Films

We the People 2.0

Event: 
Sun, 03/12/2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

“We the People” is a visual essay about the destruction of the American land, now that our government has become a tool of the corporate few.  Destruction has come through fracking, drilling, strip mining, and toxic dumping from agriculture and mining, and we’ve been powerless to stop it.  But a movement is building for challenging our masters and laying claim to democracy, not just in this country but around the world.  This movie shows us how to get started. 

This original movie was produced by CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.  Kai Huschke will be present to represent CELDF and answer questions. 

This showing is sponsored by the Green Party of South Puget Sound.  Free.  Small optional donation to cover the cost of the movie license. 

Olympia: Festival of Beauty - Free Film Screening

Event: 
Sat, 10/08/2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

LOCATION: Capitol Theater, 2016 5th Ave., Olympia

Olympia TImberland Library presents a free screening of the German propaganda film "Olympia - Festival of Beauty," about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. UW Tacoma Film Studies professor Claudia Gorbman, will introduce the film and provide expert commentary. Gorbman will also be available after the film for a short Q&A. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

All Timberland Library programs are free and open to the public.

Edward Scissorhands benefit for Olympia Zine Fest

Event: 
Sun, 06/26/2016 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Edward Scissorhands Film Screening
Sunday, June 26
2pm doors/2:30pm film
Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE
$10/$7 OFS members (at the theater box office w/member card)
Proceeds benefit the second annual Olympia Zine Fest.
All ages welcome!

Advance tickets available at:
Capitol Theater Box Office (starting 5/31)
Bar Francis – 110 Franklin St. NE
Little General Food Shop – 313 5th Ave. SE

Solidarity Not Charity - Documentary Film Focuses on Olympia’s Homeless

Event: 
Thu, 03/10/2016 (All day)

A (short) documentary screening and panel discussion about EGYHOP and their unapologetic punk rock approach to harm reduction, street therapy, and the unification of Olympia's marginalized through direct action. EGYHOP members and filmmakers, Ian Wishart and Kevin Francis Burnett, will be on hand to answer questions about the organization, the making of the film, and the underlying social issues. 

EGYHOP is a grassroots, all volunteer-run organization that provides emergency supplies, services, and resources to the homeless and low-income populations living on the streets of Olympia, Washington.

The film was shot on location in Olympia over five weeks in November and December. Burnett drew on his own experiences living on Olympia’s streets to establish credibility and ask relevant questions. Wishart and Burnett are both students at The Evergreen State College in the Media Arts Studio program. Evergreen’s media loan department provided the film equipment and access to its editing facility.

All Timberland Regional Library programs are free and open to the public. The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For information, contact the library at 360-352-0595.

Meaningful Movies: TAKE BACK YOUR POWER

Event: 
Sat, 02/06/2016 - 6:00pm

The PSE is seeking funding for a pilot project to install "smart meters" in locations around the Sound, with a goal of putting them in everywhere eventually.  How has it worked out for people who have them?  This film shows some amazing unforeseen complications.  Maybe those meters aren't so smart after all . . .

Shown at MIXX96 Meeting Room, corner of State and Washington in downtown Olympia.  Come enjoy a night at the movies, and bring your buddy. 

This is a fundraiser for the Green Party of South Puget Sound; donation of $5 requested. 

Sunday Night at the Movies: Syriana

Event: 
Sun, 12/06/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

See Syriana at Media Island, 816 Adams Street SE, this Sunday at 7:00!
Movie from 2005 still relevant and still thrilling!

Movie Junkies: Horror for the Holidays at the Midnight Sun Performance Space

Event: 
Tue, 12/01/2015 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Need an escape from the holiday cheer? We will be kicking off our twice monthly Movie Junkies nights at the Midnight Sun just in time for Scary Christmas! We have picked out some of our favorite horror films to share with you.

Also in the spirit of giving, these movie nights will include a short or two to round out the evening; just like in the old days.

The Wanted 18

Event: 
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The Rachel Corrie Foundation (RCF) is pleased to sponsor the documentary film The Wanted 18 at the Olympia Film Society's 32nd Annual Film Festival Sunday, November 8, at 12 p.m.  Tickets are on sale at the festival website and at the historic Capitol Theater, 206 5th Avenue SE, Olympia.  Following the noon screening, RCF will host a Q&A with Palestinian director Amer Shomali via Skype. The film is co-directed by Canadian director Paul Cowan. 

About the film:

"It’s 1987 and the Israeli army is in hot pursuit of eighteen dairy cows in the town of Beit Sahour, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The cows are declared a threat to Israel’s national security after a group of Palestinians begin producing milk for the town’s residents...Humorous and thought-provoking, The Wanted 18 shows the power of mass mobilization and nonviolent resistance to the Israeli Occupation during the First Intifada..." More here from Just Vision

"...the astonishing true story of a Palestinian uprising of cows on the lam from the Israeli Army.... Featuring claymation, archival footage, and a light hearted tone, The Wanted 18illustrates this courageous act of rebellion with a farcical tone that emphasizes the ludicrousness of the situation, while also underlining its historical value and weight."  Film trailer and more from the Olympia Film Festival

The Look of Silence - Screening and Post-film Discussion at OFS Thursday

Event: 
Thu, 09/24/2015 - 6:30pm

Evergreen professors Eric Stein and Larry Mosqueda will facilitate a post-film discussion following the screening of The Look of Silence, Thursday, September 24, 6:30 pm, at the Olympia Film Society, 206 5th Avenue SE, in downtown Olympia.  Produced by master filmmakers, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up to the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing.

In this powerfully moving film, survivors of the 1965 Indonesian genocide face the men responsible for incomprehensible atrocities.  The focus is on Adi, a traveling optometrist, whose family was devastated by the past.  While giving eye exams and fitting glasses, Adi uses the opportunity to confront the aging perpetrators, challenging them to accept responsibility for the horrific events that have not only affected his family, but crippled the spirit of an entire nation.  

The film is in Indonesian with English subtitles. Tickets for this 6:30 pm screening can be purchased at the Capitol Theater box office 1/2 hour before showtime.   

The post-film discussion is sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.  For information, call (360)754-3998.  

Subversion: W.S. Burroughs & Noise Experiments with Marian Wallace and V. Vale

Event: 
Thu, 10/22/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm





Thursday, October 22 at the Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE

6:00pm doors / 6:30pm film
$7 general admission / $5 OFS members

Tickets available online & at the Capitol Theater box office

Mezzanine Lounge open (21+ w/ ID)

Cut-ups, analog tape loops, celluloid and fire. W.S. Burroughs and Kurt Kren. Performance Art and painting on film. These are all part of the experimental films of Marian Wallace. In the ’70s, before today’s global Noise-Music bands and festivals, a few avant-garde artists and groups began using the cut-up, sampling, subliminals, noise, musique concrète, films and video to provide immersive Black Humor concert experiences, as documented in RE/Search’s Industrial Culture Handbook. Marian Wallace’s “Artists of the Industrial Scene” features interviews with Mark Pauline (SRL), Johanna Went (Performance Artist), Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV), Jerry Casale (DEVO) and other ground-breaking musicians and artists. This short-feature will be screening with other short experimental films from then and now.

Post-film Q&A with Marian Wallace and V. Vale (RE/Search Publications). Presented by Olympia Zine Fest.

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