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PERSONAL PROBLEMS
All Tickets $5 or free with a Hartford Public Library Card through funding from Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Feb 3 - 8
Cinestudio is pleased to present Personal Problems as part of our celebration of African American cinema, sponsored in part by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.  Spike Lee called the trailblazing Black director Bill Gunn “one of the most under-appreciated filmmakers of his time.” Commissioned by PBS (and then rejected), Gunn took his movie on the road, winning fans by word of mouth until it’s triumphant restoration over 20 years later at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This essential movie stars Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, known for her roles in Daughters of the Dust and Beloved, (as well as cookbooks exploring her Gullah culture.) Playing with any expected narrative, the film explores the many facets of a young Black woman’s life: romance, family, work, friendship, racism and mortality. “Incisively truthful and alive. It's a necessary work, and one of the major repertory revivals of this or any other year.” Jon Dieringer, Screen Slate podcast.
THE WHALE
Opens Feb 9
Accepting this year’s Critics Choice Award for Best Actor, Brendan Fraser said “This movie is about love. It’s about redemption. It’s about finding the light in a dark place.” Fraser’s triumph in The Whale is one of the most deserved comebacks in recent memory. A box office star in 90s’ films like George of the Jungle and The Mummy trilogy, Fraser dropped out of view – until his deeply empathetic performance as a gay online English professor who is struggling with obesity and a lack of connection with his daughter (Sadie Sink from Stranger Things). The Whale is also a change of direction for filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, whose previous movies (Pi, The Black Swan, mother!) were known for edgy provocation over compassion.   “Fraser is absolutely extraordinary in a tour de force performance that ranges from subtle to shattering…it’s more than essential viewing -- it's some kind of miracle..” – Peter Travers, ABC news.
KILLER OF SHEEP
All Tickets $5 or free with a Hartford Public Library Card through funding from Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Feb 17 - 22
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One Night Only Mar 9
Exhibition On Screen: Mary Cassatt: Painting The Modern Woman
One Night Only Mar 12

Mary Cassatt made a career painting the lives of the women around her. Her radical images showed them as intellectual, feminine and real, which was a major shift in the way women appeared in art.

Presenting her astonishing prints, pastels and paintings, this film introduces us to the often-overlooked Impressionist whose own career was as full of contradiction as the women she painted.

She printed, sketched, and painted dozens of images of mothers and children yet she never married or had children herself. She was a classically trained artist but chose to join a group of Parisian radicals – the Impressionists – a movement that transformed the language of art.

The world’s most eminent Cassatt curators and scholars help tell this riveting tale of great social and cultural change; a time when women were fighting for their rights and the language of art was completely re-written. Mary Cassatt and her modern women were at the heart of it all.

THE CRUCIBLE
One Night Only Apr 2
A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma). Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power. As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial. Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.
OTHELLO
One Night Only May 7
An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance). She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost. Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide. Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.