BFS keeps the film reels rolling with late summer batch of streamable indies
In an effort to bring film lovers and shuttered theaters together during this unprecedented time, movie distributors are virtually streaming a slate of current titles and splitting ticket revenue with Bozeman Film Society.
Watch safely at home with new titles added weekly. Streaming sales directly support BFS. Here’s a look at a few July options.
Never Too Late is available through August 6th. It’s been a long time since Caine, Bronson, Angus and Wendell, aka ‘The Chain Breakers,’ escaped the torturous Vietnamese POW camp. They now find themselves sharing a new prison, the Hogan Hills Retirement Home for Returned Veterans. Each of the boys has an unrealized dream they want to achieve before it’s too late. So, once again they band together to devise a plan to escape this new hell. But the rules of engagement have changed, in fact, they can’t even remember what they were and that’s half the problem. Starring James Cromwell and Jacki Weaver, Never Too Late is Not Rated with a runtime of 95 minutes.
Also available until August 6th, Amulet features Imelda Staunton in a spine-chilling role. The film explores the story of Tomaz, an ex soldier from an unnamed foreign conflict, living in strained circumstances in London. Haunted by his past, he is offered a place to stay in a decaying, claustrophobic house, inhabited by an enigmatic young woman and her dying mother. As he starts to fall for his new companion, Tomaz cannot ignore his suspicion that something insidious might also be living alongside them. Written and directed by Romola Garai, Amulet is Rated R with a runtime of 99 minutes.
Music-based documentary, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is available until August 13th. The film explores the career, music and influence of the legendary Canadian musical icon. With unprecedented access to the artist, the film takes audiences from high school auditoriums in straight-laced, small town Ontario in the ‘50s to the coffee houses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village in the ‘60s, through Lightfoot’s turbulent, substance-fueled arena shows of the ‘70s, and finally to the artist in present day. Not Rated, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind runs 90 minutes.
Another documentary, You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski, will be available August 7th–20th. The film is based on a video interview conducted in January of 1981 by Silvia Bizio with the famed writer Charles Bukowski at his home in San Pedro, California. It was a long night of smoking cigarettes and drinking wine with Bukowski and his soon to be wife, Linda Lee Beighle, talking about all kind of subjects, from writers to sex, love and humanity. The interview was shot on Umatic tapes, which were almost lost for over 30 years. The tapes have been digitized and edited along with new shots in Super8 of scenes of Los Angeles today and poems read by the same Bukowski. You Never Had It is Not Rated with a runtime of 52 minutes.
Cost and rental period vary per title. Public film screenings at the Ellen are tentatively set to resume in September. Stay tuned for details.
Bozeman Film Society seeks out and presents independent films which engage, entertain, and foster an understanding of the world community around us. Visit www.bozemanfilmsociety.org for film previews and further information – and “Keep ‘Em Flickering!” •