The 2017/18 MNFF Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater begins in December and runs through May 2018 with a specially curated film each month.
Six films in all, the Series kicks off on Sunday, December 3 with a 2pm screening of the powerful drama “Menashe,” directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein. The January selection will be the luminous documentary “California Typewriter,” directed by Doug Nichol, screening Sunday, January 7, also at 2pm. The remaining titles will be announced and appear on this page as soon as they are booked.
A Winter Screening Series Pass, covering admission to all six films, is available for $60. Individual tickets to the films are $12.
Both the Pass and the single tickets will be sold through Town Hall Theater, either on the THT website, at the box office in the Jackson Gallery or day of show at the THT lobby.
Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm
Within Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox and quite insular Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish [with English subtitles], the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood. Beautifully directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein, “Menashe” provides a window into a world that few outsiders will ever know.
Sunday, January 7, 2:00 pm
A documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, this intriguing and beautiful film features Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.
It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?
Sunday, February 18, 2:00 pm
In the Vatican II era in the early 1960’s, radical changes in the Catholic Church threaten the course of nuns’ lives. As Cathleen progresses from postulant to novitiate, her faith is repeatedly challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God.
I Am Evidence
Sunday, March 11, 2:00 pm
A riveting and timely documentary of four sexual assault survivors whose rape kits went untested for years, following them as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system and learn that so often, the system is broken.
Saturday, April 7, 7:00 pm
Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, this brilliant drama portrays the humor and pathos in the turbulent but loving bond between a mother and her teenage daughter, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, and sharply observes the relationships and beliefs that shape and define us.
Friday, May 11, 7:00 pm
A captivating and stirring documentary that chronicles the story of the first female Sharia judge in the history of the Middle East, the extraordinarily intelligent and charismatic Kholoud Faqih, and reveals the nuances of Palestinian life and culture.