Directed by Sharon Shattuck
6:00 Champagne reception, 6:30 film screening, Q&A after with visiting filmmaker
Family, gender and marriage – once America’s most unassailable symbols – are drifting from their strict moorings. In From This Day Forward, director Sharon Shattuck’s family lives on shifting ground as Sharon’s father comes out as transgender to wife and young daughters. They decide to try to stay together as a loving family against all odds. As the film evolves into a conversation about love and acceptance in a modern American family, it raises questions relevant to us all.
The Toronto Star calls From This Day Forward “personal, insightful and gently humorous.”
From This Day Forward was an official selection of 2015 HotDOCS, Full Frame and AFI film festivals.
Presented by The Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and Holly S. Merrill and W. Ann Reynolds.
Tickets: $18, Members $15
Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30pm
Sunday, May 8 at 1:30pm
Opera onScreen: Lucia di Lammermoor,
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona(RA)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato, Director: Damiano Michieletto
Cast: Juan Diego Flórez | Elena Mosuc | Marco Caria | Simón Orfila | Albert Casals | Jorge Rodríguez Norton
Opera in 3 act, Total running time: 165 min
Running time by actAct I: 41min - Act II: 40min - Act III: 54min
Sung inSung in Italian, Date of performance2015-12-23
World debut for Juan Diego Flórez in the role of Edgardo, in the second most performed Donizetti opera (the first is L’ Elisir D’Amore). The staging is based on a leaning glass tower in a landscape of destruction and desolation, recalling that the country is at war, torn by the ambitions of rival clans. The opera premiered on the 9th of September 1835 at the Teatro San Carlo n Naples. The first performance at Barcelona’s Liceu was on September 15th 1859. Scotland: Among two enemy clans, a love is born. Lucia and Edgardo secretly vow to marry each other. Nevertheless, Lucia’s brother convinces her that Edgar has forgotten her and she is forced to marry another man. She becomes crazy, kills her husband and finally dies herself. Hearing the news, Edgardo commits suicide so that he can rejoin his lover.
Tickets 20, Members $18
Sunday, May 15 at 3:30pm
PLASTIC MAN: THE ARTFUL LIFE OF JERRY ROSS BARRISH (Dow)
A film Directed by William Farley and Produced by Janis Plotkin
Jerry Barrish was the product of an environment that little appreciated the finer arts, much less the wildness of modern art. His hardworking, San Francisco Jewish relatives were boxing enthusiasts vaguely connected to the mob. It was these connections that got him started in the bail bonds business. Then he broke the mold, becoming the bailout guy for radical sixties protestors. Inspired by the times, he went further afield, delving into art collecting, and then launching himself as a filmmaker and sculptor.
Barrish’s long and circuitous route as an artist always on the verge, rubbing shoulders with the successful and celebrated, while never quite breaking through, is the dramatic tale told by Plastic Man. It finds him at a seeming artistic standstill about 25 years ago, living next to a trash-strewn beach in Pacifica, California.
Creative by necessity, he begins collecting the detritus — especially the plastic — and assembling it into whimsical, evocative, poignant human and animal figures. Barrish reassembles his life as a sculptor but hits another snag — the art world approves the imagination but scorns the material. Barrish’s beloved plastic won’t do for the world of commercial galleries.
Yet, by the end of Plastic Man the artist finds his vindication, and the immeasurable pleasure of wide visibility, in a public commission for the troubled, low-income Hunter’s Point neighborhood nearby where he works — a 15-foot horn player constructed from the forms of a disassembled gun. - Robert Anbian
LEONARDO DA VINCI – THE GENIUS IN MILAN (approx. 95 minutes)
Paris, the Louvre Museum. A spring morning. Under the watchful gaze of our 4K cameras Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting “La Belle Ferronière” is removed from the wall, packed and sent by plane to Milan where, on the occasion of EXPO 2015, the most important cultural event of the year will be inaugurated: “Leonardo 1452- 1519”, one of the most decisive exhibitions ever to be held on Leonardo.
This exhibition-event is the result of 6 years work by leading Leonardo experts, Pietro Marani and M. Teresa Fiorio, and is divided into 12 sections, retracing with scientific rigor the multiple paths travelled by the mind of the genius: the foundation of drawing, the role of nature and science, comparison between the arts, reflection on the ancients, the utopian projects, anatomy and mechanics, the unity of knowledge, images of the divine, myths over the centuries (starting with the success of the Mona Lisa), and so on.
Tickets $15, Members $12
Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30
Sunday, June 19 at 1:30pm
RENOIR - REVERED AND REVILED (87 minutes)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world’s favourites. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course. This stunning film – based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia – examines the direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions right up to today. Some claim they are repulsed by Renoir’s later works and some claim they are seduced. What may surprise many is that among the many artists who sought Renoir’s new works out and were clearly highly influenced by them were the two giants of the 20th century – Picasso and Matisse. The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant but more than that it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.
Directed by: Phil Grabsky
Tickets $15, Members $12
Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30
Sunday, July 17 at 1:30pm
PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN - FROM MONET TO MATISSE (approx. 95 minutes)
Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Great artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative and extensive exhibition from The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Royal Academy, London.
From the exhibition walls to the wonder and beauty of artists’ gardens like Giverny and Seebüll, the film takes a magical and widely travelled journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet built and cultivated modern gardens to explore expressive motifs, abstract color, decorative design and utopian ideas. Guided by passionate curators, artists and garden enthusiasts, this remarkable collection of Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century will reveal the rise of the modern garden in popular culture and the public’s enduring facination with gardens today. Long considered spaces for expressing colour, light and atmosphere, the garden has occupied the creative minds of some of the worlds greatest artists. As Monet said, ‘Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything’. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film.
Directed by: David Bickerstaff
Tickets $15, Members $12
Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30
Sunday, August 14 at 1:30pm
TEATRO ALLA SCALA: THE TEMPLE OF WONDERS (approx. 95 minutes)
Built between 1776 and 1778, the year of its inauguration, the teatro alla Scala in Milan has drawn major artists from the international music scene, turning immediately into the theatre of reference, the one every artist aspires to, the Mecca of music. to this day, performing at the Scala means consecrating a career in the eyes of the world.
Music critic John Gavazzeni wrote: “The pillars of world Opera repertoire are Italian: Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini - composers whose works have been performed the most all over the world. The symbol of all great conductors is an Italian, Arturo Toscanini. They were all launched or consecrated in one place: at the ‘Teatro alla Scala’, as well as the careers of great sopranos like Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas, and of directors like Visconti, Zeffirelli and Strehler”. Teatro alla Scala 4k - The Temple of Wonders is a journey through time and space to discover a marvellous place, where the most glorious pages in the history of music, opera and ballet have been written.
Tickets $15, Members $12
Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30
Sunday, September 18 at 1:30pm
ST. PETER'S AND THE PAPAL BASILICAS OF ROME 3D (approx. 95 minutes)
The Papal Basilicas of Rome 3D/4K is a unique film that combines history, spirituality, architecture and art. It takes its cue from the Extraordinary Jubilee proclaimed by Pope Francis, which will see the faithful from all over the world pour into Rome in their millions, to cross the threshold of the Papal Basilicas and obtain a plenary indulgence. The opening of the Holy Doors will be an historical moment, certain to draw the whole world’s attention to Rome’s Papal Basilicas and be the ideal opportunity to tell the story, in spectacular 3D and 4K, using a narrative language that will emotionally involve audiences, as they witness the magnificence that lies inside the four Basilicas.
Winner of the 2015 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Play, Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, captured live during the production's original 2014 London run by National Theatre Live.
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
Bill Nighy, whose extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and whose stage roles include Pravda and the world premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour on Broadway, plays alongside Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) who is making her West End stage debut, and Matthew Beard (An Education, One Day, The Look of Love).
Skylight is directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry, who recently directed the sell-out West End production of The Audience with Helen Mirren, which was also broadcast to cinemas by National Theatre Live.
David Hare is the author of 29 plays for stage, including Plenty, Racing Demon, Amy’s View, Pravda (with Howard Brenton) and Stuff Happens. His many screenplays include The Hours and The Reader.
Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, before transferring to the West End and Broadway, and won an Olivier Award for Best Play.
Tickets 20, Members $18
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