CELEBRATE THE OSCARS! The Bay Film Series always shows the best in international, documentary, independent and local film. This semester we have an incredible roster of award-winning, critically-acclaimed, audience-applauded movies. You’ve heard about these at the Golden Globes and other award shows. Now you can see them here in Escanaba.
On January 26, we begin our season with LOVING, depicting the real-life couple behind the 1967 Supreme Court Case Loving vs. Virginia. Directed by Jeff Nichols, the film tells the love story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), an interracial couple who spent the first nine years of their married life fighting for the right to live together as family. “Resplendent and remarkably subtle, yet deeply affecting,” says The Philadelphia Inquirer.
On February 16, we have the film that everyone is talking about – LA LA LAND! Sweeping the Golden Globes with a record seven wins – Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Screenplay, among others – this modern-day musical follows the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a talented jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing ambitions and destroying dreams. Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair
says, “Soaring and gorgeous!” Variety
calls it “The must-see movie of the season!”
Our next film, on March 16 is MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, another critic and audience favorite. Opposite the tone of La La Land, Manchester by the Sea is about grief and survival, and if not redemption, perhaps acceptance. London’s The Guardian
says, “This is about life as it is lived in the real world, with unassuageable pain, loose ends untied, life lessons unlearned. Life with no narrative closure.” Reelviews
’ James Bernardinelli concurs: “Unforced acting couples with a nuanced, insightful script to tell a story that, although seemingly simple, is achingly complex.” Casey Affleck has received much critical acclaim for his portray of the lead character.
Our last film of the semester, on April 20th, is MOONLIGHT, winner of Best Drama at the Golden Globes this year. The New York Times
raved, “Moonlight is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.” This movie is the surprise hit of the season.
All Film Series movies are shown in the Besse Center Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the box office or can be purchased online. For more information, go to www.baycollege.edu/tickets
Students with valid ID can get a reduced admission charge of $2.