Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (2013) Directed by Madeleine Sackler
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (2013) Directed by Madeleine Sackler

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (2013) Directed by Madeleine Sackler 

Cinema at the Center: The Belarus Free Theater - Artivism vs. Activism

Co-presented by the Contemporary Arts Center in junction with This Time Tomorrow


Doors 6:15 PM / Start 6:45 PM @ CAC (44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

The Belarus Free Theatre was established in a spirit of opposition to the country's president. When a number of democratic challengers arose in the presidential elections of 2010, the rigged vote returned President Lukashenko to his reign, and a younger generation of people in Belarus became angrily aware that they had known nothing other than a culture of censorship and fear. Opposition candidates were imprisoned, their families intimidated, demonstrations were crushed; this documentary shows how in the year that followed, a theatrical company orchestrated their response. (76 min)

Presented by Drew Klein and Valentine Umansky, CAC

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Hyper-muscularity & Femininity on Film; A Screening of Media Portrayals of Women Bodybuilders from the 1980s and 1990s aka The Most Awesome Female Muscle Celebration In The World
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Hyper-muscularity & Femininity on Film; A Screening of Media Portrayals of Women Bodybuilders from the 1980s and 1990s aka The Most Awesome Female Muscle Celebration In The World

 Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hyper-muscularity & Femininity on Film; A Screening of Media Portrayals of Women Bodybuilders from the 1980s and 1990s aka The Most Awesome Female Muscle Celebration In The World

Curated by Rachel Rampleman

Co-presented with the Weston Art Gallery

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.



This selection of obscure and riveting clips was culled from Women's Physique World's extensive documentary archive of 80s-90s women's bodybuilding competitions and post-competition interviews (as well as curious staged encounters with the women in hotel rooms wearing only wigs, bikinis, and pumps - and clips from the afore mentioned 1995 NYC celebration), and the movie Pumping Iron II: The Women, a 1985 "documentary" about female bodybuilding which focuses on several women as they prepare for and compete in the 1983 Caesars World Cup, and addresses the (still ongoing in 2019) argument of how much muscle is too much muscle when it comes to judging professional women bodybuilders - which has never been an issue in the men's competitions. (80 min)



In conjunction with Rachel Rampleman’s Oh! You Pretty Things exhibition on view at The Weston Art Gallery April 19 - June 16, 2019.


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Pumping Iron (1976)  Directed by George Butler & Robert Fiore
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Pumping Iron (1976) Directed by George Butler & Robert Fiore

 Thursday, April 25, 2019

Pumping Iron (1976) 

Directed by George Butler & Robert Fiore


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Groundbreaking docudrama, Pumping Iron, provides a compelling portrayal of the bodybuilding industry in the mid-1970. As the film’s central figures prepare themselves for the 1975 Mr. Olympia competition in Pretoria, South Africa, a spotlight is shined on this rather niche sport. World-famous, five-time Mr. Olympia champion, “the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger” is at the forefront of the film. Contestants compete in a tight-knit community, simultaneously supporting and taunting one another in a battle to be the best, to stand at the top of the number-one platform. (85 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Rio Bravo (1959) Directed by Howard Hawks
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Rio Bravo (1959) Directed by Howard Hawks

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

Rio Bravo (1959) Directed by Howard Hawks

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Tickets: $25 - https://riobravo60th.eventbrite.com

Drinks/Snacks by Longfellow

Poster by Peter Van Hyning

The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our April program presents Rio Bravo, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019. 

When gunslinger Joe Burdette (Claude Akins) kills a man in a saloon, Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) arrests him with the aid of the town drunk, Dude (Dean Martin). Before long, Burdette's brother, Nathan (John Russell), comes around, indicating that he's prepared to bust his brother out of jail if necessary. Chance decides to make a stand until reinforcements arrive, enlisting Dude, an old cripple named Stumpy (Walter Brennan) and baby-faced cowboy Colorado Ryan (Ricky Nelson) to help. (141 min)

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The Challenge (2017) Directed by Yuri Ancarani
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Challenge (2017) Directed by Yuri Ancarani

 Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Challenge (2017) Directed by Yuri Ancarani

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s exquisite documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state is on full display as the men race SUVs up and down sand dunes, fly their prized falcons around on private jets, and take their pet cheetahs out for desert spins in their souped-up Ferraris. The result is a film jaw-dropping not only for its displays of wealth, but for the pure cinematic beauty that won Ancarani the Filmmaker of the Present award at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival. (70 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Cinema at the Center – Artist and Animal (1/2)
May
2
6:45 PM18:45

Cinema at the Center – Artist and Animal (1/2)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Cinema at the Center – Artist and Animal (1/2)

Co-presented with the Contemporary Arts Center in conjunction with the exhibition “Creatures”

Doors 6:15 PM / Start 6:45 PM @ CAC (44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

This short film program is devoted to animals and artists in collaboration, allowing viewers to reflect on notions of agency in art. The series brings Steven Matijcio, former CAC Curator, back to town for a presentation of short films including Miguel Angel Rios’s Crudo, which, despite its short duration, opens the door to broad questions: the possible taming of animality and the self, alienation and cultured behaviors, the spectacle of violence, and the rawness of our being. (60 min)

Presented by Steven Matijcio, Director, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston and Curator of CAC exhibition Creatures


Free!

* The second screening in this two-part series, which will be a tribute to Carolee Schneemann, occurs on June 27th, 2019. More info here: https://www.contemporaryartscenter.org/programs/public-programs/cinema-at-the-center

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Ovarian Psycos (2016)
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Ovarian Psycos (2016)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Ovarian Psycos (2016)

Directed by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-Lavalle

Co-presented with RedBike

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Ovarian Psycos is about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade.

Through the personal stories of the crew’s rabble-rousing founder, Xela de la X, activist, poet M.C., and single mother; street artist and original Ovarian Psyco, Andi Xoch, and a bright-eyed young woman from the neighborhood, Evelyn (Evie), the film traces how the “Ovas” emerged from the diverse, youthful, Latino, working class, immigrant neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, a community situated within the historic legacy of the Chicano/a Civil Rights Movement that emerged from L.A. in the late 1960s. Through all the obstacles they invariably face, the group as a whole becomes a rising force, as these young women continue to call out to new riders to join them on their journey: “Whose streets? Our streets!” (72 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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The Miners' Hymns (2010) Directed by Bill Morrison
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Miners' Hymns (2010) Directed by Bill Morrison

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Miners' Hymns (2010) directed by Bill Morrison

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson. Using rarely-seen footage from the British Film Institute, the BBC, and other archives, The Miners’ Hymns celebrates social, cultural, and political aspects of the extinct industry. Focusing on the Durham coalfield located in northeastern England, it depicts the hardship of pit work, the role of Trade Unions in organizing and fighting for workers' rights, the years of increased mechanization and the annual Miners' Gala in Durham. The film also shows the pitched battles between miners and police that took place during massive strikes in 1984 and sounded the death knell for the British mining industry. It also includes two contemporary aerial sequences, shot in color from a helicopter flying over the sites of former collieries, that have since become sites of modern consumerism. (52 min) 

Free with $5 suggested donation

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The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo - Season One (2016) 
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo - Season One (2016) 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo - Season One (2016) 

Created by Brian Jordan Alvar

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

“The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo” [is] an electric comedy that plugs into the zeitgeist the way “Girls” did, banters like “Broad City,” and boasts the chutzpah necessary in order to get away with naming a character “Lenjamin McButtons.” Part of the genius of “Caleb Gallo” is that it defies conventional wisdom about making a short form series compelling to online audiences: The episodes are long, there is no discernible premise that can be squeezed into a snappy log line — even the title is a mouthful. Most potentially problematic is that if one were to summarize its plot, “Caleb Gallo” is basically a series about the love lives of five actor friends living in Los Angeles, one of the digital space’s most tired premises. The reason “Caleb Gallo” can tread such well-traveled ground is that Alvarez creates a world a few marbles short of reality. The characters speak at a breakneck pace, drawing the viewer in by forcing them to sit up and pay attention or risk missing the next offhanded quip or absurdly long laughing spell. With eyes slightly crazed and voices raised a hair above natural, the stakes feel absurdly high for each character from moment to moment, yet they recover from setbacks with a resilience only an actor could muster. The rules of this world are entirely fluid, with a logic of their own: Dates are walks, siblings are different races, gender is whatever, and sexual preference is something to be tried on like a fabulous hat. Alvarez achieves what all storytellers should attempt at least once — to bring fantasy to life. - IndieWire (90 min)


Shown with permission from Brian Jordan Alvarez!

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
May
11
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Doors 10:30 AM / Start 11:00 AM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Enjoy a selection of short films for children. The screening includes animated films from all over the world that are either in English or without dialogue. Arrive early to enjoy free snacks and free coffee from Iris BookCafe. Fun for all ages! (30 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Warrior Women (2018)
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Warrior Women (2018)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Warrior Women (2018) Directed by Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation and survival as a community of extended families. 


Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who shaped a kindred group of activists' children - including her daughter Marcy - into the "We Will Remember" Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for Indigenous cultural values. 

Through a circular Indigenous style of storytelling, this film explores what it means to navigate a movement and motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down and transformed from generation to generation in the context of colonizing government that meets Native resistance with violence. (64 min)



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Frank (2014) Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Frank (2014) Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Frank (2014) Directed by Lenny Abrahamson


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Transcending its quirky, twee exterior, Lenny Abramson's Frank is an often harrowing dramedy about creativity, indie rock, and mental illness in the internet age. Michael Fassbender gives a sad, sweet performance as the titular indie band frontman, a damaged soul who refuses to take off the giant head mask he wears both on and offstage. Domnhall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal play his respectively hapless and volatile band-mates, and the film charts their avant garde group's conflicting efforts to achieve artistic greatness and commercial success amid suicide, social media, and SXSW. Co-written by musician and journalist Jon Ronson, Frank is a wise and authentic portrayal of musicians on the margins. (95 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Drinks/Snacks by Rom Wells

Poster by Joe Walsh


The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our May program presents Alien, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. 

The time is the future. The crew aboard a massive commercial space vehicle is enroute to earth with a load of extraterrestrial ore when they are sidetracked by mysterious signals from a nearby planet. The signals seem to be calls for help and when the space ship arrives they find a ruined, moldering spacecraft and within it egg-like living organisms. (117 min)

Tickets: $25 - https://alien40th.eventbrite.com

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Bisbee ’17 (2018) Directed by Robert Greene
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Bisbee ’17 (2018) Directed by Robert Greene

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Bisbee ’17 (2018) Directed by Robert Greene


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Radically combining collaborative documentary, western, and musical elements, the new film by Robert Greene (Kate Plays Christine) follows several members of a close-knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert, and left there to die. This long-buried and largely forgotten event came to be known as the Bisbee Deportation. Bisbee ’17 documents locals as they play characters and stage dramatic scenes from the controversial story, culminating in a large scale recreation of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and offer conflicting views of the event, underscoring the difficulty of collective memory, while confronting the current political predicaments of immigration, unionization, environmental damage, and corporate corruption with direct, haunting messages about solidarity and struggle.

(118 min) 


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Go Fish (1994) Directed by Rose Troche
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Go Fish (1994) Directed by Rose Troche

Thursday, May 23, 2019


Go Fish (1994) Directed by Rose Troche


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


A whip-smart, no-budget Sundance hit shot in black and white, Go Fish broke ground in telling a lesbian story from the lesbian point of view and marks a high point in the New Queer Cinema genre of the early 1990's. In their film debuts, director Rose Troche and star/co-writer Guinevere Turner vividly and lovingly render a hyper-specific subculture of twenty-something queer women in Chicago. Copious flannel, plaintive singer-songwriter music, and lived-in coffee shop interiors comprise the 90's milieu, while the frisky, loose plot follows the romantic struggles and social life of Max (Turner) and the object of her affection, Ely (V.S. Brodie). Twenty-five years later, Go Fish's unapologetic queerness, celebratory tone, and absence of the male gaze make it not only a vital cinematic artifact but unfortunately, to this day, still a striking outlier in positive queer female representation on film. (84 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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All That Jazz (1979) Directed by Bob Fosse
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

All That Jazz (1979) Directed by Bob Fosse

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

All That Jazz (1979) Directed by Bob Fosse

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Tickets: $25 - https://allthatjazz40th.eventbrite.com

Drinks/Snacks by Liz Wolf

Poster by Pull Club

The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these  special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our June program presents All That Jazz, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. 


“The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie by night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer, and Ben Vereen, All That Jazz pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.” - Criterion (123 min)

Refreshments by Liz Wolf from PLEASE.

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Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) Directed by Allan Arkush
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) Directed by Allan Arkush

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) Directed by Allan Arkush

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Tickets: $25 - https://rockroll40th.eventbrite.com

The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these  special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our August program presents Rock 'n' Roll High School, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. 

“Set in Vince Lombardi High, an institution with the lowest academic standing in California, Rock 'n' Roll High School pits cheerleader Riff Randell (P.J. Soles) and her fellow students against the new principal, the insufferable Miss Togar (Mary Woronov), and her evil henchmen. A showdown between the two factions, sparked by rock 'n' roll - specifically the music of the Ramones - leads to a widespread riot on the campus. This is probably the only American film in existence where an educational institution is completely trashed by the end and no one is punished.” - TCM (93 min)

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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) Directed by Jim Jarmusch


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Tickets: $25 - https://ghostdog20th.eventbrite.com

The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these  special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our September program presents Ghost Dog, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019. 


“A hip-hop movie, a mob movie, a martial arts movie – Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, starring Forest Whitaker as a pigeon-loving street samurai, is a beguiling mash-up of styles that broke all the rules.” - BFI 


Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) is a contract killer, a master of his trade who can whirl a gun at warp speed and moves through this world like a phantom -- stealthy and evanescent. In the spirit of the samurai, he has pledged his loyalty to a small time mobster named Louie (John Tormey) who saved his life many years before. (116 min)



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Vincent Price Double Feature
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Vincent Price Double Feature

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

Vincent Price Double Feature: House on Haunted Hill (1959) Directed by William Castle / The Tingler (1959) Directed by William Castle

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Tickets: $25 - https://vincentprice60th.eventbrite.com

The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our October program presents two Vincent Price classics, which are celebrating their 60th anniversaries in 2019. 

In William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill, rich oddball Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) has a proposal for five guests at a possibly haunted mansion: Show up, survive a night filled with scares and receive $10,000 each. The guest of honor is Loren's estranged wife, Annabelle (Carol Ohmart), who, with her secret lover, Dr. Trent (Alan Marshal), has concocted her own scheme to scare Loren's associate, Nora Manning (Carolyn Craig), into shooting the potentially crazy millionaire. But more spooks and shocks throw a wrench into the plan. (75 min)

In The Tingler, Dr. Warren Chapin (Vincent Price) has made a surprising discovery -- the spine-chilling sensation that people get when scared is due to a parasite that he dubs the "tingler." Chapin concludes that in extreme circumstances, prolonged fear can cause the creature to damage a person's spine and even cause death if the victim can't scream, a theory that Oliver Higgins (Philip Coolidge) uses to deadly effect on his wife (Judith Evelyn). Soon the tingler that killed the woman is on the loose. (82 min)

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Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Directed by Wes Anderson
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Directed by Wes Anderson

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Directed by Wes Anderson

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Tickets: $25 - https://fantasticmrfox10th.eventbrite.com

The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these  special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our November program presents Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. 


Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the classic book by Roald Dahl, tells a story about wild animals, underground tunnels, explosions, flames, burning things, a brilliantly clever fox, and three of the meanest, nastiest, ugliest farmers you'll ever know. Featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Eric Anderson, Willem Dafoe, and Michael Gambon. (97 min)

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The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Tickets: $25 - https://thirdman70th.eventbrite.com

The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these  special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our December program presents The Third Man, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019. 

“Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas's evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass.” - Criterion (104 min)

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Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


For over thirty years, the Falcone family has run a boxing program for youth escaping life on the streets, hoping for a shot as professional fighters. Richard ‘Hardface’ Mason is the driving force behind this feature-length documentary as fighter-turned-trainer at Cincinnati’s struggling Northside Boxing Gym. Shot on 16mm film, Hardface explores the enduring bond between fighter and trainer, providing an inside look at the amateur boxing experience.Director Mark Hood in attendance! (83 min) 

Also screening Sunday, April 14, 2019


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood

 Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


For over thirty years, the Falcone family has run a boxing program for youth escaping life on the streets, hoping for a shot as professional fighters. Richard ‘Hardface’ Mason is the driving force behind this feature-length documentary as fighter-turned-trainer at Cincinnati’s struggling Northside Boxing Gym. Shot on 16mm film, Hardface explores the enduring bond between fighter and trainer, providing an inside look at the amateur boxing experience.Director Mark Hood in attendance! (83 min) 

Also screening Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Skate Vids - Night #2
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Skate Vids - Night #2

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Skate Vids - Night #2

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

For Skate Vids Night #@, The Mini is showcasing videos made by local skate crews spanning three generations. These will include Solid’s Take Five (1997), Satellite 13’s Happily Divided (2006) and Instrument’s Nooks and Crannies (2015).

Skate videos do more than showcase the athletic prowess of skateboarders. They capture, through an abundance of attitude and cinematic craft, the spirit of skateboarding. The genre first emerged in the 1980s with charming albeit amateurish works like “The Search for Animal Chin.” But it wasn’t until the advent of consumer grade camcorders in the 90s that the form reached stylistic maturity, coming to define that decade’s visual zeitgeist. Since then, skate videos have expanded into a global movement borrowing freely from the narrative, documentary and experimental film traditions while in turn influencing everything from video games to Hollywood blockbusters. Despite having entered the pop culture lexicon, though, skate videos remain DIY creations: in addition to landing tricks onscreen, members of a skate crew pull double duty as cinematographers and editors. One common technique is to use skate decks as makeshift dollies. It is no surprise, then, that skate videos boast acrobatic camerawork worthy of an action flick. Hard-hitting one moment, balletic the next, these overlooked cinematic gems find meaning in motion.

Free with $5 suggested donation. Half of the proceeds raised on both nights will go to the Newport DIY skate park.

Photo by Chris Luessen.

ATTN: SKATERS

Bring your used skateboards and equipment to Tuesday night’s screening and they will be donated to skaters in Nairobi, Kenya. Our friends in Nairobi are trying to build a skate scene but desperately need gear. Every little bit helps! In addition, half of all monetary donations will go to the Newport DIY skate park.

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Skate Vids - Night #1
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Skate Vids - Night #1

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Skate Vids - Night #1

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

For Skate Vids Night #1, filmmakers Andy Licardi and Joe Castrucci are screening two classics from the genre—Habitat's Mosaic (2003) and Alien Workshop's Memory Screen (1991)—as well as never before seen footage from the Alien Workshop archive.

Skate videos do more than showcase the athletic prowess of skateboarders. They capture, through an abundance of attitude and cinematic craft, the spirit of skateboarding. The genre first emerged in the 1980s with charming albeit amateurish works like “The Search for Animal Chin.” But it wasn’t until the advent of consumer grade camcorders in the 90s that the form reached stylistic maturity, coming to define that decade’s visual zeitgeist. Since then, skate videos have expanded into a global movement borrowing freely from the narrative, documentary and experimental film traditions while in turn influencing everything from video games to Hollywood blockbusters. Despite having entered the pop culture lexicon, though, skate videos remain DIY creations: in addition to landing tricks onscreen, members of a skate crew pull double duty as cinematographers and editors. One common technique is to use skate decks as makeshift dollies. It is no surprise, then, that skate videos boast acrobatic camerawork worthy of an action flick. Hard-hitting one moment, balletic the next, these overlooked cinematic gems find meaning in motion.

Free with $5 suggested donation. Half of the proceeds raised on both nights will go to the Newport DIY skate park.

Photo by Chris Luessen.

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
Apr
6
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

 Saturday, April 6, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Doors 10:30 AM / Start 11:00 AM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Enjoy a selection of short films for children. The screening includes animated films from all over the world that are either in English or without dialogue. Arrive early to enjoy free snacks and free coffee from Iris BookCafe. Fun for all ages! (30 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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A Beautiful Game Curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

A Beautiful Game Curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere

 Thursday, April 4, 2019


A Beautiful Game Curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere

In conjunction with the Sports issue of INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media and A Non-Zero-Sum Game series

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Sports are a canvas(/screen) for personal, regional, and national projections – they are a proxy war, a fantasy, a public record, an airing of grievances, and a realm in which ideals can be realized. Sports create moments that sear into the communal memory and replay over and over, truncated and mangled over time, some parts burnished and others buried. The short video art compilation features: The national soccer teams of Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico; Pittsburgh Pirates; Boston Celtics; Inuit high kick; U.S. Figure Skating; Mansfield Senior Tygers. (60 min)

Showing work by: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, James Blagden, Miguel Calderón, Anil Dash, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ana Hušman, Paper Rad, Pied la Biche, Lisa Young 


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Inquiring Nuns (1968) Directed by Gordon Quinn
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Inquiring Nuns (1968) Directed by Gordon Quinn

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 

Inquiring Nuns (1968) Directed by Gordon Quinn 

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Generations)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

In the politically fraught climate of Chicago in 1968, two young nuns crisscross the city in order to ask strangers the question, "Are you happy?" The answers vary: "Happiness is the absence of fear," "Avoiding people," "Raspberries," "Joy in knowing Christ." They meet a lonely girl, a happy mother, young lovers, hippie musicians, a sociologist and even character actor Stepin Fetchit. The humor and sadness of these honest encounters lift the film beyond its conceit into a serious and moving inquiry into contemporary society and the circumstances under which people examine their lives. (66 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Zagreb Animation: Old School, New School and Spring Break
Mar
31
7:00 PM19:00

Zagreb Animation: Old School, New School and Spring Break

 Sunday, March 31, 2019


Zagreb Animation: Old School, New School and Spring Break

Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

The program features a selection of classic films from the Zagreb School and recent favorites from the program at the Animafest Zagreb festival. The short films reflect traditions, new approaches, and a particularly Croatian outlook. In honor of Spring Break, the selection features a loose thematic connection to beaches, islands, and swimming. (70 min)

Presented by Todd Herzog, UC Center for Film & Media Studies

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Short Films by John Wiese
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Short Films by John Wiese

 Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Short Films by John Wiese 

Co-presented with No Response

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

John Wiese is an artist and composer living between Los Angeles and Cleveland. From his experiments with recording as a teenager, he has since gone on to work in the world of contemporary sound art as well as the international experimental scene. As a performer and recording artist, his expertise in composition, texture, and experimentation with sound confirm his reputation of being one of the most original and innovative artists in experimental music. This collection of short video and films by the artist explore the use of sound in documentation, art piece, visual-sound, and dramedy. Exclusive to screenings, this is a very rare opportunity to view this collection of work. John Wiese in attendance! (60 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Being There (1979) Directed by Hal Ashby
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Being There (1979) Directed by Hal Ashby

Sunday, March 24, 2019


The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


Being There (1979) Directed by Hal Ashby

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Tickets: $25 - https://beingthere40th.eventbrite.com

Drinks/Snacks by Joe Trame

Poster by Peter Van Hyning


The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our March program presents Being There, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. 


“In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers plays the pure-hearted, childlike Chance, a gardener who is forced into the wilds of Washington, D.C., when his wealthy guardian dies. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn’t respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon (Melvyn Douglas, in an Oscar-winning performance), who mistakes his protégé’s horticultural mumblings for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife (Shirley MacLaine) targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this satire, both deeply melancholy and hilarious, is the culmination of Hal Ashby’s remarkable string of films in the 1970s, and a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade.” - Criterion (130 min)

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Cinci Cinema Click
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Cinci Cinema Click

 Friday, March 15, 2019


Cinci Cinema Click

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

A simple gathering of local filmmakers looking to meet other cinematographers, producers, motion-artists, and anything in-between. Cinci Cinema Click invites filmmakers of all stages (from living room to full-scale production) to organically learn from one another, share resources, and just hang out. Potluck style and free drinks!

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306 Hollywood	(2018) Directed by Elan + Jonathan Bogarín
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

306 Hollywood (2018) Directed by Elan + Jonathan Bogarín

Thursday, March 14, 2019

306 Hollywood (2018)

Directed by Elan + Jonathan Bogarín 


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Generations)


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


When siblings Elan and Jonathan Bogarín lose their grandma, they face a profound question: When a loved one dies, what do we do with everything they left behind? Turning documentary on its head, the Bogarín’s embark on a magical-realist journey that transforms Grandma’s cluttered New Jersey home into a visually exquisite ruin where tchotchkes become artifacts, and the siblings become archaeologists. With help from physicists, curators, and archivists, they excavate the extraordinary universe contained in a family home. (94 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

-Also screening  Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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306 Hollywood	(2018) Directed by Elan + Jonathan Bogarín
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

306 Hollywood (2018) Directed by Elan + Jonathan Bogarín

 Tuesday, March 12, 2019

306 Hollywood (2018)

Directed by Elan + Jonathan Bogarín 


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Generations)


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


When siblings Elan and Jonathan Bogarín lose their grandma, they face a profound question: When a loved one dies, what do we do with everything they left behind? Turning documentary on its head, the Bogarín’s embark on a magical-realist journey that transforms Grandma’s cluttered New Jersey home into a visually exquisite ruin where tchotchkes become artifacts, and the siblings become archaeologists. With help from physicists, curators, and archivists, they excavate the extraordinary universe contained in a family home. (94 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

-Also screening Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Raising Adults - Season 2
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

Raising Adults - Season 2

Sunday, March 10th -- SCREENING - Raising Adults (Season 2)

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Generations)

Raising Adults was created, written/ produced and also *lived* by Brittany Wagner & Kait Staley. It’s a story told in the Midwest’s Cincinnati but a struggle that’s real well-beyond it, and what’s more? - it was actually filmed here! (60 min)

*Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.
*Q&A following screening; FREE Raffle following Q&A!

Raising Adults is a dark comedy web series about two girls raising their crazy disabled parents, just trying to grow up themselves. Think Broad City meets It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with the family struggle in Shameless. Raising Adults is more than a two-white girl comedy about learning, f*cking up and commiserating along the way!

Follow Britt & Kait, who help their parents pursue disability support with little support of their own. Managing bills & healthcare just scratch the surface of the sh*t they reluctantly do for the ones they love. Overworked & unemployed, the two endure the pains of the process and of growing up while bonding over family dysfunction like editing threatening letters to politicians for Dad OR dumpster diving with Mom. Their “normal” is anything but!

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
Mar
9
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Doors 10:30 AM / Start 11:00 AM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Enjoy a selection of short films for children. The screening includes animated films from all over the world that are either in English or without dialogue. Arrive early to enjoy free snacks and free coffee from Iris BookCafe. Fun for all ages! (30 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972) - 16mm Directed by Jonas Mekas
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972) - 16mm Directed by Jonas Mekas

 Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972) - 16mm

Directed by Jonas Mekas


Co-presented with the Miami University Department of Art and Film Studies Program


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Generations)


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Jonas Mekas (1922 - 2019) was widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the genres of diary and essay film, as well as an influential critic, film programmer, and organizer, who was instrumental in the emergence of a diverse avant-garde cinema scene in postwar America. He was also someone who has stressed in numerous interviews the crucial role that his experience during World War II and status as a displaced person after the war played in shaping his artistic vision. Released in 1972, Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania was Mekas’ second diary film, which narrates through highly personal footage and voiceover the Mekas brothers’ visit to their native Lithuanian village of Semeniškiai in 1971 after a 27-year absence. -NGA (82 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: The Female Frame)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Madeline got the part! She’s going to play the lead in a theater piece! Except the lead wears sweatpants like Madeline’s. And has a cat like Madeline’s. And is holding a steaming hot iron next to her mother’s face – like Madeline is. Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives. Writer/director Josephine Decker has long been an independent filmmaker to admire, utilizing a welcome expressionistic approach that imbues her subjects with a vibrant sense of urgency. Anchored by a virtuoso performance from newcomer Helena Howard, whose powerful screen presence commands attention, Decker’s film displays a rare sensitivity for capturing the messy struggles of discovering a sense of one's self that defies easy narrative categorization. (94 min)


Also screening: Thursday, February 28, 2019 

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker

Thursday, February 28, 2019 

Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: The Female Frame)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Madeline got the part! She’s going to play the lead in a theater piece! Except the lead wears sweatpants like Madeline’s. And has a cat like Madeline’s. And is holding a steaming hot iron next to her mother’s face – like Madeline is. Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives. Writer/director Josephine Decker has long been an independent filmmaker to admire, utilizing a welcome expressionistic approach that imbues her subjects with a vibrant sense of urgency. Anchored by a virtuoso performance from newcomer Helena Howard, whose powerful screen presence commands attention, Decker’s film displays a rare sensitivity for capturing the messy struggles of discovering a sense of one's self that defies easy narrative categorization. (94 min)


Also screening: Sunday, March 3, 2019

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Born in Flames (1983) Directed by Lizzie Borden
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Born in Flames (1983) Directed by Lizzie Borden

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Born in Flames (1983) Directed by Lizzie Borden

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: The Female Frame)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Lizzie Borden’s “Born in Flames” stands as a singular achievement, being perhaps the only queer-femme-socialist sci-fi quasi-documentary ever committed to film. Set in an alternate 80s New York City after a Second American Revolution has succeeded in winning social democracy but nevertheless failed to end racism and sexism, the film follows diverse cadres of activist women -- black, white; gay, straight; student, worker; native-born, immigrant -- as they fight for further progress. Their debates over ideology and strategy raise questions that animate the American Left to this day. What is the relationship between identity and class? How can disparate factions synthesize their aims to achieve solidarity? Should their battles be waged on the street, in government or through culture? Mixing an array of genres, Borden’s film, like the politics it advances, is an eruption of pent-up populist energy: fervent, unruly, plural, humane. (80 min) 



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A Prophet (2009) Directed by Jacques Audiard
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

A Prophet (2009) Directed by Jacques Audiard

Saturday, February 23, 2019


A Prophet (2009) Directed by Jacques Audiard

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Presented by the UC Center for Film & Media Studies and part of the 2019 UC European Film Festival


Unable to read or write, Franco-Arab protagonist Malik (played by Tahar Rahim) finds himself alone in prison and more vulnerable than the other convicts due to his young age. The reigning Corsican gang approaches him, and the leader assigns him a number of “missions” he must complete. While gaining the gang leader’s trust, Malik’s intelligence and courageousness give him the tough skin he needs to plot on his own. A Prophet navigates perseverance despite the dangerous demands of a corrupt prison divided by race and defined by gang hierarchies. Audiard’s thriller received the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and was an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee. Introduced by Stan Corkin from the University of Cincinnati. (150 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Ohio Women Media Makers  Curated by Tess Cortes
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Ohio Women Media Makers Curated by Tess Cortes

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ohio Women Media Makers

Co-Curated by Tess Cortés and Jeanne Philipp


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: The Female Frame)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Ohio Women Media Makers is a program of short, experimental films and video by Diana Abells, Jacklyn Brickman, Tess Cortés, Lynn Kim, Jeanne Philipp, and Kate Raney. Also included in the program are films by Janis Crystal Lipzin completed during her time at Antioch College in Yellow Springs. Tess Cortes is a Curator-in-Residence at the Contemporary Dayton and teaches motion design at The Modern College of Design. Jeanne Philipp is an instructor at the University of Dayton. (60 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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This screening is supported by the Ohio Arts Council

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Shockwaves: Theatrical Cut Directed by Kasumi 
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

Shockwaves: Theatrical Cut Directed by Kasumi 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Shockwaves: Theatrical Cut Directed by Kasumi 

Supported by the Ohio Arts Council

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: The Female Frame)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

The darkly comic Shockwaves is about a man whose traumatic memories of childhood send him on a hallucinogenic carnival ride of self-destruction and murder. Through a Möbius strip of alternate realities, shifting times and multiple dimensions, Shockwaves weaves a kaleidoscopic nightmare tapestry of abuse and revenge. Media artist Kasumi deploys an astonishing 25,000 public domain film samples, rotoscoped and live action film clips, dance choreography, animation and stunning sound design to produce a brilliant, darkly madcap, grotesque, beautiful and transcendent remix of signs, gestures, and actions that underlie meaning within a culture saturated by moving pictures. It is an utterly remarkable achievement that deserves to be seen by anyone who loves film, and to be studied by artists of all mediums, not just for its amazing technical accomplishment, but also for its deep and lasting emotional impact as a story of liberation and survival. A “dazzling” "metaphorical zeitgeist story," Shockwaves expresses what film until now has not been able to. It is a genuinely new and original cinematic language that goes beyond images, entering intravenously into our visceral understanding. The liquid blood of cinema. (80 min)

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Gun Chronicles in America A Project by JR and Time Magazine
Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Gun Chronicles in America A Project by JR and Time Magazine

Monday, February 18, 2019


Gun Chronicles in America

A Project by JR and Time Magazine

In partnership with 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ 21c Museum Hotel (609 Walnut St. Cinti, OH 45202)

In association with a special edition of TIME Magazine, artist JR will be addressing the gun debate in the United States through a traveling exhibit. A moving image mural will be presented, which combines his portraits of hundreds of individuals, which gives a face to the full and complex spectrum of views on guns in America, including: gun collectors, hunters, law enforcement officials, shooting victims, emergency room teams that have worked on victims of mass shootings, and lobbyists for the industry. Join us for this special event and discussion. (60 min)

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North by Northwest (1959) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

North by Northwest (1959) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, February 17, 2019


The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


North by Northwest (1959) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


Tickets: $25 - Eventbrite


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. Our February program presents North by Northwest, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019. 

“New York advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) is mistaken by a gang of spies for a Federal agent named George Kaplan. They make various attempts on his life and make him look like a murder suspect at the United Nations building. He flees their clutches, crossing America by train and coach, and is menaced by a crop duster, while he uncovers a plot involving smuggled microfilm. He faces the villains in a final showdown on Mount Rushmore.” - BFI (136 min)

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Distant Tracings: Experimental films by Claudia Esslinger
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Distant Tracings: Experimental films by Claudia Esslinger

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Distant Tracings: Experimental films by Claudia Esslinger

Supported by the Ohio Arts Council

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: The Female Frame)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Distant Tracings is a program of short experimental films that use human gesture to explore private narratives. Using diverse metaphor, the films survey family histories and personal curiosities. They arise from intuitive interactions of filmmaker and performer, discovered context and prepared props. They develop texture with audio responses by musicians and authors. Together they trace a trajectory of experience both profound and mundane: the shared histories of the makers. Claudia Esslinger is a visual artist and filmmaker working in single and multi-channel experimental film, collaborative performance and media-based installations. Her work thrives by interacting with dancers, authors, musicians and scientists and has been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of seven Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence grants and has had artist’s residencies from Dresden, Germany to the Headlands, California. (55 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly


Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Mini! Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. Musician Don Lockwood (Kelly) rises to stardom during Hollywood's silent-movie era--paired with the beautiful and jealous Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). When Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden (Reynolds), drama ensues. Set during the advent of "talkies," this film's classic song-and-dance numbers celebrate the beginning of movie musicals. (103 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Out (2017) Directed by György Kristóf
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Out (2017) Directed by György Kristóf

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Out (2017) Directed by György Kristóf

Presented by the UC Center for Film & Media Studies and part of the 2019 UC European Film Festival

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Out paints a touching and unexpected picture of a lost generation of post-socialist citizens. Kristóf’s film traces the quixotic voyage of recently unemployed 50-something protagonist Ágoston. His solitary trek across Central and Eastern Europe towards Latvia’s Baltic coast becomes a quest to find employment, a giant fish, and perhaps redemption for an unfulfilling life predetermined by a difficult cultural and economic transition from socialism. He discovers an almost post-apocalyptic former Soviet shipyard, a stuffed rabbit, and a bizarre cast of characters. Out premiered in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. (Various languages with English subtitles.) Introduced by Michael Gott from the University of Cincinnati. (90 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Open Screen #6 (Like open mic night but with movies...)
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Open Screen #6 (Like open mic night but with movies...)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Open Screen #6 (Like open mic night but with movies...)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Join us as we host our sixth “Open Screen” event, highlighting work by local film and video makers. The program will include a mix of short films from varying genres. All filmmakers will be in attendance to present their work. Interested in screening your work? For more information visit our website. Program details will be announced one week prior to the screening. Organized by Andy Marko! (80 min)

Presenting work by:

Max Kaplan, Elliot Feltner, Taylor Roebuck & Jahan Swanson, Liddy Hade, Ann Driscoll, CJW

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
Feb
9
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Doors 10:30 AM / Start 11:00 AM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Enjoy a selection of short films for children. The screening includes animated films from all over the world that are either in English or without dialogue. Arrive early to enjoy free bagels from Lil’s Bagels and free coffee from Iris BookCafe. Fun for all ages! (30 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Contemporary Filmmakers from the Middle East / Basma Alsharif
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Contemporary Filmmakers from the Middle East / Basma Alsharif

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Contemporary Filmmakers from the Middle East / Basma Alsharif

Presented with the Contemporary Arts Center

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: The Female Frame)

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Basma Alsharif’s feature film Ouroboros (2017) is an homage to the Gaza Strip based on the eternal return. A journey following one man through five different landscapes marks the end as the beginning, forgetting as the way forward, and the failure of civilization. This screening is presented in conjunction with Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari’s exhibition, The Fold, on view now at the CAC through February 10th, 2019. Presented by David Serio, Educator & Public Programming Specialist, Arab American National Museum, (Dearborn, Michigan). (Various languages with subtitles.) (77 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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