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I Origins

USA | 2014 | 113 minutes | Mike Cahill

May 24 | Saturday Night Film and Party

An existential, metaphysical science fiction drama about a molecular biologist studying human eye evolution, his first-year lab partner, and his mysterious, free-spirited lover. A bold followup to the stunning 2012 Another Earth.

The Internet’s Own Boy

USA | 2014 | 105 minutes | Brian Knappenberger

A moving memorial to programming prodigy, information activist, and Reddit founder Aaron Swartz, who championed open sourcing and social justice but ended his life in 2013.

Land of the Bears 3D

France | 2014 | 90 minutes | Guillaume Vincent

Brown bears share the screen with the breathtaking vistas of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Guillaume Vincent’s exceptional new documentary.

Mirage Men

United Kingdom | 2013 | 85 minutes | John Lundberg, Roland Denning, Kypros Kyprianou, Mark Pilkington

This mind-scrambling documentary suggests that popular myths about the existence of UFOs in Roswell originated from U.S. government disinformation campaigns. Conspiracy theorists square off with former counter-intelligence officers to analyze who was being distracted—and from what.

Oil & Water

USA | 2014 | 78 minutes | Laurel Spellman Smith, Francine Strickwerda

Two teenagers, David and Hugo, meet by chance on a canoe ride in the Amazon. This documentary follows their lives as David begins a fair-trade certification system for oil production companies to help with the oil-waste problem in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while Hugo gets an American education that will allow him to return to his homelands as a leader.

Once Upon a Forest

France | 2013 | 79 minutes | Luc Jacquet

In this visually spectacular journey from the director of March of the Penguins, we travel with ecologist/botanist Francis Hallé in the Amazon rainforest canopy as he chronicles the wonders of photosynthesis and animal life.

Patema Inverted

Japan | 2013 | 99 minutes | Yasuhiro Yoshiura

A dazzling, emotionally complex science fiction romance about Patema and Age, two teens who live in the same world but on opposite gravitational pulls.

The Search for General Tso

USA | 2014 | 73 minutes | Ian Cheney

The producers of King Corn quest after the origins of the ubiquitous dish General Tso’s Chicken, with enlightening and delicious results. The brisk and appetizing culinary detective story uncovers the history of Chinese food in America, as well as a tale of immigration, adaptation, and innovation.

Seeds of Time

USA | 2013 | 77 minutes | Sandy McLeod

The compelling and timely debut feature from Sandy McLeod is, in her words, “about someone who saw a disaster in the making and was able to do something about it.” That someone is crop diversity pioneer and conservationist Cary Fowler, who received funding from the Gates Foundation and others to found the first-ever Global Seed Vault.

Serenity

USA | 2005 | 119 minutes | Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon’s 2005 science fiction adventure, a continuation of his short-lived television show “Firefly,” finds Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew of transport ship Serenity on the run from a deadly assassin.

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