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Engine is pleased to present a Documentary Salon series, curated by local filmmakers Michael Nickles and Julia Wall Nickles. Each film will be followed by a Q&A and may include include movie trivia, a taste of fare and drink, or a drawing for a gift certificate to a local business. Each specific event will be tailored to that month’s documentary selection.

APRIL 13: King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Seth Gordon) In the cutthroat world of Donkey Kong, only one can rule! A middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong.

MAY 11: Stone Reader (2003 Mark Moskowitz) sponsored by the MWPA:
Filmmaker Mark Moskowitz finally reads a critically acclaimed novel he bought back in 1972, and discovers that both the book and the author have long since vanished. STONE READER documents Moskowitz’s quest to find out why. As he solves the mystery, the twists and turns of the journey reveal something more-the singular bond literature can create among strangers.

JUNE 8: The Imposter (2013 Burt Layton) Filmmaker Bart Layton chronicles the tale of Frederic Bourdin, a con artist who seemingly tricked a Texas family into believing he was a relative who disappeared years earlier.

JULY 13: Man on Wire (2005 James Marsh) On August 7, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York. After dancing for nearly an hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. This documentary incorporates Petit’s footage to show the numerous extraordinary challenges he faced in completing the artistic crime of the century.

AUG 10: Low and Clear (2012) Two formerly close friends reunite for a fly-fishing trip and begin to realize what has caused their friendship to drift apart.

SEP 14: Spellbound (2002) Eight youthful competitors, sponsored by their hometown newspapers, travel with their families to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

OCT 12: All This Mayhem (2014) Brothers Tas and Ben Pappas become the kings of professional skateboarding, but their hedonistic ways lead to a hard fall from grace.

NOV 9: The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) This unique and quirky offering combines elements of documentary films and horror movies to illustrate the potential threat posed by the world’s insects. With their collective intelligence, high capacity for work and sharp instincts, the film argues, they are waging a struggle against humans for supremacy of our planet.

DEC 8: Waltz With Bashir (2008) Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed and stars in this autobiographical animated film. As a 19-year-old infantry soldier in the 1982 war with Lebanon, Folman witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre, but realizes that he has no memory of the event. In 2006, he seeks out others who were in Beirut at the time to discuss their memories, including a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorders and the first journalist to cover the massacre.

JAN 11: Hoop Dreams ( 1995 Steve James) Steve Mutha’f’in James is the man! Him and Kevin Macdonald are my two favorite doc filmmakers because they can actually direct a feature also. This is the trailer to HOOP DREAMS, the movie that was robbed of an Oscar and actually changed the way the Academy votes on Documentaries.