The Loft Cinema at The J

The Loft Cinema At The J!

The Loft Cinema has teamed up with The J to host one screening a month at The J.

Hare Krishna!  The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started it All 

Thursday, August 3 at 7:30pm | regular admission prices
Director Jean Griesser will host a Q&A after the screening.

*This event will take place at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road*

“Effectively summons an evocative moment in time.” – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

“A dynamic documentary about the visionary Vedic scholar who launched the Hare Krishna movement.” – Frederick and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

“Reintroduces the world to the magic of Prabhupada.” – Sam Slovick, LA Yoga

Hare Krishna! is a documentary on the life of Srila Prabhupada – the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrived in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s. With his unflinching determination and faith, he ignited the worldwide spiritual phenomenon, known as the Hare Krishna movement. Suddenly thrust into the raging countercultural scene, Prabhupada speaks of the world’s real need – a revolution in consciousness. He teaches that the way to find real happiness is by going within and connecting to your true self. This universal message resonates with more and more people, including musician George Harrison whose hit song “My Sweet Lord” features the Hare Krishna chant. From there, Prabhupada’s movement explodes! This is the true story of an unexpected, prolific, and controversial revolutionary whose books have sold over 520 million copies and has inspired millions of seekers and yoga enthusiasts worldwide. Using never-before-seen archival verite, his own recorded words and interviews with his early followers, the film takes the audience behind-the-scenes of this infamous movement to meet the Swami who started it all. (Dir. by John Griesser/Jean Griesser/Lauren Ross, 2017, USA, 90 mins., Not Rated)

For tickets, please visit The Loft’s website or purchase tickets at the door.

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30pm | regular admission prices

*This event will take place at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road*

“An enjoyable but also profound movie.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“Errol Morris’ The B-Side is as warmly affectionate as its subject.”- Ella Taylor, NPR

“A gentle-hearted gem.” – Andrew Barker, Variety

This film will be preceded by the seven minute short, The Umbrella Man.

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20”x24” camera, one of only a handful in the world. In the ensuing 35 years she’s taken approximately 4,000 photos, masterfully capturing the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: Beat poets, rock stars, Harvard notables and families large and small—from complete unknowns to legends like Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jorge Luis Borges, Jonathan Richman, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Her generosity of spirit and love of her fellow humans make her a great portraitist, and her photographs reflect her joyful spirit. But the film stock she uses is no longer made by Polaroid, who declared bankruptcy, hastening her looming retirement. Looking back on her rich career, Dorfman, with whimsical wit and charm, gives longtime friend and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of Waran inside tour of her backyard archive, including the beloved photos she calls the rejected “B-sides”—images turned down by her subjects but often better than the ones they’ve chosen to keep. Morris’ warm-hearted film reminds us of a bygone era of analog photography and the extraordinary life of one of its relatively-unheralded champions. (Dir. by Errol Morris, 2017, USA, 76 mins., Not Rated)