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7pm Saturday, June 18, 25,

KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU (1922) the silent film version of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA presented with a score created from the music of RADIOHEAD by Reg Hartt]. Introduction by Reg Hartt

9pm Saturday, June 18, 25.

THE VALUE OF BEING QUEER Spoken word.  “The initiation of all wise or noble things comes and must come from individuals; generally at first from some one individual. The honor and glory of the average man is that he is capable of following that initiative; that he can respond to wise and noble things: I am not countenancing the sort of ‘hero worship’ which applauds the strong man of genius for forcibly seizing on the government and making it do his bidding in spite of itself. All he can claim is freedom to point the way. The power of compelling others into it is not only inconsistent with the freedom and development of the rest, but corrupting to the strong man himself. It does seem, however, that when the opinions of masses of merely average men are everywhere become or becoming the dominant power, that the counterpoint and corrective to that tendency would be the more and more pronounced individuality of those who stand on the higher eminences of thought. It is in these circumstances most especially, that exceptional individuals, instead of being deterred, should be encouraged in acting differently from the mass. In other times there was no advantage in doing so, unless they acted not only differently but better. In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.”—John Stuart Mill. (Note: Eccentric is used by mass media as a euphemism for queer. They can’t be sued for that.)

7pm Sunday, 9pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 10 thru 30.

WHAT I LEARNED WITH LSD. Spoken word. “Invent nothing. Deny nothing. Stand up. Speak up. Stay out of school. Like the belief of the terminally ill in medicine the belief of the legitimately frightened in the educational process is a comforting lie. The educational process prepares those with second-rate intellects to thrive in a bureaucratic environment. Obedience, rote memorization, and neatness are enshrined as intellectual achievements…You will encounter in your travels folks of your own age who chose the institutional path, who became administrators rather than doers. These folks chose to serve an institutional authority in exchange for a paycheck, and these folks are going to be with you for the rest of your life, and you who come up off the street, who live without certainty day to day and year to year are going to have to bear with being called children by these institutional types; you will, as Shakespeare tells us, endure ‘the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes.’ It is not childish to live with uncertainty, to devote oneself to an idea rather than an institution. It’s courageous and requires a courage of the order that the institutionally co-opted are ill equipped to perceive. They are so unequipped to perceive it that they can only call it childish, and so excuse their exploitation of you.”                                                                                                                           David Mamet, TRUE AND FALSE. (Edited)

“Any system built on belief functions through the operations of guilt and hypocrisy. Such a system, whether of acting training, meditation self improvement etc., functions as a Pseudoreligjon and is predicated on the individual’s knowledge of his or her own worthlessness. The system holds itself out as the alleviator, cleanser, and redeemer of the guilty individual. Now none of us is free of self doubt, and none of us is free of guilt. We all have thoughts, feelings, episodes, and tendencies which we would rather did not exist. A guilt-based system survives through the support of adherents who were guilty before they signed up. who came to classes and failed (how could they do otherwise, as the training is nonsense), and were then informed that their feelings of shame which they brought in with them—were due to our failure, and could be alleviated if and only if we worked harder, believed more.—David Mamet, TRUE AND FALSE.                                                                                                            

“We only really learn in conversation after sex.”—Judith Merril, the mother of modern science fiction.    

7pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June  20 thru 30.

WHITE GOLD (1927) Starring Jetta Goudal. Directed by William K. Howard. This is a film I want every woman in the world to see.

The CineForum, 463 Bathurst below College across from The Beer Store, Toronto, Canada. M5T 2S9. Donation $10/program under 24. $20 over 24.

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