Second Screens Posters, FotoFocus Cincinnati
Varda by Agnès​ (2019),​ Days of Heaven​ (1978), ​United Skates​ (2018), and Monterey Pop​ (1968)

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Announces New Moving Image Program for 2020, SECOND SCREENS, to Celebrate the Non-Profit’s 10th Anniversary

Posted on December 17, 2019

The new FotoFocus Film Curator at Large, C. Jacqueline Wood will spearhead a new free monthly film series presented by FotoFocus across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky every second Tuesday in 2020 titled SECOND SCREENS, which will celebrate the non-profit organization’s tenth anniversary and expand its mission of promoting lens-based art to fully encompass film, video, and the moving image.

The aim of SECOND SCREENS is to enrich Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s cinematic landscape through public screenings of works that span many years, subjects, and genres, including narrative, documentary, avant-garde, and animation. Cutting-edge contemporary films and classic masterpieces—from United Skates, the 2018 HBO documentary on African-American roller rink communities, to Terrence Malick’s 1978 period drama Days of Heaven—will be shown in accessible, thoughtfully chosen spaces that change from month to month. Attendees are invited to meet and speak with fellow film supporters before and after each screening and converse in person with filmmaker Nora Sweeney at her short film program on May 12, 2020.

In February 2020, FotoFocus will launch an open call for animators, continuing and building upon its history of supporting and scouting local talent. Animators of all types and skill levels from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region can submit their shorts to be considered for the NSFW (Animation For Adults) screening on June 9, 2020. Details of how to apply will be available on the FotoFocus website in early 2020.

Details of the remaining six months’ programming to be announced.

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L-R: Varda by Agnès (2019), Days of Heaven (1978), United Skates (2018)

Varda by Agnès (2019) 
The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main Street, Cincinnati
Doors 6:30 PM. Start 7:00 PM. 120 mins.

FotoFocus kicks off SECOND SCREENS with the Cincinnati premiere of Agnes Varda’s final film, Varda by Agnès (2019), a personal and whimsical look back at the director’s prolific career. Varda proclaimed the film’s mission was to “give keys to my body of work. I give my own keys, my thoughts, nothing pretentious, just keys.” The film pays homage to Varda’s unique cinematic voice, which developed during the French New Wave with films such as Clèo from 5 to 7 (1962), and playfully matured with such work as Faces Places (2017), a collaboration with the artist JR. The autobiographical work touches on everything from filmmaking, to feminism and aging, not only reflecting on her filmmaking career, but her life as a photographer.

Days of Heaven (1978)
Newsreel Theater (Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal), 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati
Doors 6:30 PM. Start 7:00 PM. 94 mins.

With a career spanning over fifty years, FotoFocus is excited to re-examine Terrence Malick’s second feature film, Days of Heaven (1978). This period film, set in 1916 in the Texas panhandle explores the tumultuous relationship between a farmer and two of his workers. The film, starring Sam Shephard, Brooke Adams, Richard Gere, and Linda Manz is set against the golden landscape of a forgotten time. With music by Ennio Morricone, and cinematography by Néstor Almendros and Haskell Wexler, Days of Heaven is a modern masterpiece worth rediscovery by younger generations. Complimentary parking available.

United Skates (2018)
Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm Street, Cincinnati
Doors 6:30 PM. Start 7:00 PM. 89 mins.

United Skates, directed by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown, is an engaging documentary that peers into the underground subculture of African-American roller skate communities. The film is a fascinating look at the social, historical, and creative importance of a physical art form that is in danger of disappearing. The film shares the story of such famous rinks as World on Wheels located in Los Angeles, that has hosted hundreds of skate nights over the years.

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L-R: Monterey Pop (1968), Still from Dorit Margreiter’s Transfer (Monument Valley) (2016), part of Two Journeys – A Shorts Program. Courtesy of The Golden Pixel Cooperative.

Monterey Pop (1968)
Lightborne, 212 E. 14th Street, Cincinnati
Doors 6:30 PM. Start 7:00 PM. 79 mins.

FotoFocus celebrates the life of documentarian D.A. Pennebaker with a screening of his iconic work Monterey Pop. They will present the new 4k restoration, highlighting musical performances by such notable artists as Janis Joplin and Otis Redding, in glorious surround sound at FotoFocus in the Lightborne Studios.

Two Journeys – A Shorts Program, Curated by The Golden Pixel Cooperative
21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut Street, Cincinnati
Doors 6:30 PM. Start 7:00 PM. 90 mins.

Los Angeles-based filmmaker and curator Nora Sweeney heads back to her hometown of Cincinnati to present Two Journeys, a short film program curated by The Golden Pixel Cooperative. The screening, ranging in style from narrative to experimental, examines the notion of place by looking at films made in Los Angeles and Vienna.

NSFW (Animation For Adults), Curated by C. Jacqueline Wood
The Lodge, 231 6th Ave, Dayton, Kentucky
Doors 6:30 PM. Start 7:00 PM. 60 mins.

NSFW (Animation For Adults) is a short animation screening that considers the various ways that sex and the human form are represented in both historical and contemporary styles of animation. The program, curated by C. Jacqueline Wood, ranges in tone and style, presenting work by iconic artists such as Suzan Pitt, while also highlighting local makers and artists. A regional open call for submissions will open in February 2020.

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