Discussion and Screening of ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ with director Bill Siegel

April 4th at 8:30pm

Q&A discussion moderated by renowned author and critic Lawrence Weschler

This is a Members Free Event.  Please call to become a member at 738-3161 or click here to become a member.  (tickets are available for non-members to buy)

 

ABOUT THE FILM

THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI explores Ali’s lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the film traces Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. At each stage, the challenges Ali faces go far beyond the boxing ring and ultimately encompass issues of power, race, faith and identity that confront us all. THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI is not a boxing film and has no highlight reel. Instead, it focuses on Ali’s toughest bouts: his decision to join a controversial religious group, his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service, and his struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

While other Ali films focus on his heroic exploits in the ring, they tragically under-examine some of the most noteworthy, provocative and resonant aspects of Ali’s life, such as his relationship with the Louisville Sponsoring Group, the Nation of Islam, and his Muslim faith. Most of the interviewees have never been featured in any Ali film before, yet are central to his life story and the global impact he has made. Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. In 1964, when the 22-year-old, Olympic gold medalist wins his first heavyweight championship, he shouts, “I shook up the world!” But his earthshaking has only begun. Soon he announces he is a Muslim, a member of the Nation of Islam, and takes a new name: Muhammad Ali. After Ali is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, he makes his defining expression of resistance: “No, I will not go 10,000 miles to continue the domination of white slave masters over the darker people of the earth.”

In 1967, after the US government denies Ali’s conscientious objector claim, he refuses military induction. The government convicts Ali of draft evasion, sentences him to five years in prison, and revokes his passport. Ali is banned from boxing and stripped of his title. He begins life in exile within the U.S., vilified in many corners at home, while becoming an international symbol of opposition to unjust war. As Ali files legal appeals round after round, all the way to the Supreme Court, he supports his family via a nationwide speaking tour, amidst a country divided over the war abroad and racism at home. Rare and riveting archival footage of Ali’s fiery speeches on college campuses and fierce exchanges during TV appearances, show him fearlessly speaking his mind as he fights for freedom.

THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI delves deeply into a time when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune. The fury he faced from an American public enraged by his opposition to the Vietnam War and unwilling to accept his conversion to Islam, has global implications for generations now coming of age amidst con temporary fissures involving freedom, faith and military conflict. Archival scenes highlight the life forces who support and oppose him, including his spiritual mentors, Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad, and critics of his stance, such as Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis. Interviews shot exclusively for the film feature those who were there: his brother, Rahman; his bride, Khalilah Camacho-Ali; New York Times writer, Robert Lipsyte; and Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. What emerges is the hidden history of Muhammad Ali.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Bill S Trials Headshot

“Why another film on Muhammad Ali? Because no Ali film has deeply explored his exile years, his spiritual transformation and his impact on the world beyond the ring. This is an intimate film weaving artful and unseen archival footage, with contemporary interviews from firsthand sources, resulting in an intense, focused narrative with hard-hitting relevance. THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI uses percussive sounds of the speed bag and heavy bag to drive and punctuate the story. It has tensions involving faith, race, duty, and identity. And when you personalize those tensions through the humanity of Muhammad Ali, it gives them depth and definition in ways that resonate now. Ultimately, it is a story that has at least as much to say about our society and how Ali’s principles continue to challenge us as it does about his own transformation. In many ways, he stayed true to his beliefs and identity while the country changed around him.”

− Bill Siegel

 

 

Enemy

Academy Award Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with his PRISONERS director, Academy Award Nominee Denis Villeneuve, in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, provoking empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange – and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image. ENEMY, adapted from Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s 2004 novel The Double, is about the power of the subconscious. In the end, only one man can survive.

 

Friday  7:00pm, 9:00pm

Saturday 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Sunday 1:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm

Monday 8:00pm

Tuesday 2:30pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday- (plays in main hall – tickets for this showing are here)

Thursday 8:00pm

 

 

 

Vistors

Director Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi) meditates on mankind’s complex relationship with technology in this visually stunning film comprised of 74 shots, and featuring the music of Philip Glass.

Friday  7:00pm

Saturday 1:30pm , 6:00pm

Sunday 4:00pm

Monday 6:00pm

Tuesday 2:30pm, 6:00pm

Wednesday- (plays in main hall at 8:30pm)

Thursday 8:30pm

 

 

 

Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

 

Showtimes

Friday 6:30pm

Saturday 2:00pm, 5:30pm, 9:00pm

Sunday 1:30pm, 5:00pm,

Monday 8:00pm

Tuesday 2:30pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday no show

Thursday 8:00pm

 

 

Fight Club

You are not your job. You are not how much you have in the bank. You are not the contents of your wallet. You are not your khakis. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. What happens first is you can’t sleep. What happens then is there’s a gun in your mouth. And what happens next is you meet Tyler Durden. Let me tell you about Tyler. He had a plan. In Tyler we trusted. Tyler says the things you own, end up owning you. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Fight Club represents that kind of freedom. First rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club. Second rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club. Tyler says self-improvement is masturbation. Tyler says self-destruction might be the answer.

 

 

 

Like Father Like Son

Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori (Machiko Ono) and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth, two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision while Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON extends the Japanese cinema tradition of familial exploration to deliver a gentle and moving story of personal redemption that playfully navigates its way through the drama.

 

Showtimes

Wednesday 8:30pm (in Main Hall)

Thursday 8:00pm

 

 

 

Frozen

After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), her sprightly sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee co-directed this Walt Disney Animation Studios production based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s beloved fairy tale The Snow Queen.

 

 

Showtimes

Friday  4:00pm

Saturday 1:00pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm

Sunday 1:00pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm

Monday 10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm

Tuesday 10:30am, 2:30pm

Wednesday 1:00pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm

Thursday 1:00pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm

Saving Mr. Banks

The story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting him option the rights to Mary Poppins is brought to the screen in this non-fiction drama starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell. A doting father, Walt Disney (Hanks) promises his adoring daughters that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized for moviegoers, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor. Years later, however, when Travers‘ book sales begin to slow, dwindling finances drive her to schedule a meeting with Disney to discuss the film rights to the beloved story. For two weeks in 1961, a determined Disney does his absolute best to convince Travers that the film version of Mary Poppins will be a wondrous and respectful adaptation, meanwhile the author only grows more convinced that she has made the right move in preventing the proposed film adaptation. Later, just when it begins to appear that the rights to Mary Poppins have slipped through his fingers, the ingenious Disney reflects back on his childhood, and realizes that a sensitive chapter from Travers‘ youth could be the key to clinching the deal. Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman co-star

 

February 7th- Feb 13th

Main Hall

Saving Mr Banks Rated PG-13 (125 minutes)

 

Sunday 1:30pm, 6:30pm

Monday 6:00pm

Tuesday 2:30pm,  8:30pm

Wednesday 6:00pm

Thursday 8:30pm

January Feb 14th – 20th

Friday  6:30pm, 9:00pm

Saturday 8:00pm

Sunday 7:30pm

Monday 8:00pm

Tuesday 5:30pm,  8:00pm

Wednesday no showing

Thursday 8:00pm

 

2014 Oscar Shorts

Please check showtimes to make sure you are getting tickets for the program you want to see.

 

This year’s release will be hosted by past Oscar® winners and a slew of renowned filmmakers who have made their mark in short films.  For the Live Action nominees the hosts include: Shawn Christensen (“Curfew”), Matthew Modine (“Full Metal Jacket”), Tom Vaughan (“What Happens in Vegas”), Peter Webber (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”), Jim Field Smith (“She’s Out of my League”) and Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine (“Inocente”). For the Documentary Shorts, the hosts include: Lucy Walker (“Waste Land”), Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, Eva Orner (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) Peter Webber and Shawn Christensen. The Animated Shorts, in a special treat for audiences, will be hosted by one of the high-diving giraffes of YouTube fame and his ostrich buddy in this special commission by Paris-based Cube Creative and Nicolas Deveaux.

 

This year’s Oscar® Nominated Short Films originate from all parts of the globe, representing the pinnacle of filmmaking from Japan, UK, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Finland, UAE, Yemen, Canada and the United States.

 

A fast-growing genre of film entertainment, ShortsHD’s™Oscar® Nominated Short Films theatrical release has become a key fixture of the awards season while breaking box office records for the genre with each year. “The audience for premium-quality, short form storytelling is exploding with the growth of ‘Constant Content’,” said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive at ShortsHD. “Shorts films are in the “zone” for today’s fast-paced movie fans, and audiences this year are in for a treat — the Oscar Shorts this year contain some of the best films they’ll see all year, bar none….because the Oscar Shorts is where the REAL ‘American hustle’ is fast underway.”

 

In 2013, the release was one of the most successful independent film releases in the country grossing $2,175,000 up 28% year-on-year, and more than 800% since the release started.

 

Wed Main Hall Screening – buy here

Oscar Shorts Animated (Not rated) 110 minutes

Friday  9pm

Saturday 5:30pm

Sunday 1:30pm,  7:30pm

Monday  10:30am, 8:30pm

Tuesday   10:30pm 6:30pm

Wednesday  5:30pm, 7:30pm

Thursday

Oscar Shorts Docs part A   (Not rated) 95 minutes

Friday   5pm

Saturday  1:30pm, 7:30pm

Sunday 3:30pm

Monday   12:30pm, 4:30pm

Tuesday 2:30am, 8:30pm

Wednesday  1:30pm

Thursday   1:30pm, 5:30pm

Oscar Shorts Docs part B (85 minutes)

Friday   7pm

Saturday  3:30pm, 9:30pm

Sunday 1:30pm,  5:30pm

Monday   2:30pm, 6:30pm

Tuesday 12:30pm, 4:30pm

Wednesday  3:30pm

Thursday   3:30pm, 7:30pm

 

Darkroom Special Event

Late Night @TPH
Presents
Darkroom
With post screening Q&A
Star Christian Campbell
Director Britt Napier
Producer Ron Stein
Hosted by
Tom Vitale from SyFy & ChillerTV

The Picture House Jr. Film Advisory board is excited to welcome the star and director from the horror flick Darkroom on Friday January 31st.  the screening with begin at 9:00pm and will follow with a short Q&A with Actor Christian Campbell, Director Britt Napier and Producer Ron Stein.  All teens and horror movie lovers are invited to this special event.

The movie is about a young woman named Michelle who kills three of her friends in a horrific car accident while driving under the influence. After rehab, Michelle takes a job recommended by her counselor that lands her trapped in a mansion with three psychotic siblings hell bent on physical torture to purge Michelle of her sins.

Late Night@TPH is the brain child of the Picture House’s Jr Film Advisory board which is made of high school students from Mamaroneck, Eastchester and Pelham who meet on the last Friday of the month and show films they feel their peers would enjoy seeing at The Picture House.