Sunday, January 18, 2015

Film Festival


2015 Avon Oscar® Nominated Film Festival

Saturday and Sunday mornings
January 31 –  February 22
(and weeknight short film screenings)



On Saturday, January 31st the Avon Theatre kicks-off its annual, month-long Oscar® nominated film festival. Ticket prices are as follows: Festival Badge (admission to all 11+ screenings): $35 for members, $75 for non-members. Individual Tickets: Carte Blanche Members: FREE, Members: $6, Nonmembers: $11. There is a special discount price of $8 for children, students & seniors for our family film only. Each category of the shorts programs (live action, animated and documentary) will be a separate admission ticket. Visit avontheatre.org, call the Avon business office at 203-661-0321 or the box office at 203-967-3660, x2 for tickets.

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS -- ANIMATED
Not Rated
Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 19 at 8:15 p.m.

A SINGLE LIFE | FEAST | ME AND MY MOULTON
THE BIGGER PICTURE | THE DAM KEEPER
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OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS – LIVE ACTION
Not Rated
Sunday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m.

AYA | BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM | BUTTER LAMP | PARVANEH | THE PHONE CALL
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OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS -- DOCUMENTARY
Not Rated
Saturday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m.

CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 | JOANNA | OUR CURSE
THE REAPER (LA PARKA) | WHITE EARTH



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CITIZENFOUR (Documentary Feature)
Not Rated | In English, German & Portuguese with English subtitles | 114 minutes
Sunday, February 8 at 11:00 a.m.
In January 2013, Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh. (C) Radius
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NIGHTCRAWLER (Original Screenplay)
Rated R | In English | 117 minutes
Saturday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m.
NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story. (c) Open Road
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THE LEGO MOVIE (Original Song)
Rated PG | In English | 101 minutes
Sunday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m.
"The LEGO (R) Movie" is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO (R) adventure. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt) an ordinary, rules- following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. (c) Warner Bros
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INHERENT VICE (Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design)
Rated R | In English | 148 minutes
Saturday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m.
"Inherent Vice," is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin...well, easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," that's being way too overused - except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp - all Thomas Pynchon. (C) Warner Bros
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WILD
Actress in a Leading Role (Reese Witherspoon), Actress in a Supporting Role (Laura Dern)
Rated R | In English | 115 minutes
Sunday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m.
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. (c) Fox Searchlight

ABOUT THE AVON: The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases, The Avon brings you one-of-a-kind special events and monthly programs. We are proud to provide a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting.

Avon Theatre Film Center
272 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06901
Box Office: (203) 967-3660, Business Office: (203) 661-0321
www.avontheatre.org | @avontheatre |  facebook.com/avontheatre

For more information contact:
Bridget Stokes
Director of Communications
bstokes@avontheatre.org
203.644.6831 (mobile)
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