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John Lewis: Good Trouble
Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

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Aviva
AVIVA is an impressionistic, uniquely sexy musical romance, set in a world of gender-fluid and frequently fully-unclothed bodies. From director Boaz Yakin (Fresh, Remember the Titans, A Price Above Rubies), this dreamy film tells a story that is timeless, universal, and yet up-to-the-moment, with choreography from co-star Bobbi Jene Smith (formerly of Israel's Batsheva Dance Company),

Aviva, played by Zina Zinchenko and Or Schraiber, is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with New Yorker Eden, played by Tyler Phillips and Bobbie Jene Smith. After a long courtship, they meet in person, fall in love, and get married. Incorporating exuberant dance sequences, and daringly expressing both masculine and feminine sides, AVIVA captures the restless and changing times, when who we are as women and men, and how we navigate the world, is up for grabs.


Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things
Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. “Ella: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.

The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music. - a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism.



Quarantine Cat Film Festival
Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. This compilation reel brings together the cutest, funniest, bravest and most loving of these videos, exclusively filmed during the pandemic. 

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My Darling Vivian
This "fascinating" (Variety), "deeply affecting" (The Hollywood Reporter), and "thoroughly engrossing" (Rolling Stone) new film traces the romantic and dizzying journey of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of his four daughters. Features exclusive never-before-seen footage and photographs.




I Am Not Your Negro
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.


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Whose Streets?
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.


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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.


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Yourself and Yours
When painter Youngsoo (Kim Joohyuk) learns that his girlfriend, Minjung (Lee Yooyoung), was recently seen having drinks with another man, he can’t help but question her about it. It doesn’t go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but can’t. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems she’s not herself.

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CRSHD
This inventive, female-driven sex comedy follows college freshman Izzy Alden (Isabelle Barbier) and her two best friends, Anuka (Deeksha Ketkar) and Fiona (Sadie Scott), as they embark on a journey to get Izzy to a "crush party" so she can lose her virginity before the end of the semester. The acclaimed feature film debut of writer/director Emily Cohn, CRSHD tells a hilarious, unique story about navigating the messy ups and downs of life and love in the age of social media.

Bonus Extra! Director Emily Cohn is joined by stars Isabelle Barbier, Sadie Scott and Abdul Seidu for a Q&A moderated by Dave Huffman of Cleveland Cinemas.

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Alice
After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child.

"It's rare to see a minor-key drama that doesn't overextend the nature of the material, and rarer still for cinema to dig this deep into the female psyche without boxing it in." — IndieWire

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New French Shorts 2020
This showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France runs the gamut from animation to romance to absurdist comedy. Revel in these petite Gallic pleasures, including award winners from Cannes, Locarno, and Palm Springs ShortFest. New French Shorts 2020 is made available through Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Clementine
Reeling from a one-sided breakup, anguished Karen (Otmara Marrero) flees Los Angeles for her ex’s idyllic lake house in the Pacific Northwest. There, she becomes entangled with a mysterious, alluring younger woman (Sydney Sweeney), whom she cannot seem to resist. Equal parts psychological thriller and sexual coming-of-age story, CLEMENTINE is a tense rumination on who to love and how to let go.


Pahokee
In an isolated town in rural Florida, four teens experience the joys and heartbreaks of their last year in high school.
"Lively and rousing as a generational snapshot, buoyed by the lovable, resilient kids at its heart." - Variety

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