December Films at Manship Theatre 2015

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM–4:30 PM

100 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Event Information

December Films at Manship Theatre 2015


November 29th and December 1st at 2pm

HAMLET re-broadcast from National Theatre London


Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. 

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre will broadcast this eagerly awaited production to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.


December 1st at 7pm

Southern Indie Film Series presents LOUISIANA SHORTS


Local filmmaker Zack Godshall will host a monthly screening of locally-made films that avoid the Hollywood stereotypes of Louisiana, and in some cases confront exploitation head on.


December will feature 5 great short films made in and about Louisiana featuring live interviews and Q&A with the producers and filmmakers.


Film #1


Academy Award Winner!
Film Length: 15 Minutes
Directed by William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
Written by William Joyce
Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, "Morris Lessmore" is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor


Film #2


Film Length: 25 Minutes
Directed by Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Written by Benh Zeitlin
Starring Geremy Jasper, Henry D. Coleman, and Chloe Tillis
A group of mourners and a man spat from the depths of Hades build a boat from the debris of New Orleans to rescue their lost loved ones trapped beneath the sea.


Film #3


A film by Arnold Eagle

This very rare film began when in 1948, Robert Flaherty was working on "The Louisiana Story." He was searching for a small boat, or "pirogue" for his young hero. Flaherty soon became aware that pirogue-making was a disappearing art. Finally, when he found Ebdon Allemon, a Cajun craftsman, he persuaded him to make the pirogue.


Film #4


directed by Charles Richard


Film #5


directed by Zack Godshall


December 5th at 2pm

Bikes vs Cars

not rated – 90 mins


Director: Fredrik Gertten


New Release Documentary

The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it?


December 5th at 6pm

Dukhtar (2015)

not rated – 93 mins


Director: Afia Nathaniel

Writer: Afia Nathaniel

Stars: Samiya Mumtaz, Mohib Mirza, Saleha Aref |


2015 Foreign Oscar submission from Pakistan

In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her ten-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl's marriage to a tribal leader. A deadly hunt for them begins.


December 11th at 7:30pm

Spoof Night! with GREMLINS


The Family Dinner Comedy Troupe celebrates every single person in the world's favorite Christmas film GREMLINS!  What better way to get in the mood (holiday mood, not the other mood) than to get a little drunky and watch the guys poke fun (respectfully) at this early 80's cult delight.


December 16th at 7:30pm

The Film Lounge with Capital City Grill presents MIRACLE ON 34th STREET

Rated: G - 96 Minutes


The Film Lounge:

This fresh event will feature cozy furniture, cabaret tables, full bar, and servers cocktailing food and drinks directly to your seat. Capital City Grill Downtown has created a full menu specifically for these events, with Denicola's Upholstery supplying all the fun furniture. Screenings will include the latest Independent and Foreign Film, as well as Classics from all Genres. Admission is cheap and the food/drink specials will be plentiful.


Directed by George Seaton

Written by George Seaton

Starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne


In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain's main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.


December 20th at 2pm

The Muppet Christmas Carol
Rated G - 85 Minutes


Directed by Brian Henson
Written by Charles Dickens, Jerry Juhl
Starring Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.


December 20th at 4:30pm

Rated PG - 97 min


Directed by Jon Favreau
Written by David Berenbaum
Starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Bob Newhart

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.