Milestone Films Spotlight: The Exiles
Director: Kent MacKenzie

Thursday, October 30th - 7PM at The Plaza Theatre
Tickets $10 member/senior/student $12 General

THE EXILES chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows a group of exiles — transplants from Southwest reservations — as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance.

Filmmaker Kent Mackenzie first conceived of The Exiles during the making of his short film Bunker Hill—1956 while a student at the University of Southern California. In July 1957, Mackenzie began to hang around with some of the young Indians in downtown Los Angeles. After a couple of months, he broached the subject of making a film that would present a realistic portrayal of Indian life in the community.

Mackenzie spent long hours making friends and earning the confidence of these Indians who finally agreed to re—enact a scenes from their lives for this picture. All of the actors, some of whom were recruited on the spur of the moment during the shooting, play themselves in the film. VISIT MILESTONE FILMS


Salon Cinema: Guest Presenter, Jim Brown
Film: La Vie Commence Demain by Nicole Védrès

Saturday, October 25, 1PM at The Plaza Theatre
Tickets $10 member/senior/student $12 General

 Jim Brown joins Calgary Cinematheque to present Verdes' La Vie Commence Demain, A fascinating story of a young man's adventures in a fabulous future! Stay after the film to join us for an informal meet and greet at Pulcinella, a few doors west of The Plaza at 1147 Kensington Crescent. 

About Jim Brown, Guest Presenter

Jim Brown is a Canadian radio personality, best known as a host of programming on CBC Radio One.

He was the host of the Calgary Eyeopener on CBR in Calgary from 2003 until 2011. Before moving to Calgary, he hosted The Morning Show at CBN in St. John's, Newfoundland, for eight seasons.

He has also been heard across Canada as a guest host of The Current, Sounds Like Canada, As It Happens, The House and Q, and as the regular host of the weekly public affairs program The 180.

Prior to joining the CBC, Brown worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor. His first film, the feature film Radiant City, co-directed with Gary Burns, was presented in September 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film won a Genie Award for Best Documentary in 2007.

About Nicole Védrès

Nicole Védrès was born on September 4, 1911 in Paris, France as Nicole Henriette Désirée Charlotte Cahen dit Nathan dit Rais. She was a director and writer, known for Paris 1900 (1947), Life Begins Tomorrow (1950) and Aux frontières de l'homme (1953). She was married to G. Vedrès. She died on November 20, 1965 in Paris.

Contemporary World Cinema
POST TENEBRAS LUX - Carlos Reygadas | 2012

OCTOBER 16, 2014 - 7PM @ The Plaza Theatre
Tickets $10 member/senior/student $12 General

POST TENEBRAS LUX (“light after darkness”), ostensibly the story of an upscale, urban family whose move to the Mexican countryside results in domestic crises and class friction, is a stunningly photographed, impressionistic psychological portrait of a family and their place within the sublime, unforgiving natural world. Reygadas conjures a host of unforgettable, ominous images: a haunting sequence at dusk as Reygadas’s real-life daughter wanders a muddy field and farm animals loudly circle and thunder and lightning threaten; a glowing-red demon gliding through the rooms of a home; a husband and wife visiting a swingers’ bathhouse with rooms named after famous philosophers. By turns entrancing and mystifying, POST TENEBRAS LUX palpably explores the primal conflicts of the human condition. — Mike Maggiore, Programmer, Film Forum



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Spotlight: Milestone Films
CHAPPAQUA - Director Conrad Rooks | 1966

October 6, 2014 - 7PM @ Theatre Junction
Tickets $10 member/senior/student $12 General

The hypnotic, psychedelic 1966 cult film written, directed by and starring Conrad Rooks was based on Rooks’ own experiences with drug addiction and his reaffirmation of life while visiting Switzerland. The film depicts its namesake, Chappaqua, New York as a sleepy hamlet in Westchester County, symbolic of drug-free suburban childhood innocence as well as one of the film’s references to Native American culture. (The name Chappaqua derives from the Wappinger Algonquian people and translates to ‘laurel swamp.’)



Winter Sleep

Calgary International Film Festival: World Series Cinema

Turkey/Germany/France • 2014 • 196 min • Turkish (English subtitles)
Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Sept. 27, Globe, 5:45pm

CIFF's 2014 schedule is live! Calgary Cinematheque is pleased to be a presenting partner for Winter Sleep at the Calgary International Film Festival! Calgary Cinematheque's President Gary Burns will be in attendance and we'll have 2014-15 season info available at the screenings. Once again, we are excited to be working in partnership with CIFF.

Aging actor-turned-hotelier Mr. Aydın (Haluk Bilginer) is cut off from the outside world by the winter snowfall. As the weather turns, so does Aydin, revealing himself as an aspiring tyrant and an object of scorn by those around him. This year’s Palme d’Or winner at Cannes is the riveting tale of an isolated Turkish village based on Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.


On the Bowery

Director Lionel Rogosin | 1956 | 65 Min | Digital

Spotlight Series: Milestone Films
Thursday September 11 - 7PM
@ The Plaza Theatre

Tickets available at the door, cash only

ON THE BOWERY chronicles three days in the drinking life of Ray Salyer, a part-time railroad worker adrift on New York’s skid row, the Bowery. When the film first opened it 1956, it exploded on the screen, burning away years of Hollywood artifice, jump-starting the post-war American independent scene and earning an Oscar nomination. Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna, ON THE BOWERY is simultaneously an incredible document of a bygone era and a vivid and devastating portrait of addiction that resonates today just as it did when it was made.

Exploring the underworld of the city’s skid row, Rogosin developed his signature style. After months drinking with men he met on the Bowery, Rogosin worked with them to write a screenplay that reflected their lives and then cast his drinking buddies as themselves. READ MORE & VIEW TRAILER

Selected: 2008 National Film Registry by the Library of Congress

Winner: 2010 National Society of Film Critics’ Film Heritage Award

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