Ganja & Hess (DCP) @ 5th Avenue Cinema | Free Popcorn, Experimental Art-house Horror Spectacle, Free Admission for Portland State University Students

From our sponsors:
Ganja & Hess (DCP)
February 14-16, 2020
See film schedule below
Admission is FREE for PSU students & faculty w/ID.
$4 for all other students & seniors.
$5 General Admission
More info: 5thavecinema.com

5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall St, Portland, OR 97201

Ganja & Hess (DCP)
Dir. Bill Gunn (1973); USA, 110m
Starring: Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn
Programmed by: Tracy Kernell

FRIDAY, February 14TH AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, February 15TH AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SUNDAY, February 16TH AT 3:00PM

Bill Gunn, the independent film icon you’ve probably weren’t told about, wrote and directed the experimental art-house horror spectacle, Ganja & Hess after being approached by a production company to make a film similar to the popular “Blacula.” Gunn had different plans. Ganja & Hess is a testament to independent filmmaking and experimentation. The story follows anthropologist Dr. Hess Green (Duane Jones), after he’s stabbed with an infected ancient ceremonial dagger by his assistant (portrayed by Gunn). Now racked with a newfound lust for blood, Dr.Hess must satisfy his cravings by any means necessary. Gunn toyed with the conventions of the horror genre and opted for a more existential take on the canonical vampire while maintaining an air of mystique that makes the vampire so alluring. Though Gunn’s work was stifled, never fully receiving the reach and praise it deserved, Ganja & Hess remains an achievement in filmmaking and a glowing example of refusal of pre-established colonial artistic norms. Plus, its honestly such a sexy movie.

About 5th Avenue Cinema
Oregon’s only student run cinema has been operating non-profit since 1989. Our goals are to provide further education for PSU students interested in film, as well as a fun place for people to see something they wouldn’t ordinarily get to see on the big screen. The general public is always invited to attend and there is FREE POPCORN at every show. Our feature films are presented on 35mm film, with the occasional screening on our rare Norelco 16mm projector.

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