Liberty Hall's Thursday Night Movies Bring It
By STEWART SMITH“Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels" August 2
Say the word “documentary” and a person's eyes will likely start to glaze over before you can even tell them what subject it covers. Documentaries, unfortunately, seem to be forever branded as boring and bland.
Liberty Hall won't be showing those kinds of documentaries.
The next crop of Thursday night movies will be some of the most unique yet shown at the venue, covering everything from horse trainers to hip hop groups to tightrope walkers.
It's safe to say that hip hop music, as it exists today, would not exist without the contributions and efforts of A Tribe Called Quest. Everyone from Common to Kanye West to Ludacris have found inspiration and creative guidance from this group. Their history is tumultuous, with founding members Pfife Dog and Q-Tip at odds with each other and this documentary takes an inside look at how their relationship (and the group) evolved and the impact it had on the music world.“Buck” August 9
Animal whisperers are something of a fad now with many having their own reality television shows, but many consider Buck Brannaman to be the “original” horse whisperer. Brannaman served as the lead equine consultant on Robert Redford's film “The Horse Whisperer.” This documentary, directed by Cindy Meehl, follows Brannaman as he travels across the country conducting clinics on “natural horsemanship.” The film explores his philosophy, formative years and career.“Forks Over Knives” August 16
This will likely be of great interest to anyone interested in a healthier lifestyle (which seems to be most people these days). Directed by Lee Fulkerson, this film explores the “profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.” Over the course of the film, the director examines the effect of this claim by switching to an entirely plant-based diet, sort of like “Super Size Me,” but with foods that don't clog the arteries.“Man On Wire” August 23
A story so outrageous it almost has to be true. “Man On Wire” tells the real life story of Philippe Petit, a French high-wire artist, who became famous for his high-wire walk between the (at the time) still under-construction twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. The film provides a look at Petit's life as well as presenting re-enactments of his act. A one-of-a-kind story about a one-of-a-kind man, there's nothing else quite like “Man On Wire.” The film one the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2009.“Exit Through the Gift Shop” August 30
Part examination of the underground world of street art, part deconstruction and satire of its inhabitants, “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is a brilliant piece of subversive documentary filmmaking by the mysterious and enigmatic artist known only as “Banksy.” If you’ve ever wanted to know how graffiti can be considered an art form (or even (especially) if you haven’t), this will be an eye-opening piece of cinema.
Each screening at Liberty Hall, 110 W. Erwin St., Tyler, begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 per person.