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Nevada City, CA 95959

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Within the auditorium of California’s longest running theatre (built in 1865), we are proud to host a variety of foreign and independent films, documentaries and the unusual. Films run every Sunday evening and many weekends.

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3. Sun Aug 28 – LIFE, ANIMATED – 1 hr 29 min – PG.  The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Whoever would have thought that Peter Pan could help an autistic child find his voice and take control of his destiny? This emotional coming-of-age story, directed by Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams based on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind’s memoir, follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. Winner Audience Award for Documentary, 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival.  Winner Best Director Documentary, 2016 Sundance Film Festival. "For fashioning a compelling exquisitely wrought, beautifully crafted, visually powerful and seeringly moving film." Watch Trailer

4. Sun Sep 4 – PARCHED – 1 hr 56 min – In Hindi with English subtitles - Not Rated.  PARCHED is an inspirational drama about women, written and directed by Leena Yadav, set in rural India. It traces the bittersweet tale of four ordinary women: traditional Rani, a young widow; lively Lajjo, who lives in an abusive marriage; outcast Bijli, a dancer and prostitute who becomes friends with Rani and Lajjo; and Janaki, a young teenager in a miserable arranged marriage to Rani’s son Gulab.  We see the friends unapologetically talk about men, sex and life as they struggle with their individual boundaries and their inner demons. Gradually, they begin to question the century-old traditions that have kept them locked in servitude. One fateful night, the women come together and take a bold step that will change the trajectory of their lives.  “A bright jewel of a film, surprisingly funny, fresh and upbeat in the way it takes on the complicated and often dark topic of sexual politics in rural India.” – Katie Walsh, L.A. Times. Watch Trailer

5. Sun Sep 11 – SEOUL SEARCHING – 1 hr 45 min – Not Rated.  Seoul, 1986. A raucous gaggle of Korean teenagers spill out of the Gimpo airport and onto buses that transport them to a location just outside the city. There, these high schoolers sent from all over the world--the U.S., Mexico, London, and Hamburg--are participating in a government-sponsored summer program to help them connect with their heritage. With a summer of partying ahead of them, they're on a crash course to bring shame to their families, their ancestors, and their hosts--but with any luck, they might just figure out how to make friends, fall in love, and absorb some of their roots along the way.  “A buoyant, if undisciplined comedy about foreign-raised South Korean teenagers getting in touch with their ethnic roots.“ –Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times. Watch Trailer

6. Sun Sep 18 – MEN GO TO BATTLE – 1 hr 38 min – Not Rated. This movie takes place in November 1861, about four years before the Nevada Theatre was built.  At that time, most Americans predict that the Civil War will end by Christmas, but Henry and Francis Mellon couldn't care less. Bracing for another winter on their struggling farm in rural Kentucky, the brothers have become suffocatingly close. Francis' practical jokes become more and more aggressive until the night he accidentally injures Henry in a drunken fight.  Henry disappears in the night. Months later, Francis learns that Henry has joined the Union army, and the two are left to find out separately what the approaching war will bring.  “The film captures grand swaths of history on the wing; it’s an instant-classic Western.” –Richard Brody, The New Yorker.  “One of the year’s most authentic trips in the way-back machine.  Watch it now.” –Entertainment Weekly.
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7. Sun Sep 25 – NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU – 1 hr 31 min – Not Rated. Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism. NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU of You is the definitive chronicle of Mr. Lear's life, work, and achievements, but it is so much more than an arm's-length, past-tense biopic; at 93, Mr. Lear is as vital and engaged as he ever was.  “There are lessons to be gleaned about creativity and longevity from this assured documentary portrait.  And old age, we see, benefits from friends and laughter. A present-day visit Mr. Lear pays to Carl Reiner, with Mel Brooks, underscores the nourishing value of humor and very good company.”  -Andy Webster, N.Y.Times Watch Trailer

8. Sun Oct 2 – RENOIR: REVILED AND REVERED – 1 hr 27 min – Not Rated.  Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world's favorites. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course. This stunning film - based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia - examines the direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions right up to today. Some claim they are repulsed by Renoir's later works and some claim they are seduced. What may surprise you is that among the many artists who sought out Renoir's new works and were clearly highly influenced by them were the two giants of the 20th century - Picasso and Matisse. The film, a fresh new biography of Renoir, uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new. Watch Trailer

A Special Message From Film Programmer Mike Getz

Now that I’ve finished setting up this next Nevada Theatre Film Series, I’ll take a step back to see if there’s anything special to note about the eight films selected.  These particular choices come from considering over 70 new films and narrowing them down to eight.  In the words of Monty Python, if you’re looking for “something completely different,” you might try a couple of these.   What do they have in common?  Good reviews, unusual subject matter, and a want-to-be-seen-in-a-movie-theater aura.  Remember, you should be able to view the trailers for all of these movies by simply clicking on the Watch Trailer button at the end of each film description.

So we start out with 3 documentaries.  The first one, The Witness deals with an event that happened over 52 years ago.  From today’s perspective, what was real and what wasn’t.  We’ll find out.

The second doc is Tickled.  Apparently there are people out there who will pay to be tied down and tickled.  Sounds weird.  A reporter, with perhaps more curiosity than most of us have, decides to investigate further and runs into a hell of a lot more than he bargained for.

Now the third doc, Life, Animated, will pull us completely out of the strange world of fetishes and into a family dealing with an autistic child, who at the age of three, just stops talking.  How this family overcomes this bewildering problem will not only amaze you but will lift your heart in the most wonderful way.

The next three films are dramas.  Number four – If you appreciated Mustang and Sold, you’ll probably find Parched a rewarding movie-going experience. It’s a film about four young women in rural India who somehow pick up on a vibe which is being felt all over the world; that women can break away from their restricting traditional roles and find ways to live their lives more fully. 

In Seoul Searching, the fifth film, it’s the 80s and teenagers of Korean heritage, living in other countries, come to Seoul, to spend a summer supposedly to learn about their ethnic roots.   Instead, it’s party, party.  I guess I booked this film because not only does it seem so different from what we usually show but also it does have something in common with Parched in that it’s about young people from far away dealing with growing up.

Our sixth film, Men Go To Battle, takes place in 1861, around the beginning of the Civil War.  This highly regarded debut film from writer/director Zachary Treitz depicts a year in the lives of two brothers, trying to make sense of their lives in the rugged Kentucky countryside at a time of tremendous upheaval.

Norman Lear, the subject of the seventh film, created some of our favorite TV sitcoms from the 70s and I just want to find out what he was like and I figured many of you would also be interested in him.  Lear was 93 when this doc was made.

Our eighth film is a trip to an art gallery where 181 paintings by Renoir are on display.  You’ll hear  “experts” discuss and try to explain why he went off in new directions as he got older.  But mostly you’ll see paintings that you’ve never seen before by one of the greatest artists of his time.

Mike Getz