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  1. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

    September 1, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    After Steven Spielberg's classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene...except one; the film's explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends' dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic. Unrated / 106 min.

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  2. Men Go To Battle

    September 2, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Most Americans predict that the Civil War will end by Christmas, but Henry (Tim Morton) and Francis Mellon (David Maloney) couldn't care less. Bracing for another winter on their struggling farm in rural Kentucky, the brothers have become suffocatingly close. Francis' practical jokes become more and more aggressive until the night he accidentally injures Henry in a drunken fight. After humiliating himself in front of a daughter (Rachel Korine) of the town's preeminent family, Henry disappears in the night. Months later, Francis learns that Henry has joined the Union army, and the two are left to find out separately what the approaching war will bring. Director Zachary Treitz won the Best New Narrative Director award at the Tribeca Film Festival for his work on this intimate portrait of rural life during wartime. Unrated / 98 min.

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  3. Raiders of the Lost Ark- The Friday Night Late Show

    September 2, 2016, 10:30 PM - September 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

    Renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the ten commandments. Unfortunately, agents of Hitler are also after the Ark. Indy and his ex-flame, Marion (Karen Allen), escape from various close scrapes in a quest that takes them from Nepal to Cairo. PG / 115 min.

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  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark

    September 3, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the ten commandments. Unfortunately, agents of Hitler are also after the Ark. Indy and his ex-flame, Marion (Karen Allen), escape from various close scrapes in a quest that takes them from Nepal to Cairo. PG / 115 min. A perfect Saturday afternoon matinee adventure, please note that a PG rating in 1981 was, perhaps, a bit looser than it is for today's films.

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  5. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

    September 3, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    After Steven Spielberg's classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene...except one; the film's explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends' dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic. Unrated / 106 min.

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  6. A Letter to Momo (English Dub)

    September 4, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand-drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deeply felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight – and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words “Dear Momo,” but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. English language version. PG / 120 min. This film will also be presented on Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00pm in Japanese w/ English subtitles.

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  7. Midwest Songwriter Sessions

    September 5, 2016, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Normal Theater

    The Normal Theater is the new home of the Midwest Songwriter Sessions. These concerts showcase talented musicians both from and traveling through the Midwest, and are booked & hosted by Marcos Mendez; if you're interested in performing, please drop him a line at: mendezmusiclive (at) gmail (dot) com. We're looking for solo acts as well as bands; instrumentalists as well as vocal ensembles.

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  8. All About Eve- A Tuesday Night Classic

    September 6, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Winner of numerous Academy Awards including Best Picture, ALL ABOUT EVE is the definitive tale of back stage backstabbing. In one of her most titillating performances, Bette Davis shines as aging stage legend Margo Channing. As Margo's star is dimming, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), a young, ambitious ingenue sweeps in to become Margo's all-too-willing protege. Slowly, this dreamy-eyed kid spins a deceptively cunning web around Margo's inner circle, including Margo's director boyfriend Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill), playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlow) and his wife Karen (Celeste Holm). Eve's wide-eyed appeal wins the hearts and trust of Margo's closest friends to achieve her end goal--to steal Margo's spotlight on Broadway. Approved / 138 min. And remember that Friends of the Normal Theater can always attend Tuesday Night Classics at no cost.

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  9. My Neighbors the Yamadas (Japanese with English Subtitles)

    September 7, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    In a break from the frequently mythical storytelling of Studio Ghibli, Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata wryly tweaks the everyday activities of family life with his hilarious depiction of the irresponsible, slovenly, and lazy Yamada family and their unassuming way of life. With cartoon-like characters and visual design unlike anything else in the Studio Ghibli canon, the film is illustrated in a series of rough sketches and outlines, which are then filled with soft colors that evoke watercolor painting. In Japanese w/ English subtitles. PG / 104 min. This film will also be presented on Sunday, September 11th at 1:00pm with an English language track.

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  10. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

    September 9, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    After Steven Spielberg's classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene...except one; the film's explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends' dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic. Unrated / 106 min.

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  11. The Breakfast Club- The Friday Night Late Show

    September 9, 2016, 10:30 PM - September 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

    Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently -- and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same. Directed by John Hughes. R / 97 min.

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  12. Men Go To Battle

    September 10, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Most Americans predict that the Civil War will end by Christmas, but Henry (Tim Morton) and Francis Mellon (David Maloney) couldn't care less. Bracing for another winter on their struggling farm in rural Kentucky, the brothers have become suffocatingly close. Francis' practical jokes become more and more aggressive until the night he accidentally injures Henry in a drunken fight. After humiliating himself in front of a daughter (Rachel Korine) of the town's preeminent family, Henry disappears in the night. Months later, Francis learns that Henry has joined the Union army, and the two are left to find out separately what the approaching war will bring. Director Zachary Treitz won the Best New Narrative Director award at the Tribeca Film Festival for his work on this intimate portrait of rural life during wartime. Unrated / 98 min.

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  13. My Neighbors the Yamadas (English dub)

    September 11, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    In a break from the frequently mythical storytelling of Studio Ghibli, Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata wryly tweaks the everyday activities of family life with his hilarious depiction of the irresponsible, slovenly, and lazy Yamada family and their unassuming way of life. With cartoon-like characters and visual design unlike anything else in the Studio Ghibli canon, the film is illustrated in a series of rough sketches and outlines, which are then filled with soft colors that evoke watercolor painting. English language version. PG / 104 min. This film will also be presented on Wednesday, September 7th at 7:00pm in Japanese w/ English subtitles.

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  14. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

    September 11, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    After Steven Spielberg's classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene...except one; the film's explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends' dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic. Unrated / 106 min.

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  15. The Normal Humor Comedy Hour

    September 12, 2016, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Normal Theater

    The best open-mic style comedy event you'll find happening in Uptown Normal on a Monday Night at the Normal Theater. Now with a shiny new 8:00pm start time. The sign up sheet will be posted here & on the Normal Theater's facebook page one week out from the event, so make sure to check back around noon that Monday to get yourself on the list. And it's still free, so we're happy to continue to offer a money-back guarantee if you don't have a great time. A note on content: we don't consider any topics off-limts, but do ask everyone to consider how they talk about those topics. Which means every Monday is its own unique ride that can range anywhere from "Squeaky Clean" to "Lenny Bruce is Blushing".

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  16. My Neighbor Totoro (Japanese with English Subtitles)

    September 14, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus — a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat. In Japanese w/ English subtitles. G / 88 min. This film will also be presented on Sunday, September 18th at 1:00pm with an English language track.

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  17. Hunt for the Wilderpeople- BNF Farlee Film Festival

    September 15, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. A very funny film from writer/director Taika Waititi. PG-13 / 101 min.

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  18. Mustang- BNF Farlee Film Festival

    September 16, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.PG-13 / 97 min. In Turkish w/ English subtitles.

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  19. The Matrix- The Friday Night Late Show

    September 16, 2016, 10:30 PM - September 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

    Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life. R / 136 min.

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  20. Sunset Song- BNF Farlee Film Festival

    September 17, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    With World War I brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farm girl struggles to find her way. Based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. R / 135 min.

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  21. Hunt for the Wilderpeople- BNF Farlee Film Festival

    September 17, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. A very funny film from writer/director Taika Waititi. PG-13 / 101 min.

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  22. My Neighbor Totoro (English Dub)

    September 18, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus — a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat. English language version. G / 88 min. This film will also be presented on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00pm in Japanese w/ English subtitles.

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  23. Mustang- A BNF Farlee Film Festival

    September 18, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.PG-13 / 97 min. In Turkish w/ English subtitles.

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  24. Midwest Songwriter Sessions

    September 19, 2016, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Normal Theater

    The Normal Theater is the new home of the Midwest Songwriter Sessions. These concerts showcase talented musicians both from and traveling through the Midwest, and are booked & hosted by Marcos Mendez; if you're interested in performing, please drop him a line at: mendezmusiclive (at) gmail (dot) com. We're looking for solo acts as well as bands; instrumentalists as well as vocal ensembles.

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  25. Sabrina- A Tuesday Night Classic

    September 20, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Chauffeur's daughter Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) returns home from two years in Paris a beautiful young woman, and immediately catches the attention of David (William Holden), the playboy son of her father's rich employers. David woos and wins Sabrina, who has always been in love with him, however their romance is threatened by David's serious older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart), who runs the family business and is relying on David to marry an heiress in order for a crucial merger to take place. Unrated / 113 min. And remember that Friends of the Normal Theater can always attend Tuesday Night Classics at no cost.

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  26. The Maltese Falcon (Film Noir Series)

    September 21, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam's partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon. NR / 100 min. Free to Attend. Join us for a postshow discussion on Film Noir moderated by Illinois State University's William Thomas McBride.

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  27. City of Gold- BNF Farlee Film Festival

    September 22, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    CITY OF GOLD chronicles Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food and culture of his city, Los Angeles. Gold has long been known for his robust writing about the hidden culinary treasures in LA; he was one of the first critics to review small family owned restaurants in far-flung ethnic enclaves with as much care as the haute cuisine establishments of Beverly Hills. With a stroke of his pen, he’s changed the lives of countless recent immigrants cooking the food of their homes. R / 96 min.

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  28. Sunset Song- BNF Farlee Fim Festival

    September 23, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    With World War I brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farm girl struggles to find her way. Based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. R / 135 min.

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  29. House Party- The Friday Night Late Show

    September 23, 2016, 10:30 PM - September 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

    Play's parents are out of town, and he's planning the house party to end all house parties. His best friend, Kid, wants to go more than anything, knowing Sydney (Tisha Campbell), the hottest girl in school, is sure to be there. But when Kid gets into a fight at school, his father (Kid 'N Play) grounds him. Still determined to go, Kid sneaks out of the house and faces one calamity after another as he makes his way to Play's house and the party of the school year. R / 102 min.

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  30. Time Bandits

    September 24, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them. Directed by Terry Gilliam. PG / 116 min. This film is being shown as part of the Normal Theater's participation in Art House Cinema Day, celebrating the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. I. For more information please visit: http://www.arthouseconvergence.org/arthouseday/

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  31. City of Gold- BNF Farlee Film Festival

    September 24, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    CITY OF GOLD chronicles Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food and culture of his city, Los Angeles. Gold has long been known for his robust writing about the hidden culinary treasures in LA; he was one of the first critics to review small family owned restaurants in far-flung ethnic enclaves with as much care as the haute cuisine establishments of Beverly Hills. With a stroke of his pen, he’s changed the lives of countless recent immigrants cooking the food of their homes. R / 96 min.

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  32. Hunt for the Wilderpeople- BNF Farlee Film Festival

    September 25, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. A very funny film from writer/director Taika Waititi. PG-13 / 101 min.

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  33. Sunset Song- BNF Farlee Film Festival

    September 25, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    With World War I brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farm girl struggles to find her way. Based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. R / 135 min.

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  34. The Normal Humor Comedy Hour

    September 26, 2016, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Normal Theater

    The best open-mic style comedy event you'll find happening in Uptown Normal on a Monday Night at the Normal Theater. Now with a shiny new 8:00pm start time. The sign up sheet will be posted here & on the Normal Theater's facebook page one week out from the event, so make sure to check back around noon that Monday to get yourself on the list. And it's still free, so we're happy to continue to offer a money-back guarantee if you don't have a great time. A note on content: we don't consider any topics off-limts, but do ask everyone to consider how they talk about those topics. Which means every Monday is its own unique ride that can range anywhere from "Squeaky Clean" to "Lenny Bruce is Blushing".

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  35. Double Indemnity (Film Noir Series)

    September 28, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    In this classic film noir, insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) gets roped into a murderous scheme when he falls for the sensual Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), who is intent on killing her husband (Tom Powers) and living off the fraudulent accidental death claim. Prompted by the late Mr. Dietrichson's daughter, Lola (Jean Heather), insurance investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) looks into the case, and gradually begins to uncover the sinister truth. Passed / 110 min. Free to Attend. Join us for a postshow discussion on Film Noir moderated by Illinois State University's William Thomas McBride.

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  36. Manhattan Short 2016

    September 29, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind in which the Final 10 will be shown simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating cinema. The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries, with Australia and France represented by two films each. These final 10 short films represent the best among a record 844 submissions from 52 countries received by MANHATTTAN SHORT for 2016, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of the short film genre. In addition, for the first time, all of the Final 10 short films will become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will become automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination.

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  37. Manhattan Short 2016

    September 30, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind in which the Final 10 will be shown simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating cinema. The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries, with Australia and France represented by two films each. These final 10 short films represent the best among a record 844 submissions from 52 countries received by MANHATTTAN SHORT for 2016, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of the short film genre. In addition, for the first time, all of the Final 10 short films will become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will become automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination.

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  38. Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil- The Friday Night Late Show

    September 30, 2016, 10:30 PM - October 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

    The backwoods vacation of two scruffy pals (Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk) takes a bloody turn when ignorant college students mistake them for a pair of murderous hillbillies. R / 89 min.

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