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Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore

Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore

DIRECTOR: SARAH JACOBSON
1996 / 123min / DCP
Produced and self-distributed by Jacobson and her mother, the movie chronicles the sexual travails of a high schooler (Lisa Gerstein) who works with punks, drunks, and losers at her local indie cinema, with San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre standing in for the generic, no-frills Midwestern art houses of Jacobson’s youth.
Girlfight

Girlfight

DIRECTOR: KARYN KUSAMA
2000 / 110min / 35mm
Cooped up in the Red Hook housing projects with her father and brother, Diana (Michelle Rodriguez) needs an outlet for her fierce temper, and when her father stands in the way of her developing passion for boxing, she strikes out on her own to embark on the merciless training regimen that will eventually make her a champion.
Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

DIRECTOR: DENNIS HOPPER
1980 / 94min / DCP
Unlikely star and bantamweight teen tough cookie Linda Manz stars as Cebe, a punkette whose disastrous home life only gets more complicated when her ex-truck driver dad gets sprung out of the can and comes home, dragging repressed memories back with him.
My Degeneration

My Degeneration

DIRECTOR: JON MORITSUGU
1990 / 61min / 16mm
Moritsugu’s feature debut set him on course for a career of cinematic coarseness, the story of a nascent all-girl rock act, Bunny Love, who are recruited to the service of the American Beef Institute, yowling about “beef power” for a shot at superstardom.
Suburbia

Suburbia

DIRECTOR: PENELOPE SPHEERIS
1983 / 94min / DCP
A de-glammed, downbeat drama about the kids of the black hole, a gang of teenage runaways who call themselves T.R. (for “The Rejected”) squatting in derelict suburban tract houses.
Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

DIRECTOR: EDMUND GOULDING
1947 / 111min / DCP
Step right up and see this startlingly seamy noir adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s pulp classic—also the source for the forthcoming film by Guillermo del Toro—a lurid vehicle for a playing-against-heroic-type Tyrone Power that seems to have slipped past napping Production Code officials.
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love

DIRECTOR: MARIA MAGGENTI
1995 / 94min / DCP
Working-class high school senior Randall “Randy” Dean (Laurel Holloman, The L Word’s Tina) is behind the cashier’s counter at her gas station job one day when along comes Evelyn “Evie” Roy, Jr. (Nicole Ari Parker), a popular, well-to-do classmate who suddenly exhibits an acute interest in Randy.
Remnants of the Watts Festival

Remnants of the Watts Festival

DIRECTOR: ULYSSES JENKINS
1972-73 / 60min / Digital
Ulysses Jenkins and Video Venice News documented the Watts Festival in 1972 and 1973, capturing euphoric acts such as the California funk group War, as well as interviews with organizers and attendees.
Giants and Toys

Giants and Toys

DIRECTOR: YASUZO MASUMURA
1958 / 95min / DCP
Maverick filmmaker Masumura’s stinging, glaringly gaudy satire of a ’50s Japan dominated by a ruthless new corporate culture, capitalist excess, and the figure of the suicidally overworked salaryman, Giants and Toys takes place in the battlefield of business, where three candy manufacturers vie to corner the caramel market through any-means-necessary snares and traps.
Irezumi

Irezumi

DIRECTOR: YASUZO MASUMURA
1966 / 86min / DCP
One of Masumura’s first forays into the studies of erotic malaise that marked his late ’60s output (see also: Blind Beast), Irezumi stars a sinister and seductive Ayako Wakao as a young woman sold into geisha house servitude, marked for life by a spider tattoo that awakens in her an unquenchable desire to destroy the men who have wronged her, which she does in spectacular style.
black test car

black test car

DIRECTOR: YASUZO MASUMURA
1962 / 95min / DCP
Masumura returns to the world of corporate backstabbing and skullduggery seen in Giants and Toys in this, the first of a series of “Black” films for Daiei studios, which places us in the middle of a scorched earth corporate war between the Tiger Motorcar Company and the Yamato Company, who will both employ any means necessary—spies, blackmail, sabotage, and more!—to beat each other in getting their new sports car models to market.
Blind Beast

Blind Beast

DIRECTOR: YASUZO MASUMURA
1969 / 90min / DCP
Working from a story by the infamous Edogawa Ranpo—his pen name comes from the Japanese pronunciation of Edgar Allen Poe—Masumura gives us a perverse portrait of the artist as fetishist freak.
The Black Report

The Black Report

DIRECTOR: YASUZO MASUMURA
1963 / 94min / DCP
A marvel of narrative efficiency, starring Eitarô Ozawa’s unscrupulous attorney as possibly the most impressive specimen of total amorality to appear amongst Masumura’s rogues gallery of absolute bastards.