Screening of "Abundant Land" Thursday, September 28th

We are so excited to not only share this beautiful and important film, but to also have a Q&A with director Natasha Florentino after the screening!! Doors open at 7, film starts at 7:30 sharp, Q&A at 8:30. 

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About the Film:

Abundant Land is a 60-minute documentary which follows a group of Hawaiian residents on the island of Moloka’i as they oppose the biotech industry's use of their land to test genetically engineered seeds and work to restore an integrated food system based on ancient Hawaiian farming practices and permaculture.

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About the Screening:

This event is open to the public - you don’t have to be an SOC member to attend! Tickets are $10. If you are a student, use the coupon code "STUDENT50" to get 50% off (honor system please).

If you are already a S.O.C. member and you haven’t yet used your initial free-screening voucher, remember that you can use the code that came with your membership confirmation email. If you have any questions, send us an email at

Screening of "Wet Hot American Summer" Wednesday, June 28th

Sweet Onion Cinematheque is sailing into summer!  We’re excited to be featuring some fun-in-the-sun films to celebrate the season. To start us off, we’ll be playing the cult classic 'Wet Hot American Summer' on Wednesday June 28th. 

About the Event: The film alone is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, but we’d love you to come early for a cold beer or a popsicle and some lawn games beforehand. We’ll provide the beer, popcorn, and most importantly, the AC, but feel free to bring any other food or drink you desire. We’ll be gathering as early as 7, film starts promptly at 8. We hope you can join us! Remember, we're members only, so join now if you haven't already.  

About the Film: The movie features an amazing and star studded cast clearing having a blast making this campy (in more ways the one) summer film together. You can watch the trailer below.  

Screening of "13th" Friday, May 19, 7pm

Ava DuVerney's critically acclaimed documentary "13th" provides an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Watch the trailer: 

Hosted at BLDG 270, doors open at 7pm and the film starts promptly at 7:30pm. We'll have a huge screen, comfortable seating, and free popcorn, but feel free to bring your own food and drink!

No tickets necessary, but we'd appreciate an RSVP either on Facebook or through the form below.  Thank you!

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Announcing the Films of our 1st Series

Hello Cinephiles!  

It's time to announce the details of our first series, New Queer Cinema. Club members will receive their invitation and link for tickets shortly. Not a member? Join today! 

Film #1: Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back

by Dean Spade (2015)

screening Sunday, May 1

"Pinkwashing" is a term activists have coined for when countries engaged in terrible human rights violations promote themselves as "gay friendly" to improve their public image. Israel is the country most famous for this strategy, having initiated it as part of a rebranding campaign has been engaged in for the last decade. In 2012, activists in the Pacific Northwestern region of the US responded to an Israeli Consulate-funded pinkwashing tour featuring Israeli gay and lesbian activists that was coming to the region. Local queer Palestine solidarity activists exposed the "Rainbow Generations" tour as pro-Israel propaganda and got some of the events, including the tour's centerpiece event hosted by the City of Seattle's LGBT Commission, cancelled. A significant backlash ensued involving the Seattle City Council and Seattle's leading LGBT and HIV organizations. Through the inspiring story of these activists' victory, Pinkwashing Exposed explores how pinkwashing works and what local activists are doing to fight back.

This documentary has already screened at festivals and community events around the United States and in Canada, Argentina, Japan, Korea, Greece, Holland and in the UK.

Film #2: Criminal Queers

by Eric A. Stanley & Chris E. Vargas (2015)

screening Tuesday, May 10

Criminal Queers visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitization of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and desires are confined. 

Stanley and Vargas also directed the film Homotopia (2006) and their films have been screened at Palais de Tokyo, LACE, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow and SF Cameraworks among numerous other venues.

Film #3: 

curated by Lisa Ganser, Gentry McShane, and Lorin Murphy (2015)

screening Sunday, May 15

Before Internet dating and hookup apps, The Handkerchief code was largely used by gay men in the 1970's to distinguish sexual preferences and fetishes in gay clubs and on the streets of places like San Francisco and New York. In Hanky Code: The Movie, Periwinkle Cinema, San Francisco's queer experimental film collective brings Queer and Trans filmmakers across a spectrum of genres, styles, genders, and locations to dissect the code in this epic anthology feature comprised of 25 short films! Each filmmaker or filmmaking team tells a story of a different color/fetish of the code. Films range from narrative to experimental to erotic and animated, with many films redefining the traditional code with colors, patterns, and fetishes up to creative interpretation of the artist.

This film has been screened at Lobot Gallery (Oakland), MIX Factory (NYC), Pornfilmfestival (Berlin), Last Projects Gallery (Los Angeles), and the National Queer Arts festival among other venues.


Announcing our 2016 series!

Dearest Cinephiles, 

We are ever so excited to announce the themes for our first year of Sweet Onion Cinematheque. Each season will feature a cluster of films, joined by a common theme.  Here's what we'll be offering for 2016:

Late Spring: New Queer Cinema

Summer: You Are What You Eat - special dinner-and-a-movie series

Fall: Ecological Thinking in the Anthropocene

Early Winter: The Forgotten - political films from the archive, relevant then and now

We'll announce the films and screening dates for New Queer Cinema ever so soon - stay tuned!

Big Love, 

Sarah, Lily, and Jackson