Today: Sun 9/21

Sunday, Sep 21st: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Movie: This Ain't No Mouse Music

Directed by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling. Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music - music that's the antithesis of the corporate "mouse music" dominating pop culture. Born a German Count, Strachwitz came to the US as a teenager in 1947. There he saw a film that would change his life forever: New Orleans, starring Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Since then, his life has been a relentless quest to track down and record the best of American roots music - New Orleans jazz, down home blues, Cajun, Zydeco, and Norteño. Strachwitz is the legendary founder of Arhoolie Records, the label that brought rural American music out of the shadows and into the limelight. From Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, join Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Doucet, the Pine Leaf Boys, Flaco Jiménez, and the Treme Brass Band for a delightful hip-shaking romp, as Strachwitz continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America.

Directed by Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling
2014, 93 minutes

Sunday, Sep 21st: 1:00
Saturday, Sep 27th: 4:00
Sunday, Oct 5th: 2:45
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Movie: Closed Curtain

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely defies his 20-year ban on filmmaking yet again, and stunningly, he has created a masterpiece that not only lives up to his earlier, pre-ban work but surpasses it in many ways. In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a young woman fleeing from the authorities. Refusing to leave, she takes refuge in the house. But come dawn, another unexpected presence will change everything.

Directed by Jafar Panahi
In Farsi with English subtitles
2014, 107 minutes


Thursday, Oct 2nd: 8:00
Friday, Oct 3rd: 8:00

Movie: Man with a Movie Camera

A Memorable 1920s black & white silent film, accompanied by original music composed, and performed live, by musicians Claudia Bruce, Bryce Courbois, and Ogden Courbois.

An experimental 1929 silent documentary film about life as it is lived by Russian director Dziga Vertov, edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova, this film is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. Startingly modern, this film utilizes a groundbreaking style of rapid editing and incorporates innumerable other cinematic effects to create a work of amazing power and energy.

This playful film is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film.

Directed by Dziga Vertov
1929, 68 minutes

Saturday, Oct 4th: 7:00 pm
Member: $20, General: $25

Special Event: Hitchcock's "Marnie" with Film Historian John Epperson

Hitchcock fans will get a special look at the "Master of Suspense" when TSL presents the unique and knowledgeable film historian John Epperson and his take on Hitchcock's "Marnie," Saturday, October 4, 2014.

A film and stage actor, writer and producer, Epperson is best known for his Lypsinka persona that has earned him two Drama Desk nominations, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Non-resident Production in D.C., and the L.A. Weekly Theatre award for best solo performance. Epperson will be returning to the Manhattan stage in November 2014 in "Lypsinka! The Trilogy." Epperson and Lypsinka are the subjects of an Emmy-winning television documentary for PBS.

The evening at TSL begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres from Carlucci Simons Catering at 7:00pm, then John's introduction to the screening of "Marnie," billed in 1964 as a "suspenseful sex mystery." This will be followed by a post-screening lecture, presentation and discussion. A delightful sweet prepared by baker extraordinaire Regina Simmons of Verdigris Tea & Chocolate will be served.

Epperson illustrates via amusing lecture and projected images how the virtuoso filmmaker used visual literacy, mise en scene, and submerged themes to tell his stories of intrigue and psychological thrills.

This will be an exciting, informative and fun evening of film with one of New York's most fabulous entertainers.

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