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Based on real events, Bombshell (2019) tells the story of the women who brought down the man who created Fox News, and offers a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time. The film stars Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil, and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes.
Director/Producer Jay Roach will join moderator Matt Ryan for a post-screening discussion.
This event is free but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.
Since his ALS diagnosis in 2016, activist Ady Barkan and his family have struggled to keep up with insurance paperwork, doctors’ bills, and prescription drugs. Rather than diminish his voice, these experiences have emboldened Barkan to expand his initiatives in new directions. He co-founded the Be A Hero PAC, wrote an autobiography titled Eyes to the Wind, and launched himself into ambitious media projects.
In 2010, pioneering Chinese filmmaker Wu Wenguang founded the Memory Project. Housed in the Caochangdi Workstation in an art district on the outskirts of Beijing, the project’s purpose is to teach documentary production skills to aspiring amateur filmmakers, who then travel to their familial villages to collect oral histories about some of the most tumultuous periods of the twentieth century, including the Great Famine and Cultural Revolution. To date, the Memory Project has collected over a thousand interviews and produced fifty-six feature-length documentaries.
Just after slipping out of her thirty-sixth birthday party, game designer Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne) dies in an accident, only to find herself inexplicably returned to the bathroom at the party, nearly an hour before her demise. More than a little confused, Nadia begins searching for clues to explain the death-and-rebirth loop that she finds herself repeating.
In a digital universe where live streamers earn up to $200K a month, can virtual relationships replace real-life human connection? People’s Republic of Desire (2018) follows two online stars who rise from obscurity to fame and fortune in China. The film journeys through their live streaming showrooms, which become gathering places for hundreds of millions of viewers, including wealthy patrons who lavish performers with digital gifts and poor migrant workers who worship them.
Just after slipping out of her thirty-sixth birthday party, game designer Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne) dies in an accident, only to find herself inexplicably returned to the bathroom at the party, nearly an hour before her demise. More than a little confused, Nadia begins searching for clues to explain the death-and-rebirth loop that she finds herself repeating. Co-created by Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler, Russian Doll has been the subject of passionate critical and popular acclaim, and is the recipient of Emmy awards for Cinematography, Costume Design, and Production Design.
Avengers: Endgame (2019), the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga, follows the aftermath of the snap felt across the cosmos. With half the population of the universe turned to dust, the surviving Avengers —including Tony Stark, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and Bruce Banner—must figure out a way to bring back their allies for an epic showdown with the seemingly-unstoppable Thanos.
A prequel to Jim Hensen’s beloved 1982 fantasy film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) builds on Henson’s original worldbuilding premise and maintains its devotion to stunning puppetry. The evil Skesis are the overlords of the planet Thra; when their repeated harvesting of the planet’s lifeforce pushes the world dangerously out of balance, a hodgepodge group of brave Gelfling unite to save their planet from ecological corruption. The series offers a broader view of the environment of Thra, exploring the relationships between plant, animal, and crystal species.
In Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988), Barbara and Adam Maitland (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) find themselves trapped as spirits haunting their old home after their untimely death in a car accident. To make matters worse, the residence has now been sold to the unbearable Deetze family (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder). When the Maitlands have little success in scaring the new residents away, they turn to rogue “bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), an unpredictable spirit whose “help” quickly turns dangerous.
Drawing on period footage from England’s Imperial War Museum and BBC radio interviews with World War I soldiers, director Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) deploys state-of-the-art digital restoration technology to reanimate some of the world’s earliest war footage. Released in commemoration of the war’s centennial and dedicated to Jackson’s own grandfather who fought in the war, the film is an astonishing portal to the past that offers viewers a surprisingly intimate view of the everyday lives of British infantrymen.
When D. B. Norton (Edward Arnold), an oil magnate with political ambitions, takes over a city newspaper and begins firing employees by the dozen, columnist Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) fights back, penning a fake letter from a jobless “John Doe,” who in protest against the state of the world threatens to commit suicide by jumping off the City Hall roof. After the letter becomes the talk of the town, Mitchell and her editor hire a washed-up baseball player (Gary Cooper) to act and speak as the authentic John Doe.
At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, insurgent candidates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin decided to fight back and embarked on a journey that would change their lives and their country forever. Knock Down the House (2019) follows the grassroots campaigns of these four ambitious women as they challenge powerful incumbents in the 2018 congressional race.
In 2010, after Jafar Panahi was arrested and charged with producing propaganda against the Iranian government, he was banned from making films or operating a camera for twenty years. In 2011 he made This is Not a Film, which was shot entirely in Panahi’s home, using the help of his friends, a camcorder, an iPhone, and the legal loopholes in his ban. The film debuted at Cannes after being smuggled into the festival inside a cake.
When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland), her house, and her dog Toto are whisked to the magical land of Oz. At the advice of a chorus of locals, they follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City in search of the infamous Wizard. En route they are joined by a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) lacking in courage. Standing in the way of the group’s quest is the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), who desperately seeks the return of her late sister’s shoes.
The Carsey-Wolf Center is delighted to kick off its Special Effects series with George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Winner of major awards for art direction, visual effects, costumes, stunts, and makeup, Fury Road pulses with stunning design elements and unforgettable action set pieces.
Join us for the premiere of several engaging and topical short films produced by students in the UCSB Blue Horizons Summer Program for Environmental Media. During this nine-week summer program, students learn elements that are essential to producing documentary films – from developing a film’s core idea and story, to thinking about its impact on its audiences, to the nuts-and-bolts of video production. After examining the critical issues of our region’s oceans and seashores, students develop their own stories and produce their own short documentaries.
David Elfick’s cult classic Crystal Voyager (1973) is a love letter to surf in the Santa Barbara Channel and a portrait of George Greenough, one of the sport’s great innovators. Written and narrated by Greenough and filmed at the height of surfing’s transition era, when riders and shapers were experimenting with new kinds of board design, the film chronicles the construction of a sailboat capable of reaching the uncrowded breaks of the Channel Islands.
This special two-part event features Claude Lanzmann’s final film Shoah: Four Sisters. Starting in 1999, Claude Lanzmann made several films that could be considered satellites of his 1985 masterpiece Shoah, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn’t make it into the final, monumental work.
The Pollock Theater’s two-part special screening of Claude Lanzmann’s final film Shoah: Four Sisters concludes with the film’s final two installments: The Merry Fleaand Noah’s Ark. Starting in 1999, Claude Lanzmann made several films that could be considered satellites of his 1985 masterpiece Shoah, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn’t make it into the final, monumental work.