HEARING IS BELIEVING
2017, Gravitas Ventures, 104 min, USA, Dir: Lorenzo DeStefano

In a world filled with noise there is another sound worth hearing and her name is Rachel Flowers. Blind since her premature birth, the Oxnard native displayed a gift for music at an early age, spending ten years at the Southern California Conservatory of Music studying piano and flute. Today Flowers is an acclaimed composer and performer; among the artists singing her praises in this powerful documentary are Stevie Wonder, Dweezil Zappa and Keith Emerson.


MASK
1985, Universal, 127 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Disfigured teen Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) fights against his disease and society’s prejudices with the help of an unconventional but loving biker mom (Cher) and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott). Peter Bogdanovich directs this true story with sensitivity and intelligence, creating that rare film that is heartwarming and inspirational without being phony in its sentiment.


LOLA MONTÈS
1955, Janus Films, 115 min, France/West Germany, Dir: Max Ophuls

Director Max Ophuls' last completed film is based on the life of dancer and femme fatale Lola Montez (1821-1861). This epic historical romance revolves around the two most famous of Lola’s many affairs - with composer Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The most expensive European film of its time, LOLA MONTÈS flopped at the box office, but its artistic influence is highly acclaimed by film critics to the present day.


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