John Sayles and Maggie Renzi will talk about life, art and “City of Hope” at Images Cinema


100th Anniversary Series continues
John Sayles and Maggie Renzi at Images Cinema

Images Cinema will present an evening with independent filmmaking stalwarts John Sayles and Maggie Renzi (Brother From Another Planet, Lone Star, Matewan) on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7pm. The evening will begin with an onstage conversation with them about their life and work, followed by a screening of their classic film City of Hope (1991). This event is presented as part of 100 Years of Images, Images Cinema’s centennial celebration happening throughout 2016. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA.

Sayles and Renzi have been creative partners, in life and in art, since the early seventies, after meeting at Williams College. (He’s class of ’72; she’s ’73.) Throughout their career, their films have epitomized the best qualities of American independent cinema: intelligent filmmaking, impactful stories and memorable characters.

Following the conversation about their life and work will be a screening of a digitally remastered City of Hope, Sayles and Renzi’s award-winning look at the personal cost of politics in a great American city, which is celebrating its own twenty-fifth anniversary in 2016.


Join us in 2016 as we celebrate 100 years of cinema at 50 Spring Street with a yearlong series of film screenings and events.In November 1916, Hiram C. Walden converted a former Williams College fraternity house into a movie theater, promising to screen only “high class” fare. One hundred years later, movies are still screening at 50 Spring Street.

Throughout 2016, we will commemorate the history of Images and the history of film itself as we countdown through the decades, revisiting favorite films from the golden age of Hollywood, the New Hollywood of the Seventies, the independent movement of the Eighties and Nineties to today. The year will culminate in a performance of a silent film with live music on November 30, 2016—marking 100 years to the day since the first film was screened.


Starring: Joe Morton, Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn
Rated R; 2 hours 12 minutes

“City of Hope is a powerful film, and an angry one. It asks a hard question: Is it possible for a good person to prevail in a corrupt system?” – Roger Ebert

John Sayles’s richly layered City of Hope interweaves separate stories into a gritty portrait of the spiderweb of political deal making and duplicity that controls the economic fortunes of an American city. The mayor is eager to erect condominiums that will displace low-income families in apartments owned by builder Joe Rinaldi. Joe’s son, Nick, struggles to resolve conflicted feelings about his father and become his own person. Wynn, the only black man on the city council, tries to fight for his constituents but faces opposition from black leaders who see him as colluding with the establishment. And sleazy opportunist Carl, played by Sayles himself, exploits every angle for his own gain.

These vividly etched characters and others connect and collide as Sayles’s camera prowls the dark city streets. This is an angry film that asks hard questions without providing easy answers; a film about compassion, hope and the small possibility of reform that exists within a rigged system.

The 100 Years of Images series will continue through November 2016.

Coming next: Wednesday, May 11 — Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989), presenting in cooperation with Williams College’s Davis Center.

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