Film Series: “Whither Thou Goest—Great Films on Immigration & Refugees” begins Mon., Oct. 9

Best Video Film & Cultural Center kicks off its newest film series on Monday, Oct. 9, with the drama “In America,” directed by Jim Sheridan. “Whither Thou Goest” shines a spotlight on six great films dealing with historical and current issues of immigration, refugees and displacement. The series runs every Monday night at 7:15 PM from Oct. 9 through Nov. 13.

Best Video founder Hank Paper will introduce and lead the discussion for most of the films, with support from Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic of Temple Beth Sholom. The series is co-sponsored by TBS Adult Education. Admission is $7 per film or $35 for the entire series; free for members of TBS.

The schedule:

Monday, Oct. 9: “In America” (2002)
Monday, Oct. 16: “Welcome” (2009)
Monday, Oct. 23: “The Visitor” (2007)
Monday, Oct. 30: “A Better Life” (2011)
Monday, Nov. 6: “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” (2000)
Monday, Oct. 13: “What’s Cooking” (2000)

October 9: IN AMERICA (2002)
A family of Irish immigrants adjusts to life on the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen while grieving the death of a child. “Family life is rarely portrayed with such warmth, clarity, vibrancy.”(Chicago Tribune) “Brimming with true and privileged moments.” (Variety)

October 16: WELCOME (2009)
A 17 year old Kurdish boy has walked from Iraq to Calais on his way to England, but 21 miles of English Channel proves his greatest, perhaps impossible challenge. This authentic drama with strong performances creates great emotional impact. “Throws cold light on the human tragedy that underlies many of today’s headlines.” (Hollywood Reporter) “Makes us care deeply for its absorbing characters.” (Variety)

October 23: THE VISITOR (2007)
Famous character actor Richard Jenkins assumes the lead (and wins the Oscar for Best Acting) in this film about a lonely college professor who travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds an African family living in his apartment. “A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.” (Rolling Stone, Peter Travers)

October 30: A BETTER LIFE (2011)
In this Oscar nominated film (for Best Actor), a gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give him the opportunities he never had. “This remarkable, riveting family drama puts a human face on immigration in such effective and emotional terms that you may never look at the subject in the same way again.” (Pete Hammond)

November 6: INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS (2000)
This Best Documentary Oscar-winner explores the Kindertransport: the secret smuggling of 9,300 Jewish children out of Nazi Germany in the late ‘30’s. “There have been many documentaries about the Holocaust, but this one really stands out. (The New York Post)

November 13: WHAT’S COOKING? (2000)
Four different ethnic households in L.A. celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. “For so brisk and entertaining a film, sharp in its observations but light in its touch, “Cooking” has unexpected substance in bringing dimension to its nearly 40 principal characters.” Los Angeles Times) “Demonstrates that variety is the spice of…American life.” (Philadelphia Enquirer) “A meal you walk away from stuffed and happy.” (New York Times) With Julianna Margulies, Mercedes Ruehl, Lainie Kazan, Kyra Sedgewick.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

Thursday, Sept. 14. ACOUSTIC SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Thursday, Sept. 21. ROOTS ROCK/GARAGE SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Sept. 27. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Sept. 29. FOLK: FLINT LADDER

• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS) Tickets available online at johngorkatickets.brownpapertickets.com

• Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Oct. 5. NORDIC/CELTIC FOLK MUSIC: GARY WIKFORS AND ANGUS MOSSMAN

• Friday, Oct. 6. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Monday, Oct. 9, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING (WHITHER THOU GOES—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES SERIES): “IN AMERICA”

• Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Oct. 12. INDIE ROCK: BONG WISH, DOUGIE POOLE, LEOR MILLER (PRESENTED BY TINY BOX BOOKING)

• Friday, Oct. 13. FLASH FICTION: PAUL BECKMAN

• Saturday, Oct. 14. ROCK ‘N” ROLL COVERS: THE DENZ

• Sunday, Oct. 15. POWER POP: JOHN HARRISON & THE HARRISONICS

• Monday, Oct. 16, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING (WHITHER THOU GOES—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES SERIES): “WELCOME”

• Wednesday, Oct. 18. ANNIE LISA: PSYCH-K

• Thursday, Oct. 19. AFRO-FUNK FUSION: THE LOST TRIBE

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 PM. VIDEO STORE DAY SCREENING OF “PSYCHOS IN LOVE” WITH DIRECTOR GORMAN BECHARD & LEAD ACTOR CARMINE CAPOBIANCO

• Monday, Oct. 23, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING (WHITHER THOU GOES—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES SERIES): “THE VISITOR”

• Wednesday, Oct. 25. NEW ORLEANS-STYLE FUNK: BAND OF DRUTHERS

• Thursday, Oct. 26. INDIE ROCK: SEAN HENRY, RYXNO

• Friday, Oct. 27. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW

• Monday, Oct. 30, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING (WHITHER THOU GOES—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES SERIES): “A BETTER LIFE”

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Monday, Nov. 6, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING (WHITHER THOU GOES—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES SERIES): “INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS”

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Monday, Nov. 13, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING (WHITHER THOU GOES—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES SERIES): “WHAT’S COOKING?”

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Nov. 17. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE more TBA

• Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Thursday, Nov. 30. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: BEPPE GAMBETTA (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)