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May 17-19

Her Smell

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Her Smell

Alex Ross Perry / 2019, USA
134min / digital

Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale) is a '90s rock superstar who once filled arenas with her band Something She. When her excesses derail a national tour, she's forced to reckon with her past while recapturing the inspiration that led her band to success. Featuring an all-star cast, including Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Amber Heard (Aquaman), Her Smell is director Alex Ross Perry’s “greatest achievement yet” (The Daily Beast).

“Over and above the furious-and ultimately painfully tender-drama, Perry achieves something of a new, grand version of his own cinematic music.” The New Yorker

Showtimes:
Fri-Sun: 9pm


May 17-23

Aniara

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Aniara

Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja / 2019, Sweden-Denmark
106min / digital

ANIARA is the story of one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth’s fleeing population to their new home-planet Mars. But just as the ship leaves the destroyed Earth, she collides with space junk and is thrown off her course. The passengers slowly realize that they’ll never be able to return. The protagonist, MR, runs a room where a sentient computer allows humans to experience near-spiritual memories of the Earth. As the ship drifts further into the endless void more and more passengers are in need of MRs services. Pressure builds on MR as she is the only one who can keep the growing insanity and lethal depression at bay. In Aniara’s inexorable journey towards destruction there is a warning that cannot be emphasized enough. There’s only one Earth. It’s time to take responsibility for our actions. Adapted from the work of Swedish Nobel Prize-winning writer Harry Martinson. In Swedish with English subtitles.

“Kågerman and Lilja bring Martinson's poem to cinemas with a stark beauty both in its sci-fi production design and emotionally wrought performances.” The Film Stage

“Swedish existential dread in outer space, with a suicidal AI, ritualistic orgies and a giant galactic shopping mall: this striking first feature from Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja is a work of daunting ambition.” Screen International

Showtimes:
Fri: 645pm
Sat & Sun: 430pm & 645pm
Mon, Wed: 9pm
Tues: 645pm
Thus: 645pm, 9pm


May 18, 19, 21 & 22

Instant Dreams

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Instant Dreams

Willem Baptist / 2018, Netherlands
91min / digital

Instant Dreams is a feature documentary by Willem Baptist (Wild boar, I’m Never Afraid!) about the fascination and love for Polaroids. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, the last still working factory was bought by a small group of enthusiasts. Among them is the retired scientist Stephen Herchen who previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid and is still trying to unravel the secret of the lost chemical formula.

“a Visually dazzling nostalgia trip for lovers of analogue” TheFilmExperience

Showtimes:
Sat & Sun: 230pm Tues: 9pm Wed: 7pm


May 20

Blood Lake

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Blood Lake

Tim Boggs / 1987, Oklahoma
82min / digital

Members only screening for Scarecrow Video and Grand Illusion members. Please RSVP

A group of unhinged party animals, including adolescent horn-dog Lil' Tony, embark on a weekend trip filled with Jet Skis, a keg of Busch, and an extended game of quarters. But look out! There's a supernatural killer on the loose who wears cowboy boots and a silk shirt with a rose stitched on it! Made by real-life friends from Oklahoma on a real-life vacation, BLOOD LAKE is a rewardingly lethal collision of '80s slasher video-vomit and twisted cinéma vérité madness. From false metal soundtrack hits to gratuitous scenes of people sleeping, this might be the only movie in history capable of receiving a stamp of approval from both David Lee Roth and Andy Warhol.

Showtimes:
Mon: 7pm


May 24–June 6

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Terry Gilliam / 2019, Spain-Belgium-France-UK-Portugal
132min / digital

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is the story of Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, who finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth – a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?

Reminds us that the world needs dreams who dare to defy convention."Time Out

"A film suffused with a love of art, and of those who would dare to make it." Karen Han, Slate

Showtimes:
WEEK ONE: May 25-30
Fri: 630pm
Sat & Sun: 345pm & 630pm
Mon, Wed, Thur: 630pm
Tues: 9pm

WEEK TWO: May 31-June6
Fri: 630pm
Sat & Sun: 345pm & 630pm
Mon-Thur: 630pm


May 24–June 6

The Wind

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The Wind

Emma Tammi / 2019, USA
88min / digital

Friday, 915pm screening co-presented with Heather Marie's REIGN OF TERROR. Post-screening discussion with Heather and Dr. Stevi Costa, aka Sailor St. Claire, to breakdown new feminist horror, questions of reality, and things that go bump in the night. BUY TICKETS

An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard) is a tough, resourceful frontierswoman settling a remote stretch of land on the 19th-century American frontier. Isolated from civilization in a desolate wilderness where the wind never stops howling, she begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself, an overwhelming dread that her husband (Ashley Zukerman) dismisses as superstition. When a newlywed couple arrives on a nearby homestead, their presence amplifies Lizzy's fears, setting into motion a shocking chain of events. Masterfully blending haunting visuals with pulse-pounding sound design, director Emma Tammi evokes a godforsaken world in which the forces of nature come alive with quivering menace.

"This horror Western about a woman dealing with prairie paranoia, wild animals and possibly a demon blows a serious chill through you." Rolling Stone

"This is indie horror at its best." The San Francisco Chronicle

Showtimes:
WEEK ONE: May 25-30
Fri-Mon, Wed, Thurs: 915pm
WEEK TWO: May 31-June 6
Fri-Thur: 915pm


May 28

16mm SMUT SHOW II: Peace, Love, and Hardcore

16mm SMUT SHOW II: Peace, Love, and Hardcore

Presented by SECS Fest
Various / 1960s-70s / 80min / 16mm

Boogie down to the theater for a secret 1970s feature film with one of the foxiest far-out stars of the era. This low budget artifact captures the spirit of the months following the breakout success of Behind the Green Door and Deep Throat, when everyone was attempting to capitalize on the emergence of the Golden Age. What this film lacks in glitz and polish, more than makes up for in fun and enthusiasm. The feature will follow a selection of short nudie films that appear to be made in the time of the summer of love. All on groovy 16mm! ** No one under 18 admitted **

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


June 7-13

General Magic

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General Magic

Sarah Kerruish & Matt Maude / 2019, USA
93min / digital

Detailing the visionary work of General Magic, a barely known tech company from the 1990s, this documentary film uncovers a Silicon Valley company who designed a smartphone-type device, complete with emojis, that was years ahead of its time. Featuring interviews and archival footage of past employees now hugely successful names in their own right, the film spotlights a timeline of technological innovation and analyzes how timing is paramount. Featuring exclusive footage with Steve Jobs and Tony Fadell, GENERAL MAGIC is an inspiring portrait of the entrepreneurial spirit and a compelling argument for the necessity of failure.

"It’s all informative, but the biggest kick is giggling at the key players’ startlingly accurate predictions of the kind of world we’re now living in." Village Voice

"a reminder of how compelling stories about technology can be." The Verge

"As a literal origin story about how we live today, it's a captivating history lesson with global appeal." Variety

Showtimes:
TBA


June 14-20

Leto

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Leto

Kirill Serebrennikov / 2018, Russia-France
126min / digital

Leningrad, on Summer in the early Eighties. The underground rock scene is boiling. Amongst the followers of Led Zeppelin and Bowie, young Viktor Tsoi is eager to make a name for himself. The encounter with his idol Mike and his beautiful wife Natasha will change his life forever. Together they will build Viktor's legend and make him immortal.

"the wildest and most bracing film to screen in the [Cannes] main competition so far this year" TheWrap

Named one of the 10 Best Movies of 2018 by Cahiers du Cinema.

Showtimes:
TBA


June 21-27

Knife+Heart

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Knife+Heart

Yann Gonzalez / 2019, USA
103min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (French pop star Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down. Shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from M83, Yann Gonzalez’s KNIFE+HEART is an ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to ’70s-era De Palma, Argento, and Friedkin.

“This movie packs in plenty of cinema acrobatics and spectacle without ever feeling out of control, even as it morphs into a far-fetched whodunit….An apt, and not at all unserious, example of queer cinema at its most playful.” New York Times

“...Equal parts kinky and kitsch, rendered with the kind of meticulous attention to lighting, composition, and sound...that all but guarantees a cult following.” Variety

“This magical, erotic, disco-tinged horror-thriller is like cinematic candy...set to an electro-pop soundtrack by M83.” Los Angeles Times

Showtimes:
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June 21-27

You And The Night

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You And The Night

Yann Gonzalez / 2013, USA
93min / digital

YOU AND THE NIGHT features The Stud, The Teen, The Slut, and The Star as guests at a pansexual orgy thrown by the mysterious and sexy ménage-a-trois of Mathias, Ali, & Udo. Heir to the playful sex romps of early Francois Ozon, the dreamy color palette of Dario Argento, and Kenneth Anger’s erotic occultism, YOU AND THE NIGHT is an erotic and wild take on THE BREAKFAST CLUB with each character baring their inner souls to the group to find acceptance and love. An original score by M83 sets the dreamy and transcendent tone for the eternal night. Also featuring a kinky cameo by the legendary Béatrice Dalle (BETTY BLUE).

“Restores your faith in auteur filmmaking” FilmComment

[A] chamber piece of sex, surreality and the absurd, like something by Luis Buñuel or Luigi Pirandello, or a sexed-up version of TS Eliot's The Cocktail Party." The Guardian

Showtimes:
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June 28–July 3

Pasolini

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Pasolini

Abel Ferrara / 2014, France-Belgium-Italy
84min / digital

The Roman life and the imaginary worlds of Pier Paolo Pasolini intermingle in Abel Ferrara’s retelling of the final days in the life of the fifty-year-old filmmaker and writer, in a lovely, haunting film that draws on his last interview and envisages scenes from an unmade final film and his incomplete novel, Petrolio. Willem Dafoe, regally exhausted, is the spitting image of the murdered director, and Pasolini’s beloved muse Ninetto Davoli returns to “finish” his friend’s work, but Ferrara wisely never attempts to merely ape Pasolini’s style, instead offering one iconoclastic artist’s tribute to another, a biopic that busts the boundaries of the form and a passion project decades in the imagining that gives Pasolini’s final moments on the beach at Ostia the terrible sanctity of the Passion. – Metrograph

"Critic's pick! The splendor of 'Pasolini' lies in its essentially collaborative nature... [Ferrara's] reverence for his subject as a fellow artist and kindred rebel spirit is evident in every frame."The New York Times

“Richly evocative. Anything but a conventional biopic. For Ferrara, the art… is the forensic evidence of an artist’s visionary inner life.” The A.V. Club

Showtimes:
TBA


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