Forty Flashbacks from Forty Years of Film

By: Lightbox Film Center


2019 marks 40 continuous years of film programming at International House Philadelphia. To celebrate, we're putting together a list of our top ten films screened each decade, starting at the beginning. Stay tuned as we release more throughout January.

Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983)

March 7, 1979One Way or Another (Sara Gomez, 1975) introduced by Ruby Rich  

February 22, 1980 – A Dream is What you Wake up From (Carolyn Johnson/Larry Bullard, 1978) introduced by Carolyn Johnson

November 19, 1980 – Radio On (Chris Petit, 1979) Philadelphia Premiere

February 6, 1981 The Offenders (Beth B & Scott B, 1979) introduced by Beth and Scott B, Philadelphia Premiere

March 6, 1981Films from Buffalo (featuring Tony Conrad, Barbara Lattanzi, Paul Sharits) presented by Bruce Jenkins

March 12, 1981The Apple Game (Vera Chytilova, 1976) Philadelphia Premiere  

July 9 – 17, 1982 – The First Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

October 16, 1982 Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins, 1982) introduced by Kathleen Collins, Philadelphia Premiere

March 30, 1983Black Wax (Robert Mugge, 1983) Philadelphia Premiere

January 25, 1984Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983) introduced by Lizzie Borden, Philadelphia Premiere (pictured left)

I Do Not Know What it is I am Like (Bill Viola, 1987)

October 7, 1987Video from the 1987 Whitney Biennial: I Do Not Know What it is I am Like (Bill Viola, 1987) (pictured left)

March 11, 1988 - An Evening with Julie Gustafson: The Pursuit of Happiness (1983) + The Trial of the AVCO Plowshares (1986)

April 21, 1989Latin American Visions program begins

November 7 – 11, 1990Kazakhstan New Wave film series

May 6 – 17, 1992 – The first Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema

May 8, 1996 The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1996) Philadelphia premiere

April 1997The Films of Claire Denis (PFWC spotlight director)

October 23 – 29, 1997 Jubilee of Indian Cinema

June 12 – 17, 1998 Crime Jazz: film series inspired by the compilation Crime Jazz: Music in the First Degree

January 22 – 26, 1998 The Cinema of Andrei Konchalovsky