The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, July 11 (7:30 p.m.)
River’s Edge (Island Pictures, 1986 – rated R*)
Inspired by a true event, River’s Edge follows how a group of apathetic high school students in a dismal, dead-end California town deal with their friend’s murder of his girlfriend. Tim Hunter directed this dark and chilling tale that was noted by several critics as being a contemporary-day horror film. Except for Dennis Hopper as a drug dealer, the cast was largely comprised of young unknown actors, many of whom (Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Crispin Glover, Daniel Roebuck) would definitely be heard from in the future. Film critic Roger Ebert called it, “The best analytical film about a crime since The Onion Field and In Cold Blood.” 35mm archival film print, 99 min. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Friday, July 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Pete Seeger and Friends on Rainbow Quest (1965-1966)
This video compilation is culled from Rainbow Quest, an independently-produced folk music series hosted by Pete Seeger. Pete talks to and performs with the Clancy Brothers, Tom Paxton, Elizabeth Cotten, Jean Ritchie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Malvina Reynolds, New Lost City Ramblers, Doc Watson with Clint Howard and Fred Price, Richard and Mimi Farina, the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Donovan, Reverend Gary Davis, Theodore Bikel, Judy Collins, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Mississippi John Hurt, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Johnny Cash and June Carter. The show was only broadcast in the NYC area on stations on WNJU and WNDT and most of the footage has not been seen since the show aired in the 1960’s. Digital presentation.
Saturday, July 13 (2 p.m.)
Dinosaur (Disney, 2000)
This computer-animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation tells the story of Aladar, an orphaned Iguanodon, who grows up in the care of a group of lemurs. When a meteor shower appears, Aladar and his lemur “family” flee their homeland and seek safety. While on the run, Aladar encounters other dinosaurs for the first time. While the characters in Dinosaur are computer-generated, most of the backgrounds are live-action and were filmed in a number of locations including Canaima National Park in Venezuela and Angel Falls. Dinosaur was nominated for five Annie Awards, given for excellence in animation in film and television. The voice cast includes D.B. Sweeney as Aladar, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis, Julianna Margulies and Della Reese. Rated PG. 35mm archival film print, 82 min.
Saturday, July 13 (7:30 p.m.)
The Bad News Bears (Paramount, 1976)
Walter Matthau stars as the grumbling, beer-guzzling Morris Buttermaker, a former minor-league pitcher roped into coaching a Southern California Youth Baseball League team made up of rejects–the League’s worst players. Realizing the team is nearly hopeless, he recruits a couple of unlikely prospects: sharp-tongued Amanda (Tatum O’Neal), a skilled pitcher who is the 12-year-old daughter of one of Buttermaker’s ex-girlfriends, and Kelly (Jackie Earle Haley), a cigarette-smoking, Harley-Davidson-riding troublemaker who happens to be a gifted athlete. The screenplay by Bill Lancaster, son of actor Burt Lancaster, was winner of a Writers Guild of America award. The success this underdog comedy from director Michael Ritchie almost single-handedly spawned the kids’ sports film boom of the 1980s and ’90s. Rated PG. 35mm archival film print, 102 min.
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