Featured Films: Alex Gibney Night

Back-to-back screenings of films from prolific documentarian Alex Gibney.

Monday, May 11 @ 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. at Metro Cinema

With a filmography including titles like We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and The Armstrong Lie, you might think that Alex Gibney (described by Esquire magazine as “becoming the most important documentarian of our time”) would be busy too busy directing his own films to do much else – but you’d be wrong. 

Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m., join us for Gibney’s much talked-about recent directorial effort “Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief.” Then, at 9:30 p.m., stick around for director Marah Strauch’s exhilarating, TIFF-screened “Sunshine Superman“, a portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement –  executive-produced by Gibney.

Trust us: this pair of films is well worth being a little sleepy in the morning!

 


7 p.m. – Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief

Based on Lawrence Wright’s acclaimed book of the same name, Going Clear delves into the secretive world of Scientology, using archival footage, dramatic reconstructions and interviews with former church officials and members.

9:30 p.m.: Sunshine Superman

Director Marah Strauch paints a heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular –and dangerous– feats of foot-launched human flight. Experience his jaw-dropping journey in life and love, to the pinnacle of his achievements when he and wife Jean broke the BASE jumping Guinness World Record in 1984 on the Norwegian ‘Troll Wall’ mountain range. Incredibly, within days, triumph was followed by disaster. Told through a stunning mix of Carl’s 16mm archive footage, well-crafted re-enactments and state-of-the-art aerial photography, Sunshine Superman will leave you breathless and inspired.

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