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On View: Brooklyn-Based Spectacle Takes Over the MAD Biennial’s Summer Cinema Series

Brooklyn-based Spectacle is running the projection room at the Museum of Arts and Design this summer as part of NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Spectacle opened its “microcinema” in 2010 with only 30 seats and is typical of the new wave of like-minded venues cropping up in New York City.


A still from ETLE_immersive: the Final Chapter, part of the Kinetic Cinema series programmed by Spectacle Theater at MAD

A still from ‘ETLE_immersive: the Final Chapter’, part of the Kinetic Cinema series programmed by Spectacle Theater at MAD

NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial is a celebration of home-grown artists and Jake Yuzna, MAD Director of Public Works says that by supporting the development of new works by local artists and filmmakers, “Spectacle has become a truly vital voice within the NYC filmmaking community.”

This series does not feature popular superheroes and typical multi-plex fare, but esoteric independent filmmaking. “Not unlike the Cinémathèque Française’s support and promotion of the French New Wave,” says Yuzna “they are fostering a renewed movement of cutting edge filmmaking in NYC that continues to ensure the medium’s relevance today.”

In return the partnership gives Spectacle, and lucky viewers, the opportunity to experience its unique programming in MAD’s state of the art theatre.

Coming up in the MADs Summer Cinema Series are ETLE_immersive: the Final Chapter on August 22 and The White Reindeer, a Finnish horror film from 1952, on August 28. All programs are $10, $5 for MAD members and students. For more information, visit

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