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An In Person Tribute to Director Kathryn Bigelow


Rider on the Storm: An In Person Tribute to Director Kathryn Bigelow

Saturday, June 6 – 7:30 PM

Director Kathryn Bigelow In-Person! Double Feature:

NEAR DARK, 1987, 94 min. Teenage farmhand Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is smitten by pale young drifter Mae (Jenny Wright) and ends up shanghaied by her strange surrogate family (Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton, Joshua Miller), who turn out to be a wandering clan of vampires. Caleb’s father (Tim Thomerson) and younger sister (Marcie Leeds) try to track him down to no avail. Romance with Mae is paramount in Caleb’s mind -- the question remains till the very end whether he’ll be able to detach Mae and himself from the bloodthirsty pack before he becomes totally transformed into a creature of the night. Director Kathryn Bigelow’s breakout feature skillfully conjures an atmospheric hybrid of cutting-edge horror, gothic romance and modern western.

STRANGE DAYS, 1995, 20th Century Fox, 145 min. Kathryn Bigelow, directing from a script by James Cameron and Jay Cocks, follows ex-cop Lenny (Ralph Fiennes) through the chaos-ridden streets of 1999 Los Angeles as he hawks his illegal virtual-reality clips on the eve of the millennium. Obsessing over the loss of his rock singer girlfriend Faith (Juliette Lewis) to a sleazy promoter (Michael Wincott), Lenny finds two brutal street cops (Vincent D’Onofrio, William Fichtner) and an unknown psycho killer on his trail. Lenny’s best friend, chauffeur Mace (Angela Bassett), tries to help, but Lenny’s dysfunctional lifestyle and crippled emotions jeopardize them both. "…the ferocious sci-fi whirlwind that Kathryn Bigelow unleashes around this premise explores its decadent possibilities in a kinetic, daring fashion. As the film vigorously demonstrates, a black-market trade in the vicarious means thrills without accountability, a world obsessed with sex and violence, with lurid exploitation treated as valued commodity…This film's forward momentum never stops as the last hours of 1999 slip away, hurtling toward the apocalypse with intense, vividly realized foreboding." – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Introduction to screening by director Kathryn Bigelow.

Sunday, June 7 – 7:30 PM

Director Kathryn Bigelow In-Person! Double Feature:

POINT BREAK, 1991, Intermedia Film Distribution Limited, 120 min.100% pure adrenaline from director Kathryn Bigelow with Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent convinced by his partner (Gary Busey) to go undercover in the surf community to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. Reeves soon finds himself falling under the spell of the philosophical and charismatic gang leader, Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). The L.A. surf/crime action movie! "There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies." – Derek Adams, Time Out (London); "Bigelow is an interesting director for this material. She is interested in the ways her characters live dangerously for philosophical reasons…Bigelow and her crew are also gifted filmmakers…surprisingly effective." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER, 2002, Paramount, 138 min. Based on a real-life 1961 incident, this nailbiting suspense thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow stars Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson as rival officers on board a defective Soviet nuclear submarine during the height of the Cold War. Sent into service before it is fully tested, the sub goes into crisis mode while fathoms deep, and Ford, Neeson and crew rush to repair a faulty reactor in danger of meltdown, not only to save themselves, but to keep from triggering an international spark to global war. "…piles up one nerve-racking crisis after another, interspersed with moments of ethereal, almost otherworldly beauty." – Dana Stevens, The New York Times; "…a pulse-pounding thriller that brings one of the Cold War's darkest and deadliest episodes to the big screen." – Andrew O’Hehir,

Introduction to screening by director Kathryn Bigelow.