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We welcome everyone who loves art in all its forms, a great story well told, or is longing for connection to join us in exploring new ways of seeing the world through cinema unbound.


From Amy Dotson, Director of NWFC:
Fleabag, Seasons 1 & 2
Creator: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Available on Amazon Prime

Fleabag — and the talents of Phoebe Waller-Bridge — first burst onto the scene in 2016 showcasing a six part series with a seemingly simple premise: a complex and hilarious British woman attempts to cope with her grief, her family and herself. The first season introduced Waller-Bridge’s hyper-intelligent writing style and the creator’s absolute determination to smash the very format of half-hour television. But it’s the season two love affair between Fleabag and a priest that really blew viewer’s socks off, earning the auteur a bundle of Emmys as well as the honor of taking the writing reigns in 2020 for the most masculine film series of all time and turning it on its head with James Bond: No Time To Die. Watch Fleabag unfold again as a series – or stream the original play! — for a laugh, a cry, or a gut punch reminder on how creative determination to live your life your own way can change the way we see everything.


(A Brighter Summer Day)

From Morgen Ruff, Exhibition Program Manager & Programmer:
Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project
Creator: Various Filmmakers
Available on the Criterion Channel (offers free trial subscriptions)

Martin Scorsese, one of American cinema’s leading filmmakers of the past several decades, has done so much behind-the-scenes work to illuminate cinematic gems from all over the globe through his non-profit endeavor the Film Foundation, founded in 1990 and “dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history.” A project of the foundation is the essential World Cinema Project, which to date has preserved or restored forty classics of global cinema that have been historically overlooked, mostly due to their origins in small, non-Western countries dotting the Global South. Seventeen of these incredible films are available to stream on the Criterion Channel, including works like Edward Yang’s Taipei Story (1985) and A Brighter Summer Day (1991), both classics of the Taiwanese New Wave of the 80s and 90s; Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl (1966) and Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki-Bouki (1973), two unbreakable cornerstones of Senegalese—and African—cinema; Tomás Guttiérez Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment (1968), one of post-revolutionary Cuba’s most searing works; and many, many more. Dive in with these picks and explore the rest of the World Cinema Project—in my opinion, you can’t miss, and you’ll hopefully find a new favorite and a new avenue of cinematic exploration, because this is just the tip of the iceberg.


From Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager
I, Apostate 
Director: Jeremy Moss
Available for free on the filmmaker’s Vimeo Page

Filmmaker Jeremy Moss was born and raised in Utah under the religious umbrella of Mormonism. Now living in Pennsylvania where he teaches film at Franklin & Marshall College, Moss created an experimental documentary tracing his family’s own path of indoctrination, coming full circle with his personal decision to leave the Church. Shot on 16mm film, hand processed and hand tinted, staged scenes of Mormon pioneers are interwoven with abandoned structures and natural imagery from the various countries Moss’s family immigrated from after converting in the 1800’s. Allowing one to contemplate time and rationale, as his family’s story unfolds through title cards, Moss also transports us to Brazil where the 17-year old was sent as a Missionary and re-visits an older woman who left her Catholicism to join the Mormon Church because of him. “Time will pass us all by” she wisely tells him and so too will these moments we find ourselves in. Be sure to check out more of Jeremy’s short film work on his Vimeo page.


From Micah Vanderhoof, Theater Manager
Hausu
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Available on the Criterion Channel

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s classic horror comedy is a-never-to-be-missed cult essential when it plays at your local theater, but relocating your watching experience to the exhibition space of your living room, has the potential to draw out new layers of meaning.  After a group of self-descriptively-named girls take a summer trip together to stay at the house of an aunt, they have a series of increasingly strange (and funny) encounters and realize that the house is haunted. With a psychedelia meets spooky-scary meets soap-opera aesthetic that is both enticing, funny, and weird, viewing Hausu at home might make you wonder if that the dreamy day-time-TV filter allows something truly sinister and off to creep inside… only to laugh it off moments later.