Virtual Cinema - Enjoy Cinema Society Films in your home

You may have heard about the Cinema Society program we offer that brings carefully selected films to PebbleCreek, not the kind of films with car chases that play in the big theaters, but smaller, art-house style movies. In an effort to try to provide our homeowners with some additional entertainment opportunities, through our Cinema Society connection, we are offering all of our community the chance to experience a virtual theatrical experience featuring the kind of films Cinema Society is known for. One of the films Cinema members saw this year was the beautiful The Etruscan Smile, starring Brian Cox. We are now able to view Etruscan, through the streaming platform, Film Movement Plus, giving film lovers the opportunity to open the virtual doors of theaters to screen a new theatrical release in the comfort and safety of their own homes! Please check back to see new more films as they are added.  These films offered here are not available to view anywhere else.

Your team in Activities is excited to let you know about several new Virtual Cinema titles that will be coming available throughout the month of July. This week (as of July 24) we have two new documentaries to share via Virtual Cinema of PebbleCreek, Olympia, the extraordinary story of famed actress Olympia Dukakis, and Kaye Ballard – The Show Goes On, a brilliant documentary about the much- loved, and multi-talented performer.   In addition, a reminder that we are bringing the world-premiere of the much-anticipated documentary from Academy Award-winning Director, Ron Howard, Building Paradise. This film will be available July 30 at 9:01 p.m. Arizona time. All the details about the films this week are below.

Available now
 
NEW! Olympia
In the same vein as Albert Maysles’ Iris, this sublimely intimate fly on the wall verité documentary tells a heart-wrenching story of a woman becoming her own woman, on her own terms to assert a gigantic creative force into the world. Rebelling against her old world, panty-sniffing, suspicious Greek mother to assert her strong sexual drive, fighting the feeling she was “too ethnic” amid the Boston Brahmin at BU, and starting her own theatre company in New Jersey instead of waiting for the phone to ring, Olympia Dukakis models how to live life with blazing courage.

Throughout an engrossing story that seamlessly blends past and present, she opens her heart and exposes her truest self to the audience. The raw honesty with which Olympia leads us into the core of herself is what makes this film luminary. As fellow actors with whom she has shared the limelight Laura Linney, Diane Ladd, Whoopi Goldberg, and Austin Pendleton all testify, Olympia is “totally open and crazy”, which is what turns out to be the marker of her absolute sanity. This intimate portrait of a working-class professional, a scholar actor of intense intuitive power, and a woman beloved around the world, culminates on the steps of the Dukakis’ humble ancestral home in Lesbos, Greece. Here we see Olympia's life come full circle both personal and professional. Incandescent and unforgettable, Olympia is a must-see documentary for anyone seeking to reignite their love of drama and their love of life. Click to watch the trailer for Olympia https://www.olympiathefilm.com/trailer
 
Click to rent Olympia $12 rental fee. After unlocking, you'll have 30 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 3 days to finish watching.
 
NEW! Kaye Ballard – The Show Goes On
From Cleveland to Broadway to Hollywood and a hundred stops in between, actress-singer-comedian Kaye Ballard has travelled the world of show business like no other performer. Spanning the 1940s to the 2000s, Ballard has not just done it all, but she has proved to be one of the most multifaceted talents to ever hit stage and screen. It is her uniquely captivating and enchanting career that is celebrated in the documentary film Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On! Click to watch the trailer for Kaye Ballard – The Show Goes On
 
Click to rent Kaye Ballard – The Show Goes On $12 rental fee. After unlocking, you'll have 30 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 3 days to finish watching.

The Tobacconist
A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee? Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler. Directed by Nikolaus Leytner. German (with English subtitles). Starring Bruno Ganz (Downfall, Wings of Desire) as Sigmund Freud. View the trailer for The Tobacconist.  

Click here to rent The Tobacconist. The rental fee is $12 for a five-day rental period. Starts July 10 in Virtual Theaters Nationwide.
 
Tanna
On the tiny Pacific island of Tanna in the Vanuatu archipelago, the younger members of two native tribes are growing restless at the restrictions of their cultural traditions. Especially upset are Wawa and Dain, whose secret plan to wed is thwarted by rival chiefs, and rather than submit, the young couple disappears into the jungle. View the trailer for Tanna.
 
Tanna is an extraordinary Australia/Vanuatu co-production. It is a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story set in one of the world's last true tribal societies. It is the first feature film shot entirely in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The film was shot entirely on location in and around the village of Yakel on Tanna Island. Co-director Bentley Dean lived with his family for seven months in Tanna. Most of the cast played their own roles in the film, and Dain was cast because he was considered the village's most handsome man. The film's dialogue is shot in the Nauvhal and Nafe languages, which are used in Yakel. The cast members did not regard the filming as being difficult because their roles were "performing what we were used to in our daily life."  The people of this remote community, high in the mountain rainforests near a spitting volcano, truly wear grass skirts and penis sheaths and have rejected colonial and Christian influences in favor of their traditional and pure "Kastom" system of laws and beliefs. Their customs and lifestyle have changed little for centuries. Before Tanna, they had never before seen a movie or a camera, yet welcomed the filmmakers to live with the tribe for seven months where they absorbed stories and observed ceremonies, with the input and collaboration of the local people. None of the 'cast' had ever acted before, but astonishingly, they passionately and naturally re-created this real-life story from recent tribal history as if they had had years of training. Tanna is a spectacularly lush and exotic film, nominated for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Film of 2017.

Click to rent Tanna. The rental fee is $4.99. The rental duration will be shared at the time of rental.

Once Were Brothers
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson's young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson's personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become hi brothers in music and who together made their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography iconic songs and interviews with many of Robertson's friends and collaborators including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Martin Scorsese, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, Ronnie Hawkins, and more. View the trailer for Once Were Brothers

Click to rent Once Were Brothers. The rental fee is $12 for a three-day rental period.

 
Ella: Just One of Those Things
Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. “Ella: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy. The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music – a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism. View the trailer for Ella: Just One of Those Things
 
Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”. Featuring interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Itzhak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.
 
Rental fee is $12. *Click here to rent “Ella: Just One of Those Things” Upon completing your purchase, you have 7 days to begin watching. After you have started watching, you will have 3 days to finish viewing the film. *This title is available for pre-order.
 
View the discussion -- with author & music critic Will Friedwald, "Just One of Those Things" producer Reggie Nadelson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author/journalist Margo Jefferson and composer, multi-instrumentalist & vocalist Camille Thurman, recorded June 28.
 
Flannery: The storied life of the writer from Georgia
The life and work of American author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic spin on Bible-thumping prophets and murderous Misfits influenced a generation of artists and activists, is explored through her own writings and cartoons, archival footage and interviews with those who knew her best. Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. With her family home at Andalusia (the Georgia farm where she grew up and later wrote her best known work) as a backdrop, a picture of the woman behind her sharply aware, starkly redemptive style comes into focus. A devout Catholic who collected peacocks and walked with crutches (due to a diagnosis of lupus that would take her life before the age of 40), O’Connor’s provocative, award-winning fiction about southern prophets, girls with wooden legs and intersex “freaks” was unlike anything published before (or since). Over the course of her short-lived but prolific writing career (two novels, 32 short stories and numerous columns and commentaries), O’Connor never shied away from examining timely themes of racism, religion, socio-economic disparity and more with her characteristic wit and irony. Including conversations with those who knew her and those inspired by her (Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, Hilton Als and more), Flannery employs never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered personal letters and her own published words (read by Mary Steenburgen) alongside original animations and music to elevate the life and legacy of an American literary icon. View the trailer for Flannery. “Flannery is an extraordinary documentary that allows us to follow the creative process of one of our country’s greatest writers.” —Ken Burns, Documentarian (The Civil War, Country Music)

Click to rent Flannery. The rental fee is $12. The rental duration will be shared at the time of rental or as soon as we know it.
 
To be released July 31
 
The Girl with a Bracelet
Sixteen year-old Lise is accused of murdering her best friend. Her parents stand by her as naturally expected. But once in court, her secret life begins to unfold and the plot thickens. Who is Lise really? Do we really know the ones we love?  This third feature by writer-director Stéphane Demoustier is a razor-sharp judicial drama with a superb cast.  View the trailer for The Girl with a Bracelet
 
The Invisible Witness
Adriano Doria, a successful young entrepreneur, wakes up in a hotel room that has been locked from the inside, and next to him is the dead body of his lover, the beguiling photographer Laura.  He is accused of murder but pleads not guilty. In order to defend himself, he hires criminal defense lawyer Virginia Ferrara, who is famous for never having lost a case. The emergence of a key witness and his imminent questioning, which could bring him down for good, force Adriano and his lawyer Ferrara to prepare his defense strategy and to find proof of his innocence in just three hours. Forced into a corner, Adriano will have to tell the whole truth. View the trailer for The Invisible Witness
 
Rebuilding Paradise; from Director Ron Howard
On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history. Rebuilding Paradise, from Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding.  View the trailer for Rebuilding Paradise  "A sincere and skillfully assembled tribute to a community’s fortitude." –Lesley Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
Click to rent Rebuilding Paradise Rental fee is $12. After unlocking, you'll have 30 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 3 days to finish watching. Need help?
 


Films released earlier this year

Military Wives

Military Wives centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Peter Cattaneo (THE FULL MONTY) directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in this feel-good crowd-pleaser inspired by true events.

Click here to view the film’s trailer.  The price for 72-hour streaming period is $4.99 - Click to rent Military Wives

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Cámara and Alice Waters, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy provides an intimate look at the leading expert on Mexican cuisine. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”. “Cinematic comfort food of the first order” – Variety; “A candid, frank, and comprehensive whirlwind tour through the life and work of one of the world's most celebrated (and uncompromising) chefs.” – The Gate.

Click here to view the film’s trailer  The price for 72-hour streaming period is $9.99 - Click to rent Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy.

You can watch on your desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast or AirPlay. If you prefer to watch on another device, check https://dianakennedy.vhx.tv/help before your purchase.

Crescendo

CRESCENDO
When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony, rising to a tense and emotional finale. 
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…
Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi (“Alexander Penn”, “Everything for my Father”) directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo,’ raising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. Lead actor Peter Simonischek (“Toni Erdmann”) stars next to a highly convincing selection of up-and-coming actors like Daniel Donskoy (“Victoria”) and Sabrina Amali (“4 Blocks”). A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the world-wide efforts towards understanding, humanity and peace.  Click here to rent Crescendo.  Pre-order now. Available May 5, 2020, 12 a.m.  ET. (FAQ) The price for 48-hour streaming period is $12. 
 
Click to watch the trailer for Crescendo.  Watch on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Learn more.

The Times of Bill Cunningham

THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM
Told in Bill Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed six-hour 1994 interview, the iconic street photographer and fashion historian chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, The Times of Bill Cunningham features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from Cunningham. “A snapshot of a life that leaves you grateful for having encountered it.” – Variety; ““The minute Bill Cunningham starts talking in this charming documentary is the minute you fall in love with him.” – RogerEbert.com; “A unique New York story” – The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to rent The Times of Bill Cunningham. The price for a 3-day rental is $9.99. 
 
Click to watch the trailer for The Times of Bill Cunningham.
 
You can watch the film on your desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast or AirPlay. If you prefer to watch on another device, check https://billcunningham.vhx.tv/help before your purchase. Thank you for supporting independent films. Stay safe and enjoy the movie.

The Booksellers

THE BOOKSELLERS 
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. “"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.” – Variety; “A treat for anyone who appreciates the printed word.” – The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to rent The Booksellers.

Click to watch the trailer for The Booksellers.

 

You can watch the film on your desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast or AirPlay. If you prefer to watch on another device, check https://thebooksellers.vhx.tv/help before your purchase. Thank you for supporting independent films. Stay safe and enjoy the movie.

The Etruscan Smile

The Etruscan Smile
One of the films Cinema Society members saw this year was the beautiful, The Etruscan Smile, starring Brian Cox. We are now able to view Etruscan, through the streaming platform, Film Movement Plus. The Etruscan Smile is available now and run through the end of May. The film comes to Digital, VOD, BluRay and DVD on June 16. Virtual tickets for Etruscan Smile cost $12 for your household and the “rental” is good for 72 hours. Click here to purchase your virtual ticket. You will need to create an account with Film Movement, the company hosting the movie. Once you purchase, you will get an email confirmation with instructions how to watch. Click here if you need additional instructions/help for downloading/watching The Etruscan Smile. Produced by six-time Academy Award-winner Arthur Cohn, The Etruscan Smile stars renowned actor Brian Cox (HBO’s Succession) in a career-defining role as Rory MacNeil, a rugged Scotsman who is forced to leave behind his beloved home and seek medical treatment in San Francisco. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, when he least expects it, through the redemptive power of love. Also starring Rosanna Arquette, JJ Feild, Thora Birch, Tim Matheson, Peter Coyote and Treat Williams. This film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in June.
View the trailer for The Etruscan Smile and Check out a recent review of the film.

Balloon


Balloon
Balloon is a German Cold-War-era escape thriller based on a true story, that was also part of the Cinema Society this year. Available through DISTRIB Films streaming platform. The film recounts the most spectacular escape from East Germany ever! On September 16, 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families fled from East Germany to West Germany in a self-made hot air balloon. Under cover of night the four adults and four children took off from a piece of forestland between Heinersdorf and Oberlemnitz, flew over the East/West German border and, after 28 minutes and 18 kilometers, landed in a field near the East Franconian town of Naila. The very next morning, German and international media were reporting on the “most spectacular escape from East Germany. This spectacular film retells this thrilling story. You will be on the edge of your seat! Virtual tickets for Balloon are $10. Click here to purchase your virtual ticket! You will be able to watch the film for 3 days on any computer, laptop, iPad, Chromebook or other mobile devices. IMPORTANT: The only way to watch this film on a television is to mirror or cast from one of the above devices to your television. View The Balloon trailer

The Perfect Nanny


The Perfect Nanny
The Perfect Nanny is a French drama adapted by the eponymous best-selling and Prix-Goncourt winning novel from Leila Slimani. Available through DISTRIB Films streaming platform. When mother of two children Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctance, the couple starts looking for a nanny. After a very selective process, they finally find the perfect candidate, Louise, a poised 40 -year old woman who is an instant hit with both kids and parents. But as Louise makes herself indispensable to the family, she starts revealing her true self and her behavior becomes more and more unsettling to those around her. Virtual tickets for The Perfect Nanny are $10. Click here to purchase your virtual ticket! You will be able to watch the film for 3 days on any computer, laptop, iPad, Chromebook or other mobile devices. IMPORTANT: The only way to watch this film on a television is to mirror or cast from one of the above devices to your television. View The Perfect Nanny trailer

If needed, this link has tips/instructions/ for downloading/watching The Etruscan Smile, but should be helpful for the other films as well.

Feel free to share this information with friends, family and neighbors. It’s one small way we can enjoy an enriching form of entertainment,without having to leave the safety of our homes.

Source:  Traci Baker, Director of Community Activities and Communications - traci.baker@robson.com - 623-535-9854