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‘WTF Wednesdays’ Series Episode 2: Minor Premise,’ Featuring Guest Host/Frida Volunteer Adam Wagner!

Programmer Trevor Dillon returns with Episode 2 of his ‘WTF WEDNESDAYS’ series, tackling Director Eric Schultz’s 2020 sci-fi thriller, Minor Premise. In this episode, he’s joined by longtime Frida Volunteer and Palme d’Or connoisseur Adam Wagner!


Encore! – Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol: Live Stream Event!

Back by popular demand, for ONE MORE WEEKEND —
a unique live-theater presentation, beamed into your home from Chicago!


Encore!! — Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol: Streaming Live Theater!



Join us for a night of live theater —
beamed into your home from Chicago!

The Frida Cinema is proud to join interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema in presenting their World Premiere online event Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol! Created for audiences of all ages, this live event is a visually and musically inventive adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Holiday classic, specially staged and produced to broadcast directly to your home!
An avowed holiday skeptic, Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s famous Christmas cheer. From the isolation of her studio apartment, she reconstructs his annual Christmas Carol puppet show – over a Zoom call while the family celebrates Christmas Eve under lockdown. But as Trudy becomes more absorbed in her own version of the story, the puppets take on a life of their own, and the family’s call transforms into a stunning cinematic adaptation of Dickens’s classic ghost story!

The Blog

Jingle Bell Rocks!


December 4th – December 31st

In JINGLE BELL ROCKS!, director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes – including hip hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, bebopper Bob Dorough, L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow.

Film Criticism

Saying Goodbye to Sir Ian Holm: A Knight of the Arts (1931-2020)

On June 19th, 2020 the world said goodbye to a hero of the arts. From stage to film, sci-fi to fantasy, Sir Ian Holm did it all. 


Live stream: This Cinematic Life’s Craig Duffy and ‘Becca’lise Deveaux present their 10 Favorite Summer Films!

Live stream: This Cinematic Life’s Craig Duffy and ‘Becca’lise Deveaux present their 10 Favorite Summer Films! Join us Thursday, June 25th at 8pm as This …

Film Criticism

WHAT IS NEXT? – Reflections of the Film Industry

I wish I could tell you all that this will be over tomorrow, but the reality is that these are uncertain times we are living in, and to be quite frank, I am very antsy to see in which direction the film industry will shift and how movie theaters will follow. In the current state of the world, films are having a digital platform release, ditching any theatrical releases as many theaters have been requested to shut doors due to the current pandemic.

Film Criticism

Cinema Classics: North By Northwest

Given the title “The Master Of Suspense” by major media outlets, Hitchcock had a knack for creating thrilling scenes in his films through impactful visuals. While North By Northwest is filled with many of these suspenseful scenes, the film also has several comedic moments, making it one of the first mainstream movies to successfully blend genres. In other words, Hitchcock’s film is as amusing and heartfelt as it is suspenseful.


Memories of Camp Frida

Camp Frida: I had begun an internship for the theater in July. By the time October rolled around, the event was coming up and it was looking like we would be short-handed with volunteers. Logan, The Frida’s founder, had kindly asked me if I would like to sign up for the night shift, 3am-9am. With nothing else better to do, and a desire to help out, I accepted.

The Films of Pedro Almodóvar
Film Criticism

The Films of Pedro Almodóvar

Throughout September and October, The Frida Cinema presents a six-film retrospective of internationally-renowned Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.