Movie Mondays at the Hippodrome]
We are excited to continue our movie series partnership with the Waco Hippodrome & Deep in the Heart Film Festival during the summer! The goal of this partnership is to offer Baylor students and the Waco community the opportunity to view a variety of documentary and independent films that dive into important topics within our world.
Throughout June/July on Monday nights we will be screening a new film. Admission is FREE, but tickets for entrance are REQUIRED and can be picked up at the Waco Hippodrome Box Office or HERE. For a detailed schedule of screenings, please see our schedule below.
JUNE 5 @ 7PM | BLUR CIRCLE
Jill Temple is a single mother still grieving the loss of her young son after he disappeared two years ago. Unable to face the possibility that she has lost him forever, she pursues every lead, regardless of how thin or whose face she has to get into - until Burton Rose enters her sphere. He's a man with his own shrouded past, but the details of that past - and how Burton has responded to it - force Jill to look at her life in a completely new way.
JUNE 12 @ 7PM | I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
JUNE 19 @ 7PM | TRANSPECOS
There's a snake in our nest.
On a remote desert highway a makeshift Border Patrol checkpoint is manned by three agents: Flores (Gabriel Luna): with an uncanny ability to track; Davis (Johnny Simmons): joined the Border Patrol with dreams of romancing señoritas and riding on horseback; Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr): one of the old guard who believes a college degree can’t stop a bullet.
It's like most boring days, but soon the contents of one car will change everything.
What follows is a journey to uncover the surreal, frightening secrets hidden behind the facade of this lonely outpost. The end of the path may cost them their lives along a border where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself.
JUNE 26 @ 7PM | CHICKEN PEOPLE
Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some. CMT is teaming up with Emmy Award-winning Motto Pictures, also this year's Sundance Grand Jury Prize (U.S. Documentary) Winner for Weiner, and Emmy nominated director Nicole Lucas Haimes for Chicken People, a two-hour documentary that takes a charming and fascinating look at the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders. A real life Best in Show but about chickens, the film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their chickens on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens. Chicken People is produced by Motto Pictures and Haimes Film, with Julie Goldman, Caroline Kaplan, Chris Clements, and Terry Leonard producing. Nicole Lucas Haimes executive produces and Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach and John Miller-Monzon executive produce for CMT.
JULY 3 @ 7PM | KRISHA
Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2015 South-by-Southwest Film Festival, and official selection of Critics’ Week at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Krisha is the story of a woman’s return to the family she abandoned years before, set entirely over the course of one turbulent Thanksgiving.
When Krisha shows up at her sister’s Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her close and extended family greet her with a mixture of warmth and wariness. Almost immediately, a palpable unease permeates the air, one which only grows in force as Krisha gets to work cooking the turkey and trying to make up for lost time by catching up with her various relatives, chief among them her nephew, Trey. As Krisha’s attempts at reconciliation become increasingly rebuffed, tension and suspicion reach their peak, with long-buried secrets and deep-seated resentments coming to the fore as everyone becomes immersed in an emotionally charged familial reckoning.
A potent combination of innovative cinematic storytelling and timeless themes of love, family, and forgiveness, Krisha took the independent film community by storm upon its SXSW premiere, and it hasn’t slowed down since. Marked by complex tonal shifts (the film moves from dark humor to deep pathos to almost horror movie-like intensity), virtuosic camerawork reminiscent of Terrence Malick (with whom Shults worked on multiple projects), and a propulsive score by Brian McOmber, Krisha proves definitively that Shults is the real deal. He is one of the most exciting and unique storytellers to emerge in a long time, and is remarkable in the way he embraces successful traditional techniques while managing to innovate new ones.
Additionally, with a cast of largely nonprofessionals, many of whom were friends and family (his aunt Krisha plays the lead, and has received universal accolades for her performance) a 9 day shoot in his parents home, and a budget less than a studio film’s catering bill, Shults is a shining example of how personal, homegrown filmmaking can lead to an accomplished breakout feature.
JULY 10 @ 7PM | TBA
JULY 17 @ 7PM | WHAT ABOUT WACO
A four-episode documentary, written and directed by award-winning film maker Chris Scott.
Episode 1. A Bridge & Troubled Water: The dramatic and enthralling story of building of the Waco Suspension Bridge, at the time one of the longest single-span suspension bridges in the world. But this is not merely the saga of an engineering miracle or connecting the banks of the menacing meandering Brazos River; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time, the bridging of Waco from a turbulent, irrelevant and unremarkable past to a leading metropolis in the "Age of Optimism" - a period when Wacoans, like most of Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things were possible.
Episode 2. 3 Years: Part 1. The end of the Gilded Era marked some of Waco's greatest and most horrific times. Between 1916 and 1918, the community witnessed the construction of a massive army base, the end of legalized prostitution, the public extra-legal lynching of a teenager, and a sky full of revoluntionary Jenny biplanes. Viewers will see how Waco both embraced and repelled progressivism during these three years in a struggle to determine its cultural identity.
Episode 3. 3 Years: Part 2. Over the past few decades, many scholars have debated as to whether or not Waco identifies more as a southern or a western community, and it is during these three years that we see echoes of both mentalities struggle to gain dominance. This intriguing episode will spotlight, sex, murder and war, three things looming over Waco during a pivotal time that will appear both alien and familiar to locals today.
Episode 4. A Mighty Wind. The story of the devasting 1953 Waco that killed many and ravaged the city of Waco is not unfamiliar to the town's residents. Some may even be jaded or burnout on it's telling. But A Mighty Wind will unveil in dramatic and in arresting cinematic form the hidden stories found in the rubble of the storm's destruction. A Waco existed right before the tornado took its deadly strol through downtown, but would one exist afterwards? That is the heart of this from-the-ashes tale. A Mighty Wind reports stories of heroism, unity and Wacoans of all races trying to re-patch a city the best it knew how. This is not merely the story of Waco then, but most importantly-it is the story of Waco now.