Friday, June 21, 2013

Everything You Need to Know About the June 28-30 Mindbenders: Far-Out Films Series in Cincinnati

(Photo is from the film Blancanieves; see below for information)

Ticket and film information
for Mindbenders: Far-Out Films series 
June 28-30, Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. 
(Advance tickets available through fair-trade Brown Paper Tickets and  can be purchased via the button on your right.)

Hello, everyone, and thanks for your interest in the June 28-30 Mindbenders: Far-Out Films series at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St. in the exciting Over-the-Rhine district.

The festival, presented by Pumpkin Productions in partnership with Cincinnati Film Society and the Art Academy, is designed to bring to Cincinnati  three first-run "art films." The first two are cutting-edge in their use of cinematic techniques to further their storytelling. The third, Ornette: Made in America, is a documentary about an artist in another field (jazz) who is dedicated to ground-breaking experimentation.

Here are the three movies that will be presented:
Friday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.

This new movie was Spain's submission for Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar this year. It also won Spain's Goya Award for Best Picture of the Year. Directed by Pablo Berger, it adapts the Snow White story to the world of the bullring in 1920s-era Analusia. Fittingly, to create the dreamlike vision that has been praised by Pedro Almodovar, it is a black-and-white silent movie (with a sumptuous score). It features Maribel Verdu Rollan in a wonderful star turn -- you may know her from "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Y Tu Mama Tambien." Anne Arenstein, Cincinnati CityBeat arts critic and silent-movie aficionado, will lead a discussion after the screening. For more information about the film, visit
Berberian Sound Studio
Saturday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.

This psychological thriller, just released in New York to rave reviews, is from British director/screenwriter Peter Strickland and stars Toby Jones, who memorably has played Truman Capote in "Infamous," Alfred Hitchcock in "The Girl" and Karl Rove in "W." Both Strickland and Jones won Best Of  prizes at last year's British Independent Film Awards. 

Jones plays a motion-picture sound-design expert who is working on the audio track of an Italian horror picture and perhaps is not completely satisfied with his assignment or the environment. Not to give too much away, but this film is -- besides being a terrific thriller -- a deeply thoughtful look on the nature of sound (in movies and in life) and how what you hear is not always what you get. It's been compared to "The Conversation" and "Blow-Out." 

There will be post-film discussion led by CityBeat arts writer Steven Rosen. 

Ornette: Made in America
Sunday, June 30, 2 p.m.

Already an American icon for pioneering free jazz when he participated in this long-out-of-print 1985 documentary, saxophonist Ornette Coleman has stayed one of our most revered and fearless artists.

 Shirley Clarke, the now-deceased filmmaker of "Ornette: Made in America," was critically important to the development of American-independent film, too, with her documentaries and dramatic explorations of New York's wild side ("The Connection"). This film, then, is a meeting of great artistic minds. 

This restored version of the film is from Milestone Films, which has an ongoing project to bring Clarke's work back into the public eye. Steve Kemme, a local jazz expert, University of Cincinnati instructor and former Enquirer writer, will lead a post-film discussion. 

For more information, visit


Tickets for each show are available in advance for $8.75, by choosing the drop-down menu  for the specific film or films on the Brown Paper Tickets button on the right. We will be charging $10 per film when you buy at the door. If there are any questions, please call 513-535-0936 or send an email to 



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