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279_The Atomic Café (1982) Directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty & Pierce Rafferty

  • The Mini Microcinema 1329 Main Street Cincinnati, OH, 45202 United States (map)

 Sunday, October 28th, 2018


The Atomic Café (1982)

Directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty & Pierce Rafferty


Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies


Doors 3:30 PM / Start 4:00 PM

@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.


The Atomic Café takes viewers on a darkly comic tour of the American psyche during the first fifteen years of the nuclear age. With the benefit of a quarter-century of hindsight, the film artfully juxtaposes various audio and visual primary sources from the 1940’s and 1950’s, such as news reports, military training films, and commercials. This documentary vividly demonstrates the power of archives by using them to expose the US government’s attempts to downplay the horrors of atomic warfare. Moreover, it indicts a public all too eager to believe that World War III would be just a minor inconvenience in the Eisenhower Era’s consumerist idyll. Part of UC Film series Archives in Motion: Film Documents. (88 min)


Introduction by Matthew Bauman, PhD Candidate, Dept. of German Studies, University of Cincinnati


Free with $5 suggested donation or FotoFocus Passport

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FotoFocus at "The Mini: Cinema and Archive" is a curated exhibition for the 2018 FotoFocus Biennial: Open Archive. Now in its fourth iteration, the Biennial spans over 90 projects at museums, galleries, and universities across Greater Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; and features more than 400 artists, curators, and educators. The Open Archive theme emphasizes the centrality of photography and lens-based art to modernism, and examines our fundamental need to preserve photographs and to tell stories through their collection, organization, and interpretation. 

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Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2018 exhibition was provided by FotoFocus.