What's on at Cameo Picturehouse - Picturehouse Docs
Craig Mitchell is a Superior Court Judge in the ‘Skid Row’ district of Los Angeles where thousands of addicts and homeless live in the rough or in shelters. Day after day he was required by law to lock up criminals and throw away the key. He became determined to find a way to help those who had slipped through the cracks in society. His passion was running so he founded a club. He trained volunteers to run. If they stayed clean he offered them a chance to run a marathon of their choosing, anywhere in the world.
Skid Row Marathon is the uplifting true story of five runners whose lives had hit rock bottom. Running gives them a second chance. As they train, they begin to realize that dreams they once thought impossible become possible. The perilous streets of Skid Row are brimming with temptation. Relapse lurks around every corner. Can this unlikely collection keep their lives on track and cross the finish line?
THE OPERA HOUSE, a new film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke, surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s.
Among the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra; Rudolf Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager, who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realized.