Join a day of activities around one of cinema's most enduring and popular characters, Godzilla. Start with classic Godzilla movies on the big screen. Then, Staples High School English teacher and author Brian Solomon shares his book, which explores the character, popularity and the many facets of the "King of the Monsters." Finish the day with a sculpting workshop with Chris Crowe and create your very own Godzilla!
9:15 am:Godzilla (1954; 1h 36m) 11 am: King Kong vs. Godzilla
(1962; 1h 31m) 1 pm: Author Brian Solomon on his book Godzilla FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of the Monsters 2:30-4:30 pm: Sculpt your own Godzilla with Chris Crowe
Author Brian Solomon has been in love with Godzilla for as long as he can remember, and today he is proud to be passing along the kaiju craze to his own son. As a writer, he's contributed to publications such as Fangoria, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and VENU, and he s even edited a volume on the history of chemical and biological warfare. He s the mastermind behind the popular film website TheVaultOfHorror.net and has given film discussions throughout the greater New York area
In Newtown, the filmmakers use unique access and never-before-heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience. After the film, CNN anchor and Westport resident Alisyn Camerota will moderate a discussion with teacher Abbey Clements, who survived the shooting, will answer questions. (2016, 1h 25m) Register online.
New York Times Critics Pick: “Its sentiments are clear, underscored with heartache eloquently expressed.”
Abbey Clements was a second grade teacher at Sandy Hook School for 11 years. She and her students survived the shooting on December 14, 2012, which took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators. Since the shooting, Abbey has become a gun violence prevention activist; she is both a Survivor Fellow with Everytown for Gun Safety and a Communications Lead for the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Abbey taught at Sandy Hook School for two and a half years after the tragedy, and is currently teaching fourth grade at another Newtown elementary school.
Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). It places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well. Nominated for Golden Globe awards for Best Actress (Natalie Portman). (2016, 1h 40m)
Believing that the war was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic he single-handedly evacuated 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII. He was the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Nominated for Golden Globe awards for Best Picure, Best Actor (Andrew Garfield) and Best Director (Mel Gibson.) (2016, 2h 19m)
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game—a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. Nominated for Golden Globe awards for Best Picure and Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert). (In French with English subtitles; 2016, 2h 10m)
Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. Nominated for Golden Globe awards in Best Actress (Amy Adams) and Best Original Score. (2016, 1h 56m)
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Nominated for Golden Globe awards in Best Picture, Best Actor (Mahershala Ali), Best Actress (Naomie Harris), and Best Director (Barry Jenkins), Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. (2016, 1h 51m)
Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant star in the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Nominated for Golden Globe awards in Best Picture, Best Actor (Hugh Grant), Best Actress (Meryl Streep) and Best Supporting Actor (Simon Helberg). (2016, 1h 51m)
Jeff Nichols directed this story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Nominated for Best Actor (Joel Edgerton) and Best Actress (Ruth Negga) Golden Globe awards. (2016, 2h 3m)
The Westport Library and Westport Cinema Initiative, as part of its ongoing series of pop-up films, present In and Out, a romantic comedy film directed by Frank Oz and starring Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds and Wilford Brimley. Cusack was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. A discussion will follow with Westporter and freelance writer Dan Woog.
(Note that this is a re-scheduled date from January 7.)
Small-town high school English teacher (Kevin Kline) is watching the Academy Awards telecast with his fiancee (Joan Cusack,) when one of his former students (Matt Dillon) wins the Oscar. He wins for playing a gay soldier, and in his acceptance speech, he thanks a lot of people, including the teacher—”who,” he volunteers, “is gay.” This comes as news to the fiancee. Also to the teacher." As a media blitz descends upon on this small Indiana town, the teacher attempts to convince everyone that he's your average straight American male. (1997, 1h 32m) The film will be followed by a talkback.