COMING SOON: THE MISSING PICTURE; Just A SIGH; MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS; Nymphomaniac Volume 1; Nymphomaniac Volume 2; MAMELE; FINDING VIVIAN MAIER; Alan Partridge; GOD'S POCKET; Young and Beautiful; The Retrieval; The Double

Science on screen: 2013-2014 SEASON SCHEDULE

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Fargo. Tickle Me Elmo. Dolly the sheep.

What else happened in 1996? Real Art Ways built a
world-class cinema so you could watch the best and most innovative independent and art films, right here in Hartford.

We've played a movie in that cinema nearly every day for the last 18 years, but now in 2014, everything is changing.

Filmmakers just aren't making, well, film anymore.

But they are making incredible movies, and it's essential to our mission that we keep showing them to you!

Unfortunately we're trapped in 1996, and the only way to keep up is to go digital. We need to make our cinema Digital Cinema Package (DCP) compatible. Like most things with awesome-sounding yet kind of obscure names, this won't be cheap.

The price tag is $60,000. We've already raised half, but we need your help with the rest!

Visit our Secure Pledge Page to make a donation - be sure to specify #RealUpgrade in the comments!


New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts

The New York International Children's Film Festival is North America's largest festival of film for children and teens, and stands at the forefront of a movement to define new, more compelling film for kids.

There are two programs:

Kid Flix Mix: Recommended for ages 4 to 8

A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 4 to 8. Program includes films from Sweden, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Australia, the UK, and the United States.

(In English or Musical/No Dialogue, 60 minutes)

*Screenings at 11 AM*

Party Mix: Recommended for ages 8 to 18

A collection of hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films from around the world, suitable for older kids ages 8 to 18, including festival award-winners and audience favorites. Shorts come from Latvia, Argentina, France, Colombia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.

(In English or with subtitles, 68 minutes)

*Screenings at 1 PM*

 Particle Fever

Particle Fever

[watch the trailer]

"Particle Fever is that rare, exhilarating science doc that's neither dumbed down nor drabbed up." - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

"Particle Fever is a fascinating movie about science, and an exciting, revealing and sometimes poignant movie about scientists." - A.O. Scott, New York Times

Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter.

Directed by Mark Levinson

(English, 99 minutes)

 The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known

[watch the trailer]

This documentary offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public.

Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his "snowflakes," tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history-not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it.

Directed by Errol Morris

(English, 105 minutes)

 Just a Sigh

Just a Sigh

[watch the trailer]

"The film is a bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery." - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

"The movie is beautifully acted, and the chemistry between Ms. Devos, who is 49 (her character is 43), and Mr. Byrne, 63, is heated in a sadder-but-wiser, grown-up way." - Steven Holden, New York Times

Alix and Doug were not supposed to meet, but their brief encounter would prove to be overwhelming.

Directed by Jérôme Bonnell

(English & French with English Subtitles, 104 minutes)

 The Missing Picture

The Missing Picture

[watch the trailer]

Grand Prix Winner - Cannes

Oscar Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film

"The audacity of The Missing Picture — a brilliant documentary about a child who held on to life in Cambodia's killing fields — is equaled only by its soulfulness." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and narration to revisit the atrocities committed by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979.

Directed by Rithy Panh

(English, 92 minutes)

 Nymphomaniac Volume 1

Nymphomaniac: Volume One

[watch the trailer]

"A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture. Not for all sensibilities but it's among von Trier's more playful, purely entertaining films, with insight and humour in even the horrors." - Kim Newman, EMPIRE

Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by Stacy Martin).

Directed by Lars von Trier

(English, 118 minutes)

 Nymphomaniac Volume 2

Nymphomaniac: Volume Two

[watch the trailer]

"It is so laden with highly charged set pieces, so dappled with haunting ideas and bold flights of fancy that it finally achieves a kind of slow-burn transcendence." - Xan Brooks, The Guardian

Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, recounts the erotic experiences of her adulthood.

Directed by Lars von Trier

(English, 123 minutes)

 Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge

[watch the trailer]

"Alan Partridge stays true to this small, very specific world of regional British radio and this class of local celebrity while also injecting the high-level drama needed to carry such a story to a much larger audience. It's this balance that should win the film over for Alan Partridge fans and the general movie-going public alike." - Diana Drumm, Indiewire

Famous DJ Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) finds himself at the center of a siege, when a disgruntled fellow DJ (Colm Meaney) decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he's getting sacked by the new management.

Directed by Declan Lowney

(English, 90 minutes)


Mamele + Cohen on the Telephone

[watch a clip]

Mamele belongs to Molly Picon, "Queen of the Yiddish Musical," who shines as Mamele (little mother), the dutiful daughter keeping her family intact after the death of their mother. She's so busy cooking, cleaning, and matchmaking for her brothers and sisters that she has little time for herself, until she discovers the violinist across the courtyard!

Directed by Joseph Green

(1938, Restored | Yiddish with English subtitles, 97 minutes)

Preceded by:

Cohen on the Telephone

NCJF New Digital Restoration - 85th Anniversary Screening

In this early sound short, comedy is rung from Cohen's heavy accent and his unfamiliarly with the new-fangled phone.

Directed by Robert Ross

(USA, 1929, 9 minutes)



 Mistaken for Strangers

Mistaken for Strangers

[watch the trailer]

"With its rock doc trappings, it's impossible to ignore that Mistaken For Strangers delivers on that front, with thrilling and candid on-stage footage that allows the band's music to come alive: if you weren't a fan before, you will be after the film." - Gabe Toro, The Playlist

Hailed by Michael Moore as "one of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen" and by Pitchfork as "the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap," Mistaken for Strangers is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt (lead singer of The National) and Tom Berninger.

Directed by Tom Berninger

(English, 75 minutes)

 Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

[watch the trailer]

"Maier is a great artist who discounted adulation entirely. Her life was a masquerade; her genius, quite literally, was unexposed." - Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books.

Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Directed by Charlie Siskel

(English, 83 minutes)

 God's Pocket

God's Pocket

In the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket, Mickey Scarpato's crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction "accident," and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse.

Directed by John Slattery

(English, 88 minutes)

 Young and Beautiful

Young and Beautiful

[watch the trailer]

"A tender, slyly funny and splendidly shot portrait of an adolescent prostitute that is easily the director's best work since Swimming Pool." - John Frosch, The Atlantic

Francois Ozon's Young and Beautiful stars Marine Vacth as Isabelle, a seventeen-year-old who returns from a family holiday and begins working as a call girl.

Directed by Francois Ozon

(French with English subtitles, 95 minutes)

 The Retrieval

The Retrieval

[watch the trailer]

"Along the way, director Chris Eska provides ample space for his principals to breathe, wisely homing in on the uneasy gaze of the guidance-starved Will, whose struggle will resonate with anyone charged with an unenviable task." - Andrew Frisicano, Time Out New York

1864: as the Civil War ravages the nation, on the outskirts, business as usual continues for slave-owners and traders. The Retrieval follows Will, a fatherless 13 year-old boy, who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang who sends him to earn the trust of runaway slaves and wanted freedmen in order to lure them back to the South.

Directed by Chris Eska

(English, 92 minutes)

 The Double

The Double

[watch the trailer]

"Totally bonkers, hilarious and wickedly clever, The Double is special and singular filmmaking at its best." - Kevin Jagernauth, Indiewire

The life of Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a timid, isolated man who's overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Mia Wasikowska) is turned upside down with the arrival of a new co-worker, James.

Directed by Richard Ayoade

(English, 93 minutes)

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film field trip

Film Field Trips for School Groups

Available films:
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
Mighty Times: The Children's March
A Place at the Table
Bloods and Crips: Made in America
Favela Rising

Read film descriptions and find out more about our Education Programs here.

Contact Lindsey Fyfe at 860.232.1006 x129 for more information.

Made possible with the support of Real Art Ways Members, Travelers Foundation, the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, the Fund for Greater Hartford, the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc., The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Financial Foundation.

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