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Mind Reels Online 2021

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We are very pleased to announce a new “movie club” for your online pleasure! It is a continuation of our very successful daytime series Mind Reels that has been moved to an online series of documentary films, lectures and Q & A in advance of our theater opening in the New Year! The series will be presented on Zoom five Wednesdays at 5pm, November 3rd-December 8th, with a break the week of Thanksgiving.

Mind Reels Online 2021 is co-produced by the Lark Brain Trust and is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Arnold Kahn, a valued member of the Lark.

Michael Fox is a film journalist and critic whose outlets include KQED Arts & Culture. He teaches documentary classes at the OLLI programs at UC Berkeley and S.F. State, and curated and hosted the CinemaLit series at the Mechanics’ Institute for 14 years. Fox is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle and an inductee of the S.F. Film Society’s Essential SF.

Cost for the 5-class series is $100 for General, and $90 for Lark Theater Members.

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Marlene

Released: 1984  Length: 92 min

Maximilian Schell, Director

Marlene

Marlene

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11/3 - Zoom 5pm Buy Tickets
Series $100
Series for Members $90

November 3 at 5pm – Zoom discussion
Available to view on Amazon Prime or Kanopy prior to Zoom

In 1982, Oscar-winning actor/director Maximilian Schell arrived in Paris for a series of on-camera interviews intended for a documentary on Marlene Dietrich. Despite having agreed to participate, the near-recluse withdrew permission and instead, in over 40 hours of audiotaped interviews, the 81-year-old legend provoked a battle royale of conversational mind games leading to unforgettably raw and truthful emotional revelations. “A portrait of a remarkably strong-willed woman, stage-managing her career right up to the bitter end.”—The New York Times

Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary—National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle; German Film Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Film

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Forever

Released: 2006  Length: 95 min

Heddy Honigmann, Director

Forever

Forever

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11/10 - Zoom 5pm Buy Tickets
Series $100
Series for Members $90

November 10 at 5pm – Zoom discussion
Available to view on Amazon Prime prior to Zoom

This little-seen film spirals outward from Paris’s Pere-Lachaise cemetery, final resting place of countless great composers, writers, painters, poets and other artists from around the world. A poignant and powerful meditation on the relationship between the living and the dead, and the immortal power of art.

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Summer of Soul (…Or, when the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Released: 2021  Length: 118 min

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Director

Summer of Soul

Summer of Soul (…Or, when the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

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11/17 Zoom 5pm Buy Tickets
Series $100
Series for Members $90

November 17 at 5pm
Available to view on Hulu prior to Zoom

In his acclaimed filmmaking debut, composer and musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson has crafted a remarkably broad and deep work—part music film, part historical record—around the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

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Man on Wire

Released: 2008  Length: 94 min

James Marsh, Director

Man on Wire

Man on Wire

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12/1 - Zoom 5pm Buy Tickets
Series $100
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December 1 at 5pm — Zoom discussion
Available to view on Amazon Prime and Kanopy prior to Zoom

On August 7, 1974, a Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the World Trade Center’s twin towers. After dancing for nearly an hour, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation and jailed before being released. Talent, ambition, preparation, collaboration, performance, hubris, fame, betrayal—it’s all here. Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

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Stories We Tell

Released: 2012  Length: 103 min

Sarah Polley, Director

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

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12/8 - Zoom 5pm Buy Tickets
Series $100
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December 8 at 5pm
Available to view on Amazon Prime and Kanopy prior to Zoom

Polley is both filmmaker and detective investigating the secrets kept by her family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, unraveling the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: complicated, messy and loving. In the course of exploring the elusive nature of truth and memory, Stories We Tell reveals itself as a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families.

Writers Guild of America—Best Documentary Screenplay, Directors Guild of Canada—Allan King Award for Best Documentary.