Trailers In Love (presented by the Academy Film Archive)

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4/24 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Presented by the ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE

Another fab vintage compendium of wild ‘n cool movie trailers from across the decades — all presented on 35mm, thanks to the tireless preservation and curation by our good friends at the Academy Film Archive! As the airy comforts of spring leisurely roll in, our minds turn to that funny feeling that goes by many names: love, passion, yearning, romance, carnal knowledge… Natch, Cinefamily’s thoughts immediately turn to overheated soapy melodramas, wrongheaded romantic pairings, old-school “white coater” docs, arthouse amour, mondo excursions into strange erotica, Charles Bronson gone a-courtin’, sensual computers, wicked delinquents, lavender lust — AND PUPPIES AND KITTIES. Tonight’s show (drawn from the world’s largest 35mm trailer collection) gives you a red-blooded dose of the most deliriously enchanted pre-show entertainments from the last several decades — many of which haven’t been seen since they originally screened in theaters. This will pretty much be the only time EVER that all these rare trailers will be gathered in one place — so all cinemaniacs should make this show a priority! Prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, with special thanks to the Packard Humanities Institute. Plus, DJ Steen (Origami Vinyl) will be here to spin tunes before the show!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Trailers In Love”!

Sorcerer (brand-new DCP restoration, 4/24)

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4/24 - 10PM
$12/free for members

“Four men — strangers, enemies — sitting on a load of dynamite together. They have to co-operate, though they hate each other, to survive. That was a metaphor for me for the situation of the world — these different countries need each other.” — William Friedkin

After winning a Best Director Oscar for The French Connection and bringing the equally peerless The Exorcist onto the all-time highest-grossing list, William Friedkin set out on an even more ambitious path, transforming Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘50s classic The Wages of Fear into an equally unforgettable and literally explosive jungle nightmare — a blinding, sweat-drenched journey through Hell. As the prime vessel for Sorcerer’s quickly ratcheting tension, Roy Scheider is perfect as a one of a quartet of disgraced criminals who, while hiding out impoverished in South America, take on the hideously dangerous gig of trucking a load of nitroglycerine so volatile it could combust at the slightest jarring. Told with a minimum of dialogue, a maximum of dizzying sound design (a Friedkin trademark), stunningly iconic setpieces and the first of many rich film soundtracks by Tangerine Dream, Sorcerer was unjustly savaged by critics upon its original ‘77 release, and was also shut out of any real box office by a little picture called Star Wars (which opened just a few weeks prior.) Long out of print on pan-and-scan DVD, Sorcerer barrels onto the Cinefamily screen in a brand-new DCP restoration!
Dir. William Friedkin, 1977, DCP, 121 min.

Watch the trailer for “Sorcerer”!

The Final Member (OPENING NIGHT PARTY!)

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4/25 - 8PM
$14/free for members

Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern and New York has MoMA, but Husavik, Iceland — a village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle — boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. “Siggi” Hjartarson, the founder/curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, has everything in his collection from the petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, but he’s missing the No. 1 most important thing: a human specimen. Boasting one helluva great story, a charming onscreen crew of screwballs and highly cinematic visuals from first-time feature doc directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, The Final Member charts the race between an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American to be the first to donate their dingus to the prestigious institution. As much about proud nationality as the lack of rationality amongst the main participants, this warmly compassionate doc is chock full of frequent laugh-out-loud setpieces, alongside each of the three main subjects’ dogged quests to complete the Museum’s exhibition in a startlingly relatable story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small.)
Dirs. Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math, 2014, DCP, 72 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Final Member”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Critters 2 (director Mick Garris, cast members & SFX gurus The Chiodo Brothers in person!)

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4/25 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Co-presented by SHOCK TILL YOU DROP

Director Mick Garris, cast members (Liane Curtis, Scott Grimes and Tom Hodges) & FX gurus The Chiodo Brothers all in person for a Q&A before the film! We love fully embracing the old sequel maxim of “bigger and better”, for when it comes to the realm of horror, those two Bs always mean the addition of a third: “bonkers”. The original Critters — a clever combo of alien invasion tropes, gleeful gore and sphere-shaped little meanies — was forced into rewrites to distance itself from Gremlins, but emboldened by Critters’ success, Critters 2’s braintrust was free to explore the ravenous, villainous Crites with manic abandon. Young Scott Grimes returns to Grover’s Bend to spend Easter with his grandmother, only to discover that he failed to fully eradicate the previous Critter-festation. As the insane Crites run amok through the whole town, we get even more aliens, crazier kills, and a randy evolution of our shape-shifting alien bounty hunters. It’s a full-on feeding frenzy — with a massive, Voltron-esque Super Critter-ball to boot! The gonzo good times are gleefully brought to life by FX artists the Chiodo Brothers (Killer Klowns From Outer Space), and the film also marks the first theatrical outing from stalwart writer-director Mick Garris (creator of TV’s Masters of Horror.) Come roll into the Cinefamily for the main course!
Dir. Mick Garris, 1988, 35mm, 86 min.

Watch the trailer for “Critters 2″!
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The Final Member (4/26, 7:30pm)

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4/26 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern and New York has MoMA, but Husavik, Iceland — a village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle — boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. “Siggi” Hjartarson, the founder/curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, has everything in his collection from the petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, but he’s missing the No. 1 most important thing: a human specimen. Boasting one helluva great story, a charming onscreen crew of screwballs and highly cinematic visuals from first-time feature doc directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, The Final Member charts the race between an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American to be the first to donate their dingus to the prestigious institution. As much about proud nationality as the lack of rationality amongst the main participants, this warmly compassionate doc is chock full of frequent laugh-out-loud setpieces, alongside each of the three main subjects’ dogged quests to complete the Museum’s exhibition in a startlingly relatable story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small.)
Dirs. Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math, 2014, DCP, 72 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Final Member”!

Jodorowsky's Dune (4/26)

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4/26 - 9:45PM
$12/free for members

One of the greatest films never made, by one of underground cinema’s greatest talents of the 20th century, finally comes to light in this documentary look at Alejandro Jodorowsky’s long-gestated, but never filmed version of Frank Herbert’s mammoth sci-fi epic Dune. Having achieved immortal arthouse/midnight movie status in the early Seventies with El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky next attempted to tackle the “unfilmable” Dune universe, spending several years and millions of dollars in pre-production, only to have the project cancelled right as the final pieces of funding were to have come. No matter that an insanely cool international cast (Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Euro transsexual pop star Amanda Lear) had been assembled, or that a brain-breaking design team (with artists like H.R. Giger and comic book genius Moebius) had toiled for endless months — for this ultimate filmic head-trip was never truly meant to be. Equal parts comprehensive overview of every phase of the project and exploration of Jodorowsky’s rollercoaster multimedia career, Jorodowsky’s Dune is the fascinating journey film fans have been clamoring for.
Dir. Frank Pavich, 2013, DCP, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Jodorowsky’s Dune”!
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HEAVY MIDNITES: Death Promise

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4/26 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Back in the day, 42nd St. grindhouses were filled with grimy exploitation flicks catering to drug-dazed burnouts, damaged Vietnam vets, Black Belt Magazine subscribers and other soldiers of cinematic fortune; Death Promise must’ve played like gangbusters to this panoply of human weirdness with its brutal mix of blaxploitation badassery, chop-socky action and stick-it-to-the-man attitude. In the vicious tenements of back-alley NYC, landlords will raise your rent, cut your power, flood hallways with filthy rats, and even commit murder. But this time, they messed with the wrong renters — and there’s gonna be hell to pay. When a popular, peace-loving senior is killed, his martial-arts-master son (looking like a Puerto Rican Anthony Kiedis) vows bloody revenge. With his perpetually shirtless sidekick, he’ll smash through every door and punch through every hired thug to find the men responsible. Jam-packed with a fist-pumping, brain-smashing energy that will keep you riveted — plus more classic kung-fu sound effects, actors looking into the camera and visible boom mics than you can count, Death Promise SERIOUSLY DELIVERS, along with a funky theme song you’ll never, ever forget. Has this ever screened on 35mm anywhere in the U.S. in the past few decades…?
Dir. Robert Warmflash, 1977, 35mm, 95 min.

Watch the trailer for “Death Promise”!
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The Final Member (4/27, 7:45pm)

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4/27 - 7:45PM
$12/free for members

Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern and New York has MoMA, but Husavik, Iceland — a village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle — boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. “Siggi” Hjartarson, the founder/curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, has everything in his collection from the petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, but he’s missing the No. 1 most important thing: a human specimen. Boasting one helluva great story, a charming onscreen crew of screwballs and highly cinematic visuals from first-time feature doc directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, The Final Member charts the race between an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American to be the first to donate their dingus to the prestigious institution. As much about proud nationality as the lack of rationality amongst the main participants, this warmly compassionate doc is chock full of frequent laugh-out-loud setpieces, alongside each of the three main subjects’ dogged quests to complete the Museum’s exhibition in a startlingly relatable story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small.)
Dirs. Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math, 2014, DCP, 72 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Final Member”!

Jodorowsky's Dune (4/27)

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4/27 - 9:45PM
$12/free for members

One of the greatest films never made, by one of underground cinema’s greatest talents of the 20th century, finally comes to light in this documentary look at Alejandro Jodorowsky’s long-gestated, but never filmed version of Frank Herbert’s mammoth sci-fi epic Dune. Having achieved immortal arthouse/midnight movie status in the early Seventies with El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky next attempted to tackle the “unfilmable” Dune universe, spending several years and millions of dollars in pre-production, only to have the project cancelled right as the final pieces of funding were to have come. No matter that an insanely cool international cast (Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Euro transsexual pop star Amanda Lear) had been assembled, or that a brain-breaking design team (with artists like H.R. Giger and comic book genius Moebius) had toiled for endless months — for this ultimate filmic head-trip was never truly meant to be. Equal parts comprehensive overview of every phase of the project and exploration of Jodorowsky’s rollercoaster multimedia career, Jorodowsky’s Dune is the fascinating journey film fans have been clamoring for. $hapiro (KXLU 88.9fm) will be here to spin tunes before the show!
Dir. Frank Pavich, 2013, DCP, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Jodorowsky’s Dune”!
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DOUG BENSON'S MOVIE INTERRUPTION: 3 Days To Kill (plus "Doug Loves Movies" podcast taping!)

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4/28 - 6:30PM
$14/free for members

The next installment of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, where Doug and his friends (who, in the past, have included everyone from Paul F. Tompkins to Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis) chill on the front row couches, mics in hand, and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen. Plus, the evening also includes a taping of “Doug Loves Movies”: Doug’s long-running podcast on the subject of his first love: movies (natch!) The show always features a gaggle of special guests; it’s a special treat for film fans and Cinefamilians alike. Don’t forget to bring a movie-themed name tag, for a chance to win the podcast taping’s prize bag!
3 Days To Kill Dir. Joseph McGinty Nichol, 2014, DCP, 117 min.

Watch the trailer for “3 Days To Kill”!
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The Final Member (4/28)

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4/28 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern and New York has MoMA, but Husavik, Iceland — a village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle — boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. “Siggi” Hjartarson, the founder/curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, has everything in his collection from the petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, but he’s missing the No. 1 most important thing: a human specimen. Boasting one helluva great story, a charming onscreen crew of screwballs and highly cinematic visuals from first-time feature doc directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, The Final Member charts the race between an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American to be the first to donate their dingus to the prestigious institution. As much about proud nationality as the lack of rationality amongst the main participants, this warmly compassionate doc is chock full of frequent laugh-out-loud setpieces, alongside each of the three main subjects’ dogged quests to complete the Museum’s exhibition in a startlingly relatable story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small.)
Dirs. Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math, 2014, DCP, 72 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Final Member”!

The Final Member (4/29, 8pm)

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4/29 - 8PM
$12/free for members

Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern and New York has MoMA, but Husavik, Iceland — a village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle — boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. “Siggi” Hjartarson, the founder/curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, has everything in his collection from the petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, but he’s missing the No. 1 most important thing: a human specimen. Boasting one helluva great story, a charming onscreen crew of screwballs and highly cinematic visuals from first-time feature doc directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, The Final Member charts the race between an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American to be the first to donate their dingus to the prestigious institution. As much about proud nationality as the lack of rationality amongst the main participants, this warmly compassionate doc is chock full of frequent laugh-out-loud setpieces, alongside each of the three main subjects’ dogged quests to complete the Museum’s exhibition in a startlingly relatable story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small.)
Dirs. Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math, 2014, DCP, 72 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Final Member”!

Jodorowsky's Dune (4/29)

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4/29 - 10PM
$12/free for members

One of the greatest films never made, by one of underground cinema’s greatest talents of the 20th century, finally comes to light in this documentary look at Alejandro Jodorowsky’s long-gestated, but never filmed version of Frank Herbert’s mammoth sci-fi epic Dune. Having achieved immortal arthouse/midnight movie status in the early Seventies with El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky next attempted to tackle the “unfilmable” Dune universe, spending several years and millions of dollars in pre-production, only to have the project cancelled right as the final pieces of funding were to have come. No matter that an insanely cool international cast (Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Euro transsexual pop star Amanda Lear) had been assembled, or that a brain-breaking design team (with artists like H.R. Giger and comic book genius Moebius) had toiled for endless months — for this ultimate filmic head-trip was never truly meant to be. Equal parts comprehensive overview of every phase of the project and exploration of Jodorowsky’s rollercoaster multimedia career, Jorodowsky’s Dune is the fascinating journey film fans have been clamoring for.
Dir. Frank Pavich, 2013, DCP, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Jodorowsky’s Dune”!
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The Final Member (4/30, 8pm)

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4/30 - 8PM
$12/free for members

Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern and New York has MoMA, but Husavik, Iceland — a village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle — boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. “Siggi” Hjartarson, the founder/curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, has everything in his collection from the petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, but he’s missing the No. 1 most important thing: a human specimen. Boasting one helluva great story, a charming onscreen crew of screwballs and highly cinematic visuals from first-time feature doc directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, The Final Member charts the race between an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American to be the first to donate their dingus to the prestigious institution. As much about proud nationality as the lack of rationality amongst the main participants, this warmly compassionate doc is chock full of frequent laugh-out-loud setpieces, alongside each of the three main subjects’ dogged quests to complete the Museum’s exhibition in a startlingly relatable story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small.)
Dirs. Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math, 2014, DCP, 72 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Final Member”!

Jodorowsky's Dune (4/30)

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4/30 - 10PM
$12/free for members

One of the greatest films never made, by one of underground cinema’s greatest talents of the 20th century, finally comes to light in this documentary look at Alejandro Jodorowsky’s long-gestated, but never filmed version of Frank Herbert’s mammoth sci-fi epic Dune. Having achieved immortal arthouse/midnight movie status in the early Seventies with El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky next attempted to tackle the “unfilmable” Dune universe, spending several years and millions of dollars in pre-production, only to have the project cancelled right as the final pieces of funding were to have come. No matter that an insanely cool international cast (Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Euro transsexual pop star Amanda Lear) had been assembled, or that a brain-breaking design team (with artists like H.R. Giger and comic book genius Moebius) had toiled for endless months — for this ultimate filmic head-trip was never truly meant to be. Equal parts comprehensive overview of every phase of the project and exploration of Jodorowsky’s rollercoaster multimedia career, Jorodowsky’s Dune is the fascinating journey film fans have been clamoring for. Bennett Kogon (FYF, KXLU 88.9fm) will be here to spin tunes before the show!
Dir. Frank Pavich, 2013, DCP, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Jodorowsky’s Dune”!
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Boogie Nights (presented by Doug Benson!)

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5/1 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

A rare treat: Doug Benson re-enters the Cinefamily arena not to Interrupt, but to present! It’s one of the ultimate L.A. movies, introduced by one of the ultimate laid-back comedians working today. Southland native Paul Thomas Anderson (and his ace cinematographer Robert Elswit) knew exactly how to capture the sun-baked hues that blanket the San Fernando Valley — and as the film’s tightly-woven ensemble cast weaves in and out of all the increasingly absurd, tragic and delirious events, Anderson’s camera eye pirouettes through an impressive bank of whip pans, dolly dances and Steadicam shuffles. It all visually adds up to the kind of perma-stoned bliss that Benson is (cough) quite familiar with. Plus — Don Cheadle, Burt Reynolds, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Luis Guzmán, Philip Baker Hall, Alfred Molina, Ricky Jay, Mark Wahlberg and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman?! C’MON!
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997, 35mm, 155 min.

NOTE: our screening of Boogie Nights is not a Doug Benson Movie Interruption of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Boogie Nights”!
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The Dead Zone (presented by Kathy Griffin!)

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5/2 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Uh, yes, you heard right. The Emmy- and Grammy-winning queen of ribald comedy glamour Kathy Griffin lists David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone as one of her favorite films. And why not; it’s one of the best Stephen King adaptations still yet committed to film, centering around a magnificent lead performance by Christopher Walken, one that rivals the sheer tension of his work in The Deer Hunter. Walken’s a schoolteacher-turned-psychic who, after he starts displaying the ability to solve murders through paranormal means, is driven to assassinate caustic Presidential candidate Martin Sheen (who’s equally brilliant in his oily, snake-like supporting turn) before Sheen wins, and enacts global nuclear war. We seriously cannot wait to hear Kathy’s take on this gem in the Cronenberg canon.
Dir. David Cronenberg, 1983, 35mm, 103 min. (Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch the trailer for “The Dead Zone”!
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Manhattan (hosted by Taylor Negron!)

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5/2 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

An L.A. boy at heart and a local comedic institution (as well as appearing in countless comedies such as Easy Money and Punchline), Taylor Negron has recently moved to the East Coast — and his film pick tonight perhaps reflects his new York state of mind. “It becomes apparent right from its opening moments that Manhattan is truly Woody Allen’s love letter to New York City. The first, and boldest, of Allen’s choices is Gordon Willis’s beautiful B&W cinematography — you can sense how much Allen and Willis care about every shot, every frame, every moment. Earlier in his career, the films Allen was praised for (Love and Death, Annie Hall) weren’t lauded as much for Allen’s confident direction as for his original and honest writing, but with Manhattan he achieved both. Added to Manhattan’s striking style is a wonderful story that’s both broadly comedic and emotionally sophisticated. His hero, Isaac, may just be another version of Allen’s neurotic, Jewish cinematic persona, but it’s the best, most fully realized and human version.” (Alamo Drafthouse)
Dir. Woody Allen, 1979, 35mm, 96 min.

Watch the trailer for “Manhattan”!
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THE SILENT TREATMENT: Valley of the Giants

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5/3 - 2PM
$12/free for members

A great example of the directorial talents of Charles Brabin, a husband to silent siren Theda Bara who paid his dues in Thomas Edison’s early film studio before blossoming in the world of serials, and eventually landing the gig of helming Ben-Hur (until he was replaced directly before shooting.) No campy monster mash with 50-foot meanies, Valley of the Giants is a tempestuous, sweeping tale eventually told several times over cinema’s early history, including Kirk Douglas’s Fifties treatment The Big Trees. Here, playing the son of a lumber baron, Milton Sills returns from Europe to his lush, Sequoia-laden home in Humboldt, to find that his father’s gone blind, a business competitor wants to destroy the family business — and that the competitor’s niece is emerging as his true love. Full of both eye candy in the form of startling Northern California location photography in, and crackling chemistry between Sills and his real-life spouse Doris Kenyon.
Dir. Charles Brabin, 1927, 35mm, 70 min. (Print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive)

The Illumination (director Krzysztof Zanussi in person!)

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5/3 - 4:30PM
$12/free for members

Filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi in person! As the ‘60s crashed into the ‘70s, our homegrown American cinematic rebellion manifested in such kaleidoscopic elements as Easy Rider’s rebel yell, or the soul-searching of Five Easy Pieces. At that same time in Poland, that rebellion took the form of Krzysztof Zanussi’s landmark The Illumination, which blends physics, metaphysics, art, artifice and an unflinching take on the disaffected collegiate class into a generation-defining mosaic — a shocking raised fist to the Iron Curtain establishment. Zanussi’s first years were spent studying both science and philosophy, which highly inform this autobiographical narrative/doc/essay excursion into life’s universal questions, as seen through the lens of a wayward grad student grappling with money, responsibility and existential anguish. It’s a miracle how Zanussi pushed The Illumination through Communist censorship, given that it’s not only totally alive with enough energy to irk a bureau’s worth of Bloc-heads, but that it also includes characters openly questioning why they bother staying in Poland (answer: so that they can gain enough work experience and ditch it, natch.) A brilliant burst of precision, intellect and emotion.
Dir. Krzystof Zanussi, 1973, DCP, 91 min.

Check out a clip of Martin Scorsese presenting “Masters of Polish Cinema”!
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The Bank Dick (hosted by T.J. Miller!)

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5/3 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

We were thrilled when “successful alcoholic” T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) picked W.C. Fields’ 1940 classic The Bank Dick as one of his favorites, for here’s a funnyman who knows the power of the slightly slurred punchline. Distilling Fields’ essence into a perfect cocktail of jovial, snarky inebriation and virtual Popeye cartoons come to life, The Bank Dick finds one of film comedy’s greatest personas gleefully scowling his way through the sort of role that put him on the map. Fields plays Egbert Sousé(!), a security guard and occasional film director impersonator, who must deflect the constant harping of incorrigible loved ones while stumbling in the direction of his two true loves: liquor, and euphemisms for it. His missteps culminate in the type of epic car-chase that today would probably just be called a DUI, but in Fields’ shaky hands are merely Delightful Under the Influence. If you’re still not sold on this gonzo piece of actual drunk history, consider the point where Egbert teeters on a barstool and mutters to a capped bottle of whiskey, “Take off your hat in the presence of a gentleman.”
Dir. Edward F. Cline, 1940, 35mm, 72 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Bank Dick”!
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Airplane! (hosted by Jimmy Pardo, co-director David Zucker in person!))

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5/3 - 10:15PM
$12/free for members

Co-writer/director David Zucker in person, WOW! Jimmy Pardo (host of the Never Not Funny podcast) is known across the stand-up universe for his blistering crowd work, and his machine-gun ability to crack wise on his feet. What better film pick from him than one of the most quick-draw spoofs ever conceived? 35 years on, this landmark Gatling Gun of jokes still remains a gold standard for fast-paced, totally loony, refreshingly absurd film comedy. If ever there was a film that was built for repeat viewings, Airplane!’s it; not a single shot in the entire film whizzes by without at least one gag poking its zany head into frame. And the fact that such a huge number of those gags land is a miracle, for not since the Marx Brothers had this much high-pitched exuberant insanity been so finely tuned and well-crafted. A significant percentage of Airplane!’s memorable lines have instituted themselves permanently as Cinefamily office in-jokes, so you can bet the farm that all of our programming staff will be front-and-center for this one, somehow finding time in-between giggle fits to silently mouth its dialogue while elbowing each other in the ribs.
Dirs. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker, 1980, 35mm, 87 min.

Watch the trailer for “Airplane!”
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Sweet Smell of Success (presented by Jeff Garlin!)

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5/4 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

We know why Jeff Garlin picked Sweet Smell of Success — because he’s a highly intelligent dude. This is one of the most deliciously dark tales to emerge from post-war Hollywood, it hasn’t lost any of its acidic, satirical bite, and it’s got tremendous, unforgettable dual leads from Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. Sweet Smell is the kind of film that, back when some of our programming staff were video store clerks, we would constantly recommend, as its sizzling energy and emotional whallop cuts across many lines of taste and genre. Lancaster is the iconic J. J. Hunsecker, an unscrupulous and wildly powerful newspaper columnist who aims to eliminate his sister’s affair with a lowly jazz musician. Enter Curtis, an obsequious PR agent who’ll do anything to get in Hunsecker’s favor, including complying with his wish to have the jazzbo disappear from the scene… “Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue from a brilliantly structured script by Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets, and noir-ish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, Sweet Smell of Success is a cracklingly cruel dispatch form the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan.” (Criterion Collection)
Dir. Alexander Mackendrick, 1957, 35mm, 96 min.

Watch the trailer for “Sweet Smell of Success”!
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PRIVATE RENTAL (8:00pm-midnight)

5/5 - 8PM

For this timeslot, we will not be open to the public, as some lucky patron has rented our theater — both supporting the Cinefamily and using the beautiful Silent Movie Theatre for their own event. The theater can be yours, too! Weddings, premieres of your film with an on-site afterparty, business-related entertaining, great birthdays, bar or bat mitzvahs, or any other kind of celebration you can imagine — it’s better at the movies. For more information, email “events@cinefamily.org”

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Autarky! Frontier Animation from CalArts 2014

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5/6 - 9:45PM
$12/free for members

Celebrating five years of screening current work primarily from students in their second or third year in CalArts’ Character and Experimental Animation Departments, Autarky! is a show centered around bringing work from the students’ hands to the screen. Tonight’s pieces will include stop-motion animation, drawing, painting, video, flicker films, text-based films, and much more!

Featuring new works by:
Aron Bothman / Ian Grandjean / Sasha Schotzko-Harris / Charles Hodgkins / Crystal Jow / Grace Jung / Mikael Kloda / Maureen Kuo / Sunwoo Lee / Yon Hui Lee / Kyu Ri Park / Benjamin Reicher / Alexander Santa Cruz / Brian Smee / Wylder Tomlinson / Victoria Van Patten / Qianyu Zhou and more TBA!

A Luaka Bop Celebration of William Onyeabor (w/ The Lijadu Sisters in person!)

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5/7 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Full description coming soon…A joyful celebration of the music of one of Nigeria’s most creative musical personalities. Tonight, we’ll screen the short doc Fantastic Man – A Film About William Onyeabor, then Konkombe: the feature-length 1979 exploration of the Nigerian pop scene. Plus, Nigeria’s own The Lijadu Sisters will be here for a Q&A after the films!

“If Fela Kuti was a child of James Brown, fellow Nigerian William Onyeabor is something like the next-generation musical offspring of Parliament-Funkadelic. His songs are extended call-and-response disco-funk jams driven by the space-age sound of synthesizers and drum machines — very new tools when Onyeabor was recording in the late ’70s and ’80s, especially in Africa. After years of existing mainly as secret grail passed between electronic music DJs and other crate diggers, Onyeabor’s handful of studio LPs have been licensed and boiled down to a killer compilation by Luaka Bop, the tastemaking world music label started by David Byrne.” (NPR)

Watch Luaka Bop’s trailer for “Who Is William Onyeabor?”!
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LOST & FOUND FILM CLUB: Motorama

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5/7 - 10PM
$10/free for members

Lost & Found Film Club presents a carefully curated mix of ephemeral, industrial, educational, and sponsored films in the gloriously fuzzed-out 16mm format — plus, grilled cheese sandwiches will be available! Any given program may contain children’s films, social engineering and training films, advertisements, mental hygiene madness, animation, documentaries, student experiments, home movies on rusted reels — pretty much anything that isn’t a commercial feature film. Did we forget to mention that GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES WILL BE AVAILABLE?!

This month we’re flashing the signal for all gearheads and grease monkeys to put the pedal to the metal and get your pistons pounding over to Lost & Found for a night of “auto-rotica” that’ll give you a new lease on laughter. We’ll look beyond the twisted metal of driver’s training films (don’t worry, we’ve got some of those too) for experimental animation, talking cars for kids, neon assembly lines and carwash epiphanies. You’ll be driving under the influence of these films for days.

Watch our original trailer for “Motorama!”

CINESPIA SALON: The Ski Bum (rare IB Tech print, Ned Doheny & filmmaker in person!)

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5/8 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by THE NUMERO GROUP

One of the Seventies’ oddest counterulture curious, screened from an ultra-rare IB Tech 35mm print — plus, filmmaker Bruce Clark and singer/songwriter Ned Doheny in person! It’s The Graduate on the slopes, only with psychedelic fringes, hippies, dope deals, bizarre fantasy sequences and enough reverb-echo for a Joe Meek tribute. Before he was an auteur du sexy with Wild Orchid and Red Shoe Diaries, Zalman King starred in a number of Seventies underground dramas such as tonight’s film The Ski Bum, in which he’s an angry young man in a wintery Colorado resort town, trying his best to avoid the ski-bummer that lies dead ahead if he complies with the sinister wishes of the burg’s local plutocrat. Co-starring Charlotte Rampling and with cameo appearances by L.A. kings Jackson Browne and Ned Doheny (friends of the film’s director, the then-recent UCLA grad Bruce Clark), this highly unusual tale is awash in expansive, snow-capped ‘scope cinematography and a whirlwind of spacey vibes.
Dir. Bruce D. Clark, 1971, 35mm, 94 min.

An Evening With Joel Grey (feat. "Cabaret"!)

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5/9 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

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Cabaret Dir. Bob Fosse, 1972, 35mm, 124 min.

Watch the trailer for “Cabaret”!
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HEAVY MIDNITES: Death Race 2000

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5/9 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Roger Corman’s depraved drive-in hit is revving its engine, ready to plow through an audience of die-hard midnight maniacs! So get set for the Transcontinental Road Race, a lethal coast-to-coast, no-holds-barred orgy of fast cars and flattened bodies (points are not just scored for speed, but for the number of innocent pedestrians killed) in mankind’s greatest sporting event ever. Drivers David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Roberta Collins, The Karate Kid’s Martin Kove and cult movie icon Mary Woronov are putting the pedal to the metal, on the run to outmaneuver not just one another but also groups of activists willing to do whatever it takes to stop our barbaric heroes. A biting satire on America’s thirst for violence, director Paul “Eating Raoul” Bartel’s update of sci-fi legend Ib Melchior’s story is as pitch black as it is blood red, beautifully shot by Tak Fujimoto (fresh off Malick’s Badlands), fine-tuned to optimum performance by ace editor Tina Hirsch, and gloriously well-deserved of its infamous Ebert zero-star review denouncing the film for being in “poor taste, unnecessarily gratuitous in both nudity and violence.” In our words, a classic.
Dir. Paul Bartel, 1975, 35mm, 80 min.

Watch the trailer for “Death Race 2000″!
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Man On A Swing + Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (Joel Grey in person!)

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5/10 - 4:30PM
$14/free for members

Man On A Swing – 4:30pm
Fresh off an Oscar win for Cabaret, Joel Grey gives a terrifying, hilarious and inscrutable turn in Man On A Swing, a jewel in the crown of paranoid ‘70s conspiracy thrillers. Odds are good that David Fincher had this gripping film with occult overtones in mind when he made Zodiac, for this true-crime tale is brisk, efficient and all-too-real. When a young woman is discovered smothered to death inside her car at a supermarket parking lot, police chief Cliff Robertson withholds key facts from the press to sift out false leads — and then gets a phone call from Grey, a factory worker who claims to be clairvoyant and who knows an awful lot about the case’s hidden particulars. Grey’s a real wonder to watch here as a sort of jittery, slightly domesticated version of Cabaret’s Emcee. Man On A Swing marked another quirky success for Frank Perry (The Swimmer, Last Summer, Play It As It Lays), one of his era’s most undervalued directors. And, this one may sport a PG rating, but remember — that’s a Seventies PG, which means this is still really creepy, intense stuff.
Frank Perry, 1974, digital presentation, 110 min.

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins – approx. 7:30pm
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Dir. Guy Hamilton, 1985, 35mm, 121 min.

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An Evening With Tatsuya Nakadai (feat. Kurosawa's "Ran")

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5/11 - 7:30PM
$15/free for members

AN EVENING WITH TATSUYA NAKADAI – 7:30pm
The world over, there’s simply no equivalent to Japanese screen giant Tatsuya Nakadai, a truly versatile performer capable of both extreme stylization and off-the-cuff naturalism, and a deep collaborator with some of his country’s all-time greatest filmmakers (Kurosawa, Kobayashi, Ichikawa, Naruse, Teshigahara and many more.) Here in the U.S., Nakadai unjustly never became a symbol or an icon, for his screen persona was always too diverse. Whether the format was a samurai sword-and-sandal epic, an emotionally raw, novelistic tragedy or a lurid horror/suspense romp, the genius of Nakadai instantly shone through — and what makes these films timeless partly stems from his perfect marriage of craft, discipline, risk, adventure and expression. Through a rare confluence of events, Tatsuya will be in Los Angeles to join us for a special evening of remembrances, reflections on his craft, and a big-screen show of Ran: Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 jidaigeki battleship, in which Tatsuya grabs the King Lear reins for the stylized performance of a lifetime. Tatsuya may never get to visit Los Angeles again, so come visit with the master for this extraordinary Q&A appearance!

Kurosawa’s RAN – approx. 9:00pm
Delivered with blunt horror, towering visuals and some of the most majestic sweep of filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s career, this “God is dead” take on King Lear is void of any sensation of honor — for in A.K.’s vision for this masterpiece, life is a ladder of predation and merciless opportunism. The weak are fair game to be taken, the pious ground to dust, and “victory” arrives via suckerpunches of gunfire and betrayal. A damnation portrait of existential horror in the feudal era, Ran is bathed in electric color, and covered in fine-detail flourishes: the symbolism of clouds, the subtle uses of natural light, the over-the-top costumes, and the landscape-porn avalanche of wide shots that crawl over poison-green mountains and scorched earth. At the center of this blood-red whirlwind: Tatsuya Nakadai, painting his heart black in a Noh-fueled rendition of “Lord Hidetora”, obliterating himself in freefall alongside his disintegrating kingdom. Impossibly cool stuff.
Ran Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1985, 35mm, 160 min.

Watch the trailer for “Ran”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Death Spa (rare uncut 35mm, cast in person!)

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5/16 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

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Dir. Michael Fischa, 1990, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch the trailer for “Death Spa”!
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PRIVATE RENTAL (7:30pm-11:30pm)

5/18 - 7:30PM

For this timeslot, we will not be open to the public, as some lucky patron has rented our theater — both supporting the Cinefamily and using the beautiful Silent Movie Theatre for their own event. The theater can be yours, too! Weddings, premieres of your film with an on-site afterparty, business-related entertaining, great birthdays, bar or bat mitzvahs, or any other kind of celebration you can imagine — it’s better at the movies. For more information, email “events@cinefamily.org”

HEAVY MIDNITES: She's All That

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5/23 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

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Dir. Robert Iscove, 1999, 35mm, 97 min.

Watch the trailer for “She’s All That”!
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The Five Minutes Game: Memorial Day '14 Edition

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5/26 - 5PM
$12/free for members

One of our favorite Cinefamily events ever IS BACK! Summer’s around the corner, and you know how we here at the Cinefamily love two things in tandem: busting out the patio grill, and The Five Minutes Game. What’s all this about a game, you ask? We’re firm believers in “Every movie is interesting for at least its first five minutes”, those fascinating moments when you’re still entering the new world a film presents you, and trying to figure out what the hell’s going on. What we’re gonna do is choose fifteen movies you’ve likely never seen before (with most, if not all the films unavailable on DVD), line ‘em up, and only show you the first five minutes of each, not counting their opening credits. Then you, the audience, votes on which film we all then watch in its entirety. So, bring something to cook on our grill, and let’s get started!

5-6:30PM – The Five Minutes Game!
6:30-8PM – we tally the votes and BBQ on the patio!
8-10PM – we watch the winning film!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Sleepaway Camp (Blu-Ray release party!)

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5/30 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Scream Factory

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Dir. Robert Hiltzik, 1983, 35mm, 88 min.

The Saragossa Manuscript (6/1)

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6/1 - 7:45PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1965, DCP, 185 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Saragossa Manuscript”!
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The Saragossa Manuscript (6/2)

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6/2 - 7:45PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1965, DCP, 185 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Saragossa Manuscript”!
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The Saragossa Manuscript (6/3)

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6/3 - 7:45PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1965, DCP, 185 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Saragossa Manuscript”!
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HEAVY MIDNITES: Videodrome

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6/6 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

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Dir. David Cronenberg, 1983, 35mm, 87 min.

Watch the trailer for “Videodrome”!
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THE SILENT TREATMENT: Joan Crawford in "Our Modern Maidens"

6/7 - 5PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Jack Conway, 1929, 35mm, 76min.

Watch an excerpt from “Our Modern Maidens”!
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The Hourglass Sanatorium (6/8)

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6/8 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1973, DCP, 124 min.

Watch a clip from “The Hourglass Sanatorium”!
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The Hourglass Sanatorium (6/9)

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6/9 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1973, DCP, 124 min.

Watch a clip from “The Hourglass Sanatorium”!
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The Hourglass Sanatorium (6/10)

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6/10 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1973, DCP, 124 min.

Watch a clip from “The Hourglass Sanatorium”!
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Cut Chemist performs Funk Off Live! (U.S. premiere)

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6/10 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Cut Chemist: one of the greatest mixmasters on the planet, a world-class scratch artist, and collaborator with the likes of Jurassic 5, Edan, Blackalicious, DJ Shadow and Grandmaster Melle Mel. It goes without saying he’s also a LP collector assassin too, as his crates groan with some of the most impeccably chosen source material one could hope for. Amongst the many genres through which he loves to crosscut, a big love of Cut’s is crunchy electronic post-punk — so much so that he’s now reissuing the compilation “Funk Off”, which highlights killer tracks from French minimal synthheads Vox Populi! and Pacific 231 that originally appeared on their rare cassette and vinyl releases in the first half of the Eighties. Tonight’s show is a live “Funk Off”-inspired performance that encompasses all forms of media: vinyl, cassettes and video — along with live effects via tape delay and loop pedals. Here, Cut reunites with longtime collaborator and Cinefamily’s own Tom Fitzgerald, who’ll perform a dense blanket of live visuals along with the music.

Watch the trailer for “Funk Off”!
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The Hourglass Sanatorium (6/11)

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6/11 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1973, DCP, 124 min.

Watch a clip from “The Hourglass Sanatorium”!
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Friday The 13th: A "Tommy Jarvis" Triple Feature (Pt. 6 director Tom McLoughlin in person!)

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6/13 - 7:30PM
$20/free for members

Part VI: Jason Lives – 7:30pm (director Tom McLoughlin in person!)
Part V: A New Beginning – approx. 10:00pm
Part IV: The Final Chapter – approx. 11:45pm

We wouldn’t leave you hanging on Friday the 13th, would we? At the blackest core of the Friday the 13th saga (now in its fourth decade, wow!), there stands a storyline that still fascinates and boggles us: the famed “Tommy Jarvis trilogy”. Part IV: The Final Chapter first introduced the character of a plucky young horror aficionado who happened to outwit Master Voorhees with a machete to the rotten skull — but, in the aftermath of more and more dead bodies, had Tommy succumbed to murderous madness himself, or was Jason still on the scene, dispatching the sweet touch of death onto any copulating teen, blotto’d backwoods bystander or other whacko in his path? One of the great things about this trilogy, aside from the gaggle of gleeful gore, is that, despite the obvious F13 formula (teens + Jason = death, and lots of it), each entry has its own unique flavor, thanks to the distinctive directorial visions of Joseph Zito, Danny Steinmann and Tom McLoughlin. Travel back in time with us as we trace Tommy’s Proustian odyssey in reverse, from adulthood back into innocent prepubescence — all in one sitting, all on glorious 35mm!
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Dir. Tom McLoughlin, 1986, 35mm, 87 min.
Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning Dir. Danny Steinmann, 1985, 35mm, 92 min.
Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter Dir. Joseph Zito, 1984, 35mm, 91 min.

Seagalogy: A Steven Seagal Movie Marathon (co-hosted by Vern!)

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6/14 - 5PM
$20 / $10 for members

Co-presented by AIN’T IT COOL NEWS

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Hard To Kill Dir. Bruce Malmuth, 1990, 35mm, 96 min.
Out For Justice Dir. John Flynn, 1991, 35mm, 91 min.
On Deadly Ground Dir. Steven Seagal, 1994, 35mm, 101 min.
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Dir. Geoff Murphy, 1995, 35mm, 100 min.

HEAVY MIDNITES: Pump Up The Volume (archival 35mm print, filmmaker Allan Moyle in person!)

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6/20 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

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Dir. Allan Moyle, 1990, 35mm, 105 min. (Print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch the trailer for “Pump Up The Volume”!
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