Kinonikโ€™s Mission

Our mission is to collect and preserve 16mm movies, present films from our archive, educate and entertain our community, and support the appreciation of film as an art form.

As we grow our collection of 16mm films (now 508 and counting) we enrich the cultural life of the Portland by welcoming the public to affordable screenings of rarely seen classic films in friendly venuesโ€“ each followed by live Q&A or discussion.

We have plans underway to better fulfill our mission by expanding our program into schools, dovetailing with programs in creative writing and the arts, to educate, inspire, and give young people a window into the past that offers perspective on changes in technology, work, fashion, cultural mores, and so much more.

In our collection are many classic silent films, which we screen with the live piano accompaniment that delighted audience of the early days of film. Our plans include extending our reach beyond Portland โ€“ to bring the magic of celluloid to audiences of all ages around Maine.

We have no permanent theatrical home. We collaborate with local arts venues for our film showings. We are currently partnering with the St. Lawrence Arts Center and with SPACE Gallery

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Kinonik's next film, shown with SPACE, is Alfred Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. 2/3 at 7 PM. Stay tuned! ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday, January 27 at 7 PM, Kinonik and St. Lawrence Arts Center presents:


Set in 16th Century Prague, THE GOLEM: HOW HE CAME INTO THE WORLD (1920) tells the story of a rabbi, fearing the persecution of the Jews of the city, builds a golem out of clay. But the golem runs goes on a rampage and attacks the ghetto inhabitants. A classic of German expressionism -- cinematographer Karl Freund would go on to METROPOLIS (1927) -- the film's golem influenced horror and was a precursor to Frankenstein monsters. THE GOLEM: HOW HE CAME INTO THE WORLD is the third and last in Paul Wegener's golem films, and it is the only film not completely lost.

Christopher Akerlund will speak before the film about the relationship between it and the stage play from which it is derived. Carolyn Swartz will provide musical accompaniment.

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Happy last day of 2019 to fans, followers, family, friends, film cineastes and everybody else!

This is ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ธ's last appeal for support for 2019. ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ธ is a nonprofit screening classic and significant films in 16mm format. We have a 500+ films, and we run 2 series concurrently. Last year, we screened silent films, with musical accompaniment, ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด, at St. Lawrence Arts, and we screened classic noir, ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ณ, at SPACE.

Thank you to everyone who's attended our screenings! Thank you to Carolyn Swartz and Stu Mahan for providing live music for ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด!

In 2020, ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ธ will continue ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด at St. Lawrence Arts, and we will expand our SPACE programming to include both noir and Alfred Hitchcock films. We plan to begin weekend afternoon screenings of silent comedy for kids (and parents) with live accompaniment this winter. We also plan programs focused on specific directors, like John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Luis Buรฑuel and others.

๐™ƒ๐™š๐™ง๐™šโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ฅ:

๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ธ plans to expand our programming, to help grow a culture of film appreciation in Portland, Maine for public screenings of films, for discussion, entertainment and education. Donations help us conserve and store films, maintain equipment and screen films.

Can you give to support ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ธ? We are a registered 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. If you can help us promote a culture of film appreciation in Portland, Maine, whatever the amount, we would appreciate it. Share this, too. Thank you! Here's the safe, secure link to give:
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