post-colonial ‘utopian’ Cuba; 1958 Rhode Island

Films about Cuba, Newport Jazz coming to Strand Virtual Cinema

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:00am

    While its physical doors are temporarily closed, the Strand Theatre continues to offer a weekly schedule of films that viewers can watch through online streaming platforms. By purchasing a “virtual ticket,” movie fans can still see the films that would have shown at the theater.

    Ticket proceeds are split between the Strand and the movie distribution company, so a viewer’s purchase is a simple and direct way to provide much-needed support for the theater, according to the Strand, in a news release.


    Showing on September 4 - 10 are Epicentro and Jazz on a Summer’s Day.


    Epicentro (2020)

    From filmmaker Hubert Sauper – director of Sundance winner of We Come as Friends and the Oscar-nominated Darwin’s Nightmare – comes this immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, "utopian" Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates. This “Big Bang” ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda.

    In his latest film, Sauper explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana – who he calls "young prophets" – to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself.

    The film is not rated. Running time: 1 hour, 49 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.


    Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959)

    Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer’s Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a rendition of The Lord's Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning.

    “The film has been beautifully and extensively restored,” said Strand.

    The film is not rated. Running time: 1 hour, 25 min.


    Virtual tickets cost $12, and will be available on the Strand Theatre website during the film’s screening dates. Once viewers have purchased a ticket, they will have several days in which to watch the film.


    For more information, visit, email:, or call (207) 594-0070. Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841