by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS
This June and July, the Olympia Film Society has a number of fascinating films up their sleeve. Some of these screenings have multiple showings, while some are a one-night-only extravaganza. Happy watching!
Hidden Figures with post-film Q&A
6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24
For anyone who loves space, diversity or untold-but-true stories, Hidden Figures tells of black women’s contributions to science behind the orbiting launch of Mercury-Atlas 6 in 1962. It’s based on the lives of NASA employees Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan. As one of OFS’ “Science on Screen” events, the screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with women of color working in STEM fields, including Steffany Brown, Asha Isaac, Channing Kimble-Brown, Sophie Nop and Jaleesa Trapp.
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
4 p.m. Thursday, June 29;
6:30 p.m. Friday, June 30;
6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1
Adapted from Kent Nerburn’s novel of the same name, a Lakota elder requests the assistance of a white writer to pen a book. The result is a journey across the contemporary Native landscape.
9 p.m. Friday, June 30
Frustrated that film has become “far too literal,” Cate Blanchett portrays 13 different characters in this arthouse film, each performing different variations of artist manifestos.
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
6:30 p.m. Friday, June 23;
4 p.m. Saturday, June 24;
2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25;
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27;
4 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 28;
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29
Also taking place in 1962, boxer Olli Maki finds himself instantly famous in his home country of Finland. Trouble arises when he must balance his boxing career with his newfound love for his friend Raija Jänkä.
Mad Max: Black and Chrome Edition
9 p.m. Friday, June 30
Post-apocalyptic truck driver Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) forges an alliance with drifter “Mad” Max Rockatansky to escape with the five wives of tyrant Immortan Joe. The result is a high-speed chase throughout the former Australian outback, now known as the Wasteland.
Amélie hosted by Megan Hattie Stahl
9 p.m. Friday, July 21
In Paris, Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) vows to start helping others anonymously in whimsical, fantastic ways. As she falls in love with the handsome but kind-of-weird Nino Quincampoix, the person who needs Amélie’s help the most is herself. This screening will be hosted by Megan Hattie Stahl, the current co-host of Portland wellness and advice show Is Butter a Carb?
9 to 5 hosted by Lisa Prank
9 p.m. Friday, July 28
Before Grace and Frankie, there was 9 to 5. Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin are overworked, underpaid and pushed to the edge by an ungrateful boss (Dabney Coleman) until one day, it’s time for revenge. Hosted by Seattle-based “bubblegum pop-punk” artist Lisa Prank, this event encourages audience members to arrive in their most fabulous ’80s garb.
Dave Made a Maze hosted by John Charles Meyer
9 p.m. Saturday, July 29
Dave, a down-on-his-luck artist, builds a fort in the middle of his living room, then goes missing inside. It’s up to his girlfriend, Annie, to lead a rescue expedition inside said fort, and her team quickly finds itself hunted by a deadly minotaur. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with John Charles Meyer, one of the film’s producers.
What: June and July film screenings at Olympia Film Society
Where: Capitol Theater,
206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia
How much: $6-$9
Learn more: 360-754-6670 | OFS