Opens Jul 19
In the dog days of summertime, when blockbusters and kiddie franchises reign, there are always a few independent movies that find their way to Cinestudio – and our adventuresome audiences. Winning great reviews in Europe for the performances of its two leads, Treasure stars actor/filmmaker Lena Dunham (Catherine Called Birdy, Girls) and venerable British actor/comedian Stephen Fry (Fry and Laurie, Wilde) on an unforgettable road trip. Their journey sets off in grey 1991 post-Communist Poland, as a 30-something music journalist (Dunham) travels with her irascible Jewish father to Warsaw, where he takes pleasure drinking and dancing, to his childhood home in Lodz. As together they draw closer to Auschwitz, he tentatively reveals the long-buried memories of his past. Based on the book by Lily Brett, a child of Holocaust survivors. “…philosophical, witty, and undeniably haunted.” - Bill Newcott, Saturday Evening Post.
Opens Jul 26
Writer/director Nicole Riegel’s independent film Dandelion celebrates the same authentic magic of Once, the Irish film that captured audiences’ hearts in 2007. Dandelion (KiKi Layne of If Beale Street Could Talk) is a talented singer/songwriter who’s finding it tough as a young black woman to make her voice heard in an unhospitable business. In one of those rare mind-meld moments, she connects with Casey, a Scots musician (Thomas Doherty) sharing the stage in South Dakota. Recognizing the same struggle to keep their dreams alive, they impulsively leave all their disappointments and responsibilities behind to give it another shot. Riding through the shifting light and colors of the wide open prairies, they rediscover the irresistible thrill of creating music…and the ever-possible chance of finding love. Songs by Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner of the Taylor Swift collaborators, The National. (yes, they have recorded with Taylor Swift). “Layne gives a rollicking bluesy smash that is as electrifyingly vibrant as the film is achingly soft.” -  Robert Daniels, Screen Daily
One Night Only Aug 8
Cora (Meg Stalter) goes home to win back her girlfriend, and soon realizes it's much more than her love life that needs salvaging.
The Conversation


THE CONVERSATION, Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 masterpiece of societal paranoia in the guise of a wiretapping thriller coincidentally released during the culmination of the Watergate scandal, returns to the big screen in a new 50th anniversary 4K restoration, opening at New York's IFC Center on August 9 (the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon resigning the presidency). Of the new restoration, Francis Ford Coppola says: "As you will notice, I have never offered a new version of THE CONVERSATION, which is a film I have always been proud of, I've never felt the need to improve. It also features my wonderful collaboration with its editor (along with Richard Chew) and sound designer, Walter Murch, which reinforces my belief that cinema is a collaborative effort. I am gratified to have made a film that has lived for 50 years." Lonely wiretapping expert and devout Catholic Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired to record a seemingly innocuous conversation in San Francisco's Union Square between two lovers (Frederic Forrest and Cindy Williams). Upon re-hearing the tapes, however, Caul believes he may be putting the couple in danger if he turns the material over to his client (Robert Duvall). But what one hears can ultimately turn out to be quite different from what was actually recorded. Sandwiched between the filmmaker's first two GODFATHER epics, THE CONVERSATION was a smaller, more personal exploration of humanity becoming enslaved and ultimately destroyed by the development of highly sophisticated surveillance technology. The timing of the film could not have been more prescient, with the concurrent revelation during the Watergate hearings of a secret taping device in the Oval Office. Although the cutting-edge electronics of that time now look like Victrolas compared to the pocket-sized gadgetry of today, the themes of social alienation, ruthless corporate behavior, and a testing of one's faith resonate even deeper in the second decade of the 21st century. Winner of the 1974 Palme d'Or at Cannes, and nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture (losing out to Coppola's own THE GODFATHER: PART II), THE CONVERSATION features a cast of Coppola regulars, including John Cazale, Harrison Ford, and Teri Garr. The minimalist piano score by David Shire is considered one of the great films scores of that era. The original negative was accessed for the first time and scanned in 4K. An approved reference print was used for the color grading and the 5.1 soundtrack was created in 2000 by Walter Murch. The restoration was fully approved by Francis Ford Coppola.
Post film talk back with Director TJ Noel-Sullivan, Friday Sept 13. Sep 13 - 14
One Day Only! Sep 15

She Rises Up chronicles the remarkable journeys of three women who are helping to lift their communities out of poverty through the local businesses they fight the odds to maintain. Gladys Yupanqui of Peru founded a mini-market and is looking to expand. Magatte Wade of Senegal is building a cosmetics manufacturing company. Selyna Peiris of Sri Lanka is expanding the textile company founded by her mother.

Nearly one-third of all countries have laws that stifle a woman’s access to work. They limit access to bank accounts, property inheritance, and many types of jobs. These countries have some of the highest poverty rates in the world.

Gladys, Magatte and Selyna’s stories are each unique unto themselves. Yet a common theme illustrates the critical importance of local businesses to emerging economies. These women prevail over issues that are not faced by the multinational corporations that come in. Opening a business in many countries is easier for a large foreign corporation than for local entrepreneurs.

McKinsey & Company has calculated that if women were to participate in the world economy to the same extent as men, they would add the equivalent of the combined economies of China and the U.S. to the world’s prosperity.

She Rises Up reveals the role entrepreneurs and small businesses can play in women gaining financial independence, and ultimately reducing poverty for all.

Post-film talkback with the Director Adrian Anderson Sep 19
A trio of soon-to-be college graduates are snapped out of their ennui when a professor’s mayoral run (with promises to purge the town of “low art”) imperils their beloved karaoke bar. Shot entirely on 16mm film, this freewheeling low-fi comedy is packed with absurdity, sophistication, and razor-sharp wit.