make the city their home.
We recently added “Kumare” to the DBRL collection. The film was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011 and currently has a rating of 85% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, Kumare follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life — and wondering if and when to reveal his true self…winner of South by Southwest’s Audience Award, Kumare is an insightful look at faith and belief.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
“Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars” (78 min.) follows a reggae band born in the camps of West Africa, representing a real-life story of survival and hope. The six-member musical group came together in Guinea after civil war forced them from their native Sierra Leone. Traumatized by physical injuries and the brutal loss of family and community, they fight back with the only means they have-music. The result is a tableau of tragedy transformed by the band’s inspiring determination to sing and be heard. This documentary by Banker White and Zach Niles is shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. The film showed at the True/False Film Fest in 2006.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “Buck” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:
- What quality do you like most about Buck?
- How do you think Buck’s childhood had an effect on his horse training?
- Do you think differently about animals after watching this film?
We recently added “The Story Of Film: An Odyssey” to the DBRL collection. The DVD set that includes 15 hour long episodes currently has a rating of 93% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
The story of film: an odyssey, written and directed by award-winning film-maker Mark Cousins, is the story of international cinema told through the history of cinematic innovation. Five years in the making, The Story of Film: An Odyssey covers six continents and 12 decades, showing how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other. It provides worldwide guided tour of the greatest movies ever made; an epic tale that starts in nickelodeons and ends as a multi-billion dollar globalised digital industry. Described as a ‘love letter’ to the movies, Cousins visits the key sites in the history of cinemal from Hollywood to Mumbai; from Hitchcock’s London to the village where Pather Panchali was shot, and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale.