The Kimball Theatre is The Place in Williamsburg to see indie and arthouse films. Plus, the $8 tickets are less than you’ll pay at many other movie theaters- and they have concessions, too (including beer!).
Below we’ve listed all the movies playing at the Kimball in August along with some inside information about them put together by my personal movie expert (and spouse!), Scott Graves.
Sunshine Superman – The latest comic book movie about a hippie Man of Steel? A biopic about Scottish musician Donovan Leitch? Neither. Sunshine Superman is a documentary from first-time director Marah Strauch about Carl Boenish, the founder of modern BASEjumping. That’s not a typo, BASE stands for “Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth,” examples of the structures from which Boenish and his fellows dive. Strauch captures some of the exhilaration of the sport with some material shot by Boenish himself as well as new footage and reenactments, intercut with interviews of key subjects. The story has lows as well as highs, however. Executive produced by Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Sunshine Superman begins July 28th and plays through August 4th.
I’ll See You in My Dreams – Blythe Danner shines in a showcase role as retired teacher Carol, dealing with the circumstances of life in her 70s, including the meaning of love and friendship and the passing of her dog Hazel. Widowed for 20 years, Carol decides to re-enter the dating pool, supported by her friends (Rhea Pearlman, Mary Kay Place, and June Squibb) and encounters a new love interest (played by Sam Elliott). Martin Starr (known from television shows Silicon Valley and Party Down) co-stars as an aimless young man who cleans Carol’s pool, and Malin Ackerman (Watchmen, underrated TV show Trophy Wife) appears as Carol’s visiting daughter. I’ll See You in My Dreams was directed by Brett Haley (The New Year) and plays August 5th through the 11th.
In the Name of My Daughter – Based on an infamous criminal investigation spanning decades, In the Name of My Daughter tells the story of Agnes Le Roux (Adele Haenel), heiress of the Palais de la Mediterranee, a casino on the French Riviera. As Agnes returns to Nice to start a new life, her estranged mother Renee (Catherine Deneuve) is battling for control of the casino. Agnes begins a relationship with Renee’s advisor and attorney, Maurice, who arranges for Agnes to be paid 3 million francs in exchange for supporting her mother’s rival for control of the casino. Agnes becomes distraught after betraying her mother and eventually disappears, leaving Renee convinced that Maurice is responsible. In French with English subtitles, In the Name of My Daughter screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, and is appearing at the Kimball from August 11th to 16th.
Iris – One of the last completed films of documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Salesman), Iris profiles 93-year-old Iris Apfel, an iconic figure in New York fashion circles. Maysles, who died earlier this year at the age of 88, followed Apfel for a year, filming her eccentric style, charming habits, and dollops of wisdom acquired during her decades as a designer, wife, and fashion totem. Maysles captures the delightful individuality that continues to animate Apfel, while also casting light on toll that time has taken on her and Carl, her husband and former business partner who celebrated his 100th birthday during the filming of the documentary. Iris premiered at the New York Film Festival last year, and is showing at the Kimball from the 17th to the 22nd.
The Wolfpack – Garnering comparisons to Maysles’ earlier work, The Wolfpack uncovers the world of the six Angulo brothers who, with their sister, lived for fourteen years with their parents in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, leaving the apartment only for infrequent, strictly controlled trips. Homeschooled, the siblings learned about the outside world primarily through movies, which they reenact with studied reverence. First-time director Crystal Moselle befriended the brothers as they were walking in Manhattan, and their shared love for movies brought them together. The Wolfpack debuted at the Sundance Film Festival early this year and can be seen in town from August 22nd to 26th.
Charlie’s Country – Charlie (David Gulpilil) lives in Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia, painting and fishing, but feels like an alien in his own Aboriginal community. Unable to live under the increasing restrictions of the government on his way of life, Charlie eventually decides to leave the community and go to live in the bush, in the way of his ancestors, but fails to reckon with how difficult it is to recover a world he no longer knows. Charlie’s Country was directed by Rolf de Heer (Dingo, Ten Canoes) and is showing from August 26th to 31st.
Tangerine – A comedy with dramatic flavors, Tangerine tells the story of transgender prostitute Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez), newly released from prison, who scours Los Angeles looking for Chester, her unfaithful boyfriend and pimp, accompanied by her friend Alexandra (Mya Taylor). Tangerine explores parts of LA culture not often seen in the movies, as Sin-Dee and Alexandra pursue any lead in search of Chester. Written and directed by Sean S. Baker and Chris Bergoch, Tangerine first appeared at the Sundance Film Festival along with The Wolfpack, and is showing at the Kimball from August 27th to 31st.
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