Monthly Screenings

Tues., November 21, 7:00 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline, MA

BANNISTER: EVEREST ON THE TRACK

“Everest on the Track” is as much a historical study of Britain’s psychological, if not almost physical, need for something – anything – to erase to woes of World War II as it is a fresh look at the quest for the first sub-4:00 mile, the heretofore deemed physically impossible. Before the war, Britain had bloomed best in its Sporting Tradition, but the amateur accolades leading to the Olympic accomplishments were blown off the podiums in the 1952 Helsinki Games. Roger Bannister was the epitome of that disappearing scholar-athlete ideal. Can the lunchtime-trained runner immersed in his medical school studies inject the booster shot into Britain’s flagging but still flickering morale?

The screening will be immediately followed by a panel with:

Tom Ratcliffe, Director & Producer

Becky Paige, Editor

Selena Roberts, Executive Producer

Moderated by The Boston Globe’s Janice Page

 

 

Previous Screenings

 

Wed, Sept. 27, 2017, 7:00 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline, MA

 CELLING YOUR SOUL

 

                                                                  

 

The documentary, CELLING YOUR SOUL, was produced by a company called No App for Life, which is the first organization to design an educational program that gets to the root cause of negative cell phone behavior.  In a nutshell, it is about student’s reliance upon technology for “digital socialization” and the long-term effects that it is creating for them.  It examines the dangers of not having enough face-to-face interaction at this critical point in their development and how (potentially / hopefully) nice it could feel to let go of some screen time each day.

Following this screening, Joni Siani ( the producer)  leads a discussion that challenges the audience (both teens and adults) to take a “digital cleanse” and put down their social media for one week and try to engage in more authentic communication.

 

 

Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline, MA

BEYOND THE WALL

Beyond the Wall offers a stirring portrait of life after prison, as it follows five formerly incarcerated men who are attempting to rebuild their lives on the outside, with little support from our criminal justice system. The film reveals a reality that runs against the grain of conventional wisdom and established public policies governing reentry. While recently released individuals navigate an anemic system of re-entry procedures in the institutions of the criminal justice system, the reality is that survival requires maneuvering through the informal and often chaotic world of the streets. These men have to knit together for themselves the very services and supports that the state re-entry system starkly lacks. Through personal stories of re-entry—including relapse, recovery and redemption, Beyond the Wall puts a human face on the social, economic and emotional barriers encountered by returning citizens, their families and their communities

The screening will be immediately followed by a panel with:

Bestor Cram, Producer/Director

Jenny Phillips, Producer/Director

Louie Diaz, Navigator for Middlesex Sheriffs Department Matador Program

Moderated by The Boston Globe Asst. Metro Editor, Anica Butler

 

 

Wednesday, July 12, 7:30 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline, MA

STEP

 

STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of the heart of Baltimore.  These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so.  Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

The screening will be followed by a Q+A with Director/Producer Amanda Lipitz and Cast Members Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, and Paula Dofat.

Moderated by The Boston Globe Arts Editor, Rebecca Ostriker

 

Monday, June 26, 7 pm

Somerville Theatre | Somerville, MA

CITY OF GHOSTS

A documentary that follows the efforts of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

The screening will be immediately followed by a Q+A moderated by The Boston Globe’s Jenna Russell.

Wednesday, May 31, 7 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Moviehouse 2 | Brookline, MA

THE B-SIDE

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.

Following the screening will be a panel with Errol Morris and Elsa Dorfman moderated by the Boston Globe’s, Mark Feeney.

 

Presenting Sponsor

Cross Insurance

Sponsors

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Supporters

Independent Film Festival of Boston Environmental Film Festival Wicked Queer Alden & Harlow Hops N Scotch WGBH HUBweek LimoLiner The Brattle Theatre Coolidge Corner Theatre Camden Int’l Film Festival Provincetown Film Festival