Cinema

Why Cult Films?

Apr 12, 2024

Philip Lique, Director of Exhibitions

I want to begin by warning you that I am a slightly pretentious artist, working under the disguise of an exhibition director. I dream about art and design all day, judge the music being played in the office that I work in, and actively curate the media that I watch. Making a purposeful decision about what I look at or listen to is a big part of my life, and finding ways to share what I'm interested in is the fun part of my job. 

My taste is guided by tracing the paths of how great art came to be, and researching obscure artists, musicians, and filmmakers whose work branches into experimental territories. Works that fall under these categories may not have been commercially successful (or widely known), but they push boundaries. Exploring new territory is not always pretty (especially in film), so these pioneer movies are sometimes bestowed a “special” classification. 

Cult films typically begin as marginally successful or total financial failures. They are films that are too transgressive to be accepted by a general population (at least at the time of their release), but defy all odds to develop a voracious following. Cult films are polarizing — they either repulse or inspire. 

Between May and August, Mad Arts will host multiple screenings of 6 different “cult” movies in its private theater room.  The selections for “Cult Films at Mad Arts” are very intentional. These films offer a peek into the early years of a director's career or a snapshot of what would become a genre-bending idea. They are experiments in editing, special effects, casting, and most of all, storytelling.   

I hope you like them…or hate them. 

After all, they are cult films. 

Check out our upcoming screenings and showtimes.

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