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An original 1923 16mm film projector

16mm Centennial: A Year-Long Series

100 Years of 16mm Film, 1923 – 2023

Throughout all of 2023, the Grand Illusion Cinema is celebrating the 100th anniversary of 16mm film. With specially curated programs featuring 16mm prints, plus 35mm and digital screenings of major movies originally shot on 16mm, we’re highlighting the history and extraordinary impact of the humble format that transformed cinema.

Upcoming Screenings | Past Screenings

First introduced by Kodak in 1923 as a safe and affordable product for the home market, 16mm film evolved to be a respectable professional medium that democratized movie production and distribution.

It became the format of choice for documentary, educational, and news filmmakers. 16mm prints kept countless small cinemas and film societies running, and entertained combat troops on the frontlines. The TV industry used 16mm prints to distribute and broadcast countless programs and movies well into the 1980s. 16mm was the lifeblood of a global industry of independent and commercial filmmaking, and empowered generations of avant garde artists to advance the cinematic art itself. It has even saved historic silent films for which no 35mm prints or negatives survived.

Today, a century later, 16mm film remains an important creative tool used for major (even Oscar-winning) releases by filmmakers including Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Joanna Hogg, Kathryn Bigelow, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Todd Haynes, and many others.

Upcoming Screenings – Now Playing & Coming Soon

Shows will be added throughout 2023! Check back often for the latest info!

Kooky Christmas Classics from the Something Weird Vault

100min · 16mm
  • Saturday, Dec 16, 2023, 7:00pm

Ring in the Holiday Season with some of Something Weird’s favorite vintage shorts and oddities, all presented on glorious 16mm film straight from the vault! And Santa’s little helper, Something Weird’s Lisa Petrucci, will be there to host this holiday extravaganza!

Celebrate Jesus’ birthday the way it was intended – with greedy kids clamoring for presents, creepy guys in bad Santa Claus suits, toys running amok, and a cacophony of weird and wonderful sights and sounds! Brace yourselves: there will be lots of puppets, stop-motion animation, cartoons, and other creaky old celluloid that exemplify this magical time of year. These Kooky Christmas Classics are sure to delight, disturb, and put you in a merry mood! Be there, or risk Santa leaving coal in your stocking!

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

Past Screenings

These previous programs have been part of our year-long 16mm Centennial series. (Not all screening dates may be listed here.) Don’t miss out on what’s coming soon!

Through the Porthole: A Cinematic Cavalcade for Dennis Nyback

1895-1988
150min · 16mm
  • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023, 7:30pm

A film tribute with shorts of all sorts, humbly presented in honor of the late great collector, programmer and inspiration, Dennis Nyback. Drawing from their own secret archives, The Sprocket Society will assemble a two-part evening of films, all on 16mm, celebrating the spirit of Dennis’ legendarily far-flung programming. This memorial double header will include animation, surrealism, jazz, comedy, strange curios, rarities, some of Dennis’ favorites — and subversive and naughty stuff, too, of course. Almost anything goes! We hope Dennis would like it, and we hope you do, too. All proceeds from this screening will be donated to the American Cancer Society in Dennis’ name.

Part of A Week at The Movie House, a tribute to the late film archivist and historian Dennis Nyback.

Saturday Secret Matinee

1920-1964
120min · 16mm
  • Saturday, Jan 21, 2023, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Jan 28, 2023, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 4, 2023, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 11, 2023, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 18, 2023, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 25, 2023, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 4, 2023, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 11, 2023, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 18, 2023, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 25, 2023, 1:00pm

Presented by The Sprocket Society.

The Saturday Secret Matinees blast off with a 15th anniversary season of weekly serial episodes plus secret classic features, all on 16mm film! Save with a series pass!

In the iconic cliffhanger KING OF THE ROCKET MEN (1949), the mysterious Dr. Vulcan is stealing the latest atomic-powered weapons developed by Science Associates, and murdering the scientists! One of them secretly survives and recruits trusted Jeff King to fight back using a cutting-edge rocket suit! Together with reporter Glenda Thomas and a few others, it’s a race against time to stop Dr. Vulcan and his gang of thugs — and their devastating atomic arsenal!

Each week’s episode is paired with a secret feature film. Bi-weekly themes provide clues, but it could be almost anything: thrillers, sci-fi, comedy, art house, a forgotten gem, or a beloved classic.

Feb. 4 & 11: Haunted Avarice
Greed collides with the spirit realm in two art house masterpieces

Feb. 18 & 25: Nuts!
Madcap ‘30s comedy classics, each shown with a comic short

Mar. 4 & 11: Espionage!
Outstanding spy thrillers from the silent and early sound eras

Mar. 18 & 25: Space Epics in Cinemascope
Struggles to survive on hostile planets with hidden secrets. Rare widescreen prints!

Killer of Sheep

Charles Burnett · 1978
80min · DCP
  • Saturday, Feb 18, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Monday, Feb 20, 2023, 7:30pm

One of the first 50 culturally significant films to be preserved in the Library of Congress by the National Film Registry, Charles Burnett’s legendary feature debut—a keystone movie of the L.A. Rebellion film movement—is a lyrical urban/bucolic portrait of everyday Black working-class life in Los Angeles’s Watts neighborhood. Shot on a shoestring budget with a largely non-professional cast, the story revolves around the experiences of Stan (Henry G. Sanders), a father trying to support his family and enjoy the simple pleasures they afford him while coping with the psychic stress of laboring in a slaughterhouse.

“The crowning achievement of the decade… [that shows] an alluring command of medium and would be imitated into the next century.” Elvis Mitchell, film critic and director of Is That Black Enough For You?!?

“An American masterpiece, independent to the bone.” Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Ex-Hippies and Smartasses: Underground Comedies from the ‘60s and ‘70s

Various Directors · 1964-1978
93min · 16mm
  • Tuesday, Apr 4, 2023, 7:30pm

Comedy shorts from the art house and underground cinema circuits of the 1960s and 1970s, all on 16mm film. A mix of favorites and forgotten gems made by ex-hippies and smartasses, with the screen debuts of several future stars, these independently produced films are hilarious examples of the last gasp of the theatrical comic short.

You’ll see spoofs of Ingmar Bergman and a certain sci-fi blockbuster; social satires on relationships, gender roles, and middle class somnambulism; skewerings of narcissistic losers (including a strangely familiar emotionally damaged president); and more. By turns zany and subtle, intellectual and goofy, stoned and straight laced — and usually with a political subtext — these shorts are sure to leave you laughing. Co-presented by The Sprocket Society.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

Bait

Mark Jenkin · 2019
89min · DCP
  • Saturday, Apr 1, 2023, 5:30pm
  • Sunday, Apr 2, 2023, 3:30pm
  • Sunday, Apr 2, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Apr 5, 2023, 6:00pm
  • Thursday, Apr 6, 2023, 6:00pm

Shot on tactile hand-processed black-and-white 16mm film and unfolding with the staccato rhythms of avant-garde cinema, British filmmaker Mark Jenkin’s breakthrough experimental drama marks a singular achievement: an idiosyncratic work of social realism fascinatingly pitched somewhere between documentary and political melodrama.

Martin Ward (Edward Rowe) is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has repurposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a getaway for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbor. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world. Winner of the 2020 BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a Director and Producers.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

“A creeping, original British work that feels pounded into existence by hand, or possibly belched up by the angry sea.” Ian Mantgani, Sight & Sound

“It’s a genuine modern masterpiece, which establishes Jenkin as one of the most arresting and intriguing British film-makers of his generation.” Mark Kermode, The Guardian

Enys Men

Mark Jenkin · 2023
91min · DCP
  • Friday, Mar 31, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Apr 1, 2023, 3:30pm
  • Saturday, Apr 1, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, Apr 2, 2023, 5:30pm
  • Monday, Apr 3, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Apr 5, 2023, 8:00pm
  • Thursday, Apr 6, 2023, 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Apr 8, 2023, 4:00pm
  • Sunday, Apr 9, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023, 7:30pm

Shot on 16mm color filmstock using his own Bolex H-16 SB clockwork camera, director Mark Jenkin’s ENYS MEN is a Cornish folk horror film that evokes the feeling of discovering a reel of never-before-seen celluloid unspooling in a haunted movie palace. This provocative and masterful vision of horror tells the story of a wildlife volunteer (Mary Woodvine) on an uninhabited island off the British coast who descends into a terrifying madness that challenges her grip on reality and pushes her into a living nightmare. Following his BAFTA-winning breakthrough film BAIT, ENYS MEN reasserts Mark Jenkin as one of the U.K.’s most exciting and singular filmmakers.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

“Are its cultish mysteries for everyone? Undoubtedly not. But if there’s a place in your heart for dark, folky mind-benders that plug into the cosmic energy of remote, oceanic terrain, you should take a trip across Jenkin’s freaky landscape asap.” Philip De Semlyen, Time Out

“The kind of thing the victims in a horror film might watch, just after pulling it from the cellar of a derelict harbour cottage, and shortly before succumbing to some blood-curdling maritime curse.” Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

“Jenkin’s style is so unusual, so unadorned, it feels almost like a manuscript culture of cinema. There is real artistry in it.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

4/20 Dank Double Feature: Up In Smoke + Assassin of Youth

Lou Adler & Tommy Chong / Elmer Clifton
176min · DCP + 16mm
  • Thursday, Apr 20, 2023, 7:00pm

Check it out you stoners, heads, and vipers! Celebrate the 10th anniversary of legalized recreational weed in Washington state with a dank double bong hit of skunky cinema! No need to bogart, man – get both nugs for one low price!

First, mellow out with a lid of Acapulco comedy gold: Cheech and Chong’s UP IN SMOKE (1978), the first all-out stoner comedy. Burned out buddies Pedro and Man smuggle a van made entirely of marijuana from Mexico to LA, with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko (Stacy Keach) on their trail. Features the hit song “Earache My Eye”! 45th anniversary!

Then enjoy a stick of mighty mezz: a rare 16mm print of MARIHUANA: ASSASSIN OF YOUTH (1937), the infamous scare film inspired by the “gore files” of racist anti-pot narc, Harry J. Anslinger. An innocent high school girl gets mixed up with the wrong crowd, where smoking tea leads to wild all-night parties, skinny dipping, crime…and sex!! Plus stoned shorts and cartoons, also on 16mm film! Co-presented by The Sprocket Society.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

Desperate Living in 35mm

John Waters · 1977
90min · 35mm
  • Saturday, Apr 22, 2023, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Apr 23, 2023, 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, Apr 25, 2023, 9:00pm
  • Thursday, Apr 27, 2023, 9:00pm

Celebrate John Waters’ 77th birthday and the Grand Illusion’s 19th anniversary as a volunteer-run establishment with a 35mm screening of this wholly original trash art comedy epic from The Sultan of Sleaze, The King of Filth, The Duke of Dirt, The Prince of Puke, The Baron of Bad Taste…

Things get rocky at the Gravel household when paranoid Peggy Gravel (Mink Stole) and her murderous maid Grizelda (Jean Hill) kill Peggy’s husband. They escape from the law, only to wind up in the crazy town of Mortville, where Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey) presides over a sleazy collection of misfits, including the vivacious Muffy St. Jacques (Liz Renay). When the Queen disinherits her daughter, Princess Coo-Coo (Mary Vivian Pearce), and decides she wants to infect the town with rabies, the citizens of Mortville decide that it’s time for a few changes!

Waters’ first feature made without Divine or David Lochary—the latter passed away the year of the film’s release—is a catalogue of horrors shot on 16mm that veers between comedy and disgust, or, as Waters himself described it, “a fairy tale for fucked-up children.”

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

“Unlike the Sirkian melodrama of Polyester or the period nostalgia of Hairspray, the political satire in Desperate Living is relentless and confrontational. I’ve now watched the film, joyously, at least a dozen times, but only recently did it dawn on me how disturbingly prescient it happens to be. It imagines an America that in 1977, during the early Carter years, must have seemed like preposterous parody but today [in January 2020] appears merely descriptive. Like a gaudy, gold-­plated revolver, Desperate Living points to our current political situation with unsettling aim.” Alex Halberstadt, New York Times

“I dare anyone not to take John Waters seriously after Desperate Living. He remains the visionary of camp and the den mother of the bizarre… This film is a triumphant example of the most vital bad taste in America.” Village Voice

“You could look far and wide to find a more pointlessly ugly movie than John Waters’s Desperate Living, but why would you bother?” Janet Maslin

Carole King: Home Again – Live in Central Park

George Scott · 2023
80min · DCP
  • Friday, May 26, 2023, 6:00pm

ONE NIGHT ONLY SCREENING, 50 YEARS TO THE DAY OF THIS LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE!

This brand new feature-length concert documentary presents musical icon Carole King’s triumphant May 26, 1973 homecoming concert on The Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park before an estimated audience of 100,000. Directed by George Scott and produced by Lou Adler and John McDermott, the film presents the complete multi-camera 16mm footage filmed and recorded by Adler in 1973 but never before released.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

Alongside the complete performance footage is the behind the scenes story of King’s remarkable transformation from an in-demand, staff songwriter beloved for such timeless Goffin and King classics as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” to an iconic artist in her own right. The May 1973 performance captured King at her critical and commercial peak, basking in the enormous popularity of her definitive album, Tapestry.

Falcon Lake

Charlotte Le Bon · 2022
100min · DCP
  • Friday, Jun 2, 2023, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Jun 3, 2023, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Jun 4, 2023, 5:30pm
  • Monday, Jun 5, 2023, 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, Jun 6, 2023, 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, Jun 7, 2023, 7:30pm

Shy teenager Bastien experiences the joy and pain of young adulthood when he forges an unlikely bond with an older girl, Chloé, while on summer vacation with his family at a lake cabin in Quebec that is haunted by a ghostly legend. Shot on 16mm!

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

In English and French with English subtitles.

“Charlotte Le Bon’s exceptionally assured first directorial film is full of light mischief yet heavy with horror-movie mood.” Jessica Kiang, Variety

Falcon Lake is effortlessly funny and sweet in a way that kids themselves just are sometimes, and yet the low-stakes narrative never condescends. In its own quiet and ruminative way, it’s a sweet and sharp elucidation of the agony and, well, inconsequentiality, of first love.” Steph Green, Little White Lies

“There is a wonderful collision of genres in this atmospheric cottagecore gothic that breathes new life into coming of age tropes. This story about the spark between two kindred spirits is infused with the moody 16mm visuals and menacing score of a horror film.” Laura Good, SIFF 2023 Programmer’s Pick

SECS Fest presents: A History of the Blue Movie

Alex de Renzy · 1970
115min · 16mm
  • Sunday, Jun 18, 2023, 8:00pm

One of the best compilations of early “stag” footage, containing all those fabled favorites that once only saw the insides of brothels and affiliated “gentlemen’s clubs”. The earliest American stag movie known to survive, “A Free Ride” (ca. 1915), still contains seriously steamy threesome action between two commendably eager females and one ready, willing and very able male. The compilation’s true highlight is the legendary “The Nun’s Story” about a stunning Sister who sheds her habit to make genuinely passionate love with her Elvis-pompadoured boyfriend before re-donning the cloth at scene’s end. Compiled by, and featuring new stags produced by, the late great Alex de Renzy – one of the greatest erotic filmmakers of all time, with classics like FEMMES DE SADE and BABYFACE. A HISTORY OF THE BLUE MOVIE is an important and potent excursion into porno’s past.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

PLEASE NOTE: This event is mask mandatory. Please bring a mask. There will also be masks available at the door.

*No one under 18 admitted.*

A History of the Blue Movie is a model of its type: informative, honest, titillating. It gives the audience what it paid to see without teasing or condescending or masquerading.” Foster Hirsch, The New York Times

Earth Mama

Savanah Leaf · 2023
100min · DCP
  • Friday, Aug 11, 2023, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 12, 2023, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Aug 13, 2023, 3:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 13, 2023, 8:00pm
  • Monday, Aug 14, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Aug 16, 2023, 7:30pm

With two children in foster care, Gia, a pregnant single mother pitted against the system, fights to reclaim her family. In her close-knit Bay Area community, she works to make a life for herself and her kids in this singular debut feature from filmmaker Savanah Leaf, beautifully shot in 16mm.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

Please note: The 3:00 PM screening on Sunday, August 13 will be shown with open captions.

CRITIC’S PICK! There are moments in Earth Mama, a drama about motherhood at its most fragile, when the movie’s quiet intensity seems to settle in your chest, as if a heavy stone had been placed over your heart.” Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Earth Mama is an unflinching, authentic portrait of when motherhood, sisterhood, and womanhood converge with class and race.” Peyton Robinson, RogerEbert.com

“A delicate stunner.” Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter

LOLA

Andrew Legge · 2023
79min · DCP
  • Friday, Aug 18, 2023, 9:15pm
  • Saturday, Aug 19, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, Aug 20, 2023, 4:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 20, 2023, 8:15pm

In 1941, sisters Thom and Mars have built a machine, LOLA, that can intercept radio and TV broadcasts from the future.

This allows them to listen to iconic music before it has been made, place bets knowing what the outcome will be, and embrace their inner punk well before the movement comes into existence.

But with the Second World War escalating, the sisters decide to use the machine for good to intercept information from the future that could help with military intelligence. The machine initially proves to be a huge success, rapidly twisting the fortunes of the war against the Nazis.

While Thom becomes intoxicated by LOLA, Mars begins to realize the terrible consequences of its power.

Shot on both 16mm and 35mm film. Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

“[A] thrillingly inventive found-footage mockumentary… Shot on film, using vintage equipment, the picture has a scrappy, tactile quality, its ghostly black-and-white images scratched and scorched.” Wendy Ide, The Guardian

LOLA is a sophisticated piece of science-fiction. Legge’s debut is a conversation-starting whirl through philosophy and strategy. Bound together by a dynamic duo of sisters, LOLA is simply breath-taking.” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

Piaffe

Ann Oren · 2023
86min · DCP
  • Friday, Sep 22, 2023, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Sep 23, 2023, 5:00pm
  • Sunday, Sep 24, 2023, 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, Sep 27, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Sep 30, 2023, 5:00pm

Introverted and unqualified, Eva is unexpectedly tasked with foleying the sound for a commercial featuring a horse. As she slowly acclimates to the new job, her obsession with creating the perfect equine sounds grows into something more tangible. Eva harnesses this new physicality, becoming more confident and empowered, and lures an unassuming botanist into an intriguing game of submission. Shot on lush 16mm, PIAFFE is a visceral journey into control, gender, and artifice.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

In German with English subtitles.

CRITIC’S PICK! Piaffe is ideologically abstract and beguilingly weird… the film’s provocations have a playfulness and generosity that are enormously appealing.” Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Original and wholly captivating, Piaffe is a gender-fluid and cross-species exploration of sensual energy in all its varied forms.” Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

“Nothing is phoned in here, everything is calibrated to a unique frequency so that even though you can trace the influence of Bette Gordon, Catherine Breillat, and Lucille Hadzhihalillovic, Piaffe is its own playful and majestic beast.” Sophie Monks Kaufman, indieWire

Danger!! Scare Films on 16mm

Various Directors · 1942-1971
125min · 16mm
  • Tuesday, Oct 10, 2023, 7:30pm

Experience the dark side of educational films: shorts designed to terrify you into “correct behavior!” For decades, scare films served as propaganda for compliance – and as forbidden thrills of the lowest kind. Tonight only, see rare 16mm prints of some of the most warped, heavy-handed, and infamous examples of the genre.

Shocking, lurid, and even stomach-churning, sights you can scarcely endure serve as dire warnings of a horrific fate beyond imagining! Pus-dripping doom from syphilis! The gory splatter of highway crashes! Atomic devastation! The godless threat of Communism! All of this and more could HAPPEN TO YOU!

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series and annual horror series All Monsters Attack!

Warning: this program includes uncensored scenes some may find disturbing. Recommended for mature audiences only! Co-presented by The Sprocket Society.

Bert Gordon Double Bill: Earth vs. the Spider + secret second feature

Bert I. Gordon
170min · 16mm
  • Tuesday, Oct 24, 2023, 7:30pm

The Sprocket Society bids RIP to Mr. BIG with an all-16mm tribute to Bert I. Gordon, with one of his “best” early B-movie hits, plus a secret second feature, and shorts.

Fifty tons of creeping horror! In EARTH VS. THE SPIDER (1958), a tarantula the size of a house starts gobbling up residents of a tiny town! It’s up to plucky teenagers to save the day, despite their crazy lingo and mindless love of rock ‘n’ roll!

PLUS: another secret BIG classic, and spooky shorts!

Gordon, who died in March at age 100, was a jack-of-all-trades indie producer, director, screenwriter, and not-so-special effects artist. During a 35 year career, he made dirt-cheap but very profitable sci-fi, horror and fantasy cult classics like The Amazing Colossal Man, Village of the Giants, and Empire of the Ants. Mainstays of drive-ins and late-night TV, his shlocky treasures embody a lost era of movie fun.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series and annual horror series All Monsters Attack!

Divinity in 35mm

Eddie Alcazar · 2023
87min · 35mm
  • Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Nov 30, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Dec 7, 2023, 7:30pm

Set in an otherworldly human existence, scientist Sterling Pierce dedicated his life to the quest for immortality, slowly creating the building blocks of a groundbreaking serum named “Divinity.” His son, Jaxxon Pierce (Stephen Dorff), now controls and manufactures his father’s once-benevolent dream. Society on this barren planet has been entirely perverted by the supremacy of the drug, whose true origins are shrouded in secrecy. Two mysterious brothers arrive with a plan to abduct the mogul, and with the help of a seductive woman named Nikita, they will be set on a path hurtling toward true immortality.

“Shot in raw black and white 16mm, Divinity is a unique visual spectacle that subverts the sleek, macho sci-fi action of ‘90s Albert Pyun with a strong dose of gender politics and an experimental, industrial sensibility. Punctuated by a pulsating soundtrack from DJ Muggs [along with frequent David Lynch collaborator, Dean Hurley], and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, Divinity is a wildly ambitious, lo-fi post-apocalyptic satire.” Lori Donnelly, Fantastic Fest

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

Eraserhead meets Frankenstein by way of a perfume ad… the kind of movie that would be projected on the wall at the coolest nightclub where the meanest kids in town go.” Dais Johnston, Inverse

16mm Centennial Film Jam

240min · 16mm
  • Tuesday, Dec 5, 2023, 7:00pm

Join the Sprocket Society for a marathon celebration of 16mm film’s 100th anniversary, featuring favorites and rarities from their vault. Teetering stacks of reels will supply a free-form smorgasbord of shorts: comedy, music, animation, drama, silent special effects epics, experimental wonders, documentaries, oddities, legendary hits, forgotten obscurities, and more. All shown from 16mm film prints, of course!

Introduced by Kodak in 1923, the 16mm format democratized cinema by making it affordable and portable. Embraced by hobbyists, professionals, and artists alike, 16mm film empowered a multi-decade explosion of creative exploration and programming that transformed every facet of cinema.

Tonight’s program celebrates this century of rich history with a wildly eclectic sampling of titles made with, primarily distributed on, or preserved thanks to 16mm film.

Part of our 16mm Centennial Celebration Series!

A diagram illustrating the size specifications for the 16mm and Super 16 film formats.