Special Events

Dalai Lama Awakening

Mar 4 to Mar 7
Wednesday to Saturday 3:00, 7:30

Dir. Khashyar Darvich - 2014 - 120m - All Seats $10

A newly re-edited Director's cut presentation of the profound and life-changing journey of innovative Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to discuss solutions to many of the world's problems. The result is an inner transformation of the participants, as well as what audiences report is a personal transformational experience for those who watch the film.

The film was born from over 500 hours of footage shot by 10 cinematographers over a 15 year period, and is a dramatically new Director's Cut of Dalai Lama Renaissance which won 12 awards and screened over 1,000 times around the world.

Dalai Lama Awakening also features innovative thinkers such as Dr. Michael Beckwith (The Secret), Quantum Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami (What the Bleep Do We Know), Radio Host and Author Thom Hartmann, Author Vicki Robin, Revolutionary Social Scientist Jean Houston and others.

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Killer of Sheep - as part of the Labor Film Festival Double Feature!

Mar 8 to Mar 9
Sunday and Monday 4:15, 8:00

Dir. Charles Burnett - 1977 - 80m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH SALT OF THE EARTH!

Sponsored by the CNM Employees Union and the Central New Mexico Labor Council

An examination of the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing  detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.  Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple  beauty: the warmth of a teacup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife, holding his daughter.  The film offers no solutions; it merely presents life  — sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humor.   Shot on location with a mostly amateur cast, much handheld camera work, and an episodic narrative with gritty documentary-style cinematography, Killer of Sheep has been compared by film critics and scholars to Italian neorealist films like Vittorio De Sica’s BICYCLE THIEVES and Roberto Rossellini’s PAISAN.

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Salt Of the Earth - as part of the Labor Film Festival Double Feature!

Mar 8 to Mar 9
Sunday and Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Herbert J. Biberman - 1954 - 94m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH KILLER OF SHEEP - No Matinees

Sponsored by the CNM Employees Union and the Central New Mexico Labor Council

A powerful, persuasive labor-management drama. With the exception of five actors (including future Waltons star Will Geer), the cast is comprised of non-professionals, mostly participants of the real-life strike action upon which the film is based. Set in a New Mexico mining town, the film concerns the measures taken by the largely Hispanic union to improve working and especially living conditions for the poverty-stricken workers. Remarkably prescient, given that the film was made long before the women's movement, is the fact that it is the wives who keep the strike alive while their husbands are beaten and otherwise oppressed by the owners. Not that the miners wholeheartedly accept this; one of the script's many on-target observations shows the macho workers resenting their wives' intervention. The ultimate victory over the strikebreakers (led by Geer at his most odious) comes about as much from male-female solidarity as the workers' pre-set determination. Co-produced by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelt Workers, Salt of the Earth was assembled under conditions of extreme duress by a group of Hollywood expatriates, all victims of the Blacklist: producer Paul Jarrico, director Herbert Biberman, screenwriter Michael Wilson and star Will Geer. "Freed" of the strictures of Hollywood pussyfooting and censorship, the film's auteurs are able to explore several subjects previously considered taboo. As a result, Salt of the Earth seems even fresher and more pertinent now than it did when given its extremely limited first release in 1954.

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Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary

Mar 10 to Mar 12
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

Dir. Gay Dillingham - 2014 - 95m



Over 18 years in the making!  In the 1960s, two conventional Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness. Over the next five decades, the two greatly impact modern thought, Timothy Leary as a counter-cultural legend and Richard Alpert as Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher. Gay Dillingham’s film, narrated by Robert Redford, offers an intimate portrait of an epic friendship, through life and into the next realm.

“The idea of anything that expands our thinking beyond conventional borders has always been of interest to me. When I see the living, breathing portraits of these characters, especially the early archival footage... To see them intelligent and smart – they were a kind of blessing considering how they have been caricatured in later times. I like what this film explores and I’m glad to be a part of it." - Robert Redford

“This film is stunning and literally left me speechless. It is so powerful on so many levels, whether personal, political, spiritual or ultimately facing death. It is an amazing piece of work.  Thank you so much for doing it. You will make history with it.” - Ambassador Joe Wilson

“A great piece of work and an extraordinary story well told.” - Sting

“The film left me open. It’s a historic document chronicling two majestic lives.” - Jeff Bridges, “The Dude”

“It is highly entertaining and enlightening on all levels. I was never bored!” - Kathryn Altman

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LEVI: Late Night Adult Comedy

Mar 13
Friday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Levi Anderson - NOW - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10 - VOICE OVER INTERPRETER PROVIDED


It's all about life ... all the crazy stories may or may not be true.  You be the judge.  DON'T MISS IT!

ANY QUESTIONS CONTACT LEVI AT soreheal@gmail.com, (505)615-7181 (text)

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Le Trou

Mar 14 to Mar 15
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Jacques Becker - 1960 - 131m - An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB co-sponsored event - All Seats $5 - In French with English subtitles


In a Paris prison cell, five inmates use every ounce of their tenacity and ingenuity in an elaborate attempt to tunnel to freedom. Based on the novel by José Giovanni, Jacques Becker’s Le trou (The Hole) balances lyrical humanism with a tense, unshakable air of imminent danger.

"Classical in its intense simplicity, this is certainly Becker's most perfectly crafted film." - Tom Milne, Time Out

"Jacques Becker's 1959 film was the last great flowering of French classicism; the 'tradition of quality' here goes out with a masterpiece." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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Stand Up Comedy Marches On!

Mar 14
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Matt & pals! - NOW - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10 / MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER!

Eddie Stephens is the most interesting thing to come out of the UK since mad cow disease. Blending aggressive vulgarity with meaningful observations, Eddie has quickly risen to become one of the most recognized and enjoyed comics in the Southwest. With acclaimed performances in such venues as the Denver Comedy Works under his belt, it is surely just a matter of time before Eddie’s original brand of Anglo-American humor is confusing and upsetting audiences nationwide.

Andrew Harms- Andrew performed is first comedy while on vacation in Los Angeles in 2010.  He came back to Albuquqerque and has been making people laugh ever since!  He is a favorite in the ABQ  stand up scene! His superb material and warm personality will make you happy to be alive! 

Daniel Moquin is a comedian and filmmaker currently living in New Mexico. His deadpan style of comedy draws from growing up as a Canadian along the Mexican Border.

Matt Peterson is a comedian from Albuquerque New Mexico whose comedy goals are simple.... make you laugh!  He's performed in comedy clubs such as at Laff's Comedy club in Albuquerque NM and Loonies Comedy Cafe in Colorado Springs CO; and also in various casinos across the southwest, including, The Hon Dah Casino in Pine top Arizona and The Stage at Santa Ana Casino in Albuquerque. Matt has opened for Marc Maron and Doug Stanhope.  Matt appeared on NBC's Last Comic standing 2007 and was voted best one of the best comedians in the city in the Weekly Alibi's 2007 and 2014  Best of 'Burque. In 2011, he was cast as the lead role in the comedy film, The Bigfoot Election. Also co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the upcoming comedy film "Abe Makes A Movie"!  He has had roles on In Plain Sight and Longmire and ABC's "Killer Women" was a guest comedian on three episodes of NBC's After After Party with Breaking Bad's Steven Michael Quezada.

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Out of Print - a new doc on revival 35mm cinema houses!

Mar 20 to Mar 25
Friday to Wednesday 9pm ONLY!

Dir. Julia Marchese - 2014 - 86m - No Matinees


A documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition - seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema - a unique and independent revival cinema in Los Angeles.

Featuring interviews with: Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright, John Landis, Stuart Gordon, Joe Dante, Richard Kelly, Lloyd Kaufman, Rian Johnson, Noah Segan, Patton Oswalt, Seth Green, DC Pierson, Mark Romanek, Tom Holland, Fred Dekker, Joe Carnahan, Julia Marchese, Grae Drake, Donald McQuade, Marion Kerr, David Crennen, Gariana Abeyta, Alissa Davis, Drew Coombs, Courtney Joyner, Matt Dinan, Paul Vickery

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50 YEARS OF POSTERS FOR JUSTICE! The Allen Cooper Digitized Archive!

Mar 21
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

60s to Now! - 90m approx - Only $5

A viewing, narration, talk and discussion with local justice man Allen Cooper and his collection of rebel righteous posters!

Allen Cooper began his work as an activist in 1959, just after he left the U.S. Navy. Born and raised in Albuquerque, he says the Navy opened his eyes. He learned about racism and sexism and began to rethink his original intention to become an Episcopal priest.

“It was like I woke up,” he said. “My head began working for itself and I started seeing things and feeling things.

He came back to Albuquerque after he was released from the service and became part of sit-in demonstrations against world war at the old Woolworth building at 4th and Central. Cooper also attended the University of New Mexico – until he was expelled after a protest against the war in Vietnam.

“They threw me out because I was trying to stop the war," Cooper said. "We disrupted basketball games at The Pit and I thought we were going to get murdered.”

Cooper took his passion to Mississippi where he became a freedom rider. His first boss was John Lewis, who is now a congressman from Georgia. Those were dark days for Cooper who worked with dozens of others to try to register black voters. He suffered a skull fracture and lost his right kidney at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, but stayed in Mississippi for three years.

As he moved around, he began collecting posters from the protest actions. The Center for Southwest Research now has more than 100 of the posters. They have been digitized and are available online as the Allen Cooper papers. Most are in English, although some are in Spanish. The original posters are available for review at the Anderson Reading Room.

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Dominic Angerame presents "City Symphony Series"

Mar 22
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Dominic Angerame - 1987-2013 - 2 hours approx - A BASEMENT FILMS CO-THROW!! ALL SEATS $7 - DIRECTOR IN PERSON!

For more info on Dominic Angerame visit here.

CONTINUUM (1987):  16mm, black and white, silent, 17 minutes - “...  In  Continuum, the world, the  workers within  the world, and the labor of making the film itself are  equated  through montage and a brilliantly concentrated filmic ‘painterliness’. The result is  an experimental  film  which is at the same time a document of  propaganda  in  the sense  that, at its conclusion, one finds oneself closer to the science  of  the motion of society in its monumentality, with streets, buildings, the building of them,  and the workers and their instruments (drills, tar) creating a  constructivist poetry within the eyes.” - Jack Hirschman, poet & author

DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT (1990):  16mm, black and white, sound, 14 minutes - "A somber, gong-like tone opens DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT: the first image is a small light in darkness, a delicate flicker that grows to become a welder's torch. We are led into the film by a suggestive imagistic shorthand: 'the rise of man' is attended by the building of structures, and cities, a montage of the emblems of civilization. The end of the film brings a series of unnerving images - one reminiscent of an eerie jack-o-lantern from childhood memory: a skyscraper looming in the night, a bank of windows lit up like its gaping mouth. As fog and clouds rush in fast frame across the sky for a dizzying, synesthetic effect, Kevin Barnard's soundtrack pounds an urgent wail to the rhythm of climax spending itself in question, in philosophical ambiguity, not release. An almost palpable centrifugal force seems to move the final moments of the film into a spinout. "This is history without narrative, an abstract summation of what happens when human beings move stuff around and make something of it, grow tired of what they've made and demolish it using other things they've made, and then start all over again. What we build, what we destroy, what we find useful to do both, how we let our interaction with them describe what we call human -- these are some of the ideas Angerame's DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT suggests." -- from an essay by Barbara Jaspersen Voorhees, 1990

IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS (1997):  16mm, black and white, sound, 23 minutes - "[A]n exquisite black and white surrealist depiction of the Embarcadero Freeway demolition, in which dinosaurlike tractors gnash at an organic tangle of steel reinforcements. ... Inanimate objects and heavy machinery become living metaphors for generation through the director's signature use for high-contrast, time-lapse and double exposure cinematography. Like a moving gallery installation, the 23-minute piece is composed of individual shots so precise and emotionally evocative that each could stand on its own as testimony to Angerame's astounding talent." -- Silke Tudor, SF Weekly "... a metaphorical approach to architecture could be found in quite a few works and this is why the organizers put them together in a separate section. In this section, the most remarkable film was IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS by Dominic Angerame, a film that combines shorts of the tearing down of the Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco with industrial music -- a proposal of an ambivalent interpretation of human break up and break down." -- Andreas Denk, Kunstforum, July-September 1998

LINE OF FIRE (1997):  16mm, black and white, sound, 8 minutes - "In November of 1993 I was diagnosed as having coronary arterial disease. A subsequent angiogram revealed that open heart surgery was necessary - it was almost immediately performed. This angiogram was filmed originally on 35mm motion picture film. In March of 1995 my apartment burned down in the early morning hours and my girlfriend and I escaped with our neighbor down the rear fire escape as lethal smoke was enveloping us. I was able to return to the scene the next day in order to film the aftermath. This film is a blend of footage from these two episodes and explores the temporal nature of the lives we live." - Dominic Angerame

PREMONITION (1995) dvd, 9 min. - “The  concrete  world of the American infra-structure and its  demise  are  made  strangely  poetic in this expressionist documentary which shows the  vacant  San  Francisco  Embarcedero Freeway after it has outlived its usefulness, before  its destruction.  In an atmosphere of daylight, mystery, Angerame sows inklings  and reveals  the past encircled by the future. Lyrical, ominous, comic,  PREMONITION works  on  the attentive viewer like a remembrance of something that is  yet  tohappen, silent, telling daydream.”—Barbara Jaspersen Voorhees.

“Roads, bridges, street lamps and underpasses are all harbingers of an untold urban tale, set in the vacant San Francisco Embarcadero Freeway before its’ destruction. We are led through a desolate cityscape as if we were actually penetrating it. A bridge covered with graffitied sperms heading towards downtown, is a metaphor for the man-made womb that is the city. PREMONITION’S approach is as lucid as it is perplexing.”—Images Film Festival, Toronto, 1997

Dominic Angerame presents

Swinging In The Shadows - The Untold Story of the California Beat Era!

Mar 26
Thursday 4:30, 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Mary Kerr - 2011 - 2 hours total - All Seats $7

Straight from the source with the director Mary Kerr in person!

This is a two part documentary about what happened in both Southern and Northern California--Venice West and the LA Scene and San Francisco's Wild History Groove.

During the 50s, a wave of free-spirited creativity emerged in California.  Young idealistic poets and artists formed a free-flowing underground apart from the conforming 50s mainstream.  They rocked LA’s art and poetry scene.  Meanwhile, up the Coast, they energized the vibrant SF Renaissance.

Swinging in the Shadows is a rare glimpse into the lives of these individuals, their innovative work and aesthetics—

“not selling out”!!

“—a refreshing and accurate picture of collaboration and shared identity between north (SF) and south (LA) self-fashioned outsiders” - Paul J. Karlstrom, Former West Coast Regional Director, Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

“Kerr brilliantly succeeds in recreating a richly innovative and exciting era.  Her documentaries will fascinate the casual viewer while providing an indispensable resource for serious historians.  Delightful and profound… illuminating and just plain fun.” 
- Susan Landauer, author and art historian

“What a surprising flow—a method you came up with for capturing a time-track with verve, fervor and exactitude plus art!  Congratulations” - Ed Sanders, Poet

“A fine documentary—how it felt when Bohemia was still alive” - Peter Selz, Curator, Author, Prof. of Art Emeritus, UC Berkeley

View the trailer for San Francisco's Wild History Groove here

View the trailer for Venice West and the LA Scene here 

Find out more on the CA Beat Era website.

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Mar 27
Friday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 ONLY!

Dir. David Cross - 2014 - 96m

Legendary comedian/actor David Cross (Mr. Show, Arrested Development) makes his feature directorial debut with this comedy about an anxious municipal worker who becomes a viral video superstar, which drives his fame-obsessed daughter nuts. Incensed by a series of perceived injustices being committed by his local government, Dave records a series of caustic rants that spread across the internet like wildfire, drawing a horde of benevolent Brooklyn hipsters eager to fight the power. The hilarious cast includes Michael Cera, Erinn Hayes and David Kuechner!

"Hilarious satire, measuring small-town idiocy against narcissistic Hipster activism" –Ion Cinema

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The Babadook - special encore one night only!

Mar 27
Friday 10pm ONLY!

Dir. Jennifer Kent - 2014 - 94m - Australia - No Matinees

Director of THE EXORCIST, William Friedkin, said this was the scariest movie he's ever seen!

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.    When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.  But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

"An expertingly unsettling horror film!" - Time Out, New York

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

"Manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished." - Scott Foundas, Variety

"What's been delivered here is a potent brew of psychological terror mixed with a genuinely spooky story, making The Babadook easily the best horror movie of recent years." - George Byrne, Irish Independent

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Anderson Twins: Adult Comedy Show

Mar 28
Saturday 10pm ONLY!

Dir. The Anderson Twins! - Now! - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10 - VOICE OVER INTERPRETER PROVIDED


Need a good laugh??  Come check this out!  Clay and Levi have come up with a show that will have you laughing your ass off.  It's about life ... all the crazy stories that may or may not be true - you be the judge!  DON'T MISS IT!

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Mar 28
Saturday 4:30, 7:00

Dir. Scott Teems - 2015 - 95m


Join legendary Hollywood actor Hal Holbrook in person at a screening of HOLBROOK/TWAIN, the new documentary about his inspired portrayal of Mark Twain, and the relevance of Twain's work for today. This is a very rare opportunity to see Mr Holbrook in person. Two screenings only,4.30pm and 7pm!

"Celebrated actor Hal Holbrook has carved out a prolific career in film, television and theater, but one role, which he has played since 1954, has become indelibly associated with him: Mark Twain. For 60 years, Holbrook has been touring with his award-winning one-man show, "Mark Twain Tonight!," in which he portrays the renowned American writer and satirist before sold-out crowds. Doling out Twain's priceless and still relevant morsels of wit and wisdom, Holbrook has performed the show in all 50 states, internationally, on television, Broadway and behind the Iron Curtain. Filmmaker Scott Teems takes us behind the scenes with Holbrook for an intimate peek at Twain's continuing influence on our culture and the dedicated actor who brings him to life." – AP

Tickets available now at MOVIES AND MEANING!

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The Boy With The Green Hair

Mom’s Matinee

Mar 28 to Mar 29
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Joseph Losey - 1948 - 82m - MOM'S MATINEE IS BACK! ALL SEATS $5

Made in the hopeful post-World War II era that produced such classics of social conscience as Gentlemen's Agreement, Pinky and Home of the Brave, this provocative film is a fable for its time - and ours. It tells the supernatural-tinged story of an orphan who finds a safe haven in small-town America...until the day his hair turns green. Then the townfolk turn against him, frightened by the change they cannot understand. A call for tolerance, an inspiring statement that "different" doesn't mean "threatening," The Boy with Green Hair boasts a fine cast (Robert Ryan, Pat O'Brien, Dean Stockwell), a popular theme song (Nature Boy) and the feature-film debut of director Joseph Losey (The Servant, The Go-Between).

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UNPOPULAR OPINION is back! L.A.'s Only Funny Podcast

Apr 2
Thursday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Adam Tod Brown, Jeff May and Genevieve Mueller - NOW - 60m approx - $8 General / $6 UNM students with i.d.s

Adam Tod Brown is an editor and columnist at Cracked.com and host of the damn amazing Unpopular Opinion podcast. As coincidence would have it, he also hosts a stand-up comedy show of the same name the first and third Tuesday of every month at Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. He's performed at fun places like The Stand in NYC and The Improv in Hollywood and has written for the likes of Playboy.com, TheSmokingJacket.com, and Uproxx.com. He believes he can fly. He believes he can punch the sky. 

Genevieve Mueller is a writer and comedian living in Albuquerque. Genevieve has a bimonthly column called Comedy Matters in the Weekly Alibi and performs all over the country. Bob Odenkirk said “Thank you for quoting me perfectly” and then gave her a high?five. She was on RISK! (Episode 610) and recently opened for Doug Stanhope and Marc Maron. She co-hosts Dead Things Podcast with Will Bolt.

Jeff May is a comic who used to teach your kids about book stuff in the Boston public school system. He's a frequent guest on the Unpopular Opinion podcast and That Hashtag Show and is probably telling jokes somewhere in Los Angeles at this exact moment.  

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Bill The Galactic Hero!

Apr 3 to Apr 4
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. Alex Cox - 2015 - 90m - All Seats $7

50% of the proceeds will go to ABQ JUSTICE, a grass roots organization for homeless justice and ending police brutality.


From director Alex Cox (SID AND NANCY, REPO MAN, WALKER) and based on the Soylent Green writer Harry Harrison's novel of the same name - a science fiction comedy channeling AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (!) about the dynamic Human vs Chingers war. Filmed at the beautiful CU, Boulder Campus and featuring an Iggy Pop title tune!

The director describes Bill as “a classic anti-war science fiction novel” and a “counterblast to STAR$HIP TROOPERS.”  Cox makes its prole’s-eye view of war sound timely: "It’s told not from the flight deck but from the engine room: or to be more exact, the fusebays, where ranks of expendable Fusetenders Sixth Class wait to replace burned-out fuses, or die."

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Jazz On A Summer's Day

Apr 4
Saturday 1pm ONLY!


More info on the presenting organization here.

An incredible collection of classic live performances, Jazz on a Summer''s Day captures Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, and many others performing at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival!

"Shot in gorgeous color, it's probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

"The sense of well-being is immense." - Dave Kehr, New York Daily News

"As generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp." -  Bosley Crowther, New York Times

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Experiments in Cinema v10.T36 - A Basement Films Event!

Apr 15 to Apr 19
Wednesday to Sunday

2015 - Show times t.b.a.

Experiments in Cinema v10.T36 will celebrate it's 10th anniversary at the Guild Cinema April 15-19, 2015.  In addition to screening 100 film from 35 different countries we will host several special events.  Mike Morris (programmer for the Dallas Video Festival) will be in attendance to stage his expanded cinema live performance, Polish film scholar Kamila Kuc will screen historic avant garde films from that country which have never been seen before in the US, and Argentinean media artists and festival organizers Andres Denegri and Gabriela Golder will present programs of their own work as well as selections from their Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento festival in Buenos Aires.  Additionally, San Francisco based filmmaker Kerry Laitala will host a hands-on filmmaking workshop and our artist in residence this year will be Caryn Cline!

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Apr 17 to Apr 18
Friday and Saturday 10:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Joel Potrykus - 2015 - 97m - No Matinees

Marty is a caustic, small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next.  When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo® Power Glove, and a bad temper.  Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger in BUZZARD, a hellish and hilarious riff on the struggles of the American working class.

"EXTREMELY FUNNY... You kind of want him to succeed in his petty rebellion against boredom, conformity and corporate blandness, and you kind of want him to be punched in the face."- A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Office Space on crack.” - Indiewire

"The incredible Joshua Burge is a Buster Keaton for the 99%" - Nicholas Elliott, BOMB Magazine

"Potrykus has fashioned a vigorous and strangely compelling character study, a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time."- Calum Marsh, Village Voice

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Crime Wave a.k.a The Big Crimewave

Apr 20 to Apr 23
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Paizs - 1985 - 80m - No Matinees


"One of the best known and respected Canadian "cult" films, Crime Wave carries on in the unabashedly Canadian tradition of Goin' Down The Road, while providing the viewer with an experience entirely outside traditional mainstream Canadian film.

Crime Wave stars its director John Paizs as Steven Penny, a young filmmaker who is trying to make a "colour crime movie" called Crime Wave. Only he can't come up with the middle of the film, just variations on the beginning and ending. Steven is obsessed with colour crime, and filmmaking. He reads Colour Crime Quarterly magazine, and has posters in his room for 1950s B-movies like Teenage Crime Wave, Outside The Law and Stolen Face.

The movie is narrated by Kim, the little girl of a family that rents Steven a room above their garage. Steven teaches Kim different things about colour crime movies. He shows her his Bolex camera, explains why he only writes by streetlight, and plays her an audio tape which captured the sound of a camera that he borrowed from the NFB being run over by a car. In return, Kim tries to help Steven with making his movie." - CANUXPLOITATION

"Each and every time I see the film, I'm not only howling with laughter as hard as I did when I first saw it, but absolutely floored by how astoundingly brilliant and original it is." - Greg Klymkiw, Electric Sheep

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The Secret Garden

Mom’s Matinee

Apr 25 to Apr 26
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon

Dir. Fred M. Wilcox - 1949 - 92m - MOM'S MATINEE PRESENTS THE CLASSIC 1949 VERSION! ALL SEATS $5

Enormously popular child actress Margaret O’Brien (Meet Me in St. Louis) touches the heart in this classic adventure of a young orphan sent to live at the dark and foreboding English estate of her widowed uncle and his crippled son, played by fellow child sensation Dean Stockwell. Led by a strong will and a stubborn temperament, Mary Lennox (O’Brien) discovers the existence of a secret garden, the history of which slowly reveals the mystery of her uncle and his son’s embittered lives. Eventually, the beloved garden becomes the only hope for their happiness and restoration from the haunting grip of the past. Produced by Clarence Brown, the film is based on the popular novel by acclaimed children’s author Frances Hodgson Burnett (Little Lord Fauntleroy). A dazzling technical effect aptly derived from The Wizard of Oz brings the secret garden alive in a radiant color sequence, making it, and the film, a magical place you’ll have to experience yourself!

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