Special Showing

Dark Waters

Saturday, February 22 at 2pm

With David Bond, Associate Director of Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College

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Dark Waters

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman

Dark Waters tells the shocking and heroic story of an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.

Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Academy Award-nominee Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight—one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah (Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.

  • Director: Todd Haynes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

Film Series

French Film Festival

Mondays, February 17, 24 + March 2 at 7pm

French Film Festival 2020 / Against the Odds: Strength and Resilience in Francophone and French Film.

French Professors Katarzyna Pieprzak, Cécile Tresfels and Sophie Saint-Just will introduce the films. Tazzeka and Ouvrir la Voix are in French and Félicité is in Lingala and French. The three films will be screened with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public.

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Félicité

Starring: Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka

* In Lingala and French with English subtitles

Félicité is a Congolese singer who desperately needs money after her 14-year-old son Samo suffers a serious accident. She soon finds financial and emotional support from Tabu, one of the regulars in the bar where she performs.

  • Director: Alain Gomis
  • Runtime: 2 hours 9 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Director Alain Gomis’s cinematic style is spectacularly multifaceted. The camerawork and cutting often have the fleetness of a documentary”

– New York Times

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Ouvrir la voix / Speak up

* In French with English subtitles

Black women whose origins lie in European colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean discuss their different backgrounds and experiences as victims of discrimination, and talk about how they are often reduced to clichés.

  • Director: Amandine Gay
  • Runtime: 2 hours 2 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“As radically frank in style as in substance...it provides, in its brief span, the sense of a distant journey that ranges far through an unseen France and deeply into the lives of people who live there.... a vital film in itself and a virtual kit for the inspiration of other filmmakers; it’s an opening of voices and of paths.”

– New Yorker

This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams College Romance Languages Department and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The festival was co-organized by Jane Canova of the Center for Foreign Languages and French Professor Brian Martin.

Special Showing

Cat Video Fest

Saturday, 2/29 + Sunday, 3/1 at 2pm

CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses.

CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters. This program will be shown across the country, all supporting local organizations that help cats in need. 10% of ticket sales at Images will go to Second Chance Animal Center.

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Cat Video Fest 2020

CatVideoFest 2020 is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses.

CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters. A percentage of each ticket goes to local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.

This all-new CatVideoFest is suitable for all ages.

  • Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
  • Genre: cat videos!

Film Series

20th Century Women

Mondays at 7pm, unless otherwise indicated

Images Cinema

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. In celebration of that historic expansion of voting rights, Images Cinema is presenting a series of films about women’s activism and advocacy from then until today. January through May 2020 Images will present both narrative and documentary films that highlight woman activist stories. Each film is paired with a woman activist guest speaker or speakers.

Regular admission prices apply unless otherwise noted.

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Time for Ilhan

Starring: Ilhan Omar

Guest Speakers: Tracy Baker White of Greylock Together and Maddy Art of Mount Greylock REV (Register, Educate, Vote) will speak about local voter engagement initiatives

On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness,” and the documentary film Time for Ilhan intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for State Representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to the nation's largest Somali community. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, Time for Ilhan offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career.

  • Director: Norah Shapiro
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The story of the immigrant Omar’s remarkable journey is a light in the darkness of current American politics.”

– Culture Trip

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Salt of the Earth

Starring: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas

Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Hidalgo, Williams College Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion

Based on the 1950 strike by zinc miners in New Mexico, this little-seen classic tells the story of Mexican-American workers protesting unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts. Ramon Quintero helps organize the strike, but he is shown to be a hypocrite by treating his pregnant wife, Esperanza, with the same unfairness the company bosses show him. When an injunction stops the men from protesting, women find themselves on the picket lines while the men stay at home, undermining traditional gender roles. This 1954 film, written, directed, and produced by three blacklisted filmmakers, features actual miners and their families in roles based on their own lives and experiences.

  • Director: Herbert J. Biberman
  • Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Salt of the Earth has a powerful and often lyrical script, is shot in a style informed by Italian neorealism, and makes atmospheric use of New Mexico's landscapes. It's a rousing tribute to its subjects' fight not only for economic parity with Anglo workers, but for racial justice. It also treated, uniquely for the time it was made, questions of race and class as inseparable from those of gender. ”

– The Guardian

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Norma Rae

Starring: Sally Field, Ron Liebman, Beau Bridges

Guest Speaker: Karen Burkart, a union organizer with UNITE HERE

Sally Field won an Oscar for her portrayal of Norma Rae, a young working class Southern woman struggling to get by. Like a lot of her family before her, Norma Rae works at the local textile mill, where the pay is hardly commensurate with the long hours and lousy working conditions. After hearing a rousing speech by labor activist Reuben, Norma is inspired to rally her fellow workers behind the cause of unionism. Her decision rankles her family, especially her fiancé, Sonny, and provokes the ire of her employers. Based on the true story of labor organizer Crystal Lee Sutton, Norma Rae has become the a labor organizing classic.

  • Director: Martin Ritt
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“This is Sally Field's movie. Her performance - hyperbole completely aside - is peerless, one of the major achievements by an actress in the movies of any place and of any time. ”

– The Globe and Mail

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Hidden Figures

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Mahershala Ali

Guest Speaker: Haydee Lindo, Williams College Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the 1960s who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn. Before the advent of computers as we know them today, “computers” were people who did all of the math necessary to plan, build, and design all that is involved in a outer space travel. Unheralded at the time, this visionary trio is now inspiring new generations across all genders and racial lines.

  • Director: Theodore Melfi
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“A dazzling piece of entertainment and a window into history. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe all give superb, luminous performances: Watching them is pure pleasure. ”

– Time

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Williamstown of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. This project is also sponsored by the Williamstown League of Women's Voters.

Special Showing

Missing Link

Saturday, March 14 at 2pm

Williamstown Community Chest presents a free community screening of Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature, Missing Link.

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Missing Link

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry

This event is presented by the Williamstown Community Chest and sponsored by Donovan O'Connor & Dodig

Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr Link, who is 8 feet tall and covered in fur, recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, the trio encounters their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world. Through it all, they learn that sometimes one can find a family in the places one least expects.

  • Director: Chris Butler
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Family

“As with so many Laika films, you’ll come for the breathtaking animation, and you’ll leave both enchanted and surprised by the big, beating heart beneath it.”

– Consequence of Sound

This event is presented by the Williamstown Community Chest and sponsored by Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.

Special Showing

New York Cat Film Festival

Saturday, March 28 at 2pm

The annual Cat Film Festival™ is a collection of short films - animated, documentary, or narrative films with actors and a script. These are not random internet "cat videos" - these are films which have been made with an intention, concept or story to convey something essential about cats. The films celebrate the kitties who share our world and their relationships with people, no matter where or how they live - as feral cats in a colony, or between the covers in someone’s bed.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Berkshire Humane Society

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New York Cat Film Festival

Tickets per program are $12 general, $10 for members and children.

  • Runtime: 2 hours

“The New York Cat Film Festival is very much its own animal.”

– New York Times

Special Showing

New York Dog Film Festival

Sunday, March 29 at 2pm

The annual Dog Film Festival™ is a collection of short films - animated, documentary, or narrative films with actors and a script - which are a celebration of the love between dogs and their people.

The Dog Film Festival™ is an annual celebration of the love between dogs and their people, through short films from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain, benefiting local animal welfare groups that bring people and pets together.

[These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]

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New York Dog Film Festival

Tickets per program are $12 general, $10 for members and children. $5 suggested donation for dogs

  • Runtime: 2 hours

“Warm and fuzzies all around and pass the pupcorn.”

– New York Times