Church of Film presents....Night Tide & Other Films

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Church of Film is a weekly gathering for the reverence and worship of cinema programmed and hosted by local cinephile Muriel Lucas.

Magic, the Occult, supernatural folk tales, witchy witches, mutant melodramas, anarchy, communism & the subaltern, Queer texts/subtexts, signs & symbols, third meanings, oblique narrative strategies, visual formalism, LSD, imminent worlds, sailors, phantom crews, ships adrift, graveyards and ruins, feminism, uncanny valleys, decolonization, gender deconstruction, cosmic games, ghosts & goblins, third world, beauty and her beasts, psychogeography, national & independent cinemas, masks of all kinds, the baroque, genres destroyed, Thanatos, ancient worlds, interior maps, guys and dolls, transhumanism, lost worlds, layers of vision, candles and candelabras, cobwebs, love stories, uncharted landscapes, deep dreams & secrets, the foreign country of the past, psychic fractures, the underworld, ultima thule, de-institutionalization, pitiless traps, Greek Key patterns, fate circumscribed in celluloid, voyeurism & paranoia, corridors & paths, the watcher and the watched,antifascism, isolation in the labyrinth, doors unopened, counter-cultured romance, priests and nuns beneath their frocks and habits, warm gods, gods dethroned, sisters, charlatans, disintegrating social structures, nuclear families on fire, dissent and silenced voices, slapstick and the mechanized body, the visual gag, tragic jokes, distant voices from other rooms, dogs baying in the darkness, flashlights, the imprisoned, the vanquished, the trapped spirits, the Kingdom of Shadows, the twentieth century, c-i-n-e-m-a.

Other locations include Century Bar on Sandy Boulevard and the Psychic Bar on Mississippi Avenue. Check the CofF Facebook page for more information about other screenings.

Church of Film presents....Night Tide & Other Films


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This screening of NIGHT TIDE will be accompanied by three of Harrington’s occult-laden experimental shorts, FRAGMENT OF SEEKING (1946), THE ASSIGNATION (1953), and THE WORMWOOD STAR (1955), made while Harrington caroused with avant-garde cliques with friends Kenneth Anger and Marjorie Cameron.

Curtis Harrington
United States
86 minutes

A young sailor, Johnny (a young Dennis Hopper), becomes entranced by a woman named Mora. Mora plays a mermaid in a carnival sideshow… but is it just a show? Or is the mysterious Mora an actual mermaid? NIGHT TIDE (1961) is a haunting oddity, an early independent feature by gay icon Curtis Harrington shot in Santa Monica and a crumbling Venice, California.

Special Admission

$5-8 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds