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

Ohio Women Media Makers Curated by Tess Cortes

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ohio Women Media Makers

Co-Curated by Tess Cortés and Jeanne Philipp


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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

This screening is supported by the Ohio Arts Council

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

A Prophet (2009) Directed by Jacques Audiard

Saturday, February 23, 2019


A Prophet (2009) Directed by Jacques Audiard

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

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


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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Born in Flames (1983) Directed by Lizzie Borden

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Born in Flames (1983) Directed by Lizzie Borden

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

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


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



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

Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker

Thursday, February 28, 2019 

Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker

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

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

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


Also screening: Sunday, March 3, 2019

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker

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

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

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


Also screening: Thursday, February 28, 2019 

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Being There (1979) Directed by Hal Ashby

Sunday, March 24, 2019


The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


Being There (1979) Directed by Hal Ashby

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

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

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


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

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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

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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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.


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

All That Jazz (1979) Directed by Bob Fosse

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

All That Jazz (1979) Directed by Bob Fosse

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

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

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


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

Refreshments by Liz Wolf from PLEASE.

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The 400 Blows (1959) Directed by François Truffaut
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

The 400 Blows (1959) Directed by François Truffaut

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


The 400 Blows (1959) Directed by François Truffaut


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

Tickets: $25 - https://400blows60th.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 July program presents The 400 Blows, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019. 


“François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told from the point of view of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.” - Criterion (99 min)

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

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

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


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


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

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

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


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


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



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Vincent Price Double Feature
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Vincent Price Double Feature

Sunday, October 27, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Directed by Wes Anderson

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Directed by Wes Anderson

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


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

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


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

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

The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed


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


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

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

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

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

Shockwaves: Theatrical Cut Directed by Kasumi 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Shockwaves: Theatrical Cut Directed by Kasumi 

Supported by the Ohio Arts Council

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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Gun Chronicles in America A Project by JR and Time Magazine

Monday, February 18, 2019


Gun Chronicles in America

A Project by JR and Time Magazine

In partnership with 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

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

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

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

North by Northwest (1959) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, February 17, 2019


The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)  


North by Northwest (1959) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


Tickets: $25 - Eventbrite


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

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

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

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

Distant Tracings: Experimental films by Claudia Esslinger

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Distant Tracings: Experimental films by Claudia Esslinger

Supported by the Ohio Arts Council

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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

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

Thursday, February 14, 2019


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


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

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


Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Out (2017) Directed by György Kristóf

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Out (2017) Directed by György Kristóf

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

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

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


Free with $5 suggested donation

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

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

Sunday, February 10, 2019

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

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

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

Presenting work by:

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Contemporary Filmmakers from the Middle East / Basma Alsharif

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Contemporary Filmmakers from the Middle East / Basma Alsharif

Presented with the Contemporary Arts Center

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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation

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The Moscow Trials (2014) Directed by Milo Rau
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Moscow Trials (2014) Directed by Milo Rau

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Moscow Trials (2014) Directed by Milo Rau

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

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

In the summer of 2012 the punk activists Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in a penal colony. This was only the latest episode in a ten-year series of trials implicating artists and dissidents within Putin’s system. In The Moscow Trials, Rau draws on the techniques of political theater to explore this issue. In March 2013, a courtroom was set up in Moscow to provide a stage for a show trial that pitted the different sides of the Russian cultural war against each other. The trial was stormed by the Russian authorities and by units of the Cossacks and led to an international scandal. The film documents the project and illuminates the historical and political situation. (Various languages with English subtitles.) (90 min)

Introduced by Tanja Nusser from the University of Cincinnati.

Free with $5 suggested donation

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56th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour - 16mm Program
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

56th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour - 16mm Program

Thursday, January 31, 2019

56th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour - 16mm Program

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Mid by Midwest)

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

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour which launched in 1964 with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles and Berkeley. Since that time, the AAFF Tour has presented hundreds of influential works by film artists including Barbara Hammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn and Jay Rosenblatt. This 16mm program includes six new experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative works by filmmakers Josh Weissbach, Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu, Nazlı Dinçels, Richard Tuohy, Michael Morris, and Josh Lewis. (58 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Dinosaurs in a Mining Facility - TWO SCREENINGS!
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

Dinosaurs in a Mining Facility - TWO SCREENINGS!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dinosaurs in a Mining Facility

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Mid by Midwest)

SECOND SCREENING JUST ADDED!

SCREENING #1 - Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

SCREENING #2 - Doors 9:15 PM / Start 9:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


"Dr. Stone's mysterious mining outpost just got a new employee. Ian is finally making something of himself, but will he become a hero or dinosaur food?" Five years in the making, JambleVision's no-budget sci-fi debut, Dinosaurs in a Mining Facility, sponsored by WAMO Soda, is sure to be an outrageous good time for fans of low budget, B grade sci-fi and absurdity of all kinds. Come see the campy epic that has been pleasing rowdy crowds both locally and abroad. Written & directed by Jordin Goff, starring Christian Gough, Jacob Stephens, Ethan Partin and Jackson Deal. (Based on an original idea by Christian Gough and Jacob Stephens) Jordin Goff is a connoisseur of B-Movies and bonus features. In 2018 he completed his debut feature with the invaluable aid of 20 odd loyal friends. Jordin has also spent the last decade drumming for his favorite band, The Yugos. WAMO Soda, founded in 1885, was and continues to be the most satisfying soda in the known universe. There is not a single taste bud on the tongue, human or otherwise, that they take for granted. Taste the drink! (75 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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sex, lies, and videotape (1989) Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

sex, lies, and videotape (1989) Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Anniversary Show (Screening + Fundraiser)

sex, lies, and videotape (1989) Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Tickets: $25 - EventBrite

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


The Anniversary Show is The Mini’s new monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019. Support our mission by attending these special ticketed events, which include themed drinks and snacks. We kick off the series with a screening of sex, lies, and videotape, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. 

“With his provocative feature debut, twenty-six-year-old Steven Soderbergh trained his focus on the complexities of human intimacy and deception in the modern age. Housewife Ann (Andie MacDowell) feels distant from her lawyer husband, John (Peter Gallagher), who is sleeping with her sister, Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo). When John’s old friend Graham (a magnetic, Cannes-award-winning James Spader) comes to town, Ann is drawn to the soft-spoken outsider, eventually uncovering his startling private obsession: videotaping women as they confess their deepest desires. A piercingly intelligent and flawlessly performed chamber piece, in which the video camera becomes a charged metaphor for the characters’ isolation, the Palme d’Or–winning sex, lies, and videotape changed the landscape of American film, helping pave the way for the thriving independent scene of the 1990s.” - Criterion (100 min)

Refreshments by Liz Wolf from PLEASE.

Cocktail
“I think it’s gonna rain” (In honor of Ann's last line to Graham at the end of the film)Lemongrass Rose Infused Gin, Aromatized Wine, Bitters and Palo Santo Essence

Mocktail
”Did you want lemons?” (In honor of Graham's iced tea offer to Ann and Cynthia)
Pu'erh Tea with Cherry Bark Honey, Lemon Oleo, Citric Acid and Chinotto

Appetizers 
A charcuterie board of French/Cajun Flavors (in homage to the film’s setting of Baton Rouge), including meat, cheeses, cornichon, and bread.

Tickets: $25 (mini-cinema.org or EventBrite)

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Genezis (2018) Directed by Árpád Bogdán
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Genezis (2018) Directed by Árpád Bogdán

Saturday, January 26, 2019

UC European Film Festival

Double Feature (Part 2)

Genezis (2018) Directed by Árpád Bogdán

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

Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM

A story about fate, Genezis unites a Roma youth, a young female lawyer, and a teenage girl who become inextricably linked after a series of racist murders. Their trajectories intertwine as the boy’s childhood ends and dark truths come to light upon further investigation of the case. Life, solidarity, and responsibility guide the choices of the diverse protagonists whose lives are forever changed following this horrendous crime. Each path leads to a new beginning in Árpád Bogdán’s film.  Introduced by Sunnie Rucker-Chang from the University of Cincinnati. (In Hungarian with English subtitles.) (62 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Pasażerka (1963) Directed by Andrzej Munk & Witold Lesiewicz
Jan
26
4:00 PM16:00

Pasażerka (1963) Directed by Andrzej Munk & Witold Lesiewicz

Saturday, January 26, 2019


UC European Film Festival

Double Feature (Part 1)


Pasażerka (1963) Directed by Andrzej Munk & Witold Lesiewicz


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


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


Pasażerka tells the story of former SS member, Liza, who was a guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. She enslaves Polish prisoner Marta and psychological warfare ensues between the two. Years later, Liza believes the only witness to her crime to be dead. Then she sees the face of a passenger and the memories will come flooding back. Director Andrzej Munk died in a car accident before completing the film and the unfinished result is one of the most gripping cinematic depictions of the Holocaust. Introduced by Evan Torner from the University of Cincinnati. (In Polish with English subtitles.) (120 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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MILOTI Program Two
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

MILOTI Program Two

Thursday, January 24, 2019


MILOTI Program Two

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Mid by Midwest)


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


MILOTI Program Two is a curated film/video screening that showcases moving image artists in Ohio who have come together to screen contemporary media projects, eat tacos, and find community. Each year, the initial screening is held at Milo Arts in Columbus, Ohio before traveling on tour. MILOTI was created by Cameron Sharp, a Columbus based artist, in 2017 and has been made possible with the help of Calista Lyon, Bryan Ortiz, Roger Beebe, and a cast of thoughtful volunteers.

MILOTI Program Two includes media work by Liz Roberts, Fair Brane, Roger Beebe, Jason Annas, William Randall, Kellie Bornhoft, Calista Lyon, Claudia Esslinger, Andrew Wood, Michael Stickrod, Axel Cuevas Santamaria, Dani ReStack, Crystal Beiersdorfer, and Cameron Sharp. (70 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour 


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


The 2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a theatrical program of seven short films selected from last year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the world we live in. The Festival's Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors. Screening work by Anna Margaret Hollyman, Kamau Bilal, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Mariama Diallo, Kangmin Kim, Jérémy Comte, and Álvaro Gago. (90 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, January 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 bagels from Lil’s Bagels and free coffee from Iris BookCafe. Fun for all ages! (30 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Directed by Frederick Wiseman
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Directed by Frederick Wiseman

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Mid by Midwest)


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


“I thought a film about a small farming community in the Midwest would be a good addition to the series I have been doing on contemporary American life. Monrovia, Indiana appealed to me because of its size (1,063 residents), location (I have never shot a film in the rural Midwest) and the shared cultural and religious interests within the community. During the nine weeks of filming the residents of Monrovia were helpful, friendly and welcoming and gave me access to all aspects of daily life. Life in big American cities on the east and west coasts is regularly reported on and I was interested in learning more about life in small town America and sharing my view.” - Frederick Wiseman (143 min)

Also screening: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Directed by Frederick Wiseman
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Directed by Frederick Wiseman

(Part of The Mini Mini Series: Mid by Midwest)


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


“I thought a film about a small farming community in the Midwest would be a good addition to the series I have been doing on contemporary American life. Monrovia, Indiana appealed to me because of its size (1,063 residents), location (I have never shot a film in the rural Midwest) and the shared cultural and religious interests within the community. During the nine weeks of filming the residents of Monrovia were helpful, friendly and welcoming and gave me access to all aspects of daily life. Life in big American cities on the east and west coasts is regularly reported on and I was interested in learning more about life in small town America and sharing my view.” - Frederick Wiseman (143 min)

Introduction by Steve Rosen - Former Arts & Culture Editor at Cincinnati CityBeat

Also screening: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Holiday Screening - La petite marchande d’allumettes
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Holiday Screening - La petite marchande d’allumettes

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

La petite marchande d’allumettes - Holiday Screening

Curated by Adam Williams

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

Celebrate the holidays with friends at The Mini. In 1928, Jean Renoir collaborated with Jean Tedesco, managing director of the avant-garde Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier, and Charles Raleigh, an American film technician and former Biograph salesman, to produce this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Match Girl. Despite meager means — friends were cast as actors, the costumes were made handmade, even the film was developed in a kitchen sink — Renoir’s film succeeds on purely imaginative zeal. Let this holiday classic be the tree topper with several Christmas-themed short films ornamenting the program. Egg nog and cookies provided. (90 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Mon Oncle Antoine (1971) Directed by Claude Jutra
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Mon Oncle Antoine (1971) Directed by Claude Jutra

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 


Mon Oncle Antoine (1971) Directed by Claude Jutra

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

Claude Jutra's evocative portrait of a boy's coming of age in wintry 1940s rural Quebec has been consistently cited by critics and scholars as the greatest Canadian film of all time. Delicate, naturalistic, and tinged with a striking mix of nostalgia and menace, Mon oncle Antoine follows Benoit, as he first encounters the twin terrors of sex and death, and his fellow villagers, who are living under the thumb of the local asbestos mine owner. Set during one ominous Christmas, Mon oncle Antoine is a holiday film unlike any other, and an authentically detailed illustration of childhood’s twilight. - Criterion (104 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Open Screen
Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

Open Screen

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Open Screen

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

Free with $5 suggested donation




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Wanda (1970) Directed by Barbara Loden
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Wanda (1970) Directed by Barbara Loden

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Wanda (1970) Directed by Barbara Loden

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


A man stands before a judge listing his ex-wife’s many supposed deficiencies: “She was a lousy wife. Always bumming around, drinking. Never took care of the kids…” The wife in question is Wanda, title character of Barbara Loden’s little-seen semi-autobiographical film, and the setting is a divorce court in Pennsylvania coal country. Rather than disputing the accusations, Wanda willingly hands over custody of her children before hitting the road. The journey that follows—rendered in closely observed, albeit emotionally oblique, episodes—finds Wanda adrift on the margins of working class America, a male-dominated space of latent despair and sudden, shattering brutality. The film, Loden’s first and last feature, presaged the politically charged dramas of 70s New Hollywood and has become a touchstone for present-day auteurs like the Dardenne brothers and Kelly Reichardt.(103 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation


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Diary of Country Priest (1951) Directed by Robert Bresson
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Diary of Country Priest (1951) Directed by Robert Bresson

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Diary of Country Priest (1951) Directed by Robert Bresson

Presented by Walter E. Langsam

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


A new priest (Claude Laydu) arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The apathetic and hostile rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and from God. With his fourth film, Robert Bresson began to implement his stylistic philosophy as a filmmaker, stripping away all inessential elements from his compositions, the dialogue and the music, exacting a purity of image and sound. - Criterion (122 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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It's Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál) (2016) Directed by Szabolcs Hajdu
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

It's Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál) (2016) Directed by Szabolcs Hajdu

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

It's Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál) (2016) Directed by Szabolcs Hajdu

Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies

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

Renowned Hungarian filmmaker and theatre director Szabolcs Hajdu’s film offers compelling insights into contemporary Hungary and its place in Europe without leaving the confines of Hajdu’s own apartment, where the entire film was shot. Eszter, her husband, and son are paid an unexpected visit in the middle of the night. Eszter’s sister Ernella, her husband Albert and daughter Laura have returned from a failed attempt to emigrate to Scotland, where the parents worked for one year. It soon becomes clear that the two families had never really been in tune with one another. Preceded by selected shorts. Introduction by Michael Gott, University of Cincinnati. (100 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids  - Holiday Edition
Dec
8
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids - Holiday Edition

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids 

Holiday Edition

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


Enjoy a selection of short films for children. The thirty-minute program includes animated films from all over the world that are either in English or without dialogue. Also enjoy free bagels from Lil’s Bagels and free coffee from Iris Book Cafe. All ages welcome! Free with $5 suggested donation. (30 min)


Free with $5 suggested donation

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Extremely Shorts
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Extremely Shorts

Thursday, December 6th, 2018


Extremely Shorts: A Touring Survey of Aurora Picture Show's Eclectic Annual Festival

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


For over 20 years, Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival has showcased a diverse selection of adventurous, new short films and videos of all genres – each 3 minutes or less. This unique festival has become a lively Houston tradition, providing audiences with opportunities to experience a wide-ranging cross section of new visions from local, national, and international artists. This touring program is a curated survey featuring films from the U.S., Canada, Japan, France, and Italy that have been featured in the festival over the last two decades. Including work by Bill Daniel, Roger Beebe, and Martha Colburn! (65 min)


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Free with $5 suggested donation

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Serious Games III
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Serious Games III

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Serious Games III: Immersion (2009) Directed by Harun Farocki

Continuity (2016) Directed by Omer Fast

Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies

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

What are the connections between images, war, trauma, and the contemporary? Harun Farocki and Omer Fast explore this question by looking at the clinical phenomenon of PTSD as a cultural symptom ripe with political ramifications. In Serious Games III: Immersion (2009), Farocki explores the ways in which virtual reality is used to recruit and train soldiers as well as is employed to treat US soldiers suffering from PTSD. Omer Fast’s Continuity (2016) expands upon this theme by telling the story of a German soldier returning from Afghanistan. The film works with the deviations inherent to repetitions, thereby not only creating hauntingly (sur)real worlds but also attesting to the power of images and their connection to the political imagination. Introduction by Mareike Lange and Anna Senuysal, University of Cincinnati. (85 min)

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Gillian Wearing: Self Made (2010) + We Are Here (2014)
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

Gillian Wearing: Self Made (2010) + We Are Here (2014)

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018


Gillian Wearing: Self Made (2010) + We Are Here (2014)

Presented in partnership with the Cincinnati Art Museum

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

“Would you like to be in a film? You can play yourself or a fictional character. Call Gillian.” An experimental documentary project that began with an open call newspaper ad, Self Made focuses on seven members of the public who explore their inner selves through a method-acting workshop.

Inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, Wearing’s We Are Here features individuals from the artist’s native Birmingham (U.K) voicing piercing reflections on human frailty and their own lives." Gillian Wearing exposes layers of identity often kept hidden, drawing out the extent to which we perform versions of ourselves for the public sphere. This two-part film series, guest curated by Nathaniel Stein, complements the current Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition Life: Gillian Wearing. (109 min)

Free with $5 suggested donation

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