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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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Scroll down to the bottom for a special message from film programmer Mike Getz.

8. Fri, Sat & Sun Sep 4-6 – INFINITELY POLAR BEAR – 1 hr 30 min – R.  Writer-director Maya Forbes draws on a chapter of her own childhood in Infinitely Polar Bear, which stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana). When Maggie decides to go to business school in New York, they decide that he will move back in and take care of the day-to-day care for the kids. Due to his mercurial nature, this leads to a series of quirky, funny, and sometimes embarrassing episodes. “This assured crowdpleaser marks an irresistible feature debut for writer-director Maya Forbes.  Aided considerably by one of Mark Ruffalo’s richest, most appealing performances, Forbes brings a marvelous warmth to this story of evolving family dynamics.” –Justin Chang, Variety. Watch Trailer

1. Sun Sep 13 – A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON – 1 hr 30 min.  A stirring mix of unbridled joy, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974. Blank’s camera lets us into the world of Russell and his friends and fellow artists, including Willie Nelson, in and around his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, capturing intimate, off-the-cuff moments and combining them with mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing live. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status. Now, after more than forty years, it can finally be seen and heard in all its rough beauty. “Whiskery and restless, grooving and grotesque, the film plays like your memories of some mad, stoned last-century summer.” –Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice. WATCH TRAILER

2. Sun Sep 20 – LISTEN TO ME MARLON – 1 hr 42 min. Unbeknownst to the public, Marlon Brando - a great star who remained deliberately mysterious for his entire professional life - created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime, often deeply confessional and completely without vanity or evasion. Now - for the first time ever - those recordings come to life in Stevan Riley's new film. Charting Brando’s exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen, the film reveals the complexities and contradictions that were Marlon Brando, by telling the story in his own words - and only his own words. “Autobiographical in nature, unconventional in structure, this is the story of Marlon Brando not as the world saw him but as he saw himself.” –Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times. WATCH TRAILER

3. & 4. Sun Sep 27 & Sun Oct 4 – DYING TO KNOW: RAM DASS & TIMOTHY LEARY – 1 hr 36 min. In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became the LSD guru, challenging convention and questioning authority. As a result, with his simple mantra “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” Leary spawned a global counter culture movement.  Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation, author of “Be Here Now,” who continues in his 80's teaching service through compassion. With interviews spanning 50 years this new documentary, narrated by Robert Redford, invites us to share their intimate and entertaining conversations including their last, encouraging us to ponder questions about life, death, drugs & the biggest mysteries of the human condition. With never before seen interviews of Leary and Ram Dass, director Gay Dillingham suggests that their contributions to the science of the mind and the heart are more relevant today than in the past. Blessed with delightful and articulate onscreen personalities, the film interweaves many elements to create a deep and joyful assessment of two iconic lives.  “The idea of anything that expands our thinking beyond conventional borders has always been of interest to me.  When I see the living, breathing portraits of these characters, especially the early archival footage – they were a kind of blessing, considering how they have been caricatured in later times.  I like what this film explores and I’m glad to be a part of It.” –Robert Redford.  We feel that this unique film will be very popular with our community and so we’ve scheduled it for 2 Sundays with the strong possibility that we will have encore showings at one of our theaters in Grass Valley. WATCH TRAILER

5. Sun Oct 11 – EL CAPITAN – 1 hr. Widely regarded as one of the best climbing films ever made, El Capitan has been unavailable for years. The original 16 mm film, faded and scratched over 40 years, was no longer good enough to show and to share… But a major digital restoration effort has resulted in a "new" version—not merely as good as the original film—but much better.  Over 86,000 frames, one frame at a time, had to be digitally cleaned and repaired.  Now you can experience this spectacular film on the big screen.  Originally filmed in 1968 when climbing Yosemite Valley’s 3,000-foot wall was in its infancy, finally finished ten years later in 1978, El Capitan has become a classic.  Tonight’s program also includes “40 Years Later,” a new short film which features recent interviews with two of the climbers.  Filmmaker Fred Padula will be here in person to provide the story of this film’s unique and colorful history.  Tonight’s showing is a benefit for SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan. 14-18, 2016.  Special Admission $10. WATCH TRAILER

6. Sun Oct 18 – HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD – 1 hr 50 min - In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. Their mission was to stop Nixon's atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska. It was from these humble but brave beginnings that Greenpeace was born. Chronicling the untold story behind the modern environmental movement and with access to dramatic archive footage that has not been seen for over 40 years, the film tells the fascinating story of eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of what we now know as the global organization that is Greenpeace. “This small group of individuals set out to change our awareness of the environment, and it’s astonishing what they achieved in a very short space of time.” –Jerry Rothwell, director.  “The goldmine of 16mm color footage is in mint condition, showing the excitement and fun of the movement in its earliest days.” –Dennis Harvey, Variety WATCH TRAILER

7. Sun Oct 25 – THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – 1 hr 40 min – R.  Tonight we celebrate the 40th anniversary of this cult classic and the fact that this is the film that launched the Nevada Theatre Film Series back in January 1979.   Sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a flamboyant transvestite scientist.  As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet interact with a houseful of wild characters, including an ex-delivery-boy biker (Meat Loaf) and creepy butler Riff-Raff (Richard O’Brien).  Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter reveals his latest creation, Rocky Horror.  Tonight’s show features live performance by Truth or Dare Dance Company and is a benefit for The Nevada Theatre.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!! WATCH TRAILER

8. Sun Nov 1 – BEST OF ENEMIES – 1 h4 27 min – R.  In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley, Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. With explosive exchanges, they pummeled out policy with personal insults and vicious threats-cementing their opposing political positions. It was unlike anything TV had ever broadcast, and all the more shocking because it was live and unscripted. “There could scarcely be any documentary more enticing, scintillating and downright fascinating than Best of Enemies.” –Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter WATCH TRAILER

Special Message from Mike Getz, Programmer for the Nevada Theatre Film Series

As I finished selecting the films for the next 8 weeks at the Nevada Theatre Film Series, I realized that, without planning to, I have programmed 7 films that relate to events that took place 40 to 50 years ago.  And many of them involve showing footage that has never been seen before.  Check this out.
The first film, showing Sunday, Sept. 13 is “A Poem is a Naked Person.”  This is a feature about Leon Russell, filmed in 1972-1974 by Les Blank.  Because Russell didn’t like the finished version, he wouldn’t allow it to be released.  Now, Blank’s son has convinced Russell to let it be shown.
The second film, showing Sunday, Sept. 20 is called “Listen To Me Marlon.” Turns out Marlon Brando, throughout his acting career, kept tape recordings of his personal observances about his life.  As we know, Brando was a mysterious actor who shunned the media and revealed very little about his life.  Now, for the first time, we can find out what was going on - in his own words.
The third film, which shows two Sundays, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, is “Dying To Know,” a new documentary about the friendship between two of the most influential and controversial figures from the 60s and 70s, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, who became Ram Dass.  Though often misunderstood by the Establishment, Leary and Alpert connected with the young people of their time, urging them to explore new ideas and to think for themselves.  The film features never before seen interviews with the two men, including the last conversation they had shortly before Leary died.  Robert Redford was so moved by the film that he contributed the narration.
The 4th film, which shows Sunday, Oct. 11, is “El Capitan,” a classic mountain climbing film, filmed in 1968, finished in 1978, won many awards at international film festivals, was pulled out of circulation because it was damaged so badly it couldn’t be shown. Finally after a painstaking digital restoration, it can now be shown on the big screen in all its glory.  Filmmaker Fred Padula will be at the showing telling the amazing story behind this film.  He’ll also be showing a recently made short film which brings us up to date on what the climbers are doing now.
The 5th film, showing Sunday, Oct. 18 is “How To Change The World.”   Here again it’s a story that starts in the early 70s.  A small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat to stop Nixon's atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska. Not only were they activists, many were aspiring filmmakers, so much of their interaction was caught on film and stored in archives until recently. Now we can see how Greenpeace was born. 

The 6th film, showing Sunday, Oct. 25 is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the only non-documentary in the group, but guess what, this is the 40th anniversary of the initial release of this one of a kind film. 

The final film of this series, showing Sunday, Nov. 1 is “Best of Enemies,” a documentary about the televised debates during the 1968 Democratic and Republican national conventions between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal.

So there you have it.  Seven films to take you back to a time before iPhones and Facebook, to an era that started stirring things up.