Felix
Sep
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Felix

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

Migrant Journeys:Films from the Middle East, Mexico and Beyond
Series programmed by Kaveh Baghdadchi (UC) and Julian Etienne

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

Félix: Self-Fictions of a Smuggler (Adriana Trujillo, 2012)
Directed by: Adriana Trujillo
Year: 2012

Creative documentary – 90 min – Mexico

Félixtells the story of a human smuggler who is also a low-budget border film actor. In this documentary we are exposed to the network he controls in Tijuana: the strategies, methods and members of his organization that smuggles undocumented immigrants into the United States.
Félix reveals the world of human smuggling from the point of view and perspective of the smuggler and includes fragments from films in which he has portrayed or fictionalized himself.

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Urban Projections 1 - Lecture
Sep
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Urban Projections 1 - Lecture

Doors at 7:00 PM ... Lecture Starts at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Urban Projections 1: Historical and Everyday Screens in Public Space

Moving image screens increasingly mediate our public spaces. From massive electric billboards in downtown districts to small scale touchscreens at kiosks and in our own pockets, our physical, cultural, and social movement through space is informed by a matrix of screen interfaces. For this first installment of Urban Projections we will consider historical precedents for public screens and the everyday experience of mediated public spaces.

A lecture by Annie Dell'Aria, PhD
Assistant Professor of Art History
Miami University, Ohio

 

 

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

"Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is an homage to my home, and to a certain kind of cinema I grew up with. I believe in the transmigration of souls between humans, plants, animals, and ghosts. Uncle Boonmee’s story shows the relationship between man and animal and at the same time destroys the line dividing them. When the events are represented through cinema, they become shared memories of the crew, the cast, and the public. A new layer of (simulated) memory is augmented in the audience’s experience. In this regard, filmmaking is like creating synthetic past lives. I am interested in exploring the innards of this time machine. There might be some mysterious forces waiting to be revealed just as certain things that used to be called black magic have been shown to be scientific facts. For me, filmmaking remains a source all of whose energy we haven’t properly utilized. In the same way that we have not thoroughly explained the inner workings of the mind.

Additionally, I have become interested in the destruction and extinction processes of cultures and of species. For the past few years in Thailand, nationalism, fueled by the military coups, brought about a confrontation of ideologies. There is now a state agency that acts as a moral policeman to ban ‘inappropriate’ activities and to destroy their contents. It is impossible not to relate the story of Uncle Boonmee and his belief to this.

He is an emblem of something that is about to disappear, something that erodes like the old kind of cinemas, theatres, the old acting styles that have no place in our contemporary landscape."
-Apichatpong Weerasethaku

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Mystery Train
Sep
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mystery Train

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

Jarmusch - Memphis - Stax!

Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in Mystery Train, from Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King, who presides over the film like a spirit. Mystery Train is one of Jarmusch’s very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world. -Criterion

Don't miss it!

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Purgatorio
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Purgatorio

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

Presented by the Center Film and Media Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Migrant Journeys: Films from the Middle East, Mexico and Beyond Series programmed by Kaveh Baghdadchi (UC) and Julian Etienne

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border (Rodrigo Reyes, 2013)

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border
Directed by: Rodrigo Reyes
Year: 2013
Documentary – 82 min – Mexico/USA


Reyes' provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of camera-stylo,
Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.

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Urban Projections 2 - Lecture
Sep
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Urban Projections 2 - Lecture

Doors at 7:00 PM ... Lecture Starts at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Urban Projections 2: Spectacular Public Art

When placed in public space outside the gallery, video and moving image art installation generates an entirely new relationship with its audience. As high-lumen projectors, LED hardware, and projection mapping technology become more affordable, media public art projects become increasingly spectacular, operating on a monumental scale. For this installation of Urban Projections, we look at recent trends in spectacular public art and consider both their relationship to the history of expanded cinema and their impact on the public.

A lecture by Annie Dell'Aria, PhD
Assistant Professor of Art History
Miami University, Ohio

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Sign Painters: The Movie
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sign Painters: The Movie

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

2013 - Directed by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon

We see them almost every day without a second thought. Weathered by time, distinct characteristics shining through, hand-painted signs are a product of a fascinating 150 year-old American history. What was once a common job has now become a highly specialized trade, a unique craft struggling with technological advances. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country including Ira Coyne, Bob Dewhurst, Keith Knecht, Norma Jeane Maloney and Stephen Powers.

These vanguards of unseen originality are leading a renaissance with a keen creative purpose and exemplify the working class American success story. Sign Painters celebrates those keeping the tradition intact with a bespoke approach and appreciation for a balance between art and commerce.

Faythe Levine works as a independent researcher, artist, photographer, filmmaker and curator. Her work focuses on themes of community, creativity, awareness, process, empowerment and documentation. Levine’s first film and book, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design was published by Princeton Architectural Press. She is currently working on her third book about a pioneer show-woman, Mimi Garneau. 

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Blues Legend: The Life and Times of H-Bomb Ferguson
Sep
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Blues Legend: The Life and Times of H-Bomb Ferguson

SCREENING STARTS AT 7:00 PM!
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Friday, September 29th, 5:00 – 8PM | A Party for H-Bomb. 

Come celebrate a Cincinnati legend during Final Friday at the Mini Microcinema on Main Street. The late H-Bomb Ferguson, an American original and an early R & B pioneer, performed in a flamboyant style, while wearing colorful wigs. He recorded for several labels including King’s Federal label in the 1950s and 1960s. Starting at 5pm, enjoy happy hour while watching rarely seen videos of his live performances. 


At 7PM, the Mini Microcinema will present the 40 minute documentary Blues Legend: The Life & Times of H-Bomb Ferguson that features rare insights into H-Bomb's early years, his struggles growing up in the racially segregated South, his friendships with other world famous artists, and his return to the spotlight in the 1980's.

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Nitrate Kisses
Oct
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Nitrate Kisses

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

NIitrate Kisses (1992) explores eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture in this first feature by a pioneer of lesbian cinema, Barbara Hammer. 

This first feature by Hammer, a pioneer of lesbian cinema, weaves striking images of four gay and lesbian couples with footage of an unearthed forbidden and invisible history.
Archival footage from the first gay film in the U.S., Lot In Sodom (1933) is interwoven in this haunting documentary.

A forbidden and invisible history of a marginalized people are put in context by the contemporary sexual activities of four gay and lesbian couples. 
The role of sexuality in the historic present underscores the resistance of two cultures, gay and lesbian, struggling to survive in the complex interaction of power and domination of a dominant heterosexist ideology. 

"Passionate, subjective meditation on the repressed and marginalized history of gay women and men." 
- Vincent Canby, The New York Times

"Vivid, lusty, impressionistic, Barbara Hammer appears to be leading a rising tide of lesbian filmmaking." 
- John Anderson, NY Newsday

"NITRATE KISSES brings past and present into dialogue, mixing the sound of testimonials with the image of sex acts, refusing to allow its audience the escape of either amnesia, or invisibility." - B. Ruby Rich, pop culture critic

"NITRATE KISSES conjures history from shadows, layering the voices of lesbians and gay men into rhythmic lyric." 
- Lawrence Chua, Artforum

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Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island
Oct
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island

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

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

Selected shorts about migrant journeys, including:

Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island (Lukas Schrank), Irregulars (Fabio Palmieri), Broken Tongue (Mónica Savirón), and others.

Migration and asylum have been major global topics since the early years of the 20th century. Domestic and international wars, social unrest, political repression, religious persecution, racial discrimination, revolutions, economic crisis, unbalanced financial development across the world, inequality of wealth distribution, drought and natural disasters were and still remain the main factors behind many forced displacements. As of 2015, the number of international migrants has reached 244 million worldwide, which reflects a 41% increase since 2000. Many films about migration have been produced during the history of cinema but due to increasing number of migrants in many parts of the world such as Europe, Africa and North America, it has become an increasingly important topic in the past two decades.

 

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Urban Projections 3 : A Lecture Series by Annie Dell'Aria
Oct
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Urban Projections 3 : A Lecture Series by Annie Dell'Aria

Doors at 7:00 PM ... Lecture Starts at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Urban Projections 3 : Place and Protest

Though we most often associate moving image art with the cinema, which transports us to another realm, projections and screens can return us to and comment upon the place in which they are situated. Layering historical images, projecting critical messages, or engaging communities and voices usually denied official recognition in public spaces are all strategies artists engage through moving image-based public art. For this final installation of Urban Projections we look to the notion of place and the potential of light and moving image-based art to form a critical practice in public space.

A lecture by Annie Dell'Aria, PhD
Assistant Professor of Art History

Miami University, Ohio

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Dancing Backwards in High Heels
Oct
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dancing Backwards in High Heels

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

Dancing Backwards in High Heels - A Survey Screening of Video Work by Rachel Rampleman

Rachel Rampleman presents a selection of her documentary and experimental video work featuring single and multi-channel pieces from the last decade. Subjects, muses, and collaborators include Girls Girls Girls (the world's first and only all female Mötley Crüe tribute band), Tazzie Colomb (the world's longest competing female bodybuilder/powerlifter), LACTIC Inc (an avant-garde clothing brand that takes the detritus of corporate life and reinterprets it into one-of-a-kind structural garments that challenge the polarization of gender and critiques existing power structures), among others.

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Best known for her bodies of work that explore subjects like gender, artifice, and spectacle, Rampleman showcases exuberantly bold and irrepressible female/femme personalities who revel in challenging common clichés associated with masculinity and femininity. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently living and working in New York City, she received her MFA from NYU in 2006. Since then, her work has been shown widely both nationally and internationally, and she has co-curated exhibitions as The Sun That Never Sets.

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Lils + Lils - Films for Kids
Oct
7
10:30am10:30am

Lils + Lils - Films for Kids

Doors at 10:30 AM ... Screening at 11:00 AM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Lils + Lils - Films for Kids - FREE Bagel Brunch 

Enjoy a selection of short films from the New York International Children's Film Festival. Screening for kids 3 and up! 

All films either in English or without dialogue. 30 min.

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What's the Time in Your World?
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

What's the Time in Your World?

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

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

What's The Time In Your World? (2014) by Safi YazdanianYear: 2014
Fiction – 101min – Iran

On a sudden whim Goli decides to return to Iran after 20 years of living in France. She lands in Rasht, her home town, located in the north of the country. Farhad, a frame maker by trade, comes to welcome her. He seems to know her well, but the young woman has absolutely no recollection of him. 

Awards:
* Winner of : *FIPRESCI’s Award* at the 19th Busan International Film Festival, South Korea.
* Winner of: *GOLD FIFOG, Best Film* at the 10th International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva, Switzerland.
*Winner of: *Audience Award* at the 5th Iranian Film Festival, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Australia.

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I Am Not Your Negro
Oct
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

I Am Not Your Negro

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

A Special FADE2BLACK Film Festival Screening of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, in conjunction with BFMM & The Mini Microcinema, by master filmmaker, Raoul Peck.

With this film Peck "envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, "Remember This House." The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of with BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for."

A brilliant masterpiece that only Raoul Peck can deliver and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is Free ($5 Contributions encouraged)and open to the public with all the Popcorn you can eat! Discussion follows. 

Doors open at 7, screening at 7:30.

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Harun Farocki: Images of the World and the Inscription of War
Oct
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Harun Farocki: Images of the World and the Inscription of War

Harun Farocki: Images of the World and the Inscription of War

Presented by Center for Film and Media Studies at UC

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

At the same time as a bomb is released, a photograph is taken. Farocki examines the simultaneity of destruction and production by paying close attention to the ways in which images are produced, used, and distributed in warfare, propaganda, and industrial production. His key example is an aerial photograph of the Auschwitz concentration camp that the US Airforce took accidentally in April 1944. The image analysts though did not recognize the camp, since they were looking for a factory and not a camp. It was only thirty years later that the image of Auschwitz came to the fore, making for a powerful pensive image that testifies to the productivity of deferred action and asks viewers to reconsider how they think and feel about the picturing of war, atrocity, and evidence.

Introduction by Evan Torner

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Short Films from Standing Rock
Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Short Films from Standing Rock

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

 Last year thousands of Water Protectors from around the world stood with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), including hundreds of tribal nations. DAPL is a crude oil pipeline that was constructed just north of the Stand Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The resistance touched on many issues which have effected the indigenous people of the world, including issues of sovereignty, access to land and water, desecration of sacred sites, police brutality, and access to clean water. Despite this unprecedented resistance the pipeline is active today, carrying about 500,000 barrels per day of crude oil across multiple states and waterways including the Missouri River which provides drinking water for millions of people down stream. The fight to stop Energy Transfer Partners the company that operates the pipeline, has since moved from the front line at Standing Rock into defund campaigns in the banks, on to the streets of cities around the world, and most notably in the courts. The Mini Microcinema will be screening a selection of short films from the Standing Rock Resistance. Albert Ortiz of the American Indian Movement Chapter of Indiana and Kentucky will be speaking following the screenings. So please join us in reflection of this historic moment and a discussion of what lies ahead.

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Kent Lambert - IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Kent Lambert - IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

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

KENT LAMBERT - IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
Kent Lambert is a Chicago-based musician and media artist. His creative output primarily consists of 1) vocal driven art-pop music and 2) pop-inflected video art made from repurposed industrial and commercial media. His ever-mutating band Roommate has been performing and stateside and abroad since the early 2000s. Their fourth album MAKE LIKE was released in 2015.

Lambert on his work: 

In my music and video work, I search for intersections between 1) meditative interrogation of society and self 2) textural and tonal intrigue and beauty 3) absurdist and/or humanist humor and 4) cathartic emotional expression. A primary underlying motivation of my video work is to reflect, critique and ultimately transcend American zeitgeists and my own consumption within them. 

The screening will feature selections from the Video Data Bank's Videoworks Vol. 1 compilation, a music video or two, and the first two installments of an ongoing mixed-reality series, RECKONING 3 (2013) and RECKONING 4 (2016). 

More on Lambert's videos:

“Sitting somewhere between these two styles [Animal Charm and Bryan Boyce] but inflected with the serialism of Steve Reich, Kent Lambert's videos are elaborate mood pieces evoking moments of strange joy or dread… In contrast to the limited-edition model of gallery video art, Lambert early on aligned himself with an anti-copyright ethos, ending his videos with a note that his works were in the public domain, and setting up a website to exhibit them freely. In this sense, he overlaps with a younger generation of artists who emerged as Internet natives, engaged with sharing video as a social activity.” –Ed Halter, “Recycle It,” Moving Image Source, July 2008

“Graced with a keen sense of editorial timing, Lambert uses his subject's own words to twist their egos into knots without going straight for the cheap laugh. But beyond humor, Lambert can turn his source material into sonic landscapes with a beat—à la EBN—and juxtapose images to unlock the cultural bias contained within.” –Jason Halprin, CINE-FILE, August 2009

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The Elephant Man
Oct
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Elephant Man

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

David Lynch's haunting 1980 masterpiece follows the life of one John Merrick, a real life figure who lived in Victorian London. 

Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft) before his death at 27.

One of Lynch's few conventionally narrative films that still reveals his unique mastery of character, art direction, sound, and sensitive understanding of the human experience.

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The Eyeslicer
Oct
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Eyeslicer

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

THE EYESLICER ROADSHOW -- Presented in Smell-O-Vision

The Eyeslicer is a mind-melting new TV show that will slice, dice, then mince your eyeballs into delicious ceviche. Each episode plays like a handcrafted mixtape blending boundary-pushing short form work into into a weird, wild, uninterrupted whole. From vérité documentary to amateur computer animation. Surreal horror to remix video art. Haunted high school yearbooks to Sasquatch birth rituals. Twisted bedtime stories to time traveling cats... if it sounds too crazy for the rest of the Internet, chances are you can find it on The Eyeslicer. 

To celebrate the release of the ten-episode, ten-hour first season, co-creator Dan Schoenbrun is heading across the country this Fall with “The Eyeslicer Roadshow” a one-night-only live event featuring robot Q&As, communal milk and cookies, and even an episode presented in special ‘Smell-O-Vision.’ Trust us: you haven’t lived until you’ve smelled these smells.

The Eyeslicer premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It has been hailed as “one of the craziest TV shows you’ll ever see” (Indiewire) and “an insane variety show puree” (Entertainment Weekly). The show features work by David Lowery, Amy Seimetz, the Zellner Brothers, Shaka King, Calvin Reeder, Lauren Wolkstein, Yen Tan, Harrison Atkins, Zia Anger, Frances Bodomo, Nathan Silver, Brian Lonano, Borscht, Celia Rowlson Hall, Patrick Bresnan + Ivete Lucas, Ornana, Leah Shore, Jennifer Reeder, and many, many more.

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Lettrist Cinema
Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lettrist Cinema

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

“Some, almost, 10 years ago I saw what is here titled “Venom and
Eternity” (Traité de bave et d'éternité). It immediately worked one of the most profound and lasting changes upon all my development as a filmmaker. ... I have gone out of my way to view “Venom and Eternity” some 15 to 20 times ... .” - Letter from Stan Brakhage to Isidore Isou (1962)

Little noted in both film and art history, Lettrist cinema practically
invented the structures, forms, and working methods used throughout experimental films today. Isidore Isou’s “Traité de bave et déternité” (1951) employed montage discrépant (discrepant editing) – purposely not synchronizing image and sound as well as drawing directly on the film or image ciselante (chiseled image). Most of “Traité” consists of found footage,
while simultaneously emphasizing the sound track. Like the other Lettrist films,“Traité de bave et d'éternité” boldly departs from any notion of traditional cinema. MATURE AUDIENCES

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Implacable Malevolence
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Implacable Malevolence

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

Three short films from three countries (France, Poland, and the United States) adapted from horror stories by the Ohio-born misanthrope, Ambrose Bierce.

“The pitiless regularity of this vast rhythm was maddening. I was conscious that it pervaded the entire forest, and was a manifestation of some gigantic and implacable malevolence.” - Ambrose Bierce, from his essay Visions of the Night (1887)

From his experience as a Union soldier and topographer, Ambrose Bierce grew intimate with the hollow heart and unforgiving terrain of a country at war with itself. These films are adaptations from Bierce’s collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, each a nightmare barbed with caustic irony.

Chickamauga (1962) is part of French director Robert Enrico’s Bierce triptych Au coeur de la vie. A child falls asleep in the woods only to awaken in the smoldering aftermath of war. (French with English subtitles, 28 minutes.)

Okno zabite deskami (1971) is a seldom-seen Polish adaptation of Bierce’s story of death and isolation in Appalachia. (Polish with English subtitles, 25 minutes.)

One of the Missing (1979) follows a lone Confederate soldier’s death spiral. Shot in Texas. (English, 54 minutes.)

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What We Do in the Shadows
Oct
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

What We Do in the Shadows

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

What We Do in the Shadows
Directed by Taika Waititi

New Zealand, 2014

Four vampires share a flat in suburban Wellington, New Zealand in the comic horror film that The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw named "the best comedy of the year." A documentary team captures their everyday lives as they bicker with one another over domestic duties, clash with a rival gang of werewolves, and go about the daily grind of finding victims to feed their thirst for blood. Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Boy, and Thor: Ragnarok) directed and star in this mocumentary that satirizes vampire films and reality-style documentaries.

Presented by Todd Herzog (UC).

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Oct
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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

"Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom...blood red.

The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch." - Kino Lorber

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GLIMPSES THROUGH THE KEYHOLE OF A HOUSE OF UNSPEAKABLE SECRETS
Oct
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

GLIMPSES THROUGH THE KEYHOLE OF A HOUSE OF UNSPEAKABLE SECRETS

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

GLIMPSES THROUGH THE KEYHOLE OF A HOUSE OF UNSPEAKABLE SECRETS

A Series of Short Films

Scary, sensual, strange, and occasionally silly, these short films come from around the world to mess with your soul and carbonate the parts of the brain where nightmares, lurid dreams, and deeply felt but half remembered experiences live.

The central themes are possibility and disruption. Each film is an invitation to take the sweaty hand of the unknown and step into a world where things are mysteriously, magically, monstrously different.

Most material may be unsuitable for kids, those of delicate sensibility, the devout, or the ideologically inflexible.

Curated by: Jason Shawhan

Media Prophet Jason Shawhan spent eleven years as the local film critic for Gannett (Nashville Rage/All The Rage/Metromix/The Tennessean) and currently contributes to The Nashville Scene. He programs the Graveyard Shift section of the Nashville Film Festival and is a consultant for the Chattanooga Film Festival. He was the founder of the Nashville Cinema Underground and host of the Midnight Movie series at The Belcourt Theatre. A graduate of NYU (Literature/Critical Theory/Cinema Studies) and Watkins Film School (Cinematography), his criticism and writing have also appeared in Dish Magazine, In Review, The Film Journal, Indiewire, Opposable Thumb Films, and about.com. His art and photography have been exhibited at The St. Mark’s Position Gallery and The Barney Building in New York City, The Rule of Thirds Gallery, and the Belcourt Gallery in Nashville, and online at IFC.com. He has also been photo elf for Crispin Glover and as DJ Nomi spins the Erase; Rewind mixshow weekly at dancemixusa.com.

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Get Out
Sep
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Get Out

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

BFMM (Black Folks Make Movies) presents: 

Get Out (2016)

Directed by Jordan Peele

Much more than a horror film, "funny, scary and thought-provoking, GET OUTseemlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride." - RT

Discussion follows led by filmmaker Pam Thomas, Executive Director of BFMMand Founder of the upcoming F2B (FADE2BLACK) Film Festival, Oct. 12-14, 2017. Discussion follows each screening to hear what others have to say & further understand the historical significance of the films.

Check www.blackfolksmakemovies.org for more information.

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Columbus (2017) Directed By Kogonada
Sep
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Columbus (2017) Directed By Kogonada

Columbus (2017) Directed By Kogonada

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

 

"When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada's COLUMBUS unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, COLUMBUS is also a showcase for its director's striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions."- Superlative. Official Selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Presented by Dr. Kerry Hegarty, Associate Professor of Film Studies, Department of Media, Journalism and Film, Miami University.

 

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The Other Thing
Sep
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Other Thing

The Other Thing

Thursday September 14th, 2017

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

The Other Thing: A Series of Short Films is presented in conjunction with an upcoming show at The Carnegie organized by painter Michael Stillion. The exhibition, opening Friday September 15th, highlights artists that are bending disciplines and moving between sculpture, drawing, painting, film/video, craft and performance. Drawings disguised as sculptures, quilts appearing to be paintings, paintings as video all seeking to upend expectations and subvert how artistic media behave. Artists in the exhibition include Heather Braunlin-Jones, Skip Cullen, Nick Fagan, Sean Foley, Alicia Little, Alice Pixley Young, Joey Versoza and Laurence Chan.

The film and video program, presented at The Mini and curated by C. Jacqueline Wood, includes work by Laurence Chan, Karissa Hahn, Jeff Scher, Jennifer Reeves, Matt McCormick, Peggy Awash and Jack Waters. Both digital and 16mm work will be shown within the theme of a "a thing made from another thing." We will be presenting a video painting made out of pixels, a video made out of a video game, a video made out of drawings, a film made out of trash, and many more!

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Seven Weeks of Cinema - Closing Night
Aug
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Seven Weeks of Cinema - Closing Night

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM 

@ mecca OTR - 1429 Walnut St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Please join The Mini Microcinema at Mecca - OTR, for our Seven Weeks of Cinema closing celebration. Join the festivities, as we enjoy music and video work by local artists.

Come celebrate as we reflect on the past seven weeks of screenings, with conversation, community, and cinema!

Cheers to The Mini!

We are thankful for your support and hope you will join us to salute the end of our inaugural season of Seven Weeks of Cinema!

Nicole Trimble's mural installation at mecca OTR - www.nicoletrimble.com

Nicole Trimble's mural installation at mecca OTR - www.nicoletrimble.com

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Mixed Bouquet - Charles Woodman: Collaborations with Composers and Dancers
Aug
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mixed Bouquet - Charles Woodman: Collaborations with Composers and Dancers

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

Mixed Bouquet - Charles Woodman: Collaborations with Composers and Dancers

Charles Woodman presents a collection of work featuring a number of single channel pieces from the 1980s until present. Collaborators include the Memlucks, Why, Michael Fiday, Judith Mikita, Odd Nosdam, Brian Chase, and others, including commissions for Concert Nova. This will be a mini-retrospective featuring many works never seen together before. Among the videos are tapes made in a variety of formats both analog and digital and including projects produced during residencies at the Experiential Television Center, Signal Culture and the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Charles Woodman is an electronic artist working in video and expanded media. His recent projects have concentrated on the creation of multi-image video installations for museums and galleries, and the integration of video with live performance, often in collaboration with musicians or dancers.

Woodman is presently an Associate Professor of Electronic Art at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP.

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The Mini Microcinema at Second Sunday on Main
Aug
13
12:00pm12:00pm

The Mini Microcinema at Second Sunday on Main

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Stop by and say hello to the Mini Microcinema during Second Sunday on Main. Cool off in the theater and enjoy some free popcorn and beverages.

We will be screening various 16mm films for your enjoyment!

Second Sunday on Main is a free neighborhood street festival with food, music, and local artisans selling their goods. 

For more information: http://secondsundayonmain.org/

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Lil's + Lils - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch
Aug
12
10:30am10:30am

Lil's + Lils - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch

Doors at 10:30 AM ... Screening at 11:00 AM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Join us at The Mini Microcinema every Saturday during Seven Weeks of Cinema for kid friendly films. Our Lils + Lil’s screenings presents films for young people along with Lil’s Bagels for a delicious snack. We will be showing animations from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, appropriate for all ages! 

Always FREE with a suggested donation of $5.

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

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Painterly Abstractions - The Experimental Films of Samantha Krukowski
Aug
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Painterly Abstractions - The Experimental Films of Samantha Krukowski

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

Painterly Abstractions - The Experimental Films of Samantha Kruskowski

Curated by Samantha Krukowski

Since 2000, Samantha Krukowski has been making direct films that move paint in time, and videos that explore the motion worlds of physical substances like eggs, water and bubbles. This screening will include the first public screening of the optical print of Krukowski’s handmade 16mm film ArtReading, which has previously screened only in digital format. Samantha Krukowski is an artist/designer, author and educator who has long been interested in the roles of impermanence, ephemerality and (in)visibility in creative production. Her videos, paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Originally from New York and St. Louis, she currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she teaches design at the University of Cincinnati.

Make sure to attend Visual Music - Pioneers of the Genre on August 8th to watch work that has influenced her practice.

Samantha Krukowski in attendance!

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Visual Music: European and American Pioneers
Aug
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visual Music: European and American Pioneers

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

Visual Music: European and American Pioneers

An evening of short historical films that are emblematic of the visual music genre. Screening will include hand-drawn animations by Oskar Fischinger, Hans Richter’s cinematic rhythms, cosmic imagery by Jordan Belson, painterly experiments by Jules Engel, seeing-sound films by Mary Ellen Bute, and Len Lye’s direct films, made without a camera. Visual Music was curated by local filmmaker and artist Samantha Krukowski as a companion to a screening of her own work, showing on August 10th. Originally from New York and St. Louis, she currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she teaches design at the University of Cincinnati. Samantha Krukowski will introduce the program. Films are from the archive of Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles - FREE with a suggested donation of $5

Stills Courtesy of Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles

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Life as a Series of Interconnected Portals: A “HOUSE” Show
Aug
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Life as a Series of Interconnected Portals: A “HOUSE” Show

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

Life as a Series of Interconnected Portals: A “HOUSE” show

Performed/Curated by Fritz Pape and Marc Governanti

Fritz Pape and Marc Governanti present “HOUSE SHOW”. A show where the audience does not go to an actual house to drink beer, hang, and listen, but instead views multiple sound, music, and performance art pieces in a house being beamed in LIVE via satellite and screened at The Mini Microcinema where the audience can drink beer, hang and listen. The artists are stationed in different rooms of the house for the duration of their set with practical transitions such as curtains and light sources used to cover the camera lens as it moves to the next performance. Fritz Pape and Marc Governanti will perform sound and music sets, with additional performers to be announced.

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Lil's + Lils - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch
Aug
5
10:30am10:30am

Lil's + Lils - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch

Doors at 10:30 AM ... Screening at 11:00 AM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Join us at The Mini Microcinema every Saturday during Seven Weeks of Cinema for kid friendly films. Our Lils + Lil’s screenings presents films for young people along with Lil’s Bagels for a delicious snack. We will be showing animations from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, appropriate for all ages! 

 

Always FREE with a suggested donation of $5.

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

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MILOTI - Program One
Aug
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

MILOTI - Program One

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

MILOTI Program One, is a sampling of moving image work made by twelve Columbus, Ohio based artists. The program features work utilizing 16mm, Super 8mm, VHS, and digital video formats. The works engages rhythm, performance, pacing and the narrative, and although there is no specific theme intended, an organic flow is present between videos.

With work by: Roger Beebe, Kellie Bornhoft, Axel Cuevas Santamaria, Jeff Hazeldon, Nick Larson, Omar Pierce, Dani Leventhal, Alicia Little, Calista Lyon, Hillary Reed, Ethan Schafer, Cameron Sharp, and Andrew Wood

Cameron Sharp is an artist and educator living in Columbus, Ohio. Sharp received his master of fine arts degree from Ohio State University where he is currently a Lecturer. Sharp’s recent work uses still and moving images as a basis to explore lived experience, the representation of lived experience, and the complicated relationship that exists between the two. He has exhibited nationally, and is the founder of MILOTI, a small, independent experimental video festival in Columbus, Ohio.

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DANCE@30FPS
Aug
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

DANCE@30FPS

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

DANCE@30FPS

Curated by Mitchell Rose, Associate Professor at The Ohio State University Department of Dance.

This program of vibrant, award-winning shorts showcases the latest fusions of filmmaking and dance from around the world. Timecode(2016), is Spanish director Juanjo Jiménez’s story of two parking lot attendants’ flirtation via security cameras. The film received a Palme d’Or at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Shift (2015), the thrilling aerial dance performed by climbers on the sides of Yosemite’s stunning mountain scape. And, Exquisite Corps (2016), Mitchell Rose’s viral phenomenon that links together 42 contemporary American choreographers in a cinematic love letter to dance.

Plus a short by local filmmaker Max Wildenhaus.

Mitchell Rose in attendance!

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Tampopo (1985)
Jul
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Tampopo (1985)

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

Tampopo (1985) Directed by Juzo Itami

Newly Remastered!

The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges—our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made. – Criterion Collection

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Lil's + Lils - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch
Jul
29
10:30am10:30am

Lil's + Lils - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch

Doors at 10:30 AM ... Screening at 11:00 AM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Join us at The Mini Microcinema every Saturday during Seven Weeks of Cinema for kid friendly films. Our Lils + Lil’s screenings presents films for young people along with Lil’s Bagels for a delicious snack. We will be showing animations from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, appropriate for all ages!

Always FREE with a suggested donation of $5.

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

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Final Friday at the Mini Microcinema
Jul
28
5:00pm 5:00pm

Final Friday at the Mini Microcinema

Doors Open from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

@ the Mini - 1329 Main St.

Come hang out and say hello to the folks at the Mini Microcinema for Final Friday!

We will be here screening films and chattin' it up with anyone who wants to know more about our incredible microcinema! We'll have popcorn, candy and beverages too.

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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016)
Jul
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016)

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

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. The film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives: from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system.

 

Proceeded by FOR THEY KNOW NOT which was produced as part of the filmmaking collaborative Pens to Pictures, in which five films were written by women in the Dayton Correctional Institution and directed outside the prison with the help of local artists. For They Know Not was shot in the Cincinnati area in 2016

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The Trouble With Mother (1979)
Jul
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Trouble With Mother (1979)

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

Young People’s Specials: The Trouble With Mother (1979)

Rare Cincinnati-lensed drama in 16mm

Filmed in Cincinnati with a mostly local cast and crew, The Trouble with Mother was an episode of the long-running series Young People’s Specials, an educational and family-friendly Multimedia Inc. production (then owners of WLWT). Though not as well known as the genre-defining ABC Afterschool Special, in their scrappy style Young People’s Specials competed by employing well-travelled character actors (John Carradine, Molly Picon) and creatively using location shooting to stage their diverse array of dramas (in the episode DzNightmare: The Immigration of Joachim and Racheldz, Lower Price Hill stood in for Nazi-occupied Warsaw).

In The Trouble with Mother the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Sandy Dennis, fresh off a stint in a local dinner theater production of Two For the Seesaw, portrays a housewife who has to come to terms with her young daughter’s feminist awakening and her compromised ambitions. Extremely difficult to see since its original broadcast on March 23, 1979, this simple understated drama will be shown via a rare 16mm print.

 

Curator Bio: Adam Williams is a cinéaste and film collector who lives with his cat Sandy in Walnut Hills.

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Sex and Broadcasting (2014)
Jul
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sex and Broadcasting (2014)

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

Sex and Broadcasting (2014) takes us inside one of the most beloved and unique radio stations left in America - WFMU, in Jersey City, NJ. The film chronicles the station’s rise from a tiny college station at Upsala College, to its place as one of the most important and longest running free-form and listener supported radio stations on the planet. WFMU’s programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strange-ness to rock and roll, experimental music, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, spoken word collages, Country and western music.

Station manager Ken Freedman is at the center of a never ending roster of eclectic disc jockeys, on-air personalities, and cultural luminaries who are determined to keep the station alive and flourishing in an era of continued media consolidation and multiple platform options.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSD9qwuHYpU

Listen now at wfmu.org

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Lils + Lil's - Films for Kids in Spanish / Películas para Niños en Español
Jul
22
10:30am10:30am

Lils + Lil's - Films for Kids in Spanish / Películas para Niños en Español

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

@ The Price Hill Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

3215 Warsaw Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

The Mini Microcinema presents a screening of short kid-friendly films in Spanish! We will be showing animations from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, appropriate for all ages! Feel free to stop by early at 10:30 AM to learn more about The Mini and grab a seat. Screening starts at 11:00 AM. 

¡El Mini Microcinema presenta una proyección de películas cortas para niños en español! ¡Vamos a mostrar animaciones del Festival Internacional de Cine Infantil de Nueva York, apropiado para todas las edades! Siéntase libre de detenerse temprano a las 10:30 am para aprender más sobre The Mini y tomar un asiento. El examen comienza a las 11:00 AM. 

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

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Surire (2015)
Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Surire (2015)

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

Directors Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff present Surire (2015), about the Surire salt flat located in the Chilean high plateau at 4,300 meters above sea level, on the border with Bolivia. A handful of Aymara elders live in its surroundings. And scattered among them in this beautiful but taxing region are a handful of hot springs and animals. In the background, machines extract and transport borax from an important deposit. This extreme terrain slowly reveals itself to symbolize the contrast between humanity’s past and its post-human future.

In Spanish and Aymara with English subtitles.

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Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy (1988)
Jul
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy (1988)

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

Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy (1988), color - 80 min.

Director Tony Buba in attendance.

Tony's first feature film was Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy, which in turn established him as an innovator of the "exploded documentary."

Lightning won numerous awards, including "Best Film" at the Birmingham International Film Festival in England and a nomination as "Best First Feature Film" by the Independent Spirit Awards.

Like Buba’s earlier short films, Lightning chronicles the decline of Braddock, Pennsylvania, a hard-luck town which once flourished as “Pittsburgh’s shopping center.”

It concerns a director (Tony Buba, playing himself) trying, without much success, to make a movie with a crazy street hustler named Sal, who considers himself responsible for Buba’s (modest) success. Like Errol Morris, Buba has a fascination with the idiosyncratic details of daily life, and uses his formidable sense of humor to document the decay of industrial America.

“A triumph of pragmatic populism with a cast of union organizers, street hustlers, and Buba himself, [it] should be required viewing at every Sundance seminar; this ‘rustbowl fantasy’ is one of the few regional movies to successfully and unsentimentally peel off the national smile button.” –J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

 

Washing Walls with Mrs. G. (1980) - b&w, 6 min.

“Every year I washed walls for my grandmother. When my grandmother was 87, I made this video while washing her walls. The camera person was Nick Mastandrea, who has gone on to be one of the top A.D. in Hollywood. Nick never shot anything before this and he said what do I do. I told him don't pan, tilt or zoom, just keep my grandmother in the frame.”

 

TONY BUBA has been producing documentaries since 1972 in both long and short formats. Since getting his M.F.A from Ohio University in 1976, Tony has worked on several feature films, including George Romero’s Martin and Dawn of the Dead. In addition to his behind-the-scenes roles, Tony has appeared onscreen as well. In Dawn of the Dead, he is a featured motorcycle raider who gets his arm torn off at a blood pressure machine.

His films have been screened at Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and other major international film festivals. He has had one-person exhibitions at more than 100 universities and museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Carnegie Museum of Art.

Tony and Braddock Films have also been featured on NPR. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, AFI, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

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Black Folks Make Movies presents - Sankofa (1993)
Jul
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Black Folks Make Movies presents - Sankofa (1993)

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

Black Folks Make Movies presents Sankofa (1993), a film by Haile Gerima. 

The film is named for an Akan word that means, “one must return to the past in order to move forward.” 


"In “Sankofa,” a contemporary African-American woman travels back in time and experiences slavery. Haile Gerima’s poetic and precisely detailed film takes its audience into its heroine’s life and mind as her moral sense is challenged and changed. No viewer can avoid the discomforting questions the film so eloquently raises." - The New York Times


BLACK FOLKS MAKE MOVIES (BFMM) is dedicated to the celebration and examination of Black American film from its inception in 1910 to the present. Keep a look out for BFMM’s upcoming FADE2BLACK Film Festival. Pam Thomas of BFMM in attendance!

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Lils + Lil's - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch
Jul
15
10:30am10:30am

Lils + Lil's - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch

Doors at 10:30 AM ... Screening at 11:00 AM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Join us at The Mini Microcinema every Saturday during Seven Weeks of Cinema for kid friendly films. Our Lils + Lil’s screenings presents films for young people along with Lil’s Bagels for a delicious snack. We will be showing animations from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, appropriate for all ages! 

Please note, on Saturday July 22nd, The Mini will be presenting a special off-site Lils + Lil’s screening of Spanish-language children’s films at the Price Hill Public Library, located at 3215 Warsaw Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205. 

Always FREE with a suggested donation of $5.

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

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Animalia: From Horses, to Bats, to Bears and Beyond
Jul
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Animalia: From Horses, to Bats, to Bears and Beyond

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

Animalia: From Horses, to Bats, to Bears and Beyond.

Curated by Terri Sarris and C. Jacqueline Wood

“The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they have moved finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not breth-ren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” - Henry Beston, quoted in “The Sun” - August 2016

Animals have inspired filmmakers since film’s earliest history. A horse is the most iconic image of Edward Muybridge’s proto-cinematic serial photography of the 1870’s and a mouse – Mickey - one of the most beloved and recognizable animated animals of all time. 

These seven short experimental and animated films focus on animals – from horses, to bats, to bears, and beyond – and our relationships to them.

Presenting work by:

Rebecca Meyers

Sally Cruikshank 

Carolina Cherry Quintero

Andrew Kim 

Jim Trainor 

Cecelia Condit

Ashley Sabin and David Redmon

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An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)
Jul
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)

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

Executive produced by Jay-Z, Wyatt Cenac and dream hampton, Terence Nance’s dazzling, delightful and explosively creative debut, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY utilizes a mix of live action and animation to tell the story of a relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman as it teeters between the platonic and romantic. 

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film combines live action with animation, featuring original music by Flying Lotus. 

The film has also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” and has since been released theatrically in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and South Africa.

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Marussia (2013)
Jul
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Marussia (2013)

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

Marussia (2013, France/Russia). 82 minutes.

Presented by Michael Gott, UC Center for Film and Media Studies

Preceded by selected shorts. 

Marussia recounts the story of a Russian woman and her young daughter, who are forced to navigate the streets of Paris after being thrown out of their temporary accommodation. While it offers insight into the life of a female migrant in the French capital, Marussia is known most for the way it avoids the common expectations of “migrant cinema.” Pervolovici employs magical realism to depict these contemporary migrants in a compelling fashion. Elements of fantasy combined with the protagonists’ stubborn and unrestrained optimism recall Louis Malle’s whimsical 1960 classic Zazie dans le metro. At the same time Marussia has been described by the director as an urban road movie and it offers a fascinating look at the streets of Paris where the story takes place and was filmed. 


Eva Pervolovici is a talented young filmmaker from Romania who is based in Paris. Marussia is an overlooked gem that was not distributed in the US despite excellent reviews during a theatrical run in Paris and on the worldwide film festival circuit.



About the series:
The Center for Film and Meda Studies at UC promotes the interdisciplinary study of film and other screen media and sponsors a wide range of screenings and events with filmmakers and film scholars on and off campus. Our 2017-2018 series, UC Film Fest, brings recent films from global film festivals to the Mini. Beginning in Fall, the program will include series of compelling short and feature-length films organized around important issues such as migration and urban policy. Films are presented by UC faculty and guests and students participate in the planning and programming process through internships for course credit.

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Do You See What I See?  Joseph Maiocco presents - Little Dreamer
Jul
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Do You See What I See? Joseph Maiocco presents - Little Dreamer

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

Do You See What I See?  Joseph Maiocco presents - Little Dreamer

Join us for The Mini’s 100th screening, when local filmmaker Joseph Maiocco presents Little Dreamer, a short film about one little girl's imagination that comes to life. Set in her tranquil backyard, the audience is immediately introduced to a myriad of characters ranging from a tuxedo wearing frog, to a pair of drunken gnomes. By blending the worlds of 2D animation and live action cinematography, this film captures the innocence of youth, imagination, and the idea of community. Nearly three years in the making, Little Dreamer utilizes some good ole’ fashioned camera tricks in order to bend the rules, but not necessarily break them. Only through experimentation and a disciplined approach to process was Director Joseph Maiocco able create this cinematic world.

Q&A with the director following the film.

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Home Movie Days - Selections from the Kentucky Amateur Film Archives
Jul
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Home Movie Days - Selections from the Kentucky Amateur Film Archives

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

Home Movie Days - Selections from the Kentucky Amateur Film Archives

Katrina M. Dixon and Brian L. Frye present a selection of amateur films from the eclectic collection of the Kentucky Amateur Film Archives, in-cluding home movies and amateur films projected on 16mm and transferred from 8mm film to video. The program will include an 8mm home movie of the Kentucky Derby from the 1950s, a 16mm home movie of Mammoth Cave in the 1944, a 16mm home of the University of Kentucky in 1951, and an 8mm home movie from Hungary in the 1950s. It may also include 9.5mm and 28mm home movies from the 1920s.

The Kentucky Amateur Film Archives is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Lexington, Kentucky. Its 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.

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Lils + Lil's - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch
Jul
8
10:30am10:30am

Lils + Lil's - Kid's Screening and Bagel Brunch

Doors at 10:30 AM... Screening at 11:00 AM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Join us at The Mini Microcinema every Saturday during Seven Weeks of Cinema for kid friendly films. Our Lils + Lil’s screenings presents films for young people along with Lil’s Bagels for a delicious snack. We will be showing animations from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, appropriate for all ages!


Please note, on Saturday July 22nd, The Mini will be presenting a special off-site Lils + Lil’s screening of Spanish-language children’s films at the Price Hill Public Library, located at 3215 Warsaw Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205. 

Always FREE with a suggested donation of $5. 

 

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

Art by L.D. Nehls - www.ldnehls.com

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