Carbon Arc Cinema: The Fall 2019 Season (Part One)

A number of attendees at FIN Atlantic Film Festival recognized me in the halls of the Park Lane Cineplex last week, and it was largely because of my volunteer time at Carbon Arc Cinema, Siloën Daley’s film series that runs through the fall and winter at the Museum of Natural History screening room on Summer Street.

Many of those FIN-goers asked when the screenings were starting up again, and I’m here to tell you: Friday, September 27, a double screening: 6:30pm and 9pm.

The first film in the fall series is The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a drama directed by Joe Talbot and written by Talbot with his star, Jimmie Fails. This is a debut feature, and by all reports it’s a special one, about an African American man looking to find and reclaim his family home, one that was built by his grandfather. The American distributor of this film is A24, which has carved out a reputation for excellence in the indie market (The Farewell, The Witch, Under The Skin).

On Friday, October 4, at 7pm and 8:45pm, Carbon Arc will screen Wild Nights With Emily, a historical comedy written and directed by Madeleine Olnek and starring SNL veteran Molly Shannon. Following A Quiet Passion, this promises to be a very different take on the poet’s life.

The Art Of Self-Defence is a dark comedy, this one screening on Friday, October 11, at 7pm. It tells the story of a nervous, meek man (Jesse Eisenberg) who, following being mugged by a motorcycle gang, joins a local karate dojo and connects with his inner toxic male.

On the following Friday, October 18, Carbon Arc will screen another satiric comedy, Tel Aviv On Fire, It’s about a Palestinian man who gets promoted on his job on an Israeli soap to scriptwriter, and then finds an unexpected collaborator in a border gate guard.

And after that is Nocturne on October 19. For more information on that screening, or tickets for the others listed above, visit the Carbon Arc Cinema website.

See you there!

About the author


Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.