Filmfest 2021


Friday, September 24 | 7:30 PM
Carbondale Crystal Theatre


The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public’s perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy). (UK, 2021) 111MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Telluride Film Festival 2021, Toronto International Film Festival 2021
DIRECTOR: Will Sharpe
WRITTEN BY: Simon Stephenson and Will Sharpe
WITH: Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy



Saturday, September 25 | 5 PM
Carbondale Crystal Theatre 


Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel – the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef – is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on exotic dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup), and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouthwatering fare, BREAKING BREAD illustrates what happens when people focus on the person, rather than her religion, on the public, rather than the politicians. In English and Hebrew (with English subtitles). (USA/ISRAEL, 2020) 88MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Napa Valley Film Festival: Audience Award, “Favorite Culinary Cinema Film”; RCC Wilbur Award; JIFF (Australia): Audience Award, “Top Documentary”
DIRECTOR: Beth Elise Hawk
WRITTEN BY: Beth Elise Hawk
WITH: Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel; Shlomi Meir; Ali Khattib; Osama Dalal; Ilan Ferron; Salah Cordi; Tomer Abergel; Shoshi & Fadi Karaman







Pre-recorded Q+A to follow @ Wheeler Opera House screening only


Saturday, September 25 | 7:30 PM
Carbondale Crystal Theatre


The film takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out. (USA, 2021) 90MIN

Toronto International Film Festival 2021
DIRECTOR: Antoine Fuqua
SCREENPLAY BY: Nic Pizzolatto
Based on the Motion Picture “Den Skyldige” written by Gustav Möller / Emil Nygaard Albertsen
PRODUCED BY: Jake Gyllenhaal, p.g.a., Riva Marker, p.g.a., David Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Haring, Michel Litvak, Svetlana Metkina, Antoine Fuqua, Scott Greenberg, Kat Samick
WITH: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Christina Vidal Mitchell, Eli Goree, Da’vine Joy Randolph, David Castañeda with Paul Dano and Peter Sarsgaard


Sunday, September 26 | 5 PM
Carbondale Crystal Theatre


FLYING BOAT, a breakout documentary by Aspen Filmmaker/Photographer/Pilot Dirk Braun, chronicles the past with a look to the future. It is a contemporary take on a subject rich in history that has been lost in time. The film underscores the importance of preserving the flying boat’s history for future generations. Braun brought together 10 passionate fellow pilots who are featured in the film and have different aspirations and ambitions as to why they’re flying them. These aviators share a rare bond and provide reflective commentary about their experiences of flying and maintaining these impressive machines of which only a few remain. Breathtaking aerial footage of the aircraft in motion is integrated with untapped archival footage from the long-lost era of adventure and romance of the Golden Years of aviation. The film blends verité, high production and an original score by multi-instrumental & original composer, Shawn Lee. (USA, 2021) 77MIN


DIRECTOR: Dirk Braun
WRITTEN BY: Dirk Braun
WITH: Tom Casey, Julie Fetcko, Connie Edwards, Kermit Weeks, John Gasho Jr, John Gasho Sr, Joe Duke, Mike Barron, Peter Hellgren, Bill DaSilva










In-person Q+A with the director to follow the Wheeler Opera House screening