Special Showing

Mama Illegal

Monday, September 26 at 7pm

Three mothers leave the abject poverty of Moldova to illegally work in Austria and Italy as cleaning ladies. While these women separate from their families and their homes to follow the dream of a better life, their children grow up alone. "MAMA ILLEGAL" portrays seven years in the lives of the three women. The camera is present during tragedies as well as in moments of joy. A film about the price of the dream of a better life.

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Mama Illegal

They live among us and yet they remain invisible. They clean our toilet, make our beds and take care of our parents. We let them into our home, but hardly anyone knows their story. Three mothers leave the abject poverty of Moldova to illegally work in Austria and Italy as cleaning ladies. While these women separate from their families and their homes to follow the dream of a better life, their children grow up alone.

"MAMA ILLEGAL" portrays seven years in the lives of the three women. The camera is present during tragedies as well as in moments of joy. A film about the price of the dream of a better life.

  • Director: Ed Moschitz
  • Runtime: 2 hours
  • Genre: Documentary

Post-film discussion with director Ed Moschitz

This film is show as part of IM/MIGRANT: a German-Austrian Film Festival presented by the Williams College Center for Foreign Languages.

Special Showing

Kubo and the Two Strings

Saturday October 8 and 9

An epic action-adventure stop-motion animated film set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA (Coraline, ParaNorman).

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Starring: Art Parkinson, Brenda Vaccaro, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Charlize Theron, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara

Clever, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a mythical spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King and the evil twin Sisters, to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and claim his heroic destiny.

  • Director: Travis Knight
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Staggeringly beautiful and immensely true, the best animated film of 2016 — one of the year’s best films of any kind, really... A Kurosawa-inspired epic about the supreme power of storytelling, Laika’s largest movie to date is also their most emotionally acute.”

– Indiewire

This film is showing as part of Bright Young Things, our monthly family-friendly film series. All ages are welcome.

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.

Special Showing

The Hand that Feeds

Wednesday, October 12 at 7pm

At a popular New York cafe, undocumented immigrant workers face bad working conditions. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

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The Hand That Feeds

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.

Photo credit: Eleazar Castillo

  • Director: Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick
  • Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Filmed with the urgency and suspense of a Hitchcock thriller.”

– Village Voice

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

Special Showing

Dreamcatcher

Wednesday, November 9 at 7pm

In Chicago, former prostitute Brenda Myers-Powell helps at-risk youths and women break the cycle of violence and sexual exploitation and find the means to change their own lives.

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Dreamcatcher

Starring: Brenda Myers-Powell

Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world through the eyes of one of its survivors; Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none. Her story is their inspiration.

  • Director: Kim Longinotto
  • Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“An intimate portrait of one woman up against the systemic problem of human trafficking, child abuse, and violence, and her commitment to try to make a difference, one individual at a time. ”

– RogerEbert.com

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

Special Showing

Safety Last

Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm

To celebrate Images’ anniversary, we will present silent classic Safety Last accompanied by live music on November 30, 2016—100 years to the day that the first film was presented here at 50 Spring Street.

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Safety Last

Starring: Harold Lloyd

This Harold Lloyd comedy gave cinema one of its most celebrated images — Lloyd dangling off the hands off a clock tower, high above a New York City street. How the bespectacled Lloyd gets himself in this famed predicament and what happens next makes Safety Last one of the great silent comedies and a film that continues to delight and amaze.

Acclaimed silent film accompanist Donal Sosin has been enthralling audiences in the US and Europe with his silent film music for over thirty years. He was the resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art in the late ’70s, and returns there frequently as a guest pianist. He performs regularly at major film festivals including New York, San Francisco, Telluride and TriBeCa. He is the resident pianist for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, BAM and the Museum of Moving Image, and has appeared at other film repertory house and archives include the Pacific Film Archives, Symphony Space, Harvard Film Archives, the National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Berlin Filmmuseum, MASS MoCA, and Film Forum.

Joining Sosin at Images Cinema will be actress and singer Joanna Seaton, whose credits include leading roles in over 70 productions of musicals and plays, in New York and at regional and stock theatres across the country, including the Kennedy Center. Most recently, she sang the title role in Patience with the Light Opera Company of Salisbury and appeared in The Vagina Monologues at Barrington Stage Studio Space in Great Barrington, Ma. and the Studio  Theater in Lindenhurst, NY. As a singer, she has also been heard at Symphony Space’s Wall-to- Wall Richard Rodgers, the St. Regis Hotel, and the Rainbow Room. The New York Times has praised her “silvery soprano.”

  • Director: Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
  • Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

“Safety Last! is one of the best comedies, and I’m not qualifying this statement by placing it in the context of the silent era. It is a comedy with the type of raw energy and inventiveness that anyone can, and will, enjoy.”

– Roger Ebert

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

Special Showing

Lessons in Dissent

Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm

Filmed over 18 months, Lessons in Dissent is a kaleidoscopic, visceral portrait of a new generation of Hong Kong democracy activists.

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Lessons in Dissent

Starring: Joshua Wong, Ma Jai

Lessons in Dissent is a kaleidoscopic, visceral portrait of a new generation of Hong Kong democracy activists.

School boy JOSHUA WONG dedicates himself to stopping the introduction of National Education. His campaign begins to snowball when an interview goes viral on YouTube, with the new school year fast approaching, a showdown with the government seems inevitable. Microphone in hand, and still in his school uniform, he leads 120,000 protesters into battle.

Meanwhile, former classmate Ma Jai fights against political oppression on the streets and in the courts. Having dropped out of school and dedicated himself to the social movement, he endures the persecution suffered by those not lucky enough to be protected by the media’s glare.

Lessons in Dissent catapults the viewer on to the streets of Hong Kong and into the heart of the action.

  • Director: Matthew Torne
  • Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A timely portrait of some actual game-changers in action, fighting for political justice and against all the talk of Z-generation ennui.”

– The Hollywood Reporter

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