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Radio On

Philadelphia, PA
Chris Petit’s feature debut, Radio On is a post-modern film noir propelled by a throbbing punk and new wave soundtrack featuring David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Lene Lovich, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Robert Fripp, The Rumour and Dev… read more

The Visitor

Philadelphia, PA
The sci-fi/horror epic that 1979 couldn't handle. An intergalactic warrior joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.

Chameleon Street

Philadelphia, PA
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival—yet criminally underseen for over three decades—Chameleon Street recounts the improbable but true story of Michigan con man Douglas Street, the titular “chame… read more

Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art - Program 1

Philadelphia, PA
Comprised of films written about by Amos Vogel in "Film as a Subversive Art," this selection of shorts provides an international panorama of postwar international avant-garde cinema and an important precursor from the initia… read more

Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art - Program 2

Philadelphia, PA
Amos Vogel left no stone unturned in compiling "Film as a Subversive Art." Describing Japanese master Yasujirō Ozu’s late-period satire Good Morning, he singles out an important recurring element throughout the film: “It is … read more

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Philadelphia, PA
In 1970, young debut director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) indelibly redefined the “giallo” genre of murder-mystery thrillers with Crystal Plumage, catapulting him to international stardom.

Prism

Philadelphia, PA
For Prism, Belgian filmmaker An van. Dienderen invited Rosine Mbakam, from Cameroon, and Eléonore Yameogo from Burkina Faso, to work together on a film in which the differences in their skin color, and experiences as filmmak… read more

The Two Sights

Philadelphia, PA
The first solo feature from Joshua Bonnetta (co-director, El Mar La Mar), The Two Sights (An Dà Shealladh) explores the disappearing tradition of second sight in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. As we listen to locals' accoun… read more

The Velvet Vampire

Philadelphia, PA
Directed by Roger Corman protegee Stephanie Rothman and laced with an addictive psych score, this endearing cult item remains best experienced on the big screen in all its gaudy, color-coded glory.

Delta Space Mission

Philadelphia, PA
Imagine an early Eighties Eastern European space-prog album high on sugary breakfast cereal, “Heavy Metal” magazine, Hanna-Barbera cartoons and 8-bit arcade games like Galaxian and Asteroids, and you have some idea of the ot… read more

Dark Star

Philadelphia, PA
This outrageously unique sci-fi semi-spoof was the first feature from genre film emperor John Carpenter. The film originally began as a 45-minute University of Southern California student film project by Carpenter and collab… read more

The Unknown Man of Shandigor

Philadelphia, PA
Swiss director Jean-Louis Roy’s long-lost mid-1960s Cold War super-spy thriller is a marvelous and surreal hall of mirrors, part-Dr. Strangelove, part-Alphaville with sly nods to British TV shows like “The Avengers” and “Doc… read more

All is Forgiven

Philadelphia, PA
Mia Hansen-Løve was only twenty-five when she directed one of the most striking and auspicious first features in 21st century French cinema, which finds the brisk economy of expression, nuanced characterization, and formal d… read more
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Past Events

Letters to Paul Morrissey

Letters to Paul Morrissey

Philadelphia, PA
Drugs, vampirism, existential crises and melodies of another time mark the lives of several characters: a sex symbol of the underground cinema, two cursed lovers, a man seeking his salvation, an unsuccessful actress and a Japanese artist with a mysterious illness. Five stories, apparently not relat…
Friday, September 10 2021 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Ikarie XB 1

Ikarie XB 1

Philadelphia, PA
A visionary work of Eastern Bloc science fiction, this mesmerizing Czechoslovak adaptation of a novel by Stanisław Lem melds Cold War ideology and utopian futurism into a tour de force of space-age modernism. In the year 2163, a band of astronauts embarks on a fifteen-year voyage deep into outer sp…
Friday, October 1 2021 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Faya Dayi

Faya Dayi

Philadelphia, PA
In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents. Though a deeply personal project—Beshir was forced to leave her hometown of Harar with her family as a teenager due to growing political strife—t…
Saturday, September 11 2021 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

Delphine's Prayers

Delphine's Prayers

Philadelphia, PA
Delphine reclines on a daybed in her bright apartment in Belgium, an empty crib beside her. “I started to work the streets like crazy,” she says, matter-of-factly recounting her life story. “Selling my body.” Delphine, who is only identified by her first name, is quick-witted, engaging, passionate…
Friday, October 8 2021 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Uppercase Print

Uppercase Print

Philadelphia, PA
The case of a Romanian teenager whose graffiti messages against the Ceausescu regime spiraled into a personal and political tragedy is inventively retold through reenactment and archival footage. Gianina Cărbunariu’s “documentary play” forms one half of Radu Jude’s film as actors recite transcripts…
Friday, September 24 2021 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

Arrebato (Rapture)

Arrebato (Rapture)

Philadelphia, PA
New 4K restoration Horror movie director José is adrift in a sea of doubt and drugs. As his belated second feature nears completion, his reclusive bubble is popped by two events, a sudden reappearance from an ex-girlfriend and a package from past acquaintance Pedro: a reel of Super-8 film, an audi…
Saturday, October 9 2021 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

The Red Kimona

The Red Kimona

Philadelphia, PA
Notable for its female-led creative team, Dorothy Arzner (story), Adela Rogers St. John (screenplay) and Dorothy Davenport Reid (direction), The Red Kimona is a landmark “social conscience” film from the silent era. Based on the true story of Gabrielle Darley, the film proclaims itself to be a “sta…
Wednesday, September 29 2021 8:00 PM 10:00 PM

Isabella

Isabella

Philadelphia, PA
Mariel (María Villar) wants to play the role of Isabella in a local theater troupe's production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, but money problems prevent her from preparing for the audition. She thinks of asking her brother for financial help, but is worried about being too direct. Her solut…
Friday, September 17 2021 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched

Philadelphia, PA
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched explores the folk horror phenomenon from its beginnings in a trilogy of films—Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard’s Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973)—through its proliferation on British television in the 197…
Saturday, September 25 2021 7:00 PM 10:30 PM

An Evening with Toney W. Merritt

An Evening with Toney W. Merritt

Philadelphia, PA
Toney W. Merritt is an independent filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist whose career spans five decades. His unique corpus of personal films and videos, totaling more than 30 titles, draws upon and subverts numerous experimental, narrative and documentary strategies and techniques. Merritt was pa…
Wednesday, October 13 2021 8:00 PM 10:00 PM

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