Dietrich Film Festival to offer 22 movies

By Mary Therese Biebel - [email protected]
‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ offers a portrait of TV host Fred Rogers, who introduced his young audiences to ‘The Land of Make-Believe’ and taught them about kindness and compassion along the way. The documentary is one of 22 movies that wil be shown during the Dietrich Theater’s upcoming Fall Film Festival. - Submitted photo
‘Puzzle’ tells the story of a sheltered young woman for whom working jigsaw puzzles opens the door to new possibilities. It is one of two movies that will be shown during the Dietrich Film Festival’s opening night on Sept. 14, and it will be screened several other times during the three-week festival. - Submitted photo
‘Eighth Grade’ follows a 13-year old through the last week of middle school, the end of her thus-far disastrous eighth grade year. It is one of 22 movies to be featured during the Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival. - Submitted photo
Starring Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Lloyd and Kristen Schall, ‘Boundaries’ follows a single mother as she drives her estranged father down the coast to live with her sister. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son and an assortment of animal charity cases. The movie is one of two that will be shown during the Film Festival’s opening night on Sept. 14. - - Submitted photo

TUNKHANNOCK — After watching a few minutes of the movie “Leave No Trace,” Nancy Davidson of Tunkhannock is eager to see the whole story about a father and daughter trying to return to their primitive home in the forests of Oregon.

“It looks amazing, how they’re living off the grid,” she said.

Anne Davies of Dallas, another film buff who attended the Dietrich Theater’s Thursday afternoon preview of all 22 offerings in its upcoming Fall Film Festival, is intrigued by a glimpse into a far more luxurious lifestyle.

“‘Always At the Carlyle,’ about the hotel in New York City, just looks like fun,” she said.

Comedy, drama, documentaries, foreign films — you’ll find them all at the three-week festival, set for Sept. 14 through Oct. 4.

“The themes seems to pick themselves,” Dietrich film booker Ronnie Harvey said, noting how several movies in the lineup deal with “human-to-human contact and understanding people in your life, whether it’s your family or your neighbors.”

Speaking of neighbors, one of the films Harvey, Davies, and Davidson all want to see is “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” a documentary about Fred Rogers, the TV host who made cardigan sweaters and “The Land of Make-Believe” famous.

“What he brought — it’s kindness, it’s love, it’s civility that we’re lacking today,” Davies said, noting that her children grew up watching the show.

You’ll have several chances to learn more about Rogers, and to see the 21 other films when they are screened at the Dietrich Theatre, 60 East Tioga St. in downtown Tunkhannock. Reservations are necessary for the opening night gala on Sept. 14, which includes the movies “Puzzle” and “Boundaries” plus Oktoberfest-themed refreshments.

The schedule includes:

Always At the Carlyle. Well-kept secrets of Manhattan’s elegant hotel. Noon Sept. 20; 7 p.m. Sept. 25; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. Rated PG-13.

American Animals. True story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute an audacious art heist. 7 p.m. Sept. 16; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20; noon Sept. 22; 9:15 p.m. Sept. 29; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Rated R. .

Boundaries. A single mom agrees to drive her estranged father down the coast to live with her sister. Along for the ride are her bright but troubled son and an assortment of animal charity cases. Opening night Sept. 14; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and Sept. 20; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22; noon Sept. 28; 7 p.m. Oct. 1; 2:15 Oct. 4. Rated R. .

The British Museum Presents: Hokusai. A look at the work of the famous painter from Tokyo. Noon Sept. 17; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27; 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Not rated. .

The Cakemaker. Thomas, a German baker, has an affair with a married man from Israel. When the man dies in a car crash, Thomas travels to Jerusalem and infiltrates the life of his lover’s widow. 2:15 p.m. Sept. 17; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24; noon Sept. 27; 7:15 p.m. Oct. 3. Not rated. Hebrew and German with English subtitles.

The Catcher Was a Spy. True story of major league catcher Moe Berg who is drafted as a spy in World War II. Berg is a Jewish Ivy League graduate who speaks nine languages. He is also a closeted gay man with a knack for keeping secrets. Noon Sept. 15; 7 p.m. Sept. 20; noon Sept. 27 and 27; 2 p.m. Sept. 30; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Rated R. .

Dark Money. A look at the influence of untraceable corporate money on elections and elected officials. 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 24; noon Sept. 28. Not rated. .

Decanted. This documentary follows the development of a new winery in California’s Napa Valley. Noon Sept. 18; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25; 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Not rated.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. When an all-night bender ends in a catastrophic car accident, a man enters treatment and discovers a gift for drawing newspaper cartoons. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17; 9:15 p.m. Sept. 22; 7 p.m. Sept. 27; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Rated R.

Eating Animals. Based on a best-selling book, this documentary looks at the consequences of factory farming and spotlights farmers who chose a different way. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18; noon Sept. 25; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Not rated. .

Eighth Grade. Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures a tidal wave of emotions in a world that forces kids to grow up faster than they can handle. 7 p.m. Sept. 15; noon Sept. 18 and 23; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25; noon Sept. 29; 2:15 p.m. Oct. 1 and 7 p.m. Oct. 4. Rated R.

Foxtrot. When two Tel Aviv parents learn about the death of their son, the father spirals into a whirlwind of anger and experiences one of life’s unfathomable twists. 7:15 p.m. Sept. 19; noon Sept. 21; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27; noon Oct. 3. Rated R. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Generation Wealth. A cautionary tale about capitalism, narcissism and greed in the richest society the world has ever seen. 2:15 p.m. Sept. 15; noon Sept. 20; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. Rated R.

Hearts Beat Loud. An uplifting musical comedy about an aging hipster and his daughter, who form a band together before she leaves for college. 2:15 p.m. Sept. 18; 7 p.m. Sept. 21; noon Sept. 24; 9:15 p.m. Sept. 28; noon Oct. 2. Rated PG-13.

A Kid Like Jake. A young couple try to do right by their son as he begins to show signs of “gender expansive” play. 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 7:15 p.m. Sept. 23; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 25; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Rated R.

The King. A documentary about Elvis Presley. Noon Sept. 16; 7 p.m. Sept. 22; noon Sept. 26; 5 p.m. Sept. 30; noon Oct. 2. Rated R.

Leave No Trace. A father and teen-age daughter find their idyllic life in the forest shattered when they are discovered and put into social services. Noon Sept. 19; 9:15 p.m. Sept. 21; 7 p.m. Sept. 24; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 27; 4:30 p.m Sept. 29; 5 p.m. Oct. 3. Rated PG.

Love, Cecil. A portrait of Academy Award-winning costume designer Cecil Beaton. Noon Sept. 17; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 21; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24; noon Oct. 1. Not rated.

Puzzle. Agnes’ lonely life begins to change when she receives a jigsaw puzzle as a gift and makes her way to a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. Opening Night show on Sept. 14; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 16; 5 p.m. Sept. 19; noon Sept. 21; 5 p.m. Sept. 23; 7 p.m. Sept. 26; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28; noon Oct. 4. Rated R.

Three Identical Strangers. True story of the reunion of three brothers separated at birth and adopted by three different families.2:30 p.m. Sept. 17; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22; noon Sept. 24; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 26; 7 p.m. Sept. 28; noon Oct. 1; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Rated PG-13.

Whitney. A portrait of singer Whitney Houston. 9:15 p.m. Sept. 15; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 19 and 23; 7:15 p.m. Sept. 30. Rated R.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A visit with America’s favorite neighbor, Mister Fred Rogers. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15; 7 p.m. Sept. 17; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 29; noon Sept. 30 and Oct. 4. Rated PG-13.

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ offers a portrait of TV host Fred Rogers, who introduced his young audiences to ‘The Land of Make-Believe’ and taught them about kindness and compassion along the way. The documentary is one of 22 movies that wil be shown during the Dietrich Theater’s upcoming Fall Film Festival.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_dietrich.mr_.rogers.jpg‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ offers a portrait of TV host Fred Rogers, who introduced his young audiences to ‘The Land of Make-Believe’ and taught them about kindness and compassion along the way. The documentary is one of 22 movies that wil be shown during the Dietrich Theater’s upcoming Fall Film Festival. Submitted photo

‘Puzzle’ tells the story of a sheltered young woman for whom working jigsaw puzzles opens the door to new possibilities. It is one of two movies that will be shown during the Dietrich Film Festival’s opening night on Sept. 14, and it will be screened several other times during the three-week festival.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_dietrich.puzzle.jpg‘Puzzle’ tells the story of a sheltered young woman for whom working jigsaw puzzles opens the door to new possibilities. It is one of two movies that will be shown during the Dietrich Film Festival’s opening night on Sept. 14, and it will be screened several other times during the three-week festival. Submitted photo

‘Eighth Grade’ follows a 13-year old through the last week of middle school, the end of her thus-far disastrous eighth grade year. It is one of 22 movies to be featured during the Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_dietrich.eighth.grade_.jpg‘Eighth Grade’ follows a 13-year old through the last week of middle school, the end of her thus-far disastrous eighth grade year. It is one of 22 movies to be featured during the Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival. Submitted photo

Starring Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Lloyd and Kristen Schall, ‘Boundaries’ follows a single mother as she drives her estranged father down the coast to live with her sister. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son and an assortment of animal charity cases. The movie is one of two that will be shown during the Film Festival’s opening night on Sept. 14.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_dietrich.boundaries.jpgStarring Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Lloyd and Kristen Schall, ‘Boundaries’ follows a single mother as she drives her estranged father down the coast to live with her sister. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son and an assortment of animal charity cases. The movie is one of two that will be shown during the Film Festival’s opening night on Sept. 14. Submitted photo
Annual event begins Sept. 14 in downtown Tunkhannock

By Mary Therese Biebel

[email protected]