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Ray Liotta Tribute – July 2022

Join us this July for a three-film tribute to the late great Ray Liotta!

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David Lynch Month – July 2022

Join us this July for Lynch Month, cataloging the beautifully weird movies of David Lynch!

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HorrorBuzz’s Horror Movie Nights – 2022

Join HorrorBuzz for their Horror Movie Nights series, featuring some of the most memorable entries in horror cinema!

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Arthouse 101 – 2022

Join us for Arthouse 101, a multi-month introduction to the world of arthouse cinema!

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Pride Month – June 2022

Join us this June for Pride Month 2022, a series of five films exploring LGBTQ identity and themes!

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The Cinematic Experience – June 2022

Join us this June for The Cinematic Experience, an epic series of movies that are best seen on the big screen!

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Whats Happening at the Frida

DAVID LYNCH TRIBUTE ART SHOW – Submission Guidelines & Submission Form

Have this article read to you, listen to it like a podcast This July, 2022, The Frida Cinema is proud to present a ten-film retrospective …

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Lloyd Kaufman coming to The Frida In Person with Divide and Conquer and Shakespeare’s Sh-tstorm

Splatter horror legend Lloyd Kaufman joins us in person again two nights in a row for Divide & Conquer and Shakespeare’s Sh-tstorm!

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Film Threat Award This!

Join Film Threat and the Frida Cinema for a fundraiser supporting independent theaters! Film Threat’s Award This! is an event with a mission — to …

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Whats Happening at the Frida

4th Street Closure Due To Streetcar Construction — Enter Parking Off Santa Ana Blvd. & Spurgeon St.

Construction for the OC Streetcar is underway, with a closure of 4th Street expected in the months ahead. Please note — the city’s parking structure (behind The Frida Cinema) is still accessible off 5th Street!

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Film Series

Cinema Essentials – May 2022

Join us this May for Cinema Essentials 2022, featuring acclaimed films representing different Oscar categories!

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Cage Match Film Series

Join us every last weekend in 2022 for CAGE MATCH, a no-holds-barred movie tournament that will bring you sixteen films starring Nicolas Cage!

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The Emperor and The Samurai: 5 Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune Collaborations

Frida Content Editor Reggie Peralta analyzes five films directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune.

Haven’t Seen: Bound

Frida writing team member Josh Green shares his impressions of Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s Bound prior to seeing it at The Frida next week.

A Little Night Music: John Williams and Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Frida writing team member Josh Green analyzes John Williams’ score and use of diegetic music for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Interview: Film Historian David J. Skal 70th Birthday Celebration with Frankenstein

Frida writing team member Justina Bonilla interviews film historian David J. Skal on the occasion of his 70th birthday about Universal Pictures’ Frankenstein.

Volunteer of the Month Max Ney on Gojira

Frida Content Editor Reggie Peralta interviews June’s volunteer of the month Max Ney about his pick Gojira as well as his time at The Frida.

Good Time: Liquid Gold

Frida writing team member Anthony McKelroy analyzes the neon-soaked realism and kinetic rush of Josh and Benny Safdie’s Good Time.

Who Inspires Us

Who is FRIDA Kahlo?

...Why is Frida?

When you set out to do the impossible, it helps to find a source for inspiration…

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954), the legendary Mexican painter and central figure in revolutionary Mexican politics and twentieth-century art, is renowned for her magnificent body of surreal, symbolic, and deeply personal art. What is less known about Kahlo is the incredible saga of integrity and perseverance inherent to her life’s story. In 1925, at the age of eighteen, Kahlo was involved in a tragic streetcar accident where she suffered multiple fractures to her spine, foot, and pelvic bones, spending the rest of her life struggling against severe pain and disability. 

Where for some this would have been enough to lose oneself to despair, Kahlo turned to art to communicate her physical suffering, as well as her passions for Mexican politics and for the love of her life, Diego Rivera, whom she married in 1929. A consummate creator until her death at 47, Kahlo’s inspiring resoluteness and individualism has led to her becoming a leading icon for both the LGBT and feminist movements, as well as for the greater conversation of self-expression through art.

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