Cinema Club - Screening History

Everything the Club has screened since 1996

Cinema Club events are the most unique cinematic experiences offered in the Bay Area. Among the many special guests and celebrities who have talked with audiences about their films are actors John Malkovich and Peter Mullan, and a host of independent filmmakers who have gone on to celebrated careers. One of the all-time highlights for members occurred when Jessica Yu, Academy Award-winning director of "Breathing Lessons: The Life And Works of Mark O'Brien," passed her Oscar around to the audience during the Club's 1997-98 season.


Season 20 (2015-2016)

October 18, 2015
3 Still Standing - The Camera Cinema Club opened its 20th season with 3 Still Standing", Robert Campos' and Donna LoCicero's documentary about the '80s comedy scene in San Francisco and three of its greatest exponents -- Will Durst, Larry "Bubbles" Brown, and Johnny Steele. In attendance for post-screening Q&As were director/producer Campos and Cicero, and comics Durst and Brown.
November 15, 2015
Brooklyn - Fox Searchlight's historical period drama film directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Toibín's novel of the same name. Joining us from Los Angeles via SKYPE was special guest composer Michael Brook.
January 10, 2016
45 Years - Cinema Club showed the drama 45 Years, writer/director Andrew Haigh's ruminative and insightful new take on relationships, advanced age, forgiveness and jealousy, starring two treasured stars of the British cinema: Charlotte Rampling (Oscar nomination for Best Actress 2015) and Tom Courtenay. Skype-ing in for the post Q&A sessions from Berkeley was San Jose Mercury News film critic and President of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Randy Myers.
February 21, 2016
Take Me to the River -On Sunday, February 21 the Camera Cinema Club screened Take Me To The River, writer/director Matt Sobel's psycho-sexual mystery thriller about how a Californian teenager's plan to come out at his Nebraskan family reunion gets derailed when a bloodstain on his young cousin's dress makes him the unwitting suspect of abuse. Matt participated in rigorous discussions of the film via SKYPE from Los Angeles following each screening.
March 20, 2016
Pursuing Happiness - The Camera Cinema Club screened Pursuing Happiness, the superb new uplifting documentary by director Adam Shell, who traveled around the country interviewing the happiest people from all walks of life in an attempt to find out what makes them happy and what constitutes actual happiness. Adam led a spirited discussion via Skype following each screening.
April 17, 2016
Dough - The elegantly articulate filmmaker John Goldschmidt spoke to Camera Cinema Club audiences via SKYPE from London, England following back-to-back screenings of Dough, a UK-based comedy/drama about the unlikely friendship between an old Jewish baker trying to save his family business and a young Muslim refugee from Darfur trying to help his mother by selling cannabis on the side.
May 17, 2015
Presenting Princess Shaw - The Camera Cinema Club screened Presenting Princess Shaw, the incredible and inspiring true story of Samantha Montgomery (aka Princess Shaw), a New Orleans social worker by day who hosts her own YouTube channel at night, and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her musical talent from the other side of the world and makes her an online sensation.
June 12, 2016
Nuts! - The Camera Cinema Club screened NUTS! the "mostly true" story about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station. Director Penny Lane addressed Club audiences via taped message from New York.
July 17, 2016
Florence Foster Jenkins - The Camera Cinema Club screened Florence Foster Jenkins, a British biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Meryl Streep as a New York heiress who became an opera singer notorious for her lack of singing skills. Following the screening Metropolitan Opera vocal coach Arthur Levy discussed his contribution to the film via SKYPE from New York.
September 11, 2016
The Dressmaker - The Camera Cinema Club concluded its 20th season with The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet as a femme fatale in the titular role of the dressmaker, Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage, who returns to a small Australian town to take care of her ailing, mentally unstable mother. Local film critic Peter Canavese discussed the film with audience following the morning screening, while director Jocelyn Moorhouse SKYPE'd from Sydney, Australia for the afternoon event in a moderated discussion led by Cinema Club Director Tim Sika.



Season 19 (2014-2015)

October 19, 2014
Pelican Dreams - Sundance-and-Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker Judy Irving follows Gigi, a wayward young California brown pelican, from her 'arrest' on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and "Gigi," a half-wild pelican with an injured wing trying to find his place in the world.
November 16, 2014
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles - An examination of the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary -- the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker.
January 11, 2015
Two Days, One Night - Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's intimate look at a woman's quest to get more than 8 of a 16-person workforce to volunteer to give up their own much-needed bonuses so she can keep her job within a company which has deemed her redundant.
February 15, 2015
Mikael - A man who pursues his forgotten first love -- the lifelong dream of a professional soccer career -- when his girlfriend leaves him. Far past his prime at age 33, a wannabe professional soccer player travels to Kurdistan, Iraq, his ancestral home, to redeem his once prodigious potential and heal his soul.
March 22, 2015
The Grief of Others - Patrick Wang's powerful drama based on the novel by Leah Hager Cohen. Wang took audience questions and spoke about his process, and the making of the film.
April 19, 2015
Far From The Madding Crowd - A classic story of sex, class and social relations in the working class farm villages of Victorian England, based on the Thomas Hardy novel.
May 17, 2015
I'll See You in My Dreams - A comedy/drama about the existential crisis of a 72-year old woman (Blythe Danner) who unwittingly forms two very important relationships with two very different men following a personal loss.
June 14, 2015
Me and Earl and The Dying Girl - A quirky coming of age tale about a misfit teenager who doesn’t fit in with his high school senior year peer group, his unlikely best friend, and the terminally ill girl he befriends.
July 19, 2015
Mistress America - Noah Baumbach's character-driven dramedy in which Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke (Greta Gerwig), an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes.
August 16, 2015
Meet The Patels - A laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams . . . and his parents. This hilarious and heartwarming film reveals how love is a family affair.



Season 18 (2013-2014)

October 20, 2013
The Motel Life - Powerful drama based upon the cult novel by Will Vlautin, in which two brothers (Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff) hit the road together after a tragic accident.
November 17, 2013
At Middleton - An American romance film starring Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, and Andy Garcia, about a man and a woman who meet and fall in love while dropping their children off at college campus tour.
January 12, 2014
Vino Veritas - An ensemble comedy drama about two couples who are about to attend a friend's annual Halloween party and who share a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs, and, under its influence, all hell breaks loose.
February 9, 2014
Omar - Cannes Film Festival award-winning (and 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film), a tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories.
March 16, 2014
Torn - A sensitive, moving drama about two American families from different worlds and how they bond after their teenage sons are killed in an explosion, only to discover one son is the prime suspect.
April 27, 2014
Fading Gigolo - To earn extra cash, an ex-bookstore boss (Woody Allen) pimps out his florist friend (John Turturro, who also directs), landing them in a three-way with two eager ladies (Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara).
May 18, 2014
Citizen Koch - Controversial documentary about the influence of big money in the U.S. political process, focused on the Koch brothers and the recent Supreme Court decision, directed by Oscar-nominated team of Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble The Water).
June 22, 2014
Alive Inside - The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winning documentary chronicling the astonishing experiences of individuals suffering from dementia around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.
July 20, 2014
I Origins - The story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye, who finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him.
August 17, 2014
Last Weekend - Tom Dolby's American comedy/drama about an affluent matriarch (Patricia Clarkson) who gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house.



Season 17 (2012-2013)

October 21, 2012
The Sessions - Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), who lived most of his life in an iron lung and is determined -- at age 38 -- to lose his virginity.
November 18, 2012
The Impossible - Powerful Oscar-nominated drama based on the true story of one family's survival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and starring Naomi Watts and Ewan MacGregor.
January 13, 2013
Things I Don't Understand - Writer/director David Spaltro's story of changing, relationships, love, life and what comes after we die. Spaltro spoke to Club audiences via SKYPE from Los Angeles.
February 10, 2013
Beyond The Hills / Lore - Christian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills (Camera 7), based on true story about two young women at an Orthodox convent in Romania, and Cate Shortland's Lore (Camera 12), tracking journey of five children across Germany at the end of World War II.
March 17, 2013
Upstream Color - Shane (Primer) Carruth's enigmatic and mysterious romantic thriller, a critically acclaimed festival favorite, followed by provocative discussions with the director.
April 21, 2013
In The House - Francois Ozon's comedy/drama about a 16-year-old boy who insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his lit teacher.
May 19, 2013
The East - A suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller starring Brit Marling as a former FBI agent starting a new career at an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele.
June 9, 2013
Cloudburst - Thom Fitzgerald's romantic road movie exploring the important themes of life, death, family and love through the eyes of an oddball trio (played by Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, and newcomer Ryan Doucette). Absolutely splendid Q&As with Doucette and Fitzgerald followed.
July 14, 2013
Hannah Arendt - German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta's look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker magazine on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
August 18, 2013
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia - The Camera Cinema Club concluded the 2012-13 season with a fascinating and wholly entertaining tribute to the iconic Gore Vidal. Writer/director Nicholas Wrathall addressed audiences via a taped SKYPE interview from Sydney, Australia.



Season 16 (2011-2012)

October 16, 2011
Margin Call - A riveting business drama starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, and Zachary Quinto, following the actions of a group of investment bank employees during the financial collapse of 2007-2010.
November 20, 2011
Thunder Soul - Acclaimed documentary about the extraordinary alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for Conrad Johnson, their 92-year-old former leader.
January 15, 2012
Albert Nobbs - Award-winning actress Glenn Close stars as a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Director Rodrgio Garcia ("Six Feet Under", "Carnivale", "In Treatment") addressed Club Members in a Q&A via SKYPE.
February 12, 2012
The Forgiveness of Blood - Johsua Marston's powerful and richly textured drama foucsing on an Albanian family caught up in a blood feud. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival.
March 18, 2012
the Battle for Brooklyn - A feature documentary chronicling the seven year fight waged by owners and residents facing condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn.
April 22, 2012
Bernie - Richard ("Me and Orson Welles") Linklater's black comedy based on the story of Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), a mortician and community leader in a small east Texas town who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) that leads to fatal consequences.
May 20, 2012
I Am A Ghost - A supernatural mystery that explores identity, in a way that mixes experimental non-linear filmmaking with classic haunted house spookiness. In attendance for the Q&As were writer/director/composer H.P. Mendoza (who directed previous Club film Colma: The Musical); producer Mark Del Lima; and Make-Up and body double artist Diana Venes.
June 10, 2012
Beasts of The Southern Wild - A spellbinding adventure set just past the known edges of the American Bayou, which follows a girl named Hushpuppy as she takes on rising waters, a sinking village, changing times, an army of prehistoric creatures and an unraveling universe that she bravely tries to stitch back together through the sheer force of spirit and resilience.
July 15, 2012
In The Family - Patrick Wang's multi-layered child custody drama centering on Tennessee contractor Joey, whose life partner Cody dies unexpectedly, leaving Joey to care for their 6-year-old son Chip. Wang addressed both sessions, taking audience questions, from Galway, Ireland via SKYPE.
August 19, 2012
Robot and Frank - The Camera Cinema Club concluded its 16th season with this dramedy about an aging, ex-burglar (Frank Langella) and his caretaker robot. Director Jake Schreier discussed the film and took audience questions at the morning and afternoon sessions via SKYPE from New York City.



Season 15 (2010-2011)

October 17, 2010
Conviction - Director Tony Goldwyn's drama about a single mother (Hilary Swank) who spends nearly two decades earning a law degree so she can represent her brother--who she believes is innocent of the crime for which he was imprisoned--in court.
November 21, 2010
Rabbit Hole - John Cameron Mitchell directs screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play about the ways family members survive a major loss, starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Diane Wiest.
January 16, 2011
Biutiful - Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's gritty drama starring Javier Bardem as a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.
February 13, 2011
The Music Never Stopped - Jim Kohlberg's drama about the healing power of music focusing on Gabriel, whose memory has been severely damaged by a brain tumor, and his uptight father, Henry, who sets out to mend a long-frayed relationship with his son.
March 20, 2011
The Woman Chaser - Director Robinson Devor's affectionate parody/celebration of the film noir movie genre, starring Patrick Warburton and based on Charles Willeford's novel.
April 17, 2011
These Amazing Shadows - Documentarians Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton tell the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.
May 15, 2011
Project Nim - This Sundance award winner documents the story of the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child.
June 12, 2011
Turkey Bowl - First-time director Kyle Smith's real-time sports comedy, fresh from the SXSW Film Festival, about a group of eight college friends (and two strangers) who gather to play an annual football game in Los Angeles.
July 17, 2011
The Whistleblower - Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia, where she uncovers a dangerous web of corruption, cover-up and intrigue.
August 21, 2011
The Debt - Academy Award winner John Madden's espionage thriller, starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Tom Wilkinson, and filmed on location in Tel Aviv, The U.K. and Budapest.



Season 14 (2009-2010)

October 19, 2009
The Messenger - Powerful drama about two veterans of the Iraq war (Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson), united by the task of informing next of kin that their loved ones have been killed in action.
November 22, 2009
Me And Orson Welles - Richard Linklater's fact-based coming-of-age story, in which an aspiring New York teenage actor lucks into a role in Welles's soon-to-be-legendary 1937 Mercury Theater production of "Julius Caesar."
January 17, 2010
The September Issue - An intimate, funny and surprising behind-the-scenes look into the world of fashion, and Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, as she puts together the September issue of the must-have Bible of fashion.
February 14, 2010
The Most Dangerous Man in America - This 2009 Academy Award nominated Documentary Feature profiles high-level Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked top secret Vietnam War documents to The New York Times.
March 14, 2010
The Joneses - 2009 Toronto Film Festival audience favorite is a black comedy satire on American consumerism starring David Duchovny and Demi Moore as a "married" couple who infiltrate a suburban neighborhood to sell their company's myriad products.
April 18, 2010
Touching Home - Twin brothers Logan and Noah Miller direct and star in this autobiographical drama in which an alcoholic father struggles to make amends with his sons as they pursue their dreams of professional baseball.
May 16, 2010
Winter's Bone - In this 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury winner set in the Ozark Mountains, intrepid teenager Ree Dolly sets out to find her crystal-meth-making father, who has skipped bail and put their family home on the line.
June 13, 2010
The Kids Are All Right / I Am Love - In Lisa Cholodenko's Kids, same sex couple Nic and Jules,ust deal with their teenage children wanting to bond with their biological father. In the Italian drama, I Am Love, powerful events threaten to tear apart a carefully controlled upper crust family.
July 18, 2010
Kisses - Lance Daly's acclaimed Irish independent drama, telling the story of two young runaways living in the fringes of Dublin who discover both beauty and danger in the big city.
August 22, 2010
The Tillman Story - Amir-Bar-Levi My Kid Could Paint That) directs this powerful and provocative new documentary, profiling the former football star turned soldier who was killed by friendly fire in Iraq.



Season 13 (2008-2009)

October 19, 2008
Wendy And Lucy - The Club opened its 13th season with this emotional and political minimalist road film ablout a young woman (Michelle Williams) living at the edges of American life who is separated from her dog.
November 23, 2008
Johnny Got His Gun - New "live on-stage, on film" adaptation of the Dalton Trumbo anti-war classic novel, starring Ben McKenzie as the quadropelegic soldier who gave everything for his country.
January 18, 2009
Owl And The Sparrow - This touching saga of a 10-year-old, orphaned Vietnamese girl's search for family was Cinequest San Jose Film Festival 2008 closing night film.
February 15, 2009
Alien Trespass - R.W. Goodwin's affectionate salute to the great science fiction movies of the 1950s, the post-war boom period when the U.S. was filled with great hope and prosperity, but also lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation.
March 15, 2009
Goodbye Solo - The story of two men (including dynamic new star Souleymane Sy Savane) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina who forge an improbable friendship that changes both of their lives forever.
April 19, 2009
They All Laughed - Special screening of 1981 romantic comedy, starring Audrey Hepburn in her final starring role. In attendance was the film's celebrated writer/director Peter Bogdanovich.
May 17, 2009
The Last Lullaby - Jeffrey Goodman's contemporary noir about a hit man (Tom Sizemore) who emerges from retirement for one last payday, only to be deeply affected by the person he is to murder.
June 14, 2009
Away We Go - Sam Mendes' comedy/drama/romance about a thirty-something couple expecting their first child, who travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family.
July 19, 2009
Irene In Time - Henry Jaglom's rumination on the complex relationships between fathers and daughters. Filmmaker Jaglom and actress Tanna Frederick spoke to the Club via teleconference from L.A. and Iowa, respectively.
August 23, 2009
The Way We Get By - Aron Gaudet's moving documentary following three senior citizens who greet troops heading to and returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at the Bangor, Maine airport.



Season 12 (2007-2008)

October 14, 2007
Man In The Chair - The Club inaugurates its 12th season as two unlikely partners -- a would-be teen filmmaker, and an aged former Hollywood crew member -- team up for a prestigious student film competition.
November 18, 2007
The Savages - An irreverent look at family, love and mortality about two adult siblings (Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman) forced to care for an estranged elderly parent.
January 13, 2008
Taxi To The Dark Side - Alex Gibney's Oscar-winning documentary investigation into the homicide of a taxi driver at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11.
February 10, 2008
Shotgun Stories - Jeff Nichols' slow burning, southern, familial drama which tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father.
March 16, 2008
Tre - Eric Byler's close-up look at the complicated nature of adult romance via the interactions of four characters who have recently ended long-term relationships. .
April 13, 2008
The Memory Thief - Gil Hofman's drama about Lukas, an aimless young L.A. man whose chance encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes his life forever.
May 18, 2008
Sidekick - Michael Sparaga's and Canada's first (and only) bonafide super hero flick, about mild-mannered computer consultant Norman, who sets out to help a co-worker refine his superpowers.
June 22, 2008
Encounters At The End Of The World - Werner Herzog's unusual, ruminative and wondrous documentary on Antarctica and the unusual folks -- human and otherwise -- who reside there.
July 20, 2008
The New Year Parade - Tom Quinn's award-winning drama following two siblings, as their parents separate against the backdrop of Philadelphia's Mummery.
August 24, 2008
Ping Pong Playa - In Jessica Yu's uproarious comedy, jive-talking Chinese American slacker Christopher "C-dub" Wang is forced to step up and defend the family's title at a table tennis tournament.



Season 11 (2006-2007)

October 15, 2006
F**CK - The Club inaugurates its eleventh season with this incisive and funny documentary look at the history of the infamous expletive.
November 12, 2006
Flannel Pajamas - Engaging portrait of a marriage coming apart, in which newlyweds Stuart and Nicole realize maybe they made a mistake.
January 7, 2007
Venus - The great Peter O'Toole stars as an aging actor who forms an unlikely friendship with his best friend's wayward niece.
February 11, 2007
Days Of Glory - Oscar-nominated drama recounting the experiences of Algerian soldiers who served in the French Army during WWII.
March 18, 2007
Hollywood Dreams - Henry Jaglom's riveting new drama, tackling many movie business myths through the story of aspiring actress Margie Chisek.
April 15, 2007
Fido - A quirky, original homage to classic 1950s films mixing humor, drama, and horror to create a world in which zombies are central to everyday life.
May 20, 2007
Once - Inspirational tale of two kindred spirits and fellow musicians who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin.
June 10, 2007
Sunrise - Special 35mm presentation of F.W. Murnau's 1927 silent screen masterpiece with its original Movie Tone musical score.
July 15, 2007
In Search Of Mozart - Phil Grabsky's feature-length documentary, drawing on authentic locations in 11 countries to profile the legendary composer.
August 19, 2007
In The Shadow of the Moon - David Sington's award-winning documentary look at the Apollo space program of the 1960s and early 70s.



Season 10 (2005-2006)

October 16, 2005
The Californians - Jonathan Parker's locally filmed political satire exploring the tensions between land developers and environmentalists.
November 13, 2005
The Dying Gaul - Craig Lucas' cinematic amalgam of emotional and psychic manipulation, identity-switching, the Hollywood filmmaking process and politics.
January 8, 2006
Illusion - In a story of love, loss and redemption, Kirk Douglas stars as a dying movie director reflecting back on his life of achievement but little else.
February 12, 2006
Brick - Rian Johnson's innovative "patois noir" translates pulp fiction/film noir archetypes into the realm of a 21st-century SoCal high school.
March 19, 2006
Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher - Documentary chronicling the Jesus Movement of the early 70s through the persona and life of Lonnie Frisbee, self styled drug user, hippie and Jesus Freak.
April 9, 2006
Hard Candy - When 14-year-old Hayley and photographer Jeff hook up after an online flirtation, things turns violent when Hayley discovers that Jeff may be a child pornographer.
May 21, 2006
Colma: The Musical - Catchy and exuberant home-grown indie feature set in Colma, California, with 13 tuneful songs featuring all original music.
June 11, 2006
Civic Duty - Tribeca Film Fest hit about a New York accountant who post 9/11-suspects his Islamic neighbor of being a terrorist.
July 9, 2006
Six Figures - Powerful and disturbing domestic drama, based on the novel by Fred Leebron about a family caught in complex and ambiguous turmoil.
August 13, 2006
The Illusionist - In 1900 Europe, stage magician Eisenheim returns to Vienna to win back his childhood love Sophia from Crown Prince Leopold.



Season 9 (2004-2005)

October 12, 2004
Primer - Sci-fi thriller Primer, the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, in which four young corporate engineers create a new device in their garage.
November 14, 2004
Assassination of Richard Nixon - Chilling drama focusing on the tragic true story of Sam Bicke, who in 1974 attempted to assassinate Nixon.
January 9, 2005
The Chorus - French Oscar nominee about a new teacher who forms a boys' choir at a French reform school in 1949.
February 13, 2005
The Delicate Art of Parking - Mockumentary comedy in which Lonny Goosen, a scheming filmmaker with an atrocious parking record who gets revenge through a searing expose.
March 27, 2005
The Mudge Boy - Gripping drama chronicles the troubled existence of Duncan Mudge, a 14-year-old misfit traumatized by his mother's passing.
April 17, 2005
Lipstick and Dynamite - Colorful documentary profiling lady wrestlers of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, including Gladys "Killem" Gillem, the Fabulous Moolah, the Great Mae Young.
May 15, 2005
Mad Hot Ballroom - Inspiring look inside the lives of New York City school kids journeying into the world of ballroom dancing.
June 12, 2005
March of the Penguins - Filmed over 13 months in Antarctica, the story of the Emperor Penguin's struggle to eat, live, and reproduce.
July 17, 2005
Last Days - Gus Van Sant's fictional meditation on the inner turmoil that engulfs a brilliant, but troubled musician in the final hours of his life.
August 21, 2005
The Talent Given Us - An original and humorous "road'' movie about a middle aged couple who head cross country to track down their long-lost son.



Season 8 (2003-2004)

October 12, 2003
Zero Day - In Ben Coccio's chilling directorial debut, two best friends record on video the planning and execution of an assault on their high school classmates.
November 16, 2003
My Flesh And Blood - This powerful Sundance Film Festival winning documentary chronicles a year in the life of northern California single mother Susan Tom, raising 13 handicapped children, ages 8 to 19.
January 11, 2004
Straight Into Darkness - This war drama focuses on two American army deserters struggling to survive as they embark on an emotional journey of combat and self realization.
February 15, 2004
The Best Thief In The World - A compelling drama exploring the many ways a father's stroke affects a working-class Manhattan family, centering on a stormy mother-son relationship.
March 14, 2004
The Prince And Me - In this cinematic fairy tale, Wisconsin farm girl Paige (Julia Stiles) falls in love with the Prince of Denmark, leading to a cultural and generational clash.
April 18, 2004
Valentin - The autobiographical story of an eight-year-old boy in 1960s Argentina who just wants to be loved and to have a "normal" family.
May 16, 2004
Cock And Bull Story - The friendship of a gifted young boxer and his emotionally imbalanced best pal are put to the test as the boxer prepares for the biggest fight of his life.
June 13, 2004
Frankie And Johnny Got Married - Based on a true story, actress Lisa Chess drops everything to self-finance a modest production of a romantic comedy about two lost people finding each other.
July 18, 2004
Maria Full Of Grace - Spirited and rebellious Maria, frustrated with her deadend life in rural Bogota, is drawn to Franklin, a stylish young man who talks of a cool job that involves travel.
August 22, 2004
Broadway: The Golden Age - Rick McKay's survey of American musical theater offers tantalizing snippets of long ago performances, and many priceless interviews.



Season 7 (2002-2003)

October 20, 2002
The Good Thief - This feature film debut follows Chris, a young Irish-American man just released from prison for taking the fall for the local Irish mob.
November 17, 2002
Tully - Hilary Birmingham's quietly told drama exploring a legacy of love between two young men and their troubled father.
January 12, 2003
Max - Daring historical drama exploring a fictional post-World War I friendship between Adolph Hitler and wealthy German Jews Max Rothman.
February 16, 2003
The Weather Underground - Sam Green's extraordinary doc about the infamous Weathermen, who stirred domestic havoc with their violent protest measures against the Vietnam war.
March 16, 2003
Stone Reader - Mark Moskowitz's fascinating journey--and love song to reading--to find the author of a book, "The Stones of Summer", that changed his life.
April 13, 2003
The Man In The Glass Booth - Arthur Hiller powerful drama about wealthy Jewish businessman Arthur Goldman, and his possible connections to the Holocaust.
May 4, 2003
Charlotte Sometimes - Sex, love and loneliness converge in a love triangle in Eric Byler's haunting and challenging drama.
June 22, 2003
Prey For Rock and Roll - Playwright, screenwriter and composer Cheri Lovedog's autobiographical account of her years in an all-girl rock band.
July 13, 2003
Skin Deep - Former Cinema Club director Ken Karn produced this psychological murder-mystery-thriller, best film/actor at the 2003 American Black Film Festival.
August 3, 2003
American Splendor - Genre-defying film based on Harvey Pekar's seminal autobiographical comic book first published in 1976.



Season 6 (2001-2002)

September 23, 2001
Happy Accidents - Sci-fi/romantic comedy starring Oscar winner Marisa Tomei.
October 21, 2001
Innocence - Late-life, second-chance romance from Down Under.
November 18, 2001
Go Tigers! - Documentary portrait of high school football powerhouse.
January 13, 2002
Waydowntown - Award-winning urban drama from Canada.
February 17, 2002
Baran - Romantic drama among Aghan refugees in Iran.
March 17, 2002
The Medicine Show - Autobiographical drama of courage in the face of death.
April 14, 2002
The Salton Sea - High-octane film noir thriller starring Val Kilmer.
May 5, 2002
Maelstrom - Unique urban folk tale from Canada.
June 9, 2002
The Believer - Riveting tale of love, hate and faith.
July 14, 2002
Lovely And Amazing - Brenda Blethyn in an intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women.



Season 5 (2000-2001)

September 24, 2000
Girlfight - Powerful Sundance Grand Prize winner about Latina girl who finds herself in boxing ring.
October 14, 2000
Venus Beauty Institute - France Cesar Award winner starring Nathalie Baye as Angele, a 40-something cosmetologist who has written off the possibility of love in her life.
November 19, 2000
Me And Isaac Newton - Documentarian Michael Apted journeys into the hearts and minds of seven scientists who have solved mysteries that are centuries old.
January 14, 2001
Ratcatcher - Scottish director Lynne Ramsay's first feature following 2 weeks in the life of James, a gaunt 12-year-old living in the slums of Glasgow during an epic garbage strike in the 70's.
February 18, 2001
The Widow of St. Pierre - Patrice Leconte drama based on true story of sailor sentenced to death in mid-1800s Newfoundland, starring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil.
March 18, 2001
With A Friend Like Harry - Dominik Moll's Hitchcockian drama about a family on their way to their holiday home, approached by Harry, a school acquaintance they can't remember, who then proceeds to invade their lives.
April 15, 2001
The Party Crashers - A comedic heist film about a group of disillusioned but desperate actors and writers who hijack a Hollywood party and hold it hostage.
May 27, 2001
The Anniversary Party - Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming (who also direct) star as a Hollywood couple celebrating their 6th wedding anniversary, and the fact that they have reconciled after a years separation.
June 17, 2001
Jerome - One day, Wade Hampton leaves his old life in LA behind and heads off to Jerome, Arizona, an enclave of artists and bohemians.
July 15, 2001
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin, Hedwig finds his other half and seeks musical fame in America in this rock musical.



Season 4 (1999-2000)

September 26, 1999
Getting To Know You - An ingenious adaptation of several dark short stories by Joyce Carol Oates, and a dramatic look at the dysfunction and chaos which often afflict everyday people.
October 17, 1999
Last Night - Canadian writer/director/actor Don McKellar's end of the world comedy/drama about the different ways a few average individuals choose to spend their remaining hours on Earth before the impending apocalypse.
November 14, 1999
American Movie - Award-winning documentary charting two years in the life of Mark Borchardt, a sporatically employed, divorced father of two who refuses to give up his dream of making the Great American Movie.
January 9, 2000
A Map Of The World - Oscar-nominated Sigourney Weaver as teacher and mother trying to find her way in the world after a series of tragedies forever alters her life in small-town Wisconsin.
February 13, 2000
Mr. Death/Beautiful People - Errol Morris' documentary about death house technician Fred Leuchter; and Jasmin Dizdar's comedy/drama about several immigrant families in contemporary London.
March 19, 2000
Detention - Andy Anderson's subversive tale of every educator's fantasy, a substitute teacher who doesn't back down.
April 16, 2000
The Girl Next Door - Documentary on the life and times of Oklahoma housewife-turned-porn star Stacy Valentine.
May 21, 2000
Croupier - Mike Hodges brilliant 1998 noir thriller about frustrated novelist Jack Manfred, who takes a job as croupier in an elegant London gaming house.
June 11, 2000
Blessed Art Thou - Tim Disney's first feature film, in which monks at a northern California monastery experience a miraculous encounter, with implications that are both stunning and uplifting.
July 16, 2000
The Five Senses - Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa's award-winning drama pivoting around, you guessed it, the five senses, and the lives of five characters, each searching for a significant and intimate human connection.



Season 3 (1998-1999)

September 27, 1998
Hands On A Hardbody - Documentary about 24 Texans competing in a "hands-on" endurance contest for a new Nissan truck.
October 18, 1998
Pleasantville - Comedy/drama where two teenagers are mysteriously transported into a 1950s black-and-white sitcom.
November 15, 1998
Elizabeth - Oscar-nominated thriller depicting the dramatic rise to power of Queen Elizabeth.
January 10, 1999
Jay Rosenblatt's Short Films - Found footage shorts, Short Of Breath, The Smell Of Burning Ants and Oscar-nominated Human Remains
February 21, 1999
Cleopatra's Second Husband - Local filmmaker Jon Reiss' debut feature, a harrowing, yet wickedly funny, exploration of power and submission.
March 21, 1999
The Living Museum - Patients in a psychiatric center express themselves through art in Academy Award winner Jessica Yu's documentary.
April 18, 1999
Three Seasons - Local filmmaker Tony Bui returns to Vietnam to make this poetic and moving drama of a country in transition
May 30, 1999
The Third Man - Restored version of 1949 Carol Reed classic starring Orson Welles.
June 13, 1999
Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl - Powerful story of young Shanghai girl "sent-down" for rural training during Cultural Revolution.
July 11, 1999
The Dinner Game - Hilarious French farce about wealthy and obnoxious yuppies engaged in a never-ending game of oneupsmanship.



Season 2 (1997-1998)

September 21, 1997
Waco: The Rules Of Engagement - Gripping Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary
October 26, 1997
A Self-Made Hero - A French deserter from WWII appropriates a war hero's identity
November 28, 1997
Welcome To Sarajevo - Michael Winterbottom's harrowing true story of war
January 11, 1998
AfterGlow - Alan Rudolph directs Academy Award nominee Julie Christie
February 15, 1998
Mrs. Dalloway - Academy Award winning director Marleen Gorris and Vanessa Redgrave
March 15, 1998
River Red - Powerful debut feature from Sundance '98
April 19, 1998
Paulina - Vicki Funari's Spanish language docu-drama
May 31, 1998
Habit - Critically-acclaimed debut feature from Larry Fessenden
June 14, 1998
Stuart Bliss - Hilarious black comedy hit from L.A. Indie Fest
July 12, 1998
The Chambermaid on The Titanic - Bigas Luna's lush and romantic tale of love and deceit.



Season 1 (1996-1997)

November 17, 1996
Sling Blade - Academy Award, Best Screenplay
January 19, 1997
Kolya - Academy Award, Best Foreign Film
February 16, 1997
love jones - Sundance Audience Award Winner
March 16, 1997
Kissed - The Year's Most Controversial Film
April 6, 1997
Citizen Ruth - Laura Dern's Best Performance
April 20, 1997
Jessica Yu Films - Breathing Lessons, Better Late, Sour Death Balls
May 18, 1997
Shall We Dance? - The record-breaking Japanese hit film
June 15, 1997
Ulee's Gold - Critically-acclaimed Victor Nunez film starring Peter Fonda
July 13, 1997
The Full Monty - Oscar-nominated comedy from Peter Cattaneo