Monday, May 10
Directed by 2021 Master of Cinema honoree Lee Grant, Down and Out in America won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1987. This exploration of homelessness, foreclosures, and food insecurity during the Reagan era recession--from the heartland, where farms in Minnesota are being dismembered by local banks, through to the tent-communities of Los Angeles and welfare hotels of New York--is more pertinent today than ever. Produced by HBO, the film broke ground by being the first cable program to win an Academy Award. Screenings at the Marketplace Drive-In sponsored by Parkway Lincoln
After fleeing Earth in the 1980s, an eccentric alien returns to his quaint childhood home to look for his best friend Sam. While Thorp may be not of this world, the film considers what it means to be human today with campy humor and a generous helping of retro style. The film hits close to home in many ways, including being able to boast Liz Printz and Andrew Terlizzi, two UNCSA alums, as producers.
*Note: Films playing in the virtual theatre will still be available to purchase for 72 hours from their scheduled screening date.
Monday, May 10 - Virtual Screenings Opening Today
Two families search for their loved ones who went missing in the vast ranch lands of Brooks County, Texas, the site of more migrant deaths than anywhere else in the country. On their journey, they meet vigilante ranchers, humanitarian activists, Border Patrol search and rescue teams, and others locked in a proxy version of the national immigration debate.
After a half truth lands her under immense financial pressure, Ludi Alcidor embarks on a frantic scour through Miami's private care-taking world in an increasingly desperate--and extemporized--attempt to send money to her family in Haiti. The film, an official selection of the SXSW Film Festival, was inspired by the experiences of director Edson Jean's mother during her first years as an immigrant in Miami.
Theirs is the Kingdom follows the rare creation of a contemporary fresco mural inside the sanctuary of a small church in Asheville, NC, examining the intersection of poverty and portraiture. This is a painting not of the rich and powerful, but of people battling homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. From first sketch to final unveiling, the viewer witnesses the difficulties of this ancient artistic technique while also meeting an ensemble cast of rich, complex characters. WORLD PREMIERE