Special Showing

1984

Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

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1984

Starring: John Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton, Richard Burton

On April 4, George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. In remembrance of John Hurt, who died this past January, and in unison with 90 other art house movie theaters across the country, the 1984 film adaptation of 1984 will be presented on the big screen.

In 1984, the world is divided into three vast states, whose inhabitants are dominated by all powerful governments. Winston (John Hurt), a government bureaucrat whose job is rewriting history and erasing people from existence, starts an illegal love affair with Julia, and becomes the target of a brain-washing campaign to force him to conform.

  • Director: Michael Radford
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“What is remarkable about the movie is how completely it satisfied my feelings about the book; the movie looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like Orwell's bleak and angry vision. John Hurt, with his scrawny body and lined and weary face, makes the perfect Winston Smith.”

– Roger Ebert

Special Showing

Embrace

Wednesday, April 5 at 7pm

When body image activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. Embrace follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

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Embrace

At home in Adelaide, Australia, Taryn Brumfitt is a wife and mother of three. Internationally, however, she is a highly recognised body image activist whose powerful message has reached over 100 million people worldwide. After receiving more than 7000 emails and messages from people all over the world, Taryn realised that there was a global body-hating epidemic and felt compelled to find answers.

Embrace follows Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street, and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions in this film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging and, above all, life changing.

  • Director: Taryn Brumfitt
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A highly accessible and refreshingly honest Australian-made documentary, Embrace is transmitting a valuable message all women should be hearing loud and clear.”

– Herald Sun (Australia)

This film is presented through support from Williams College Health Services. Discussion to follow film.

Special Showing

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Saturday, April 8 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

The film will be introduced by Williams College Visiting Professor of Chemistry Patrick S. Barber with a presentation on "The Science of Chocolate."

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum

The film will be introduced by Williams College Visiting Professor of Chemistry Patrick S. Barber with a presentation on "The Science of Chocolate."

The 1971 classic musical film starring the inimitable Gene Wilder brings Roald Dahl’s beloved book alive. Charlie Bucket is a poor boy who defies expectations when he finds a Golden Ticket to tour the secretive Willy Wonka’s fantastical Chocolate Factory. On a whirlwind tour of Willy's incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, Charlie learns the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart.

Patrick S. Barber has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Williams College for three years and will be starting a tenure track position at Earlham College in the fall of 2017. He completed a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Music Performance at the University of West Florida and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Nevada-Reno. After three years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Alabama, Patrick moved to Williamstown. His research interests lie in the design and synthesis of luminescent sensors for environmental and biological imaging.

The Science of Chocolate

Who doesn't love chocolate? Most of us do, but hardly know the large amount of science that goes into making the perfect tasty treat. Together, and with hands-on demonstrations, we will explore the process of making chocolate, the chemistry that holds it all together, and the impact of not eating chocolate quickly enough. Bring your taste-buds, your appetite, and your excitement!

  • Director: Mel Stuart
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

“It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren't: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination. Willy Wonka is such a surely and wonderfully spun fantasy that it works on all kinds of minds.”

– RogerEbert.com

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Special Showing

Inherit the Wind

Monday, April 10 at 6pm

Loosely based on the 1925 trial of John Scopes in Tennessee, Inherit the Wind tells the story of a teacher in a small town who is brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. Williams alum Ed Larson, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the trial and the film, will provide commentary after the screening about the cultural impact of both the trial and the movie. This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Lecture Committee, the Undergraduate Neighborhoods, and the Departments of Biology, History, and Religion at Williams College.

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Inherit the Wind

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, Gene Kelly

Two-time Best Actor Oscar winners Spencer Tracy and Fredric March go toe-to-toe in this thrilling retelling of the most titanic courtroom battle of the century. Garnering four Academy Award nominations, Inherit the Wind was loosely based on the 1925 trial of John Scopes in Dayton, Tennessee. This film, widely considered as a commentary on the cultural wars that still plague America, tells the story of a teacher in a small town who is brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. The controversial subject of evolution versus creation leads to an explosive battle of beliefs and laws in this compelling classic. Williams alum Ed Larson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning-book Summer for the Gods about the Scopes Trial and Inherit the Wind, will provide commentary after the movie about the cultural impact of both the trial and the movie.

  • Director: Stanley Kramer
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2 hours 8 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“What is astonishing in this 1960 film is the gutsy way it engages in ideas, pulls no punches in its language, and allows the characters long and impassioned speeches. There are a lot of words here, well-written and spoken, and not condescending to the audience. Both Tracy and March vent an anger and passion through their characters that ventures beyond acting into holy zeal.”

– RogerEbert.com

This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Lecture Committee, the Undergraduate Neighborhoods, and the Departments of Biology, History, and Religion at Williams College.

Special Showing

A Dream in Doubt

Wednesday, April 12 at 7pm

A Dream in Doubt is an immigrant story in a world in which patriotism has morphed into murder. When Rana Singh Sodhi’s brother is killed in America’s first post-9/11 revenge murder, he begins a journey to reclaim his American dream and fight the hate that continues to threaten his community. This intimate, hour-long documentary of one man’s odyssey from persecution in India to embracing America as his homeland proves that courage and hope have the power to overcome hate.

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A Dream in Doubt

Starring: Rana Singh Sodhi

A Dream in Doubt is an immigrant story of survival as a wave of deadly hate crimes terrorizes the Sikh American community in Phoenix, Arizona. The film features Rana Sodhi, an Indian immigrant whose life is forever altered by the 9/11 terror attacks, not because he knew someone who died in the rubble, but because Rana’s turban and beard—articles of his Sikh faith—now symbolize America’s new enemy.

Rana’s eldest brother Balbir Singh Sodhi—who also wore a turban and beard—was America’s first post-9/11 hate crime murder victim, gunned down at his gas station by a man named Frank Roque, who claimed he was rooting out a terrorist. A Dream in Doubt travels to Rana’s hometown to explore post-9/11 America from his perspective, telling a personal story of national tragedy, murder, family, community, and the American Dream.

A Dream in Doubt

  • Director: Tami Yeager
  • Runtime: 56 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

This film is presented by the Williams College Davis Center as part of their year-long Social Change Film Series.

Special Showing

Love Between the Covers

Friday, April 21 at 4:00pm

Love Between the Covers is a documentary film about the little-known, surprisingly powerful community of women who read and write romance novels. Shown as part of the Reading for Pleasure Conference at Williams College.

The film will be followed by Q&A with director Laurie Kahn, author Eloisa James (Mary Bly), and author/publisher Radclyffe (Len Barot). This event is free and open to the public. The conference continues through Sunday, April 23 with several other public events.

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Love Between the Covers

Starring: Len Barot, Melanie Bernier, Mary Bly

For three years, the filmmakers followed the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same.

The film witnesses romance authors and readers build communities and friendships that don’t just exist on social media sites, blogs, and message boards, but also transition into the real world. We see authors on trips with their readers, at conferences and special romance events -- and we see them encouraging their readers to become writers themselves.

During the three years of shooting Love Between the Covers, we witness the biggest power shift that has taken place in the publishing industry over the last 200 years. And it’s the romance authors who are on the front lines, pioneering new ways to survive in this rapidly changing environment.

  • Director: Laurie Kahn
  • Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Sponsored by Romance Writers of America; The Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences; The Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; the Departments of German and Russian, Romance Languages, and English; the Programs in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Leadership Studies; and the Michael Dively ’61 Lecture Committee for Human Sexuality and Diversity.

Special Showing

Bionic Stride

Saturday, April 29 at 2:30pm

Bionic Stride follows double above knee amputee Clara Gardner as she travels from the U.S. to Australia for transformative surgery. Local filmmakers Augusta Rose and Joe Aidonidis will be in attendance.

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Bionic Stride

Starring: Clara Gardner

There is a suggested donation of $5 that will go directly to the filmmakers for finishing funds.

On August 2nd, 2008, a drunk driver slammed into Clara Gardner and pinned her against another car. The accident would take both of her legs above the knee and subsequently change her life. At the point of her double amputation, doctors told Clara she would never walk again. She has since proved them wrong. After initially being confined to a wheelchair, Clara persevered until she was able to walk again. Frustrated by the pain associated with the standard prosthetics used in the United States, she was thrilled to learn about a transformative new technology available in Australia, called Osseointegration. Local filmmakers Augusta Rose and Joe Aidonidis document Clara's inspiring journey towards rehabilitation and a pain-free future.

  • Director: Augusta Rose, Joe Aidonidis
  • Runtime: 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Special Showing

Fractured Land

Wednesday, May 3 at 7pm

A young indigenous leader confronts the fractures in his community as he fights to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.

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Fractured Land

Starring: Caleb Behn

What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

  • Director: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher
  • Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The filmmakers and subjects want to shake the audience awake. They're daring Canadians to not shy away from soaking in a portrait of a Canada trying to move forward with strained First Nations relations while precariously balancing the economic benefits of energy development, damning environmental reports and mounting domestic and international criticism.”

– Huffington Post

This film is presented by the Williams College Davis Center as part of their year-long Social Change Film Series.

Special Showing

Jurassic Park

Saturday, May 13 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

The film will be introduced by Williams College Associate Professor of Geosciences Phoebe Cohen with a presentation on fossils.

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Jurassic Park

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello

The film will be introduced by Williams College Assistant Professor of Geosciences Phoebe Cohen. We'll learn about and get to touch fossils, some older than the dinosaurs!

Paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, and mathematician Ian Malcolm are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. The park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond, assures everyone that the facility is safe, and even brings his grandchildren along. But they soon find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

Phoebe Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Williams College, where she has been teaching and doing research since 2012. Phoebe received her B.A. in Earth Systems Science from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Phoebe’s research has taken her to the Yukon, Australia, and Namibia. She studies how life went from being single-celled to multicellular by looking at microscopic fossils from before the evolution of animals. She lives in Pownal, VT with her husband and her pit bull.

Dinosaurs are exciting, big, fierce, and extinct (except in Jurassic Park!). But did you know that paleontologists study lots of other extinct things in addition to dinosaurs? We’ll learn about what fossils are, how they’re formed, and what paleontologists can learn from them. We will also get to touch fossils of animals and plants that have been dead for millions of years - some even older than the dinosaurs!

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction

“For dinosaurs to rule the earth again, the monsters needed majesty as well as menace. And Spielberg got it all right.”

– Time

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Special Showing

A Birder's Guide to Everything

Saturday, May 27 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk, to learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills, starting at on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole field, the Williams College playing field. Please register by emailing janet@imagescinema.org.

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A Birder's Guide to Everything

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Katie Chang, Ben Kingsley

Join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk and learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole Field, the Williams College playing field. Please register by emailing janet@imagescinema.org. The film will screen at 2 PM at Images.

David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. In an uncharacteristic lucky break, the pretty new girl in school winds up joining David and his posse as they steal a cousin's Cabriolet and set out on a journey of adventure and mishap.

Join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk, learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills, and maybe we'll find our own rare bird! This bird walk will start on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole field, the Williams College playing field. Please register by emailing janet@imagescinema.org. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear shoes that can get wet or muddy. Heavy rain cancels.

Naturalist Leslie Reed-Evans has been leading bird and nature walks around the area for more than 20 years. She is currently Executive Director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.

  • Director: Rob Meyer
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy

“This gentle comedy, the first feature directed by Rob Meyer, is an eye opener for anyone who takes the everyday natural world for granted. It is also a quiet brief for the cultivation of intellectual curiosity and scientific exploration.”

– New York Times

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Special Showing

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Saturday, June 17 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

There will be an introduction by Williams College Professor of Physics William Wootters, on the physics of time travel.

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin

There will be an introduction by Williams College Professor of Physics William Wootters, on the physics of time travel.

Bill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam. With the help of Rufus an ultra-cool messenger in a time traveling phone booth, the triumphant two-some bag a bevy of historical heavy weights like the "Bodacious Philosopher Socrates, "One Very Excellent Barbarian" Genghis Khan, the "Short Dead Dude" Napoleon and Noah's Wife Joan of Arc to stage the most hysterical high school project ever. History's about to be rewritten by two guys who can't even spell.

  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Adventure

“Extremely silly and good natured.”

– Time Out

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.