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

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

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

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

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

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

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

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

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Open Screen #7
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Open Screen #7

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Open Screen #7 (Like open mic night but with movies...)

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


Join us as we host our seventh “Open Screen” event, highlighting work by local film and video makers. The program will include a mix of short films from varying genres. All filmmakers will be in attendance! (80 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation


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Exploring the Restless Earth: Bert Van Bork and the Academic Film
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Exploring the Restless Earth: Bert Van Bork and the Academic Film

Thursday September 19, 2019


Exploring the Restless Earth: Bert Van Bork and the Academic Film

Curated by Adam Williams


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

Discover the maverick auteur of the academic film! For 30 years Bert Van Bork smuggled an idiosyncratic vision into seemingly prosaic films intended for classroom. Within the confines of the small gauge film frame he captured the stark drama of the natural world, from microscopic organisms to immense volcanic eruptions. Four of Van Bork’s awe-inspiring expressionistic educational shorts for Encyclopedia Britannica Films will be screened the way they were intended — in glorious 16mm! (75 min)

The films: A Boy Creates (1971), Erosion and Weathering: Looking at the Land (1976), Protists: Form, Function, and Ecology (1986), Heartbeat of a Volcano (1970)

Free with $5 suggested donation


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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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bombASSbabes (2018 - Present) Video Series by Biz Young
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

bombASSbabes (2018 - Present) Video Series by Biz Young

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

bombASSbabes (2018 - Present)

Video Series by Biz Young

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

bombASSbabes, directed by local filmmaker/designer Biz Young, is a collection of short films celebrating the creative womxn of Cincinnati. Each video explores the hobbies, skills, and enthusiasms of local creative energy. The entire series will be screened, celebrating all the incredible and brilliant bomb-ass babes who have been featured so far. (60 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Cinci Cinema Click #3
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Cinci Cinema Click #3

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Cinci Cinema Click #3

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

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

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MEGALODEMOCRAT : The Public Art of Rafael Lozano‑Hemmer (2018) Directed by Benjamin Duffield
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

MEGALODEMOCRAT : The Public Art of Rafael Lozano‑Hemmer (2018) Directed by Benjamin Duffield

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

MEGALODEMOCRAT : The Public Art of Rafael Lozano‑Hemmer (2018) Directed by Benjamin Duffield

Presented by Annie Dell’Aria

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

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is one of the most acclaimed artists working today, but his pieces wouldn’t exist without public participation. MEGALODEMOCRAT explores Rafael’s quest to stage a democratic takeover of urban space. Shot over 10 years in 30 cities around the world, the film provides intimate access to his large-scale interactive creations in locations such as Trafalgar Square in London, the Vancouver Olympics and New York’s Park Avenue Tunnel, culminating in a piece that crosses the US-Mexico border. In our increasingly isolated lives, MEGALODEMOCRAT serves as an antidote to alienation: Rafael’s work is a rallying point for a screened-in urban population, longing to connect. His art doesn’t discriminate, and all who participate are given a voice. With that voice comes a sense of hope. This film will be introduced by art historian Annie Dell'Aria and include a post-screening discussion of the role of new media in contemporary public art. (94 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
Oct
19
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids


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


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


Free with $5 suggested donation

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ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part One: Book Discussion 
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part One: Book Discussion 

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Fall 2019

The Ring (Book 1) Written by Koji Suzuki

Ringu (1998) Directed by Hideo Nakata


Part One: Book Discussion 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Mercantile Library - 414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Part Two: Film Screening

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Doors 6:00 PM / Start 6:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Adaptation, presented in collaboration with the Mercantile Library, considers books and the movies they inspire. Prepare to get scared as we dive into Koji Suzuki's 1991 novel The Ring. This terrifying tome, originally titled Ringu, follows reporter Kazuyuki Asakawa on his quest to uncover the mystery behind four gruesome deaths in Tokyo — including that of his niece. The investigation leads him to an unmarked videotape with disturbing footage that could seal his own fate. 


The 1998 Japanese film adaptation of the same name, directed by Hideo Nakata, achieved critical and commercial success, paving the way for several remakes and stylistic copycats. Join us to discuss these two influential works of modern horror and learn about the surprising backstory that inspired the novel.


Discussions facilitated by Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny. 

Cost: $5 members / $10 non-members (May be purchased in advance at mercantilelibrary.com or at the door)

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Vincent Price Double Feature
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Vincent Price Double Feature

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

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

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


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

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

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

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

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ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part Two: Film Screening
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part Two: Film Screening

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Fall 2019


The Ring (Book 1) Written by Koji Suzuki

Ringu (1998) Directed by Hideo Nakata


Part Two: Film Screening

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Doors 6:00 PM / Start 6:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


Adaptation, presented in collaboration with the Mercantile Library, considers books and the movies they inspire. Prepare to get scared as we dive into Koji Suzuki's 1991 novel The Ring. This terrifying tome, originally titled Ringu, follows reporter Kazuyuki Asakawa on his quest to uncover the mystery behind four gruesome deaths in Tokyo — including that of his niece. The investigation leads him to an unmarked videotape with disturbing footage that could seal his own fate. 


The 1998 Japanese film adaptation of the same name, directed by Hideo Nakata, achieved critical and commercial success, paving the way for several remakes and stylistic copycats. Join us to discuss these two influential works of modern horror and learn about the surprising backstory that inspired the novel.


Discussions facilitated by Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny. 

Cost: $5 members / $10 non-members (May be purchased in advance at mercantilelibrary.com or at the door)

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The Descent (2005) Directed by Neil Marshall
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Descent (2005) Directed by Neil Marshall

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Descent (2005) Directed by Neil Marshall

Presented by Ann Driscoll


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

A British nail-biter about a spelunking trip gone way off the rails, The Descent (2005, Neil Marshall) follows an all-female ensemble as they do battle with darkness, claustrophobia, and maybe a force even worse deep within the bowels of an Appalachian cave. With its deft interplay of light and shadow and tone of survivalist realism, The Descent synthesizes the best of the horror canon (Alien, Deliverance) with more contemporary elements: no-holds-barred gore and tough, gutsy female characters. (99 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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History in the First Person: The Video Diaries of Nelson Sullivan
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

History in the First Person: The Video Diaries of Nelson Sullivan

Thursday, November 7, 2019


History in the First Person: The Video Diaries of Nelson Sullivan

Presented by Michael Sweeny


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

Called the father of vlogging, Nelson Sullivan was a fixture of New York City’s gay scene during the 1980s. Using then cutting edge VHS and Hi8 technology to obsessively document every aspect of his life -- the parties, subway rides, drag shows and visits to friends’ apartments -- Sullivan crafted, week by week, incident by incident, a video diary of astounding breadth and intimacy. The hundreds of hours of footage he logged provide an indelible snapshot of the city’s LGBTQ+ community at a moment of political and artistic ferment and devastating collective tragedy. Many who appear, including John Sex and Keith Haring, died during the AIDS epidemic while others, such as RuPaul, Lady Bunny and Michael Alig, would go on to achieve fame and infamy. (90 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Directed by Wes Anderson
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Directed by Wes Anderson

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Directed by Wes Anderson

Doors 4:30 PM / Start 5:00 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


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

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


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

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Pickpocket (1959) Directed by Robert Bresson
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Pickpocket (1959) Directed by Robert Bresson

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pickpocket (1959) Directed by Robert Bresson

Presented by Walter E. Langsam


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

This incomparable story of crime and redemption from the French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out. A cornerstone of the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, Pickpocket is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers. - Criterion (76 min)


Walter E. Langsam is a retired architectural historian and historic-preservation consultant, who specialized in the historic architecture and architects of the Cincinnati area. He taught for 30 years at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and also at OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He is the author of Great Houses of the Queen City, with photographs by Alice Weston, and has contributed to various other books and videos on local architecture, as well as giving numerous lectures and tours. He has long considered film the major distinctive art form of the 20th century, and Robert Bresson the most significant director, from both a cinematic and a spiritual standpoint.


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Robert Beatty: Video Works 2010-2019
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Robert Beatty: Video Works 2010-2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019


Robert Beatty: Video Works 2010-2019

Co-Presented with No Response


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


Robert Beatty is an artist and musician based in Lexington, Kentucky. His multi-disciplinary work in the fields of drawing, digital art, sculpture, video, graphic design, and sound use outmoded technology and emulation of obsolete techniques to yield organic and otherworldly results. Beatty emerged from the mid 2000's American noise music underground to become one of the most sought-after figures in contemporary album art. In addition to his music and graphic art, Beatty has quietly created dozens of moving-image works: music videos for compositions by himself and others, elements of his art installations, videos made collaboratively as part of the Resonant Hole collective he co-founded, and stand-alone pieces. (60 min)  


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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
Nov
16
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

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

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


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Sohrab Hura's Pati (2010), Sweet Life (2017) and The Lost Head & The Bird (2018)
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Sohrab Hura's Pati (2010), Sweet Life (2017) and The Lost Head & The Bird (2018)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Sohrab Hura's Pati (2010), Sweet Life (2017) and The Lost Head & The Bird (2018)

Presented by the Cincinnati Art Museum, courtesy of Sohrab Hura and Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata, India

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

A rare presentation of experimental shorts by Sohrab Hura, whose photographs are currently on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Pati reflects on life in a rural Indian village; Sweet Life explores the artist's relationship with his own mother through her mental illness; The Lost Head & The Bird is a phantasmagoric plunge into contemporary Indian society's chaotic landscape of violence, image, fact and fiction. (60 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Cinema at the Center: At the crossroads of Music and Film Practice
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

Cinema at the Center: At the crossroads of Music and Film Practice

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Cinema at the Center: At the crossroads of Music and Film Practice

(The Short Films of Ephraim Asili)

Presented by the CAC in conjunction with Terence Hammonds’s exhibition 


Starts 6:30 PM @ CAC (44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)


Ephraim Asili is a Filmmaker, DJ, and Traveler whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. Asili currently resides in Hudson, NY, and is a Professor in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College. Films screened include Fluid Frontiers, the fifth and final film in the series entitled The Diaspora Suite exploring Asili’s personal relationship to the African Diaspora, and Many Thousands Gone with music by jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee. (90 min)

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Allegro Non Troppo (1976) Bruno Bozzetto
Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

Allegro Non Troppo (1976) Bruno Bozzetto

Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Allegro Non Troppo (1976) Bruno Bozzetto

Presented by Colleen Houston


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


Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto grew up loving Disney cartoons to such an extent that even his 1977 feature-length parody of Fantasia, Allegro Non Troppo, is more affectionate than savage. Bozzetto's economy-sized Fantasia strings together colorful studies of loneliness, loss, and social absurdity with a coarse, doodling line that wouldn't be out of place in Mad magazine. The film is firmly of its decade, favoring trippy spectacle over storytelling, but Bozzetto's stream-of-consciousness vignettes are wittier and more smartly conceived than most '70s light-shows. (85 min)



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By Les Blank - Two Films
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

By Les Blank - Two Films

Thursday, December 5, 2019



By Les Blank - Two Films

Presented by Peter Van Hyning



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



An uncompromisingly independent filmmaker, Les Blank made documentaries for nearly fifty years, elegantly disappearing with his camera into cultural spots rarely seen on-screen—mostly on the peripheries of the United States, but also occasionally abroad. Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980) is more than just a nonfiction lark. Blank’s highly personal film  is an ode to the “stinking rose,” a loving tribute both to a food that unites the most disparate of cuisines and to the East Bay, California, community that appears on-screen. In Gap-Toothed Women (1987), Blank breezily questions our commonly accepted standards of beauty with this paean to women with extra-wide dental spaces. (81 min)



Free with $5 suggested donation


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Animalia 2:  Cats and Birds and Bears - Oh My!
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Animalia 2: Cats and Birds and Bears - Oh My!


Thursday, December 12, 2019


Animalia 2:  Cats and Birds and Bears - Oh My!

Curated by Terri Sarris and C. Jacqueline Wood


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


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. Animalia 2 presents a selection of short experimental and animated films about animals! (60 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
Dec
14
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

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

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


Free with $5 suggested donation

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

The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed


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


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

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

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

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ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part Two: Film Screening
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part Two: Film Screening

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group)

Part One: Book Discussion 



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Mercantile Library - 414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202



Part Two: Film Screening

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Doors 6:00 PM / Start 6:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


The Mercantile Library and The Mini Microcinema are teaming up to offer a new book club/movie discussion group exploring films and the books that inspired them. The two-part program will challenge the question, "was the book better than the movie?"  by looking at the relationship between the separate works, and examining the ways they conflict with and complement one another. The first meeting will take place at The Mercantile and focus on discussing the text, while the second meeting will be a screening of the film at The Mini followed by a discussion. 


This series will look at the crime thriller, In A Lonely Place, penned by mystery author Dorthy B. Hughes. Lauded as a groundbreaking crime novel with a feminist slant by contemporaries and modern-day critics alike, the story follows tortured veteran Dix Steele, as he traverses the seedy underside of 1940s post-war L.A. He's soon joined by LAPD officer Brub -- an old friend from the war who's been pursuing a serial strangler for months, with no solid leads. That is until Brub's wife, Sylvia, and the glamorous screen star Laurel Gray get involved, and begin to realize the killer is closer than they think. We will then screen the 1950 Nicholas Ray-directed Film Noir masterpiece. The film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Graham has earned a spot on many "Top 100" lists over years, and in some ways, has overshadowed the original work on which it was based. 

Discussions facilitated by Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny. 

Cost: $5 members / $10 non-members (May be purchased in advance at mercantilelibrary.com or at the door)

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ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part One: Book Discussion 
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part One: Book Discussion 

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group)

Part One: Book Discussion 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Mercantile Library - 414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Part Two: Film Screening

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Doors 6:00 PM / Start 6:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

The Mercantile Library and The Mini Microcinema are teaming up to offer a new book club/movie discussion group exploring films and the books that inspired them. The two-part program will challenge the question, "was the book better than the movie?"  by looking at the relationship between the separate works, and examining the ways they conflict with and complement one another. The first meeting will take place at The Mercantile and focus on discussing the text, while the second meeting will be a screening of the film at The Mini followed by a discussion. 


This series will look at the crime thriller, In A Lonely Place, penned by mystery author Dorthy B. Hughes. Lauded as a groundbreaking crime novel with a feminist slant by contemporaries and modern-day critics alike, the story follows tortured veteran Dix Steele, as he traverses the seedy underside of 1940s post-war L.A. He's soon joined by LAPD officer Brub -- an old friend from the war who's been pursuing a serial strangler for months, with no solid leads. That is until Brub's wife, Sylvia, and the glamorous screen star Laurel Gray get involved, and begin to realize the killer is closer than they think. We will then screen the 1950 Nicholas Ray-directed Film Noir masterpiece. The film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Graham has earned a spot on many "Top 100" lists over years, and in some ways, has overshadowed the original work on which it was based. 


Discussions facilitated by Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny. 

Cost: $5 members / $10 non-members (May be purchased in advance at mercantilelibrary.com or at the door)

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All That Jazz (1979) Directed by Bob Fosse
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

All That Jazz (1979) Directed by Bob Fosse

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!!!!!!

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

All That Jazz (1979) Directed by Bob Fosse

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

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

Drinks/Snacks by Liz Wolf

Poster by Pull Club

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


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

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Cinci Cinema Click #2
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Cinci Cinema Click #2

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Cinci Cinema Click

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

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

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

Go Fish (1994) Directed by Rose Troche

Thursday, May 23, 2019


Go Fish (1994) Directed by Rose Troche


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


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


Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Bisbee ’17 (2018) Directed by Robert Greene

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Bisbee ’17 (2018) Directed by Robert Greene


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

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

(118 min) 


Free with $5 suggested donation

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ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part Two: Film Screening
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part Two: Film Screening

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group)

Part One: Book Discussion 

Monday, May 13, 2019

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Mercantile Library - 414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Part Two: Film Screening

Monday, May 20, 2019

Doors 6:00 PM / Start 6:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

The Mercantile Library and The Mini Microcinema are teaming up to offer a new book club/movie discussion group exploring films and the books that inspired them. The two-part program will challenge the question, "was the book better than the movie?"  by looking at the relationship between the separate works, and examining the ways they conflict with and complement one another. The first meeting will take place at The Mercantile and focus on discussing the text, while the second meeting will be a screening of the film at The Mini followed by a discussion. 


The series kicks off with a look at Daniel Clowes' iconic graphic novel, Ghost World. The story of the two protagonists, Enid and Rebecca, has served as a guidebook for adolescence since its original appearance in issue 11 of Clowes' serialized comic book, Eightball. Published in full in the late 90's, Ghost World is now widely seen as an essential part of the ever-growing graphic novel cannon. The following week, join us at The Mini Microcinema for a special screening of the 2001 Terry Zwigoff-directed film, starring Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi. Considered by many to be a classic in its own right, the film notably deviates from the original plot line, but still captures the cynicism, humor and heartbreak so essential to the story. Discussions facilitated by Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny.


Cost: $10 members / $15 non-members

(May be purchased in advance at mercantilelibrary.com or at the door)

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

Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott


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

Drinks/Snacks by Rom Wells

Poster by Joe Walsh


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

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

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

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

Frank (2014) Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Frank (2014) Directed by Lenny Abrahamson


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


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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Warrior Women (2018)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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


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


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


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

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



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ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part One: Book Discussion 
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Part One: Book Discussion 

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group)

Part One: Book Discussion 

Monday, May 13, 2019

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Mercantile Library - 414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Part Two: Film Screening

Monday, May 20, 2019

Doors 6:00 PM / Start 6:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

The Mercantile Library and The Mini Microcinema are teaming up to offer a new book club/movie discussion group exploring films and the books that inspired them. The two-part program will challenge the question, "was the book better than the movie?"  by looking at the relationship between the separate works, and examining the ways they conflict with and complement one another. The first meeting will take place at The Mercantile and focus on discussing the text, while the second meeting will be a screening of the film at The Mini followed by a discussion. 

The series kicks off with a look at Daniel Clowes' iconic graphic novel, Ghost World. The story of the two protagonists, Enid and Rebecca, has served as a guidebook for adolescence since its original appearance in issue 11 of Clowes' serialized comic book, Eightball. Published in full in the late 90's, Ghost World is now widely seen as an essential part of the ever-growing graphic novel cannon. The following week, join us at The Mini Microcinema for a special screening of the 2001 Terry Zwigoff-directed film, starring Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi. Considered by many to be a classic in its own right, the film notably deviates from the original plot line, but still captures the cynicism, humor and heartbreak so essential to the story. Discussions facilitated by Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny.


Cost: $10 members / $15 non-members

(May be purchased in advance at mercantilelibrary.com or at the door)

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

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

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

Created by Brian Jordan Alvarez

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

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


Shown with permission from Brian Jordan Alvarez!

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

The Miners' Hymns (2010) Directed by Bill Morrison

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Miners' Hymns (2010) directed by Bill Morrison

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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ALSO SCREENING:

Road (1987) – Directed by Alan Clarke

 

Also set in Northern England, Road (1987) follows an ensemble of downtrodden working class people residing in Lancashire during the Thatcher era, which was characterized by diminished union power and increased unemployment. Alan Clarke’s brisk drama, adapted from a play by Jim Cartwright and shot entirely on steadicam, presents an unsparing—and at times grimly funny—street-level account of the lives and communities decimated by neoliberal capitalism. (63 min)

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

Ovarian Psycos (2016)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Ovarian Psycos (2016)

Directed by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-Lavalle

Co-presented with RedBike

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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Sponsored by REDBIKE!

Sponsored by REDBIKE!

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

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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


Free!

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

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

The Challenge (2017) Directed by Yuri Ancarani

 Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Challenge (2017) Directed by Yuri Ancarani

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Rio Bravo (1959) Directed by Howard Hawks

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

Rio Bravo (1959) Directed by Howard Hawks

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


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

Drinks/Snacks by Longfellow

Poster by Peter Van Hyning

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

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

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

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

 Thursday, April 25, 2019

Pumping Iron (1976) 

Directed by George Butler & Robert Fiore


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)


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


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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

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

 Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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

Curated by Rachel Rampleman

Co-presented with the Weston Art Gallery

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

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



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



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


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Free with $5 suggested donation

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

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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

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

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


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

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

Presented by Drew Klein and Valentine Umansky, CAC

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)


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


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

Also screening Sunday, April 14, 2019


Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood

 Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hardface (2018) Directed by Mark Hood


(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)


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


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

Also screening Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Skate Vids - Night #2

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Skate Vids - Night #2

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

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

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

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

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

Photo by Chris Luessen.

ATTN: SKATERS

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

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

Skate Vids - Night #1

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Skate Vids - Night #1

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

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

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

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

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

Photo by Chris Luessen.

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

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

 Saturday, April 6, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

A Beautiful Game Curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere

 Thursday, April 4, 2019


A Beautiful Game Curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere

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

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Sportz)

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

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

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


Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Inquiring Nuns (1968) Directed by Gordon Quinn

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 

Inquiring Nuns (1968) Directed by Gordon Quinn 

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Generations)

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Zagreb Animation: Old School, New School and Spring Break

 Sunday, March 31, 2019


Zagreb Animation: Old School, New School and Spring Break

Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies

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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Short Films by John Wiese

 Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Short Films by John Wiese 

Co-presented with No Response

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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