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Nevada City, CA 95959

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Within the auditorium of California’s longest running theatre (built in 1865), we are proud to host a variety of foreign and independent films, documentaries and the unusual. Films run every Sunday evening and many weekends.

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from film programmer Mike Getz


2. Sun & Mon May 1-2 – THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY – 1 hr 30 min - PG-13.  How could we not show The First Monday in May on the first Monday in May?  This intimate documentary follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, "China: Through The Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano) as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie takes you behind the scenes to explore the tension between fashion and art. Watch Trailer

3. Sun May 8 – FLORENCE AND THE UFFIZI GALLERY – 1 hr 31 min -Unrated (equal to PG). Florence and the Uffizi Gallery is a multi-dimensional journey through the city that was once the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. Enjoy an exclusive tour through the most beautiful and representative works of art of the period from Michelangelo and Brunelleschi, to Leonardo and Botticelli, with a detailed central chapter dedicated to the very treasure house containing their masterpieces: the Uffizi Gallery. This special event also includes the breathtaking "Adoration of the Magi" by Leonardo Da Vinci, which, after several years of restoration, will be brought back to life and unveiled in this worldwide exclusive premiere on the big screen. Watch Trailer

4. Sun May 15 – FINDING SAMUEL LOWE – FROM HARLEM TO CHINA – In this award winning documentary about a family fulfilling a promise to its elders to connect to its ancestral roots, three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage by searching for clues about their long-lost Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Their emotional journey spans from the U.S. to Toronto to Jamaica to China, finally reuniting them with hundreds of their grandfather’s Chinese relatives they never imagined existed.  At its heart, this is a powerful memoir about familial love and devotion that transcends race, space and time. Presented in collaboration with the Nevada Theatre Film Series, this special evening is a benefit for Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS). Special admission $10 at the door. Filmmaker, Paula Williams Madison, will be available via Skype for a Q&A after the screening. Watch Trailer

5. Sun May 22 – FRANCOFONIA – 1 hr 28 min – Unrated. The great Russian director Alexander Sokurov, who gave us Russian Ark, the amazing one-take tour of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, now presents a unique tour of the Louvre Museum in Paris. Set against the backdrop of the Louvre’s history and artworks, Sokurov applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments which show how the museum avoided being plundered during the Nazi occupation of France. In its exploration of the Louvre Museum as a living example of civilization, FRANCOFONIA is a stunning and urgently relevant meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and history.7“The subject of Francofonia is art as the spoils of war. Making the barest hint about the destruction of historic artworks in Syria at the hands of ISIS, Sokurov gently reminds the viewer why all this is terribly relevant today." - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter. Watch Trailer

6. Sun May 29 – DOUGH – 1 hr 34 min – Unrated.  Curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan (Tony award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce, currently in HBO's "Game of Thrones") clings to his way of life as a kosher bakery shop owner in London's East End. Understaffed, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash (Jerome Holder), who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his immigrant mother make ends meet. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough, the challah bread starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. DOUGH is a warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. Watch Trailer

7. Sun Jun 5 – AFERIM! – 1 hr 48 min – In Romanian with English subtitles - Unrated.   Eastern Europe, 1835. Two riders cross a barren landscape. They are the constable Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble's wife. On their odyssey they encounter Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbors prejudices against the others, which have been passed down from generation to generation. And even when the slave is found, the adventure is far from over. “Smart, visually arresting, and scathingly funny, Aferim! depicts a world that many American filmgoers have never seen -- but will still, in many respects, find utterly familiar.” -Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus.  “What a strange movie this is. Aferim! is funny in both senses of the word: amusing and very odd. It’s unlike any film in memory.  The laughs come from our disorientation at witnessing a world that is insanely peculiar, so different from ours in its understanding of right and wrong that we sit in amazement.” –Mick LaSalle, S.F. Chronicle.  Winner Silver Bear for Best Director-Berlin Film Festival. Watch Trailer

8. Sun Jun 12 – SONG OF LAHORE – 1 hr 22 min – PG. A soul-stirring profile of Pakistani jazz band Sachal Studios as they venture to New York City to perform their sitar-and-tabla reinterpretations of jazz standards like Dave Brubeck’s Take Five with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. After a groundbreaking week of rehearsals fusing the orchestras from Lahore and New York, the musicians take to the stage for a remarkable concert.  “The musicians have fascinating stories to tell, combining to give Song of Lahore its rich narrative. Their joy at exploring Times Square is a highlight.” –Linda Barnard, Toronto Star.  “A fascinating study in cross-cultural pollination, Song positively sings.” –Ronnie Scheib, Variety.   Watch Trailer



Reflections on the next Nevada Theatre Film Series by film programmer Mike Getz

Putting together these 8-week series is kind of like doing a puzzle without knowing what the picture’s going to look like until all the pieces are put together.  For this Spring 2016 series, I notice themes involving art and music, family and strangers, and open and closed mindedness.

Let’s start with the first film, Where To Invade Next on Apr. 24.  Michael Moore’s new film is not only funny but also shows that many countries have solved problems which, in our country, seem to continue to resist solutions.  You have to see how school lunches are served in France and how prison sentences are dealt with in Norway.  Compared to his previous films, Moore keeps his own presence at a minimum while highlighting humor and optimism.

Just as Moore travels to Europe in search of inspiration we follow up with three films featuring world famous museums.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy and The Louvre in Paris. Where else could you visit three of the greatest museums in the world in the space of 4 weeks without leaving town?  The first is The First Monday in May which is showing not only on Sunday, May 1 but also on the first Monday in May, May 2.  I couldn’t resist.  It features the Met’s most exciting new exhibit “China: Through The Looking Glass.”

Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day.  How about taking your Mom on an exclusive tour of Florence with an in depth visit to the Uffizi Gallery, home of masterpieces by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli.  This special visit also includes the breathtaking “Adoration of the Magi” by Leonardo Da Vinci, which, after several years of painstaking restoration, was brought back to its original splendor and unveiled in this worldwide premiere on the big screen.  And then it’s on to Paris on Sunday May 22 for Francofonia where the extraordinary Russian director Alexander Sokurov will take you on a unique visit to the Louvre.  It’s not just a walk through.  It’s also an imaginative return to actual historical events highlighted by a reenactment of how art was saved from the Nazis during World War II.

On Sunday, May 15 join us for a benefit for CATS, the Community Asian Theater of the Sierra.  CATS  Jeannie Wood has come up with a documentary about how three black siblings from Harlem undertake a search for their long-lost Chinese grandfather with unexpected results.  It’s called Finding Samuel Lowe and its director, Paula Williams Madison will be live on Skype after the showing for a Q&A with our audience.

The final three films on this series, although quite different from each other, do share themes having to do with the possibility of overcoming prejudice.  On Sunday, May 29, Dough is a comedy about how an elderly Jewish baker deals with his newly hired young Muslim employee.  Pot plays a role and everybody must get stoned.  On Sunday June 5, Aferim! tells an unusual tale of how prejudices have been passed down from generation to generation.  It’s shot in black and white and doesn’t shy away from depicting the harsh and often brutal life of early 19th century Romania.  The critics give it high praise claiming it’s strange and familiar and even funny.  

And finally on Sunday June, 12 Song of Lahore exhibits the unique joy that is created when excellent musicians from opposite ends of the world come together.  In this case, the Pakistani sitar and tabla players of Sachal Studios found something in Dave Brubeck’s Take Five that brought them together with Wynton Marsalis on the stage at Lincoln Center in New York City.  As the L.A. Times film critic Michael Rechtshaffen commented, “The unifying power of music is rewardingly demonstrated in Song of Lahore.”

So after eight Sundays, the puzzle takes shape and a picture of international striving and inspiration emerges from the films.   I hope you enjoy them.