Previously on Movie Night

See what's COMING UP NEXT at: http://www.thelocals.be/movienight 

February 20, 2019

A labor of love from animator Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues is on its way to cult status as a classic of DIY filmmaking. Finding parallels between the titular heroine (from the ancient Sanskrit epic Ramayana) and her own messy love life, Paley retells Sita's story of heartbreak among Hindu royalty with trippy visuals, humanistic humor and songs by Jazz-Age crooner Annette Hanshaw. The mix of cultures, time periods, autobiography and poetry is as exhilarating as the cascade of colors and shapes that Paley put together in her studio computer. It's a grand, ambitious achievement that's been intimately made. 

December 11, 2018

Yet another Santa Claus-starring curiosity! What makes this Mexican movie special is its original, eye-popping vision of the titular character: Santa works in outer space with children, not elves, as assistants. While funny and colorful, the movie also plays fast and loose with stereotypes of all kinds, and it's never afraid to get fascinatingly weird. And yet, it unexpectedly became a holiday perennial in the United States during the sixties and seventies. 

October 24th, 2018

With its nightmarish story, twisted characters, and mind-bending set design, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) remains spooky, weird fun after nearly one hundred years. Many writers even consider it the first genuine horror movie, which now has an added layer of strangeness because of the distance between its silent film aesthetics and modern audiences. Its central figures, a hypnotist and the somnambulist he manipulates into a criminal life, also seem to belong to a different world. We are proud to present the most recent digital restoration of this classic - its story of murderous brainwashing has never looked better on screen!

February 21, 2018

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It's time for the first movie night with The Locals of 2018. Come out, enjoy a night out with friends, a cold one from Kings, and popcorn! This time we are watching a contemporary Arkansas documentary filmed by former Conway residents: The Night the Black Bird Fell.

The sight of birds dying and falling from the sky has been an omen of dark times since at least ancient Greece. What does it mean now, in an era where human influence over the environment is hotly debated and exists alongside our instinct for visions of doom? On New Year's Eve, 2010, the town of Beebe, AR experienced this exact apocalyptic image: thousands of dead blackbirds littered the landscape. In The Night the Blackbirds Fell (2013), directors Will Scott and Brian Campbell investigate what happened to them in a compelling mix of documentary and graphic novel - a bold stylistic choice about a story that is both augur and scientific warning. 

We will have a discussion with co-director Will Scott after the screening. And as always, you can stick around for Trivia at Kings afterwards :)

December 13, 2017

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Not all Christmas movies become traditions for their good qualities. A tale about how the people of Mars abduct Santa Claus in order to save the childhood of Martian children, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a staple of lists of the worst films ever made. It is perhaps bad-movie fandom's biggest holiday perennial after its appearance in Mystery Science Theater 3000. With its  mix of Christmas imagery and comic-book science fiction trappings, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians to be seen to be believed.  

After the screening there will be time for questions and discussion with guest speaker Dr. Felipe Pruneda.

October 18, 2017

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We are kicking off our get togethers with an Arkansas cult classic: The Legend of Boggy Creek.

Is there a monster stalking the residents of Fouke, Arkansas? Locals claim to have seen the mysterious creature in the surrounding swamps, and believe it is responsible for several animal deaths. As witnesses recall their encounters with the seven-foot-tall, red-haired beast, their story ceases to be merely a legend and becomes a dangerous, frightening reality.

The wildly successful, innovative film debut of Hampton, AR native and former ad man Charles B. Pierce, The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) used documentary techniques to tell its tale of Arkansan folklore. Making the most of its non-professional actors, shoestring budget, and eerie natural scenery, the film is a triumph of spooky atmosphere that continues to be discovered and rediscovered by cult cinema enthusiasts. 

After the screening there will be time for questions and discussion with guest speaker Dr. Felipe Pruneda.

Also as an extra treat Shambala Vegan Food Truck will be parked outside starting at 4pm.

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