Garden Cinemas screening pair of documentaries

  • The Garden Cinemas in Greenfield. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Report
Published: 2/10/2020 5:15:08 PM

GREENFIELD — The Garden Cinema is screening two documentary films that represent opposite ends of the political spectrum from Feb. 21 to Feb. 28.

The first documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” opened nationally Jan. 31, in time for Black History Month, but has not played in any New England theater. The second, “After Parkland,” is opening in more than 100 theaters including the Garden Cinemas on Wednesday as part of a National Day of Action to commemorate the second anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. However, according to a Garden Cinemas press release, the Garden is one of few theaters that will give an entire week run for those who cannot make the initial Wednesday screening.

Garden Cinemas owners Isaac and Angela Mass are offering an opportunity for people to watch both movies so they will have an idea of the lens through which people who don’t agree with them might see the world.

“The response to these diverse documentaries will be a measure of community interest in documentaries as a whole,” Isaac Mass said.

“Created Equal” takes the viewer through Judge Clarence Thomas’ complex and often painful life, dealing with race, faith, power, jurisprudence and personal resilience. After a brief introduction, the documentary proceeds chronologically, combining Thomas’ first-person account with historical archive material, period and original music, personal photos and recreations.

“After Parkland,” a verité documentary by filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman and producer Stephanie Wash, tells the intimate and moving story of families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School navigating their way through grief, and searching for new meaning after the Parkland shooting that left 17 dead.

On the Garden Cinemas’ regular “Five Dollar Tuesday,” both films can be seen for $10, the press release states.

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