Entrances & Exits

August 1–29


When considering the filmography of a late, great auteur, one often thinks of the imprint and impact that their work made. A director’s first film—be it an audacious debut or a cautious coming out—is our introduction to an artist who might go on to define a generation, change the industry, or crash and burn. From these first looks, we then watch in our theater seats as an artist evolves, perhaps abandoning their initial perspectives and styles or continually refining them, all for us, the audience, to consider and comment on. “He’s really lost his vision… She gets better with each film… With this one, they really found their stride.” With Entrances and Exits, we showcase the first and last films from 10 beloved filmmakers. For this series, we abide by three rules: films included must not be posthumous releases, they must be feature films, and they must be solo directorial efforts. Some of these pairings seem to speak to one another, presenting a cinematic through-line that represents a consistent voice from cinematic cradle to grave. Others represent dramatic departures, reflecting a filmmaker’s leap from emerging artist to heavyweight player. What new elements do we see when we connect these entrances and exits, and how do the bodies of work between them transform when we consider the bookends of a career? Though these filmmakers are no longer with us, they sure did leave an impression.

Tickets sold individually for each film.


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