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July 29–August 4, 2016

Chicago Theatrical

For the Plasma

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Film still: For the Plasma Film still: For the Plasma


"This exquisitely delusional comedy...delivers a dry New England strain of crazy... The movie's visual prose, aided by simple but fanciful camera work, has an original, giddy spin"
  —New Yorker
"For the Plasma finds genuine, almost innocent-seeming delight in its own swerves in style and rhythm"
  —Village Voice
3 stars "A delightful oddity... happily strange, joyfully bizarre and particularly unforgettable"
  —NewCity Film

In a remote house in Maine, two old friends analyze CCTV footage of the surrounding forest, monitoring trees and fields via complex camera setups in order to predict shifts in global financial markets. This abstruse data is collected and dispatched to a mysterious unseen employer, and from this cryptic premise grows a lo-fi mind-bender of intimate scale accompanied by a startling relevance that flirts with sci-fi/horror conventions even as it subverts them. Typical of the singular internal dream-logic of For The Plasma, our characters accept their strange work as normal, but persistent questions remain, and their casual acceptance begins to unravel over time with adverse consequences.

Featuring an evocative electronic score by experimental composer Keiichi Suzuki, For the Plasma juxtaposes pastoral imagery with surveillance technology as it fearlessly leads viewers into cinematic terra incognita.

Directed by Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan, 2014, U.S.A., 94 mins.


  • Fri., July 29 at 6:15 & 8:00 pm
  • Sat., July 30 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sun., July 31 at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Aug. 1–4 at 6:15 & 8:00 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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