Next Sunday!  The final film in our GLSO Queer Film Series:

HEARTBEATS (2010) / October 28th @ 2pm in the Farish Theater at the Lexington Central Public Library / free admission

Xavier Dolan’s amorous and candy-coloured HEARTBEATS is a glossy and darkly comic look at the lengths gay man Francis and his gal pal Marie go to in the battle for the heart of the same fellow, the strikingly beautiful, albeit sexually ambiguous Nicolas. This acerbically astute Cannes Film Festival award-winning feature plums the depths of friendship, love, obsession, and the fragile yet resilient intricacies of the human heart.

(poster by Ed Franklin – visit his tumblr)


SQecial Media is proud to announce the films for this year’s Rosa Goddard International Film Festival: 

September 11: L'Atalante/Zéro de conduite (double-feature)  

Jean Vigo completed only four films before his death at age 29.  L'Atalante, the 1934 masterpiece of French poetic realism, is his only feature length work.  Critic Roger Ebert said, “This is the kind of movie you return to like a favorite song, remembering where you were and how it made you feel…” The playful and anarchistic Zéro de conduite, first shown in 1933 and subsequently banned in France until 1946, is a short piece that was a direct influence on, amongst others, Lindsay Anderson’s If…. and Truffaut’s The 400 Blows.  

September 18: Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro)  

Set in Rio de Janeiro amidst the excitement of Carnival, Black Orpheus is Marcel Camus’ 1959 gorgeous Technicolor take on the classical Greek Orpheus/Eurydice myth. Based on the play Orfeu da Conceicao by Vinicius de Moraes, the film includes a soundtrack that would introduce the incredible Samba/Bossa Nova compositons of Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim to an international audience.

September 25: Orphée  

Jean Cocteau’s 1950 magical cinematic excursion, Orphée, casts the mythic figure afloat in dream-like cinematography and musings on the darker obsessive side of creativity.  Starring Cocteau’s partner Jean Marais and set in Paris’ post-WWII Left Bank, the film includes a stunning array of brilliant, albeit simple, special effects and amazing camera trickery.

The movies will show on Wednesday nights at 7:15 in the Kentucky Theater.  Tickets will cost $5.  Spread the word!

Posters designed by Ed Franklin.



We really dig poet Kenneth Patchen and the “picture-poems” he painted over the course of his life, and we want to bring together words and images from local poet-artists and creative dabblers in celebration of National Poetry Month in April. We will have a reception and reading on April 17th at 5pm with music and food, and contest winners will receive some cool prizes!

Create a colorful (or monochromatic!) picture-poem no bigger than 12x18 inches. You can look at Patchen’s work for inspiration (find some examples at http://www.rochester.edu/news/photos/patchen/ or in his collection The Walking-Away World) or do something entirely different – the only requirements are that the piece unite words and images in an interesting way, and be your own original work (or yours and that of a willing collaborator)! Submit two (2) high-quality COPIES of your picture-poem, NOT THE ORIGINAL WORK, to SQecial Media before 8pm on March 31st. 

During the month of April, we’ll display the picture-poems in our hallway and store for everyone to see. All picture-poems will be entered into our contest for a chance to win a $100 SQecial Media gift certificate and other prizes! Judges will select the first through third place winners, but we will also collect ballots from our customers and other picture-poem browsers for additional prizes, so encourage your friends to come check out the show.

BUT EVEN SO (the small print):
You are more than welcome to work in collaboration with another artist or writer! That could be really awesome. If you win a prize, though, it’s up to y'all to figure out how to split it. Judges and SQecial Media employees are free to submit work for display, but it will not be entered in the contest. And again, please send COPIES of your work, not the originals; these pieces will be displayed in public and may incur damage or wear.

You can drop by the store, send us a message on Facebook, email us (sqecial@gmail.com), or call us at (859) 255-4316 with any questions!

NOW HIRING!  We are looking for a long-term employee; please, no summer or semester-long job inquiries! You must be at least 18 years old and willing to work 20-25 hours per week (usually a fixed schedule with a mix of evenings, mornings, & weekends). Previous retail experience is a plus but not required. We ask that you fill out your application while you are in the store, so please come by and allow time to complete the form.

The open position has been filled. Thanks to everyone who applied!  


Thanks so much for your support of our fifth year sponsoring the Rosa Goddard International Film Festival!  For the last half of the month we’re showing some exciting contemporary films:

September 23: HEARTBEATS (LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES) (2010, dir. Xavier Dolan)

Stylish and extravagant, this French-Canadian film is a beautifully shot, candy-colored take on a modern day Jules et Jim style love triangle.  Heartbeats writer, director, editor, and lead actor Xavier Dolan says of the film,“It involves creation and imagination, superficial visions and yes—colors and Chanel bags and marshmallows. This is intentional. This is a story about love imagery, the way we get infatuated with concepts and ideas more than individuals…conceptual love…choosing an impossible target so [we] won’t have to get involved in real things.”

September 30: A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (2014, dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)

Stark black and white cinematography lends a rough elegance to this debut feature by Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour.  A vampire flick set in Bad City, a fictional, mostly deserted Iranian town patrolled nightly by a mysterious figure known as the Girl, this film draws on such disparate influences as John Hughes, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, spaghetti westerns, and comic books to create a very cool and oddly romantic tale.

All films show at the Kentucky Theater at 7:15pm on Wednesday evenings in September.

We are now accepting applications at SQecial for a long-term job position! Must be 18 or older and willing to work 20-25 hours per week (including some nights, mornings, & weekends). This is not just a summer job – we want to keep you FOREVER. Hiring decisions will be made in late July.  Just come into the store to fill out your application!

SQECIAL MEDIA IS NOW HIRING! …AGAIN! All applications must be filled out in-store; all applicants must be 18 or older, willing to work between 20 and 25 hours a week, and available to work weekends, evenings, and some mornings. We are looking for a LONG-TERM employee who is “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent,” and has a keen eye for detail; previous retail experience is helpful but not required.

As of February, the job position has been filled.  Thanks, everyone!

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO SUBMIT A PICTURE POEM! Prizes include a $100 SQecial Media gift certificate and other awesome things. Just drop 2 copies of your picture poem off at the store before 8pm on APRIL 8TH!  Details on Facebook.

You can also sign up to read your poetry and/or present your art at our picture-poem contest reception on April 12th. Email the store (sqecial@gmail.com) or call us at 859-255-4316. Open to all, though priority goes to contest participants if we run low on time.