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RESCHEDULED: David Gilmour, Avett Brothers concert movies coming up

 

RESCHEDULED: David Gilmour, Avett Brothers concert movies coming up

06 Sep 2017

Due to impending Hurricane Irma, the Lucas Theatre has rescheduled "May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers" to 7 p.m. Sept. 26, and "David Gilmour: Live from Pompeii" to 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Please check with each venue ahead of other scheduled screenings listed here. 

Greetings, fellow film lovers. We have quite a week in store for us here in the greater Savannah area, with all manner of specialty screenings taking place — including the return of CinemaSavannah and the launch of yet another new themed series at the historic Lucas Theatre.

PFS plans return

First things first: as mentioned in last week’s column, the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah is still on a brief hiatus as the award-winning local organization recovers from two debilitating robberies that found tens of thousands of dollars worth of its rare movie archives and high-quality audio/video gear stolen.

The PFS’ regular Wednesday night screenings at The Sentient Bean will resume again Sept. 27, with a salute to the flamboyant and mysterious British stage, screen and television actor Peter Wyngarde. (Wyngarde is a key inspiration for beloved modern-day British thespian Todd Rivers, best known for his role as Dr. Lucien “Sanch” Sanchez in the 1980s BBC-TV horror drama “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.”)

The exact title of this excellent B&W British thriller will remain a secret until showtime, but it contains one of Wyngarde’s finer feature film performances.

Anyone interested in pitching in with a donation to the PFS’ online fundraising campaign to help replace their lost gear and rebuild their archives is encouraged to go to gofundme.com/save-the-psychotronic-film-society, where we’re already a bit over one-third of our goal. Many thanks in advance for any help and support Film Scene readers can offer. It means a great deal to a lot of folks.

The young Hoffman

In the meantime, on Sept. 7, the Tybee Post Theater revisits one of the most fondly remembered romantic dramedies of the 1960s when it screens Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols’ timeless box-office smash “The Graduate,” starring an impossibly young Dustin Hoffman (“Tootsie”) as a man caught between the affections of his beautiful young girlfriend (played by Katharine Ross) and her bored housewife-mother (played by Anne Bancroft). It’s a masterfully directed time capsule of social and sexual mores whose influence continues to resonate in movies, TV series and books of today. Admission prices for this 7 p.m. event (and all others) can be found in the sidebar listings. Note that everyone attending “The Graduate” receives a free glass of wine and a piece of chocolate.

Exclusive screening

Two nights later on Sept. 9, local film organization CinemaSavannah returns after its own extended hiatus to the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery just south of Forsyth Park for an area exclusive: a one-night-only engagement of the new indie drama “Columbus,” starring John Cho (Sulu in the “Star Trek” reboot films), Parker Posey (“Best in Show”), Michelle Forbes (TV’s “The Killing”), Haley Lu Richardson (“The Edge of Seventeen”) and Rory Culkin (“You Can Count on Me”). The 2017 film premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and was quickly picked up for distribution by the Sundance Institute. It opened in limited release just a few weeks ago and has only been screened in a small number of theaters to date, but has proven extremely popular, and is earning raves from critics and audience members alike.

The plot concerns a Korean-born man who was raised in this country and finds himself stranded in Columbus, Ind., while attempting to care for his estranged father, who is in a comatose state. While there, he meets a bewitching young woman and the two of them spend time together, learning about each other’s lives and hopes while exploring various buildings in the town.

The feature film debut of South Korean-born/Chicago-raised video essayist Kogonda (whose work up till now has consisted of directing supplemental bonus features for Criterion Collection discs) currently enjoys a whopping 98 percent “Fresh” rating from RottenTomatoes.com, and Rolling Stone Magazine critic Peter Travers describes it as “Something unique and unforgettable… Pure cinema.” Two screenings only, at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash only at the door.

Khan back at the theater

Fathom Events, the organization that presents high-def digital streaming of both films and concert events at cinemas nationwide, has three noteworthy programs taking place at area multiplexes over the next seven days. First up is the extended “director’s cut” of Nicholas Meyers’ incredibly entertaining 1982 space opera “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” starring the entire main cast of the original, titular late-’60s NBC-TV series — plus a career-defining performance by Ricardo “Fantasy Island” Montalban as the malevolent villain Khan (a character he had once expertly portrayed decades earlier on that same TV series).

This second installment in the big-screen “Star Trek” franchise is universally viewed as the most similar in style and format to the original TV show, and as such is an intense ride tempered with occasional moments of wry, self-deprecating humor. This 35th anniversary version includes almost 20 minutes of restored footage not found in the original theatrical cut of the film, plus a newly shot introduction by leading man William Shatner as well. Sadly, no Savannah venues are carrying this event, but on Sept. 10 and 13, it will screen at both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Cinemark in Bluffton, S.C.

For anime lovers

At 7 p.m. Sept. 14 and 19 at the same venue, one can enjoy famed cel animation visionary Hayao Miyazaki’s 1979 family-oriented fantasy-adventure “Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro” in its original spoken Japanese with English subtitles. Considered by many aficionados to be one of the finest animated films ever made, it concerns an international thief who stumbles upon an ancient European political conspiracy and is led to attempt a rescue of a beautiful girl from an evil count. The Cinemark in this cozy town near Hilton Head Island has been routinely offering one- or two-day-only engagements of classic anime films from Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli for some time now, and the chance to catch them in a theatrical setting is welcome indeed, and worth the drive.

‘The Heart of Man’

Then, at 7 p.m. Sept. 14, both that Cinemark and our own Regal Stadium 10 (behind the Savannah Mall) will present Fathom’s streaming premiere of “The Heart of Man,” a Christian-based feature that purports to straddle the line between fictionalized narrative film and agenda documentary. Focusing on matters of addiction, compulsive behaviors and the power of salvation to mend broken lives, its director has one other film to his name, the 2012 message-doc “Rape For Profit.” After the film, viewers will be treated to a roundtable discussion with several “thought-leaders” moderated by Pastor Chad Veach.

Double dose of music films

And finally, the Lucas Theatre breaks tradition by offering two specialty screenings in a row, both on weeknights (instead of their standard weekend schedule), and both focused on popular music.

First, on Sept. 12, they’ll be the exclusive local venue to host the one-night-only U.S. theatrical premiere of the new Americana music documentary “May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers.” Co-directed by famed comedic filmmaker Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” TV’s “Freaks and Geeks”) and documentarian Michael Bonfiglio (“Oprah’s Master Class”), this “deeply intimate and revealing” look at North Carolina’s Grammy-nominated folk-into-rock band and the changes they have undergone since their humble origins as an acoustic act on the coffeehouse and bar circuit was shot over a two-year period with unfettered access to the group and their families. Its 7 p.m. screening serves as the launch of the Lucas’ new “Arthouse Series” of first-run, critically acclaimed indie and foreign features.

The following night, at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, this vintage venue follows the Avett Brothers with the only showing in an over 200-mile radius of the new concert film “David Gilmour: Live at Pompeii,” which finds the iconic psychedelic/blues/rock guitarist and singer and his road band performing in the fabled Roman Amphitheatre. Forty-five years ago, that empty stone ruin built around 70 BC served as the setting for his former band Pink Floyd’s classic “Live in Pompeii” concert film.

This time around, Gilmour’s two shows there marked the first rock concerts ever allowed to take place in the mythical, historic space, with a capacity crowd of 2,600 listeners standing on the same spots where Roman gladiators battled in the first century AD. Think about that for a moment. I’ll wait.

In addition to hits and deep cuts from Gilmour’s lengthy solo career, the setlist for these shows included a handful of Pink Floyd tunes, including one song that was actually performed at that band’s 1972 Pompeii appearance. This new film was shot in state-of-the-art 4K digital resolution, which should look spectacular when projected through the Lucas’ existing 4K projection system and surround-sound audio setup. Anyone interested in either progressive rock or simply top-notch audio-visual spectacles will not want to miss this singular event.

Until next issue, see you at the movies, be kind to those around you and don’t forget to turn off that cell phone.

Jim Reed directs Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah. Email psychotronicfilms@hotmail.com.

IF YOU GO

What: “The Graduate”

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 7

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $10

Info: tybeeposttheater.org

What: “Columbus”

When: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 9

Where: S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 9 W. Henry St.

Cost: $8 (cash only)

Info: savannahga.gov/arts

What: “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Director’s Cut)”

When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Septt. 10 and 13

Where: Cinemark, 106 Buckwalter Pkwy., Bluffton, S.C.

Cost: $7-$8.90

Info: fathomevents.com

What: “May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers”

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 12

Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Cost: $10

Info: lucastheatre.com

What: “David Gilmour — Live at Pompeii”

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 13

Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Cost: $10

Info: lucastheatre.com

What: “Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro”

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 14 and 19

Where: Cinemark, 106 Buckwalter Pkwy., Bluffton, S.C.

Cost: $10.50-$12.50

Info: fathomevents.com

What: “The Heart of Man”

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 14

Where: Regal Savannah Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee Ave., and Cinemark, 106 Buckwalter Pkwy., Bluffton, S.C.

Cost: $16.05

Info: fathomevents.com

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