A feature documentary about the powerful allure of a universal myth. MERMAIDS immerses audiences in a world where fantasies come to life. Following the stories of five extraordinary tail-donning women who are part of a growing “mermaiding” subculture. Audiences voyage between mermaid theme parks, conventions, tail-making studios, and deep into the ocean where escaping reality and transforming into the empowered icon of the mermaid is possible.
“In Ali Weinstein’s film MERMAIDS, we meet a handful of 21st-century women who identify as living, contemporary versions of the legendary aquatic creatures. Each of them has her own deeply personal reason for “mermaiding.” For Harlem resident Cookie, it’s something she shares with her husband, Ralph, who lovingly sews her tails by hand. Transgender Julz has always wanted to be “one of the girls” and mermaiding allows her to forget her tough Bible-Belt upbringing and be an insider for once. With carefully choreographed underwater scenes and thought-provoking characters, Mermaids is a wonderful testament to the healing power of the imagination.” (Hot Docs)
Tuesday, July 18 *More screening times TBD
Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45 pm
Advance tickets for Tuesday $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door
Sat, July 22nd
Doors 4:30 pm | Movie 5:00 pm
Advance tickets for Saturday $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door
*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ W/ID for main floor seating and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
MERMAIDS (Ali Weinstein, 2017 / 76 / G) In this tribute to the eternal allure of an ancient myth, colourful fins and swimming pools fill the lives of five modern-day women who strive to embody the mysterious siren as part of a growing “mermaiding” subculture.