Cinema

Effective Immediately, the Speed Cinema will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for the Speed Cinema screenings.

Dean Otto currently serves as the Curator of Film. To learn more about Dean and the Speed Cinema, read the full press release here. Photo by Rafael Gamo.

The Story of Film: A New Generation

September 23, 24, & 25

​​A decade after The Story of Film: An Odyssey, an expansive and influential inquiry into the state of moviemaking in the 20th century which was screened on Speed Cinema’s opening day, filmmaker Mark Cousins returns with an epic and hopeful tale of cinematic innovation from around the globe.

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Dark Waters

September 18

Dark Waters is inspired by a true story of one man—Rob Bilott—and his decades-long battle against big chemical companies who have been poisoning us and our communities.

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Peter von Kant

September 16, 17, & 18

Based on the classic 1972 German film The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, French director François Ozon transposes the story by flipping the gender of the main characters, but retaining the sense of outlandish style, loneliness, seduction, and sadism of the original.

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Man with a Movie Camera (Chelovek s kino-apparatom)

September 16

The Montopolis live musical score to the 1929 Ukrainian documentary Man with a Movie Camera is touring the U.S.  Revered as a visual masterpiece and one of the greatest documentaries ever made, the film gives historical context to the current Russian invasion and lays bare the costs of the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.  Composer Justin Sherburn’s joyful original score celebrates the beauty and resilience of Ukraine’s people and aims to inspire American audiences to support the country in its time of need.            

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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant)

September 11

In the early 1970s, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder discovered the American melodramas of Douglas Sirk and was inspired by them to begin working in a new, more intensely emotional register.

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Three Colors Trilogy (Trois couleurs)

September 9, 10, & 11

This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss from Krzysztof Kieślowski was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films are named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution—liberty, equality, and fraternity—but that hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity.

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Fire of Love

August 24, 26, 27, 28 & September 2, 3, 4

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things —each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries. Ultimately, they lost their lives in a 1991 volcanic explosion, leaving a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world.

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Neptune Frost

August 20 & 21

Multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing.

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After Sherman

August 19 & 20

In the documentary, filmmaker Jon-Sesrie Goff follows his father, a minister, in the aftermath of a mass shooting at his church in Charleston, South Carolina to understand how the communities of descendants of enslaved Africans use their unique faith as a form of survival as they continue to fight for America to live up to its many unfulfilled promises to Black Americans.

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