Thursday Film Series

We’re back at the Paramount Theatre for our beloved Thursday Film Series! Thank you to everyone who has supported us during this trying time, we’re so happy to safely open our doors and welcome you back. For more information about our COVID-19 Safety Plan, please stay tuned as we will be posting soon.

We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE all of our patrons to buy tickets ahead of time on our website HERE. We will be selling at the door, but since we are at a 50 person limit in the theatre you may get turned away. 

We appreciate your patience and compliance with our COVID-19 Safety Protocols to ensure that everyone has a nice and safe time at the Paramount Theatre. 

THE POLLINATORS

September 10 at 6:30 & 7:00 pm

(later screenings added with demand)

The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal flaws to our simplified chemically dependent agriculture system. We talk to farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it.

Website

USA
Directed by Peter Nelson
In English
Documentary
92 minutes
Not Yet Rated

“OUR FUTURE IS ULTIMATELY WRAPPED UP IN THE SURVIVAL OF THE HUMBLE HONEY-BEE THAT POLLINATES 1/3 OF THE FOOD WE EAT. A COMPELLING AND NECESSARY FILM.”

Louis Proyect, Counterpunch.org

“A MOVIE THAT PRESENTS AN INTELLIGENT VISION OF NATURE. WHAT’S PLEASING TO THE EYE IS PLEASING TO THE EARTH – A SENTIMENT THE FILM RIGOROUSLY SUPPORTS WITH SCIENCE.”

Teo Bugbee, New York Times

“REACHES OUT DIRECTLY TO VIEWERS CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR OWN FOOD CHOICES, AND ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO THE MOUNTING WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE ON THE SIDE OF THOSE PUSHING FOR REFORM.”

Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

Awards

2019 Winner Rob Stewart Eco Warrior Award

Vancouver International Film Festival

2019 Winner People’s Choice Award

ReadingFilmFEST

2019 Winner Audience Award

Newport Beach Film Festival


FOR SAMA

September 17 at 6:30 & 7:00 pm

(later screenings added with demand)

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

Website

UK | Syria | USA
Directed by Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts
In English and in Arabic with English subtitles
Documentary
100 minutes
Rated 14A: war violence; scenes of surgery

“DEEPLY POWERFUL… A RARE FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF WAR FROM A STRICTLY FEMALE PERSPECTIVE”

The Hollywood Reporter

“GENUINE… HONEST… ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FILMS YOU WILL EVER SEE IN YOUR LIFE”

Film Threat

“SUPERB FILM… HARD BUT IMPORTANT TO WATCH”

The Observer

Awards

2020 Nominee Best Documentary Feature

Academy Awards

2019 Winner Audience Award & Grand Jury Award

SXSW Film Festival

2019 Audience Award Winner

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival


FANTASTIC FUNGI

September 24 at 6:30 & 7:00 pm

(later screenings added with demand)

Back by Popular Demand! Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet. Fantastic Fungi is a revelatory time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago. We see through the eyes of mycologists, like renowned Paul Stamets, the unlimited potential of fungi in the fields of food, medicine, expanding consciousness, bioremediation, neurogenesis and treating end-of-life anxiety. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Could the fate of humankind depend significantly on the ability of fungi to carry our collective load through decomposing matter, redistributing nutrients and evening out carbon in our atmosphere? Every mass extinction event on Earth has had one certain survivor. Mushrooms will be here long after we’re gone.

Website

USA
Directed by Louie Schwartzberg
In English
Documentary
81 minutes
Prated PG: violence; coarse language

“ONE OF THE YEAR’S MOST MIND-BLOWING, SOUL-CLEANSING AND YES, IMMENSELY ENTERTAINING TRIUMPS; A BEACON OF HOPE THAT FEELS NEITHER HOLLOW NOR FORCED.”

Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

“A CHARMING BLEND OF SCIENCE AND CONJECTURE, FANTASTIC FUNGI WANTS TO FREE YOUR MIND.”

Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“DON’T THINK THAT MUSHROOMS ARE THE GREATEST THING ON PLANET EARTH? WELL, YOU SOON WILL.”

Denis D. O’Leary, Alibi

THE BOOKSELLERS

October 1 at 6:30 & 7:00 pm

(later screenings added with demand)

A lively, behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it. Executive produced by Parker Posey and featuring interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers, THE BOOKSELLERS is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book.

Website

USA
In English
Directed by D.W. Young
Documentary
99 minutes
Not Yet Rated

“A TREAT FOR ANYONE WHO APPRECIATED THE PRINTED WORD”

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

“THE BOOKSELLERS IS A DOCUMENTARY FOR ANYONE WHO CAN STILL LOOK AT A BOOK AND SEE A DREAM, A MAGIC TELEPORTATION DEVICE, AN OBJECT THAT CONTAINS THE WORLD”

Owen Gleiberman, Variety