See this week's virtual screening offerings:
Watch Coded Bias and support the Byrd Theatre.
Exploring the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.
THURSDAY NOV 19. 8:30pm. Join us right here for a Livestreamed Discussion moderated by CNN Commentator Van Jones. The panel will feature Joy Buolamwini, Founder, Algorithmic Justice League, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, Author, Algorithms of Oppression,,Clare Garvie, Researcher, The Perpetual Lineup, Shalini Kantayya, director of Coded Bias, Kade Crockford, Director, Technology for Liberty Program, ACLU, and Alvaro Bedoya, Founding Director, Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law.
Watch Smooth Talk and support the Byrd Theatre.
Suspended between carefree youth and the harsh realities of the adult world, a teenage girl experiences an unsettling awakening in this haunting vision of innocence lost. Based on Joyce Carol Oates’s short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” the narrative debut from director Joyce Chopra features a revelatory breakout performance from Laura Dern as Connie, the fifteen-year-old black sheep of her family whose summertime idyll of beach trips, and innocent flirtations is shattered by an encounter with a mysterious stranger (a memorably menacing Treat Williams). Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Smooth Talk captures the thrill and terror of adolescent sexual exploration as it transforms the ingredients of a standard coming-of-age portrait into something altogether more troubling and profound.
Watch The Donut King and support the Byrd Theatre.
Everything you thought you knew about the donut begins with Ted Ngoy. This is the unlikely story of a Cambodian refugee arriving in America in 1975 and building a multi-million-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut.
Watch She is the Ocean and support the Byrd Theatre.
SHE IS THE OCEAN follows nine extraordinary women, scattered across all corners of the globe. But they are united by the same sea, and their love for these waters is matched only by their dedication to preserve and protect them. A journey of both natural beauty and human empathy, SHE IS THE OCEAN is the story of powerful women with depths unknown.
Watch Major Arcana and support the Byrd Theatre.
Set in the backwoods of Vermont, Major Arcana follows Dink (Ujon Tokarski),a carpenter who struggles to move beyond his troubled past when he returns to his hometown to mend relationships and finds solace in building a log cabin by hand.His plans are complicated when here unites with Sierra (Tara Summers), a woman with whom he shares a difficult past, and he is forced to reconcile his old life with his new one
Watch ETERNAL BEAUTY and support the Byrd Theatre.
When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences.
Watch Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President and support the Byrd Theatre.
JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House. The surprisingly significant role that music played throughout Carter’s life and in his work becomes a thread in this engaging portrait of one of the most enigmatic Presidents in American history.
Watch The Twentieth Century and support the Byrd Theatre.
Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the twentieth century!
Watch Monsoon and support the Byrd Theatre.
Kit can’t remember much of his native Vietnam. When he returns to the Land of the Golden Star for the first time in over thirty years, he takes in his local surroundings as any Western tourist would, and the environment is as exotic as the language is incomprehensible. The aim of Kit’s travels – to find a place to scatter his parents’ ashes – thus becomes part of a journey back to his roots and to the discovery of his identity, which external circumstances have rendered ambiguous and complex..
Watch Radium Girls and support the Byrd Theatre.
Based on true events of the 1920’s, Radium Girls stars Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Joey King (“The Act,”, The Kissing Booth) and Abby Quinn as Bessie and Jo Cavallo. The teen sisters dream of Hollywood and Egyptian pyramids as they paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium factory in New Jersey.
When Jo loses a tooth, Bessie’s world is turned upside down as a mystery slowly unravels. Bessie befriends two young activists and in a radical coming of age, she investigates a corporate scandal.
Watch Coming Home Again and support the Byrd Theatre.
Based on a personal essay by Chang-rae Lee published in The New Yorker, Coming Home Again is an intimate family drama about a mother, a son, and the burden of family expectations. Directed by Wayne Wang (Joy Luck Club).
Watch Harry Chapin: When in doubt, do something and support the Byrd Theatre.
Watch Chuck Berry and support the Byrd Theatre.
CHUCK BERRY tells the story of the Granddaddy of Rock & Roll. In this highly anticipated feature-length documentary, the absolute instigator of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry is truly revealed with exclusive access to his family, friends, famous fans and music icons he inspired.
“You could almost say that Chuck Berry invented the teenager.” - Steven Van Zandt
“He was the most important guitarist in rock history.” - George Thorogood
Watch God of the Piano and support the Byrd Theatre.
For Anat, music is everything. Having never been able to reach her father's musical standards, she rests her hopes on the child she's about to have. When the baby is born deaf, Anat succumbs to extreme measures to keep the dream alive.
Hebrew with English Subtitles
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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