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THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
7:30PM ::: OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Join us for the Opening Night of both The 8th Annual Cape Ann Film Festival and the larger “Festival Season,” which includes The 3rd Annual Fall Into The Rhythm Music & Movies Fest (September) and The 7th Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival (October). The night will feature trailers of select Festival Season films, and a short film program curated by The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage‘s own Rob Newton. Guests will have the chance to win a movie party for themselves and 99 of their closest friends.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
7:30PM ::: MAX ROSE
A jazz pianist (Jerry Lewis) makes a discovery days before the death of his wife that causes him to believe his sixty-five year marriage was a lie. He embarks on an exploration of his own past, one which brings him face-to-face with a menagerie of characters from a bygone era. This is 90-year-old Jerry Lewis’s first acting role in nearly two decades, the premiere at MoMA this April of which wowed the audience.
10:00PM ::: BLOOD SIMPLE (4K Restoration)
This razor-sharp modern film noir, the first film by Joel and Ethan Coen, introduced the Brothers’ inimitable black humor and eccentric sense of character, a sensibility that has helped shape the course of contemporary American cinema. Deep in the heart of Texas, a sleazy bar owner suspects his wife of having an affair and hires a private detective to confirm his suspicions—only to have the crosshairs turned back on himself.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
2:30PM ::: CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS:
ED EMBERLEY, CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR
Award-winning Ipswich-based children’s book author and illustrator Ed Emberley is truly a national treasure, having drawn nearly 100 books. A generation of children have learned to draw using Ed’s drawing books, and we watch as a whole new generation puts crayon to paper. This event benefits local organization Cape Ann Reads.
With special guest presenter Ed Emberley
5:00PM ::: PHANTOM BOY
Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. He and his new friend Alex must work together to foil a nefarious plot and save New York from destruction in this delightful, heart-thumping adventure that pushes its visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.
7:30PM ::: DE PALMA
One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the ’60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible. In this lively, illuminating, and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal, candid discussion with the man himself.
10:00PM ::: PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE
A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise. Featuring a fantastic soundtrack from the immensely talented Paul Williams (who would later craft the immortal soundtrack to “The Muppet Movie”), this under-appreciated 1974 treat beat “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to theaters by nearly a year.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
1:00PM ::: THE TEMPEST
This final masterpiece of Shakespeare’s career pits desire for revenge against the demands of love and asks if man is capable of creating a brave new world. Starring Oscar winner Christopher Plummer and filmed live over three performances at Ontario’s legendary theater fest, this spectacular and gripping play is captured by 14 high definition cameras that give the viewer an up-front and intimate theatrical experience unlike any other.
4:00PM ::: LIFE, ANIMATED
From Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams comes the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child… until he and his family immersed themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story is a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering through the dark times, leading us all toward the light.
6:30PM ::: FREE TO RUN
Fifty years ago, running was viewed almost exclusively as the domain of elite male athletes. With insight and propulsive energy, director Pierre Morath traces running’s rise to the 1960s, examining how the liberation movements and newfound sense of personal freedom that defined the era took the sport out of the stadiums and onto the streets and redefined running as a populist phenomenon.
With special guest presenter Bobbi Gibb
This event is a fundraiser for The Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29
7:30PM ::: DAWN
Elisha is a young Israeli freedom fighter (and former concentration camp inmate) whose assignment is to kill his cell mate–a doomed British officer–in reprisal for Britain’s execution of a Jewish prisoner. His future is a cherished dream of life in the promised homeland, but at daybreak, his present will become the tortured reality of a principled man ordered to commit cold-blooded murder. Based on the novel by the late Elie Wiesel.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30
7:30PM ::: DANIEL
Directorial great Sidney Lumet’s fictionalized 1983 retelling of the Rosenberg Case (in which an American husband-and-wife were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage for selling nuclear secrets to the Soviets) stars Gloucester treasure Lindsay Crouse (as condemned wife Ethel Rosenberg’s proxy), who, along with real-life Rosenberg son Robert Meeropol, will take the stage to host a Q&A and discussion after the film.
With special guest presenters Robert Meeropol and Lindsay Crouse
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31
7:30PM ::: FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK
Narrated by Zachary Quinto, this new documentary not only celebrates the life and career of late actor Leonard Nimoy, but it marks the 50th anniversary of the first episode of “Star Trek.” It includes interviews with cast, crew, fans, and others connected with “Star Trek,” and was directed by Leonard’s son, Adam Nimoy.
With special guest presenter Adam Nimoy
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 – CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE
7:30PM ::: WINDJAMMER
Kick off this year’s Gloucester Schooner Festival aboard the magnificent Norwegian square-rigger The Christian Radich as it sails its spectacular 17,000 mile journey, manned by a crew of young sailors-in-training, all photographed in the widescreen splendor of Cinemiracle. Now digitally remastered in the unique “Smilebox” curved screen simulation, the color, the music, and the true artistry of Windjammer are reborn.