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paabout  Friday April 25  7:00pm


Play Again


2010 (82 mins) USA

Bull Frog Films



“What are the consequences of removing a child from nature?”

This emotionally moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens.   Is their connection to nature disappearing down a digital rabbit hole?  PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

An ideal film for families, this film will be screened as part of Cornelius’ Park and Rec’s Earth Day activities, with a discussion about the plugged-in generations following.



kikaboutSaturday May 3  7:00pm



1999 (116 mins) Japan

Japanese (English Subtitles)



“Wise, funny, sad, wonderful” -Chicago Tribune

Cannes Film Festival Selection


This film is an overlooked treasure of modern Japanese art cinema.  It is funny, a social commentary, a philosophical treatise, and a personal artistic statement by prolific filmmaker, Takeshi Kitano, who wrote, directed and stars in the film.


Kitano is a Japanese film director, comedian, singer, actor, film editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and one-time video game designer who has received critical acclaim, both in his native Japan and abroad, for his idiosyncratic cinematic work.


Kikujiro is a bittersweet road movie about two characters who have very little in common. Masao is a bullied and lonely nine-year-old boy who has to spend his summer vacation alone with his grandmother.  In his boredom, he decides to look for the mother he has never met; with only a photo, an address, and very little money.  This does not seem like a good idea, so a friend of his grandmother’s volunteers to send her husband along.


The irresponsible, loudmouthed, and greedy Kikujiro (Kitano), a low-level yakuza, is hardly the ideal companion for a child.  Starting with an excursion to the cycle races, this mismatched couple goes through a fanciful journey full of oddball characters and hilarious surprises. The best surprise of all is to discover how much they have in common. By the end of the journey, sullen Masao gains the sense of magic that had been missing from his life.  As for Kikujiro, he now has a better understanding of who he is and what has been wrong with his life, although it takes a child (whom he initially saw as a burden) to make him realize this.


The haunting musical score by Joe Hishiashi, a fusion of East and West themes, and the stunning cinematography of rural Japan make this film an unforgettable meet-up with modern Japanese culture and the difficulties of being an outcast in the modern world– at any age.


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whitewash_xlgSaturday June 7   7:00pm


Independent Drama/Comedy
2013 (90 minutes) Canada
Oscilloscope Laboratories


Tribeca Film Festival
SXSW Film Festival
Vancouver Intl. Film Festival
Atlantic Film Festival
Canadian Oscars Nominee


Whitewash is a small but sparkling gem on ice.- Toronto Globe and Mail
An elegantly told story of redemption and survival- Canada AM
It’s a small movie, but it says a lot.- Post Media News


In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, a snowplow operator, accidentally runs over a drunken man stumbling down the middle of the road, while working a late-night blizzard. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep forest hoping to outrun both the authorities and his own conscience. This spare, quirky film combines the isolation of the snowbound North with a taut story of a basically good man who has made one too many bad decisions, and had a little too much bad luck.


The pristine, but fearful settings of snowy isolation, and an honest, low-budget independent film approach make for fascinating viewing as the hero and his full story gradually unravels.  The young and promising director, using skillfully placed flashbacks,  reveals a much deeper rationale and character than the first five minutes lead you to believe.  It is a unique French Canadian reflection of the work of the Coen Brothers, including their undercurrent of dark humor that runs through a dire situation.  This film is primarily in English; the few French scenes have English subtitles.


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timsposterSaturday July 5   7:00pm

Tim’s Vermeer


2013(80 mins) USA


An exquisitely fun documentary. – Entertainment Weekly

A fascinating new documentary about art, obsessions, ideas and answers.- The Los Angeles Times

So entertaining to watch, audiences hardly even realize how incendiary it is.Variety

Thrilling to watch. –Wall Street Journal



2014 Best Documentary Oscar Nominee
New York Film Festival
Toronto Int. Film Festival
Telluride Int. Film Festival
Palm Springs Int. Film Festival


Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically – 150 years before the invention of photography?


The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney and eventually to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen’s Vermeer.


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lunchbox-300Saturday August 2  7:00pm

The Lunch Box



2013 (1 hr 45 mins) India

Hindi and English (English subtitles)


A touching and credible story – Chicago Sun-Times
Deft and charming – NY Times
Thoroughly endearing – Wall Street Journal
Enormously warm and subtle – NPR
A tasty surprise – The Hollywood Reporter


Cannes Film Festival
Telluride Film Festival
Toronto Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival


Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery.


This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.


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Studio-C Cinema presents feature-length independent, documentary, foreign, classic, and art films in the Lake Norman area.  Most of our films are recent releases and have their first theatrical run in the area.  They have won many awards, and received rave reviews.  We use a Blu-Ray HD projector on a 16 ft. cinema screen with a professional sound system.




Assembling the new HD cinema screen for the indies+docs series at the Cornelius Art Center.

-Main screenings are held on the first Saturday of every month; additional screenings are scheduled separately.


-Doors open at 6:15 pm for a reception,  with complementary beer, wine, snacks, fresh popcorn and browsing the Cornelius Art Center’s Gallery.

-Films start at 7:00 pm.


-Informal discussions follow films.


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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 parking available.  MAP

Is there a membership fee?   No.  Every screening is open to the public until tickets are sold out.

Do I need a subscription?   No.  All tickets are sold individually for each screening.

What about refreshments?   Complementary beer and wine tastings and snacks are provided by our sponsors.  You may bring your own, except alcoholic beverages.

How do I buy tickets?   Our on-line tickets page accepts all credit cards.  To pay with check or cash, contact Robert Maier at 704-996-7724.  We also accept all forms of payment at the door,  if all seats have not been sold in advance.

How much are tickets?   Cornelius residents $8.00.  Others $9.00 (plus 7.25% NC sales tax).  A limited number of student rush tickets are $5.00.  Special events priced individually.  See Tickets page for specifics.


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