The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Threads

Threads

December 18th – December 31st

Upon its 1984 premiere at the height of global nuclear tension, THREADS shocked the entirety of the BBC’s viewership. Months later, it became the most-watched cable program in American history.

Exactingly directed by Mick Jackson (VOLCANO) from a screenplay by Barry Hines (Ken Loach’s KES), this graphic docudrama depicts the unraveling of society after the working-class city of Sheffield, UK undergoes nuclear attack. With talk of nuclear conflict back in the news, the time is now for audiences with fortitude to experience and absorb this shattering vision on the big screen.

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Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

December 18th – December 31st

The most discussed and analyzed avian disaster film since THE BIRDS, BIRDEMIC is a tender love story, a graphic horror shocker, an urgent ecological warning, a testament to its creator James Nguyen’s enduring vision and a must-see “midnight movie” sensation.

Over the course of five years, Nguyen — the self-proclaimed “Master of the Romantic Thriller™” — crafted the story of a sexy lingerie model (Whitney Moore) and a successful software salesman (Alan Bagh) on a weekend getaway to a quaint Northern California town. When the entire region is attacked by millions of homicidal birds, their picturesque paradise becomes a winged hell on earth. Can mankind now survive the avian onslaught of Birdemic?

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Jack Frost

Jack Frost

December 18th – December 31st

On his way to be executed, the vehicle containing notorious serial killer Jack Frost collides with a chemical truck, turning Jack into a snow-covered mutant and unleashing him on the unsuspecting town of Snomonton, “The Snowman Capitol of the Midwest”.

Jack immediately uses his blizzardy abilities to seek revenge on the bungling Sheriff (Christopher Allport, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.) who accidentally ended his cross-country killing spree. Can the residents of Snomonton fight back against the psychopath snowman from Hell, or will they all end up in a snow-covered grave?

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Santa Sangre

Santa Sangre

December 18th – December 31st

Fifteen years after Alejandro Jodorowsky’s EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN unlocked our collective third eye, the legendary provocateur made his ‘80s comeback with this staggering odyssey of ecstasy, anguish, belief, blasphemy, beauty and madness.

SANTA SANGRE continues to enrapture both Jodorowsky newbies and dedicated fans alike with its tale of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and a macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother.

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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Ends January 14th

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. […]

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TAZZEKA

December 18th – January 7th

Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home.

In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking.

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A Dog Called Money

December 11th – January 7th

As imaginative as the creative process it documents, A Dog Called Money is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record.

Writer and musician Harvey and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy sought first-hand experiences of the countries she wanted to write about. Harvey accompanied Murphy on some of his worldwide reporting trips, joining him in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington DC. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected images.

Back home, the words became poems, songs and then an album, which was recorded in an unprecedented art experiment in Somerset House, London. In a specially constructed room behind one-way glass, the public – all cameras surrendered — are invited to watch the five-week process as a live sound-sculpture. Murphy exclusively documents the experiment with the same forensic vision and private access as their travels.

By capturing the immediacy of their encounters with the people and places they visited, Murphy shows the humanity at the heart of the work, tracing the sources of the songs, their special metamorphosis into recorded music and ultimately cinema.

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The Library That Dolly Built

The Library That Dolly Built

December 18th – December 31st

The Library That Dolly Built, directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, goes behind the scenes of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has partnered with thousands of local community organizations to develop an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading.

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Breaking Surface

December 11th – January 7th

A few days after Christmas, half-sisters Ida and Tuva set out on a winter dive in a remote part of the Norwegian coastline. Towards the end of the dive, a rockslide traps Tuva under water. As Ida surfaces to call for help, she discovers that the rockslide has struck above water as well, burying their equipment, phones and car keys–they are completely cut off from any chance of outside rescue. As the frantic race for survival unfolds, Ida is put to the ultimate test of character and forcefulness. During Ida’s fight to save Tuva, a fractured sisterhood is exposed, and when all seems lost, the stakes rise beyond simple survival.

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