Cinema New Bedford showcases acclaimed films from around the world that feature great storytelling and a variety of perspectives. Join us to experience award-winning films that harness the power of feeling to entertain and enlighten.

This series is curated by Mocha James Herrup, PhD, (they/them), founder of the New Bedford Film Society. Mocha James draws from their work as a film professor, arts and culture writer, and film festival programmer to bring films that help us see the world in a new light.

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New Bedford Film Society

Cinema New Bedford

 Events

Tuesday
Feb
08
6:30 pm
Tue
6:30 pm
Feb
8
Cinema New Bedford
 presents

RUSHMORE

Part of Whimsical Winter: A Wes Anderson series

RUSHMMORE is the story of a gifted, rebellious teenager named Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a 10th grader at elite Rushmore Academy. Editor of the school newspaper, captain or president of innumerable clubs and societies, Max is also one of the worst students in the school, and the threat of expulsion hangs permanently over his head. Max's world is rocked when he falls for elegant 1st grade teacher Miss Cross (Olivia Williams) and he plans to erect an aquarium in her honor -- then finds himself competing for her affections with his friend, steel tycoon Mr. Blume (Bill Murray), the wealthy father of two of his classmates.

Known for eccentric characters and wonderfully detailed production design, Wes Anderson films are like Rube Goldberg machines – wacky and serendipitous, yet with purpose and vision. We do move from point A to point B – but it’s really all about the convoluted journey.  

We begin our adventure – and it is indeed an adventure– with the colorful pastiche of a film, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, Anderson’s 2001 breakout hit starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, and longtime collaborators Owen and Luke Wilson. Second in the series and second in Anderson’s oeuvre is RUSHMORE, featuring a young Jason Schwartzman in the role that made him shorthand for “indie quirky guy.” And finally, MOONRISE KINGDOM, a film that, like most of the auteur’s work, teeters between heartfelt coming-of-age and edgy screwball comedy.

All three films feature the director’s trademark for creating highly textured, inventive worlds populated by adults and kids playing mini-adults who, living on the outskirts of convention, are a bit more lonely and reflective. An Anderson film is a joyful excursion into a world of make believe, but with a sometimes pensive perspective. Kind of like how it feels to be enchanted by new fallen snow, with the sobering knowledge of having to shovel.

THE WES ANDERSON STYLE EXPLAINED
Tuesday
Mar
08
6:30 pm
Tue
6:30 pm
Mar
8
Cinema New Bedford
 presents

MOONRISE KINGDOM

Part of Whimsical Winter: A Wes Anderson Series

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl.

Known for eccentric characters and wonderfully detailed production design, Wes Anderson films are like Rube Goldberg machines – wacky and serendipitous, yet with purpose and vision. We do move from point A to point B – but it’s really all about the convoluted journey.  

We begin our adventure – and it is indeed an adventure– with the colorful pastiche of a film, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, Anderson’s 2001 breakout hit starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, and longtime collaborators Owen and Luke Wilson. Second in the series and second in Anderson’s oeuvre is RUSHMORE, featuring a young Jason Schwartzman in the role that made him shorthand for “indie quirky guy.” And finally, MOONRISE KINGDOM, a film that, like most of the auteur’s work, teeters between heartfelt coming-of-age and edgy screwball comedy.

All three films feature the director’s trademark for creating highly textured, inventive worlds populated by adults and kids playing mini-adults who, living on the outskirts of convention, are a bit more lonely and reflective. An Anderson film is a joyful excursion into a world of make believe, but with a sometimes pensive perspective. Kind of like how it feels to be enchanted by new fallen snow, with the sobering knowledge of having to shovel.

THE WES ANDERSON STYLE EXPLAINED

Cinema New Bedford is curated by

Mocha James

 

Herrup

 
they/them
Series Curator

Mocha James Herrup holds a PhD in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. They worked for many years as a full-time professor at the Austin Community College where they also co-founded the Peace & Conflict Studies program. Currently, Mocha James writes about arts and culture for the New Bedford Scallop and teaches Social Issues and Documentary as a Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University in Boston. In between Texas and the East Coast, they spent 2 incredible years in Seattle teaching as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington at Bothell and programming and organizing with Three Dollar Bill. Mocha James has programmed with other festivals including SXSW and the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, and their award-winning films have been screened on the Sundance Channel, at the Walker Art Center, Northwest Airlines, and in festivals around the world.

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