Pride

Now showing
in Woodstock
Oct 24 – 30
Fri & Sat 7:30
Sun 5:00
Mon – Thur 7:30
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Matthew Warchus)
R / 120 mins.
Dynamic, motivating, and based on a true story, Pride depicts the formation of an unlikely alliance in 1980’s Britain, between a small group of London-based lesbians and gays and striking coal miners tin South Wales.
In 1984, with Margaret Thatcher’s government in full battle with mining unions, a young gay-rights activist in London (Ben Schnetzer) persuades his group of friends to make common cause with striking miners. Arguing that the miners, like the LGBTQ population, are being beaten by police and hated by conservatives, “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners” raises money for the strike and drives to the South Wales town of Onllwyn to deliver their funds. Once there, however, it is unclear whether their support is welcome. Greeted with varying degrees of warmth and hostility, the groups’ differences obstruct their efforts to stand in solidarity until they slowly begin to learn from, and lean on, each other. A transformational story with an infectious New Wave soundtrack and a cast of characters that would melt the most cynical heart, Pride makes you laugh while earning your respect.

“Some stories are worth getting misty-eyed about, and some crowd-pleasers really please.”  – A. A. Dowd, The Onion A.V. Club

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Art and Craft

 

In Woodstock 
October 25 – 26
Sat 5:30
Sun 7:30
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, & Mark Becker)
Unrated / 89 mins.
Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering multiple styles and periods. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money, but instead donates his fakes to museums across the country.
When Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar in Cincinnati, discovers the ruse and organizes an exhibition of the work, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. However, it’s not so clear that he can. Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic whose elaborate con is also a means to cultivate connection and respect – feeding what he now understands as an outright “addiction to philanthropy.” ART AND CRAFT starts out as an art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity. What emerges is an unflinching exploration of life with mental illness and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose. (C) Oscilloscope.
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