Black Cat Cinema
Black Cat Cinema is an independent community project run under the auspices of the SCFS and coordinated by former SCFS board member and programmer David Barbarash. It's aims are to provide independent and intriguing films, mostly documentaries, unlikely to be seen through mainstream avenues. The focus of Black Cat Cinema films are primarily political and progressive themes, in addition to spiritual and metaphysical concepts.
Monday nights — Weekly from September 10 to December
For more information contact Blackcat by email or phone 886-2780.
Monday September 10 - Loose Change
USA, 2005, 80 min., documentary
What if September 11th was not a surprise attack on America, but rather, a cold and calculated genocide by the U.S. government? We were told that the twin towers were hit by commercial airliners and subsequently brought down by jet fuel. We were told that the Pentagon was hit by a Boeing 757. We were told that Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA. We were told that nineteen Arabs from halfway across the globe, acting under orders from Osama Bin Laden, were responsible. What you will see in this film will prove without a doubt that everything you've been told by your government and the mainstream press about 9-11 is a complete fabrication. Conspiracy theory? It's not a theory if you can prove it. Decide for yourself.
Monday September 17 - TerrorStorm
USA, 2007, 113 min., documentary
Maverick journalist Alex Jones presents a compelling case showing that throughout history, criminal elements inside governments have carried out terror attacks against their own populations as a pretext to control them. TerrorStorm reveals how, in the last hundred years, Western leaders have repeatedly murdered their own citizens while posing as their saviours. In addition to blowing the lid off the conspiracy of 9/11 and the attacks of 7/7 in London, this film also reveals other terrorist events such as the Reichstag fire, the Gulf of Tonkin, and the US-backed Iranian coup of 1953, and shows how they are all interconnected false-flag terror events, all self-inflicted wounds.
Monday September 24 - 638 Ways To Kill Castro
UK, 2007, 78 min., documentary
On more than a few occasions, the C.I.A. and Cuban exiles have tried to assassinate Fidel Castro. This film examines some of those many documented plots to kill the Cuban leader, which range from exploding cigars to femme fatales, to noxious gas and poisoned pens. Featuring interviews with intelligence operatives who claim to be party to past assassination plots, thoughts from figures in America's Cuban exile community who openly support the notion of killing Castro (including a U.S. Congresswoman), and Cuba's lingering impact on American politics. This extraordinary true story is both ludicrous and laughable, yet poignant and tragic.
Monday October 1 - One: The Movie
USA, 2006, 79 min., documentary
A contemporary journey towards a timeless destiny... This film asks the big questions of life to many of the world's most renowned and respected spiritual leaders, authors, icons and celebrated masters, including Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ram Dass, Sufi Sheikh Llewellyn Vaugh-Lee, yogi master Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Father Thomas Keating, Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, and Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hahn, among many others. These spiritual masters answer many questions: What happens to you after you die? Describe God. When is war justifiable? How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism? And the big one: what is the meaning of life? And much more...Monday October 8
Double bill: two films by Anand Gandhi
Right Here Right Now
2005, 29 min., comedy, drama
India, 2006, 39 min., drama
Monday October 15 - Mother Ganga
India, 2005, 55 min., documentary
This film portrays a pilgrimage, starting at the Bay of Bengal where the Ganges river enters the sea (Ganga Sagar), to Gangotri and Gomukh in the Himalayan Mountains. Along the journey, one can see images from significant places of pilgrimage such as Mayapur, Jaipur, Varanasi, Bodgaya, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gangotri, and others. Depicting the love and devotion the people of India have been exhibiting for thousands of years in the worship of Gangamayi narratives and related stories found in the Vedas describe the Ganges' spiritual origin, its purifying power, and descent to the material world. The film also contains footage capturing the atmosphere of ancient worship ceremonies, magnificent temples, and mystic yoga practise.
Monday October 22 - Sound of the Soul
USA, 2005, 70 min., documentary
A vivid and compelling portrait of an Arab country where Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived together in relative peace for centuries. Beautifully photographed during Morocco's Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, the film presents unforgettable performances from groups from Morocco, Ireland, Russia, Afghanistan, Mauritania, USA, Portugal, and France, which carry viewers into what the film's Sufi guide calls "the hearing of the heart" - the essential oneness at the core of all religions and faiths. In a world polarized by religious conflicts and fundamentalism, this film offers a timely and inspiring cinematic journey, reverberating with unity, understanding, and hope. Following the film will be a videotaped discussion for potential use on the film's website or an upcoming DVD.
Monday October 29 - CircleSpeak: A Journey into the Heart of Crop Circle Country
UK, 2005, 97 min., documentary
Full of beautiful aerial footage, this film documents the history of British crop circles from 1978 through 2004. This is arguably the most thorough and balanced presentation of the crop circle story ever told on film, with virtually all of the original researchers interviewed and shown in historical video footage, as well as most of the modern day experts. The film combines the history of the phenomenon with the unfolding events of one summer in southern England - the 2001 crop circle season. It was a watershed year for the people at the heart of the story, which culminated, surprisingly, with the largest crop circle formation ever recorded - a formation called "the mother of all crop circles."
Monday November 5 - To Play and To Fight
Venezuela, 2006, 70 min., documentary
This award-winning film presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela's towns and villages, and a program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music. The system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history. With interviews with many of the world's most celebrated musicians including the great tenor Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Guiseppe Sinopoli, and Eduardo Mata, To Play and To Fight is an inspirational story of courage, determination, ambition, and love showing us that only those who dream can achieve the impossible.
Monday November 12 - The Pharmacratic Inquisition
USA, 2007, 111 min., documentary
This film, a companion to the book "Astro-Theology & Shamanism," focuses on the suppression of archaeoastronomy / astro-theology and entheogenic shamanism as they apply to the core of the world's religions, especially Christianity. It sheds light into a dark place by illuminating the spiritual connection and historical of use of psychoactive mushrooms and plant medicines throughout the ages, specifically the Amanita muscaria, dispelling once and for all the darkness created through ignorance and intentional obfuscation of the truth. Includes original audio and images of John Marco Allegro, author of The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross.
Monday November 19 - JFK II: The Bush Connection
JFK II: The Bush Connection
A detailed analysis of the assasination of JFK leading to many connections to the direct involvement of the CIA and the Bush family. This film, thoroughly documented, is a criminal indictment of George Herbert Walker Bush, establishing beyond a reasonable doubt he was a supervisor in the conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy. Presented in rememberance of the death of JFK, 44 years ago on Nov. 22, 1963.
Monday November 26 - Maybe Logic: The Lives and Ideas of Robert Anton Wilson
USA, 2003, 82 min., documentary
Guerrilla ontologist. Psychedelic magician. Outer head of the Illuminati. Quantum psychologist. Sit-down comic/philosopher. Discordian Pope. Whatever the label and rank, Robert Anton Wilson is undeniably one of the foundations of 21th Century Western counterculture. Featuring RAW video spanning 25 years, Maybe Logic is a cinematic alchemy that conjures it all together in a hilarious and mind-bending journey. Beaming with insight, frustration, compassion, and unshakable optimism, the ever-open eye of Robert Anton Wilson penetrates human illusions exposing the mathematical probabilities and spooky synchronicities of the 8 dimensions of his Universe.
Monday December 3 - Entheo:Genesis: Awakening the Divine Within
USA, 2006, 70 min., documentary
This film examines the re-emergence of archaic techniques of ecstacy in the modern world by weaving a synthesis of ecological and evolutionary awareness, electronic dance culture, and the current pharmacological re-evaluation of entheogenic compounds. Imagining consciousness itself to be evolving, Entheogen documents the emergence of techno-shamanism in the post-modern world that frames the following questions: How can a renewal of ancient initiatory rites of passage alleviate our ecological crisis? What do trance dancing and festivals celebrating unbridled artistic expression speak to in our collective psyche? How do we re-invent ourselves in a disenchanted world from which God has long ago withdrawn? Entheogen invites the viewer to consider that the answers to these questions lie within the consciousness of each and every human being, and are accessible if only we give ourselves permission to awaken to the divine within.
Monday, December 10 - Out Of The Blue: The Definitive Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon
USA, 2007, 106 min., documentary
Narrated by Peter Coyote, this award-winning film presents unexplained cases of UFOs from around the world, investigates 50 years of official contradictions and denials, and puts forth possible reasons for secrecy. The film also examines scientific theories regarding interstellar travel and discusses the current movement for official disclosure on the subject of UFOs - a subject that has been considered by most government officials to be unworthy of serious investigation. Widely considered to be the best documentary ever made on the subject, the producers travelled the world to investigate some of the most famous sightings on record, gaining exclusive interviews with high-ranking government and military personelle.
Monday December 17 - 2012 The Odyssey
USA, 2006, 99 min., documentary
The Mayan Calendar is ending on December 21st 2012. What will happen to us between now and then? Are there other prophecies that also predict the closing of this world age and the start of a new beginning? In this thought provoking film many experts speak on this fast approaching prophecy, revealing the secrets that will unfold before our eyes and will shape our future. Featuring interviews with noted experts Jose Arguelles, Gregg Braden, John Major Jenkins, Rick Levine, Geoff Stray, Moira Timms, Alberto Villoldo, Jay Weidner, the Incan Elders and more, this film shows us that the coming world is ours to reshape and to remake in any way that we deem possible.
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