Odd Tuesdays presents…MYSTERIOUS SKIN

This month’s free screening is Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki, 2004). Mysterious Skin will screen Tuesday, June 10th, at 7:30PM.

After making a series of dull, pretentious, cheaply nihilistic films that pretty much represented all the worst aspects of the 1990s, indie writer-director Gregg Araki suddenly turned around and produced this horrifying, bizarre, and genuinely moving melodrama, establishing himself as a major voice in queer cinema– and transforming star Joseph Gordon-Levitt from “the kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun” into, you know, whatever he is now.

Adapted from the novel by Scott Heim, the story follows two grown-up survivors of childhood sexual abuse: one a hardboiled, self-destructive prostitute (Levitt); the other a reclusive, squirrely fantasist plagued by strange dreams of alien abduction.

You’ve never seen a film like this. Unless you’ve seen it already. In that case, see it again.


Hosted by EMP Collective member Joshua Buursma, Odd Tuesdays Cineclub is dedicated to a proposition: That not all films are created equal; that some are weirder, sweeter, kinkier, and crankier than others; and that among these films are established cult favorites, essential art house classics, and more recent work that’s only begun to gather a following. In an age when media too often atomize us rather than bring us together, when we’re more likely to watch movies (especially older movies) alone on our devices rather than with a flesh-and-blood audience, it’s more urgent than ever that we deliberately come together and make seeing movies a show again. Odd Tuesdays Cineclub: Come and See.