R100 + Big Man Japan

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1/25 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

R100 – 7:30pm
Breakout filmmaker/star Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol) has emerged from the same Japanese TV comedy milieu once traveled by the legendary Beat Takeshi, to create an audacious body of meta-movies that never cease to tickle and surprise us. Starting with its title as a riff on the Japanese movie rating system (their “R18” = our “NC-17”), Matsumoto’s latest outlandish jam is a cross between David Fincher’s The Game and Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion: a lonely father (Ichi The Killer’s Nao Ohmori) with a secret taste for BDSM hires the services of a clandestine boutique dominatrix agency — one that specializes in increasingly insane, guerilla acts of public degradation. At every turn, R100 yanks itself into previously unknown corners, even stirring in Godardian framing devices and a special American visitor into the rough ‘n tumble comedic melee.
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013, DCP, 100 min.

Big Man Japan – approx. 9:30pm
“Whenever I see a superhero epic, I’m always nagged by logical questions — like, when the Incredible Hulk becomes enormous, how do his undershorts also expand? Big Man Japan answers that question with admirable clarity. The movie…takes the form of a slice-of-life doc about Daisoto, the latest generation in a Tokyo dynasty of monster-killers. These are some monsters. One has expanding cables for arms…one consists of a giant body and one foot…one exudes an overpowering stink. These monsters come from who knows where, and when they die, we see their souls take flight and ascend to heaven. Daisoto never gets time off. He isn’t paid much. He raises cash from TV specials about his fights and selling advertising space among his tattoos. Matsumoto is as concerned about the practical problems of being a superhero as I am. It becomes clear that he is satirizing three genres: the personal documentary, monster movies and reality TV. And he does this slyly, with a scalpel instead of a hatchet.” — Roger Ebert
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2007, 35mm, 113 min.

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R100 (1/26)

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1/26 - 10PM
$12/free for members

“It’s hard to remember a film about S&M as funny as this one, or one as beautifully and weirdly imagined.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Breakout filmmaker/star Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol) has emerged from the same Japanese TV comedy milieu once traveled by the legendary Beat Takeshi, to create an audacious body of meta-movies that never cease to tickle and surprise us. Starting with its title as a riff on the Japanese movie rating system (their “R18” = our “NC-17”), Matsumoto’s latest outlandish jam is a cross between David Fincher’s The Game and Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion: a lonely father (Ichi The Killer’s Nao Ohmori) with a secret taste for BDSM hires the services of a clandestine boutique dominatrix agency — one that specializes in increasingly insane, guerilla acts of public degradation. At every turn, R100 yanks itself into previously unknown corners, even stirring in Godardian framing devices and a special American visitor into the rough ‘n tumble comedic melee.
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013, DCP, 100 min.

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R100 + Scabbard Samurai

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1/27 - 8PM
$14/free for members

R100 – 8:00pm
Breakout filmmaker/star Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol) has emerged from the same Japanese TV comedy milieu once traveled by the legendary Beat Takeshi, to create an audacious body of meta-movies that never cease to tickle and surprise us. Starting with its title as a riff on the Japanese movie rating system (their “R18” = our “NC-17”), Matsumoto’s latest outlandish jam is a cross between David Fincher’s The Game and Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion: a lonely father (Ichi The Killer’s Nao Ohmori) with a secret taste for BDSM hires the services of a clandestine boutique dominatrix agency — one that specializes in increasingly insane, guerilla acts of public degradation. At every turn, R100 yanks itself into previously unknown corners, even stirring in Godardian framing devices and a special American visitor into the rough ‘n tumble comedic melee.
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013, DCP, 100 min.

Scabbard Samurai – approx. 10:00pm
Matsumoto’s outré love letter to the deadly craft of performing comedy! We follow a disenchanted rogue bladeslinger who, after being captured by an impossibly eccentric feudal lord, must make the Lord’s depressed child smile within 30 days — or it’s a one-way trip down seppuku lane. Scabbard Samurai’s deliberate pace only serves to heighten its sweet absurdity, in a series of slow, rhythmic escalations that would make Lynch and Jarmusch proud. A fantastic example of how Matsumoto can weave a stylistic sensibility that’s equally strong in giving us a gross-out joke, a tug on our heartstrings and a painterly portrait of his vision of life all at the same time.
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2010, 35mm, 103 min.

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A Girl Who Walks Alone At Night (1/28)

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1/28 - 7:30PM
$12.00

“Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town — home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls — is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, a most unusual love story blossoms blood-red. The debut feature Ana Lily Amirpour, cinema’s first Iranian vampire western basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful stew of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch. Above all, Amirpour’s tale of love and squalor is fun. Why else would a vampire ride a skateboard?” (Sundance Film Festival)
Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014, DCP, 99 min.

R100 (1/28)

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1/28 - 10PM
$12/free for members

“It’s hard to remember a film about S&M as funny as this one, or one as beautifully and weirdly imagined.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Breakout filmmaker/star Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol) has emerged from the same Japanese TV comedy milieu once traveled by the legendary Beat Takeshi, to create an audacious body of meta-movies that never cease to tickle and surprise us. Starting with its title as a riff on the Japanese movie rating system (their “R18” = our “NC-17”), Matsumoto’s latest outlandish jam is a cross between David Fincher’s The Game and Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion: a lonely father (Ichi The Killer’s Nao Ohmori) with a secret taste for BDSM hires the services of a clandestine boutique dominatrix agency — one that specializes in increasingly insane, guerilla acts of public degradation. At every turn, R100 yanks itself into previously unknown corners, even stirring in Godardian framing devices and a special American visitor into the rough ‘n tumble comedic melee.
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013, DCP, 100 min.

Watch the trailer for “R100″!
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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: Wild Tales (filmmaker in person!)

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1/29 - 7:30PM
free (first-come, first-served w/ pre-registration)

(FOR REGISTRATION INFO, VISIT THE FULL EVENT LISTING!)

The brand-new Argentinian anthology film Wild Tales brings us six strange, emotional and satirical stand-alone short films, all based on the theme of retribution. Very much a Twilight Zone or Black Mirror vibe, with a playful post-Tarantino twist. And, it’s just been selected as one of the five nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. We’re lucky to catch its filmmaker, Damián Szifrón, while he’s here in town for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Damián Szifrón, 2014, DCP, 122 min.

Watch the trailer for “Wild Tales”!
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R100 (1/29)

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1/29 - 10PM
$12/free for members

“It’s hard to remember a film about S&M as funny as this one, or one as beautifully and weirdly imagined.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Breakout filmmaker/star Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol) has emerged from the same Japanese TV comedy milieu once traveled by the legendary Beat Takeshi, to create an audacious body of meta-movies that never cease to tickle and surprise us. Starting with its title as a riff on the Japanese movie rating system (their “R18” = our “NC-17”), Matsumoto’s latest outlandish jam is a cross between David Fincher’s The Game and Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion: a lonely father (Ichi The Killer’s Nao Ohmori) with a secret taste for BDSM hires the services of a clandestine boutique dominatrix agency — one that specializes in increasingly insane, guerilla acts of public degradation. At every turn, R100 yanks itself into previously unknown corners, even stirring in Godardian framing devices and a special American visitor into the rough ‘n tumble comedic melee.
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013, DCP, 100 min.

Watch the trailer for “R100″!
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Vampire's Kiss (Blu-Ray release party!)

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1/30 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Co-presented by SCREAM FACTORY.

Producer Barry Shils in person! Join us for a special 35mm screening of one of our fave horror comedies — and don’t forget to pick up the new Scream Factory Blu-Ray release of Vampire’s Kiss, coming out February 10th.

Before American Psycho took on the Eighties yuppie mantle as a horror metaphor, the vastly underseen and fantastically funny Vampire’s Kiss covered nearly identical territory with equally “biting” results. Coming from an era already ripe with cult classics, this unpredictable ride — from an eminently quotable and laugh-out-loud hilarious script by After Hours scribe Joseph Minion — deftly skewers upwardly-mobile NYC culture like no other, and was one of the first (and very best) films to utilize Nicolas Cage going full-tilt gonzo. The results, including Cage bravely demonstrating a bit of real-life cockroach eating, are unforgettable — but Vampire’s Kiss is more than just an exercise in gleeful insanity, as there are true moments of shock horror, a nerve-wracked performance by an endlessly tormented Maria Conchita Alonso, and a turn from Jennifer Beals at her vamped-out sexiest.
Dir. Robert Bierman, 1988, 35mm, 103 min..

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Vampire’s Kiss”!

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (1/31)

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1/31 - 5PM
$12

“Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town — home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls — is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, a most unusual love story blossoms blood-red. The debut feature Ana Lily Amirpour, cinema’s first Iranian vampire western basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful stew of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch. Above all, Amirpour’s tale of love and squalor is fun. Why else would a vampire ride a skateboard?” (Sundance Film Festival)
Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014, DCP, 99 min.

HEAVY MIDNITES: Lost Highway

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1/31 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a psyche-shattering journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highway. Prepare for a cinematic nightmare of desire, destiny and unknown destination, where the truth is always just a short way further down the road. Featuring a descent-into-hell soundtrack and an incredible cast including Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake and Robert Loggia, Lost Highway is a powerful, mesmerizing potion of dream illusion, pulsing anxiety and noir decay. It’s David Lynch at his absolute freakiest and we freakin’ love it.
Dir. David Lynch, 1997, 35mm, 134 min.

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MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: Doug Benson watches the Big Football Game!

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2/1 - 2PM
free for current Cinefamily members +1

NOTE: To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

POTLUCK/PODCAST TAPING: 2:00pm-3:15pm
DA SHOW: 3:15pm-approx. 6:30pm

Before the show, we’ll be taping a new episode of the “Dining With Doug And Karen” podcast — hosted by Doug Benson and Karen Anderson. This event is indeed a potluck; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish, and impress Doug & Karen with your culinary chops as they sample everyone’s creations live on the podcast.

Doug will also be live-Tweeting throughout the show; follow him on Twitter!

This event is a Cinefamily members-only show, but members can bring a +1. If this is the kind of event that you want more of in your life, then now’s the perfect time to sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP.

The Plague Dogs (2/1)

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2/1 - 8PM
$12/free for members

We advise you to leave the kids (and pets) at home for this one, as this rarely-screened masterpiece of “adult” animation is a disturbingly poignant experience you’ll not soon forget. A fascinating follow-up to 1978’s landmark Watership Down, The Plague Dogs can be bleak, but is totally absorbing in the way that any pulse-pounding, life-or-death human (or anthropomorphized) drama can be. Determined to escape the confines of an evil laboratory, two dogs make a flight for freedom into the rugged hills. When they accidentally break a vial used by plague researchers on their way out, the human world launches the deadliest hunt. Here is a world where animals are not a blank slate for our ideals and morality, but are the direct expression of the animals themselves; Humanity is the bad guy, and the audience is not left off the hook. The film’s starkness is lent a further heaviosity by top-tier British voice talents like John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Judy Geeson and Patrick Stewart. With a beautifully lifelike visual style (Pixar’s Brad Bird was among the film’s animation crew), this rare 35mm presentation will leave you astounded.
Dir. Martin Rosen, 1982, 35mm, 103 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Plague Dogs”!

The Plague Dogs (2/2)

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2/2 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

We advise you to leave the kids (and pets) at home for this one, as this rarely-screened masterpiece of “adult” animation is a disturbingly poignant experience you’ll not soon forget. A fascinating follow-up to 1978’s landmark Watership Down, The Plague Dogs can be bleak, but is totally absorbing in the way that any pulse-pounding, life-or-death human (or anthropomorphized) drama can be. Determined to escape the confines of an evil laboratory, two dogs make a flight for freedom into the rugged hills. When they accidentally break a vial used by plague researchers on their way out, the human world launches the deadliest hunt. Here is a world where animals are not a blank slate for our ideals and morality, but are the direct expression of the animals themselves; Humanity is the bad guy, and the audience is not left off the hook. The film’s starkness is lent a further heaviosity by top-tier British voice talents like John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Judy Geeson and Patrick Stewart. With a beautifully lifelike visual style (Pixar’s Brad Bird was among the film’s animation crew), this rare 35mm presentation will leave you astounded.
Dir. Martin Rosen, 1982, 35mm, 103 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Plague Dogs”!

The Plague Dogs (2/3)

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2/3 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

We advise you to leave the kids (and pets) at home for this one, as this rarely-screened masterpiece of “adult” animation is a disturbingly poignant experience you’ll not soon forget. A fascinating follow-up to 1978’s landmark Watership Down, The Plague Dogs can be bleak, but is totally absorbing in the way that any pulse-pounding, life-or-death human (or anthropomorphized) drama can be. Determined to escape the confines of an evil laboratory, two dogs make a flight for freedom into the rugged hills. When they accidentally break a vial used by plague researchers on their way out, the human world launches the deadliest hunt. Here is a world where animals are not a blank slate for our ideals and morality, but are the direct expression of the animals themselves; Humanity is the bad guy, and the audience is not left off the hook. The film’s starkness is lent a further heaviosity by top-tier British voice talents like John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Judy Geeson and Patrick Stewart. With a beautifully lifelike visual style (Pixar’s Brad Bird was among the film’s animation crew), this rare 35mm presentation will leave you astounded.
Dir. Martin Rosen, 1982, 35mm, 103 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Plague Dogs”!

High Maintenance (sneak preview hosted by Doug Benson, star & creators in person!) + "Doug Loves Movies" podcast taping

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2/4 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

“Each episode offers an intimate vantage on someone’s world, projects our fantasy of what happens when that lady with the weird hair and the sad eyes, who we’ve been staring at since she got on the train in midtown, steps off at West Fourth Street and disappears into oblivion.” — Los Angeles Review of Books

Our first idea to title this Cinefamily show was How To Do A Web Series RIGHT: “High Maintenance”, for everything about this juicy collection of episodic shorts has been on-point from the get-go. Vimeo’s first original joint, High Maintenance tracks a weed dealer’s different house calls misadventures amongst an intimate, frequently nutz circle of Big Apple eccentrics. Each crystalline episode drops us into a different, harried, perfectly-realized version of someone we know — but a heightened ideal of that character sketch. Doug Benson’s a fan of the show too; join us for a special taping of his “Doug Loves Movies” podcast with the creators of the show, a sneak peak of High Maintenance’s latest season, and a Q&A session with the creators!

Le Revelateur (w/ live score by Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler!)

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2/5 - 7:30PM
all tickets $12

For those who favor the hallucinatory and the abstract, start revving your psychedelic engines for a dose of French master Philippe Garrel’s potent, shimmering physicality. Tragically unknown in the U.S. despite a significant global following, Garrel has charted an unlikely course from avant-garde provocateur to festival favorite in a revelatory four-decade career. Tonight, one of his earliest, most incendiary shorts is live-scored by harpist Mary Lattimore and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Ziegler, whose recent albums for the Thrill Jockey label (Slant of Light and The Withdrawing Room) weave an elaborate web of picturesque synthscapes. Le Révélateur — made during Garrel’s youthful “Zanzibar Collective” period spent on the Paris ‘68 frontlines — “is a fractured and elliptical, but instinctive, elemental, and haunting rumination on the process of awakening, maturation, psychological trauma, and transformation of childhood memory” (Strictly Film School)
Dir. Philippe Garrel, 1968, digital presentation, 67 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Le Révélateur”!

An Evening With Producer Rock Demers (feat. "The Peanut Butter Solution")

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2/6 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

All the way from Montreal, producer Rock Demers (the mastermind behind the entire Canadian “Tales For All” film series) joins us for a Q&A after the film, to describe the origins of this incredibly cool ’80s artefact! Full description coming soon…
Dir. Michael Rubbo, 1985, 35mm, 94 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Peanut Butter Solution”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Cemetery Man (archival 35mm print!)

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2/6 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Co-presented by SHOCK TILL YOU DROP

Even in the weird and colorful landscape of Italian horror, Michele Soavi’s Dellamorte Dellamore — or, Cemetery Man, as it was known upon its stateside release in ‘94 — stands on a weird little island all its own. Following the day-to-day routine of Rupert Everett (The Importance of Being Earnest, My Best Friend’s Wedding) as a cemetery groundskeeper whose job entails re-killing the dead that rise nightly from their graves, this shockingly gory film also veers into both surreal romanticism and screwball comedy, while never being jarring or tone-deaf. Soavi, a protégé of Argento, really knows how to fill these frames with atmosphere, while Everett’s performance invokes a more wistful and lovelorn version of Ash from the Evil Dead films. A must-see on the big screen for horror fans, zombie fans, and those into the strange and wonderful.
Dir. Michele Soavi, 1994, 35mm, 105 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Cemetery Man”!

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mysteries

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2/7 - 12PM
$12/free for members & kids under 14

The wind blows sinisterly through the trees…an owl howls in the night..a group of teenagers and their random mascot bursts forth from a Gothic house, running for their lives. Will it be Old Man Rivers, who owns the abandoned amusement park? Will it be the dastardly Dr. Claw? If your childhood was anything like ours, then these images are firmly a part of it. From the small sleuths to the daring nitwit detectives, from knee-high P.I.s to Rescue Rangers, cartoon crime solvers and mystery gangs have been a welcome staple since we can remember. Plus, nothing says Saturday Morning like cartoon procedurals’ comforting takes on routine, closure and smalltown weirdos with a beef against roving packs of whippersnappers. So follow the footprints, polish your magnifying glass and prepare your Scooby Snacks, ‘cause this month’s show is a winding trip through the spooky cartoon mysteries of the past. Free admission for all children 14 and under. Feel free to come in your PJs, and don’t forget to visit the free cereal bar while you’re here!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mysteries”!

The Great Land of Small & The Outlaw League (producer Rock Demers in person!)

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2/7 - 5PM
$12/free for members

The Great Land of Small – 5:00pm
Description coming soon…
Dir. Vojtech Jasny, 1987, 35mm, 93 min.

The Outlaw League – approx. 7:00pm
Description coming soon…
Dir. Jean Beaudry, 2014, DCP.

Watch a vintage TV spot for “The Great Land of Small”!
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The Best of "The Chicago Party" (presented by Cinespia and Numero Group)

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2/7 - 9:45PM
$12/free for members

PRESENTED BY CINEFAMILY AND NUMERO GROUP

Join us in discovering a true public-access TV treasure, courtesy of our good friends at Numero Group. And don’t forget to check out their brand-new video/album release “Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party”. Replete with feathered perms, light-up floors, lip-synching, and outlandish humor, The Chicago Party was a short-lived, disco-dancin’ 1982 urban public access show that can only be described as American Bandstand meets Saturday Night Fever, by way of Southside Chicago vibes. This far-out late-nite offering is a gorgeous time capsule of a neon era gone by, all filmed at local nightclub The CopHerBox II. Get ready for a smorgasbord of tight fashions, groovy dancers and performances from local stalwarts like the aptly-named Universal Togetherness Band. Also featuring contortionists, ventriloquists, and zany talent competitions, the Party harmonizes all its colorful elements together with eye-dazzling early video tricks, and a soundtrack that aims to keep Spandex still in style. Massively cool stuff.

Watch the trailer for “The Chicago Party”!

LOST & FOUND FILM CLUB: Eroticon

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2/11 - 10:30PM
$10/free for members

This year, Valentine’s Day comes prematurely. Direct from the estate sale of a notoriously shameless 42nd Street smut merchant comes: Eroticon. “An exotic tapestry of emotions, sensations and ideas…one step beyond experience,” screamed the original “EX-Rated” poster. This quasi-doc mondo romp doesn’t just give a peek inside the sex-plosion of the early 70′s, it bumps and grinds all over it with a bevy of hilarious interviews punctuating groovy grindhouse montages of ham-fisted hardcore. Meet the editor of Screw Magazine, get the wet-hot truth on the burgeoning porno industry, talk to an accredited sexpert, visit a naughty boutique and learn about the early days of personal ads that put Craigslist to shame. Sure, there’s orgies, awkward BDSM and the obligatory bumping of uglies, but the main attraction here is the soundtrack — engorged with original would-be hits like “Fuck Me Forever.” Bonus cameo by renowned children’s book illustrator Tomi Ungerer! Don your trenchcoat for this impossibly rare screening of what might be the world’s only surviving print?
Dir. Barnard L. Sackett, 35mm, 1973, 88 min.

Watch our original trailer for Eroticon!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Devin Flynn & Friends

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2/12 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Most well known for his Webby-awarded series Y’all So Stupid, Devin Flynn has animated for an all-star selection of tripped-out wonders: Wonder Showzen, Aquateen Hunger Force Movie, Xavier: Renegade Angel and Yo Gabba Gabba, as well as music videos for Flying Lotus and The Alchemist. Join Devin and friends for a night of weird and wooly clips!

Watch the pilot for Devin Flynn’s “SuperStupid”!
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THE SILENT TREATMENT: Clara Bow in "Mantrap"

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2/14 - 12:30PM
$12/free for members

According to Clara Bow, the Twenties’ “It” girl herself: “the best silent picture I ever made”. Proving she wasn’t just a pair of bare ankles, the then-20-year-old took it upon herself to upgrade her scripted Mantrap character Alverna from boring and drab to a flirtatious minx. Clara foregrounds a delicious love triangle amongst a charming number of classic L.A. palm trees in what director Victor Fleming (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind) stages as the backwoods of Canada. The silent era provided one of our culture’s first forums for female sexual empowerment — and Clara’s effortless embodiment of emancipated eroticism here makes Mantrap the vehicle for her fantastic breakthrough performance.
Dir. Victor Fleming, 1926, 35mm, 86 min. (Archival print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

CINEFAMILY, JR. Valentine's Party (feat. Ken Loach's "Black Jack")

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2/14 - 3PM
$12/free for members

Description coming soon…
Black Jack Dir. Ken Loach, 1979, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Black Jack”!
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Casablanca (special Valentine's show, 6:30pm)

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2/14 - 6:30PM
all tix $14

“…no camera before or since ever loved one woman so faithfully and unconditionally.” – BBC

Whether you’re viewing it for the first time, or you have its infinitely quotable dialogue burned into your gray matter, the experience of Casablanca is potently satisfying on enough different levels (comedic, philosophical, visual, verbal, political, musical, etc.) that it’s fair to call it one of the most absolutely romantic movies of all time. Its love triangle between the owner of the Moroccan nightclub for ex-pats (Humphrey Bogart), the dame who disappeared from his life once the Germans invaded Paris (the ravishing Ingrid Bergman) and her new resistance fighter flame (Paul Henreid) is so endearing that, like all great love songs — we must play it again!
Dir. Michael Curtiz, 1942, 35mm, 102 min.

Watch the trailer for “Casablanca”!
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Casablanca (special Valentine's show, 9:15pm)

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2/14 - 9:15PM
all tix $14

“…no camera before or since ever loved one woman so faithfully and unconditionally.” – BBC

Whether you’re viewing it for the first time, or you have its infinitely quotable dialogue burned into your gray matter, the experience of Casablanca is potently satisfying on enough different levels (comedic, philosophical, visual, verbal, political, musical, etc.) that it’s fair to call it one of the most absolutely romantic movies of all time. Its love triangle between the owner of the Moroccan nightclub for ex-pats (Humphrey Bogart), the dame who disappeared from his life once the Germans invaded Paris (the ravishing Ingrid Bergman) and her new resistance fighter flame (Paul Henreid) is so endearing that, like all great love songs — we must play it again!
Dir. Michael Curtiz, 1942, 35mm, 102 min.

Watch the trailer for “Casablanca”!
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HEAVY MIDNITES: The Bodyguard

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2/14 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Oh Whitney, we’ll always love you. And never more than in your fabulous film diva debut: an outrageously over-the-top, gleefully ridiculous star vehicle stuffed with romance, thrills, laughter and music. It’s a four-quadrant milestone geared to set your heart aflutter and have you singing along with the best-selling soundtrack of all time! Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston propel this narratively old-fashioned, yet deliriously-of-the-‘90s date night blockbuster about an ex-Secret Service agent-turned-pro-bodyguard tasked with protecting a superstar at her peak. Passion, peril and camp melodrama all tumble-dry together as The Bodyguard shamelessly manipulates our starving emotions. Who wouldn’t love a rollercoaster of outrageous acting and euphoric excitement, as mega-hits “I Will Always Love You”, “I’m Every Woman” and even the Oscar-nominated(!!) “Run to You” and “I Have Nothing” swoon through the speakers?
Dir. Mick Jackson, 1992, 35mm, 130 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Bodyguard”!
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LOST & FOUND FILM CLUB: An Evening with The Space Lady (Live concert + 16mm shorts mix!)

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2/16 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by FAR OFF SOUNDS.

Orbiting to the Cinefamily LIVE from a distant galaxy known as San Francisco, comes the legendary street performer and interstellar sensation the Space Lady, for a night of cosmic synthesizer sounds and 16mm shorts from the outer limits of filmmaking. After years of stopping people in their tracks and transporting them to dimensions unknown with the help of her winged helmet and Casiotone, The Space Lady aka Susan Dietrich Schneider became a staple of the Bay Area outsider music scene. Her ethereal, echo-laden arrangements transform popular interstellar standards, “Major Tom,” and “Radar Love,” while originals like, “Synthesize Me” have won her a new generation of starry-eyed admirers via her recent Greatest Hits compilation. Now that she’s touring, we’re proud to welcome a rarely-seen star of our solar system for an unforgettable night of music. Plus, we’ll dig into our archives to present a mix of spaced-out films on NASA, zero-gravity, relativity, and the Moon, plus the extra-terrestrial-filled Arthur C. Clarke adaptation, Rescue Party. Blast-off!
Rescue Party Dir. Bernard Wilets, 1978, 16mm, 25 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “An Evening with The Space Lady”!

"The Worst Idea Of All Time" podcast finale + Grown Ups 2

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2/17 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

All the way from New Zealand, these dudes will be HERE at Cinefamily to record their brain-busting finale: Episode 52! Full description coming soon…

7:30pm – podcast taping
8:30pm (approx.) – Grown Ups 2

Watch the trailer for “Grown Ups 2″!
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Heart of Darkness: Sex Magick (feat. Greg Barris, Rory Scovel, Kate Berlant & more!)

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2/19 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

A staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene, Greg Barris is the creator of Heart Of Darkness: a psychedelic showcase of comedy, live music and fringe scientists that just recently had its 20th sold-out show in a row, at Union Hall in Brooklyn! Heart Of Darkness has been a frequent TimeOut New York critic’s pick, and has also been hailed by the Village Voice and the New Yorker as well — and BrooklynVegan calls it “NYC’s most awe-inspiring comedy/variety/brainz shows.” Tonight’s immersive act of transformative live psychomagic features Greg Barris, Rory Scovel, Kate Berlant, Everything is Terrible and Superjail!

Watch excerpts from some previous “Heart of Darkness” shows!

YouTube Paarty: Feb '15

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2/19 - 10:30PM
$5/free for members

Insanely low view count? Check.
Incredible wealth of bored eccentrics on display? Check.
Impossible-to-predict mindset of the uploader? Check.
Indescribable, inscrutable, and quite possibly impressive? Likely.

Over the years, we’ve accumulated such a juicy cache of bookmarks begging to be audience test-driven that it was absurd we weren’t sharing them with you in an organized fashion. Plus, some of the greatest nights (and greatest belly laughs) of our programming staff’s lives have been those impromptu jaunts through YouTube’s dusty back alleys. Come board the monorail, and whoosh around the world’s largest repository of video detritus LIVE for your amusement/bemusement. Plus, we’ll have snacks.

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Rock & Rule (hosted by Phil Lord, Nelvana animators in person!)

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2/26 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Description coming soon…
Dir. Clive A. Smith, 1983, HD presentation, 77 min.

Watch the trailer for “Rock & Rule”!
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Everything Is Terrible! Legends

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3/11 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Once a millenium, something emerges from the darkest corner of the universe and enlightens us to the true meaning of being. Something so mystickal, so magickal, and so mind-splitting that all concepts before its existence sounds stupid and boring. Of course, we are talking about Everything Is Terrible! The Legends show is a culmination of the first seven (of 777) years of work from the video alchemists at EIT! These mindfreaks have taken thousands of forgotten VHS tapes, chewed them up, and spit them back to their young via daily website postings, six movies, and world tours. In that time, they’ve exposed us to wonders such as massaging cat ladies, apocalyptic facial exercises, pizzas parties in hell, and our immortal party-god, Duane. Nobody could have predicted the cultural, psychological, and illuminating impact EIT! would have on our consciousness, but seeing all their greatest works chronicled in one place reminds us that in the right hands, garbage can be turned into gold! It is time pack up your copies of Jerry Maguire and accept the fact that your life up until this moment has been pointless.

Scharpling & Wurster present "American Harmony" (w/ special guests!)

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3/22 - 7:30PM
all tix $15

For one night only, the renowned comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster present an evening filled with mirth, music and mayhem via their [adult swim] Newbridge Now! infomercial and the barber-shop quartet documentary American Harmony! Tom and Jon are hitting the road promoting their massive and definitive 16CD box set Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of The Best Show out on Numero Group, and will introduce the film, plus talk about it afterwards with the audience and some special guests.

American Harmony: a documentary film about the greatest singing competition…that you’ve never heard of. The International Championships of Barbershop Harmony.
Dir. Aengus James, 2009, digital presentation, 86 min.

Watch the trailer for “American Harmony”!
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Scharpling & Wurster present "American Harmony" (w/ special guests, 10:30pm show)

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3/22 - 10:30PM
all tix $15

For one night only, the renowned comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster present an evening filled with mirth, music and mayhem via their [adult swim] Newbridge Now! infomercial and the barber-shop quartet documentary American Harmony! Tom and Jon are hitting the road promoting their massive and definitive 16CD box set Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of The Best Show out on Numero Group, and will introduce the film, plus talk about it afterwards with the audience and some special guests.

American Harmony: a documentary film about the greatest singing competition…that you’ve never heard of. The International Championships of Barbershop Harmony.
Dir. Aengus James, 2009, digital presentation, 86 min.

Watch the trailer for “American Harmony”!
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