Night at the Movies

If you enjoy thought-provoking, insightful, and entertaining cinema, grab your free ticket for Wednesday Night at the Movies at 6:45pm, with discussion to follow. Each week’s showing and conversation are facilitated by Bernie Babb. Visitors and new attendees are always welcome. We hope you will join us for a fun evening in the 2nd floor Theatre Room!

December 4 – A feature film
The Carer: Dorottya is a young actress with one burning desire: to make it on the English stage. Legendary actor Sir Michael Gifford suffers from an incurable disease, and has one desire: to be left alone. When Dorottya becomes his caregiver, they both hope their wish can be fulfilled.

December 11: A feature film
Noel: Starring Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, and Alan Arkin in a story that explores spirituality at every turn and leaves us pondering many of life’s biggest questions, Noel is not your average holiday fare. It’s Christmas Eve in New York City where an interesting cast of characters are playing out their dramas on an emotionally loaded day. Facing the loneliness of this season head on, this film bravely seeks to offer an alternative to a “perfect holiday,” bringing us a true sense of connectedness and the mystery and beauty of life instead.

On Wednesday, December 18, we will gather for a Service of Hope and Healing. No Faith Enrichment programming will be offered on this day nor on the following two Wednesdays – Christmas or New Year’s days. Programming will resume again on January 8, 2020.

January 8 – Three short films
To Paint the Portrait of Bird: A beautiful short film that takes a famous French poem and brings it to life through the magical realm of film. An aging painter, wishing to prove his life’s work complete, wants to capture a real life, a bird, on canvas. Can we succeed with capturing life within art? A 10 year old boy watches the process, narrating, creating the original poem of Jacques Prevert.
Shadow Ball: Set in 1945, this compelling short film follows Patrick, a young white boy, as he runs away and finds solace at a “shadow ball” game being played by an African-American baseball team. Shadow ball was played entirely in pantomime, a whole team playing baseball with an invisible ball. When Patrick decides to steal the ball, surprising events ensue, ending in a reminder of a painful time that they were living in.
West Bank Story: Winner of the Academy Award for best live action short, this film blends musical comedy and serious politics in its description of one crazy scenario for peace in the Middle East.

January 15 – Three short films
Bertie: A classic suburban tale of parenthood, bereavement, and a mysterious pug.
For You: Elliot is feeling lost after a recent breakup until he meets a mysterious songwriter named Jess at The Hotel Cafe. Through music and the spontaneity that is Los Angeles, he reconnects with a part of himself that was missing.
In The Blink of an Eye: 25 years after a tragic helicopter crash, extreme athlete Don Schwartz suffers from PTSD. Don’s psychological issues reveal themselves unexpectedly, leading to an incredible journey of recovery.

January 22 – A feature film
The Sweet Life: The classic story of “Boy Meets Girl,” until Girl convinces Boy to drive to San Francisco with her so they can throw themselves off the Golden Gate Bridge…only they fall in love along the way.

January 29 – A feature film
Carrie Pilby: Pilby is a genius who graduated from Harvard at 18. Convinced that the rest of the world is populated by oversexed hypocrites, she has a hard time making sense of life as it related to morality, relationships, sex, and leaving her apartment. In an effort to coax Carrie out of her shell, her psychiatrist makes a deceptively simple checklist of goals for her to achieve between Thanksgiving and the year’s end. Each goal brings Carrie closer to the understanding that humans, like books, can’t be judged by their covers.