2013-2014 Season

Not just a movie, it's an educational experience.
BIG ARTS is a paradise for film lovers!

Viewers will enjoy the quality of surround-sound, a Blu-ray Disc player, a large screen, and high-definition projection equipment.

Assistive listening devices are available.

Series Sponsors: Bank of the Islands
Stan & Visnja Gembicki
Series Supporters: Sanibel Taxi
Jerry's Foods of Sanibel
John R. Wood Real Estate Inc.

BIG ARTS Film Society Presents:

Monday Night Film Series
October 28 – April 28, 2014: The ever-popular Monday night film series presents critically-acclaimed independent and foreign films and documentaries. More than just a movie, each film screening will be followed by a complimentary reception and a discussion lead by knowledgable film aficionados in Phillips Gallery.
7 pm
Admission: $8

Documentary Series
April 2, April 9, April 16 and April 23: The critically acclaimed documentary series offers thought provoking, eye-opening and entertaining films. An audience discussion will follow each film.
Wednesdays, 1:30 pm
Admission: $5

BIG ARTS Film Series

BIG ARTS In the House film

In the House (France)

7 pm, Monday April 21, 2014

A boy of 16 wants to get in the house of one of his classmates to glean inspiration for his writing assignments. Impressed with this unusual and gifted student, his teacher rediscovers a taste for teaching, but the intrusion sparks a series of uncontrollable events.

2011, 105 min, NR
In French with English subtitles
Admission: $8


BIG ARTS Blackfish film

Blackfish (US)

1:30 pm, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, Florida water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca (or "killer whale") weighing ten thousand pounds who was a regular attraction at the park. What made the incident all the more disturbing was this was not the first time Tilikum had turned on one of his trainers, and that the orca had caused the death of a trainer in 1991 before he was purchased by Sea World. While orcas will sometimes attack humans in captivity, such incidents are extremely rare in the wild, leading some scientists to question the wisdom of keeping large, intelligent, and sometimes territorial creatures in captivity and expecting them to perform on a regular basis. Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite began researching the lives of orcas in captivity after the death of Dawn Brancheau, and in the documentary Blackfish, she offers a powerful and provocative look at a remarkable breed of animals humans still don't fully understand, and how the financial interests of water parks and resorts may run counter to the best interests of the animals they put on display. Taking its title from a Native American name for orcas, Blackfish received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

2013, 80 min, Rated PG 13
In English
Admission: $5


BIG ARTS Augustine film

Augustine (France)

7 pm, Monday April 28, 2014

Augustine is an examination of the real case story and unusual relationship between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, the pioneering 19th century French neurologist – whom Sigmund Freud studied under - and Augustine, his star teenage patient. In Belle Epoque Paris, 19-year-old kitchen maid Augustine suffers an inexplicable seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed and is shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing in the then-fashionable ailment of 'hysteria'. Augustine captures the attention of renowned neurologist Dr. Charcot (Vincent Lindon) after she has another attack that appears to give her intense physical pleasure. Intrigued, he begins using her as his principal subject, hypnotizing her in front of his fellow doctors. As Augustine displays her spectacular fits in lecture halls, the lines between doctor and patient become blurred, radically impacting the course of both of their lives. Based on a true story, this darkly sensual romantic drama chronicles one woman’s sexual awakening against the backdrop of neo-Victorian psychology and social repression.

2012, 102 min, NR
In French with English subtitles
Admission: $8


All films subject to change

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