Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s next film series—showcasing Oscar-contending films—continues on Monday, Mar. 13, with a screening of Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning coming of age story “Moonlight.” “Moonlight” took Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as Best Picture.
The screening starts at 7:15 PM. Admission to individual movies is $7—free for members of Temple Beth Sholom.
“The Oscar Race—The Main Contenders” is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom Adult Education. The films will be introduced by either Best Video founder Hank Paper or Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic, a knowledgeable longtime film maven. As always, feel free to stick around for the optional post-film conversations.
In “Moonlight,” a young man deals with his dysfunctional home life as he comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era, struggling to find himself as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.
A New York Times Critic’s Pick, critic A.O. Scott had it pegged as a potential Best Picture winner when it first came out. He wrote:
To describe “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s second feature, as a movie about growing up poor, black and gay would be accurate enough. It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading. It would be truer to the mood and spirit of this breathtaking film to say that it’s about teaching a child to swim, about cooking a meal for an old friend, about the feeling of sand on skin and the sound of waves on a darkened beach, about first kisses and lingering regrets. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney [recently named head of Yale University’s Playwrighting Program], “Moonlight” is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.
View the trailer:
We are very excited about this series, which features a lineup of films sure to spark some invigorating discussions.
• Monday, Mar. 6. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA”
• Tuesday, Mar. 7 ORCHESTRAL EXPERIMENTAL ROCK: FAUN AND A PAN FLUTE (from Atlanta, Georgia); EXPERIMENTAL: LARGE OBJECTS
• Wednesday, Mar. 8. JAZZ: BADSLAX
• Friday, Mar. 10. JAZZ GUITAR: THE COPPOLA JAZZ GUITAR DUO
• Saturday, Mar. 11. JAZZ: THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)
• Monday, Mar. 13. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MOONLIGHT”
• Wednesday, Mar. 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHULA WEINSTEIN & BEN ROSS
• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR
• Friday, Mar. 17. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN 66
• Saturday, Mar. 18. INDIE FOLK: JAMES AM DOWNES, BROOMS, GABE MORTALI
• Wednesday, Mar. 22. CLASSICAL: 4-3-2-1: A EUPHONIUM AND FRIENDS PRODUCTION
• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL
• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)
• Sunday, Mar. 26. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “REPO MAN”
• Wednesday, Mar. 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: LAMONT
• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; DANCY DREAM POP: FOVEA
• Saturday, Apr. 1. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA
• Sunday, Apr. 2. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “WARGAMES”
• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION
• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID
• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER
• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC
• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE
• Sunday, Apr. 16. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”
• Sunday, Apr. 23. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”
• Friday, Apr. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)
• Sunday, Apr. 30. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”
• Sunday, May 7. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”
• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)
• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI
• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA
• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO
• Friday, June 16. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)
• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE
• Friday, Aug. 4. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)
• Friday, Sept. 15. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)
• Thursday, Nov. 16. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN