The Little’s Staff Pick series is a grab bag of the mysterious, the fun, and the purely awesome. Each staff member has selected a movie to recommend — no genre or era is off limits. This series is the modern equivalent of stepping into your favorite video rental store, and seeking a film you’ll swoon over. These are favorites from our Little staff, but hopefully they’ll become your new favorites as well.
From National Geographic Documentary Films comes the extraordinary love story of intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died just as explosively as they lived —capturing the most spectacular imagery ever recorded of their greatest passion: volcanoes.
BLACK CINEMA SERIES | Friday, April 8 at 7:30pm | About the rise and fall of St. Louis, Missouri’s premier black hospital that trained the largest number of Black doctors and nurses in the world from 1937 through 1979, before and after desegregation.
This special anniversary screening of Verdi’s Rigoletto celebrates 171 years since its premiere in 1851.
Set twelve years before his epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Phillip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.
HIGH FALLS WOMEN IN FILM SERIES | Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30pm | Academic overachievers Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realize that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Determined to make up for lost time, the girls decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night — a chaotic adventure that no amount of book smarts could prepare them for.
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, April 28 and Saturday, April 30 | The antithesis of a rock biography, ANONYMOUS CLUB paints a raw and intimate picture of enigmatic singer-songwriter, Courtney Barnett – an anti-influencer who is a powerful voice for our times, a recluse acclaimed by audiences the world over and a strong female artist in conflict with herself.
WXXI CLASSICAL PRESENTS | Saturday, May 7 at 3pm | Little Theatre 5 (The Jack Garner Theatre) | Master Li, a warrior, asks Yu Shu Lien, the woman he loves, to pass on his sword, Green Destiny, to Sir Te. However, when the sword is stolen, Li embarks on a mission to find it.
“Beyond the Fold: Journalism on Screen,” a six-part film series collaboration between CITY and The Little Theatre, looks at where journalism has been, where it is, and where it’s going through the lens of some of the most memorable movies about the craft.
BLACK CINEMA SERIES | Friday, May 13 at 7:30pm | A fashionable group of Zulu men’s measure of self-worth is tested by exuberant prices, dying interest, and a generation who believe one’s worth isn’t based on what you adorn.
A star-pilot for hire and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a princess and save Planet Druidia from the clutches of the evil Spaceballs.
Recorded live in 2018, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear.
HIGH FALLS WOMEN IN FILM | Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30pm | The death of punk icon and X-Ray Spex front-woman Poly Styrene sends her daughter on a journey through her mother’s archives.
As the Arctic polar ice cap melts, reaching the North Pole has become increasingly dangerous. Yet an expedition of ordinary women from the Arab World and the West strap on skis and haul heaving sledges toward true North, against all odds and polar advice.
ROCHESTER COCKTAIL REVIVAL x ONE TAKE | Sunday, June 5 at 7:15pm (Doors at 6:15pm) | On the eve of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and on its final night before closing, a Las Vegas dive bar becomes a stage where its employees and barflies commiserate one last time.