Michael Curtiz’ Mildred Pierce is a masterful take on James M. Cain’s grim novel about a woman who works tirelessly to give her children “the best” in the face of psychological batterings from men and a spoiled daughter. In a career-defining role, Joan Crawford’s broad-shouldered Mildred is a woman whose efforts to build a successful restaurant from the ground-up for the sake of a grotesquely manipulative daughter (Ann Blyth in her debut) is sabotaged by unwise decisions, and weak and parasitic men. Curtiz’ noirish approach transforms what could have been an overblown melodrama into a nasty tale well told. Jan. 14, 7 p.m., SPACE Gallery. $8. Advance tickets can be purchased here.
Because film matters
Believing in the value of the shared cinema experience, we launched KINONIK as a non-profit in 2015 to promote and support the study of cinema through theatrical screenings projected from film.
We screen 16mm films from our growing archive throughout Portland and are collaborating with the St. Lawrence Arts Center, SPACE Gallery, and Mayo St. Arts. Our screenings include context about the films and the chance to talk about them following the shows.
Upcoming KINONIK shows at SPACE Gallery
- Mildred Pierce, January 14, 2019, 7 P.M. ($8)
Recent KINONIK shows at the St. Lawrence
- Battleship Potemkin (with live piano accompaniment by Carolyn Swartz), January 3, 2019, 7 P.M
- Nosferatu (with live piano accompaniment by Carolyn Swartz), December 17, 7 P.M.
- The General (with live piano accompaniment by Carolyn Swartz), November 12, 7 P.M.
- The Informer, October 22, 7 P.M.
- Pandora’s Box (with live piano accompaniment by Carolyn Swartz), Aug. 23, 7 P.M.
Kinonik screens 16mm films from donated collections. Our archive features eclectic selections that offer a rich overview of film from the early days of cinema to the 60s. Our 250-film collection is comprised of the familiar (Chaplin, Pabst, Renoir, Truffaut) and the less-known (McLaren, Tsarevitch, Sucksdorff).
Join us in the shared darkness to rediscover the power of 24 fps communal cinema.
KINONIK’s mission is to promote and support the study of cinema through theatrical screenings projected from film and thoughtful discussions that explore cinematic history, relevance, and aesthetics.
Kinonik screens from its growing library of 16mm films. The archive includes almost 500 works that trace the evolution of cinema from its earliest days through the 1960s.
Rediscover the experience of communal cinema with Kinonik.
- To introduce the value of a cinematic experience to a new generation of filmgoers.
- To generate thoughtful dialogue about cinema.
- To establish an appropriate home for film education resources.
- To foster a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film.
James Cradock, Andy Graham, Skylar Kelly, Nick Loukes, Carolyn Swartz, and Peter Weed.
KINONIK screens 16mm films from donated collections. Our archive includes eclectic selections that offer a rich overview of film from the early days of cinema to the 60s. Our 250-film collection is comprised of the familiar (Chaplin, Pabst Renoir, Truffaut) and the less-known (McLaren, Sarevitch, Sucksdorf). Caring for our growing film archive is a critical part of our mission.
Andrew Graham, Acting Executive Director
Sharing our films costs money. Licensing fees, conservation and storage costs add up. Your support makes our work possible.
To support KINONIK, donate securely and quickly online by clicking the Donate button:
Donations may also be mailed to KINONIK, care of Peter Weed, 33 Chamberlain Ave., Portland, Maine, 04101. For more information, contact Peter Weed at 207.415.9086 or email@example.com.
KINONIK is a 501c3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.