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.

CHICAGOLAND best of Screening: confirmed new date, March 6th

chicagolandpicDate:
03.06.2016 7:00pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

confirmed new date: March 6th.

Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 1 is a newly curated series of films that pulls together an eclectic mix of shorts all made by Chicago-based filmmakers. The films range from original narratives to real stories, from animations to found footage pieces (those made using pre-existing film or photographs). These filmmakers, and hence their films, emerge from a number of different racial and sexual backgrounds. Because of this Chicagoland Shorts represents a great number of viewpoints on the city and the cultural space the filmmakers occupy.

Curated by Eugene Sun Park (official selectee 2015 Moviate Underground Film Festival) and Kayla Ginsburg (with the aid of Beckie Stocchetti).

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/913513085401051/

midtown cinema, 7pm, $5.

16MM FILM NIGHT - VINTAGE MOVIE MADNESS!!!!!! Subjects include: LSD, ANSEL ADAMS, A BOY AND HIS GOAT, & THE PORK INDUSTRY!!!

16mmDate:
11.22.2015 (All day)
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22nd, 2015, 7:30PM, $5 at the Midtown Cinema.

MOVIATE PRESENTS....16MM SHORT FILM NIGHT!
We are pulling a rare and unseen selection of Vintage Unkowns for our film vault and presenting them together in an exclusive 16MM Grab-Bag Event!

Sunday, November 22, 2015
At THE MIDTOWN CINEMA
Admission = $5
Start Time = 7:30 pm (NOTE NEW TIME)

We are showing a short documentary about Ansel Adams, a classic Russian tale called "Zlateh - The Goat", a short documentary on LSD (come determine if it is good or bad?) - plus a special surprise duel projection as our grand finale - mixing a serious film about the pork industry along with BAKERY BEAT - a cooking film with a rippin' jazz soundtrack!!! Come out and have fun and experience film on REAL FILM!!!! 16mm lives on in Harrisburg! Don't miss out on this crazy grabbag night!!!

MIKE KUCHAR, IN-PERSON, from SAN FRANCISCO! Presenting NEW MOVIES! 8pm, WED. OCT. 14th

Screen shot 2015 09 22 at 12.12.09 AMDate:
10.14.2015 (All day)
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

Moviate has had the privledge and honor to host in-person shows with the legendary filmmaker for over 10 years now. It's a rare appearance, as Mike usually only does a few shows on the east coast per year, traveling from California to share his newest works.

If you haven't seen his films, check out this doc about he and his brothers' influence on underground and independent filmmaking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjRVtnP4FTw

His pictures are sincere, stunning, at times funny and deeply poetic.
Don't miss Mike this year, as we are sure his new works will please the crowd.

$5, 8PM, Midtown Cinema, 250 Reilly Street, Harrisburg

SUGGESTIVE GESTURES: DAVID FINKELSTEIN, FILMMAKER IN-PERSON, Sunday, SEPT 27th, 7pm

Screen shot 2015 09 21 at 11.20.09 PMDate:
09.27.2015 (All day)
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

THE FILMS OF DAVID FINKELSTEIN
With David Finkelstein In Person! Also presenting a rare Mike Kuchar movie "Primordial Neverland" (2013, rt= 8:34)

Sunday September 27, 2015
At The Midtown Cinema
7pm
Admission = $5

Director David Finkelstein characterizes his film as a 'landscape.' Words, images, and music are all used to evoke a series of changing textures and an evolving inner landscape, which the viewer is free to enjoy in the same way one enjoys a captivating view: by savoring the spatial and color relationships, and becoming immersed in the mood and emotional flavor of each scene, without necessarily expecting the experience to make statements or tell a story. The words, all improvised by Finkelstein and actress Cassie Terman, become physical objects in the scene, where they literally create the landscape and generate the volatile, changing moods of the piece. 'Gertrude Stein was the first one to suggest that language could be used to create a landscape, rather than tell a story,' says Finkelstein, 'and her idea is still proving to be a fruitful way to make performances and films.'

Despite the abstract nature of the film, many viewers will still see implicit meanings in the imagery. The image of the labyrinth and multiple references to the myth of the Minotaur call to mind the Jungian notion of the need we have to confront the monster within us, in order to embrace our whole nature and become free.
THE FILMS OF DAVID FINKELSTEIN
With David Finkelstein In Person!

Sunday September 27, 2015
At The Midtown Cinema
7pm
Admission = $5

SUGGESTIVE GESTURES
Traveling along the path of a labyrinth, the viewer passes through a series of extremely diverse landscapes, which are created through lush animation, evocative orchestral music, and rich dialog, in which words are used as much for rhythm and texture as they are for meaning. A man and woman guide us on this trip, taking us past gently falling Mondrian paintings, violent car crashes and bombing raids, and a pair of dancing, multicolored boxes, among many other settings. Based on an improvised performance, 'Suggestive Gestures' leads us gradually and indirectly towards a mysterious animal, hiding in the center of the maze.

DAVID FINKELSTEIN's video work has been featured in numerous film festivals around the world and has won awards at thirteen of them. In 2013, he was an invited artist at the Traverse Video Festival in Toulouse, France. His first feature film premiered at New Filmmakers in New York. He has had solo screenings of his films in New York, Chicago, Portland, Austin, North Carolina, Minnesota, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. His work has been funded by The Fund for Creative Communities, The Field, Movement Research, Meet the Composer, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BACA, and other sources.

"THE PUNK SYNDROME" documentary screening, MIDTOWN CINEMA, 7PM, Sunday July 26th.

punksyndromeDate: 07.26.2015 7:00pm

Venue/Location: Midtown Cinema

"THE PUNK SYNDROME" -is a film about Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band, PerttiKurikanNimipäivät. The band mentally handicapped members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, play their music with a lot of attitude and pride. We follow these professional musicians on their journey from obscurity to popularity. We watch them fight, fall in love and witness long days in the recording studio and on tour. It's a film about the essence of punk - it's a story of handicapped people rebelling against the mainstream.

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

Sunday July 26th, 2015 at 7PM, $5

"VALEDICTORIAN" feature film with Director Matthew Yeager IN-PERSON. 7pm, $5.

Moviate Valedictorian 1Date: 
06.28.2015 7:00pm
Venue/Location: 
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

"VALEDICTORIAN" is the story of Ben, an outsider who walks away from the modern New York lifestyle to live as a vagabond on the streets of Brooklyn.

DIRECTOR - Matt Yeager - IN-PERSON.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Miguel Drake-McLaughlin In-Person.

LEAD ACTOR (Ben) - Brian Dell, In-Person.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE: https://ticketing.us.veezi.com/purchase/876?siteToken=ejszoR7aA022mjIyUWrZqQ%3D%3D

Recently premiered at the 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival and the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival.

Original Score by Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear.

 

PRESS COVERAGE CLICK HERE

78 minutes.

7PM, $5

OXYANA -DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING by Sean Dunne

Screen shot 2015 03 19 at 11.42.03 PM polaDate:
04.26.2015 7:00pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

OXYANA - a documentary film by Sean Dunne
Presented by MOVIATE at The Midtown Cinema Harrisburg, PA
Sunday April 26, 2015
Starts promptly at 7:00pm
Admission = $5

http://oxyana.com/about.html

http://oxyana.com/trailer.html
TRAILER:

A PORTRAIT OF OCEANA, WV, AN OLD COAL MINING TOWN THAT HAS BECOME THE EPICENTER OF THE OXYCONTIN EPIDEMIC, EARNING THE NICKNAME OXYANA.

Tucked in the Appalachian mountains of Southern West Virginia, Oceana, is a small, once thriving coal-mining town that has fallen victim to the fast spreading scourge of prescription painkiller Oxycontin. As the coal industry slowly declined and times got tough, a black market for the drug sprung up and along with it a rash of prostitution, theft and murder. Soon its own residents had nicknamed the town Oxyana and it began to live up to its reputation as abuse, addiction and overdoses became commonplace. Oxyana is a harrowing front line account of a community in the grips of an epidemic, told through the voices of the addicts, the dealers and all those affected. It is a haunting glimpse into an American nightmare unfolding before our eyes, a cautionary tale told with raw and unflinching honesty.

www.oxyana.com

www.moviate.org

"MORRIS COUNTY" with DIRECTOR MATT GARRETT IN-PERSON

morriscountyDate:
03.22.2015 7:30pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

MOVIATE PRESENTS....

MORRIS COUNTY - A Film by Matt Garrett

In Person Film Event - One Night Only
This special night will start out with a screening of Garrett's Award-Winning short film BEATING HEARTS. This will be followed by Garrett's bizarre horror anthology film - MORRIS COUNTY. Director Matt Garrett will be attending the screening - introducing the event, and conducting a Q&A afterwards!

"...these dark stories are like a Norman Rockwell painting made from raw meat..."
- Scott Johnston, Cinefest

Check out the trailer here -

At The Midtown Cinema
250 Reily Street
Harrisburg, PA

$5 Admission
Starts Promptly at 7:30pm

Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90), DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

saladdayspressDate:
02.15.2015 8:40pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

“Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)” is a documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction..

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/107053757

TICKETS: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=mtcma

(midtowncinema.com click on box office)

we suggest getting them beforehand.

$5, 7PM, Midtown Cinema. All-Ages.

LIVE MUSIC TO FILM: "SILVER OCHRE" with THOLLEM, TUESDAY OCT. 28

thollemDate:
11.04.2014 8:29pm
Venue/Location:
moviate at THE MAKESPACE

THOLLEM live music to films: "SILVER OCHRE"

The nomadic videos of ACVilla take us through doorways in the Rustbelt, into a spider’s life at a rest stop, past murals in the
Southwest, among other visions she’s found along her peripatetic life. Thollem provides electric eclectic sonic interpretations
with the one of its kind AO 44 made of re-purposed Hammond M3 organs.
www.thollem.com/silver-ochre

Thollem (US) has been traveling perpetually throughout North America and Europe for 7 years, collaborating with perhaps thousands of diverse artists in this period; a random selection includes Nels Cline, Ava Mendoza, Brian Chase, Sara Lund, Damo Suzuki, Jad Fair, Mike Watt, Greg Saunier, John Dieterich, William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Martha Colburn, Matthew Barney. Signal to Noise magazine marvels, "It seems beyond the capacity of one human being to contain so much densely-packed creative energy".

ACVilla has been traveling perpetually for many years now throughout North America and Europe documenting artists work and captivating scenes, seeing and listening to Life in new and unique ways.

7:30pm, $8. location to be confirmed.

"BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE" final chance

Screen shot 2014 07 21 at 8.39.46 PMDate:
11.03.2014 5:30pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

"BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE"

"From a mind unlike any other, Biophilia Live chronicles the multidimensional concert centered on the eighth studio album of avant-garde Icelandic artist Björk. Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in performance and punctuate her music with evocative animation and science and nature footage. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation"

"biophilia live' is a concert film by nick fenton and peter strickland that captures the human element of björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project: biophilia. recorded live at björk's show at london's alexandra palace in 2013, the film features björk and her band performing every song on 'biophilia' and more using a broad variety of instruments - some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. the film has already been hailed as " a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers" (variety) and " an imaginative stand-alone artwork" (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is 'biophilia."

"There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. It's utterly bonkers yet moving – especially a strange love song set to a mutating virus. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone about to dam a glacial river to facilitate aluminium smelting." - The Guardian

97 minutes. 2014.

Cast & Credits Director: Nick Fenton, Peter Strickland

Screenwriter: n/a

Producer: Jacqui Edenbrow

Editor: Nick Fenton

Cinematographer: Brett Turnbull

Executive Producer: Derek Birkett, Emma Birkett, Meroë Candy

Add'l Credit 1: Björk

Cast: Björk

LIVE MUSIC TO FILM: James Harrar's CINEMA SOLORIENS

cinema soloriens live 0Date:
11.03.2014 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

LIVE MUSIC TO FILM:
James Harrar's CINEMA SOLORIENS

James Harrar’s experimental and highly personal film/video images will be viewed with a live musical rendering of soundtracks for each work. The musical concepts are created, directed and performed by Harrar, often with local musicians.

The project places attention on exploring the moving image with live performance and when combined, attempts to reveal deeper levels of interpretation within Harrar’s visceral film poems. This presentation also celebrates the early beginnings of cinema, providing live music to support and elevate the silent movie experience.

With the performance, the viewers will experience the spiritual states of mind through Harrar’s visual poetry, comparable to a moving painting.

He will be investigating aspects of his Tiwa/Isleta Pueblo Native American identity. Harrar believes that language is the essential lifeblood of any culture. Unfortunately, many Southwestern Native American tribes are losing the very soul of their heritage. Mythical Tiwa stories and mystic chants are presented in the Tiwa (Tuei) dialect (a historic first in New York).
Full Program

+ Vlaamperd, HD, 2014, 4’08″, Flemish horse race.

+ Tian, HD, 2013, 6’42″, Shanghai.

+ Stardust, HD, 2013, 7’00″, beauty, dazzle and excess of old Las Vegas.

+ Death & the Injun, HD, 2013, 4’43″, imagined encounter of a Native American meeting Death.

+ Invisible College, HD, 2013, 4’36″, a small group of mystics journey to discover hidden truths, invoke the night and participate in an initiation that reveals secret teachings resulting in departing their physical form.

+ Alembic, HD, 2013, 3’36″, themes of light, distillation, color and breath.

+ Prime, 16mm, 2012, 4’49″, for Tom Chomont, spirit portrait evoking psychic states through suggestions with playing cards, hands and face.

+ Prasad at the Mandir, HD, 2011, 6’15″, thorough examination of Mandir Temple with themes of spiritual journey and facing cosmic awareness.

+ Astro Mutable Equation, HD, 2011, 6’35″, meditation and portrait of friend, musician, Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra.

+ Noh Drama, HD, 2010, 5’36″, Edo Period Noh Play depicting the life of husband and wife together with a suggestion of domestic violence.

+ Biblioteca Sol Oriens, 16mm, 2005, 8’15″, special library of Hermeticism is examined, revealing a rare collection of texts and imagery.

+ Ornamental, 16mm, 2005, 3’40″, a union of opposites in the Alchemical cycle.

+ Bandolier, 16mm, 2005, 6’15″, a meditation of Anasazi culture, cliff dwellings and Southwest land forms.

+ Thompson-Neeley House, s-8, 1993, 3’00″, a house George Washington slept in becomes a study of filmic time and space.

+ The Yellow Lion, 16mm, 1998, 6’00″, a gentle dance, ritual, allegory, meditation.

“What is most refreshing about James Harrar…is extraordinary lack of pretension with which the whole thing is carried off…Throughout the performance, one is reminded of Nietzsche’s definition of maturity as the attainment of the seriousness of a child at play.” - Robert Barry, The WIRE

MONDAY November 3rd, 2014

7PM, $8. all-ages, MIDTOWN CINEMA, 250 Reily St. Harrisburg.

"BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE" 2nd chance

Screen shot 2014 07 21 at 8.39.21 PMDate:
11.02.2014 5:30pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

"BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE"

"From a mind unlike any other, Biophilia Live chronicles the multidimensional concert centered on the eighth studio album of avant-garde Icelandic artist Björk. Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in performance and punctuate her music with evocative animation and science and nature footage. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation"

"biophilia live' is a concert film by nick fenton and peter strickland that captures the human element of björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project: biophilia. recorded live at björk's show at london's alexandra palace in 2013, the film features björk and her band performing every song on 'biophilia' and more using a broad variety of instruments - some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. the film has already been hailed as " a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers" (variety) and " an imaginative stand-alone artwork" (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is 'biophilia."

"There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. It's utterly bonkers yet moving – especially a strange love song set to a mutating virus. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone about to dam a glacial river to facilitate aluminium smelting." - The Guardian

97 minutes. 2014.

Cast & Credits Director: Nick Fenton, Peter Strickland

Screenwriter: n/a

Producer: Jacqui Edenbrow

Editor: Nick Fenton

Cinematographer: Brett Turnbull

Executive Producer: Derek Birkett, Emma Birkett, Meroë Candy

Add'l Credit 1: Björk

Cast: Björk

"BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE" directed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, 3 NIGHTS!

Screen shot 2014 07 21 at 8.39.05 PMDate:
11.01.2014 5:30pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

"BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE"

"From a mind unlike any other, Biophilia Live chronicles the multidimensional concert centered on the eighth studio album of avant-garde Icelandic artist Björk. Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in performance and punctuate her music with evocative animation and science and nature footage. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation"

"biophilia live' is a concert film by nick fenton and peter strickland that captures the human element of björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project: biophilia. recorded live at björk's show at london's alexandra palace in 2013, the film features björk and her band performing every song on 'biophilia' and more using a broad variety of instruments - some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. the film has already been hailed as " a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers" (variety) and " an imaginative stand-alone artwork" (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is 'biophilia."

"There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. It's utterly bonkers yet moving – especially a strange love song set to a mutating virus. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone about to dam a glacial river to facilitate aluminium smelting." - The Guardian

97 minutes. 2014.

Cast & Credits Director: Nick Fenton, Peter Strickland

Screenwriter: n/a

Producer: Jacqui Edenbrow

Editor: Nick Fenton

Cinematographer: Brett Turnbull

Executive Producer: Derek Birkett, Emma Birkett, Meroë Candy

Add'l Credit 1: Björk

Cast: Björk

SPOOKY 16MM FILM NIGHT at the MIDTOWN CINEMA. RARE 16mm FILMS! Sun. Oct 26th, 7:30pm.

monstersholiday1Date:
10.29.2014 7:20pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

Moviate Spooky 16mm Film Night:

"MONSTER'S HOLIDAY" 1981, 47min. Rare 16mm print, I.B TECH of an "Alice in Wonderland" meets "Where The Wild Things Are" style monster film, PLUS the following short subjects:

"Halloween Is Grinch Night", "Winter of the Witch", "The Tiny Tiny Witch" and "Halloween Safety". CAMPY, KITSCH, FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN!

LIVE MUSIC TO FILM: Todd Chandler of Dark Dark Dark, plays live to short films, presents "FLOOD TIDE" OCT. 29

quarry 1Date:
10.29.2014 8:30pm
Venue/Location:
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

A group of artists and musicians living in a small, post-industrial town chase jobs, struggle with bills, and use art and music to build their own small world. When their friend Maya dies, they set out on an extraordinary voyage, unknowingly accompanied by her ghostly presence. And while they drift past empty new condo developments, explore crumbling castles, and swim in iridescent quarries, Maya narrates a parallel story about a strange and meandering river that flows both ways.

Flood Tide is a collaboration with the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, a project dreamed up by the artist Swoon and built by a group of artists and performers who floated seven large sculptures down the Hudson River. Flood Tide interweaves documentation of this journey with layers of fiction, mythology, and oral history to create a film that both documents and reimagines the real-life project.

Music is an integral part of Flood Tide, both on screen and off. The film features an all-original score by the band Dark Dark Dark and includes several onscreen performances by the band as well as a special performance by renowned experimental musician Pauline Oliveros.

A preview of the film with a live score by Dark Dark Dark was presented at the Hammer Museum, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, 01SJ Biennial, and Rooftop Films and the Museum of the Moving Image in 2010 and 2011. Flood Tide premiered at the 2013 Torino Film Festival.

7:00pm, $8, MIDTOWN CINEMA! 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

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