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February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$8
WW is a DIY cinematheque where every Wednesday filmmakers from New Orleans and all over the world shine light on the films that have changed their lives.
VAGABOND – February 21
presented by Melanie Akoka
A young drifter found frozen to death in a ditch opens into a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman. Agnès Varda pieces her story together through flashbacks told by those who encountered her (played by a largely nonprofessional cast). Although there are many people who can step forward and say they spoke with the young woman, sheltered her, gave her food and drink, shared cigarettes and even sex with her, there is no one to say that they knew her. Without parable, without metaphor, Varda’s sparse, poetic images present a soul-shaking question – although many have shared our time, how many have truly known us?
ON THE SILVER GLOBE – February 28
presented by Geremy Jasper
On The Silver Globe is not only one of the greatest science and moral fiction movies ever made, it also presents a singular entropic catastrophe. In 1977, when filming was 80% complete, the Polish government ordered the production to be shut down, all the negatives be destroyed, and kicked the mad genius behind this lunatic creation myth (Andrzej Żuławski, Possession) out of Poland for a second time. Miraculously, 10 years later the original film reels were restored to bring us this story of civilization-sewing astronauts layered with fright wigs, face paint, abandoned buildings, primitive gore effects, jerry-rigged space-age technology, and wailing philosophical inquiry. Even out of time, even incomplete, “On The Silver Globe” endures and its beautiful power will never dim.
SAINT OMER – March 6
presented by Terrence Nance
Bringing a documentarian’s sense of open-ended inquiry to her first narrative feature, writer-director Alice Diop travels to Saint-Omer, France, to attend the trial of a young Senegalese woman accused of murdering her infant daughter. Interweaving complex themes of mother-daughter bonds, immigrant alienation, and postcolonial trauma into a piercing portrait of two mysteriously connected women, Diop forgoes mere questions of guilt and innocence in order to plumb the unsettling unknowability of the human soul.
OUT OF THE BLUE – March 13
presented by Amiel Courtin-Wilson
A teenage rebel obsessed with Elvis and the Sex Pistols, a trucker father in prison after drunkenly smashing his rig into a school bus, and a junkie waitress mother who takes refuge in the arms of other men form the rough-cut family at the center of this independent classic that slipped through the cracks on its initial release. Originally hired just to act in Out of the Blue, Dennis Hopper took over directing two weeks into production, rewrote the screenplay, and made a raw, unforgettable poem about alienation that features one of the greatest performances of all time by Linda Manz.