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Human Nature

Human Nature

THEATRICAL STARTS OCTOBER, 2019

SHOWTIMES

2019 - 107 MINUTES - ENGLISH - USA
A FILM BY ADAM BOLT

A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.

The Price of Everything

The Price of Everything

THEATRICAL STARTS NOVEMBER 23, 2018

USA - 2018 - 98 MINUTES
A FILM BY NATHANIEL KAHN

Basquiat paintings regularly fetch tens of millions of dollars, and the recent sale of a little-known Da Vinci topped $450 million—but what forces are driving the white-hot art market? Who assigns and who pays these astronomical sums? What currency adequately measures art’s value? The Price of Everything leads us into a rarefied labyrinth of galleries, studios, and auction houses to wrestle with these questions and explore what society loses and gains when art becomes a rich person’s commodity.

Studio 54

Studio 54

THEATRICAL STARTS OCTOBER 12, 2018

SHOWTIMES

2017 - USA - 98 MINUTES
A FILM BY MATT TYRNAUER

Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism--a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

THEATRICAL STARTS AUGUST 3, 2018

SHOWTIMES

USA - 98 MINUTES - 2017 - COLOUR  - IN ENGLISH
BASED ON THE BOOK “FULL SERVICE: MY ADVENTURES IN HOLLYWOOD AND THE SECRET SEX LIVES OF THE STARS”
BY SCOTTY BOWERS WITH LIONEL FRIEDBERG
A FILM BY MATT TYRNAUER
FEATURING SCOTT BOWERS

Having just been mustered out of the Marines Corps after the Second World War, Scotty Bowers came to Hollywood in 1946. Strikingly handsome and personable, he immediately caught the eye of many of the town’s stars, who encountered him at the gas station where he worked on Hollywood Boulevard. Scotty began having sex with many of the key players in the movie colony and soon started connecting many of them with his band of beautiful and promiscuous friends, most of them newly discharged from the military. The cinema vérité documentary is a secret history of Hollywood in the pre-Stonewall era.

People's Republic of Desire

People's Republic of Desire

94 MINUTES - 2018 - USA - CHINA - WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
​​​​​​​A FILM BY HAO WU

“Yes, Black Mirror is already here.” Sign in and travel to a digital, live streaming universe where virtual relationships are taking over as the go-to form of social connection and economic success. 

Itzhak

Itzhak

THEATRICAL STARTS APRIL 6, 2018

SHOWTIMES

2017 - USA - ISRAEL - 82 MINUTES
A FILM BY ALISON CHERNICK
FEATURING ITZHAK PERLMAN

If there’s anyone who personifies the resilience, the vision and ultimately the contribution of the Jewish people, it’s Itzhak Perlman. The violin is the chosen instrument of Perlman, the vehicle he has used to overcome his own challenges and express himself to the world. In Perlman and his music, we hear the story of obstacles and survival, we trace the path of the Jewish people from the chaos of Europe to the promise of Israel, we see the comfort of home and family and witness how humor and talent combine with discipline and drive.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

THEATRICAL STARTS NOVEMBER 24, 2017

SHOWTIMES

A FILM BY ALEXANDRA DEAN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS SUSAN SARANDON AND MICHAEL KANTOR
PRODUCED BY KATHERINE DREW AND ADAM HAGGIAG
CO-PRODUCERS DAVID KOH AND DAN BRAUN

The story of a Hollywood actress, defined by her appearance, who is secretly a brilliant inventor and changes the course of history.

Lamarr appeared nude at the age of 17 in the 1933 Czech film “Ecstasy” and later married a prominent Austrian businessman who became a weapons dealer to the Nazis. Lamarr, who was born Jewish, fled her husband in the middle of the night, boarding a boat for America with nothing to her name except a single designer gown. She eventually convinced MGM boss Louis B. Mayer to sign her to a deal.

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

THEATRICAL BEGINS JUNE, 2017

2016 - USA - 90 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY LINDA SAFFIRE, ADAM SCHLESINGER

An intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, over the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky; many roles were made specifically for Whelan.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

THEATRICAL BEGINS APRIL 22, 2017

USA - 92 MINUTES - 2016 - COLOUR - B&W - ENGLISH
A FILM BY MATT TYRNAUER

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.

Becoming Bond

Becoming Bond

2017 - 91 MINUTES - ENGLISH - USA
A FILM BY JOSH GREENBAUM

A unique documentary/narrative hybrid chronicling the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service" (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next six Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down.

Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse

THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 1, 2017

2016 - USA/ GERMANY - 108 MINUTES - COLOUR
A FILM BY MARCIE BEGLEITER

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists.  Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. 

Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)

Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)

USA/ FRANCE - 2017 - 87 MINUTES
A FILM BY COLIN HANKS
PRINCIPAL CAST: JESSE HUGHES, JOSH HOMME, DAVE CATCHING, MATT MCJUNKINS, THE EDGE, BONO
MUSIC: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ALAIN JOHANNES

On November 13, 2015 at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, terrorists killed 89 people and injured hundreds more at a Eagles of Death Metal concert. The band members survived, and a year later returned to Paris to give a triumphant, defiant concert at the Olympia Theatre.

Best Worst Thing that Ever Could Have Happened

Best Worst Thing that Ever Could Have Happened

THEATRICAL BEGINS JANUARY 20, 2017

One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. 

Tower

Tower

2016 - USA - IN ENGLISH - 96 MINUTES
A FILM BY KEITH MAITLAND

On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, TOWER reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.