Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cleveland Cinemas Announces Its Fall Documentary Series

[Press release from Cleveland Cinemas.]
 
With subjects ranging from Hollywood legends and Rock ‘N Roll gods to the world’s oldest horse race and an incredible story of a fight over a lost and found human leg, Cleveland Cinemas will present eleven new documentaries as part of its FALL DOC SERIES.
 
 
CALL ME LUCKY
Tuesday, September 22nd, 7:30 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/children, $8.50 for students
Summary: Barry Crimmins was a volatile but brilliant bar comic who became an honored peace activist and influential political satirist. While living in Cleveland, Crimmins began a crusade in the early days of the internet to prevent the exploitation of children online. Famous comedians and others build a picture of a man who underwent an incredible transformation.
 
 
ARCADE FIRE: THE REFLEKTOR TAPES
Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:30 PM
Apollo Theatre (19 E. College St., Oberlin)
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)
Admission: $15.00
Summary: A fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire's critically acclaimed, international #1 album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breath-taking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London.
 
 
CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAM SMART
Tuesday, September 29th, 7:30 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/children, $8.50 for students
Summary:  Pulsating with sex, drugs, and betrayal, a small-town New England murder became one of the highest-profile cases of the past twenty-five years. The first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the consciousness of America. With the suspense of a fiction thriller, CAPTIVATED rewinds the facts. It probes whether the media’s insatiable storytelling combined with Pamela Smart’s demeanor and naiveté settled the verdict long before the case was argued in court. CAPTIVATED makes us question everything we’re told as the line between news and entertainment continues to blur.
 
FINDERS KEEPERS
Wednesday, October 7th, 7:30 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/children, $8.50 for students
Summary: When his amputated leg is discovered in a grill sold at a North Carolina auction, John Wood finds himself at the center of a worldwide media frenzy. Believing the new-found attention to be his chance at doing some great things in an otherwise disappointing, wayward life, he's quickly swept up in the hysteria as the leg's enterprising buyer, Shannon Whisnant, then sues to regain its custody. But the stranger-than-fiction chain of events, fueling John's drug addiction and compounded by generations of his familial dysfunction, soon sets John on the streets and heading to his certain demise. Just in time, however, another twist in these fantastical occurrences gives John a final shot at becoming whole for the first time in his life.
 
SCORPIONS: FOREVER AND A DAY
Wednesday, October 14th, 7:30 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Chagrin Cinemas (8200 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls)
Special admission: All seats $12.50
Summary: For one and a half years, renowned filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied the Scorpions on what was originally supposed to be the band's farewell tour. The resulting documentary, FOREVER AND A DAY, follows the band on the
road from Bangkok to Moscow, and culminates in the Scorpions' decision to scrap their retirement plans, deciding instead to mark their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a new tour, a new album and the FOREVER AND A DAY movie.
 
GREEN DAY: HEART LIKE A HAND GRENADE
Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 PM
Tower City Cinemas (230 W. Huron Rd., Cleveland)
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/children, $8.50 for students
Summary: An intimate look of the band recording their album American Idiot...art house style.
 
DO I SOUND GAY?
Thursday, October 22nd, 7:30 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/children, $8.50 for students
Summary: Is there such a thing as a "gay voice"? Why do some people "sound gay" but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for anti-gay harassment? The feature documentary Do I Sound Gay? explores these questions and more and includes revealing interviews with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei.
Followed by a Q&A with director David Thorpe via Skype lead by Ken Schneck, host of “This Show is So Gay.”
A part of concession sales benefit the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland.
 
UNITY
Wednesday, October 28th, 7:30 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/children, $8.50 for students
Summary:  Seven years in the making, UNITY is a new documentary that explores humanity’s hopeful transformation from living-by-killing into living-by-loving. It is a unique film about compassion for all beings, or all “expressions of life", going beyond all “separation based on form”, and beyond perceiving opposites. Writer/Director Shaun Monson, collaborating with an astounding cast of 100 celebrity narrators (never before
gathered in the history of filmmaking), presents a message of love, tragedy and hope, all set against the backdrop of some of the most compelling 20th and 21st Century footage imaginable.
 
PALIO
Wednesday, November 11th, 7:30 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/children, $8.50 for students
Summary: In the heart of Tuscany, the dusty terracotta-tinged city of Siena is home to the world’s oldest horse race: the Palio. Twice a summer, jockeys representing ten of the city’s historic districts maneuver through a frenzied course in the central Piazza Del Campo, cheered and jeered in equal measure by passionate local supporters. The cut-throat spirit of the race speaks to its medieval roots, as riders are compelled to do whatever it takes to win both on the course and off.
 
TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL
Tuesday, November 17th, 7:30 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/children, $8.50 for students
Summary:  In the 1950s, Tab Hunter is America's Boy Next Door. Nothing, it seems, can damage his skyrocketing career. Nothing, that is, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. Now, Tab Hunter's secret is out. In this documentary we will meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy, healthy survivor of Hollywood's roller coaster.
Post film Q&A with director Jeffrey Schwarz via Skype.
 

I AM THOR
Tuesday, November 24th, 7:30 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/children, $8.50 for students
Summary: Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70's & 80's whose theatrical band THOR hit the scene alongside Metallica and Kiss, but never achieved the gold record status of its contemporaries. After a brief but memorable film career saw him starring in the cult classics Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare and Zombie Nightmare, Thor all but disappeared from the entertainment map. Tracing the rise, fall, and rebirth of a determined performer over the course of a career that has seen more than its fair share of highs and lows, I AM THOR paints a fascinating and sometimes unbelievable portrait of this larger-than-life icon.
 
 
Tickets are available at the theatre box offices or online at clevelandcinemas.com.

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