Cinematheque . May 15-18: Tom Jarmusch in person, Wadjda, Bird, & more!
Tom Jarmusch appears in person with his gritty Cleveland portrait SOMETIMES CITY SOMETIMES CITY is a portrait of Cleveland by ex-resident Tom Jarmusch. His lo-tech film focuses not on new developments, fancy restaurants, or venerable arts institutions but on the poor, struggling individuals and outcasts who try to subsist in a decaying, racially divided, economically-stratified city. City boosters may not approve of Jarmusch’s unvarnished vision or gritty poetry, but this, too, is Cleveland. Jarmusch will answer audience questions after Friday's 9 pm screening. With Harvey Pekar. “No symphony of a singing metropolis, SOMETIMES CITY is more a spare-parts scavenging of stories.” –Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice. The feature will be preceded at 9 by Jarmusch’s 8-min. Alfredo (2000), a portrait of artist Alfredo Martinez. Hear Tom Jarmusch on "The Sound of Applause" Wednesday at noon on WCPN-FM 90.3. Read John Petkovic's Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com article about the film here.
Forest Whitaker plays jazz great Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's jazz classic BIRD Forest Whitaker plays Charlie Parker, the innovative saxophonist and bebop pioneer who battled heroin addiction during his short life, in Clint Eastwood's heartfelt 1998 biopic BIRD, one of the great jazz movies. See it in 35mm Saturday at 6:45pm. Here's the trailer.
A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM and new Tri-C short "A Great Day in Cleveland" show together on Saturday & Sunday Jean Bach's Oscar-nominated 1994 documentary A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM tells the story behind Art Kane's famous group photograph that the film is named after. That picture, shot in front of a Harlem brownstone on 8/12/58, captured 57 jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Marian McPartland, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, and Thelonious Monk. Quincy Jones narrates the film which features interviews, home movies, and vintage performances. The film will be preceded at showtime by “A Great Day in Cleveland: Behind the Scenes, a new ten-minute documentary that captures the shooting of a once-in-a-lifetime photograph inspired by Kane's classic image. On April 9 of this year, 143 local jazz musicians, writers, supporters, and enthusiasts stood on the grand staircase in the lobby of the Palace Theater for a photo that commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Tri-C JazzFest (June 26-28 at Playhouse Square). The photo and the “making of” documentary (directed by Miriam Bennett) were both produced by Cuyahoga Community College. See both movies for one price on Saturday or Sunday.
Franco does Friedkin in meditative meta-movie INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.
James Franco reimagines and recreates the deleted/destroyed 40 minutes of gay s&m sex in William Friedkin's 1980 thriller Cruising in his new work INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. This "documentary" about the casting and creation of Franco's own film is a meta-movie that meditates on straight actors' comfort with (and acceptance of) explicit homosexual activities that surround them. The New York Times calls it "a sly conceptual coup d'art and a deeply sincere exploration of masculinity and its discontents." No one under 18 will be admitted when we show it on Saturday and Sunday. Watch the trailer here.
In WADJDA, a girl without a bicycle is like a fish without water Haifaa al-Mansour's historic and acclaimed crowd-pleaser WADJDA was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and also the first feature film by a female Saudi director. It tells of an 11-year-old Riyadh girl who longs for a bicycle so that she can race one of her friends, a neighborhood boy. But bike-riding by girls is frowned upon in her country, so when Wadjda's mother refuses to buy the bicycle, the determined moppet sets out to see what she can do by herself. Wadjda has a 99% "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Don't miss it in 35mm on Thursday or Friday when we present it as part of Cleveland Bike Month. Show your bicycle helmet at the box office and pay only $7!
NARCO CULTURA surveys pop music inspired by Mexico's bloody drug wars Narcocorridos are ballads that celebrate the exploits of Mexico’s narco traffickers and drug lords. This music that openly glorifies violence, drugs, and money is shockingly popular among many Mexicans and Latinos. NARCO CULTURA, which features performances by narcocorrido artists and footage from the front lines of the drug wars, lifts the curtain on this explosive and disturbing music subculture. Variety calls it "as overwhelming as it is absorbing.” Don't miss this film's Cleveland theatrical premiere on Thursday or Sunday. Print this email and present it at the box office and see Narco Cultura for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Here's the film's trailer.