Library Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2022

Here are some amazing resources to help celebrate the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take a moment to explore our curation of media dedicated to the memory of the iconic civil rights activist.

Video Footage from The Internet Archive Moving Image Collection

Martin Luther King Clip Reel

 

Nine short stories on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stories include: King Holiday; MLK Wreath-Laying; Jackson/MLK; King/Civil Rights; Reagan/Kids; MLK Bust/Capitol; Andy Young Reflects; MLK Celebration/Atlanta; MLK Celebration/Washington, D.C.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech

 

A clip of the last speech that MLK ever gave.

The March on Washington

 

Scenes from Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C., August 1963. Speakers including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Women at podium singing We Shall Overcome. Crowd swaying, singing, holding hands.

Speeches from The Internet Archive Audio Collection

1957 How To Love Your Enemies

I Have a Dream / Anti-War Demonstration / Artists Concerned with Vietnam

...Free At Last

Video Footage from EBSCO

Dr. Martin Luther King accepts 1964 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

The Reverend Martin Luther King is in St. Augustine Florida helping with anti-segregationist protests.

The Reverend Martin Luther King has been arrested in St. Augustine, Florida, while taking part in a demonstration against segregation in the resort, specifically the Monson Motor Lodge. Reverend Ralph Abernathy was also arrested.

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King has been released from Alabama jail

The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 10 Locations from Google Arts & Culture

Top Library December Picks 2021

Top December Picks

Happy Holidays from all of us here at the LAFS Library! Here are some of our favorite picks for December! Whatever you celebrate, we wish you the best and have a great rest of the year!

TOP MOVIE PICKS

Let it Snow

A snowstorm hits a small midwestern town, bringing together a group of high school students. They soon find their friendships and love lives colliding, and come morning, nothing will be the same.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

The Live-action retelling of one of Dr. Seuss’s beloved stories. On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

TOP MOVIE SCRIPTS

The Royal Tenenbaums

The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

Home Alone

An eight-year-old trouble-maker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

A Christmas Story

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

TOP SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS

Holiday Playlist

The Library Team  wishes you a very happy holiday! Enjoy this festive mix of some of our favorite music to put on while you study, during your holiday parties or just to get you in the mood!

Chill Holidays

For those who are looking for a more laid back playlist, here is one just for you. 

Holiday songs for everyone

We know that there are lots of holidays being celebrated around this time.  Here is a playlist that is fitting for all. Happy Holidays!

TOP BOOKS

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Mr. Dickens and his Carol by Samantha Silva

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in.

Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens’ deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.

P.S. Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood

It’s New Year’s Eve in New York City. Your best friend died in September, you’ve been robbed twice, your girlfriend is leaving you, you’ve lost your job…and the only one left to talk to is the gay burglar you’ve got tied up in the kitchen… P.S. your cat is dead.

An instant classic upon its initial publication, P.S. Your Cat is Dead received widespread critical acclaim and near fanatical reader devotion. The stage version of the novel was equally successful and there are still over 200 new productions of it staged every year. Now, for the first time in a decade, James Kirkwood’s much-loved black humor comic novel of manners and escalating disaster returns to bewitch and beguile a new generation.

We do not own the movie trailers or movie posters posted here. 

Library November 2021 Top Picks

New & nice November Picks

Its been a rough couple of months, so we are taking a break to show some nice and new things both in entertainment and in our collection! Here are some new movies, screenplays & books that just put a smile on our faces! 

NEW MOVIE PICKS

The Eternals

The Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to battle the evil Deviants.

 

Currently Only in Theaters.

Red Notice

In the world of international crime, an Interpol agent attempts to hunt down and capture the world’s most wanted art thief.

Free Guy (2021)

When a bank teller discovers he’s actually a background player in an open-world video game, he decides to become the hero of his own story — one that he can rewrite himself. In a world where there’s no limits, he’s determined to save the day his way before it’s too late, and maybe find a little romance with the coder who conceived him.

NEW SCRIPTS

Dune (2021)

Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

King Richard

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.

The Tomorrow War

The world is stunned when a group of time travellers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: thirty years in the future, mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species.

NICE BOOKS

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.

Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

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October Podcast Spotlight: Horror Fiction

Podcast Highlight: October Horror

It’s the Scariest time of the year! These podcasts are sure to make you want to leave a light on before going to sleep and give you goosebumps galore!

Please note that these are not suitable for all ages and audiences. Please read any trigger warnings that may be in the Podcast notes before listening. 

NoSleep Podcast

Originally based off the stories from the Reddit r/nosleep forum, The Nosleep Podcast is 10 years strong.

With a myriad cast of characters, each episode is sure to cause hours of sleepless nights, wondering if the shape in the corner of your room was always there, or if its just a figment of your imagination. 

Please be advised that the stories range in ratings. Listener discretion is advised. 

The Magnus Archives

What would you do if you were faced with your worst fears, made reality? Thats what The Magnus archives aims to ask.

Jonathon Simms, the new Head Archivist at the Magnus Institute, reads and records statements of people who have experienced strange, odd, and paranormal activity.  But the deeper he delves into the mysteries that are brought to him, the more he discovers that there are more to these statements than meets the eye.

A full and completed series, the Magnus Archives is a truly terrifying horror fiction podcast that is not only scary but will make you ask: What are you really afraid of? 

Nightlight

A brand new horror podcast made by Black authors and performed by Black actors. This Horror anthology is on the rise as perhaps some of the most terrifying stories ever listened to. 

Each episode will showcase a different story by a different author, giving the listener a chance to explore authors that are often overshadowed. 

Knifepoint Horror

Written and Produced by Soren Narina, Knifepoint horror is truly a work of art. Pulling fears from your subconscious in new, terrifying and spooky ways, Soren provides  stories  to delight even the most avid horror enthusiast. 

Just don’t forget to sleep with a light on after you listen to the  Knifepoint Horror Podcast. 

Old Gods of Appalachia

” In the mountains of central Appalachia, blood runs as deep as these hollers and just as dark. Since before our kind knew these hills, hearts of unknowable hunger and madness have slumbered beneath them. These are the oldest mountains in the world.” – OGA Summary

With old world charm and storytelling, Old Gods of Appalachia mixes real world events with fiction to create a truly chilling atmosphere. With an award winning soundscape design and a top notch written script, Old Gods is not to be missed. Trust us when we say that you will not be disappointed in listening to these chilling tales.  

Chilling Tales for Dark Nights

Chilling Tales for Dark Nights is a true  horror fiction anthology classic.  Each episode features several creepy tales from incredibly talented authors,  professional voice actors, and accompanied by SFX and music.

Having started in 2016, this podcast has over 200 episodes and something for everyone to make their skin crawl. Not a podcast to be overlooked or missed this October. 

We do not own the podcasts, links, or podcast images posted here. 

Featured Library Spotlight: Best Live Channels to Follow on Youtube

Library Featured Spotlight: Best Live Channels to Follow on Youtube

We have searched for amazing Live Performance Channels on YouTube and thus have compiled a list of some we think are worth checking out. From our own personal favorites to some of the most popular! Click on the “Watch Here” to be taken to the channel. We also highlighted performances from each channel and hopefully, you will enjoy them!

NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Sofar Sounds

Pitchfork

BBCRadio1VEVO Live Lounge

Mahogany

Onstage 2.0

September Podcast Spotlight: Sci-fi

Podcast Highlight: Sceince Fiction

It’s September! This month we are going to showcase the a number of Science Fiction podcasts. From long form radio plays to discussions on your favorite science fiction writer, we have a bit of something for everyone. So grab a mug of your favorite warm drink and enjoy!

SciFi OnScreen Podcast

SciFi Onscreen Podcast takes an in depth look at Science Fiction, Horror, Comic book and Fantasy movies and their remakes. Breaking down the behind the scenes lore, decisions made my the creators, the plot and any of its holes, and so much more. 

It has over 150 Episodes and has some of your favorite books turned movies. This podcast is great for a third party look at movies and diving more into the world of sci-fi cinema. 

The Deca Tapes

An eight-part mystery podcast that will leave you wanting more. Mysterious Tapes have been found  made by ten different people locked in a strange facility together. Each have been given a role and set of instructions to follow. But where are they? Why are they there? What are the Deca Tapes? 

Mysterious, Thrilling and leaves you wanting more! A Great mix of writing, audio production and storytelling. 

Tanis

Currently in its 5th Season, Tanis is a science fiction mystery docudrama series. Narrated by Nic Silver, The series follows him on his quest into the dark web, the occult, and the obscure in search of answers pertaining to the myth of Tanis. What is it? What does it do? Who is willing to hide all traces of it? That is for you to listen and find out. 

Well researched, compelling,  mysterious and leaving you wanting more, Tanis is great for those who enjoy unraveling a mystery. 

The Message / Lif-e.af/ter

GE Podcast Theater and Panoply brings you two incredible audio dramas that are true masterpieces. Two standalone stories that will be leaving you wanting more. 

The Message is an 8 part series centered around Nicky Tomalin, a journalist who is following a top team of Cryptologists as they attempt to decode and understand a strange message sent from the far reaches of space. 

Lif-e.Af/ter is a 10 part series that follows Ross Barnes, an FBI clerk who recently lost his wife, Charlie. He spends most of his time listening to her voice from her old posts on social media. Or he does, until one day he gets a new message from her, and it sends him on a journey that will leave you asking this: In a world were we post, chat, save and spend most of our time online – are we ever really gone? When you live online, where do you spend eternity? 

Welcome to Night Vale

Presented as a Radio Show of the small  desert town of Night Vale, Welcome to Night Vale has been going strong since 2012. 

The world is just creepy, fantastical and cryptic enough to make you want to fall down the worm hole.  With a cast. ofmemorable characters, live shows, spin offs and almost 200 unique episodes, Welcome to Night Vale is certainly a must listen to those who enjoy Cryptids, mystery, the strange, outer-worldly and more. 

Marsfall

An audio drama about the first colonists to Mars – and how things are not what they seem. As they explore the red planet, the new discoveries they uncover only add more questions and mystery to the possibility that there is more to Mars than meets the eye. 

Currently with three seasons and a miniseries in the works, Marsfall is a gripping science fiction podcast that will have you on the edge of your seat. A great podcast for anyone who is more into the science in science fiction with a dash of mystery and thriller. 

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Featured Library Spotlight: DJ/Compiled Musics to Follow on the YouTube

Library Featured Spotlight: DJ/Compiled Musics to Follow on the Youtube

We have collected a variety of amazing different playlists on youtube. Our own personal favorite youtube playlists,  we think are too amazing to not share!!! 

Aesthetic Vibes | Future Funk / Vaporwave Mixtape

Turkish Disco and Funk on vinyl

Guest Mix: Psychedelic Cumbia with Krishna Villar

UK Jazz on Vinyl with Yemeksepeti Banabi

Kinissue - Sea Beams 🌊 [lofi hip hop/relaxing beats]

Seoul City BEAT [𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒚𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕] 서울 시티 하우스 Korean House Music

VF Live: Kirollus #5

Cami Layé Okún • Vinyl Set • Le Mellotron

Le Mellotron Bomba Tropical (Lucho Pacora) • 45rpm Vinyl Set • Le Mellotron

45 King Boiler Room NYC DJ Set

90's Underground Hip Hop - Rare Tracks (French Connection)

Cowboy Bebop OST Mix

Numero At Noonish w/ Rob Sevier (The Reggae Special)

Numero At Noonish w/ Stephen Arndt (The Moody Garage Special)

Funky Disco House 439 | OLDSCHOOL FUNKY DISCO HOUSE MASTERMIX BY JAYC | SET 3

City Girl | neon impasse [full album] ✨

City Girl | celestial angel

RAINING IN PARIS (Lofi HipHop)

RAINING IN KYOTO (Lofi HipHop)

NIGHTLAPSE - A Chill Synthwave Mix

Old School Reggaeton Mix | The Best of Old School Reggaeton by OSOCITY

Relaxing and Atmospheric Castlevania Music Compilation

Castlevania Music but Lofi hiphop beats Mix

90s Hip Hop but it's Lofi Remixed | Tupac, Notorius BIG, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Wu Tang Clan and Nas

August Podcast Spotlight: True Crime

Podcast Highlight: true crime

It’s August which means summer is winding down and schools will be starting up soon. No matter what you are doing – going on a hike, a road trip, or a walk to the store – here are some podcasts in the true crime genre that are both informative and chilling!

Dr. Death

A story about a charming surgeon named Christopher Duntsch, 33 patients and a system that failed to protect them.

It has since three seasons and the first season has been adapted into a mini series with a star studded cast. If you are interested in listening to the podcast and then watching the mini series – or vice versa- this is a great opportunity to do so!

Warning: Contains depictions of violence and malpractice. 

Over My Dead Body

From the same network that brings Dr. Death, This podcast is about what happens when people are pushed to their absolute limit.

The first season called Tally, dives into a case about a marriage thats deep foundational cracks cause a lot more damage than just a breakdown of a marriage.

The Second season looks into the strange and dangerous world of Joe Exotic and his feud that would eventually put him in jail. It requires a wondery subscription, but if you enjoy the first season, its worth the price. 

Warning: Contains depictions of violence.  

Root of Evil

A Look into one of the most infamous unsolved cases in history: The Murder of Elizabeth Short AKA The Black Dahlia. Hosted by two sisters whose great grandfather was George Hodel, the man many consider to be the prime suspect in the case. 

With never before heard archival footage and family testimonies, the sisters take a deep dive into their families history. 
A companion podcast to TNT’s I Am The Night, its a great addition if you are watching the series or want to learn more about the case. 

Warning: Contains depictions of violence, violence against women and mutilation. 

My Favorite Murder

One of the most popular True Crime Comedy Podcasts out there. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark take their love of true crime with their coping mechanism of comedy to a podcast that hits on a myriad of topics. From mental health to recipes while still discussing the worst of humanity, these two women bring a little light to a very dark topic. 

Warning: As a True Crime Podcast, there are depictions of violence, assault, drug use and more. Please be mindful when listening. 

Darknet Diaries

This podcast intersects technology and true crime. It looks into the seedy side of the cyber world, interviewing hackers, security checkers, and professional analysts, and going in-depth into how some of these cyber criminals are able to disrupt the world in such a profound way with just a click of some keys. 

Hosted by Jack Rhysider, This podcast is well researched, interesting, and different than any true crime podcast you will hear. Great for someone who is more interested in the darker parts of the internet and technology.

Unresolved

Having started back in 2015, this incredibly informative, well written, well edited podcast shines a light on the crimes that are still don’t have an outcome – yet. 

Host Micheal Whelan goes into delightful detail into mysteries – disappearances, murders, and unexplained phenomena –  and tries to uncover why these stories are still unresolved. 

Warning: This is a true crime podcast where depictions of violence and assault are discussed. Please be mindful when listening. 

We do not own the movie trailers or movie posters posted here.

Featured Library Spotlight: Musical Documentaries / Biopics

Library Featured Spotlight: Music Documentaries, Biopics and Live Performances

Music festival season is in full swing! We have missed them just as much as you have. If your favorite festival has been canceled this year or can’t go see them in person, we have found some live performances that will make you feel like you are right there!

We also have found some Biopic’s and Music Documentaries for those of you who want to know a bit more behind the scenes knowledge of your favorite musician or band. 

Monterey Pop

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll.

Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few of the performers in a wildly diverse lineup that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar.

With his characteristic verite style–and a camera crew that included the likes of Albert Maysles and Richard Leacock–D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his, Mama Cass watching Janis Joplin’s performance in awe.

A Hard Day's Night

Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen, earning them a 1965 BAFTA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles.

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, in which the bandmates play cheeky comic versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever.

Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen, Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment) and a Grammy (Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media).

Woodstock: 3 Days that Changed Everything

Even now Woodstock has deep, lasting meaning. Its mix of music, culture and idealism resonates across the years. It gave youth a voice, changing the music business and social movements forever. Its legacy is strong half a century later. Get inside the story with host Mark Goodman, Ritchie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, John Sebastian, organizer Michael Lang, and Woodstock historian Wade Lawrence.

Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened

The history of the Fyre Music Festival, from its creation through its unraveling. The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience on a posh private island, but failed spectacularly in the hands of a cocky entrepreneur. 

The Doors Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1968)

Live at the Hollywood Bowl is the third official live album by the American rock band the Doors, released in May 1987 by Elektra Records. The concert was recorded on July 5, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Doors’ hometown

Summer of Soul

Over the course of six weeks during the summer of 1969, thousands of people attend the Harlem Cultural Festival to celebrate Black history, culture, music and fashion.

Featured Collections: What’s New: eVideos

Library Featured Collections: eVideos

We have a lot of new items here in the Library! Below are just a sample of the new collection – all new eVideos! Visit the Library Website and Koha [add link here] to see what else is new and available for you to enjoy! 

A Man Escaped

In a film based on the writings of French Resistance fighter and POW André Devigny, Fontaine (François Leterrier) is being held by the Nazis at Fort Montluc. When he gets word that he’s scheduled for execution, Fontaine channels his energy into hatching a plan to break out. His plan is interrupted when he is assigned a new roommate. Fontaine grudgingly brings the newcomer in on the escape effort, which involves homespun weapons and an intricate knowledge of the layout of the prison itself.

Close Up

The true story of Hossain Sabzian, a cinephile who impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

David Lynch: The Art Life

The life and career of iconic director David Lynch are explored in more than 20 conversations recorded with him at his home.

Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes

The documentary traces the fascinating journey of three comic creators who challenge the notion of race, appearance, and gender stereotypes through cartoons, comics and cosplay. Featuring Keith Knight, Vishavjit Singh and Eileen Alden.

Three Colors Blue

 In the devastating first film of the Three colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; it’s also a tale of liberation, as Julie attempts to free herself from the past while confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a composer. Shot in sapphire tones by Sławomir Idziak, and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is an overwhelming sensory experience.

The Vanishing

A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip, and his three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a mild-mannered professor with a clinically diabolical mind.. An unorthodox love story and a truly unsettling thriller, Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer’s The Vanishing unfolds with meticulous intensity, leading to an unforgettable finale that has unnerved audiences around the world..

M (1931)

A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.

Faces Places: A Road Trip with Legendary Filmmaker Agnes Varda and Photographer J.R.

89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. FACES PLACES documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way. 

Eyes without a Face

At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance, at a horrifying price. Eyes without a face, directed by the supremely talented Georges Franju, is rare in horror cinema for its odd mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical, and it has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. There are images here, of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty, that once seen are never forgotten.