Kids 4 Harmony: Tocar y Luchar
Sunday, November 23 at 3pm
This film presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, El Sistema. Discussion including Ronald Feldman, Director, Berkshire Symphony to follow. Berkshire Children and Families founded Kids 4 Harmony, an El Sistema- inspired intensive after-school classical music program at Pittsfield’s Morningside Community School. This event will serve as an introduction to the program as Kids 4 Harmony prepares to expand to Brayton Elementary School, North Adams, in February 2015.
Tocar y Luchar (To Play and to Fight)
To Play and To Fight presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System - an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela's towns and villages. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history. The documentary portrays the inspirational stories of world class musicians trained by the Venezuelan system, including the Berlin Philharmonic's youngest player Edicson Ruiz and world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel. With interviews with many of the world's most celebrated musicians including the great tenor Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Guiseppe Sinopoli, and Eduardo Mata, To Play and To Fight is an inspirational story of courage, determination, ambition, and love showing us that... only those who dream can achieve the impossible.
- Director: Alberto Arvelo Mendoza
- Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
- Genre: Documentary
This event is presented by Berkshire Children and Families.
Above All Else
Friday, November 28 at 5pm
Q&A with Libbie Weimer, Associate Producer, following the film.
Above All Else
Starring: David Daniel
ABOVE ALL ELSE is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America.
Libbie Weimer was a 2006 Graduate of Mt Greylock High School and graduated from Carleton College in 2010. She became interested in documentary film while at Carleton. She connected with John Fiege after moving to Austin Texas to work for AmeriCorps in College Forward, an organization dedicated to increasing college enrollment. Later she began working full time with Fiege Films and was a sound recordist and assistant to the director during the production of Above All Else.
Libbie will be available during and after the screening of the film to answer questions.
- Director: John Fiege
- Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
- Genre: Documentary
“Above All Else tells a really important story. The story of one of the crucial fountainheads of resistance to the fossil fuel industry.”
– Bill McKibben
Connecting the Dots: Batman
Saturday 11/29 and Sunday 11/30
Micheal Keaton stars in Tim Burton's Batman
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman (playing at Images Nov. 21 through Dec. 4), Michael Keaton plays an actor struggling to regain his artistic credibility (and possibility losing his mind) years after starring as a costumed superhero in a big Hollywood blockbuster. The casting of Keaton is a brilliant move, since back in 1989 he starred in Batman, Tim Burton’s gothic take on DC’s Dark Knight.
In case you’ve never seen it or if you just need a refresher, Burton’s Batman is a landmark in superhero cinema, telling Batman’s origin story with a wonderful balance of action, comedy and manic glee that only Burton could deliver. Keaton is great, Jack Nicholson as the Joker is a crazy delight and let’s not forget Danny Elfman’s score.
Still one of the best comic book movies ever made, Batman is fun for fans of all ages.
- Director: Tim Burton
- Rating: PG-13
- Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes
- Genre: Action, Adventure
“In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date.”
– The Globe and Mail
Connecting the Dots is an occasional film series in which we’ll explore the history of cinema and how films can influence and inspire one another.