3D Art Films at Images Cinema in Conjunction with 'Anselm'

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— Images Cinema will present the new 3D documentary "ANSELM," about German artist Anselm Keifer, Friday, February 23 through Thursday, February 29. 
 
As a last hurrah for 3D cinema, Images will also present in limited engagement a handful of other notable 3D films by auteur film directors Wim Wenders, Ridley Scott, Ang Lee, and Alfonso Cuarón from 2011 to 2013. 
 
 
Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street Williamstown.
 
According to a press release:
 
James Cameron’s "AVATAR" heralded a revival of 3D films that lasted about five years, during which auteurist filmmakers pushed the limits of 3D, moving beyond the 20th Century B-movie, to treating the screen like a proscenium and adding true depth. This renaissance included documentaries, science fiction thrillers, and dramas alike, all pushing the art of cinema forward.
 
One iconoclastic auteur continues to carry the torch for the promise of 3D beyond CGI spectacle: Wim Wenders. In tribute to him and his vision, we are centering our series around our presentation of his new film "ANSELM," and opening the series with a retrospective look at his landmark 3D feature documentary "PINA."
 
Because so few art films are presented in 3D these days, we are retiring the technology after this series. 
 
PINA (2011)
 
Friday, February 23 at 4:45pm
 
Saturday, February 24 at 6:45pm
 
Sunday, February 25 at 2:15pm
 
 
"You don't have to know the first thing about modern dance to be transported to an alternate state of consciousness by Pina." — Salon
 
 
In his exhilarating new film, German master Wim Wenders ("Wings of Desire", "The Buena Vista Social Club") shoots in 3D to capture the brilliantly inventive dance world of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch. Wenders had conceived with Bausch a dance film like none seen before, one which would take the fullest advantage yet of new 3D technology to put the viewer deep inside Bausch’s playful, thrillingly unpredictable pieces. After her untimely death in 2009, Wenders continued with the project, turning it into the most exciting tribute he could imagine. Sensual and visually stunning, PINA uses 3D to remarkable effect, taking the audience into Bausch’s work in her imaginative sets (a gliding monorail, a bare stage covered with chairs, a towering man-made waterfall) and powerfully rendering the beauty and sheer physicality of the dances and dancers of her Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble.
 
 
PROMETHEUS (2012)
 
Friday, February 23 at 9pm
 
Saturday, February 24 at 9pm
 
 
"Prometheus is a captivating experience, meant to be savored on the big screen. Ridley Scott's reputation as a master craftsman is well deserved and he offers up a big, impressive, eye-opening production." — Leonard Maltin
 
 
Filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
 
 
LIFE OF PI (2012)
 
Friday, March 1 at 4:15pm
 
Saturday, March 2 at 1:45pm
 
 
"Pi is a giant leap forward, outward and upward in expanding the resources of the evolving medium of movies. Magical realism was rarely so magical and never before so real." — Time
 
 
Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi is found adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.
 
 
GRAVITY (2013)
 
Friday, March 1 at 9:30pm
Saturday, March 2 at 9:30pm
Sunday, March 3 at 2:30pm
 
"At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, Gravity is a thrillingly realized survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise." — Hollywood Reporter
 
Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

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Summer Street Residents Make Case to Williamstown Planning Board

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Neighbors of a proposed subdivision off Summer Street last week asked the Planning Board to take a critical look at the project, which the residents say is out of scale to the neighborhood.
 
Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity was at Town Hall last Tuesday to present to the planners a preliminary plan to build five houses on a 1.75 acre lot currently owned by town's Affordable Housing Trust.
 
The subdivision includes the construction of a road from Summer Street onto the property to provide access to five new building lots of about a quarter-acre apiece.
 
Several residents addressed the board from the floor of the meeting to share their objections to the proposed subdivision.
 
"I support the mission of Habitat," Summer Street resident Christopher Bolton told the board. "There's been a lot of concern in the neighborhood. We had a neighborhood meeting [Monday] night, and about half the houses were represented.
 
"I'm impressed with the generosity of my neighbors wanting to contribute to help with the housing crisis in the town and enthusiastic about a Habitat house on that property or maybe two or even three, if that's the plan. … What I've heard is a lot of concern in the neighborhood about the scale of the development, that in a very small neighborhood of 23 houses, five houses, close together on a plot like this will change the character of the neighborhood dramatically."
 
Last week's presentation from NBHFH was just the beginning of a process that ultimately would include a definitive subdivision plan for an up or down vote from the board.
 
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