Regional Filmmakers Spotlight
6 p.m. January 31
Featuring Q&A with director Travis Mills
From Louisiana Film Prize Top 20 director Travis Mills comes an exciting new feature. BLOOD COUNTRY is a Western filmed in the South, a true story of events that took place in Mississippi after the Civil War. When a man is accused of killing his brother, the town sheriff must find the truth and bring the killer to justice. Screening includes Mills Film Prize Top 20 short film HER CALLING.
Book Lovers Supper Club
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6 p.m. February 8
Dinner and book discussion
$23 ($16, RFC members)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller is a new take on Southern history. In this story, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor – engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. The Underground Railroad is a kinetic tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
Regional Filmmakers Spotlight
7:30 p.m. January 16
Featuring filmmaker Q&A
In the tradition of the glorious B-movies of the ‘60s and ‘70s comes a new horror flick from local filmmaker Garrett Kruithof. Our story begins when a group of friends decide to experiment with a new drug. Then what may or may not be the actual devil shows up, and all hell breaks loose. Q&A features writer/director Kruithof, actor/writer/producer Eric Gibson, producer Jonathan Kudabeck and actor Drew Rin Varick.
Presented by LSU Health, School of Allied Health Professions
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
10:30 a.m. January 16
$16, movie and luncheon, ($15, RFC members)
Encore screening 7:45 p.m. January 17 (movie only)
There is no better way to start the new year than with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell as a pair of showgirls being pursued by a private detective and several doting admirers. “You won't find a more elegant take on '50s va-va-voom or a more joyous paean to the campy self-empowerment of two little girls from Little Rock,” says Time Out.
Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock [Daniel Day-Lewis] and his sister Cyril [Lesley Manville] are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma [Vicky Krieps], who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Presented by Lola Magazine
6 p.m. January 25
Panel Q&A following screening
Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through insights from authors and neuroscientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
Heels and Reels
5:30 p.m. January 30
$29 dinner and movie ($22, RFC members)
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.An Amazonian princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world's greatest heroes.