Join us for an evening of film, discussion and solution-seeking when we screen an excerpt from The Waiting List documentary film, directed by Bay Area filmmaker Tamara Perkins. The Waiting List addresses the gender, race and class bias impacting our current childcare and early education system.
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3rd floor Community Meeting Room
Book Into Film is a library series meeting approximately every other month, where you are invited to read the book on your own, watch the film with others at the library, and stay after the screening for a discussion of both book and film.
Friday, June 28 Green Book 2018 / 130 min. / PG-13
In 1962 an eccentric African American jazz pianist, Doctor Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), needs a driver for a tour of the Deep South. He hires Copacabana bouncer “Tony Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a coarse but affable White guy. As the two move south, Tony becomes angry when Don is treated disrespectfully in white venues, and Don warms to Tony when Tony rescues him from trouble. The film won the 2019 Oscar for Best Picture, and Ali won for Best Supporting Actor.
Friday, June 21 Jazz on a Summer’s Day 1959 / 85 min. / NR
More than a concert film, Jazz on a Summer’s Day takes place at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival during the America’s Cup yacht races. The narration-free film has the immediacy of a lived experience, shifting its focus between the ocean’s blues, straining sails and exquisite music performed by the likes of Anita O’Day, Thelonius Monk, Chuck Berry, Big Maybelle, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden.
Friday, June 14 Cabaret 1972 / 124 min. / PG-13
Friday, June 7 Songcatcher 2000 / 109 min. / PG-13
It is 1907. When a female musicologist and college professor (Janet McTeer) is passed over for a deserved promotion, she angrily departs for the Appalachians of western North Carolina to record mountain dwellers’’ traditional songs, intending to restart her career’s momentum. More than she bargained for, the music and its singers absorb and transform her. Written and directed by Maggie Greenwald, the film has a captivating soundtrack.
Watch the best of the Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI) 2019.
The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI) happens every June and celebrates animation created by artists ages 13 through 19 from around the world.
In October we're showing films celebrating Hispanic Heritage.
Wed., October 2, 5:30 Ixcanul 2015/NR/93minutes
María, a seventeen-year-old Mayan (Kaqchikel) girl, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her, but her suitor must first spend months working in the city. María knows nothing of this life but is forced to grapple with it.
In September we screen films with a South American setting.
Wed., September 4, 5:30pm City of God 2002 /R/130 minutes
Based on the novel by Pablo Lin about gangland violence in the slum’s of Rio in the 1960’s and 19707’s. It was ranked No.6 on The Guardian's list of "the 25 Best Action Movies Ever" and Roger Ebert said it was “breathtaking and terrifying”.
In August we show films on the theme A Universe of Stories as part of our Summer Reading Program.
Wed. , August 7, 5:30pm Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 2005/PG/110 min.
Trippy cosmic joyride with an earthling (Martin Freeman) and an alien (Mos Def). Adapted from the Douglas Adams sci-fi tales.
Wed., August 14, 5:30pm Muppets from Space 1999/G/99minutes
Gonzo discovers that his long-lost relatives are aliens from a distant planet.