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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

In the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a solitary Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew.

PATERSON

PATERSON

A working-class poet (Adam Driver) practices his craft amidst the quiet magic of married life in a small New Jersey town. This new film from Jim Jarmusch is an offbeat meditation on a couple and their desire for creative self-expression.

Anatomy of Cinema: How Movies Move Us

Anatomy of Cinema: How Movies Move Us

Anatomy of Cinema is now at capacity and SOLD OUT.

When we watch a film, the experience tends to wash 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 eight two-hour sessions, Vanderbilt faculty members in Cinema & Media Arts lead interactive discussions on the primary categories of film technique and the aesthetic experience of the moving image.

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films

For the 12th consecutive year, the Belcourt presents this very popular program. With all three categories offered—Animated, Live Action, Documentary—this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)!

THE RED TURTLE

THE RED TURTLE

The latest animated film from Studio Ghibli, THE RED TURTLE recounts the milestones in the life of a human being through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island among turtles, crabs and birds.

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action

For the 12th consecutive year, the Belcourt presents this very popular program. With all three categories offered—Animated, Live Action, Documentary—this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)!

TONI ERDMANN

TONI ERDMANN

One of the most talked-about films of the major festivals this year, the latest from Maren Ade (EVERYONE ELSE) is an alternately hilarious and mortifying comedy about the fraught relationship between a repressed corporate consultant and her incessantly prank-playing dad.

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation

For the 12th consecutive year, the Belcourt presents this very popular program. With all three categories offered—Animated, Live Action, Documentary—this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)!

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary

For the 12th consecutive year, the Belcourt presents this very popular program. With all three categories offered—Animated, Live Action, Documentary—this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)!

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Editing

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Editing

Anatomy of Cinema is now at capacity and SOLD OUT.

Session 3: 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. Faculty members: Jennifer Fay and Se Young Kim

Artist Discussion with HATCH-ed Designers and Printers: Jim Sherraden, Julie Sola, Mary Louise Sullivan, Bryce McCloud

Artist Discussion with HATCH-ed Designers and Printers: Jim Sherraden, Julie Sola, Mary Louise Sullivan, Bryce McCloud

Join former Hatch Show Print designers and printers Jim Sherraden, Julie Sola of Fat Crow Press, Mary Louise Sullivan of Crowing Hens Bindery, and Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing for a discussion of their art and techniques, moderated by Hatch Show Print manager Celene Aubry. These artists’ works are currently part of the HATCH-ed Print Show, on display until March 1 on the Belcourt’s second floor, and guest curated by Jason Brown is the guest curator.

XX

XX

Straight from Sundance! Gather round if you dare for four murderous tales of supernatural frights, predatory thrills, profound anxiety, and Gothic decay in the first all-female-driven horror anthology film.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final project—a personal account of the lives and assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.—director Raoul Peck (LUMUMBA) creates a stunning meditation on what it means to be Black in America.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Post-screening discussion with Vanderbilt University's Hortense Spillers and Terrance Dean (7:00pm)

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Post-screening discussion with Vanderbilt University's Hortense Spillers and Terrance Dean (7:00pm)

Fri, Feb 24, 7:00pm: Post-screening discussion with Hortense Spillers, Gertrude Conaway Professor at Vanderbilt Unviersity and author of Black, White, and In Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, and Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text; and Terrance Dean, PhD student in religion at Vanderbilt University and author of Reclaim Your Power! A 30-Day Guide to Hope, Healing and Inspiration for Men of Color; Hiding in Hip-Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry—from Music to Hollywood; and Straight From Your Gay Best Friend – The Straight Up Truth About Relationships, Love, and Having A Fabulous Life

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Post-screening poetry in the round with Destiny Birdsong, Tiana Clark, Joshua Moore and Ciona Rouse (7:00pm)

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Post-screening poetry in the round with Destiny Birdsong, Tiana Clark, Joshua Moore and Ciona Rouse (7:00pm)

Sat, Feb 25, 7:00pm: Post-screening poetry in the round from Destiny Birdsong, research coordinator and visiting scholar at Vanderbilt University and assistant editor of Nashville Review; Tiana Clark, MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University and author of Equilibrium on Third Man Books; Joshua Moore, host of Versify on Nashville Public Radio and coordinator of Poetry on Demand for the Porch Writers Collective; Ciona Rouse, host of Lyrical Brew poetry series and author of forthcoming chapbook from Third Man Books

A Red Carpet Evening 2017

A Red Carpet Evening 2017

Join film fans on Hollywood's biggest night to watch on the Belcourt's big screens! And this year, for the first time, in our newly-renovated theatre... Tickets now on sale!

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Film Sound

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Film Sound

Anatomy of Cinema is now at capacity and SOLD OUT

Session 4: Film Sound | The session on sound considers how film’s invitation to the eye finds equal complexity in its address to the ear. Typically very highly produced but too infrequently discussed in its own right, the film soundtrack—including music, dialogue, sound effects, noise, and silence—is often what make cinema a truly moving image. Faculty members: Andrea Mirabile and Lutz Koepnick

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Post-screening discussion with Nashville Black Pride's Dwayne Jenkins and Vanderbilt University's Terrance Dean (7:00pm)

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Post-screening discussion with Nashville Black Pride's Dwayne Jenkins and Vanderbilt University's Terrance Dean (7:00pm)

Tue, Feb 28, 7:00pm: Audience discussion facilitated by Dwayne Jenkins, president and founder of Nashville Black Pride; and Terrance Dean, PhD student in religion at Vanderbilt University and author of Reclaim Your Power! A 30-Day Guide to Hope, Healing and Inspiration for Men of Color; Hiding in Hip-Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry—from Music to Hollywood; and Straight From Your Gay Best Friend – The Straight Up Truth About Relationships, Love, and Having A Fabulous Life

Science on Screen®

Science on Screen®

This March, the Belcourt features Science on Screen® for the fourth year, a national initiative made possible through a grant by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and tied directly to the Belcourt’s ongoing education and engagement programs.

1984

1984

Under the watchful eye of the all-seeing totalitarian entity known as a Big Brother, a lowly clerk rebels against his inhumane overlord by doing the most human thing of all—falling in love.

THE HUNGER

THE HUNGER

The story of a love triangle between a doctor who specializes in sleep and aging research (Susan Sarandon) and a vampire couple (Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie).

THE SALESMAN

THE SALESMAN

A sudden eruption of violence creates an atmosphere of simmering tension between a husband and wife, in this Oscar-nominated work of slow-burning domestic suspense from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION).

KEDI

KEDI

A profile of the ancient city of Istanbul and its unique people, seen through the eyes of one of the most mysterious and beloved animals humans have ever known, the Cat.

Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Unlike the “black cast” films produced in Hollywood, these "race films" not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Previously circulated in poor-quality 16mm prints, these restored versions allow modern audiences to witness the legacies of Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, and James and Eloyce Gist with fresh eyes.

Farmer Jason in Concert

Farmer Jason in Concert

The brainchild of rock music legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. In 2002 he created Farmer Jason to educate and entertain children about farm life and the wonders of nature.

WITHIN OUR GATES

WITHIN OUR GATES

The earliest of three surviving silent films by early innovator Oscar Micheaux concerns an idealistic young woman who attempts to raise money for an elementary school to serve the black community. Preceded by short film Two Knights of Vaudeville

THE BLOOD OF JESUS and HELLBOUND TRAIN

THE BLOOD OF JESUS and HELLBOUND TRAIN

This Sunday Special is a get-right-with-God duo of stylish imagery, religious allegory, and pitchfork-wielding princes of darkness from early pioneer Spencer Williams and filmmakers/evangelists James and Eloyce Gist.

SPACE IS THE PLACE

SPACE IS THE PLACE

Afrofuturist sci-fi, blaxploitation, cosmic free-jazz and radical race politics combine when Sun Ra returns to earth in his music-powered space ship to battle for the future of the black race and offer an “alter-destiny” to those who would join him.

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Acting in Cinema

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Acting in Cinema

Anatomy of Cinema is now at capacity and SOLD OUT

Session 5: 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. Faculty members: Se Young Kim and Claire King

Rental Screening: Nashville 5-Shot Shorts

Rental Screening: Nashville 5-Shot Shorts

Seven individuals participated in 5-Shot Shorts. Their shorts will be screened alongside Jama Mohamed's short The Big Pull (a short about Alex Nicely, a man with CP setting a world record) and Kelly O’Brien’s film Softening: Loving a Child with Special Needs. There will also be a discussion about the shorts and Q&A with Kelly after viewing.

ON THE SILVER GLOBE

ON THE SILVER GLOBE

A group of astronauts crash-land on an Earth-like planet where they proceed to build a village and repopulate it with their offspring. The film follows this new civilization’s struggle to make sense of where they came from, why they’re there, and what it means to be human.

FRANKENHOOKER

FRANKENHOOKER

A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.

DARK NIGHT

DARK NIGHT

The third feature from filmmaker Tim Sutton (MEMPHIS) follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight—a serial-killer-in-waiting among them.

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo in this adaptation of Jules Verne’s 19th century science fiction classic. Age Recommendation: 9+

DIRTY GERTIE FROM HARLEM U.S.A.

DIRTY GERTIE FROM HARLEM U.S.A.

A nightclub entertainer at a Caribbean resort is at odds with an intolerant reformer who condemns her sultry brand of entertainment and vows to chase her back to Harlem. Directed by Spencer Williams. Preceded by short film Hot Biskits

THE SYMBOL OF THE UNCONQUERED

THE SYMBOL OF THE UNCONQUERED

Another early Micheaux silent, a response to the provocations brought forth by one D.W. Griffith is paired with a later short—a “talkie”—and a provocation in its own right. Preceded by short film The Darktown Revue

PINK FLOYD: THE WALL

PINK FLOYD: THE WALL

So ya thought ya might like to go to the show? So intones our singing narrator at the opening of the surreal, psychotic blending of memory and animation that was the demise of many a VHS Head Cleaner in the era of late analog.

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Genres of Feeling, The Film Musical

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Genres of Feeling, The Film Musical

Anatomy of Cinema is now at capacity and SOLD OUT

Session 6: Genres of Feeling, The Film Musical | The film musical is defined by the occurrence of song and typically dance within the film’s world. In other words, it entertains the possibility of a world in which people may typically sing and dance as a matter of course. This session explores the Hollywood musical form and its efforts to recover the community, spontaneity, and shared popular experience associated with live performance, along with the particular feelings--associations, emotions, and even political sentiments-- the genre summons forth. Faculty members: Jennifer Fay and Claire King

UNCERTAIN

UNCERTAIN

UNCERTAIN is a visually stunning and disarmingly funny portrait of the literal and figurative troubled waters of Uncertain, TX, a town with 94 residents that’s so tucked away "you've got to be lost to find it.”

Light and Sound Machine: John Berger's

Light and Sound Machine: John Berger's "Ways of Seeing"

Light and Sound Machine is a monthly screening series of marginalized cinema, both new and repertory, co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records in Third Man Record’s Blue Room.

LOVESONG

LOVESONG

Quietly cinematic, picturesque, and shot in Nashville, LOVESONG is a bittersweet  elliptical love story about muted desire and the gray area that can define a relationship. Starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone.

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

Director Claude Barras uses gorgeous stop-motion animation in this delicately told story about a young boy sent to a group home after the death of his mother, who finds comfort, acceptance and hope with his equally troubled new companions. Written by Céline Sciamma (GIRLHOOD).

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

PANIQUE

PANIQUE

A long-unseen French Noir masterpiece from the eyes of prolific filmmaker Julien Duvivier and the pen of crime titan Georges Simenon.

MICROCOSMOS

MICROCOSMOS

A French meadow on a summer's day is the setting for this incredible film that takes its microscopic cameras into the heart of the insect world. Age Recommendation: 6+

HEAVY METAL

HEAVY METAL

A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror in this cult sci-fi spin-off of the popular magazine of the same name. Featuring musical tracks by artists like Blue Öyster Cult, Devo, Cheap Trick, and Black Sabbath.

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Art Cinema Today: Moving Images Beyond the Cinematic Auditorium

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Art Cinema Today: Moving Images Beyond the Cinematic Auditorium

Anatomy of Cinema is now at capacity and SOLD OUT

Session 7: Art Cinema Today: Moving Images Beyond the Cinematic Auditorium | Film may move us emotionally, but cinema itself is on the move today as well and can be found in museums, art galleries, on portable viewing devices, and on ambient screens that surround us at all times. We move films around, carry them with us, and allow them to move us. At its best, art cinema today experiments with this expansion of viewing arrangements and the ubiquity and mobility of the moving image in the digital age. Faculty members: Se Young Kim and Lutz Koepnick

HIDDEN FIGURES

HIDDEN FIGURES

The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

RAW

RAW

When a young vegetarian student consumes raw meat as part of bizarre hazing rituals at her veterinary college, well...things get downright bloody. A grisly but bold tale of female sexuality from the country that gave us steak tartare.

SONG TO SONG

SONG TO SONG

Terrence Malick returns with this modern love story set against the Austin, TX music scene. Two entangled couples—struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares—chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

REPO MAN

REPO MAN

When an aimless young punk accidentally stumbles into the intense world of vehicular repossession, he gets caught up in the search for a 1964 Chevy Malibu which may or may not be carrying the corpses of several extraterrestrials in its trunk.

MANHATTAN

MANHATTAN

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. New 4K DCP Restoration.

EXPLORERS

EXPLORERS

Compelled by a recurring dream of space travel and a strange blueprint, a 12-year-old (Ethan Hawke), his computer-whiz pal, and their friend assemble a starship out of an old amusement park ride. Once in flight they are guided to and drawn aboard a mysterious spacecraft—and make a surprising discovery. Age Recommendation: 7+

INTERSTELLA 5555: THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM

INTERSTELLA 5555: THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM

In this animated musical formed by the 14 music videos from Daft Punk’s Discovery, four musicians from another galaxy are kidnapped by an evil manager to ultimately become the biggest band on earth.

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Film and Painting

Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Film and Painting

Anatomy of Cinema is now at capacity and SOLD OUT

Session 8: Film and Painting | Photography, some theorists say, liberated painting from the mandates of representation, and many early photographs take their cues from genres of painting. How does cinema fit into and also challenge this narrative? What is the relationship between the moving, photographic image (typically taken of the “real” world) and the still encounter with painting (that typically produces its own world)? This session thinks in broad strokes about the relationship between these two media. Faculty members: Jennifer Fay and Andrea Mirabile

CONTACT

CONTACT

National Evening of Science on Screen. Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), a radio astronomer working with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), intercepts a message seemingly sent by aliens with plans for the construction of a strange device.

An Evening with Lambchop

An Evening with Lambchop

“On the remarkable FLOTUS (For Love Often Turns Us Still), Wagner has drenched his baritone in vocal effects and woven downtempo beat music and his effervescent lyricism into something really magical.” —Los Angeles Times

PERSONAL SHOPPER

PERSONAL SHOPPER

Kristen Stewart reunites with director Olivier Assayas (CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA) for this artful ghost story about a young woman trying to reconnect with the spirit of her departed brother.

RiffTrax Live: SAMURAI COP

RiffTrax Live: SAMURAI COP

RiffTrax takes on one of the most loved z-grade action film of the early 90s: SAMURAI COP. Live from the Belcourt Theatre!

Rental Event: The Protomen

Rental Event: The Protomen "Light Up The Night"

A limited engagement screening of The Protomen's short film/music video "Light Up The Night" in 5.1 Surround Sound followed by a Q&A with the band and directors, live performance, and meet and greet.

This Week (click showtimes to purchase)

Wednesday

MANCHESTER BY THE SEATONI ERDMANNTHE RED TURTLEPATERSON2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live ActionArtist Discussion with HATCH-ed Designers and Printers: Jim Sherraden, Julie Sola, Mary Louise Sullivan, Bryce McCloud

Thursday

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
TONI ERDMANNTHE RED TURTLEPATERSON

Friday

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Post-screening discussion with Vanderbilt University's Hortense Spillers and Terrance Dean (7:00pm)
XX: Post-screening discussion via Skype with director Roxanne Benjamin (11:59pm)
THE RED TURTLEMANCHESTER BY THE SEAI AM NOT YOUR NEGROTONI ERDMANNPATERSONXX

Saturday

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Post-screening poetry in the round with Destiny Birdsong, Tiana Clark, Joshua Moore and Ciona Rouse (7:00pm)
Olde Worlde Theatre presents "Peter and the Wolf" and "The Golden Goose"THE RED TURTLEMANCHESTER BY THE SEAI AM NOT YOUR NEGROTONI ERDMANNPATERSONXX

Sunday

PATERSONTHE RED TURTLEI AM NOT YOUR NEGROTONI ERDMANNA Red Carpet Evening 2017

Monday

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Post-screening discussion with retired TSU professor Amiri Al-Hadid (7:00pm)
THE RED TURTLEMANCHESTER BY THE SEAI AM NOT YOUR NEGROTONI ERDMANNPATERSON

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