Opera Ithaca Combines Theatre & Film in Special Event
Sunday, March 1 @ 2 pm
Dreaming Of Summer: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream In Cinema, Song, And Speech
An Opera Ithaca Preview Event
Featuring music from Il Sogno, readings of Shakespeare by Ithaca Shakespeare Company and a screening of the 1909 silent film A Midsummer Night's Dream by Charles Kent
Tickets just $5 at the door
FLEFF Hosts Post-Show Discussion with Iranian Vampire Western
SUNDAY, MARCH 1 @ 7 PM
PREVIEW SCREENING: Connie Cook Documentary
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.
Be counted in the first 75 filmgoers and vampire fans and score a FREE TICKET to this special FLEFF Preview event screening.
Post screening discussion moderated by Timothy Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, with Matthew Holtmeier, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Screen Studies, Ithaca College, and Chelsea Wessels, Film, Cornell University.
The 2015 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival runs April 6-April 12, at Ithaca College and downtown at Cinemapolis.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th @ 7 PM
Visionary, reformer, and legislator Constance Cook was a Republican Assemblywoman who decriminalized abortion in New York State in 1970; Roe V Wade was based on her work. Two years in the making, Connie Cook: A Documentary tells the story of Connie’s life and will have a sneak preview on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. This screening of the film by Sue Perlgut and Nils Hoover of CloseToHome Productions, is a benefit for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes and for the documentary.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online here.
The documentary is a project of Social Ventures and PEGASYS Studios. Carol Bushberg Real Estate and Diane’s Downtown Automotive are sponsoring the sneak preview.
For more information at CloseToHomeProductions.com or info@ConnieCookfilm.com. This project is funded in part by a grant from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.More about Connie Cook
Constance Eberhardt Cook was a woman ahead of her time. She was a pilot, a graduate of law school in 1943, one of only a few female corporate lawyers in NYC in the 1940’s and an important historical pioneer in the fight for women’s rights. She represented Tompkins County as a Republican in the New York State Assembly when there were only two other women there in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Through the political process, she implemented legislation concerning broad-based public control of education and the decriminalizing of abortion. Her efforts regarding abortion became the critical model for the rest of the country. Mrs. Cook spent more than 10 years in the NY State assembly, always aware of her constituents’ needs. In 1974, she was the first woman vice-president of Cornell University. That same year she sued the Episcopal Church so that women could be priests and she won. Cook was an innovator and many changes that have taken place in American life came about because of her drive, determination, and humanitarianism.
About the documentary
This interview-driven documentary has a diverse cast of family, friends, politicians, and colleagues of Cook’s who were interviewed in their homes and offices, along with archival footage of Cooks’ life and work. The documentary will be officially released in 2015.
About CloseToHome Productions
Sue Perlgut formed CloseToHome Productions, an independent production company, in 2007. She produced, directed and co-wrote her first documentary 101 Ways to Retire—or Not!, seen on PBS, also an official selection of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, in 2008 and is a recipient of the 2008 Mature Media Awards. Her second documentary “Beets and Beans: Living and Dying with Hospice” is a half-hour documentary released in 2010 about the hospice movement in the U.S., and was an official selection of the 2010 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, the 2010 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, and the 2010 Emerging Filmmakers Film Festival in Rochester, N.Y.
Family Classics Picture Show Series Continues with classic screwball comedy
About Planned Parenthood of The Southern Finger Lakes
Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL) was created in 2004 by the merger of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier and Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County, both founded in 1968. They are committed to providing quality reproductive health care and sexuality education for all people in our community regardless of age, race, ethnicity, physical ability or attributes, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability to pay. Since 1996, they have been the designated provider of sexual violence response and education services in Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties.
The Family Classics Picture Show re-introduces the Golden Age of Hollywood to parents and kids with a year-long series of 10 fun and affordable Sunday matinees. The program continues on Sunday, March 22nd at 2pm with a screening of Bringing Up Baby. To get families excited about the magic of the movies, each matinee will feature an introduction by actor, magician, and movie buff David Moreland and will include custom enrichment guides to help continue the conversation after the credits roll. Discounted tickets for these special Sunday events are just $3 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for a “family pass” of up to five people. The Family Classics Picture Show at Cinemapolis is made possible by lead sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors. Additional program support comes from Mama Goose.
The series is the brainchild of Ithaca City School District teacher (and Cinemapolis board member) Allison Andersen. After developing an educational series of similar screenings at Cinemapolis for the K-5 classes at Fall Creek Elementary, Anderson wanted to open up the concept for the entire community. “As an educator and parent, I've long been interested in the idea of growing literacy,” says Andersen, “the understanding of timeless themes and character motivations—using both books and films, in tandem and in support of one another. This series develops cinema literacy by presenting classic films that express universal themes such as friendship, adversity, family loyalty—all with a healthy dose of silliness!”
Working with Cinemapolis staff and a dedicated committee of volunteers, Andersen has crafted a line-up of films that will lead families through American cinema’s exciting early years and into the modern age:
More British Stage on the Big Screen - Shakespeare's Globe and National Theater Live
All shows will begin at 2 pm and will conclude with the distribution of guides that highlight facts about the film, feature excellent books that explore similar themes, and provide a list of additional movies that families can enjoy.
As emcee of the Family Classics Picture Show, David Moreland brings his own family’s love of cinema along with his experience in the movie business. Before moving to Ithaca in 2002, Moreland worked as a character actor in Hollywood and appeared in dozens of television shows and the films Legally Blonde, Donnie Darko, One Hour Photo, and City of Angels. “I don’t think classic films are inherently better than the best of current Hollywood releases, but today’s kids see the current releases over and over, and if we don’t make a special time for the classics, young people will never see them. That’s what the Family Classics Picture Show is all about,” says Moreland. “I’ve shown many of the films in this year’s line-up to my daughters. They’ve asked to see them again and again, and have even chosen them as their birthday party movie, so their friends could see them too.”
The Family Classics Picture Show at Cinemapolis, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, begins with Singin’ in the Rain on Sunday, January 25th at 2pm. While staff and committee members have vetted the films in the Family Classics Picture Show, only parents can decide which films are the right fit for their family. Cinemapolis encourages parents to read about each film at CommonSenseMedia.org
before deciding to attend.
Our tradition of live theater events on screen continues with the launch of a new season of productions from Shakespeare’s Globe and all new productions from National Theatre Live. Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen provides audiences the opportunity to experience the world's most famous stage as if they were there in person, and NTL is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Combined, the two programs give cinema-goers from Ithaca and beyond a chance to see world-class theatre without the pesky intercontinental airfare!
The season of Globe on Screen opens in March with Twelfth Night, an all-male Globe 'Original Practices' production that aims to replicate as closely as possible the music, costumes, dance and scenery of Shakespeare’s time. Mark Rylance, winner of multiple Olivier and Tony Awards, and Stephen Fry star in the production, directed by Tim Carroll. Captured live in 2012, Twelfth Night screens at Cinemapolis at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 8th
and again at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 11th
In April, National Theatre Live returns to the screen with a David Hare’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Based on Katherine Boo’s National Book Award winner of the same name, the play tracks the interconnected lives of garbage traders in Annawadi, a modern-day slum of Mumbai, India. Captured live on March 12th, this epic new production will screen at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 2nd
and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 4th
Following close behind is an acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s grotesquely violent and daringly experimental Titus Andronicus. Featuring visceral staged violence, this version was part of the Globe’s Summer 2014 “Arms and the Man” season. Titus screens at Cinemapolis at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 5th
and again at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 8th
The NTL season continues with the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014 – the Young Vic production of Arthur Miller’s A View from a Bridge. Featuring a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and direction by visionary Ivo van Hove, this production of Miller’s classic confrontation of the American dream has been called “magnetic, electrifying, and astonishingly bold.” Captured live on March 26th, A View from a Bridge comes to Cinemapolis at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 30th
and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 2nd
Also in May comes another production from the Globe’s “Arms and the Man” season. Their sell-out production of Julius Caesar employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging, and showcased what the Daily Telegraph called “a rapport between the performers and the audience that feels genuinely magical.” This classic tale of political betrayal screens at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 10th
and again at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 13th
The following week, acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem. Directed by Nicholas Hytner (One Man, Two Guvnors), the play follows Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, who’s nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. Called “Stimulating. Absorbing. A rich, ideas-packed work,” The Hard Problem arrives at Cinemapolis at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 21st
and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 23rd
As London’s stage season continues, more titles will be added throughout 2015. Tickets for each of these special, high-definition National Theatre Live and Globe on Screen broadcasts are available at the Cinemapolis box office and online at cinemapolis.org. General admission tickets are $22 each, with discounted $18 tickets available for students, seniors and Cinemapolis members.