After years of negotiation, the Russian director Vitaly Mansky was invited by the North Korean government to make a film about one girl and her family in the year she prepares to join the Children's Union, on the 'Day of the Shining Star' (Kim Jong-Il's birthday). "My father says that Korea is the most bea...
During the fall, winter and spring, The Center presents documentary films on artists, art forms, architecture and more. From time to time we also present independent and international films that would not otherwise be shown locally. Films are often presented in coordination with The Center’s BIG IDEA projects as a way to enhance and deepen understanding of the theme or concept being explored.
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Film: Under The Sun
Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 pm
Nuts! is a feature length documentary about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station. Using animated reenactments, interviews, archival footage, and a hilariously unreliable narr...
FILM: Carole King – Tapestry: Live in Hyde Park
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm
Carole King Tapestry: Live at Hyde Park celebrates the 45th anniversary of Carole King’s masterpiece with a spectacular concert for more than 65,000 fans in Hyde Park on July 3, 2016 including the first-ever performance of the entire album in sequence. The Hyde Park performance, recorded on July 3, 2016,...
Film: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
Thursday, December 7, 7:00 pm
Whether headlining films in Sweden, Italy, or Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman always pierced the screen with a singular soulfulness. With this new documentary, made on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of Bergman’s birth, director Stig Björkman allows us unprecedented access to her world, culling fro...
Film: Big Sonia with filmmakers Leah Warshawski & Todd Soliday
Thursday, January 25, 7:00 pm
For years, Sonia Warshawski (89) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconi...
Film: Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
Thursday, February 1, 7:00 pm
In anticipation of The Center’s February 8th lecture with former editor of Gourmet magazine, Ruth Reichl, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent peers behind the kitchen doors to reveal the tension and creativity at California’s Chez Panisse that resulted in the creation of “California cuisine”, celebri...
Film: Oscar Shorts – Live Action
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 pm
An annual tradition prior to the Oscars, The Center and Magic Lantern give film lovers the chance to see all the Oscar nominated shorts in four evenings. Wednesday, February 21 features the Live Action shorts. Live Action films are short fictional pieces with actors.
Film: Oscar Shorts – Animated
Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm
An annual tradition prior to the Oscars, The Center and Magic Lantern give film lovers the chance to see all the Oscar nominated shorts in four evenings. Wednesday, February 15 features the Live Action shorts and Thursday, February 22 will feature Animated shorts. Note: Animated shorts may not necessarily ...
Film: Oscar Shorts Documentary – Program A
Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 pm
During week two of the annual tradition prior to the Oscars, The Center and Magic Lantern give film lovers the chance to see all of the Oscar nominated documentary shorts in the final two evenings. Each evening will encompass a selection of the nominated documentary shorts – please consult The Center’s we...
Film: Oscar Shorts Documentary – Program B
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm
During week two of the annual tradition prior to the Oscars, The Center and Magic Lantern give film lovers the chance to see all the Oscar nominated documentary shorts in the final two evenings. Each evening will encompass a selection of the nominated documentary shorts – please consult The Center’s websi...
Film: Welcome to Refugeestan
Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pm
Almost seventeen million people—refugees, displaced persons or migrants—live in camps, in a virtual country the size of the Netherlands. And yet the names of these places do not appear on any maps. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees) and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have develo...
Film: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weave...