See this week's virtual screening offerings:
Watch We Broke Up and support the Byrd Theatre.
Lori and Doug have been together for 10 years. But when Lori reacts badly to Doug's proposal just before her little sister's wedding, he dumps her. Not wanting to steal the spotlight, they pretend they're still together. But emotions and tempting flirtations with other wedding guests make pretending a lot harder than they'd anticipated.
Watch Perfumes and support the Byrd Theatre.
In French with English Subtitles
Anne Walberg is a master in perfumes. She creates fragrances and sells her incredible gift to many companies. She is a diva, selfish and temperamental. Guillaume is her new driver and the only one who dares facing her. This is probably why she does not fire him.
“A bit like a visit to the perfume department at Galeries Lafayette before a taxi ride on a rainy day in Paris.” The Guardian
“Gregory Magne’s French comedy-drama is quietly delightful.” Times (UK)
Watch Still Life in Lodz and support the Byrd Theatre.
In the film “Still Life in Lodz”, the metaphor of the painting is used to tell the story of Lilka Elbaum, now living in Boston, who returns to Lodz in search of objects from her memory. In her journey Lilka is accompanied by Paul Celler, a New Yorker and Roni Ben Ari, an Israeli with shared histories, which bind them to Lodz and the quest to find traces of family memories.
Director Slawomir Grünberg, an outstanding documentary filmmaker and prestigious Emmy-award winner, tells the story of the once vibrant Jewish community in Lodz, its almost total destruction during the Shoah, its post-war revival, expulsion from Poland in 1968, and finally, its present-day Jewish community.
Watch Stray and support the Byrd Theatre.
Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The disparate lives of Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians who share the streets with them. STRAY is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing.
Watch Twilight's Kiss and support the Byrd Theatre.
The story of two closeted married men in their twilight years. One day PAK, 70, a taxi driver who refuses to retire, meets HOI, 65, a retired single father, in a park. Despite years of societal and personal pressure, they are proud of the families they have created through hard work and determination. Yet in that brief initial encounter, something is unleashed in them which had been suppressed for so many years. As both men recount and recall their personal histories, they also contemplate a possible future together.
Watch 17 Blocks and support the Byrd Theatre.
In 1999, nine-year-old EMMANUEL SANFORD-DURANT and his Washington, D.C. family began to film their daily lives in America's most dangerous neighborhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol building. They've been filming ever since. Spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation's ongoing crisis through one family's raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.
Watch Young Hearts and support the Byrd Theatre.
Tilly and Harper have lived across the street from each other since they were kids. When newly feminist Harper enters high school, she and theater nerd Tilly find themselves in an unexpected relationship. Social expectations, self identities and family standings are challenged, providing us with an honest look into the innocent, yet also hyper social and cultural awareness of today's young people.
Watch Two of Us and support the Byrd Theatre.
Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them.
Watch COWBOYS and support the Byrd Theatre.
Troy (Steve Zahn) and his son Joe are on the run in rural western Montana. They think they can make it to the Canadian border, if they can just manage to keep a low enough profile while they journey north. But Joe's mother Sally (Jillian Bell) discovered they’re missing, and an outsider within the local police force, Faith (Ann Dowd), is in hot pursuit. But as Faith discovers more about the case, she finds this supposed kidnapping is more than it seems. Troy is attempting to free his transgender son from the bigotry of his mother by taking him away; Troy also has mental health issues, and is without his much-needed medication. Director Anna Kerrigan captures a portrait of a pivotal childhood experience with a compassionate and sturdy lens.
Watch The Man Who Sold His Skin and support the Byrd Theatre.
A Syrian refugee in Lebanon allows his back to become a canvas for a famous tattoo artist. Soon, collectors become interested in this work of art.
Best International Feature Film Oscar Nominee!
Watch the 2021 Oscar Nominated short films and support the Byrd Theatre.
Or watch all three!
Watch Wojnarowicz and support the Byrd Theatre.
Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker is a fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer, and activist David Wojnarowicz. As NYC became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz weaponized his work and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death from it in 1992 at the age of 37. Rediscovered answering machine tape recordings and intimate recollections from Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar, and other friends and family help present a stirring portrait of this fiercely political, unapologetically queer artist.
Watch The Affair and support the Byrd Theatre.
Adapted from British author Simon Mawer’s acclaimed novel inspired by the dramatic events of the 20th century and the birth of an iconic architectural gem, the Tugendhat Villa in Brno, the film tells a story of love, friendship and life-shaping decisions.
Watch Days of the Bagnold Summer and support the Byrd Theatre.
Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel, DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER is a funny yet sweet coming-of-age story about single motherhood and Metallica. Daniel was supposed to spend the summer with his dad and his dad’s new wife in Florida, but when his dad cancels the trip Daniel and his mom suddenly face the prospect of six long weeks together. An epic war of wills ensues in their suburban home as Daniel just wants to listen to heavy metal and start a band while his mom hopes to rekindle the fun times they used to have together. Featuring original songs by Belle and Sebastian.
Watch Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities and support the Byrd Theatre.
In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.
Watch Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words and support the Byrd Theatre.
The improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who couldn’t get a job despite graduating first in her law school class in a tie and making Law Review at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools, became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It also reveals both the public and private sides of a resilient, resourceful woman who has survived the hostility of the profoundly male universe of government and law to become a revered Justice and icon for gender equality and women’s rights.
Watch Falling and support the Byrd Theatre.
John (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Mónica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. John's father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis is in the early stages of dementia, making running the farm on his own increasingly difficult, so John brings him to stay at his California home so that he and his sister Sarah (Linney) might help him find a place near them to relocate to. Unfortunately, their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s adamant refusal to change his way of life in the slightest.
Watch Identifying Features and support the Byrd Theatre.
Grappling with the painful issue of migrants disappearing on their way to the U.S., writer/director Fernanda Valadez’s ambitious feature debut employs a tremendous economy of film language as it traverses across a varied contemporary Mexican landscape, expanding as our emotional experience of Magdalena’s journey swells to meet her own. The solemn Sin Señas Particulares punctuates its contemplation of family and loss with fleeting moments of human connection, allowing one woman’s aching personal story to encapsulate the weight of a tremendous real-world humanitarian crisis.
Watch The Reason I Jump and support the Byrd Theatre.
An immersive cinematic experience of nonspeaking autistic people across the world, The Reason I Jump is based on a book written by Naoki Higashida when he was just 13.
Fusing Higashida’s revelatory insights with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people, the film opens a door to a magnificent constellation of divergent ways of experiencing reality.
Award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell utilizes the potential of cinema to evoke these intense sensory worlds, illustrating Higashida’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say. With this glorious film, Rothwell speaks volumes.
Watch 1 Angry Black Man
Tickets: Rent for $5 or Own for $13. 50% of your ticket purchase directly supports The Byrd.
After a traumatic sexual mishap at the quintessential New England liberal arts school, Mike Anderson, 8 weeks away from graduation, is in his African-American literature class with his favorite teacher feeling sad, isolated and angry.
This film is a groundbreaking and timely voyeuristic peek into the conversations that are currently occurring across this country given the current cultural climate and the varying beliefs people hold.
Filmed July 1st, with: Menelek Lumumba, writer/director, BK Fulton, founding chairman/CEO of Soulidifly Productions and executive producer, and Monty Ross, president of film/production of Soulidifly Productions and executive producer
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