A real-life international thriller, CITY OF GHOSTS exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds, and a conflict over clicks and views. Captivating in its immediacy, it follows the journey 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 astonishing, deeply personal access, it shows the story of this brave group of citizen journalists risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
City of Joy is a revolutionary center for female survivors of rape, abuse and gender violence: a safe haven in war-torn Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where, for years, militias have targeted women and girls with violence. Doctor Denis Mukwege, Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler, and human rights activist Christine Schuler-Deschryver come together to establish City of Joy, giving women a place to share and process their emotional stories of trauma. Director Madeleine Gavin creates a powerful and inspiring film chronicling early beginnings of the program and the first class of women at City of Joy.
In memory of L.M. Kit Carson, the Dallas Film Society’s L.M Kit Carson Maverick Award is presented to groundbreaking filmmakers and noted auteurs with unique cinematic voices that challenge our notions of mainstream cinema. Join us for a Conversation with this year’s L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Award Honoree, Writer/Director David Gordon Green.
David Gordon Green’s debut feature, GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000) won the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and his second feature, ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003) received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. More recent films include JOE (2014) and MANGLEHORN (2015), which screened at the 2014 and 2015 Dallas International Film Festivals respectively.
A Conversation with David Gordon Green will be held at the Meadow’s Museum on Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. followed that evening by a screening of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS at the Texas Theatre at 7 p.m.
Paul Newman earned an Academy Award nomination for the playing the title role in COOL HAND LUKE, a charismatic and iconoclastic chain-gang prisoner. And co-star George Kennedy actually brought home the gold, winning the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his robust portrayal of Luke’s bellicose rival-turned-acolyte. But character actor Strother Martin, cast as a drawling tyrant of a warden, arguably fared best of all: He effortlessly achieved a special brand of pop-culture immortality with his impactful utterance of a powerful line—“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate!”—that 1967 moviegoers instantly recognized as both a character-defining exertion of condescending authority, and an astute summation of the zeitgeist.
At a time when political divides and generation gaps seemed to expand on a daily basis, even the most unlikely of role models—like, say, a prisoner on a Florida chain gang—might seem heroic to many simply for rebelling against something, anything, everything. Just like the original advertising tagline observed: “Luke just bugs the Establishment.”
CORTEZ revolves around a struggling, self-involved musician named Jesse who tracks down his ex-girlfriend in a small town in New Mexico and is forced to face the decisions of his past as present day consequences set in. It is a story filled with dreamers long after their dreams have faded, where the reality they must face, while daunting, just may be far more vibrant and fulfilling than anything they could have imagined. Inspired by southwest dramas of the 1970’s, Cheryl Nichols’ debut is a classic, slow-burning, deeply moving voyage into the tangled landscape of a fractured American family.
Whether in sadness or glee, music has the gift of validating our emotions—just like the couples in Frank Pérez-Garland’s CRAZY IN LOVE, an indie-feel good musical weaved together from Latin American hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Set in Lima, Peru, a reporter with a bad boyfriend and a friend-zoned admirer, a married couple in crisis and a steamy fling are just a few of the characters and situations happening that make this lively musical both heartfelt and entertaining. Audiences may leave the theater with their feet dancing and their hearts singing.