Director Ken Russell, at the peak of his eccentric excess in the mid-1970s, was the perfect choice to bring The Who's rock opera to the screen. The Who's own Roger Daltrey stars as Tommy, the "deaf, dumb and blind kid," who, after witnessing his father's murder as a child, retreats into his own interior world. Desperate for a cure, his mother (Ann-Margret) and stepfather (Oliver Reed) take him to, in turn, The Seeker (Eric Clapton), the Acid Queen (Tina Turner) and an experimental doctor, The Specialist (Jack Nicholson), but it's only when Tommy competes against and bests the Pinball Wizard (Elton John) that he makes progress — too much so, in that he is declared a Messiah and becomes the leader of a religious sect.
DIR/SCR/PROD Ken Russell; SCR from The Who's album, "Tommy"; PROD Robert Stigwood. UK, 1975, color, 111 min, DCP. RATED PG
Fri, Mar 27, 9:15; Sat, Mar 28, 10:00
"I've never seen a more terrifying film than THE BABADOOK. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me." –William Friedkin, director of THE EXORCIST
Writer/director Jennifer Kent and lead actress Essie Davis have earned multiple kudos for this uncommonly smart and creepy psychological horror film. The film tells the story of a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, who battles with her son's nighttime fear of a shadowy monster. But she soon discovers that her son's fears are well-founded, and a sinister presence is lurking in her house. "Deeply disturbing and unusually beautiful" –Scott Foundas, Variety. Best First Feature, 2014 New York Film Critics Circle. Official Selection, 2014 Sundance and Spooky Movie film festivals.
DIR/SCR Jennifer Kent; PROD Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere. Australia, 2014, color, 93 min, DCP. NOT RATED
Fri, Apr 3, 9:45; Sat, Apr 4, 10:45
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
Ana Lily Amirpour's acclaimed, award-winning debut feature, famously called "the first Iranian vampire Western," signals the arrival of a cool and confident new cinematic talent. In the Iranian provincial town of Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome, chador-clad vampire: "The Girl" (Sheila Vand), who prowls the streets at night on her skateboard. Executive-produced by Elijah Wood. Official Selection, 2014 Sundance and Spooky Movie film festivals.
DIR/SCR/PROD Ana Lily Amirpour; PROD Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah. US, 2014, b&w, 99 min, DCP. In Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Mon, Apr 13, 9:30; Tue, Apr 14, 9:30; Wed, Apr 15, 9:30
Special Earth Day screening—one night only!
Official Selection, 2015 SXSW Film Festival
We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. PLANETARY is a poetic and humbling reminder that it's time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that: we are PLANETARY.
In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, the 17th Karmapa. They shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet.
DIR/PROD Guy Reid; SCR/PROD Steve Watts Kennedy; PROD Christoph Ferstad. UK, 2015, color, 85 min, DCP. NOT RATED
No passes accepted.
Wed, Apr 22, 7:00
DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA'S LOST ROCK AND ROLL
Q&A with filmmaker John Pirozzi
Post-screening concert by original '60s/'70s Cambodian rock and rollers
During the '60s and early '70s, as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head, creating a sound like no other. But as Cambodian society — young creative musicians in particular — embraced Western culture and flourished under its influence, the rest of the country was rapidly moving to war. After taking over the country on April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge began wiping out all traces of modernity and Western influence. This documentary tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphed into rock and roll, blossomed and was nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. The film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated only with war and genocide, celebrating the incredible music of Cambodia and exploring its importance to Cambodian society, both past and present.
DIR/PROD John Pirozzi; PROD Andrew Pope. US/Cambodia/France, 2014, color/b&w, 105 min. In English, French and Khmer with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Screening and Q&A followed by:
DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll CONCERT!
A concert to celebrate the screening of the film DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA'S LOST ROCK AND ROLL, performed by many of the original '60s/'70s Cambodian rock and rollers who created this fascinating blend of East meets West. The music covers the wide range of styles coming out of Cambodia in the '60s and '70s before the Khmer Rouge came close to destroying all traces of modern Cambodia. Celebrate the incredible resiliency of this music with many of the original surviving musicians themselves, touring and performing for the first time in the U.S.
Baksey Cham Krong
Considered to be the first Cambodian guitar band, Baksey Cham Krong formed in 1960 and began rocking their local high school in Phnom Penh with songs influenced by the Ventures and Cliff Richards and the Shadows. Soon they perfected a clean guitar sound, and guitar bands began to pop up all over the capital city. Three original members will perform, including singer Mol Kamach, lead guitarist Mol Kagnol and rhythm guitarist Samley Hong.
In the late '60s, long hair and bellbottoms became all the rage in Phnom Penh. The Drakkar band brought their own mix of current Western influences, too, and created hard rock, Cambodian style. The Rolling Stones, Santana and Deep Purple were huge influences as the Drakkar helped take Cambodian rock and roll in yet a new direction. Three original members will perform, including singer Tana, lead guitarist Touch Chhattaha and drummer Ouk Sam Art.
The songs of Sinn Sisamouth
The music of Cambodian pop's most revered singer, who tragically disappeared during the Khmer Rouge era, will be sung by his grandson, Sinn Sethakol.
The songs of Ros Serey Sothea
Dubbed the golden voice of the capital by the King himself, Ros Serey Sothea's voice was an instrument like no other. As Cambodia's most beloved female singer, she was unable to hide her identity and also perished during the Khmer Rouge. Chhom Nimol, the great singer from the band Dengue Fever, will sing a collection of Ros Serey Sothea's songs.
No passes accepted.
Tickets $25/$22 AFI Members
Wed, Apr 29, 7:00