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  • Design Disruptors

    7:00pm

    Design Disruptors
    • Director: Matt D'Avella
    • Genre(s): Documentary
    • Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 69 min.
    "The documentary itself features 15 industry-disrupting companies, valued at more than $1 trillion combined, and the common link powering them: A fierce focus on customer-centric product design. It reveal[s] the transformative power of design, and an undeniable truth: Design has emerged as the very currency of business today. "
    - Elle
    "The simple fact that Design Disruptors shows designers at work separates it from most attempts (in print and in film) to chronicle how high-tech companies create their products and services. "
    - Inc.
    "Design Disruptors, which is set to be released in 2016, goes behind the scenes of the world’s leading tech companies to learn how, exactly, they make their world-changing products so unbelievably good. "
    - Tech Insider
  • The Hero

    3:00pm, 5:00pm

    The Hero
    • Starring: Krysten Ritter, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Sam Elliott
    • Director: Brett Haley
    • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 93 min.
    "This film belongs to its star. "
    - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
    "It plants its gaze on Lee — and on Elliott, who takes The Hero in his hands and makes something quietly moving from it. "
    - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    "Like Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart,” this is an opportunity for a sometimes-underrated actor (Elliott has never been nominated for an Oscar) to show his range and capabilities. "
    - James Berardinelli, ReelViews
    "Elliott does some of his finest work in one of the best movies in his career, a drama that feels like a biography. "
    - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    "You will almost assuredly leave The Hero knowing that [Sam Elliott] is a bona fide national treasure. "
    - David Fear, Rolling Stone
    "The Hero is a film about renewal, about an unexpected rebirth that doesn’t come easy and can never be complete but that represents a recommitment to life, nonetheless. In The Hero, as elsewhere, Haley really is dealing with the subject of heroism, but the kind of heroism not usually found in movies, the heroism of daily life. "
    - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    "Elliott’s a master of understatement, and just watching him stare off into the distance, mulling mortality with a weathered cowboy stance, is true cinematic Zen. "
    - Sara Stewart, New York Post
    "‘The Hero’ is a resonant depiction of a man fearlessly reckoning with his life, his image and most importantly, his heart. Sam Elliott could not be more compelling. "
    - Katie Walsh, The Playlist
  • The Little Hours

    7:30pm

    The Little Hours
    • Starring: Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dave Franco
    • Director: Jeff Baena
    • Genre(s): Comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 90 min.
    "This is one of the funniest movies of the year. "
    - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    "The movie is not camp. It’s deliciously deadpan sex farce played by some of the deftest clowns in the English-speaking world. The more matter-of-fact it is, the more screamingly funny. "
    - )David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)
    "It’s often hysterically funny, especially when allowing its talented cast to play up to their individual strengths. "
    - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
    "A winning ensemble brings present-day attitude to Boccaccio’s irreverent sex comedy. "
    - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
    "Writer-director Jeff Baena has squeezed heart into this film, particularly with a surprisingly sincere, potent ending. Beneath all the bodily fluids and sex jokes, Baena and his actors show a deep fascination with the way we communicate our love, romantically and platonically — especially when the going gets tough. "
    - Chris Plante, The Verge
    "Matching a crackling wit with the absurd dissonance of time and place found in the best of Monty Python and Mel Brooks, Little Hours is so eager to please that its one-note humor lands with ease. "
    - Eric Kohn, indieWire
  • The Beguiled

    5:30pm

    The Beguiled
    • Starring: Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell
    • Director: Sofia Coppola
    • Genre(s): Drama, Western
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 91 min.
    "As a film, The Beguiled is thrilling, delicious, wicked fun. "
    - Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
    "The character dynamics transfix … but I was most taken with the way Coppola uses style to create meaning. "
    - Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
    "An exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening. "
    - Dave Calhoun, Time Out
    "The film consistently works as both a straightforward psychosexual thriller and something more troubling — almost unspoken — underneath. "
    - Tim Grierson, Screen International
    "It’s every inch a group achievement, and the film’s best scenes are its ensemble ones: prayers before bedtime, musical recitals, meals by candlelight. "
    - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
    "Though it borrows some of the gauzy mood of The Virgin Suicides, it’s essentially unlike any other Sofia Coppola film, a serene, supple picture that hits more than a few notes of despair. "
    - Stephanie Zacharek, Time
    "Coppola tells the story with terrific gusto and insouciant wit, tying together images from the first scene and the last, so that the narrative satisfyingly snaps shut. "
    - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
    "The Beguiled is a lurid, sweltering, and sensationally fun potboiler that doesn’t find Coppola leaving her comfort zone so much as redecorating it with a fresh layer of soft-core scuzz. Coppola’s film is told with surgical precision and savage grace. "
    - David Ehrlich, Indiewire
    "Coppola and her production team — including The Grandmaster cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd — have created a fully realized world of eroticism, humidity, and Southern Gothic atmosphere. The characters are simply engulfed by it, almost to the point that even the twisted willow trees appear to be reaching out to grab them. "
    - Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage
  • Beatriz at Dinner

    3:30pm

    Beatriz at Dinner
    • Starring: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Jay Duplass, Chloë Sevigny
    • Director: Miguel Arteta
    • Genre(s): Comedy
    • Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 83 min.
    "This might be the best performance Salma Hayek has ever given, her quiet, observant reserve eventually giving way to bewilderment and resolve. "
    - Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
    "A loaded but effective piece of inspired artistry, including two sharp performances working from Mike White’s tight script. "
    - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com
    "A small-scale but elegantly deft squirmfest that features a luminous performance by Salma Hayek. "
    - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
    "Together, screenwriter Mike White and his Enlightened director Miguel Arteta have an almost magical way with light-touch verbal sparring, an art that’s become lost in today’s broad, banter-filled comedies. "
    - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
    "As obvious as the movie’s intent and execution are, it gnaws at the conscience thanks to the brilliance of the lead performances. "
    - Peter Howell, Toronto Star
    "The real power of “Beatriz at Dinner” is that it isn’t about politics but the human heart. Beatriz and Strutt are not arguing legislation; they’re arguing two visions of the American dream, two visions of the human soul. "
    - Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
    "In a mere 83 minutes, “Beatriz at Dinner” gets close to the heart of the matter. It has the length of a palate cleanser but the weight of a full meal. "
    - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    "Both Beatriz and Strutt would be cartoons in the hands of other actors, but Hayek and Lithgow give a master class in building characters from the inside out. "
    - Oliver Jones, New York Observer
    "Salma Hayek gives the performance of her career in this stealth weapon of a comedy from director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "The seriousness of its themes in no way detracts from the delight in watching Ms. Hayek and Mr. Lithgow perform their eccentric, intricate dance. "
    - A.O. Scott, New York Times
    "A love story that restores agency to a woman who has lost all, and asks us to take a hard look at our own. "
    - Ella Taylor, NPR
    "This queasily funny and suspenseful movie is more than a smirking exercise in ideological deck stacking, and to praise it for its political relevance would be to understate its subtlety and specificity. "
    - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

Coming Soon

Moxie Mornings

starts June 10

Moxie Mornings: Winter These hour-long kid-friendly events feature innovative short films and hands-on art-making for children ages 2-6. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer

Sat. June 10 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. July 8 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. July 22 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. August 5 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. August 19 @ 10 a.m.

Special thanks to the Missouri Arts Council for their support of this program. Support also comes from Mama Jean’s, Discovery Garden Montessori, Bambino’s, Greater Springfield Kids Directory and The Springfield Art Museum.

For information on how to sponsor a Moxie Kids event or to sign up for our Moxie Kids newsletter, email info@moxiecinema.com.

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A Ghost Story

starts July 28

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. [A24]

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After The Storm (In Translation Series)

starts July 28

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Original Title: Umi yori mo mada fukaku
Film Synopsis: Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) 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 (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) 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 a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

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The Lady Vanishes (1938)

starts July 30

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements. Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: Miss Froy disappears on her return train trip from a vacation in the Balkans. However, Iris Henderson is the only person, on a train filled with suspicious and unsavory characters, who can attest that Miss Froy was ever on that trip.

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Graduation (In Translation Series)

starts August 4

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Original Title: Bacalaureat
Film Synopsis: Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza (Maria Dragus), who’s just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success. [Sundance Selects]

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Landline

starts August 4

When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process.

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Detroit

starts August 4

Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ‘67.

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Rebecca (1940)

starts August 6

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements. Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife.

Rebecca (1940) is the classic Hitchcock gothic thriller and a compelling mystery (and haunting ghost story) about a tortured romance. An expensively-produced film by David O. Selznick (following his recent success with Gone With The Wind (1939)), it was Hitchcock’s first American/Hollywood film, although it retained distinctly British characteristics from his earlier murder mysteries. The somber film’s screenplay (by Robert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison) was based on a literal translation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic novel of the same name, in the tradition of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. One of the film’s posters asks the intriguing question: “What was the secret of Manderley?” [Filmsite.org]

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Lady Macbeth

starts August 11

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

starts August 13

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements. Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) has often been seen as director/producer Alfred Hitchcock’s best American film (and second film with Universal Studios) - and it was purportedly his own personal favorite. The cynical, film-noirish, war-time film was shot on location in the small, story-book town of Santa Rosa, California - a representative place of sacred, wholesome, middle-American values where dark corruption is hidden within a family. [The film mixes elements of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) with David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986) and the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.] [Filmsite.org]

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Step

starts August 18

Step documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.

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Spellbound (1945)

starts August 20

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements. Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist with a firm understanding of human nature—or so she thinks. When the mysterious Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) becomes the new chief of staff at her institution, the bookish and detached Constance plummets into a whirlwind of tangled identities and feverish psychoanalysis, where the greatest risk is to fall in love. A transcendent love story replete with taut excitement and startling imagery, Spellbound is classic Hitchcock, featuring stunning performances, an Academy Award®-winning score by Miklos Rozsa, and a captivating dream sequence by Surrealist icon Salvador Dalí. [Criterion]

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Napoleon Dynamite @ MOTHER'S BREWERY

starts August 25

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “Napoleon Dynamite (2004)” in Mother’s Backyard! (215 South Grant Ave.) So bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs to ensure you are comfy during the movie. Better yet, bring your picnic fixins so you can dine outside while watching a great movie! You can’t bring booze, but don’t worry, Mother’s has you covered on that. They will have beer flowing outside so you don’t even have to go inside for a refill during the movie! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 and on sale at the door. Try to bring cash!

Mother’s films will start at dusk, showtimes are tentative.

Film Synopsis: The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set in the small Idaho town of Preston. Jon Heder stars in the titular role, a carrot-topped oddball with a decidedly eccentric family that includes his llama-loving, dune-buggy enthusiast grandmother. The story centers on the local high school’s race for class president. Using some nontraditional means, Napoleon is determined to help his pal Pedro (Efrem Ramirez) run a winning campaign and defeat popular girl Summer (Haylie Duff). Also starring The Drew Carey Show’s Diedrich Bader, Napoleon Dynamite premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. - Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Ponyo (2008)

starts August 25

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish — she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children, and Ponyo becomes determined to become human. Transforming into a little girl, Ponyo shows up at Sosuke’s doorstep, delighted to make herself at home with her new land-dwelling family. But having a magical fish princess walking around on dry land begins setting the mystical balance of the world off kilter, and even though the innocent love Ponyo feels for her dear friend is strong, it will take some help from the greatest powers in the ocean to make things right again. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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Notorious (1946)

starts August 27

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements. Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: In Notorious, a brilliant allegory of love and betrayal, Hitchcock fuses two of his favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he’s loved her all along. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht’s excellent script, and Hitchcock’s direction at its best make Notorious a perfect film. [Criterion]05/24/2017

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On Stage: Peter Pan

starts August 27

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Production Information: All children, except one, grow up…

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas.

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

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On Stage: Angels in America (Part One Millennium Approaches)

starts September 3

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Production Information: America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

starts September 9

Free Screening

This program is presented in partnership with Springfield Art Museum, with support from the Springfield Regional Arts Council and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

A memorable film about the aftermath of World War II in the United States., this film opens with the homecoming of three veterans to the same small town. The movie exposes the reality of altered lives and the inability to communicate the experience of war on the front lines or the home front.

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May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

starts September 12

Over two years in the making, MAY IT LAST is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at one of today’s most popular bands as they collaborate on their hit 2016 album “True Sadness.” Buttressed by incredible live performances, Apatow and Bonfiglio’s camera captures deeply personal and revealing moments between the band.

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Longing and Belonging: The Best Live Action Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

starts September 15

Program 2: Longing and Belonging: The Best Live Action Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

Link to Program 1: Shine On

This collection of live action shorts show how kids all over the world long for the same things: to love, to laugh, to love, to share time with their families, and find their passions. Get globally aware as you meet sweet children who dream of their homeland, boys and girls who feel passionately drawn to the arts, best friends who must overcome bullying, a boy who learns a big lesson about his parents, and an Alaskan Yup’ik teen who is competes not for himself, but for his whole community.

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PLURAL+ 2016 Children’s Film Festival Seattle Award (Shatha Alghabri, Malaysia, live action, 2016, 4:26 min, in Arabic with English subtitles) Yemeni children share their experiences of being refugees, as they recount what they have seen and what they miss.

Valentino
(Cassiana Maranha, Brazil, live action, 2014, 3:27 min, in Brazilian sign language with English subtitles) Valentino hears less, and feels more. He will grow up to be a musician.

The Debt
(Helen Flanagan, Ireland, live action, 2016, 12 min, in English) Ten-year-old Daithi is afflicted with a serious crush, but will his feelings get in the way of his loyalty to his best friend?

Shirin’s Dream
(Maryam Abdoli, Iran, live action, 2016, 15 min, in Farsi with English subtitles) After a young girl is turned down for a part in the school play, her teacher learns a lesson about persistence and ingenuity.

Mr. and Mrs. Kim
Winner of CFFS Audience Favorite Short Live Action and Fantastic Foxes Jury Prize for a Live Action Short (Jaehuen Chung, USA, live action, 2016, 14:40 min, mostly in English, but some Korean with English subtitles) A Korean-American boy makes up a glamorous story about his parents, but then discovers that their real story is something he can be much more proud of. Watch the trailer

I am Yup’ik
Winner of CFFS Iron Giants Jury Prize for a Live Action Short (Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon, US, live action, 2016, 17 min, in English and Yup’ik with English subtitles) In this inspiring documentary, an Alaskan Yup’ik teenager travels across hundreds of miles of frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village. Watch the trailer

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Shine On! The Best Animated Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

starts September 15

Program 1: Shine On! The Best Animated Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

Link to Program 2: Longing and Belonging

Shine On!
What makes you shine? The characters in these sweet and funny films have special things that make them glow and grow. Join them as they play with their friends and families, discover new things about themselves, and take journeys to near and far. If you close your eyes and make a wish, you might even be able to join them on a trip to the moon!

Ampersand
(Erin Shea, USA, 2016, animated, 2016, 3:11 min, no dialogue) Go on a playful musical journey from the subatomic to the galactic, that touches on science ideas including wave particle duality, evolution and pollination.

The Sled
Winner of CFFS Catbus Kids Jury Prize for Best Storytelling (Olesya Shchukina, Russia, animated, 2016, 4:19 min, no dialogue) The little squirrel finds something he has never seen before. Watch the trailer

I Am Not a Mouse
(Evgenia Golubeva, UK, animated, 2015, 2 min, in English) Every time Lucy is called “Mouse” by her Mum, she turns into a real mouse! What is she going to do? Watch the trailer

Konigiri-Kun Shopping
(Mari Miyazawa, Japan, animated, 2015, 5 min, no dialogue) Konigiri-Kun is a small rice ball who lives in a food case. One morning, he sets out to shop for sesame seeds, and has a lot of adventures along the way.

Silence! For Pete’s Sake!
(Kai Pannen, Germany, animated, 2015, 7:39 min, no dialogue) Mr. Bumble would like to take a little nap. But it’s hard, because his friends are making so much noise!

Lilou
Winner of the CFFS Fantastic Foxes Jury Prize for Best Animated Short Film (Rawan Rahim, Lebanon/France, animated, 2015, 7:45 min, no dialogue) A shy girl develops empathy for others which helps her break outside of her shell. Watch the trailer

Junction
(Nathan Jurevicius, Lithuania/Canada/Australia, 2016, 7 min, in English) A young girl from a family of “Face Changers” takes a journey to a mountain to alter the direction of the wind. Watch the trailer

Little Stone Lion
Winner of the CFFS Catbus Kids Jury Prize for Best Animated Short Film (Tang Chen, Taiwan, animated, 2016, 6:58 min, no dialogue) A little stone lion determined to prove his great ability in being a temple guardian, tries to chase a hungry cat who is munching on offerings on the altar table. But the two foes soon wind up as friends. Watch the trailer

Mimi & Liza: Farewell Color Grey
(Katarína Kerekesová, Slovakia, animated, 2013, 7:18 min, in Slovak with English subtitles) Mimi, a blind girl, and her best friend Lisa help their colorless neighbor find joy in colors.

Moon Wolves
(Nima Yousefi, Sweden, animated, 2016, 12 min, no dialogue) Every night, the Moon Wolves stare at the moon. But one night, their longing grows so intense they must do something. They must go there. Watch the trailer

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On Stage: Angels in America (Part Two Perestroika)

starts September 17

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Production Information: America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

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Thelma & Louise @ MOTHER'S BREWERY

starts September 29

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “Thelma & Louise (1991)” in Mother’s Backyard! (215 South Grant Ave.) So bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs to ensure you are comfy during the movie. Better yet, bring your picnic fixins so you can dine outside while watching a great movie! You can’t bring booze, but don’t worry, Mother’s has you covered on that. They will have beer flowing outside so you don’t even have to go inside for a refill during the movie! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 and on sale at the door. Try to bring cash!

Mother’s films will start at dusk, showtimes are tentative.

Film Summary: Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon play Thelma and Louise, two working-class friends who together have planned a weekend getaway from the men in their lives. Thelma’s husband, Darryl (Chris McDonald), is an overbearing oaf, and Louise’s boyfriend, Jimmy (Michael Madsen), simply will not commit. Though the road trip starts out as a good time, the pair eventually wind up at a bar. A tipsy Thelma ends up in the parking lot of the bar with a would-be rapist. Louise shoots the man dead. The two decide that they have no choice but to go on the run. They eventually meet up with a young criminal named J.D. (Brad Pitt), whose cowboy spirit rubs off on the timid Thelma. The pair is pursued by a police officer (Harvey Keitel) sympathetic toward their plight. He chases them to the Grand Canyon, where the women make a fateful decision about their lives. Directed by Ridley Scott, Thelma & Louise brought first-time screenwriter Callie Khouri many accolades including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. - Perry Seibert, Rovi

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On Stage: Ashton Celebration (The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton)

starts October 15

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Production Information: Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, was one of the 20th century’s most influential choreographers, whose musical, subtle and graceful style and extraordinary gift for storytelling had a profound impact on the development of British ballet. This special programme, performed at the Royal Opera House to mark the 25th anniversary of Ashton’s death, presents five works that showcase his astonishing versatility, from compelling abstract ballets – such as the exuberant Voices of Spring and the radically modernist Monotones – to the tragic love story Marguerite and Armand, brought to life with ‘performances of heart-wrenching intensity’ (The Observer) by Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin.

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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

starts October 27

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: An inspiring look inside the lives of New York City school kids on a journey into the world of ballroom dancing, an unexpected arena where they discover new frontiers about attitude, movement, style and commitment. (Paramount Classics)

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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The Kid (1921)

starts November 10

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: Charlie Chaplin was already an international star when he decided to break out of the short-film format and make his first full-length feature. The Kid doesn’t merely show Chaplin at a turning point, when he proved that he was a serious film director—it remains an expressive masterwork of silent cinema. In it, he stars as his lovable Tramp character, this time raising an orphan (a remarkable young Jackie Coogan) he has rescued from the streets. Chaplin and Coogan make a miraculous pair in this nimble marriage of sentiment and slapstick, a film that is, as its opening title card states, “a picture with a smile—and perhaps, a tear.” [Criterion]

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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A Town Called Panic (2016)

starts December 15

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: Take another trip to A Town Called Panic, with two award-winning new specials from the directors of the zany feature film and the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine, in theaters on September 24 for one day only!

With disarming wit and hilarious visuals, A Town Called Panic: Double Fun revels in the simple setup of three plasticine toys sent on increasingly surreal and freewheeling adventures. Cowboy and Indian are always up to some harebrained scheme, with Horse left to clean up the mess. In Christmas Panic, their out-of-control antics lead Horse to call Santa and cancel the presents. But the boys figure they can still save Christmas… if they break into their neighbor’s house to steal his yule log! In Back to School Panic, a class assignment yields a special prize, but only Pig knows the answer. Cowboy and Indian use a special shrinking potion to sneak into Pig’s brain, where they discover a sodium-packed world of pig cops riding in bacon cars and sausage cycles.

These new short films continue the brilliant, over-the-top visual inventiveness that has given the series a dedicated cult following, with a classic slapstick comedy sensibility that is perfect for all ages. This special Arthouse Theater Day release continues with the fun with an intermission featuring two classic A Town Called Panic shorts, Lisa & Jan and Cow-Hulk, where ill-behaved European backpackers and an alien microbe cause even more mayhem!

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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2017 B&W FUNDRAISER DINNER

Thursday, Sep 7 6:30 pm

Make the Scene!

Join us for our biggest hootenanny of the year. Jingle up some Daddy-Os, Dollys, Hepcats and Do-Gooders to enjoy a delicious seated dinner and general shenanigans…you’ll have a blast! (Black & White threads only, please!)

Tickets are $75; table for eight people $500

Sponsorships are $1,500 and up.

Checks can be mailed to the theater (305 S. Campbell, Suite 101; Springfield, MO 65806) or purchased at the theater. We will post a link when tickets are available online.

Questions? Please email Mike Stevens at mike@moxiecinema.com

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