Coming Attractions
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12th, 7:30  PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13th, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20th, 7:30 PM

OAK VIEW ROOM, WALNUT CREEK LIBRARY
[1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek]
$12 General Admission
(available on a first-come basis, beginning at 7 PM)
[Free for Mountain Shadow Members - Info? See Member Tab]

“The Dark Horse is a remarkable, riveting and inspiring true story that audiences will be standing up and cheering”

“The Dark Horse is a remarkable, riveting and inspiring true story that audiences will be standing up and cheering”

Based on a powerful true story, THE DARK HORSE is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis as Genesis Potini, a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life. From New Zealand, Drama, Rated R, 124 min. InEnglish and Maori, with English subtitles. Trailer: click here.

Watch for news of the future coming attractions!
A 2016 Calendar of our three screening dates each month is here.

 


 

Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
Exchanging Notes

THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS:  Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble

By John Bennison, Mountain Shadow Director

[This film was Mountain Shadow's selection for July, 2016]

Through the dramatic stories of an ensemble of characters, this new documentary film drives home the challenge for us to rethink how different cultures, with their unique traditional music lore, get preserved, honored and shared; to either evolve and interact, or clash. Any film intended to celebrate the universal thread of music, with the diversity of its expression in different cultural traditions, all sounds lovely. In point of fact, the Silk Road Ensemble’s throbbing rhythms and the joyful expressions so clearly expressed by its members, sounds powerfully persuasive. But we live in a world filled with more than harmonious musical notes. In focusing on the lives of several members of this ensemble, we are confronted with the unavoidable intersection of happy musicians colliding withever-present political intrigue and international conflict. Click on the picture above to read the full review and commentary.

When Walls Build Bridges

A Commentary & Review of A NEW COLOR
By John Bennison, Mountain Shadow Director
[This film was Mountain Shadow's selection for June 2016]

Artistic expression is typically reserved for gallery exhibitions; and by those with a pedigree of obvious talent.  Even so-called “folk art” required the credentialed critic’s approval and the test of time, before posthumous recognition was even a possibility. But when Edy Boone found the gumption within herself to demand that the city’s public housing authority in Harlem clean up the squalid conditions in which she was trying to live a life, she was given some paint, and left to her own imagination and devices. As a result, she found herself and her vocation in a term she’d never known before: muralist.

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