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May 2019


May 10 - May 25

Single Tickets $6     Semester Passes $35     Where Are Films Shown?     Where Can I Park for free on Campus?     Rike–40, a doctor from Europe–embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident, determined and committed. We see Rike’s everyday life, as an emergency doctor, before she fulfills a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. Her goal: Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. But her dream holiday is…

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Suburban Birds

May 17 - June 2

A striking debut from China’s Qiu Sheng, Suburban Birds is a tantalizing mystery and a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy rolled into one.

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Before Stonewall

May 24 - June 9

In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city’s gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the gay liberation movement had begun.

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Firesign Theatre Fest

May 24 - May 26

They inspired Monty Python; their fans included John Lennon and Robin Williams. The legendary satirical radio theater troupe, Firesign Theatre will perform in Brown County on May 31st and in Bloomington on June 2nd. We are showing their epic feature film, J-Men Forever

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Wedding in Galilee

May 31 - June 2

Wedding in Galilee is the first major Palestinian fiction film to be made by an “insider,” an Israeli Palestinian. It was awarded the International Critics Prize at Cannes in 1987.

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3 Faces

May 31 - June 16

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction, sometimes playing himself in his films. In 3 Faces he plays a dissident filmmaker. In real life, Panahi was arrested in Iran in 2009 and again in 2010.

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June 2019


June 7 - June 24

Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet reunite with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature. Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer blurs the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs as fodder for a new novel. “Non-Fiction is incredibly WITTY, FAST-PACED and unmistakably French.” -Film Threat

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Under the Stars Series: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

June 7 - October 4

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?   Friday, June 7    Free!    Bryan Park    Dusk The first in this summer’s series of free outdoor screenings in Bloomington’s parks, co-presented by the City of Bloomington. Bring a blanket. Bring a snack. Bring the dog. If it’s a cool night wear a cardigan. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom…

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Meeting Gorbachev

June 14 - June 30

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician.

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Ash is Purest White

June 21 - July 7

At once a smart rumination on love and a 21st century, feminist take on the gangster film. Written and directed by Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke; some of you saw his epic, Mountains May Depart, in 2016. China | 136 minutes ENTHRALLING! -The New York Times This is one of Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN BEFORE. -Chicago Tribune Above all, there is Zhao Tao. Trained as a dancer, she has been…

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July 2019

Face the Music Film Festival

July 12 - August 4

In the mid-60s big changes were afoot in the US, culturally, politically, and musically. Four rock music/concert films that explore these changes are being released in theaters this summer; we are hosting an all-day “micro-festival” at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.   Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, The Byrds and Brian Wilson are just some of the performers you’ll see on the big screen at the BCT on Sunday, July 21st. Each film will also be shown at Bear’s Place and on campus at…

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Apollo 11

July 12 - August 3

Single Tickets $6     Semester Passes $35     Where Are Films Shown?     Where Can I Park for free on Campus?     From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made…

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Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace

July 19 - August 4

In 1972, having topped the pop charts with a series of hits, Aretha Franklin returned to her family’s gospel roots. She held two concerts of the most deeply moving spirituals at a Baptist church in Watts, a Los Angeles neighborhood still recovering from the riots six years earlier. Director Sydney Pollack was hired to document the shows, but he neglected to bring the clappers to mark the sound. As a result, the footage sat unused for more than 40 years.…

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August 2019

High Life

August 2 - August 17

Single Tickets $6     Semester Passes $35     Where Are Films Shown?     Where Can I Park for free on Campus?     High Life is unlike every outer space film you’ve ever seen. An astronaut and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on…

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September 2019

The NY Dog Film Festival

September 22

Stray dogs abroad, adventure dogs in sidecars, dogs winning prizes, dogs in prison, senior dogs, dogs who make you laugh, and dogs at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The NY Dog Film Festival™ is coming to Bloomington on Sunday, Sept 22nd! The festival consists of two different 60-75 minute programs of documentary, animated, and narrative films. A portion of every ticket benefits the Monroe County Humane Association. The festival is curated by Tracie Hotchner, nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, author, and host…

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