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2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts

Aug 29 to Sep 4
Friday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Various - 2014 - 94m

Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 94-minute theatrical program of eight short films from the 2014 edition of the January Festival, which over the course of its 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for careers of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. With both fiction and documentary, the diverse 2014 program ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand the meaning of life to a hilarious, all-too familiar government deposition.

Afronauts - It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon.  Written and directed by Frances Bodomo. USA, 12 minutes.

The Cut - Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction - The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut.  Written and directed by Geneviève Dulude-Decelles. Canada, 15 minutes.

Dawn - A quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.  Directed by Rose McGowan, Written by M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller. USA, 17 minutes.

I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked - Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction - A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone.  Directed by Yuval Hameiri, Co-Director: Michal Vaknin. Israel, 9 minutes.

I'm a Mitzvah - A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.  Directed by Ben Berman, Written by Ben Berman, Josh Cohen. USA, 19 minutes.

Love. Love. Love. - Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction - Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.  Directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. Russia, 12 minutes.

MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” - George Bizet`s "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.  Written and directed by Daniel Moshel. Austria, 5 minutes.

Verbatim - A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.  Directed by Brett Weiner, Screenwriter: Court Document. USA, 7 minutes.

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Aug 29 to Sep 4
Friday to Thursday 8:30pm only!

Dir. Lenny Abrahamson - 2014 - 95m - UK/Ireland - No Matinees


Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

"Frank is a sweet, funny and deeply weird comedy with a winning performance from Domhnall Gleeson as a naive innocent negotiating the eccentric wonderland of rock and roll notoriety." - Allan Hunter, Daily Express

"Weird and wonderful musical comedy" - Peter Debruge, Variety

"Frank works as satire, as memoir, as comedy bromance, but it works mostly because it is just so weird: an anti-Dumas fable about a man who never removes a fake head." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Witching and Bitching

Sep 12 to Sep 13
Friday and Saturday 10pm ONLY!

Dir. Álex de la Iglesia - 2014 - 115m - Spain/France - In Spanish with English subtitles - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation!

When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual. More colorful characters begin to enter the picture, including a pair of hapless cops hot on the trail, a defecting vixen witch and José’s controlling ex-wife, and the situation spirals further out of control, heading towards a jaw-dropping climax.  From its opening moments involving a shootout between a series of street performers in costume (including Minnie Mouse, the Invisible Man and Jesus), it’s clear that director Alex de la Iglesia is in top form here. Capturing all the wit of his previous films, but employing a much more streamlined energy, he serves up the laughs, action and thrills in spades. Creative effects and frenetic, tongue-in-cheek jokes make for a visual inventive comedy with plenty of scares and surprises along the way. So grab your iron dentures and sharpened utensils. Dinner is served.

"A swift, dark and nasty horror comedy that occasionally dances into territory deemed taboo by American filmmakers."  - Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

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