A program of

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

In his directorial debut, award-winning photographer and director RaMell Ross offers a refreshingly direct approach to documentary filmmaking that fills in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening follows Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son in an open-ended, poetic film that privileges the patiently observed interstices of their lives. The audience is invited to experience the mundane and monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime. These moments combine to communicate the region’s deep culture and provide glimpses of the complex ways the African American community’s collective image is integrated into America’s visual imagination.

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The Highwaymen

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), The Highwaymen follows the untold story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done. Discussion with director John Lee Hancock and screenwriter John Fusco

2oth Annual Animation Show of Shows

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

The Animation Show of Shows returns for its 20th year to present 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world. This year’s works explore the universality of shared ideals, as well as the diverse challenges we all face. Among the program highlights is the very funny computer animation The Green Bird, winner of a 2018 Gold Student Academy Award® International Animation, which harks back to classic cartoons of the mid-20th century. Oscar-winning director John Kahrs’ Age of Sail, the latest in Google’s series of Spotlight Stories, chronicles the adventures of an old sailor who rescues a teenaged girl after she falls overboard. One Small Step, Bobby Pontillas and Andrew Chesworth’s inspiring story of a Chinese-American girl’s dream of being an astronaut, centers on her evolving relationship with her father. The beautifully designed Weekends, by Trevor Jimenez, explores the complex emotional landscape of a young boy and his recently divorced parents, as he shuttles between their very different homes and lives.

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¡Las Sandinistas!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

¡Las Sandinistas! reveals the untold stories of Nicaraguan women warriors and social revolutionaries who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution, the ensuing US-backed Contra War, and documents their leadership in the continuing struggle for justice today. Director Jenny Murray reveals a magical moment in world history when thousands of female rebel fighters transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership. Nicaraguan women from every social class fought on the front lines on an unprecedented scale in the Sandinista rebel army, and after the defeat of the brutal Somoza dictatorship, these same women pioneered groundbreaking nationwide medical, social, and education programs. Today, as the current Sandinista government is erasing these women’s stories of heroism, social reform, and military accomplishments from history books, these same women are fighting to reclaim history – and are once again leading inspiring popular movements for equality and democracy.

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June Screening

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

Additional titles to be announced.

July Screening

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

Additional titles to be announced.