Our Roots: The Blessed Tree
Jesse Roberts, the creative director for Rise Up International, is premiering this short film that he recently made on a trip to Palestine. The film is Our Roots: The Blessed Tree offers a unique perspective into a Palestinian olive harvest, and tells a collection of stories related to what life is like under a constant military occupation. After the screening Roberts will share some of his stories about the making of the film and his experiences as part of the Palestinian Independence Movement. It's a good thing the film is not tackling any controversial subjects or anything. Wouldn't want to be inflammatory.
6 pm. Sun., Jan. 11. Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. $10.
The Wizard of Oz
This is one of those times where there is a choice to be made. Is there someone in your life who has never seen The Wizard of Oz that you could bring to this screening? Do you love them enough to watch their face light up as they are introduced to a cowardly lion, a man of tin, a goofball of straw and the brave and wonderful Dorothy Gale? Heck, you can even bring your iPod and listen to "Dark Side of the Moon" while it plays and travel down your own personal Yellow Brick Road, if you please. Regardless of your ideal way of consuming The Wizard of Oz, the one guarantee is there is no singular experience for everyone watching because no two people have the same relationship to the film. Whether you come with friends, family or just by yourself, The Wizard of Oz will claim your heart and soul in a much less creepy way than that sounds.
2 pm & 7 pm. Wed., Jan. 14. Old Mill Stadium. $12.50.
Exhibition OnScreen: Matisse
This is a filmed look at MoMA's Matisse exhibit of cut-outs. The artist is famed for cutting painted sheets into different shapes and sizes, which he would then array into multiple compositions that changed in depth and scale. It is the largest compilation of his cut-outs in history, including around 100 cut-outs from public and private exhibitions across the world. It is interesting that Regal continues to setup these screenings of large cultural events across the country that many people would never get the chance to attend. They can't be very lucrative for the theater chain, so it is nice they continue trying to shove culture into the faces of anyone who might resist.
7 pm. Tue., Jan. 13. Old Mill Stadium. $12.50- $15.