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

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March 5, 1999 Eat the Document (Bob Dylan, 1966)

May 14 – 27, 19992000 Seen By: An International Collection, featuring films by Hal Hartley, Tsai Ming-Liang, Miguel Albaladejo, and more

September 20, 2002Text of Light (Stan Brakhage, 1974) with live soundtrack by William Hooker, Alan Licht, Christian Marclay, and Lee Ranaldo

September 12 & 13, 2004Kinetica 4: Abstraction/Animation/Music presented with the IOTA Center

December 10 – 19, 2004Camera Stylo: The Writer as Director

September 8, 2006The Valerie Project – screening of Valerie and her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jires, 1970) with live soundtrack by members of Espers, Fern Knight, Fursaxa, Mary Lattimore and Jesse Sparhawk (pictured left)

April 25 – 29, 2007From the Tsars to the Stars: A Journey through Russian Fantastik Cinema

September, 19, 2008 – The newly named Ibrahim Theater opens with a screening of Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968)

May 6 – 10, 2008Still Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa

December 10, 2009Chick Strand: Image, Word and First Person Epistolary


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September 11, 2010Utopia in Four Movements (Sam Green/Dave Cerf, 2010) – live documentary with soundtrack by The Quavers (Philadelphia premiere)

September 8 – 12, 2011Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (Jon Foy, 2011) Philadelphia premiere

August 15 – 17, 2013Sergei Parajanov: Surrealist Poet of Soviet Cinema

January 5 – 26, 2013L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema

January 10 – February 15, 2014Free to Love: The Cinema of the Sexual Revolution funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

August 14 – 30, 2014Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

November 7 – 8, 2015Out 1: Noli me Tangere (Jacques Rivette, 1971) Philadelphia premiere

April 1, 2015Babette Mangolte in Conversation with Thomas Beard (Light Industry), Stuart Comer (MoMA), Alex Klein (ICA), and Yvonne Rainer (part of Babette Mangolte: Camera Studies co-presented with the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania)

August 12 – 26, 2016This is Now: Film and Video After Punk

May 18, 2017Gas, Food, Lodging (Allison Anders, 1992) Lightbox Launch Party with Allison Anders in person/in conversation with Elisabeth Subrin (pictured left)