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25oct4:30 pmTHE MODERN JUNGLE4:30 pm est


(Wednesday) 4:30 pm

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Wednesday, October 25 at 4:30 PM






THE MODERN JUNGLE – 71 min.  2016.
a film by Antioch College professor Charles Fairbanks & Saul Kak

Set in the region of La Selva Negra (literally, the black jungle), which is named after the thick fog that’s so common there, The Modern Jungle is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, don Juan, who falls under the spell of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement. Juan’s neighbor Carmen lives simply, in harmony with the land her martyred husband paid for with his life. This film documents their struggles and encounters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish, to the culture of cinema, and the directors of this film.

Five years in the making, THE MODERN JUNGLE is an intimate document of two people and their Zoque culture, yet simultaneously a story about consumerism, modernity and monoculture. It was made through my deep collaboration with Juan, Carmen, and a young Zoque artist named Saul Kak. Our initial desire for this project was to depict Zoque culture in an honest yet dignified light. We also hoped to show the Zoque people’s encounters with modernity and globalization. In this, the initial impulse for this project was fundamentally ethnographic.But I didn’t want to make a conventional ethnographic film. I wanted a film with teeth, a film that’s honest, a film that moves people. I wanted to show something real, but puncture viewers’ comfortable sense of reality. I decided to blend fiction with documentary. While they lubricate the story, the fictions are relatively prosaic: the most incredible scenes in THE MODERN JUNGLE are also its purest examples of documentary.

To integrate their Zoque cosmovisión, or worldview, with the language and potential of cinema, we incorporate a dream sequence into this documentary. For the Zoque, dreams are significant and prophetic; they weigh upon one’s life, actions, and existence. Some critics might insist that dreams are incompatible with documentary, but I contend that Juan’s dream in the film manifests real fears, desires, and the psychological effects of the culture clash that is his life. Crucially, the significance of this dream is left open to interpretation – for the dreamer himself, and for viewers of the film. ­—Charles Fairbanks

26oct7:00 pm36th Asbury Short Film Show7:00 pm EST


(Thursday) 7:00 pm

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The world’s best short films show returns to Yellow Springs!

The 36th Asbury Short Film Show reels in to The Little Art Theatre for one show only on

Thursday, October 26th at 7:00!

Tickets are $12 and available now online at  TICKETSor at the box office.

Local Yellow Springs resident Joel Moss Levinson will host this year’s Asbury Short Films at the Little Art. “Joel Moss Levinson was the worlds first professional online video contest winner – a role which had him profiled on the front page of he NY Times and earned him a guest spot on The Tonight Show. For the past ten years he’s made his living creating original comedy content for the internet, and is now in post-production on his first feature, Boy Band, shot in Dayton and Yellow Springs which is the story of a Boy Band who are twenty years past their prime, and which was written about in Newsweek for its unusual approach to Indie filmmaking. Joel lives in Yellow Springs with his wife and two sons.”

Asbury Shorts, New York City’s longest running short film exhibition and touring show, returns to The Little Art for a third consecutive year to present their nationally recognized 36th Short Film Show with the first film blasting onto the screen at 7:00pm. Asbury Short Film Shows are recommended for ages 16 and way above. This evening celebration of independent filmmaking is co –presented by The Yellow Springs Brewery and The Little Art Theatre.

Asbury Shorts shows combine classic, world-renowned shorts with new festival honorees, providing a rare opportunity for audiences to view globally honored films on a real cinema screen as opposed to YouTube, computers or smart phones. Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman (JUNO, Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking, Young Adult) calls Asbury Shorts: “The best short film show I’ve ever seen.” The fast-paced and highly entertaining showcase features the best in live action comedy, drama and outstanding animation. Highlights of the October screenings at The Little Art Theatre include:

Reaching Home” is a new drama from Connecticut based filmmaker Kenneth Murphy. Debra Monk stars as a recent widow who has to make tough decisions with her family while dealing with grief.

The Lunch Date returns to The Asbury Short Film Concert after many years. A former Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short Film directed by Adam Davidson, who is now a prolific television director on such series as “Fear The Walking Dead” and “Hell on Wheels.”

Drive” is a new production from Writer /Director Holly Hudson…who happens to reside in Yellow Springs! 13-year-old Athena has a secret and her neighbor Sabeen is studying for her driver’s test. Their unlikely friendship helps them both.

Asbury Shorts shows have been presented at The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Lake Shore Theatre in Chicago, The Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, Visions Cinema in Washington, D.C., Summer Stage in Central Park, The Director’s Guild Theater in Manhattan, The AERO in Santa Monica, CA, Royal Festival Hall in London, U.K. and the Leminske Theater in Berlin to name a few of the prestigious venues where audiences have enjoyed these amazing films.



(Saturday) 10:00 pm EST


Little Art Theatre

247 Xenia Avenue • Yellow Springs

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rocky-horror-picture-show-2THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!


SAT (10/28) 10:00 p.m.  

Admission $7.00

Comedy | Musical  100 min.  R.  1975


Need we say more?! Well, yes, we kinda do.

After such great turnouts by wonderful audiences who graciously abide by our “Rocky Rules,” we are pleased to announce our 6th encore screening!

For those yet unaware of the Little Art “Rocky Rules,” they are:

No throwing of anything at anytime, and no one is allowed up on the stage. There. Those are the rules. If you can live with them, by all means come and sing your hearts out and have a blast with your friends! If you just can’t imagine enjoying the movie without these two time-honored rituals we understand and ask, please don’t frustrate yourself – stay home.





Little Art Theatre

10nov7:00 pmJESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Returns to the Little Art!7:00 pm est


(Friday) 7:00 pm

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR film screenings with star TED NEELEY in person for Meet & Greet and Film Introduction!


For VIP Tickets visit TED NEELEY’S site: VIP TICKETS 

Back in Yellow Springs by popular demand! We are thrilled to present special screenings of one of the most dynamic big screen musicals of the 1970’s: Jesus Christ Superstar! The film will be shown in the 2013 digitally-remastered 2K print (DCP).

Star Ted Neeley (Jesus) will be at the events, discussing the film, hosting VIP receptions, and participating in meet-and-greets.

You will also get a sneak peek at the newly produced documentary, SUPERSTARS: THE MAKING AND REUNION OF THE FILM, with special behind-the-scenes footage and recent cast interviews.

It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance! Only a limited amount of walk up tickets will be sold.

General Admission is $20 and available at the box office or online. See below.

Friday, November 10, 7 p.m.  PURCHASE TICKETS VIP reception at 5 p.m.

Saturday, November 11, 7 p.m. PURCHASE TICKETS VIP reception at 5 p.m.

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Interactive Singalong Screening and Costume Contest!


Show us your Superstar spirit in this one-of-a-kind interactive event. Watch Jesus Christ Superstar in public with complete freedom to sing along! (There will be subtitles to assist you!)

Come dressed as your favorite Holy Land character, or in 1970’s hippie apostle garb.

Star TED NEELEY (Jesus) will be in attendance to judge the costume contest and for a meet and greet.

Costume contest winners will receive a special prize!

It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance! Only a limited amount of walk up tickets will be sold.

 Sunday, November 12, 2 p.m. – Singalong  SINGALONG TICKETS VIP reception at noon




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