See this week's virtual screening offerings:
Watch The Last Tree and support the Byrd Theatre.
Femi, a British boy of Nigerian descent who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire with his white foster mother, moves to inner London to live with his Nigerian mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London.
" Thoughtfully alternates universal adolescent insecurities with urgently specific minority politics - filtered through a first-person perspective that itself oscillates between furious clarity and vivid confusion." ~ Variety
* WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION - SUNDANCE 2019
* WINNER - British Independent Film Awards 2019
Watch Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things and support the Byrd Theatre.
Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. “Ella: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.
Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this documentary explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century.
Watch The Audition and support the Byrd Theatre.
Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Anna drives through the admission of a student, Alexander, in whom she detects a remarkable talent. She neglects her family and she focuses all her attention on her student Alexander. Come the day of the exam, events take a tragic turn.
German with English Subtitles
“Ina Weisse’s tightly wound portrait of a music teacher on the verge of a nervous collapse serves up another note-perfect Nina Hoss solo” – Variety
Watch Miss Juneteenth and support the Byrd Theatre.
Turquoise is a bona fide beauty queen—she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slavery was abolished in Texas. Life didn’t turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.Miss Juneteenth is a soulful journey of a determined woman who takes on the burden of representing history, and generations of black women, while standing tall despite her own shortcomings as she marches, step by step, toward self-realization.
Tickets $5.99 A portion of the proceeds supports the Byrd Theatre
Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door. Starring Elizabeth Moss."A psychologically layered portrait of unapologetic womanhood that’s dangerously sensual and sumptuously rebellious."
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
Watch My Darling Vivian and support the Byrd Theatre.
Tickets $10. The Byrd Theatre will receive a portion of the net proceeds.
Director Matt Riddlehoover traces the romantic, wrenching, and dizzying journey of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of his four daughters.
Produced by Dustin Tittle, the grandson of Vivian Liberto and Johnny Cash, the film has exclusive, unprecedented access to never-before-seen footage and photographs, as well as to Vivian and Johnny's daughters themselves. Meet the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters — Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara — share first hand, and for the first time, the entire story of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival.
My Darling Vivian is an Official Selection of the South by Southwest 2020 Film Festival.
Tickets $12. The Byrd Theatre will receive a portion of the net proceeds.
Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film.
"Critic's Pick! Crackle[s] with ideas and empathy, as Ferrara’s best work always does." - Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
Watch Lucky Grandma and support the Byrd Theatre.
In New York City's Chinatown, a Chinese grandma goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck.
Tickets $10. All Donated: $5 of each ticket to the Byrd Theatre and $5 to SwingPals, an organization that’s mission is to build a foundation of health and strong character in children facing adversity by using golf.
50 states. 50 days. 50 rounds of golf. Stripped of the exclusivity and elitism of the country club, 50 Over sets out to explore the tattered fairways and diverse personalities of public golf courses in every corner of the United States.
50 Over is a documentary film that follows 4 friends as they travel to all 50 states, in 50 days, stopping in each state to play a round of golf by Teddy Leinbach.
Help support The Byrd Theatre's commitment to expand the big screen experience, celebrate the art of cinema, and preserve Virginia’s grand motion picture palace.