Jan
17
9:00 PM21:00

EXTERMINATORS OF THE YEAR 3000

IT. 1983

DIR: G. CARNIMEO

In the year 3000, the Earth has turned into a desert after nuclear war. A group of survivors runs out of water, so they need to search for the valuable water, but it will not be easy because other group also wants to get it at any cost. Destruction, terror and mayhem follows.

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Jan
20
8:30 PM20:30

THE DEVIL

PL. 1972

DIR: A. ZULAWSKI

During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the imprisonment by a stranger who wants in return to obtain a list of Jakub's fellow conspirators. Following his mysterious saviour across the country, Jakub sees the overall chaos and moral corruption including his father's death and his girlfriend's betrayal. Being apparently demented by what he has seen, he commits a number of seemingly motiveless and gory killings.
Zulawski at his diabolical best...a must see film.

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Jan
26
9:00 PM21:00

TROMA presents: VIRGIN BEASTS plus TROMA CLIPS COLLAGE with live music by PIDE AYUDA

AU. 2005

DIR: T. ZOATES

Just when you thought it was safe to trust nuclear power as a clean energy source, along comes Troma to serve up yet another incredible tale of radiation and eradication, only this time from the land down under.

After the film PIDE AYUDA will perform live music to a collage of clips from famous TROMA films.

Best fun guaranteed…don’t miss it !!!

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Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

SPOTLIGHT ON MEXICO


SPOTLIGHT ON MEXICO with FILMMAKER RODRIGO REYES: Colonization, Borders & Migration

A Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange event co-presented with Cinema Tropical.

$10 ticket price

7pm Doors

7:10pm 5 minute intro

7:20pm screening, (approximately 101 minutes total material), 5 minutes for brief intro between feature and second part.

9-9:45pm Q&A

10pm room cleared, place for drinks nearby if want to continue.

Filmmaker in attendance for Q&A along with special guests.


Works to be presented:

LUPE UNDER THE SUN / Lupe bajo el sol (78 minutes, 2016 feature length film) Winner Best Film and Best Narrative Feature, Brooklyn film fest. A Cinema Slate release.

Lupe Under the Sun is a neorealist film following an aging migrant worker living in California, who longs to return to Mexico before it is too late. Featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors, real farmworkers and authentic locations, Lupe Under the Sun tackles issues of depression, homesickness and the immigrant myth of the American Dream. Long estranged from his family in Michoacán, migrant laborer Lupe finds relief from the backbreaking work of harvesting peaches in California’s Central Valley through camaraderie and a quiet love affair with fellow immigrant Gloria. Soon the stability of his daily routine begins to crack under the weight of a life scarred with regret and missed opportunities. Filmed in a classic neorealist style, director Rodrigo Reyes’s deeply moving debut fiction feature, inspired by the life of his own grandfather, is at once an intimately drawn meditation on life’s missed chances and a tale of the universal struggles of immigrants. Winner of Film Independent’s Canon Filmmaker Award, Reyes’s unforgettable film heralds the arrival of an important new voice in American cinema.

SANSÓN and ME (feature film in progress, 12 minute teaser)

Director Rodrigo Reyes works as a Spanish Criminal Interpreter. After befriending one of his clients, a young Latino defendant during a gang-related murder trial, Rodrigo uses this unique connection to craft a heartbreaking, multi-layered story about how the failures of immigration and opportunity intersect with the prison pipeline.

499 YEARS (feature film in progress, 8 minute teaser)

2019 marks five centuries since Cortez first set foot in the Aztec Empire. The film retraces the route of the Spanish from Veracruz to Mexico City, weaving the story of a fictional, quixotic Conquistador with the poignant stories of everyday people grappling with a wave of brutal violence that is part-and-parcel of Mexico’s colonial legacy.

PURGATORIO (2013 trailer 3 minutes of feature length film)

Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.

RODRIGO REYES is an award-winning, Mexican-American filmmaker whose films PURGATORIO: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF THE BORDER and LUPE UNDER THE SUN have screened in festivals around the world, such as the BFI London Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival and Documentary Fortnight at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as being selected as a Season Premiere for America ReFramed. His work has garnered rave reviews in the New York Times, Variety and other media outlets, as well as multiple awards, including a Special Jury Award at the LA Film Festival. Named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, he is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow at MacDowell Colony and a recipient of the National Mediamaker Fellowship from the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). His work has received the support of Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, California Humanities Council Film Independent, Pacific Pioneer Fund, IFP Narrative and Documentary Labs, and the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE). He also works in Oakland as a Spanish language court interpreter in criminal and civil proceedings.

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Feb
15
10:00 PM22:00

LORDS OF CHAOS

SW. 2018

DIR: J. AKERLUND

Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating true "Norwegian Black Metal" with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.

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Feb
16
10:00 PM22:00

LORDS OF CHAOS

SW. 2018

DIR: J. AKERLUND

Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating true "Norwegian Black Metal" with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.

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Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

IN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS

US. 2018

DIR: J. MERIZALDE

"What do George Washington, El Cid, Malcolm X, and one of the rarest books ever made, 'The Birds of America' by John James Audubon, have in common? Washington Heights. Filled with art, history, architecture, and an eclectic mix of cultures, Washington Heights is one of the most diverse and historied neighborhoods in Manhattan, and a sample of what America was, is, and should be."

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Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

LORDS OF CHAOS

SW. 2018

DIR: J. AKERLUND

Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating true "Norwegian Black Metal" with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.

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Feb
18
9:30 PM21:30

LORDS OF CHAOS

SW. 2018

DIR: J. AKERLUND

Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating true "Norwegian Black Metal" with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.

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Feb
19
9:30 PM21:30

LORDS OF CHAOS

SW. 2018

DIR: J. AKERLUND

Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating true "Norwegian Black Metal" with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.

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Feb
20
9:30 PM21:30

LORDS OF CHAOS

SW. 2018

DIR: J. AKERLUND

Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating true "Norwegian Black Metal" with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.

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Feb
21
9:30 PM21:30

LORDS OF CHAOS

SW. 2018

DIR: J. AKERLUND

Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating true "Norwegian Black Metal" with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.

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Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies: BLOOD BORN: THE HORROR OF AIDS

Infected, transformed and destroyed bodies appear regularly in the horror genre. Our fears are often fueled by the uncanny otherness of the monster – a familiar figure transformed or possessed and made unrecognizable. The HIV+ body becomes reduced to its potential to transmit risk. Ultimately, infection films play with notions of communication and community – can a way of life, or society be protected or quarantined against an external invader? The advent of AIDS coalesced cultural fears around otherness, sexual danger and the tensions between nature and science.

In the early 80s, the advent of AIDS was heralded as an unstoppable menace to a (largely imaginary) well-behaved and blameless ‘general population’. Those living with HIV/AIDS were marked as other, by their sexuality, their origins or their decisions. As such, those infected could be blamed for the threat they posed and simultaneously charged with the responsibility for protecting the health and safety of those who are uninfected. Regardless of the context of their exposure, HIV+ people were (and continue to be) stigmatized as perverse and defiling bodies. Moral judgment on conditions of transmission and the conflation of desire and danger feed into fears and anxieties about intimacy. Assumed to derive a monstrous pleasure from spreading infection, HIV+ people are targeted, punished and criminalized.

In the early years of the pandemic, bodies fatally transformed by infection and marked by Kaposi’s Sarcoma, easily allowed representations of AIDS to borrow from classic horror texts. Bringing up old eugenicist notions of protecting bodies and borders from seductive ruin, vampires were quickly reread through the lens of HIV. Blood Born traces the spectre of infected bodies, and their cultural resonance with AIDS – in sexual, racial and border-defying terms. How was HIV/AIDS represented in mass media? How did popular culture express (or reflect) the anxieties of those who feared their private lives would be marked publicly on their bodies, or who imagined that their potential infection would identify them as deviant? Understanding how horror tropes serve to complicate and recast public health concerns, we will compare news, PSAs and other representations of AIDS with works as diverse as The Fly, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Pontypool and more recent films such as It Follows.

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Jan
15
7:30 PM19:30

SWEDEN: HEAVEN AND HELL

SW. 1968

DIR: L. SCATTINI

Edmund Purdom narrates a pseudo-documentary about sexuality in Sweden. It shows contraceptives for teen girls, lesbian nightclubs, wife swapping, porno movies, biker gangs, and Walpurgis Night celebrations. It also examines Sweden's purported drug, drinking and suicide problems. It features the original appearance of the Piero Umiliani's nonsense song "Mah Nà Mah Nà" which was later popularized by "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show".

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Jan
14
7:30 PM19:30

THE ANGRY GUEST

HK. 1972

DIR: C. CHANG

In Thailand, an architect and his brother capture a gangster wanted by the authorities, a ruthless man named “Killer”. However he escapes from prison and seeks revenge by killing the brother's family and holding his girlfriend hostage.

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Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

RUST CREEK

US. 2018

DIR: J. McGOWAN

An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview. A wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest. The woman must defend herself against the harsh elements and a band of ruthless outlaws. She is forced into an uneasy alliance with a strange loner who has unknown intentions.

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Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

RUST CREEK

US. 2018

DIR: J. McGOWAN

An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview. A wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest. The woman must defend herself against the harsh elements and a band of ruthless outlaws. She is forced into an uneasy alliance with a strange loner who has unknown intentions.

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