Films & Guests

ALIVE INSIDE
(Sun. Oct. 26 @ 2:30pm)
This joyous exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals with memory loss and catastrophic emotional trauma who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. See also: “The Genius Of Marian.”

AMERICAN BEAR: AN ADVENTURE IN THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
(Sun. Nov. 2 @ 6:30pm)
With nothing but their curiosity and a camera, a playful couple travels through America for 60 days, relying on the kindness of strangers for a home each night. Their fate-driven trip takes them through 30 states, meeting hundreds of fascinating people, and testing what it means to be kind in America today.
[Hosted by the Cape Ann Museum] [With co-director native Sarah Sellman in-person]

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
(Mon. Nov. 3 @ 6:30pm)
For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy, and acceptance eludes her from all sides. After some family drama, the bisexual 20-something embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with her ex, Maxine. See also: “Lyle.” [Hosted by North Shore Lesbian]

AUTOMATA
(Tue. Nov. 18 @ 7:30pm; Wed. Nov. 19 & Thu. Nov. 20 @ 7:30pm; Fri. Nov. 21 & Sat. Nov. 22 @ 10:00pm)
50 years into the future, an insurance agent (Antonio Banderas) routinely investigates the case of an apparently malfunctioning robot, but what he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity. With Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen.

BARBARELLA
(Sun. Nov. 16 @ 6:30pm)
In the 41st century, astronaut Barbarella (Jane Fonda) is a stylish and scantily-clad champion of justice, on a mission to save the Earth (when she’s not making love with everything, that is). This campy, kitsch classic is true relic of the 1960s is not to be missed, and provided much fodder for the “Austin Powers.” Part of “Sci-Fi Sunday.” (see also: “The Congress” and “The Zero Theorem”) [Hosted by Pop Gallery]

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN
(Mon. Nov. 10 @ 1:30pm)
The loyalty of the resourceful young Sebastian and the giant mountain sheepdog he tames and calls Belle are tested in this heartwarming new feature film is set during WWII in the snowy Alps of occupied France, on the border of Switzerland. (This is the smart English dub, not the subtitled version.)

THE BETTER ANGELS
(Wed. Nov. 5 @ 7:30pm)
In the debut from producer Terrence Malick’s longtime protégé, A.J. Edwards, an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817 is the scene for the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier for one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln.

THE BLUESTOCKING FILM SERIES
(Sun. Nov. 9 @ 2:00pm [Program 1] and 4:00pm [Program 2])
Dedicated to elevating the importance of women’s conversations, the curators require for acceptance into this dynamic short films series that all films pass The Bechdel Test, in which at least two named female characters talk to each other (for more than a few seconds) about something other than men. [With Bluestocking artistic director Kate Kaminski in-person]

BRASSLANDS
(Sun. Nov. 2 @ 1:00pm)
Amidst a cast of Serbian brass band champions defending their title and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to a massive trumpet festival hosted by a tiny Serbian village to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. [Featuring a live pre-show performance by Boston's own Dirty Water Brass Band]

THE CONGRESS
(Sun. Nov. 16 @ 1:30pm; Tue. Nov. 18 @ 5:00pm; Thu. Nov. 20 @ 5:00pm)
In an alternate reality as weird and wonderful as “Adaptation” and “Being John Malkovich,” actress Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) is made an offer she can’t refuse… allow a Hollywood studio to scan her entire being into a computer and own her image in perpetuity… for an astronomical fee. Part of “Sci-Fi Sunday.” (see also: “Barbarella” and “The Zero Theorem”)

COPENHAGEN
(Sun. Nov. 2 @ 4:00pm; Tue. Nov. 4 @ 5:00pm; Thu. Nov. 6 @ 5:00pm)
The immature William finds himself at a crossroads in Copenhagen, and during his long trek, he meets Effy, whose mix of youthful exuberance and wisdom challenges him unlike any woman ever has, forcing him to come to grips with destabilizing elements of his family’s sordid past.

THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA
(Fri. Oct. 31 @ 7:30pm)
Witness the outlandish story of director Art Nelson in his audacious efforts to produce a monster movie, the result being the obscure yet cultish 1964 film, “The Creeping Terror.” Considered to be the worst movie ever made, it also became one of the most mind-boggling scams in the history of celluloid.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD
(Fri. Oct. 31 @ 10:00pm)
Martin hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends got devoured by a battalion of Nazi zombies in search of a cache of lost gold. Won’t you spend Halloween with us, Martin, and his new vengeance-bent zombie arm? Part of CACS’s annual “Fright Nights.”

DIPSO
(Mon. Nov. 10 @ 4:00pm)
Recent parolee Tommy returns to his estranged family life in a post-industrial town and pursues being a stand-up comedian. Played entirely by non-actors, the film is a humorous, passionate, and charming portrait of multiple generations, struggles with alcoholism, and the pursuit of love. [With writer-director Theodore Collatos in-person]

DON’T LET THE RIVERBEAST GET YOU!
(Wed. Oct. 29 @ 7:30pm)
The vicious Riverbeast has risen from its watery lair, and it’s threatening a peaceful New England town. Local laughingstock Neil Stuart assembles a scrappy team and sets out to not only prove that the Riverbeast exists, but also to vanquish the aquatic menace! [With local producer-writer-star Matt Farley in person]

EAST SIDE SUSHI
(Mon. Nov. 10 @ 6:30pm)
Single Latina mother Juana lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant, and there she discovers a new friendship and a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far-removed from everything she has ever known. [With sushi available to order from Latitude 43]

FISHING WITHOUT NETS
(Fri. Nov. 7 @ 7:30pm; Tue. Nov. 11 through Fri. Nov. 14 @ 5:00pm)
Think “Captain Phillips,” but told from the perspective of the Somali pirates. The film combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious action-thriller with intimate, textured qualities of an art film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles.

THE GENIUS OF MARIAN
(Wed. Nov. 12 @ 7:30pm)
As Dedham resident Pam White–daughter of the esteemed Gloucester artist Marian Williams Steele–struggled with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, her filmmaker son documented her struggles to hang on to a sense of self.

GIGGLES GLOSTA
(Sat. Nov. 8 @ 8:00pm)
Join us as three of Boston’s best stand-up comedians help christen our new performance stage. This month’s performers are blue collar favorite Paul Gilligan, musical funnyman Dave Andrews, and kick-ass kilted comic Mike McCarthy. Also, we have beer.

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
(Sat. Nov. 11 @ 11:00am)
Shortly after the end of World War II in Japan, the spirit of the young boy narrates the story of how he and his sister fared in the wake of the fire-bombings of Kobe during the war. Part of our month-long Studio Ghibli Classics Celebration of Animation.

HALLOWEEN
(Fri. Oct. 24 & Sat. Oct. 25 @ 10:00pm)
Marking the start of the peak of the slasher film, John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis as the sister of escaped killer Michael Myers and veteran character actor Donald Pleasance as the doctor who explains it all returns to theaters in this bloody great anniversary-ish restoration.

HARMONTOWN
(Sat. Nov. 8 @ 1:00pm)
This intimate and revealing documentary film stars surprisingly complex TV writer and producer Dan Harmon (NBC’s “Community”, Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty”) as he takes his popular podcast of the same name on a calamitous cross-country tour.

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
(Sat. Nov. 22 @ 11:00am)
Master Hayao “The Japanese Walt Disney” Miyazaki’s 2004 animated fantasy about an unconfident young woman who is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch has never looked better. Part of our month-long Studio Ghibli Classics Celebration of Animation.

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM
(Tue. Nov. 11 @ 7:30pm)
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.

LISTEN UP PHILIP
(Sat. Nov. 8 @ 3:00pm; Fri. Nov. 21 & Sat. Nov. 22 @ 5:00pm; Sun. Nov. 23 @ 4:00pm; Mon. Nov. 24 through Wed. Nov. 26 @ 5:00pm)
Anger rages in novelist Philip (Jason Schwartzman), who feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject–himself.

LUCKY STIFF
(Sat. Nov. 8 @ 5:00pm)
A bachelor travels to Monte Carlo to claim an inheritance from his late rich uncle in this comic musical starring Jason Alexander and Dennis Farina in one of his last roles. The 1988 Off-Broadway show on which it was based was the first collaboration between writer-lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty, who would go on to write “Ragtime,” “Seussical,” and the recent “Rocky: The Musical.”

LYLE
(Mon. Oct. 27 @ 7:30pm)
A mother’s grief over the death of her toddler leads to horror in this “lesbian ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’” and stars former child star Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls”). See also “Appropriate Behavior.” Part of CACS’s annual “Fright Nights” week. [Hosted by North Shore Lesbian]

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT
(Tues. Oct. 28-Fri. Oct. 31 @ 5:00pm)
Woody Allen’s latest hit comedy is set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, and is about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling.

MAGICIAN
(Fri. Nov. 14 @ 7:30pm)
Oscar winner Chuck Workman looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary–the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. [With Garen Daly, director of “The Orson Welles Complex”]

MEET MY SHORTS!
(Thu. Oct. 30 @ 7:30pm)
Help us kick off the 7th Annual Cape Ann Film Festival in style and join us for this quartet of short films. In Jay Sosnicki’s darkly comic GOD GIVES NOTICE, the Father, the Son, and the Devil Himself hash things out in an all-night diner. ME, YOU & HER is a sci-fi farce that pits a 20-something slacker against better, alternate versions of herself. Director Erin Enberg and star Erika Wilson personally present The World War II mystery ARABEL. And finally, director Jon Halverson presents his Gloucester-set drama STILLWATER.

A MERRY FRIGGIN’ CHRISTMAS
(Fri. Nov. 7 & Sat. Nov. 8 @ 10:00pm)
In one of Robin Williams’s last films, Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham), as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
(Fri. Nov. 28 & Sat. Nov. 29 @ 11:00am)
Master Hayao “The Japanese Walt Disney” Miyazaki’s 1988 animated fantasy is about two girls who move to the country to be near their ailing mother, then have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. Part of our month-long Studio Ghibli Classics Celebration of Animation.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
(Tues. Oct. 28 @ 7:30pm)
George Romero is king of the zombie movies, and his brilliant, low-budget, 1968 classic––shown here from a newly-restored HD print––is the movie that started it all. Part of CACS’s annual “Fright Nights.” [With Rockport-based film restorationist and founder of The Film Detective, Phil Hopkins]

ODD BRODSKY
(Sun. Oct. 26 @ 5:30pm)
Come see a line-up of Cape Ann Film Festival trailers and then enjoy this quirky comedy about a lovable loser who quits her steady day job to follow a childhood passion of becoming an actress. There’s just one problem: she’s not very good at it! But what she lacks in talent, she makes up for in heart. It’s a wacky little adventure about following your dreams, learning to accept yourself, and finding the magic in life. [With director/producer/co-writer Cindy Baer in person.]

THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER
(Thurs. Nov. 13 @ 7:30pm)
Discover the rags-to-riches story of Sophie Tucker, the iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century with a bold, bawdy and brassy style unlike any other.

PIXEL REVOLUTION: VISUAL MUSIC ANIMATIONS
(Sat. Nov. 15 @ 2:00pm)
This stunning program of digitally created animations by four artists from around the world is presented by The Rocky Neck Art Colony and curated by local digital artist Otto Laske, who will personally present this special encore of this spring’s show.

PRINCESS MONONOKE
(Sat. Nov. 15 @ 2:00pm)
In master Hayao “The Japanese Walt Disney” Miyazaki’s 1997 animated fantasy, a young warrior inflicted with a deadly curse sets out in search of the cure that will save his life. On his quest, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches humans against the forest’s animal gods… who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke, a young woman raised by wolves. Part of our month-long Studio Ghibli Classics Celebration of Animation.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION
(Sat. Nov. 15 @ 7:30pm)
In 1982, three kids from Mississippi set out to pay the ultimate tribute to their favorite movie of all time––Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” With a Betamax video camera in hand, they spend the next 6+ years filming their opus, and by special arrangement, you can finally see it in all its homemade glory. Part of our Wicked Awesome ’80s Day (see also: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “UHF.”) [With producer-director-star Chris Strompolos via Skype]

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS
(Fri. Oct. 24 & Sat. Oct. 25 @ 7:30pm)
At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Canada’s Red Crow Mi’gMaq Reservation. Hustling with her uncle, she manages to stay out of the dreaded St. Dymphna’s School. But when her drug money is stolen and her father returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight… and Mi’gMaq don’t run. Part of CACS’s annual “Fright Nights.”

SOUL OF A BANQUET
(Sun. Nov. 9 @ 6:30pm)
Director Wayne Wang (“The Joy Luck Club”) takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food with her internationally renowned San Francisco restaurant The Mandarin in 1961… and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. [With a light authentic Northern Chinese meal prepared by local chef Corey Grammas]

THE SOUNDS OF SILENTS
(Sat. Nov. 1 @ 5:00pm)
Join us for a pair of fun-for-the-whole-family silent comedy classics from 1921––Buster Keaton in THE BOAT and Harold Lloyd in A SAILOR-MADE MAN–complete with a live piano score by the prodigious accompanist Peter Krasinski.

THE SOURCE
(Thur. Nov. 6 @ 7:30pm)
Celebrate Gloucester’s poet laureate Peter Todd with Oscar telecast montage master Chuck Workman’s impassioned tracing of the Beats from Allen Ginsberg’s and Jack Kerouac’s meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997.

SPIRITED AWAY
(Sat. Nov. 1 @ 11:00am)
In master Hayao “The Japanese Walt Disney” Miyazaki 2001 animated fantasy, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures. Part of our month-long Studio Ghibli Classics Celebration of Animation.

THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
(Sat. Nov. 1 @ 2:00pm; Nov. 3, 5, 7 @ 4:30pm)
Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies,” also playing at CAFF) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her–but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. Part of our month-long Studio Ghibli Classics Celebration of Animation.

THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC
(Sat. Oct. 25 @ 12:00pm & 2:30pm)
In this fun-filled, family-friendly animated adventure, Thunder is an abandoned young cat who stumbles into an old mansion operated by a dazzling array of gizmos that is owned by a retired magician. Soon, our young hero and his new family join forces to save their beloved house of magic.

UHF
(Sat. Nov. 15 @ 10:00pm)
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s one and only feature film was this 1989 spoof of TV and movies, in which Al inherits a TV station and has to stage a telethon to save it. Enjoy a pre-show of Weird Al tidbits curated by the CACS’s maniacal fan (and aspiring novelty recording artist) Rob “Fig” Newton. Part of our Wicked Awesome ’80s Day. (see also: “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”)

UNDERWATER DREAMS
(Sat. Nov. 1 @ 7:30pm)
Written and directed by former Olympic rower Mary Mazzio, this inspiring documentary is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts… and go up against engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. Narrated by Michael Peña (“César Chávez”). [With writer-director Mary Mazzio in person]

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD
(Fri. Nov. 14 @ 10:00pm)
Shailene Woodley (“The Fault In Our Stars”) plays a 17-year-old girl whose perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears–just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. From controversial indie vanguard Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Laura Kasischke.

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?
(Sat. Nov. 15 @ 4:00pm)
Disney’s breakthrough 1988 film combined live action with animation in ways never achieved before, and the result was a thoroughly entertaining trip through Toontown, in which the toon-averse human private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) must clear popular toon star Roger Rabbit (voice of Charles Fleischer) of murder. Part of our Wicked Awesome ’80s Day. (see also: “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation” and “UHF.”) [With Roger Rabbit's creator Gary K. Wolf in person.]

WHO IS VERMIN SUPREME?: AN OUTSIDER ODYSSEY
(Tues. Nov. 4 @ 7:30pm)
Perennial satirical presidential candidate (and Cape Ann denizen) Vermin Supreme is the subject of Steve Onderick’s film, in which Supreme makes use of unorthodox tactics and the power of comedy, poetry, and music to mount a one-of-a-kind surrealist presidential campaign. [With activist/Presidential candidate Vermin Supreme and director Steve Onderick in person]

YOUNG ONES
(Sat. Nov. 1 @ 10:00pm)
Set in a near-future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon of “Boardwalk Empire”) defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But his daughter’s boyfriend has grander designs–he wants Ernest’s land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.

THE ZERO THEOREM
(Sun. Nov. 16 @ 4:00pm; Mon. Nov. 17 @ 4:00pm; Wed. Nov. 19 @ 5:00pm)
Former Python Terry Gilliam’s unofficial final installment in his Orwellian trilogy that began with “Brazil” (1985) and “12 Monkeys” (1995) is about a reclusive computer genius (Oscar winner Christoph Waltz) who is working on a formula to determine if life has any meaning. Part of “Sci-Fi Sunday.” (see also: “Barbarella” and “The Congress”)

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