PLEASE NOTE: The films on this page have come and gone. This past listing is provided to give you a better sense of the variety of independent and documentary films shown weekly at the ACME Screening Room. For current listings, VISIT THE HOMEPAGE.
ARCHIVED FROM October 2012
Celeste & Jesse Forever
Friday & Saturday 7 pm; 8:45 pm
Sunday 5 pm
Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do — she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go.
Larry McConkey returns* to regale us with stories and select scenes from the unforgettable, Oscar-winning films he has shot. McConkey is a steadicam operator and cinematographer. He is the recipient of the Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Award – Mobile Camera Platform Operator (a.k.a. steadicam). His credits include Hugo, Silence of the Lambs, Goodfellas, Kill Bill, The Sopranos and more. Time will be reserved for questions after dinner.
* Please Note: This event is subject to a change of guest speaker, due to our special guests’ possible production schedule, which can get booked at a moment’s notice. That’s show biz! In any case, not to worry: should this happen, another special guest will be booked for the event.
TICKETS: $60 Members / $75 Non-Members (to raise funds for ACME Screening Room) SPECIAL OFFER: If Non-Members buy 2 or more tickets, price will be discounted to $60 per ticket.
Film Only: Friday 7pm & 8:30pm; Saturday 9pm
Film Plus Director: Saturday 7pm; Sunday 5pm
Between New York City and Philadelphia, there is a beautiful forest in New Jersey that has survived the bulldozers of development. The locals call this place “The Sourlands.” This documentary tells the story of this stronghold of green: its fragile ecology, the farmers who work some of its land and the threats to its survival. Because what is happening in The Sourlands is happening in wild places everywhere.
Not Rated; 78 Minutes.
Jared Flesher is an award-winning reporter, photojournalist, and documentary filmmaker. His articles have been published by The New York Times Online, The Wall Street Journal Online, The Christian Science Monitor, Grist, The Huffington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, New Jersey Monthly magazine, and many other publications. Jared’s first feature documentary, The Farmer and The Horse, was released in August 2010. It has aired more than 40 times on PBS in New Jersey.
Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It’s also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by “This American Life.” The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. SLEEPWALK WITH ME features Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Carol Kane (“Taxi”), James Rebhorn (“Meet the Parents”), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway’s “Once”), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jesse Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.
Treasure Houses of Britain: Stop in for a tour of some of the most magnificent homes in history: England’s Burghley House, Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace, Holkham Hall and Boughton. See the immaculate grounds and marvel at the architectural wonders, paintings and furniture of these treasured estates. ACME will screen all five episodes from this series of 45 minute programs. Visitors can take a seat at any time during the screenings which begin at noon.
“Return to Music Mountain”: An encore of ACME’s unforgettable display of the highlights of Lambertville’s summer theater and live music venue under a big top tent, the Music Circus, produced with the help of a legion of locals, and Director, St. John Terrell, and featuring talent the likes of Streisand and Stevie Wonder. What happened there? Return to Music Mountain and see for yourself!
TICKETS: Admission is FREE for House Tour ticket holders / Suggested $5 for Non-Tour ticket holders
Based on true events, Compliance tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker) has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the caller at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become. As we watch, we ask ourselves two questions: “Why doesn’t she just say no?” and the more troubling, “Am I certain I wouldn’t do the same?” Writer/director Craig Zobel (Great World of Sound) recounts this riveting nightmare in which the line between legality and reason is hauntingly blurred. The cast delivers startlingly authentic performances that make the appalling events unfolding onscreen all the more difficult to watch—but impossible to turn away from. Delving into the complex psychology of this real-life story, Compliance proves that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
HALLOWEENVILLE, Plus Meet-the-Filmmakers, Gary Cohen, Paul Kaye & Jann Kniskern
Saturday 7 pm – 8:20 pm
Sunday 5 pm – 6:20 pm
HALLOWEENVILLE is a documentary about Halloween in Lambertville, NJ, a holiday which brings out the spooktacularly-creative side of this already-artsy town. It must be seen to be believed: haunted houses, hundreds of costumed people in the streets at night, horrific lawn performances, and thousands of pounds of candy dolled out by residents to terrifying children, young and old. ACME is honored to have this film return to our theater just before Halloween!