See this week's virtual screening offerings:
Watch Ahead of the Curve and support the Byrd Theatre.
With a lucky run at the track and chutzpah for days, Franco Stevens launched Curve, the best-selling lesbian magazine ever published. When Franco learns that Curve is failing, she turns to today’s queer activists to determine her path forward.
Watch Drunk Bus and support the Byrd Theatre.
Michael (Charlie Tahan, OZARK) is a recent graduate whose post-college plan is derailed when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in New York City. When the bus service hires a security guard to watch over the night shift, Michael comes face to tattooed face with Pineapple, a 300-pound punk rock Samoan.
"DRUNK BUS IS EDGY AND HEARTWARMING, BRINGING POWERFUL PERFORMANCES AND AN EVEN STRONGER MESSAGE TO THIS COMING-OF-AGE FILM."---Film Inquiry
Watch The Story of a Three Day Pass and support the Byrd Theatre.
Melvin Van Peebles’s edgy, angsty, romantic first feature could never have been made in America. Unable to break into a segregated Hollywood, Van Peebles went to France, taught himself the language, and wrote a number of books, one of which, La permission, would become his stylistically innovative feature debut.
Turner (Harry Baird), an African American soldier stationed in France, is granted a promotion and a three-day leave from base by his casually racist commanding officer and heads to Paris, where he finds whirlwind romance with a white woman (Nicole Berger)—but what happens to their love when his furlough is over? Van Peebles creates an exploration of the psychology of an interracial relationship as well as a commentary on France’s contradictory attitudes about race that is playful, sarcastic, and stingingly subversive.
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 Sublet and support the Byrd Theatre.
Watch French Shorts and support the Byrd Theatre.
Back by popular demand! This annual showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France includes the Oscar-nominated animated short Genius Loci and César Award winners And Then the Bear and So What if the Goats Die? Boasting festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, and beyond, this feature-length program of delightful, funny, charming, and provocative French shorts is sure to fill you with joie de vivre.
New French Shorts 2021 is made available through Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Watch US Kids and support the Byrd Theatre.
From Kim A. Snyder, director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary Newtown, comes an insightful, rousing coming-of-age story of a generation of youth leaders determined to take the reigns and fight for justice at a most critical time in our nation’s history. Sparked by the plague of gun violence ravaging their schools, Us Kids chronicles the March For Our Lives movement, and a group of teenage activists as they pull off the largest youth protest in American history and set out to build an inclusive and unprecedented youth movement that addresses racial justice, a growing public health crisis and shocking a political system into change.
Watch Duty Free and support the Byrd Theatre.
After a 75-year-old immigrant mother gets fired from her job, her son takes her on a bucket-list adventure to reclaim her life. As she struggles to find work, he documents a journey that uncovers the betrayals plaguing her past and the economic insecurity shaping not only her future, but also that of an entire generation.
"A tender love poem from son to mother" - CBS News
"Warm, personal, and socially relevant" - The Hollywood Reporter
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 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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