Newtown

Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. NEWTOWN documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.

Screening at 2 pm, Wednesday July 27, at the The Arden Theatre. Reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite

The C Word

From executive producer Morgan Freeman comes THE C WORD, a bold new film that will forever change the way we view cancer. At its heart are powerful twin narratives: one from celebrated French neuroscientist and cancer revolutionary Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, the other from THE C WORD’s own director, Meghan L. O’Hara.

After braving the journey from diagnosis to wellness, Meghan and David join forces to expose systematic failings in our society, which reinforce the bad habits that predispose us to disease. Together, they lead us on a wild ride of discovery, which reveals crucial hidden scientific evidence that exposes the absurdity of the status quo, and follows a vibrant cast of characters who are changing the game. 

Despite decades of drug development and treatment innovations, the rise of cancer is outpacing our ability to fight back. Billions of dollars have been put into the elusive search for “the cure”, but today each of us has a one in two chance of being diagnosed at some point in our life.

THE C WORD delivers a message of hope. It urges us to stop being afraid and gives us the tools to take immediate action to reclaim our health and improve our outcomes.

Screening at 2 pm, Monday July 25, at the Arden Theatre. Reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite.

Command And Control

A chilling, Dr. Strangelovian nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A deadly accident – the result of a falling socket puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States – leads Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders to work feverishly to prevent a calamitous explosion. Directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), COMMAND AND CONTROL is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story – much of it based on recently declassified documents that expose other freak accidents and near-misses. How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

Screening at 10 am, Tuesday July 26, at the Arden Theatre. Reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU / U.S.A. (Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady) — How did a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut bring us Archie Bunker and become one of the most successful television producers ever? Norman Lear brought provocative subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice into 120 million homes every week. He proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism: laughter. 

Screening 2 pm, Tuesday July 26, at the Arden Theatre. Reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite.

 

Check It

CHECK IT is an intimate portrait of four childhood friends as they claw themselves out of gang life through an unlikely avenue:  fashion. They’re known on the streets as the Check It – an African-American gang struggling to survive in some of the most violent neighborhoods of Washington DC. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed, and raped. Led by an ex-convict named “Mo”, the Check It members are breaking the cycle of poverty and violence they’ve grown up in, but is a daunting task. So when they’re not taking small steps forward on the catwalk, they too often take massive steps backwards. 

Life for the Check It can be brutal, but for the leaders of the 200-plus crew – Skittles, Tray, Day Day, and Alton – it’s also one full of hope and an indomitable resiliency.  At its heart, CHECK IT explores the undying friendship that exists between these kids: an unbreakable bond that is tested every day as they fight to stand up for who they are in a community relentlessly trying to beat them down. These kids and their lives are utterly unique, but ultimately their story – and this film – is a universal one about hope and redemption against all odds.

Screening at 10 am, Wednesday July 27, at the Arden Theatre. Reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite.