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ART HOUSE THEATER DAY
Frank Capra: Mr. America
West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty
The Terminator
Suburbia


July 25th, 2024

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On Thursday, July 25th, we are thrilled to partner with Art House Convergence to herald the return of Art House Theater Day (AHTD), a nationwide event where exhibitors and audiences alike come together to celebrate all the contributions that art house theaters and independent film make to our cultural landscape: ambitious and innovative art that provokes, challenges, entertains, and inspires. We thank our community of film lovers for all their support. See you this Art House Theater Day!

Frank Capra Mr America

Frank Capra: Mr. America – 2:30pm
Directed by Jim White | 2023

Specially programmed for AHTD is filmmaker Jim White’s 2023 documentary Frank Capra: Mr. America, a compelling film that delves into the life and legacy of one of Hollywood’s most influential directors, Frank Capra. Known for his iconic films such as It’s a Wonderful Life,, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It Happened One Night, Capra’s work is celebrated for its heartfelt storytelling, quintessentially American themes, and the triumph of the everyman. Through archival footage, interviews with contemporaries, and insights from film historians, the documentary explores Capra’s journey from his humble beginnings as an immigrant in America, to becoming a defining voice in Hollywood’s Golden Age.

West Indies

West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty – 5pm 
Directed by Med Hondo | 1979

Join us as we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of director Med Hondo’s bold, innovative, and criminally-underseen 1979 film West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty. Blending musical theater, history, and political satire to explore the legacy of colonialism in the Caribbean, West Indies is set aboard a luxurious cruise ship, which doubles as a metaphor for the islands themselves, where the past and present collide in a vivid tapestry of song, dance, and dramatic reenactments. Through a series of vignettes, the film traces the brutal history of slavery, the struggle for independence, and the ongoing economic exploitation faced by the Caribbean nations. Throughout his visionary film, Hondo employs a striking visual style and a powerful musical score to convey the resilience and cultural richness of the Caribbean people, while critiquing the enduring impacts of colonialism and neo-colonialism.

The Terminator

The Terminator – 7:30pm
Directed by James Cameron | 1984

This Art House Theater Day will premiere of the 40th Anniversary high definition restoration of James Cameron’s The Terminator. The film’s producer, Gale Anne Hurd, shared: “Knowing that many people have never seen the film, or missed out on seeing it on the silver screen, I couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate The Terminator’s 40th Anniversary with its return to cinemas on Art House Theater Day. And for those of you who’ve watched the film on the big screen previously, thank you — I hope you’ll enjoy the nostalgic experience of seeing it again!”

Suburbia

Suburbia – 10pm
Directed by Penelope Spheeris | 1996

Join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of director Penelope Spheeris’ Suburbia, a raw and gritty portrayal of disaffected youth living on the fringes of society. The film follows a group of teenage runaways, known as “The Rejected” or “TR,” who escape their troubled homes to form a makeshift family in an abandoned house in a Los Angeles suburb. Among them are Evan and Ethan, brothers who flee from a dysfunctional home life, and Joe Schmo, the charismatic leader of the group. The teens find solace in punk rock music and each other, but their existence is threatened by hostile locals and the harsh realities of street life.

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