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CHEATIN’

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 5:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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CHEATIN’

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

An adult tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and murder—infused with Plympton’s surreal sense of humor—Cheatin’ takes its inspiration from the work of such James M. Cain noir classics as Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine,” Ella takes the form of...

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CODE BLACK

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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Fri, Feb 21, 2014
at 7 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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CODE BLACK

DIRECTOR: Ryan McGarry - UNITED STATES

“C-Booth,” the trauma bay at the LA County Hospital, was the first, the toughest, and the best training ground for ER doctors in the country. But when the hospital moved to a modern facility, the dedicated medical staff faced a growing crisis. Code Black follows a group of young doctors as they grapple with the divide between their idealistic expectations for improving patient care and the realities of an underfunded and overly bureaucratic system. McGarry—a full-time doctor at the hospital while making the film—explores the frustrations. How and why do they persist in saving lives in the face of thwarting...

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COHERENCE

Sat, Feb 22, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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COHERENCE

DIRECTOR: James Ward Byrkit - UNITED STATES

A group of friends and ex-lovers learn why you should not throw a dinner party the night a mysterious comet is passing close to Earth in this mind-bending science fiction thriller. The first glasses of wine have barely been poured when tensions start to rise. None of that matters, however, when the lights go off throughout the neighborhood, all except for one house a few blocks over, lit up like a beacon in the darkness. “Coherence is a cerebral low-budget sci-fi that dives headfirst into a pool of quantum mechanics and theoretical physics. It’s a tightly focused, intimately shot film...

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FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 3 PM (CANCELLED)
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Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 25, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

DIRECTOR: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel - UNITED STATES

Street photographer Vivian Maier was a mystery even to those who knew her. A secretive nanny in the wealthy suburbs of Chicago, she died in 2009 and would have been forgotten. But Maloof, an amateur historian, uncovered thousands of her negatives at a storage locker auction and changed history. Now Maier is hailed alongside the likes of Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Weegee as a major artist. And that is just where the story begins. Finding Vivian Maier follows the filmmakers as they unearth Vivian’s story, combing through thousands of negatives and tracking down the families she worked...

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THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR

DIRECTOR: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine - UNITED STATES

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this gripping, stranger-than-fiction murder-mystery. In 1929, Berlin physician Friedrich Ritter and his lover Dore Strauch left Germany for the deserted Galapagos island of Floreana. Inspired by Nietzsche, Ritter intended to escape “monster” civilization and write in solitude. But soon the couple was discovered by the international press, who trumpeted them as “the Adam and Eve of the Galapagos.” Others flocked to the island—first, the Wittmer family, who fancied themselves as “the Swiss Family Robinsons of the Galapagos,” followed by an Austrian baroness with two lovers and plans for opening a luxury hotel. Then, two inhabitants were...

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LEVITATED MASS

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 2:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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LEVITATED MASS

DIRECTOR: Doug Pray - UNITED STATES

Levitated Mass chronicles the journey of a 340-ton granite boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and mounted upon the walls of a 456-foot-long concrete slot. First attempted in 1968, the 2012 permanent installation “Levitated Mass” is the latest land sculpture by one of America’s most misunderstood and exciting artists, Michael Heizer. His rock’s 105-mile transport captured international media attention and challenged the imagination of thousands of southern Californians over 10 nights as it crawled through four counties on a football-field-long transport. As fascinating is the dramatic story of Heizer’s...

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PARTICLE FEVER

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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PARTICLE FEVER

DIRECTOR: Mark Levinson - UNITED STATES

Physicists from all over the world in search of the theoretical Higgs particle collaborated on the planning and construction of the 18-mile-long Cern Large Hadron Collider. Situated in an underground complex near the Franco-Swiss border, it’s allegedly the biggest, most expensive scientific experiment ever made. The idea was to recreate conditions immediately after the Big Bang, allowing a closer understanding of the origin of matter. Physicist-turned-filmmaker Mark Levinson was there with his cameras when the collider went online, and he found a way of approaching the experiment as an epic adventure story, involving multiple setbacks, mysteries, and—according to hysterical press...

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PROXY

Fri, Feb 21, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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PROXY

DIRECTOR: Zack Parker - UNITED STATES

“As a pregnant Esther (Alexia Rasmussen) walks home, she is viciously attacked by a hooded assailant. In the wake of this traumatic event, she finds some consolation and normalcy in the kindly Melanie (Alexa Havins), whom she meets at a support group. But a chance encounter makes it clear that nothing—and no one—in Esther’s life is as it appears. Setting off a chain reaction of increasingly shocking revelations, Proxy twists and turns its way through loss, grief, and death. The surprise standout is auteur Joe Swanberg in a supporting role as Melanie’s husband. Be warned: Proxy begins with some deeply...

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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 3 PM (CANCELLED)
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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL

DIRECTOR: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman - UNITED STATES

As the national debate over the future of healthcare continues on, this heartfelt film takes a step back from the politics to give an emotional, on-the-ground portrait of those who live every day without proper access to medical care. Unable to afford treatment, an estimated 45 million people in the US lack access to preventative care and often suffer through illnesses in the hopes that they’ll just go away. Remote Area Medical documents the annual two-day “pop-up” medical clinic operated by the nonprofit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bristol, Tennessee. During that time, doctors, nurses, and support workers provide care...

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THE SACRAMENT

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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THE SACRAMENT

DIRECTOR: Ti West - UNITED STATES

A shocking tale of devotion gone horribly wrong, The Sacrament offers a disturbing vision of the power of groupthink. Patrick is a photographer whose once drug-addicted sister Caroline is a member of an isolated sober-living community in Mississippi. Patrick discovers that the program is closer to a communal-living collective and that there is a strange and charismatic leader of the group, known only as “Father.” When his sister leaves the country to start a new utopian society in the jungle, he enlists two co-workers to shoot a documentary on their whereabouts. Based on detailed research of the infamous Jonestown massacre,...

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TEENAGE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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TEENAGE

DIRECTOR: Matt Wolf - UNITED STATES

Who was the first teenager? Based on punk-historian Jon Savage’s book Teenage: The Creation of Youth, Wolf’s compelling collage of archival images, Super-8mm recreations, and the actual diaries of mid-century teens, all set to an alluring post-punk contemporary soundtrack, is an entertaining look at the birth of the iconic, eternally cool figure of the teenager. Though the seeds of youth culture were planted even before the hipsters of the 1920s, the word and concept of “teenager” was a post-World War II invention. Before then, childhood and adulthood were two completely discrete phases with nothing in between. Wolf’s historical survey finds...

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TIM’S VERMEER

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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TIM’S VERMEER

DIRECTOR: Teller - UNITED STATES

In 2001, in his book Secret Knowledge, artist David Hockney argued that some classical painters—Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with the Pearl Earring”) especially—had used camera optics in making their great paintings. There was controversy. Was this cheating? Why shouldn’t an artist do whatever he can think of? answered Hockney. But Tim Jenison, a Texas software inventor, considered how he might use 17th-century technology to achieve Vermeer’s photographic look. When his first experiment seemed to work, he thought, “Why not paint my own Vermeer?” Spanning eight years, Jenison’s riveting mystery-adventure takes him to Delft, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage...

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VISITORS

Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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VISITORS

DIRECTOR: Godfrey Reggio - UNITED STATES

Thirty years after their groundbreaking Koyaanisqatsi (Qatsi trilogy), director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass have joined forces with associate director Jon Kane to create a cinematic time capsule for the 21st century. If the Qatsi trilogy reflected on ideas of balance, transformation, and war, Visitors asks a very different question: who and what is a visitor when we look around ourselves on this planet? Using this idea as a metaphysical departure for his visual reverie, Reggio takes us on a unique voyage into the mysteries and wonders of the universe. Shot in dazzling black and white, Reggio’s visual genius...

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WHAT IS CINEMA?

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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WHAT IS CINEMA?

DIRECTOR: Chuck Workman - UNITED STATES

Chuck Workman is best known for creating unforgettable Oscar montage sequences. In What is Cinema?, he shares his understanding and love of avant-garde cinematic language by creating a visual essay out of clips from films that have pushed the boundaries of the art form. Woven among them are new and archival interviews with a pantheon of personal filmmakers that provide food for thought on where cinema might be headed. Workman’s interview subjects include the likes of Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, Yvonne Rainer, David Lynch, video artist Bill Viola, Kelly Reichardt, Costa-Gavras, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Moore, who consider key artists...

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