John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace Pre Theatrical & Television Sneak Preview Screening 6:00pm Meet n' Greet With Filmmaker: David Naglieri 7:00pm Film And Q&A
In the fall of 1979, John Paul II was one year into a transformative papacy filled with hope and dynamism. Northern Ireland was a decade into the Troubles, a bloody conflict that shrouded all of Ireland in gloom. The dramatic encounter between this charismatic Polish Pope and the "land of Saints and Scholars," is captured poignantly in John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace.
"On my knees, I beg you, to turn away from the paths of violence..."
During those three eventful days, John Paul attracted a third of the country to welcome him in person, and spoke directly to those engaged in violence, imploring them to seek a peaceful resolution. Narrated by JIm Caviezel, A Plea for Peace draws from a notable array of interviews including prominent political, religious and cultural figures such as Seamus Mallon, Martin Mansergh, John Bruton, Harold Good, Lord David Alton, Ronan Mullen, Dana Scallon, Shane O'Doherty, Tim Pat Coogan, Carl Anderson and many more.
This riveting film is at once a historical documentary of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, a retrospective of one of Ireland's greatest living memories, and a spiritual reflection on the biblical mustard seed, seen through the prism of individuals who, inspired by John Paul's words, bore fruit, and ultimately brought peace to Northern Ireland.
7:00pm Wed Aug 22
A Sniper's War
6:00pm Meet n' Greet
7:00pm Film And Q&A With NYC Filmmaker: Olya Schechter
Director: Olya Schechter 80 min. A Sniper’s War is a story of a sniper, whose anti-US views led him to join the pro-Russian rebels in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict-a primary source of tension between the United States and Russia. When social media becomes a communication platform to schedule sniper duels, Deki’s rival threatens to kill him. The New York-based filmmaker, Olya Schechter, obtains unprecedented access to military bases and front line battles to paint an intimate portrait of the complex and fascinating nature of a man walking the tightrope that often comes to the morality of war: is Deki a solder or a killer?
Wednesday, Sept. 26
"The History of Everything" Circa 1993 to the Present
Formerly Known as "Kissy Cousins, Monster Babies and Morphing Elvis"
6:00pm VIP Meet n' Greet With Filmmakers For All Ticket Holders
7:00pm Film And Q&A
Comedy; 80 minutes
Completed March 2018
It’s circa 1990s – the era when Spielberg’s dinosaurs ruled the cineplexes and Japan ruled the movie studios. Peter Grover and John Potters are a madcap team of Hollywood producers who must come up with a boffo box office idea by the end of the day or be snuffed by the studio boss. In a desperate attempt to save both their dying careers as well as their lives, they get their inspiration for a blockbuster film script from old movies and from deep within their warped imaginations. Their creativity knows no bounds.
Standby for a wacky game of silver screen Trivial Pursuit in an homage-filled, riotous ride through the 90s and beyond. This satirical look at the movie-making process detours left, right and slantways with sidebars into politics and social mores.
The History of Everything took a mere 26 years to complete! It was shot in seven states (mainly in Connecticut) and Washington, D.C. (Richard Linklater’s Boyhood which filmed from 2002-2013 can’t hold a candle to this sweeping epic.) Indeed, some of the actors from the original shoot are still alive and working – two of whom have reprised their roles a quarter of a century later.
Rocky Horror, eat your heart out! You’ve got to get ready to do the Jurassic!
“It is more hilarious than Ghandi, it’s more shocking than Beauty and the Beast, more tender and uplifting than Silence of the Lambs…” – Jeffrey Lyons, Sneak Preview
Rasheed - US Premiere 7:00pm Wed TBD
Screening And Q&A With Lebanese Filmmaker Samia Badih Complimentary Wine For Audience
Rasheed Director: Samia Badih 74 Samia Badih's film Rasheed documents the life of Badih's late uncle Rasheed Broum who was killed, at the age of 29, in an airstrike in the city of Sidon during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 – three years before she was born. More than 30 years after the tragedy, Samia goes on a quest to find out more about her uncle’s story of life and death, as it is told by the friends and family who survived him and knew him best, mainly his sister Rasha and his best friend Ghassan. At the heart of the film is the story Rashee'd sister, Rasha who has not coped well with her brother’s loss. Rasheed captures one of the many war stories from the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon through Badih’s own personal journey.