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Essential Cinema



May 1-29, 2014
Thursdays at 7:30 PM
AFS at the Marchesa (6226 Middle Fiskville Rd)

$8 General Admission
$5 for AFS Make and Watch members // Students with valid ID
Free admission for AFS Love and Premiere members

Federico Fellini was flummoxed. After the international acclaim that followed LA DOLCE VITA, he was unsure what to do next. What emerged from his creative restlessness and confusion was 8 1/2, a sprightly mix of Jungian dream, flashback, and nuts-and-bolts, “let’s make a movie” procedural shaped by his own raw autobiography (the title tallies the six features and three shorts – or “halves” – that came prior). What Fellini couldn’t have known then was that 8 1/2 would influence multiple generations of filmmakers, many of whom were similarly confounded by a starburst of early success and the crippling stress of high expectations that followed. 8 1/2 may be an intensely personal work, but its truths are universal: It can be brutalizing, isolating work, making art, but what comfort in knowing others are just as embattled. – Kimberley Jones (Managing Editor, Austin Chronicle), guest curator

8 1/2
Thursday, May 1, 7:30 PM

Everybody wants to know what Guido’s next movie is about, from his producer to his doctor to his mistress and, most especially, the creatively sapped Guido himself.  More Info & Tickets>>

Thursday, May 8, 7:30 PM

Struggling to find a follow-up project to his smash-hit first film, Alex drops acid, goes house-hunting with his exasperated wife, and turns to his hero Fellini for inspiration. More Info & Tickets>>

Thursday, May 15, 7:30 PM

A successful comedic director wants to transition into serious drama, but his fans – and the studio – prefer the “earlier, funny ones.” More Info & Tickets>>

Thursday, May 22, 7:30 PM

Overworked, sick with stress, and juggling the demands of the many women in his life, film director and choreographer Joe Gideon is in a race against the clock to finish his latest movie and debut a new Broadway show before his heart gives out. More Info & Tickets>>

Thursday, May 29, 7:30 PM

When a regional theatre director receives a genius grant, he undertakes an ambitious and ongoing work of performance art. Trouble is, he doesn’t know how to drop the curtain on it. More Info & Tickets>>