You’ll want to bring a friend to the theater with you for these highly recommended films. As a group, they inspire a rich, deep and complex spectrum of emotions, and each one leaves you with an urgent need to discuss what you’ve just experienced.
In theaters across the country
On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie is suffocating under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, he scours hookup sites for men, and begins meeting them at a nearby cruising beach while entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.
Opens today at NYC’s IFC Center and LA’s Laemmle Monica. Q&A with Yance Ford tonight, 7:05pm at IFC
Strong Island chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy—from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America.
Opens today in the Bay Area, and on September 22 in NYC and LA.
After over a decade of federal monitoring for misconduct and civil rights abuses, the Oakland Police Department hires Chief Sean Whent—a young, clear-eyed idealist—in hopes of bridging an historically tense divide between its officers and the community they serve. We see a department desperate to shed its corrupt image, but also challenged by an increasingly organized and urgent Black Lives Matter movement erupting right outside its doorstep.
October 6th in NYC, with more cities to follow.
Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. From the local nail salon, the beaches of Ocean City, Dina’s racy bachelorette party, and a Poconos honeymoon, Dina reexamines the notion of love on-screen.
The Florida Project
In theaters October 6th
Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a motel managed by Bobby, whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite harsh surroundings, the precocious Moonee and her playmates have no trouble making each day a celebration of life.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
On Netflix October 6
Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? When the beloved, self-described “street queen” of NY’s Christopher Street was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD called her death a suicide. Protests erupted but the police remained impassive and refused to investigate. Now, twenty-five years on, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson examines Marsha’s death—and her extraordinary life.
Brimstone & Glory
Coming Fall 2017
For the people of Tultepec, Mexico, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. The festival is the anchor of a way of life built around the generations-old business of making fireworks by hand—a business that employs three quarters of Tultepec residents. Plunging headlong into the fire, Brimstone & Glory honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself.
Beach Rats is a Cinereach production. Cinereach worked with Strong Island, The Force, Dina, The Florida Project, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, and Brimstone & Glory through other funding and support mechanisms.