Directors & Their Craft: MEL BROOKS

This series is an exploration into the art form of film making. Red River Theatres will focus on one director each month, presenting two works which are meant to widen the viewer’s perspective. Our APRIL  Director is MEL BROOKS. A discussion hosted Barry Steelman will follow each film.

APRIL 22 - THE PRODUCERS (PG/1968/88 min.)
Down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his nebbish accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) are plotting to make a fortune by staging a musical which is guaranteed to flop. And they’ve discovered just the right vehicle: “Springtime For Hitler.” Mel Brooks’ directorial debut parades into sensitive areas quite humorously with near brilliant work from Mostel and Wilder–ably supported by Kenneth Mars and Dick Shawn. FYI: Brooks won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and 33 years later he helped turn THE PRODUCERS into a successful Broadway musical.

APRIL 24 - BLAZING SADDLES (R/1974/93 min.)
A sophisticated black railroad laborer is recruited to become the sheriff of Rock Ridge—in a flagrant attempt by villainous forces to drive the totally white residents (most of whom are named Johnson) out of town. Writer/director/co-star Mel Brooks has fashioned (with writers Andrew Bergman and Richard Pryor) an outrageous burlesque of Western movies. An endless barrage of jokes and politically incorrect situations are hilariously rendered by inspired performers: Clevon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman (as Hedy, no, that’s Hedley Lamarr), Madeline Kahn and Slim Pickens.

These screenings are supported by:


Tues. April 22 & Thurs. April 24 @6PM

Crossroads International Film & Discussion Series: THE SQUARE
Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire
The Square

(NR) 2013,  95 MINS


The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. This film is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.

Post-film panel discussion

Sponsored by the Mayer Foundation


Tues, April 29 @ 7PM     Free & Open to the Public! You are encouraged to RESERVE your seat!


Presented by the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire


2013, 91 MINS


“In NH, nearly 1 out of 4 women will be the victim of sexual assault. Most of these cases never make it to the courtroom, of those that do, only 13 % are convicted or take a plea.”

–Jill Rockey, Executive Director, Crisis Center of Central NH

To help raise awareness of the issues of sexual violence in Merrimack County, we invite you to this inspiring, compelling, insightful and educational film focused on the issues of sexual violence.

Miss Israel Linor Abargil was abducted, stabbed, and raped in Milan, Italy, at age 18. She had to represent her country in the Miss World competition only six weeks later. When to her shock she was crowned the winner, she vowed to do something about rape. The film follows her from the rape, to her crowning and through her crusade to fight for justice and break the silence. During her travels to speak out and meet with other rape victims, her own trauma begins to resurface. Her serial rapist becomes eligible for parole, and she has to hunt down his previous victims in order to help keep him behind bars. The film explores the trauma of sexual assault through one young woman’s journey from teenage rape victim to Miss World to empowered lawyer and activist.

Stay for a post-film discussion!
Jill Rockey, Executive Director, Crisis Center of Center NH
Julie Curtain, Detective, Concord Police Department

Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire:
The Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire, formerly The Rape and Domestic Violence Crisis Center, has been serving Merrimack County since 1978.  As a nonprofit, we provide services to victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, stalking and child abuse.  The mission of our organization is to empower individuals to make positive changes in their lives. Services are available to everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, income or physical abilities.  Advocates can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free and confidential services. 

Wed. April 30, @ 6:30PM

Presented by Granite United Way



Directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (Taxicab Confessions, The Defenders) AMERICAN WINTER is a documentary feature film that follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the economy as it is playing out in the lives of American families, and highlights the human impact of budget cuts to social services, a shrinking middle class, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

Special post-film discussion!

APRIL 30 @ 6:00






Throughout the sixty-minute performance, audiences experience sleight of hand, con games, psychology, history, science, comedy, cognitive development, political spin, and more through the eyes of a self-proclaimed “perceptual engineer” on his quest to explore distortion and guile.

Designed for intimate spaces, Discovering Magic provides the rare opportunity to sit “onstage” with the performer and experience miracles up close. Audiences are ensured the closest vantage point yet they will be unable to believe their eyes. Members actively participate in the performance, making every show a unique, interactive experience. This is your invitation to leave the mundane world behind and enter a magical realm where nothing is what it seems.

Andrew Pinard has been a full-time performer and theatre artist for over twenty-five years. He has presented thousands of performances throughout the northeastern United States as well as internationally in Montreal, London, Switzerland, and Italy. Andrew has been recognized by his peers as one of the finest close-up performers throughout the Northeast and took the top honors in the 18th Annual New England Magic Competition. Andrew was selected twice as Editors’ Choice for Best Magical Entertainer in “The Very Best of New Hampshire” issues of New Hampshire Magazine.

Tickets: $15


APRIL 9 @ 8:00 PM