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Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc.

Contact:  David Allgood

205-758-5195, x5

 

BAMA ART HOUSE SCREENINGS BEGIN JANUARY 11, 2011

 

(Tuscaloosa)  The popular Bama Art House Series begins another run at the Bama Theatre on January 11, 2011.  A program of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, the series represents the Council’s goals to bring new and unique film to the West Alabama area.  The series will consist of eight movies, each screening one night only at 8:00 p.m. 

 

All screenings are on Tuesday nights with the exception of one film, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, which will run on Thursday, January 13.  Discounted complete series subscription tickets will be available at www.brownpapertickets.com ($40 adults/$30 students and seniors) and individual tickets will be available at the Bama box office prior to screenings ($7 general/$6 students and seniors/$5 Arts Council members).  

 

The mission of the Bama Art House series is to bring current and contemporary independent film to Tuscaloosa, transforming the historic Bama Theatre into a cinematic art house.  Visit the BAH blog at www.bamaarthouse.com or join the Facebook group - Bama Art House Film Series for more information. 

 

Bama Art House Series:

(Each film is one night only)

 

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) - January 11
Rated R / Crime-Mystery-Thriller / 129 minutes
Director: Daniel Alfredson    Writers: Jonas Frykberg (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel)

Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist and Lena Endre

As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009) – January 13

Rated R / Crime-Drama-Thriller / 147 minutes

Director: Daniel Alfredson     Writers: Stieg Larsson (novel), Ulf Ryberg (screenplay)

Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace and Lena Endre

Computer hacker Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Journalist Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

 

Monsters (2010) – January 18

Rated R / Drama-Sci-Fi-Thriller / 94 minutes

Director and Writer: Gareth Edwards  

Stars: Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able

After NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system, a probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an “infected zone.” The story begins when a jaded U.S. journalist begrudgingly agrees to find his boss' daughter, a shaken American tourist, and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the U.S. border.

Soul Kitchen (2009) – January 25
Not Rated / Comedy / 99 minutes

Special Jury Prize and Young Cinema Award at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

Director: Fatih Akin   Writers: Fatih Akin (screenplay), Adam Bousdoukos (screenplay)

Stars: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu and Birol Ünel

In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef. The mayhem that occurs is a hilariously entertaining story of self-realization, set to an irresistibly soulful soundtrack.


Marwencol (2010) - February 1
Not Rated / Documentary / 83 minutes

Prize winner at the Boston Independent, Seattle International and Woodstock Film Festivals

Director: Jeff Malmberg

Stars: Mark Hogancamp

After a vicious attack left him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol,” a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he created on a one sixth scale in his backyard.  He populated it with military figurines and Barbie dolls representing World War II personages like Patton, as well as stand-ins for himself, his friends and his family. Finally, he dusted off an old camera and used it to capture staged events ranging from pitched battles between occupying German and American forces to catfights in the town bar.


Tiny Furniture (2010)
- February 8

Not Rated / Comedy / 98 minutes
Winner at the SXSW Film Festival

Director: Lena Dunham   Writer: Lena Dunham

Stars: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons and Grace Dunham
22-year-old Aura (Dunham) returns home to her artist mother's TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who's left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her trainwreck childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring and ill-advised romantic possibilities lurk around every corner. Surrounded on all sides by what she could become, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is.

 

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) - February 15

Not Rated / Drama-Musical / 82 minutes
Emerging Filmmaker Award - Honorable Mention at the Denver International Film Festival

Director: Damien Chazelle   Writer: Damien Chazelle

Stars: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia and Sandha Khin
This film tells the story of two separated lovers, a young jazz trumpeter and an introverted woman, who slowly wind their way back into each other's lives through a series of romances and near-romances punctuated by song.  Recasting the MGM musical tradition in a gritty, near-documentary style, the film features all original songs recorded by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and choreography by Kelly Kaleta.

 

Four Lions (2010) - February 22

Rated R / Comedy-Drama / 97 minutes
Director: Christopher Morris   Writers: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain

Stars: Will Adamsdale, Riz Ahmed and Adeel Akhtar
Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point.  As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce.  In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, the film is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots.

 

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Dr. Kevin Ledgewood
Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc./Bama Theatre 
P.O. Box 1117
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35403
 
phone: 205-758-5195, x6
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website: www.tuscarts.org
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