(Mike Hoolboom, 1998) · An experimental video diary, Panic Bodies is a six-part cinematic meditation on living, and dying with the AIDS virus. The film is a poetic and beautiful exploration in various formats and narratives of the experience of living with AIDS, of being determined by your identification with the virus, of living under the ticking clock of one's own imminent demise. A poem of a film, it keeps you enthralled throughout with its bold originality and cinematic beauty.
runtime: 70m format: 16mm
(Friðrik Friðriksson, 2000) · Páll is a painter who, after descending into depression when his girlfriend leaves him, is eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia. After being admitted to a psychiatric hospital, he plots a break-out with some of his fellow inmates. Based on a well-received novel, Fridriksson's film is a visually mesmerizing portrayal of the stigma surrounding psychological disorders in modern society, and the difficulties faced by sufferers of mental illness and their loved ones. Note: Due to a format change, this screening is now free.
runtime: 100m format: DVD
(Charlie Chaplin, 1940) · Chaplin's first real talkie, The Great Dictator condemns Adolf Hitler and fascism with political satire. The film revolves around a Jewish barber (Chaplin) who happens to look exactly like facist dictator Adenoid Hynkel (also Chaplin). Stunned by Hynkel's anti-semitic acts, the barber recklessly joins a girl (Paulette Goddard) and her neighbors in revolt. The film ends with a moving speech by Chaplin that rings all the more true today.
runtime: 126m format: 35mm
(Roman Polanski, 1974) · Drought-stricken Depression-era Los Angeles is the backdrop for this neo-noir period piece, in which slick P.I. Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) uncovers a massive conspiracy to manipulate the city's water supply. Polanski's direction suffuses LA's sun-scorched waterways and orange groves with an ineffable menace. A radical vision of noir for its time, Chinatown wraps up a chilling account of municipal corruption with an unforgettable ending that you won't want to believe.
runtime: 130m format: 35mm
(Shane Carruth, 2004) · The movie that launched writer, director, producer, editor, and composer Shane Carruth's career, Primer is a low budget science fiction drama that doesn't sacrifice scientific integrity for the sake of understandability. With a degree in Mathematics, Carruth creates a narrative known for its experimental plot structure and complex technical dialogue. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize (Sundance), Primer is the perfect film for "viewers ready for a cerebral challenge".
runtime: 77m format: Digital
(Vitaly Mansky, 2016) · This new documentary follows the daily routines of little Zin-mi and her family up to her ceremonious initiation into the Children's Union. The DPRK agreed to let Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky make the film with strict state supervision of the script. Incorporating smuggled footage recorded between takes, Mansky's film recasts a work of would-be North Korean propaganda into a damning exposé of the state's laughable attempts to stage prosperity and happiness.
runtime: 106m format: DCP
(Keith Maitland, 2016) · This captivatingly unique take on a documentary reflects back on the UT Austin shootings of 1966. By stitching together archival footage and simple but gripping animation, the immersive film brings the disturbing realities of the shooting back into consciousness. Cinematic and unsettling, Tower presents the real voices of survivors of the event that changed America and the history of gun violence.
runtime: 98m format: DCP
(Nagisa Ôshima, 1966) · Based on the nationwide killing spree of the "Daylight Demon," who attacked over thirty women in broad daylight in the 1950s, provocative auteur Nagisa Ôshima adapts the true crime events to the setting of a failed cooperative farm in rural Japan. Ôshima experiments with a fragmented montage style that mirrors the recollection of traumatic memories. This formal masterpiece is a disturbing study of the criminal mind and a tragic elegy to failed dreams and delusions.
runtime: 99m format: 35mm