Friday, July 27, 2018

Opening Friday at the SNF Parkway

Kubrick 90 starts tonight, on the director's would-be 90th birthday!
KILLER'S KISS
Only Two Screenings!
Thursday, 7/26 - 7pm
Saturday, 7/28 - 5pm

1955, USA, 67 Minutes, 35mm

Beginning July 26th, the SNF Parkway celebrates Stanley Kubrick’s would-be 90th birthday with a retrospective of the master filmmaker’s invaluable contributions to the history of cinema. The series will occur twice monthly and will showcase each of the director’s films in turn including 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon and The Shining.

Filmed on a budget of $40,000 (raised by Kubrick’s relatives), the 65-minute, black-and-white drama Killer’s Kiss is a true “noir” film, shot mostly at night in a variety of seedy Manhattan locations. The plot concerns the efforts of boxer Jamie Smith (who also narrates the film) to rescue nightclub dancer Irene Kane from the lecherous maneuvers of club owner Frank Silvera. The much-admired climax finds Smith, Silvera, and the villain’s henchmen pursuing each other in a warehouse filled with grotesque-looking store mannequins.

Kubrick’s second feature (after his disowned Fear and Desire) marked a fascinating start to his career.

“In the case of Mr. Kubrick’s own career, the fulfillment came later. But here is the promise.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times

DARK MONEY
Director: Kimberly Reed
2018, USA, 99 Minutes

Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana — a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide — to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-Team).
Join us on Tuesday July 31st following the 7pm screening for a special panel discussion on the film and local advocacy work for campaign finance reform and fair elections, moderated by David Zurawik, media critic at The Baltimore Sun.

Visit mdfilmfest.com for showtimes.

UNDER THE TREE
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
2017, Iceland, France, 89 Minutes

The shade from a front-yard tree brings the already simmering tensions between two families in an Icelandic suburb to boiling point, in this hilariously absurd and psychologically astute comedy from director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson.

Under the Tree follows a man who is accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbors over an old and beautiful tree. What starts as a typical spat between suburban neighbors unexpectedly and violently reaches a boiling point, soon spiraling out of control.

Absurdly hilarious and psychologically astute, Under the Tree probes the way proximity heightens resentment and malice.

Visit mdfilmfest.com for showtimes.

AGAVE: THE SPIRIT OF A NATION
Fri 7/27 - 7:00 PM  Parkway 1
Director: Nick Kovacic, Matthew Riggieri
2018, Mexico, 79 minutes

At this special culinary event, guests will have the opportunity to watch Agave: The Spirit of Nation and after are invited to sample Mezcales and Tequilas from México along with light food catered by Baltimore’s own Cocina Luchadoras. This will be a treat for all the senses, as we take a journey to explore the culture of México through film and food. Brought to you in partnership between: Digital Cave, Mezcalistas, MDFF, and Cocina Luchadoras.

Sample of brands represented:
Fortaleza, Tequila Ocho, Mezcal Vago, El Jorgorio, Del Maguey, Siete Misterios, Wahaka Mezcal.

Authentic Mexican cuisine provided by: Cocina Luchadoras.

This expressive documentary explores the fastest trending spirit in the world, Tequila and Mezcal. This journey takes us to the world’s most biodiverse landscape of the agave plant, Mexico; here families have been passing down the tradition of distilling agave for generations.From the alluring red highlands of Jalisco to the rugged mountains of Oaxaca the film follows three producers – Carlos, Graciela, and Aquilino in this burgeoning renaissance. From a bootstrap ambition to carrying on a father’s legacy, their successes and sacrifices unfurl in this interweaved story. Discover how one delicate plant can carry the weight of a nation and the people trying to protect it for the future.

Generation Parkway presents
NYICFF 2018’S KID FLICKS ONE
Saturday 7/28 - 1:30 PM 
2018, 52 Minutes, Ages 3–7

Explore new worlds without leaving the theater! The Kid Flicks tour features audience favorites and award-winners from the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens in North America. Each year, NYICFF scours the globe for the best new films from around the world. Find your story in films that encourage exploration, empathy, learning, and, of course, tons of fun!

Kid Flicks One gives a warm welcome to all budding cinephiles with this lively international lineup of fun. Kick off the festivities with good hygiene and great dubstep in Party Mouth (USA), then let your hair—or, er fur—down and hang loose in I Want to Live in the Zoo (Russia). And, even if you get into a tangle, there will be someone to catch and cheer you on with the charming If You Fall (Canada).

Many thanks to Port Discovery Children’s Museum for their support of the Generation Parkway series! Have a kid that’s crazy about dinosaurs? Visit the new Dinosaurs: Land of Ice and Fire Exhibit this summer, now through Sept 9th!

Cult Cravings!
MICROWAVE MASSACRE
1983, USA, 76 Minutes
Fri 7/27 - 10:00 PM  Parkway 1 
Sat 7/28 - 10:00 PM  Parkway 2 
Wed 8/1 - 9:30 PM  Parkway 1 

Be sure not to miss this 2K restoration (from the original camera negative) of the so-called “worst horror film of all time!”

An insane and gore-filled comedy/horror extravaganza, Microwave Massacre is a real ‘80s relic dressed up like a ‘70s porno. The film’s curmudgeonly killer: Jackie Vernon, a real-life raunchy stand-up best known as the original cartoon voice of Frosty the Snowman. Vernon, playing a dimwit construction worker everyman, just wants to eat a bologna sandwich for lunch with the guys, but is forced to consume an array of grotesque gourmet experiments engineered by his shrill wife equipped with a ridiculously oversized new microwave. A bout of drunkenness and the sight of one of the wife’s repulsive meals is all it takes to push Donald to commit the titular act, thus beginning this slapstick gorefest.

“Listen, you can think whatever you want, but Frosty the Snowman shoving his wife into a giant microwave is 100% my aesthetic.” — Tony the Terror, Letterboxd

“An inept joke of a movie” — David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews