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Picture This

Picture This is a cinematic celebration that offers a diverse array of both narrative and documentary film. It strives to be socially engaging, culturally relevant, and informative while still being fun and entertaining. Picture This will at times provide added features to its screenings in the form of guest speakers, discussion panels, concerts, and other eclectic programming.
Central Library | Neil Morgan Auditorium
Every Monday @ 6:30 p.m.

Photo of vintage movie projector


September 2019

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage movie poster

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
Featuring a pre-screening talk with Herbert Siguenza, Playwright-In-Residence at the San Diego Repertory Theatre
Monday, September 9th @ 6:30 PM
NR | 1h 5min | Biography | 2019 | *Padres Game Night
A warm and revealing portrait of the charismatic, groundbreaking actor’s journey from his native Puerto Rico to the creative hotbed of 1960’s New York City, to prominence on Broadway and in Hollywood. Prior to the screening, hear from Herbert Siguenza, Playwright-In-Residence at the San Diego Repertory Theatre and founding member of the performance group Culture Clash. He'll speak on Latinos in Hollywood and the theatre, and how Raúl's legacy helped pave the way for Latino actors today. Directed by Ben DeJesus. This is a special presentation of American Masters and VOCES.

BlacKkKlansman movie poster

Monday, September 16th @ 6:30 PM
R | 2h 15min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 2018
Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Blowin’ Up movie poster

Blowin’ Up
Monday, September 30th @ 6:30 PM
NR | 1h 34min | POV Documentary | 2018 | PBS Broadcast Date 10/21/2019/div>

Working within a broken criminal justice system, a team of rebel heroines work to change the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted. Official Selection, 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal.

October 2019

Rosemary’s Baby movie poster

Rosemary’s Baby
Monday, October 7th @ 6:30 PM
R | 2h 17min | Drama, Horror | 1968
A young couple moves into an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

San Diego's Gay Bar History movie poster

San Diego’s Gay Bar History
Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Paul Detwiler
Monday, October 14th @ 6:30 PM
56min | Documentary | 2018
“San Diego’s Gay Bar History” examines the roles bars have played across three major time periods: after WWII until the birth of the modern gay rights movement in 1969; during the 1970s and until the onset of HIV in 1981; during the AIDS epidemic (1981-1995). And beyond. This Emmy-nominated film provides a fascinating glimpse into San Diego’s storied gay past. A One Book, One San Diego event.

The Shining movie poster

The Shining
Monday, October 21st @ 6:30 PM
R | 2h 26min | Drama, Horror | 1980
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

They Live movie poster

They Live
Monday, October 28th @ 6:30 PM
R | 1h 34min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 1988
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

November 2019

Image of star and heart

Robbery of the Heart
Featuring an introduction and post-film discussion with filmmaker Micah Brandt
Monday, November 18th @ 6:30 PM
NR | 1h 6min | Documentary | 2019 | 
Robbery of the Heart follows a Connecticut man, Harry Weichsel, as he returns to his home town of Wetter, Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and how the townspeople react to incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism during the commemoration. This is a complex story of forgiveness, reconciliation, and unity in the face of evil.

Planes, Trains, and Automobile movie poster

Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Monday, November 25th @ 6:30 PM
R | 1h 33min | Comedy | 1987
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain salesman as his only companion.
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