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City Lights Cinema

Dear City Lights Fans,

We made it! Because of you. And you. And you. 

After our latest closure, we were stumped. We'd exhausted our funds staying alive during the first two closures. Would our town be able to give us a hand and a fighting chance? I don't think we ever doubted that for a second--and it has been more than gratifying to all of us, including Alex, Jared, Susan and myself to see how much love exists out there for your local hybrid theatre. We feel it and we've been ensconced in the theatre, working room by room to improve operations and even spiffing up the darker corners that none but staff ever get to see. Staying busy through these months of closure is key to our sanity, I think. 

While all of our supporters and Curbside Popcorn patrons have made this happen, we will be offering a special thanks next week to our Challenge donor, whose large gift will help sustain us through the rocky terrain ahead. 

We're back this weekend for curbside popcorn + drinks: Friday and Saturday from 4pm-7pm. Our menu is right here. What is the secret of great popcorn? Real butter of course. No nasty industrial goo. I recommend parmesan and nutritional yeast (if you haven't tried it, just ask for it--we have it on the side for you) and a fine film from our Virtual Cinema selections. Museum Town was especially interesting to me -- watching a small town reinvent a large industrial facility into a world-class museum. But Rock Camp is a super fun doc and Some Kind of Heaven, about the retirement town in Florida called The Villages, is one of the best docs of the year so far. More on these and many other fine films below.

Thank you for all of your incredible support. Stay well, stay positive, and we'll be around for the next Act. 

Michael

VIRTUAL CINEMA
ROCK CAMP: NR, 87m 
Summer camp meets Spinal Tap as we journey to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in ROCK CAMP, where dreamers from across America and around the world gather to shred with their heroes - and learn to rock like the legends. Rock Camp is an institution and cultural phenomenon that has been going on in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities since 1996. The brainchild of music producer David Fishof, Rock Camp boasts a jaw-dropping array of rock star “counselors” that include Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, Nancy Wilson, Joe Perry, Jeff Beck, Slash, and countless other rock legends. The counselors teach, inspire, and jam with the campers over the course of four days. Each Rock Camp concludes with all of the counselors and their respective campers, performing together.
SOME KIND OF HEAVEN: NR, 83m 
With SOME KIND OF HEAVEN, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, SOME KIND OF HEAVEN invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Village residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. With strikingly composed cinematography, this candy-colored documentary offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act.
MUSEUM TOWN: NR, 76m 
Directed by Jennifer Trainer, a former journalist and one of MASS MoCA's original builders, and narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, the documentary tells the story of an unconventional museum, the small town of North Adams, MA it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a desolate post-industrial city.

Today, MASS MoCA is the largest museum for contemporary art in the world—but just three decades ago, its vast brick buildings were the abandoned relics of a shuttered factory. This documentary tells how such a wildly improbable transformation came to be. MUSEUM TOWN also looks at the artistic process itself—not only how museums work but how artists create, tracking celebrated artist Nick Cave as he builds the monumental installation “Until,” a reflection on gun violence, race, and the American Dream.

In addition to Nick Cave, the documentary features appearances by artists James Turrell, Laurie Anderson and David Byrne, with original music and soundtrack by John Stirratt of Wilco, featuring songs by Talking Heads, Sharon Jones, Big Thief, Wilco, Moses Sumney among others.
THE REASON I JUMP: NR, 84m 
Based on the book by Naoki Higashida this immersive film explores the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people around the world.
FINDING YINGYING: 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.
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.
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.
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. 
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