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2022 Year End Report

It’s been a year of bangers at Ragtag Film Society! In addition to bringing 60 new independent films to Ragtag Cinema, and featuring the year’s best nonfiction at True/False, we held the 12th annual Boone Dawdle, the 3rd annual CoMo Famous event, and a wide variety of special event series. From field trips and other […]
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January '23 @ Ragtag

Science on Screen® returns, Cinema friends, The reality we live in is a reality distorted—by faith in alternative fact and fundamentalism; by extremism in the streets and the courts; by democracy in peril and a planet on fire. Its name is dystopia. Science Fiction proposes futures born of present problems: Utopias built from today’s missteps corrected, and […]

December '22 @ Ragtag

Cinema Friends, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful, The first frost is well behind us, and with December atop our calendars, winter is here. For most, the season brings a complicated mix of emotions not easily to put into language. Words like Hygge, a Scandinavian sentiment for coziness and well-being; Gemütlich, the German familiar and inviting warmth; […]

November '22 @ Ragtag

Awards Season is Here! The red carpets of Cannes, Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and New York are all rolled up, and festival prestige has taken up residence on the Ragtag’s marquee—awards season is upon us. From Palme d’Or winners and International Picture hopefuls, to career-best accomplishments, some of the most anticipated films of the year will […]

October '22 @ Ragtag

Welcome back cinema friends! Change, as always, is afoot at our humble cinematheque. As you may have noticed, our newsletters have been streamlined these last few weeks. This, however, will serve as the first of a more robust monthly letter, spotlighting series and events at the Cinema as well as providing a roundup of what […]

A Word from Our Programmer - 7/13/22

Greetings Cinema friends, Decorated, fearless, and radical in her influence on European cinema, French filmmaker Claire Denis has been making films (and waves) since 1988. Her early films immediately pierced the veil of her nation’s uncomfortable history of colonialism and its role in shaping modern France in large and small ways. Also core to her work is […]

A Word From Our Programmer - 7/6/22

Cinema friends, What makes a movie? Is it the sum of its parts—story, performance, social commentary, audio, visual, on and on, ad nauseum, etcetera? Do these pieces even form anything without an audience, a reception, a reaction? We could tease out a cinematic epistemology, or we could lead with cynicism. What makes a movie? People with […]

A Word From Our Programmer - 6/29/22

Thank you Cinema friends, After this past weekend, some heartfelt gratitudes are in order: Cinema members—thank you for your patronage, your support, and for helping to make Ragtag more than a movie theater.  Everyone who donated, spread the word, came out for films, partied, reveled, or generally made-merry under the banner of CoMo Famous—thank you.  And […]

A Word From Our Programmer - 6/22/22

Greetings Cinema friends, This week we raise a glass to doing it wrong—to unrelenting optimism in spite of talent, to mad pursuits of artistry, to breaking rules, to impropriety, and to playing with your food: this week we welcome The Phantom of the Open and Flux Gourmet. Maurice Flitcroft held the titles of crane-operator, shoe polish salesman, and occasional […]


Greetings Cinema friends, The cult of Nicolas Cage is confounding. With 116 feature film credits to his name, the oft-meme’d Cage-rage—the inimitable, over-the-top brand of acting—is only part of the puzzle. Taken alongside his genuinely brilliant performances, one might chalk up the dichotomy to rocky finances (not incorrect)... or one might begin to see Cage-rage […]


Greetings Cinema friends, Six months ago, on December 9, 2021, global cinema lost one of its most provocative voices. The first woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, Lina Wertmüller left behind a fiercely independent legacy of films that weaponized comedy to skewer the status quo and the people that defended […]
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