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Sat & Sun October 4, 5  7:00 pm


2013 (84 minutes)
USA/Serbia (in English and Serbian with English subtitles)
Wide-screen Blu-Ray
5.1  Surround Sound


Los Angeles Film Festival
American Documentary Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Beldocs International Film Festival
Minneapolis Film Festival



Shows us how this music can draw in and hook anyone, Serbs and non-Serbs alike, united in the lightning fast rhythms and infectious celebratory spirit. -Indiewire.com



A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition.


Every competitor seeks to win, but the film’s characters are all making their trumpet pilgrimages for very different reasons: 25-year-old “master trumpeter” Dejan Petrovic—the reigning Guča champion—returns to defend his championship title, while Demiran Ćerimović—a world-class Roma Gypsy trumpeter—struggles against deeply ingrained racism for the opportunity to make money for his family. Through it all, a fish-out-of-water American band plays to validate their very existence in front of a population still scarred by U.S. bombs.


Brasslands offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.


Brasslands has been a hit at more than 20 international film festivals including Rotterdam, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Vilnius, and Minneapolis.


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20ft poster

Sat. & Sun. November 1, 2  7:00 pm


90 minutes
2013 (USA)
Wide-Screen Blu-Ray
5.1 Surround Sound


2014 Oscar Best Documentary Feature

2014 Independent Spirit Award Best Documentary
Sundance Film Festival

Just about everything in this movie is right.- Chicago Tribune
Joyous and uplifting. –  Observer (UK)
A rich, enjoyably overstuffed 90 minutes – Sight & Sound


See it on our big screen with our new 5.1 Surround Sound System.



Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom.    Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.  However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

Davidson Learns Night- Special post-film discussion led by 20 year veteran Record Producer/Recording Engineer/Performer, Lafouji Alexander.




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 Polyester-Movie-Poster2Sat. & Sun. December 6,7  7:00 pm

John Waters’ Polyester


Independent Comedy
84 minutes
1981 (USA)


Odorama classic Polyester with its scratch ‘n’ sniff card is coming to screens as part of the Scalarama season with runs countrywide during September.

Rereleased for the first time in more than 30 years, this is a new digital print of John Waters’ cult black comedy about a put-upon housewife, Francine Fishpaw, who is plagued by bad smells, an adulterous husband, perverted offspring, her husband’s sleazy secretary and much more, much worse.

Starring trash film icon Divine as Francine, an alcoholic housewife in suburbia; and the gorgeous Tab Hunter as Todd Tomorrow, her torrid dreamboat lover, it’s a film that broke all taboos in one go. It is still so way out and subversive you have to gulp and imagine the effect it made when it was first released.

It will hardly pass unnoticed in 2014 despite seeming so blatantly gross-out.

Polyester has the added treat of the Odorama scratch ‘n’ sniff card (where the number appears on the screen and you scratch the card) so audiences can smell what they see on the screen and flare their nostrils in joy or horror, depending.

It is John (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos) Waters’ best loved bad taste film and one not to miss if only for cinematic reference and the romantic theme song sung by the then new hit-making duo, Deborah Harry and Bill Murray.

Despite having to endure the grossest of the gross there are still enough laughs to justify watching Polyester.

– See more at: http://www.close-upfilm.com/2014/08/polyester-12a-film-review/#sthash.ZQwKbBJ3.dpuf

New Digital Restoration

First Theatrical Release in 30 years





Shown in Odorama

odoramaOdorama  was conceived by John Waters, in the tradition of 1950’s movie gimmicks like Percepto, Emergo, Smell-o-vision, and Sensurround, which were mechanical devices  meant to lure people to the movies by delivering something that their home TVs couldn’t.  It was Waters’ kitchy salute to his entry into the movie mainstream. Each movie-goer will be given a free souvenir working Odorama Card at admission.  Instructions for its use are provided in the movie’s prologue.


Special Exhibit and Post-Screening Presentation

Studio C-Cinema’s director, Robert Maier, worked with John Waters on five films, and was the line producer of Polyester. He will display his collection of artifacts from the production, have a Q&A following the film, and sign copies of his book Low Budget Hell: Making Underground Movies with John Waters.


John Waters was recently selected for a life-time retrospective of his films at Lincoln Center as one of America’s greatest filmmakers.  Some might question if this notorious taboo-breaker  deserved such an honor, but the author, artist and director of 12 films has had an amazing career, and is in the same class as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.


Waters’ first films as a teenager in the early 1960s reflected the era and helped define the term “underground film.”  Having caught the eye of the New York film distributor, New Line Cinema and British producer Michael White (Monty Python and Rocky Horror Picture Show), Waters was given enough funding to produce a “mainstream” underground film.  Polyester was shot in 35mm, featured celebrity actors (Tab Hunter and punk-rock star Stiv Bators), had a full professional crew, and a nationwide opening in mainstream theaters.  Bill Murray sung the theme song, composed by Chris Stein of Blondie, who also co-wrote the music soundtrack with multiple-Grammy-award winning composer, Michael Kamen.


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 beatlesposterBACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!   

Sat & Sun December 27, 28  7:00pm


The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night


NEW  50th Anniversary HD Digital Restoration

NEW 5.1 Surround Sound Mix


Independent Comedy/Musical
84 minutes
1964 (UK)


A Hard Days Night was released 8 months after their first records had appeared in the USA, and was a smash hit that re-defined musical cinema.  It was conceived as a low-budget knock-off to sell more records by a group that hadn’t proven themselves as more than a short-term fad.  However,  it’s director, Richard Lester, working with one of the most popular and original music groups of all-time made it into an icon of the 1960s cultural sea change whose effects are still felt today.


The visual restoration, from the original 35mm negative was supervised by Richard Lester, and the new 5.1 sound track was supervised by Giles Martin, (son of Beatles’ original engineer/producer, George Martin), with the approval of Paul McCartney.


When first screened at Studio-C Cinema last July, A Hard Day’s Night received standing ovations, and sold out both shows, so reserve your seats early for this wonderful holiday treat.


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 Coming Soon

January 10, 11  Award-Winning Independent Irish Drama (2014)  Run and Jump
March 12, 13, 14  Festival of Contemporary Irish Films from the Irish Film Board



-SATURDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING FILMS- doors open at 6:15 pm for complementary wine and cheese reception, and browsing the Cornelius Art Center’s Gallery.

Screening begins at 7:00 pm.  Informal discussion follows films.


Tickets (plus NC Sales Tax 7.25%):  

$10 Cornelius Residents;  $11 non-Cornelius Residents

–Students  $5.00




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Where is the Studio-C Cinema?   Studio-C in the  Cornelius Art Center  19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, NC  28031 (in the historic Oak St. Mill Building) Plenty of free, lighted parking available.  MAP

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How much are tickets?   Cornelius residents $10.00.  Others $11.00 (plus 7.25% NC sales tax).  A limited number of student rush tickets are $5.00.  Special events priced individually.  Discount packages of 10 tickets are available to Friends of Studio-C Cinema See Tickets page for specifics.

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