Screenings + Events

mamafilm will pilot our screening series in a microcinema at Revolutsia (2721 E. Central, 2nd floor.) Thank you to our presenting sponsor Fidelity Bank. Additional support comes from Not Dead Yet Vintage, KMUW and Wichita Mom’s Blog. Read the full mamafilm press release.

Important Information:

  • Due to limited seating, Advanced Purchase is REQUIRED
  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, seating is first-come, first-served.
  • Attendees may BYO drink and food. We recommend patroning our neighbors at  Revolutsia including Boards, Prost and Little Lion Cafe, who can offer food and beverage to go.
  • Screenings will be followed by connective and engaging discussions designed to build community amongst nurturers, caregivers and cinema lovers. See below for films on sale now!
  • Parking is available in the Revolutsia parking lot behind the building, on the street or across Central to the North
  • Some of our films may not yet be rated by the MPAA. Parental discretion is advised. Please, no babes in arms
  • Interested in renting the microcinema for a private screening or event? Click here and scroll to the contact me form.

 

 

QUALITY PROBLEMS | Saturday May 25, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Brooke Purdy & Doug Purdy, USA, 2017, 106 m.

Family To-Do-List: Throw perfect eight-year-old’s birthday party, find wandering grandpa, and deal with cancer in the left boob.

Bailey and Drew are a 40-something couple much like other couples: They have two kids, two jobs, one dad with Alzheimer’s, and one boob with cancer. With only two weeks until daughter Scout’s eighth birthday party, Bailey just wants to shorten her massive ‘to do’ list. Despite her condition, strong-willed Bailey shuffles through countless errands, teaches a weekly Boot Camp class, and starts a bar fight during a girls’ night out. Ever-supportive Drew works extra side jobs all while encouraging Bailey to relax and let him ‘fix’ things. But Bailey doesn’t want to be ‘fixed,’ and an eye-opening moment with her ten-year-old son makes Bailey come to life-altering changes. A brilliant blend of humor and raw emotion, directors Doug and Brooke Purdy (who also happen to be the stars) do what few films about cancer do: make us feel good about life.

 

BECOMING ASTRID | Saturday June 8, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen, Sweden/Denmark, 2018, 123 m.

Teenaged Astrid Lindgren (Alba August), who later went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series, leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen).

After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother, Marie (Trine Dyrholm). Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg’s offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see Lasse. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son. In spite of her struggles, Astrid emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work.

 

FOR SAMA | Saturday June 15, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts, UK, 2019, 95 m.

Winner Grand Jury Prize 2019 SXSW,  Winner Grand Jury Prize 2019, HotDocs, Official Selection Cannes Film Festival

For Sama’ is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice — whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

 

FOR THE BIRDS | Saturday June 22, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Richard Miron, 2018, USA, 92 m.

A woman”s love for her pet ducks, chickens, geese, and turkeys—all 200 of them—ignites a battle with local animal rescuers and puts her marriage in jeopardy. What starts as a story seemingly about Kathy’s battle with local animal advocacy groups slowly transforms into an intimate drama about her relationship with her husband Gary, and the toll the birds have taken on their marriage and her well-being. Filmed over the course of five years, this sensitive tale of one woman’s world breaking down—poignant and absorbing in equal measure—is ultimately one of hope about the possibility of regaining one’s life.

 

PAST SCREENINGS 

CHEF FLYNN | Saturday May 11, 3:00pm and 6:30pm – SOLD OUT
Directed by Cameron Yates, USA, 2019, 82 m.

While many of his peers were still playing with toy cars, Flynn McGarry was creating remarkable gastronomic delights at his home in Studio City, California. Enjoying unwavering support from his mother Meg, an artist who documented every step of his distinctive journey, he devoted himself entirely to his creative passion. Flynn loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became known as the “Teen Chef,” establishing his own supper club at age 12 and being featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. Before he was 16, he had staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. But critics soon emerged who challenged Flynn’s rapid ascent in the culinary world, threatening to distract him from his dream. Pairing Meg’s exhaustive home videos with intimate vérité footage, director Cameron Yates (The Canal Street Madam) creates a collage of Flynn’s singular focus and one-of-a-kind childhood. The result is a uniquely comprehensive portrait of a young star’s rise as seen from the inside.