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For the Holidays at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater

Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater heads into the holidays with a special movie-and-music event, the return of one of the most beloved holiday classics of all time, and a brilliant new silent film quickly becoming one of the awards season’s biggest winners.

On Thursday, December 15, at 7pm, Film Streams’ “Silents in Concert” series will conclude with a special screening of Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL (1926), with live musical accompaniment provided by pianist Jim Boston of the Great Plains Ragtime Society. Tickets for the event are $8 for Film Streams Members, $12 for non-Members ($10 for students, seniors, teachers, military, and those commuting by bicycle).

The following weekend, Film Streams will present Frank Capra’s 1946 classic IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE starring Jimmy Stewart. The holiday favorite will screen at the Ruth Sokolof Theater December 17-29 on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays, part of the cinema’s “Forever Young” Family & Children’s Series, made possible with the support of Lincoln Financial Foundation. Tickets for all shows are $9 general, $7 for students, seniors, teachers, military and bicycle commuters, and $4.50 for Film Streams Members and Lincoln Financial employees and their families.

Just after the new year, starting January 13, Film Streams will open THE ARTIST, recently named the year’s Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle. An audience and critical favorite at festivals, and considered a strong contender to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, THE ARTIST breathes new life into a bygone era of Hollywood. It’s a mostly silent film — featuring a lush orchestral score that earned a European Film Award for composer Ludovic Bource — about the relationship between a silent-era star, whose fame is about to be threatened by the advent of talkies, and an up-and-coming extra whose career is set to take off.  

THE ARTIST will screen daily at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater starting Friday, January 13. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/tg1fwt  (Film Streams website) or the official film site at http://weinsteinco.com/sites/the-artist.   
For more information, questions or image requests, contact Casey Logan at (402) 933-0259 ext. 11 or casey@filmstreams.org.

Critical Praise for Michel Hazanavicius’ THE ARTIST:
"Pure joy. Wildly entertaining with a big generous heart, THE ARTIST is not just an exercise in old school filmmaking.
It's a beautifully told story that is classic and timeless in feel." (Indiewire)
“The delighted gasps in the theater will make you glad you took a chance on THE ARTIST. Silent black-and-white movies are not coming back, but this one is such a rewarding labor of love by all of the artists involved that it just might make you wish they could.” (NPR)
“If Michel Hazanavicius’ THE ARTIST were merely an homage to silent films, it would be easy to dismiss as an amusing stunt. But his hand is so sure, his actors so engaging (and engaged), that the movie plays as well as any other picture made this year—if not better.” (Leonard Maltin)




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