Classic Film Series: The Birds
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre Run time: 119 min.
“Mr. Hitchcock and his associates have constructed a horror film that should raise the hackles on the most courageous and put goose-pimples on the toughest hide.” – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, April 1, 1963
Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture
In this iconic Hitchcock tale, a wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
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All tickets are only $1. Tickets can only be purchased on the day of the event at the Taylor Little Theatre box office.
Langer Film Series: The Sapphires Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre Run time: 103 min. Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote outback mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. The Sapphires, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay, are discovered by Dave, a good-humored talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm and a great knowledge of soul music. As their manager, Dave books the sisters their first true gig giving them their first taste of stardom, and travels with them to Vietnam to entertain the American troops. “Like the Four Tops, I loved every sugar pie, honey bunch moment. I can’t help myself.” – Tampa Bay Times
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Ticket Information: 501 East 38th Street Erie, PA 16546
Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture
WINNER Major Award, Feature Film AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ GUILD
Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture
WINNER People’s Choice Award, Best Narrative Film DENVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
NOMINATED Gold Hugo Award, Best International Feature CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Langer and On Screen/In Person Series Adults: $6 Students/Seniors: $5 Mercyhurst Students (with ID): $1 Classic Film Series $1 for everyone
For more information, call the Box Office at 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.
All titles and dates subject to change.
Langer Film Series: The Kings of Summer
Langer Film Series: Behind the Candelabra
Classic Film Series: Blazing Saddles
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre, Run time: 95 min.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre Run time: 118 min.
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre Run time: 93 min.
Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, The Kings Of Summer is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from.
NOMINATED Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER Audience Award, Narrative Feature Film DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The film will be accompanied by a discussion with co-producer and ’Hurst alumnus Eric Hollenbeck ’05. “Evoking the pleasure of what feels - for a little while like endless possibilities.” – Chicago Sun-Times
On Screen/In Person Series: Shored Up
WINNER Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS FESTIVAL
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre, Run time: 84 min. Our beaches and coastline are a national treasure, a shared resource, a beacon of serenity and recreation in a world of constant change… and they’re disappearing in front of us. Shored Up is a documentary that asks tough questions about our coastal communities and our relationship to the land. What will a rising sea do to our homes, our businesses, and the survival of our communities? Can we afford to pile enough sand on our shores to keep the ocean at bay? In Long Beach Island, New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, surfers, politicians, scientists and residents are racing to answer these questions. Beach engineering has been our only approach so far, but is there something else out there to be explored? Our development of the coastlines put us in a tough predicament, and it’s time to start looking for solutions. The filmmaker, along with experts on sustainability and coastal erosion, will host a discussion following the film.
NOMINATED Palme d’Or CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre Run time: 80 min.
OFFICIAL SELECTION SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL
Langer Film Series: The Attack
WINNER Special Jury Mention SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL
Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down after a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves 19 dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife, Sihem who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. Once there, he finds himself in ever more dangerous places and situations. Determined, he seeks answers to questions he never thought he would be asking. This is the only screening of this film to occur in Erie, Pa. “Delicately executed thriller balances its political baggage with unflagging suspense.” – Newsday
WINNER Audience Award BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER Best Feature Documentary LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER Best Documentary KINGSTON FILM FESTIVAL
Occasionally scandalous in its humor, this hilarious badtaste spoof of Westerns features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Writer and director Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre. Considered one of the must-see movies of the 70’s, Blazing Saddles includes many scenes that are imprinted in comic history and have stood the test of time. All tickets are only $1. Tickets can only be purchased on the day of the event at the Taylor Little Theatre box office.
Furever is a feature-length documentary that explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet. It examines the sociological evolution of pets in the U.S. today, particularly their position in a family unit, and how this evolution is affecting those in the veterinary profession and death care industry. The film includes interviews from grieving pet owners, veterinarians, psychologists, sociologists, religious scholars and neuroscientists. Learn about the many professionals who preserve a pet’s body for their devastated clientele, or re-purpose a pet’s remains in unique ways, including taxidermy, cloning, mummification, freeze-drying, and many more. Furever confronts contemporary trends, perspectives, and relevant cultural assumptions regarding attachment, religion, ritual, grief, and death. Ultimately, the film explores the bonds that form between humans and animals, both psychological and physiological. The filmmaker will join the director of The A.N.N.A. Shelter and experts in grief counseling for a Q&A following the screening. Please join us in collecting supplies to benefit Erie’s no-kill animal shelter, The A.N.N.A. Shelter. Bring blankets, food, toys etc. for collection and help an animal in need. Those who bring donations will receive $1 admission.
“A crazed grab bag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken.” – Roger Ebert, Feb. 7, 1974
Langer Film Series: Fruitvale Station Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre, Run time: 85 min.
“Candelabra is a visual feast. It shines brightest in those moments where it captures the rhythms of a relationship in its first blush of affection and its seemingly inevitable collapse.” – USA Today
On Screen/In Person Series: Furever
OFFICIAL SELECTION FILM FEST DC
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre, Run time: 102 min. Arabic with English subtitles
Before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: Virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. Behind the Candelabra, starring Academy Award winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship – from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public breakup.
WINNER Un Certain Regard, Avenir Prize CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER Audience Award SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER Grand Jury Prize SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of Dec. 31, 2008, and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: Being a better son to his mother, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four-year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core. “Fruitvale Station is a directorial debut of limitless promise; as a first feature it’s almost miraculous.” – Wall Street Journal
On Screen/In Person Film Series: Mr. Cao Goes to Washington Sunday Nov. 17, 2 p.m. , Taylor Little Theatre Run time: 72 min. Mr. Cao Goes to Washington is an engaging portrait of a complex individual navigating the fascinating, high stakes world of electoral politics – New Orleans style. What happens when the naiveté of a political rookie clashes with the realities of racial politics of the American South and ultra-partisan struggles in Washington, D.C.? Follow the unexpected journey of Rep. Joseph Cao – the first Vietnamese American elected to the U.S. Congress, the only non-white House Republican of the 111th Congress, and the only Republican to vote for President Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill. The filmmaker will be present for a Q&A following the film.
WINNER Inspiration Award FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER Best Documentary DC APA FILM FESTIVA