past screenings 

2003 - member screenings



January 4, 2003 - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
George Clooney's directoral debut, starring Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Sam Rockwell and George Clooney.
Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen.  This is a story of a legendary showman's double life -- television producer by day and CIA assassin by night.  At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative.  The film marks George Clooney's directoral debut and showcases a breakthrough performance by Sam Rockwell.  The film also stars Drew Barrymore, Rutger Hauer, George Clooney and Julia Roberts.  Charlie Kaufman ("Being John Malkovich") wrote the script, adapted from the cult-classic and unauthorized autobiography by Chuck Barris.

Special Guests
George Clooney & Sam Rockwell

February 1, 2003 - Gods and Generals - NOTE:  Each member planning to attend this event MUST RSVP.
Director Ron Maxwell's epic screen adaptation of Jeff Shaara's heralded, best-selling novel, starring Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall and Stephen Lang, is a dramatic look at the Civil War -- America's bloodiest conflict, in which more than 620,000 lives were lost.  A prequel to the acclaimed screen drama, GETTYSBURG, also directed by Ron Maxwell, the film is based on events which are sweeping in scope and made all the more compelling by the human-scaled drama it depicts.  A moving portrayal of a nation divided, GODS AND GENERALS begins in early 1861 and continues through 1863, climaxing with the stunning Battle of Chancellorsville.  The film illuminates heroes from both sides of the war, such as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (JEFF DANIELS), a professor at Maine's Bowdoin College who gave up a promising academic career to enlist in the Union army and then went on to become one of the North's finest military leaders.



March 8, 2003 - To End All Wars
Director David L. Cunningham's film, based on the experiences of POW survivor, Ernest Gordon, is a visceral story of what hope means to a group of Allied soldiers imprisoned by the Japanese in a remote region of Thailand during World War II.  Characters quickly develop into personalities both likable and unappealing, and their rapid humanization is the basis of the film's elevation from a bloody atrocity-fest into a meaningful meditation on the triumph of man's spirit.  The film stars Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Carlyle, Ciaran McMenamin, Mark Strong, Yugao Saso, Sakae Kimura and Shu Nakajima.  BRIAN GODAWA is the sole writer of the screenplay.
Winner of the Grand Prize of the Heartland Film Festival.
Running Time:  117 MINUTES.


March 18, 2003 - Why Vivaldi?
Local Film-maker, Teddy Grouya, will conduct a screening of his triple award-winning Docu-Film, WHY VIVALDI? and will also remain in attendance for an after-screening Q-and-A session.
Running Time:  70 MINUTES.

Special Guest
Teddy Grouya

April, 12, 2003 - Mud Season 
Winner of 10 Festival Awards, this is Anthony Andrew Hall's first feature film.  Hall is an Actor's Director and, under his direction, all three principal actors in this film won 1999 Los Angeles MethodFest awards.  Mud Season has also won a couple of best picture awards.  It is a Vermont tale of murder, of love, of conflict and learning.
Running Time:  106 MINUTES.

Mr. Hall says, "It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to tell stories which connect emotionally with the audience for whom the film was intended and if it reaches others as well, so much the better.  We have the ability to communicate with large numbers of people, to give them something they lack or need, and we must do so with substance, charm and style."

Mr. Hall will be in attendance and will remain for a Q. and A. Session following the screening.

April 30, 2003, 7:00 p.m., Camelot Theatres - Sneak Preview of Pursuit Of Happiness - Wine & Cheese Reception with Invited Film-Makers - "Classy and bright...  this sweet romantic comedy is so breezily done...  Whaley's nervous klutziness makes for hilarity.  Like 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' it surprised me."  -- Michael Janusonis, Providence Journal.   "I really like this movie!  I was delighted, surprised, pleased and entertained."  -- George Pennacchio, KABC-TV, LA

May 3, 2003 - 9:00 a.m., Camelot Theatres - The Invisible Collection, Italian Film, 2002.
Introduction to film by Dr. David Kaminsky.
The film is a clever thriller, combining social comedy and "whodunit" in classic Hollywood style.
RUNNING TIME:  95 Minutes

June 7, 2003 - 9:00 a.m., Camelot Theatres - THE BANK, starring Anthony LaPaglia and David Wenham.
THE BANK is a gripping drama, written and directed by Robert Connolly, set within the cut-throat world of high finance and banking -- a world where millions can be made and lost in seconds and lives can be destroyed just as easily.  Anthony LaPaglia is chillingly convincing as bank CEO, Simon O'Reilly, the type who gives banks a bad name, cutting costs and increasing profits no matter what the consequences.  Under pressure from his bank's board of directors, O'Reilly employs a mathematics genius, Jim Doyle (played by David Wenham), whose system for predicting the stock market is near completion and, once perfected, will be worth billions to those who control it.
There is intrigue, human tragedy and revenge aplenty, even a little romance, not to mention a well-crafted storyline full of suspense and a heart-pounding finale -- nail-biting drama at its best.

July 12, 2003 - 9:00 a.m., Camelot Theatres - MARION BRIDGE, starring Molly Parker, Rebecca Jenkins and Stacy Smith.
MARION BRIDGE made its world premiere at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and won Best First Feature.
The film speaks volumes about sibling and parental relationships with a beautifully realized tale of loss, healing and humor.
RUNNING TIME:  90 Minutes

August 2, 2003 - 9:00 a.m., Camelot Theatres - EL BOLA, starring Alberto Jimenez, Juan Jose Ballesta, Manuel Moron and Pablo Galan.winner of over 30 international awards.
Winner of over 30 international awards, the film is a powerful drama whose central character is a 12-year-old boy with a dark, disturbing secret and no friends -- that is, until Alfredo moves into the neighbourhood, offering friendship, hope and joy.
RUNNING TIME:  88 Minutes

August 8, 2003 - 7:45 p.m. Special Filmmaker's Screening, Camelot Theatres - THE HOLY LAND, starring Saul Stein, Tchelet Semel and Albert Illuz.
RUNNING TIME:  96 Minutes
Special Program Event
presented by:
Camelot Theatres
American Cinematheque
The Palm Springs International
Festival of Short Films

September 6, 2003 - 9:00 a.m. AND 6:30 p.m. - The Best of the CLERMONT FERRAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL.
NOTE:  There are TWO Program Performances.  There will be a coffee & muffin reception before the morning program, and the evening program will present a wine & cheese reception prior to introductions, with dessert served after the film presentation.

Considered the "Cannes" of Short Films, the Clermont Ferrand is the World's largest and most distinguished Short Film Festival, and this presentation includes the "Best of the 2003 French National Competition Shorts (6 shorts)" and "Best of International Shorts (4 shorts)."

September 13, 2003 - 9:00 a.m., Camelot Theatres - LOVE THE HARD WAY, starring Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, August Diehl, Pam Grier and Katherine Moennig.
This is a story of a petty thief who meets an innocent young woman and brings her into his world of crime, while she teaches him the lessons of enjoying life and being loved..
RUNNING TIME:  104 Minutes.

October 4, 2003 - 9:00 a.m., Camelot Theatres - GLOOMY SUNDAY.

Set in Budapest in the thirties, a restaurant owner hires a pianist to play in his restaurant.  Both men fall in love with a beautiful waitress who inspires one of the men to compose his song, Gloomy Sunday, which is first loved and then feared for its melancholic melody triggers a chain of suicides.  This "ménage à trois is sent off-kilter when another man, Hans, falls in love with the waitress as well.
RUNNING TIME:  112 Minutes
Language:  German
Subtitles:  English
Country:  Germany/Hungary

November 1, 2003 - 9:00 a.m., Camelot Theatres - TOGETHER.

Listen to an extraordinary, classical soundtrack in this stirring drama of the power of music and the importance of family in a film full of warmth and humour which also discloses a subtle critique of today's China and its pursuit of modern things.
RUNNING TIME:  116 Minutes
Language:  Mandarin
Subtitles:  English
Country:  China/South Korea

December 6, 2003 - 9:00 a.m., Camelot Theatres - THE STREETSWEEPER.
Q&A following the screening, led by Writer/Director James Hill & Paul Michael (Lead Actor)
Winner of the Best Picture (English Language) award at the Italian Film Festival, this modern-day, opera-like tale stars veteran Broadway star Paul Michael as Enzo Morelli, a once-promising opera singer who has recently sold everything he owns and moved into the very slum area he sweeps -- a sacrifice made to pay for his son's tuition at Harvard, to keep a promise made to his late wife.  Following graduation, Joey (played by Michael Cavaliere) comes home with attitude and a rich girlfriend, only to learn the real lessons in life.  The ensuing events complete the story in both a heartwarming and heartbreaking way, linking the two to a controversial yet realistic conclusion, which continues to ignite debate over political correctness.
RUNNING TIME:  109 Minutes
Language:  English