The McCall Film Society presents “The Paris Opera” Wednesday, November 7th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. THE PARIS OPERA is an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at the whirlwind logistics that is needed to put together the breathtaking performances and events at one of the world’s most eminent institution.
This documentary by Jean-Stéphane Bron, a Swiss director, has the pace, the editing, the appearance, and the mood of a big-production drama….There are certain sequences in this doc that will lift your spirits up to the highest states of feeling that this art can reach.” – Charles Mudede, The Stranger. The LA Times say, “Covering an eventful artistic season, Jean-Stéphane Bron’s “The Paris Opera” is a well-observed vérité portrait of a major cultural institution. The fly-on-the-wall cameras peer into executive suite politics, rehearsals and the daily chores of hairdressers and laundry crew, and Bron achieves a rounded account,…” You do not have to be a Opera buff to be mesmerized by the difficulties human beings face in the creative process and team work that is required of us to produce such a highly valued work of art.
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting next Thursday, November 1 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.
“In Syria”, followed by a speaker,
Asmaa Albukaie, a Syrian Refugee
The McCall Film Society presents “In Syria” Wednesday, October 17th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. The film depicts a Syrian woman who tries to protect her household from the raging war outside her apartment. After the showing Asmaa Albukaie a Syrian refugee will speak and take questions from the audience.
“In Syria”, shows an extended family which is under siege from gun fire and explosions, and with the constant threat of looting or being discovered by soldiers, Oum Yazan, played by the extraordinary Palestinian actress, Hiam Abbass, tries to maintain a routine schedule of cleaning and meals, even scolding her pre-teen daughter for using too much water to shave her legs for the first time. In the span of 24 hours, we see an increase of danger and the household is forced to make incomprehensible moral decisions to keep each other alive.
Writer and Director, Phillpe Van Leeuw filming almost entirely inside an apartment building in Beruit, with a cast all drawn from war-torn countries, shares what life is like for Syrians living in constant terror of war. The Hollywood Reporter calls “In Syria”, “gripping from start to finish… A chilling, fast-moving study of a Syrian household under siege.
Asmaa Albukaie who will speak after the film was born in Damascus, Syria. She was a graduate student in Library Science, when the war broke out in Syria in 2011. Asmaa was forced to flee Syria and sought refuge in Egypt with her two sons after her husband was killed in 2013. In Egypt she worked with a Church organization, helping other refugees. Asmaa in 2014 was resettled in the United States, along with her two sons. She is celebrating the latest addition to her family, a month old son! She is currently working with the Agency for New Americans as a case manager, assisting newly arrived refugees with their resettlement process.
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting next Thursday, October 11 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.
Alzar School 4th Annual Foundation Film Festival Friday,
Oct. 13, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm,
Roxy Theatre, Cascade
(Adventure Shorts such as Shelter, I am Here, Run Wild Run Free and Scenic Rivers)
The McCall Film Society’s Fall Series will start on Wednesday, September 19th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse with the film “Jasper Jones”, a film by Rachel Perkins, one of Australia’s leading directors. The film has been described as Australia’s answer to To Kill A Mockingbird, featuring a murder mystery which uncovers the overt and covert racism of a 1960’s Western Australian town.
JASPER JONES is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1969, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous.
The Director, Rachel Perkins is a leading documentary film maker who has expanded her great skills to such breakaway hits as “Bran Nue Day” a 2009 Australian musical comedy-drama film that tells the story of the coming of age of an Aboriginal Australian teenager on a road trip in the late 1960s. Perkins has dedicated her body of work from TV drama series, documentaries like “First Nation” to feature film dramas like “Jasper Jones” to create great art that illuminates the history of Australia’s indigenous people and the discrimination her people have faced in her nation.
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting next Thursday, September 13th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.
- May Hardware
- Lakeview Chevron
- Idaho Power
- Pro-Active Physical Therapy
- Erekson Law Office
- Holiday Inn Express-The Hunt Lodge
The McCall Film Society presents “ The Teacher”, Wednesday, February 14th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “The Teacher” is directed by Oscar Nominated Jan Hřebejk and loosely inspired by true events, the film is a very dark comedy about an elementary school teacher who uses her students to manipulate their parents for her own gain. Variety calls the film “An intelligent and universally resonant crowd-pleaser….”
The film takes place in a middle school classroom in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1983, a new teacher, asks each student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that the pupils’ grades are related to how willing their guardians are open to helping her out with her errands, her housecleaning, etc. After one of the students attempts suicide, however, the director of the school has no choice but to call for an emergency parents’ meeting to remove the teacher, but because the teacher is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, parents are hesitant to sign the petition.
“When I think of THE TEACHER, “ says Jan Hřebejk, the director, “I see it as a carefully organized and engrossing analysis of how a society can slowly grow numb and browbeaten to the point of losing hope of effecting any change at all. It is a film about how collective lethargy can lead to tragedy. And a film about the hope contained in refusing to stand idly by, about overcoming one’s own fears. This is something that I find extraordinarily topical, and if it is well filmed, it always will be!” –
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday, February 8th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Additional tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.
The McCall Film Society presents “ Bad Lucky Goat”, Wednesday, January 10th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “Bad Lucky Goat” is a comedy that takes place on a Caribbean island. Two incompatible teenage siblings embark on a day of comedic misadventures and a journey of reconciliation after accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father’s truck. Hollywood Reporter states “The light but evocative result proves as inviting as a gentle tropical breeze.”
“ Bad Lucky Goat” was an official selection of South by Southwest and BFI London Film Festival in 2017. The film was shot on location in Old Providence, a small island in the Colombian Caribbean. Due to its remote location, the island has remained intact to major development, making it the perfect place to shoot the ﬁlm. On the island things are rusty, outdated and seem to be stuck in a time warp, factors that were used to our advantage to give the ﬁlm a unique look. The Director Samir Oliveros was born in Bogota, Columbia and financed his first feature film by $60,000 contributions from kickstarter.
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday, January 4th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Additional tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.
“I ﬁnd it fascinating how even after being raised under the same roof, some siblings can be so different from one another. How they can live together for years sharing practically everything without really knowing each other.
That’s the case with Corn and Rita Denton. I wanted to create a situation where the characters would have to get out of their comfort zones and clash while under pressure, so they could see every aspect of each other’s personality. This journey takes the protagonists through a compelling adventure where they will have to work together to solve their problems.
I wanted to make an honest movie, while preserving the pristine conditions found on the island, dramatizing the situations the characters went through but keeping everything else in its natural state. The characters were be played by ﬁrst-time actors, locations were not altered or majorly decorated, all dialogues are in Creole and the score only contains instruments found on the island.” – Samir Oliveros
Our second film as part of the McCall Film Society’s October Documentary Film Festival will be “ Dolores” Wednesday, October 25th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “Dolores” tells the story of Dolores Huerta one of the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez.
San Francisco Chronicle, David Talbot says the film is …..“exuberantly inspiring… makes you want to march and dance.” The movie has won numerous awards and was shown at Sundance Film Festival in 2017.
Dolores Huerta enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.
Peter Bratt, the Director of Dolores describes how this project started …..”Then one day, …..just like in the movies the phone rang. The person on the other end was rock music icon Carlos Santana. In a mysterious and quietly urgent voice he whispered,We need to make a documentary about sister Dolores, while she is still with us. There was little doubt in my mind that this was not so much a question as it was a cultural directive, an artist’s call to action from one storyteller to another to fulfill a historical obligation. Even in the silence immediately following his words, we both knew there was only one way for me to respond.”
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday, October 19 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Additional tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.
The McCall Film Society presents the October Documentary Film Festival. Our first film in the festival will be “ Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope”, Wednesday, October 4th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “Resilience” chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. The documentary is directed by James Redford and was screened to sold out crowds at 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The showing is supported by a grant from St. Luke’s McCall.
RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of every- thing from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.
“Crime, drugs, poverty, mental illness…all these societal challenges — they’re not going to go anyway anytime soon, let’s get real,” said James Redford, Director, “But that doesn’t mean we can’t do things to protect children from those exposures so that they can break the cycle.” Researchers and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. They’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday, September 28 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Additional tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.
Our Second Film in the Festival will be “Dolores”, Wednesday Oct. 25 a documentary on the life of the co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union and a life long activist.
Steve Goodall from McCall will be presenting, “The Trouble in Peace”, Thursday, August 10 at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall Idaho. The Director will be present after the film to answer your questions.
Trouble in the Peace is a documentary by Julian T. Pinder (Synopsis)
“In the Peace River region trouble is brewing. As gas companies move heavily into northern BC, family farms suffer lethal gas leaks, stunned that such injustice could happen in Canada.
From this mayhem emerges Karl Mattson: cowboy, artist, father. Small gas leaks are affecting the health of his herd and family. When a big leak comes, it will be deadly.
But the media cares little for the plight of farmers like Karl. And while the government eagerly commits $4M to catching a mysterious ‘pipeline bomber’, it fails to regulate safety standards for its own citizens. The message is clear: industry trumps individuals.
But Karl isn’t ready to roll over and die just yet.”
Julian T. Pinder
Julian T. Pinder has been making documentaries ever since he was a young teenager. He hitch-hiked from Paris to the former Yugoslavia during and just after the wars, shooting two experimental documentaries following stories of loss and tragedy in wartime Bosnia, then Kosovo. After studying film and politics at Queen’s University and U of Toronto, Julian worked under Nick de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) for a number of years to learn the craft of documentary filmmaking.
In his mid-twenties, Julian traveled to Nicaragua to start shooting what would become LAND, his first feature documentary. After shooting on his own for 2 years, Julian eventually teamed up with veteran producer Paul Scherzer who financed and shepherded the film to completion with the strong support of TVOntario.
Five long years after Julian first started the project, in 2010 LAND premiered to sold-out audiences at the Hot Docs film festival. The film went on to a theatrical release in Canada and play in competition at international festivals including Bratislava and Santa Barbara where the film was nominated for the Award for Social Justice in Documentary Film.
TROUBLE IN THE PEACE is Julian’s second feature documentary.
For more details go to troubleinthepeace.com
Selway Bitteroot Frank Church Foundation will present Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the annual festival in Telluride, Monday March 6, 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. Ticket info when know will be posted here. The McCall Film Society will provide the equipment to show this quality show.
Tickets are on sale at Hometown Sports, Gravity Sports and Saw-On Sports. Adults $13 dollars, students and youth $10.
Details on films go to https://www.mountainfilm.org/tour/films