Nightlight Uses Tilt to Deliver Magnificent “Noms”

Dear Friends,

I can only refer to the group of participants in our first “Best Picture Brunch” as a lucky few: seventeen to be precise. They’re lucky, because Chef Ashley Young treated them to a truly gourmet brunch for an economy price, and they’re few, because it would be hard to build a large enough platform to give Ms. Young the exposure her food deserves. So, we’re evolving the plan a bit. The new concept? “Academy Noms.” (Get it?!) Chef Dick Kanatzar will be joining us for an Oscar nom (The Magnificent Seven) and “noms,” (that means good food for the uninitiated among you) that Will. Be. Epic. Please check the details below and share where you can – seriously, you’ll be doing your audience a real favor – just check out that menu!


Kurtiss Hare
Executive Director
The Nightlight


On Saturday, December 5th, The Nightlight Cinema is once again highlighting the gastronomic work of area chefs by pairing brunch with the screening of a classic Oscar nominated film.

“The concept is evolving as we go,” said Nightlight executive director Kurtiss Hare. “We’re widening the circle of films from Best Picture winners to any film with a nomination from The Academy in any category. And we’re not just doing it for the sake of the pun – it really blows the lid off the kind of collaborations we can do with these area chefs… folks that we believe are doing awards-worthy work of their own.”

The second event in the newly rebranded “Academy Noms” series will feature food from Chef Dick Kanatzar and the 1961 nominee for Best Music, The Magnificent Seven. Chef Dick, as he’s colloquially known, will offer four menu options to every attendee, including buttermilk chicken and waffles, banana nutella french toast, benedict and grits, and house made pop tarts. Food will be served on premises at The Nightlight at 10:30 A.M., with Chef Dick on site. At 11:30 A.M., The Nightlight will show The Magnificent Seven, a film of recent interest because of its connection to two new December releases, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Chef Dick, in addition to performing duties as executive chef at Vaccaro Trattoria in Bath, has been installing temporary pop-up kitchens all around Northeast Ohio: Pav’s Creamery, Brick and Barrel, and Portage Lakes Brewing Company, to name a few. “[My pop-up] gives me the ability to capture many different groups of people and allows me to change my scenery as much as I would like,” Kanatzar siad in an email. “I’m Akron, Ohio born and raised… I just want to give back to the community that’s given me so much.”

The event on December 5th will be one of mutual giving: Tickets to the brunch and movie must be pre-purchased through a platform called Tilt that allows audiences to pledge toward the production of an event that will only be carried out if enough pledges occur. Those who pledge will only be charged if that minimum goal is met. Interested parties should visit The Nightlight’s campaign on for more information and to reserve their spot at the table, here: Movie-only tickets are also available on The Nightlight’s website, including tickets for a movie-only matinee on Sunday, December 6th.

“The nom is classic, the noms are delicious, and both will be epic,” said Hare. “I hope Northeast Ohio will pledge and recognize the culinary talent that exists here. You don’t need to be a foodie or a cinephile to appreciate what’s going on in downtown Akron.”

About The Nightlight

The Nightlight is an independent, nonprofit cinema located at 30 North High Street in downtown Akron. It opened on July 1, 2014 thanks to key grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and GAR Foundation. Parking is available at meters on High Street as well as at the parking deck next to the Akron-Summit County Library. Both are free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Showtimes and tickets can be found at


For more information please contact Kurtiss Hare at (216) 233-6645, or email

Just Booked at The Nightlight: LABYRINTH OF LIES, Opens 11/27/15

Actor-turned-feature-film-director Giulio Ricciarelli points his camera at a largely underexposed portion of German history with equal measures grace, awe, and indignity in Germany’s Foreign Language Oscar contender for 2015.

Labyrinth of Lies (Giulio Ricciarelli, 2014)

A young prosecutor in postwar West Germany investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of prominent public figures.

This auspicious feature-film debut from filmmaker Giulio Ricciarelli is a lucid and compelling look at postwar Germany. Paralleling personal drama with issues of a national scale, Labyrinth of Lies opens our eyes to the ways in which we allow ourselves to forget events that we find too painful to acknowledge.

Frankfurt, 1958. Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling of Inglourious Basterds and Young Goethe in Love) is a young prosecutor trying to climb the ladder in a major law firm, eager for more important work than his caseload of traffic violations. Prompted by a tip from a reporter, he discovers that certain prominent institutions and branches of government are entangled in a conspiracy to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II. Johann works obsessively alongside journalist Thomas Gnielka (André Szymanski) and Jewish concentration camp survivor Simon Kirsch (Johannes Krisch) to uncover the evidence linking thousands of SS soldiers — many of whom now have successful careers in the public service — to the atrocities committed at Auschwitz. As he becomes increasingly invested in his research, Johann begins to wonder if his own family history is as honourable as he once thought.

Labyrinth of Lies captures a significant and often-forgotten historical period during which much of Germany denied its war crimes, despite the infamy of the Nuremberg trials. Crisply photographed, and propelled by sterling performances from Fehling, Szymanski and Krisch, this film raises still-relevant questions about war, social memory, and how history is ultimately written.


Just Booked at The Nightlight: MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, Opens 11/20/15

The film that set cinema back 900 years is coming to The Nightlight for a celebration of its 40th anniversary. You bring the swallows and we’ll bring the coconuts. That’s right, it’s time for Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its highest resolution restoration ever. Oh, now that we think about it, we’ll bring the coconuts, but you should definitely leave the swallows at home.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam/Terry Jones, 1975)

King Arthur, as London’s Monty Python troupe imagines him, is really an awfully sensible, decent chap. Played by Graham Chapman, he is the kind of tweedy fellow who should be sitting on the Tory party backbench in modern Britain rather than running around 6th century England forming Round Tables and looking for holy grails.

…The fine sight of a fully armoured knight spread-eagled against [a] squad car and being patted down for concealed weapons… is a key image in the film, which pats down the entire chivalric tradition for bloody and dangerous residual ideas. Along with the high comedy, this determined insistence on the gory stupidity of ancient but still potent fancy is what holds the film together. Grail is as funny as a movie can get, but it is also a tough-minded picture – as outraged about the human propensity for violence as it is outrageous in its attack on the propensity.

~~ Richard Schickel, Time Magazine (1975)


Just Booked at The Nightlight: COMING HOME, Opens 11/20/15

The 27-year partnership of master director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) and radiant muse Gong Li continues with this tragic domestic drama about historic amnesia in the wake of China’s Cultural Revolution.

~~ New Zealand International Film Festival

Coming Home (Zhang Yimou, 2014)

In this enthralling and emotional drama from Chinese master Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero), Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (superstar Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife, alone with their selfish sole daughter, Dandan (Zhang Huiwen), has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, Feng waits patiently for her husband’s return. Zhang has made a powerful drama that looks at China’s recent collective past in very individually human terms.


Just Booked at The Nightlight: HEART OF A DOG, Opens 12/4/15

Renowned mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Laurie Anderson returns with this lyrical and powerfully personal essay film that reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, her beloved dog, and such diverse subjects as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings.

Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, 2015)

In 2011, renowned mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Laurie Anderson — whose eclectic career spans music, drawing, storytelling, performance, and more — suffered the loss of her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle as part of a succession of family deaths that also included her mother and her husband, legendary musician Lou Reed. In this strikingly personal essay film, Anderson uses her close bond with Lolabelle to anchor her reflections on subjects as diverse as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings, with her own melodic voiceover narration overlaying a complex tapestry of images (including Anderson’s own animations, 8mm home-movie footage, and lots of lovingly photographed dogs). Suggesting Chris Marker’s landmark essay film Sans soleil in its connections of disparate themes and images, Heart of a Dog is dreamy, comic, philosophical and intensely emotional — like Anderson herself, it defies easy categorization.

About The Nightlight

The Nightlight is an independent, nonprofit cinema located at 30 North High Street in downtown Akron. It opened on July 1, 2014 thanks to key grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and GAR Foundation. Parking is available at meters on High Street as well as at the parking deck next to the Akron-Summit County Library. Both are free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Showtimes and tickets can be found at


For more information please contact Kurtiss Hare at (216) 233-6645, or email

Just Booked at The Nightlight: ROOM, Opens 12/11/15

“It’s not giving away too much to say that one of the most intriguing films at the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival takes place in Akron.” (#) ROOM is a modern-day story about the boundless love between mother and child; young Jack knows nothing of the world except for the single room in which he was born and raised.

Room (Leonard Abrahamson, 2015)

Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her five-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying and wondrous world outside their one-room prison.

Based on the Booker-shortlisted bestseller by Irish-Canadian novelist Emma Donoghue, Room is a tale of survival and endurance that is by turns harrowing, suspenseful and wondrous. Recounting the story of a mother and child escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for several years, this visionary drama explores the trauma of being stolen from the world — and the marvel of discovering it for the first time.

Born in captivity, five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) knows nothing of the world beyond the shed to which he and his Ma (Brie Larson) are confined. Ma was only seventeen when she was stolen away to this grim place, where her only visitor is Old Nick (Sean Bridgers), her kidnapper — and Jack’s father. After Ma devises a precarious plan for their escape, Jack finds himself thrust out into the world beyond “Room” for the first time, where the array of people, places, and things, of sights, sounds, and sensations, leave him both frightened and awestruck. For Ma, meanwhile, the process of recovery will require just as much courage as her years spent enduring her imprisonment.

Rigorously adhering to the novel’s subjective point of view, Room shows us only what Jack himself sees, brilliantly contrasting extraordinary suffering with the equally extraordinary beauty — and challenges — of ordinary life. While the cast — rounded out by Academy Award nominees William H. Macy and Joan Allen — is uniformly excellent, none stands out more than the gifted young Tremblay, who conveys Jack’s dizzying range of experience with a sensitivity and wisdom far beyond his years.

About The Nightlight

The Nightlight is an independent, nonprofit cinema located at 30 North High Street in downtown Akron. It opened on July 1, 2014 thanks to key grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and GAR Foundation. Parking is available at meters on High Street as well as at the parking deck next to the Akron-Summit County Library. Both are free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Showtimes and tickets can be found at


For more information please contact Kurtiss Hare at (216) 233-6645, or email

Déjà Vu

“…a sci-fi love story that also happens to be the director’s best film, the clearest expression of his late-period ideas, and, well, one of the greatest films of the past decade.” –Ignatiy Vishnevetsky


Film Club: Déjà Vu
Thursday, April 18th, 6:30pm
Running time: 126 min.
Akron-Summit County Main Library Auditorium
Free, open to the public

Tony Scott’s Déjà Vu, with Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer. Is it a pop confection, or a hidden masterpiece? Watch and discuss it on April 18th.


Déjà Vu


“LEVIATHAN, which looks and sounds like no other documentary in memory, is likely to be one of the most talked-about art films of the year…” -The New York Times


Thursday, March 28th, 7:15pm
Akron Art Museum (1 S High St.)
Free, open to the public

Here’s the synopsis for March’s contemporary film:

One of the most highly anticipated films of the year, from the directors of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts, LEVIATHAN is a thrilling, immersive documentary that takes you deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick- the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail. Employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film crew to ship crew, and swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views, LEVIATHAN is unlike anything you have ever seen; a purely visceral, cinematic experience.
-Cinema Guild



Old Dog

“OLD DOG is a true gem and the mark of an especially skilled director — mark our words, Pema Tseden is a name you’ll be seeing in contention for the Palme d’Or in the not-too-distant future.” -IndieWire


Old Dog
Thursday, February 14th, 7:00pm
Akron Art Museum (1 S High St.)
Free, open to the public

Here’s the synopsis for March’s contemporary film:

In OLD DOG, directed by Pema Tseden, the leading voice of the “Tibetan New Wave,” a family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.

The Tibetan nomad mastiff is an exotic prize dog in China, potentially fetching millions of dollars from wealthy Chinese buyer. When a young man named Gonpo notices several thefts of mastiffs from Tibetan farm families, he decides to sell his family’s dog before it is stolen and sold on the black market.

His father, an aging Tibetan herder, is furious when he discovers the dog missing. He sets off to buy the dog back, sparking a series of events that threaten to tear the family apart.

Weaving together narrative strands of humor and gravity, Old Dog beautifully depicts life among the rural Tibetan people and the erosion of Tibetan culture under the pressures of contemporary society.
-Icarus Films

It’s free and open to the public!


“A beautiful, highly effective and moving statement about a culture in danger of disappearing.” —James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood

“Spectacular!” —Leslie Felperin, Variety

“Perfectly incorporates the desolate living conditions of these outpost towns whilst magnificently capturing the majestic Himalayan scenery which surrounds them” —Patrick Gamble, CineVue

“Shows Tibet through Tibetan eyes, as it is lived and experienced by ordinary people” —The Culture Trip

Old Dog

Our favorites of 2012

Akron Film+Pixel staff saw a few movies in 2012. Here are our favorites.


Robert Pattinson in COSMOPOLIS by David Cronenberg

Tim Peyton, Film Curator

The Modern Cinephile’s eye is not only obsessed with film, but with all moving images, and also the conversation and writings that shape and guide the eye into the future!

Here is a list some of the things that I have seen for the first time this year that might be called “masterpieces.” These are from no specific time and place and some of them are not even movies. All of them are items that have shaped my viewing and understanding of the world and the world of moving images. In no particular order. Enjoy!

Holy Motors (Carax)
Southland Tales (Kelly)
Red Desert (Antonioni)
Tabu (Gomes)
An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu)
Paying For It (Brown)
Magic Mike (Soderbergh)
Cosmopolis (Cronenberg)
Girls (Dunham)
The Searchers (Ford)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Ceylan)
After the Future (Bifo)
Design for Living (Lubitsch)
Platform (Jia)
Physical Evidence (Jones)
Journey to Italy (Rossellini)
Aoutportrait (Leve)
and the first hour and a half of The Master (Anderson) is just breathtaking.

The Master

Joaquin Phoenix in THE MASTER by Paul Thomas Anderson

Charles Crouch, Equipment Manager

This is Not a Film (Panahi)
Holy Motors (Carax)
Cosmopolis (Cronenberg)
Silent Souls (Fedorchenko)
The Turin Horse (Tarr)
Tabu (Gomes)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Ceylan)
The Master (Anderson)
Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson)
Into the Abyss (Herzog)


Louis CK and Parker Posey in LOUIE

Steve Felix, Executive Director

No particular order, and TV counts!

Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson)
Anderson draws great performances from young actors. It’s a cynicism killer.
The Queen of Versailles (Greenfield)
Incredible access to perhaps the only funny recession story.
Flight (Zemeckis)
Zemeckis returns to live action with an adult drama that doesn’t betray it’s subject matter.
Damsels in Distress (Stillman)
Stillman doesn’t hold back on the silliness, but after fourteen years, I’ll take it.
The Color Wheel (Perry)
Technically released this year, The Color Wheel is raw and funny and sees itself through to the only logical conclusion.
Louie (CK)
Louis CK makes each episode a stand-alone short film that works on it’s own terms, with no regard for consistent structure. The Parker Posey two-parter tells a more typical truth about chasing an idealized woman than films normally do.
Girls (Dunham)
More unself-conscious comedy.
Indie Game: The Movie (Pajot, Swirsky)
The first film to explore a growing culture that will be important.

Not quite from 2012, but worth mentioning:
Che (Soderbergh)
I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a Soderbergh film, except maybe Ocean’s 12. This four hours in the jungle is beautifully shot. I couldn’t stop thinking about the contrast range achieved on the RED camera.
Another Earth (Cahill)
As low-budget, metaphysical sci-fi, this felt like a spiritual successor to Primer.
Melancholia (Von Trier)
The first Von Trier film I’ve loved.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi


Andrea Alberti, Creative Consultant

Netflix Streaming has a pretty bad rap for being filled with a lot of basically unwatchable movies. And while for the most part that is true, the documentary section has an excellent selection without having to look that hard. That is why I’ve made my list:
The top five documentaries on Netflix that were way better than I thought they would be:

5. Dark Days (2000, Singer): Homeless New Yorkers living in the unused tunnels of the subway system create a nearly fully functional neighborhood onto itself (electricity! running water …sort of).

4. Indie Game: The Movie (2012, Pajot, Swirsky): If you missed out on it when Akron Film+Pixel screened it earlier this year (like myself), you got your second chance on Netflix.

3. The Parking Lot Movie (2010, Eckman): Originally aired on PBS, this documentary about one group of parking lot attendants delves surprisingly deep into ideas of philosophy and society as a whole.

2. Senna (2010, Kapadia): A documentary about a Formula One driver Ayrton Senna may seem like it would be nothing but high-octane archive footage, but really this film had more drama than an entire season of Gossip Girl.

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011, Gelb): I love sushi as much as the next guy, but I never thought a movie about would make me re-evaluate all of my life choices. One man’s dedication to perfecting a single craft for 70 years with just as much fervor and diligence as his twenty-something apprentices is just fascinating to watch.


Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins in HITCHCOCK by Sacha Gervasi

Cory Sheldon, Creative Consultant

Hitchcock (Gervasi)
The Avengers (Whedon)
Django Unchained (Tarantino)
Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson)
Wreck-It Ralph (Moore)
Looper (Johnson)
The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan) (I’ll admit, this is considering it as ending the trilogy)
Indie Game: The Movie (Pajot, Swirsky)
Prometheus (Scott)
Skyfall (Mendes)