Hampton Center Film Series
All films will be presented at
CF Hampton Center
1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
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The Hampton Center Film series presents three high quality films, each followed by a brief discussion centered on the major themes of the film. The 2013 film series focuses on leadership.
2013 Hampton Center Film Series
The Iron Lady
Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 6 p.m.
“The Iron Lady” stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female prime minister of the United Kingdom. She is considered one of the dominant political figures of the 20th century, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation. The film earned two Oscars, 12 additional awards and 15 award nominations
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd; rated PG-13; 105 minutes; 2011.
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 6 p.m.
“Red Tails” is a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, a squadron of African-American pilots who prove themselves in the air as they struggle with discrimination on the ground during World War II. The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney and David Oyelowo. The film, released in January, has been nominated for three awards.
Directed by Anthony Hemmingway; rated PG-13; 125 minutes; 2012.
Friday, March 8, 2013, 6 p.m.
“Firelight” stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as DJ, a counselor at a youth correctional facility. In this Hallmark Hall of Fame film, he inspires girls and young women with troubled pasts. As DJ says in the film, “they come in so broken…These are girls who’ve been abused and objectified their whole lives.”
Directed by Darnell Martin; unrated; 120 minutes; 2012.
Hampton Center Film Series Past Films
2012 Film Series
The King’s Speech
Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, 6 p.m.
After the death of his father, Bertie (Colin Firth), who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of leadership, he delves into an unorthodox course of treatment with an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). With the support of Logue, his family and his government, the king will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.
Directed by Tom Hooper; Rated R, 118 minutes; 2010.
The Blind Side
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, 6 p.m.
Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless black teen, has drifted in and out of the school system for years. Then Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her husband, Sean (Tim McGraw), take him in. The Tuohys eventually become Michael's legal guardians, transforming both his life and theirs. Michael's tremendous size and protective instincts make him a formidable force on the gridiron, and with help from his new family and devoted tutor, he realizes his potential as a student and football player.
Directed by John Lee Hancock; Rated PG-13, 129 minutes; 2009.
Stand and Deliver
Friday, March 9, 2012, 6 p.m.
This movie is based on a true story about Jamie Escalante. Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a poverty stricken Hispanic neighborhood. He inspires and teaches students to become the country’s top algebra and calculus students.
Directed by Ramón Menéndez; Rated PG, 103 minutes; 1988.
2011 Film Series
Based on real life events, this thoughtful film follows the unusual relationship of high school football coach Harold Jones and a local man named Radio who is illiterate and mentally challenged. Radio was long the target of joke by the community but their attitudes are changed when they see his growth under the coach’s guidance. The two began a relationship in a small town in South Carolina in 1964 and that has amazingly continued through to today.
Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ed Harris, Alfre Woodard, Debra Winger Sony Pictures;
Directed by Mike Tollin; Rated PG
109 minutes; 2003
Something the Lord Made
Spanning 35years, this film tells the incredible true story of Dr. Alfred Blalock, a white surgeon, and Vivien Thomas, his black laboratory assistant, working during the segregation era. In 1944 Blalock developed
a revolutionary method of rerouting the blood supply to the heart, which ended up saving the life of a terminally ill baby. Thomas was right by his side, talking him through the procedure. An extraordinary relationship developed between these two men during this difficult time in history. Directed by Joseph Sargent, not rated, 110 minutes, 2004.
On Golden Pond
The plot focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé, Bill, and his son Billy in tow. The film explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father while growing up, the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, and the special bond forged by Norman and Billy while his father and Chelsea spend time in Europe.
Directed by Mark Rydell, rated PG
109 minutes, 1981.
2010 Film series
Vaguely based on the life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, STORMY WEATHER is the story of a WWI veteran who falls in love with a singer. Under her influence he goes into show business but their careers draw them in different directions. This musical offers the best of the great African- American entertainers of the early 1900s. Features Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Fats Waller and Cab Calloway and His Band.
Directed by Andrew L. Stone;
78 minutes; 1943.
Gruwell is ready to take on the world as she steps inside Wilson High School for her first day of teaching. Her class, a diverse group of racially charged teenagers from different walks of life— African Americans, Latinos, Asians, juvenile delinquents, gang members, and underprivileged students from poor neighborhoods--hope for nothing more than to make it through the day.
Directed by Richard LaGravenese;
Rated PG; 123 minutes; 2007
Homeless to Harvard
Weighed down with a cocaine addicted father and an HIV-infected mother, Liz spends her early years shuttling from squalid apartment to public shelter and back again. At 15, she breaks away from her home life (what there is of it) and takes to the streets. Only after the death of her mother does Liz develop the determination to better her lot in life.
Directed by Peter Levin;
104 minutes; 2003