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Saturday Night at the Baths — Available Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Directed by David Buckley • Drama • 1975 • 82 minutes • Altered Innocence LLC

Newly restored in 4K, David Buckley's landmark excursion into bisexuality, 70s relationship politics, and the historical importance of gay bathhouse culture is celebrated in his 1975 film Saturday Night at the Baths. When struggling pianist Michael (Robert Aberdeen) lands a job at the legendary Continental Baths in NYC, his wife Tracy (Ellen Sheppard) encourages him, even emphasizes how special this …

The Blood Drinkers — Available Thursday, April 18, 2024
Directed by Wayne Koestenbaum • Drama • With Armando Grant, Alonso Díaz Rickards • 2024 • 17 minutes • Wayne Koestenbaum

Koestenbaum calls this film his first “horror film,” and says he was inspired by early David Cronenberg works, which juxtapose mental derangement, bodily metamorphosis, and modernist buildings. In The Blood Drinkers, two men, who may or not be strangers to each other, meet in a well-trafficked yet strangely deserted corner of New York City. Standing against an iconic building composed of mirrored, …

The Gays — Available Thursday, April 18, 2024
Directed by Wayne Koestenbaum • Documentary • With Wayne Koestenbaum • 2022 • 13 minutes • Wayne Koestenbaum

This film is a flashy document of an improvised monologue by Koestenbaum’s alter ego, October Castelnuovo Spielhaus, who tragi-comically inveighs against the studio system and other passé networks of power. Spielhaus’s spiel includes a web of references that look back to the mode of Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon and other star-struck relics, but that “sample” or “splice” these references into …

Intimacies and Agglomerations — Available Thursday, April 18, 2024
Directed by Wayne Koestenbaum • Documentary • 2024 • 3 minutes • Wayne Koestenbaum

This film is a stop-motion animation work that incorporates various elements in Koestenbaum’s painting studio. Tiny dramas and collisions—adventures, aspirations, encounters, rapprochements, downfalls, redemptions—blossom into existence via the tiny cut-out parts and painted scrims that Koestenbaum deploys in his miniature cabinet-theater, vaguely reminiscent of the dream-world of Jacques Demy (as …

Stigma Pudding — Available Thursday, April 18, 2024
Directed by Wayne Koestenbaum • Documentary • With Wayne Koestenbaum • 2023 • 6 minutes • Wayne Koestenbaum

Koestenbaum performs here in the persona of his alter ego, October Castelnuovo Spielhaus, who delivers an impromptu monologue, half-spoken, half-sung, describing imagined and actual ecstasies and tribulations. The film is an exhortation to the viewer—taunting the viewer to experience more pleasure, more intense and unfettered delirium, linguistic as well as libidinal. The film is composed of Koestenbaum’s …

The Window and the Door — Available Thursday, April 18, 2024
Directed by Wayne Koestenbaum • Documentary • 2023 • 3 minutes • Wayne Koestenbaum

This phantasmagoric film derives from a roll of 16mm film that Koestenbaum shot on a Bolex in Brooklyn, as well as analog 35mm photographs (self-portraits and cityscapes) he took on a Nikon. In this collage film/video, “The Window and the Door,” you can see fragments of that 16mm film and those 35mm photographs, as well as found footage and other invented elements, including a sudden vista of Elizabeth …

Love Express: The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk — Available Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Directed by Kuba Mikurda • Documentary • With Bertrand Bonello, Neil Jordan, Patrice Leconte, Slavoj Žižek, Terry Gilliam, Andrzej Wajda • 2018 • 76 minutes • Altered Innocence LLC

How does a filmmaker go from creating cutting-edge work and competing in Cannes to being labelled a failed erotic filmmaker? The debut documentary feature from Polish critic and academic Kuba Mikurda investigates the work of Walerian Borowczyk, a director of unparalleled creativity & sensitivity, revered in the 1970s for creations including Goto, Island of Love, The Beast, & Immoral Tales. The film …

Always Shine — Available Thursday, April 25, 2024
Directed by Sophia Takal • Drama • With Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin FitzGerald • 2016 • 87 minutes • Oscilloscope Laboratories

Two friends, both actresses (Halt and Catch Fire’s Mackenzie Davis and Masters of Sex’s Caitlin FitzGerald), leave Los Angeles for Big Sur embarking on a weekend getaway to reconnect. Once alone, however, the two women's suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments bubble to the surface, causing them to lose grasp not just of the true nature of their relationship, but also of their own identities.

What Happened Was — Available Thursday, April 25, 2024
Directed by Tom Noonan • Drama • With Tom Noonan, Karen Sillas • 1993 • 91 minutes • Oscilloscope Laboratories

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Screenwriting Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, WHAT HAPPENED WAS... is Tom Noonan's directorial debut; a darkly humorous take on dating dread. Featuring powerhouse performances by Noonan and Karen Sillas as two lonely hearts spending one claustrophobic Friday night together in an imposing apartment, the film exposes with startling clarity the ways in …

Stop-Zemlia — Available Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Directed by Kateryna Gornostai • Drama • 2021 • 122 minutes • Altered Innocence LLC

Hanging out with friends, smoking too much, spinning bottles and kissing, making mistakes, playing, refusing to accept, dreaming with open eyes – life as a teenager can be overwhelmingly beautiful and difficult at the same time. Introverted high school girl Masha sees herself as an outsider unless she’s hanging out with her two best friends, Yana and Senia, who share her non-conformist status. While …

RECENTLY ADDED: Titles added in the last two weeks

— Added Thursday, April 11, 2024
Directed by Jem Cohen • Drama • With Mary Margaret O’Hara, Robert “Bobby” Sommer, Ela Piplits • 2012 • 106 minutes • Cinema Guild

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. "Luminous." —Film Comment

— Added Thursday, April 11, 2024
Directed by Jem Cohen • Documentary • 2015 • 111 minutes • Cinema Guild

In fifteen linked chapters shot in locations ranging from Moscow to New York to Istanbul, Counting merges city symphony, diary film, and personal/political essay to create a vivid portrait of contemporary life. Perhaps the most personal of Cohen's films (Museum Hours, Chain, Instrument, Benjamin Smoke), Counting measures street life, light and time, noting not only surveillance and overdevelopment … More

— Added Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Directed by Rita Baghdadi • Documentary • With Lilas Mayassi, Shery Bechara • 2022 • 80 minutes • Oscilloscope Laboratories

SIRENS intimately chronicles the lives and music of Slave to Sirens, a band made up of five young metalheads whose burgeoning fame is set against the backdrop of the Lebanese revolution. Its members wrestle with friendship, sexuality, and destruction as their music serves as a refuge to Beirut’s youth culture. At the band’s core are its two founding members, Lilas Mayassi and Shery Bechara, whose … More

— Added Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania • Drama • With Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli • 2017 • 100 minutes • Oscilloscope Laboratories

When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors. Employing impressive cinematic techniques and anchored by a tour-de-force performance from newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani, Kaouther Ben Hania's BEAUTY AND THE DOGS tells an urgent, … More

— Added Thursday, April 4, 2024
Directed by David Depesseville • Drama • 2022 • 105 minutes • Altered Innocence LLC

When Samuel, a young orphan, is sent to live with foster parents Marie and Clement, he is gradually forced to face the demons he's holding on to internally, as well as those that exist within his new family. Swept up in the motions of coming of age for the very first time — falling in love with the girl next door, exploring hobbies and indulging in childhood passions — he also begins to learn of the … More