The Arts Array Film Series presented by Virginia Highlands Community College opens the Spring 2016 Film Series Jan. 25 and 26 with a performance from Carey Mulligan in "Suffragette." All films are presented at the Abingdon Cinemall on Mondays and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and again at 7:30 pm.
The year's schedule is as follows:
• JAN. 25 & 26: "Suffragette" is a drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state.
• FEB. 1 & 2: "Trumbo" dramatizes Hollywood's actions during the McCarthy era. In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. "Trumbo" recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards.
• FEB. 8 & 9: "Pawn Sacrifice" is a gripping story set during the height of the Cold War. American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire.
• FEB. 15 & 16: "Room" tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe.
• FEB. 22 & 23: "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon" features rare and never before seen footage, this is the mind boggling story of The National Lampoon from its subversive and electrifying beginnings, to rebirth as an unlikely Hollywood heavyweight.
• FEB. 29 and MARCH 1: "Animal House" is an outrageous comedy that captures the story of a group of B-level frat boys who must fight for their existence as a fraternity at Faber College in the face of the prestigious Omegas.
• MARCH 14 & 15: "What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy" shows three men traveling together across Europe. For two of them, the journey involves a confrontation with the acts of their fathers, who were both senior Nazi officers.
• MARCH 21 & 22: "The Danish Girl" tells the tale of Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, who painted her own husband, Einar Wegener as a lady. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into that of a female.
• MARCH 28 & 29: "In the Heart of the Sea" is on screen. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will and an almost human sense of vengeance.
• APRIL 4 & 5: "Macbeth," a loyal subject of the realm, is told by three witches that he will one day hold the crown, which moves Macbeth to take devious steps to secure that position.
• APRIL 11 & 12: "Paulette" lives alone in a housing project in the Paris suburbs. With her pension, she can no longer make ends meet. One evening, outside her building, Paulette sees the sign of destiny.
• APRIL 18 & 19: "Hitchcock/Truffaut" is shown. Kent Jones brings "the bible of cinema" to invigorating life. He interviews filmmakers whose work has been profoundly influenced by Hitchcock.
Admission to the films is free for the faculty/staff members and students at the supporting institutions. Members of the general community may attend for $7.75.