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August 29, 2008

Documentary film at Colonial Williamsburg's Kimball Theatre explores what drives America

Anyone discouraged by high prices at the fuel pump should see the documentary “GasHole” at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. Filmmakers Jeremy Wagener and Scott D. Roberts join forces to bring the history of oil prices and the future of alternative fuels into focus. A variety of potential solutions are examined, and they question why the typical American consumer has been reluctant to embrace alternative energy forms. The documentary can be seen Sept. 14-19.

The Kimball Theatre’s roster for September and October includes national and international documentaries and movies, including:

  • Mister Lonely, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Sept. 1-4. When a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) living in Paris falls for a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton) during a performance at a retirement home, the love-struck pair retreats to a seaside castle in the Scottish highlands populated by a commune of reclusive impersonators. Michael and Marilyn find the commune preparing for their first-ever gala—a lavish affair featuring appearances by Abe Lincoln, the Three Stooges, Buckwheat, Shirley Temple, Madonna, Sammy Davis Jr. and Charlie Chaplin. Not rated.
  • American Teen, 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 1-6. This touching and hilarious Sundance hit follows the lives of five teenagers—a jock, a popular girl, a heartthrob, an artsy girl and a geek—through their senior year of high school in a small Indiana town. With extraordinary intimacy and a great deal of humor, filmmaker Nanette Burstein (“On the Ropes” and “The Kid Stays in the Picture”) captures the pressures of growing up—pressure from peers, parents and oneself. Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Rated: PG-13.
  • Encounters at the End of the World, 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12, and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. There is a hidden society at the end of the world. One thousand men and women live together under unbelievably close quarters in Antarctica, risking their lives and sanity in search of cutting-edge science. Now, for the first time, an outsider is being admitted. In his first documentary since “Grizzly Man,” Werner Herzog, accompanied only by his cameraman, travels to Antarctica and is granted access to the ultimate in raw beauty and raw humanity. Rated: G.
  • The Wackness, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Sept. 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13, and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10. It’s the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York City are full of the sounds of hip-hop and the aroma of marijuana. But change is in the air. Newly inaugurated mayor Rudolph Giuliani is implementing his initiatives against “crimes” like noisy portable radios, graffiti and public drunkenness. Set against this backdrop, Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) spends his last summer before college selling dope, trading it with his shrink (Ben Kingsley) for therapy and cruising with the doctor’s stepdaughter (Olivia Thirlby). Famke Janssen, Mary Kate Olsen and Method Man round out the cast of this edgy, bittersweet and funny coming-of-age story. Winner of an Audience Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Rated: R.
  • When Did You Last See Your Father? 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 14-20. English actors Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth team up for this moving drama about a father and his son. Based on Blake Morrison’s autobiographical novel “When Did You Last See Your Father?” the story bounces between the 1950s and the 1980s as Blake (Firth) reflects on his relationship with his father, who is dying of cancer. Oscar-winner Broadbent (“Iris”) is Blake’s father, a man who charms everyone but his son. Director Anand Tucker focuses on the heartbreaking dynamics between father and son as Blake comes face to face with the need to provide for the old man. Rated: PG-13.
  • GasHole, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14-19. Concerned with American dependence on foreign oil, the filmmakers seek out opinions of U.S. Department of Energy officials, alternative fuel producers, alternative fuel consumers, professors of economics and congressional leaders, both Democratic and Republican. Peter Gallagher narrates this documentary. Not rated.
  • Kabluey, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Sept. 21-26. A jittery bundle of uncertainty, Salman (Scott Prendergast) is the last person his sister-in-law, Leslie (Lisa Kudrow), wants to turn to for support. But with a husband in Iraq, two unbelievably unruly kids and the fear of losing her benefits if she doesn’t return to work, she has no choice. As the situation at home worsens, Salman lands a job as the giant, blue, corporate mascot of a failing dot-com company. He soon discovers that having a secret identity—even a ridiculously impractical one—has its advantages. This movie is packed with a parade of delightful comedy actors, including Christine Taylor, Conchata Ferrell, Terri Garr and Chris Parnell. Rated: PG-13.
  • Brideshead Revisited, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Sept. 21-Oct. 1. A provocative and suspenseful drama, “Brideshead Revisited” tells an evocative story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in the pre–World War II era. Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode, “Match Point” and “The Lookout”) becomes enchanted with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw, “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”) and then through his sophisticated sister Julia (Hayley Atwell, “Cassandra’s Dream”). The rise and fall of Charles’ infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England that occurred between the two World Wars. Academy Award–winner Emma Thompson costars as Lady Marchmain. The film, based on Evelyn Waugh’s acclaimed novel, is adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies (“Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Bleak House”) and Jeremy Brock (“The Last King of Scotland”) and directed by Julian Jarrold (“Becoming Jane”). Rated: PG-13.
  • Mongol, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 5. Award-winning Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov (“Prisoner of the Mountains”) illuminates the life and legend of Genghis Khan in this stunning historical epic. “Mongol” shows the making of this extraordinary man, and the foundation on which so much of his greatness rested: his wife, Borte, his lifelong love and trusted adviser. Masterfully blending action and emotion against some of the most arresting terrain on earth, Bodrov delivers an exciting and awe-inspiring tale of survival, triumph and love. 2008 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Rated: R.
  • Man on Wire, 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 5-12. On Aug. 7, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit steps out on a wire suspended 1,350 feet above ground between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. He dances on the wire with no safety net for almost an hour, crossing it eight times before he is arrested for what becomes known as “the artistic crime of the century.” In candid interviews, Petit and all the key participants relish this chance to tell their stories. Winner of the Documentary Audience Award and Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Rated: PG-13.
  • Tell No One, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Oct. 12-19. Dr. Alex Beck (François Cluzet), still devastated by the savage murder of his wife Margot (Marie-Josee Croze) eight years ago, receives an anonymous e-mail. When he clicks on the link, he sees a woman standing in a crowd being filmed in real time—Margot. Is she still alive? And why does she instruct him to “tell no one?” Based on the international best-selling novel by Harlan Coben. Best Director and Best Actor awards at the 2007 Cesar Awards; Best Film and World Audience awards at the 2007 Lumiere Awards. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • My Winnipeg, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Oct. 19-26. Visionary filmmaker Guy Maddin has created a hilariously wacky and profoundly touching goodbye letter to his childhood hometown. This documentary inventively blends local and personal history with surrealist images, metaphorical myths and startling emotional honesty. “My Winnipeg” is Maddin’s most personal film and a unique cinematic experience, winning Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and serving as the opening night selection of the Berlin Film Festival’s forum. Not rated.
  • Transsiberian, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Oct. 26-31. Independent film director Brad Anderson is known for his attention to character psychology and the details and nuance of place. These traits make the superbly crafted “Transsiberian” an absorbing experience. An American couple (Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer) traveling from China to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Railway meets another couple (Eduardo Noriega and Kate Mara) traveling the same route. They seem perfectly friendly. But deception soon gives way to murder in this tale of international intrigue. Rated R.

    Unless otherwise indicated, movie admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

    Located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the Kimball Theatre is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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