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 Friday 7/23 thru Sunday 7/25!

Masks required if you are unvaccinated.

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

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IN-THEATER FILMS FRIDAY, 7/23 - SUNDAY, 7/25

THE FATHER movie poster
THE FATHER - Rated PG-13 (1h 37m)
July 23 through July 25 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Drama.
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2-time Academy Award winner:
Best Actor
Best Adapted Screenplay

Anthony is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne, encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can't make daily visits anymore and Anthony's grip on reality is unravelling. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.

Directed by Florian Zeller.

Impressions from Caitlin Stow of Darkside Cinema:

Anthony Hopkins is obviously a powerhouse, but knowing that does little to prepare you for this jaw dropping performance. Hopkins completely disappears inside this heartbreaking character of “Anthony,” and the strength of the ensemble around him, especially Colman, lifts him to levels I’ve never seen from him before. Which is saying a great deal. At first I was frustrated by the lack of clarity in the storytelling, thinking that I could glean more thematically if the filmmaker were to give me answers over Anthony’s head, but by the end I realized that that frustration forced an empathy with Anthony that would not have been possible if I weren’t in the mental trenches with him. Truly an achievement in performance and craft.

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Show times
Fri 7/23 - 5:45
Sat 7/24 - 3:30 / 5:45
Sun 7/25 - 3:30 / 5:45

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SUMMER OF SOUL movie poster
SUMMER OF SOUL - Rated PG-13 (1h 58m)
July 23 through July 25 (Friday, Saturday, 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, and includes 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.

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Show times
Fri 7/23 - 7:30
Sat 7/24 - 7:30
Sun 7/25 - 7:30

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THE LONELIEST WHALE movie poster
THE LONELIEST WHALE - Rated PG (1h 36m)
July 23 through July 25 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Documentary.
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The mysterious 52 Hertz whale emits a call unrecognized by other whales, leading to a life of solitude. Explore what this whale’s lonely plight can teach us—not just about our changing relationship to the oceans, but to each other.

Directed by Joshua Zeman

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Show times
Fri 7/23 - 5:30 / 7:45
Sat 7/24 - 3:00 / 5:30 / 7:45
Sun 7/25 - 3:00 / 5:30 / 7:45

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PIG movie poster
PIG - Rated R (1h 32m)
July 23 through July 25 (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 7/23 - 8:00
Sat 7/24 - 8:00
Sun 7/25 - 8:00


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NOMADLAND movie poster
NOMADLAND - Rated R (1h 47m)
July 23 through July 25 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Drama.
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3-time Academy Award winner:
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actress

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. Starring Frances McDormand and David Strathairn.

Directed by Chloé Zhao.

Buy tickets at Darkside Cinema starting 30 minutes before the show.

Show times
Fri 7/23 - 5:00
Sat 7/24 - 2:30 / 5:00
Sun 7/25 - 2:30 / 5:00


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VIRTUAL FILMS STARTING FRIDAY, JULY 23

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!)

After unlocking, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 72 hours to finish watching.


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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.

Rent for 2 days
$10 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

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

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HELD OVER THROUGH THURSDAY, JULY 29

ASIA movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Menemsha Films present:
ASIA
July 9 through July 29
Drama. Subtitled Hebrew.
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Asia is a single mom to her 17-year-old Vika. Vika’s deteriorating health urges Asia to finally find her voice as a mother and to embrace and cherish their time together.

Asia never chose to be a mother, yet she deeply loves her daughter. While Asia devotes herself to caring for Vika, she still cannot quite understand what she, as a mother, can offer her daughter. Asia’s failed attempts at helping Vika, eventually bring them closer together. Asia gets to know her daughter; her fears and her longings. She learns that what Vika needs most is her unconditional love.

This is a film about motherhood, sacrifice, and love. It’s about the ability and the choice to take responsibility for another person's life. Even if it means ultimately letting go...

Directed by Ruthy Pribar.

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

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THE AMERICAN SECTOR movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Grasshopper Films present:
THE AMERICAN SECTOR
July 9 through July 29
Documentary.
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Once removed from its original space and time, does an object hold the same meaning?

THE AMERICAN SECTOR takes viewers on a road trip to visit panels of The Berlin Wall that have been installed as public monuments throughout the United States. Visiting over forty sites, the film weaves together the stories people tell about these imported monoliths, capturing how artifacts bond the past and the present.

While showing that Cold War messaging still maintains a strong hold on the American imagination, THE AMERICAN SECTOR also gives us glimmers of hope as a younger generation grapples with this history.

Directed by Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez.

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

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DACHRA movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Dekanalog presents:
DACHRA
July 9 through July 29
Horror. Subtitled Arabic.
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Ever since she was discovered naked and near-dead decades ago, Mongia has been institutionalized, with a tendency to bite her nurses.

Grisly, frightening, and stuffed with howling thrills, the new Tunisian horror film DACHRA won over both Frightfest and the Venice Film Festival and is finally making its stateside debut. Equal parts MIDSOMMAR and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, the film begins with a simple classroom assignment and spins through double plot twists into high-tension cannibal sorcery.

Sent off with a documentary video assignment, three journalism students decide to interview Mongia, seeking new clues about the cold case. Intrigued and perturbed by the deranged woman’s story, the trio take their camera to the scene of the crime deep in the woods, led by the headstrong young investigator Yassmine (scream queen par excellence Yassmine Dimassi).

Soon they are welcomed to a secluded, hushed village where goats have free rein and raw meat hangs drying in the wind. Captured with a minimalist color palette in Hatem Nechi’s eerie and atmospheric compositions and uncanny long takes, this foggy, isolated hamlet is the creepiest location in recent horror cinema. Daring depths of barbarity—and some seriously scary children—are around every corner. 

With superlative craft, Tunisian first-time director Abdelhamid Bouchnak weaves together North African folklore and the tried-and-true B-movie magic that made his debut a runaway hit in his home country. DACHRA maintains a high level of suspense and sophistication with its carefully calibrated narrative, strong performances, and its genre-expanding ethereal dread.

Written and directed by Abdelhamid Bouchnak.

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HELD OVER THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 31

AHEAD OF THE CURVE movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Together Films present:
AHEAD OF THE CURVE
July 2 through July 31
Documentary. LGBQT.
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AHEAD OF THE CURVE is the story of one of the most influential women in lesbian history you’ve never heard of and the impact her work continues to have today. Growing up, Franco never saw any representation of queer women—she didn’t even know it was possible for a woman to be gay. When she realized she was a lesbian, it changed the course of her life.

In 1990, Franco created a safe place for lesbians in the form of Curve magazine. Her approach to threats and erasure in the ‘90s was to lift all kinds of lesbians up and make them beautifully visible. The magazine helped build a foundation for many intersectional movements being led by today’s activists in the face of accelerating threats to the LGBTQ community.

Decades later, as her legacy faces extinction and she reassesses her life after a disabling injury, she sets out to understand visibility work being led by an intersection of queer women today.

Featuring Andrea Pino-Silva, Kim Katrin, Denice Frohman, Amber Hikes, Jewelle Gomez, Melissa Etheridge, and Lea DeLaria, and a score composed by the legendary Meshell Ndegeocello, AHEAD OF THE CURVE celebrates the legacy of a movement while considering the agenda of its future.

Directed by Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow.


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NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN - with Kino Lorber - 7/30
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WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED - with Dekanalog - 8/6
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SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD (virtual) - with Kino Lorber - 8/6
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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. Except during the COVID-19 restrictions, WE ARE OPEN EVERY NIGHT, playing independent, international, and documentary films you won't find at the local megaplex.

We Suck Less. Every Day.

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215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333