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Merchants of Doubt
 Merchants of Doubt
Wed, May 6 at 7:15pm – "New Non-Fiction Film"
Presented with Sierra Club of Virginia

Inspired by the acclaimed book, 'Merchants of Doubt' takes audiences on a satirical and illuminating journey into the dark  heart of the American propaganda machine. Documentarian Robert Kenner (Food Inc) lifts the curtain on a secretive group of charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who are used by corporate media as scientific authorities. But their real purpose is to spread maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

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Salt Of The Earth
 Salt Of The Earth
Wed, May 13 at 7:15pm – "New Non-Fiction Film"

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity for over forty years. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his later travels, and by German director Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire). (110 mins)

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Leviathan
 Leviathan
Oscar Nominee and Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Kolya (AlexeÏ Serebriakov) lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya (Elena Liadova) and his son Roma (SergueÏ Pokhodaev) from a previous marriage. The town's corrupt mayor Vadim Shelevyat (Roman Madianov) is determined to take away his business, his house, as well as his land. First the Mayor tries buying off Kolya, but Kolya unflinchingly fights as hard as he can so as not to lose everything he owns including the beauty that has surrounded him from the day he was born. Facing resistance, the mayor starts being more aggressive..... In Russian with subtitles (140 mins)

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Ballet 422
 Ballet 422
New York City Ballet, under the artistic direction of Peter Martins, boasts a roster of more than 90 elite dancers and a repertory of works by many of the greatest choreographers in the history of the art form. When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the Company’s 2013 Winter Season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB’s 422nd new ballet. (72 mins)

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White God
 White God
When young Lili is forced to abandon her beloved dog Hagen, because it's a mixed-breed heritage and deemed unfit by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called unfit dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time housepet who has learned all too well from his journey through the streets and animal control centers. This is a superb modern allegory for our times. With subtitles. (121 mins)

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An Honest Liar
 An Honest Liar
Wed, April 29 at 7:15pm – "New Non-Fiction Film"

‘The Amazing’ Randi performed for years as a world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi’s personal life is discovered, it isn’t clear whether Randi is still the deceiver – or the deceived. (90 mins)

"If its account of Randi’s work as an exceptional entertainer and a zealous debunker were all that An Honest Liar gave us, it would be a tremendously fascinating film. But the movie also contains a third-act surprise – which won’t be revealed here – that makes it both unexpectedly revelatory and deeply moving."
– Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

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Planetary
 Planetary
Wed, April 22 at 7:15pm – Earth Day 2015

Earth Day marks the global theatrical premiere of a stunningly beautiful new film dedicated to “worldview interruption” – the act of seeing the world in a radically different way. “We have not only an ecological crisis… but also a kind of story crisis. That is to say there’s something very wrong about the way that we understand who we are, and our relationship with the Earth.” Philosopher David Loy is just one of many visionaries that include Buddhist leaders, ecologists, scientists, activists, authors, and indigenous wisdom teachers. Directed by Guy Reid and featuring leading climate activist Bill McKibben, eco-author Barry Lopez, cosmologist Brian Swimme, biomimicry scientist Janine Benyus, Paul Hawken, and anthropologist Wade Davis. (90 mins)

Speakers and post-film discussion:
Tom Ellis is a liberal arts professor and Gaian teacher
Catherine Kilduff is a staff lawyer with The Center for Biological Diversity
Glen Besa is Director of the Virginia Chapter of The Sierra Club




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The Wrecking Crew
 The Wrecking Crew
Behind headliners like Frank Sinatra, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Mamas and Poppas, and The Monkees – the unheralded musicians of The Wrecking Crew created the beats and melodies of the great pop hits of the ’60s. Directed by the son of legendary Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, this vibrant, moving portrait pays tribute to the golden age of the “West Coast Sound” and its secret star-making machine. (95 mins)

"There’s a similar shared joy among the participants, a similar sense of discovery for the viewer, and, of course, a killer soundtrack."
– Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

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Timbuktu
 Timbuktu
Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. In northern Mali not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants. Filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako's unsparing, humane film is surprisingly funny when exposing the absurdities of fundamentalism. In Arabic, Bambara, French, English, Songhay, and Tamasheq. (97 mins)

"It's an obviously timely movie, but also, in the manner of political films like 'Modern Times' and 'The Bicycle Thief', it feels permanent and essential."
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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