The bold, ambitious local screening series that is Cultivate Cinema Circle will celebrate its first birthday in June. As that anniversary draws near, the film series is ready to unleash a spring season full of highlights, including Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” and Dziga Vertov’s silent stunner “Man with a Movie Camera.”

The spring lineup starts  with the documentary “A Film About a Coffee,” Brandon Loper’s unique look at specialty coffee, at 1 p.m. April 16 in Central Library’s Mason O. Damon Auditorium. It is free. Following the movie, there will be a post-screening "coffee cupping" at Public Espresso (Hotel @ Lafayette, 391 Washington St.).

“Lo and Behold” is described by Magnolia Pictures as a “playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting online lives.” The newest film from the director of “Grizzly Man” makes its Buffalo premiere at 7 p.m. June 13 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). Admission is $9.50.

“Man With a Movie Camera,” Vertov’s essential experimental film, screens at 1 p.m. May 21 at the Mason O. Damon Auditorium at Buffalo Central Library (1 Lafayette Square). It is free.

Also in the series:

  • Mark Cousins’ “I Am Belfast” at 9:30 p.m. April 28 at the North Park; $9.50 at the door.
  • Jenni Olson’s “The Royal Road” at 7 p.m. May 26 at Dreamland Studio & Gallery (387 Franklin St.); free but $5 donation suggested.
  • Cousins’ “Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise” at 8 p.m. June 8 at Burning Books (420 Connecticut St.); free.
  • Jan Ole Gerster’s “A Coffee In Berlin” at 1 p.m. June 25 at the Central Library’s Mason O. Damon Auditorium; free.

Be sure to keep checking for updates on an additional Cultivate screening, Jacques Demy’s “The Young Girls of Rochefort.” Demy’s stunning follow-up to “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” is scheduled for a to-be-determined date at the North Park. Also visit the website for full bios, trailers, and ticket info.

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