Events

News about upcoming WHQR sponsored events.

WHQR and Thalian Hall are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Oscar Shorts by bringing you the most brilliant collection yet. Whether you like animation, live action or documentaries Oscar Shorts 2015 has something just for you. Check out the lineup below for a complete schedule of films.

Animated Program (PG) Monday, February 16 at 4 PM, Wednesday, February 18 at 7 PM, and Friday, February 20 at 7 PM

Nominated Films:

****NEW SCREENINGS ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND****

Meet Sandra (Academy Award winning  actress Marion Cotillard), a hard working woman who has just been told that as result of her elongated hospital stay, she no longer has a job.  Her only chance of regaining her position requires her to convince her co-workers to give up their much-needed annual bonuses...within two days and one night. Faced with a seemingly impossible time cramp, Sandra climbs the heights of community solidarity in a charming and heroic effort to get back what she deserves.

Saturday, February 7th marks Wilmington’s 13th annual DocuTime one-day documentary film festival. DocuTime has established a solid reputation for bringing acclaimed documentaries to the big screen in Wilmington and allowing a dedicated community of documentary-lovers to a have a full day of award-winning, enlightening enjoyment.

Directed and produced by the legendary Tim Burton, BIG EYES is a timeless biopic based on the story of Walter Keane (Cristoph Waltz), a wildly successful artist whose heyday was in the 1950's and 60's. Keane revolutionized popular art with his entrancing paintings of waifs with big eyes. After years of being the front man for this widely adored collection, the truth comes out. Keane's art has never been created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams in a Golden Globe Best Actress award-winning performance).

Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews and one of the most distinguished African American authors of today, Randall Kenan, to discuss his most recent achievement, a collection of his essays titled The Fire This Time, which includes a tribute to legend James Baldwin. 

Praise for The Fire This Time

Join Ben Steelman of the Star News and one of the South's best up-and-coming fiction writers, Taylor Brown, to talk about Brown's debut novel Fallen Land, as well as his recently published collection of short stories, In the Season of Blood and Gold

Monday, January 12, 7 PM
MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor

In early 2013, Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about post 9/11 surveillance when she began receiving mysterious emails from someone who would only identify themselves as Citizen Four. The emails revealed a plot to expose several covert surveillance operations that were run by the NSA at the time. In June 2013, Poitras flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who would eventually be identified as Ed Snowden. The film that resulted from this series of tense meetings is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real life thriller.

Follow the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, Stephen Hawking, an astrophysicist with an astronomic love affair to match. Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) meets Cambridge beauty Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) in college and they quickly become inseparable. At age 21, Hawking received an earth shattering diagnosis, rendering him physically inept for most of his life. However, together Hawking and Wilde were able to surmount impossible odds, break medical and scientific ground, and create one of the century's greatest love stories.

Taking the nation by cinematic storm "BIRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)" starring Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Zack Galifanakis and Emma Stone is this year's most ambitious black comedy. Michael Keaton plays a famous actor whose identity has started to blend with that of the superhero he so often portrays. In an attempt to break out and mount a Broadway play, Keaton battles his own ego in order to save his family, his career and ultimately himself. (R, 1 hr 55 min)

Monday-Wednesday, December 15-17, 7 PM

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