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NCFF Monthly Picks at The Magic Theatre – The Big Easy Express
September 21 – September 27, 2012, Showtime 9:15pm, Doors Open 15min before Showtime
Tickets available at the door, $8/GA, $6.50 Student and Senior
Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA

3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track…the BIG EASY EXPRESS documents a cinematic musical journey. Directed by renowned filmmaker Emmett Malloy (THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS) this incredible new film captures nothing less than history in the making.

Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, climbed aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams”. The resulting film from this journey is nothing short of magical.

Part road movie and part concert film, BIG EASY EXPRESS bears witness to the birth of a new musical era. With poignancy and beauty, Malloy documents these incredible musicians as they ride the rails and wow the crowds, from Oakland… to New Orleans.

So climb on board for a vibrant, raucous railway adventure. Filled with joyous crowds, late night laughter, endless music…and a train that was bound for glory.

Big Easy Express Official Trailer from S2BN Films on Vimeo.


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Shut Up And Play The Hits – One Week ONLY!

Friday, September 7th – Thursday, September 13th, 9:15pm
**Beer & Wine available for purchase on Friday, September 7th ONLY

“Shut Up and Play the Hits manages to effectively display the power of that final concert while putting the band’s leader into thoughtful cultural perspective.”- NPR

Nevada City Film Festival and the Magic Lantern Film Society continue to present their film series “NCFF Picks” at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City. These films delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, though-provoking storytelling that captures audiences hearts and minds.

Shut Up and Play the Hits is a 2012 documentary film directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace that follows LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of the band’s final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after the show. The film also features intermittent segments from an extended interview between Murphy and pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012, and was released in the USA for one night only on July 18, 2012. UK showings began on September 4, 2012.

James Murphy performs a duet with the comedian and musician Reggie Watts for one song during the show.

Several members of the band Arcade Fire provide backing vocals during LCD’s performance of North American Scum. The film’s title is a reference to the moment Win Butler of Arcade Fire shouts ‘Shut Up and play the Hits’ as James introduces the song.

The film also features brief appearances from the Juan MacLean and David and Stephen Dewaele, from the band Soulwax (thereby mirroring James Murphy and Nancy Whang’s appearances in the Soulwax film Part of the Weekend Never Dies). There are also fleeting glimpses of both Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover in the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Aziz can be seen crowd surfing during ‘Yeah’.

The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Showtime 9:15pm, Box Office Opens 15 minutes before screening
Tickets $8 GA, $6.50 Student/Senior


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Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church in Sideways

SIDEWAYS starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Sandra Oh, and Virginia Madsen

“Intelligent, funny and moving.

– TimeOut”

“By far the year’s best American movie.

– TIME”

How much trouble can an unsuccessful writer and depressed middle school English teacher get into during a road trip through the Santa Ynez Valley wine country? Plenty! For one night only, The Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present the Award winning film “Sideways”, plus a hearty and delicious dinner featuring California cuisine by A Family Affair, 5 tastings of local wines, and live jazz music.

“Sideways” will screen in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure. Following the film, enjoy five tastings from vintage cabs and buttery chardonnays by local award-winning foothill wineries. A delicious and hearty meal prepared by A Family Affair will be served in the beautiful Stone Hall. The Sierra Jazz Society will provide a sonic back drop of live jazz music.

Part of the “Food & Film Series”, “Sideways” is about two men reaching middle age without much to show for it. They embark on a week long road trip to explore California’s wine country while ultimately searching for their identities. “Sideways” stars Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Sandra Oh, and Virginia Madsen. A surprise hit, “Sideways” became popular in the US and internationally. Santa Ynez Valley, where much of the film is set, attracted increased tourism.

Throughout the film, Giamatti’s character Miles speaks fondly of the red wine varietal Pinot Noir, while denigrating Merlot. Following the film’s U.S. release in October 2004, Pinot Noir sales increased 16% in the Western United States while Merlot sales dropped 2%, possibly due to Miles’ disparaging remarks about the varietal in the film.

Make it a weekend!
“Sideways” kicks off Nevada City Uncorked: Wine & Food Experience, August 4, 2012, 1-5pm, in historic downtown Nevada City. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners present this annual event that brings together early 20 wineries and restaurants. For more information, visit www.nevadacitychamber.com.
On Sunday, August 5, 2012, the Miners Foundry will host the annual Nevada City Craft Fair. The independent, juried craft fair showcases the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, featuring their unique, handmade, original & vintage items.
10am-8pm, $3, Children under 12 free.

Friday, August 3rd
Food & Film Series presents Sideways plus Dinner & Live Music
Miners Foundry
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
4:30 p.m. Wine Tasting / 5:30 p.m. Film / 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Music
Ticket $40.00 Members / $50.00 Non Members. RSVP by July 20th.
Buy your tickets here!


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WE REGRET TO INFORM EVERYONE THAT THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED!  THANKS. 

Nevada City Film Festival and the Magic Lantern Film Society continue to present their monthly film series “NCFF Picks” at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City. These films delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, though-provoking storytelling, that captures the hearts of audiences.

May’s NCFF Pick of the Month is #ReGENERATION, produced and narrated by Academy Award Nominated actor Ryan Gosling, and features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, among others.

The award-winning documentary film, #ReGENERATION, explores the galvanizing forces behind the Occupy Movement and the state of social activism in our society. The film takes an uncompromising look at the challenges facing today’s youth and young adults as they attempt to engage on a myriad of social and political issues.

Focused on how our education, parenting, and media can influence us, the film follows three separate walks of life representing today’s generation. Each brings their own unique perspective – from an inspired collective of musicians working outside the corporate system, to a twenty-something conservative family about to welcome the birth of their second child, and a group of five high-school students from the suburbs looking for their place in society. Their stories are interspersed with the knowledge, wisdom, and personal reflections of some of the country’s leading scholars, social activists, and media personalities, including Noam Chomsky, the late Howard Zinn, Adbusters’ Kalle Lasn, Andrew Bacevich, Talib Kweli, and many others.

Narrated by Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Drive) and featuring a riveting soundtrack from STS9, the film explores how today’s generation approaches activism, how it is impacted by technology, our disconnection with nature and history, our consumer culture, and the economic factors holding many of us back from becoming more active participants in our communities. Through a diverse and intelligent series of stories, interviews and insights, we come to a deeper understanding of the influences shaping our society. We have entered uncharted territory, economically, environmentally, and intellectually–and we must look honestly at ourselves to create a sustainable future.

Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26

The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA

Showtime 1pm, Box Office Opens 15 minutes before screening

Tickets $6.50 GA, $5.50 Magic Lantern Film Society Members

More info at www.magiclanternfilmsociety.org and www.regeneration-themovie.com


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THE MINERS’ HYMNS directed by Bill Morrison, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson

Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2011

Miners’ Hymns is not only showing what happened, or what was recorded then, but also asking how any of us might see it. If mining is about digging and producing, struggling and surviving, the film is about how we conceive these themes, how films teach us to see. How do you understand depictions of the past, in so many contexts, alongside the present (your own present, someone else’s), with knowledge of subsequent images, not to mention a certain sense of yourself, changed as you watch? How is history ever anything but what you receive, your trust or skepticism of seeming sources, a narrative reframed each moment by what you see next?” —Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters Editor and Film and Media Studies Program Director, George Mason University

“Enthralling! The hard, weathered faces that stare out of the past in “The Miners’ Hymns” at times look as if they were carved from granite. There’s [a] museological quality to The Miners’ Hymns, an elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison… this is the real deal[.] A miner himself of a type, Mr. Morrison has dug into the archives of the likes of the British Film Institute to cull primarily black-and-white images so rich, so alive with dirty faces, shadows and the occasional pit pony that they resurrect a world that for many has long been lost to history.” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“An elegiac testament to the lost industrial culture of the Durham coalfields.”—Nick Bradshaw, Sight & Sound

“The flickering figures of history as captured on film [are] creative fodder for Bill Morrison.” —Nicolas Rapold, The Wall Street Journal

For 12 years, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) has brought top independent cinema to the beautiful gold rush era town of Nevada City, CA. Starting in 2012, NCFF and the Magic Lantern Film Society will present a monthly film series of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and animated films that represent the very best of independent filmmaking. These “NCFF Picks” delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, though-provoking storytelling, that captures the hearts of audiences.

April’s NCFF Pick of the Month is the stunning film THE MINERS’ HYMNS. The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Using rarely-seen footage from the British Film Institute, the BBC, and other archives, THE MINERS’ HYMNS celebrates social, cultural, and political aspects of the extinct industry. Focusing on the Durham coalfield located in northeastern England, it depicts the hardship of pit work, the role of Trade Unions in organizing and fighting for workers’ rights, the years of increased mechanization and the annual Miners’ Gala in Durham.

The film also shows the pitched battles between miners and police that took place during massive strikes in 1984 and sounded the death knell for the British mining industry. It also includes two contemporary aerial sequences, shot in color from a helicopter flying over the sites of former collieries, that have since become sites of modern consumerism.

Also in our program: RELEASE (2010), a crowd gathers to watch Al Capone’s release from prison in 1930; OUTERBOROUGH (2005), the Brooklyn Bridge as you have never seen it before; and THE FILM OF HER (1996), a history of the movies in just 12 minutes.

Saturdays, April 7, **, 21, and 28
The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Showtime 1pm, Box Office Opens 15 minutes before screening
Tickets $6.50 GA, $5.50 Magic Lantern Film Society Members
**We are skipping April 14th as we’ll be preparing for “BIG NIGHT”, The Movie and The Feast, at the Miners Foundry. For more info on the event go to www.minersfoundry.org


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How to Start a Revolution

(dir. Ruaridh Arrow) 87 minutes. Trailer
Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31
The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Showtime 1pm, Box Office Opens 15 minutes before screening
Tickets $6.50 GA, $5.50 Magic Lantern Film Society Members

“Smart and timely” - Time Out

Half a world away from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, an aging American intellectual shuffles around his cluttered terrace house in a working-class Boston neighborhood. His name is Gene Sharp. White-haired and now in his mid-eighties, he grows orchids, he has yet to master the internet and he hardly seems like a dangerous man. But for the world’s dictators his ideas can be the catalyst for the end of their regime.

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION reveals the remarkable story of modern revolution, the power of people to change their world and the man behind it all. Quiet, unassuming, soft-spoken and barely known to the wider world, 83 year old Professor Gene Sharp has written the standard textbook for revolutionary leaders around the globe. Used by activists from Serbia to Egypt, from Ukraine to Syria, and now influencing Occupy Wall Street, one of Gene’s most important books ‘From Dictatorship to Democracy’ is nothing less than a handbook of 198 strategic ‘weapons’ that are used to topple dictators. Banned in many countries, his work has influenced a generation of revolutionary leaders who yearn for democratic freedom in Asia, throughout Eastern Europe, in the Middle East and now here in America.

This film explores how, in a few short years, a new wave of revolutionary spirit has swept across the world through a network of international activists, trainers and teachers. It reveals how the leaders of an uprising in one country train and inspire the participants in the next and explores how social media now threatens dictators around the globe in ways that were unimaginable just a decade ago.

We meet revolutionary leaders from Serbia, Ukraine, Egypt and Syria as they explain how they struggled to seize democratic power from the hands of dictators. And, as the world’s headlines turn once again to Egypt in Autumn 2011 for the first Presidential elections, HOW TO START A REVOLUTION is an inspiring exploration of the power of people to change their world.

*Winner – Best Documentary Raindance Film Festival
*Winner - Best Documentary Boston Film Festival
*Winner – Mass Impact Award Boston Film Festival
*Winner - Best Documentary Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
*Winner - Special Jury Prize Ottawa One World Film Festival
*Official Selection - New Orleans Middle East Film Festival
*Official Selection -United Nations Association Film Festival

 


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For 12 years, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) has brought top independent cinema to the beautiful gold rush era town of Nevada City, CA. Starting March 2012, NCFF and the Magic Lantern Film Society will present a monthly film series of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and animated films that represent the very best of independent filmmaking. These “NCFF Picks” delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, though-provoking storytelling, that captures the hearts of audiences.


Category: NCFF Picks, News