Film Screening and Discussion: 'No Letting Go'

Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. - No Letting Go (2015) Starring Cheryl Allison, Richard Burgi, and David Schallip; NR; 144 minutes. Following the screening of the film, there will be a Q&A with producer/writer Randi Silverman.

No Letting Go, based on a true story, is a feature drama that follows one family’s journey to understand and to cope with the erratic behavior and emotional instability of their middle son, Tim. The family’s world starts to unravel as they discover that their son’s increasing fragility is due to mental illness. No Letting Go is a powerful film that gives voice to millions of families who suffer alone and in silence. This poignant film honestly depicts the potentially devastating impacts of mental health disorders, which affect 1 in 5 children in the United States every year.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

About the presenter
Randi Silverman is the Executive Producer and Co-Screenwriter of No Letting Go. She has lead community-based awareness campaigns and support groups on the issue of child and adolescent mental health. As the mother of a child with a mental health disorder, she has experienced first-hand what it is to bring a family of three children through this challenge.

Randi is the co-Founder and Director of Parent-to-Parent Support Group, a support network for parents raising children with issues of anxiety, depression and/or mood disorder. Parent-to-Parent has served over 400 families in the New York City Tri-State Area since 2011. Earlier community work includes serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of Byram Hills C.H.I.L.D., a committee of the local Parent Teacher Association supporting families with children of various abilities, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Rosenthal JCC (Pleasantville, NY) as Chair of their Special Needs Department. A former practicing attorney, Randi helps parents advocate for the educational needs of children of all abilities.

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Community Fund of Darien and Laurel House.

Film Screening: 'Chasing Ice'

Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. - Chasing Ice (2012) Starring James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos; Rated PG-13; 75 minutes.

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this film with the Darien Land Trust, the Garden Club of Darien, and the Darien Nature Center.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Lady in The Van'

Friday, May 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Lady In The Van (2015) Starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Alan Bennett, James Corden, Frances De La Tour, Dominic Cooper; Rated PG-13; 104 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway for the next 15 years.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - 'Burnt'

Friday, May 13th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Burnt (2015) Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Lily James, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl; Rated R; 100 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), a young chef who was once a rising star in the restaurant world, is recovering from a drug addiction that had decimated his promising career. After getting clean he heads to London to take the helm of a top restaurant and is determined to earn it three Michelin stars.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Wednesday Matinee - 'Greenfingers'

Wednesday May 18th at 1:30 P.M. Greenfingers (2001) Starring Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Natasha Little, David Kelly, Warren Clarke , Danny Dyer Rated R; 100 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.


When Colin Briggs is placed in an experimental program to finish off his prison sentence, all he wants is peace and quiet. After his wise, elderly roommate Fergus introduces him to gardening, Colin uncovers a talent and passion for plants. Teaming up with his fellow inmates, Colin gets the attention of celebrated gardener Georgina Woodhouse. Soon, the unexpected gardeners are preparing to compete for the Hampton Court Flower Show. When Colin meets Georgina's beautiful daughter Primrose, he discovers another reason to fight for his freedom: true love

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - 'East Side Sushi'

Friday, May 20th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - East Side Sushi (2014) Starring Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Rodrigo Duarte Clark, Kaya Jade Aguirre, Roji Oyama ; Rated PG; 107 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.


Single mom Juana can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the 'wrong' race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - 'The Finest Hours'

Friday, May 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Finest Hours- (2016) Starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Josh Stewart, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger; Rated P-13; 117 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

This docudrama depicts the incredible true story of a daring Coast Guard rescue operation off of Cape Cod during a ferocious storm in the winter of 1952. When an oil tanker splits in half, trapping its crew aboard the sinking vessel, four brave Guardsmen set out to save them.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

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