Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
Tuesday, June 11, 7pm
Walker Cinema, $12 ($10 Walker members)
Screening in the Walker Cinema as part of a whirlwind, one-night only “road show” in theaters around the US, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, the long-anticipated Rolling Thunder is a one-of-a-kind experience from master filmmaker Martin Scorsese. With Joan Baez, Allen Ginsburg, Sam Shepard, and others. 2019, DCP, 142 min.
Wednesday, June 12, 7pm
Walker Cinema, Free
Jimmie Fails has one hope in life: to reclaim the majestic Victorian house his grandfather built. Every week, Jimmie and his only friend, Montgomery, make a pilgrimage across San Francisco to Jimmie’s dream home and imagine what life would be like if this neighborhood had never changed. When they realize the house’s current owners have moved out, Jimmie decides to recreate the home his family once had. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, Jimmie’s domestic aspirations blind him to reality. Director/co-writer/composer Joe Talbot makes an astonishing feature debut, transfiguring one man’s intimate despair into a timely story that questions who has a rightful claim to a city’s identity. Inspired by the real-life story of Jimmie Fails, who plays a fictionalized version of himself, The Last Black Man in San Francisco elegantly engages with a loss of cross-cultural connection as one individual seeks belonging in the new incarnation of his hometown. Winner of the Directing Award: US Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival. 2019, DCP, 120 min. — Sundance Institute
Free tickets available at the Main Lobby desk from 6 pm.
A discussion between City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison and Dr. Brittany Lewis (Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota), moderated by Euan Kerr from Minnesota Public Radio, follows the screening.
Lost Films & Restorations
July 10–August 9
$10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors)
Join us this summer to celebrate gems of American independent cinema with five recent film restorations. Experience superior sound and image revived from the original formats—recently rediscovered, rescued from obscurity, or lovingly remastered by the directors themselves.
Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wednesday and Friday, July 10 and 12, 7 pm
“Sci-fi has rarely been so playful.” — San Francisco GateA spectacularly stylish, colorful sci-fi comedy, Teknolust examines the ever-shifting frontier of the real and the virtual. Tilda Swinton plays the mad-genius scientist Rosetta Stone and her three Self-Replicating Automata (SRAs), which she cloned from her own DNA. When one of the sperm-fueled cyborgs leaves the lab and begins to explore the world, sexuality, gender, and technology collide. 2002/2019, 4K DCP, 85 min.
Restored by the artist and presented in conjunction with The Body Electric, on view in the galleries through July 21.
Directed by David Byrne
Wednesday and Friday, July 17 and 19, 7 pm
“If you can think of it, it exists somewhere.” —David ByrneWearing a black cowboy hat and a bolo tie, David Byrne cruises the fictional hamlet of Virgil, Texas, in a red Chrysler convertible. His musical satire drifts through malls, nightclubs, and factories telling stories inspired by tabloid headlines. Byrne’s 4K restoration features new surround sound and music by the Talking Heads and other artists from the film. 1986/2018, 4K DCP, 90 min.
Directed by Horace Jenkins
Wednesday and Friday, July 24 and 26, 7 pm
“A work of visionary artistry and progressive imagination.” —New YorkerSet in one of Louisiana’s first “free communities of color,” two lovers defy their families. While delighting in its feisty feminist heroine, Cane River exposes subtle prejudice within the Creole community. IndieCollect and the Academy Film Archive collaborated to restore this lost treasure. Hailed as a “major rediscovery,” Horace Jenkins’s classic now finds its rightful place in the canon. 1982/2018, 4K DCP, 90 min.There will be a post-screening conversation with members of the cast, the director’s family, and Sandra Schulberg, founder of the Independent Feature Project, head of IndieCollect, and leader of the film’s restoration team.
The Last Movie
Directed by Dennis Hopper
Wednesday and Friday, July 31 and August 2, 7 pm
“An incredible film, shot through with a crazy dream logic.” —Village VoiceDennis Hopper’s rebellious, much-mythologized masterpiece was widely misunderstood and nearly forgotten until its 2018 digital restoration from the original 35mm negative. Filmed high in the Andes mountains and fueled by Hopper’s Easy Rider delirium, The Last Movie was over-budget, experimentally edited, and written off by the studios. Seen today, the film’s anarchic critique on the destructive nature of American movies is nakedly revealing. 1971/2018, 4K DCP, 108 min.
Say Amen, Somebody
Directed by George Nierenberg
Wednesday and Friday, August 7 and 9, 7 pm
“One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen!” —Chicago Sun Times Immersive musical performances are interwoven with intimate, behind-the-scenes personal moments with two of Gospel music’s driving forces: Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie Mae Ford Smith. Newly restored by Milestone Film and Video, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Academy Film Archive, Say Amen, Somebody raises spirits with emotional full-stereo sound. 1982/2019, 4K DCP, 101 minutes.
Tuesday–Sunday, daily from 12 noon Free
Discover our free self-select cinema experience unique to the Walker. Choose from more than 300 titles from the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection or view one of the feature playlists—all accessible via touchscreen controls and projected on the big screen.
Featured Playlist: The Body Electric
March 30–July 21 FreeTake a deep dive into the themes of The Body Electric. A curated playlist of moving image works by artists such as Ant Farm, Nam June Paik, and Joan Jonas will be available for self-selection in the Mediatheque through July 21.Major support to preserve, digitize, and present the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.
Scorpio Rising, 1963
Vertical Roll, 1972
Volcano Saga, 1989
Nam June Paik
Global Groove, 1973
Kiss the Girls: Make Them Cry, 1979
Strange Space, 1992
Girl Power, 1992
The Judy Spots, 1995
Encore (Paradise Omeros: Redux) from Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image, 2003/2004
I Want to See How You See from Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image, 2003/2004
Sound for Silents: Film + Music on the Walker Hillside
Thursday, August 15
Dusk (about 8:30 pm)
Join us at sunset on the Walker hillside for an electrifying evening of new live music paired with silent film on the big screen. Celebrating its third year, Sound for Silents features a newly commissioned score debuted live by Twin Cities–based funk, soul, and hip-hop collective Astralblak. Food trucks and drink vendors will be on hand with a variety of tempting options. Tunes from DJ Sean McPherson of 89.3 The Current add to the mix for the perfect summer night out.
7 pm DJ and Food Trucks
8:30 pm Screening and Performance