Oct. 22 5 pm Song of Lahore
USA/Pakistan 2015 (1 hr., 22 min.) PG
Documentary In English at Ojai Art Center Theater
WITH SPECIAL GUEST, COMPOSER JOHN ZERETZKE
In Song of Lahore, a skillfully crafted documentary from Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and filmmaker Andy Schocken, a group of Pakistani musicians travel to New York to gain the respect and acclaim their ancestors enjoyed as inheritors of a centuries-long tradition of artistic excellence. When a recording of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” on traditional Pakistani instruments goes viral on YouTube, East meets West in improvisational harmony, and a combined cross-cultural orchestra takes to the stage with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center. “A fascinating study in musical crossover, Song of Lahore positively sings.”–Ronnie Scheib, Variety
Oct. 23 5 pm Sing Street
Ireland 2016 (1 hr., 46 min.) PG-13
Drama In English at Ojai Art Center Theater
Sing Street is the best film about being young, gifted and Irish since The Commitments. A buoyant celebration of the power of music, this is the third delightfully entertaining musical romance from John Carney, who also wrote and directed Once and Begin Again. Set in the 1980s, this lightly comical film is packed with fabulous songs, both real hits from the period and wonderful original numbers, all vividly performed by a fresh cast. It’s a story about dreams, rebelliousness, art and young love, and a loving homage to the music of the early 1980s. “Joy is the film’s reason for being, and joy wins the day,” says Jeffrey Overstreet of Looking Closer.
We invite you to join us for these two hard to find gems on the big screen, and we look forward to seeing you at the movies!