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The Bear, a Shoemaker & Miss Sunshine

The Bear, a Shoemaker & Miss Sunshine

Welcome back to the Cause Cinema Spotlight.  

We have a big line up for you this week, as we head into the 4th of July weekend.  We’ve added a section for In Theaters, while celebrating our last day of Pride month. And of course we’ll have a 4th of July collection at Cause Cinema.

First we’ll dig into our weekly selections. We have a chef, a shoemaker and tribute to the amazing Alan Arkin, who gave us so many treasures over the years.  He passed yesterday, at the ripe old age of 89.  Let’s start with Arkin, and one of his best.  

Little Miss Sunshine

A wonderful cast, for this little movie that did very well for an indie. Arkin won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. 

The Hoover family -- a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) -- puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route.

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The Bear (Season 2)

We follow Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto , Sydney Adamu (Ayo Edebiri) and 'Richie' as they work to transform their grimy sandwich joint into a next-level spot. As they strip the restaurant down to its bones, the crew undertakes transformational journeys of their own, each forced to confront the past and reckon with who they want to be in the future.

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Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams

Salvatore Ferragamo began his career as a shoemaker before he was barely a teenager. In America, his work would soon help invent the glamour of Hollywood’s silent era as he created shoes for iconic films and for stars like Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name) and with incisive commentary by Martin Scorsese, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Wanda Ferragamo, this is a portrait of a man whose vision, passion, and craftsmanship made him “shoemaker to the stars,” and an enduring cultural, fashion, and artistic influence.

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In Theaters

  • Indian Jones and the Dial of Destiny - Some are saying it’s not as good as Spielberg’s versions of the franchise, but it is Harrison Ford, at 80 years old, with plenty of adventure. View Trailer.

  • Past Lives - One of the best movies of the year. Two deeply connected childhood friends, are reunited for one fateful week as they confront destiny, love and the choices that make a life. View Trailer.

  • Every Body - A nod to Pride month with this terrific doc. The stories of three intersex individuals who set aside medical advice to keep their bodies a secret and instead came out as their authentic selves. View Trailer.

Indy Comes Full Circle: The Odyssey of George Lucas

With the latest installment in the Indiana Jones franchise hitting theaters this weekend, I thought it would be fun to take a little journey through some of the work of George Lucas, who came up with the original concept. For this video, I include several clips from some of his other movies (The Empire Strikes Back), and his first feature (American Graffiti), a terrific film from 1973.

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Have a great 4th!


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Cause Cinema Spotlight
Anchored by the concept of Filmmaking for Change, this podcast will include a combination of weekly social impact film and TV series recommendations (Cause Cinema Spotlight), with occasional showcases and collections, based on timely themes or cultural events.