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New Films Available to Stream Online

FilmScene is proud to offer a select group of new release titles, originally scheduled for our big screens, now available to stream at home with a portion of the proceeds to benefit FilmScene. We are extremely grateful to our distribution partners Oscilloscope, Kino Lorber, Film Movement, and Grasshopper Films for supporting independent art house cinemas through this partnership. Your streaming purchase ensures the show will go on. Thank you!

I USED TO GO HERE

2020 / Kris Rey / USA / 80 MINUTES

DIALOGU: with director Rey on Monday, August 10, 6pm

Following the lackluster launch of her debut novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) receives an invitation from her former professor and old crush (Jemaine Clement) to speak at her alma mater. With her book tour cancelled, and her ego deflated, Kate decides to take the trip, wondering if returning to her old college as a published author might give her the morale boost she sorely needs. Instead, she falls into a comical regression -- from misadventures with eccentric twenty-year olds to feelings of jealousy toward her former professor's new favorite student. Striking the balance between bittersweet and hilarious, Kate takes a journey through her past to redefine her future.

OUT STEALING HORSES

2020 / Hans Petter Moland / Norway, Sweden, Denmark / 123 Minutes

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November 1999: 67-year-old Trond (Stellan Skarsgård), lives in self-imposed isolation and looks forward to welcoming in the new millennium alone. As winter arrives he meets one of his few neighbors, Lars and realizes he knew him back in the summer of 1948. 1948 -- the year Trond turned 15. The summer Trond grew up. Out Stealing Horses is based on the bestselling novel by Norwegian author Per Petterson, which received several important international awards and was included in The New York Times '10 Best Books of 2007 (Fiction)'. Petterson's novels have been translated into more than 50 languages.

SUNLESS SHADOWS

2020 / Mehrdad Oskouei / Iran, Norway / 74 Minutes

The follow-up to Oskouei’s critically acclaimed Starless Dreams, Sunless Shadows takes another look at the lives of teenage girls in an Iranian juvenile detention center. But this time the focus is narrowed: each of the film’s principal subjects is serving time for the murder of a male family member. One by one, Oskouei invites them to go into a room alone, push the red button on the camera and address their victims or accomplices--three of the girls having killed their fathers with the help of their mothers, who now wait on death row.

With this new confessional approach combined with the ever-deepening relationships he has with his subjects, Oskouei presents a picture of the disenfranchised in this aggressively male-dominated society and of the prison that is their shelter from it.

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THE FIGHT

2020 / Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, Eli B. Despres / USA

The Fight is an inspiring, emotional insider look at the legal battles lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are facing during the Trump administration, how these battles are fought and the legal gladiators on the front lines fighting them. Directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres capture the rollercoaster ride of the thrill and defeat in these deeply human battles. When a mother is separated from her child, a soldier is threatened to lose his career, a young woman’s right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official, and the ability to exercise our basic right to vote is threatened, the consequences can be devastating to us and to future generations.

2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS TOUR

2020 / Various / 80 mins

Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. They are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking. The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 80-minute theatrical program of six short films selected from this year’s Festival and includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, giving new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers.

BLOODY NOSE EMPTY POCKETS

2020 / Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross / USA / 98 mins

Co-directors Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross visited us in person in March for Vino Vérité for one of our last public screenings. Now you can catch their genre-bending docudrama focused on a Las Vegas dive bar named 'The Roaring 20s' as it prepares to close its doors forever. Its longtime bartenders and patrons come together for one last night of alcohol-charged camaraderie, commemoration and consolation as they contemplate their place in a fracturing and downcast late-2016 America.

THE AUDITION

2020 / Ina Weisse / Germany, France / 90 mins

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Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Despite the opposition of all other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a student, Alexander, in whom she detects a remarkable talent. Committed, she prepares him for the intermediate exam and neglects her family – her son Jonas, whom she brings into competition with her new student, and her husband Philippe. Her colleague Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet. When she fails during their joint concert, the pressure mounts and she focuses all her attention on her student Alexander. Come the day of the exam, events take a tragic turn.

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE

2020 / Dawn Porter / USA / 96 mins

Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

Last Chance

WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES

2020 / Makoto Nagahisa / Japan / 120 mins

When four young orphans—Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura—first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes—just enough to start a band-and then conquer the world. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami.

Community Watches

We already miss seeing your faces at our cinema. But, we can stay connected as a community. Each week, join us at various social media sites for Live Streams with FilmScene! We’ll give you the location and the film, all you need to do is cue up the title and your computer, and join us as we watch together, from afar.

THE MAN FROM HONG KONG

1975 / Brian Trenchard Smith / Australia, Hong Kong

Friday, July 31, 8pm

Our friends at 36 Chambers are back at it again, offering this 1975 classic, with live commentary from director Brian Trenchard Smith! When Australian police discover a massive drug smuggling ring with connections to Hong Kong, they fly in master crime-fighter Jimmy Wang Yu to take care of business. What follows are fight scenes, white-knuckle car chases, and hair-raising stunts. Tune in, ask questions and get to know The Man From Hong Kong.

WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?

2013 / Sion Sono / Japan

Wednesday, August 12, 10pm

Master filmmaker Sono Sion [Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi) - Sion Sono; Cold Fish] describes his frenzied, gleeful new masterpiece as “an action film about the love of 35mm.” Based on a screenplay he wrote nearly fifteen years ago, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is among Sono Sion’s very best work, as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the previous century of Japanese cinema. This is Sono Sion with his talent and unique vision completely unleashed.

For the Kids!

FilmScene is proud to offer a select group of new release titles, originally scheduled for our big screens, now available to stream at home with a portion of the proceeds to benefit FilmScene. We are extremely grateful to our distribution partners Oscilloscope, Kino Lorber, Film Movement, and Grasshopper Films for supporting independent art house cinemas through this partnership. Your streaming purchase ensures the show will go on. Thank you!

PICTURE SHOW AT HOME

We can't gather in one place, but we CAN watch movies together. Build your own drive-in themed movie watching experience, watch some selected short films, and add some fun enrichment with activities and coloring pages—it's The Picture Show series at home!