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Opening virtually this week: Louis van Beethoven and Finding Yingying...
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Dear City Lights Fans,

We're back for more popcorn goodness this week, tonight and Saturday from 4-7pm. Just pull up to the front, let us know your order (and we have menus) and we'll get you on the road and back to your evening's visual entertainment in no time. And speaking of visual entertainment, do check out our Virtual Cinema titles below. We have two excellent new films this week, Finding Yingying, which you can find out more about below. Our other feature is a lushly filmed biopic of an aging Beethoven looking back on his life---Louis van Beethoven. We were anticipating a Beethoven Concert special HD event, but we'll wait for that until we can reopen. This year is estimated to be the 250th anniversary of his birth. How many people get that kind of immortality? 

I wanted to share a photo (thank you Becky!. It is my favorite photo of the week -- Luna, her Jack Russell, is starting with the basics, watching some short silent films on our outdoor screen. I'm not sure we're going to be able to show anything tonight (rain looks likely) but if it is dry we'll get it set up! 

Our friends at The Hollywood Theatre in Portland are always doing cool stuff--even in a pandemic, and their latest and greatest offering is a Master Class on the trailblazing genre director, Roger Corman. And they are offering City Lights members a great deal--$10 off with this discount code: CORMAN10. "Coming January 2021–Roger Corman is one of the most important figures in the history of cinema: a self-taught filmmaker who became a trailblazing producer and director of independent films. This 4-week study of Corman's career is hosted by our head programmer Dan Halsted, with special guests Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, Joe Dante, and Corman documentarian Alex Stapleton. Dan and his guests will livestream their discussions and take questions from the audience on four different films spanning Corman's career from the low-budget sci-fi movies of the 1950s, through his chronicle of the counterculture of the 1960s, to the exploitation and horror films of the '70s and '80s. Individual tickets are $12 and a 4-film package is available for $45." Tickets and Info here

Finally, we've had a great week with our GoFundMe campaign -- check out our exciting challenge here and help us get to the halfway point of the challenge, $53,500

Have a great weekend,

Michael

NEW ON VIRTUAL CINEMA
FINDING YING YING: NR, 98m 
After a young Chinese student goes missing on an American university campus, her family travels to the U.S. for the first time, hoping to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.
LOUIS VAN BEETHOVEN: NR, 120m 
1779. Eight-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven, called "Louis", is already known as a musical prodigy. He learns to go his own way - much to the dismay of the people around him. Some years later, he meets Mozart during times of political upheaval. The unconventional genius and French Revolution are sparking a fire in Louis' heart; he doesn't want to serve a master - only the arts. Facing times of family tragedies and unrequited love, he almost gives up. However, Louis makes it to Vienna to study under Haydn in 1792, and the rest is history. Who was this man, whose music has since touched countless hearts and minds? At the end of his life, the master is isolated by the loss of loved ones and hearing. Surely though, he was way ahead of his times.
VIRTUAL CINEMA
THE WEASEL'S TALE: NR, 129m 
A group of four old friends conformed by a film director, a film writer, an actress, and her husband share a big house in the country. Their coexistence is menaced by a young couple who resourcefully and deceitfully seek to get them to sell the house to develop a real estate project of their own.
ASSASSINS: NR, 104m 
An account of the two women convicted of assassinating Kim Jong-un's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam. The film follows the women's trials in an attempt to understand whether they are trained killers or simply pawns.
CROCK OF GOLD: NR, 124m 
A celebration of Irish punk poet Shane MacGowan, composer and lead singer with The Pogues, combining unpublished archive footage and family footage with animation.
ZAPPA: NR, 129m 
An in-depth look into the life and work of musician Frank Zappa.
COLLECTIVE: NR, 109m 
Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.
NY DOG FILM FESTIVAL: NR, 100m 
The Dog Film Festival program is an hour and a half of short films from around the world that are a medley of animation, documentaries and narrative films with actors and scripts. These films celebrate all the ways we love our dogs that will delight and inspire you. 
NY CAT FILM FESTIVAL: NR, 88m 
The Cat Film Festival™ is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives, creating a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains.  Cats have their own unique and indescribable bond with people – even when living independently as community cats. For far too long, felines have been the “invisible” part of the human-animal bond and it’s time to shine the spotlight on these magnificent creatures and the humans devoted to them. A portion of every ticket at every destination goes to a local animal welfare non-profit, bringing community awareness and support for the needs of local kitties. 
OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE: NR, 111m 
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.
KOSHIEN: JAPAN'S FIELD OF DREAMS: NR, 94m
Baseball is life for the die-hard competitors in the 100th annual Koshien, Japan's wildly popular national high school baseball championship, whose alumni include U.S. baseball star Shohei Ohtani and former Yankee Hideki Matsui. But for Coach Mizutani and his players, cleaning the grounds and greeting their guests are equally important as honing their baseball skills. 

In director Ema Ryan Yamazaki's dramatic and intimate journey to the heart of the Japanese national character, will those acts add up to victory or prove a relic of the past?
MARTIN EDEN: NR, 129m 
Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.
HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING: NR, 94m 
"Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something is an uplifting tribute to an impressive human being." Los Angeles Times
HERB ALPERT IS...: NR, 111m 
Herb Alpert, legendary musician, artist, and philanthropist has sold more than 72 million albums - 29 of them gold or platinum - outsold The Beatles in 1966 and co-founded A&M Records, the most successful independent record company in history. Herb Alpert Is…, directed by John Scheinfeld, looks at Herb’s extraordinary life with rare footage and interviews with colleagues like Sting and Questlove.
NATIVE SON: NR, 93m 
One of the most controversial novels of its day, Richard Wright's NATIVE SON (first published in 1940) exposed the injustices of urban African American life, witnessed through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, whose violent tendencies and moral confusion were the inevitable result of generations of institutionalized racism. In prison for murder and sentenced to death, Thomas reflects on the circumstances that led to his fate. 
OUT STEALING HORSES: NR, 123m 
A widower moves to the country where a chance encounter rekindles memories from his past.
DESERT ONE: NR, 107m 
Using new archival sources and unprecedented access, master documentarian Barbara Kopple reveals the story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern US history: a secret mission to free hostages of the 1979 Iranian revolution.
GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND: NR, 91m 
The iconic Canadian musician, Gordon Lightfoot, reflects on his life and career.
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