Upcoming May Events At Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre

In the month of May the Cinema Arts Centre will be hosting a number of fun and interesting special events and screenings. Events include live musical performances, Mother’s Day events, stand-up comedy, screenings of cult favorites, films for children and families, filmmaker appearances, and screenings of acclaimed foreign and independent films.

LA FORZA DEL DESTINO. Christoph Loy's new production of La forza del destino (Dutch National Opera) (c) Monika Rittershaus

Verdi’s La Forza del Destino (The Royal Opera)

Thursday, May 16th at 2 pm

Members $11 | Public $16

La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) is one of Verdi’s most ambitious scores. The story that tells the tale of a fatal accident that triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy- is one of Verdi’s most memorableThe Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them. In the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies. Leonora and Alvaro become separated during their escape and Leonora’s brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with color and action and is broadcast to movie theater screens around the world.


Hard Luck Café presents Lipkin & Hitt and Eugene Ruffolo (Live Folk Music in the Sky Room)

Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 pm

Members $10 | Public $15


Award-winning songwriters Lipkin & Hitt and Eugene Ruffolo share a bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre. Lipkin & Hitt: Pittsburgh’s Jay Hitt, an acoustic guitar-playing troubadour, has teamed up with New York’s Lisa Lipkin, a truth-seeking piano songstress to craft a musical world that is insightful, tuneful, often playful, and sheer delight. Eugene Ruffolo, perhaps best known to LI audiences as part of the Cosmic Orchestra during the monthly Soulful Sundown series in Manhasset, is a prolific and deeply personal NYC-based singer-songwriter.


Retro Picture Show PresentsA Nightmare on Elm Street (35mm screening)

Friday, May 17th at 10:00 pm

Members $9 | Public $11


A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) [35th Anniversary] Nancy is having nightmares. Something in her haunted sleep wants to kill her. Something monstrous. Something unstoppable. But she has more to fear. Much, much more … Her high school friends, she discovers, are having the same fiendish dream. And they are being butchered – systematically slaughtered in their sleep by the predatory monster of their shared nightmare. When baffled investigating police ignore her chilling explanation, Nancy prepares to traverse into the hellish realm of nightmares to wage her own extraordinary battle with the ghastly killer. There, she confronts the dark, decade-old secret of the very real NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET! Writer/Director WES CRAVEN (THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT) has composed an innovative horror-fantasy that will expose your deepest, primal fear.


How To Get Ahead In Advertising (Cult Café- 30th Anniversary Screening)

Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 pm

Members $5 | Public $7


A mentally unstable advertising executive, Denis Dimbleby Bagley (Richard E. Grant) suffers a nervous breakdown while working on an account for pimple cream and develops a boil on his shoulder that comes to life and begins to take his over. Also starring Rachel Ward, Richard WilsonTony Slattery. UK / 1989 / 94 MIN. / R / DIR. BRUCE ROBINSON



Making Memories at the Movies: Springtime in the Garden (Special event for people with dementia and their care partners)

Monday, May 20th at 11:00 am

Admission: $5


Making Memories at the Movies is a unique program designed for people living with dementia and their care partners. Individuals of all ages will enjoy clips of classic films followed by guided conversation and reminiscence. Recognizing that movies have the power to spark memories and create emotional connections, Making Memories at the Movies presents an opportunity to engage in discussion while socializing with others in the natural setting of The Cinema Arts Centre. Registration is required. RSVP: 631-423-7610 x19 (Cinema Box Office).

Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll

Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:30 pm

Members $11 | Public $16


Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, David Sancious, and Steven Van Zandt return to Asbury Park in this portrait of the long troubled town, and how the power of music can unite a divided community. This major theatrical event will also include never before seen footage, as Van Zandt, Southside Johnny, Springsteen and the Upstage All-stars play a now legendary concert! (130 Mins)

Bad Black (From the makers of the Ugandan cult favorite, “Who Killed Captain Alex?”)

Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm

Members $7 | Public $12 | With discussion and reception after the film with actor producer Alan Hofmanis


Long Island-born Wakaliwood Movie Producer Alan Hofmanis stars as a mild-mannered doctor who is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by a no-nonsense ghetto kid named Wesley Snipes (!) in this madly entertaining DIY action extravaganza from the home of “da best of da best movies”: WAKALIWOOD, UGANDA!!! Welcome  to  Wakaliwood:  home  to  “da  best  of  da  best  movies!”  and  the  vanguards  of  action-packed  off-the-grid  DIY  commando  cinema.  Under  the  guidance  of  writer/director/producer  Nabwana  Isaac  Godfrey  Geoffrey  (IGG),  this  crack  crew  of  self-taught  filmmakers and kung fu aficionados have made dozens of exuberant and exhilarating action films in the ghetto outside Kampala, Uganda  for  budgets  of  $200  US  a  movie.  Despite  props,  computers  and  gear  all  being  built  from  scrap  parts  (including  a  full-size  Huey  helicopter!)  and  the  ludicrously  cheap  but  infectiously  endearing  CG  explosions/muzzle-flashes,  Wakaliwood  cinema’s  reckless abandon manages to inspire more heart, grit and soul than a thousand Hollywood blockbusters. (Uganda, 2016, 69 min | Dir.  Nabwana I.G.G./Nalwanga Gloria,/Alan Hofmanis/ Bisaso Dauda)


Stand-up Comedy in the Café presents: Sean Donnelly

Friday, May 24th at 9:30 pm

Members $13 | Public $17


Sean can be found headlining clubs and festivals all over the country. He has appeared on The Late Show with David LettermanConan and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Sean co-hosts the podcast My Dumb Friends with fellow comedian Dan St. Germain on the All Things Comedy network. He released his debut comedy album “Manual Labor Face” in 2015 on Comedy Central Records. Sean has been featured on the truTV series World’s Dumbest and Almost Genius as well as Adam Devine’s House Party, The Half Hour, Broad City, and Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, Amazon’s Alpha House, GSN’s Lie Detectors, Limitless on CBS, and Billions on Showtime.


The Goonies

Saturday, May 25th (Two Screenings)

(Cinema for Kids) at 11:00 am

Members $7 | Public $12 | Free for Kids 12 and under!

(Cult Café) at 10:00 pm

Members $5 | Public $7


A band of pre-teens who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon attempting to save their homes from foreclosure, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate! Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy Quan, John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano & Anne Ramsey
USA / 1985 / 114 MIN. / PG / DIR. RICHARD DONNER

The Last Resort

Sunday, May 26th Bagels at 10:00 am Film at 11:00 am

Members $11 | Public $16 | Includes bagel breakfast


Before the arrival of Miami Vice and MTV Spring Break, South Beach was home to the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country. Drawn by the small apartments, low cost of living, sunny weather, and thriving cultural life, they came by the thousands seeking refuge from the Northeast’s brutal winters. By the 1970s, these former New Yorkers had turned from seasonal visitors to year-round residents, making Miami Beach home to a population that was primarily over 70 and overwhelmingly Jewish. The Last Resort revisits iconic Miami Beach of the 1970’s through the ambitious and captivating work of Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe, two young photographers who captured this aging population for a decade, even as Miami transformed around them. (USA, 2018, 70 Mins., NR, English | Kareem Tabsch & Dennis Scholl)


Minding the Gap (Academy Award Nominated Documentary)

Monday, May 27th at 7:30 pm

Members $11 | Public $16 | Featuring Skype Q&A with Producer Diane Quon


Drawing on more than a decade of documentary footage, Minding The Gap tells the story of a friendship between three young men who have bonded to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown.  As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship… Welcome to Rockford, Illinois, in the heart of Rust-Belt America, home to debut filmmaker Bing Liu. With over 12 years of footage, Bing discovers connections between two of his skateboarder friends’ volatile upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. As the film unfolds, Bing captures 23-year-old Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend deteriorate after the birth of their son and 17-year-old Keire struggling with his racial identity as he faces new responsibilities following the death of his father. While navigating a difficult relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood. (USA, 93 min., 2017, Director: Bing Liu)



Iceman (Co-Presented with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Wednesday, May 29th at 7:30 pm

Members $11 | Public $16


Inspired by the real life discovery of a body in the Ötztal Alps region after a glacier melted in the early 1990s. At first assumed to be the corpse of a hiker or climber who had got lost in the snow, scientists later discovered he had been dead for 5,300 years and died a violent death. Recent DNA analyses claim traces of blood from at least four other people is found on his gear, including his knife and an arrowhead.
The Ötztal Alps, more than 5300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled nearby a creek. It is their leader Kelab’s responsibility to be the keeper of the group’s holy shrine Tineka. While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked. The members of the tribe are brutally murdered, amongst them Kelab’s wife and son, only one newborn survives and Tineka is gone. Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab is out for one thing alone, vengeance. He sets out after the murderers on what turns into a grand odyssey where he must fight constantly for the infant’s survival; against the immense forces of nature; against hunters he encounters; and, amongst the loneliness of the quest, against a growing sense of doubt over the morality of his mission.
Felix Randau’s Iceman is the first film in history to exclusively use the extinct Rhaetic language, which has been documented and reconstructed from a limited number of short inscriptions found through Northern Italy, Southern Germany, Eastern Switzerland, Slovenia, and Western Austria in two variants of the Etruscan alphabet. (Germany, Italy, Austria, 2019, 96 Mins, R, Rhaetic Language | Dir. Felix Randau) See the movie and visit the ÖTZI THE ICEMAN exhibit at the DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory!
Learn more at museum.dnalc.org/otzi/

Film Festival & Music Performances Presented by the Long Island High School for the Arts

Thursday, May 30th at 6:00 pm

Members $11 | Public $16


The Cinema Arts Centre welcomes the Long Island High School for the Arts for a special collection of short films created by talented student filmmakers, preceded by a variety of performances in the sky room café.

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