PSYCHOTRONIC FILM SOCIETY OF SAVANNAH presents: The 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FEST - Special, All-Day Gold Discount Pass
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The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah (repeatedly named Best Local Film Series by the readers of Connect Savannah) is EXTREMELY proud to present - for one day only - three critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries which were recently featured at the highly respected 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festivals (HRWFF), held in NYC, Toronto, London and Amsterdam.
Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Through this Film Fest, they bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.
The festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.
Each of the three films scheduled for Sunday, August 17 were hand-selected for Savannah audiences by Psychotronic Film Society director Jim Reed, and represent the broad range of subjects included in the 2014 festival. These titles were previously included in such prestigious film fests as Sundance and Tribeca.
This triple-feature is a rare opportunity to see some of the year's most gripping and evocative documentaries before they have been released theatrically!
Each film will screen only once, and seating is limited to less than 100 per film. While tickets will likely be available at the door on the day of the show, we HIGHLY recommend you purchase individual tickets (or Special All-Day Gold Passes) in advance to avoid disappointment.
FILM FEST SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
3:00PM - "PRIVATE VIOLENCE" (2013, USA)
This film explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: :Why doesn't she just leave?" PRIVATE VIOLENCE shatters the brutality of this logic. Through the eyes of two survivors a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and an advocate who seeks justice for all women we bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence. This film begins to shape powerful, new questions that hold the potential to change our society: "Why does he abuse?" "Why do we turn away?" "How do we begin to build a future without domestic violence?"
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FEST
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2014 HOT DOCS FILM FEST
WINNER - 2014 FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FEST
WINNER - 2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST
VIEW THE TRAILER HERE:
"PRIVATE VIOLENCE is a disturbing, emotional, painful, infuriating, and hard-to-watch film but it is an important one. It's tempting to turn away. We can't do that anymore. We need to face it and do what we can to fix it. Just by being truthful and honest with its subjects, Cynthia Hill's film feels like a call to action. Listen to it." - FilmThreat.com
"The film wisely focuses what can be an overwhelmingly large and extremely challenging subject through the lens of a distinctly strong and sympathetic main subject. The evidence of the horrific abuse suffered may be difficult for viewers to face, but that's part of the point to confront us with the realities of this pain, turning the private public so that steps can be taken to confront and prevent further such crimes in the future."
5:30PM - "BIG MEN" (2013, UK/DENMARK/USA)
The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, a two-person crew filmed inside the oil company as Kosmos and its partners discovered and developed the first commercial oil field in the history of the country of Ghana. Simultaneously, the crew filmed in the swamps of Nigeria's Niger Delta, following the exploits of a militant gang to reveal another side of the economy of oil: people trying to profit in any way possible, because they've given up on waiting for the money to trickle down. So what happens when a group of hungry people discover a massive and exquisitely rare pot of gold in one of the poorest places on earth?
WINNER - CINEMA FOR PEACE FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER - GRAND JURY PRIZE at INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF EMPOWERMENT
NOMINATED - BEST DOCUMENTARY at 2013 TRIBECA FILM FEST
VIEW THE TRAILER HERE:
"Extraordinary! A real-life CHINATOWN or THERE WILL BE BLOOD." - Variety
"If you want to know how the world works, as opposed to how we are told it works or how we wish it might work you need to see BIG MEN, a remarkable new investigative documentary about oil, money, Africa and America that comes with BRAD PITT'S name attached as executive producer." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
8:00PM - "TO BE TAKEI" (2014, USA)
Best known for playing "Sulu" on the original STAR TREK TV series and six movies that followed, GEORGE TAKEI is unlikely social media royalty. Unofficially dubbed the King of Facebook, at the age of 76, he counts over 5 million fans in his online empire including Trekkies, HOWARD STERN listeners, and the LGBTQ community who devour his quirky mix of kitten jokes, STAR TREK references, heartfelt messages, and sci-fi/fantasy memes. An outspoken advocate for civil rights, Takei has used his unmistakable baritone in several satiric PSAs. Over seven decades, he has boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise to the daily news feeds of millions. Te film features appearances from his STAR TREK co-stars, as well as Stern and gay rights activist and journalist DAN SAVAGE. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound search for life, liberty, and love.
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FEST
VIEW THE TRAILER AT THE UPPER LEFT OF YOUR SCREEN
"A unique blend of camp and conviction, TO BE TAKEI deftly showcases George Takei's eclectic personality and wildly disparate achievements, from STAR TREK crewmate to gay-rights activist. Arguably more famous as himself than he was as Sulu, Takei goes from Comic-Con conventions to Congressional hearings. Director Jennifer Kroot grants her subject's past and present endeavors equal vitality, effortlessly jumping backward and forward. It should wow audiences of various persuasions." - Ronnie Scheib
"What I love most about TO BE TAKEI is that it shows George and his husband Brad Takei in a very NORMAL marriage. It's not "gay" marriage, it's just marriage. That picture of commonness is very important for people like me, that were raised to be homophobes, to be exposed to. It opens up the mind and makes you actively question the premise of why these fellow humans were shunned or restricted in the first place.
The movie is also as funny and charming as Mr Takei's Facebook feed. For anyone that follows him there, you know how entertaining his daily muses can be. In this movie we get a behind the scenes look at where that insight and humor springs from. George Takei has faced hardships beyond most of our comprehension. I highly recommend seeking this documentary out for anyone that is a Takei fan, a TREK fan, and for people that still need a dose of seeing a loving gay couple as normal and deserving of the same respect and rights we all should be able to enjoy." - Ain't It Cool News
Our location, MUSE ARTS WAREHOUSE, is an award-winning cultural arts showcase in Historic Downtown Savannah, which was named 2014's Best Indie Film Venue by the readers of Connect Savannah. It features free parking, handicap access, stadium-style seating, digital projection and Organic Popcorn, Snacks and Soft Drinks at amazingly low prices.
OUR FINE SPONSORS:
The Savannah installment of the Human Rights Watch Film Fest is generously sponsored by the very good people at THE BOOK LADY BOOKSTORE, THE SENTIENT BEAN COFFEEHOUSE, MARIGOLD BEAUTY CONCEPTS, ANGEL'S BBQ and THE COLLEGIATE CHURCH OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE (EPISCOPAL). Please let them know you appreciate their support of this unique and enlightening program!
SPECIAL ALL-DAY GOLD PASSES include:
Discounted admission to all three (3) films, plus four (4) concession stand items of your choice throughout the day. These items include Organic Popcorn, assorted Candy and Snacks, and a wide variety of Soft Drinks and Bottled Water.
It's a $34 value, for only $25!
Come spend the day with us at Muse, and take in the entire festival for one low price.
There are only 40 of these Gold Passes available, so charge yours now while you can.
IMPORTANT: NO PRINTED PASSES WILL BE MAILED TO YOU.
ALL PASSES CHARGED IN ADVANCE ONLINE WILL BE HELD UNDER YOUR NAME AT THE DOOR. YOU MUST PRESENT POSITIVE PHOTO ID *WHICH MATCHES THE NAME ON YOUR ORDER* FOR US TO RELEASE YOUR PASSES. THIS IS FOR YOUR SECURITY AND TO AVOID FRAUD.
YOU MAY ALSO CHOOSE TO PRINT OUT YOUR GOLD PASS CONFIRMATION AT HOME, AND BRING IT WITH YOU TO THE BOX OFFICE ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW TO EXCHANGE FOR YOUR PASS.
**PLEASE NOTE: We recommend strongly that all who purchase advance passes arrive at the the venue AT LEAST 15 MINUTES BEFORE SHOWTIME. There will be NO previews shown before these films.
This is guaranteed to be one of the most unusual and memorable cinema events to be held in Savannah all year long, so please invite your friends to this special presentation, as we'd love to pack the house!
If attendance is strong for all three films, the PFS will consider holding another triple-feature of three different selections from the HRWFF sometime in the next few months...
Muse Arts Warehouse (View)
703 Louisville Rd.
Savannah, GA 31415
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|