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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
The McCall Film Society presents “ Blush”, Wednesday, February 8th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “Blush” is the story of young women who explore their sexuality on the backdrop of the social and political fabric in Israel. This is a full length adaption of her short film which was screened at Sundance Film Festival.
The director/ writer Michael Vinik based in Israel tells the story of 17-year-old Naama who spends most of her free time drinking and partying in the hopes of escaping from her parents’ constant bickering, worsened by the recent disappearance of her AWOL soldier sister. When a free-spirited new girl shows up at school, Naama falls deeply in love for the first time and the intensity of the experience at once confuses her and gives her life new meaning. Jonathan Holland of the Hollywood Report says Blush brings “A freshness of observation and a sparky sense of wonder about its protagonists means that Michael Vinik’s debut feature retains the keen edge of authentic experience.”
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday, February 2nd 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 “ My King”, Wednesday, January 11th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “My King,” stars Emmanuelle Bercot, who won best actress at Cannes Film Festival for her role as a accomplished lawyer who gets intertwined in a problematic relationship.
The Hollwood Reporter says “Perhaps what’s really different about this film, unlike the innumerable others where someone falls in love with someone else who turns out to be bad news, is that it’s from a woman’s perspective for a change, and she’s the relatively sane one bewitched by beauty and charm.”
The basic story is about Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) who is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on the turbulent ten-year relationship she experienced with Georgio (Vincent Cassel). Why did they love each other? Who is this man whom she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, a difficult process of healing is in front of her, physical work which may finally set her free.
Vincent Cassel well know in France is know in the U.S. for his role as the sexually manipulative Thomas Leroy in Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 film BLACK SWAN. He also appeared in Ocean Eleven and Ocean Twelve English Language films. “My King” is directed and written by Maïwenn, who won the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for her first french Movie that was based on her own remarkable life dramas.
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday, January 5 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Additional tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. Most films are unrated and are not recommended for viewers under the age of 18.
The McCall Film Society presents “ My Love, Don’t Cross That River”, Wednesday, November 16th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. The movie is an intimate portrait of an elderly couple in South Korea. MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER delicately captures their twilight days with tender moments that reveal simple acts of affection – from a good-natured leaf fight to a gentle caress of the cheek.
Film Ink Australia says,“Go and see MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER: if, by its ending, it hasn’t moved you to your core, you have an invulnerable heart.” A blockbuster in its native Korea, where it would go on to become the country’s biggest independent film of all time, MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER presents an unforgettable story of true love that transcends both generations and cultures.
“100-year old Lovebirds” Byong-man Jo and Gye-Yeul Kang, have been inseparable companions for the past 76 years. Living in their small home by the river, they wear traditional Korean clothes, go shopping at the local market, have picnics with neighbors, and enjoy dance parties. Every night they go to sleep holding each other’s hands. Observing this fragile couple for 15 months, director Moyoung Jin acts as a fly-on-the-wall, capturing their twilight days with tender moments that reveal simple acts of affection. They express their love passionately, drawing a heart over their head and saying “I love you”.
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday November 10th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Additional tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.