The Collective

Directed By Etienne Merel

(dOCUMENTARy feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Playing Friday, November 22 at 7 pm

The Collective trailer

The Collective - The second film by Faction Skis brings together communities of skiers from around the world to chronicle what it means to be a freeskier today - where the conditions are what you make of them, and the search for that perfect ride.

Adventuring to undiscovered peaks together, plotting midnight-raids on inner-city handrails, lapping your home run until that last ray of sunshine. Skiing is Collective.

This film is our definition, written by a diverse team, each with their own ideas, their own forms of expression. “The Collective” is more than a sum of its parts. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from – it feels good to be part of something special.

Admission is free, courtesy of High Country Ski and Tennis in Livingston

Refreshments will be served.  

465 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave. (Rt 10 E.)

Livingston, NJ 07039



Directed By Prune Nourry

(dOCUMENTARy feature)

Discussion to Follow with Pathways and Atlantic Health Cancer Care 

Playing Friday, December 6 at 7 pm

Multi-disciplinary French artist Prune Nourry has gained international recognition for her thought- provoking, educational, and often humorous projects exploring bioethics through sculpture, video, photography, and performance. At the young age of 31, Prune is diagnosed with breast cancer. She starts documenting her treatment and its effect on her own body, turning her medical odyssey into a disarmingly intimate artistic undertaking that leads her to find new meaning in her work and its serendipitous relationship to her own survival.

The film captivates us with its footage of the tools used to make of Nourry’s ambitious art: blowtorches, airbrushes, mud, straw, paint, clay, water, simulated acupuncture needles; instruments of an extremely creative mind with a lot to say. 

The Brooklyn-based, internationally acclaimed artist muses on the fact that, years before she had to make the decision to freeze some of her eggs prior to her chemotherapy, much of her work focused on the theme of fertility. We see clips of her 2009 “Procreative Dinner” performance, during which a meal designed by a chef and scientist mimics the various stages of assisted procreation, with a menu that includes (fabricated and edible) depictions of embryos, amniocenteses and breastfeeding, served up with wit and a reflection on the idea of designer babies.

This pivotal documentary shows a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in an illuminated and artful light unlike anything before.


Directed By AlLa KOVGEN 

(dOCUMENTARy feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Playing January 10, 2020

CUNNINGHAM traces Merce Cunningham's artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world's most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, CUNNINGHAM is a timely tribute to one of the world's greatest modern dance artists.

Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 at the door.   

Fantastic Fungi

Directed By Louis Schwartzberg

(dOCUMENTARy feature)

Panel Discussion to Follow 

Playing Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 pm

Fantastic Fungi is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.


Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door.   

Event Sponsor:
Farm and Fork Society

Gauguin from the National Gallery, London

Directed By Louis Schwartzberg

(dOCUMENTARy feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Playing Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 pm

This fascinating cinema event opens with a brand-new documentary narrated by actor Dominic West about the life and work of Paul Gauguin, one of the world’s most popular and important artists. Filmed in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the UK, this cinematic film explores Gauguin’s extraordinary–and at times controversial–artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, artists and world experts. The documentary will be followed by an exclusive private view of the National Gallery exhibition The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits, just after it opens in London.  The tour will be led by the exhibition curators and guest contributors, bringing this first ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits to the big screen with stunning close-ups and illuminating insights.


Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door.   

The Garden Left Behind

Directed By Flavio Alves

(dRamatic feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Playing Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 pm

THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND traces the relationship between Tina, a young Mexican trans woman, and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina’s transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.

As Tina begins the process of transitioning, Eliana struggles to understand Tina and fears that their life together in America is no longer what they bargained for. Tina finds camaraderie in a small but mighty transgender advocate group, but soon, Tina finds herself having to fight for the life that she’s meant to live—facing violent threats, seemingly insurmountable medical costs, questions about her legal immigration status, and increasing skepticism from the man she loves.

She begins to lose all hope, but has unknowingly become the only hope for a shy young man who has been watching her closely from afar.

S X SW Audience Award Winner

Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 at the door.   


Directed By Kantemir Balagov 

(dOCUMENTARy feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Playing Friday, Feb. 28 at 8 pm

The story of two women navigating a devastated 1945 Leningrad, which premiered in Cannes's Un Certain Regard this year where it won

Best Director.

It's 1945, and Leningrad lies in ruins, wartorn and paralyzed. Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko), a nurse, and Masha (Vasilisa Perelygina), a soldier, are traumatized from the siege and its aftermath, and struggling to rebuild their lives.

Drawing loosely from Nobel Prize–winning author and historian Svetlana Alexievich's 1985 book The Unwomanly Face of War, Balagov creates a world where women's suffering and resilience becomes elliptic — with proactivity and punishment at either side of an ever-swinging pendulum. Their hardships in the face of unspeakable tragedy are palpable through their sunken eyes and shallow gazes, but we are simultaneously pulled along in their perseverance. Survival of the fittest takes on a new meaning, as gains seem tiny and incremental yet everything is at stake. Spiritually bleak, yet rich in colour and remarkably precise in its style, the cinematic language of Balagov speaks to a new generation of Russian filmmakers telling stories of a homeland that has yet to reconcile with its historical cataclysms.

Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 at the door.   

Beanpole trailer


Directed By Agnes Varda

(DOCUMENTary feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Coming Soon

In French with English sub-titles

The last film from the late French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda (Faces Places) traces her legendary career and life with characteristic humour and vibrant energy, presenting a portrait of an artist who lived through her films and revealed the extraordinary in the ordinary. In her final work, partially constructed of onstage interviews and lectures, interspersed with a wealth of clips and archival footage,  Agnès Varda guides us through her career, from her movies to her remarkable still photography to the delightful and creative installation work.  In her final work, partially constructed of onstage interviews and lectures, interspersed with a wealth of clips and archival footage, Agnès Varda guides us through her career, from her movies to her remarkable still photography to the delightful and creative installation work.  

Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 at the door.   

Varda by Agnes trailer

The Cave 

Directed By Feras Fayyad

(Documentary feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Coming Soon

In Arabic and English, with subtitles

Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad ("Last Men in Aleppo") delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 at the door.   

Past Screenings at the Film Society of Summit


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