BIG ARTS ushers in another fabulous year of cinematic jewels with foreign films, documentaries and "edgy" independent films found nowhere else. This year also features a special director's series featuring the work of William Wyler.

Stay tuned at for all the latest updates, full synopsis of each film, the viewing location, dates and times. And, don't miss the exciting 20th Anniversary film series special event January 23!

Series Sponsor:
June Rosner and Russ Bilgore

Stan & Visnja Gembicki, Hyde Tucker, and Penny Wilkinson

Monday Night Films

Monday Night Films are at BIG ARTS Schein Hall at 7 p.m. and will run every Monday from October through April... browse our full season of great films! Please call 239-395-0900 for ticket information for Monday Night Films or visit the Master Calendar for schedule, where ticket information can also be found.

Edgy, Thought-provoking Works

Edgy, Thought-Provoking Films will be screened at Island Cinema, 535 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel. 

Son of Saul
Son of Saul (2015)
November 23

Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. Trailer click here

A War
A War (2015)
November 30

Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. Trailer click here

The Hunting Ground
The Hunting Ground (2015)
December 7

From the makers of The Invisible War comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Trailer click here

The Look of Silence
The Look of Silence (2014)
December 14

An Indonesian man with a communist background killed when the "Communist" purge occurred in 1965. After that, his remaining family members lived in fear and silence. His brother visits the suspected killers and their companions at the present time as an eye-examiner. These meetings uncover the details of the killings, which possibly will give them the answer from the questions about the real executor and the killing process. Trailer click here

Award-winning Documentaries

Award-Winning Documentaries will be screened at Island Cinema, 535 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel. 

Wolfpack (2015)
March 1

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers decides to revisit the outside world and everything changes. Trailer click here

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)
March 8

Art Addict is a feature documentary about the life of art icon Peggy Guggenheim, based on her sole authorized biography. Trailer click here

Janis: Little Girl Blue
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
March 15

Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators. Trailer click here

The Jewish Cardinal (2013)
March 22

The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Trailer click here

Director's Series

Director's Series films will be screened at Island Cinema, 535 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel. 

The Little Foxes
The Little Foxes (1941)
March 29

The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. Trailer click here

Mrs. Miniver
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
April 5

The Minivers, an English "middle-class" family experience life in the first months of World War II. While dodging bombs, the Minivers' son courts Lady Beldon's granddaughter.

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The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
April 12

The story concentrates on the social re-adjustment of three World War II servicemen, each from a different station of society. Each of the veterans faces a crisis upon his arrival, and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home. Trailer click here

How to Steal a Million
How to Steal a Million (1966)
April 19

Nicole's father, a legendary art collector, lends his prized Cellini Venus to a prestigious Paris museum. Unfortunately, the Venus was *not* sculpted by Cellini but by Nicole's grandfather. Trailer click here