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old or new, classy or cult, scary or camp- films to stay up late for...

All tickets just $5- bring five of your friends, and you get in FREE!
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Friday, May 29 @ 10:30PM
Saturday, May 30 @ 10:30PM

While wandering tthe English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon a quaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror films always are, the two decide to find a short cut....David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, and rapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that, unless he commits suicide, David will become a werewolf when the moon is full. David dismisses the encounter as a hallucination, but all indicators point to lycanthrope; evenings of barking and bloodletting follow closely behind. While the story is thin and much of the tongue-in-cheek humor is overdone, there are plenty of genuine jolts thanks to makeup guru Rick Baker's eye-popping special effects. The werewolf, resembling a cross between a bear and a wolverine, appears frighteningly real, and, given the fantastic premise, the gore is most convincing (although surprisingly and refreshingly scant). The hospital dream sequences are creative, and the scenes in which the werewolf runs rampant through downtown London are particularly good. In all, An American Werewolf in London is an original, atmospheric film that manages both to scare and amuse. While dismissed by most American critics upon its release, the film managed to secure a place in the annals of American cinema when Baker won an Academy Award for his amazing effects and creature designs.


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Kids at Heart is a/perture’s family-friendly film series, and a great opportunity for parents to share some of the films they themselves enjoyed as children with a new generation of film-goers!

We've also included advisory content information below (courtesy of Common Sense Media), so parents can determine what age is best suited to each film!

Screening times:

Saturdays- 10:00am
Sundays- 10:00am 

Film Schedule:

e.t. film still1May 23-24: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (rated PG, 114mins.)

Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he's right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn't sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the "little squashy guy," perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he'll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him. 

Parents need to know that Steven Spielberg's classic has some scenes of mild peril that may be too intense for younger children. For example, E.T. looks like he has died in one scene. There is brief but strong language by today's standards for a PG movie (like"bitch" and "s--t"). E.T. contains one of the most memorable product placements ever, Reese's Pieces, as well as a scene in which Elliott feels slightly drunk, because E.T. has indulged in a beer. Families should also be aware of the fact that the movie was criticized for having a complete absence of non-white characters.

childrens fest animatedJune 6-7: Fantastic Journeys: Animated Shorts
(special selections from the Children's Film Festival Seattle
(unrated, 65min. total runtime)
Zip around the world with this dazzling selection of high-energy, high-imagination shorts.  Join a space-alien potato on his zany adventures, witness the creation of the alphabet, sing along with a brave little octopus, and grow up along with a rebellious daughter made of frosting, in this vibrant celebration of creativity!
Films include: 
ZEBRA (Julia Ocker, Germany, 2:45min- nonverbal)- See how a zebra changes his stripes! 
WOMBO (Daniel Acht, Germany, 8:02min- mostly nonverbal)- An alien lands on earth and is chased by a dog, ends up in a vegetable basket, and nearly gets cooked for dinner! Why? Because he just happens to look like a potato!
THE NUMBERLYS (click here to watch trailer) (William Joyce and Berandon Oldenburg, USA, 11:23min- in English)- Friends 1,2,3,4, and 5 set out to create each letter of the alphabet and bring color, creativity, and jellybeans to their world.  
PAPA CLOUDY'S RESTAURANT (click here to watch trailer) (Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 5:51min- in English)- An octopus sings about overfishing and inspires Papa Cloudy to make sustainable dishes with love.  
ANATOLE'S LITTLE SAUCEPAN (click here to watch trailer) (Eric Montchaud, France, 5:47min- in English)- Little Anatole is always dragging his saucepan behind him.  It fell on him one day and nobody knows why.
VISITOR (click here to watch trailer) (Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russia, 4:08min- nonverbal)- A stuffed tiger from a faraway world drops in on a snowy day to play with dogs. 
THE MAGIC TIME (click here to watch trailer) (Kine Aune, Norway, 9:16min- nonverbal)- Adapted from Sami legends, this is the story of a reindeer-calf and his journey to become a grown white buck. 
THE NEW SPECIES (Katerina Karhankova, Czech Republic, 6:18min- nonverbal)- Some children come across an old bone and try to imagine what kind of animal it might have belonged to. 
TRAMPOLINE (Maarten Koopman, Netherlands, 2:29min- nonverbal)- Imagine that the movie screen is a big trampoline.  Can you see a family of ducks walking across it? How about people? Or a cow? 
DECORATIONS (click here to watch trailer) (Mari Miyazawa, Japan, 7min-nonverbal)- Growing up is literally the icing on the cake for a mother and daughter. 
TRADITIONAL HEALING (Raymond Caplin, Canada, 2:24min- nonverbal)- A young woman dances in a devastated forest.  Then a miracle occurs.

childrens fest live actionJune 20-21: Fantastic Journeys: Live Action Shorts
(special selections from the Children's Film Festival Seattle
(unrated, 62min. total runtime)
The kids in this collection of award-winning films aren't afraid to strike out on their own, in journeys small and grand.  These girls and boys find their own ways through woods and run-down cities, bustling markets and the canals of Venice. Take a walk and feel a spark of inspiration as you see the world anew. 
Films include: 
SOUNDS OF NATURE(Simon Weber, Switzerland, 7:45min- nonverbal)- A boy who likes to play video games discovers that the forest can be just as thrilling.  
BALLOONS (click here for trailer)  (Sitora Takanaev, USA, 5:02min- in English)- A girl is feeling sad wheen she finds a new way to bring happiness to herself and others: balloons! 
THE DIVE (click here for trailer)  (Delphine Le Courtois, France, 9:51min- mostly nonverbal; some French with English subtitles)- A boy stands on a high dive, about to step into the unknown.  Is he ready to fly?   
THE GIRL AND THE GONDOLA (Abbe Robinson, Italy/UK, 11:42min.- in Italian with English subtitles)- Ten-year-old carla dreams of following in her father's footsteps, but 900 years of Venetian tradition is standing in her way.    
100 MILES (click here for trailer) (Tamas Tatai, UK, 7:15min- nonverbal)- A boy who likes model trains goes on a trip to bring a special gift to his favorite person, someone who loves trains as much as he does.
SPROUT (click here for trailer) (Ga-eun Yoon, South Korea, 20min- in Korean with English subtitles)- A family is preparing for their grandfather's ancestral offering but they've forgotten sprouts.  Young Bory goes out to buy some.  This is her first time alone in the city.


Alternative Content- experience other art forms at a/perture!
Special events: $24 general admission, $20 for a/v society members, $18 for college students

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Experience five thrilling new productions from the world’s most famous stage, broadcast on the big screen at a/perture!  Screenings include: The Duchess of Malfi, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra, and The Comedy of Errors.
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Screening schedule: 

Saturday, June 13th- 10:00AM

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Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.
The third of our Roman Tragedies, Antony & Cleopatra picks up Antony’s story many years after Julius Caesar. Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breath-taking beauty and magnificence. The Globe’s 2014 envisioning of this iconic play encapsulates these themes whilst deftly threading a sense of comedy throughout, and Olivier Award-winner Eve Best’s Cleopatra ‘kisses the audience’ (Guardian) with her ‘magnetically humorous’ (Evening Standard) performance. 

Saturday, June 27th- 10:00AM
*Featuring a special post-film discussion with Quin Gordon, professor at UNCSA! 

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Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders.
Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.
The final Globe On Screen film for 2015 brings the perfect light relief to close an epic season of war and tragedy. This sell-out production employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging and will have cinema audiences roaring with laughter as it crams in “more hilarious anarchy than you can shake a fish, cat or identity-confused servant at.” (London Theatre Guide). 

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Broadcasts from the Royal Opera House in London
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 La Boheme - Saturday, July 11th at 10:00AM
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When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. 
Rodolfo, painfully aware that he cannot afford the medicine and care Mimì needs, separates from her. At the end of her life Mimì returns to Rodolfo's garret. They ecstatically embrace – but, despite the care of Rodolfo and his friends, Mimì dies.

Guillaume Tell - Saturday, August 1st at 10:00AM
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The Swiss hero William Tell longs to liberate his people from the cruel Austrian occupation. When he helps a Swiss prisoner escape Austrian justice he comes to the attention of the governor Gesler – who sadistically forces Tell to shoot an apple off his son's head. 
As Tell is arrested his fellow revolutionaries, led by the young patriot Arnold and his Austrian lover Mathilde, gather forces to fight for Swiss liberty. Tell escapes in time to lead the victorious uprising.

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Broadcasts of the Royal Ballet in London
La Fille mal gardee- Saturday, June 6th at 10:00AM
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Lise is the only daughter of Simone, a widow and owner of a prosperous farm. She loves Colas, a young farmer – but her mother has far more ambitious plans, and has determined Lise should marry Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner. 

Alain seems as uninterested in marrying Lise as Lise is Alain. Simone initially takes the hard line but eventually gives Lise and Colas her blessing.


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We're thrilled to be a part of Second Sundays on 4th for the third year in a row! The goal of SSO4 is to bring great music and free family-friendly fun to downtown Winston-Salem, and in the process support local businesses and nonprofits that make Winston-Salem a happier, more prosperous and vibrant community! 
Click here to visit the SSO4 site! 

Each SSO4, we'll be featuring a program of vintage cartoon classics beginning at 2PM- all tickets will be just $5! And we're thrilled to have our friends from SECCA here this year after our films with fun, free, cartoon-inspired art projects for the kids! 

These shorts will include names you know (and a few extra surprises), including Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, Baby Huey, Merrie Melodies (featuring Bugs, Daffy, Porky,and more), 1930s Superman cartoons, and many more! Each cartoon program varies in length from 1-2 hours, and is suitable for all ages!  Be sure to stay tuned for additional info! 
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*A Rock and Reel presentation!
One night only- May 27th at 8PM
Special event- all tickets $11.50
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Can breakdancing save the world? From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones, who also provides original music for the film, we are treated to a fascinating look at how hip-hop is striking a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and is inspiring young people to enact social change.

Hip-hop music, and the acrobatic breakdancing culture that arose in tandem with it, started on the streets of The Bronx, but its reach is now worldwide. Today, “b-boys” and a growing number of “b-girls” hone their gravity-defying breaking techniques in virtually every country on the planet. SHAKE THE DUST, by journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, chronicles the far-reaching influence of breakdancing.

Shot in Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda and Yemen, the film shows that while each culture adopts and adapts hip-hop music, blending it with their own traditions, the breakdancing moves act as a universal language. Moving smoothly between breakdance crews in the poorest urban neighborhoods of these countries, Sjöberg weaves together the stories of rappers, DJs, and b-boys across three continents, revealing how breakdancing today acts as a positive force for social change. 

Older generations are passing along their moves and showing kids, most of whom are orphans, that the “family” of hip-hop can be an alternative to street gangs and drug addiction. With a soundtrack of globe-spanning hip-hop samples and some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, SHAKE THE DUST is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.


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