Blog — Public House Cinema



The IndyFringe Theater is hosting Indianapolis Ballet's "New Works" Showcase through March 11, and with "Spectrum of Cinema" we wanted to compliment these performances with a film.  Instantly, we thought of one of our favorites: Wim Wenders' "Pina".

Wenders was always skeptical of dance as an art form until one day in 1985. He was convinced to see Pina Bausch's "Café Müller".  He was immediately blown away and upon meeting Bausch, an instant friendship began.  Over the years, the two joked about collaborating, but Wenders never thought a film could adequately translate Bausch's unique movement and art.  Then, at Cannes, Wenders saw "U2-3D" and realized he could show the dimension of space by filming in 3D.  

In 2008 Bausch and Wenders began working together on their film, but in 2009 Bausch was diagnosed with cancer and passed away shortly after.  Wenders, devastated, abandoned the project until a dancer in Bausch's company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, convinced Wenders to revive the project. In 2011, the first 3D art house film, "Pina", was released to critical acclaim.

Pina's art is performed, piece-by-piece, by her closest dancers in expansive landscapes, urban cityscapes, and on stage. It displays the diversity and unity of Pina's work, bringing together universal themes to create a documentary/dance film unlike any other.

Public House Cinema will be screening "Pina" along with two local short films, produced by local filmmakers, choreographers, and dancers, March 11 at 7 pm.

For tickets and more information, visit

“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki”


In partnership with Coat Check Coffee, we’re excited to announce a screening of “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki”. You’ll getting a double dose of independent cinema this showing. This film arrives to us from Finland, as it was their 2016 Oscar submission, so you’ll get a double dose this screening, independent foreign cinema.

The feature debut from director Juho Kuosmanen won top prize in 2016 at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, which screens twenty “original and different” films that tell their stories in non-traditional ways. Shot entirely on 16mm black and white film to achieve a look that transports viewers back to the 1960’s, the film tells the true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who was a contender for the 1962 World Featherweight title.

 “His life is transformed as he is swept into national stardom and regarded as a symbol of his country. There’s only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.”
– Mubi Films

Partnering with Coat Check Coffee was a natural fit for this film. Black and white foreign film, coffee, pastries, could there be a better fit? They'll also be offering their take on classic movie concessions, including popcorn with herbs and real butter, house macarons and other specials from the bakery. Alcohol will be available for purchase for those 21 and older.  

Come early, enjoy a drink, and mingle in the newly redesigned Anthenaeum Theater's first floor foyer before the film, which we’ll roll at 8pm!

Tickets are $10 and available here:


Who is Public House Cinema?


One year ago, we began discussing the rate of change in Indianapolis, and what we saw taking place. When doing the standard “Indy vs (insert other city here)” comparison, one thing stuck out. While you can see a wide range of musical acts, drink an unfathomable amount of delicious craft beer, or catch a play at one of the many theaters around town , where do you go to watch an independent film? This was the moment we started Public House Cinema.

We are Daniel Jacobson and Dusty Frey, co-founders of Public House Cinema. Our first taste of independent cinema was at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center. Since then we’ve made trips far and wide for cinema experiences and dove deep into the Criterion Collection archives. Whether it be a unique plot, offbeat characters, spot-on art direction, or a cinematographer breaking the traditional rules, independent cinema is our passion.

Public House Cinema will be more than just Indianapolis’ premiere location for independent, foreign, and documentary cinema. It will be an enabler of the arts, offer a platform for discussion, and work as a community advocate, sparking insight into these areas through unique programming. Local filmmakers will have a space to commune, inspire, and educate one another. Most importantly, Public House Cinema will be here to make the movie going experience fun, engaging, and uniquely Indianapolis. 

Stay tuned for further updates on local film news, screening schedules, and progress with our push for brick and mortar.

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