Independence, familial obligation collide in Livingston film screening
Continuing its new season, the Livingston Film Series presents the Montana Film Festival Roadshow screening of the 2018 feature film Mickey and the Bear. The film begins at 7pm on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts.
It’s April in Anaconda, Montana, and headstrong teenager Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone) is doing what she can to keep her single, veteran father (James Badge Dale) afloat, navigating his mercurial moods, opioid addiction and grief over the loss of his wife. Secretly, Mickey fantasizes of going to college on the west coast and finally living life on her own terms. When Hank’s controlling, jealous behavior turns destructive, Mickey must decide between familial obligation and personal fulfillment as she puts everything on the line to claim her own independence.
Following Sunday, December 15th is a special holiday screening of The Polar Express. The film begins at 7pm.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children’s author Chris Van Allsburg’s modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express follows Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so in the face of his family’s dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself – is just a myth. Everything changes on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train’s conductor (Tom Hanks) and passengers help turn Billy’s crisis of faith into a journey of self-discovery.
Now in its fifth season, the Livingston Film Series presents a variety of independent features, documentaries, local films, and special screenings on the third Sunday of every month in the Dulcie Theatre at the Sane Lalani Center for the Arts.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Concessions are available prior to the 7pm screenings. Admission is always free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please visit www.theshanecenter.org.
The Livingston Film Series is generously sponsored by Donald B. Gimbel, Marilyn Clotz and Mary Ann Bearden. •