Coming Attractions
FRIDAY, JULY 8th, 7:30  PM
SATURDAY, JULY 9th, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 16th, 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]

There is no East, no West, it’s a globe.”
Just-released, this film tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Following this group of diverse instrumentalists, singers, visual artists, composers, arrangers, and
storytellers, they explore the power of music to
preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and
inspire hope. Documentary -  PG-13 * 96 min. Trailer: click here.

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This show also includes the musically delightulaward winning short by filmmaker Stewart Powers,“SKY HIGH."

Watch for news of the future coming attractions!


 

Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
Sticks and Stones

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

Florence Foster Jenkins’ recording sold like hotcakes, with such albums as the one entitled, “Murder on the High C’s.” The self-deception of her dubious talent – spurred on by those who either indulged, used or mocked her – led her to eventually book a performance at Carnegie Hall. Next morning, the newspaper critics exposed her utter lack of talent. She suffered a heart attack, and died two days later.  What was unknown at the time was that the syphilis she’d contracted from an earlier marriage had damaged her hearing.

Click on the image above to continue reading.  

Amazon Apocalypse, or, a Bend in the River

A Commentary & Review of EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
By John Bennison, Mountain Shadow Director
[Note: This film was Mountain Shadow's selection for April, 2016]

Here’s what you get in over two hours of movie watching: A river to explore. Two different adventurers in search of a legendary, but illusive prize with an unknown destination. Modern “civilized” man’s search for certitude and domination of nature, and the ill-fated consequences.

There’s also the tension between the reality of dreams and the horrific nightmares humankind enacts, time and again. There are ancient mythic tales that can chart a serpentine course no cartographer’s map can trace. There’s an Amazonian sage and shaman that not only challenges Western thinking, but can utterly transform a man in the process of his own evolution. 

Embrace of the Serpent offers up a spellbinding trip upriver with two tales and time periods that share a common quest.  Click on the image above to read the Mountain Shadow review.