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.

"BLANK CITY" DOCUMENTARY special screening: John Waters, Steve Buscemi, Thurston Moore, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Kern!

Blank City Movie PosterDate:
02.16.2012 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

"BLANK CITY" ONE SCREENING ONLY!

directed by Celine Danhier

Starring Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, John Waters, John Lurie, Jim Jarmusch, Thurston Moore, Beth B, Ann Magnuson, Nick Zedd, Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch and many more!

"BLANK CITY" tells the long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. In the late 1970's and mid 80's, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.

ROGER EBERT REVIEW:
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110706/REVIEWS/110709987

IMDB INFO: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1398949/

OFFICIAL SITE: http://blankcityfilm.com/

Documentary - 94min, special screening,

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16th, 8PM.

$5 suggested donation. Blu-Ray projection.

DYNAMO SHORT DOCS from the UNDERGROUND! Curated for one night only. From JOHN WATERS and MORMONS, to STATE HOSPITALS and DRUGS...

SmutCapitolDate:
02.09.2012 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

DYNAMO SHORT DOCS from the UNDERGROUND!

Amazing program of short documentaries curated for this screening only:

SMUT CAPITAL OF AMERICA (Michael Stabile, 2011)- 17 minutes
-In the late 1960s, as the Sexual Revolution was first gaining steam, San
Francisco was pushing the boundaries of what could be filmed and quickly
became, according to the NY Times, 'The Smut Capital of the United
States.' From shabby storefront theaters and live sex shows to the Erotic
Film Festival, the City became ground zero in the fight over obscenity, as
both local politicians and Federal law enforcement went to war with
filmmakers and free-speech advocates. 'Smut Capital' talks to the theater
owners, film producers and stars in an attempt to recreate a revolution
that wasn't televised, but screened. Featuring John Waters. Premiered at
The Tribeca Film Festival

A CALL OF CONSCIENCE: PENNHURST STATE SCHOOL & HOSPITAL (Heath Hofmeister, 2011)- 16 minutes
A short documentary about the Pennhurst State School & Hospital located
outside of Philadelphia, PA. Hidden in a remote river bend in Pennsylvania, 10,500 people were forced to call this place 'home'. Now neglected, decaying and hidden beneath decades of over-growth, one of America's most dramatic civil rights stories awaits discovery. A Call of Conscience: Pennhurst State School and Hospital uncovers the untold story of the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement of the Intellectually Disabled. Supported by their families and community, this group of residents united and overcame the label of 'retarded' to lead and win one of the greatest civil victories for the disabled in U.S History. The result of their struggle not only won their freedom but positively transformed the social landscape of America forever!

THE DEBRIS (SMALL SLIVERS OF CELLULOID) (Jeremy Moss, 2012) - 7 minutes
An experimental documentary exploring the Southern Utah desert and human remnants thereon; ideology intersects image and site. Shards from a Utah Mormon's mind.

DRUGS (Renny McCauley, 2008)- 16 minutes
Four addicts give candid testimonials offering insights into the
complicated nature of drug abuse.
Played at: Durango Independent Film Festival, San Francisco Independent
Film Festival, San Francisco Shorts Film Festival & Rumschpringe Film
Festival.

ONE IN TEN ( Susan Hilvert, 2008) - 23 minutes
A personal documentary about a filmmaker coming out of the closet.

I KNOW YOU (Bruce Parsons, 2007) - 18 minutes
A personal documentary revealing how the search for a new relationship can actually reveal the foundation of an old one. Filmmaker Bruce Parsons,
along with his father, search his hometown to try and meet his grandfather
for the first time.

8PM, $5 suggested donation. at moviate, 1306 n. 3rd st, harrisburg, pa.

"ASHES AND DIAMONDS" by ANDRZEJ WAJDA, 1958. In Polish with English Subtitles, 16mm, b/w.

ashesdiamondsDate:
02.02.2012 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

"ASHES AND DIAMONDS" by ANDRZEJ WAJDA, 1958.

-One of Martin Scorsese's favorite movies. He showed it to Leonardo DiCaprio while making The Departed, as main characters of these two movies have to deal with the same dilemmas.

synopsis: Maciek, a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to follow his orders. Written by Kevin Dorner

In Polish with English Subtitles, 16mm, b/w.

8pm, $5 suggested donation.

info on film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052080/

"INTO ETERNITY" by Michael Madsen. A documentary on building a home for NUCLEAR WASTE. Thurs. Dec. 15th

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12.15.2011 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

"INTO ETERNITY" by Michael Madsen. A documentary on building a home NUCLEAR WASTE. -a chilling and powerful film, see the synopsis below the trailer.



INTO ETERNITY - SYNOPSIS

Documentary 2009, 75 min, HD 16:9
Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storages, which are vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world's first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.

Once the waste has been deposited and the repository is full, the facility is to be sealed off and never opened again. Or so we hope, but can we ensure that? And how is it possible to warn our descendants of the deadly waste we left behind? How do we prevent them from thinking they have found the pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures? Which languages and signs will they understand? And if they understand, will they respect our instructions? While gigantic monster machines dig deeper and deeper into the dark, experts above ground strive to find solutions to this crucially important radioactive waste issue to secure mankind and all species on planet Earth now and in the near and very distant future.

Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening, this feature documentary takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the underworld and into the future.

Thursday December 15th, 2011 8PM,

$5 donation. at Moviate, 1306 n. 3rd st. harrisburg

the films and videos of BRYAN LEWIS SAUNDERS, 8pm, Thursday December 8th

bryan lewis saunders posterWEBDate:
12.08.2011 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

THE FILMS OF BRYAN LEWIS SAUNDERS:

Thursday -12/8/2011 - 8pm
$5 admission benefits the artist

Come out for a program of Films and Videos created by Performance / Spoken Word / Visual Artist BRYAN LEWIS SAUNDERS. We will be doing a rare screening of his first film "Where is Mao now when you need him?", shot by Bryan in China. Plus his BED BUGS short videos, films made in collaboration with local filmmaker Jim Hollenbaugh, and a special Holiday Video that was made specifically by Bryan for this screening only! One night only! If you enjoyed Bryan when he performed at Moviate you won't want to miss this screening!

From Wikipedia:
Bryan Lewis Saunders (born 1969, in Washington, D.C.) is a performance artist, videographer, and performance poet widely known for his disturbing spoken word rants, tragic art performances and Stand up tragedy.[1] On March 30, 1995, Bryan began drawing at least one self-portrait every day for the rest of his life.[2] For 11 days in 2001, Bryan conducted an experiment in which he ingested or inhaled a different intoxicant everyday and created a self-portrait under the influence documenting the effects of his altered perception.[3] In January 2011, a selection of the drug induced self-portraits presented online went viral.[4] In 2003, Bryan began sleeping with a cassette recorder and documenting both his dreams and somniloquy which led to a wealth of source material for both audio releases and books. The transcriptions of his lengthy somniloquy led to what is known as the Stream of unconsciousness (narrative mode) method of writing.[5]

www.bryanlewissaunders.com
www.moviate.org

8PM, $5 donation (benefits filmmaker), at moviate, 1306 n. 3rd st. harrisburg.

"YOJIMBO" by AKIRA KUROSAWA. 16mm print. 8pm, Thursday December 1st.

yojimboDate:
12.01.2011 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

AKIRA KUROSAWA's "YOJIMBO", 1961, 75 min. feature film, b/w, 16mm film print. Japanese with ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

"A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town"

STARRING TOSHIRO MIFUNE.

IMDB INFO: HERE

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL WINNER. ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE.

8pm.

$5 donation.

at moviate, 1306 n. 3rd st. harrisburg

ODD ONES HOLIDAY BIZARRE FILMS!!! wacky RETRO 16mm holiday films that JUST DON'T FIT IN.

the monsters christmas 06Date:
11.19.2011 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

4 SHORT FILMS INCLUDING:
"WINTER DRIVING" (a 'how-to' on surviving those crazy winter roads!) 16mm film print.
"THE GIFT OF WINTER" (FEATURING THE VOICES OF GILDA RADNER AND DAN AYKROYD!) 16mm film print.
"SANTA WITCH" (claymation Gumby film), 16mm film print.
"MONSTERS CHRISTMAS" 16mm film print.

all on 16mm film,

$5 donation,

8PM.

ALL-AGES (appropriate for all ages too)

AS PART OF THE ANNUAL ODD ONES HOLIDAY BIZARRE held from 11-5 at the HHA building, 3rd and Verbeke St. FREE ADMISSION TO THE DAYTIME EVENTS, $5 donation to film screening in evening.

music at ODD ONES (FREE)
1PM DJ TRASHCAN (old soul/rock 45's)
2:15PM THESE SEEDS (ambient from York)
3PM TJ BOYER (acoustic from HBG)
4PM THE PONY LEAGUE (featuring members of the Carlsonics and Nethers)

SIGUR ROS "INNI" film screening, at CINEMA CENTER, benefits Capital Area School for the Arts

inni poster smallerDate:
11.15.2011 7:30pm
Venue/Location:
CINEMA CENTER

Sigur Ros' "INNI" a film by Vincent Morisset.

SCREENING on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15th, 2011

at the CINEMA CENTER, Camp Hill. 7:30PM, $8.

"Sigur Rós fans are intensely devoted -- lore describes people passing out at shows in some sort of overwhelmed, ecstatic state -- and "Inni" finally gives some sense of why and how that might happen." -L.A. TIMES.

PRE-SALE TICKET SALES ARE DONE: TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

Proceeds benefit The Capital Area School for the Arts.

NPR PRESS: HERE

http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/09/16/140471649/first-watch-sigur-r-s-inni

LOCATION: HERE

http://www.cinemacenter.com/#/camp-hill/4540506163

to be confirmed: "PREACHER" documentary, by Daniel Kraus, Sunday Nov. 13th

Preacher Green GuitarDate:
11.13.2011 7:30pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

to be confirmed at a new date.

SPECIAL SCREENING TIME: 7:30pm.

co-presented with the SECOND CITY CHURCH, harrisburg.

"PREACHER" a documentary about the Bishop William Nowell, a pentecostal preacher in Virginia. The movie is part of the WORK series of documentaries by Daniel Kraus (www.workseries.com).

Information on the film "Preacher" HERE, http://www.workseries.com/preacher/

At Moviate, 1306 n. 3rd St. Harrisburg, PA. $5 donation. 7:30PM Screening time.

"PLACES IN PIECES VOLUME 3" by JASON PAPPARIELLA, Filmmaker In-Person, Saturday November 12th, 2011

jasonpapplacesDate:
11.12.2011 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

"places in pieces vol.3" subsists within the framework of the two previous
volumes by focusing on the mundane, the peculiar, and the discarded. one
difference being instead of concentrating solely on the urban landscape,
rural settings are also observed. pipv3 has a running time of 50 minutes
with a soundtrack provided by adam parks of 'land what land' and emily
baker. the majority of the videoing took place throughout the southeastern
and southwestern united states in 2009.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12th, 8PM, at MOVIATE

filmmaker Jason Pappariella In-Person, presenting "Places in Pieces, vol. 3"

-free will donation to the artist will be accepted and greatly appreciated.

"A RAGE TO LIVE" on 16mm film, starring Suzanne Pleshett (1965) written by John O'Hara

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11.11.2011 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

"A RAGE TO LIVE" starring Suzanne Pleshett, Ben Gazzara, Peter Graves. Directed by Walter Grauman (1965,b/w, sound, 101m, 16mm film)

Film to be preceded by a live presentation on John O'Hara, who wrote "A Rage to Live" while living in Harrisburg, PA

AS PART OF THE SECOND ANNUAL HARRISBURG BOOK FESTIVAL:
http://www.midtownscholar.com/?page=shop/disp&pid=page_BookFestival&CLSN_439=131939347543980cf3d12eb5f2b7cb01

Projected on 16mm film (not a video projection)

TRAILER:

IMDB INFO: HERE

Roger Beebe, Filmmaker IN-PERSON, with multi projector performance!

Picture 3Date:
11.09.2011 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

ROGER BEEBE, filmmaker IN-PERSON with multi-projector performance! 8pm, $5 donation (goes to visiting filmmaker)

Roger Beebe has shown his previous films and videos at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and on the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square as well as scores of less exotic locales (Rotterdam, Ann Arbor, NY Expo, Cinematexas, etc.). He’s won numerous awards at fests including Black Maria, Thaw, the US Super 8 Film + Video Festival, and the Newark Black Film Festival (where he received the 2004 Paul Robeson Award). He also ran Flicker in Chapel Hill from 1997 – 2000

Experimental filmmaker Roger Beebe brings a program of his recent mutli-projector films to the Northeast for a fall 2011 tour. In these films Beebe explores the possibilities of using multiple projectors—running as many as 8 projectors simultaneously—not for a free-form VJ-type experience, but for the creation of discrete works of expanded cinema.

The show builds from the relatively straightforward two-projector films “The Strip Mall Trilogy” and “TB TX DANCE” to the more elaborate three-projector studies “Money Changes Everything” and “AAAAA Motion Picture” on finally to the eight-projector meditation on the mysteries of space, “Last Light of a Dying Star.”

"[Beebe’s films] implicitly and explicitly evoke the work of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, all photographers of the atomic age whose Western photographs captured the banalities, cruelties and beauties of imperial America." --David Fellerath, The Independent Weekly

“Beebe’s films are both erudite and punk, lo-fi yet high-brow shorts that wrestle with a disfigured, contemporary American landscape.” --Wyatt Williams, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

"Beebe's work is goofy, startling, and important." --Daniel Kraus, Wilmington Encore

ABOUT ROGER BEEBE: Roger Beebe is a professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida. Beebe has screened his films around the globe with recent solo shows at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Anthology Film Archives in New York, and dozens of other venues. He has won numerous awards including a 2009 Visiting Foreign Artists Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, a 2006 Individual Artist Grant from the State of Florida, Best Experimental Film at the 2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival, and multiple awards at Baltimore's MicroCineFest.

In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and is currently Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival.

He also owns Video Rodeo, an independent video store in Gainesville, FL.

ABOUT THE FILMS:

Last Light of a Dying Star (2008, 4 X 16MM, 3 X VIDEO, 1 X SUPER 8MM, 22 min.) A multi-projector meditation on the passage from film to video, from abstraction to representation, and from the technological wonder of space exploration to the banality of the digital snapshot. Originally made for an installation/performance in a planetarium at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA, the film attempts to recapture some of the excitement of the early days of space exploration and the utopian aspirations of expanded cinema. Made as an orchestration of a number of different elements, made and found: handmade cameraless film loops by Beebe and Jodie Mack; 16mm educational films about eclipses, asteroids, comets, and meteorites; and a super 8 print of the East German animated film “The Drunk Sun.”

AAAAA Motion Picture (2010, 3 X 16MM, 12 min.) The Manhattan phone book has 14 pages of companies jockeying to be at the start of the alphabetical listings. Capitalism triumphs over linguistic richness yet again. Our challenge: to learn how to write poetry when there’s only one letter left.

Money Changes Everything (2009, 3 X 16MM, 5 min.) Three days in Las Vegas, Nevada, and three different visions of the discarded past and the constantly renewed future. A three-part portrait of a town in transformation: a suburban utopia in the desert, a cancerous sprawl of unplanned development, a destination for suicides.

TB TX DANCE (2006, 2 X 16MM, 3 min.) A cameraless film made on a black & white laser printer with an optical soundtrack made of dots of varying sizes provides the backdrop for revisiting Toni Basil’s appearance in Bruce Conner’s 1968 film “Breakaway.” Commissioned as part of Mike Plante’s Lunchfilm series, where filmmakers are asked to make films for less than the price of the lunch they’ve just been treated to. (This film’s budget was $32.37 worth of pulled pork sandwiches and peach cobbler.)

The Strip Mall Trilogy (2001, 1 X SUPER 8MM/1 X VIDEO, 9 min.) A look straight into the heart of the most postmodern of architectural forms, the strip mall, shot in a mile-long parking lot that could be Anywhere, USA.

“He has actually managed to bust apart the mind-controlling code of relentlessly commercial space and reconfigure it into a landscape of beautiful colors and forms. It is a remarkable piece of Super 8 alchemy." --David Finkelstein, Film Threat

Vittorio De Sica's "SHOESHINE" ACADEMY AWARD WINNING FILM (Shown on 16mm film)

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11.03.2011 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING FILM "SHOESHINE" (Sciuscià)

by Vittorio De Sica (director of the Bicycle Thief)

"A remarkable artistic success... Will Shock the World" -LIFE.

“It was as if the camera disappeared, the screen disappeared. It was just life (unfolding in front of the audience).” -ORSON WELLES

TWO REVIEWS:
http://www.asharperfocus.com/shoeshine.html

http://wogma.com/movie/shoeshine-review/

Shoeshine is among the first of the Italian neorealist films. In 1948, it received an Honorary Award at the Academy Awards for its high quality. This award was the precursor of what would later become the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

1948, B/W, Sound, 16mm film print, Italy. 93 minutes.

$5 donation, Thursday November 3rd, 2011

"CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB" UK HAMMER HORROR FILM on 16mm film! Friday October 28th, 8PM-9:30, $5.

cursemummytcDate:
10.28.2011 8:00pm
Venue/Location:
moviate

SPECIAL HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT:
"CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB" UK HAMMER HORROR FILM

(from 1964, color, sound, 81 minutes.)
Rare screening on 16mm film (not a video projection).

This cheap, but colorful British period horror piece follows an ill-fated archaeological expedition to the cursed tomb of the pharaoh, Ra-Antef, whose sarcophagus the team's leader opts to sell to a smooth-talking American promoter who intends to set it up as part of an exploitive side-show attraction. No sooner has the tomb reached the States than the foul-tempered pharaoh is released; he then begins stalking and strangling all those who have desecrated his resting place. The bandaged one's vendetta doesn't stop there; he also has a score to settle with the reincarnation of a man who betrayed him eons ago.

IMDB INFO: HERE

THEME MUSIC:

$5, 8pm, Friday October 28th, 2011. at moviate 1306 n. 3rd st. harrisburg

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