Fall 2019 Schedule
9/9 Wild Nights with Emily (2018, USA, d. Madeleine Olnek) 84 min PG-13
Commonly remembered as a recluse, Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) is the subject of this irreverent biopic of the famous 19th century poet known as “the New England Mystic.” Based on the poet’s correspondence and other documentary evidence, Wild Nights with Emily uses Dickinson’s scandalous relationships to humorously present the life of a woman “ahead of her time” when “the men who ran the literary world weren’t interested in keeping pace” (Amy Nicholson, Variety).
9/16 The Souvenir (2019, UK/USA, d. Joanna Hogg) 120 min R
Film school student Julie becomes entangled in an increasingly destructive relationship with a secretive older writer whose addictions threaten to overwhelm her. Loosely based on director Joanna Hogg’s life, The Souvenir is a “quietly devastating drama” (G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle) about the vulnerability and insecurity of a young woman struggling to come of age as an artist, "heartbreaking, sophisticated and deeply cinematic all at once" (Tomris Laffley, The Wrap).
9/23 Honeyland (2019, Macedonia, d. Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska) 87 min NR
Honeyland, the most awarded film at Sundance this year, follows the daily life of Hatidze Muratova, Macedonia’s last traditional female beekeeper, struggling to preserve ancient beekeeping practices. Set in a remote corner of the country, Honeylandprovides a glimpse of a life unlike our own as well as a “clear microcosm of the tension between sustainability and industrialization; between restraint and a catastrophic lack of foresight” (David Ehrlich, IndieWire).
9/30 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019, USA, d. Joe Talbot) 120 min R
Loosely based on actor Jimmie Fails’ life, The Last Black Man in San Francisco follows Jimmie’s attempts to reclaim the house believed to be built by his grandfather. Celebrating the rich cultural tapestry of San Francisco without shying away from the problems associated with urban poverty, this movie is an “indelibly beautiful story of love, family and loss in America from two childhood friends turned filmmakers” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times).
10/7 Coming Home (2019, USA, d. Bess O'Brian) 90 min NR
Cinema 10 is honored to host director Bess O’Brien after the film for a Q&A presented in conjunction with Justice For All: Community Conversations on Crime & Imprisonment in the North Country
Following five newly-released prisoners as they resume their lives in Vermont, Coming Home documents the work of the innovative COSA Program (Circle of Support and Accountability). Entirely volunteer driven, COSA facilitates a safe reintegration of people convicted of violent crimes (including sexual offenses) into their communities, in order to decrease recidivism and increase positive community engagement.
10/21 I Am Rohyngya: A Genocide in Four Acts (2018, Canada, d. Yusuf Zine) 84 min NR
Cinema 10 is honored to host director Yusuf Zine after the film for a Q&A
I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts follows a group of refugees in Canada who take to the stage to recreate their persecution by security forces and others in Myanmar. Without any prior acting experience, fourteen youths between the ages of 8 and 22 tell a story of violence, death, and countless human rights violations. Mixing in-depth interviews, rehearsal footage, and staged performances, I Am Rohingya is the harrowing tale of a people whose voices will not be silenced, providing "lessons in how profound trauma can be worked through and converted into art, applause, affirmation, acknowledgment" (Mike McCahill, The Guardian).
10/28 Hail Satan? (2019, USA, d. Penny Lane) 95 min R
Witness the fight for equal rights and the nation’s very soul in… Hail Satan? An unprecedented look into the Satanic Temple, this documentary chronicles the rise of the controversial young church as they seek to uphold the right to freedom of expression in a world they see as overly influenced by a blurring between organized religion and the state. Funny, irreverent, and thought provoking, Hail Satan? Is a “...look at how the strongest defenders of society's liberal order are the people you'd least expect.” (Alistair Ryder, The Digital Fix).
11/4 The Burial of Kojo (2018, Ghana/USA, d. Sam Blitz Bazawule) 80 min NR
After her father is imprisoned in a mine shaft by her vengeful uncle, Esi embarks on a mystical journey to rescue him in The Burial of Kojo. Winner of top prizes at both the Urbanworld Film Festival (2018) and the Luxor African Film Festival (2019), Kojo features a cast of many first-time actors and is the directorial debut of Blitz Bazawule. Hailed for its nuanced story, its breathtaking cinematography, and its lyricism, “The Burial of Kojo is a near-virtuoso work, a feast of emotion… and a startling feature directing debut.” (Glenn Kenny, The New York Times).
11/11 Woman at War / Kona fer í stríð (2018, Iceland/France/Ukraine, d. Benedikt Erlingsson) 101 min NR
In Woman at War, Halla is determined to lay siege to the scourge that is an Icelandic aluminum producer, but when she is called upon by an adoption agency to take in an orphan, her plans are thrown into upheaval. Though she has long dreamed of being a mother, the government begins ramping up their efforts to catch her and thwart her eco-activism. Equally funny and emotionally galvanizing, Woman at War “is an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching.” (Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times).
11/19 Amazing Grace (2018, USA, d. Allan Elliott and Sydney Pollack) 89 min G
The world has never seen a concert film quite like Amazing Grace, and for nearly 50 years it stayed hidden. Sydney Pollack’s long concealed gem captures the recording of Aretha Franklin’s acclaimed live album of the same name, performed in front of a packed congregation in a Los Angeles church. The album remains the top-selling gospel record of all-time and the film shows Aretha Franklin at her peak: “not just a singer… a human chariot.” (Owen Glieberman, Variety).
Cinema 10 has three main goals: 1) to bring films to the area which are significant artistically, socially or politically, but which generally are not popular enough in the mass market to reach our theaters, with an emphasis on current international and American independent films; 2) to increase cultural diversity in an area relatively isolated culturally and ethnically; 3) to increase the public's awareness of film as an art form.
Cinema 10 is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.