Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Doc Series at the Capitol Theatre and Cedar Lee Theatre

[Press release from Cleveland Cinemas.]
Documentary filmmakers pick their topic and then show their audience a glimpse into the complex world of their subject.  Real life can be funny, challenging and sometimes scary and good documentaries never shy away from whatever direction true events lead.
Cleveland Cinemas will present the following documentaries as part of its SUMMER DOC SERIES:
Wednesday, June 18th, 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)

Summary: When an out-of-work actor (Rob Stewart) accidentally discovers through Facebook that he's been wildly famous in Serbia for almost two decades, he sets out to discover the reasons why. SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT chronicles Stewart’s journey to Serbia, dubbed “Slaughtermania” by the national press. With TV appearances, a punk rock concert, interviews with heroes of the resistance movement and even the making of a commercial, in the midst of a frenzied media circus, Rob uncovers the surprising meaning behind the show’s popularity and gains redemption in the process.
Wednesday, June 25th at 2:00 PM and Thursday, June 26th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)

Summary: Proving you're never too old to learn something new, initially reluctant seniors discover the wonders of the world-wide-web with the help of their teenage mentors. Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to a whole new level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube tutorial. This inspires a lively competition where hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. A heartwarming, candid and at times humorous exploration of the victories and challenges seniors encounter as they dive into the digital world.
Wednesday, July 2nd, 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)

Summary:  RETURN TO HOMS, a beautiful and brutal on-the-ground view of the war in Syria, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year, the Audience Award in Madrid, a Special Jury Award at San Francisco International, and was just awarded Human Rights Watch's Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking. Variety called the film, "a remarkable achievement in immersive conflict-zone filmmaking," and the New York Times wrote "Like its heroes, we are pulled into the conflict with frenzied immediacy as we experience one city, the dreaded rites of passage of two friends, and ultimately an entire nation torn apart by the fog of war."
Wednesday, July 16th, 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)

Summary: BEING GINGER is a wonderful, illuminating look into the life of the film's maker, Scott P. Harris. At first the film seems to be a comedy about a red haired man trying to find love. But through revealing moments, whimsical animation, and real interviews, a universal story arises. We are all different. We all have aspects of our lives that set us apart from the crowd and greatly affect us. In Scott's case, it's his red hair. Through captivating storytelling, we journey with Scott as he lets the viewer into his thoughts, experiences, and internal processing of how his red hair has influence over his life and how it makes him feel about himself. Finding oneself through finding love and being able to accept it, can be experienced by all. So, while the film's title highlights red hair, it is about much, much more. Everyone should watch this film and reflect on what makes them 'ginger' in their own life. And, of course, give a ginger some love.
*Note that all “gingers” will receive a free 32oz popcorn when they come to see BEING GINGER at the Capitol Theatre.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 7:30 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)

Summary: For millions of basketball players across America and throughout the world, there are no refs, no sneaker deals and no doctors on call. To get in the game, you have to show up at the local park or gym, claim a spot and fight to keep it. The next game isn't a guarantee. Every point matters. That's pickup basketball. Ballin' at the Graveyard is a gritty look into the culture and community of pickup basketball as told by a group of hardcore ballers at Albany's Washington Park - aka, the Graveyard. It offers a courtside view of the unwritten rules, hierarchy and special code of ethics of pickup ball, and provides a revealing glimpse into the off-the-court struggles and triumphs of a core group of players who call the court their home. Ballin' at the Graveyard is a thought-provoking portrait of urban basketball that will challenge what you think you know about life behind the chain-link fence.
**Note that there will be a post-film Q&A via Skype with co-director Basil Anastassiou
Wednesday, July 30th, 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)

Summary: In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital's legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where "more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States." CODE BLACK offers a tense, doctor's-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate" bringing us face to face with America's only 24/7 safety net.
Admission to each film is $9 for adults and $6 for seniors. Tickets are available at the theatre box office or online at

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