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The Kinsey Institute Film Collection & the New IU Cinema
- A Winning Combination

The Kinsey Institute has over 14,000 film & video holdings in our collections. Donated and collected over the past 60 years, the Kinsey collections include sex education films, arthouse erotic movies, international films such as Swedish pornography and art films, amateur pornography, film & video from the Dwoods Black Sexuality Collection (described in a 2010 Kinsey Today article), and a historical collection of 1,700 one-reel stag films from the 1920s-1960s (see this Kinsey Today article).

The newly renovated IU Cinema seats 260, and is one of about only 10 THX-certified college campus facilities in the United States. Image courtesy IU Cinema.

The new IU Cinema, which opened in January 2011, is one of only a few THX-certified facilities on college campuses in the U.S. The new 260-seat cinema was built in the historic 1930's University Theatre in the heart of the Bloomington campus. The facility will screen film & video from the rich variety of movie collections at Indiana University.

Among the inaugural events was a screening of two films from the Kinsey collection by director Kenneth Anger, who was present at the cinema for a lecture and a question & answer session. Fireworks (1947) and Scorpio Rising (1964) are important early examples of openly gay cinema, as well as experimental filmmaking,

Excerpts from Anger's lecture appear in this article from the Indiana Daily Student: "Anger gives cinema audience happy ending," Indiana Daily Student, February 14, 2011.

In the fall of 2011, German filmmaker Monika Treut will be Visiting Max Kade Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University. She will be working with students to curate films from the Kinsey Collection and will have the opportunity to host the screenings at the new cinema.

Poster, IU Cinema, Kenneth Anger Film & Lecture event.
Filmmaker Kenneth Anger visits The Kinsey Institute.

 

 

 

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