DARKSIDE CINEMA
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    The only independent, locally owned movie theater in Corvallis, Oregon             a DBA of 24FPS Inc.    


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In-theater shows this weekend, Friday 8/6 - Sunday 8/8.

To comply with CDC and OHA recommendations, masks are now required throughout the building (regardless of vaccination status) until you are seated in an auditorium.

Also, check out our virtual streaming films (below, after the features list). When you rent a film using the link on our site, 50% of your ticket purchase goes to Darkside Cinema.

We are still booking >>Private Screenings. The Darkside continues to be CinemaSafe.

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IN-THEATER FILMS NOW SHOWING

ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN movie poster
ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN - Rated R (1h 58m)
August 6 through August 8 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Documentary.
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Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. This is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. This unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.

Produced and Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM; WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?).

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Show times

FRI 8/6 - 5:00 / 7:30
SAT 8/7 - 3:15 / 5:45
SUN 8/8 - 5:30 / 8:00

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THE GREEN KNIGHT movie poster
THE GREEN KNIGHT - Rated R (2h 5m)
August 6 through August 8 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Fantasy/Adventure.
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King Arthur's headstrong nephew embarks on a daring quest to confront the Green Knight, a mysterious giant who appears at Camelot. Risking his head, he sets off on an epic adventure to prove himself before his family and court.

Directed by David Lowery.

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Show times

FRI 8/6 - 5:15 / 7:15
SAT 8/7 - 5:00 / 7:45
SUN 8/8 - 4:15 / 7:45

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NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN movie poster
NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN - Not Rated (1h 55m)
August 6 through August 8 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Comedy/Drama.
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Zhenia, a Russian-speaking immigrant from Ukraine works as a masseur in Poland and becomes a guru-like figure in a wealthy gated community of his clients. Starring Alec Utgoff (from season three of Stranger Things).

Poland's Official Submission to the 93rd Academy Awards® and an official selection of Venice and Telluride.

Directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert.

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Show times

FRI 8/6 - 7:45
SAT 8/7 - 4:00 / 7:00
SUN 8/8 - 7:00

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SUMMER OF SOUL movie poster
SUMMER OF SOUL - Rated PG-13 (1h 58m)
August 8 (Sunday)
Documentary.
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Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten until now. Never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more. Directed by Questlove.

Brief review by Caitlin Stow of Darkside Cinema
I don’t like music documentaries. I generally avoid them. I think there are too many of them and they’re all the same. 

This is not the same. The editing alone projects this into full color; treating its talking heads like samples to be fluently woven in with the archival footage. By connecting everything into one continuous sound, Questlove is able to create a beautiful tapestry of love, color, politics, anger, joy, and pride. If this is the new model for music docs moving forward, I might just start watching them. This is necessary. This is art inseparable from activism, or in other words: art in its truest, intended form.

More of Caitlin’s film commentary at Instagram.
Podcast: Through the Booth Window


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Show times

Sun 8/8 - 3:00

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PIG movie poster
PIG - Rated R (1h 32m)
August 6 through August 8 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Drama.
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A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped. Starring Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin.

Written and Directed by Michael Sarnoski.

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Show times

FRI 8/6 - 5:15
SAT 8/7 - 3:00 / 8:15
SUN 8/8 - 3:45 / 5:45


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NEW VIRTUAL FILM STARTING 8/6

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Dekanalog present:
WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED - NR
August 6 through August 26
Documentary. Subtitled Dari.
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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. It is also a tribute to a tight-knit group of Afghan filmmakers who loved cinema enough to risk their lives for art.

Despite government interference, censorship boards, scarce resources, armed opposition, and near-constant threats of arrest and even death, they made films that were subversive and, in the filmmakers’ opinions, always “true” to life. All five films – THE APRIL REVOLUTION (1978), DOWNFALL (1987), THE BLACK DIAMOND (1989), WRONG WAY (1990), and AGENT (1991) – completed principal photography before being canceled by the state or abandoned by the filmmakers. Never edited, they escaped the final censors’ cut. And while all five films are fictional, they each record some aspect of the period.

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED brings together the newly rediscovered and restored footage from these lost films with present-day interviews that reveal the behind-the-scenes stories of the filmmakers (including directors, actors, and crew members who often swapped roles), and new footage shot in the same locations by some of the same directors and cinematographers. Just as the original filmmakers did when they shot action scenes with real bullets, hired ex-agents to play spies, or restaged the Communist coup d’état with the army, air force, and an awful lot of tanks and missiles, this documentary interweaves histories and fictions. The filmmakers explain how their fictions were constructed, how much truth was in these fictions and how true they sometimes became in their making. Ultimately, we come to understand both the price paid by Afghan filmmakers for the benefits they gained under Communism and the reasons they persisted despite the risks they faced, and why they still believe that film could save Afghanistan from the divisions tearing it apart today.

Mariam Ghani, the accomplished visual artist and a longtime advocate for film conservation, makes a passionate and personal feature directorial debut. Selected by the Berlin Film Festival, DOC NYC, and Il Cinema Ritrovato, WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED is an unsettling and brilliantly researched exposé which will prove disquieting to filmmakers and audiences alike.

Written and directed by Mariam Ghani.

Rent for 3 days
$10 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

After this content becomes available August 5th at 9:00 pm PDT, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 72 hours to finish watching.

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VIRTUAL FILMS HELD OVER THRU AUGUST 12

SWEET THING movie poster
Darkside Cinema, Das Filmfest and Film Movement present:
SWEET THING - NR
July 23 through August 12
Drama.
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Two children in contemporary New Bedford, Massachusetts spend an eventful summer in a beach house with their mother and her boyfriend. The story is intense but ultimately uplifting, poetic rendering of childhood that captures the essence of that time in life when a day can last forever. The friendships, loyalties, and challenges of adolescent youth propel the story into a triumph of childhood hope and resilience.

The central character, Billie, is a 15-year-old girl who fantasizes Billie Holiday as a sort of fairy godmother. Billie has to navigate the evolving challenges of her life while she plays mother to her 11-year-old brother, Nico. They meet up with another adolescent, run away from home, and together roam the area free from their parents’ watchful eye. They discover freedom and enchantment among New Bedford’s boats and railway tracks. They fantasize about a life of luxury when they break into a posh home, and are able to carry the taste of affluence into their adventures. The film celebrates their ability to make poetry and a joyful life out of hardship. The children come to represent a hope in our own resilience, as the film is an ode to that trying age when young people prepare to take their first step into adulthood.

Directed by Alexandre Rockwell

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$10 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

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HER SOCIALIST SMILE movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Grasshopper Films present:
HER SOCIALIST SMILE - NR
July 23 through August 12
Documentary.
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Helen Keller is one of the closest things the United States has to a secular saint.

In his new film, John Gianvito meditates on a particular moment in early 20th-century history: when Helen Keller began speaking out passionately on behalf of progressive causes. Though her life generated voluminous literature, most people do not know that iconic deaf-blind author Helen Keller (1880–1968) was one of the most passionate socialist advocates of her time, and many of her views have been largely suppressed or sanitized over the years. The film begins in 1913, when, at age 32, Keller gave her first public talk before a general audience. In her lifetime she fervently and eloquently spoke out on behalf of many progressive causes, from the rights of women and the disabled, to international socialism and world peace. Keller’s undaunted activism for labor rights, pacifism, and women’s suffrage was philosophically inseparable from her battles for the rights of the disabled. The film uses onscreen text taken from Keller’s speeches, impressionistic images of nature, and newly recorded voiceover by poet Carolyn Forché.

Directed by John Gianvito

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$12 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

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THE LAST TREE movie poster
Darkside Cinema and ArtMattan Productions present:
THE LAST TREE - NR
July 23 through August 12
Drama.
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After growing up in quiet, rural Lincolnshire, teenager Femi struggles with unfamiliar surroundings and cultural differences when he moves in with his birth mother in inner-city London.

In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s.

Going back home to Nigeria with his mum to find his Nigerian roots will help adolescent Femi find grounding and hope for a better future.

Directed by Shola Amoo.

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$10 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

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GONE AFTER THURSDAY, AUGUST 5

CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Kino Lorber present:
CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS
July 16 through August 5
Documentary.
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This is a film about humanity, bravery, and hope that can resonate with everyone. The remarkable story of how one of the most celebrated works of art to come out of the age of AIDS, Bill T. Jones’ tour-de-force ballet D-Man in the Waters, revitalized two disparate communities, 30 years apart, both struggling to make sense of the plagues of their generations.

In 1989, D-Man in the Waters gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief, and hope for salvation that the emerging Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company felt as they were embattled by the AIDS epidemic.

Using a series of interviews, archival material, and uniquely powerful cinematography of movement, this lyrical documentary reveals the making of the dance in 1989 and follows the journey of a group of young dancers learning it today. As a group of young dancers in the present reinterpret the work, they deepen their understanding of its power, exploring what is at stake in their own personal lives in order to commit and perform it successfully.

The film, produced by one of Bill T. Jones’ former dancers, Rosalynde LeBlanc, in collaboration with Emmy Award Cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, offers a uniquely intimate view into the stories of love, loss and resurrection behind this most pivotal work, and the ways in which the work is now moving a new generation. It illuminates the power of art to convey history while simultaneously invigorating the contemporary moment.

Directed by Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz

Bill T. Jones and directors Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz will participate in a Zoom Q&A hosted by Film Forum and the NYC LGBT Center on Wednesday, July 21 at 8:00pm ET. This event is free and open to the public. >> RSVP here.

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$12 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

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MAŁNI: TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Grasshopper Films present:
MAŁNI: TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE
July 16 through August 5
Experimental documentary. In English and subtitled Chinook jargon (Chinuk Wawa).
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A NY Times pick!
This poetic, experimental debut feature circling the origin of the death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest follows expectant mother Sweetwater Sahme and her partner Jordan Mercier. While ruminating upon their place within their ancestors’ myths and legacy, the couple’s perspectives and paths diverge as they contemplate survival, language, and the approach of their child. Hopinka’s rapturous feature-length debut will have audiences thinking—and dreaming—long after.

MAŁNI premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the festival’s New Frontier program,a section dedicated to the intersections of art, cinema and technology.

A film by Sky Hopinka.

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$12 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

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WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE movie poster
Darkside Cinema, Das Filmfest with Dedza Films and Kino Lorber present:
WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE
July 16 through August 5
Short films. In English and subtitled Mandarin, Hebrew, Tagalog, and Arabic.
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This first collection of short films from @DedzaFilms, features nine stories hailing from Nigeria, Uganda, The Philippines & more, with a special intro from acclaimed L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Charles Burnett.

Unified by themes of rebirth and growth, the films showcase emerging BIPOC, LGBTQ, and international filmmakers who define the future of cinema.

LIKE FLYING - dir. Peier Tracy Shen
A young girl navigates her childhood through her parents broken relationship.

FAMILY TREE - dir. Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu
It’s 1992. Jinja Uganda. 8-year-old Nagawa believes she has an idyllic childhood, and then finds out at her father's deathbed that she has other siblings.

TROUBLEMAKER - dir. Olive Nwosu
On a hot day in Eastern Nigeria, a young boy learns the hard way that actions have consequences. Troublemaker is a coming-of-age story about masculinity, violence, and the effects of war on community and across generations. The film was shot entirely with a cast of non-actors in rural Nigeria.

POLYGRAPH - dir. Samira Saraya
Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse living in Tel Aviv, findS out that her lover Or, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army, has been reporting on their relationship. Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse, finds out that her lover Or, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army, has been reporting on their relationship.

THE LIGHTS ARE ON, NO ONE'S HOME - dir. Faye Ruiz
A trans woman wanders a maze of memories and gentrified neighborhood streets as she searches for her childhood home.

BY WAY OF CANARSIE
- dir. Emily Packer and Lesley Steele
After years of neglect by the City of New York and the devastation following Hurricane Sandy, the coastal community of Canarsie, Brooklyn wants more. This experimental series of vignettes explores Canarsie's resiliency and unique relationship to the water.

THE ROSE OF MANILA - dir. Alex Westfall
Based on real events, this imagining of the formative years of Imelda Marcos uses archival footage and reenactment to render life, time, and history as elliptical. Here, the fate of a young girl and an entire nation become entangled as the absent mother of a country is born.

SLIP - dir. Nicole Otero
A woman wanders around a mostly vacant city at night, obscured by darkness, cascading in space and time, away from one feeling and in search of another.

NOT BLACK ENOUGH - dir. Jermaine Manigault
A young African-American man struggles to find his identity within his community and meets a persuasive relic of the past. Shot on location at Pomonok Housing Projects in Queens, NYC; starring Patrick Decile, one of the breakout stars of 2017’s Academy Award® Best Picture winner Moonlight (2016).

For Dedza Scrapbook, a supplementary initiative, ten aspiring critics wrote about each film, building further community and conversation about them. Read them here.

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SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD (in-theater) - with Kino Lorber - 8/6
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MORE STUFF
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2021 Hiroshima – Nagasaki Corvallis Commemoration

The Corvallis branch of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) and Veterans For Peace Linus Pauling Chapter will host a commemoration to memorialize those lost in the 1945 attacks on innocent civilians by the United States and to suggest actions to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide.

Thursday, August 5, 7:00pm
1st & Madison; Riverfront Park, Corvallis


We will remember the August, 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan and renew our pledge to promote peace and end war.

Commemoration events include traditional Japanese music, paper crane making, and the symbolic lighting of candles.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, all present are invited to walk the short distance to the Van Buren Bridge to watch as boats travel down river carrying lanterns for peace and for the remembrance of all those who lost lives in the bombings.

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ABOUT DARKSIDE CINEMA
Open since April 1, 2005, Darkside Cinema is the only independently owned and operated movie theater in Corvallis. We play independent, international, and documentary films you won't find at the local megaplex.

We Suck Less. Every Day.

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Please call 541-752-4161 to confirm shows and times
215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333