February 14-20


Tanya Wexler / 2019, USA
95min / digital

Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch) has never run with the Buffalo pack. As a young girl obsessed with making enough cash to get out of her blue-collar existence, she’s betting on her sharp mind—and even sharper mouth—to get her into an Ivy League university. But when an acceptance letter to the school of her dreams arrives, she quickly realizes the impossibility of paying tuition. One scalping scheme, stint in prison, and chance phone conversation with a debt collector later changes everything. Director Tanya Wexler returns with a raucous comedy starring Judy Greer, Jai Courtney, Jermaine Fowler and Deutch (in a go-for-broke performance) that tracks one woman finding her calling in an ethically debatable industry. As much of an ode to the city of Buffalo, New York as it is to the millions of Americans struggling with a seemingly dead-end economic existence, Buffaloed wrings hearty laughs out of a particularly timely and honest reality.

Fri, Tues, Thur: 7pm & 9pm
Sat: 5pm & 7pm
Sun: 5pm, 7pm & 9pm
Mon & Wed: 9pm

February 15–March 28, Saturdays

Saturday Secret Matinees

Saturday Secret Matinees

Presented by the Sprocket Society
Various directors & years
approx. 120 min / 16mm

Recreating the old-fashioned weekend matinee -- on 16mm film! Each week: see a cliffhanger episode of a movie serial, plus a secret classic feature! In THE FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS (1938), two Marines battle the psychotic masked villain known as The Lightning (an inspiration for Darth Vader)! From secret bases around the world, The Lightning and his henchmen deploy electrical super weapons in a campaign of mass murder and world conquest! Can he be stopped?! With tight plotting and a breakneck pace, directors William Witney and John English craft what is "firmly among Republic's greatest serials!" Our secret feature films follow bi-weekly themes:

Feb. 8 & 15: German Silent Cinema - Two wildly different silent film classics by great German masters.

Feb. 22 & 29: Weird Early Musicals - Bizarre musicals from the dawn of sound, both wrapped in genre trappings.

Mar. 7 & 14: Journeys to the Beyond - Lesser-known but remarkable sci-fi epics that take us to unimaginable worlds.

Mar. 21 & 28: Totally High! - Acid-drenched, star-studded craziness from the Sixties.

Saturdays: 2pm

February 15

Dark Romances: Bleeding Hearts

Dark Romances: Bleeding Hearts

Presented by VHS Uber Alles
Various directors & years
approx. 90 min / VHS

A collection of short films filled with Sleaze! Slime! Centerfolds! Dominatrixes! Private Dicks! Bloodthirsty Hamsters! Sex Ghosts! Brain Sucking Monsters on Lovers Lane! Bring a date for a special night of shot on video madness! ONLY ON VHS! ONLY $2!

Saturday: 9pm

February 17

Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning

Jennie Livingston / 1990, USA
76min / digital

** This screening is exclusively for all current Grand Illusion Cinema members and Scarecrow Video members. **

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York Citys African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion houses, from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans womenincluding Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus XtravaganzaParis Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

Paris Is Burning was restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Preservation was funded by Sundance Institute, Outfest, and the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.

Monday: 7pm

February 19

The Sensually Liberated Female

The Sensually Liberated Female

Presented by Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Matt Cimber / 1970, USA
70min / digital

Video introduction by SECS guest programmer Erin Wiegand! Inspired by the best selling book “The Sensuous Woman”, Matt Cimber’s farcical interpretation of the “white-coater” sex-ed genre is hosted by sultry voiced Linda Guiness, who takes the viewer on a journey through female sexual habits. From public debauchery to the integration of vegetables, the secret desires of women are explored in explicit closeup. Part of Vinegar Syndrome’s extraordinary archive of vintage adult films.

Wed: 7pm

February 21-27


Sam de Jong / 2019, USA
88min / digital

Goldie is a star – well, not quite yet, but at least in the eyes of her little sisters Sherrie and Supreme she is. The rest of the world is bound to take note soon too. Her big break surely awaits, she’s just got to pick up that golden fur coat she’s had her eye on first. And land a role as a dancer in a hip-hop video. And keep child welfare services from separating her from Sherrie and Supreme, after their mother is locked up. Holding onto those dreams isn’t easy when fate has placed such daunting obstacles in her path. With Goldie, Dutch director Sam de Jong has delivered a real New York film: raw and glamorous, unflinchingly realistic and relentlessly optimistic, with a ton of heart and at least as much attitude.

"De Jong brings a jolt of brash energy to a social realist scenario that could easily have attracted Ken Loach or the Dardenne brothers. A charismatic, eye-catching debut performance from Instagirl fashion world star Slick Woods adds considerably to the film’s appeal."Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Fri, Mon-Thur: 7pm & 9pm
Sat & Sun: 5pm, 7pm & 9pm

February 28–March 5

Olympic Dreams

Jeremy Teicher / 2019, USA
85min / digital

Set against the splendor of the Winter Olympic Games, an intimate and unexpected love story develops between two lonely hearts, each at their own crossroads in life. Penelope (Alexi Pappas) is a first time Olympian and introverted cross-country skier, who, after finishing her event early on in the games, finds herself spending time in Athletes Village with the gregarious and outgoing volunteer dentist, Ezra (Nick Kroll). While both are eager to form connections at the Olympic Games, they are held back by the very thing that has propelled them to this point; what do you do once your lifelong dream has come true, and you’re faced with taking the next step? As Penelope and Ezra navigate the vulnerable slopes, they push one another to embrace qualities they lost sight of in pursuit of their dreams. Will they be able to help each other take of leap of faith into the unknown? The first movie ever filmed on location during the Olympics in Athletes Village, OLYMPIC DREAMS offers audiences a never-before-seen side of the Games and the people whose entire lives are shaped by them.

Fri, Mon-Thur: 7pm & 9pm
Sat & Sun: 5pm, 7pm & 9pm

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