What Makes Us Tick?


What Makes Us Tick?
 is an annual, three-part analytical film series that explores aspects of the human experience. The popular event, now in its 15th year, takes place every January over the Martin Luther King Day weekend. This event is programmed by a Planning Committee working with the Cinema Theater Manager. The volunteer Planning Committee includes several mental health professionals, possibly educators, and other community members. This group determines the theme of the upcoming series. They review films that correspond to the theme, select the final three films, and prepare for the three-day event. Each day a film is introduced, presented, and then followed with a post-screening discussion led by one or two members of the Planning Committee.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to share perspectives on the characters in the film, the plot, and how it relates to the theme of the series. If you love to watch and talk about films, or listen to others’ opinions, you will enjoy this experience.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present its popular What Makes Us Tick? series during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, January 18-20, 2019.  This year’s theme is “Breaking Through: Stories of Hope and Inspiration.”

In these times of division and turmoil, three films show us a way up out of the darkness, through hope, determination and cooperation. A woman, escaping from a suffocating marriage, takes it upon herself to fulfill her dream of climbing the tallest mountain in Scotland. A judge who puts people away for drug-related offenses dedicates his time lifting some of those very same people out of poverty and addiction. A community comes together to help a terminally ill young girl fly, while she teaches them the power of imagination. All of these stories show us that the human spirit—collectively and individually—can overcome any challenge.


 

 

Edie

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Film Description:

Edie (Sheila Hancock) has spent 40 years trapped in a colorless life, tending to her controlling husband (Donald Pelmear) after his stroke. When he passes away and her daughter (Wendy Morgan) tries to send her to a care home, she packs an old camping bag, leaves her life behind and embarks on an adventure she never got to have–climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. The journey to the summit will be long and difficult, but Edie is determined to prove to herself and everyone else that it’s never too late. Edie is an unforgettable, immersive visual journey through the unspoiled wilderness of the Scottish highlands. [UK, 2017, 102 minutes, Not Rated].

Moderators

Moderators for this session are Ronnie Green and Mona Schwartz. Ronnie Green recently retired after working as a Career Counselor for a Baltimore nonprofit for 15 years, where she provided job search strategies, articulated career focus and facilitated workshops on interviewing, resume writing and networking skills to a wide range of professionals from all backgrounds. She also has a life-long love of film. She chaired a film group as an undergraduate at Temple University and volunteered for many years for the Maryland Film Festival, in addition to organizing monthly film screenings in her community. Mona Schwartz is a native New Yorker, who moved to Delaware ten years ago.  After a career as a high school teacher in New York City, Mona spent the next 30 years as a senior business executive. Recently, Mona went back to her teaching roots, and currently works in the community as an SAT college entrance exam tutor. Mona is a movie buff and participates on two of the mini-festivals’ planning committees.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

Admission

  • $9.00 RBFS Members
  • $10.00 General

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Skid Row Marathon

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Film Description:

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. Skid Row Marathon follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn. Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity. [2017, US, 85 minutes, Not Rated].

Moderators

Moderators for this session are Ronnie Green and Saro Dedeyan. Saro studied Graphic Design and Art Direction at Pratt Institute in New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He was the director of publications for Catholic University for 8 years and then opened his own business, Bulls-eye Graphics in 1993, servicing mainly non-profit clients. He got his real estate license in 2007 and joined Cummings and Co. realtors. He lives with his husband and dog in Baltimore. His interests include volunteering for the Maryland SPCA as a dog deputy walker, painting and drawing and traveling the world.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

Admission

  • $9.00 RBFS Members
  • $10.00 General

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Supa Modo

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Film Description:

From first-time feature filmmaker Likarion Wainaina and co-producer Tom Tykwer comes this honest and inspiring story about the strength of young people in the face of adversity. Obsessed with Jackie Chan and action films, nine-year-old Jo dreams of being a superhero, but time is not on her side. When the doctors reveal that she is terminally ill, Jo leaves the hospital and returns home to be with her mom and sister. While her mom insists that she stay inside and rest, her sister has different plans. With the entire village's support, they decide to make dreams a reality and turn Jo into the superhero they know she is. Newcomer Stycie Waweru delivers a captivating and earnest performance, imbuing her character with a subtle strength that ignites the screen. This film is a stunning reminder of the power of imagination. [2018, Germany/Kenya, in English, Kikuyu and Swahili with English subtitles, 74 minutes, Not Rated].

The moderator for this session is Saro Dedeyan.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

 

Special Thanks

A special thanks to long-time What Makes Us Tick? planning committee member Carolyn Walter for her valuable input. Carolyn is a PhD, LCSW, Professor Emerita, Center for Social Work Education, Widener University and an Adjunct Professor at University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work.  

 

Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

Admission

  • $9.00 RBFS Members
  • $10.00 General

Click on the desired screening times for tickets


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Located on Delaware’s Atlantic Ocean coast in a vibrant resort town, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society promotes cinematic arts and provides education and cultural enrichment.