Coming Attraction 

FRIDAY, DEC. 11th, 7:30  PM and
SATURDAY, DEC. 19th, 7:30 PM


“SPELLBINDING. — one of the most moving and provocative films you’ll see this year.”  - New York Magazine
“Wildly inventive...Philosophically astute, emotionally charged.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“The kind of film you want to fall into and get lost in.” - Steve Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times

Centering on creative pioneer Laurie Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, HEART OF A DOG takes viewers on a wry, wondrous and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death and language. A personal essay weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of an afterlife; all with heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, and thinkers who inspire her. Fusing her own witty, inquisitive narration with her own original violin compositions, hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present, Anderson creates a hypnotic, collage-like visual language out of the raw materials of her life; examining how we use stories to make sense of our lives.  Non-rated, 75 min. Trailer.

NOTE: Laurie Anderson is also the widow of the late, great singer/musician Lou Reed.  
The December show will include a clip of Reed singing his classic, “Turning Time Around.”


January 8, 9 & 16: MUSTANG – Filmed in Turkey, it’s France’s submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars! Trailer.

February 5, 6 & 13: THE OSCAR SHORTS – A Mountain Shadow exclusive in our area, one of our most popular shows each year!

March 11, 12 & 19: RAMS -- from Iceland, a wonderfully wry comedy that was a favorite at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Trailer.

April 8, 9 & 23: EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT – a mesmerizing Columbian adventure / drama and remarkable story about an Amazonian shaman, two scientists separate journeys over a span of 40 years, and the search for a sacred healing plant that’s for real! Trailer.

Watch this site for news of the next coming attractions!


Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
Remembering Skokie

A Commentary & Review of SURVIVING SKOKIE
By John Bennison, Mountain Shadow Volunteer Director

A Film by Eli Adler and Blair
Documentary  - Non-Rated - 66 min. 
This film was Mountain Shadow’s selection for November, 2015

Surviving Skokie is the best kind of documentary. It’s historical and informative, to be sure. In addition, it tells a story that is inspirational; and, to my way of thinking, even redemptive. But it’s also personal, even autobiographical. And therein lies the kind of archetypal father-child journey that is authentically poignant and persuasive.

Everyone knows something of the Holocaust. It is the emblematic story of the kind of devastation, death and destruction which human beings seem all too capable of inflicting upon one another in every age and generation.  Whenever and wherever the spark is ignited once again, it requires the best in us to confront and denounce the worst in us. 

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When You Can’t Have It All - A Film Review of "The Second Mother"

Writer/director Anna Muylaert gets personal with a simple story exposing the human costs with the last remaining vestiges of a class system that is all but gone. Where one film critic dubbed THE SECOND MOTHER “ is a soap opera with a social conscience,” I call it Downton Abbey in Portugese. 

Val is the loving and lovable maternal surrogate and domestic backbone of an affluent Sao Paulo household that maintains a vestige of Brazil’s colonial past through a combination of pretension and dysfunction. 

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Audience Choice Awards for Short Film Competition

By Peggy Hora, VP, Mountain Shadow’s volunteer Board of Directors
The Short Film Competition was Mountain Shadow’s Show for September, 2015

The audience choice awards for the first Mountain Shadow Film Society Short Film Competition have been announced.

The finalists were selected by a twelve-member jury comprised of Mountain Shadow members.  A compilation of all seven films is available on Blu-Ray and DVD for Mountain Shadow members to borrow from our Lending Library. 

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Trust, but Verify

A Commentary & Review of ABOUT ELLY
By John Bennison, Mountain Shadow Volunteer Director
A Film by Asghar Farhadi
Drama-Mystery - Non-rated - 118 min. Iranian (Persian, with English subtitles). 
This was the Society's film for August, 2015.  

It’s August, so what better time for a movie about a fun-filled seaside weekend vacation amongst family and friends? At least that’s the way the film, ABOUT ELLY begins … The men will dance together, the women will laugh and clap their hands, the children will, well, be children.  It’ll be a great time for this group of educated, up and coming, middle class types with their Beemer, their SUV, their spouses, girlfriends and kids.
 It could be the ordinary beginning to a summer vacation story. Except this beach house just happens to be located on the Caspian Sea, about 200 kilometers from Tehran.  And presumably, it's a story all about Elly.

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