Special Showing

The Tribe

August 29, 30 and 31

Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards (including the coveted Critics’ Week Grand Prix), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe is an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. The Tribe unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors—with no need for subtitles or voice over––resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages the audience on a new sensory level.

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The Tribe

Starring: Alexander Dsiadevich, Grigoriy Fesenko, Rosa Babiy, Yana Novikova

Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. Alone in this new and unfamiliar place, he must find his way through the school’s hierarchy. Sergey quickly encounters the tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command to become pimp-protector for two of the girls, who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of them, Sergey ultimately breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe, with tragic consequences.

  • Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 2 hours 12 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Crime

“From one mesmerizing scene to the next, The Tribe never loses its flow. Even its harshest moments are defined by vibrant motion.”

– IndieWire

Special Event

Supercuts Cinema

September 3, 2015 8 PM

As part of First Days Ephventure Campus Hop, our alleyway is being tranformed in a free, outdoor pop-up theater for Supercuts Cinema.

Whether turning cinematic cliches inside-out and upside down or celebrating our favorite movie memories, these video clips shine a spotlight on the best—and sometimes the worst—of Hollywood.

This is just one event in First Days Ephventure Campus Hop, as Williams College First Days students take over the campus and beyond as they orient themselves with fun activities as a part of Ephventures orientation.

Special Showing

When Marnie Was There

September 12, 13 and 14

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When Marnie Was There

Starring: The English voicecast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Geena Davis, John C. Reilly, and Vanessa Williams.

All images: © 2014 GNDHDDTK

The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can.

When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend. Based on the young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), When Marnie Was There has been described as “Ghibli Gothic,” with its moonlit seascapes, glowing orchestral score, and powerful dramatic portrayals that build to a stormy climax.

  • Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Mystery, Drama

“It deals with friendship, loneliness, abandonment and forgiveness, and though its curious narrative arc means you're never sure exactly where it's going, the film works up a considerable emotional charge by the end.”

– LA Times

Bright Young Things is our monthly family-friendly movie series. All ages are welcome! This series is sponsored in part by the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

The Punk Singer

Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm

A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement in the 1990s.

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The Punk Singer

Starring: Kathleen Hanna, Adam Horovitz, Carrie Brownstein, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon

Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage* and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.

  • Director: Sini Anderson
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The Punk Singer, like the best documentaries, captures more than just its subject, fascinating though she may be. Anderson manages to capture the feel of an era and the excitement surrounding a fresh feminist voice.”

– The Washington Post

This film is shown as part of the Davis Center Social Justice Film Series. This series is sponsored by the Williams College Davis Center.

Special Showing

Fantastic Journeys: Animated Shorts

October 10 and 11

from the Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015

This program of international animated shorts is for all ages. Regular ticket prices apply; kids under 12 are $5.

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Fantastic Journeys: Animated Shorts

Zip around the world with our dazzling selection of high-energy, high-imagination shorts. Join a space-alien potato on his zany adventures, witness the creation of the alphabet, sing along with a brave little octopus, and grow up along with a rebellious daughter made of frosting, in this vibrant celebration of creativity.

Zebra
Julia Ocker, Germany, 2:45 minutes, Nonverbal
See how a zebra changes his stripes!

Wombo
Daniel Acht, Germany, 8:02 minutes, Mostly nonverbal
An alien lands on earth and is chased by a dog, ends up in a vegetable basket, and nearly gets cooked for dinner! Why? Because he just happens to look like a potato!

The Numberlys
William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, USA, 11:23 minute; In English
Friends 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 set out to create each letter of the alphabet and bring color, creativity, and jellybeans to their world. Winner of the CFFS Seattle Children's Hospital Jury Prize for Best Animated Film.

Papa Cloudy’s Restaurant
Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 5:51 minutes, In English
An octopus sings about overfishing and inspires Papa Cloudy to make sustainable dishes with love. Winner of the CFFS Children's Jury Prize for Best Animated Short.

Anatole’s Little Saucepan
Eric Montchaud, France, 5:47 minutes; In English
Little Anatole is always dragging his saucepan behind him. It fell on him one day and nobody knows why.

Visitor
Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russia, 4:08 minutes, Nonverbal
A stuffed tiger from a faraway world drops in on a snowy day to play with dogs.

The Magic Time
Kine Aune, Norway, 9:16 minutes, Nonverbal
Adapted from Sami legends, this is the story of a reindeer-calf and his journey to become a grown white buck.

The New Species
Katerina Karhánková, Czech Republic, 6:18 minutes, Nonverbal
Some children come across an old bone and try to imagine what kind of animal it might have belonged to.

Trampoline
Maarten Koopman, Netherlands, 2:29 minutes, Nonverbal
Imagine that the movie screen is a big trampoline. Can you see a family of ducks walking across it? How about people? Or a cow?

Decorations
Mari Miyazawa, Japan, 7 minutes, Nonverbal
Growing up is literally the icing on the cake for a mother and daughter.

Traditional Healing
Raymond Caplin, Canada, 2:24 minutes, Nonverbal
A young woman dances in a devastated forest. Then a miracle occurs.

  • Rating: For All Ages
  • Runtime: 65 minutes
  • Genre: Animation

Bright Young Things is our monthly family-friendly movie series. All ages are welcome! This series is sponsored in part by the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.