THE RITZ CINEMA SOCIETY
Founded to encourage the study, appreciation and utilization of the cinema arts, the Ritz Cinema Society will host a series of film screenings for educational and aesthetic reasons rather than for commercial profit.
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About South Arts’ Southern Circuit Tour:
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers brings the best of independent film to communities across the South, transforming watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one. Audiences have seen more than 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 50 communities across the Southern United States. Southern Circuit is brought to the Ritz Cinema Society by South Arts, an organization whose mission is to strengthen the South through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies and nurturing a vibrant quality of life, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
The 2018-2019 Season
Sept. 21, 2018
Stereotyping and slurs are rampant, finger-pointing and name-calling abound. Enter filmmaker Ashley York, who goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, her home region. York explores the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American “hillbilly,” examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. She also seeks to open dialogue within her family, which finds itself voting on both sides of the aisle.
During her journey, York discovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, and activists, queer musicians, “Affrilachian” poets, and intersectional feminists — all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region. hillbilly is a timely and urgent exploration of how we see and think about Appalachian and rural identity in contemporary America, offering a call for dialogue between urban and rural communities during this divisive time in our nation's history.
"Road to Raceday"
Oct. 19, 2018
Producer/Director Cynthia Hill digs deep into stock-car racing’s marrow with unprecedented access to NASCAR’s most-winning team, Hendrick Motorsports. Ordinary TV coverage of the sport focuses on driver personalities and the race outcomes, with “behind-the-scenes” moments thrown in for interest. Road to Race Day delves deeper. The series is driven by sophisticated teams of drivers, pit crews, engineers, mechanics, owners, hard-core fans, and plot lines that convey the importance of communication and commitment, and how much losing it really takes to win.
Nov. 9, 2018
Director Jenny Mackenzie unearths the incredible and moving story of Dr. Kristen Reis, a driven infectious disease specialist, who arrived to start her new job (and life) in Salt Lake City, Utah the same day as the Center for Disease Control published its first report on what would become known as AIDS. Due to the growing stigma surrounding the disease, Reis assembled a network of mostly Catholic nuns to treat AIDS patients, and in so doing helped develop revolutionary protocols to remediate the disease. Quiet Heroes reveals the impact of the AIDS epidemic in a place that we haven't seen before, and shows the evocative story of these unsung caregivers and their patients.
"The Blood is at the Doorstep"
Feb. 15, 2019
After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice, and reform as the investigation unfolds.
"Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury"
March 22, 2019
"Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury" follows the path of Luxury, a band who, on the cusp of success suffered a devastating wreck. In the intervening years, they continue to make records and three members of the band become Eastern Orthodox priests. Through interviews and archival footage, Parallel Love tells the gripping and poignant story of Luxury and documents the making of a new record, now as priests.
April 26, 2019
‘I was in prison before I was even born,’ so begins the story of Dr. Victor Rios who, by 15, was a high school dropout and gang member with multiple felony convictions and a death wish. When a teacher’s quiet persistence, a mentor’s moral conviction and his best friend’s murder converge, Rio’s path takes an unexpected turn. Through Rio’s personal lens and its interplay with the stories of the young people at YO!Watts, The Pushouts, interrogates crucial questions of race, class and power. And the promise and perils of education at a particularly urgent time.
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WW1 Armistice Centennial Film Festival
The Ritz Theatre will be hosting a World War I Armistice Centennial Film Festival over Veterans Day Weekend.
The festival will include a screening of the animated children’s film “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 10 at the Ritz Theatre, 111 W. Third St., Sheffield. Tickets to “Sgt. Stubby” are $5.
Four WWI documentary films will be screen Nov. 12, starting with "The Hello Girls” at 2 p.m. and “Pershing's Paths of Glory” at 3:30 p.m. Following a break, “The Millionaire’s Unit” will screen at 6 p.m. All-day passes are $10 for adults and $8 for students with free admission for veterans and Northwest-Shoals Community College faculty, staff and students. For more information call 256-383-0533.