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New Arrivals-June 20

Feature Films

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead

Living in the back room of his father’s doctors office, broke, frustrated ladies’ man Julian scores his big break when he lands the job directing an off Broadway version of Hamlet. Except it’s a bizarre adaptation written by a pale Romanian impresario named Theo who is actually a master vampire! Theo hopes to lure the real Hamlet out of hiding so the two can end a centuries long feud over Shakespeare’s Ophelia.

Hannah Takes the Stairs


Hannah, a restless college grad, spends a hot Chicago summer trying to figure it all out. Full of ambition and indecision, she’ll try to find a crush who can keep up with her and a project that will keep her stimulated, but she may just leave a trail of broken hearts.



Two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, the evening becomes quite chaotic as the parents become increasingly childish.

Introducing the Dwights

introducing the dwights

Shy, warm-hearted, good-looking Tim Dwight has two women crazy about him. One is a dream girl named Jill. The other is his mum, Jean, a bawdy aging comedienne who doesn’t realize she’s past her sell-by date for a big break. As Jean tries to make it in show biz, she also struggles to hold her family, including Tim and his disabled brother Mark, together. Will the arrival of Tim’s dream girl bust them up?

A Cry in the Dark

cry in the dark

Lindy lives the nightmare of seeing a wild dog carry off her infant, then endures a travesty of a trial by the courts and media.

Foreign Films



In Flemish legend, Malpertuis is the devil’s lair. It is also the name of the sinister and labyrinthine house belonging to the dying Cassavius, whose relatives have gathered in anticipation of his death and their inheritance. All is not as it seems, and Jan, Cassavius’s nephew, finds himself trapped in a nightmare world of Greek gods, temptresses, and stairways and corridors to nowhere.

No Man’s Land

no man's land

Set during the height of the Bosnian War in 1993, a group of Bosnian soldiers are advancing on Serb territory under the cover of a foggy night. At daybreak, the fog lifts, and the Serbs open fire. Soon there is only one Bosnian survivor because he was able to dive into a trench in no man’s land. He then watches as two Serbian soldiers use the body of a fallen Bosnian to bait a land mine. He fires on them, killing one, and taking the second hostage. Now both are alone and equally armed, so they are forced to share a wary trust as they try to attract help from either side.

Angels of the Sun


Amid the beautiful palm trees of a small fishing village, a city man called Tadeu appears. He is a supplier in search of a valuable crop: young girls. The quiet, seemingly fragile Maria, only 12-years-old, is quickly chosen and loaded into the back of a truck with several others. Her father believes she will have a better life, working for a rich family in Rio De Janiero.


Pink Saris


The “Pink Gang” is a group of women who wear pink saris as a symbol of their revolt against their society. They are victims of domestic violence, rape and social exclusion. Their champion is Sampat Pal Devi, who takes up their cases of social injustice, often compromise in the face of the entrenched conventions and traditions she is railing against.

Broken Treaty at Battle Mountain

broken treaty

Documentary account of a struggle for land between a group of Shoshone Indians of western Nevada and the U.S. government. Shows the conflict between traditional Indians who would rather fight than lose tribal lands, and others who would rather accept payment and cooperate.

To Protect Mother Earth: Broken Treaty II

to protect

Relates the legal battle between two Western Shoshone Indians and the U.S. government over land they claim is theirs according to the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley. The Shoshone way of life is portrayed.

Absolut Warhola


This documentary explores Andy Warhol’s Eastern European roots by travelling to Miková, Slovakia, where his parents grew up, and interviewing members of his extended family: two cousins, two aunts, and a great-niece.

Even If A Hundred Ogres


Sami people of the arctic region north of Europe enact their ancient traditions using drama, music, and dance.

Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier


The story of Leonard Peltier, an American Indian leader imprisoned at Leavenworth Penitentiary for allegedly murdering two FBI agents in 1975 at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Also looks at today’s Indian reservations, and the violent confrontations at Wounded Knee.