Welcome to Riotsville, USA a turning point in American history where the protest movements of the late 1960s came into conflict with increasingly militarized police departments. Focusing on unearthed military training footage of Army-built model towns called "Riotsvilles," where military and police were trained to respond to civil disorder in the aftermath of the Kerner Commission created by President Lyndon B. Johnson, director Sierra Pettengill's kaleidoscopic all-archival documentary reconstructs the formation of a national consciousness obsessed with maintaining law and order by any means necessary. Drawing insight from a time similar to our own, RIOTSVILLE, USA pulls focus on American institutional control and offers a compelling case that if the history of race in America rhymes, it is by design. Recovering an obscured history whose effects have shaped the present in ways both insidious and explosive, RIOTSVILLE, USA is a poetic and furious reflection on the rebellions of the 1960s–and the machine that worked to destroy them. A mesmerizing documentary that traces a damning path to today’s militarization of the police and rhetoric that still echoes in the halls of power.
MOONAGE DAYDREAM is a cinematic odyssey exploring Bowie's creative, spiritual and musical journey. From the visionary mind of Brett Morgen, Featuring captivating, never-before-seen footage and performances spanning David Bowie's 54-year career. The film includes 40 exclusively remastered Bowie songs and is the first film ever sanctioned by the Bowie Estate, with local access to the artists' archives.
At every turn, Morgen’s film is a bombastic, overstimulating, poignant, life-affirming and risk-taking summation of the artist’s ethos and maturation as a person. Vibrant, pure cinema and one of the best films about an artist you will see, MOONAGE DAYDREAM is a David Bowie love supreme.
UNCUT! The first film from iconoclastic filmmaker Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Ms. 45) captures the inherent violence and nihilism of the city and its effect on one individual pushed to their limits. A tormented artist (Ferrara) is unable to sell his painting to pay the rent and avoid eviction. Suffering a creative block, he slowly goes insane and ends up taking out his rage against the world by murdering the homeless men who populate the city. 1979's DRILLER KILLER is a study of urban oppression and isolation that expertly captures nihilistic rage bred of urban poverty and squalor. DRILLER KILLER is a film that shatters complacency and forces us to confront our moral choices. It’s also a fascinating portrait of life in the late ‘70s New York underground, with its authentic, grimy punk aesthetic. This film will be played LOUD.
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