SAMMI'S FAVORITE THINGS: SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL'S JUNE MOVIESSAMMI'S FAVORITE THINGS

June 6

Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986) - SUNDANCE NOW SHORTS 

Documents heavy metal fans tailgating in a parking lot outside a Judas Priest concert.

  • Director: Jeff Krulik, John Heyn
June 8

Cousin Bobby (1992) - A SUNDANCE NOW EXCLUSIVE

Newly restored, Jonathan Demme’s stirring 1992 documentary introduced audiences to his uncle Robert Castle, a fiercely political Episcopalian minister who fights tirelessly to improve the lives of people of color both in his Harlem parish and around the country. 

  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Cast: Robert Castle, Jonathan Demme
June 12

New Collection: LGBTQ Stories

An Englishman In New York (2009) - ONLY ON SUNDANCE NOW

The later years of Quentin Crisp's life in New York.

  • Director: Richard Laxton
  • Cast: John Hurt, Cynthia Nixon, Swoosie Kurtz, Denis O’Hare, Jonathan Tucker
  • Awards: Berlin International Film Festival
Latter Days (2003) - ONLY ON SUNDANCE NOW

A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.

  • Director: C. Jay Cox
  • Cast: Steve Sandvoss, Wes Ramsey, Rebekah Johnson, Amber Benson
  • Awards: Outfest
Out In The Dark (2012) - ONLY ON SUNDANCE NOW

Follows the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.

  • Director: Michael Mayer
  • Cast: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jamil Khoury
  • Awards: Nashville Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival
Sand Dollars (2014)  

An older European woman becomes enchanted with a young Dominican woman who must struggle to make ends meet. Love brings a flow of entanglements in a drama which unfolds like palm trees in an irresistible storm.

  • Director: Israel Cardenas, Laura Amelia Guzman
  • Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica, Ricardo Ariel Toribio
  • Awards: Nashville Film Festival, Havana Film Festival
Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story (2015) - ONLY ON SUNDANCE NOW

The story of Chuck Holmes, a San Francisco pornographer turned philanthropist. Holmes helped shaped and create gay identity in the years after Stonewall, and later became a major contributor to gay advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT Victory Fund.

  • Director: Michael Stabile
  • Cast: Jim Bentley, Tom Chase, David Forest, Sabin Gray, Chi Chi LaRue
June 19

The Off Hours (2011) 

A waitress working the night shift at a roadside diner in a small, industrial town becomes intrigued by a charming truck driver, while the diner's owner struggles to keep his dwindling business afloat.

  • Director: Megan Griffiths
  • Cast: Amy Seimetz, Alice Bridgforth, Scoot McNairy, Wally Dalton, Lynn Shelton
The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger (2016) - ONLY ON SUNDANCE NOW

A portrait of the intellectual and storyteller John Berger.

  • Director: Bartek Dziadosz, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Tilda Swinton
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, John Berger
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)  - ONLY ON SUNDANCE NOW

Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.

  • Director: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Cast: Behzad Dorani
  • Awards: Venice Film Festival, Talinn Black Nights Film Festival
June 22

Guest Curator: Michael Showalter *THE BIG SICK releases June 23rd

The Bureau - Season 3 (2017) - A SUNDANCE NOW ORIGINAL

*Released Weekly* The next chapter in the ongoing story of French intelligence officer Malotru. The addictive espionage series revolves around the double lives of undercover agents within the French secret service and stars Mathieu Kassovitz (“Amélie” and “Munich”) and Brad Leland (“Friday Night Lights” and “Deepwater Horizon”).

  • Creator: Eric Rochant
  • Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Sara Giraudeau
Now The Discussion (2017) - A SUNDANCE NOW ORIGINAL

*Released Weekly* The companion show to The Bureau, hosted by celebrity fans of the The Bureau, to discuss the intricate plots and twists of season three. This will include two recap shows to summarize season one and two, and offer casual and lively conversations covering major events and themes from the latest episodes. Each episode will be available in conjunction with the weekly release of season three episodes.

  • Creator: Paul Croce & National Picture Show
  • Cast: Michael Weaver, Brooke Lyons, Julian Dujarric, Jamie M. Fox
June 26

Blancanieves (2012) 

A twist on the Snow White fairy tale, set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.

  • Director: Pablo Berger
  • Cast: Maribel Verdu, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Gimenez Cacho
  • Awards: European Film Awards, Goya Awards, Gaudi Awards, San Sebastian Film Festival
Forbidden Zone (1980)  

The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.

  • Director: Richard Elfman
  • Cast: Danny Elfman, Joe Spinell, Herve Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Oingo Boingo
Giusseppe Makes A Movie (2014)

In Ventura, CA Giuseppe Andrews makes movies in his trailer park where he grew up. A former child actor in some big movies, he is inspired more by the crazy independent filmmakers of history: Bunuel, Cassavetes and Fassbinder. Obsessed with the edges of society, dirty language spoken as poems and occasional nudity, Giuseppe's films may resemble the underground worlds of Harmony Korine, John Waters and Tod Browning.

  • Director: Adam Rifkin
  • Cast: Giusseppe Andrews, Miles Dougal
June 28

Hated: GG Allin & The Murder Junkies (1993

Documentary about the life and death of the notorious underground punk icon GG Allin, the foul mouthed, heroin shooting lead singer of the Murder Junkies, who would throw excrement at the crowd, start fights with the biggest guys in the audience, and threatened to kill himself onstage. He was considered the lowest common denominator of our society by some, an avant-garde artist by others.

  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Cast: GG Allin, Merle Allin, Dee Dee Ramone
June 29

New Collection: Patriotism Collection (US Only) *To celebrate the 4th of July


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