To Be Takei
(Aug. 8-16, The Nightlight, 30 North High St., Akron)
As closet Star Trek nerds, Scene was stoked for this film on the man made famous as Sulu on the Enterprise. George Takei, it turns out, is so much more than an actor. Increasingly, he's become notorious as a purveyor of kernels of wisdom on social media. In this documentary George Takei talks about his rise to fame, and his life before Star Trek: living in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, his early acting career playing Asian stereotypes, and making his long-term gay relationship public. Funding for the exhibition of this film during the 2014 Gay Games has been provided by the Gay Community Endowment Fund. $8.50, $7.50 for children/seniors.
Regarding Susan Sontag
(Aug. 10-21, The Nightlight, 30 North High St., Akron)
If you've read any Susan Sontag, you are likely both extremely smart and extremely patient. You needn't be either to enjoy this documentary about her life. Sontag was one of the intellectual, cultural, political and feminist icons of the 20th century, and this doc explores the origins of her philosophical principles and her tumultuous life. "From her early infatuation with books and a first experience in a gay bar to her adolescent marriage and her last lover, this film is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism resonate deeply today." Funding for the exhibition of this film during the 2014 Gay Games has been provided by the Gay Community Endowment Fund. $8.50, $7.50 for children/seniors.
The Dog / Dog Day Afternoon
(August 13, Capitol Theatre, 1390 West 65th St., Cleveland)
Fans of Al Pacino and heist movies are surely familiar with the '70s teeth-grinding bank robbery flick Dog Day Afternoon. In a special double-feature event this evening in conjunction with the Games, you'll get to see that film, and also the documentary which recounts the true story of John Wojtowicz, the character on whom Pacino's Sonny Wortzik was based. Wojtowicz, the son of Polish immigrants, was gay, and robbed the Brooklyn bank in order to pay for his lover's gender reassignment surgery. This is a can't-miss advance screening event, and will be followed immediately by Dog Day Afternoon. (Total run time for both films will be just over four hours, FYI). And remember that Wednesday at Cleveland Cinemas is Happy Hour from 4 to 8, with half-off beer and wine! $10 for all adults.