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

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

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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

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

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

Co-Presented by The Mini Microcinema and The Mercantile Library

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

LIMITED SEATING.... PLEASE MAKE A RESERVATION AT:Email reservations@mercantilelibrary.com or call 513-621-0717.

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Punishment Park (1971) Directed by Peter Watkins
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Punishment Park (1971) Directed by Peter Watkins

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Punishment Park (1971) Directed by Peter Watkins

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Punishment Park, Peter Watkins’ only  film made in the U.S., is a protest against American imperialism. It follows a group of activists who have been unlawfully arrested by Nixon’s government on suspicion of inciting insurrection. After a trial in the desert, they choose between decades of imprisonment or total freedom if they are willing to try their luck in a deadly training exercise against rookie cops in aviator shades. The brutality that is unleashed seems ridiculously implausible until you realize that many of the film’s premises along with its iconic images of unaccountable officers standing astride huddled prisoners, found realization at Guantánamo Bay over 30 years later in conjunction with the politics of today. Peter Watkins’ films present pacifist and radical ideas in a nontraditional style. As a pioneer of the docudrama technique, he invariably employs location sets, natural sound, handheld cameras and almost exclusively non-actors. Nearly all of Watkins' films have used a combination of dramatic and documentary elements to dissect historical occurrences or possible near future events. 

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Directed by Orson Welles
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Directed by Orson Welles

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Directed by Orson Welles

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

The magnificence of the Ambersons began in 1873. Their splendor lasted throughout all the years that saw their Midland town spread and darken into a city. In that town in those days, all the women who wore silk or velvet knew all the other women who wore silk or velvet and everybody knew everybody else's family horse and carriage. The only public conveyance was the streetcar. A lady could whistle to it from an upstairs window, and the car would halt at once, and wait for her, while she shut the window ... put on her hat and coat ... went downstairs... found an umbrella... told the 'girl' what to have for dinner...and came forth from the house. Too slow for us nowadays, because the faster we're carried, the less time we have to spare...

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids
May
5
10:30 AM10:30

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Monument to Michael Jackson (2014) Directed by Darko Lungulov
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Monument to Michael Jackson (2014) Directed by Darko Lungulov

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Monument to Michael Jackson (2014) Directed by Darko Lungulov

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies

In a dying town in Serbia, an old communist-era monument is removed from the Square. Marko, a daydreamer, is on the verge of divorce from the love of his life. Out of despair, he comes up with the idea to replace the statue with a monument to Michael Jackson in order to save his dying town and seduce his wife again.

“Darko Lungulov's stellar black comedy goes back to a time before the war - all the way back to the 1960s, when Eastern Europe churned out enchanting little stories about people trapped in a world they never made." - John Petkovic, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Director Darko Lungulov in attendance! 

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Prague and Zagreb Animation - Selected Shorts
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Prague and Zagreb Animation - Selected Shorts

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Prague and Zagreb Animation - Selected Shorts

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies

Join us for a selection of short films from the Zagreb and Prague animation traditions. The program features films connected to the UC Film & Media Studies annual program in Europe, selected by professors at UC’s partner institution, the University of Zagreb, as well as UC faculty. The screening includes pioneering work by fantasy filmmaker Karel Zeman (using a combination of live-action and stop-motion animation) and more recent cutting-edge work from the second oldest animated film festival in the world, Animafest Zagreb. 

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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16mm Films by George Kuchar
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

16mm Films by George Kuchar

Thursday, May 10, 2018

16mm Films by George Kuchar

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

A pivotal figure in the underground cinema of the ‘60s and ‘70s, George Kuchar (1942 – 2011) and his twin brother Michael, grew up in the Bronx and produced hundreds of hilariously goofy films that defy description to this day. George’s riotous works parody all that is Hollywood cinema. They make a mockery of classic cinema conventions on almost no budget and with little in the way of technical skills. "Kuchar's films are overtly insane. Anyone who lived in such a world would be mad inside an hour. … But the utter insanity, the insanity of perverted cliche, is the genuine unwholesome appeal of Kuchar's outlook. Something is very much wrong with the Kuchar world.” - Leonard Lipton

Screenings includes:  Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966), Mosholu Holiday (1966), Pagan Rhapsody (1970), A Reason to Live (1976), and I, An Actress (1977).

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory

Friday, May 11, 2018

Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Through a mix of stories and anecdotes, archival installation footage, and interviews with artists and razor-sharp co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory presents an in-depth look at one of the first site-specific museums in the United States. Founded in 1977 in Pittsburgh, PA, and starting as a quirky, anything goes food co-op and artist studio space, the museum created a program of artist residencies in 1982 to focus on site-specific installation art. The film parallels the installation of the museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition with an in-depth, story-driven journey through the museum’s long history of exhibiting site-specific art. Through interviews with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sarah Oppenheimer, Vanessa German, Dennis Maher, and others, the film provides an intimate, sometimes humorous, look at the indirect path a museum takes as it creates its identity.

Director David Bernabo in attendance!

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Toni Erdmann (2016) Directed by Maren Ade
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Toni Erdmann (2016) Directed by Maren Ade

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Toni Erdmann (2016) Directed by Maren Ade

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

“Any attempt to characterize this film in conventional terms — as a father-daughter story, a feminist satire of corporate behavior, a fable of global capitalism, an extended practical joke — would be woefully insufficient. It’s something new under the sun, a thrilling and discomfiting document of the present moment and also, like every movie that matters, a bulletin from the future.” - NY Times

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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A PAGE OF MADNESS (1926) Directed by Kinugasa Teinosuke
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

A PAGE OF MADNESS (1926) Directed by Kinugasa Teinosuke

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

THE MINI MICROCINEMA AND WESTON ART GALLERY PRESENT...

A PAGE OF MADNESS (1926) Directed by Kinugasa Teinosuke

FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE MUSICAL SCORE BY LITTLE BANG THEORY

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

7PM @ Fifth Third Bank Theater (Aronoff Center)

TICKETS: $12 - visit https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/ or call (513) 621-2787

Detroit area trio Little Bang Theory (Frank Pahl, Terri Sarris, and Doug Shimmin) will perform an original score written by Frank Pahl on toy and handmade instruments for A Page of Madness, one of the greatest avant-garde films in history. Directed by Kinugasa Teinosuke in 1926, and recently remastered after being lost for nearly half a century, the story, by Nobel laureate Kawabata Yasunari, centers on a janitor at the insane asylum that holds his wife.

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Girlfriends (1978) Directed by Claudia Weill
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Girlfriends (1978) Directed by Claudia Weill

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Girlfriends (1978) Directed by Claudia Weill

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Girlfriends, a female-led bildungsroman directed by Claudia Weill, follows Susan, a twenty-something photographer living in NYC whose self-reliance is tested when her best friend and roommate, Anne, announces that she’s getting married. While Anne retreats into Upstate domesticity, Susan must negotiate the demands of friendship and romance, commerce and art, Judaism and bohemianism on an uneven path toward womanhood. With its rough-hewn visual style and intimate depiction of young people adrift, Girlfriends is a forerunner to mumblecore, as well as a textured document of a bygone Manhattan where lofts were still affordable and gallery owners only mildly pretentious. Born in New York City to Jewish parents, Claudia Weill began her film career in television and documentaries before going on to direct feature films. Girlfriends (1978), her first feature, won numerous awards at film festivals and garnered widespread critical praise. Its success paved the way for a second feature, It’s My Turn (1980), along with a string of television directing jobs on series like Thirtysomething (1987), My So-Called Life (1994) and Girls (2013).

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Directed by Sylvain Chomet
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Directed by Sylvain Chomet

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Presented by Red Bike

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

To celebrate Bike Month, Red Bike, Cincinnati’s non-profit public bikeshare system, presents The Triplets of Belleville. “This a story of a boy, his grandmother, his dog and his dream of winning the Tour de France. When the boy is kidnapped by two mysterious men during the race, the search leads to the megalopolis of Belleville and the renowned Triplets of Belleville, eccentric female music-hall stars from the ‘30s,” writes Metacritic.  The Triplets of Belleville, an animated pantomimic film, is as much about bicycling as it is about family and a satire of capitalism and the entertainment industry. Presented by:  Elese Daniel, Education & Outreach Manager at Red Bike

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Eve’s Bayou (1997) Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Eve’s Bayou (1997) Directed by Kasi Lemmons

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Presented by Black Folks Make Movies

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

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

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

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

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

 

UC Center for Film & Media Studies Mediterranean Stories Series

 

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Born Rich (2003) Directed by Jamie Johnson

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Born Rich (2003) Directed by Jamie Johnson 

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Alps (2011) Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Alps (2011) Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

UC Center for Film & Media Studies Mediterranean Stories Series

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Conversations with Photographers (2014) Directed by Ann Segal

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Conversations with Photographers (2014)

Directed by Ann Segal

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Open Screen
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Open Screen

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Open Screen

Like Open Mic Night But With Movies

 

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

 

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

Free with $5 suggested donation. 

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

Lil’s + Lils  - Films for Kids

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Lil’s + Lils  - Films for Kids

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

@ The Mini 1329 Main St.

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

The Appalachian Studies Presents…

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

The Appalachian Studies Presents…

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

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

 

41st Annual Appalachian Studies Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

The Hard Earth (2017) Directed by Sally Lawton

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

The Hard Earth (2017) Directed by Sally Lawton

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Harlan County USA (1976) Directed by Barbara Kopple

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Harlan County USA (1976) Directed by Barbara Kopple

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Ben-Hur (1959) Directed by William Wyler

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Ben-Hur (1959) Directed by William Wyler

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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Certain Women (2016) Directed Kelly Reichardt

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Certain Women (2016) Directed Kelly Reichardt

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

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

Programmed by Francesca Marcotte Rietz

Discussion led by Valerie Weinstein, Ph.D. (Associate Professor Dept. of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dept. of German Studies, Program in Film and Media Studies - University of Cincinnati)

Sponsored by the UC Center for Film & Media Studies

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Until the Birds Return (2017)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Until the Birds Return (2017) Directed by Karim Moussaoui

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

 

UC Center for Film & Media Studies Mediterranean Stories Series

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

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

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

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

Presented by Black Folks Make Movies

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Moving Pictures: A Night of Experimental Animation

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Moving Pictures: A Night of Experimental Animation

Curated by Lillian Currens

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

3 Women (1977) Directed by Robert Altman

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

3 Women (1977) Directed by Robert Altman

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Caravaggio (1986) Directed by Derek Jarman

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Caravaggio (1986) Directed by Derek Jarman

Presented by the Art Academy of Cincinnati

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Bamboozled (2000) Directed by Spike Lee

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Bamboozled (2000) Directed by Spike Lee

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

 

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

Symposium Event Website:

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

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

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

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Lil’s + Lils - Films for Kids

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

@ The Mini 1329 Main St.

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

CAC ArtPlay @ The Mini

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

@ The Mini 1329 Main St.

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

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Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

La Ciénaga (2001) Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

La Ciénaga (2001) Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Presented by the Miami University Film Studies Program

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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L’argent (1983)
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

L’argent (1983)

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Robert Bresson

Presented by Walter E. Langsam

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Pariah (2011)

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Dee Rees

Presented by tt stern-enzi

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

The Rival World (1955)

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Bert Haanstra

Presented by Adam Williams

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Spirits of Rebellion: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis

Presented by Co-Producer Andy Rice, Miami University

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Oscar Micheaux

Presented by Black Folks Make Movies

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

King of the Belgians (2016)

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Some Like it Hot (1959)

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Billy Wilder

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Open Screen
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Open Screen

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

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

Like Open Mic Night But With Movies

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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

Dual (Dvojina) (2013)

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

Directed by Nejc Gazvoda

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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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Chicagoland Shorts
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Chicagoland Shorts

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

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.

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

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

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

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

Free with $5 suggested donation.

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