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Choreographer Patricia Birch Presents "Grease" [SOLD OUT]

Thursday July 19 7:00PM
Choreographer Patricia Birch Presents

Choreographer Patricia Birch in person

Hot off of Saturday Night Fever and super-celebrity, triple threat John Travolta paired with rising Australian pop star Olivia Newton-John in this fizzy, festive, high-energy screen adaptation of the wildly popular 1971 stage musical, a titanic hit and, retrospectively, a sort of last hurrah for the Hollywood musical. All the trappings of the fetishized 1950s are here, from poodle skirts to drag racing T-Birds, along with a juke box worth of classic, hummable tunes, including “Summer Nights,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and Academy Award® winner “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”

Grease is screening as part of the series Academy at Metrograph.

7.00pm

Aakash Mittal and Jake Meginsky Present "Milford Graves Full Mantis"

Thursday July 19 7:00PM
Aakash Mittal and Jake Meginsky Present

Introduced by and Q&A with musician and writer Aakash Mittal and Jake Meginsky at the 7pm screening on Thursday, July 19.

In making a documentary portrait of a genius like percussionist Milford Graves, a giant of experimental free-jazz, filmmaker Jake Meginsky couldn’t very well go the usual stodgy talking heads route. Instead he matches interviews with Graves, a charismatic polymath and tireless worker residing in Queens and still bubbling over at seventy-six with disparate enthusiasms including Chinese medicine, martial arts, and biorhythm-based beats, to an appropriately idiosyncratic editing cadence which includes some truly astonishing archival footage. A rare music doc that lays down its own unpredictable beat.

John Hanson and Rob Nilsson Present "Prairie Trilogy"

Friday July 27 7:00PM
John Hanson and Rob Nilsson Present

Q&A with John Hanson and Rob Nilsson following the 7pm screening on Friday, July 27.

John Hanson and Rob Nilsson, co-directors of Cannes Camera d’Or winner Northern Lights and fellow members of San Francisco’s Cine Manifest film collective, collaborated on this remarkable series of documentaries underwritten by the North Dakota Humanities Council and the North Dakota AFL-CIO. In Prairie Fire, 97-year-old ex-organizer and poet Henry Martinson recounts the 1916 birth of the Socialist Nonpartisan League—also the subject of Northern Lights—his narrative accompanied by images shot by Nilsson’s own grandfather, Frithjof Holmboe. Rebel Earth finds Martinson, accompanied by a younger farmer, revisiting the scenes of his life, seeking out the spot of his Divide County homestead. Survivor, finished the year before Martinson’s death, focuses on the biography of its subject, found in a funny and expansive mood. A gorgeously-shot work of documentary-as-historical corrective, which finds hope for the future through excavating a radical past.

"The Postman Always Rings Twice" with Novelist Laura Lippman

Wednesday August 1 7:00PM

Novelist Laura Lippman will introduce the film and sign copies of her novel Sunburn following the screening.

The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain’s 1934 tale of sadism-tinged lust, greed, and murder in California, got its essential adaptation here via Garnett’s sweat-soaked, atmospheric evocation of roadside America, featuring John Garfield as fall-guy drifter Frank Chambers and Lana Turner as the married truck stop hash-slinger with whom he begins to plot the perfect murder. You could cut the sexual tension between the stars with a knife, so you’d better believe MGM had a devil of a time slipping this one past the Production Code censors. Screening with a selection of classic noir trailers in 35mm.

Maureen Ryan Presents "Wisconsin Death Trip"

Saturday August 4 7:30PM
Maureen Ryan Presents

Q&A with producer Maureen Ryan at the 7:30pm screening on Saturday, August 4.

Taking as its jumping off point Michael Lesy’s cult book, which brings together 19th century photographs by Jackson County, Wisconsin photographer Charles Van Schaick and tales of strange goings-on from the local news, Marsh’s documentary adds an additional contemporary element, returning to the scene of the crime(s) in search of ghosts.