Science on screen: 2013-2014 SEASON SCHEDULE

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 The Trip to Italy

The Trip to Italy

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"...some of the funniest comedy in years...deserve(s) an American audience, ready for wit, that can play along."
- The New Yorker

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register, the artistic merits of "Jagged Little Pill," and, of course, the virtue of sequels.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom

(In English, 108 minutes)


 Alive Inside

Alive Inside

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"…its power is indisputable." - LA Times

"Practically guaranteed to elicit tears within its first five minutes, Alive Inside... is nonetheless more than just a tearjerker." - Village Voice

Alive Inside investigates the power music has to awaken deeply locked memories. The film follows Dan Cohen, a social worker, who decides on a whim to bring iPods to a nursing home. To his and the staff's surprise many residents suffering from memory loss and Alzheimer's Disease seem to "awaken" when they listen to music from their past. With great excitement, Dan turns to renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, and we follow them both as we investigate the mysterious way music functions inside our brains and our lives.

Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett

(In English, 78 minutes)


 God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl

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"The whole phantasmagorical enterprise is so sweetly confident that it just about gets away with its entirely casual approach to believability." - Time Out

While in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems, Eve starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like summer in Glasgow, Scotland.

Directed by Stuart Murdoch

(In English, 111 minutes)



Part of the Feminist Film Festival

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"Julie Wyman's documentary — exuding cool with snazzy black-and-white shots and a catchy soundtrack — is hardly a mere sports film. Haworth, now 29, who's also a talented artist with a dry sense of humor, has conflicted feelings about her sport, which requires her large size but also has a fixed expiration date." - Washington Post

Cheryl Haworth defies categories. A 12th generation patriotic American, a visual artist, and, since age 14, America's top Olympic weightlifter, she is an elite at the international level. A formidable figure in American weightlifting. Haworth is ranked well above all men and women on Team USA. But at 5 foot 8 inches and weighing over 300 pounds, she doesn't easily fit into standard chairs, clothing sizes, or pre-conceptions. As the 2008 Beijing Olympics approach, Haworth struggles with injuries, the end of her career, and the difficult task of re-defining herself.

Strong! explores the contradiction of a body that is at once celebrated within the confines of her sport and shunned by mainstream culture. Through Haworth's journey of strength, vulnerability, loneliness, and individuation, we learn not only about the sport of lifting weight, but also the state of being weighty: the material, psychological, and social consequences and possibilities of a having a body that doesn't fit.

Directed by Julie Wyman

(In English, 76 minutes)


 Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River


The spectacular Betty Harris, legend of deep Soul circles, will perform live with Connecticut's own The Mighty Soul Drivers after the 7 PM opening night screening on Friday, September 26! Tickets are available now.

Take Me to the River celebrates the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday.

Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more.

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Directed by Martin Shore

(In English, 95 minutes)



 The One I Love

The One I Love

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"After years of playing Peggy Olson on "Mad Men", she knows how to smile and nod and say one thing while obviously meaning the exact opposite, and when at last she unleashes the truth, it's with demonic intensity. She turns subtext into horror-poetry." - New York Magazine

On the brink of separation, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

Directed by Charlie McDowell

(In English, 91 minutes)




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Eighteen year-old Helen Memel likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse).

Directed by David Wnendt

(In German with English subtitles, 109 minutes)


 Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower

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"You feel for the potential Wesleyan parent who asks an administrator if his daughter is going to have to move home after graduating: His question is met with an uneasy pause. Crucial stuff." - Time Out New York

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.

Directed by Andrew Rossi

(In English, 90 minutes)


United Technologies


Support for Real Art Ways' cinema program comes from United Technologies.


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.

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