Cinefamily's Fantastic, Elastic 24-Hour Fundraiser Telethon!

On December 17th, as our year-end fundraiser, the Cinefamily will put on 24 straight hours of awesome events. WATCH IT ALL ONLINE HERE, or come on down to The Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax, and be part of the live studio audience. Happy holidays!

Admission will be free, on a first-come, first-serve basis, and a new audience will be brought into the theater ever 4-5 hours, at the specified times below. We want to give as many people a chance to be in the studio audience, so it’s kind of like a rollercoaster — when the fun is done, you can always get back in line.

Remember: Cinefamily members get priority admittance, so now is a great time to sign up for membership! For guaranteed entry, you might consider one of our couch auctions!


Opening: 12pm – 4:15pm (Saturday Dec. 17th)
- Spike Jonze live!: Spike takes us on a trip through his work from the very beginning to now!
- Jake Austen (Roctober Magazine) will present a special video show on Outsider Music, hosted by Neil Hamburger, and followed by live performances by Guy Chookoorian & Paul Zone (of The Fast)

Primetime: 4:15pm-9pm (Saturday Dec. 17th)
- Jonathan Gold (L.A. Weekly’s Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic) will give a lecture on “Food and Film”!
- Shadoe Stevens presents an encore presentation of “The Best of Fred Rated & The Commercials of The Federated Group”!
- A Conversation With Robert Forster, moderated by screenwriters Josh Olson and Larry Karaszewski
- Benicio del Toro presents Kaneto Shindo’s masterpiece The Naked Island!

Midnight Madness: 9pm (Saturday Dec. 17th) – 1am (Sunday, Dec. 18th)
- Doug Benson and surprise guests will do a specially-constructed multi-movie Movie Interruption
- Everything is Terrible! takes over
- Cinefamily’s Mondo Christmas Special!

The Nite Owl: 1am – 6am (Sunday, Dec. 18th)
- No Age & Friends (including Lance Bangs, Doug Aitken, and Patrick O’Dell) will play, and curate a show at 1AM.
- Thu Tran (Food Party) will show a new short film about her experiments in black-light food, and will set up a special black-lit restaurant on our backyard patio!
- Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields will host a program at 3AM that we’re calling “Films You Can’t Go To Sleep To”, with original ditties on the uke to intro each short film!
- “We Program In Public”: Cinefamily’s call-in talk show w/ guests!

Good Morning Cinefamily: 6am – 11am (Sunday, Dec. 18th)
- Dawn Salon: a meditative morning of rituals & visuals, with live sitar, soundbath and other musical accompaniment! (Performers include Paul Livingstone (sitar) & Homnath Upadhyaya (tabla master from Katmandu, Nepal), DJ Carlos Nino, Build An Ark, JR Robinson, and members of The Melvins, Pit er Pat and The David Grisman Quintet!)
- A sneak peak at the new documentary on The Source Family by Process Media’s Jodi Wille, who will also conduct an authentic Source mind-expanding ritual and exercise
- “Saturday Morning Cartoons On Sunday Morning”, hosted by animation historian Jerry Beck!
- Cinefamily, Jr: an ode to wild and pioneering childrens’ programming, hosted by DJ Lance Rock (of “Yo Gabba Gabba”), and featuring a special appearance by legendary NYC childrens’ TV host Chuck McCann!

Finale: 11am – 12:30pm (Sunday, Dec. 18th)
- A Conversation With Elliott Gould

- MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Michael Cera presents “Jim Henson: Commercials & Experiments” + Members-Only Lunch (provided by The Foundry on Melrose!)