Bringing experimental, international, and undistributed films to Los Angeles
Acropolis Cinema is a nonprofit screening series dedicated to bringing classic and contemporary experimental, international, and undistributed films to screens across Los Angeles. Founded by Jordan Cronk, Acropolis Cinema's vision for the curation and presentation of film is one of wholly autonomous means, committed to facilitating under-represented film-art throughout the city. Our initial identity as a migrating organization will, we hope, embolden nascent arts communities typically removed from the epicenter of art house and repertory cinema distribution channels in Los Angeles, and in the process foster fresh developments in localized film discourse and dissemination.
A topic of seemingly endless debate, the state of the Los Angeles art house scene is, in our view, less something to be fixed than fortified. The strides certain cinemas and programmers have taken over the last few years to bridge some of the unfortunate lapses in programming is reflected by an increasingly vibrant local film community. Even so, these organizations can only do so much, leaving entire sectors of international and experimental film without a proper outlet in Los Angeles. Acropolis Cinema's goal is to alleviate at least some of these concerns by bringing important new films to eager Los Angeles audiences. Our focus will remain broad and inclusive, but will largely comprise experimental narratives, avant-garde shorts, nonfiction features, and undistributed films from festivals the world over. Our inaugural festival, Locarno in Los Angeles, took place in April 2017; the fifth edition is scheduled for Spring 2022.
Jordan Cronk is a Los Angeles-based film critic and programmer. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Cinema Scope, Film Comment, frieze, The Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Sight & Sound. He is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Acropolis board members include: Robert Koehler (critic/programmer); Micah Gottlieb (archivist/programmer); Nina Menkes (filmmaker); and Ben Russell (filmmaker).
Acropolis Cinema is a California Nonprofit Corporation, tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)3. Your donation is tax deductible. Acropolis Cinema Tax ID #81-4954649