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AUGUST 2006

Tuesday@7

HOW DO I LOOK

(dir. Wolfgang Busch, 80 mins, 2006)

Tues Aug 1 7pm - buy tix

This is a Tuesdays@7 program, generously sponsored by Magic Hat. Every Tuesday at 7pm features special guests presenting their film, and is followed by a beer and pizza reception for ticket holders.

featuring Kevin Aviance, to whom we wish a speedy recovery

HOW DO I LOOK is a return to the New York drag ball scene and includes many of the same faces and places that populated PARIS IS BURNING. Director Wolfgang Busch showcases this tight knit community of various Houses, with their "mothers" and "children," who continue to shape this unique artform. It is a joyous celebration of a NYC tradition, of those who embrace the runway, and the fierce competition that evolves with each new generation.


The Reeler presents

THE OUTSIDER

(dir. Nicholas Jarecki, 85 mins, 2005)

Weds Aug 2 6:30pm - buy tix

Nicholas Jarecki, James Toback, and Stu VanAirsdale in person!

"**** Riveting... Shows the highs and lows of making films outside the system."
- Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle

"One of the great documentaries about filmmaking; you'd compare it to HEARTS OF DARKNESS. . ."
- Rob Nelson, Village Voice

Few American filmmakers of the last 30 years have navigated in and out of the mainstream as fearlessly as James Toback ( Fingers, Exposed, Black and White), whose life and work provides the basis for Nicholas Jarecki's documentary The Outsider. Half making-of documentary and half all-access biography, The Outsider views Toback through the oversexed, intellectualized, cosmopolitan prism of his most recent film, When Will I Be Loved--a spectrum that reflects Toback's compulsions as effectively as it challenges his colleagues to consider their own.

And as Jarecki discovers, Toback has plenty of colleagues; the film features interviews with Woody Allen, Barry Levinson, Roger Ebert, Brett Ratner, Brooke Shields, Jim Brown and a trenchant conversation with longtime Toback collaborator (and kindred spirit in debauchery) Robert Downey Jr. The Outsider reveals a man about whom everybody has an opinion, but also an enigma whom nobody--perhaps even Toback himself--can ever really know.


Feature Presentation

VACATIONLAND

(dir. Todd Verow, 104 mins, 2006)

Weds Aug 2 9pm - buy tix
Thurs Aug 3 9pm - buy tix
Fri Aug 4 9pm - buy tix

Sat Aug 5 9pm - buy tix
Sun Aug 6 9pm - buy tix
Mon Aug 7 9pm - buy tix
Tues Aug 8 9pm - buy tix

Some people come here to escape their lives,
other people leave here to start theirs

* NewFest 2006 *

"Superb. . .perceptive and unapologetic."
- San Francisco Bay Times

From Todd Verow,
director of FRISK, SHUCKING THE CURVE, and ANONYMOUS

Life in picturesque Bangor, Maine, is complicated for Joe, a blisteringly sexy high school senior. Living with his single mother and older sister in a rough housing project, Joe takes a job as a live-in model for Victor, an artist, to save money for art school. While Joe dreams of leaving town, his friend Andrew, a hunky football star and avid shoplifter, is going nowhere. Joe and Andrew, stealing moments here and there from time with their girlfriends, begin to fall in love. When they encounter a shady figure from Joe's past at a local gay bar, the youths decide they must exact revenge so Joe may finally feel free to leave Bangor. This latest unflinching work from Todd Verow (FRISK, ANONYMOUS), semi-autobiographical and deeply personal, questions which points in a person's history will form facets of his identity.


Tuesday@7

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

(dir. Rico Speight, 77 mins, 2005)

Thurs Aug 3 7pm - buy tix

This is a Tuesdays@7 program, generously sponsored by Magic Hat. Every Tuesday at 7pm features special guests presenting their film, and is followed by a beer and pizza reception for ticket holders.

"The universal order of human affairs is at the dawn of profound change - globalization has come to mean different things to different people, WHERE ARE THEY NOW is a welcomed work that helps us understand our global interdependency…it is a wonderful work."
- Harry Belafonte, Artist/Activist

"Honest, direct, and hard-hitting, WHERE ARE THEY NOW? ought to be mandatory viewing for anyone interested in contemporary black youth culture globally. One cannot possibly see this film and not be moved."
-Robin D.G. Kelley, historian & author of FREEDOM DREAMS: THE BLACK RADICAL IMAGINATION 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, a new documentary feature on African American and Black South African 'twentysomethings,' reframes the social and political identities of hip-hop generation.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? re-visits the parallel lives of the sixteen remarkable young people first introduced during South Africa's historic transition from apartheid to democracy in the documentary WHO'S GONNA TAKE THE WEIGHT?, which presented poignant portrayals of African American and Black South African sixteen to nineteen year olds, comparing their lives and views and presenting their unique perspectives on South Africa's new democracy. WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, the new stand-alone sequel, spotlights a range of touchy topics, from race to class, to electoral politics, to ebonics and pimp culture, to the issue of opportunities for young people of color in the era of global capitalism.

As in the first installment, music is an integral element of the film's style and substance. The conscious rhymes of hip hop MC Talib Kweli filmed live during his 2001 South Africa tour, provide a musical motif for the sequel. WHERE ARE THEY NOW? also introduces to US audiences, the new South African phenomenon of Kwaito, the authentic street music of township youth, which has been referred to as the South African equivalent of hip-hop.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? looks behind the headlines to highlight the critical issues at home and abroad from a unique young adult perspective. In its entirety, WHERE ARE THEY NOW? goes to the core of popular youth culture, uncovering the volatile mix of music, fashion, political apathy, social awareness and risk taking behavior encompassed in the lives of young people everywhere. Edgy and urban, the spunky sequel integrates the sensibility of twentysomethings into a visual tapestry of South African and African American young people speaking forcefully to the issues of their times.


Feature Presentation

A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN

(dir. Melody Gilbert, 73 mins, 2005)

Fri Aug 4 7pm - buy tix

Think it would great to lead a pain-free life?
Think again.

What happens when a person can't feel pain? A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN is a documentary that delves into the day-to-day lives of three children who literally can't feel pain. As filmmaker Melody Gilbert follows these families coping with this enormous challenge, we learn that pain is really a gift that no one wants, but none of us can do without.

"Only 34 other Americans are living with this same genetic medical mystery."
- Oprah Winfrey


Sex, Art, and Psychology

Feature Presentation

GOING UNDER

(dir. Eric Werthman, 98 mins, 2004, 35mm print)

18 AND OVER ONLY.
PERIOD.
BRING AN ID.

Fri Aug 4 11pm - buy tix
Weds Aug 16 9pm - buy tix

Peter, a psychotherapist, and Suzanne, a professional dominatrix, have been meeting once a week for over two years. In the privacy of a dungeon room in an S & M house, Suzanne delicately pierces, prods and ultimately soothes Peter as they engage in sensual dominance and submission reenactments. Peter's wife Pat knows about her husband's other life, but there is an understanding between them; what happens in the dungeon is relegated to the world of fantasy. Peter and Suzanne, undeniably drawn to each other, agree to see each other on the outside.

Though Suzanne is clearly ambivalent about any sort of physical intimacy, Peter becomes increasingly obsessed with consummating their relationship. The more Suzanne pulls away, the harder Peter finds it to let go. As they meet in coffee shops, bars and restaurants throughout New York City, Peter remembers the erotic "scenes" between them and the relationship these fantasies have to his past.

Written by Eric Werthman & Jessica Gohlke * Starring Roger Rees & Geno Lechner
An Argot Pictures Release
www.goingunderthefilm.com
www.argotpictures.com


Pioneer Late Nights

DR. STRANGELOVE
OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

(dir. Stanley Kubrick, 93 mins, 1964)

35mm print

Sat Aug 5 11pm - buy tix
Sat Aug 12 11pm - buy tix

MEMBERS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ADMITTED FREE

"The most shattering sick joke I've ever come across."
- Bosley Crowther, NEW YORK TIMES

"It's one of the greatest - and undoubtably the most hilarious - antiwar statements ever put to film. See it before the world ends."
- Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB is Stanley Kubrick's Cold War masterpiece. Based on the novel RED ALERT by Peter George, the film is set at the height of the tensions between Russia and the United States, when all it would take to destroy the world was one push of a button. And General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) is just the man to do it.
(synopsis adapted from Rotten Tomatoes)


Sunday Shorts

Chicago City Limits First Sundays Comedy Films

First Sundays

Sun August 6 7pm - buy tix
Sun Sept 6 7pm - buy tix
Sun Oct 1 7pm - buy tix

filmmakers & special guests will attend!

This is a Sunday Shorts program. Early evenings on many Sundays, the Pioneer presents programs of short films.

Part stand-up comedy act, part film festival, part party, First Sundays is a monthly festival featuring the best in short comedy films from around the world. Each screening features new films, audience and judges awards, and an after party sponsored by Stella Artois.

Hosted by the illustrious Jay Stern and Victor Varnado.

Visit the First Sundays website


Monster Monday!

Fangoria presents

39:
A Film by Carroll McKane

(dir. Gary Sherman, 96 mins, 2006)

Screening from professional quality digital video

Mon Aug 7 6:30pm - buy tix

This is a "Bizarro Monday" program. Every Monday at 7pm the Pioneer presents the finest (and trashiest) in horror, sci-fi, freakshow, exploitation, martial arts, genre, b-movies, z-movies, and just plain weird stuff.

"You have probably guessed I'm sort of a video fanatic. . .Maybe video maniac's a better way to put it. . .I've shot a lot of tape. All my killings. Want to see some?"
- Carroll McKane

"Sick! Really sick!... And I loved it!"
- Guillermo del Toro, film director

"Incredibly intense... Well written... Beautifully directed..."
- Mark Victor, writer/producer, Poltergeist/ Poltergeist II

"The style of this film will be copied for years."
- Bruce Sheridan, Chairman of the Film School, Columbia College

starring Martin Cummins as Carroll McKane * Lawrence MacGowan as Dr. M. L. Selby

Carroll McKane's DVcams have recorded the deaths of his 36 past victims. His killing room, a makeshift studio, is the set for the murders of two more victims and the torture of a forensic psychiatrist, destined to be his biographer and the killer of his final victim... number 39.

In this dark and disturbing film by veteran horror director Gary Sherman (DEATH LINE, DEAD & BURIED), Carroll McKane is a man obsessed with new media. This obsession began as a way to document another of his obsessions, "changing things". For the past ten years, in front of his DVcams, this serial killer has "changed" thirty-six human beings into "debris."

Carroll has recently reached a new plateau in his life, one that is common to the pathology of most serial murderers, the "monster within" has to become his ultimate victim. In almost all cases, these individuals either try to get caught, like BTK most recently in Wichita, Kansas, or commit suicide, as is theorized to explain the sudden disappearance of such a notorious killer as Jack the Ripper. But McKane is much too egocentric to either purposely make mistakes or face the possibility of becoming an unidentified, nameless and faceless footnote in criminal history. By using his self-professed skills as a filmmaker, he is making an autobiographical film to tell the world about his crimes and document his demise.

He has converted his horrific killing room and crematorium into a makeshift studio complete with lighting and numerous surveillance cameras. Here he records the murders of two more innocent victims and the torture of a prominent forensic psychiatrist he has kidnapped. Carroll's goal is to make the doctor his biographer as well as force him to be the killer of his final victim: number 39.


Tuesday@7

RESILIENCE

(dir. Paul Bojack, 96 mins, 2006)

Tues Aug 8 7pm - buy tix
Thurs Aug 10 7pm - buy tix

This is a Tuesdays@7 program. Every Tuesday at 7pm features special guests presenting their film, and is followed by a beer and pizza reception for ticket holders.

In a stark Los Angeles motel room, a man named jimmy begins a series of unusual encounters with a call girl. Across town, in the Rampart district, Jimmy's uncle -- Hodge -- struggles to get by in a dank, run-down flat. When Jimmy tries to help his uncle, he unearths a bitter feud between Hodge and his son. Jimmy sets out to ease the hostility between them but in the process, finds himself in a position to prevent one of their murders. What seems like an easy decision turns into an intense moral dilemma when Jimmy realizes he is being dragged down by these men and their rage, with no end in sight. Prevent the murder and Jimmy's trouble's continue; allow the murder and he returns to his normal life. Darkly funny, gritty and harrowing, Resilience takes you into the life of a man torn between adversity and cruelty.


Tuesday@7

BLACK-EYED GIRL

(dir. Taylor Toole, 60 mins, 2006)

Weds Aug 9 7pm - buy tix

Transitioning into manhood is proving difficult for Ezra, an irresponsible young carpenter on the island Martha’s Vineyard. His customers don’t respect him and he’s lost the mother of his child to an equally unimpressed new boyfriend. In an attempt to win back his family by making his ex jealous, Ezra strikes up a relationship with Naomi, a mysterious out of towner who appears to be vacationing alone. His plan shows signs of weakness when he begins to develop real feelings for Naomi. Then without warning, two scorned men from Naomi’s past show up with very specific agendas. Ezra’s world is turned upside down as violence erupts and the lives of those he cares for most are put on the line.


Feature Presentation

SATELLITE

(dir. Jeff Winner, 100 mins, 2004)

Weds Aug 9 9pm - buy tix
Thurs Aug 10 9pm - buy tix
Fri Aug 11 9pm - buy tix

Sat Aug 12 9pm - buy tix
Sun Aug 13 4:30pm - buy tix
Sun Aug 13 9pm - buy tix
Mon Aug 14 9pm - buy tix
Tues Aug 15 9pm - buy tix
Sun Aug 20 5pm - buy tix
Fri Sept 1 10:45pm - buy tix
Tues Sept 5 9pm - buy tix
Weds Sept 13 9pm - buy tix
Fri Sept 15 midnight - buy tix
Fri Sept 22 10:45pm - buy tix

"If there's a better independent date movie out there right now, I haven't seen it."
- Jeremiah Kipp, SLANT magazine

"Captivating! Touches a chord."
- Stephen Holden, NY TIMES

Karl Geary (HAMLET, MIMIC:SENTINEL,HAPPY HERE & NOW) and newcomer Stephanie Szostak (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) star in SATELLITE from writer, director Jeff Winner (YOU ARE HERE*). An edgy and provocative fable of love reminiscent of BONNIE & CLYDE and TRUE ROMANCE. In this fairy tale thrill ride, Kevin and Ro challenge each other to find meaning in their lives by daring one another to do the things they're most afraid of. They quit their jobs, sell their possessions and steal to make ends meet. As they get closer, their dares, which at first brought them together, threaten to destroy their relationship. A poignant closure brings the film full circle. SATELLITE also stars Pell James (UNDISCOVERED, BROKEN FLOWERS, David Fincher's ZODIAC) and features the music of indie rock sensation Calla ("#1 Band You Need to Know" - Alternative Press).


Feature Presentation

DEEPER THAN Y

(dir. Ilona Siller, 60 mins, 2005)

Fri Aug 11 7pm - SOLD OUT
Sat Aug 19 9pm - buy tix

“Fascinating and richly layered.”
-S.James Wegg, Film Critic

“Beautiful and inspiring movie. . .”
- Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews

“DEEPER THAN Y is modern-day poetry about being older.”
- Rory L. Aronsky, FilmThreat

DEEPER THAN Y is a feature length, humorous and touching documentary questioning eight eccentric elderly New Yorkers about relationships, politics, careers, and aging, while they faithfully attend the same water exercise class at the Vanderbilt YMCA.

Which one of them will you be at 80? Will you spend your days in “God’s waiting room”, an airless senior community, or embrace an unpredictable varied life in New York City? Will you be writing a script for Steven Spielberg or calculating the exact tip after your early bird special? Will you still slow dance with your wife or sleep in separate bedrooms?

After the director of the film taught their water exercise class for two years, her elderly students opened up to her about relationships, pasts, politics, careers, and their insecurities about aging. The result is DEEPER THAN Y, an enlightening, heartfelt, and humorous journey through the lives of seven people, many of whom you might have passed on the street without giving a second look, people who not only impact the realities, fragilities, and humor of old age but also share their enduring hope for human possibility.


Pioneer Late Nights

TAXI DRIVER

(dir. Martin Scorsese, 113 mins, 1976)

35mm print

Fri Aug 11 11pm - buy tix
Fri Aug 18 11pm - buy tix

"Perhaps the most formally ravishing-as well as the most morally and ideologically problematic-film ever directed by Martin Scorsese, the 1976 Taxi Driver remains a disturbing landmark for the kind of voluptuous doublethink it helped ratify."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, CHICAGO READER

This intense film, a hallmark of 1970s filmmaking, graphically depicts the tragic consequences of urban alienation when a New York City taxi driver goes on a murderous rampage against the pitiable denizens inhabiting the city's underbelly. For psychotic, pistol-packing Vietnam vet Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), New York City seems like a circle of hell. Driving his cab each night through the bleak Manhattan streets, Bickle observes with fanatical loathing the sleazy lowlifes who comprise most of his fares. By day he haunts the porno theaters of 42nd Street, taking his cues from the violent vision of life portrayed in these movies. As badly as Travis wants to connect with the people around him--including Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a lovely blonde campaign worker, and Iris (Jodie Foster), a prepubescent prostitute he tries to save--his attempts are thwarted and his pent-up rage grows, turning him into a Mohawk-wearing walking time bomb. Scorcese fills Paul Schrader's screenplay with a tragic realism, brilliantly capturing the muck and grime of New York City. De Niro, playing the fragile hero, steps so deep inside his role that the results are deeply frightening. Bernard Herrmann's haunting score--which turned out to be his last--completes the urban nightmare.
(synopsis adapted from Rotten Tomatoes)


Female Film

THE COLOR OF OLIVES

(dir. Carolina Rivas, 97 mins, 2006)

Sat Aug 12 7pm - buy tix

"The most peaceful documentary ever to arrive from a war zone. . .a film about forbearance and isolation and near-mystical connection to the land."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, NY TIMES

"Reminds us of the eloquence of understatement."
- Jay Carr, AM New York

From Mexican director Carolina Rivas and cinematographer Daoud Sarhandi comes this elegant and visually breathtaking new film about the Palestinian experience. The Amer family lives surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wall, where their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locked gates, and a constant swarm of armed soldiers. This unique and intimate documentary shares their private world, allowing a glimpse of the constant struggles and the small, endearing details that sustain them. THE COLOR OF OLIVES is an artistic and beautifully affecting reflection on the effects of racial segregation, the meaning of borders and the absurdity of war.


TEN TIL NOON

(dir. Scott Storm, 88 mins, 2006)

Sun Aug 13 6:30pm - buy tix

This is a "Bizarro Monday" program. Every Monday at 7pm the Pioneer presents the finest (and trashiest) in horror, sci-fi, freakshow, exploitation, martial arts, genre, b-movies, z-movies, and just plain weird stuff.

In Ten Minutes, Everything Can Change
For These Ten People, It Will

A jet-lagged Larry Taylor awakens to find two strangers in his bedroom, and over the next ten minutes, will experience the most terrifying and possibly final moments of his life. But who these strangers are, and what they want, can only be determined by events occuring elsewhere and at the same time. we relive those same ten minutes through the eyes of those connected to what is not a simple home invasion, and with each person, find ourselves propelled closer to the truth.


Bizarro Monday!

TROMEO AND JULIET

(dir. Lloyd Kaufman, 137 mins, 1996)

Mon Aug 14 6:30pm - buy tix

This is a "Bizarro Monday" program. Every Monday at 7pm the Pioneer presents the finest (and trashiest) in horror, sci-fi, freakshow, exploitation, martial arts, genre, b-movies, z-movies, and just plain weird stuff.

Lloyd Kaufman, Debbie Rochon, and many others in person!
10th Anniversary Celebration!!

A surprisingly moving retelling of the Bard’s famous romantic tragedy in fine Troma fashion, complete with a Manhattan setting, gratuitous violence, body-piercing, and a hard-driving alternative soundtrack. Winner of the Raindance Audience Award.

“Exhilarating!”
- New York Times

“Not Just For Troma Junkies: Tromeo & Juliet is Sexy, Silly, Sweet and Surreal!”
- USA Today

“‘Body piercing, kinky sex, dismemberment. . .the things that made Shakespeare great!’ Well, they have a point. I’ll be interested in seeing that.”
- Kenneth Branagh


Female Film

Sunday Shorts

The Marie Losier Show!

Marie Presents:
"In My Pocket"

Tues Aug 15 7pm - buy tix

This is a Tuesdays@7 program. Every Tuesday at 7pm features special guests presenting their film, and is followed by a beer and pizza reception for ticket holders.

Franco-American filmmaker, programmer, and goofball Marie Losier presents a torrent of films made by her own friends and enemies!

All titles showing from video

Olympics, track field
Shannon Plumb 2005, color, 18min.
Shannon is all over the stadium, she plays all of the 10 differents athletes at the same time and in her keaton-like performance she just keep making us laugh with grace! She is the kitchy queen of silent films!

The Existentialist
Leon Prochnik, 10 min, b & w, sound.
Leon Prochnik's study of non-conformity has a man walking through New York while the traffic and the city move about him in reverse!  

Sex Without Glasses
Ross McLaren (1983), color, sound, 12-3/4 min.
An amalgam of sex without guilt and sight without glasses. The importance of being able to see what you are doing. A film about confusing relationshops, telephones and wetness; and starring a preverbal somnambulist floating between word and object. --R.M.  

Cruel Frederick
Helen Quinn (2005), 5min, animation, color.
Cruel Frederick is an offbeat, hilarious and dark animated tale about an evil little boy named Fred set to a song by the Tiger Lillies. German physician and writer Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894) wrote this didactic tale that was meant to scare children when they behaved badly. The British band, The Tiger Lillies, put this and other Hoffmann stories to music. Helen Quinn was so inspired by the song that she drew corresponding images with gouache and filmed them frame by frame with a Super 8 camera.

Food Chain
Ianthe Jackson, animation, color, 2min-10s.
Five is a stop motion animation about the transformation of the individual and space.

Haunted
Mike Kuchar (2006), color, 8min.
With Sebastien Sanz De Santamaria, Marie Losier and Paul Shepard. A mysterious face from the past appears as a young couple unites.  Be ready for some ultra kitch loving performances "a la Mike Kuchar!"

MOVIE MEMO
George Kuchar (2006), color, 20min.
Brand New Work!


THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO

(dir. Michael Winterbottom
Mat Whitecross, 95 mins, 2006)

Weds Aug 16 7pm - buy tix
Thurs Aug 17 9pm
- buy tix
Fri Aug 18 7pm
- buy tix
Sat Aug 19 7pm
- buy tix
Sun Aug 20 9pm
- buy tix
Tues Aug 22 9pm
- buy tix

"A wrenching and dismaying account of cruelty and bureaucratic indifference."
- A.O. Scott, NY TIMES

"Effectively grueling. Less narrative than experiential in its bias, THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO details the 24-7 'processing' of these prisoners, replete with beatings, stompings, sensory bombardment, cage-like cells, shackles, and endless, fruitless interrogations. . . one of the most oppressive accounts of life in a military detention."
- J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

A riveting docu-drama that serves as a stinging indictment of U.S. military "justice" in an era of ever-increasing scrutiny

The post-9/11 climate found the U.S. government resorting to many unorthodox methods to quash the perceived threat from further terrorist attacks. None was more controversial or more headline-grabbing than the detainment camp set up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which was constructed to imprison and interrogate Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives captured by U.S. soldiers. Prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (9 SONGS) turns his cameras on the camp with this true story of three innocent British 20-something Muslims who were captured and held at Guantanamo for two years. Winterbottom cleverly marries extensive interview footage with the three men--Asif Iqbal, Ruhel Ahmed, and Shafiq Rasifknown, collectively known as the Tipton Three--with nerve-jarring reconstructive footage of what happened to them.

After traveling to Pakistan for a wedding, the three men set out on an intrepid exploration of Afghanistan, only to find themselves captured by U.S. forces who mistook them for members of the Taliban/Al-Qaeda. The footage of the capture is intense and terrifying, with Winterbottom pulling some fearsome acting from his leads. But even that pales next to the reconstruction of their period in Guantanamo, where the men are stripped of their humanity and treated to brutal inquisition and torture methods, many of which seem untested and experimental in nature. Sometimes it's difficult to believe that one human being could treat another this way, until Winterbottom neatly intersperses more timely reminders from his interviews with the men themselves, adding further revelations to the shocking scenes the cast reenacts. Winterbottom mostly shoots on digital video throughout, and the gloomy, grainy texture of the film is perfectly used as a mirror of the personal hell these three men went through. Possibly Winterbottom's best film yet, THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO is must-see cinema that is likely to leave its audience shaking with rage and despair.
[synopsis from RottenTomatoes.com]


Sex, Art, and Psychology

Feature Presentation

GOING UNDER

(dir. Eric Werthman, 98 mins, 2004, 35mm print)

18 AND OVER ONLY.
PERIOD.
BRING AN ID.

Fri Aug 4 11pm - buy tix
Weds Aug 16 9pm - buy tix

Peter, a psychotherapist, and Suzanne, a professional dominatrix, have been meeting once a week for over two years. In the privacy of a dungeon room in an S & M house, Suzanne delicately pierces, prods and ultimately soothes Peter as they engage in sensual dominance and submission reenactments. Peter's wife Pat knows about her husband's other life, but there is an understanding between them; what happens in the dungeon is relegated to the world of fantasy. Peter and Suzanne, undeniably drawn to each other, agree to see each other on the outside.

Though Suzanne is clearly ambivalent about any sort of physical intimacy, Peter becomes increasingly obsessed with consummating their relationship. The more Suzanne pulls away, the harder Peter finds it to let go. As they meet in coffee shops, bars and restaurants throughout New York City, Peter remembers the erotic "scenes" between them and the relationship these fantasies have to his past.

Written by Eric Werthman & Jessica Gohlke * Starring Roger Rees & Geno Lechner
An Argot Pictures Release
www.goingunderthefilm.com
www.argotpictures.com


UNDERWORLD,
U.S.A.

(dir. Samuel Fuller, 99 mins, 1961)

35mm print

Fri Aug 18 9pm - buy tix
Mon Sept 4 9pm - buy tix

Directed by Samuel Fuller

In the Jacobean revenge drama UNDERWORLD, U.S.A., people must use violent means to persevere or risk falling prey to the criminal element. This is exactly the dilemma faced by Tolly. After his father is gunned down by four thugs, Tolly spends time in an orphanage. There he meets other problem children and learns how to survive. Ultimately his life degenerates into a series of trips in and out of jail cells. But these experiences at least teach him how to thrive amid the living urban debris of gangsters, on-the-take cops, and fleeting women. He still has one big score to settle, though. It seems the four men who murdered his father currently have cushy positions within the gangland hierarchy. Now Tolly has a bullet reserved for each killer.
(synopsis adapted from Rotten Tomatoes)


Pioneer Late Nights

EASY RIDER

(dir. Dennis Hopper, 90 mins, 1969)

35mm print

Sat Aug 19 10:45pm - buy tix
Sat Sept 2 11pm - buy tix
Sat Sept 23 11pm - buy tix

A landmark in film history, EASY RIDER blew the studio doors open for more young directors than any film before or since, helping to create the wide-open climate that would lead to the production of many outstanding films in the 1970s. As its director, Dennis Hopper is usually given the lion's share of credit for the film's success, but the revelations of time suggest that the contributions of the late Terry Southern and, to some degree, Jack Nicholson have endowed the film with much of its residual power.

Starring Peter Fonda as Wyatt (alias Captain America) and Hopper as Billy, it traces the hippie duo's adventures as they mount their seriously chopped hogs on a journey to find the real America en route to Mardi Gras. In Arizona, they visit a commune whose members are having a tough time, and in a small Texas town they're jailed for joining a parade. But they're quickly sprung by an ACLU lawyer, the quirky, hard-drinking George Hanson (Jack Nicholson), who accepts their offer to join them on the trip to New Orleans, eager to visit the best whorehouse in the South. EASY RIDER accurately reflects the tensions and hostilities of the period, Laszlo Kovacs's photography is superb, Nicholson is exceptional in his breakthrough role--and the startling, stunning ending is a shocker.
(synopsis adapted from Rotten Tomatoes)


Sunday Shorts

Joe's Shorts

Sun Aug 20 7pm - buy tix

Pioneer G.M. Joe Ferrelli hosts an extravagant evening of short films, many of them local, some strange, some not strange, all of them terrific!

Free for Pioneer Members who pick tickets up before 6:45pm. At 6:45 all remaining tickets will be put on sale. Prizes will be awarded based on audience ballot. First prize will be a $25.00 Two Boots Gift Certificate and 2nd prize will be 2 pairs of Pioneer passes, and third prize will be a pair of Pioneer passes.

For participating in this event, each filmmaker will receive complimentary Pioneer Membership for a year.

 

Freedom of Speech on Trial–Part 1: Geoffrey Blank and the No Police State Coalition (22 minutes)
This documentary tells the story of an inspiring antiwar activist, Geoffrey Blank, his group “No Police State Coalition”, and their struggle against the NYPD to speak out against the war in Iraq. Forming in May 2003 in response to the intensified police repression of the antiwar movement, the Coalition began holding regular speak-outs at Union Square. In response, the NYPD, citing all sorts of technicalities, started breaking up the rallies, arresting the leaders, and stealing the sound equipment. In the span of 3 years, Geoffrey Blank was arrested several times for speaking on a megaphone without a “sound permit”, and now faces over 4 years in prison on fabricated charges of “assault of an officer”, “inciting to riot”, “resisting arrest”, and “disorderly conduct”. The documentary climaxes by showing video footage proving a police officer committed perjury in his account of what happened before and during the arrest of Geoffrey Blank on August 29, 2004, during the Republican National Convention.

Cabalerno (5 min) Directed By: Jarrah Gurrie
An awkward guy coming to terms with his sexuality, gets caught pointing his video camera at his strapping young crush.

Brooklyn: Among the Ruins (13:58 minutes) Directed by: Suzanne Wasserman
Brooklyn born and bred Paul Kronenberg. Paul is a 60 year-old subway buff who built a life-size replica of a 1930s motorman’s subway cab in his tiny bedroom in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Paul, a former math tutor and delivery truck driver, describes himself as a classic underachiever. But Paul has his own worldview that is reflected in his apartment and in his relationship with the city. Paul takes the film maker on a journey around New York City to note down, as Franz Kafka once wrote, “what he sees among the ruins.”

Times Square (4 minutes) Directed by Muriel Magenta
The dynamic of this 3D animation is driven by the universal attraction to Times Square.

The Séance (7 minutes) Directed By: Arun Vaidyanathan
A lonely man wants to speak with his wife from beyond the grave. A curious guy wants to know his future. But the voices of the dead sometimes tell us things we'd rather not know.

ALL THIS BLUES (15 minutes) Directed By: Sara Newens
A 14 year old girl experiences pressure to excel as a musical prodigy in her Mississippi hometown - the very birthplace of the blues. Though battling expectations to carry on the legacy of local veterans, she finds a voice in writing her own music.


Bizarro Monday!

DISORDER

(dir. Jack Thomas Smith, 103 mins, 2006)

Mon Aug 21 6:30pm - SOLD OUT
Mon Aug 21 9pm - buy tix
Mon Aug 28 6:30pm - buy tix

This is a "Bizarro Monday" program. Every Monday at 7pm the Pioneer presents the finest (and trashiest) in horror, sci-fi, freakshow, exploitation, martial arts, genre, b-movies, z-movies, and just plain weird stuff.

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Fox Trail Productions presents this chilling psychological thriller written and directed by Jack Thomas Smith.

When David Randall (Darren Kendrick) was sent away for a brutal double murder, his claims of innocence and description of a masked killer went ignored. Now, accompanied by the horrific memory of that night, David, a medicated schizophrenic, has returned home, hoping for a new life.

But his attempt is failing.

The deadly masked figure from David's past has returned. And when David believes that his friend and co-worker, Melissa (Lauren Seikaly), is in danger, he turns to his psychiatrist (Sean Eager) and the local sheriff (Alan Samulski) for help.

But their suspicions grow, fearing that David has stopped taking his medication and has slipped into a delusional state.

Is David a threat to Melissa and everyone around her?

Or does the killer really exist, and is David being set up once again?


Cinewomen NY
presents

an evening of films from WOMEN MAKE MOVIES

Tues Aug 22 7pm - buy tix

Cinewomen NY website

This is a Tuesdays@7 program. Every Tuesday at 7pm features special guests presenting their film, and is followed by a beer and pizza reception for ticket holders.

a program of short films presented by the Cinewomen, NY filmmaker group

In partnership with CineWomen NY, Women Make Movies presents a rare screening of films from our archives, including a classic short from pioneering filmmaker Maya Deren; tales of teenage love from Pixelvision auteur Sadie Benning; and three more entertaining shorts on self-image and identity.

Women Make Movies is the largest distributor of films by and about women, and is a leading nonprofit organization serving both users and makers of independent women’s film and media. Join WMM staff for a Q&A about Women Make Movies afterwards.

Real Indian (Malinda Maynor, 7 minutes)
A lighthearted personal look at the meaning of cultural identity and the complex world of Lumbee Indian culture.

My Filmmaking, My Life (Patricia Diaz, 30 minutes)
A portrait of Mexican filmmaking legend Matilde Landeta.

Hair Piece (Ayoka Chenzira, 10 minutes)
An animated satire on the question of self image for African American women living in a society where beautiful hair is viewed as hair that blows in the wind and lets you be free.

Me and Rubyfruit Program (Sadie Benning, 18 minutes)
An assembly of in-your-face shorts that thoughtfully mediate on issues of teen angst, first loves and growing up queer in a small town.

A Study in Choreography for the Camera (Maya Deren, 3 minutes)
The Mother of the avant garde’s film-dance: “a dance so related to the camera and cutting that it cannot be performed as a unit anywhere but in this particular film."

Find out more about…
Women Make Movies * MNN’s Community Media Grant * CineWomen NY


Vloggers Unite!

internet video in person

Exciting stuff is happening in internet video, including among videomakers based in New York City. Certainly, distribution is part of that, in how the internet facilitates immediate and relatively democratic distribution. But internet videomakers are also doing exciting things in representation, collaboration, and reception. Charlene Rule of ScratchVideo.tv, for example, is making an online video journal that is a beautiful and very nuanced poetic diary. ThePan.org nurtures a fascinating, far flung community of videomakers. TheBurg.tv, Man-Hole, and Young American Bodies are all flirting with different permutations on the serial. NYCSR.org approaches civic activism, and TurnHere.com is a sort of travelogue. It goes on and on.

In this context we very proudly present “Vloggers Unite!: Internet Video in Person,” a showcase of some very fine work from videomakers currently working primarily in the online video format. Most of these videomakers are local; this is not a global, comprehensive survey. By working with local videomakers, we can present the human and the technical together, and make your experience more exciting than if you simply downloaded the videos. Also, of course, our screen is bigger than your computer or your handheld device, and the resolution is better than a downloaded video.

The feature film LOL anchors the “Vloggers Unite!” program in a theatrical run. LOL wasn't made of internet video, though some is integrated. A funny yet prickly comedy, LOL features a group of young men who communicate much better via internet video, text messaging, instant messaging, email, and on and on, than they can face to face. Yet the people behind this film, too, will be at the theater – and you can see for yourself how well they respond to you when they're not just in their fictional mode.

Presented with thanks to Kathleen Grace (TheBurg.tv), Charlene Rule (ScratchVideo.tv), Jeffrey Max, Joe Swanberg (LOL / Nerve.com), Mark Harris (Man-Hole), Mica Scalin (ThePan.org), Clarence Eckerson and Jacqueline Arasi (NYCSR.org), Chuck Olsen (Blogumentary), Amanda Congdon and Mario Librandi, Andrew Baron (Rocketboom.com), Kelly Duane (TurnHere.com), Tom Tenney (ToxicPop.com), and many others.

Much of the Vloggers Unite! program has now passed. To see the complete list of included events, click here.


Vloggers Unite!

TheBurg.TV

Featuring the world premiere of episode 5!

Weds Aug 23 7pm - buy tix

"Manhattan is for tools."
- TheBurg.TV

The smart-asses behind internet sensation "theBurg.tv" trek over the L Train from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to screen episodes and hopefully some out takes from their wildly popular series, and then educate us about life in the Burg.

The Burg is an internet sitcom project in twelve-episode seasons, debuting in June 2006 at www.theburg.tv.

The Burg’s creators are producer-director Kathleen Grace and screenwriter Thom Woodley. It follows the antics of five twentysomethings living in the neo-hipster capital of the world, the neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Trust fund kids pretending to be artists, young movie stars pretending to be regular people, artists, activists and writers pretending to be able to live completely off of credit cards… this once down-and-out neighborhood is now a bonafide scene, and chock full of people pretending to be something else. One thing no one can make up: how downright funny the place is.

Each ten-to-fifteen minute episode of The Burg sees its five central characters stumble upon some foolhardy plan, some ridiculous new trend, or some half-baked idea that manages to get the better of them. The `anti-Friends’, The Burg’s edgy, bordering-on-surreal humor of shows like Arrested Development and Family Guy combine with the likable goofiness of modern classics like Saved by the Bell to create a sense of humor irresistable to all but the most jaded hipsters.


Vloggers Unite!
Feature Presentation

LOL

(dir. Joe Swanberg, 81 mins, 2006)

Weds Aug 23 9pm - buy tix
Thurs Aug 24 9pm - buy tix
Fri Aug 25 9pm - buy tix

Sat Aug 26 9pm - buy tix
Sun Aug 27 9pm - buy tix
Mon Aug 28 9pm - buy tix
Tues Aug 29 9pm - buy tix
Fri Sept 1 9pm - buy tix
Sat Sept 2 9pm - buy tix
Sun Sept 3 9pm - buy tix
Sun Sept 17 5pm - buy tix

"LOL is a stunning mirror on the ways we say things without using words. [Swanberg] reveals himself to be one of the most emotionally astute young filmmakers working today."
- Karina Longworth, Cinematical.com

"Go see this movie! It's funny and original. . .Joe Swanberg gets the most real, honest performances we've seen since the Duplass Brothers."
- The Duplass Brothers (THE PUFFY CHAIR)

". . .hilarious, hilariously sad, and incredibly prescient."
-David Lowery, Aint It Cool News

Alex, Tim, and Chris view the women in their lives through the dimensions of a computer screen or the lens of a camera-phone, as they struggle to balance their online fantasies and addictions with the demands of real life. This up-to-the-second feature intimately explores masculinity in the new millennium, a time when young men are trying to decipher the mixed messages of modern relationships and technology. Featuring a nonprofessional cast, video contributions from people all over the world, and original music by lead actor Kevin Bewersdorf, this funny and thoughtful film offers an honest portrait of how the latest tools of communication can either help us click or turn us off.


Vloggers Unite!

Scratchvideo.TV

Fri Aug 25 7pm - buy tix

Charlene Rule in person!

Charlene Rule, the videomaker behind ScratchVideo.TV, the popular online "vlog" (video blog), returns to the Pioneer for another presentation of her beautiful, magnificent short videos.

This program presents a compilation of work derived from the videoblog created by Charlene Rule. The website is composed of a wide range of short videos, accompanied by text, that contain fragments, sketches, and moments that traverse the gamut of everyday life. Rule shoots and edits a new short video every few days and has been doing so for over a year now. By making aspects of her life into poetic visual shorts, Rule has composed a cumulative novella of unfinished thoughts that feel more raw, subversive, and alive than a completed autobiography.


Vloggers Unite!

Jeffrey Max and FatalFarm.com

Fri Aug 25 11pm - buy tix

Jeffrey Max in person!

Jeffrey Max- the good-natured and slightly disturbed Pioneer Projectionist - presents an evening of short internet films and other audiovisual anomalies, many of them drawn from his work at FatalFarm.com

In this show, we also hope to premiere the world's first ever performance of "Jeffrey-oke."

** Jeffrey is also Editor of the Pioneer's MySpace blog, featuring "Get to Know the Pioneer," which presents a parallel Pioneer universe populated by thousands of non-existent Pioneer employees and customers.


Vloggers Unite!

Nerve.com presents

Young
American
Bodies

Sat Aug 26 6:30pm - buy tix

Joe Swanberg & others in person!

YOUNG AMERICAN BODIES  is an indie soap opera created for Nerve.com.  Maggie (Mollie Leibovitz) makes a New Year's resolution to stop being the girl that guys just want to sleep with and not date. Her roommate, Casey (Eve Rounds), tries to help her keep the resolution, but she has her own relationship issues to deal with. Ben (Joe Swanberg), their downstairs neighbor, is nursing a crush on Maggie that makes it impossible for him to consider a relationship with anyone else, while his roommate, Dia (Kris Williams), considers taking her relationship to the next level. Directors Swanberg and Williams previously collaborated on the feature film, KISSING ON THE MOUTH, and bring the same improvised style and frank sexuality to this project.


Vloggers Unite!

MAN-HOLE

(dir. Mark Harris)

Sat Aug 26 11pm - buy tix

"It's a great way to kill time at the airport."
- Anonymous

"Not nearly as bad as I was afraid it was going to be."
- Annette, Columbia University

"The best films a $45 production budget can buy."
- Steven S, Hollywood, Calif.

"Almost as gay as INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE."
- Fred in New Jersey

Inspired by the observation that TV sitcoms suck and that self-help information about sex is filled with lies, Desperate Comfort Films proudly presents Man-Hole, a series of 8 minute comedies designed tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Aptly described as THE HONEYMOONERS on birth control pills, Man-Hole cuts directly to the Armageddon of the Battle of the Sexes as heroes Mark and Dana struggle against never-ending obstacles in their quest to have an intelligent conversation with each other.


If you can only see one film this summer, it should probably be SUPERMAN RETURNS. But if you're tired of all that studio crap, come experience the bawdy adventures of Mark, Dana, idiot savant Ed, femme fatale (and we ain’t kiddin’) Daniela, and the ubiquitous Dr Dave.


Vloggers Unite!

ThePan.org:
Pantasia

Sun Aug 27 7pm - buy tix

The Public Address Network presents PANtasia

Be amazed, confused and mildly annoyed by the wild arrangement of color and sound. PANasia will indulge your senses and confound better judgements.

The team that brings you 15 minutes of the most excruciatingly entertaining video online each and every of the week at thepan.org, presents, for the first time ever on the big screen, a 50 minute extravaganza of oddity and awkwardness. PANtasia is a swirling mass of flashing lights and music. As if it emerged from the burbling beaker of a mad scientist, this concoction will leave no one unchanged. At least two of you in the crowd will find true love. The theatre makes no guarantees of your personal safety. No one shall leave disappointed, but none shall be untransformed.

Edited by Chris Weagel, with Raymond M. Kristiansen, Daniel Liss, Erik Nelson, Adam Quirk, Mica Scalin, Noah Scalin, Melissa Sherwood, Chris Weagel.

Viewers unanimously agree:
“The Pan is a ridiculously fantastically amazingly awesomely website.”
“This v-blog is brilliant!”
“(The Pan) should come in every cereal box at the supermercado”
“New levels of abstracted media goodness. I have no idea what was going on there. I loved it.”
“Great show! loved the dancing ladies!”


Tuesday@7

Vloggers Unite!

"Street Films"
of the NYC Streets Renaissance

Tues Aug 29 7pm - buy tix

This is a Tuesdays@7 program. Every Tuesday at 7pm features special guests presenting their film, and is followed by a beer and pizza reception for ticket holders.

Street Films of the NYC Streets Rennaisance (www.nycsr.org) attempt to enlighten New Yorkers to the inequality of our city's planning process for pedestrians and bicyclists and open space.  Through this series of short films, NYCSR shows NYC communities' stuggles to fight for safer streets, how advocates are raising the public debate and how other cities do better than New York City.

Clarence Eckerson, Jr. and others in person!

 


PICKPOCKET

(dir. Robert Bresson, 75 mins, 1959)

Weds Aug 30 7:15pm - buy tix
Weds Sept 6 7:15pm - buy tix

"A masterpiece."
- Jeffrey M. Anderson, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

"Ultimately inexplicable, this concentrated, elliptical, economical movie is an experience that never loses its strangeness."
- J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

Inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Robert Bresson’s PICKPOCKET tells the story of a man whose attraction to crime threatens to condemn him forever--spiritually as well as physically. Michel (Martin LaSalle), a young thief, is caught one afternoon, breaking his dying mother's heart and shocking his friends. Fortunately for Michel, the police inspector (Jean Pélégri) is unable to prosecute him, but the implications nonetheless sour Michel’s once firm social standing. Trying to straighten his ways, Michel is again drawn to the criminal world, where under the tutelage of a master pickpocket he reverts back to thievery. All the while, his conscience nags at him, in the memory of his deceased mother as well as in the presence of Jeanne (Marika Green), a beautiful young woman who shows compassion toward the troubled Michel. Eventually, Michel’s lucky streak ends, forcing him to find redemption in the most ironic of circumstances. Using his now-legendary simplistic storytelling style, Bresson is able to elevate his story to a supremely spiritual state, making for a stunningly powerful viewing experience. Delivering their lines slowly and somberly, the actors give the audience even more time for inner reflection, resulting in a cinematic masterwork.
[synopsis from RottenTomatoes.com]


Vloggers Unite!

BLOGUMENTARY
with
MINNESOTA STORIES

Weds Aug 30 9pm - buy tix

". . .slick and well-researched. (*** out of 4 stars)"
- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"BLOGUMENTARY is an entertaining and useful look at the blogosphere from the at times very personal) perspective of a Minnesota documentarian who has definitely grokked the medium."
- Dan Gilmor, author, "We the Media"

BLOGUMENTARY playfully explores the many ways blogs are influencing our media, our politics, and our relationships. Personal political writing is the foundation of our democracy, but mass media has reduced us to passive consumers instead of active citizens. Blogs return us to our roots and reengage us in democracy.

Shot in candid first-person style by director Chuck Olsen, himself an avid blogger, the film features interviews with influential bloggers including Joe Trippi, Jeff Jarvis, Dan Gillmor, John Hinderaker, Jason Kottke and Meg Hourihan. From the rise of Howard Dean to the fall of Dan Rather, from love at first blog to a friend's suicidal blog post, "Blogumentary" is a fresh and compelling journey into our hyperconnected existence.

Also showing: episodes from "Minnesota Stories," the vlog edited by Olsen, featuring stories of the normal, the abnormal, and the paranormal in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.


Vloggers Unite!

TurnHere.com

Aug 31 7pm - buy tix

Crazy Legs Conti,
Competitive Eater and East Village superhero,
hosts an evening of short neighborhood tourguide films


DATE NUMBER ONE

(dir. Sujewa Ekanayake, 115 mins, 2006)

Thurs Aug 31 9pm - buy tix

"The film is about as charming as they come...presents a world in which cultures don't clash, they mesh. It's refreshing to see characters who all appear to have a natural optimism, as opposed to the typical indie-film predilection for bitterness and cruelty. "
- Filmmaker Michael Tully

"I found the characters and the premise sexy, sexy, sexy."
- Jerry Brewington, Hollywood Is Talking blog, on Story 2 of Date Number One

"Heartfelt. . .poignant. . .I loved it!"
- Jon Moritsugu, award winning filmmaker

"a subtle, thoughtful film. . .might be understood as the anti-Crash depiction of life in the city."
- Chuck Tryon, media professor & blogger, The Chutry Experiment blog

DATE NUMBER ONE is a comedy about several first dates. This 115 minute movie is made up of 5 different stories: Story 1: Just Another Ninja Searching For Love, about a ninja who goes on a blind date (ninja is played by John Stabb Schroder from the DC punk band G.I.), Story 2: A Romantic Dinner For 3, about a woman attempting to add a third partner to a romantic relationship, Story 3: Washington "City Of Love" DC/Start Over, about a writer who tries to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Story 4: Air Quotes Woman, about a woman who always uses air quotes, and her search for a new boyfriend, Story 5: The Superdelicious French Lesson, about a first date where a character learns a little bit of French in an unusual way.


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