The Killing of America (35th Anniversary w/ filmmaker Sheldon Renan in person!)

Co-presented by Drafthouse LA and Severin Films

Followed by a Q&A with director Sheldon Renan

Totally ignored Stateside upon its initial early-’80s release, this stylish lost piece of the “mondo” film puzzle directly and coolly addresses the psyche-shattering reality of everyday American crime through inconceivable, ultra-rare news file footage of the era. Written by Leonard Schrader (brother of Taxi Driver scribe Paul), The Killing of America is a sharply-edited bird’s-eye-view comp of clips depicting assassinations, serial killers, race riots and even more shocking doses of pure outsized insanity. Even though the film was originally made for the same Japanese theatrical market as the fetishistic Faces of Death; this 100%-real newsreel assemblage eschews sensationalism and critique to form a wholly original, unforgettable big-screen experience.

In a year that brought us more mainstream docs addressing gun-rights issues than any other (Under the Gun, Newtown, The Armor of Light), we also look to the past for what’s perhaps the most honest portrayal of our country’s underbelly any audience will ever see.

Dir. Sheldon Renan and Leonard Schrader, 1981, DCP, 90 min.

Watch the trailer!