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BRAD'S STATUS

BRAD'S STATUS

While touring colleges with his teenage son, an introspective, middle-aged family man (Ben Stiller) can’t help but compare himself to his more successful cohort of old friends, in the second directorial feature from acclaimed screenwriter Mike White (BEATRIZ AT DINNER, SCHOOL OF ROCK).

A Tribute to Harry Dean Stanton

A Tribute to Harry Dean Stanton

With the Oct 6 opening of LUCKY, the final film of Harry Dean Stanton, we offer up a handful of films that bear witness to the legend of a character actor best known for his supporting roles.

LUCKY

LUCKY

Having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, a fiercely independent town curmudgeon (Harry Dean Stanton) finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration and enlightenment. A love letter to the life and career of Stanton himself—who passed away Sep 15, 2017.

 

Doctober

Doctober

Welcome back to Doctober, the Belcourt’s annual celebration of documentary film.

Nashville Jewish Film Festival 2017

Nashville Jewish Film Festival 2017

The Nashville Jewish Film Festival (NJFF) is a program of the Gordon Jewish Community Center (GJCC). In 2017 the NJFF will celebrate its 17th year of bringing educational, entertaining and thought-provoking Jewish-themed films to the Nashville community.

TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON

TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON

A pioneer in both tow-in surfing and foil boarding, Laird Hamilton distinguished himself from surfing legends of the time who wanted to maintain the purity of the sport. Distinguished filmmaker Rory Kennedy (LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM) blends candid interviews with breathtaking action footage for a visceral, white-knuckle look at a life lived on the edge.

MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA

MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA

Internationally famous South African singer Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace. Through rare archive footage and personal testimony, we discover Miriam Makeba’s remarkable journey.

CARPINTEROS (WOODPECKERS)

CARPINTEROS (WOODPECKERS)

Dominican filmmaker José María Cabral delivers a knockout drama burgeoning with atmosphere and sexuality in the gritty nail-biter shot on location inside a notorious prison in the Dominican Republic.

Anatomy of Cinema: How Movies Move Us

Anatomy of Cinema: How Movies Move Us

SOLD OUT | When we watch a film, the experience washes over us. We pay attention to the story and recognize its effect, but we may not notice techniques that move us—the underlying anatomy that makes up each film. In a series of four two-hour sessions, Vanderbilt faculty members in cinema and media arts lead interactive discussions on the primary categories of film technique and the aesthetic experience of the moving image.

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Mise-en-scène

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Mise-en-scène

SOLD OUT | Session 1: Mise-en-scène | Literally translated as “placement in the scene,” mise-en-scène is an umbrella term for location, set design, lighting, and the arrangement of people and things to be filmed. What difference does it make to shoot in a dark studio—the model of classical Hollywood cinema—versus the location shooting of Italian neo-realism or the Berlin School? What are the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of controlling mise-en-scene as opposed to allowing contingency to determine the content of the shot? Led by Lutz Koepnick

NJFF: HARMONIA

NJFF: HARMONIA

A contemporary adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, set in the world of the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra.

LOVING VINCENT

LOVING VINCENT

By Popular Demand! The world's first fully oil-painted animated feature film brings the art of Vincent van Gogh to life. Shot first as a live-action film, and then painted over frame by frame with oils, LOVING VINCENT is a unique cinematic achievement.

HUMAN FLOW

HUMAN FLOW

World-renowned artist, activist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei artfully captures the massive and shocking breadth of the global migration crisis in this breathtaking film, which portrays the plight of today’s 65 million forcibly displaced individuals—the highest number ever to be forced out of their homes.

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

The latest from Sean Baker (TANGERINE) juxtaposes the carefree summer of a spirited kid with the harsh realities dogging the grown-ups of a decaying extended-stay hotel in the shadows of Orlando’s Disney World.

MANSFIELD 66/67

MANSFIELD 66/67

MANSFIELD 66/67 hones in on the later years of “blonde bombshell” Jayne Mansfield, when she scandalously befriended San Francisco’s Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey. A rare doc that takes the camp value of its subject and matches it to irresistible effect.

Olde Worlde Theatre presents “Little Red Riding Hood”

Olde Worlde Theatre presents “Little Red Riding Hood”

The classic tale of a young girl’s adventure through the woods, on her way to Grandma Millie’s house. Vibrantly alive with cool special effects, sound, and comedy for people of all ages.

12 Hours of Terror

12 Hours of Terror

The Belcourt’s annual tradition continues, with a marathon of monsters, murderers, mad scientists, myths, mayhem, masked unknowns and mysteries that span the decades.

MACHINES

MACHINES

Marrying stunning visuals with social advocacy, this award-winning doc wanders freely between pulsating machines and bubbling vats of dye to create a moving portrait of the human laborers who toil away in the labyrinthine passages of an enormous textile factory in Gujarat, India.

CHAVELA

CHAVELA

A captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame.

NJFF: THE WOMEN'S BALCONY

NJFF: THE WOMEN'S BALCONY

Monday Matinee! A joyous celebration turns into disaster when a women’s balcony at an Orthodox synagogue collapses during a bar mitzvah party injuring a number of people and leaving the senior rabbi in a state of shock.

NJFF: FANNY'S JOURNEY

NJFF: FANNY'S JOURNEY

In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to a foster home for Jewish children in Italy.

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Acting in Cinema

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Acting in Cinema

SOLD OUT | Session 2: Acting in Cinema | What difference does it make that film actors play to a camera instead of a live audience, or that what we perceive as a single performance is typically many performances edited together? How do human actors compete with animals, things, and cinema’s wider environments in film as opposed to theater? This seminar takes stock of the film actor as a force of narrative, a master of technique, and as an entity uniquely produced by film style. Led by Claire Sisco King

NJFF: THE HISTORY OF LOVE

NJFF: THE HISTORY OF LOVE

Based on Nicole Krauss’s award-winning novel, THE HISTORY OF LOVE is a sprawling saga of undaunted ardor and merciless twists of fate.

Rental Event: Crane City Revue

Rental Event: Crane City Revue

The Crane City Revue combines the best of a classic variety show with the best of a record label "package" show.  Anchored by Crane City Records recording artists 'Peter Keys,' 'ill Spector,' and 'FourStar' the show offers sonic diversity while focusing on folk, rock & roll and funk/blues.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

With live cast Little Morals! This fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock 'n' roll tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad and Janet after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter. 18+ only.

JANE

JANE

Academy Award–nominated director Brett Morgen (KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK) reconstitutes 50-year-old National Geographic footage into a poetic look at primatologist Jane Goodall, set to a magnificent score by Philip Glass.

FACES PLACES

FACES PLACES

French master Agnès Varda collaborates with mysterious street artist JR in this wondrous travelogue, in which the duo travel through small villages in the French countryside and immortalize the faces of those they meet in immense public murals.

ALIEN

ALIEN

“When I went on the interview for the movie, I told Ridley Scott I didn’t like monster pictures and I didn’t like science fiction.” —Harry Dean Stanton

NJFF: KEEP QUIET

NJFF: KEEP QUIET

Rising through the ranks of Hungary’s far–right extremist party, Csanád Szegedi has built a career of denying the Holocaust and dehumanizing Jews. His world is rocked upon learning a long–held family secret...

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Cinematography

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Cinematography

SOLD OUT | Session 3: Cinematography | Sometimes described as writing with light and movement, cinematography entails the choice of film stock, lenses, framing, shot duration, and camera movement, all of which determine how we see the things, people and environments placed before the camera. Led by Se Young Kim

NJFF: BODY AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN BRIDGE

NJFF: BODY AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN BRIDGE

The 1930s tune “Body and Soul,” composed by Jewish songwriter Johnny Green, introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman, and first recorded as a jazz piece by Louis Armstrong. It’s a link both sympathetic and contentious.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

The strange relationship between a cardiac surgeon and a 16-year-old boy portends a terrifying sacrifice in this eagerly awaited supernatural thriller from Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER). Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone.

NJFF: BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

NJFF: BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

Starlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940’s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary adds “Inventor” to the list.

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Editing

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Editing

SOLD OUT | Session 4: Editing | Editing is the joining of shots, ranging from the “invisible style” of Hollywood cinema to the more experimental techniques of Soviet Montage and the French New Wave. Because editing enables filmmakers to create completely imaginary geographies and temporalities, it is often considered to be the most cinematic of all techniques. Through it, cinema creates its own world. We consider this manipulation and creation. Led by Jennifer Fay

NJFF: MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE

NJFF: MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE

MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE follows artist and cult filmmaker Philippe Mora as he uncovers his father’s remarkable exploits, specifically his father’s friendship with Marcel Marceau.

WONDERSTRUCK

WONDERSTRUCK

The stories of Ben and Rose, two children growing up in different eras, both deaf and both seeking the same mysterious connection. Directed by Todd Haynes (CAROL, FAR FROM HEAVEN).

 

This Week (click showtimes to purchase)

Thursday

TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONLUCKYBRAD'S STATUSAnatomy of Cinema Seminar: Mise-en-scèneNJFF: HARMONIA

Friday

THE FLORIDA PROJECT: Informal post-screening discussion upstairs (8:00pm)
TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONLOVING VINCENTTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWLUCKY

Saturday

HUMAN FLOW: Post-screening discussion with Vanderbilt University's Robert Barsky and Jonathan Hiskey (12:20pm)
Olde Worlde Theatre presents “Little Red Riding Hood”LOVING VINCENTLUCKYTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWTAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONMANSFIELD 66/6712 Hours of Terror

Sunday

MACHINES: Post-screening discussion with Vanderbilt University's Dan Cornfield and Tariq Tachil (6:40pm)
THE FLORIDA PROJECTLOVING VINCENTTAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONHUMAN FLOWLUCKYMACHINESMANSFIELD 66/67

Monday

NJFF: THE WOMEN'S BALCONYLOVING VINCENTTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWCHAVELAMANSFIELD 66/67LUCKY

Tuesday

LOVING VINCENTTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWNJFF: FANNY'S JOURNEYCHAVELALUCKY
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