Past Events

  • Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra: Improvisational Music & Film!
    Oct 09, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    A multimedia event featuring Super-8 films by Ken Brown. Used as projected light shows in the late 1960's during performances by Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and The Velvet Underground, newly revitalized with an energetic live musical score by Ken Winokur, Jonathan LaMaster and Russ Gershon!
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  • Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Gavin Klein
    Oct 06, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Our Historic Estey Pipe Organ musical program for October will showcase compositions from around Europe spanning the Renaissance to Modern musical periods.
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  • Phantom of the Paradise +Intro by The Swan Archives!
    Oct 02, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Brian DePalma's cult classic musical satire: Phantom Of The Paradise... Imagine Spinal Tap meets Rocky Horror by way of Faust... + a very special introduction by the Swan Archives!
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  • HAUSU: Japanese Horror!
    Fri, Oct 01
    Epsilon Spires
    Oct 01, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    One of Japanese cinema’s wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling and unique work of art, HAUSU is a rollercoaster ride without brakes. Aesthetically adventurous, sinister yet hilarious, with ceaseless cinematic invention and a satirical hypercolored approach to the horror genre.
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  • SEA LEVEL INFERNO: Short Films with Live Soundtracks!
    Sep 25, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Four films by Matthew Kohn that explore war, nature, obedience and individuality through experimental filmmaking techniques with live improvisational music performed by William Hooker, Roger Clark Miller, Stan Harrison, and Gerard Smith.
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  • SIDEWALK STORIES: With Live Musical Score by Dan DeWalt!
    Sep 18, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    A moving and funny homage to Chaplin’s classic The Kid (which turns 100 this year!) Charles Lane’s gorgeous black and white comedy balances charming visual gags with an earnest social realism to deliver a timeless message of generosity and love. Premiere musical interpretation by Dan DeWalt!
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  •  Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It!
    Sep 10, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Prince’s PURPLE RAIN reimagined in the desert city of Agadez, Niger, starring the Tuareg guitar virtuoso Mdou Moctar. This sincere DIY homage features electrifying musical performances that provide an experimental ethnographic window into the fascinating Tuareg music scene.
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  • HELLO HAPPINESS & DAISIES!
    Fri, Sep 03
    Epsilon Spires
    Sep 03, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Join us after Gallery Walk for an exhuberant program of joyfully transgressive films in The Backlot Cinema! 16mm shorts followed by the Czech New-Wave Classic: Daisies!
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  • Dr. William Tortolano: Lunchtime Organ Series
    Sep 01, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Our September program features diverse pieces: Three Synagogue Preludes by Reuven Kosakoff; American Folk Melodies by the blind jazz musician, George Shearing; Music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-English composer; and the Gregorian Chant Suite, Mariales by Lebanese composer, Naji Hakim.
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  • METROPOLIS With Live Soundtrack by Ben Model!
    Aug 28, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Join us in our Sanctuary for an unforgettable experience! Fritz Lang's newly restored 1927 Sci-fi Masterpiece with a live soundtrack performed on our historic Estey pipe organ by Ben Model, one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists!
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  • Vidhi's Bollywood Film Club Presents: Ship of Theseus!
    Aug 27, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Join us for this special free event in The Backlot Cinema featuring Indian Film, Cuisine and Handicrafts! Featuring an introduction by Vidhi Salla, host of international radio show Vidhi's Bollywood Jukebox and delicacies by Shital's Indian Vegetarian Food!
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  • Eco-Activist SCI-FI COMEDY!
    Fri, Aug 20
    Epsilon Spires
    Aug 20, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    An intersectional eco-activist comedy with a punk ethos of rebellion and fun! Shu Lea Cheang's film FRESH KILL explores media as both a mechanism of control and a potential tool of protest, solidarity and change, exploding the obscured mechanics of environmental racism into plain view.
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  • MIDSOMMAR: Folk Horror
    Fri, Aug 13
    Epsilon Spires
    Aug 13, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    A Dark Fairytale About Trauma and Catharsis from Ari Aster, the Writer and Director of Hereditary.
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  • WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED
    Fri, Aug 06
    Virtual Theater
    Aug 06, 11:59 PM – Sep 04, 12:00 AM
    Virtual Theater
    The incredible and mostly true story of five unfinished feature films from the Communist era in Afghanistan (1978-1991) – when films were weapons, filmmakers became targets, and the dreams of constantly shifting political regimes merged with the stories told onscreen.
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  • ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE! The Films of Les Blank
    Aug 06, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Brattleboro, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    An inimitable ethnographer of offbeat Americana, the late Les Blank (1935-2013) chronicled the music, food and rituals of regional micro-cultures. From odes to garlic and gap-toothed women, to intimate portraits of blues and folk music legends, Blank’s films are joyous celebrations of humanity!
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  • BABYLON: Journeys of Refugees
    Sat, Jul 31
    Epsilon Spires
    Jul 31, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Vermont premiere of the filmed production of BABYLON: Journeys of Refugees by Sandglass Theater. A moving and action-packed multimedia experience that looks at the relationship of refugees to their homelands, lost and new, and the conflicts that exist within the countries to which they flee.
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  • HYENAS:  Satire From Senegal!
    Fri, Jul 30
    Brattleboro
    Jul 30, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Brattleboro, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Newly restored in 4K from the original print, Djibril Diop Mambéty’s tragicomic masterpiece presents a visually stunning and often hilarious critique of neocolonialist structures, capitalist society, and consumer culture. Somali Bantu Cuisine created by Said Bulle of Jilib Jiblets will be available.
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  •  Indonesian Feminist Western!
    Fri, Jul 23
    Epsilon Spires
    Jul 23, 8:00 PM – Jul 24, 11:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Trekking on horseback through the desolate landscape of rural Indonesia, Marlina is bent on administering vigilante justice to carve out a space in a world set against her. With an Ennio Morricone-inspired score, Mouly Surya’s visually stunning epic is a subversive take on the popular genre.
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  • Indonesian Cuisine by Kaki Lima!
    Fri, Jul 23
    Epsilon Spires
    Jul 23, 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    An Epic Multi-Course Dinner by award-winning chef Retno Pratiwi of Kaki Lima NYC! Featuring cuisine inspired by the film: Marlina the Murderer, a Indonesian spagetti-western tale of revenge screening in our Backlot Cinema after this unique dining experience.
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  • WAR TRILOGY: NOBUHIKO OBAYASHI
    Mon, Jul 19
    Virtual Theater
    Jul 19, 12:00 AM – Aug 23, 12:00 AM
    Virtual Theater
    In the last decade of his long and prolific career, Nobuhiko Obayashi (1938-2020) best-known in the U.S. for the cult hit House (1977) wrote and directed a trio of deeply personal and formally audacious films that confronted Japan’s wartime past.
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  • An Evening of Poetry in Celebration of Black Girlhood & Womanhood!
    Jul 18, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Epsilon Spires presents a special multidisciplinary weekend-long event featuring poets from around the New England region - Amina 'illypsis' Jordan-Mendez, Lady Abstract, alongside artist Shanta Lee Gander.
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  • A Celebration of Black Girlhood & Womanhood through Poetry, Films & Food!
    Jul 16, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Celebrate Black Girlhood & Womanhood through Poetry, Film, Food & Chocolate in our Outdoor Cinema! Featuring the films Hey Little Black Girl and The Fits, poetry read by poets from around New England, and soul food created by local culinary artists in response to the poems.
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  • The Witches Of The Orient
    Fri, Jul 16
    Virtual Theater
    Jul 16, 12:00 AM – Jul 31, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Theater
    The stranger-than-fiction story of how a group of Osaka textile workers in the late 1950's are transformed into a fiercely competitive women’s volleyball team becoming an international sensation, feminist role models, and the subject of a wildly popular comic book and a still-influential anime.
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  • EPICENTRO: Cuban Utopia!
    Fri, Jul 09
    Epsilon Spires
    Jul 09, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM EDT
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema Documentary at Sundance, EPICENTRO explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana— to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself.
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  • Australian Pop Culture REMIXX!
    Fri, Jul 02
    Epsilon Spires
    Jul 02, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    TERROR NULLIUS by artist duo Soda Jerk is a political dark comedy created entirely from samples pirated from the Australian film canon. Symbols of nationalism and colonization are systematically deconstructed by those they oppress and reassembled to create wildly cathartic narratives of liberation.
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  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: DOWNTOWN '81
    Fri, Jun 25
    Epsilon Spires
    Jun 25, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    A rare real-life snapshot of the creative energy and subculture of post-punk era New York City, starring a then-unknown, 19-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat as a penniless, newly-evicted young artist wandering the streets and clubs of Manhattan as he searches for a mystery woman and a place to crash.
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  • Vaccine Clinic & Pipe Organ Performance!
    Jun 23, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Stop by this walk-in clinic to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one-and-done!) and enjoy beautiful live music performed on our majestic Estey Pipe Organ by Dr. Alexander Meszler and Breton Abbondanzio.
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  • SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS!
    Fri, Jun 18
    Epsilon Spires
    Jun 18, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    The remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to radically transform how we produce and listen to music today.
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  • 3-D MOVIE NIGHT!
    Fri, Jun 11
    Epsilon Spires
    Jun 11, 8:15 PM – 10:30 PM EDT
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Join us in The Backlot Cinema for CODEX ENTROPIA, a new arthouse short & THE MASK, a campy cult classic watched on the big screen through provided, old-school anaglyph (red/blue) 3-D Glasses!
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  • Slow Machine
    Fri, Jun 11
    Virtual Theater
    Jun 11, 12:01 AM – Jul 11, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Theater
    The thriller genre is exploded and reassembled in this funny and alluring lo-fi epic on paranoia, surveillance, and performance. Stephanie, a restless actress, meets Gerard, an NYPD counter-terrorism specialist who’s an aficionado of experimental theater (and maybe out of his mind).
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  • Who Will Start Another Fire
    Fri, Jun 11
    Virtual Theater
    Jun 11, 12:00 AM – Jul 09, 11:58 PM
    Virtual Theater
    A collection of nine films by emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities around the world, presented by the new distribution initiative Dedza Films. Each of these stories is personal and distinctly told, but unified by themes of rebirth and growth.
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  • TOVE: Artistic Independence!
    Fri, Jun 04
    Epsilon Spires
    Jun 04, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    The Backlot Cinema series begins with an enchanting and romantic portrait of the inspiring life of Finnish artist Tove Jansson, a woman who defied the bourgeois norms of post-War Europe to live a life of artistic and sexual freedom. Introduction by multimedia artist and film scholar, Jo Dery!
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  • THERE IS NO EVIL
    Fri, May 21
    Virtual Theatre
    May 21, 12:00 AM – Jun 18, 12:00 AM
    Virtual Theatre
    Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, There is No Evil is an anthology film comprising four moral tales about men faced with a simple yet unthinkable choice – to follow orders to enforce the death penalty, or resist and risk everything.
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  • NATURE/NURTURE Closing Party!
    Fri, May 07
    Epsilon Spires
    May 07, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Celebration of NATURE/NURTURE, an exhibition of new multimedia works by Brent Birnbaum & Christin Ripley featuring a performance by J. Ivcevich: Improvisational music rooted in analog drones, arpeggiating synths and subtle churning rhythm patterns pulsing through dub delays and oscillating filters.
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  • Christin Ripley: Nature/Nurture Exhibition
    May 07, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Sanctuary Gallery, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Ripley’s handpainted textiles are sewn and upholstered into sculpture, furniture and functional objects. Applying the philosophy that the artist is not the driving force or branding of a product, but one hand of many that make possible for an idea to manifest in the material world.
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  • Brent Birnbaum: Nature/Nurture Exhibition
    Fri, May 07
    Sanctuary Gallery
    May 07, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Sanctuary Gallery, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Birnbaum embarks on projects that challenge him mentally and physically by collecting and repurposing a difficult quantity of an absurd material. Inspired equally by historical narrative and the readymade materials in it's wake, he is on a quest to discover and create life’s unseen angles
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  • THE COUNTY: Icelandic Activism
    Fri, Apr 30
    Virtual Cinema
    Apr 30, 12:00 AM – May 31, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Cinema
    The director of oscar-nominated RAMS, Grímur Hákonarson returns to his native Iceland with another humanist farmland fable. A deeply affecting and timely political allegory set within a jaw-dropping natural landscape, aided by a tenacious anti-heroine with a touch of dry, idiosyncratic Nordic humor.
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  • The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD
    Mon, Apr 19
    Virtual Cinema
    Apr 19, 11:40 AM EDT – May 02, 11:59 PM EDT
    Virtual Cinema
    Explore the History and Future of LSD on Bicycle Day, April 19th! In honor of the first time a young Swiss chemist named Albert Hofmann ingested a dose of a new compound he discovered in 1943, a drug so potent that mere fractions of a milligram can alter the perception of reality.
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  • Maɬni — Towards The Ocean, Towards The Shore
    Apr 09, 12:00 AM – Apr 30, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Cinema
    A lush, poetic contemplation on the cycle of afterlife, rebirth, and death based on Chinookan cosmology from the Pacific Northwest. Probing questions about humanity’s place on earth and other worlds, Sky Hopinka’s new visionary film will have audiences thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.
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  • This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection
    Apr 02, 11:40 AM – Apr 30, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Cinema
    When her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to reservoir construction, an 80-year-old widow (Mary Twala) becomes an unlikely leader who ignites the spirit of resistance within her community. Award winner at Sundance and the first ever submission from Lesotho to the Academy Awards.
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  • THE FEVER, LANDS, MARGIN'S
    Fri, Mar 19
    Virtual Cinema
    Mar 19, 12:01 AM – Apr 10, 12:00 AM
    Virtual Cinema
    Brazilian writer-director Maya Da-Rin juxtaposes the beauty of the natural world against the utility of the industrial one in this drama about a father and daughter facing a separation — and maybe interference from mystical forces.
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  • A Shape Of Things To Come
    Fri, Mar 19
    Virtual Cinema
    Mar 19, 12:00 AM EDT – Apr 09, 12:00 AM EDT
    Virtual Cinema
    Whether harvesting medicinal herbs, smoking a Sonoran toad’s psychedelic venom, or cultivating unsettling acts of eco-terrorism, Sundog’s way of life raises provocative questions about humanity’s relation to the environment – and to itself – amidst the specter of global collapse.
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  • SO PRETTY
    Fri, Mar 12
    Virtual Cinema
    Mar 12, 12:01 AM – Apr 01, 12:00 AM
    Virtual Cinema
    In this meta-theatrical film about love in the 21st century, four young queer artists in NYC struggle to maintain the tenderness and warmth of their proto-utopian community against the outside world as their lives curiously merge with the 1980s German novel So Schön by Ronald M. Schernikau
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  • The Inheritance
    Fri, Mar 12
    Virtual Cinema
    Mar 12, 12:00 AM – Apr 02, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Cinema
    A beguiling postmodern collage of Black activism and art shot in vibrant color on 16mm. Ephraim Asili's debut explores the formation, growth, and tensions of a shared Black space for socialist thought and creativity using a political pop aesthetic that recalls Jean-Luc Godard in the late 1960's.
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  • Vidhi's Bollywood Film Club: English Vinglish
    Mar 08, 12:00 AM – Mar 31, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Theater
    Join us on International Women's Day, March 8th for English Vinglish: a gently impactful story of a woman’s awakening of self empowerment. Presented by Vidhi Salla, host of the international radio program: Vidhi's Bollywood Jukebox. RSVP to join the Post-Film discussion March 13th, 11am-12pm (EST).
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  • Keep an Eye Out!
    Fri, Mar 05
    Virtual Cinema
    Mar 05, 12:00 AM – Mar 26, 4:00 AM
    Virtual Cinema
    Between the opening sequence, a man in red speedos conducting an outdoor orchestra, and the triple-meta denouement, this whip-smart French comedy disregards audience expectations, the fourth wall, and the laws of time and space. You’ll never look at a protractor or an oyster the same way again.
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  • TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
    Fri, Mar 05
    Virtual Cinema
    Mar 05, 12:00 AM – Mar 26, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Cinema
    Set in a near-future when commercial space travel has begun, this speculative documentary combines observational footage with virtual reality to create a lyrical meditation on progress, history, and how we navigate a sense of loss within ourselves and a changing world.
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  • Just Don't Think I'll Scream: Montage & Consciousness
    Jan 29, 12:00 AM – Feb 12, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Cinema
    Frank Beauvais’s intimate essay film assembles excerpts from the 400-plus films the French director watched over a four-month period of seclusion. The resulting montage reframes otherwise incidental images into an indelible and immensely moving reflection on life, love, and loss.
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  • Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time
    Fri, Jan 29
    Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema
    Jan 29, 12:00 AM EST – Feb 12, 11:59 PM EST
    Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema
    Hungary's official submission to the 2021 Academy Awards is a cerebral, stylish and romantic noir mystery that evokes the films of Alfred Hitchcock while putting a subtle feminist spin on classic screen tropes.
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  • ATLANTIS: Visionary Cinema from Ukraine
    Jan 29, 12:00 AM – Feb 12, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Cinema
    Winner at Venice Film Festival and Ukraine's official selection for the 2021 Oscars. Set in 2025, Sergiy, a former soldier meets Katya while on a mission dedicated to exhuming the past. Together, they try to return to some sort of normal life in which they are allowed to fall in love again.
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  • Art + Design: The New Bauhaus
    Fri, Jan 08
    Virtual Cinema
    Jan 08, 12:00 AM – Jan 14, 11:59 PM
    Virtual Cinema
    Can art and design change the world for the better? How does immigration fuel American culture? This documentary explores the role of design and culture in civic life through the inspiring philosophy and artworks of László Moholy-Nagy. RSVP for link to join a Filmmaker Q&A, 8pm, Wednesday, Jan.13th.
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  • Vidhi's Bollywood Film Club!
    Sat, Dec 26
    Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema
    Dec 26, 2020, 7:00 PM – Jan 16, 2021, 11:59 PM
    Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema
    Join us for Mughal-e-Azam (1960) The Indian grand epic that has all the great music and dazzling costumes that have become a hallmark of the genre. Presented by Vidhi Salla host of the radio program, Vidhi's Bollywood Jukebox. Online Film Discussion will be 8pm (EST) on Saturday, January 2nd.
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