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Railroad Square Cinema

17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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November 2014

Kathryn Altman and Michael Murphy Introduce and Discuss Altman

November 1, 2014, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Kathryn Altman, Robert Altman’s wife, and Michael Murphy, one of the perhaps the greatest of contemporary American directors’ favorite actors, return to Waterville (after lending their luminous presences to MIFF 2013) to introduce and discuss the fabulous new film about him, in which both — particularly Kathryn, who practically narrates! — are prominently featured. Ron Mann's new documentary Altman is an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player,…

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January 2015

The Longest Distance

January 24, 2015, 10:00 AMJanuary 25, 2015, 10:00 AM
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The Longest Distance unveils two faces of the same country, Venezuela — a violent and chaotic city and a corner of paradise within the most ancient mountains on the planet. It shows two people in contrasting moments of their lives.  Alike as reckless travelers, a grief-stricken child sets out alone through an entire country seeking a familial bond, and an older woman seeks resolution of her own grief, guilt, and physical decline through her own last one-way journey. The lives…

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February 2015

On the Way to School

February 7, 2015, 10:00 AMFebruary 8, 2015, 10:00 AM
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Waterville, ME
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On the Way to School is about young people who live in all four corners of the planet and yet share a thirst for knowledge. Almost instinctively they know that their well being — indeed their survival — depend on knowledge and education. From the dangerous savannahs of Kenya to the winding trails of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, from the suffocating heat of Southern India to the vast, dizzying plateaus of Patagonia in Argentina, these children are all united…

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May 2015

Every Secret Thing

May 12, 2015, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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This pre-release screening and event will take place throughout the country and will feature a live-captured Q&A with Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, Frances McDormand, and director Amy Berg! When a three-year-old girl goes missing, a small suburban New York town must revisit a tragic crime from seven years earlier. The underage perpetrators of the original crime, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller (Danielle Macdonald and Dakota Fanning), have been released from prison after coming of age and, justly or unjustly, come…

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The Last Unicorn

May 13, 2015, 7:45 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$6 – $11

Screenings will be introduced by the author, Peter S. Beagle! The Last Unicorn has charmed generations of kids — and adults — ever since Peter S. Beagle first published it in 1968. The charming animated film that was made in 1982 has become a long-lasting favorite despite not coming from the customary Disney stable. Mia Farrow voices the Unicorn, Alan Arkin her quest partner Schmendrick the Magician and Jeff Bridges the handsome Prince Lir in the story of a unicorn…

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Man from Reno

May 17, 2015, 6:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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6:00 p.m. Party in the Lobby 7:00 p.m. Film Screening Please join us for a festive evening of fun, food, and film! Enjoy good company and delicious wine, beer and snacks from Meridians, followed by a one night only screening of Man from Reno. Free for members of the Maine Film Center and their guests. (One guest per member). Not a member? That's okay! Non-members can attend at regular prices OR become members that evening for free admission and year-round…

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July 2015

Maine International Film Festival

July 10, 2015July 19, 2015
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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During the 10 days of the festival we show nearly 100 films, representing the best independent and international cinema. Audiences also have opportunities to meet and talk with some of the people behind the movies – directors, producers, writers, musicians. Screenings take place at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. See MIFF website for full schedule.

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September 2015

The Man From Laramie

September 14, 2015, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Free

Anthony Mann’s tough, lean, beautiful western is the last of five collaborations between this terrific director and Jimmy Stewart and one of the first widescreen Technicolor westerns. In Mann and Stewart’s ‘50s westerns, the hero, while still heroic, is also troubled and troubling, and the simple verities of simpler westerns are quietly blown away…. Unrated. 104 Min. Followed by a discussion with Katz Curator Diana Tuite and Associate Professor of Cinema Studies Steve Wurtzler about the film's representation of landscape…

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The Year We Thought About Love

September 23, 2015, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$12

With wit, grace, and attitude, a diverse troupe of LGBTQ youth transforms their personal struggles into theater for social change—starting with a simple and surprising kiss in the first act. The Year We Thought About Love is a 68 minute documentary film which celebrates the powerful work of a Boston LGBTQ troupe, True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, as they write a play about love. Presented by Out & Allied Youth Theatre. With speakers from True Colors, Boston and Out &…

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October 2015

Meadowland

October 13, 2015, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$10

Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and Phil’s (Luke Wilson) son goes missing, shattering their life together. As months pass with little information, they each struggle in their own way to cope. Phil’s more traditional route leads to an unexpected friendship, but also a precarious disconnect with the responsibilities of his job as a city cop. Teacher Sarah goes even farther overboard, struggling to keep herself in check beside the students, parents, family members, and officials that interrupt her search for answers. (R,…

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Home Movie Day

October 17, 2015, 12:00 AM4:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Community members are invited to bring their Super 8, 8mm, and 16mm films to Railroad Square Cinema, where technicians will inspect and project them on the big screen for all to share in the experience of discovery. Home Movie Day has been celebrated worldwide since 2002, providing an opportunity to see what’s on those enigmatic reels of film, perhaps passed from one generation to the next, stored in a box at the back of a closet. Submissions will be inspected…

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This Changes Everything

October 20, 2015, 7:00 PM
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What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestseller of the same name, This Changes Everything is a stunning and shocking look at the real effects of capitalism on the environment as it follows seven communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these powerful portraits…

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Back to Back to the Future

October 21, 2015, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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The future is NOW! When Back to the Future became a phenomenon in the ‘80s,  Back to the Future, Part II presented a look at a future 26 years from when it was first shown. Now it’s literally here: Oct. 21, 2015 was the date in the seemingly far distant future where Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly went to try to change the present…or past, depending on how you look at it. In this beautifully restored new digital print, you…

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Opening Reception for Andrea Tilden: One Continuous Line

October 22, 2015, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Join the Maine Film Center to celebrate the opening of the latest Art in the Lobby exhibition, featuring the incredible Etch-a-Sketch® drawings of Andrea Tilden. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

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The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory

October 24, 2015, 11:00 AM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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This documentary explores the conflict between the state of Maine and the Penobscot Nation over contested river territory. Spanning from the 1700s to the present-day legal battle of Penobscot Nation v. Mills, the film illustrates the Penobscots’ centuries-long fight to retain their territory and their inherent, treaty-reserved sustenance fishing rights for future generations. Featuring first-person accounts, the film tells the urgent, inspiring story of a struggle for justice and cultural survival in the face of an astonishingly open abuse of…

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November 2015

The Ghosts Of Jeju

November 14, 2015, 12:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Free

Director and Waterville native Regis Tremblay introduces The Ghosts Of Jeju Free and Open To All! Waterville born and bred, documentarian Regis Tremblay returns to introduce the first theatrical showing of The Ghosts Of Jeju, his shocking film about the people of Jeju Island, South Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. military government of Korea in the postwar period, treatment…

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James White

November 17, 2015, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$10

Join us for the world premiere of James White an award-winning independent movie that rocked this year’s Sundance Film Festival. This pre-release screening will take place throughout the country and will feature a captured-live Q&A with writer/director Josh Mond who will be chatting with Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers, alongside stars Cynthia Nixon (Sex And The City) and Christopher Abbot From HBO’s Girls. James White also won awards at the Locarno and Deauville Film Festivals and is a coming-of-age…

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December 2015

Opening Reception for Earth: Love It or Lose It

December 3, 2015, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Join us for the opening of our next Art in the Lobby exhibition featuring the work of Jean Ann Pollard and Laurie Sproul. Light refreshments and good cheer provided! This exhibition will be on display from December 3, 2015 through January 10, 2016.

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2001: A Space Odyssey

December 8, 2015, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$6

Guest speaker: Roy M. Turner, Associate Professor of Computer Science, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine Stanley Kubrick’s visionary masterpiece returns to the screen in a new, digital DCP print! “Only a few films are transcendent, and work upon our minds and imaginations like music or prayer or a vast belittling landscape…Alone among science-fiction movies, 2001 is not concerned with thrilling us, but with inspiring our awe.”—Roger Ebert. Kubrick’s all-encompassing vision of the future starts in the…

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Will Write For Food: Book Signing and Reception

December 16, 2015, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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J.P. Devine, columnist and film critic for the Morning Sentinel, will sign copies of his new book, Will Write For Food. Copies will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

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January 2016

Imitation of Life

January 6, 2016, 1:30 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$7.50

Take a second chance to see one of the “rediscoveries” from MIFF 2015! “Melodrama.” “Tear jerker.” “Women’s picture.” These were the terms derisively hurled at director Douglas Sirk, trivializing some of the greatest films ever made. And Imitation of Life, his final film, was the greatest of all, a women’s picture indeed, about gender, class, and race that may still be ahead of its time, though it was wildly popular when it was released in 1959 — and has the…

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Fargo

January 8, 2016, 9:30 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$7

The ORIGINAL Coen Brothers classic, presented in a new digital version for its 20th anniversary! The ultimate American winter story, set in a North Dakota far colder and snowier and full of natives of unflappable middle American goofiness than we are here in Maine. Fargo stars Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, who lead us through a film that “rotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films I’ve ever…

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Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play

January 9, 2016, 10:00 AM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until January 10, 2016

Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$8 – $36

From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from neo-lithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, Bounce explores the little-known origins of our favorite sports, the passion that they inspire, and why the ball occupies such a central place in these games. The evolutionary biologists, anthropologists and historians who have studied play know that anything that universal has to be essential. And yet all attempts to reduce it to a set of common sense benefits fail utterly to explain or capture…

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Chi-Raq Film Showing

January 13, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Free

A free showing and moderated discussion about Spike Lee’s film and themes of gun violence, sexuality, feminism, and power. Spike Lee is back with his hottest film in years, an ingenious updating of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, transposed to the South Side of Chicago, where the women have had enough of gun violence and come together with a weapon of their own: to withhold sex until their men throw down their guns. “Chi-Raq is a marvel. It’s Lee resurrecting his voice — angry,…

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Artists’ Reception

January 14, 2016, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Free

Light refreshments provided. The exhibit will run through February 21.

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Peace Officer

January 23, 2016, 10:00 AM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until January 24, 2016

Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$8 – $36

Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson’s documentary is about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained Utah’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigative skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling…

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February 2016

Groundhog Day

February 2, 2016, 7:30 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$9

“Since arriving as a mild success in 1993, Groundhog Day has gradually achieved the status of beloved. The American Film Institute rates it No.34 on its list of all-time funniest movies, and it's a story that bears frequent repeat viewings”—Michael Booth, Denver Post. Is there a better way to celebrate the first sign of Spring (maybe!) than with this charming, truly great recent American masterpiece that’s half hilarious Romantic Comedy, half parable of Enlightenment—in a sparkling new DCP digital print?…

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The World of Apu

February 6, 2016, 10:00 AM
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$8

The third film in famed Indian director Satyajit Ray’s beautiful humanistic, and intimate “Apu Trilogy” about the childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood of Apurba Roy, The World of Apu is the story of a poor young man ambitious to be a writer living on his own after having been stricken with a series of tragic losses throughout his young life. An invitation to a wedding changes everything. He finds love, loses it, and then must find a way to reclaim…

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Chinatown

February 9, 2016, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$6

A Science On Screen Event! In the midst of Roman Polanski’s truly great private eye film, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway and set in 1930s Los Angeles, lies a cogent ecological tale based on the city’s true history of its most precious commodity: not glamour, but water.  Made with a huge production budget and looking like 100 million dollars, Chinatown is also, amazingly, a savage and absolutely uncompromising depiction of the pure evil of capitalism. But all of that…

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Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

February 20, 2016, 10:00 AM
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$8

Award-winning director Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, The Circle) was arrested in 2010 for “making propaganda against the Iranian government,” put under house arrest, and given a 6-year jail sentence and a 20-year ban on making films. Despite the ban, he went on to make This Is Not A Film entirely within his apartment, Closed Curtain in his summer home, and Taxi in a taxi that circles the streets of Tehran with Panahi himself in the driver’s seat. Taxi went…

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March 2016

Crazy About Tiffany’s

March 3, 2016, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$12

Crazy About Tiffany’s peels back the velvet curtain and steps into the dream-catching world of Tiffany & Co. with unprecedented access and intrigue. From past to present, behind the scenes and in the spotlight, this film captures how a small but uncompromising New York jeweler has woven itself into the fabric of the world. Whether it’s diving into the process behind adorning their celebrities with jewels on the red carpet, discovering just how the 128 carat Tiffany diamond was discovered or following…

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Hitchcock/Truffaut

March 5, 2016, 10:00 AM
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$8

In 1962 the master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and a young French New Wave upstart François Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting — used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut — this film illustrates the greatest cinema lessons of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock’s incredibly modern art is…

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Touchdown Israel: Tackle Football In The Holy Land

March 12, 2016, 7:30 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$8

American tackle football was imported to Israel in the late 1980s by foreign-born Israelis who missed the sports passion of their youth. Players persevered with woefully inadequate facilities and an indifferent public until New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft sponsored the Israeli Football League and funded a stadium. In a country where religious and ethnic divisions run impossibly deep, Palestinian, Christian, Thai, secular and Orthodox Jewish weekend warriors leave their differences on the sidelines in the spirit of teamwork and…

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Dough

March 13, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$8

In the East End of London the neighborhood Jewish bakery is losing business. Run single-handedly by Nat, a widowed Old World perfectionist, played by Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean), his aging clientele is losing interest and his family is losing patience. To keep the business afloat, Nat hires Ayyash (a.k.a. Shaun), a young Darfuri Muslim man, as his assistant. An odd couple in the eyes of the Jewish community and Ayyash’s friends, the baker and his…

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Censored Voices

March 15, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$8

A candid exposure of the Six Day War as told by the soldiers who fought in it. On June 5, 1967, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan threatened Israel’s annihilation. Days later, Israel had conquered Gaza, Sinai, and the West Bank. But behind the euphoria were other voices. In the days following the war, renowned author Amos Oz and others recorded conversations with Israeli soldiers, kibbutzniks fresh from the battlefield. This wrenching testimony, censored until now by the Israeli army, reveals men…

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Once in a Lifetime

March 17, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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A no-nonsense history teacher at a rough high school on the outskirts of Paris is determined to give her underprivileged pupils the best possible education. She proposes a unique assignment to her multi-cultural class: a national competition on the theme of “Children Under the Nazi Regime.” These troubled, rebellious teens resist the project, challenging its relevance to their lives. A surprise classroom visitor inspires them to re-examine their attitudes. Winning the competition is a long shot, but working together the…

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Dukhtar

March 19, 2016, 10:00 AM
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Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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The synopsis of the Pakistani submission for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar states: “In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her ten-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s arranged marriage to a tribal leader. A deadly hunt for them begins.” Dukhtar (“Daughter”) is the first feature film from Pakistani native and Columbia University MFA Film Studies graduate Afia Nathaniel. Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times states she “has delivered a stunning, emotive…

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The Champions

March 20, 2016, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$6

Winthrop-raised Director/Producer Darcy Dennett introduces the Maine premiere of her film! The Champions is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and the organizations who risked everything to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society of the United States to euthanize the dogs. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more…

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Computer Chess

March 22, 2016, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$6

Guest speaker: Clare Bates Congdon, on “A.I. and Gaming” “… Computer Chess, Andrew Bujalski’s peculiar and sneakily brilliant film… takes place in 1980 at an annual gathering where teams of nerds compete to see which of their programs can do better against a human chess player….Mr. Bujalski, 36, previously known as a wry, deadpan observer of his own generation, shoots their interactions in state-of-the-art late-’70s analog, which is to say in bracingly hideous and therefore strangely beautiful black-and-white video….The setting…

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April 2016

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road

April 3, 2016, 7:15 PM
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Wim Wenders is cinema’s preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully following the journeys of people as they search for themselves. During his over-forty-year career, Wenders has directed films in his native Germany and around the globe, making dramas both intense and whimsical, mysteries, fantasies, and documentaries. With this retrospective of four of his films—from early works of the New German Cinema (Kings of the Road, The American Friend) to the art-house 1980s blockbusters that made him a cinematic household…

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They Will Have To Kill Us First

April 13, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$7

This screening will be introduced by director Johanna Schwartz! They Will Have To Kill Us First is a disturbing, but ultimately uplifting story about the power of music over violence and censorship. Timbuktu was once one of the great music centers in Africa, but when Islamic jihadists invaded in 2012, they banned music, burned instruments, destroyed radio stations and forced musicians to flee for their lives. The musicians fight back and use their music as a weapon. Director Johanna Schwartz…

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Solaris

April 26, 2016, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$6

Guest speaker: Dr. Melissa J Glenn, Associate Professor of Psychology at Colby College 2001 had its counterpart in Russia where, in 1972, the legendary director Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker, Andrei Rublev) created this stunning, unforgettable, poetic version of Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel, remade 30 years later by Steven Soderbergh in a very different Hollywood production starring George Clooney. “Based on Stanislaw Lem’s brilliant novel, this towering 1972 allegory takes place mostly on a space station near a mysterious planet that…

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Purple Rain

April 29, 2016, 9:00 PM
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Celebrate the sound and vision of Prince’s inevitable triumph over the 1980s, a purple spectacle gritty and electric that is at once a perfect encapsulation of the late singer in the minds of his fans and merely one of his insatiable mood swings. The film, a soap opera of the Minneapolis Sound – a mix of funk, synth, and rock pioneered by The Artist in the late ’70s- covers racial duality, machismo, and corny bio-fluff in a glittering sweat, and…

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May 2016

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa

May 2, 2016, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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SOFT VENGEANCE is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover, and freedom fighter. Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population. As a young man, Albie defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape…

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Mothers and Daughters

May 3, 2016, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$10

Mothers and Daughters features an amazing female cast — Susan Sarandon, Selma Blair, Sharon Stone, Courtney Cox, Christina Ricci, Mira Sorvino — in interwoven stories about what it means to be a mom, which are tied together via single gal Rigby Gray, a rock photographer who’s riding a career high when an unlikely and unexpected pregnancy forces her to turn her lens inward. As Rigby slowly comes to terms with what it might mean to change her life forever, she…

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Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

May 4, 2016, 4:40 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival presents “Best of the Fest: The 2015 Shorts,” its dynamic program of seven award-winning shorts. Diverse in style and subject, the MNFF blend of documentary and narrative shorts offers audiences many opportunities to engage and enjoy. Come experience the fine work of first and second time filmmakers—the emerging voices in independent cinema. In English and in Portuguese and French with English subtitles. (Unrated, 117 mins.)

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Catching The Sun

May 11, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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Free

Join ReVision Energy and the Natural Resources Council of Maine for Catching the Sun from director Shalini Kantayya. This 2015 documentary tells the story of our global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy? Stay for Q&A following the film.…

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Buena Vista Social Club

May 13, 2016, 6:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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$15

Overview: 6:00 p.m.: Party with Cuban food by A Taste of Sunshine in Maine and a cash bar 7:15 p.m.: Film screening 9:00 p.m.: Live music by Primo Cubano With a small film crew, Wim Wenders accompanied his old friend Ry Cooder, who had written the music for Paris, Texas and The End of Violence, on a trip to Havana. Cooder wanted to record his material for Ibrahim Ferrer’s solo album at a studio there, following the recording of the…

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Student Film Night

May 17, 2016, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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Free

Mid-Maine Technical Center video production students will showcase the best work of the year including documentaries, profiles of people and places in the greater Waterville area, and cinematic short films. Popcorn reception at 6:30 in the lobby!

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June 2016

Kindness Is Contagious

June 6, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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Kindness is Contagious (2015, Unrated, 75 mins.) is a documentary about the viral nature of kindness.  Research has demonstrated that acts of kindness and generosity have ripple effects that help us all toward having happier, healthier and more meaningful lives.  The film features cutting-edge scientists and best-selling authors from Berkeley to Harvard, along with people from a host of other walks of life… CEOs, baseball players, roller girls, concert pianists, artists, street performers, soup kitchen volunteers, police officers, models and…

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Gurukulam

June 13, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
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Gurukulam (literally “One Without a Second”), from many of the same filmmakers who made Leviathan and Sweetgrass, creates a wholly unique and powerful atmosphere that will entrance. Gurukulam immerses us in a remote forest ashram in India, exploring by taking us into the daily life of the followers of Swami Dayananda, one of the last teachers of Vedanta. Rather than focus on the Swami or the intricacies of his teachings, Gurukulam places the audience in the ashram, evoking a visceral…

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The Phenom

June 20, 2016, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$10

Pre-show starts at 7:00 Film screens at 7:30 EXCLUSIVELY IN MAINE AT RAILROAD SQUARE! Major-league rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) has lost his focus. After choking on the mound, he’s sent down to the minors and prescribed sessions with an unorthodox sports therapist (Paul Giamatti), who pushes him to uncover the origins of his anxiety. Beneath it all is his fraught relationship with his overbearing ex-con father (Ethan Hawke), whose tough love is the source of both his success…

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The Messenger

June 22, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary The Messenger explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the urban streets of New York, The Messenger brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers. These include hunting, light pollution,…

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July 2016

Maine International Film Festival

July 8, 2016July 17, 2016
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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During the 10 days of the festival, the Maine Film Center shows nearly 100 films, representing the best of American independent and international cinema. They also spotlight some of Maine and New England's most exciting and innovative filmmakers. More than just movies, MIFF also provides audiences with opportunities to meet and talk with some of the people behind the movies - directors, producers, writers, musicians. Every year we honor members of the independent film industry whose contributions to cinema deserve…

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September 2016

Spaceballs!

September 9, 2016, 9:15 PM11:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$5

"Prepare ship for ludicrous speed! Fasten all seatbelts, seal all entrances and exits, close all shops in the mall, cancel the three ring circus, secure all animals in the zoo!" Mel Brooks' nearly immortal sci-fi parody stars Brooks himself, Rick Moranis and John Candy. The evil leaders of Planet Spaceball, having foolishly squandered their precious atmosphere, devise a secret plan to take every breath of air away from their peace-loving neighbor, Planet Druidia. They send the evil Dark Helmet to…

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SEED: The Untold Story

September 16, 2016, 6:50 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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On Friday evening, Will Bonsall will introduce the evening show and Fedco Seeds will provide free seed packets to ticket buyers! SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a…

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Do You Take This Man

September 17, 2016, 5:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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One Show Only! Director Joshua Tunick will introduce the film and have a Q & A after the screening! Daniel, 40, (Anthony Rapp) and Christopher, early 30’s, (Jonathan Bennett) are very different men—in their interests, their choice of friends, their ways of handling life’s stresses—but they are very much in love, and they are getting married tomorrow. At least that’s the plan. Triggered by the unexpected arrival of a long-lost childhood friend of Christopher’s, the grooms-to-be confront their differences, and…

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Art House Theater Day

September 24, 2016
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Starts at 1:00 PM Ticket prices vary. Over 160 independent Art House Theaters including Railroad Square Cinema will participate in an exciting nationwide celebration of the cultural and community growth that art house theaters promote with a special program of exclusive offerings for their audiences. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain physical spaces where film lovers can congregate and connect with each other around intrepid, creative filmmaking.…

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October 2016

Abbott Meader: Three Films

October 5, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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This special screening features new digital renditions of two of Abbott Meader’s 16mm films. “South Slope” (1979-80) is an elegant contemplation of a small patch of Oakland, Maine through the four seasons, set to “What Love Tells Me,” the sixth and final movement of Gustav Mahler’s third symphony; “Shadows From The Western Wall” (1973-74) is a cascade of Roman fountains and gargoyles through the centuries. And there’s a new digital film about Meader, “Push Pins On Parade” (2013-15) by Bruce…

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Imber’s Left Hand

October 15, 2016, 12:20 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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One Show Only! Introduced by Director Richard Kane Imber’s Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one’s death and how art and love transform this tragedy into the brightest affirmation of life. Jon Imber’s switch to painting left handed and the black humor with which he dances with his dying is a celebration of life and community. “This beautiful film takes the wind out of you” — Boston Globe front page review. “A masterpiece” — Maine…

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Bride of Frankenstein

October 15, 2016, 7:30 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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With a special guest performance by cast members of the Waterville Opera House’s Young Frankenstein, opening October 21! Digital version of the black and white classic, a far greater film than the original Frankenstein, from the same director, James Whale, in which the monster realizes he needs a mate. “James Whale’s quirky, ironic 1935 self-parody is, by common consent, superior to his earlier Frankenstein (1931). Whale added an element of playful sexuality to this version, casting the proceedings in a…

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November 2016

Eva Hesse

November 9, 2016, 8:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Reception at 7:00; Film at 8:00; Q & A to follow screening. Eva Hesse is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. Eva Hesse is the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work. (Unrated, 108 min.) “One of the…

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The Northeast By Eastern

November 13, 2016, 1:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$12

Film, history and live music combine to illustrate a way of life from a simpler, more patient, yet enterprising American era. Film & Music by Sumner McKane. Live Music by Sumner McKane & Josh Robbins. For years, Belfast, Maine-based Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company sent traveling photographer-salesmen on the roads all over New England and beyond with cameras, catalogues, and order books, seeking buyers and markets for their unique “real photo” postcards. The Northeast by Eastern combines these early 20th…

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Best and Most Beautiful Things

November 14, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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With subjects Michelle and Julie Smith and director Garrett Zevgetis introducing in person! Off a dirt road in rural Maine near Bangor, a precocious 20-year-old woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother Julie. Michelle is quirky and charming, legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with big dreams and varied passions. Searching for connection, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of “normal”. Michelle’s joyful story of self-discovery celebrates outcasts everywhere. A hit at the S X…

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Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary

November 16, 2016, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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In the early 1960s, Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became a missionary for mind altering drugs, asked us to think for ourselves, ignited a global counterculture movement, and landed in prison after Nixon called him “the most dangerous man in America”. Alpert journeyed to the East, becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher continuing to teach a new generation, and the author of the book Be…

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December 2016

How to Die in Oregon

December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted death. The law was blocked for 3 years and finally enacted in 1997. In this 2011 film, Filmmaker Peter Richardson entered the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by a legally prescribed lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. The documentary won numerous awards, including the grand jury prize for documentaries at the 2011…

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Tampopo

December 11, 2016, 12:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Special Members' Screening With Sushi and sake tasting! New digital restoration! Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampoposerves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal,…

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January 2017

Imitation Of Life

January 5, 2017, 1:30 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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New Digital Restoration! “The toughest-minded, most irresolvable movie ever made about race in this country. For all its reputation as a relentless tearjerker, this story of Annie, a black maid trying to hold on to a light-skinned daughter determined to pass as white, is characterized by director Douglas Sirk’s deeply ironic control. That’s most apparent in Sirk’s handling of Lana Turner as Lora, Annie’s boss, the generous stage star who is nonetheless oblivious that the opportunities she takes for granted…

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Art in the Lobby Opening Reception

January 5, 2017, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Strata: Works by Sarah Vosmus January 5 - February 19 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 5, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Strata: Works by Sarah Vosmus will be on display in the lobby of Railroad Square Cinema as part of the Art in the Lobby Series. Sarah Vosmus is a Maine native, returning from a three-year stay in high desert of the American Southwest. Strata, is a body of work rooted in response to this environment and temporality of form. She uses…

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Cinema Explorations: The Anthropologist

January 14, 2017, 10:00 AM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until January 15, 2017

Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$8

The 2017 Cinema Explorations series will kickoff on January 14 and 15 with screenings of The Anthropologist. Director Seth Kramer will join us for a Skype Q&A after the screening on Saturday, January 14! In The Anthropologist (Unrated, 78 min.), Kathryn joins her mother Susie Crate in studying communities in Siberia, in the Pacific islands of Kiribati, and in Peru coping with climate change. The documentary focuses on its effects on people. It emphasizes human resilience to adapt. Anthropology is,…

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Gabriel Over The White House

January 20, 2017, 12:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Inauguration Day Special! (coinciding exactly with the Inauguration of Donald Trump) A dictator in the White House? In this astonishing 1933 film made at MGM at the height of the Depression, an everyday Joe is elected President, then suffers a concussion, is visited by an angel (hence the title) and is thus transformed into a one man ruler of the country, dissolving Congress, killing foreign-born gangsters and making other countries pay us what they owe us. Gabriel Over The White…

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Days Of Heaven

January 25, 2017, 1:30 AM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Gorgeous 35 mm Print! “Terrence Malick’s 1978 movie Days Of Heaven was never a huge hit, but it was such a departure and so deliberate an attempt to have the audience stirred by beauty that it felt calming and inspiring. Without shame or caution it was trying to address the pre-modern era of American history, the natural conflict between landowners and newcomers. But it was just as interested in the vanity of men and women trying to tame and organize…

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Cinema Explorations: Speed Sisters

January 28, 2017, 10:00 AM
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One event on January 29, 2017 at 10:00am

Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could. (Unrated, 80 min.) “An eye-opening…

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February 2017

As I Open My Eyes

February 4, 2017, 10:00 AM
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Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$8

This music-filled, French-Tunisian production is set in Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Jasmine Revolution, and depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life, as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid's feature offers a nuanced portrait of the implications of the Arab Spring on the lives of young people in the region, while…

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Disturbing The Peace

February 11, 2017, 10:00 AM
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One event on February 12, 2017 at 10:00am

Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Disturbing The Peace is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. Disturbing The Peace follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers…

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After The Storm

February 25, 2017, 10:00 AM
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Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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After The Storm is from the profoundly humanist Japanese director, Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister). Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find…

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March 2017

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

March 4, 2017, 10:00 AM
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Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$8

In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers — scientists, soldiers, and even “stalkers,” i.e. young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities…

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Maine Jewish Film Festival

March 18, 2017March 19, 2017
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$8 – $10

The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the global Jewish experience. Now in its twentieth year, this year's festival will screen films in Portland, Waterville, Brunswick, and Lewiston, March 15-25, 2017. The Waterville screenings, which all take place at Railroad Square on March 18-19, are listed below: Saturday, March 18 7:30 p.m.: The Last Laugh Is it…

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

March 28, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$5 – $10

Introduced by and with discussion after with Dr. Erika Nyhus, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at Bowdoin College and founder of the Nyhus Memory Lab. Perhaps the loopiest rom com ever made; perhaps the most romantic science fiction movie made, perhaps just its own one-of-a-kind self, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, follows the courtship, dissolution and re-finding of each other of a quirky couple who hire a shadowy agency to erase each other from each other’s minds—only to…

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Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper

March 29, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums of our time. In Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper, composer, musician and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at the legendary album from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. It’s an entertaining and educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper performances and recording sessions  You are guaranteed to leave amazed at The Beatles’ innovation in the studio and have a…

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April 2017

1984

April 4, 2017, 2:30 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$6

National Event Day Screening of 1984! Hosted by Arthouse Theaters Around the Country In Response to Current Political Climate On April 4, 2017, over 90 art house movie theatres across the country will be participating in a screening of 1984, starring John Hurt, who died recently, and Richard Burton. Less than one month into the new presidential administration, independent national movie theatres collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts,…

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The Home Road

April 4, 2017, 7:00 PM9:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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See this new documentary film and meet the director, Tonya Shevenell, whose ancestor migrated by foot from Canada to Maine! In 1845, 19-year-old Israel Shevenell left his home in Canada and walked nearly 200 miles to Biddeford, Maine. He found work as a brick maker and is recognized as the city’s first permanent French-Canadian settler and French voter. In 2015, his 74-year-old great-great-grandson, Ray Shevenell, retraced the pioneering journey, walking from Compton, Quebec to Biddeford. Maine filmmaker Tonya Shevenell tells…

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Grizzly Man

April 11, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$5 – $10

Guest Speakers: Dr. John “Jack” Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Unity College, and Deanna Witman, Assistant professor of Environmental Humanities, Unity College Grizzly Man chronicles the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell, who was killed, along with his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, by a rogue bear in October 2003. In one of the most extreme — and ultimately tragic — experiments in human-animal cohabitation ever attempted, for 13 consecutive summers, Treadwell lived (and finally died) among the bears…

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May 2017

Chasing Trane

May 3, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$6 – $9

“Hearing John Coltrane is like the brightest light you can hear” —Contemporary tenor sax player Kamal Washington. “He is an archangel of the highest order to bring healing to this planet” —Carlos Santana. Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.…

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Artists Reception: Two Voices

May 4, 2017, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Join the Maine Film Center for the artist reception for Two Voices: Painting in the Fauve Tradition, featuring artworks by local artists Jan ter Weele and Hélène Farrar. The exhibition runs from April 13 to May 28.

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The Letter

May 8, 2017, 5:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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The Seventh Avenue Stand, a nationwide series of films presented by movie theaters and community centers across the U.S. as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. Free admission! Fatuma Hussein, Director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, will introduce and discuss the film. It’s 2003 in Maine, and some American news outlets are calling it “the Somali Invasion” of Lewiston, Maine. A firestorm of controversy erupts when Mayor Larry Raymond sends an open letter to the 1,100 newly-arrived…

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Night Of The Living Dead

May 9, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$5 – $10

Guest speaker: The Maine Primitive Skills School will fill us in on basic wilderness survival skills needed to up our chances of surviving a zombie apocalypse! “They’re coming to get you, Barbara!” When the reanimated corpses of the recently deceased begin to rise from the earth and seek human flesh as sustenance, a small group of survivors takes refuge inside of a farmhouse. Armed only with guns, blunt instruments, and the knowledge that a blow to the head is the…

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The Heart of Nuba

May 15, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Free – $5

Adotei Akwei, originally from Ghana and now Managing Director for Government Relations for Amnesty International USA, will be at the showing to lead a discussion afterwards. One doctor. One hospital. One million patients. Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom’s faith and his enduring love…

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Deconstructing The Beatles: The White Album

May 21, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$7 – $9

In Deconstructing The Beatles’ White Album, composer, musician and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at the Grammy-winning White Album from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Released in 1968, the White Album’s thirty songs span almost every style of music — from hard rock to country to chamber music to avant garde. Its recording took place during a remarkable year in Beatles history that included the death of Brian Epstein, the creation of Apple Corps, and a trip…

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Forgotten Farms

May 24, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$5

Dairy farmers remain the backbone of the region’s agriculture but fight for survival in an age of artisan cheese and kale. New England has lost over 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years; about 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, they tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. In our enthusiasm for the new food movement, we often overlook the farmers at the foundation of the regional agricultural economy. Only 100…

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June 2017

Peace, Love & Zoo

June 7, 2017, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$6 – $9

Peace, Love & Zoo brings us into the world of Portland’s Local Guru, resident “Mad Artist,” recovery advocate, Zoo Cain. Peace, Love & Zoo tells the inspiring, colorful story of Zoo Cain, whose dedication to art and service to others is truly astounding. It is also his therapy. Having lived as a severe addict for decades, he is now in his 25th year of sobriety, rife with challenging chasms and spiritual enlightenment. It’s easy to make assumptions about Zoo when…

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July 2017

Maine International Film Festival

July 14, 2017
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An event every day that begins at 2:00am, repeating until July 23, 2017

Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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The 20th edition of the Maine International Film Festival will reflect the same distinctive mix of premiering new American and international features and documentaries, innovative shorts programs, films made in Maine and rediscoveries and retrospectives—only this year’s very special program will be all that even more strongly than ever before. This special year: we honor actress and cultural icon Lauren Hutton with our annual Mid-Life Achievement Award! we inaugurate the Karl Struss Legacy Award, named in honor of Maine pioneering…

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September 2017

Deconstructing The Beatles: Revolver

September 6, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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In Deconstructing The Beatles: Revolver, composer, musician and Beatles expert Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with The Beatles as they create their seminal 1966 album, Revolver. In many music polls, Revolver is rated the top album of all time. The 1966 album launched a period of studio experimentation for The Beatles that coincided with their decision to stop performing live. With memorable songs, such as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “Good Day Sunshine” The…

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Ghostbusters

September 9, 2017, 9:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Who you gonna call? Decades later, the original Ghostbusters is just more pure fun than ever, silly and smart in equal parts. The nonpareil comic cast, including Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson seem to be having as much fun as the audience in Ivan Reitman’s hilarious comedy about a paranormal phenomenon removal service. See it in a theater with an appreciative audience and a new digital print! (PG, 105 min.) Presented in…

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Best Of The 100 Words Film Festival

September 10, 2017, 12:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Here’s exactly 100 words about the best of 3 years worth of films from the most unique festival we know of, presented here for one show only! 100 Words films are just that – exactly 100 spoken words. This special “Best Of” collection showcases 18 outstanding, original films representing the best films chosen from more than 100 films that have premiered during the first three years of the 100 Words Film Festival. The collection has a diversity in genre: comedy, drama,…

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Art in the Lobby Reception

September 12, 2017, 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Free

Exhibit runs: September 6 - October 19 Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 12 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Frati has shown, taught and sold art throughout Maine in the years since. A prolific artist, he now lives and works at his family homestead in Palmyra. A 150-year-old barn serves as a studio and gallery. As a painter, sculptor, and printmaker, his work is a genuine exploration of materials, tools, and ideas. It speaks of place and tradition. His studio is open by…

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Neither Wolf Nor Dog

September 19, 2017, 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Hayden Anderson of the Maine Humanities Council will facilitate a discussion of the movie after the Tuesday, 7 p.m. screening. As part of the discussion, Esther Anne and Penthea Burns of Maine–Wabanaki REACH and Jackie Crow Shoe of the Center for Tribes will share their thoughts on the film. Group discussion will follow. For more information, visit mainehumanities.org/event/neither-wolf-nor-dog/ A white author gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder and…

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The Birds

September 21, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Alfred Hitchcock scored a huge hit with his creepy 1963 film based on a Daphne du Maurier story, which Hitchcock himself called “the most terrifying picture I have ever made.” A chic San Francisco socialite envisions romance and a beautiful escape  to nature when she pursues an erstwhile boyfriend to a small Northern California coastal village…only to find herself—and everyone else—under attack by rampaging wild birds. (PG-13, 119 min.) Before the film, visit Art in the Park for a hands-on…

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Dawson City: Frozen Time

September 27, 2017, 7:15 PM
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush that brought 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent early movie prints and newsreels to the Yukon. The films were seldom, if ever, returned—they were, literally, the end of the line. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer working its way through a…

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January 2018

Holy Air

January 20, 2018January 21, 2018
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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$5 – $9

Saturday & Sunday, January 20-21, 10:00 a.m. Adam is a Christian Arab in Nazareth — a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land. His wife Lamia runs a foundation for women’s rights. Learning that Lamia is pregnant and his father very ill, Adam realizes he has not achieved much. Despite his prior businesses failing, he makes a last-ditch effort to make it big. What could be better to sell in the Holy Land than the very air the…

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