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The Films and Events For the Week of Sept. 11th at the Boedecker Theater
May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
Directed by Judd Apatow & Michael Bonfiglio, 1hr 44min
Filmed with extraordinary access over more than two years, MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS is a deeply intimate and revealing look at the Grammy Award-nominated North Carolina band fronted by Seth and Scott Avett. Directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio chart the Avett Brothers’ decade-and-a-half rise, while chronicling their 2016 collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the critically-acclaimed album “True Sadness,” released on American Recordings/Republic Records. Using the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts a lifelong creative partnership put to the test as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business. More than just a concert documentary, MAY IT LAST is a meditation on family, love, and the passage of time.
SHOWTIMES: Monday September 12 4:30 PM, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
REVIEW by Steve Greene of IndieWire
The new documentary May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers this past Spring at the 2017 SXSW festival where they Avett Brothers took to the stage at the Paramount theater in Austin following the film for a live performance and Q & A.
Directed by Lara Stolman, 1hr 40min
Demonstrating the power of inclusion to transcend disability, Lara Stolman’s triumphant film profiles members of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swim team made up of a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum, based in the state with the highest rate of autism in the country. Through training and competition, star athletes Mikey, Robbie and Kelvin gain self-confidence and social skills that serve them both in and out of the pool.
Join Chelsea Cerny, the therapeutic recreation coordinator for Boulder Parks and Recreation, and Jennifer Heilveil, the coordinator for aquatics and Lori Goldman from EXPAND, for a talkback on Wednesday September 13 following the screening at 7:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday September 13 7:00 PM, Thursday September 14 4:30 PM, Friday September 15 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Saturday September 16 2:00 PM
REVIEW by Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com
Before the completion of Lara Stolman’s film, Swim Team, the New York Times did a profile on The Jersey Hammerheads, the Special Olympics Swim Team featured in the film. In Stolman’s filmmaker’s statement she explains what she found so inspiring in the the Hammerheads, “In parents in Hammerheads families, I found a group who refused to take no for an answer. They were saying yes, and it was galvanizing for them as a community. As a mother, I was so personally inspired by what they wanted to accomplish and believed that their high expectations could translate beyond the pool. I hope my film provides inspiration for families everywhere raising children with unanticipated challenges.” Check out the video below for the New York Times piece produced by Stolman herself and visit the Special Olympics website for more information on swimming, resources, and other events!
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Directed by Steven Lewis Simpson, 1hr 50min
A white author is summoned by a Lakota Elder who asks him to write a book about his perspective. After a blundering false start, he is all but kidnapped and sucked into a road trip through the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape. Based on the novel by Kent Nerburn.
Join Scott Garen of Conscious Good for a talkback on Thursday September 14 following the screening at 7:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday September 13 4:30 PM, Thursday September 14 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Friday September 15 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Saturday September 16 4:00 PM
REVIEW by Randy Cordova of the Arizona Republic
Both author Kent Nerburn and director Steven Lewis Simpson are both deeply invested in the stories of Native Americans and in the practice of delivering them authentically. Kent Nerburn has published 16 books of creative non-fiction and essays, focusing on Native American and American culture and general spirituality including two sequel novels to Neither Wolf Nor Dog. Steven Lewis Simpson, a director with 20 years experience has spent 15 of those years producing work in Native American communities. Apart from the two men’s involvement in the film production of Neither Wolf nor Dog, the majority of key figures around the project are from Indian Country and stars Lakota actor, Dave Bald Eagle, who died in July of 2016. Simpson has also headed the Indigenous Film Project on his website, to distribute the best of Native American/Aboriginal/Indigenous feature films each year directly to their audiences. You can listen to this segment of “Area Voices” from PRX with both Kent Nerburn and Steven Lewis Simpson on writing the stories of Native Americans and the making of the film Neither Wolf Nor Dog and check out Simpson’s original Kickstarter campaign video to crowdfund the film with sneak peaks into the location scouting process.
Friday Night Weird Sponsored by Terrapin Care Station
Directed by Janicza Bravo, Starring Brett Gelman & Michael Cera, 1hr 25min
After Isaac’s blind girlfriend walks out on him, his life goes into free fall, and he directs an unhinged staging of Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” attends the Passover Seder from hell, and attempts to woo a new flame.
SHOWTIMES: Friday September 15 8:45 PM, Saturday September 16 6:30 PM, Sunday September 17 7:00 PM
REVIEW by Eric Kohn of IndieWire
Janicza Bravo’s new film Lemon- looks like a film we are all familiar with- the trailer featuring off-putting 30something bearded Brett Gelman and off-putting 20something permed Michael Cera paired with the film’s premiere in the NEXT category at Sundance- may lead audiences to believe Lemon is another indie comedy celebrating the flailing, awkward white male, sympathizing with his struggle to triumph his own terrible personality, but an absurdist subversion of those tropes through the lens of writer/director Janicza Bravo who is simultaneously a voice anything but the flailing, awkward white male and a champion of diverse storytelling in every sense and deconstructing our own interpretations of the world around us. In this interview from Cinefix, writer/director Janicza Bravo and cowriter/star Brett Gelman break down the movie influences for Lemon that inspired its tone and aesthetic, showcasing just how important it is to tackle art from our own unique perspectives.
Dairy Comedy in the Boe
Adrian Mesa & Friends
There’s a reason Dave Chappelle loves Denver so much — it’s a city with a thriving comedy scene. And our September stand up showcase is filled with comics that are part of the next generation of funny people that’ll be ushered out of Denver and into the clubs and writing rooms of New York and Los Angeles. Adrian Mesa, the headliner — has already been taking those leaps. Having performed in places like the world-famous Caroline’s or Gotham, he is a well-seasoned Denver comedian who regularly headline’s Comedy Works. In addition to that, he has performed in innumerable festivals — including Montreal’s “Just For Laughs,” the “Latino Laughs,” and the “South Beach Comedy Festival” among others. Also performing will be Katie Bowman, Derrick Stroup, Matt Cobos, and Harrison Garcia. We’ll see you soon!
SHOWTIMES: Saturday September 16 8:30 PM
National Theatre Live Encore Series
Angels in America | Part 2: Perestroika
Written by Tony Kushner, Directed by Marianne Elliott, approximately 4hrs
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.
SHOWTIMES: Sunday September 3 1:00 PM & Wednesday September 6 1:00 PM
REVIEW by Michael Billington of the Guardian
If you missed part one of the National Theatre Live production of Tony Kushner’s epic Angels in America or you just want to recap before part two, check out this summary video of Millennium Approaches from National Theater!
Glenn’s Pick of the Week
What makes the Boedecker Boulder’s arthouse gem is the unmatched programming led by the impeccable taste of our Cinema Manager, Glenn. Our members, staff and friends all know that if Glenn recommends a film, you should be there. With that in mind, we give you Glenn’s pick of the week! If you can only see one film out of this week’s lineup, this is the one. Or even if you come to see them all, mark the talkback on your calendar or make a night of it with a friend because this is the film you’ll want to discuss. Check out Glenn’s statement below on why you need to see this week’s pick!
Glenn Webb, Cinema Manager
This Week- we’re actually looking to next week to give you a head start on this one time screening: Inside You
“So out of the blue, I get an email from Heather Fink, who works on lots of movies and videos, often as a sound person, who says she’s moving from NY to LA, and while she travels across the country, she wants to share this movie which she self-produced, INSIDE YOU, and she doesn’t care about making money, she just wants to see her movie make people laugh. I watch it, and it turns out to be very funny, but also a bit raunchy. Like if the Funny or Die folks made a sexual Freaky-Friday-type movie. A big part of our mission at The Boe is to get this kind of VERY independent films in front of an audience, but it has to be the right audience, so I asked Shay, our Queen of the Friday Night Weird, if I could do this under that umbrella, hopefully catching the attention of our beloved fans of the off-center. But also, if you are one of our more traditional cinema auteurs, and if you have a tolerance or a taste for the risqué, come out and spend an evening with Heather Fink and her movie. We’ll have a reception after with some light snacks and a cash bar, and you can ask her what it’s like to have man-parts.”
Directed by Heather Fink, 1hr 20min
We know it’s a Tuesday, but Friday Night Weird presents this risqué comedy, along with a hang out and chat with the writer/director/actor Heather Fink over light snacks (free) and drinks (cash bar.) Stephanie and Ryan have been dating for 5 years but their views on marriage couldn’t be more different. After a botched marriage proposal and an encounter with a magical object, Stephanie and Ryan switch bodies. They navigate the wonders and challenges of the opposite sex while making unexpected discoveries about each other. Eventually they have to figure out how to switch back, while stuck in bodies they don’t know how to use.
Join filmmaker Heather Fink in person for a Q & A on Tuesday September 19 September 19 following the screening at 7:00 PM
SHOWTIMES: Tuesday September 19 7:00 PM
Before meeting Heather on Tuesday, you can check out her interview with Splitsider on how she made her first feature on a shoestring budget, what it means to be a “funny girl,” and what’s next in her career.
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