Saturday, April 1st, 2017 • 7:30 pm
BUY TICKETS HERE WATCH THE TRAILER HERE Not many musicians can lay claim to being the ‘father’ of an entire genre of music. Sam Bush can. In Revival: The Sam Bush Story, audiences will experience the power of Sam’s musical journey. Widely considered the ‘Father of Newgrass’, Sam has become the icon of his own genre. Sam Bush pioneered a new genre of music and inspired some of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians — yet for countless potential fans, the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend. In the film, noted musicians from Alison Krauss to John Oates, from the Avett Brothers to Chris Thile, say many of today’s biggest acts in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Americana and the jam band scene owe a debt of gratitude to Sam. But where does Father of Newgrass fit in the new world of acoustic music? While musicians he inspired reach levels of stardom Sam never did, his challenge is to remain relevant: one show at a time. “Too old to be young and too young to be an old legend,” is how Sam describes himself. The film features appearances by Alison Krauss, John Oates, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Jeff Hanna, The Avett Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Steep Canyon Rangers, Peter Rowan, Sierra Hull, the Sam Bush Band, among others.
Thursday, April 6th, 2017 • 6:00 pm
$18, includes movie & small plate menu
Sponsored by Seaside Liqours BUY TICKETS HERE There’s trouble abuzz in the fifth Food on Film series presented by Wellfleet Preservation Hall and Lola’s Local Food Lab, featuring fugitives from the law, from the kitchen, and from ones’ own psyche and moral center. This year's theme......Southern Odysseys: Culinary Sojourns. We'll be steppin’ lively like a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof! Our protagonists are all on a personal odyssey in search of redemption, which happen to take place in southern states, where cuisine and culture provide simple inspiration and remind us “the treasure you seek may not be the treasure you find.” The series will provide a nice dash of heat this winter and inspire some awesome small plates that will accompany each film. Menu (subject to change): Deviled Egg and Pickled Grapes with Rosemary & Chiles. Dexter’s Grist Mill Cornbread, Vegetarian Jambalaya Thursday April 9th, tonight's feature: O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2000) Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen, based on Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey”. Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Holly Hunter, John Goodman. One of our all-time most favorite films, there’s a flood of great performances, a mix of classic blues and a surreal stroll that is not your typical walk through the bluegrass park.
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 • 12:00 pm
3 programs - Noon, 3pm, 5:30pm - $12 each
The Vermont-based Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival took place in August 2016, and the various category winners of the festival are going on the road! MNFF is strongly committed to raising the profile of its winning filmmakers after the annual August event concludes. The New England Tour is the direct fulfillment of this commitment. The six VTeddy Award winning films from 2016 will tour together throughout New England, appearing at great venues across the region - including our very own Prez Hall! WATCH THE FESTIVAL TRAILER HERE Here's the lineup: 12 Noon Program - Short film followed by feature BUY TICKETS HERE SHORT FILM: "The Best and Worst Days of George Morales' Unnaturally Long Life" *Followed by a Q & A with the director (Comedy | USA | 24M, Director: Seth Cuddeback & Benjamin Dohrmann) George and Susie Morales own a restaurant in East Los Angeles and have been happily married for nearly forty years. They are also immortal. Their secret lies in his mother’s recipe for chicken mole. But when Susie decides that she would like to finally end her life, George is forced to make a difficult decision: join her in death or face eternity alone. A lovely, allegorical film written and shot in a style that is a throwback to a gentler version of storytelling. FEATURE: "Broke" (Drama | Australia | 95M, Director: Heath Davis) A compelling redemption story of a disgraced Australian rugby star whose bottomed-out life haltingly turns around when he is “adopted” by a widower and his daughter. A powerful portrayal of working class Sydney not typically seen by American audiences. BUY TICKETS HERE FOR THE 12PM PROGRAM ******************************** 3pm - Short film followed by feature BUY TICKETS HERE SHORT FILM: "Pony" (Comedy | USA | 31M, Director: Candice Carella) Hard working single mom Claudia must go out of town on an important last minute business trip, forcing her to leave her 5 year old daughter Miko with Uncle Jeff, a dissolute rock musician in his 50’s who is still running on the fumes of his glory days. Spending the weekend looking after his spirited niece, Jeff must suspend his delusions of grandeur and face reality. Both humorous and poignant, Pony brings the generations together. FEATURE: "The Guys Next Door" (Documentary | USA | 74M, Director: Amy Geller & Allie Humenuk) Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay couple whose friend Rachel is a surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel, who is in her mid-40s, is married to Tony and they have three children of their own. Together, they all form a unique extended family. Elegantly shot and edited, told with candor and humor, ”The Guys Next Door” is an engaging documentary about family, friendship and gay rights. BUY TICKETS HERE FOR THE 3PM PROGRAM ******************************** 5:30pm - Short film followed by feature BUY TICKETS HERE SHORT FILM: "Phil's Camino" (Documentary | USA | 27M, Director: Annie O/Neil & Jessica Lewis) Free spirit Phil is a man living with Stage 4 cancer and dreaming of walking the 500 mile spiritual pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago across Spain. Unable to make the trip, he does the next best thing – builds a camino in the forest behind his house, starts to walk, and traces his progress on a map. Phil receives a clean scan and his doctors grant him a ‘chemo holiday.’ He now has 28 days to go walk the ancient route in Spain. Along the way, he realizes his true pilgrimage is the one he travels within. A moving film certain to inspire anyone who has ever dreamed of doing something that sounded impossible. FEATURE: "Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith" (Documentary | USA | 103M, Director: Jesse Nesser) *Followed by a Q & A with the director Damon J. Keith was an “ordinary colored man” from Detroit. He became a controversial federal judge who would shape civil rights law and challenge a sitting president. Decades later, Judge Keith’s rulings resonate in a nation still arguing about which lives matter. Now 94 years old and still a sitting U.S. Circuit Court judge, Judge Keith is a fascinating figure and his life may be the greatest story you’ve never heard. A stirring and timely documentary. BUY TICKETS HERE FOR THE 5:30PM PROGRAM ********************************
Friday, May 5th, 2017 • 7:00 pm
Spotlight on Syria: Houses Without Doors by Avo Kaprealian
This Syrian documentary portrays the changes in the life of an Armenian family on Aleppo’s frontline in Al Midan, an area that brought shelter to the persecuted Armenians 100 years ago and today to many displaced Syrians. From the balcony of his home, the director films with a small camera the changes in his neighborhood and his own family, interweaving his images with extracts from classical films to illustrate the parallels between the Armenian genocide and Syrians’ reality today. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltp0IyUpXEY&feature=youtu.be Presented by the Cape Cod Film Society, this noncompetitive, biennial festival features films of all lengths and genres by filmmakers of Arab or Middle-Eastern descent, with the goal of stimulating cultural understanding about the countries, people, and cultures of these regions though the art of cinema. Feature-length and short films are shown along with filmmaker Q&A's as well as speakers with expertise in film studies, Arab cinema, and the subjects of the participating films. The fourth edition of this biennial festival takes place May 4 – 7, 2017, with screenings at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, Cape Cod Museum of Art, WOMR Davis Space, and Wellfleet Preservation Hall. The Festival is supported by the Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils of Chatham, Provincetown, and Wellfleet and co-sponsored by WOMR Radio.
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 • 4:00 pm
Taste of Cherry
Tribute to Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami: Screening of Taste of Cherry Professor Jamsheed Akrami will introduce the late Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's "Taste of Cherry" and discuss the film afterward. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry is an emotionally complex meditation on life and death. Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran—searching for someone to rescue or bury him. It will be shown preceded by a new Iranian short film dedicated to Kiarostami and followed by discussion with Professor Akrami. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDSQLTtGZE0&feature=youtu.be Presented by the Cape Cod Film Society, this noncompetitive, biennial festival features films of all lengths and genres by filmmakers of Arab or Middle-Eastern descent, with the goal of stimulating cultural understanding about the countries, people, and cultures of these regions though the art of cinema. Feature-length and short films are shown along with filmmaker Q&A's as well as speakers with expertise in film studies, Arab cinema, and the subjects of the participating films. The fourth edition of this biennial festival takes place May 4 – 7, 2017, with screenings at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, Cape Cod Museum of Art, WOMR Davis Space, and Wellfleet Preservation Hall. The Festival is supported by the Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils of Chatham, Provincetown, and Wellfleet and co-sponsored by WOMR Radio.
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 • 7:00 pm
Regional Premiere: Tickling Giants by Sara Taksler
Regional Premiere: Tickling Giants by Sara Taksler In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that's every mother's worst nightmare... He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full—time comedian. Dubbed, "The Egyptian Jon Stewart", Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart averaged two million viewers. In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem's show becomes as controversial as it popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVwUrbGcxZ4&feature=youtu.be