VIRTUAL SCREENING ROOM, The Nightlight
VIRTUAL SCREENING ROOM
Watch great films, selected with care.
Cinema marches on, even as cinema screens are dark. These are films we'd have been proud to bring to the big screen in Akron. By watching them here in our virtual screening room, you can still directly benefit The Nightlight.
A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by enslaved Africans and the jazz music they created. Youssou N'Dour's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims.
From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with some of the world's most exceptional musicians, Youssou N'Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert...
Available until July 2nd
Ahead of the Curve tells the story of Franco Stevens founder of Curve, the best-selling lesbian magazine ever published. When Franco learns that Curve is failing, she turns to today’s queer activists to determine her, and the magazine's, future.
After its truly innovative World Premiere at Frameline 2020 in which over 2,000 people attended, the film's release marks the first time audiences will be able to experience this vital narrative of queer activism and lesbian heritage. This is a story of courage, celebrating the success of political activism, representation, and powerful LGBTQ+ voices.
Available until June 25th
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With his first electronic single, “Go,” in 1991, Moby helped define the music of an era, and the mega-success of his 1999 album Play — and its soulful, infectious songs’ presence in clubs, films, ads, and on TV — brought him into the stratosphere of fame when it became the biggest-selling electronic album of all time. But just a few years earlier, he was living in an abandoned building, making remixes and trying to make sense of a disruptive, dark childhood. By 2008, alcohol and drug use overwhelmed him, and despite massive success he considered suicide — until a 12-Step program, music, and animal activism grounded him. A former philosophy student, he wondered: If he got everything he wanted…why wasn’t he happy?
MOBY DOC is the creative, offbeat, wry, music-filled chronicle of an eventful life examined. Filled with existential discussions, extraordinary concert footage, deep cuts from 30 years of Moby’s music, unconventional narrative, quirky animation, rare clips, and thoughts from Moby’s friend David Lynch, it’s a vibrant, eclectic conversation between a man and his past. Moby delves into himself to share with radical honesty what he’s gone through, and why the answers to some of the deepest questions we can ask as human beings may not be found in the way we’re actually living.
Available until June 18th
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TWO GODS is a unique and intimate portrait of members of the African-American Muslim community. We meet Hanif, a Muslim ritual body washer and casket maker in a neighborhood filled with violence and death as he mentors 2 teenagers that feel the pull of the streets. It’s an important and revealing look at a community we don’t often see and can be a road to a greater understanding of race and religion, so desperately needed in our time.
Available until June 11th
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Stephanie, a restless and vibrant actress, meets Gerard, an NYPD counter-terrorism specialist who’s an aficionado of experimental theater (and maybe out of his mind). Flirtation ensues, ends disastrously, and forces Stephanie to the ramshackle upstate home of musician Eleanor Friedberger, yet this supposed escape is infected by violent memories of her past life. A miniature epic of paranoia, espionage, subterfuge, music, and performance captured on lush and invigorating 16mm, SLOW MACHINE heralds major new talent.
Available June 18th
NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION. In only his second film, Hong Sangsoo was conducting stunning structural experiments. In the film’s first part, Jisook, recently free of a relationship with a married man, joins two girlfriends for a vacation in Kangwon, a mountainous region near Seoul in South Korea’s northeast, and quickly starts to make the same mistakes all over again, tumbling into bed with a married policeman after a sloppy drinking party. In the latter section, we catch up with Jisook’s ex-, Sangwon, who happens to be visiting Kangwon at the same time, threatening to cross Jisook’s path.
"Etched with precision and conveying a world of feeling, THE POWER OF KANGWON PROVINCE is the second feature by the South Korean director Hong Sang-soo and one of the best films you can see this year." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Available June 18th
Two master filmmakers, Abbas Kiarostami (A Taste of Cherry) and Jafar Panahi (The Circle, Taxi) team up as writer and director, respectively, on Crimson Gold, a subtle tragedy on class conflict in modern Iran.
Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin, a real-life pizza delivery man who has schizophrenia) is a lumbering war veteran swollen by cortisone (for war-induced pain) and reduced to delivering pizzas at night. Through his nightly rounds, he bears witness to the rewards and vanities of the city's wealthy. He is humiliated when a jewelry shop owner won't allow him in his store, and under pressure to get married, Hussein awkwardly aspires to higher ground. When an eccentric socialite gives him a taste of luxury, Hussein can no longer accept his lowly status.
Kiarostami based the story on an actual newspaper account of a botched robbery attempt at a Tehranian jewelry store by a desperate pizza deliveryman.
Available June 25th