To highlight the diverse creative talent of Westchester’s teens, The Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation, The Picture House and Westchester County are presenting the 2014 Future Filmmakers Film Festival on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Picture House in Pelham. Drawing students from across the County, the Future Filmmakers Festival is a day-long event spotlighting short films from narrative, documentary, comedy, drama and musical categories, wholly created and produced by Westchester County high school students. The festival culminates with an awards ceremony when the “Chester” – Westchester’s Oscar – will be awarded to the top three film submissions. Festival submission guidelines require that students attend either an accredited Westchester County high school or bona fide County film program. Films cannot exceed 10 minutes and must be rated PG.
The Future Filmmakers Festival made its debut at The Picture House in 2009. After a short hiatus, while the historic theater underwent extensive renovations, the Festival returned with enthusiastic reception to The Picture House in 2013.
“We are so excited to be partnering with The Picture House and Westchester County for our third Future Filmmakers Festival,” said Dale Hisiger, Executive Director of the Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation and long-standing Board Member of The Picture House. “The Picture House’s strong education programs provide people of all ages with the opportunity to experience the art of cinema in a whole new way. And the Future Filmmakers Festival is yet another extension of this vibrant programming.”
Tickets will be available online at http://www.thepicturehouse.org/future-film-makers/ and at The Picture House box office on the day of the event; cost is $7/adults, $3/students, children under 5/free.
On Sunday, April 27, free parking is available on the street and at the Pelham Train station which is within walking distance of The Picture House.
Back by popular demand, The Picture House, Meridian Risk Management and Joan Solimine Real Estate are pleased to present Date Night on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. As in the past, film-lovers throughout lower Westchester, the Bronx and surrounding communities were asked to vote for their favorite Date Night film at www.thepicturehouse.org/date-night from a ballot chosen by The Picture House’s Board of Directors. This year’s winner is the Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan classic When Harry Met Sally.
“The last Date Night at The Picture House was such a success that we knew we had to do it again,” said John Calvelli, Chair of the Board of Directors at The Picture House. “We encourage the community to go online and vote for their favorite films and look forward to a casual, fun-filled evening with friends, topped off with a champagne toast in the theater.”
To kick-off the evening, restaurants in lower Westchester and the Bronx will provide a 20 percent food discount to Date Night attendees.
PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS TO DATE (April 14th, 2014)
Bistro Rollin and Caffe Regatta Oyster Bar and Grill
Alvin & Friends, Modern Restaurant and Lounge, Sorell Wine Bar & Bistro and recologie
Vintage 1891 Kitchen
Siena’s Trattoria located at 708 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers, NY (next to the Cross County Shopping Center)
April Spring Break Movie Making Week (grades k – 5)
“The Lego Movie” Spring Break Movie Making and Acting Camp (Grades K – 5)
April 14 – 18, 9 – 12noon, $375 for the week.
Or, you can pay $75 per day. The first three days we will be animating and acting. The last 2 days we will be creating a music video!
Join us for an action packed week of Movie Making and Acting! Whether you are a director or an actor we will find a place for you to shine this week. This year we will be animating, acting out scenes, and creating a music video inspired by The Lego Movie! During camp, you will also get to come dressed as one of your favorite action heroes ready to create short scenes and choreographed movement, may have a chance to watch The Lego Movie, plus on the last day of camp, we will screen our short animated film and music video inspired by The Lego Movie. Sure to be an awesome week! Enroll Now
As the Third Reich continues its reign of terror, Adolf Hitler is on a quest for the legendary Ark os the Covenenant- resting place of the Ten Commandments- whose supernatural powers, legend says, can wipe out entire armies. The U.S. Government turns to Dr. Indiana Jones, for the mission. Relentlessly pursued by Hitler’s henchmen, Indy infiltrartes their massive digging operation in a race against time to discover the Well od the Souls, where the Ark has lain undisturbed for centuries.
Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other’s separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con comedy about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood.
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.
“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.”
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.
Late Night @TPH Presents Darkroom
With post screening Q&A
Star Christian Campbell
Director Britt Napier
Producer Ron Stein
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.
Grease Sing – A – Long Saturday, February 8th 8:00pm Family Friendly Hosted by Pelham’s very own Mr. Summer Lovin’ Peter DiPaola!
Brush off the winter blues with the greatest summer love movie of all time!
The brand new singalong version of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars and remember GREASE is the word…
The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free magic moments fun packs. You’ll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive.
Then just sit back and watch Danny & Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen.
It couldn’t be easier… or more fun! Dressing up is encouraged as is full audience participation.
Director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) applies his playful imagination to animating a series of conversations with the esteemed linguist, philosopher, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky. At the heart of these talks is Chomsky’s theory of the emergence of language. In this intellectual feast, Gondry uses drawings to make complex ideas more accessible and to expand the documentary form.