Film Series

Family Flicks Under the Stars 2016

Sundays, July 10 through July 31

Morgan Lawn, at the top of Spring Street

* Sundown (around 8:15/8:30pm) on Morgan Lawn at the top of Spring Street, Williamstown

* Free to attend, fun for all ages.

* Concessions will be available onsite. Bring your own chairs, blankets, and bug spray.

* In case of rain, cancelled film will be shown on Sunday, August 7 at sundown.

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School of Rock

Starring: Jack Black, Mike White

Richard Linklater directs this comedic gem about a fake substitute teacher who turns a fourth-grade prep school class into a rock and roll band in an attempt to win a Battle of the Bands. Starring Jack Black.

  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 49 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

“If quirky, independent, grown-up outsider filmmakers set out to make a family movie, this is the kind of movie they would make. And they did. The director is Richard Linklater.”

– RogerEbert.com

Family Flicks Under the Stars is sponsored by The Spring Street Market & Cafe, Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, Gramercy Bistro, The Purple Pub, West Wine & Spirits, Empire Cutz, and The Red Herring.

Special Showing

April and the Extraordinary World

August 6 and 7

From the producers of the Academy Award- nominated Persepolis and the mind of renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe.

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April and the Extraordinary World

Starring: Featuring the voices of Marion Cotillard, Paul Giamatti, Susan Sarandon, JK Simmons

Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (voiced by Marion Cotillard) lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance.

  • Director: Franck Ekinci, Christian Desmares
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Mystery

“The animated French family film April and the Extraordinary World will have your imagination doing somersaults and cartwheels.”

– Philadelphia Inquirer

This event is part of Bright Young Things, a monthly family-friendly film series. All ages are welcome!

Special Showing

Finding Nemo Swim-A-Long

Saturday, August 13 at 8:30pm

Sand Springs Recreational Center

Join us at Sand Springs Recreational Center for a special poolside screening of the Pixar classic Finding Nemo!

Tickets:
$8 General Admission
$6 Images or Sand Springs Member
$6 Senior (65+), Veteran, or Child

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Finding Nemo

Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould

This visually stunning underwater adventure follows the comedic and eventful journeys of a father who becomes separated from his son in the Great Barrier Reef.

Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his home to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to his worrisome father Marlin and his friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish Dory to bring Nemo home -- meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way.

  • Director: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

“Pixar’s most effective amalgam of comedy, artistry and emotional pull.”

– Total Film

Special Showing

Singin' in the Rain

Monday, August 15 at 7pm

One of the most beloved and celebrated musicals of all time, this Technicolor classic tells the tale of three friends—a movie star, his behind-the- scenes best friend and a young starlet—as they make the bumpy transition from the silent to the talkies. Fast and funny, this is the Hollywood studio system at its finest.

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Singin' in the Rain

Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds

One of the most beloved and celebrated musicals of all time, this Technicolor classic tells the tale of three friends—a movie star, his behind-the- scenes best friend and a young starlet—as they make the bumpy transition from the silent to the talkies. Fast and funny, this is the Hollywood studio system at its finest.

  • Director: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.
  • Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance

“"Singin' in the Rain” is a transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it.”

– Roger Ebert

This film is shown as part of 100 Years of Images: A Centennial Film Series.

Special Showing

Phantom Boy

September 10 and 11

The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.

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Phantom Boy

Starring: Featuring the voices of Jared Padalecki, Fred Armisen, Vincent D’Onofrio

The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.

Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli’s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.

  • Director: Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

“With its vibrant colors muted for a NYC noir aesthetic and every 2D field shaded by roughly textured shadows in constant motion, the frames literally flicker off the screen to leave a lasting impression.”

– The Film Stage

Bright Young Things is our monthly family-friendly series. All ages are welcome.

Special Showing

Reasonable Doubt

Monday, September 12 at 5:30pm

Scenes from the lives and works of René Descartes and Kristina, Queen of Sweden

As an experiment to audio-visualise thought, this project stages scenes from two lives, briefly crossing in an intellectual friendship. It is not a biography but a series of scenes that constitute a double portrait. Some of scenes are historical, some my fictionalising way of doing justice to historical ideas relevant for today.

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Reasonable Doubt

Starring: Marja Skaffari, Thomas Germaine, Johanna ter Steege

After a relationship by correspondence, philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) met and briefly interacted with Queen Kristina (1626-1689) in Stockholm, where he died six week after arriving, due to the cold. Once Descartes had reached Sweden, the two didn’t see each other much. Kristina’s philosophical interest was genuine enough. But he was there in a more or less decorative function, to adorn Kristina’s ambitious project of creating an Academy that would put Sweden’s intellectual elite on the European map.

Descartes left Western thought with a burden and a treasure. The burden: a misconstrued dualistic tradition. In my view, he accepted the dualism of the Catholic Church, but fought against it all his life because it is not reasonable. The treasure: a decisive advance in rational thought that, precisely, did not excise the body; nor religion for that matter. The (in)famous cogito can be interpreted in the opposite direction, an attempt to embody thought. In this project I look back from his last book, The Passions of the Soul and see the ongoing struggle against dualism in different episodes of his life.

This struggle is of concern to me because, among the many tenacious dualisms we continue to use whereas merging the issues would be beneficial to all, are those between cultural and economic values; and between academic and artistic, in other words, intellectual and sense-based expressive thought, analysis, and reasoning. In these dualisms I live and work. In order to help overcoming them, I look at the discrepancies between the Descartes we have abused and the one who was the point of origin of a non-dualistic mode of thinking. Queen Kristina is not only capricious but also philosophical, instantly thinking about life, and the bearer of the after-effects of this different Descartes.

My interest focuses on the complexity of the alleged rationalism these figures represent. The productivity of the dialectical relationship between reason and a certain kind of madness in both Descartes and Kristina was never fully recognized. Through this project I want to suggest that reason and “madness” can go very well together. The persistent progressivism in our thinking is fond of the qualifier "post-Cartesian", as something we have happily left behind. But it is that "post-" thinking itself that betrays us as, "pre-Cartesian". Caught in a world where dogma ruled and disbelieving it was severely punishable, Descartes spent his life doubting dualism and attempting to overcome it, rationally as well as in his capricious behaviour. Had we really listened to him, that vexed preposition post- itself would be used with more (Cartesian) caution.

  • Director: Mieke Bal
  • Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
  • Genre: Theoretical fiction, docu-drama

This film is presented by the Clark Art Institute.

Special Showing

Double Indemnity

Monday, September 19 at 7pm

Billy Wilder's noir classic is presented by Wesley Morris, Critic at Large for the New York Times.

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Double Indemnity

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson

Wesley Morris, Critic at Large, Culture for the New York Times, will present Double Indemnity and lead a post-screening discussion.

They don’t get any more hard-boiled than this classic film noir from the great Billy Wilder. Barbara Stanwyk plays a scheming young wife with murder on her mind who finds the perfect partner in crime in Fred MacMurray’s jaded insurance investigator. Beautifully cynical about life and love, Double Indemnity has often been imitated, but it’s never been surpassed.

  • Director: Billy Wilder
  • Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Noir, Crime

This event is part of 100 Years of Images: A Centennial Film Series.

Special Showing

Bringing Up Baby

Monday, October 10 at 7pm

The funniest film ever made, according to Executive Director Doug Jones!

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Bringing Up Baby

Starring: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant

One of Hollywood’s greatest comedies, starring two of its greatest stars and directed by one of its greatest directors, Bringing Up Baby is pure gold. Cary Grant’s paleontologist and Katharine Hepburn’s heiress may be destined to be together, but they have to endure a lot of screwball misadventures before they can end up in each other’s arms.

  • Director: Howard Hawks
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance

“One of the funniest, wackiest and most inspired films of all time with its characteristic breathless pace, zany antics and pratfalls, absurd situations and misunderstandings, perfect sense of comic timing.”

– Filmsite

This event is part of 100 Years of Images: A Centennial Film Series.