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The Trial


Location: Redstone Theater

Introduced by director Eric Notarnicola and a special “secret” guest. Followed by a live video discussion with Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.

Dir. Eric Notarnicola. 2017, 287 mins. Digital projection. With Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, Curtis Webster, Don Pecchia and Inger Tudor. In one of the monumental comedy events of the new millennium, comedian Tim Heidecker, playing an alt-right-adjacent drug-addicted pettily-narcissistic version of himself, stands trial for the second-degree murder of 20 concertgoers at the Electric Sun music festival—a shoddy outdoor EDM party organized by Heidecker and his co-conspirator Dr. San. Heidecker and his legal team defend his honor and dubious innocence with a blend of crass, anti-PC bravura that explores the creeping nightmare of authoritarian bullying presently haunting our nation. Heidecker, who has been furiously lampooning the idea of a Trump presidency in his comedic acts since 2012, shows himself to be the preeminent clown for this world’s inertia. He is joined by a revelatory cast of non-professional actors and cameos from comedian Gregg Turkington and Star Trek director Nicholas Meyer.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online(Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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