Tampa Theatre to host free screening of David Bowie’s THE HUNGER

The man born David Jones was known by many names: Ziggy Stardust. Major Tom. The Goblin King. The world lost a visionary artist when David Bowie succumbed to cancer this past week, but he will be forever remembered as much for his ground-breaking music and otherworldly style as for his chameleon-like movie roles and fairytale love story with supermodel wife Iman.

In tribute, Tampa Theatre will open its doors for a free community movie night screening of Bowie’s 1983 fantasy thriller THE HUNGER at 9:30pm Friday, Jan. 22.

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Bowie plays John Blaylock, husband and lover of the gorgeous immortal vampire Miriam (Catherine Deneuve). John believes that he, too, will live forever, but instead, he quickly deteriorates into a horrible living death as Miriam seeks a new companion. He seeks the help of Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon), a scientist who studies the blood’s role in premature aging, but Sarah quickly falls under Miriam’s spell and risks becoming the next in her long line of eternally aging victims.

THE HUNGER is rated R. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited.

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TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY: “The Karate Kid” with Ralph Macchio LIVE at Tampa Theatre

 Tampa Theatre is proud to announce The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio LIVE, appearing on the Theatre’s historic stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

Tickets are $46.50 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale at noon Friday, Dec. 18 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, and online at www.TampaTheatre.org. A very limited number of meet & greet tickets will also be available for $129 (plus fees).

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The Karate Kid premiered in 1984 to both critical and commercial acclaim. Listed in Entertainment Weekly’s Top 50 of the “Best High School Movies” ever made, the film, directed by John Avildsen (Rocky), captured the thrill of the underdog and inspired thousands of young kids. The movie made a star out of Ralph Macchio, who will share his experience and behind-the-scenes stories with fans in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it on the big screen and hear from the Karate Kid himself. Macchio’s film and television career also includes Eight is Enough, The Outsiders, Crossroads, Ugly Betty, Entourage, and Dancing With The Stars. The Karate Kid brand continues to endure with numerous sequels, including The Karate Kid 2 starring Jaden Smith.

Soulshine Music Presents Get The Led Out Live at Tampa theatre

Get The Led Out – dubbed by media as “The American Led Zeppelin” – is returning to Tampa for another live performance on the Theatre’s historic stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2016 presented by Soulshine Music.

Tickets are $43 and $38 (plus applicable service fees) and will go on sale at noon Friday, Nov. 20 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, and online at www.TampaTheatre.org

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From the bombastic and epic to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) captures the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brings it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. With the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-creates the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. Without wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants: a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

 

The 2+ hour set spans the career of the legendary British super group, with a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever, heard in concert and include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and “Battle of Evermore” performed in their original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis. Their approach to performing this hallowed catalogue is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe that 100 years from now, they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

Soulshine Music Presents Storm Large LIVE at Tampa Theatre

Storm Large, described as, “musician, actor, playwright, author, awesome,” will be performing live on Tampa Theatre’s historic stage at 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 12th, presented by Soulshine Music.

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Tickets are $48.50 (plus applicable service fees) and will go on sale at noon Friday, Nov. 20 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, and online at www.TampaTheatre.org

Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.

Storm spent the 90s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco. Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but a last minute cancellation in 2002 at the Portland club “Dante’s” turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band, The Balls. It wasn’t long before Storm had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that was about to be launched onto the international stage.

Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.

In the Fall of 2014, Storm & Le Bonheur will be releasing a record designed to capture their sublime and subversive interpretations of the American Songbook. Entitled simply, “Le Bonheur” and released on Pink Martini’s, Heinz Records, the recording will be a collection of tortured and titillating love songs; beautiful, familiar, yet twisted…much like the lady herself. Storm and her band will hit the road in support of this new release. Storm also makes her debut with The New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, The Cincinnati Symphony, The Houston Symphony and The RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin amongst others. Storm is also busy creating a new musical with The Public Theater in New York City.

 

Tampa Theatre Announces Lineup For Summer Classics Movie Series 2015

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Tampa movie-goers know that when it comes to classic films, there is no better experience than seeing them at the citys only majestic movie palace. For more than 20 years, the community has flocked to Tampa Theatre on hot Sunday afternoons to enjoy Summer Classics as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, with a bag of fresh popcorn and a cold soda in hand.

This year’s lineup is a return to the roots of cinema history, featuring classics that span more than six decades and – for the third consecutive year – letting Tampa Theatre’s fans choose one of the films. More than 500 titles were nominated, and the top three were put to a vote. The winner, which will be shown Sunday, July 19, will have you breaking out your favorite little black dress and pearls

The 2015 Tampa Theatre Summer Classics lineup includes:

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

3 p.m. Sunday, June 7

Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is swept away with her dog, Toto, to a magical land called Oz. In her quest to get home, she embarks on a journey down the yellow brick road to seek the Wizard’s help, meeting along the way a kindly Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), an emotional Tin Man (Jack Haley) and a cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), while trying to escape the attention of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton). 1h 42m/Rated PG/Fantasy-Adventure

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of THE WIZARD OF OZ immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

 

KEY LARGO (1948)

3 p.m. Sunday, June 14

To honor the memory of a war buddy who died bravely, Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) travels to the Florida hotel managed by his friend’s widow, Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), and father, James Temple (Lionel Barrymore). Though the Largo Hotel is closed for the season, the trio soon find themselves held hostage when the inn is taken over by a mob of gangsters who hole up there to await the passing of a hurricane.
1h 40m/Not Rated/Film Noir

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of KEY LARGO immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

 

CADDYSHACK (1980) 35th Anniversary!

3 p.m.  Sunday, June 21

The perfect film for Father’s Day, Harold Ramis’s directorial debut pits the caddies against the “establishment” at the hoity-toity Bushwood County Club, with riotous results. This wacky comedy features Bill Murray as the groundskeeper obsessed with killing the gophers that infest the golf course, Chevy Chase as a wealthy Bushwood member, and Rodney Dangerfield as a brash real estate mogul who couldn’t care less about the snobby club’s rules. 1h 38m/Rated R/Comedy


USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of CADDYSHACK immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

This show is sponsored J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.

 

VERTIGO (1958)

3 p.m.  Sunday, June 28

John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is a retired detective whose career was ended by the onset of a paralyzing fear of heights. But when an old friend (Tom Helmore) hires Ferguson to follow his wife (Kim Novak), who has grown obsessed with an ancestor of hers, the assignment draws Ferguson out of his comfortable role as observer. Soon, a complex web of intrigue mingles with the detective’s own fears to create a masterful exploration of fantasy and anxiety in Alfred Hitchcock’s haunting tale of deception, madness and death.
2h 8m/Rated PG/Thriller

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of VERTIGO immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

 

BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) 30th Anniversary!

3 p.m. Sunday, July 5

Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, an ’80s teen who takes a ride in a “flux capacitor”-rigged DeLorean invented by the nutty Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and ends up in 1955. Once on the ground, Marty meets his teen-aged mother (Lea Thompson) and accidentally wins her affections, thereby threatening the relationship she’s supposed to form with his father (Crispin Glover). Now it’s a do-or-never-be-born situation: Marty must get his parents to fall in love before Doc Brown sends him back to the proper decade.
1h 56m/Rated PG/Comedy Adventure

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of BACK TO THE FUTURE immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

 

TOP HAT (1935)

3 p.m. Sunday, July 12

The classic screwball comedy features Fred Astaire as Jerry Travers, an American dancer who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). One evening, Jerry practices his new dance steps late into the night in Horace’s hotel room, much to the annoyance of sleeping model Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) in the room below. When she goes upstairs to complain, the attraction is immediate, but complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for his producer, Horace. Regarded as the best of the Astaire-Rogers pairings, TOP HAT features famous Irving Berlin tunes like “Cheek to Cheek” and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 1h 41m/Not Rated/Musical Comedy


USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of TOP HAT immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

 

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS (1961) Fans Pick the Classic Winner!

3 p.m. Sunday, July 19

Based on Truman Capote’s novel, young socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) meets aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) when he moves into her apartment building. Paul is “sponsored” by an older woman (Patricia Neal) whose interest in the young man is more than literary, but he strikes up a platonic friendship with Holly, taking it upon himself to protect her from the worst aspects of city life. With her infectious joie de vivre, she helps Paul break through a paralyzing case of writer’s block in this lighter-than-air romantic comedy, set in a fantasy New York City with a memorable score by Henry Mancini.
1h 55m/Not Rated/Romantic Comedy

 

Sing-Along THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) 50th Anniversary!

3 p.m. Sunday, July 26

Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is based on a real family and tells the true story of a young novice nun, Maria (Julie Andrews). After proving too high-spirited for the Mother Abess and other nuns, Maria is sent off to work as a governess for the Von Trapp family’s seven unruly children. The family is run in military style by the seemingly cold-hearted Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a lonely, widowed naval officer, but Maria’s warmth and love for the children soon win the Captain’s heart. Despite their newfound happiness, however, Hitler is ascending to power, and Captain Von Trapp must decide whether to join the Nazi party or force his family to leave their home forever. 2h 54m/ Rated G/Musical

 

This special screening invites guests to sing along with the lyrics on the screen, play along with the interactive props provided and dress in their favorite MUSIC-inspired outfits for a costume parade on-stage before the show!

 

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

3 p.m. Sunday, August 2

This American epic romance adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), and her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, it is a tale of one woman’s fall from luxury to poverty and her journey from innocence to an understanding of life’s harsh realities.
3h 58m/Rated G/Drama

 

WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

3 p.m. Sunday, August 9

This modern “Romeo and Juliet” tale is set in New York’s Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area’s slums are plagued by racial tensions between two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite warnings from Bernardo’s fiery girlfriend, Anita (Rita Moreno), Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets. But when Tony tries to stop a rumble between the gangs, tragedy ensues, marking their dedicated love affair with violence and desperation. A landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim help round out one of the most popular musicals of all time, which earned 10 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. 2h 32m/Not Rated/Musical Drama

 

Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall will lead a short discussion of WEST SIDE STORY immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

 

GOODFELLAS (1990)

3 p.m. Sunday, August 16

Martin Scorsese’s GOODFELLAS is the wry, violent story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), an aspiring criminal who ends up in witness protection after testifying against his former partners, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci). As a poor Irish-Italian growing up in 1950s New York City, Hill rises through the ranks of Brooklyn’s organized crime branch and lives the good life, complete with a beautiful bride (Lorraine Bracco), a fancy house, and the best seats at the most exclusive restaurants. But when a botched robbery lands Henry in prison and leaves Jimmy and Tommy to kill off everyone else involved, Henry’s reckless infidelities and drug abuse damage his association with his adopted Mob “family.” 2h 26m/Rated R/Crime Drama


Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion of GOODFELLAS immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

This show is sponsored J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.

 

CASABLANCA (1942)

7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, August 22-23

Nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Torn between “love and virtue” and with the Germans on his tail, Rick must choose between his feelings for Ilsa and helping Laszlo escape the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis. 1h 42m/Rated PG/Drama

 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)

3 p.m. Sunday, August 30

At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom (Lon Chaney) threatens famous lyric singer Carlotta (Virginia Pearson), forcing her to give up playing “Marguerite” in Faust and turn the coveted role over to young, unknown soprano Christine Daae (Mary Philbin). But when Christine meets the disfigured, masked phantom in the catacombs of the theatre, his true motives become clear. 1h 33m/Not Rated/Silent Horror

This silent film will be accompanied live by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Steven Ball on Tampa Theatre’s original 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

TICKETS FOR THE SUMMER CLASSICS MOVIE SERIES: $10 for adults and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members. Admission for the silent film THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with live accompaniment and Sing-Along THE SOUND OF MUSIC is $12 for adults and $10 for children, seniors, military and Members. Tickets are available at the Box Office or online at TampaTheatre.org ($2 convenience fee applies).

Tampa Theatre Announces Family Favorites Series Lineup, Including Sing-Along FROZEN

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Tampa Theatre has been a favorite destination for Bay-area moviegoers for generations. Starting next month, the next generation of young fans will get the chance to see some of their parents’ most beloved childhood films on the big screen, thanks to the return of the popular Family Favorites classic movie series, presented by Bank of America.

 

The Theatre also hopes that offering a discounted kids’ ticket price for this series – $8 for ages 12 and younger – will appeal to families looking for an affordable weekend outing in downtown Tampa. Adult tickets are $10.

 

“This is the only classic movie series for which we offer a child’s price,” says Jill Witecki, the Theatre’s Director of Marketing. “We want to send a message to Tampa’s parents that we hope they’ll bring the whole family out on a Sunday afternoon for the Family Favorites. While many of our summer and holiday classic offerings are family-friendly, this series is truly family-targeted.”


The line-up for this year’s Family Favorites classic movie series is:

MATILDA (1996)

3:00pm Sunday, March 22

When a young girl (Mara Wilson) with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge overcomes her parents’ disapproval and forms a lasting bond with her sensitive teacher, Miss Honey (Embeth Davidtz), she ultimately discovers her own magical abilities. MATILDA was adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl and directed by Danny De Vito, who also stars as Matilda’s obtuse father, Mr. Wormwood. 1h 42m/Rated PG/Comedy

BIG (1988)

3:00pm Sunday, March 29

A boy asks a mechanical swami at the local fair to make him a grown up, never expecting the magical wish to be granted! Luckily, his best friend recognizes his adult form and helps him get a job at a toy factory, where his fresh, uncomplicated innocence wins the president’s respect, his colleagues’ envy and a beautiful woman’s love. The classic coming-of-age story earned Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for Tom Hanks.  1h 44m/Rated PG/Comedy

SHREK (2001)

3:00pm Sunday, April 5

Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome ogre living in isolation in his cozy little swamp. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) turns Shrek’s swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters, Shrek’s quiet, introverted life is ruined. Joined by the talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek makes his way to Farquaad’s kingdom, where the Lord promises to rid Shrek’s land of the unwanted visitors if Shrek will go on a quest to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from a dragon-guarded castle and convince her to marry Farquaad.  1h 30m/Rated PG/Animated Adventure

 

THE GOONIES (1985)

3:00pm Sunday, April 12

When Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brand (Josh Brolin) learn that greedy developers are forcing their family to move, they and the brothers and their friends decide to have one last, precious adventure together. With the help of a treasure map they discover in the attic, the group – who call themselves the Goonies – go in search of buried gold in hopes that that if they find it, Mikey and Brand will succeed in keeping their home.  1h 44m/Rated PG/Adventure

HOOK (1991)

3:00pm Sunday, April 19

With the late Robin Williams as Peter Pan, director Steven Spielberg brings J.M. Barrie’s timeless tale to life with a delightfully modernized twist:  Forty-year-old Peter has grown up to be a workaholic lawyer with more affection for his cell phone than his family. But when Peter’s son and daughter are kidnapped by the villainous Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), Peter’s faithful pal Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) helps him return to Neverland, where the Lost Boys try to get him in shape for his fight with Hook. Bob Hoskins costars as Hook’s right-hand man, Smee, and Gwyneth Paltrow – in her first film role – plays the young Wendy.  2h 24m/Rated PG/Adventure

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

3:00pm Sunday, April 26

A young boy, Elliott (Henry Thomas), finds an alien mistakenly left behind on Earth and hides the creature in his home. Both of their worlds are changed forever as E.T. teaches Elliott and his siblings (Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton) – whose parents have recently separated – about caring and love. But as Elliott tries to protect his new intergalactic pal from the malevolent world of grown-ups, the two begin to share an unspoken bond that will threaten both their lives unless Elliott can get E.T. back to his home planet.  1h 55m/Rated PG/Sci-Fi

 

Sing-Along FROZEN (2013)

3:00pm Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3

After the kingdom of Arendelle is accidentally cast into eternal winter by the newly crowned Snow Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), her energetic sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with the rough-hewn mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his trusty reindeer Sven and Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad) to break the icy spell. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale The Snow Queen, these special screenings of Walt Disney’s animated smash hit invite families to sing along with the lyrics on the screen, play along with the interactive props provided and dress in their favorite FROZEN fashions for a costume parade on-stage before the show.  1h 42m/Rated PG/Animated Fantasy

 

Tickets for the Family Favorites classic movie series are $10 for adults and $8 for kids ages 2-12 and Tampa Theatre Members, available at the Box Office or online at www.TampaTheatre.org ($2 convenience fee applies). Tickets for Sing-Along FROZEN are $12 for adults and $10 for kids, and include a bag of interactive props to use during the movie.

 

The series is presented by Bank of America, with media sponsorship by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine and WEDU-PBS

Tampa Theatre to Showcase OSCAR-Nominated Animated and Live Action Short Films starting Friday, Feb. 13

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary of bringing the wildly popular OSCAR® Nominated Short Films program to theaters across the globe, ShortsHD™ is once again giving viewers an opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22nd.

Tampa Theatre will present alternating screenings of the Animated and Live Action programs Friday, Feb. 13, and Sunday-Thursday, Feb. 15-19:

·         Friday, Feb. 13             7:30 p.m.          ANIMATED Short Films program

·         Sunday, Feb. 15           6 p.m.              LIVE ACTION Short Films program

·         Monday, Feb. 16         5:15 p.m.          ANIMATED Short Films program

7:30 p.m.          LIVE ACTION Short Films program

·         Tuesday, Feb. 17          7:30 p.m.          ANIMATED Short Films program

·         Wednesday, Feb. 18    7:30 p.m.          LIVE ACTION Short Films program

·         Thursday, Feb. 19         7:30 p.m.          ANIMATED Short Films program

ANIMATED Short Films program

•        Me and My Moulton: One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. ME AND MY MOULTON provides a glimpse into its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with the sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal.” 14m/Canada

•        Feast: A new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (Head of Animation, “PAPERMAN”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, FEAST is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. 6m/USA

•        The Bigger Picture: “You want to put her in a home, you tell her, Tell her now!” hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won’t go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative, life-sized animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent. 7 minutes/UK

•        A Single Life: When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life. 2m/The Netherlands

•        The Dam Keeper: Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is due solely to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change. 18m/USA

Highly commended additional animated shorts:

•        Sweet Cocoon: A caterpillar about to undergo her metamorphosis finds her cocoon is much too small to squeeze into. Two helpful insects come to her aid. 6m/France

•        Footprints: A gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at a surprising revelation. 4m/USA

•        Duet: Mia and Tosh’s individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet. 4m/USA

•        Bus Story: Our protagonist dreams of becoming a bus driver in order to cruise down quiet country lanes and connect with nature, her young charges and their parents. But her idyllic view of her new job is sorely tested after she meets her surly boss, “Killer,” and discovers that winding roads can prove treacherous in winter, especially with a faulty clutch. 11m/Canada

1h 17m/Not Rated/Appropriate for children ages 8 and older

LIVE ACTION Short Films program

·         Parvaneh: A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily. 25m/Switzerland

·         Boogaloo and Graham: Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family. 14m/UK

·         Aya: Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong. 39m/Israel & France

·         The Phone Call: The story follows Heather, (played by OSCAR® nominee Sally Hawkins), a shy lady who works at a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent), she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever. 21m/UK

·         Butter Lamp: A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds. 15m/France & China

1h 57m/Not Rated/Appropriate for children ages 13 and older

Tickets for either program are $11 for adults and $9 for Tampa Theatre Members, seniors and military members at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, or online at www.TampaTheatre.org