The fall 2009 movie schedule for the Champlain Valley Film Society has been released. Movies are shown at 8 p.m. Saturdays. The following is a list of movies as well as the location where they will be shown:
At the Depot Theatre in Westport:
• Sept. 26 - SUNSHINE CLEANING
This indie comedy from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine was the hit of the Sundance Film Festival. A former cheerleader turned single mom starts a crime scene clean-up business to make some quick cash. "A smart, endearing and offbeat comedy" - Los Angeles Times. "Really great - don't miss out" - Wall Street Journal. "A funny and touching movie" - Rolling Stone.
• Oct. 3 - GOODBYE SOLO
Winner of the International Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival and one of the best-reviewed movies of the year Two men form an improbable friendship that changes both of their lives forever. "The best film in town" - Roger Ebert. "Almost perfect" - New York Times. "Stunning. Don't miss it" - Washington Post. "Utterly engrossing" - Variety.
At Willsboro Central School:
•Oct. 10 - ISLANDER
Lead actor and screenwriter Tom Hildreth will introduce his film. A powerful film about the true spirit of a rural community. The constant tension between locals and "outsiders" is the backbone for this powerful story about a lobsterman whose hot-headed actions have devastating consequences. "There's plenty here to love" - Boston Herald. "Intelligent and compelling" - Hollywood Reporter. "Breathtaking" - Boston Globe. "Captures the spirit of hard-working people" - Sun-Sentinel.
•Oct. 17 - Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL
Pianist Ben Model will accompany this film on the piano. One of the greatest silent comedies is brought to life with live piano accompaniment. When Northern spies seal Buster Keaton's locomotive, he single-handedly takes on the entire Union Army. "One of the finest comedies of all time" - The Observer. For the past 25 years, Ben Model has played the piano for the silent films at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Mr. Model's appearance is co-sponsored by Piano By Nature.
•Oct. 24 - SUGAR
A baseball classic by the writer/director of Half Nelson. Just in time for the World Series, this outstanding drama is about a young Dominican pitcher who longs to break into the American major leagues. "One of the best films of the year" - Chicago Tribune. "A wonderful film" - Roger Ebert. "A sensitive and memorable film" - USA Today. "A film of rare intelligence, beauty and compassion" - Washington Post. "Totally original" - Entertainment Weekly.
At the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall:
• Nov. 7 - FOOD, INC.
Local farmers MIKE & LAURIE DAVIS will introduce this film. The food you buy at the supermarket can kill you! This powerful documentary lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, revealing the often shocking truth about what we eat and how it's produced. "An important movie" - Entertainment Weekly. "See it!" - Washington Post. "Mind blowing" - New York Magazine. Mike Davis is a research agronomist at the Cornell University Willsboro Farm; Laurie Davis is the coordinator for Adirondack Harvest. For the last 15 years, Mike & Laurie have also operated Harvest Hill Farm.
At Willsboro Central School:
• Nov. 21 - EVERY LITTLE STEP
Actor & dancer ANTONETTE KNOEDL will introduce this film. Go behind the scenes of Broadway's best-loved musical. This terrific documentary follows the recent revival of A Chorus Line, from the first casting call to opening night. "Thrilling, a musical dazzler" - Rolling Stone. "Sensational" - Miami Herald. "A triumph" - Wall Street Journal. Antonette Knoedl appeared as Maggie in a recent production of A Chorus Line and she was the choreographer for the Willsboro Drama Club's productions of Damn Yankees and assistant choreographer for their Mame.
•Dec. 5 - THE HURT LOCKER
A tense, powerful drama about the most dangerous job in the world. This "first-rate action thriller" (Wall Street Journal) is a story about the men who disarm bombs during the heat of battle. "A near-perfect movie" - Time Magazine. "One of the great war films" - San Francisco Chronicle. "A masterpiece" - Miami Herald. "A great film" - Roger Ebert. "Brilliant and unforgettable" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Tickets for most films are $5 adults; $2 under 18, with the exception of Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL which is $7.50 adults; $3 under 18.
Check the current schedule by visiting www.cvfilms.org.