Friday, October 3, 2014

Cleveland Cinemas Fall Doc Series

[Press release from Cleveland Cinemas.]
 
With subjects ranging from baseball legends to life-challenging expeditions, Cleveland Cinemas will present six new documentaries making their theatrical debut in Cleveland as part of its FALL DOC SERIES. 
 
[*NOTE* - your hapless editor Bob Ignizio failed to post this early enough to let readers know about NO NO. My sincere apologies to both our readers and Cleveland Cinemas.]
 
 
NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY
Tuesday, September 30th, 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Admission: $9 for adults, $6 for seniors/children, $8 for students
 
Summary: On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates - on LSD. In 137 years of organized professional baseball, it's the only no-hitter of its kind. Dock was often embroiled in controversy on and off the field. While professional baseball hadn't fully embraced racial equality, he was an outspoken leader who lived the expression 'Black is Beautiful!' His fearlessness enabled him to become one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 70's and a trailblazer for a new wave of civil rights. After retiring, Dock became as outspoken about his career-spanning substance abuse issues as he had been about intolerance. He spent decades utilizing his brash approach as a counselor, helping other addicts in their recoveries. Through intimate stories and a trove of archival footage, this documentary brings Dock's vibrant life to light, burnishing the legend and revealing the man behind it.
 
 
PURGATORIO: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF THE BORDER
Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)
Admission: $9 for adults, $6 for seniors/children, $8 for students
 
Summary: Director Rodrigo Reyes' provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/US border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.
 
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
Tuesday, October 14th, 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Admission: $9 for adults, $6 for seniors/children, $8 for students
 
Summary:  This film is a bold vision of one of music's most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary by weaving a cinematically staged day in Cave's life with never-before-seen verite observation of his full creative cycle. The film delves into Cave's artistic processes, unpicking the stuff that makes him tick. We meet those who have affected his life, personally and professionally, including hilarious moments shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist and epic beard-wearer Warren Ellis actor and friend Ray Winstone and Kylie Minogue, with whom Cave sang on his mainstream hit single "Where The Wild Roses Grow." These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England. The film constructs a narrative and cinematic reality that seamlessly blends performance and storytelling with emotional truths. Avowedly neither a music documentary nor a concert film, this documentary still contains electrifying performances.
 
 
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
Tuesday, October 21st, 7:00 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)
Admission: $9 for adults, $6 for seniors/children, $8 for students

Summary: This documentary brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. It brings viewers inside creative collaborations to share the struggles, the joy, and inspiration of some of America's most talented master musicians, who have influenced and inspired the world's popular music
 
BEYOND THE EDGE 3D
Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Special admission: All seats $10

Summary: In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth's great challenges. Standing at over 29,000 ft, the world's highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era. Sir Edmund Hillary's incredible achievement remains one of the greatest adventure stories of all time the epic journey of a man from modest beginnings who overcame adversity to reach the highest point on Earth.
 
FINDING FELA
Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)
Admission: $9 for adults, $6 for seniors/children, $8 for students

Summary: Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela's message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela's music and message in their struggle for freedom. Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side).
 
Tickets are available at the theatre box offices or online at clevelandcinemas.com.

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