(Allan Dwan and Philip Ford, 1948) · Featuring the stylings of pioneer directors Allan Dwan and Philip Ford, prolific nephew of John Ford, the film begins with the release of ex-con Charlie Dakin (John Carroll). Returning to a long-dry Arizona mine where his criminal partners hid a stash of gold, Charlie turns over a new leaf when poor Mexican villagers take him to be a miracle-performing saint. Still, this is the Old West where an ex-con can't simply walk away from his past.
runtime: 90 min format: 16mm
(Guerdon Trueblood, 1973) · The Candy Snatchers delivers all the sleaze one would expect from an exploitation film, as well as a few things much rarer in the genre: punchy direction, spirited performances, and unpredictability at every turn. When a depraved trio kidnaps a teen diamond heiress, things spiral ever more out of control. An autistic boy stands as the only witness, but will the selfish adult world listen? Misanthropy doesn’t come any purer than this.
runtime: 94 min format: 35mm
(Orson Welles, 1973) · Orson Welles follows famed art forger Elmyr de Hory and masterfully weaves together several tales of deception, from that of elusive business tycoon Howard Hughes to that of hoax-biographer Clifford Irving. As Welles’s final major film, it is often described as a free-form “documentary"— but can we really call it that? Packed full of lies, F for Fake ultimately exposes Welles himself as perhaps the greatest faker of them all.
runtime: 89 min format: 35mm
(Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner, 2012) · Adapted from the work of Gabrielle Vincent, this heartwarming animated feature tells the story of a young orphaned mouse, Celestine, whose defiance brings her into an unlikely friendship with Ernest, a bear. As a dentist-in-training, Celestine is sent out to collect bear teeth, but she soon discovers there’s more to Ernest than his mandibles. Simple but charming, Ernest & Celestine is fun for all ages, teaching lessons of friendship and tolerance.
runtime: 80 min format: DCP