Monthly Film Screening Archives

Our film screenings highlight underground, avant-garde and independent cinema. When we can, we host the filmmaker for an introduction and post screening Q&A. We have shown thousands of films ranging from structural classics like Tony Conrad's "The Flicker" on 16mm, to music films such as Bjork's "Biophilia Live" and Sigur Ros' "Heima". We strive to bring classic films to be screened on 16mm but also new films by emerging independent filmmakers.

Director Zachary Weddington, In-Person, Presenting "VIVA AMIGA"

Viva Title LogoDATE: Sunday, February 19th 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

Co-Presented by:
Harrisburg University for Science and Technology

$5

Director Zachary Weddington, In-Person, Presenting "VIVA AMIGA" a documentary about the legendary culture of the Amiga computer. "In a world of green on black, they dared to dream in color.

1985: An upstart team of Silicon Valley mavericks created a miracle: the Amiga computer. A machine made for creativity. For games, for art, for expression. Breaking from the mold set by IBM and Apple, this was something new. Something to change what people believed computers could do.

2016: The future they saw isn’t the one we live in now. Or is it?

From the creation of the world’s first multimedia digital art powerhouse, to a bankrupt shell sold and resold into obscurity, to a post-punk spark revitalized by determined fans. Viva Amiga is a look at a digital dream and the freaks, geeks and geniuses who brought it to life.

And the Amiga is still alive."

reviews:
http://halfstackmagazine.blogspot.com/2017/01/viva-amiga-review-pleasant-technology.html
and
http://www.geekadelphia.com/2011/05/11/viva-amiga-a-documentary-of-geeky-proportions/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vivaamiga/
Official site: https://amigafilm.com/news/

Filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz IN-PERSON presenting “78rpm”

DATE: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

 $5

Moviate is pleased to welcome:
Filmmaker Joel Schelmowitz IN-PERSON, presenting his documentary "78rpm".

"78rpm" (2015, 98 min) is the first feature film by Brooklyn-based artist/filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz. The film is a fond documentary paean to the gramophone and the 78 record collector. 78rpm is amply equipped with expert talking heads – Schlemowitz interviews vintage culture mavens including Shien Lee of Dances of Vice and the London-based Shellac Sisters; authors and experts in the field; 78 record collectors including Michael Cumella of the Antique Phonograph Music program on WMFU; Jonathan Ward of Excavated Shellac; bandleader Vince Giordano; and even the grandson of the inventor of the gramophone, Oliver Berliner  But far from a dry and solemn history lesson, 78RPM is a film of mercurial high-spirited enthusiasm, featuring an array of hand-processed 16mm scenes of cinematic hijinks. Schlemowitz puts the music itself front and center, pausing to play a generous selection of old shellac records in their (3-minute) entirety – from hot jazz to Enrico Caruso to hillbilly ballads. The film’s subjects also ponder the rapid change of technology and the specter of ever-increasing obsolescence, as well as seeking to answer the ultimate question intrinsic to the 78 record: “Why 78 revolutions per minute?”

 

main site: http://78rpmmovie.com/

press: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/78rpm-941560
press: http://www.4columns.org/sandhu-sukhdev/78rpm
press: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/…/datebook-78rpm-by-joel-schle…

about the filmmaker:
Joel Schlemowitz is an experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn who works in 16mm film, shadowplay, and stereographic media. He has recently completed his first feature film 78rpm, an experimental documentary about the gramophone. His short works have been shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival and have received awards from the Chicago Underground Film Festival, The Dallas Video Festival, and elsewhere. Shows of installation artworks include Anthology Film Archives, and Microscope Gallery. He teaches experimental filmmaking at The New School and is Resident Film Programmer and Arcane Media Specialist at the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

www.joelschlemowitz.com

12 O'Clock Boys

12 O Clock BoysDATE: Sunday November 27, 2016

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

A Film by Lotfy Nathan

7pm

$5 Admission

The 12 O’CLOCK BOYS are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore — popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. In Lotfy Nathan’s wild, dynamic documentary (three years in the making), their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug – a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. Premiering to critical acclaim at the SXSW and Hot Docs Film Festivals (where Nathan won the HBO Emerging Artist Award), 12 O’CLOCK BOYS provides a compelling and intimate personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream.

http://www.12oclockboys.com/

trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOMQY6k16TU

HAXAN with live score by Richard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular

HAXANDATE: Saturday October 15th, 2016

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

8:00pm - 10:00pm

"HAXAN" the legendary Witchcraft Film presented with a live score by Richard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular!

Live original music to classic witchy film!

The year 1922 was to be a landmark in the history of cinema. Not only would it see the release of both Robert Flaherty's proto-documentary Nanook Of The North and FW Murnau's influential horror Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror, but a third film, Häxan, though less known, would break even more ground by combining these two nascent genres to disarmingly strange effect.

Riichard Nicol performs live to "The Octopus"

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