These films are
not subject to rating by the Motion Picture Association of
America. Recommended for adults; some films may contain strong
language, sexual content and violence.
Denmark, 75 minutes
Monday, March 25
exquisitely filmed, this documentary meets Sci-Fi in this
captivatingly wondrous, yet extremely frightening, unprecedented
journey into the underworld and into the future. Every day, the
world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste
created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storages,
which are vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters,
and to societal changes. In Finland, the world's first permanent
repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of
tunnels - that must last for millennia.
UK, 95 minutes
Monday, April 1
In this David
and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud
Scottish homeowners take on a celebrity tycoon. At stake is one
of Britain's very last stretches of wilderness. This
entertaining, inspiring and at times heartbreaking documentary
is a parable for our celebrity driven times.
Planet of Snail
Finland/Japan/South Korea, 88 minutes
Monday, April 8
At its core a
love story, this documentary follows Young-Chan, a deaf and
blind man, who has no idea how to participate in the world until
he meets Soon-Ho. He communicates with his wife Soon-Ho through
finger Braille, and they rely on one another completely.
Everyday tasks require complex collaboration and become tender
shared experiences. This beautiful film combines breathtaking
imagery with Young-Chan's personal writing.
The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
US, 86 minutes
Monday, April 15
meets detective story in this exploration of the origin of
hundreds of tiles that have mysteriously appeared on streets in
cities across the U.S. and South America over the past three
decades. As researcher Justin Duerr starts piecing together key
events of the past, he finds a story more surreal than he could
have imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home.
Brazil/Argentina/France, 98 minutes
Monday, April 22
Madalena makes bread, crosses the railways where no trains have
passed for years, cleans up the gate of the locked cemetery, and
listens to the priest's sermon before sharing lunch with the
other villagers left in town. Upon the arrival of a visiting
photographer, a deep relationship is forged, which gradually
builds to have a profound effect on both their lives, as well as
the rest of the villagers. This deeply contemplative film
demonstrates the power of still images and still moments.
Family Friendly Shorts
Monday, April 29
(Encore screening Saturday, May 4 at
collection of short films recognized by the American Library
9 min., Ages 8 and up
Squeezed into the back of the family car, four restless
sisters find magic in a road trip across the prairie. This
exuberant, animated film beautifully captures the bond
between sisters and the power of the imagination.
12 min., Ages 5 and up
Jacqueline Woodson's narration conveys her reverence for the
generations of women who passed down needle skills and
knowledge from slave times to the present. Hudson Talbott's
illustrations are brought to life by skillful camera
movement and sparing animation.
8 min., Ages 8-14
During World War II in the dark "winter of hunger" in
Holland, some women and a girl unravel a beautiful bedspread
to make socks to barter for food. Based on a poem by Marie
Jacobs, this animated, poetic film leaves viewers with hope
for a brighter future.
9 min., Ages 12 and up
Viewers are alternately terrified and deeply moved by the
plight of a little vampire who is isolated and lonely, but
willing to risk life and limb to save a potential companion.
Told in stark black, white and red, this animated short will
linger long in memory.
Emma and the Condors,
20 min., Ages 7 and up
Anna and Emma, along with their parents, work to bring the
amazing and magnificent California Condor back from the
brink of extinction. This is a thought-provoking and
visually splendid live-action film, as special as the
children and birds at its heart. (2013 Carnegie Award)
14 min., Ages 4-8
In three interconnected stories, companions Bink and Gollie
share pancakes and rich conversations. The skilled narration
and humorous animation capture the opposite personalities of
these good friends.
Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion,
13 min, Ages 4-8
While flying to and from Holland, Trixie and her beloved
Knuffle Bunny finally part ways in this moving, satisfying
conclusion to the Knuffle Bunny trilogy. Narrated by author
Mo Willems, his wife, and daughter, the combination of
photography, drawings, and video creates a funny and painful
look at the mixed feelings surrounding growing up.
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