Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated director Brett Morgen (Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Kids Stays in the Picture) uses a trove of never-before-seen 16 mm footage unearthed after 50 years from the National Geographic archives to shed fresh light on trailblazing conservationist Jane Goodall.
Morgen, described by The Wall Street Journal as “the leading revolutionary of American documentary film,” tells Goodall’s story starting in 1960, when the 26-year-old British woman arrives in a remote area of northwestern Tanzania to study chimpanzees. Driven by her love of animals but lacking any formal training, Goodall triumphs in a male-dominated field, challenging conventional research methods with her unique approach to wildlife observation. Patiently gaining the animals’ trust, she soon makes headlines with the discovery that chimps are highly intelligent and social creatures that use tools to gather food. When the dashing Dutch filmmaker Hugo van Lawick is sent to document her work in 1964, filmmaker and subject soon fall in love, marry and have a child together. But Goodall is shaken when her beloved chimpanzees succumb to an outbreak of polio and engage in a brutal war.
Drawing on van Lawick’s stunning wildlife footage and exclusive interviews with Goodall, as well as research footage from the Jane Goodall Institute and Goodall family videos, Morgen offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of a woman who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.
Fans of this woman’s important work won’t want to miss on our big screen! Get tickets here.
Due to popular demand, we’ve added a second showing of DAVID GILMOUR: LIVE AT POMPEII on Saturday, September 16th at 4pm! The Friday show is almost sold out, but you can still see this legendary Pink Floyd frontman on our big screen!
Check out this interview with Mr. Gilmour on NPR and get your tickets before they are all gone!
“David Gilmour Live at Pompeii is acutely aware of how it must deal with history, and in its best moments it’s a reverent and surprisingly moving concert film.” – Mike Cecchini, Den of Geek
Thanks to everyone who came out on August 31st for our first “Crowded Theatre” screening! Over 150 folks got to enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s classic NORTH BY NORTHWEST on our big screen!
The voters have spoken and our next screening, set for September 20th at 6:30pm, is the 3 time Academy Award-winning gangster saga THE GODFATHER!
Considered one of the greatest movies ever made, this epic drama features Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda and of course, the Best Actor winner Marlon Brando.
But to ensure this screening will take place we need your help! Crowded Theatre works like a crowd-funding site where the screening will only take place if enough people reserve tickets in advance!
Maybe if you’re lucky, we’ll serve up some cannoli to eat with the Coppola wine we proudly serve!
You can purchase your tickets here. When you are there, make sure to vote for the October horror film you would most like to see. And you can suggest films for future voting polls as well!
Join us for the 6:50pm Friday or 7pm Saturday show of the wild adventure DAVE MADE A MAZE and stick around for a q&a with the film’s talented Lead Mechanical Designer Christopher Covel!
Mr. Covel not only does amazing things with cardboard for MAZE but also got to work with Legos (he was the cinematographer for LEGO SCOOBY DO) and has worked on ROBOT CHICKEN, WWE SLAM CITY and the Oscar-nominated CORALINE!
Send your robes to the dry cleaners and dig your wand out of your sock drawer and join us July 29-31 for our second Harry Potter Birthday weekend!
“The Boy Who Lived” turns 37 on the 31st so we’ll once again turn the Kiggins into Hogwarts! See all 8 movies on the big screen, have a dance party with Dobby, visit Diagon Alley. eat Potter inspired foods and much more!
JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT is a character exploration of the legendary chef – and the enigmatic mystery of his genius. Tower says he was compelled to create beauty – ‘to keep the darkness at bay’ – and layers of his personal story are intimately revealed through his own deeply self-aware remembrances.
Throughout a lonely childhood, Tower entertained himself through food – first, as a gourmand and developing connoisseur of the fancy cruises and exotic restaurants his family frequented during luxury travels, and later, through his own culinary explorations and connecting with the kitchen staff when he was left alone by his parents. After completing architectural design studies at Harvard, Tower landed at Chez Panisse in 1972, the year after Alice Waters opened the now-legendary Berkley bistro.
The match of Tower and Waters seemed fated. It was also complicated. During an era that valued European epicureanism, both Tower and Waters were passionately committed to artisanal food and culinary experimentation – and served as mutual muses. Tower was given free rein at Chez Panisse and rose to the role of executive chef, playing an integral role in establishing its reputation. Tower convinced the venerated and powerful James Beard to review Chez Panisse – rocketing it into a rare echelon of restaurants whose lauded reputations command waiting lists for reservations and deliver tony patrons who sometimes even flew in on private jets to dine on its famed cuisine.
The two chefs’ competing profiles and passions – Waters’ commitment to French cuisine and Tower’s growing interest in experimenting with an American haute cuisine menu – were perhaps destined for a combustible apex. In 1985 Tower famously left Chez Panisse and planted his own flag with the opening of his Stars restaurant in San Francisco. Stars became the birthplace of ‘nouvelle cuisine’ or ‘California cuisine,’ a revolutionary, elegant, unapologetic celebration of distinctly American culture.
Stars was a complete game changer – and Jeremiah Tower was both chef and superstar celebrity. Hollywood stars, politicos, and scions and socialites of the elite came calling. In its heyday, Stars was among the most profitable restaurants in America – and spawned fêted satellite restaurants in Napa Valley, Manila, and Singapore. Stars also launched and influenced the careers of other eminent chefs including Mark Franz, Mario Batali, Emily Luchetti, and Brendan Walsh, several of whom reminisce about Stars and Tower for The Last Magnificent. But then, suddenly, after a decade and a half at the top of the restaurant world, Tower’s empire crumbled – and he disappeared to what many viewed as a self-imposed exile.
In 2014, Tower re-emerged in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green restaurant. Director Lydia Tenaglia weaves a beautiful, poignant, universally accessible study of the longings and triumphs of the very large life of a gifted yet lonely artist.
Interspersed among re-enacted portrayals of the bygone elegance of Tower’s youth, are moving interviews with Tower’s contemporaries and others – and, the sumptuous, mesmerizing beauty of Tower’s food creations. Jeremiah Tower: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT illuminates some of the mysteries and the demons that drive the passions familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves an artist. Executive produced by Anthony Bourdain.