2012-11-29 / Front Page

Sixth Street Cinema makes surprise return

Erik Skindrud / GAZETTE EDITOR

Eight months after Sixth Street Cinema closed its doors, the theater has announced a slate of shows starting on Friday evening. Mariposa-based Rural Media Arts is continuing to search for funding that will let it secure ownership of the refurbished Masonic lodge building, board president Barry Brouilette has told the GAZETTE.

The cinema's reopening was announced on Thursday, but its show program was not emailed until 3:40 p.m. on Friday--just 20 minutes before the first scheduled show.

The group's reopening does not mean that the cinema's financial struggles are over, Brouilette emphasized.

"We're in a very tenuous spot," he said Friday. "But we've decided to go out singing--if in fact we do go out."

Thursday's emailed statement alluded to the fundraising challenge Rural Media Arts faces.

"There are many obstacles in the way of securing ownership of the building," the statement said. "But it is clear that our chances of reaching... these goals would be greatly enhanced if the cinema (was) open and serving the community."

As released by the cinema, the following films and times are listed below. The theater's location is 4994 6th Street in downtown Mariposa.

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TITLE DATE TIME


Perfect Sense 11/30/12 4:00 pm


A hit at Sundance '11 and winner of the Ediburgh Film Festival's prize for Best New British Feature, the amazing genre creation directed by David Mackenzie stars Eva Green & Ewan Macgregor as witnesses to the end of the world-- strangers who form a desperate romantic connection in the face of an apocalyptic epidemic of sensory loss.


Never Sorry 11/30/12 7:00 pm


Named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, Ai Weiwei is China's most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. In April 2011, when Ai disappeared into police custody for three months, he quickly became China's most famous missing person. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to the charismatic artist, as well as his family and others close to him, while working as a journalist in Beijing. In the years she filmed, government authorities shut down Ai's blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention--while Time magazine named him a runner-up for 2011's Person of the Year. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2012, her compelling documentary portrait is the inside story of a passionate dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.

Sleepwalk With Me 12/01/12 4:00 pm


Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It's also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by "This American Life." The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. SLEEPWALK WITH ME features Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under"), Carol Kane ("Taxi"), James Rebhorn ("Meet the Parents"), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway's "Once"), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jesse Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.


My Sister's Sister 12/01/12 7:00 pm


Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt and Mark Duplass star in Your Sister's Sister, a new comedy about romance, grief and sibling rivalry. A year after his brother Tom's death, Jack (Duplass) is still struggling emotionally. When he makes ascene at a memorial party, Tom's best friend Iris (Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris' sister Hannah (Dewitt) who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finds solace in Tom's unexpected presence. A blurry evening of drinking concludes with an awkward sexual incident, made worse by Iris' sudden presence at the cabin the next morning. A twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships is set in motion with raw, hilarious and emotional performances from the all-star cast.


Belle Isle 12/02/12 4:00 pm


Reuniting with his director from the hit film, The Bucket List, Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door--an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters--who help him find inspiration again.


The Kid with a Bike 12/02/12 7:00 pm


Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the deeply moving new film by the Dardenne brothers (L'enfant, Rosetta) delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (newcomer Thomas Doret). When his father (Jeremie Renier) abandons him, Cyril obsessively tries to find his bicycle-- after all, his father must have cared about him enough not to sell that off, he reasons. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cecile de France), a woman who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her--though she refuses to give up without a fight. Full of heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected grace, THE KID WITH A BIKE is a film about a child, abandoned to the elements, learning to become good.


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