COMING ATTRACTIONS

Fri. April 8th - 7:30 PM
Sat. April 9th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sat. April 15th - 7:30 PM
OAK VIEW ROOM,
WALNUT CREEK LIBRARY
[1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek]
$12 General Admission

(available on first-come basis, beginning 30 min. before showtime)
[Free for Mountain Shadow Members - Info? See Membership Tab]

“Jeremiah Tower’s menus made Chez Panisse, the place that everyone wanted to go…a complete re-evaluation of not just American food and ingredients – but food.” ~ Anthony Bourdain

JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement.  After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco.  After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared f for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green.  There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist.  Rated-R, Documentary-Biography, 102 min. Trailer here.

BONUS: Our exclusive engagement of this not-yet-released film will premiere just prior to Walnut Creek's renowned annual Restaurant Week, April 23-30. Attendees at our four screenings will have not one, not two, but three chances to win a raffle prize: Dinner for Two at one of the city's participating restaurants!

EXTRA: The April show will also include a fun and quirky animated short film by filmmaker, Vladimir Stanishevskii, that was a runner up at our last annual short film competition, "A PERFECT FIT."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
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In Arthur Miller’s 1948 theatrical classic, Death of a Salesman, the main character plays the role of a disgruntled shell of a man; exhausted from a life spent peddling some unnamed commodity that ends up being as meaningless as the sum of all his days.  Willy Loman is plagued by his failures that are a heavier burden to bear than the suitcases full of worthless wares he carries. In the end, he puts an end to his embittered life; but not before inflicting plenty of pain and misery on those around him. In the course of Asghar Fargadi's Oscar winning film, The Salesman, Emad is left to deal with the aftermath of a suspected and presumed assault on his wife, Rana. But the cost of revenge can be both deadening and deadly. To read the full review of this gem of a film, click on the image above.

When Poetry and Politics Mix

As the son of a railway worker, Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto’s sympathies for the working class are in his bones. But when he achieves success as a world-renowned poet and later Nobel prize winner, he changes his name to Pablo Neruda; and joins a company of world-class intellectual elites like the artist, Pablo Picasso, and existentialist philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre. He is not just an esoteric, rabble-rouser poet. In 1948, he is also a Chilean opposition leader, whose political views are subversive to the status quo; where gross economic disparity reigns and divides a nation. When a warrant is issued for his arrest, he will run only fast enough to elude and torment his would-be captor. The escapade will blur fiction and non-fiction as an epic cinematic poem. To read the full review, click on the image above.