Thursday, June 16, 2016
Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams – which, in Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train, is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King, who presides over the film like a spirit.
Jim Jarmusch, 1989, 110 min, USA/Japan, in English, Japanese, and Italian w/ English subtitles, Color.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the decaying rural South must confront a tangle of difficult choices. An ambitiously constructed, elegantly photographed meditation on adolescence, the first full-length film by director David Gordon Green features remarkable performances from an award-winning ensemble cast.
David Gordon Green, 2000, 89 min, USA, in English, Color.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
In 1997, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made.
Paul Saltzman, 2009, 90 min, Canada, in English, Color.