Out of caution, and following the lead of our art house cinema and local arts & cultural organizations, mama.film microcinema will be closed until further notice.
But please join us for our new online series: Community Cinema Convos!
COMMUNITY CINEMA CONVOS:
SAINT FRANCES | Sunday, April 5, 5:00pm CST
Directed by Directed by Alex Thompson, 2019, USA , 106 m.
*We suggest starting the film at 3:00pm CST and then joining the discussion at 5:00pm CST
How to Watch the Film:
*Rent SAINT FRANCES here and 50% of the box office goes to mama.film!
Join the Conversation, with Special Guests from the cast & crew: including Director Alex Thompson and Screenwriter/Lead Actor Kelly O’Sullivan, by clicking this zoom link. It’s free to be part of the discussion.
Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family
BITE ME | Sunday, March 29, 3:45pm
Directed by Directed by Meredith Edwards , 2019, USA, 83 min
FREE TO JOIN
*We suggest starting the film at 2:00pm CST and then joining the discussion at 3:45pm CST
Watch the Conversation, with Special Guests from the cast & crew: (including writer/actor Naomi McDougall Jones, Director Meredith Edwards, Producer Sarah Wharton, and cast Christian Coulson, Naomi Grossman and Mahira Kakkar )
Bite Me is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. Set in modern-day New York City, the film follows two, seemingly incompatible misfits as they struggle to break free from their identity crises and discover who they really are. The central tension and heart-warming joy of the film comes from watching these two outsiders surrender to the terrifying act of falling in love. Bite Me is a love song to the unsung weirdos of our generation.
ALIVE AND KICKING | Sunday, March 22, 3:15pm
Directed by Susan Glatzer, USA, 2017, 88m.
FREE TO JOIN
How to Watch the Film: https://www.netflix.com/title/80105356 or rent it on Amazon Prime or iTunes
Watch the Conversation, with Special Guest Director Susan Glatzer and Editor Heidi Zimmerman.
We suggest starting the film at 2:00pm CST and then joining the discussion at 3:15pm CST
Born out of the Great Depression, swing dancing elevates the human spirit beyond one’s circumstances as dancers can move to the beat for the sheer joy of it and disappear into something bigger, something dazzling, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst. ALIVE AND KICKING gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society.
mamafilm Season 2 is happening in Downtown Wichita at The Lux (120 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202.)
Tickets: Tickets are $10. Advance tickets guarantee entry, seating is limited and is first-come first-seated. Advanced purchase strongly recommended. CASH ONLY for tickets at the door.
Concessions: You may continue to BYO food/drinks to the cinema; unlimited popcorn will be available for $1 and is free for members.
Parking: Most of our events will take place in the evenings and on weekends. There is ample FREE parking on Market Street & in surrounding lots on these off-hours.
Doors: The Lux Doors & Theater Door will open 30 minutes before showtime. The main building doors will close 30 minutes after the start of the film. Arrive on time!
Other questions? Feel free to email us!
All April films have been postponed and we will keep you updated as soon as we know when we can open the cinema again.
If you’ve already purchased tickets for the show, your tickets will be honored at the rescheduled screening or may be exchanged for a future screening. We will be in touch directly.
SUNSET BOULEVARD/NORMA DESMOND COSTUME PARTY | TBD
Directed by Billy Wilder, USA, 1950, 110m.
Tickets include complimentary champagne cocktails (21+) + popcorn
Throw on your Norma Desmond best and join us for champagne cocktails and a 70th anniversary screening of Sunset Boulevard. An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, the portrait of a forgotten silent star, living in exile in her grotesque mansion, screening her old films, dreaming of a comeback.
MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS | TBD
Directed by Irene Taylor-Brodsky, USA, 2010, 90m.
Director Irene Taylor Brodsky once again turns the camera on her deaf parents and, now, her 11-year-old deaf son Jonas, who has cochlear implants and is discovering a profound world of hearing–and music. As Jonas learns the first movement of Beethoven’s iconic sonata on the piano, his grandparents, deaf for nearly 80 years, watch with deepening awe what time and technology have bestowed their grandson. But when Jonas struggles with the sound of his mistakes, Beethoven’s own musical journey comes to life in an animated world of watercolor and haunting soundscapes. As the great composer loses the sense that brought him so much music and fame, Jonas’s grandfather Paul loses his grasp on his mind. Their lives weave a sonata over three centuries, about all we can discover once we push beyond what has been lost.
SWALLOW | TBD
Directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis, USA, 2020, 96m.
On the surface, Hunter (Haley Bennett) appears to have it all. A newly pregnant housewife, she seems content to spend her time tending to an immaculate home and doting on her Ken-doll husband, Richie (Austin Stowell). However, as the pressure to meet her controlling in-laws and husband’s rigid expectations mounts, cracks begin to appear in her carefully created facade. Hunter develops a dangerous habit, and a dark secret from her past seeps out in the form of a disorder called pica — a condition that has her compulsively swallowing inedible, and oftentimes life-threatening, objects. A provocative and squirm-inducing psychological thriller, SWALLOW follows one woman’s unraveling as she struggles to reclaim independence in the face of an oppressive system by whatever means possible.
CATVIDEOFEST 2020 | TBD
Directed by Various, Starring Cats, USA, 2020, 71m.
10% of proceeds go directly to Friends of Feral Felines. Hosted by The Tudor Cats
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, of course, classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.
LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE | Wednesday, March 11, 6:30pm / Thursday, March 12, 6:30pm
Directed by Rob Epstein, Jefferey Friedman, USA, 2019, 95m.
LINDA RONSTADT: The Sound of My Voice is a musical biography of one of the most successful and versatile female singers of the 20th century — and one of the most successful recording artists of all time. At the height of unprecedented success, Ronstadt, a restless and adventurous artist, turned away from pop music to explore an astonishing variety of musical styles, from American standards to country to classical operetta before circling back to her family roots with traditional Mexican canciones. Withstanding constant pressure from a risk-averse industry, Linda insisted on following her musical instincts. Today Ronstadt has Parkinson’s disease and her magnificent singing voice has been silenced. But rather than letting that voice be lost to history, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice tells Linda’s story through her own words and music, and by such professional colleagues as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Aaron Neville among many others.
THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES | Thursday, March 5, 6:30pm / Sunday, March 8, 2:00pm
Directed by Alison Reid, Canada, 2019, 83m.
In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. In THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES Anne (now 85) retraces her steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world’s first ‘giraffologist’, whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both.
ANTIGONE | Thursday, February 27, 6:30pm / Sunday, March 1, 2:00pm
Directed by Sophie Deraspel, Canada, 2019, 109m.
Gripping, powerful, and of-the-moment, Antigone loosely adapts Sophocles’ Greek tragedy and situates it in contemporary Montreal. The latest from critically acclaimed Québécois writer-director Sophie Deraspe (The Wolves, The Amina Profile) is a compassionate family drama that doesn’t hold back on its indictment of the current refugee and immigrant experience in North America.
HONEYLAND | Thursday, February 20, 7:00pm / Sunday, February 23, 2:00pm
Directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, Republic of Macdeonia, 2019, 87m.
Oscar 2020 nominee Best Documentary Feature
Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, HONEYLAND is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.
WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS | Sunday, February 16, 2:00pm
Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, USA, 2019, 95m.
Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color on the front lines of social justice, started by two fierce, queer women of color. Set in Oakland, CA, a city with a deep history of social-justice movements, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units such as being an LGBTQ ally, preserving the environment, and promoting disability justice. Filmed over three years, WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS follows this mission-driven troop as they face the challenge of growing their organization, both before and after the 2016 election.
AFTER PARKLAND | Wednesday, February 12, 7:00pm
Directed by Emily Taguchi & Jake Lefferman, USA, 2019, 92m.
In the days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 that killed 17 people and launched a nationwide student movement, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman embedded with students and families whose lives were forever transformed. Weaving together candid, in-depth interviews, vérité footage, and personal videos, the film chronicles moments both intimate and defining – from the quiet hours of grief and reflection, to those of political awakening, and onto milestones on the public stage – creating a moving portrait of one community’s crusade to turn tragedy into progress.