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.

Mucha: The Story of an Artist Who Created a Style (Svet podle Muchy)

November 20

The feature documentary tells the story of Alphonse Mucha from the perspective of his son, the writer and bon-vivant Jiří Mucha, with an abundance of re-enactments, animations, archive footage as well as paintings, and photos.

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Taming the Garden

November 19 & 20

Director Salomè Jashi’s visually beguiling documentary questions who is allowed to have access to nature—especially old growth trees when money is scarce.

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November 18 & 19

When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, Virginio and Sisa must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city.

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2022 Louisville Film Society Short Film Slam

November 17

Co-presented by the Louisville Film Society, local filmmakers will present short works of fifteen minutes or less followed by questions and comments from the audience.

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Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power

November 11, 12, & 13

In this astonishing documentary, celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design.

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Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there)

October 26 & 27

Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there) is a 4-part documentary series all about inventive farmers and maverick scientists building a path to solving climate change with hooves, heart, and soil.

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22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows

October 21, 22, & 23 and October 28, 29, & 30

The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows returns with a new edition comprised of 10 films–nine recent, along with one restored classic–which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises.

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One Way or Another (De cierta manera)

October 16

The only feature from the radical Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez—who also worked as an assistant director with Agnès Varda and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea before her untimely death at age thirty-one—is an extraordinary portrait of post-revolution Cuba.

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Riotsville USA

October 14, 15, & 16

Welcome to Riotsville, USA, a point in American history when the nation’s rulers—politicians, bureaucrats, and police—were faced with the mounting militancy of the late 1960s and did everything possible to quash dissent in the streets.

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Art & Krimes by Krimes

October 9

Art & Krimes by Krimes is a documentary about creativity spurred by confinement and loss. While locked up for six years in federal prison, artist Jesse Krimes secretly creates monumental works of art—including an astonishing 40-foot mural made with prison bed sheets, hair gel, and newspaper. He smuggles out each panel piece-by-piece with the help of fellow artists, only seeing the mural in totality upon coming home.

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Love on the Run (L’amour en fuite)

October 9

In the final chapter of François Truffaut’s saga, we find Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), now in his thirties, convivially concluding his marriage, enjoying moderate success as a novelist, and clinging to his romantic fantasies.

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Bed and Board (Domicile conjugal)

October 8

The fourth installment in François Truffaut’s chronicle of the ardent, anachronistic Antoine Doinel, Bed and Board plunges his hapless creation once again into crisis.

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Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés) with Antoine and Colette (Antoine et Colette)

October 8

The short film Antoine and Collette is second in the Antoine Doinel series. Doinel is 17, lives in a hotel and works in a factory making records as he’s obsessed with music. He falls in love with a woman he meets at a concert. While she sees him as just a friend her parents love him.

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The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)

October 7

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime.

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October 3

Director Chinonye Chukwu travels to the 1950s to tell the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, the Chicago woman whose son, Emmett Till, was lynched while visiting cousins in Mississippi and whose body became an indelible image of the horrors of American racism. 

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Loving Highsmith

October 1 & 2

Loving Highsmith is a unique look at the life of celebrated American author Patricia Highsmith based on her diaries and notebooks and the intimate reflections of her lovers, friends, and family.

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Film, The Living Record of Our Memory

September 30 & October 1

Why are we still able to watch moving images captured over 125 years ago? As me move ever further into the digital age, our audiovisual heritage seems to be taken increasingly for granted; however, much of filmed history has already been lost forever.

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Cxffee Black to Africa

September 25

To counter the history of colonizers upending the coffee trade from Africa, Bartholomew Jones and Renata Henderson of Memphis-based Cxffee Black established an all-Black supply chain for coffee—from farmers to exporters, importers, roasters, baristas, and even local rappers who shared the information with the community.

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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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