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The 2020 Program

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Cinemanics meets once a month to bring you the special features you’ve always dreamt of.

Every month,
prepare for a diverse exploration of film

Cinemaniacs opens 2020 with a season dedicated to film that inspired protests and public outrage. Whether it was due to questionable representation of social groups, scrutiny from religious groups or issues concerning censorship, there is a long history of movies that caused social uproar and this season is here to highlight such a phenomenon.

A benchmark in 90s erotic thrillers making Sharon Stone a household name, here is a film that sparked quite a bit of controversy upon its initial release in regards to “representation” of lesbian and bisexual women – stemming from earlier entries such as Gordon Willis’s WINDOWS.
Introduced by Sally Christie.


Norman Jewison’s incredibly innovative filmic interpretation of the classic rock opera is pure seventies brilliance with an angst-ridden edge, powerhouse score and unique visual style that embodies the cinematic response to the invention of the concept album.

Introduced by Lee Gambin.


The legendary Pam Grier stars in this urban hard edged drug-centric vigilante flick as a nurse on a one-woman quest to take down dealers and pimps and other lowlifes that plague the city.
Featuring a post-film panel with John Harrison, Hande Noyan and Emma Westwood.


John Waters: the man, the legend, the Pope of Filth. Here his Dreamlanders Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, Jean Hill, Cookie Mueller, Susan Lowe and the gang welcome you to Mortville where a revolution is about to erupt!
Introduced by Sally Christie and followed by a John Waters-themed trivia game.


The shocking, controversial and eternally confronting mondo flick that has sparked conversation for many years, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST is a cult favorite both revered by cinema fans as well as reviled by many at the same time!


With varied cinematic takes on the taboo subject of suicide, Cinemaniac’s second season for 2020 promises to be a confronting excursion into the deep, dark recesses of the human condition at its most fragile.

Sidney Lumet’s masterful take on the state of media insanity is a biting commentary on what audiences are willing to see. With a superlative cast headed by Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, William Holden and more, this is a landmark in seventies bleak observational grim satire.
Introduction by Steven T. Boltz
Haunting, introspective and emotionally shattering, Robert Redford’s directorial debut starring Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton and Mary Tyler Moore in her breakthrough performance as a woman consumed by grief who cannot and will not connect with her tormented teenage son, is a knockout of epic proportions, as intimate as it is.
Featuring a lecture by Lee Gambin, continuing his “Can You Dig It?: Tortured Young Men in Cinema of the 70s and 80s” series.
Lillian Hellman’s tragic play comes to life for the silver screen and showcases one of the most heartbreaking performaces put to film by Shirley MacLaine. A child’s lie (or is it?) destroys the lives of two respectable young women in this breathtaking tear jerker.
Featuring a lecture by Lee Gambin on lesbian representation in cinema of the 20s-60s.
The remarkable Sissy Spacek stars as an epileptic single mother who has found herself living with her own mother (played by the electric Anne Bancroft) and one day wakes up proclaiming that she will kill herself that evening. What unfolds is one of the most harrowing two handers ever experienced.
Introduction by Hande Noyan.
Set amidst the bizarre and cruel world of Depression-era marathon dance competitions, this gritty, terrifying opus is a testament to cinema par excellence. With Jane Fonda in the lead as a woman completely damaged and distorted by life, the ugliness of human nature emerges in and around the exhausting musical interludes and gut busting relay races.
Introduction by Dr. Eloise Ross.