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SURFER: TEEN CONFRONTS FEAR! A Film By Douglas Burke

D Poster Template WipeoutDATE: Sunday, June 23, 2019 @ 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

ADMISSION: $5

MOVIATE presents a rare One Night Only screening of the new cult movie sensation, SURFER: TEEN CONFRONTS FEAR! Real-life physicist Douglas Burke serves as director, writer, and star of this unbelievable exercise in amateur filmmaking reminiscent of the work of Neil Breen and Tommy Wisseau.

Surfing since as young as he can remember, at the age of 13, Sage is crippled by fear after suffering a wipeout on a huge wave. The wave slammed him to the bottom and held him pinned there without air until he nearly died.

With his whole life still ahead of him yet now paralyzed by fear, Sage no longer surfs the waves. But unable to ignore the mystical and powerful pull of the ocean, he fishes in the surf, and finds more than he bargained for.

This is the story of a teenager who confronts fear…

While editing home video footage of his son surfing, physicist-turned-filmmaker Douglas Burke saw the opportunity to create an expansive feature film that explored his faith in God and love for the sea. The result is a true crowd-pleaser and the latest masterpiece from a legitimate modern outsider filmmaker.

 “This Christian surfing movie is the next THE ROOM.” - Vice

“The weirdest home movie ever.” - Chicago Reader “A bizarre successor to THE ROOM.” - SlashFilm

 
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The Juniper Tree - New 4K Restoration starring BJORK

The Juniper Tree Poster BjorkDATE: Sunday July 21, 2019 @ 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

ADMISSION: $5

Grand Jury Prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival

Set in medieval Iceland, The Juniper Tree follows Margit (Björk in a riveting performance) and her older sister Katla (Bryndis Petra Bragadottir) as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. Finding shelter and protection with Johan (Valdimar Orn Fygenring), and his resentful young son, Jonas (Geirlaug Sunna Pormar), the sisters help form an impromptu family unit that’s soon strained by Katla’s burgeoning sorcery. Photographed entirely on location in the stunning landscapes of Iceland in spectacular black-and-white by Randy Sellars, The Juniper Tree is a deeply atmospheric film, evocative of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Day of Wrath and Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, and filled with indelible waking dream sequences (courtesy of legendary experimental filmmaker Pat O’Neill). A potent allegory for misogyny and its attendant tragedies, The Juniper Tree is a major rediscovery for art house audiences. New restoration by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

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