The Act of Killing
2012 | Denmark | NR | 115 min.
Following the Indonesian military coup in the 1960s, leaders of paramilitary death squads were responsible for killing more than a million alleged Communists and others who threatened those in power. Nearly 50 years later, these crimes have gone unpunished, and the perpetrators maintain a heroic view of the atrocities they committed. This groundbreaking doc puts the cameras in the hands of some of the most notorious of these gangsters, who delight in the opportunity to glorify their past deeds by staging dramatic reenactments of their crimes on film in surreal, B-movie fashion. The result is an astonishing history lesson and a chilling view into the minds of mass murderers who only begin to feel repentant after being confronted with the filmed record of their crimes. The Audience Award winner at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, “The Act of Killing” is a testament to the power of filmmaking.
Fri 6 pm Old Town Playhouse | Sat 9 pm Milliken Auditorium
A Band Called Death
2012 | USA | NR | 98 min.
Before the Sex Pistols and the Ramones defined punk for a generation, there was Death. Formed by three teenage brothers in a spare bedroom of their family home in a working class black neighborhood in Detroit, the pioneering proto-punk band had dreams of making it big, and pressed their own record in order to pitch to the big labels. But in the era when Motown and disco reigned supreme, Death was doomed to obscurity – until their dusty demo recording was discovered in an attic 30 years later. A captivating and moving tale of family and redemption, this epic rockumentary follows the band’s decades-long journey to being recognized as pioneers of punk by a new generation.
Thu 9 pm City Opera House | Sun 6 pm Milliken Auditorium
Big Easy Express
2012 | USA | NR | 67 min.
The next wave of American folk music is out in full force in this exuberant road movie/concert film from veteran music doc director Emmett Malloy. The rollicking doc follows indie folk bands Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mumford & Sons on their cross-country Railroad Revival Tour as they traverse six cities from Oakland, California to New Orleans on a vintage train. The picturesque landscape across the American Southwest and the rhythmic clack of the train wheels provides the perfect backdrop for the bands to jam together and swap stories en route to jubilant, jam-packed concerts.
Wed 6 pm Old Town Playhouse | Fri 9 pm City Opera House