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Celine Cousteau Presents Her Documentary Friday, July 19, About Protecting the Amazon

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Join Grace Farms Foundation at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 19 as Céline Cousteau presents an exclusive screening of her new film and impact campaign, Tribes on the Edge. — an announcement from the Grace Farms Foundation

It is estimated that the Amazon produces 20% of the world’s oxygen, and releases 55 gallons of water into the Atlantic Ocean every second. With no deforestation, mining, or poaching permitted on indigenous land, the last few tribes living there are the frontline guardians of an ecosystem crucial for life all over the world. This raw and evocative documentary reveals the daily struggles of the last few remaining tribes who find themselves fighting for survival in the Amazon. Discover the importance of protecting this invaluable area of our planet, hear the deeply moving stories of the indigenous peoples who safe guard it on our behalf, and learn some of the simple things that you can do to help. 

Céline Cousteau—filmmaker, environmentalist, and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau—has spent the past 5 years respectfully documenting, filming, and curating the story of all the indigenous peoples of the Javari to help them tell their story to the world.

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Two Ways to Re-Live the Larger-Than-Life Apollo 11 Moon Landing: IMAX Film and a Telescope or Darien Library Lecture and the Film

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Re-live the first moon landing (larger than life on IMAX) and then explore the night’s full moon (magnified through telescopes) as the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk hosts a special movie-and-astronomy evening event on Tuesday, July 16 — the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. There happens to be a full moon on the night of the 16th. So the Maritime Aquarium is inviting guests to enjoy the spectacular new IMAX movie Apollo 11: First Steps Edition at 8 p.m., followed by a moon viewing on the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard led by the astronomy team of New Pond Farm in Redding. Also, on Saturday, July 13, Darien Library is presenting the same film with a lecture commemorating the Apollo 11 mission. You can attend both events, the free one nearby in Darien, or the one on the much bigger screen in Norwalk, along with your own personal look at the moon, or do both, or do parts of both.

Go to the Moon With the Astronauts in the ‘Apollo 11’ IMAX Movie at the Maritime Aquarium

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Turn the clock back to July 1969 and see newspapers, collectibles, rocket models and other items celebrating the Apollo 11 mission to the moon — including a piece of the moon itself — in a special display coming to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Open from July 1 through Labor Day (Sept. 2), the special Apollo 11 display will commemorate the historic moon landing on July 20, 1969, and also enhance the Aquarium’s daily presentations of the IMAX movie “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition.”

Among the items to be displayed are newspapers from the day, buttons and patches, View-Master slides, spacecraft models, NASA documents, booklets and other items relating to the infamous giant leap for mankind. Most interestingly, the collection includes a book autographed by Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, as well as a small piece of the moon: part of a lunar meteorite found on Earth. There’s no extra charge for Aquarium guests to view the display in the IMAX Theater lobby.

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Tickets Now Available for Individual ‘Dark Night Trilogy’ Batman Films at Maritime Aquarium Saturday

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In response to popular demand, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is making tickets available for individual films in this Saturday’s exclusive IMAX Theater presentation of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy. —an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

Tickets are $20 each for “Batman Begins” at noon, “The Dark Knight” at 3 p.m. and “The Dark Knight Rises” at 8 p.m., all playing May 11t on the Aquarium’s six-story IMAX screen, the largest in Connecticut. (As a bonus for ticket-holders to the 8 p.m. movie, a videotaped “Dark Knight” Q&A with Nolan will be shown at 7:30 p.m.)

Discounted tickets for the entire trilogy remain on sale as well, for $50. Guests buying tickets for the trilogy will receive a keepsake lanyard and rare “Dark Knight” collectible. The Maritime Aquarium is one of only five theaters in the U.S. offering this special IMAX engagement of the “Dark Knight” trilogy, presented to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in a comic book.

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‘Like’ — a Documentary About Social Media, Showing for Free, Thursday Night at Darien Playhouse

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Come see a special FREE screening of Like, an lndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain, on Thursday evening, May 9, at Darien Playhouse. The goal of the film is to inspire us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what’s really happening? The movie runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

While the movie is free, register online beforehand.

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For One Day (and for Hours) ‘Dark Knight’ Batman Trilogy Plays on IMAX at Maritime Aquarium

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Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18 for an exclusive one-day-only presentation of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy on Saturday, May 11 on the giant IMAX screen of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The Maritime Aquarium will be one of only five theaters in the U.S. presenting this special engagement of the “Dark Knight” trilogy. —an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

The popular South Norwalk attraction has the state’s largest IMAX screen – it’s six stories tall – and projects with 15perf/70mm film, which movie buffs know is the biggest, brightest, sharpest and clearest format. (One frame of IMAX film has upwards of 18,000 pixels of resolution, compared to 1,920 in a home HDTV.)

Tickets for the trilogy at The Maritime Aquarium are $50 for all three movies. Tickets will not be sold for the individual films. Only 300 seats are available, and are expected to sell out.

Watch Inspiring, Beautiful Short Films in the Ocean Film Tour 6, Coming Thursday to Maritime Aquarium

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Enjoy a night of edge-of-your-seat storytelling through a series of inspiring short films all focusing on the big blue, as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk welcomes “International Ocean Film Tour 6” on Thursday, April 4. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

This one-night film fest features inspiring personalities in six short films from around the world. The stories celebrate sailors, surfers, scientists, artists and cinematographers who are doing extraordinary things in and on the oceans. The Aquarium event is the New England premiere of this newest, sixth version of the “International Ocean Film Tour.” Watch the trailer:

The films start at 7 p.m., but the entire Aquarium will open at 6 p.m. In addition, the evening concludes with a Q&A about the marine world with panelists from The Maritime Aquarium and Sacred Heart University, whose Department of Biology is a sponsor. The films will be shown on the giant video wall in Newman’s Own Hall.

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Actors: Have Your Sights on TV and Film? NYC Studio Opens Location in Darien

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New York City TV and film acting studio, MN Acting Studio, is opening a second location in downtown Darien this month at 22 Grove St. — an announcement from MN Acting Studio

Owned by filmmaker, acting coach and Darien resident Matt Newton, his studio will bring professional level on-camera classes, private audition coaching, industry panels and professional audition taping to actors of all ages on the shoreline. Matt Newton graduated from the theatre department at Guilford High School, has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films, and has since carved out a successful career in coaching actors, including on the set of “Orange is the New Black,” “Jessica Jones,” “The Affair,” “Blue Bloods,” “Master of None” and the upcoming Ava Duvernay series “Central Park Five.”

Matt’s coaching clients include Tony winners, Emmy award winners, Gold Globe nominees, Broadway stars, well known comedians and musicians (including Aziz Ansari and Lisa Loeb), and well known actors from film and TV. Matt, who grew up in Guilford, realized there were professional actors on the shoreline that need professional level training in the world of TV and film. “Right now New York is casting over 90 TV shows, and many younger actors are seeking out more practical, advanced on-camera training to prep them for auditions and working on set,” he said.

RBG — Movie About Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg at Darien Library Jan 27

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On Sunday, Jan. 27 the Darien Library and League of Women Voters of Darien will co sponsor the film RBG, an award-winning documentary chronicling the personal and professional life of indomitable Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Darien Library and is free and open to the public. At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans — until now.

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‘Operation Finale’ — Darien Library Friday Night Feature

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Darien Library this Friday is showing Operation Finale, the 2018 movie about how a group of secret agents from Israel captured one of the masterminds of the Holocaust. — an announcement from Darien Library

The film will be shown twice, at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 in the Community Room. The movie is two hours and two minutes long. Like all Friday Night Features at the Library, it’s free.

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Original ‘Willy Wonka’ Movie, a Family Friendly Classic, Showing at 2 PM Saturday at Darien Library

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Spend part of the afternoon with the whole family at Darien Library’s presentation of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” from 2 to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29 in the library’s Community Room. The movie runs 98 minutes and is appropriate for children age 3 and up, accompanied by caregivers. — This article is adapted from a Darien Library announcement

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, a poor boy named Charlie Bucket wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious and magical chocolate factory in his town. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the entire visit is a test of his character, with a marvelous reward if he passes muster.

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‘A Simple Favor’ — Darien Library’s Friday Night Feature

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Darien Library is showing the 2018 film, ‘A Simple Favor,’ staring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 in the Community Room. Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting video blog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate. Also starring Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Jean Smart; Rated R for sexual content and language throughout, some graphic nude images, drug use and violence; 117 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

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See the Original ‘Mary Poppins’ and Have Hot Chocolate at Darien Library on Wednesday, Dec 26

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Have a cup of hot chocolate, courtesy of the Children’s Library, before joining the family for a matinee showing of the original 1964 movie, “Mary Poppins,” starting at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26. When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. Rated G. Runtime: 139 minutes.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ — Darien Library’s Friday Night Feature, 6:30, 8:45 PM

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“Crazy Rich Asians” is tonight’s Darien Library Friday Night Feature, with two showings — at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.

The romantic comedy, released earlier this year in theaters, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. ____________

— an announcement from Darien Library


Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

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Don’t Just See This Documentary About a Whale-Hunting Japanese Town: Talk to the Filmmaker on Wednesday

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Can a proud 400-year-old whaling tradition survive a tsunami of modern animal-rights activism and colliding forces of globalism vs. localism? A Whale of a Tale reveals the complex story behind the ongoing debate. You can see the movie and take part in a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker, Megumi Sasaki, on Wednesday night, Dec. 5 at the Avon Theatre in Stamford.