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Artists’ Reception

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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

Free

Chi-Raq Film Showing

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

Free
Recurring

Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

$8 – $36

Fargo

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

$7

Imitation of Life

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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, […]

$7.50

Will Write For Food: Book Signing and Reception

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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.

Free

2001: A Space Odyssey

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

$6

Opening Reception for Earth: Love It or Lose It

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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.

Free

James White

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

$10

The Ghosts Of Jeju

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

Free

The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

Free

Opening Reception for Andrea Tilden: One Continuous Line

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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.

Free

Back to Back to the Future

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

This Changes Everything

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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, […]

Home Movie Day

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

Free

Meadowland

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

$10

The Year We Thought About Love

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

$12

The Man From Laramie

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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. […]

Free

Maine International Film Festival

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

Man from Reno

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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. […]

The Last Unicorn

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

$6 – $11

Every Secret Thing

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

On the Way to School

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

The Longest Distance

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

Kathryn Altman and Michael Murphy Introduce and Discuss Altman

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

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 […]

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