The Art of Self-Defense

Screening: Sunday, May 19th, 4:45pm


Written & Directed by Riley Stearns

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, & Imogen Poots

Running Time: 104 minutes


A dark comedy set in the world of karate. The film centers on Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

“The Art Of Self-Defense is a singular work, brimming with ideas, by a budding visionary with a hell of a lot to say.” – Randall Colbun, Consequence of Sound

“A darkly comic look at toxic masculinity.” – Ryan Oliver, The Playlist

May 1-7, 2020 at the Music Box Theatre

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