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<<< June 5 - 6, 2009 >>>

Rider on the Storm: An In Person Tribute to Director Kathryn Bigelow

 

An Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!

 

Native Californian director Kathryn Bigelow began her artistic endeavors at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Whitney Museum Independent Study program, She later transferred into graduate work in filmmaking at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her debut feature, THE LOVELESS, a quirky indie biker film set in the 1950s starring Willem Dafoe, was co-directed with Monty Montgomery in 1982. NEAR DARK (1987) was Kathryn’s first feature outing on her own. An indie box office success, it still remains one of the most beloved classic cult horror films from the 1980s -- romantic, twisted, iconoclastic. With her following pictures – such unusual character-driven, adrenaline-charged fare as BLUE STEEL, POINT BREAK, STRANGE DAYS and K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER -- it has became unmistakably clear that Kathryn Bigelow is not your stereotypical female movie director. She has excelled at the hardboiled action movie genre and has fearlessly done it without sacrificing her uncompromising ideas about the impulses that spark her characters to acts of violence and heroism. Her new edge-of-your-seat suspense film THE HURT LOCKER, about a bomb disposal team in the midst of the Iraq War, is no exception and has already garnered ferocious word-of-mouth acclaim. Please join us in welcoming director Kathryn Bigelow In-Person for the entire weekend, wrapping up with a Sneak Preview of her newest, THE HURT LOCKER.

 

 

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Friday, June 5 – 7:30 PM

Director Kathryn Bigelow In-Person! Sneak Preview!

THE HURT LOCKER, 2009, Summit Entertainment, 131 min. Acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow brings together realistic action and intimate human drama in a landmark film starring Jeremy Renner (THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD), Anthony Mackie (WE ARE MARSHALL), Brian Geraghty (JARHEAD), and co-starring Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly ("Lost") and Guy Pearce. In the summer of 2004, Sergeant Sanborn (Mackie) and Specialist Eldridge (Geraghty) are part of a small counterforce trained to handle homemade bombs, or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The job, a high-pressure, high-stakes assignment that soldiers volunteer for, requires a calm intelligence that leaves no room for mistakes. When Staff Sergeant James (Renner) cheerfully takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by what seems like his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures. Is James really a swaggering cowboy who lives for peak experiences and the moments when the margin of error is zero – or is he a consummate professional who has honed his craft to high-wire precision? The men have only 38 days left in their tour, but with each new mission comes another deadly encounter. As James blurs the line between bravery and bravado, it seems only a matter of time before disaster strikes. A gripping portrayal of real-life sacrifice and heroism, and a probing study of the soul-numbing rigors and potent allure of the modern battlefield. Based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq -- a squad whose members spoke of explosions as putting you in "the hurt locker." Discussion following with director Kathryn Bigelow and Stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty and screenwriter Mark Boal. Trailer

 

 

 

Saturday, June 6 – 7:30 PM

Director Kathryn Bigelow In-Person! Double Feature:

NEAR DARK, 1987, 94 min. Teenage farmhand Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is smitten by pale young drifter Mae (Jenny Wright) and ends up shanghaied by her strange surrogate family (Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton, Joshua Miller), who turn out to be a wandering clan of vampires. Caleb’s father (Tim Thomerson) and younger sister (Marcie Leeds) try to track him down to no avail. Romance with Mae is paramount in Caleb’s mind -- the question remains till the very end whether he’ll be able to detach Mae and himself from the bloodthirsty pack before he becomes totally transformed into a creature of the night. Director Kathryn Bigelow’s breakout feature skillfully conjures an atmospheric hybrid of cutting-edge horror, gothic romance and modern western. Trailer

STRANGE DAYS, 1995, 20th Century Fox, 145 min. Kathryn Bigelow, directing from a script by James Cameron and Jay Cocks, follows ex-cop Lenny (Ralph Fiennes) through the chaos-ridden streets of 1999 Los Angeles as he hawks his illegal virtual-reality clips on the eve of the millennium. Obsessing over the loss of his rock singer girlfriend Faith (Juliette Lewis) to a sleazy promoter (Michael Wincott), Lenny finds two brutal street cops (Vincent D’Onofrio, William Fichtner) and an unknown psycho killer on his trail. Lenny’s best friend, chauffeur Mace (Angela Bassett), tries to help, but Lenny’s dysfunctional lifestyle and crippled emotions jeopardize them both. "…the ferocious sci-fi whirlwind that Kathryn Bigelow unleashes around this premise explores its decadent possibilities in a kinetic, daring fashion. As the film vigorously demonstrates, a black-market trade in the vicarious means thrills without accountability, a world obsessed with sex and violence, with lurid exploitation treated as valued commodity…This film's forward momentum never stops as the last hours of 1999 slip away, hurtling toward the apocalypse with intense, vividly realized foreboding." – Janet Maslin, The New York Times Introduction to screening by director Kathryn Bigelow and actor Lance Henriksen. Trailer

 

 

 

Sunday, June 7 – 7:30 PM

Director Kathryn Bigelow In-Person! Double Feature:

POINT BREAK, 1991, Intermedia Film Distribution Limited, 120 min.100% pure adrenaline from director Kathryn Bigelow with Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent convinced by his partner (Gary Busey) to go undercover in the surf community to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. Reeves soon finds himself falling under the spell of the philosophical and charismatic gang leader, Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). The L.A. surf/crime action movie! "There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies." – Derek Adams, Time Out (London); "Bigelow is an interesting director for this material. She is interested in the ways her characters live dangerously for philosophical reasons…Bigelow and her crew are also gifted filmmakers…surprisingly effective." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Trailer

K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER, 2002, Paramount, 138 min. Based on a real-life 1961 incident, this nailbiting suspense thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow stars Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson as rival officers on board a defective Soviet nuclear submarine during the height of the Cold War. Sent into service before it is fully tested, the sub goes into crisis mode while fathoms deep, and Ford, Neeson and crew rush to repair a faulty reactor in danger of meltdown, not only to save themselves, but to keep from triggering an international spark to global war. "…piles up one nerve-racking crisis after another, interspersed with moments of ethereal, almost otherworldly beauty." – Dana Stevens, The New York Times; "…a pulse-pounding thriller that brings one of the Cold War's darkest and deadliest episodes to the big screen." – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com Introduction to screening by director Kathryn Bigelow. Trailer