Free screening of Steven Soderbergh’s SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE with host Ryan Marker on Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 pm

Come celebrate the birth month of Steven Soderbergh with his first film (and arguably his greatest) SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE from 1989, starring James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher and Laura San Giacomo.

Steven Soderbergh kickstarted the independent film movement of the 1990s with this landmark drama about the tangled relationships among four people and a video camera. John (Peter Gallagher) is an unscrupulous, self-centered yuppie lawyer with a beautiful wife named Ann (Andie MacDowell). Ann feels secure and well provided-for in their relationship, but she has almost no interest in sex; she tells her therapist that she’s more concerned about waste disposal. John, however, is still quite interested in sex and is having an affair with Ann’s sister Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo), whose personality is fire to Ann’s ice; sex is the one area in which she’s been able to best her more successful sister, and she relishes her ability to seduce Ann’s husband. Into this dysfunctional picture comes Graham (James Spader), a college friend of John’s whom he hasn’t seen in nine years. Graham has decided that talking about sex is more interesting than actually having sex, so he meets women and asks them discuss their desires and fantasies as he tapes them with a camcorder. A sensation at the Sundance Film Festival, the film made that festival a synonym for a new brand of low-budget indie dramas about contemporary life and relationships. Together with Quentin Tarantino’s very different Pulp Fiction (1994), sex, lies, and videotape was one of the most influential movies for independent filmmaking of the 1990s. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay by Steven Soderbergh and pick up a slew of other awards. Most notably, winning Palme d’Or at Cannes, Audience Award at Sundance, Best Feature & Director Independent Spirit Awards, and a Golden Globe nomination for Screenplay.

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One of the greatest acting foursomes in cinema history performance-wise, up there with classics Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Streetcar Named Desire and more modern foursomes like Mike Nichols’ Closer. The actors also received a heap of critical praise in 1989/90. Golden Globe nominations for Andie MacDowell, Laura San Giacomo, BAFTA nomination for San Giacomo, Independent Spirit wins for MacDowell, San Giacomo, and¬†Spader, and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award win for James Spader.

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This screening is free, no RSVP necessary. If you wish, you may make a small donation. All donations benefit Vidiots Foundation.

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