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For eleven years, an improv group called The Commune has reigned as the big fish in the small pond of their New York improv theater. Commune members Miles, Samantha, Jack, Allison, Bill and Lindsay invent comedy without a script and without a net. They’re ingenious, they’re fast, and they build on each others’ ideas like best friends – which they also are. Night after night they kill onstage and wait for their big break. Day after day they work menial jobs to support themselves. Then they get news that their theater is shutting down, and scouts from a hit TV show come to a performance looking for talent. Only two cast members get the nod, upsetting the dynamic of the group and leaving its future in doubt. Relationships begin to crack as six best friends face the truth that not all of them will make it, and for some, it may be time to give up on the dream and move on.
Funny, insightful and honest, DON’T THINK TWICE looks at a common experience that’s an uncommon subject for a film: failure. As he did in his acclaimed debut about a stand-up comedian, SLEEPWALK WITH ME, writer/director/actor Mike Birbiglia captures universal human experiences that happen in the lives of professional funny people. From the creator of THIS AMERICAN LIFE and with a top-flight ensemble of comic actors including Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher and Birbiglia, DON’T THINK TWICE tells a nuanced story of friendship, aspiration and the pain and promise of change.
Mike Mease, who has spent more than two decades working on the front lines organizing the defense of America's last wild bison will share stories and video footage from his bison protection work along the Yellowstone boundary. He will be joined by the talented and inspired musician Mignon Geli.
Congress and President Obama designated the bison as America's National Mammal in 2016. The Yellowstone bison are the only continuously wild, genetically intact bison in the country. Yellowstone National Park is the only place in America where wild bison have always existed. Despite their singularity and their National Mammal status, wild bison are imperiled by the politics of Montana's livestock industry. Currently numbering less than 5,000 individuals, Yellowstone bison are hazed, shot, our slaughtered when they attempt to follow their migratory instincts toward Montana.
Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the field, every day, to stop the slaughter and harassment of the last wild buffalo. The group uses video documentation, non-violent direct action, education, legal, and legislative work to change archaic laws targeting buffalo. Volunteers from around the world monitor and document threats to the buffalo, running patrols on skis, snowshoes and cars to defend buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection.
This very special event features storytelling and video straight from the field along the Yellowstone border with BFC co-founder Mike Mease, along with Native Music from Mignon Geli.
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