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.

"LIVE FROM BETHLEHEM" documentary screening with director Matt Sienkiewicz IN-PERSON

05.03.2012 8:00pm

"LIVE From Bethlehem" with director MATT SIENKIEWICZ IN-PERSON!

trailer: http://www.livefrombethlehemfilm.com/trailer.html

The Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency (MNA) emerged out of the ashes of the second Intifada to become the only independent news network in the Palestinian Territories and an increasingly prominent and influential journalistic force in the wider Middle East. Live: From Bethlehem tells MNA's remarkable story. It chronicles the agency's struggles and successes through the eyes of the station's reporters, producers, and photographers, in the process quietly revealing the humanity of ordinary Palestinians as they go about their daily business. The documentary trains its focus on people more than on abstract issues, yet it never loses sight of the myriad social and political forces and pressures that Ma'an journalists are forced to negotiate as they try to gather and report balanced information. What results is an admirably nuanced portrait of how news gets produced, and how Palestinians live, in one of the world's most troubled regions.
Filmmaker Info

MATT SIENKIEWICZ | Producer/Director/Cinematographer
Matt Sienkiewicz is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and documentarian, as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin. His credits include the award winning comedy series Windy Acres and the acclaimed television documentary Festa. His academic research focuses on Western involvement in Middle Eastern broadcasting initiatives and ethnic representation in American media. He has articles forthcoming in The Journal of Film and Video and The Community Media Reader.


- The Chicago Reader

"A truly superb film...exceptional in its nuanced portrayal of the forces that come to bear on media production in the Palestinian Territories."
- Dr. Michael Curtin | author of Playing to the World's Biggest Audience

"The film presents a concise snapshot of the struggles faced by a news organization struggling to survive and maintain integrity in an atmosphere of extreme political tension and economic uncertainty, and as such would provide an additional dimension to a collection supporting Journalism and Middle Eastern studies curricula. Recommended."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"Live From Bethlehem goes behind the cameras and beyond the standard frameworks of seeing the Palestinians as either antagonists or victims in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...This thought provoking, action packed, and sensitive documentary is a must-see for anyone interested in how journalists work, and for anyone who wants an up close look at working life under occupation."
- Dr. Amahl Bishara | Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University

"Live from Bethlehem...gives viewers, especially those of us without first-hand experience of the region, a sense of the conflicting political and social forces journalists must deal with as they strive to provide Palestinians with a source of reliable news. This film is an important contribution to both popular and scholarly understandings of the Middle East."
- Dr. Kyle Conway | Professor of English at University of North Dakota

8PM, $5 suggested donation.


04.13.2012 8:00pm


TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79JfDKgV0eo

"DISCO 9000" (1976, blaxploitation CLASSIC!)

info HERE: http://www.blaxploitationpride.org/2010/02/disco-9000-aka-fass-black-1976.html?zx=7f818ee0d86eef80

BOTH SHOWN ON 16MM FILM (not a dvd or video projection), OLD SCHOOL PROJECTIONS!

8PM start, $8 donation (TWO FILMS FOR 8 BUCKS!!!!)

"THE OREGONIAN" Horror Film screening, Thursday March 22nd, 2012. 8pm.

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THURSDAY MARCH 22nd, 2012. 8pm, at moviate. "THE OREGONIAN"

"There is a place. A place where the skies are wide and the forests are thick—and strange. You can lose yourself forever in these woods. You’ll meet truckers with problems and old women with strange powers. You may even make a furry friend. Just be sure to stay quiet. Spend some time with a woman from Oregon who is lost on the road and running away from her past. Now she has a chance to experience everything the grotesque Northwest has to offer, whether she likes it or not"

$5 suggested donation.

"BROTHER OUTSIDER: The Life of Bayard Rustin" SCREENING at MOVIATE, 7:30, Sunday March 11th

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"BROTHER OUTSIDER: The Life of Bayard Rustin" by Nancy Kates, documentary screening in celebration of Bayard Rustin.




Plus, a special screening of "FROM MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS", a short documentary on Martin Luther King Jr. will be shown before the feature (and will be shown on 16mm film)

FREE WILL DONATION ACCEPTED and benefits the LGBT Community Center Coalition and moviate.

more info on the events of the day:

When: 5:00p.m. Sunday 3.11
Where: Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N 3rd., Harrisburg
Cost: Free
Info: 717-236-1680 or www.midtownscholar.com
Midtown Scholar Bookstore and Moviate Film Studio will host an evening celebrating Bayard Rustin on Sunday, March 11. The event, sponsored by the LGBT Community Center Coalition, will feature a book lecture, audience questions and response, and a film screening. At 5pm, Michael Long will present San Francisco's City Lights' recently published /I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life In Letters/. The book, edited by Long and featuring a foreword by Julian Bond, is published on the centennial of Rustin's birth and in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Following the lecture at 7:30pm, Moviate will host a screening of Nancy Kates' film on Rustin: /Brother Outsider. /Wine and refreshments will be provided, and donations will be accepted for the LGBT Center Coalition.

Bayard Rustin has been called the "lost prophet" of the civil rights movement. A master strategist and tireless activist, he is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the U.S. He brought Gandhi's protest techniques to the American civil rights movement and played a deeply influential role in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to mold him into an international symbol of nonviolence. Despite these achievements, Rustin often remained in the background. He was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Here we have Rustin in his own words in a collection of over 150 of his letters; his correspondents include the major progressives of his day. Bayard Rustin's eloquent, impassioned voice, his ability to chart the path "from protest to politics," is both timely and deeply informative. As the Occupy movement ushers America into a pivotal election y the strategic thinking and tactical planning that led to the successes of one of America's most transformative and historic social movements. Michael Long's previous books include /Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall/ and /First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson/. He has appeared on C-Span and NPR, and his speaking engagements have taken him from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to the Houston Public Library in Texas, to the City Club of San Diego. He has spoken most recently at a New York Historical Society event held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.


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03.08.2012 8:00pm

"ROADRACERS" from 1959, shown on 16mm film!

"The father of a race car driver blames him for a death on the track, disowns him, and sponsors a rival racer."

Starring Joel Lawrence, Marian Collier, Skip Ward,
Sally Fraser and Alan Dinehart III
Directed by Arthur Swerdloff

Print: black/white
Runtime: 73 min.



"THE FRENCH CONSPIRACY" starring Jean Louis Trintingnant and Jean Seburg! 1972

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03.01.2012 8:00pm

POLITICAL THRILLER "THE FRENCH CONSPIRACY" starring Jean Louis Trintingnant (RED, Z, A Man and A Woman) and JEAN SEBERG (Breathless). MUSIC BY ENNIO MORRICONE.

"Sadiel, rebel leader in a North African state, takes refuge in Switzerland in the aftermath of a coup. Aware of the threat posed by Sadiel, the ruthless Colonel Kassar contacts the French security services to help in capturing the political activist. A police informer, Darien, is forced to lure Sadiel to Paris, allegedly to make a television coverage about the Third World. Arriving in Paris, Sadiel is captured and delivered to his opponents. Disgusted by the way he has been manipulated, Darien tries to turn back the clock, unknowing who's dealing with. Written by Anonymous"

8PM, $5 suggested donation. at moviate.

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

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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.


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

OFFICIAL SITE: http://blankcityfilm.com/

Documentary - 94min, special screening,


$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...

02.09.2012 8:00pm


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 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

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.

02.02.2012 8:00pm


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


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

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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]


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

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

12.01.2011 8:00pm

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"





$5 donation.

at moviate, 1306 n. 3rd st. harrisburg

Annual Film Festival Update!

Due to the continuance of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the prevalence of the Delta variant in our area, we have decided to push the festival back to May of 2022, in the hopes of starting up again with fully in-person programs. We have extended our submission deadline, so please use the link below to submit your entry 

Thanks for your understanding. More updates to come. Stay safe.


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