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Now Playing • Jul 1–Jul 16

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Now Playing • Jul 3–Jul 16

I'll See You in My Dreams

A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age.

Now Playing • Jul 6–Jul 7

George Washington

Part of our Southern Gothic Series

Twelve-year-old Nasia falls for quiet, introspective George—a boy whose skull never hardened after birth—the summer of a terrible accident in their rural southern town. First-time cinematographer Tim Orr’s fluid camerawork recalls the films of Terrence Malick with quiet, graceful shots of the crumbling, kudzu-throttled North Carolina landscape.

Coming Soon • Jul 10–Jul 16

Amy

The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

Coming Soon • Jul 10–Jul 11

Roar

The story is simple: an Africa-based preservationist lives with dozens of lions, tigers, leopards, and cougars; when his family visits, he loses control of the animals. However, the production's use of real animals injects the film with genuine terror that no amount of directorial control could hide. Writer-director-star Noel Marshall's passion project, the film is pitched between one of Disney's live-action fables of human-animal cohabitation and, somewhat unintentionally, the record of a primal invasion of the home.

Coming Soon • Jul 12–Jul 14

To Kill a Mockingbird

Part of our Southern Gothic Series

Scout and Jem watch their father, lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, in an iconic, Oscar-winning role), defend a black man falsely accused of rape in their small, Depression-era Alabama town. Marks the film acting debut of Robert Duvall.

Coming Soon • Jul 19

Through A Lens Darkly

In this provocative winner of “Best Diaspora Documentary” from the African Movie Academy, contemporary Black artists offer a sweeping corrective to American photography’s ambivalent incorporation of black bodies. They illuminate images of Blackness and black bodies from the beginning of photography to the present, disentangling the knotted photographic histories of racial oppression and Black expression—histories by turns spare, violent, ambivalent, and familial.

Coming Soon • Jul 20

The Mask You Live In

Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s activist production company, the Representation Project, returned to Sundance this year with a bold and empathetic companion piece to 2011’s Miss Representation. She expands her feminist critique with numerous, diverse interviews, targeting masculinity’s dangerous expectations, its complex interactions with race and class, and the overlooked obstacle it poses to the gender-equality movement.

Coming Soon • Jul 23

Art Exhibit: Searching for a Lullabye

Part of our Blaktastik festival

Curated by Michaela Pilar Brown

This exhibition is an exploration of feminine signification: through personal histories, technology, and fantasy, toward the creation of new mythologies and creation stories. Artists Pamela Burris and Roni Nicole Henderson explore the vagaries of life cycles.

This exhibition will open July 23 and run through August 28 at Tapp's Arts Center.

Coming Soon • Jul 24

Field Niggas

Part of our Blaktastik Festival

An extension of Khalik Allah’s photographic history of 125th and Lexington in Harlem, Field Niggas plays interviews with the corner’s regulars and visitors while their bodies drift in sensuous slow motion. Hypnotic, loving, and frightening in its intimacy, by decoupling voice and body, Allah affirms the human experience of the Black and poor on the margins of society.

Coming Soon • Jul 24–Jul 26

Blaktastik

Blaktastik is a three day film, music, education, and art festival celebrating contemporary black creative culture.

Coming Soon • Jul 24

Girlhood

Part of our Blaktastik Festival

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

This film will be followed by a talkback with representatives from the Columbia #NoFilterProject.

Coming Soon • Jul 25

Brother to Brother

Part of our Blaktastik festival

Black male queerness is still a complicated taboo, but this muscular drama imagines a friendship between a two artists, one a veteran of the Harlem Renaissance, the other a young painter, to unpack the difficult legacies of race and sexuality.

Coming Soon • Jul 25

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Part of our Blaktastik Festival

In this metacinematic frolic, Terence Nance deconstructs, debugs, reassembles, and annotates an short film of his with animated interludes, hoping to make sense of his romantic history.

Coming Soon • Jul 26

Fresh Dressed

Part of our Blaktastik festival

By situating urban Black fashion in history, from plantations to city streets to fast-fashion marketing niche, and explicating what the clothes signify, this documentary eviscerates the idea that hip-hop and its ornaments are empty materialism.

Coming Soon • Jul 26

Do The Right Thing

Part of our Blaktastik festival

Tracing the escalation of violence on a gentrifying Harlem street, Spike Lee’s morality play about American racism has lost no vigor in 25 years, and its ambivalence to violent protest resonates with renewed righteous anger.

Coming Soon • Aug 1

Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World

Dark Star memorializes H.R. Giger, immortally infamous as the designer behind the Alien franchise's Xenomorph, among other techno-sexual nightmares. In between retrospective interviews with the artist and understated rhapsodies from his colleagues and friends, the camera drifts through his labyrinthine Zurich home, adorned with his own creations as an exorcism.

Coming Soon • Aug 7

Switchblade Sisters

The Dagger Debs are the meanest, toughest girl gang on the block—or should we say, “toughest GANG on the block,” since they take on all rivals, male or female, and beat everyone’s ass in this exceedingly fun low budget film. It’s one of Tarantino’s favorite films if that means anything to anyone.

Coming Soon • Aug 17

I Am Big Bird

Caroll Spinney does not merely contain multitudes, he embodies them. He has puppeteered Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for nearly 50 years, an unseen icon of feathers, shag, naiveté, and cynicism. This buoyant SXSWedu selection captures the texture of a common man’s remarkable life as he shows generations of children (and adults) the complexity and beauty of the world they live in.

Coming Soon • Aug 26

Sundance Short Films

The short films section has always been the less-publicized wing of the Sundance Film Festival, mostly because no one gets to see the selections, no matter how bally-hooed. As a result, short-form films have suffered in prestige and publicity, even if their adventurousness has never waned. By collecting the award-winning shorts into a single, feature-length program, Sundance Shorts restores short films to their rightful place as bold and internally satisfying acts of cinema, as well as harbingers of independent film’s next voices.

Coming Soon • Sep 4

Slaughter High

Classic, but little-known, ‘80s slasher movie about a high school reunion which is stalked by “Marty,” who was the high school nerd, disfigured in a prank-gone-wrong. A high body count, weird murders, and stupid music (provided by Harry Manfredini of Friday the 13th “tch tch tch” fame) set this one apart from dozens of other Halloween imitators.

Coming Soon • Sep 7–Sep 14

Pather Panchali

Translating to “Song of the Road,” the film drifts like wind through the mundane anguish and rural pleasures of the adolescent Apu and his sister. The siblings seek out visitors from distant parts of India while their parents consider the limitations of the family’s ancestral home.

Coming Soon • Sep 7–Sep 16

The Apu Trilogy

The Apu Trilogy is composed of three Bengali films directed by Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and The World of Apu. These films, released in the 1950s, create what is considered the great bildungsroman of Indian cinema—the coming-of-age story of a young boy in a conflicted and rapidly changing world.

Some cite these films as the greatest trilogy in the history of cinema, and Ray one of the foremost directors ever to have lived. Come and witness the films that inspired the likes of Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Akira Kurosawa, with a soundtrack that reportedly “changed George Harrison’s life.”

Coming Soon • Sep 8–Sep 15

Aparajito

Apu, older and continuing his studies in Calcutta, wanders from city to city when he can, while the last members of his family die. Though Ray suffuses Aparajito with deep loss as Apu’s urban future grows indistinct and his pastoral past dissolves, the film attends just as closely to the peculiar freedom finality brings.

Coming Soon • Sep 9–Sep 16

The World of Apu

When a destitute Apu attends a wedding in the country, the village asks him to replace the groom at the last minute. Granted an interval of cosmically ordained domestic bliss, Apu is unprepared for a final twist of the knife. Though he abandons his family and friends, his responsibilities to the living soon seek him out.

Coming Soon • Sep 21

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten either documents the Khmer Rouge’s atrocities through the changing music scene in Phnom Penh, or frames the rise and fall of Cambodian yé-yé and bubblegum pop against the backdrop of civil war and cultural genocide. Either way, this important revision to our idea of Cambodian trauma assembles rare recordings of these exuberant rock and rollers as a distant, powerful protest of their oppression.

Coming Soon • Sep 28

They Will Have to Kill Us First

Because Mali identifies itself by its rich musical history, jihadists delivered an existential blow when, in 2012, they occupied the country’s Saharan north and censored all music; exiled musicians still labor to retain their heritage while performing and recording outside of their homeland. This report from the diaspora, which premiered at this year’s SXSW, celebrates Mali’s singular musical traditions while articulating the political instability from which they developed.

Coming Soon • Oct 2

Blood Freak

A biker gets turned, by a scientist, into a giant turkey monster who goes on a mad rampage after hippie drug dealers in this sex-and-violence filled mess of a Christian exploitation film. This one really needs to be seen to be believed.

Coming Soon • Oct 27–Oct 28

Ann Arbor Film Festival Program

The 53rd AAFF Traveling Tour provides a condensed curation of the festival’s award-winners and audience favorites, each one an adroit exploration of film (and, often, the physical object of film stock itself) as a medium with unexplored artistic capacities. This program of short films encompasses diverse methods for capturing a world, a moment, or an emotion through cinema: some are animated, others live-action, some are hallucinatory documentaries, others obscure narratives.