Pariah (2011)
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Pariah (2011)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Dee Rees

Presented by tt stern-enzi

At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Rees premiered the feature-length expansion of her award-winning 2007 short film Pariah. Adepero Oduye, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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L’argent (1983)
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

L’argent (1983)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Robert Bresson

Presented by Walter E. Langsam

In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, L’argent follows a counterfeit bill as it originates as a prop in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver and leading him to incarceration and violence. With brutal economy, Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence. - Criterion

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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La Ciénaga (2001) Directed by Lucrecia Martel
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

La Ciénaga (2001) Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

La Ciénaga (2001) Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Presented by the Miami University Film Studies Program

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

The release of Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema. With a radical and disturbing take on narrative, beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on and off-screen sound, Martel turns her tale of a dissolute bourgeois extended family, whiling away the hours of one sweaty, sticky summer, into a cinematic marvel. This visceral take on class, nature, sexuality, and the ways that political turmoil and social stagnation can manifest in human relationships is a drama of extraordinary tactility, and one of the great contemporary film debuts. - Criterion

Introduction by Hugo Rios-Cordero, Assistant Professor, Miami University Film Studies Program

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids PLUS CAC Artplay
Mar
3
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids PLUS CAC Artplay

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Doors at 10:30 AM, Screening at 11:00 AM

@ The Mini 1329 Main St.

Enjoy a selection of short films for children. The thirty-minute program includes animated films from all over the world that are either in English or without dialogue. Also enjoy free bagels from Lil’s Bagels and free coffee from Iris Book Cafe. All ages welcome!

CAC ArtPlay @ The Mini

Workshop Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

@ The Mini 1329 Main St.

Stick around after our “Lil’s + Lils (Films for Kids)” screening for a kid-friendly filmmaking workshop! The Contemporary Arts Center will offer a stop-motion animation workshop where children will Experiment with the iMotion app and learn how to tell a compelling story using the illusion of movement. Come prepared to experiment! The CAC will provide all equipment and art-making materials. (20 participants max) Free!

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Bamboozled (2000)  Directed by Spike Lee
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Bamboozled (2000) Directed by Spike Lee

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Bamboozled (2000) Directed by Spike Lee

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

 

Presented by the University of Cincinnati History Department in conjunction with the Zane L. Miller Symposium: Conversations in the City:  Race, Film and the City

As timely in 2018 as it was in 2000, Spike Lee’s dark satire angrily asks us to consider how popular culture, commerce, violence, and institutional racism perpetuate African American stereotypes and exclusion. Centered on an unexpectedly popular fictional variety show, Mantan: The New Millenial Minstrel Show, "Bamboozled" was dismissed by some critics as “heavy handed,” even racist. Yet Lee’s film continues to resonate in an era of Black Lives Matter and #OscarsSoWhite. What has changed? Who is at fault? What should we do? The film features Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Tommy Davidson, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Michael Rapaport.

Free with $5 suggested donation.

Symposium Event Website:

https://www.facebook.com/events/539420049774715/

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Caravaggio (1986) Directed by Derek Jarman
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Caravaggio (1986) Directed by Derek Jarman

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Caravaggio (1986) Directed by Derek Jarman

Presented by the Art Academy of Cincinnati

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Derek Jarman's most profound reflection on art, sexuality and identity retells the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. Caravaggio incorporates the painter's precise aesthetic into the movie's own visuals, while touching on all of Jarman's major concerns: history, homosexuality, violence and the relationship between painting and film. Caravaggio is probably the closest Derek Jarman ever came to making a mainstream film.  -Zeitgeist Films

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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3 Women (1977) Directed by Robert Altman
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

3 Women (1977) Directed by Robert Altman

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

3 Women (1977) Directed by Robert Altman

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

In a dusty, under-populated California resort town, Pinky Rose (Sissy Spacek), a naïve and impressionable Southern waif begins her life as a nursing home attendant. There, Pinky finds her role model in fellow nurse "Thoroughly Modern" Millie Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall), a misguided would-be sophisticate and hopeless devotee of Cosmopolitan and Woman's Day magazines. When Millie accepts Pinky into her home at the Purple Sage singles complex, Pinky's hero-worship evolves into something far stranger and more sinister than either could have anticipated. Featuring brilliant performances from Spacek and Duvall, Robert Altman's dreamlike masterpiece, 3 Women, careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s.

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Moving Pictures: A Night of Experimental Animation
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Moving Pictures: A Night of Experimental Animation

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Moving Pictures: A Night of Experimental Animation

Curated by Lillian Currens

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

The rough definition of animation is a series of stills shown in rapid succession to create the illusion of movement. When we think 'animation' the first thing that comes to mind is typically Mickey Mouse or Saturday morning cartoons. However, since it's advent, film makers have been utilizing the art form to experiment, push boundaries and create entirely new genres and techniques. Join us for a series of short experimental films that break convention and turn the banal "cartoon" into an elevated art form. The collection make use of traditional cel animation as well as CGI, collage, stop motion and more to create some of the most creative and mind bending cinematic works. 

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. 
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. 

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. 

Presented by Black Folks Make Movies

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

A rare blaxploitation classic starring Vonette McGee & Max Julien, Thomasine & Bushrod was intended as a counterpart to Bonnie and Clyde. This pair of thieves, who operate in the American south between 1911 and 1915, pattern themselves after Robin Hood and hold the White Establishment as (a 'modern-day') Sheriff of Nottingham. Here's the clincher-- Thomasine and Bushrod steal from rich, white capitalists, then give to Mexicans, Native Americans and poor whites. ~ Ratiera L. Harrison, IMDb

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Until the Birds Return (2017)
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Until the Birds Return (2017)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Until the Birds Return (2017) Directed by Karim Moussaoui

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

 

UC Center for Film & Media Studies Mediterranean Stories Series

In Algeria today, past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment and an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings. Karim Moussaoui’s debut film follows three stories that plunge us into the human soul of a contemporary Arab society. Selected for the “Un Certain Regard” sidebar at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Director Karim Moussaoui in attendance!

Sponsored by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies and the Institut Français.

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Certain Women (2016) Directed Kelly Reichardt
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Certain Women (2016) Directed Kelly Reichardt

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Certain Women (2016) Directed Kelly Reichardt

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM @ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

The expanses of the American West take center stage in this intimately observed triptych from Kelly Reichardt. Adapted from three short stories by Maile Meloy and unfolding in self-contained but interlocking episodes, Certain Women navigates the subtle shifts in personal desire and social expectation that unsettle the circumscribed lives of its characters: a lawyer (Laura Dern) forced to subdue a troubled client; a wife and mother (Michelle Williams) whose plans to construct her dream home reveal fissures in her marriage; and a night-school teacher (Kristen Stewart) who forms a tenuous bond with a lonely ranch hand (Lily Gladstone), whose longing for connection delivers an unexpected jolt of emotional immediacy. With unassuming craft, Reichardt captures the rhythms of daily life in small-town Montana through these fine-grained portraits of women trapped within the landscape's wide-open spaces. - Criterion Collection

Programmed by Francesca Marcotte Rietz

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Ben-Hur (1959) Directed by William Wyler
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Ben-Hur (1959) Directed by William Wyler

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Ben-Hur (1959) Directed by William Wyler

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM @ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

In Roman-held Jerusalem, Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) finds himself betrayed by his best friend. So begins a quest for revenge across a vast and spectacular Roman Empire, from shipboard slavery to victory in the arena. Ben-Hur is a prime example of the midcentury Hollywood “Toga Epic,” featuring extravagant production values, thrills & chills, and weighty moral messaging. Showpiece sequences like the famous chariot race remain thrilling. With its wide range of Mediterranean characters and locales, this film also offers a view of how Americans imagined this region in the wake of the Suez Crisis and the depths of the Cold War. Introduced by Colin Shelton (UC Department of Classics).

Presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Harlan County USA (1976) Directed by Barbara Kopple
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Harlan County USA (1976) Directed by Barbara Kopple

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Harlan County USA (1976) Directed by Barbara Kopple

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM @ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack — with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece — the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line. - Criterion Collection

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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The Hard Earth (2017) Directed by Sally Lawton
Mar
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Hard Earth (2017) Directed by Sally Lawton

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

The Hard Earth (2017) Directed by Sally Lawton

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM @ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

The Hard Earth is an experimental feature length documentary charting the relationship of five Ukrainians and one Ukrainian American to the 2014 revolution and preceding war. The film is shot over the central and western regions of Ukraine, immediately post-revolution. Six figures explain their relationship to previous and furthering events in their homes and towns. First the Euromaidan protest are discussed as a singular, illuminating event. After abstracted information, dense stories of the annexation of Crimea, war in the East, and the disillusionment of the USSR, reveal complex portraits. The director examines interpersonal relationships and how the making of the film impacts the realizations. The guides and narrations take on specific forms, showing the miniature in global news stories. The elusive categorization of Ukraine, free and yet oppressed is framed by the difficulty and ease of documentation. Sally Lawton in attendance!

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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The Appalachian Studies Presents…
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Appalachian Studies Presents…

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

The Appalachian Studies Presents…

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

In conjunction with the 41st Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, The Mini presents “Pieced Together” along with excerpts from “The Mountain Minor.” Currently in post-production, “The Mountain Minor,” directed by Dale Farmer and Susan Pepper, tells the story of Oza and Vestal Abner in Eastern Kentucky’s depression era as they face the decision of leaving their life and home to find more opportunities for work in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fifty years later, following the desire to return to their mountain home, they face similar struggles of uprooting a life and passing on the musical traditions that have connected the Abner family to Eastern Kentucky for generations. Selected clips of this film will be shown! Directors Dale Farmer and Susan Pepper in attendance!

Pieced Together is the first documentary film about the American Quilt Square Trail movement.  Directed by Julianne Donofrio, a Peabody award-winning producer and veteran of ABC News, the movie tells the story of how one Ohio woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape and saved her life after job loss and breast cancer.  Donna Sue, the daughter, received the Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in Community in 2010 and Maxine Groves (deceased, May 2015) was an honored elder and Ohio Arts Council master, traditional Appalachian textile artist.  Presented by  Julianne Donofrio, Michael Maloney, Omope Carter Daboiku

 

41st Annual Appalachian Studies Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

April 5-8, 2018 (Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio)

http://www.appalachianstudies.org/annualconference/

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Lil’s + Lils  - Films for Kids
Apr
7
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils  - Films for Kids

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Lil’s + Lils  - Films for Kids

Doors at 10:30 AM, Screening at 11:00 AM

@ The Mini 1329 Main St.

Enjoy a selection of short films for children. The thirty-minute program includes animated films from all over the world that are either in English or without dialogue. Also enjoy free bagels from Lil’s Bagels and free coffee from Iris Book Cafe. All ages welcome!

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Open Screen
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Open Screen

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Open Screen

Like Open Mic Night But With Movies

 

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

 

Join us as we host our third “Open Screen” event, highlighting work by local film and video makers.  The program will include a mix of short films from varying genres, with a total screening duration of 80 minutes. All filmmakers will be in attendance to present their work. Please join us for this new bi-monthly celebration of local media makers! Interested in screening your work? Visit http://www.mini-cinema.org/open-screen/ for more information. 

Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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Conversations with Photographers (2014)  Directed by Ann Segal
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations with Photographers (2014) Directed by Ann Segal

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Conversations with Photographers (2014)

Directed by Ann Segal

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

This one-hour documentary explores the work of Cincinnati photographers Helen Adams, Gordon Baer, Jymi Bolden, Robert Flischel, Melvin Grier and Michael Wilson. Produced by Ann Segal, shot by Scott Ginn and edited by both, images are interspersed with short but in depth conversations about their lives and careers. Funded by FotoFocus and premiered in October 2014.

Ann Segal is a Cincinnati photographer and film producer. A graduate of Walnut Hills and Boston University via University of Wisconsin, she began her photographic career in Santa Barbara and Mill Valley, CA. She has exhibited her work extensively in Cincinnati after returning here in the early 1990’s. She has exhibited her work and curated shows for FotoFocus since 2012 when she started documenting local photographers. For FotoFocus 2018 she will be premiering a video self portrait, ‘Through the Lens of Time’ at The Mini Microcinema. 

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Alps (2011) Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Alps (2011) Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Alps (2011) Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

UC Center for Film & Media Studies Mediterranean Stories Series

Lanthimos's third feature-length film, Alps tracks a group of misfits who start an underground business in grief therapy. Employees play the parts of the recently deceased so as to comfort their loved ones, with results that are by turns comic and traumatic. At the center of the story stands a young nurse (Angeliki Papoulia, Best Actress at the 2009 Sarajevo Film Festival), whose forays into method acting require deep-dives into multiple characters, with the mounting risk that she might not resurface. As identity play becomes identity crisis, what begins as a side job proves to be all-consuming. Introduced by Christopher Carter (UC Department of English).

Presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Born Rich (2003) Directed by Jamie Johnson
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Born Rich (2003) Directed by Jamie Johnson

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Born Rich (2003) Directed by Jamie Johnson

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

First-time filmmaker Jamie Johnson, a 23-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, captures the rituals, worries and social customs of the young Trumps, Vanderbilts, Newhouses and Bloombergs in the documentary special, Born Rich. Offering candid insights into the privileges and burdens of inheriting more money than most people will earn in a lifetime. Narrated by Johnson, a history student at New York University, and filmed over a three-year period, Born Rich spotlights ten young adults who came into the world knowing they would never have to work a day in their lives. - Top Documentary Films

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey (2014) Directed by Lucie Borleteau
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey (2014) Directed by Lucie Borleteau

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey (2014) Directed by Lucie Borleteau

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

 

UC Center for Film & Media Studies Mediterranean Stories Series

 

French director Lucie Borleteau’s intriguing film is both a love story and the tale of a woman’s atypical odyssey through a distinctively masculine world. The protagonist Alice (Ariane Labed) is an engineer on a cargo ship based in Marseille and her voyage on the rusty old Fidelio is equal parts escapist adventure at sea, aquatic identity quest, and meditation on the sea as a link between places and cultures. The only woman among a male crew, lulled by her love affairs and the camaraderie in ports of call, Alice exposes herself to the joy of living everything at once and trying to stay on course. Introduced by Michael Gott (UC Department of Romance Languages and Film & Media Studies)

Presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Eve’s Bayou (1997) Directed by Kasi Lemmons
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Eve’s Bayou (1997) Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Eve’s Bayou (1997) Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Presented by Black Folks Make Movies

A stunning coming-of-age tale (an exceedingly rare example of one that privileges the experience of young black girls); an honest, hyper-specific portrait of black life in rural Louisiana; and one of the greatest writer-director debuts in American cinematic history.  - Vulture Magazine

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017) Directed by Frederick Wiseman
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017) Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017) Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mercantile Library (414 Walnut Street, 11th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

Co-Presented by The Mini Microcinema and The Mercantile Library

In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2016), the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC’s library system. The NYPL is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. The film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange, and intellectual creativity.- Zipporah Films

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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The Rival World (1955)
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Rival World (1955)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Bert Haanstra

Presented by Adam Williams

Filmmaker Bert Haanstra’s gentle tone and painstaking technique garnered him worldwide acclaim and made him one of the great Dutch cultural figures of the 1950's. In contrast to his delightful and famous short documentaries, such as Spiegel van Holland (Mirror of Holland) and Alleman (The Human Dutch), Haanstra’s stint as chief of the Royal Dutch Shell Film Unit—the commercial and educational branch of the multinational oil company—produced six distinctly cold-sober industrial films. In addition to documenting the laborious process of oil prospecting and drilling in South America and the Middle East, Haanstra was commissioned to promote one other avenue of Shell’s vast enterprise—pesticide. The resulting film, Strijd zonder einde (The Rival World), is slick and entirely effective in its urgent revelation that the plague of locusts is real and we must fight for humanity’s sake. Post-War and pre-Silent Spring, this film of mid-Century scientific progress is as riveting as it is alarming.

Rounding out the evening will be several other educational, entertaining, exotic and esoteric entomological films.

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Spirits of Rebellion: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Spirits of Rebellion: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis

Presented by Co-Producer Andy Rice, Miami University

Spirits of Rebellion: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles documents the lives and work of a small critically acclaimed group of black filmmakers and media artists known as the Los Angeles Rebellion, a group brought together through shared experiences as students in the UCLA film production MFA program between 1967 and 1992. Although relatively unknown, the Los Angeles Rebellion was the first collective of minority filmmakers in the US that aimed to reimagine the production process to represent, reflect on, and enrich the day to day lives of people in their own communities. It is now recognized as an important part of the Black Arts movement on the West Coast. Spirits of Rebellion offers the story of the movement in an accessible style through over 30 interviews with the filmmakers today as well as archival footage, clips from rarely seen films of the group, and reflections from leading scholars on film history and African-American cinema. The LA Rebellion filmmakers were headlined by: Charles Burnett, Carroll Parrott Blue, Ben Caldwell, Larry Clark, Julie Dash,Jamaa Fanaka, Haile Gerima, Alile Sharon Larkin, Barbara McCullough, and Billy Woodberry.

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)
Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Oscar Micheaux

Presented by Black Folks Make Movies

The critic J. Hoberman has described Micheaux as the "Black Pioneer of American film—not just because he was a black man, or because in his youth he pioneered the West, or because he was the greatest figure in ‘race' movies and an unjustly ignored force in early American cinema. Micheaux is America's Black Pioneer in the way that André Breton was Surealism's Black Pope. His movies throw our history and movies into an alien and startling disarray." One of Micheaux’s earliest surviving films, The Symbol of the Unconquered [a silent film] is a stirring melodrama about the westward migration of a young African American woman from her native Selma, Alabama, to the Pacific Northwest town of Orison. Micheaux provided a dramatic rebuttal to the racism of D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation: as one advertisement for the film read, “See the Ku Klux Clan in action—and their annihilation.” - TCM

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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King of the Belgians (2016)
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

King of the Belgians (2016)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

Presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies

In this quirky road movie mockumentary a languid monarch must get lost in the Balkans in order to discover himself and the world. King Nicolas III, regent of a nation known for surrealism and for compromise, embarks on a state visit to Istanbul with a British filmmaker who has been commissioned to shoot a documentary intended to polish the King’s dull image. The news breaks there that Wallonia, Belgium’s southern half, has declared its independence. In order to fulfill his purpose as leader of the nation, Nicolas must embark on a dubios undercover odyssey across the Balkans. The voyage sheds satirical light on Europe’s identity crisis and mocks the incongruity of Belgium and its monarchy.

Introduced by Michael Gott (Romance Languages and Film & Media Studies, UC)

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Some Like it Hot (1959)
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Some Like it Hot (1959)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Billy Wilder

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band's sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in.

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Open Screen
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Open Screen

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Like Open Mic Night But With Movies

Join us as we host our second “Open Screen” event, highlighting work by local film and video makers. The program will include a mix of short films from varying genres, with a total screening duration of 80 minutes. All filmmakers will be in attendance to present their work. Please join us for this new bi-monthly celebration of local media makers! Interested in screening your work? Visit http://www.mini-cinema.org/open-screen/ for more information. 

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Dual (Dvojina) (2013)
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Dual (Dvojina) (2013)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Nejc Gazvoda

Presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies

A fortuitous technical problem forces a plane en route from Denmark towards a Greek holiday to land at the airport in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  There the paths of two young women - Tina, a Slovene, and Iben, a Dane – cross. Through their story, Dual explores the different possibilities and limits facing young generations of Europeans. This charming film about work, life, and love also leads viewers on a picturesque journey through the quaint streets of a little-known European capital.     

Introduced by Michael Gott (Romance Languages and Film & Media Studies, UC)

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Chicagoland Shorts
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Chicagoland Shorts

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Celebrating the new wave of independent cinema in Chicago, Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 3 champions work by underrepresented filmmakers and combines experimental genres into one seamless anthology.

Produced by Full Spectrum Features NFP, Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 3 brings together the best of the city’s so-called “niche” cinemas – experimental genres and works by queer filmmakers, women, and people of color.

The short films collected in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 3 have screened in over 30 countries and 65 cities throughout the world. The work spans many disciplines, including experimental animation, observational doc, and music videos. The filmmakers run the gamut from internationally renowned auteurs to young voices, and include an Emmy-winner, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Wexner resident.

Vol. 3 is co-curated by Beckie Stocchetti of the Chicago Film Office, Raul Benitez of Comfort Station and the Nightingale Cinema, and award-winning filmmaker Jim Vendiola.

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
Feb
3
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Doors at 10:30 AM, Screening at 11:00 AM

@ The Mini 1329 Main St.

Films for Kids

Enjoy a selection of short films for children. The thirty minute program includes animations from all over the world that are either in English or without dialogue. Plus enjoy free bagels from Lil’s Bagels and free coffee from Iris Book Cafe. All ages welcome!

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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RAT FILM (2016)
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

RAT FILM (2016)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Theo Anthony

Rats, Maps, and Extermination in an American City. Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them-to explore the history of Baltimore. "There's never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it's always been a people problem.”

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Short Films presented by Brent Green
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Short Films presented by Brent Green

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Short Films presented by Brent Green

Filmmaker Brent Green, who will be in town for Live Cinema presented by the CAC, presents a selection of short films.

"I grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. I think my films still look like that farm. I’ve always loved films that look and feel like the place they came from and don’t fall to the whims and styles of pop culture. I’ll be showing short films by Penny Lane, Mike Plante, Sam Green and other great filmmakers from rural places, whose films look like those rural places." —Brent Green

Free with $5 suggested donation.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LIVE CINEMA... featuring Brent Green... happening Saturday, January 27th, 2018 @ Memorial Hall! 

 

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Swagger (2016)
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Swagger (2016)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Olivier Babinet

An innovative documentary spliced with imaginative fictional elements, Swagger delves into the aspirations and dreams of a group of children and teenagers growing up in some of France's most underprivileged housing projects. Through their singular and unexpected gaze on the world, Swagger offers a joyful, optimistic, and thoroughly unexpected picture of life in the sometimes socially and economically isolated but incredibly diverse suburbs of Paris.

Introduced by Michael Gott (Romance Languages and Film & Media Studies, UC)

Presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Western (2017)
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Western (2017)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Valeska Grisebach

Presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies

A group of German construction workers ventures to the periphery of Europe to build a hydropower station in a remote Bulgarian nature preserve. Amid this breath-taking landscape, they find themselves confronted with the challenges of physical work, the limits of language, and the foreignness of Bulgaria itself. Reimaging the Western genre in a contemporary European borderland, Valeska Grisebach explores romanticized conceptions of masculinity and the quest for freedom on imagined and real “frontier” of civilization.  Introduced by Tanja Nusser (German Studies and Film & Media Studies, UC)

Free with $5 suggested donation.

 

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Lemonade Joe (Limonádový Joe aneb Konská opera) (1964)
Jan
20
4:30 PM16:30

Lemonade Joe (Limonádový Joe aneb Konská opera) (1964)

Doors at 4:30 PM, Screening at 5:00 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Oldrich Lipský

Presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies

Described as “one of the strangest films ever made” by Time Out, this classic Czech New wave comedy spoofs the Western while critiquing both Communism and Capitalism. These Czech cowboys sing, dance, and mete out justice with a glass of lemonade in “Stetson City.” Introduced by Evan Torner (German Studies and Film & Media Studies, UC)

Free with $5 suggested donation.

 

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55th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

55th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Digital Program ONE

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour which launched in 1964 with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles and Berkeley. Since that time, the AAFF Tour has presented hundreds of influential works.

This year’s tour includes independent and experimental short films from the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival across all genres: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative and hybrids.

Six new experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative videos including Jessica Kingdon's Commodity City (Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker), personne by Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller (Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design), Jonathan Rattner's The Interior (Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary), Elegance Bratton's Walk For Me (\aut\Film Award for Best LGBTQ Film), Railment by Shunsaku Hayashi (Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film), and Pokey Pokey by Junjie Zhang (Jury Award).

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Everything Beautiful Is Far Away (2017)
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

Everything Beautiful Is Far Away (2017)

1st Screening - Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

2nd Screening - Doors at 9:30 PM, Screening at 10:00 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Everything Beautiful Is Far Away (2017)

An unlikely trio - a lonely man, his robot-head companion, and a determined young woman - team up to navigate the harsh desert in search of a mythical lake that could be their key to survival on an otherwise barren planet.

Winner of the U.S. Fiction Cinematography Award at the 2017 LA Film Festival

Starring Julia Garner & Joseph Cross

Written & Directed by Pete Ohs

Co-Directed by Andrea Sisson

Distributed by The Orchard

FREE with $5 suggested donation

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PETE OHS is a swiss-army-knife of filmmaking; he writes, directs, shoots, and edits. His debut feature, I SEND YOU THIS PLACE, premiered in 2012 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - co-directed with partner, Andrea Sisson. In 2013, he was named to Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. He is the winner of four regional Emmy awards, and a published writer of comics. He is also an Ohio native and began his career in video production in Cincinnati.

ANDREA SISSON is an interdisciplinary artist. She works in film, imagery, performance, writing, and conceptual art. She’s a J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR, a 2013 Filmmaker Magazine “25 New Face of Independent Film,” and has been shown at São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound and Palais de Tokyo Paris. In 2012, she co-directed the hybrid and experimental documentary I SEND YOU THIS PLACE -- garnering praise from the New York Times. Sisson has an undergraduate degree in conceptual fashion design and will be entering graduate school for an MFA in contemporary studies and fine art at MICA. She is also a Cincinnati native.

 

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Home (Movies) for the Holidays
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Home (Movies) for the Holidays

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini 1329 Main St

Selections from the Kentucky Amateur Film Archives

 

Katrina M. Dixon and Brian L. Frye present a collection of holiday-themed films from the collection of the Kentucky Amateur Film Archives, in a variety of film formats, accompanied by holiday music. The Kentucky Amateur Film Archives is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Lexington, Kentucky. It's mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to home movies and amateur films, with a focus on films made in Kentucky and its surrounding states, or by people from those states.

Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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The Short Films of Agnès Varda
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Short Films of Agnès Varda

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM

@ The Mini 1329 Main St

Agnès Varda is often associated with the French New Wave, but this paradoxical filmmaker, tough-minded yet whimsical, is more a one-woman vanguard. Eccentricity is her norm. Still active at 89, Ms. Varda began as a photographer and remains one at heart. Her fiction films, documentaries and first-person film essays share a fascination with the fleeting and serendipitous. - New York Times

The Mini presents three short films by Agnès Varda!

Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) Directed by Gordon Parks Jr.
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) Directed by Gordon Parks Jr.

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Presented by Black Folks Make Movies

 

A rare blaxploitation classic starring Vonette McGee & Max Julien, Thomasine & Bushrod was intended as a counterpart to Bonnie and Clyde. This pair of thieves, who operate in the American south between 1911 and 1915, pattern themselves after Robin Hood and hold the White Establishment as (a 'modern-day') Sheriff of Nottingham. Here's the clincher-- Thomasine and Bushrod steal from rich, white capitalists, then give to Mexicans, Native Americans and poor whites.

~ Ratiera L. Harrison, IMDb

 

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Human Geography (2013) Directed by Claire Simon
Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

Human Geography (2013) Directed by Claire Simon

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies

As a part of the Series: Cities in Motion - Documentaries about Places of Transit

 

 

Claire Simon is accomplished filmmaker whose work encompasses both fiction and documentary. In Human Geography, she traces the true stories of some of the thousands of travelers that arrive or depart from the eponymous train station each day. Bound for the suburbs of Paris, the provinces of France, or other European capitals, the trajectories of her subjects intersect in fascinating, mysterious, and ultimately fleeting ways. The film offers compelling and touching insights into a station that is a veritable city within one of the world’s great cities and a key node in a global network of points of contact and missed connections.

 

Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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Keep on Truckin' - The Best of The Mini Microcinema @ People’s Liberty
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Keep on Truckin' - The Best of The Mini Microcinema @ People’s Liberty

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

“Keep on Truckin’ - The "Best" of The Mini Microcinema"

THIS SCREENING IS AT: People’s Liberty - 1805 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Doors at 7:00PM, Screening at 7:30PM

FREE! Come early to enjoy beers and cupcakes!

The Mini Microcinema, which debuted at People’s Liberty in 2015, now has a permanent home on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. For one evening only, join The Mini Microcinema as they return to People’s Liberty for a throwback screening of “The Best of The Mini Microcinema.” 

The Mini Microcinema will present a selection of previously programmed short films of varying genres and lengths - curated by Director of The Mini, C. Jacqueline Wood. The 60 minute program includes work by Roger Beebe, Tony Buba, Kelly Gallagher, Marc Governanti, Terence Nance, Terri Sarris and Frank Pahl, Mónica Savirón, and Charles Woodman!

The event is part of People's Liberty INTERMISSION - a multi-week celebration to mark their halfway point, reflect on what has been accomplished so far and to begin a conversation about what’s to come. More info here: https://www.peoplesliberty.org/

 

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Johnny Guitar (1954)
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Johnny Guitar (1954)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Nicholas Ray

 

Johnny Guitar stars Oscar winner Joan Crawford (Best Actress, Mildred Pierce) as Vienna, a saloon owner with a sordid past. Persecuted by the townspeople, Vienna must protect her life and property when a lynch mob led by her sexually repressed rival, Emma Small (Oscar winner Mercedes McCambridge, Best Actress, All the King’s Men), attempts to frame her for a string of robberies she did not commit. Enter Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), a guitar-strumming ex-gunfighter, who once was — and perhaps still is — in love with Vienna. With the leads at their operatic best, the table is now set for an epic showdown in this one-of-a-kind western from director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause). A bizarrely veiled allegory for the McCarthy-era Red Scare, Johnny Guitar was misunderstood upon its initial release. One of the most original takes on the western genre — the women are far tougher than the men — Johnny Guitar is praised by fans, filmmakers, and critics alike as groundbreaking. Boasting superb supporting performances, Johnny Guitar features Ernest Borgnine (Marty), Scott Brady (The China Syndrome), Ward Bond (The Searchers), Paul Fix (To Kill a Mockingbird), Royal Dano (The Outlaw Josey Wales) and John Carradine (Stagecoach). Notably, Johnny Guitar’s indelible title song was a collaboration between the Academy Award-winning composer Victor Young (Around the World in Eighty Days), and co-writer and songstress Peggy Lee. - Olive Films

 

Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Toshio Matsumoto

 

Long unavailable in the U.S., director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara. No less than Stanley Kubrick cited the film as a direct influence on his own dystopian classic A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

 

An unknown club dancer at the time, transgender actor Peter (from Kurosawa’s RAN) gives an astonishing Edie Sedgwick/Warhol superstar-like performance as hot young thing Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet — where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda (Osamu Ogasawara) for the attentions of club owner Gonda (played by Kurosawa regular Yoshio Tsuchiya, from SEVEN SAMURAI and YOJIMBO).

 

One of Japan’s leading experimental filmmakers, Matsumoto bends and distorts time here like Resnais in LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, freely mixing documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts, and even on-screen cartoon balloons, into a dizzying whirl of image + sound. Featuring breathtaking black-and-white cinematography by Tatsuo Suzuki that rivals the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, FUNERAL PARADE offers a frank, openly erotic and unapologetic portrait of an underground community of drag queens. Whether laughing with drunken businessmen, eating ice cream with her girlfriends, or fighting in the streets with a local girl gang, Peter’s ravishing Eddie is something to behold.

 

“She has bad manners, all she knows is coquetry,” complains her rival Leda – but in fact, Eddie’s bad manners are simply being too gorgeous for this world. Her stunning presence, in bell-bottom pants, black leather jacket and Brian Jones hair-do, is a direct threat to the social order, both in the Bar Genet and in the streets of Tokyo.

 

A key work of the Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, FUNERAL PARADE is being beautifully restored in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements for re-release in 2017. - Cinelicious

 

Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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Sacro GRA (2013)
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Sacro GRA (2013)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi

Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies

As a part of the Series: Cities in Motion - Documentaries about Places of Transit

 

Gianfranco Rosi, who most recently directed Fire at Sea, turns his attention to capturing the rhythm and quirks of life on Rome’s “GRA” (Grande Raccordo Anulare), the ring road that encircles the Italian capital. Rosi spent two years exploring the approximately 40 miles that loop around the city, in the process documenting with insight and empathy the daily lives of the people who help make the famous city hum.  

 

 

Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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Short Films and Videos by Tony Conrad
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Short Films and Videos by Tony Conrad

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Presented with No Response Festival

 Join us for a shorts program to supplement the documentary “Completely in the Present.” The specific lineup will be released closer to the screening! Stay tuned.

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016)
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Presented with No Response Festival

 

A film about the pioneering life and works of the legendary artist, musician, and educator. 

 

Sometimes referred to as the Bill Murray of the Avant Garde, Tony Conrad is one the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large he remains virtually unknown. Since the early 1960s, Conrad’s films and musical compositions have been the stuff of legend. Conrad was an early member of the Velvet Underground; he toured with Sonic Youth in the ’90s; collaborated with contemporary artists such as Tony Oursler and Mike Kelley; and has spent decades re-wiring generations of young minds as a professor and media personality in Buffalo, New York. His vast conceptual multimedia repertoire has challenged the very foundations of art, film and music and questioned entire belief systems. This definitive film will place Tony Conrad’s fifty years of influence at the forefront and explore his profound impact on generations of artists. Combining intimate footage of Tony and his collaborators shot over the last twenty years, his own archive of recordings and films, and interviews with fans and colleagues, the film will reveal not only a playful approach to life and art making but one that is motivated by a deep sense of powerful, political radicalism. 

 

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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The Killer (1989)
Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Killer (1989)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Directed by John Woo

Presented by tt stern-enzi

 

So often, audiences come to recognize a particularly fruitful collaboration between a director and an actor or actress who seems to serve as a muse or stand-in. Such would seem to be the case with Chinese writer-director John Woo and Yun-Fat Chow. This dynamic duo teamed up for a string of action-packed thrillers from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, before Woo headed to Hollywood. Yun-Fat proved capable of playing either side of the cops and robbers divide in Woo's films, mainly because as a writer, Woo never subscribed to the notion that his characters were ever completely black or white; everyone operated in morally gray areas. Which accounts for why Yun-Fat's protagonist in The Killer is an assassin taking on one last job in order to pay the medical expenses of a blind singer's attempt to regain her sight. This "Killer" has a secret heart of gold that will get tested when he must face off against his boss. Come watch The Killer and join a lively debate about where the film ranks in the Woo filmography. Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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PlayTime (1967)
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

PlayTime (1967)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Jacques Tati

 

Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PlayTime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati thrust the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern world, this time Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, PlayTime is a lasting record of a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion. 

 

PlayTime contains not one story but a million, all happening at once. In Tati’s hands, plotlessness isn’t just the absence of narrative; it’s a positive tool in the same way that a three-act structure would be for most other filmmakers. - Criterion 

 

Delightfully ambitious, pure visual magic -- not to be missed! Free with $5 suggested donation.

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War At A Distance (2003)
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

War At A Distance (2003)

Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Harun Farocki

 

Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies

With Introduction by Svea Braeunert

 

 

In 1991, when images of the Gulf War flooded the international media, it was virtually impossible to distinguish between real pictures and those generated on computer. This loss of bearings was to change forever our way of deciphering what we see.

 

The image is no longer used only as testimony, but also as an indispensable link in a process of production and destruction. This is the central premise of War at a Distance, which continues the deconstruction of claims to visual objectivity Harun Farocki developed in his earlier work.

 

With the help of archival and original material, Farocki sets out in effect to define the relationship between military strategy and industrial production and sheds light on how the technology of war finds applications in everyday life. (Antje Ehmann)

 

Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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