Sunday at The Palm Programs

All shows are at the Michael D. Palm Theatre for the Performing Arts at 4PM on Sundays. Sunday at the Palm is a collaboration of the Telluride Film Festival, The Telluride Foundation and the Telluride R-1 School District.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

• RIGHT TO PLAY,  A documentary directed by Frank Marshall (Producer for WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, plus many others) about Norwegian speed-skater and four time Olympic gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, who founded the non-profit organization, Right to Play, which brings sports to children in third-world and war-torn countries.   Koss and his army of volunteers, teachers, coaches and diplomats have used the power of athletics to elevate the lives of the world’s neediest children.   Frank Marshall will be in attendance to discuss his film.  Appropriate for all ages.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

• WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? (1988, 104 min. Rated PG) –  “Who Framed Roger Rabbit is the kind of movie that gets made once in a blue moon…The movie is funny, but it’s more than funny, it’s exhilarating.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.  Jeff Price, screenwriter for this three-time Oscar winning animated classic, will introduce and discuss the film, and audience members will be treated to a surprise cartoon short beforehand.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

• MAKE BELIEVE (2010, 88 min.) –  A coming of age journey set in the secret world of magic, this film follows six of the world’s best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champion at the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.  “A charming documentary.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.  Film will be accompanied by live magicians.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

• ELEANOR’S SECRET (2009, 80 min, Rated G) –  A lovely animated tale about young Nat, whose ability to read sets his imagination free inside his aunt Eleanor’s magical library.  Each book in the attic library is a priceless first edition of the most popular stories and fairytales throughout history.  With the help of Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and many others, Nat is able to overcome his greatest fear to keep the characters alive for generations to come. “Charming! Imaginative…The animation appeals to all ages and parents will appreciate
the pro-literacy message at the pic’s heart .”- Variety

Sunday, March 11, 2012

• MIA AND THE MIGOO (2008, 91 min, Rated PG) – MIA AND THE MIGOO (2008, 91 min, Rated PG) – Created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, MIA AND THE MIGOO is a stunning and exciting family adventure, with backgrounds inspired by Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. One night, young Mia has a dream that her father is in trouble, so she sets out on a dangerous adventure across jungles and mountains in search of him.  Along the way, she meets the Migoo, a group of forest spirits whose job is to protect the planet.  Together, Mia and the Migoo must find a way to save her father as well as the Tree of Life – an ancient tree that keeps the world in balance. Directed by Jacques-Rémy Girerd with the voice talents of Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine and John DiMaggio. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

• EARTH (2007, 90 min., Rated G) – To celebrate Earth Day (April 22), listen to James Earl Jones narrate this stunning documentary about our planet earth. “What we see is astonishing. Polar bear cubs tumble their way to the sea. Birds of paradise make displays of ethereal beauty. Storks fly above the Himalayas. Elephants trek exhausted across a bone-dry desert. Humpback whales swim 3,000 miles to their summer feeding grounds off Antarctica. A predator cat outruns a springbok. Ducklings leap from their nest to fly and plummet to the ground — a learning experience…This ‘earth’ is beautiful and worthwhile.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.  Filmgoers will receive something to plant in the ground.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

• 5th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL – Film shorts for children from the best of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.  Children will receive special surprises at the show.


Sunday at the Palm

All shows are at the Michael D. Palm Theatre for the Performing Arts at 4PM on Sundays. Sunday at the Palm is a collaboration of the Telluride Film Festival, The Telluride Foundation and the Telluride R-1 School District.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

• YELLOW SUBMARINE remastered (1968, Rated G, 90 min.):  This Grammy-nominated classic follows The Beatles, John, Paul, George and Ringo, on their adventure with Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine to free Pepperland from the music hating Blue Meanies.  “Now here is a restored version of ‘Yellow Submarine,’ arriving like a time capsule from the flower power era, with a graphic look that fuses Peter Max, Rene Magritte and M.C. Escher,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, “To borrow another useful cliche from the 1960s, it blossoms like eye candy on the screen, and with 11 songs by the Beatles it certainly has the best music track of any animated film.”

Sunday, October 28, 2012

• GHOSTBUSTERS (1984, Rated PG *Parental Guidance Suggested, 105 min.) – Halloween SHOW!  “He slimed me!”  Nominated for two Oscars, this 80’s classic features Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis as three nutty parapsychologists who start a ghost catching business in Manhattan.  Directed by Ivan Reitman, also with Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

• THE STORYTELLERS SHOW (66 min. total running time, appropriate for all ages) – Bring the whole family!  A shorts collection curated by the San Francisco Film Society that includes the following delightful shorts:  STORYTELLER by Nandita Jain (England), KEENAN AT SEA by David Cowles and Jeremy Galante (USA), PLAY LUNCH by Cassandra Nguyen (Australia), LITTLE BOAT by Nelson Boles (USA), PANYEE FC from The Glue Society (Thailand), THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE by Kealan O’Rourke (Ireland), THE VACUUM KID by Kati Mahalic (USA), PAPER PIANO by Marianela Maldonado (Poland), THE GIRL AND THE FOX by Tyler Kupferer (USA) and ORANGE ô DESPAIR by John Banana (France).

Sunday, January 27, 2013

• A CAT IN PARIS (2010, Rated PG, 70 min) – Academy Award nominated in 2012 (Best Animated Feature).  Dino the cat lives a double life – he is the pet of young Zoe during the day and at night he accompanies Nico, a cat burglar, as he moves stealthily through the Paris night.  With the voice talents of Marcia Gay Harden, Angelica Huston and Matthew Modine. “SUBLIME! BEAUTIFULLY DRAWN! BREATHTAKING!…Rich with film references (Reservoir Dogs and Goodfellas among them), A Cat in Paris is a stylish celebration of storytelling.” – Boston Globe

Sunday, February 24, 2013


• JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (2011, Rated PG, 81 min):  “David Gelb’s ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ is a documentary about a man whose relationship with sushi wavers between love and madness,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, “While watching it, I found myself drawn into the mystery of this man. Are there any unrealized wishes in his life? Secret diversions? Regrets? If you find an occupation you love and spend your entire life working at it, is that enough?”

Jiro is a master sushi chef whose has spent his entire life, from youth to old age, on an unwavering quest for perfection.  His restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, is located in a downtown Tokyo subway station and despite its subterranean location and low capacity (only ten seats), it is the only sushi restaurant on the planet to have received the highly sought after three-star Michelin rating.  Sushi lovers will certainly be hypnotized, but all will be stunned by this poignant, challenging documentary about passion, excellence, perfection and yes, perhaps even madness.  “In dreams I have grand visions of sushi,” says Jiro and with a beautiful poignancy, this film gives us a brief glimpse into a man who has shaped (and has been shaped by) his life’s work.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

• THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009, 75 min, Unrated – approx 6+) – Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.  Young Brendan has never ventured outside of the high walls of the monastery in which he lives.  But when a famous master illuminator shares with him the secrets of an ancient, unfinished book, Brendan must embark on a dangerous quest into the unknown forest to help complete the masterpiece and shine light into the darkness.  “Four Stars! Ravishing! Magical! Glorious!”- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Critic’s Pick! Extraordinary! The Secret of Kells discloses strange new vistas that nonetheless seem to have existed since ancient times.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

Sunday, April 28, 2013

CHIMPANZEE documentary (2012, 78 min., Rated G) – Celebrate Earth Week with Chimpanzees!   From Disneynature (EARTH, OCEANS) comes a new documentary about Oscar,  a young chimp who lives deep within the African rainforest.  This documentary gives an intimate glimpse into his playful explorations and the dangers he encounters on his journey to becoming an adult.  Beautiful cinematography tells a story about love, overcoming obstacles and surviving in the wild.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

• 6th Annual Children’s Film Festival – Film shorts for kids and kids-at-heart from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Sunday at the Palm

All shows are at the Michael D. Palm Theatre for the Performing Arts at 4PM on Sundays. Sunday at the Palm is a collaboration of the Telluride Film Festival, The Telluride Foundation and the Telluride R-1 School District.

For more information, please contact Erika Gordon at

Sunday, September 29, 2013


• FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (2011, 91 min., Rated PG) – “Stunning!  As beautiful a hand drawn animated feature as you are likely to see!” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times. New from Goro and Hiyao Miyazaki.  Set in 1963 Yokohama, Japan, the film tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki, a high school girl who lives in a boarding house and decides to clean up the school’s clubhouse with her friend Shun Kazama.  Up against the its likely demolition, the two work together to save the building. With the voice talents of  Jamie Lee Curtis, Beau Bridges and Bruce Dern. “The story of a girl grappling with first love, the absence of her parents and the anxieties of an on-rushing future in 1963 Yokohama has all the earmarks of a Miyazaki classic.” – Washington Post

Sunday, October 27, 2013


• TALES OF THE NIGHT (2011, 84 min., appr) – “Instantly timeless!  A triumph!” – Variety.  From renowned animator, Michel Ocelot, the film weaves together six exotic tales from medieval Europe, to an Aztec kingdom, to the African plains and beyond.   These beautiful fairy tales include dragons, princesses, sorcerers, werewolves, and even giant talking bees…and each ends in its own surprising twist. “A delight!  This playful collection of fairy tales has charm in spades!” – Time Out London

Sunday, December 1, 2013

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• THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987, 98 min., Rated PG) – “That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying ‘As you wish,’ what he meant was ‘I love you.’  And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.”  Scaling the cliffs of insanity, battling Rodents of Unusual Size and facing the Pit of Despair, this timeless classic comes to the big screen to enchant a new generation of audiences. “As you watch this enchanting fantasy, feel free to be thrilled or to giggle, as you wish.” – TIME Magazine

Sunday, January 19, 2014


• Winners from TCTV shorts competition plus HIGH AND HALLOWED: EVEREST 1963 – “The deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history. Profiling the bold and visionary efforts of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, the film examines the sheer commitment, step-by-step struggle and lasting impact of the first American ascent of Mt. Everest and the pioneering first ascent of the West Ridge.”  Premiered at Mountainfilm 2013.   Proceeded by winners of the 2013 TCTV short film competition.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mary Poppins

• MARY POPPINS (1964, 139 min) – Nothing like the big screen!  Remastered and re-released from the Disney Vault in Celebration of the 50-year Anniversary of this American classic.  Five-time Oscar winner (including Best Actress), “Julie Andrews’ first appearance on the screen is a signal triumph and she performs as easily as she sings, displaying a fresh type of beauty nicely adaptable to the color cameras.” – Variety

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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• BROOKLYN CASTLE (2012, 101 min., Rated PG) – “Brooklyn Castle is inspiring stuff that grabs you by the throat and will leave you cheering – quietly of course. No shouting in a chess match.” – Toronto Star.  Tells the story of a chess team at an inner city junior high school in Brooklyn that has won more national chess championships than any other school in the country.  Follows the challenges the students face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard.  A coming of age story in a world of competition and incredible support.  “Katie Dellamaggiore’s lively and affecting documentary introduces us to a cast of characters that’s very winning (in both senses of the word).” – Boston Globe 

Sunday, April 27, 2014


• AFRICAN CATS, Disneynature (2011, 89 min, Rated G) –” Anyone with a fondness for bambinos of any species should melt at the sight of mamas with nuzzling cubs.” – Houston Chronicle. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, Disneynature’s gorgeous documentary is set against the backdrop of the stunning African savanna. With beautiful cinematography, we follow Mara, a lion cup striving to grow up with her mother’s strength within the lion pride.  “Gorgeously photographed, astonishingly intimate… We have never seen lions and cheetahs like this before; you won’t believe it can have been possible for cameras to get so close without disturbing the animals they’re watching…” – Flick Filosopher

Sunday, May 18, 2014

• 7th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL – Film shorts for kids and kids-at-heart from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

Sunday at the Palm

All shows are at the Michael D. Palm Theatre for the Performing Arts at 4PM on Sundays. Sunday at the Palm is a collaboration of the Telluride Film Festival, The Telluride Foundation and the Telluride R-1 School District.

For more information, please contact Erika Gordon at

Sunday, September 28, 2014


ERNEST & CELESTINE (France, 2012, 80 minutes, English dubbed)

“A sweet-natured tale of an unlikely friendship between a burly bear and a plucky mouse. It’s also decidedly offbeat with an emphasis on animal dentistry.” – USA Today.

“A joyous rediscovery of hand-drawn animation, all witty and expressive lines, spare backgrounds and gorgeous, watery hues.” – Seattle Times.

“Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde.” – Gkids.

Featuring the voice talents of Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy and many others. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, ERNEST & CELESTINE is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


• THE MUPPET MOVIE (1979, Rated G, 95 minutes) “Jolson sang, Barrymore spoke, Garbo laughed, and now Kermit the Frog rides a bicycle. ‘The Muppet Movie’ not only stars the Muppets but, for the first time, shows us their feet. And if you can figure out how they were able to show Kermit pedaling across the screen, then you are less a romantic than I am: I prefer to believe he did it himself. He’s pedaling on his way to Hollywood, and ‘The Muppet Movie’ itself is one of those origin stories so beloved by comic books. We’ve learned how Spiderman came into his extraordinary powers, and now here are the earliest days of the Muppets.” –

Sunday, December 7, 2014


THE PAINTING (France/Japan, 2012, 78 minutes) “In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his friends journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters – and in a feast for both the eyes and the imagination, Ramo, Lola, Quill and Magenta explore picture after picture, in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations.” – Gkids

“Enchanting! This consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages!
A constant feast for the eyes!”
- Variety

“Gorgeous! A True Objet d’Art”
- The New York Times

Sunday, January 18, 2015


• FANTASIA (1940, 125 miinutes, Rated G) Disney’s groundbreaking masterpiece restored for the film’s 50th anniversary rerelease. “The colors are richer and more delicate than before,” wrote Entertainment Weekly, “The restoration took two years and included a frame-by-frame hand polish of the original nitrate negative, with a razor blade used to scrape off particles of dirt.”

“Fantasia is simply terrific — as terrific as anything that has ever happened on a screen.” – New York Times

“The words most used to describe ‘Fantasia,’ besides the conventional ‘beautiful’ and ‘wonderful’ were ‘path-breaking’ and ‘courageous.’ The phrase ‘courageous beyond belief’ would be even more accurate.” – Los Angeles Times.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


A LETTER TO MOMO (2011, 120 minutes, Rated PG) “Longtime animator Hiroyuki Okiura directs this story about a fatherless girl and her relationship with three goblins on a Japanese island. It received 3.5 stars out of 4.” – Seattle Times

As gorgeous as ‘Momo’ is to behold, the film’s sensitive portrayal of a teenager dealing with grief proves its most compelling element.”
- Variety

“A Letter to Momo was seven years in the making, and the handmade animation is superb, from the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island’s Shinto shrines to the climactic finale – a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits that is the best cinematic flight of supernatural fancy in many years.” – Gkids

Sunday, March 22, 2015

sound of music

• THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965, 174 minutes, Rated G) Five-time Oscar winner including Best Director and Best Picture, this American musical classic featuring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer is about a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp and his seven children. Upon release, it became the highest-grossing film of all time.

 “A warmly pulsating, captivating drama.” – Variety


Sunday, April 26, 2015


• DISNEYNATURE BEARS (2014, 77 minutes, Rated G). “In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure ‘Bears’ showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons… ‘Bears’ captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses – Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (‘Earth,’ ‘African Cats’ and ‘Chimpanzee’) and Keith Scholey (‘African Cats’).” – Disney

Sunday, May 17, 2015

8th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL – Film shorts for kids and kids-at-heart from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

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