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


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."


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


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.


12 O'Clock Boys

12 O Clock BoysDATE: Sunday November 27, 2016

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

A Film by Lotfy Nathan


$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.


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"

MIKE KUCHAR in-person

Mike KucharDATE: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

7PM, $5


JOHN WATERS said "George and Mike Kuchar's films were my first inspiration".

Come see and meet Mike Kuchar as he presents a handful of new works! From San Francisco, Mike has been visiting Harrisburg for over 10 years! We are honored to be on his tour schedule each year as he travels from the west coast to share his newest movies.

Watch the documentary, "It Came From Kuchar" and fall in love with the Kuchar Brothers' movies, and then come to see Mikes newest works THIS WEDNESDAY


CamGirlzDATE: Sunday September 25, 2016

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

A Film by Sean Dunne (Oxyana, American Juggalo)

Admission: $5
Starts At 7:30pm

Cam Girlz is a documentary film that enters the world of internet sex
workers who find economic freedom, empowerment, intimacy and creative self
expression from the comfort of their own homes.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/116893900

The 35th Annual Black Maria Film Festival (2016) At The Midtown Cinema

35th Anniversary Black Maria Film Festival 2016DATE: Sunday, August 28 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

Admission = $5

Introduced by 2016 Directors Choice Award Winner James Hollenbaugh

Come see this years Black Maria Film Festival Touring Program! Here is what we will be showing!

Program Booklet PDF

Seeing Siem Reap – Documentary

16 min. by S. Smith Patrick, San Francisco, CA

Set against the backdrop of the ancient Khmer temple Angkor Wat, “Seeing Siem Reap” chronicles a group of Cambodian street kids with the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive photography and dance workshop. These children of landmine victims and HIV positive parents support their families by begging and selling wares to tourists. The chance to cultivate artistic expression is a stark contrast to their regular lives on the streets of the Siem Reap and motivates them to pursue education. “Seeing Siem Reap” explores this amalgam of ancient culture, poverty, global tourism and creative expression for social change through the lives of the children.

Starfish Aorta Colossus – Experimental

5 min. by Lynne Sachs and Sean Hanley, Brooklyn, NY

Poetry watches film. Film reads poetry. Paolo Javier’s text is a catalyst for the digital sculpting of an 8mm Kodachrome canvas. Syntactical ruptures and the celebration of nouns illuminate twenty-five years of rediscovered film journeys.
NYC poet Paolo Javier invited filmmaker Lynne Sachs to create a film that would speak to one of his poems from his newly published book “Court of the Dragon.” She asked film artist Sean Hanley to collaborate with her in the editing of the film. Together, they traveled through 25 years of the unsplit Regular 8 mm film that Sachs had shot - including footage of the A.I.D.S. Quilt from the late 1980s, a drive from Florida to San Francisco, and a journey into a very “un-touristic” part of Puerto Rico.

Nuthouse Drawings – Documentary

6 min. by Jim Hollenbaugh, Lancaster, PA

Susan Lowe is most well known as an actress in the early films of Baltimore native and filmmaker John Waters. This portrait focuses on Susan’s life as an artist, and in particular her works known as the “Nuthouse Drawings”. Sometimes thought of as paintings of her friends, she actually started creating these pieces while residing in a mental hospital. Serving as a way to battle her depression, fear, and loneliness her “nuthouse drawings” serve as a look into the mind of one of Baltimore’s most imaginative visual artists.

On Beat – Documentary

7 min. by Reid Davenport, Washington, DC and Cheng Zhang, Stanford, CA

A look inside the life of a family of deaf parents, their hearing kids, and the music that unites them.

teeth – Animation

6 min. by Tom Brown and Daniel Gray, Brooklyn, NY

Things of worth are often neglected in favor of that which might be more immediately gratifying. Unfortunately, the things that are neglected are often lost forever, irreplaceable. This is the story of a man with a misguided and intense focus – one that started in his youth and carried on to old age. His life events are chronicled through the loss of his teeth – and how his obsessive efforts to amend what was damaged bring on further destruction.

Footage - Experimental

3 min. by Minjung Kim, Castaic, CA

The metaphorical examination of an essential part of the human body is considered within the context of the temporal measurement of film.

Born in Battle – Narrative

20 min. by Yangzom Brauen, Los Angeles, CA

Oneka, a former 12-year-old child soldier escapes into his own fantasy, a world far away from his nightmarish present. The life he seeks fades the tighter he grips. He must choose his path, no matter how painful and difficult, between life and death and family.

Lockdown - Documentary

6 min. by Lauren Knapp, Stanford, CA

Over the past decade, American schools have become concerned with protecting their students from the threat of an armed gunman. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, most elementary schools are now conducting safety drills that will prepare teachers and students for such a threat. “Lockdown” explores this chilling new reality through the voices of students, a teacher, and a parent. It provokes us to contemplate the emotional weight of this new normal.

Flower of a Thousand Colours – Documentary

23 min. by Karen Vazquez Guadarrama, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium

“Flower of a Thousand Colours” is an intimate portrait of Emiliana, a single mother who tries to survive in a remote Bolivian mining camp at 4,897 meters above sea level. Emiliana lives with her children in the middle of the paradise-like mountains of Mina Argentina. But appearances are deceptive: life in the camp is fierce. Those who find work eat, those who don’t, don’t eat. Because of the excessive alcohol consumption in the camp, Emiliana has to be constantly aware of the dangers surrounding her family.


Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium - Black Maria Film Festival

The films that become the centerpiece of the Black Maria Film Festival honor the vision of Thomas Edison, New Jersey inventor and creator of the motion picture. It was his New Jersey studio, the world’s first, which he called the “black maria” from which we take our name. The Festival reaches out to diverse audiences in diverse settings including universities, museums, libraries, community organizations, and arts venues. The cutting edge, cross-genre work that makes up the Festival’s touring program, has been traveling across the country every year for decades.

We focus on short films – narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary - including those, which address issues and struggles within contemporary society such as the environment, public health, race and class, family, sustainability, and much more. These exceptional works range from animation, comedy, and drama to the exploration of pure form in film and video and are the heart and soul of the festival.


Trans-Europ-Express shown on 16MM film

Trans Europ ExpressDATE: Sunday, July 24 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

Great french art film from 1966:

"TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS" by Alain Robbe-Grillet!
shown on 16mm film (Not a video, very rare screening)

-anonymous plot summary from imdb: A film director, Jean, his producer, Marc, and his assistant, Lucette, board the Trans-Europ-Express in Paris bound for Antwerp. Once in their compartment it occurs to them that the drama of life aboard the train presents possibilities for a film, and they begin to write a script about dope smuggling.

"Let Us Taste the Sun." H.E.F.F. #3

haverhillDATE: Sunday June 26th, 7PM, $5 donation

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

About the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival: "We are the only experimental film festival in New England catering to a blue-collar city that saw its heyday in the early 1900s. Forty to ninety people pile in for each screening; half of the audience have never seen an experimental film in their life. That excites us. The six screenings encapsulate the idea of a personal journey, not unlike the monomyth described by Joseph Campbell. As programmers, we hope to rope the attendees into this narrative to give them a better grasp on the unconventional nature of experimental cinema. The hero starts off in her world how she has learned to perceive it, ventures into a subjective reality she creates herself, begins to project that reality upon others, turns inward-reflecting upon her true self, swells up into a transcendental universe, and finally returns back to a new reality grounded in a transformative wisdom. The eleven videos found on this DVD capture the essence of this journey."

"Prospector" by Talena Sanders

"Under the Atmosphere" by Mike Stoltz

"Night Noon" by Shambhavi Kaul

"Bunte Kuh" by Parastoo & Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko

"Her Silent Seaming" by Nazli Dincel

"A Symptom" by Ben Balcom

"Portrait of Cecilia" by Maura Wendelken

"The Turning of the Year" by Richard Fedorchak

"Afterlight" by Timothy David Orme

"Listen" by Monteith Mccollum

"FROM ALLY TO ACCOMPLICE" by Kelly Gallagher

Total Program Runtime: 100 minutes

Excerpt from "Under the Atmosphere" https://vimeo.com/98284940

MOVIATE at BERKS FILMMAKERS: films by Josh Drake, Jim Hollenbaugh, Jeremy Moss, Michael Robinson and Caleb Smith

04.26.2016 7:00pm

To celebrate 19 years of bringing underground/avant-garde/independent film and music to the Harrisburg area, MOVIATE is welcoming Berks Filmmakers members Jerry Orr and Gary Adlestein to Harrisburg on Sunday April 24th.

BERKS has invited MOVIATE to do a show at Albright College in Reading PA, on Tuesday April 26th, 7PM in KLEIN HALL.


Come join us!

Gary Adelstein and Jerry Orr, Founders of Berks Filmmakers, IN-PERSON. SUNDAY APRIL 24th.

gary and jerry readingDate:
04.24.2016 7:00pm
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

SUNDAY APRIL 24th, 2016

Founders of Berks Filmmakers:
GARY ADELSTEIN and JERRY ORR, Filmmakers In-Person.

rare screening of a 16mm print of "READING 1974" documentary.

If it weren't for Berks Filmmakers and founders Gary Adelstein and Jerry Orr, Moviate would not exist. Since 1974, they have been bringing avant-garde, independent, underground, and personal cinema to Reading Pennsylvania. Accomplished filmmakers themselves, Gary and Jerry have made hundreds of Super-8, 16mm, and digital movies.

Gary and Jerry will show a new collaborative piece as well as individual short films.

Come on out!

Complete inspiration.

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

03.06.2016 7:00pm
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.


11.22.2015 (All day)
MIDTOWN CINEMA 250 Reily St. Harrisburg

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

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
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!!!


Screen shot 2015 09 22 at 12.12.09 AMDate:
10.14.2015 (All day)
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.


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


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

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
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.
With David Finkelstein In Person!

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

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.



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
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 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.



78 minutes.

7PM, $5

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