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Special Events and Guest Speakers

The Avon Theatre & Sacred Heart University Present
The FTMA Talk-Back Series
American Fight Films
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (1956)
FREE SCREENING
Moderated by Professor Justin Liberman
Wednesday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Special Advance Screening NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE
Post-film Q&A with actress Maureen Anderman
Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The Avon Theatre & Sacred Heart University Present
The FTMA Talk-Back Series
Outerborough Films
CLOCKERS (1995)
FREE SCREENING
Moderated by Professor Damon Maulucci
Wednesday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m.

Documentary Night ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME
Post-film Q&A with director Chiemi Karasawa
Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The Avon Theatre along with The Stamford Public Schools & Family Centers
Co-Present NO KIDDING? ME TOO!
Post-film Q&A with actor Joe Pantoliano
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

French Cinematheque
Co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich
Claude Chabrol: 1990’s Revisited - 3 Tales of Obsession And Suspense
BETTY (1992)
A brand new digital presentation!
Starring Marie Trintignant Stéphane Audran, Jean-François Garreaud
Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The Avon Theatre & Sacred Heart University Present
The FTMA Talk-Back Series
Outerborough Films
STATE OF GRACE (1990)
FREE SCREENING
Moderated by Professor Justin Liberman
Wednesday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Shelley Archives presents Legends of Rock Live
JETHRO TULL (1969-1980)
Hosted by Music Archivist Bill Shelley
Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Cult Classics ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992)
A newly restored digital presentation!
Tuesday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m.

The Avon Theatre & Sacred Heart University Present
The FTMA Talk-Back Series
Gamblin' Man
THE GAMBLER (1974)
FREE SCREENING
Moderated by Professor Justin Liberman
Wednesday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m.

Documentary Night WALKING THE CAMINO: SIX WAYS TO SANTIAGO
Post-film Q&A with Producer/Director, Lydia B. Smith
Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.

French Cinematheque
Co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich
Claude Chabrol: 1990’s Revisited - 3 Tales of Obsession And Suspense
THE TORMENT (1994)
(L’enfer)
A brand new digital presentation!
Starring Emmanuelle Béart, Francois Cluzet
Thursday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Special Connecticut Open House Day Event
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (1939)
FREE to the public—Bring the family!
Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m.

The Avon Theatre & Sacred Heart University Present
The FTMA Talk-Back Series
Gamblin' Man
CALIFORNIA SPLIT (1974)
FREE SCREENING
Moderated by Professor Damon Maulucci
Wednesday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Shelley Archives presents Legends of Rock Live
THE WHO: THE EARLY YEARS
Hosted by Music Archivist Bill Shelley
Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Cult Classics THE VISITOR (1979)
Digitally restored and uncut!
Tuesday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m.

Summer Movie Screening
Steven Spielberg’s JAWS
Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m.

French Cinematheque
Co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich
Claude Chabrol: 1990’s Revisited - 3 Tales of Obsession And Suspense
THE SWINDLE (1997)
(Rien Ne Va Plus)
A brand new digital presentation!
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Francois Cluzet
Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Shelley Archives presents Legends of Rock Live
TRAFFIC, THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP,
AND STEVIE WINWOOD
Hosted by Music Archivist Bill Shelley
Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Cult Classics THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)
Tuesday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m.

Cult Classics THE LOST BOYS (1987)
Tuesday, August 26 at 8:30 p.m.

Documentary Night
Co-Presented By Neighbors Link Stamford & The International Institute of CT
ABUSED
Post-Film Q&A With Director Luis Argueta
Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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April 23

The FTMA Talk Back Series

Co-presented by Sacred Heart University

American Fight Films
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (1956)

Moderated by Professor Justin Liberman

Wednesday, April 23rd at 1:00 p.m.

FREE to the public!

Somebody Up There Likes Me

ABOUT THE FILM: Based on boxer Rocky Graziano's autobiography, the film accurately depicts the teen-aged Rocky as a punk, evidently doomed by his slum environment, and his own lousy attitude, to a life of petty crime. Determining that the only way he'll make a living is with his fists, Rocky becomes a boxer, at first willing to participate in a series of fixed fights. Eventually, Rocky develops a conscience and sense of self-respect, no small thanks to his sweetheart (and later wife) Norma (Pier Angeli). The film ends on an optimistic note after Rocky wins a "clean" bout with Tony Zale (playing himself).~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Not Rated | In English | 113 minutes

JUSTIN LIBERMAN was a directing fellow at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His award winning films have played in many international film festivals, museums, and galleries. He has worked under Michael Mann (HEAT, THE INSIDER), David Mamet (HOUSE OF GAMES, SPARTAN), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and as a commercial director he has worked with American Express, ESPN, and General Mills.

The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a one –year conservatory dedicated to the art of storytelling. Students engage in dynamic classroom workshops and lectures focusing on directing, screenwriting, producing, and new media arts. Based in Stamford, FTMA draws from talent and resources in the area and neighboring New York City. Each student produces a cinematic portfolio and rounds out their experience with industry internships. For more information please visit FTMA.sacredheart.edu.

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April 29

Special Advance Screening

NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE

Post-film Q&A with actress Maureen Anderman

Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Now: In The Wings On A World Stage

ABOUT THE FILM: Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Richard III. Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never experienced Spacey on stage to witness his immersive and captivating interpretation of Richard III. NOW chronicles the first collaboration between Spacey and Mendes since both won Academy Awards® for their work on American Beauty.

Maureen Anderman

MAUREEN ANDERMAN’s numerous Broadway credits include Driving Miss Daisy, The Year of Magical Thinking, Seascape, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Lady From Dubuque, Benefactors, Social Security, You Can't Take It With You with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst, The Last of Mrs. Lincoln with Julie Harris, Hamlet and Macbeth (both for Lincoln Center Theater), The Man Who Came to Dinner, A History of American Film, and Moonchildren. Anderman recently played the Old Vic and toured the world in the Bridge Company's production of Richard III, opposite Kevin Spacey. Off Broadway she appeared in Passion Play, Later Life, Ancestral Voices and The Waverly Gallery. Regionally, she has worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater and the Westport Country Playhouse. Anderman has numerous TV and film credits including recurring roles on "The Equalizer" and "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" She has been honored with IRNE, Drama Desk, and Tony Award nominations, and has received Theatre World Award, a Connecticut Critics Circle Award and was recently named Westport Artist of the Year.

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May 7

The FTMA Talk Back Series

Co-presented by Sacred Heart University

Outerborough Films
CLOCKERS (1995)

Moderated by Professor Damon Maulucci

Wednesday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m.

FREE to the public!

Somebody Clockers

ABOUT THE FILM: Based on Richard Price's grim best-seller, and directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay co-written with Price, Clockers takes the structure of a police procedural to build a chilling portrait of despair, hope, and the unanswered problem of black-on-black crime in an urban housing project. Strike (Mekhi Phifer) is a 19-year-old African-American "clocker" -- the lowest link on the drug dealing chain -- who hangs around park benches and street corners selling small amounts of drugs at all hours of the day. Strike drinks chocolate milk to soothe an ulcer and plays with model trains in his apartment, dreaming of a way out of his dead-end life. Drug kingpin Rodney (Delroy Lindo) asks Strike to kill another clocker, Darryl, for skimming money, saying that this will be Strike's ticket to a higher post in Rodney's organization. Darryl is indeed shot, and suspicion immediately falls on Strike, but a weary cop named Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel) thinks there's more to the case. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi
Rated R | In English | 129 minutes

DAMON MAULUCCI recently wrote, directed and produced the feature film, DETONATOR. A Geekadelphia “Indie Film of the Year” nomination, DETONATOR is currently touring the film festival circuit and has been an official selection at Cinequest, Brooklyn, and Indie Memphis. Damon also served as a producer on the feature documentary, PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE, official selection at Toronto International and SXSW Film Festivals. The film can be seen on the Showtime networks. Maulucci earned his MFA at Columbia University.

The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a one –year conservatory dedicated to the art of storytelling. Students engage in dynamic classroom workshops and lectures focusing on directing, screenwriting, producing, and new media arts. Based in Stamford, FTMA draws from talent and resources in the area and neighboring New York City. Each student produces a cinematic portfolio and rounds out their experience with industry internships. For more information please visit FTMA.sacredheart.edu.

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May 7

Documentary Night

ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME

Post-film Q&A with director Chiemi Karasawa

Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

ABOUT THE FILM: At 87, Broadway legend ELAINE STRITCH remains indisputably in the spotlight. In the revealing and poignant ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité. By turns bold, hilarious and moving, the film’s journey connects Stritch’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges. In stolen moments from her corner room at New York’s Carlyle Hotel and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with photographs from her personal collection and words from friends (including Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro). Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her personal takes on her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and artist. ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME marks the directorial debut of acclaimed documentary producer Chiemi Karasawa.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: CHIEMI KARASAWA has worked in film, television and commercial production for over 20 years alongside such notable directors as Spike Jonze, Jim Jarmusch, Larry Clark, Sam Mendes, Stephen Frears and Martin Scorsese. She began her career as a Script Supervisor in film and television productions such as: KIDS, HIGH FIDELITY, SUMMER OF SAM, GHOST DOG, ADAPTATION, Sopranos, Sex In The City, SHINE A LIGHT, SHUTTER ISLAND & PUBLIC SPEAKING. She has served as a speaker on Documentary Producing at NYU, SVA, and the Woodstock Film Festival, and has served on Documentary Screening Committees for The Spirit Awards and the Gucci/Tribeca Documentary Fund. She is a Boston University College of Communication graduate with a degree in Broadcasting & Film.

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May 13

The Avon Theatre along with The Stamford Public Schools & Family Centers Co-Present

NO KIDDING? ME TOO!

Removing the stigma attached to mental illness

Post-film Q&A with actor Joe Pantoliano

Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are FREE to the public while supplies last.
For tickets email your name, address, telephone, and # of tickets to: U2RNotAlone@gmail.com

No Kidding? Me Too!

ABOUT THE FILM: Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, Memento, The Matrix) makes his documentary directorial debut with NO KIDDING! ME 2!! as part of his fight against the stigma and shame of mental/brain “dis-ease” (or disease). This empowering film sheds light on what nearly 100 million Americans suffer in isolation. Through candid, often humorous discussions with Pantoliano and his family on their struggle with his own clinical depression, as well as the compelling stories of six other people from all walks of life, all affected differently by mental illness, including a brain surgeon with bipolar disorder and three high school students managing bipolar disorder and clinical depression. Each frankly discusses the struggle before they were diagnosed, including attempts at self-medication and other destructive behavior, as well as the hope and encouragement they discover when managing their own recovery and realizing they are not alone. The result is an inspiring vision of a society that “stomps the stigma,” as those impacted by mental illness are surprised to find millions of others like themselves, saying, “No kidding, me too!”

JOE PANTOLIANO is an actor, producer, writer, activist, motivational speaker and entrepreneur whose work and philanthropy have brought him worldwide acclaim and recognition. The inexhaustible force of nature Joe Pantoliano aka "Joey Pants" boasts over 125 film, television, stage credits, and now web credits. A favorite of directors Michael Bay, Chris Nolan, Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg, Taylor Hackford, Andrew Davis, and Andy and Lana Wachowski. The dependable scene stealer with more than his share of iconic classics -- including Guido in Risky Business, bumbling brother Francis Fratelli in The Goonies, the 'honesty-impaired' bail bondsman Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run, cynical U.S. Marshall Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive, Cypher in The Matrix, and Lenny's detective sidekick Teddy in Memento.

Also co-sponsored by The Rachel Sottosanti Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Fantastic Life Choices, The Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council & Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Inc.

No Kidding? Me Too!

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May 15

FRENCH CINEMATHEQUE

Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich

Claude Chabrol: 1990’s Revisited - 3 Tales of Obsession And Suspense

BETTY (1992)

A brand new digital presentation!

Starring Marie Trintignant Stéphane Audran, Jean-François Garreaud

Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Avon & AFG Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Betty

“An entirely different order of suspense from the ordinary ‘suspense’ film.”
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

ABOUT THE FILM: Betty (Marie Trintignant), a young alcoholic woman, is caught cold while cheating on her bourgeois husband. Wasting no time, he and his family arrange a quick divorce settlement, ousting her from home and keeping her away from the two children the couple have. One night she ends up in a restaurant called Le Trou (The Hole), where she meets Laure (Stéphane Audran), an older woman, an alcoholic herself. Laure decides to take care of Betty after hearing the heart-breaking stories of her being a victim of a rich and ruthless society. Betty receives care and friendship from Laure, who's in a relationship with Mario (Jean-Francois Garreaud), the restaurant's owner. The envy toward Laure for Mario grows each day and will drive Betty to artfully contrive the means to conquer her new friend's lover. Laure realizes she has made a mistake by trusting her new friend and things soon begin to tremble between them. Betty's true colors are now visible and she sees her life at a point of no return, as she selfishly stomped on the last chance she had been given to be a better person. - Lawrence Van Gelder, NY Times
Not Rated | In French with English subtitles | 103 minutes

*Don’t miss the 2nd & 3rd films in the Chabrol series:
THE TORMENT (L’ENFER) (1994) – June 12
THE SWINDLE (1997) – July 10

 

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May 21

The FTMA Talk Back Series

Co-presented by Sacred Heart University

Outerborough Films
STATE OF GRACE (1990)

Moderated by Professor Justin Liberman

Wednesday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m.

FREE to the public!

State Of Grace

ABOUT THE FILM: Set against the fringe Irish community known as Hell’s Kitchen, “State of Grace” beautifully tells the story of one man’s mission to take down the Irish mob. Inspired by the real-life Hell’s Kitchen gang “The Westies” the film pulsates with intensity as its stars Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Ed Harris, John C. Reilly, and Robin Wright are at the peaks of their careers. Directed by music video director, Phil Joanou, “State of Grace” is an emotional dissection of loyalty, love, corruption, betrayal, and identity. With music by Ennio Morricone and the songs of U2, “State of Grace” is a perfect neo-noir set in the shadows of New York City.
Rated R | In English | 134 minutes

JUSTIN LIBERMAN was a directing fellow at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His award winning films have played in many international film festivals, museums, and galleries. He has worked under Michael Mann (HEAT, THE INSIDER), David Mamet (HOUSE OF GAMES, SPARTAN), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and as a commercial director he has worked with American Express, ESPN, and General Mills.

The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a one –year conservatory dedicated to the art of storytelling. Students engage in dynamic classroom workshops and lectures focusing on directing, screenwriting, producing, and new media arts. Based in Stamford, FTMA draws from talent and resources in the area and neighboring New York City. Each student produces a cinematic portfolio and rounds out their experience with industry internships. For more information please visit FTMA.sacredheart.edu.

TMA

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May 21

Shelley Archives Presents
Legends of Rock Live

JETHRO TULL
(1969-1980)

Hosted by Music Archivist Bill Shelley

Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students/Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Jethro Tull

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The British band Jethro Tull began in 1967 playing experimental blues/rock, mixing in classical influences, jazz, and folk. American audiences became fans of the band with “Living in the Past,” “Teacher,” and “The Witches Promise.” All three of these songs will be included in this program’s salute to the band, along with “Aqualung,” “Thick as a Brick,” “Songs from the Wood,” “Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die,” “Bungle in the Jungle,” “Skating Away,” and many more. With the addition of guitarist Martin Barre, Ian Anderson found the perfect partner to complement his flute playing and create their unique style and sound. Their music is driven by both its melodies and lyrics, with material drawn from Celtic mythology. Ian Anderson, the talented leader who plays flute and acoustic guitar has a quirky personality that engages his audience in the drama of each song. An example of his sense of humor can be seen in his explanation of how the band got its name: “Back in February, 1968, we had many different names which usually changed every week, since we were so bad that we had to pretend to be some new band in order to get re-booked in the clubs where we aspired to find fame and fortune. Our agent, who had studied History at college, came up with the name Jethro Tull (18th century English agricultural pioneer who invented the seed drill). That was the band name during the week in which London’s famous Marquee Club offered us the Thursday night residency. So it stuck. Is it too late to change? I thought so.” The group has sold more than 60 million records worldwide. This program will bring you on a film clip journey of performances from TV, live concerts, and promotional materials.
In English | 110 minutes

ABOUT BILL SHELLEY: Bill Shelley has been filming since the 1970s when he recorded bands Twisted Sister and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then later directed music videos for Public Enemy (PE). Shelley Archives was started in 1985 and today the company has over 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archives and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows, promos, interviews, out-takes and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is the main focus of the organization.

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May 27

Cult Classics

ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992)

A newly restored digital presentation!

Tuesday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m.


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students/Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Army of Darkness

ABOUT THE FILM: The third in director Sam Raimi's stylish, comic book-like horror trilogy that began with THE EVIL DEAD (1982), this sequel offers sword-and-sorcery-style action, gore, and comedy. Bruce Campbell plays the one-armed Ash, a supermarket employee who is transported by the powers of a mysterious book back in time with his Oldsmobile '88 to the 14th century medieval era. Armed only with a shotgun, his high school chemistry textbook, and a chainsaw that mounts where his missing appendage once resided, Ash establishes himself as a kingdom's best hope against an "army of darkness" currently plaguing the land. Since the skeleton warriors have been resurrected with the aid of the Necronomicon (the same tome that can send Ash back to his own time) he agrees to face the enemy in battle.
Rated R | In English | 81 minutes

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June 4

The FTMA Talk Back Series

Co-presented by Sacred Heart University

Gamblin' Man
THE GAMBLER (1974)

Moderated by Professor Justin Liberman

Wednesday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m.

FREE to the public!

The Gambler

ABOUT THE FILM: Originally conceived as an autobiographical novel, acclaimed writer, James Toback’s “The Gambler” is a portrait of a fractured man struggling with his gambling addiction. James Caan gives a brutally honest performance as Axel Freed and is supported by great performances by Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton. “The Gambler” marks the American debut of ‘British New Wave’ director Karel Reisz (Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Might Must Fall). Few films paint a better portrait of the complexity of man’s relationship with addiction and as a result, the film has become a cult classic. It’s so surprise that the film is currently being remade by Rupert Wyatt (The Rise of the Planet of the Apes) by a script by Academy Award winning screenwriter, William Monahan (The Departed) and starring Mark Wahlberg in the lead role.
Rated R | In English | 109 minutes

JUSTIN LIBERMAN was a directing fellow at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His award winning films have played in many international film festivals, museums, and galleries. He has worked under Michael Mann (HEAT, THE INSIDER), David Mamet (HOUSE OF GAMES, SPARTAN), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and as a commercial director he has worked with American Express, ESPN, and General Mills.

The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a one –year conservatory dedicated to the art of storytelling. Students engage in dynamic classroom workshops and lectures focusing on directing, screenwriting, producing, and new media arts. Based in Stamford, FTMA draws from talent and resources in the area and neighboring New York City. Each student produces a cinematic portfolio and rounds out their experience with industry internships. For more information please visit FTMA.sacredheart.edu.

TMA

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June 4

Documentary Night

WALKING THE CAMINO:
SIX WAYS TO SANTIAGO

Post-film Q&A with Producer/Director, Lydia B. Smith

Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago

ABOUT THE FILM: Since the ninth century, millions of world travelers have embarked on an epic pilgrimage across northern Spain that is known to be profoundly enlightening, spiritually nourishing and physically challenging. Today, several hundred thousand people a year descend on this mostly unpaved path with little more than a backpack and a pair of boots. Through “Walk- ing the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago,” we are able to journey into the hearts and minds of six modern-day pilgrims as they cope with blisters, exhaustion, loneliness and self-doubt to triumph over fears and prejudices that have become roadblocks to living a fulfilled life. Find out why audiences everywhere are raving about the film that Martin Sheen, star of “The Way,” calls a “brilliant documentary.”

ABOUT LYDIA B. SMITH: Lydia began her career in the film business over 27 years ago and has produced for CNN, PBS and foreign television. She has worked in both production and in the camera department on major motion pictures commercials, and music videos all over the world. In 2008, Lydia walked the Camino, and has a deep understanding of the power of the pilgrimage and of the captivating stories waiting to be told.

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June 12

FRENCH CINEMATHEQUE

Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich

Claude Chabrol: 1990’s Revisited - 3 Tales of Obsession And Suspense

THE TORMENT (1994)
(L’enfer)

A brand new digital presentation!

Starring Emmanuelle Béart, Francois Cluzet

Thursday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Avon & AFG Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

The Torment

“Includes the kind of chilling touches Mr. Chabrol has mastered.”
- Caryn James, NY Times

ABOUT THE FILM: THE TORMENT (L’ENFER) is directed and adapted by Chabrol from the screenplay by Henri-Georges Clouzot for the unfinished film L’ENFER, which Clouzot began shooting in 1964 but was unable to complete. Paul (François Cluzet) has just bought a charming waterfront hotel in the heart of France. In debt for the next ten years, he sets to work with his beautiful new wife, Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart). The life of the young couple resembles a dream come true until Paul’s suspicions and jealousy get the best of him. His increasing obsession turns into madness that ends in a tragedy.
Not Rated | In French with English subtitles | 100 minutes

*Don’t miss the 3rd film in the Chabrol series:
THE SWINDLE (1997) – July 10

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June 14

Special Connecticut Open House Day Event

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (1939)

Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m.

FREE to the public—Bring the family!

Gulliver's Travels

ABOUT THE FILM: Impressed by the success of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Paramount Pictures ordered the studio's resident animation producer Max Fleischer to come up with a feature-length cartoon of his own. Shipwrecked by a storm at sea, normal-sized Lemuel Gulliver washes up on the shore of Lilliput, where the citizens are no larger than Gulliver's thumb. Gulliver is roped to the ground by the Lilliputians, only to escape with ease upon waking up. Gulliver becomes involved in a feud between Lilliput's King Little and Blefuscu's King Bombo. On the eve of the wedding between Little's son Prince David and Bombo's daughter Princess Glory, the two monarchs have a falling out over which national anthem will be played at the ceremony. Gulliver solves everyone's problems by suggesting that both anthems be played together, resulting in "Faithful Forever".
Not Rated | In English | 74 minutes

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June 18

The FTMA Talk Back Series

Co-presented by Sacred Heart University

Gamblin' Man
CALIFORNIA SPLIT (1974)

Moderated by Professor Damon Maulucci

Wednesday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m.

FREE to the public!

California Split

ABOUT THE FILM: The most narratively loose of Robert Altman's '70s films, California Split details the haphazard lives of two compulsive gamblers searching for that ever-elusive big score. Newly single and soon-to-be-unemployed Bill (George Segal) joins live-wire pal Charlie (Elliott Gould), as the pair moves from Fruit Loops with Charlie's hooker roommates Sue (Gwen Welles) and Barbara (Ann Prentiss) to bets on horses, backroom card games, boxing, and basketball. They make it to Reno, but Bill comes to realize that even the big score may not be the answer to the meaning (or meaninglessness) of life. For Charlie, however, that's all there is. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Rated R | In English | 108 minutes

DAMON MAULUCCI recently wrote, directed and produced the feature film, DETONATOR. A Geekadelphia “Indie Film of the Year” nomination, DETONATOR is currently touring the film festival circuit and has been an official selection at Cinequest, Brooklyn, and Indie Memphis. Damon also served as a producer on the feature documentary, PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE, official selection at Toronto International and SXSW Film Festivals. The film can be seen on the Showtime networks. Maulucci earned his MFA at Columbia University.

The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a one –year conservatory dedicated to the art of storytelling. Students engage in dynamic classroom workshops and lectures focusing on directing, screenwriting, producing, and new media arts. Based in Stamford, FTMA draws from talent and resources in the area and neighboring New York City. Each student produces a cinematic portfolio and rounds out their experience with industry internships. For more information please visit FTMA.sacredheart.edu.

TMA

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June 18

Shelley Archives Presents
Legends of Rock Live

THE WHO: THE EARLY YEARS

Hosted by Music Archivist Bill Shelley

Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students/Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

The Who

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Before Tommy and Quadrophenia the British band The Who began during London’s era of Mods and Rockers. Their explosive stage act earned them a record contract in 1965, but they were considered too controversial and “violent” to be broadcast on the BBC, banned from both TV and radio. The Who attracted so much attention in the press and became so high in demand, however, that the BBC had to withdraw their objections and allow the group to appear on British television and radio, but always monitored carefully. Meanwhile, the band’s first American appearances included being on The Smothers Brothers and being in the performances and documentaries of Monterey Pop and Woodstock. This program will include “My Generation,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “Substitute,” “I’m a Boy,” “Pictures of Lily,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Happy Jack,” “I Can’t Explain,” “Magic Bus,” and “I Can See for Miles,” and many more. The program will also include some wonderful cover versions of the Motown songs that The Who made their own, such as “Heat Wave” and “Dancing in the Street.”
In English | 110 minutes

ABOUT BILL SHELLEY: Bill Shelley has been filming since the 1970s when he recorded bands Twisted Sister and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then later directed music videos for Public Enemy (PE). Shelley Archives was started in 1985 and today the company has over 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archives and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows, promos, interviews, out-takes and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is the main focus of the organization.

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June 24

Cult Classics

THE VISITOR (1979)

Digitally restored and uncut!

Tuesday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

The Big Lebowski

ABOUT THE FILM: In this unforgettable assault on reality--restored and presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S.--legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they've experienced... somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA . The Visitor fearlessly fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury and even Star Wars creating the most ambitious of all '70s psychedelic mindwarps . Its baffling all-star cast includes Shelley Winters (Night Of The Hunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch).
Rated R | In English | 108 minutes

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July 2

Summer Movie Screening

Steven Spielberg’s
JAWS

Don't go in the water!

Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Jaws

ABOUT THE FILM: Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. One early summer night on fictional Atlantic resort Amity Island, Chrissie decides to take a moonlight skinny dip while her friends party on the beach. Yanked suddenly below the ocean surface, she never returns. When pieces of her wash ashore, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) suspects the worst, but Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), mindful of the lucrative tourist trade and the approaching July 4th holiday, refuses to put the island on a business-killing shark alert. After the shark dines on a few more victims, the Mayor orders the local fishermen to catch the culprit. Satisfied with the shark they find, the greedy Mayor reopens the beaches, despite the warning from visiting ichthyologist Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) that the attacks were probably caused by a far more formidable Great White. One more fatality later, Brody and Hooper join forces with flinty old salt Quint (Robert Shaw), the only local fisherman willing to take on a Great White--especially since the price is right. The three ride off on Quint's boat "The Orca," soon coming face to teeth with the enemy. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Rated PG | In English | 124 minutes

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July 10

FRENCH CINEMATHEQUE

Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich

Claude Chabrol: 1990’s Revisited - 3 Tales of Obsession And Suspense

THE SWINDLE (1997)
(Rien Ne Va Plus)

A brand new digital presentation!

Starring Isabelle Huppert, Francois Cluzet

Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Avon & AFG Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

The Swindle

“Carries on the Hitchcock tradition of civilized suspense.”
- Los Angeles Times

ABOUT THE FILM: THE SWINDLE is Chabrol's 50th film, made with the practiced ease of a master. The movie stars Isabelle Huppert and Michel Serrault as Betty and Victor (if those are indeed their real names). She's 40ish, he's 70ish, they're con artists, and it's impossible to say what their personal relationship is: friends? lovers? relatives? The movie starts with a warm-up con game. Betty poses as an available woman in a casino, and reels in a wealthy hardware dealer who they bilk. That caper establishes the working partnership. As the film ventures into a more complicated con--so complicated we're never quite sure if Betty and Victor are even conning each other--Betty has latched onto a financial courier (Francois Cluzet) for a crime syndicate, and has her eyes on the millions of Swiss francs in his locked briefcase. The courier is a polished man about Betty's age, and there's the hint of a romance between them. Or is that only in Victor's jealous eyes? Or is he really jealous? And is Betty planning to steal the money from Maurice and Victor? Or only from Maurice? Or is Victor planning to steal it from Betty? And what about the powerful criminals who consider the money, after all, to be their property? – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Not Rated | In French with English subtitles | 105 minutes

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July16

Shelley Archives Presents
Legends of Rock Live

TRAFFIC, THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP,
AND STEVIE WINWOOD

Hosted by Music Archivist Bill Shelley

Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students/Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Traffic, The Spencer Davis Group, ans Stevie Winwood

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Stevie Winwood was the young genius and front man for the popular The Spencer Davis Group. He wrote and sang their biggest hits and also played organ and guitar. It was during the recording sessions for “Gimme Some Lovin’ ” that he started his own group with session players Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood. The name “Traffic” was decided, and in 1967, they released their debut album Dear Mr. Fantasy. This record also included the hits “Paper Sun” and “Hole in My Shoe” (composed by their fourth member, Dave Mason), all three of which will be in the program. Traffic was well received by America and Europe and often toured and played with Jimi Hendrix, taking turns at who topped the bill and playing in one another’s sets. Traffic’s mixture of pop music and jazz influences carried the group through hit albums and singles. Winwood left in 1969 to form Blind Faith with ex-Cream members Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker but returned after one album, less than a year later. To honor the talents of these musicians, the program will include performances from TV, live concerts, and promotional materials of Traffic, The Spencer Davis Group, and Stevie Winwood. Among the songs that will be featured will be “Somebody Help Me,” “John Barleycorn,” “Glad,” “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys,” “Empty Pages,” “Freedom Rider,” and many more.
In English | 110 minutes

ABOUT BILL SHELLEY: Bill Shelley has been filming since the 1970s when he recorded bands Twisted Sister and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then later directed music videos for Public Enemy (PE). Shelley Archives was started in 1985 and today the company has over 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archives and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows, promos, interviews, out-takes and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is the main focus of the organization.

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July 22

Cult Classics

The Avon's Annual Summer Screening Of

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)

Come In Costume

Tuesday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m.


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

The Big Lebowski

ABOUT THE FILM: The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons of White Russians. In 1991, unemployed '60s refugee Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski grooves into his laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle. One of the laziest men in LA, he enjoys hanging with his bowling buddies, pompous security-store owner Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and mild-mannered ex-surfer Donny (Steve Buscemi). However, the Dude's life takes an alternate route the afternoon two goons break into his threadbare Venice, California, bungalow, rough him up, and urinate on his living room rug. Why? Because Jackie Treehorn is owed money by the wife of a certain Jeff Lebowski. However, the goons had the wrong Jeff Lebowski. They should have invaded the home of philanthropic Pasadena millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski. The Dude looks up his wealthy namesake, manages to get a replacement for his rug, and meets the millionaire's sexy young wife Bunny. Later, Jeffrey ("The Big") Lebowski calls in the Dude to deliver a $1 million ransom for the return of his kidnapped wife. Fine -- except that Walter intrudes and botches the ransom drop. As events unravel, the Dude gets caught up in the schemes of Lebowski's daughter, erotic artist Maude, encounters both cops and bad guys, and drifts through an elaborate bowling fantasy sequence titled Gutterballs. --Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Rated R | In English | 117 minutes

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August 26

Cult Classics

THE LOST BOYS (1987)

Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die.
It's fun to be a vampire.

Tuesday, August 26 at 8:30 p.m.


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

The Lost Boys

ABOUT THE FILM: A single mom and her two sons become involved with a pack of vampires when they move into a Northern California town. Lucy and her sons, Michael and Sam, move in with Lucy's lovable but curmudgeonly father. Lucy gets a job from video-store owner Max, then begins dating him, while Sam hangs out with Edward and Alan Frog, a pair of vampire-obsessed comic-shop clerks. Soon Michael falls in with some actual vampires after becoming enamored of one of their victims: Star, a gypsy-like vixen who is trying to hold on to her humanity even though vampire leader David wants to play Peter Pan to her Wendy. When Michael visits the cavernous hangout of David and his cronies and unwittingly drinks from a wine bottle full of vampiric blood, he becomes a member of the bloodsucker biker gang. Soon, it's up to Sam and the Frog brothers to destroy David and his ilk without killing Michael and Star. The Lost Boys became a pop-culture phenomenon thanks to its attractive young stars, offbeat soundtrack, and hip, clever marketing campaign. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi
Rated R | In English | 97 minutes

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October 1

Documentary Night
Co-Presented By Neighbors Link Stamford &
The International Institute of CT

ABUSED

Post-Film Q&A With Director Luis Argueta

Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Abused

ABOUT THE FILM: Official selection in 16 International Film Festivals. Presents the devastating effects of US Enforcement Immigration policies on communities, families and children. The film tells the gripping personal stories of the individuals, the families and the town that survived the most brutal, most expensive and largest immigration raid in the history of the United States and serves as a cautionary tale of government abuses.

ABOUT LUIS ARGUETA: Born and raised in Guatemala, Argueta holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Romance Languages from The University of Michigan, where he also did postgraduate work in cinema. He has directed and produced short films, a 60-minute featurette, documentaries and three feature films THE SILENCE OF NETO, COLLECT CALL and ABUSED:THE POSTVILLE RAID. Argueta has lectured extensively at universities and colleges across the country and at international conferences and received several international awards. His film THE SILENCE OF NETO is the only Guatemalan film ever to have reached the Academy Awards competition and he is the only Guatemalan director to have received a CLIO. In April 2009, the British newspaper The Guardian, listed Mr. Argueta as one of Guatemala’s National Living Icons. Presently Argueta runs his production company Maya Media Corp. and is currently directing and producing , a documentary about the largest, most expensive and most brutal Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in the history of the United States. By weaving together the personal stories of the individuals, the families, and the town directly affected by the events of May 12, 2008 at Agriprocessor’s Inc., the film presents the human face of immigration, the socioeconomic forces which fuel migration, the exploitation experienced by the workers, and serves as a cautionary tale against government abuses of constitutional and human rights.

ABOUT NEIGHBORS LINK STAMFORD: Neighbors Link Stamford's purpose is to strengthen the whole community by actively enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants. NLS’ goals span 3 areas relative to immigrant integration:
* Educate (English language, computer and other classes);
* Empower (connect individuals and families with schools, health, legal, law enforcement and other vital services); and
* Employ (develop job skills and a worker center to match day workers with available jobs).
NLS is pleased to have reached more than 2,400 Stamford-area immigrants to date, but we recognize that there remain some 22,000 recent immigrants in Stamford alone (source: US Census) whose integration needs have not yet been addressed. The majority of our clients work in service jobs in Stamford and its neighboring towns, including Darien and New Canaan. In Stamford alone, immigrants comprise 37% of the city's total population.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CONNECTICUT: The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN) is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping foreign-born persons achieve self-sufficiency. Our services include refugee resettlement, English and citizenship classes, counseling, translation/interpretation services and legal assistance. IICONN advocates for fair and equitable treatment of immigrants, refugees and others, and works to increase public awareness of the contributions of foreign-born persons to American culture and values.

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