Dear Laemmle Fans,
With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, and the remainder of the holiday season rapidly approaching, I want to remind you of the various gifting opportunities available from Laemmle Theatres. Whether you’re looking to access our member’s-only virtual discounts for yourself, or share your love of cinema with friends and family, our Premiere Cards and Gift Cards are the perfect way to support Laemmle Theatres while staying up to date on the best in independent film.
I’m also excited for this week’s diverse new slate of virtual releases, leading off with Thomas Vinterberg’s much-awaited comedy Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen as an unmotivated school teacher attempting to stay drunk around the clock. Normally my wife finds watching film screeners with me to be a task – they aren’t “fun” – but she jumped at the opportunity to watch this one. I’m starting to believe that she’d leave me for Mads Mikkelsen, should the opportunity present itself (and having watched his dance moves in the film, I’m not sure I can compete).
Continuing with my personal recommendations, we have the eye-opening Covid-19 documentary 76 Days, a real-life thriller recorded in Wuhan during the early days of the virus. Next up is the Bhutanese documentary Sing Me a Song, exploring the impact of technology on the daily life and aspirations of a young Buddhist monk. Thirdly is Mayor, documenting a local politician’s efforts to improve his town of Ramallah, Palestine. Each of the three films is diverse in subject matter and style, but all are worth watching.
We’re also opening the inspirational documentaries Ending Disease, a deep-dive into emerging technologies such as stem-cell and antibody-based medicines, alongside Music Got Me Here, which traces an young man’s miraculous recovery from traumatic brain injury with the help of a musical therapist. Other bio-doc subjects include Broadway star Sam Harris, Pogues lead singer Shane McGowan, mysterious prisoner-guitarist Ike White, as well as prolific Iranian educational activist Touran Mirhadi. There’s also the science-fiction festival favorite Minor Premise, concerning a DIY neurological experiment gone wrong, and an 11-minute short film on the influential career of visual artist John Van Hamersveld (available Monday 12/7).
Looking ahead, stay tuned for next week’s celebratory retrospective, where we’ll be revisiting the works of esteemed Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai (courtesy of Janus Films). You may also have noticed a few recent upgrades to our platform, including the ability to add interesting films to your “watchlist” for later viewing. And if you haven’t already, please make sure to check out and re-share our new promotional trailers on Youtube, where we hope to be more active moving forwards.
All the best,