While we renovate, we're organizing pop-up screenings around town. Screenings and ticket links posted here as screenings are confirmed.
Are we not men? Or are we simply beasts?
Shot entirely in a language of grunts and gibberish, Steve Oram's debut feature is a celluloid primal scream—an anarchic, hilarious, disturbing and touching look at the human condition. View Trailer.
“...One of the great British films of the new millennium….Placing the film's magnificent technical achievements aside for a moment, the other key reason for its greatness is because it's plainly and simply hilariously funny.” —David Jenkins, Little White Lies
“An experimental work for the arthouse crowd, certainly, but it's also one of the funniest and most poignant movies of the year. The lives of gorillas and other primates, their hierarchies, interactions and rituals, serve as chief inspirations for Oram's anthropological social satire/horror-comedy.” —Martyn Conterio, CineVue
About the Western Kentucky Film Festival: Founded in 1995, the Western Kentucky Film Festival (WKFF) connects regional filmmakers with new audiences. Through its screenings and educational programs, WKFF strives to connect both emerging and established artists with the community in a celebration of cinema in all its forms. This year’s festival dates are April 28-30. All screenings take place at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
THREE THE HARD WAY
Dir. Gordon Parks Jr., USA, 1974, 89min, R, 16mm TV Print
Action explodes all over the place when the big three join forces to save their race! A record producer (Jim Brown), a PR man (Fred Williamson) and a black belt (Jim Kelly) in karate team up to stop a secret white supremacist plan to contaminate the water supplies of Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. with a substance that is lethal only to blacks. Sent up decades later in BLACK DYNAMITE (switching water for malt liquor), Gordon Parks Jr.'s 1974 followup to the blaxploitiation classic SUPER FLY is an action lover's dream come true: Guns! Karate! Topless biker torturesses! And explosions out the wazoo! They've done it before on their own... but this one's too big to handle alone. See the trailer here.
Part of The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film, presented by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts
THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS
Dir. Lev Kuleshov, Russia, 1924, 94min, NR, 16mm, Silent with English subtitles
A hilarious tribute to American silent comedies, this Russian film was the first to specifically address American stereotypes of Soviet Russia as well as the first produced by director Kuleshov’s Experimental Cine-Laboratory school. This 16mm print, on loan from the film library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, offers a rare glimpse of slapstick humor used for propagandistic effect. See the trailer here.
About The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, through July 4, 2016:
From early vanguard Constructivist works by Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky to the modernist images of Arkady Shaikhet and Max Penson, Soviet photographers played a pivotal role in the history of modern photography. The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film examines how photography, film, and poster art were harnessed to disseminate Communist ideology, revisiting a moment in history when artists acted as engines of social change and radical political engagement. Covering the period from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s, the exhibition explores how early modernist photography and film influenced a new Soviet style while energizing and expanding the nature of the media. Through more than 150 works, The Power of Pictures reveals how striking images by master photographers and filmmakers were seen as powerful propaganda tools in the new Soviet Union, and looks at photography and film together as influential and formally related media.
During the exhibit, the Frist rotates screenings of 12 films in its Upper-Level Galleries, as well as screenings at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema and this screening at Third Man Records, co-presented by Third Man Records and the Belcourt. See all film information here.
The Belcourt seeks leadership gifts to restore, renovate and preserve its historic 90-year-old theatre. To learn more about making a leadership gift/pledge* of $10,000 or more, as well as campaign naming opportunities, please contact:
Help make Belcourt history with your donation to support the Belcourt's first major renovation in 50 years. With a gift of $2,500, we’ll recognize your generosity on a Belcourt seat.
Add your name (or a name of your choice), to the back of a seat in either the Belcourt’s 1925 Hall or 1966 Hall, or in our new Manzler/Webb Screening Room on the 2nd floor.
Gifts may be pledged over 12 months. Your plaque(s) will be installed after the completion of the pledge period. Choose the hall you prefer, or the new screening room. Specific seats cannot be chosen, however, and naming does not reserve a particular seat for your use. Plaques will remain in place for the life of the halls’ or screening room’s seats (a minimum of 10 years).
Annual donations are an essential component of the Belcourt Theatre's budget each year. As Nashville's nonprofit cinema, the Belcourt is mission-driven and provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. These gifts continue to be vital to the Belcourt's operations and programming, even as we seek funds to renovate, refurbish and preserve the theatre's 90-year-old building through the Belcourt Campaign.
HOW THE BELCOURT'S RENOVATION AND THE BELCOURT CAMPAIGN WILL AFFECT MEMBERSHIPS
All current Belcourt memberships have been extended for a six-month period to cover construction and renovation work. Though we won’t be issuing new membership cards until each member’s next renewal (a helpful cost savings initiative), your extended expiration date will be in our records. Likewise, if you join during construction, your membership will be extended to account for the length of time lost to the theatre’s closure.
Members provide vital annual support for the nonprofit Belcourt Theatre and its innovative film programming. As a member, you'll enjoy a range of great benefits that include discounts on films and concessions, member-only invitations, and the inside scoop on upcoming events.
All Belcourt members receive these great benefits:
discounted admission to Belcourt films
20% discount on all Belcourt merchandise and non-alcoholic concessions
service charge waived for members when buying tickets online
discounts on select special events
monthly calendar of events mailed to your home
weekly email updates
VISIT OTHER ART HOUSES WHEN YOU TRAVEL! In addition to the benefits above, Belcourt members can visit other art house theatres across the U.S.—and receive their member discount. Check out the Art House Visiting Members Program here, including a list of over 40 art houses.
While our 90-year-old building is under renovation, the Belcourt’s education program continues to share the power of film and teach visual literacy throughout the community.
We take our Mobile Movie Theatre and teaching staff to schools, after-school programs and community centers throughout our region, providing young audiences with the opportunity to sense the power, magic, story-telling and universality that the art of film makes possible.
Our partnerships with schools, after-school programs, and community centers include:
Wright Middle School
Apollo Middle School
Oasis Just Us
McMurray Middle School
Madison Middle School/NAZA
Donelson Middle School/NAZA
Antioch High School
Hartman Park Community Center/NAZA
Glencliff High School
Nashville International Center for Empowerment
YMCA Brentwood Summer Camp
Riverdale High School
MNPS Transition Program
To learn more about partnering with the Belcourt's education program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Belcourt Theatre's mission is to engage, enrich, and educate through innovative film programming in our historic theatre, our community, and beyond.
The Belcourt Theatre is a unique Nashville treasure with a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. Today, the Belcourt is a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic cinema. The Belcourt provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. We cultivate and build on the powerful sense of shared experience that audiences can achieve — taking advantage of our building’s physical character and location in the heart of a lively Nashville neighborhood. At the same time, we work with community partners throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee to bring inspiring films to children and young people with our Mobile Movie Theatre.
Today, the Belcourt Theatre thrives. It's recognized as one of Nashville's most vibrant arts organizations and as a leader among the country's art houses regionally and nationally. The Belcourt attracts audiences from throughout Middle Tennessee and the Southeast region, as well as visitors from more than 40 states and from other countries — a total of approximately 160,000 visitors annually. Over 11,000 people participate in our yearly in-theatre engagement programs, including Q&As with filmmakers and conversations with experts, scholars and community commentators. More than 1,200 students in our community benefit from film programming and visual literacy activities through one of our partner schools or organizations.
As of Dec 24, 2015, the Belcourt is closed for 5-6 months for essential renovation, construction and preservation — the first major work on the 90-year-old building in 50 years.
Main Office: 615-846-3150
Temporary Administrative Office: 4304 Charlotte Ave, Suite F, Nashville, TN 37209
The Belcourt's renovation and construction work will take approximately 5-6 months. The project's architect is Tuck-Hinton. The builder is R.C. Mathews Contracting.
This project represents the first major work in 50 years on the Belcourt's 90-year-old building. The work is being supported through generous financial gifts to the Belcourt Campaign. Learn more about the campaign here, including how you can make a gift.
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Expanded and more welcoming lobby, with added windows for both interior light and street activation all along our Belcourt Avenue frontage.
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Projection booth serving the 1966 theatre will include a digital cinema projection system (DCP) and upgraded sound system. This booth will also serve the new small screening room.