Roxie Quick Takes

Small photos of Cheryl Dunye and Florencia Manovil on a gridded background.

We’re bringing independent cinema from our stage into your homes with ROXIE QUICK TAKES – a new virtual conversation series featuring filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond.

Our next event will take place on November 18th and will feature iconic filmmaker Cheryl Dunye discussing three shorts from her career, moderated by Florencia Manóvil.

Sign up today for our new Roxie Virtual Membership to get access to Roxie Quick Takes for only $30/year. Or become a supporter for $55/year and directly help ensure the longevity of The Roxie.

Enjoy exclusive access to Roxie Quick Takes, free or discounted tickets for select Roxie Virtual Cinema screenings, and receive an invitation to join the members-only Facebook group! Gift virtual memberships are also available. Learn more.

For these virtual events, filmmakers will share something from their body of work, which members will have access before Quick Takes takes place. This work, as well as their career paths and filmmaking process, will be the main attraction at this moderated, virtual conversation. And, members will have the opportunity to ask the filmmakers their own burning questions!

We have an awesome lineup through the end of 2020 that we are so proud of:


November 18th – Cheryl Dunye (moderated by Florencia Manóvil)

Cheryl Dunye is a Liberian-American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and actress. She emerged as part of the 1990’s “queer new wave” of young film and video makers such as Tom Kalin and Sadie Benning, who dealt with gay and lesbian themes with a new directness and vitality. Dunye’s work is defined by her distinctive narrative voice. Often set within a personal or domestic context, her stories foreground issues of race, sexuality and identity. Dunye embraces a low-tech video aesthetic, and her narratives are peppered with deconstructive elements, with characters directly addressing the camera and making ironic references to the production itself. The effect of these devices, and of Dunye’s appearance in her films and tapes “as herself,” is to blur the distinctions between fiction and “real life.” In 1996 her independent feature film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN, was released theatrically to critical acclaim.

Florencia Manóvil is a queer Latina writer-director based in Oakland, California. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Manóvil moved to the US at age 18 to pursue film at Emerson College. She was voted “Best Filmmaker of the East Bay” in 2015, after the release of her web series Dyke Central, which has been lauded by press and fans alike for groundbreaking diversity in its representation of LGBTQ characters.

December 16th – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (moderated by Jay Rosenblatt)

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have been working in movies and television for over 30 years. Their work as directors, writers, producers, and editors has been honored with two Academy Awards, five Emmy Awards, and three Peabody Awards. They have had career retrospectives at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Taipei International Film Festival in Taiwan, the Cinémathéque Québécoise in Montreal, and the Pink Apple Film Festival in Zurich.

Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over thirty films. His work explores our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal. His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. A selection of his films had theatrical runs at the Film Forum in New York and at theaters around the country. His most recent films screened for a week at MoMA.