The Tull Family Theater in Sewickley is hosting online virtual screenings of first-run, critically acclaimed indie films.
SEWICKLEY — The projectors are turned off, though the Tull Family Theater is finding ways to connect local movie lovers with first-run, critically praised films.
This weekend’s new theatrical films, viewable by visiting thetullfamilytheater.org:
• “Bacurau,” a two-hour, 11-minute Portugese language film subtitled in English, is an action-adventure-comedy-mystery starring Barbara Colen and Thomas Aquino. The winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, it’s been compared by Vogue to the Oscar-winning “Parasite” and deemed by Rolling Stone “a serrated-edged satire from Brazil.”
The UK Standard says this Not Rated film is “agonizingly suspenseful. ... It’s laugh out loud funny, too.”
• “Saint Frances,” an 106-minute drama-comedy about a 30-something woman (Kelly O’Sullivan) landing a job nannying a 6-year-old. The Not Rated film captured the Audience Awards at South by Southwest and the American Film Festival, as well as the Prix de la Critique at Champs-Elysees Film Festival.
"Turns out there are a lot of things that have gone unsaid in movies until now," Variety said, "and ’Saint Frances’ goes there in a way that's not only enlightening, but entertaining, as well."
• “Phoenix, Oregon.” Well-respected indie actors James Le Gros and Jesse Borrego portray two friends — a graphic novelist and a chef — who defy midlife haze by seizing an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives in small-town America. Lisa Edelstein (Bravo’s “Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce”) is in the cast, too.
“To put it simply — and, yes, gratefully — ’Phoenix, Oregon’ is the sort of movie a lot of us need right now,” Variety said. “It also is too playfully spiky and unaffectedly down-to-earth to come across as bland.”
The Tull website will direct users to a link where they can pay to rent the movies for three to five days. The $12 fee is split between Tull and the virtual film distribution site kinonow.com.
Anyone needing technical assistance can email email@example.com. “Someone from our team will give you a call,” Tull’s weekly newsletter said.
Also back by popular demand is the mushrooms documentary “Fantastic Fungi!” available via the theater’s website for $4.99 for 48 hours or $14.99 for unlimited viewing. The Tull receives 40 percent of these virtual tickets.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Tull has closed its doors indefinitely, but the Sewickley theater hopes this temporary alternative will help fill a void.
“Many turn to the arts to find comfort, relieve anxieties, and discover beauty and hope,” the newsletter added. “The Tull Family Theater wants to extend alternatives for quality programming until we are able to provide in-person experiences again.”