Notes From The Program Director | Week of April 7th, 2023

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Notes From The Program Director

Week of April 7th, 2023

Melissa Tamminga

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Newsletter for April 7-13, 2023


Hello, friends!

Pickford audiences have spoken and so we’re hanging on to the Oscar nominee The Quiet Girl, and Oscar winners The Whale and Pinocchio for one final week, and I’m also pleased to say the hilarious Smoking Causes Coughing, which had a couple of teaser preview shows last weekend, is here for a full week’s run. I think it’s safe to say it’s been a long time since I’ve laughed as hard during a film as I did during Smoking Causes Coughing, and just thinking about the film’s “barracuda sequence” as I type, threatens to send me into giggle fits. Director Quentin Dupieaux’s work certainly won’t be for everyone, but anyone who loves the wacky and outrageous won’t want to miss this one.  

New to our screens this week we’ve got two very wonderful and very different films: Roise and Frank and No Bears.

In addition to the varied cinematic delights of No Bears, Roise and Frank, The Quiet Girl, The Whale, and Pinocchio, we also have three very special standalone events this week: Little Richard: I Am Everything, Tuesday, April 11; National Theatre Live: The Crucible, Wednesday, April 12; and Project Pivot, Thursday, April 13.

Little Richard: I Am Everything is a vibrant new documentary about, you guessed it, Little Richard, aka Richard Penniman, "rock n roll’s most dynamic forefather and icon." While the documentary itself is fairly straightforward formally, there is nothing straightforward about Little Richard, and he is just an incredible presence. The film explores his life, his roots, his family, his early brilliance, his bold audacity, his identity as a Black queer person, his contradictions, and it illuminates the ways in which he, in many ways, created rock and roll, but also how many others who imitated and learned from him, especially white musicians, have gotten the credit. If you've seen Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, you may remember the scene where Elvis encounters Little Richard and then clearly takes the inspiration from Little Richard into his own music, style, and movement. This documentary also fills in the gaps and digs much deeper into that truth, detailing just how much rock stars like Elvis, Bowie, the Beatles, Elton John, Mick Jagger, and many others owed to him.  It's a wonderful film, and while beautifully filled with infectious music, also provides much-needed exploration of the need to reclaim a history that has so often been badly told, the Black, queer roots of rock and roll denied or erased.

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