Films

The Doug Benson Movie Interruption: The Fate of the Furious

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9/19/2017 - 7:30PM

The next installment of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, where Doug and friends (who in the past have included everyone from Jon Hamm to Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis) chill on the couches, mics in hand, and say whatever pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen. This month’s pick is The Fate of the Furious!

Dir. F. Gary Gray, 2017, DCP 136 min.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Puppets

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9/2/2017 - 11AM

Co-presented by the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry

It’s time for another Saturday Morning Cartoons at Cinefamily! This month we are very excited to be partnering with the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry to bring you a Saturday positively packed with puppet pandemonium! Though not technically cartoons, puppets (and Muppets) were as essential to our childhood as any animated adventure. We’ll revisit rarities and classic moments from our favorite moments from shows – like Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, Lamb chop, Alf, the Muppet show and on and on.

Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite puppets, and come hungry (for our all-you-can eat complimentary cereal bar)!

Goon: Last of the the Enforcers (Free sneak peek)

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8/30/2017 - 7:30PM

Sometimes Doug Benson likes to interrupt movies — and then there are times when he just wants to share a favorite with you “as is.” Some of you may remember his love of the under-rated Canadian sports comedy Goon, starring Seann William Scott as sweet dunderhead who lucks into hockey stardom through his brawling prowess. The film fits in nicely between underdog classics like Slap Shot, The Longest Yard and The Bad News Bears.

Doug sez: “I’m a big fan of pretty much every movie ever made about hockey or ice skating, don’t ask me why. I love Slap Shot, Miracle, The Cutting Edge, Ice Castles — even Blades of Glory. After finally getting around to watching Goon, I dare say I liked it better than all of those others.” Now, word has gotten around, and we get a treat… a chance for Doug and us to see the new sequel before anyone else!

Dir. Jay Baruchel, 2017, DCP, 101 min.

Exclusive Los Angeles Run at The Los Feliz 3 and on demand/digital begins September 1.

Q: Will Doug and/or anybody else be talking during the movie?
A: No. It is instead a straight-ahead screening

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

Cinefamily is a non-profit. All of our donating 1-year “Black Card” members get priority entry to our free shows. Donating for a Cinefamily membership is the perfect way to both support the theater, and to gain access to the early-entry line.

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Rocky Horror Show & Tell w/ Sal Piro and Larry Viezel

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8/27/2017 - 7:30PM

This event will take place at The Silent Movie Theater, located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Co-presented by Sins of the Flesh

No midnight movies retrospective would be complete without addressing the longest running (still playing theatrically after four decades at the Nuart theatre in West LA), cult-iest, most audience-engaging late night flick of all time… The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Rocky is more than just a film, it’s a phenomenon. We’ve invited Sal Piro (founding member of the Rocky Horror Picture Show fan club and member of the first shadow cast ever at the original Waverly Theatre) and super fan and collector Larry Viezel to help us host an evening of rare video clips, photographs, and other ephemera, to recreate and retell the story of how it all happened.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Private Rental

8/24/2017 - 6PM

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”

The Harder They Come

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8/23/2017 - 7:30PM

This event will take place at The Silent Movie Theater, located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Co-presented by Hydro Studios

The epochal cultural moment that gave America its first true taste of Jamaica — and the film that made Jimmy Cliff an international superstar! Four decades on, The Harder They Come is still electric with the feeling of cinematic discovery right from its opening moments. This rare blend of crime drama and musical forms a kind of island Scarface, as Cliff’s country-boy-in-search-of-fame worms his way through Kingston in the successive guises of laborer, recording artist, convict, ganja dealer, and finally, outlaw folk hero on the lam. Amongst its perfectly balanced mix of police shootouts, love story tenderness, lush scenery, music biz vérité, and dirt-under-the-fingernails street-level reality, the film also comes fully-equipped with one of the most fantastic soundtracks in movie history — one that finds Cliff at the peak of his creative powers. Before The Harder They Come, our collective American perception of a “foreign film” was narrowly limited to the Bergmans and the Kurosawas of the cinematic sphere; this game-changer blew the doors off of that notion, and still hasn’t lost a single drop of its cool, its edge, and its ability to make you dance.

Dir. Perry Henzell, 1972, DCP, 103 min.

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Dolores (Free sneak peek w/ Dolores Huerta and director Peter Bratt in person!)

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8/22/2017 - 7:30PM

Followed by a Q&A with Dolores Huerta & Peter Bratt! Post reception on the patio with a DJ set by Sesamie (KXLU)!

History tells us Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers union. But missing from this story is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. Like so many powerful female advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were and still are largely overlooked. She remains as steadfast in her fight as ever at the age of 87. Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary challenges this incomplete, one-sided history and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice. Interweaving archival footage with interviews from Dolores and her contemporaries (including Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, and many more), the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history.

Dir. Peter Bratt, 2017, DCP, 95 min.

Opens exclusively at the Landmark Nuart on September 8. Special appearances opening weekend.

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

Cinefamily is a non-profit. All of our donating 1-year “Black Card” members get priority entry to our free shows. Donating for a Cinefamily membership is the perfect way to both support the theater, and to gain access to the early-entry line.

Tokyo Drifter

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8/21/2017 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the Japan Foundation

Genre-smasher, jazz gangster, captain of cool: with Tokyo Drifter, maverick filmmaker Seijun Suzuki hit an avant-garde high that left an indelible mark on movie history. Tetsuya Watari – a then-massively famous Japanese pop star – is a wandering Yakuza on the run from ruthless, warring gangsters. Sounds like a million crime pictures you’ve seen before, but this is Suzuki at the pinnacle of his radical, individualist, genre reinvention. We are quickly whisked away into a non-linear, surrealist, absurdist landscape; together with Branded to Kill – which led to his termination from Nikkatsu studios – Suzuki crafted a pair of extravagant gangster film fever-dreams. A master of the widescreen (scope) frame, Suzuki uses every trick in the book this side of Godard or Bava – opening in lush black & white before exploding with vibrant neons, epic Spaghetti Western-esque close-ups and saloons, Vincente Minnelli musical numbers – in this veritable feast of stylized pop-art that influenced, among others, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, and Wong Kar-Wai.

Dir. Seijun Suzuki, 1966, 35mm, 83 min.

Tokyo Drifter

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8/20/2017 - 10PM

Co-presented by the Japan Foundation

Genre-smasher, jazz gangster, captain of cool: with Tokyo Drifter, maverick filmmaker Seijun Suzuki hit an avant-garde high that left an indelible mark on movie history. Tetsuya Watari – a then-massively famous Japanese pop star – is a wandering Yakuza on the run from ruthless, warring gangsters. Sounds like a million crime pictures you’ve seen before, but this is Suzuki at the pinnacle of his radical, individualist, genre reinvention. We are quickly whisked away into a non-linear, surrealist, absurdist landscape; together with Branded to Kill – which led to his termination from Nikkatsu studios – Suzuki crafted a pair of extravagant gangster film fever-dreams. A master of the widescreen (scope) frame, Suzuki uses every trick in the book this side of Godard or Bava – opening in lush black & white before exploding with vibrant neons, epic Spaghetti Western-esque close-ups and saloons, Vincente Minnelli musical numbers – in this veritable feast of stylized pop-art that influenced, among others, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, and Wong Kar-Wai.

Dir. Seijun Suzuki, 1966, 35mm, 83 min.

Liquid Sky (Off-site at the Vista w/ special guests in person!)

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8/19/2017 - MIDNITE

This event will take place at the Vista, located at 4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

With cinematographer Yuri Neyman, and production/costume designer Marina Levikova in person

One of the coolest, funniest, and freakiest distillations of the ‘80s post-punk underground, Liquid Sky is pure madness: blending drugs, UFOs, death by orgasm and a cacophony of searing synths into a jagged neon time capsule that still thrills. In a dual role, Anne Carlisle plays Margaret (a damaged lesbian fashion model) and Jimmy (a gay junkie fashion model), who collide in NYC’s robotic New Wave netherworld. When aliens happen to land on Margaret’s roof in a pint-sized flying saucer (on a mission to extract the life force from the human orgone), they vaporize her many lovers in a dogpile of kaleidoscopic nuttiness. Russian emigré director Slava Tsukerman, himself out of place in the alien world of the ‘80s Lower East Side arthole, has big fun piling on the primitive video abstractions, fractured music, and overwrought melodrama in order to deliver a skewering satire of a weird, weird world.

Dir. Slava Tsukerman, 1983, 35mm, 112 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Get Rollin'

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8/19/2017 - 10PM

Co-presented by Cinespia

This joyous and fascinating tribute to the glory days of roller disco in Brooklyn’s black community was nearly lost for almost 40 years, but is now ripe for rediscovery. Independently made by a young black director (J. Terrance Mitchell), Get Rollin made the NY Times Top 10 list, but after a botched release, it missed the disco craze, and sank into obscurity. Looking at it now, Get Rollin is more vibrant than ever: an eclectic potpourri of neon-drenched documentary snapshots that capture the scene around the famed Empire Rollerdome, and a fantastic portrait of vintage New York – including street crap games, Bed-Stuy pool halls, and a custom van show. All this is staged around a kitchen-sink storyline starring “Pat the Cat,” a self-made roller disco cowboy, and a caseworker named Vinzerelli, who wants to be the Muhammad Ali of roller boogie – and to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the first roller skater to make a million dollars. “But then,” he tells the camera from inside his shag-carpet-ensconced, airbrush-laden hippie van, from the other side of rose-lensed aviators, “I realized, ‘but I can’t skate.’” It’s all outrageously fun, and filled with a spirit as optimistic as this magical time and place where it was cool and sexy to do synchronized dance moves and wear sunglasses indoors.

Dir. J. Terrance Mitchell, 1980, 35mm, 90 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Visa de censure n° X + Vite

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8/19/2017 - 7PM

Visa de censure n° X

Best known for his roles in Belle de jour, Sweet Movie, and many more, Pierre Clementi was also the architect behind a transgressive, high-minded, and disorienting cinema. Like an acid-soaked freefall, Visa de censure n° X is a rush of nudity and color from one of France’s most seductively watchable actors, set to an album’s worth of psychedelic prog rock (performed by the Delired Cameleon Family, a group featuring members of French band Clearlight).

Dir. Pierre Clementi, 1968, digital presentation, 44 min.

Vite

In 1969, the painter-sculptor Daniel Pommereulle made his third film, this one financed by Sylvina Boissonnas. Although only a short, Vite was one of the most costly of all the Zanzibar productions. It features, for instance, shots of the moon taken by a state-of-the-art telescope, the Questar, that Pommereulle first saw while visiting Marlon Brando in southern California in 1968. In Rohmer’s La collectionneuse, Pommereulle and his friend Adrien philosophize on how best to achieve le vide (emptiness) during their summer holidays. Three years later, Pommereulle would transform the word “vide” to “vite” (quickly), signifying his profound disenchantment with the aftermath of the revolution of May ’68. —Sally Shafto

Dir. Daniel Pommereulle, 1969, digital presentation, 37 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Friday Night Frights: Bloodsucking Freaks

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8/18/2017 - MIDNITE

This event will take place at The Silent Movie Theater, located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Even in the depraved pantheon of midnight movies, few earn the sort of notoriety of Joel M. Reed’s 1976 splatterpiece Bloodsucking Freaks. Borrowing a page from Herschell Gordon Lewis, particularly his Wizard of Gore, Reed’s film concerns the Grand Guignol theater of Master Sardu (Seamus O’Brien, tragically and poetically stabbed to death a few years later), a sadomasochist master of ceremonies who, along with his little person helper (Luis De Jesus), stages scenes of torture and death to audiences under the pretense of it being faked theater. Blood flows and sexually-charged torture vignettes are performed with a clear sense of tongue-in-cheek camp, O’Brien vamping like Anton Lavey reimagined as a villain from the 60s Batman TV show. Tasteless in the best possible 70s Times Square seedy sort of way, the film clearly prefigures the torture porn craze of the aughts but does so with much needed irony and sleazy pizazz.

Dir. Joel M. Reed, 1976,

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Get Rollin'

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8/18/2017 - 10PM

Co-presented by Cinespia

This joyous and fascinating tribute to the glory days of roller disco in Brooklyn’s black community was nearly lost for almost 40 years, but is now ripe for rediscovery. Independently made by a young black director (J. Terrance Mitchell), Get Rollin made the NY Times Top 10 list, but after a botched release, it missed the disco craze, and sank into obscurity. Looking at it now, Get Rollin is more vibrant than ever: an eclectic potpourri of neon-drenched documentary snapshots that capture the scene around the famed Empire Rollerdome, and a fantastic portrait of vintage New York – including street crap games, Bed-Stuy pool halls, and a custom van show. All this is staged around a kitchen-sink storyline starring “Pat the Cat,” a self-made roller disco cowboy, and a caseworker named Vinzerelli, who wants to be the Muhammad Ali of roller boogie – and to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the first roller skater to make a million dollars. “But then,” he tells the camera from inside his shag-carpet-ensconced, airbrush-laden hippie van, from the other side of rose-lensed aviators, “I realized, ‘but I can’t skate.’” It’s all outrageously fun, and filled with a spirit as optimistic as this magical time and place where it was cool and sexy to do synchronized dance moves and wear sunglasses indoors.

Dir. J. Terrance Mitchell, 1980, 35mm, 90 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean

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8/18/2017 - 7:30PM

Presented by Don’t Knock the Rock and Women of Cinefamily!

Introduced by KJ Relth, Programming Assistant at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Maya Montañez Smukler, film historian and author of “Liberating Hollywood: Thirty Years of Women Directors.”

This rare 60s gem was famously impossible to see for decades – unavailable on VHS, DVD, bootleg DVD, torrent, or punk rock 16mm collectors print. Scour the internet, and all you’ll find is a weird ad for it on a double bill of THE HARDER THEY COME, and an obscure reference by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.

“Written, directed, and self-financed by Juleen Compton, The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean is the story of a clairvoyant teenage girl, Norma Jean (Sharon Henesy), taken advantage of by a boy band, fashioned after The Beatles, determined to exploit the young woman’s powers as part of a hoax revival. Filmed in the Ozarks with a cast of young, unknown actors (a 25-year-old Sam Waterston co-stars in his first film appearance), the picture’s opening title sequence — the two young leads walking through a bucolic setting with Michel Legrand’s sentimental score — suggests a tender tale about a pair of young companions. However, the movie quickly takes an unusual turn when Norma Jean and her friend Vance (Robert Gentry) pick up an enormous plastic dome they’ve ordered. Stylistically accomplished, the movie is an impressive example of American independent feature filmmaking during the mid-1960s and an uncommon portrayal, for the time, of female agency. During the 1970s, Compton moved to Los Angeles in hopes of directing features in Hollywood. Frustrated with Hollywood’s sexist hiring practices, she returned to New York City during the 1990s to run a successful off-Broadway theater company.” –Maya Montañez Smukler

Dir. Juleen Compton, 1966, 35mm, 82 min.

35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

ABD presents: Fritz the Cat + Down and Dirty Duck

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8/17/2017 - 7:30PM

This event will take place at The Silent Movie Theater, located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Presented by Animation Breakdown. Down & Dirty Duck director Charles Swenson in person!

The 70s spree of subversion left no stone unturned, and when it came for animation it set its sights on the adored animal idols of yesteryear. Dig if you will a picture of the US Air Force raining napalm on a ghetto riot as the silhouettes of Mickey and Donald cheer them on. The scene belongs to Fritz the Cat, animation auteur Ralph Bakshi’s revolutionary 1972 debut, and sums up the deviant detours toons would take in years to come. Loosely based on R. Crumb’s beloved drugged up, sex obsessed, miscreant meower but heavily baring Bakshi’s own brand, the film follows the crude and callous kitty as he cruises for lays, runs afoul of the fuzz, dabbles with radical politics, and gets mixed up with a fascist biker gang – tokin’ and jokin’ all along the way. Its X-rating, animation’s first, increased its legend but obscured its nature. Abundantly raunchy but far from porn, Bakshi succeeded in creating the urban “documentary of the 60s” he set out to, savagely satirizing race relations, free love, and politics by way of equal opportunity offending. 45 years later and more transgressive than ever, the gruff n’ heady cult classic has lost none of its barbarous bite.

Soon after Fritz grossed a surprising $90 million worldwide, young animator Charles Swenson (later co-director of Twice Upon A Time) approached Roger Corman with an idea for his own filthy fauna freakout. Corman gave the thumbs up and just $110,000 to create the hand drawn feature that would become Down & Dirty Duck, surely the 70s scruffiest, strangest and greatest animated oddity and one that feels like it ONLY ever screened after midnight. Fresh from animating the stand-out Dental Hygiene Dilemma segment for Zappa’s 200 Motels, Swenson recruited the Mothers of Invention’s Flo & Eddie (né Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman of The Turtles) to lend their voices, songs and warped brains to the mostly improvised film. What resulted was a stream of consciousness, offend-everyone-possible tale about a morose insurance co. flunky, the ribald humanoid duck he unwittingly inherits, and their surreal and smutty misadventures. All this combined with Swenson’s strikingly psychedelic style (shaggy doodles+cutouts+collage) puts Duck even further in the comix-esque vein than Fritz. Come discover what LA Times critic Charles Solomon once called “a sprawling undisciplined piece of sniggering vulgarity that resembles nothing so much as animated bathroom graffiti” – music to the ears of the midnight movie mindset!

Fritz the Cat, dir. Ralph Bakshi, 1972, 35mm, 78 min.
Down and Dirty Duck, dir. Charles Swenson, 1974, 35mm, 75 min

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Get Rollin' (with director J. Terrance Mitchell in person!)

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8/16/2017 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by Cinespia

This joyous and fascinating tribute to the glory days of roller disco in Brooklyn’s black community was nearly lost for almost 40 years, but is now ripe for rediscovery. Independently made by a young black director (J. Terrance Mitchell), Get Rollin made the NY Times Top 10 list, but after a botched release, it missed the disco craze, and sank into obscurity. Looking at it now, Get Rollin is more vibrant than ever: an eclectic potpourri of neon-drenched documentary snapshots that capture the scene around the famed Empire Rollerdome, and a fantastic portrait of vintage New York – including street crap games, Bed-Stuy pool halls, and a custom van show. All this is staged around a kitchen-sink storyline starring “Pat the Cat,” a self-made roller disco cowboy, and a caseworker named Vinzerelli, who wants to be the Muhammad Ali of roller boogie – and to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the first roller skater to make a million dollars. “But then,” he tells the camera from inside his shag-carpet-ensconced, airbrush-laden hippie van, from the other side of rose-lensed aviators, “I realized, ‘but I can’t skate.’” It’s all outrageously fun, and filled with a spirit as optimistic as this magical time and place where it was cool and sexy to do synchronized dance moves and wear sunglasses indoors.

Dir. J. Terrance Mitchell, 1980, 35mm, 90 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Super Tight Presents: Snowy Bing Bongs LA Premiere + Reggie Watts live

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8/15/2017 - 7:30PM

With a DJ set by Nina Tarr

LA premiere with directors Alex Huston Fischer & Rachel Wolther in person!

Dance-comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team star in this charmingly uncategorizable film. In their roles as the Bing Bongs, Tallie Medel, Sunita Mani & Eleanore Pienta perform playful, otherworldly routines in a psychedelic, fantasy landscape. “Part psychotropic performance art spectacle, part absurdist sketch show… It all plays like a live action cartoon piped in from a cotton-candy-colored alternate universe” (BAMcinemafest).

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the directors, moderated by Reggie Watts, and a live performance by Cocoon Central themselves!

Plus a live performance by Reggie Watts!

Dirs. Alex Huston Fischer & Rachel Wolther, 2017, 40 min.

A Life in Waves (encore!)

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8/14/2017 - 10:30PM

Whether you know it or not – you’re familiar with the work of Suzanne Ciani. Her accolades range from “pioneering electronic musician” to “America’s first female synth hero” to being the first solo female composer to soundtrack a Hollywood film (Lily Tomlin’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman, that is) but that doesn’t even begin to cover her most widely distributed work – ads. Ciani was an incredibly talented artist, crafting lush, romantic, classically-influenced electronic music during what was the heydey of Tangerine Dream and the period that marked the emergence of “New Age” as a category, but she was also a savvy business woman, and funded her creative endeavors with the production of sounds for advertisements and products – from the famous Coca-cola “pop and pour” to pinball games galore. Brett Whitcomb’s intimate, reflective portrait takes us through Suzanne’s career – from her first encounters with a piano to her relationship with her beloved Buchla synthesizer – all to the tune of Ciani’s own compositions.

Dir. Brett Whitcomb, 2017, DCP, 74 min.

Watch the trailer!

Jules et Jim

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8/14/2017 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

In memory of Jeanne Moreau

The defining film of the French New Wave, endlessly referenced and reimagined, Jules et Jim’s iconic, tragic love triangle – with the Austrian Jules, his French bohemian friend Jim, and the enigmatic Catherine as its points – is a romance that echoes throughout pop culture, zeroing in on that perennial draw: youthful love too perfect to last. Buoyed along by a kind of propulsive jouissance, this third feature from Truffaut (following The 400 Blows and Shoot the Piano Player) pushed boundaries with its every move – with nimble and fluid nouvelle vague-defining camera work, evocative music, and stellar performances (especially from cool girl and award-winner Jeanne Moreau).

Dir François Truffaut, 1962, 35mm, 105 mins.

The Inner Scar + Chromo Sud

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8/13/2017 - 10:15PM

The Inner Scar

A film like no other, The Inner Scar (La cicatrice intérieure) is a seductive and mysteriously existential ramble through various barren landscapes, helmed by Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico (who provides songs for the film), Pierre Clementi, director Philippe Garrel himself (with whom she had a ten year relationship), and even Nico’s son. You’ll recognize the cover the 1970 album Desertshore as being plucked from this gorgeous, primal moan of a film.

Dir. Philippe Garrel, 1972, DCP, 60 min.

Chromo Sud

Though he only made three films, Etienne O’Leary’s work is an impactful feat of editing. Peripheral to the Zanzibar group, but an ideal companion, Chromo Sud is a pulsing, psychedelic drug fueled freakout in which shots from the barricades of May ‘68 protests become a single, layered, flashing, collage for 21 vital minutes.

Dir. Etienne O’Leary, 1968, 16mm, 21 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

How to Build a Time Machine (Q&A with director Jay Cheel moderated by Matt Gourley of Drunk History)

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8/13/2017 - 7:30PM

An investigation of childhood obsession, movie magic, and the pursuit of space-twisting, inter-dimensional crusades. Rob Niosi, a stop-motion animator, has spent over a decade building an exact replica of Rod Taylor’s device in 1960′s H.G. Wells adaptation The Time Machine. Dr. Ron Mallett, a physics professor at the University of Connecticut (and subject of a long-gestating Spike Lee film), was moved by Wells’ novel to go back in time and save his father from a fatal heart attack. How to Build a Time Machine traces the lives of these men – their processes, fixations, and dreams – and the divergent paths that Wells’ work inspired them to take. Much like Room 237 – the 2012 doc about Stanley Kubrick conspiracy theorists – How to Build a Time Machine explores how our lives intertwine with movies just as much as it considers the prospect of shooting lasers into space.

Dir. Jay Cheel, 2017, DCP, 82 min.

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Pink Flamingos (Off-site at the Vista)

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8/12/2017 - MIDNITE

This event will take place at the Vista, located at 4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

“Kill everyone now! Condone first-degree murder! Advocate cannibalism! Eat shit! Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!” — Divine, Pink Flamingos

Long before reality shows and sex tapes, drag goddess par excellence Divine showed us how to become the most notorious celebrity in the world with John Waters’ taboo-demolishing Pink Flamingos. Here she’s on the lam as trailer trash crime queen Babs Johnson, who will stop at nothing to beat a competing couple and earn the crown of “Filthiest Person Alive.” Watch as Divine shoplifts, murders, and castrates her way into your heart! Gasp at Divine’s proto-punk sense of fashion! Marvel at her show-stopping finale with a canine co-star! If you still haven’t seen this all-time shock value champ on the big screen — with an appalled audience at your side — then you really haven’t lived at all.

Dir. John Waters, 1972, 35mm, 92 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Harold and Maude

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8/12/2017 - 10:30PM

This event will take place at The Silent Movie Theater, located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

“Harold is death, Maude life, and they manage to make the two seem so similar that life’s hardly worth the extra bother.” —Roger Ebert

“Harold is a young man who doesn’t want to live. Maude is an older woman who has a talent for living. They meet at a funeral and the fun begins there. The quirky and intelligent Hal Ashby (Being There, Coming Home) made a poignant, romantic film that wasn’t initially a hit but became the very definition of a cult classic” (Greg Proops). This heavy dose of black comedy and romantic existentialism is a must in the midnight-canon.

Dir. Hal Ashby, 1971, 35mm, 91 min.

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An Evening with Jackie Raynal featuring Deux Fois

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8/12/2017 - 7PM

Co-presented by Veggie Cloud

“Tonight will be the end of meaning. Ladies and gentlemen, good evening.”

Join us for an evening with core Zanzibar figure, filmmaker, editor, and programmer Jackie Raynal, featuring a screening of her wildly experimental film, Deux Fois.

While Jackie Raynal is best known as the former programmer of two of New York’s premiere art cinemas—the Carnegie Hall and the Bleecker Street—she began her career in film nearly forty years ago in Paris, where by 1964 she was the youngest film editor in France, editing for Éric Rohmer among others. Challenged by Zanzibar patroness Boissonnas to stop editing other people’s films and make her own, Raynal traveled to Barcelona, where she completed Deux Fois (translated as Two Times, or playfully, Twice Upon a Time) in a single week. One of the most enigmatic of the Zanzibar films, it is composed of a series of unconnected episodes, some of which are repeated. The film begins with a prologue in which Raynal (carefully made-up and fashionably dressed) is seated, head lowered and hands joined in prayer, before both her dinner and her film. While Deux Fois lays claim to the Surrealist legacy of Buñuel and Cocteau, it gained critical recognition as a pioneering work within the burgeoning feminist cinema. —Sally Shafto

Dir. Jackie Raynal, 1968, digital presentation, 65 min.

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Variete

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8/12/2017 - 2PM

Featuring live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick

Adapted from a 1921 novel by Felix Hollaender, Variete is a gem extracted from the golden age of twenties German silent film. The film follows a trapeze artist – accompanied by “unleashed” acrobatic camera work to match. Presented in a new DCP restoration!

“This is a production which not only shows the way in which a story should be unfurled, but impresses one with the magic of the camera in picturing effects, such as the torrent of thoughts rushing through a maddened mind, and the views of the audience from the eyes of a hurtling trapeze performer.” – Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times

Dir. Ewald André Dupont, 1925, DCP, 95 min.

The Evil Dead

EvilDead
8/11/2017 - MIDNITE

This event will take place at The Silent Movie Theater, located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Some of the finest seat-jumping moments ever put on film are present in this pure, gut-wrenching horror experience that only gets better with age. In an unrelenting roller coaster ride of pure cinema, Sam Raimi splatters across the screen a tale of five college students who unwittingly unleash demons while vacationing at an isolated cabin. Star Bruce Campbell summed it up best when he recalled Evil Dead’s filmmaking credo: Often mistakenly thought to be a Michigan experience (due to Raimi and Campbell’s background), but in reality filmed in the hallowed woods of Tennessee, Evil Dead is a powerhouse of ingenuity and style in the face of inexperience and impossibly low funding. Without this film, not only would we not have Raimi’s hyperkinetic output, but there would also be no Coen Brothers (who grew from being early Raimi collaborators into masters in their own right) — and most likely, way fewer over-the-top Hong Kong fantasy films.

Dir. Sam Raimi, 1981, 35mm, 85 min.

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Secret Movie Club presents Freaks (Off-site at the Vista)

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8/11/2017 - MIDNITE

The Secret Movie Club presents Freaks at the Vista, located at 4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

A whole generation of midnight moviegoers and cult film fans were weaned on this most disturbing of visions, and the true feather in the horror hat of Tod Browning (director of Dracula). Browning employed real “sideshow professionals” to tell this tale of betrayal and murder in the world of carnival freakshows. Here the freaks take center stage, and the result is startling, provocative and wholly sympathetic to its titular creatures. From cavorting microcephalic “pinheads” to a limbless human torso slithering under a carnival wagon en route to a murder, Freaks packs a wallop that still holds up even in our cynical, seen-it-all times.

Dir. Tod Browning, 1932, 35mm, 64 min.

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The Inner Scar & Chromo Sud (with Jackie Raynal in person)

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8/11/2017 - 10PM

Co-presented by Veggie Cloud

The Inner Scar

A film like no other, The Inner Scar (La cicatrice intérieure) is a seductive and mysteriously existential ramble through various barren landscapes, helmed by Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico (who provides songs for the film), Pierre Clementi, director Philippe Garrel himself (with whom she had a ten year relationship), and even Nico’s son. You’ll recognize the cover the 1970 album Desertshore as being plucked from this gorgeous, primal moan of a film.

Dir. Philippe Garrel, 1972, DCP, 60 min.

Chromo Sud

Though he only made three films, Etienne O’Leary’s work is an impactful feat of editing. Peripheral to the Zanzibar group, but an ideal companion, Chromo Sud is a pulsing, psychedelic drug fueled freakout in which shots from the barricades of May ‘68 protests become a single, layered, flashing, collage for 21 vital minutes.

Dir. Etienne O’Leary, 1968, 16mm, 21 min.

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A Life in Waves (encore!)

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8/11/2017 - 7:30PM

Whether you know it or not – you’re familiar with the work of Suzanne Ciani. Her accolades range from “pioneering electronic musician” to “America’s first female synth hero” to being the first solo female composer to soundtrack a Hollywood film (Lily Tomlin’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman, that is) but that doesn’t even begin to cover her most widely distributed work – ads. Ciani was an incredibly talented artist, crafting lush, romantic, classically-influenced electronic music during what was the heydey of Tangerine Dream and the period that marked the emergence of “New Age” as a category, but she was also a savvy business woman, and funded her creative endeavors with the production of sounds for advertisements and products – from the famous Coca-cola “pop and pour” to pinball games galore. Brett Whitcomb’s intimate, reflective portrait takes us through Suzanne’s career – from her first encounters with a piano to her relationship with her beloved Buchla synthesizer – all to the tune of Ciani’s own compositions.

Dir. Brett Whitcomb, 2017, DCP, 74 min.

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Reefer Madness

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8/10/2017 - 11PM

This event will take place at The Silent Movie Theater, located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

“Because the dread Marihuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter…or yours…or YOURS!”

Heed this, curious cinephiles, or you too may join the ranks of pink-eyed, late-night loonies indoctrinated by this mythic midnite rite of passage! Over 80 years after its release, Reefer Madness remains one of cinema’s first and greatest unintentional gutbusters, and its most uproariously absurd example of anti-drug propaganda. Beginning its life as a righteously sincere morality play (theories accredit its funding to either a wealthy church group or, more juicily, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics), it soon wound up in the hands of proto-exploitation icon Dwain Esper, who played up its seedy sordidness to capitalize on a widespread Green Scare hysteria. It then seemed fated for obscurity, if not for NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) founder Keith Stroup. Recognizing it for the unwitting satire it was, Stroup purchased a print from the Library of Congress in the early 70s and toured it around smoky college auditoriums nationwide, using the ticket sales to support his crusade against similarly absurd drug laws. Thus a midnight mainstay was born, and it’s not hard to see why bleary boys and girls kept coming back to crack up between coughs. Join your fellow “undesirable people” (as the film’s Dr. Alfred Carroll calls us) and get hooked on the hilarious habit you’ll never kick!

Dir. Louis J. Gasnier, 1936, 35mm, 66 min.

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Zanzibar Opening Night Party (with Jackie Raynal in person)

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8/10/2017 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by Veggie Cloud

An almost-lost, eccentric period of French film history, the Zanzibar films mark a spurt of ingenuity borne of a revolutionary time, and are ripe for rediscovery. Film programmer, editor, and filmmaker Jackie Raynal joins us for an evening of rare clips and images that will take us on a tour through the Zanzibar moment. From Philippe Garrel and model-muse Zouzou to artist Danielle Pommereulle, the Zanzibar scene was a cast of characters as much as it was a film movement, and Raynal was at the center of it all.

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Targets (w/ director Peter Bogdanovich in person)

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8/9/2017 - 7:30PM

This event will take place at The Silent Movie Theater, located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Regarded as one of the 70s most celebrated auteurs, it’s easy to forget that Peter Bogdanovich made his bones on the midnight movie circuit with the Roger Corman produced Targets. Keying into the high-profile political shootings of the 1960s (though shot before MLK and Robert Kennedy were killed) as well as the Charles Whitman clock tower killing spree, Bogdanovich – who also plays a small role – deftly weaves parallel narratives; one a thriller involving a clean-cut but unstable Vietnam vet, the other a drama concerning an elderly 1930s horror star (Boris Karloff in a meta role) struggling to find his place in late 60s Hollywood. Smartly co-written by his at-the-time partner Polly Platt and shot by the inimitable Laszlo Kovacs, Targets shows incredible assurance for a first time director, proving that Bogdanovich’s years as a critic and student of cinema were merely a precursor to the awakening of a major talent. Too challenging for general audiences upon release, Targets’ prescient subject matter found resonance with counter-culturally minded movie fans, who, still reeling from the assassinations of their heroes, granted it a second life as a surprise midnight movie hit.

Dir. Peter Bogdanovich, 1968, 35mm, 90 min.

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The Untamed

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8/8/2017 - 10:30PM

Take a healthy dose of sexually charged interpersonal drama, mix in some Lovecraft by way of Zulawski’s Possession and stew in a broth of Mexican mysticism and you have Amat Escalante’s The Untamed. Following up his critical darling Heli, Escalante, a supernova among Mexico City’s new wave of rising star directors, has a flawless sense of tone, deftly balancing the light and dark of his character’s explosive personal lives with shocking cosmic weirdness, body horror, and graphic sex. In exploring the interplay between machismo, homophobia and closeted homosexuality, as framed in Latin culture, the film becomes both a literal and metaphorical monster movie, its tentacled, pleasure-offering creature a corporeal manifestation of the characters’ tortured quest for satisfaction of both body and spirit. More than mere provocation, Escalante’s vision is every bit as honest as it is horrifying and beautiful, a bold cinematic voice that is sure to find an international audience.

Dir. Amat Escalante, 2016, DCP, 100 min.

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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8/8/2017 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by Warner Archive in celebration of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’s Blu-ray release!

Ask any Batman fan what they consider the definitive take on the caped crusader, and 9 out of 10 will name Bruce Timm’s groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series. At its peak in 1992, the team of Timm and Eric Radomski brought the series’ beautifully realized noir aesthetic to the big screen with the feature-length Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, delivering what is now held up as a canonical and essential Batman story. Series regulars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (who would have imagined Luke Skywalker would make for the ideal Joker?) carry over their impeccable voice over work, aided by superlative character voices Stacy Keach, Dana Delaney , Abe Vigoda, Hart Bochner and Dick Miller, bringing to life the story of Batman’s psychologically-charged showdown with a terrifying new enemy, Phantasm. To the Batcave, aka Cinefamily!

Dirs. Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski, 1992, 35mm, 76 min.

The Untamed

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8/7/2017 - 10:30PM

Take a healthy dose of sexually charged interpersonal drama, mix in some Lovecraft by way of Zulawski’s Possession and stew in a broth of Mexican mysticism and you have Amat Escalante’s The Untamed. Following up his critical darling Heli, Escalante, a supernova among Mexico City’s new wave of rising star directors, has a flawless sense of tone, deftly balancing the light and dark of his character’s explosive personal lives with shocking cosmic weirdness, body horror, and graphic sex. In exploring the interplay between machismo, homophobia and closeted homosexuality, as framed in Latin culture, the film becomes both a literal and metaphorical monster movie, its tentacled, pleasure-offering creature a corporeal manifestation of the characters’ tortured quest for satisfaction of both body and spirit. More than mere provocation, Escalante’s vision is every bit as honest as it is horrifying and beautiful, a bold cinematic voice that is sure to find an international audience.

Dir. Amat Escalante, 2016, DCP, 100 min.

Watch the trailer!

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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8/7/2017 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by Warner Archive in celebration of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’s Blu-ray release!

Ask any Batman fan what they consider the definitive take on the caped crusader, and 9 out of 10 will name Bruce Timm’s groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series. At its peak in 1992, the team of Timm and Eric Radomski brought the series’ beautifully realized noir aesthetic to the big screen with the feature-length Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, delivering what is now held up as a canonical and essential Batman story. Series regulars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (who would have imagined Luke Skywalker would make for the ideal Joker?) carry over their impeccable voice over work, aided by superlative character voices Stacy Keach, Dana Delaney , Abe Vigoda, Hart Bochner and Dick Miller, bringing to life the story of Batman’s psychologically-charged showdown with a terrifying new enemy, Phantasm. To the Batcave, aka Cinefamily!

Dirs. Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski, 1992, 35mm, 76 min.

The Untamed

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8/6/2017 - 10:30PM

Take a healthy dose of sexually charged interpersonal drama, mix in some Lovecraft by way of Zulawski’s Possession and stew in a broth of Mexican mysticism and you have Amat Escalante’s The Untamed. Following up his critical darling Heli, Escalante, a supernova among Mexico City’s new wave of rising star directors, has a flawless sense of tone, deftly balancing the light and dark of his character’s explosive personal lives with shocking cosmic weirdness, body horror, and graphic sex. In exploring the interplay between machismo, homophobia and closeted homosexuality, as framed in Latin culture, the film becomes both a literal and metaphorical monster movie, its tentacled, pleasure-offering creature a corporeal manifestation of the characters’ tortured quest for satisfaction of both body and spirit. More than mere provocation, Escalante’s vision is every bit as honest as it is horrifying and beautiful, a bold cinematic voice that is sure to find an international audience.

Dir. Amat Escalante, 2016, DCP, 100 min.

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Barton Fink

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8/6/2017 - 7PM

Part of our tribute to Ben Barenholtz, creator of the midnight movie!

Inspired by Clifford Odets’ bitter experience of Hollywood, Joel and Ethan Coen produced a modern classic with Barton Fink — cleaning up at Cannes with the Palme d’Or, and both Best Director and Best Actor prizes. John Turturro delivers one of his greatest performances as Barton Fink, a successful New York playwright dubiously fixated with writing for the “Common Man,” who reluctantly enters the seedy, corrupted rabbit hole of the 1940s film industry. Suckered into moving to a crumbling Hollywood hotel, with audibly peeling wallpaper, and penning a mediocre wrestling pic, he quickly develops writer’s block and and falls into a noirish murder investigation. Aside from the thinly veiled characterization of Clifford Odets, the film is a densely woven tapestry of Hollywood gossip, legend, and apocrypha from Faulkner to Louis B. Mayer, with dashes of religious and literary references thrown in for good measure. The Coen brothers clearly had a field day skewering both the writer and the nightmarish characters that surround him, with the offbeat sensibility that’s made so much of their work essential.

Dir. Joel Coen, 1991, 35mm, 116 min.

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El Topo with Ben Barenholtz (Off-site at the Vista)

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8/5/2017 - MIDNITE

This event will take place at the Vista, located at 4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

The original midnight movie – “A film too heavy to be shown any other way.”

If you mixed Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, and a heavy dose of psilocybin in a blender, you might arrive at something close to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “acid western” masterpiece, El Topo. Part spaghetti western, part surreal philosophical allegory, the film – starring the director himself as the black leather-clad, vision-questing gunslinger – is a crystallization of his peccadilloes, including explosive, blood-gouting violence, deformed and/or mutilated characters working in tandem, nudity, and, most crucially, Eastern themes and Judeo-Christian imagery. And yet somehow, despite all the craziness, the film is an expanding, spiritual journey that is as entertaining as it is resonant – a feat Jodorowsky would repeat in his equally miraculous Holy Mountain. It’s easy to see why midnight movie trippers embraced El Topo and made a countercultural icon of Jodorowsky – you don’t have to be high to get it, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

With Ben Barenholtz – the man who literally invented the midnight movie, as a marketing stunt for El Topo’s original release! – in person.

Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970, DCP, 125 min.

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The Untamed

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8/5/2017 - 10:30PM

Take a healthy dose of sexually charged interpersonal drama, mix in some Lovecraft by way of Zulawski’s Possession and stew in a broth of Mexican mysticism and you have Amat Escalante’s The Untamed. Following up his critical darling Heli, Escalante, a supernova among Mexico City’s new wave of rising star directors, has a flawless sense of tone, deftly balancing the light and dark of his character’s explosive personal lives with shocking cosmic weirdness, body horror, and graphic sex. In exploring the interplay between machismo, homophobia and closeted homosexuality, as framed in Latin culture, the film becomes both a literal and metaphorical monster movie, its tentacled, pleasure-offering creature a corporeal manifestation of the characters’ tortured quest for satisfaction of both body and spirit. More than mere provocation, Escalante’s vision is every bit as honest as it is horrifying and beautiful, a bold cinematic voice that is sure to find an international audience.

Dir. Amat Escalante, 2016, DCP, 100 min.

Watch the trailer!

Alina (w/ Darya Ekamasova in person)

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8/5/2017 - 7PM

Part of our tribute to Ben Barenholtz, creator of the midnight movie! Introduced by a special surprise guest. Q&A moderated by Radha Mitchell.

From film programmer of the legendary Elgin theatre, to indie film distributor par excellence (Libra Films put out everything from Guy Maddin to Melville), to producer for the Coen Bros and George Romero, Ben Barenholtz has already had a full life and legacy. Now, he begins a whole new phase, at the age of 80 making his debut as a feature film director! Starring the talented Darya Ekamasova (featured on FX’s The Americans), Alina draws upon Barenholtz own experience as an immigrant to tell the tale of a young Russian woman coming to America in search of her lost father – with only a 25-year-old photo to guide her. Ultra-low budget, independent as all hell (as always for Ben!), fiery, and moving, Alina shows that it’s never too late to start making movies. Come celebrate with this special sneak preview. Q&A to follow with Ben Barenholtz and Darya Ekamasova.

Dir. Ben Barenholtz, 2016, digital presentation, 89 min.

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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8/5/2017 - 2PM

Co-presented by Warner Archive in celebration of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’s Blu-ray release!

Ask any Batman fan what they consider the definitive take on the caped crusader, and 9 out of 10 will name Bruce Timm’s groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series. At its peak in 1992, the team of Timm and Eric Radomski brought the series’ beautifully realized noir aesthetic to the big screen with the feature-length Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, delivering what is now held up as a canonical and essential Batman story. Series regulars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (who would have imagined Luke Skywalker would make for the ideal Joker?) carry over their impeccable voice over work, aided by superlative character voices Stacy Keach, Dana Delaney , Abe Vigoda, Hart Bochner and Dick Miller, bringing to life the story of Batman’s psychologically-charged showdown with a terrifying new enemy, Phantasm. To the Batcave, aka Cinefamily!

Dirs. Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski, 1992, 35mm, 76 min.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Origins

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8/5/2017 - 11AM

This month we’re going back into the archives and looking at origins – that means pilot episodes, first appearances of our favorite characters, and the origin stories that formed the worlds we love. Saturday morning ‘toons were foundational for so many of us, so we’ll be revisiting our own origins too, as we travel back to when we first let cartoons into our hearts and minds. This celebration of firsts will feature notable beginnings like the first Adventure Time, the first Daffy Duck cartoon, the first time Sylvester bests Tweety, and the origins of Popeye and Olive Oyl’s relationship.

As always, pajamas encouraged. Come hungry, for our complimentary all-you-can-eat cereal bar.

The Tenant

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8/4/2017 - MIDNITE

Of Roman Polanski’s noted apartment trilogy – which also includes Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby, his 1976 capper The Tenant is often given the least attention, which is a shame as it may be his most personal and harrowing. A Kafkaesque descent into madness and paranoia, the film concerns the claustrophobic apartment-based interactions of a Parisian transplant, played by an uncredited Polanski himself, and the neighbors who may or may not be conspiring against him. Aside from the flop-sweat-inducing tension and palpable sense of escalating panic, the film is a dizzying whirlwind of subtext, both sexual and political – and the sort of perfectly focused tonal pastiche that only a master with Polanski’s skill could pull off. With Melvyn Douglas, Shelly Winters, a bewitching Isabelle Adjani, and a shock ending that is as hilarious as it is horrifying, The Tenant will take up permanent residency in your shattered nerves.

Dir. Roman Polanski, 1976, 35mm, 126 min.

Tribute to Ben Barenholtz featuring Martin

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8/4/2017 - 7:30PM

Part of our tribute to Ben Barenholtz

Producer, distributor, and showman Ben Barenholtz — who ran New York’s legendary Elgin theatre in the early 70s — is the man who literally invented the midnight movie, creating the time-slot as a marketing stunt for the original release of El Topo (“A Film Too Heavy To Be Shown Any Other Way” was his incredible tagline). Oh right, did we mention he discovered El Topo? And distributed Eraserhead when no one else would? And produced movies for George Romero and the Coen Bros? And now he’s directed his first feature at the age of 89? Join us as we celebrate one of the great behind-the-scenes forces in movie history!

Martin

“Don’t worry, I’m always careful with the needles,” advises the troubled Martin to a female victim as he injects her with a sedative. In a dim train car, he embraces her unconscious body and uses a razor blade to open her veins and drink her blood. With this unforgettable opening, Martin finds George Romero taking vampire lore into devastating waters, with the same precision and down-to-earth gusto found in his previous studies of zombies, witchcraft, and urban paranoia. The teenage Martin (John Amplas) lives with his stern uncle, who claims that Martin is actually an ancient, traditional vampire who stalks the streets at night; the viewer is never completely sure about the true nature of Martin’s identity, with eerie gothic flashbacks reinforcing the uneasy coexistence between past and present in his family. Plus, the violence is tastefully handled, with startling bursts of blood suddenly pooling out of characters who seem all too human. The kind of film that horror buffs adore, Martin is Romero’s true masterpiece, a perfect example of his personal expression as a filmmaker, and very rarely screened.

Dir. George Romero, 1977, digital presentation, 95 min.

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The Untamed

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8/3/2017 - 10:30PM

Take a healthy dose of sexually charged interpersonal drama, mix in some Lovecraft by way of Zulawski’s Possession and stew in a broth of Mexican mysticism and you have Amat Escalante’s The Untamed. Following up his critical darling Heli, Escalante, a supernova among Mexico City’s new wave of rising star directors, has a flawless sense of tone, deftly balancing the light and dark of his character’s explosive personal lives with shocking cosmic weirdness, body horror, and graphic sex. In exploring the interplay between machismo, homophobia and closeted homosexuality, as framed in Latin culture, the film becomes both a literal and metaphorical monster movie, its tentacled, pleasure-offering creature a corporeal manifestation of the characters’ tortured quest for satisfaction of both body and spirit. More than mere provocation, Escalante’s vision is every bit as honest as it is horrifying and beautiful, a bold cinematic voice that is sure to find an international audience.

Dir. Amat Escalante, 2016, DCP, 100 min.

Watch the trailer!

A Life in Waves (w/ director Brett Whitcomb, producer Bradford Thomason, and Suzanne Ciani in person!)

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8/3/2017 - 7:30PM

Presented by Don’t Knock the Rock and Boiler Room

Whether you know it or not – you’re familiar with the work of Suzanne Ciani. Her accolades range from “pioneering electronic musician” to “America’s first female synth hero” to being the first solo female composer to soundtrack a Hollywood film (Lily Tomlin’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman, that is) but that doesn’t even begin to cover her most widely distributed work – ads. Ciani was an incredibly talented artist, crafting lush, romantic, classically-influenced electronic music during what was the heydey of Tangerine Dream and the period that marked the emergence of “New Age” as a category, but she was also a savvy business woman, and funded her creative endeavors with the production of sounds for advertisements and products – from the famous Coca-cola “pop and pour” to pinball games galore. Brett Whitcomb’s intimate, reflective portrait takes us through Suzanne’s career – from her first encounters with a piano to her relationship with her beloved Buchla synthesizer – all to the tune of Ciani’s own compositions.

Dir. Brett Whitcomb, 2017, DCP, 74 min.

Watch the trailer!

Members-only screening

8/2/2017 - 8:30PM

For this timeslot, we will be closed to the public, for a special members-only screening. To find out more and get invited to the next one, become a member here.

Secret Honor (with Philip Baker Hall in person!)

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8/1/2017 - 7:30PM

After the screening, Philip Baker Hall will be in conversation with Sam Fragoso, host of Talk Easy.

A loaded revolver, a bottle of whiskey, a tape recorder, and a fleet of surveillance monitors: these are Nixon’s only friends in Robert Altman’s criminally underseen masterpiece. Phillip Baker Hall’s Nixon broods, sputters, and rants – recounting with frustration and paranoia his life and disgraced career – in a single, unbroken monologue (interrupted chiefly by Dick telling his inanimate interlocutor, “Roberto, erase that” as he rambles into absurdist tangents). Originally written for the stage by a political dramatist and a former NSA and DOJ lawyer, Secret Honor counter-mythologizes Nixon, imagining him as a paid shill for a greater American political conspiracy, with Watergate as the public-facing controversy which hid from view the “real” corruption behind the throne. A favorite of Paul Thomas Anderson (who later cast Hall in Sydney, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia), Altman’s enrapturing investigation of power is also an ancestor of the independent film movement – shot on a shoestring budget for his filmmaking class at the University of Michigan – a visual exercise in space, pacing, and restraint.

Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Dir. Robert Altman, 1984, 35mm, 90 min.

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The Untamed

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7/31/2017 - 10:30PM

Take a healthy dose of sexually charged interpersonal drama, mix in some Lovecraft by way of Zulawski’s Possession and stew in a broth of Mexican mysticism and you have Amat Escalante’s The Untamed. Following up his critical darling Heli, Escalante, a supernova among Mexico City’s new wave of rising star directors, has a flawless sense of tone, deftly balancing the light and dark of his character’s explosive personal lives with shocking cosmic weirdness, body horror, and graphic sex. In exploring the interplay between machismo, homophobia and closeted homosexuality, as framed in Latin culture, the film becomes both a literal and metaphorical monster movie, its tentacled, pleasure-offering creature a corporeal manifestation of the characters’ tortured quest for satisfaction of both body and spirit. More than mere provocation, Escalante’s vision is every bit as honest as it is horrifying and beautiful, a bold cinematic voice that is sure to find an international audience.

Dir. Amat Escalante, 2016, DCP, 100 min.

Watch the trailer!

Comrade Detective (Free sneak w/ Rhys Thomas and Brian Gatewood in person!)

Comrade Detective
7/31/2017 - 7:30PM

Join us for a free sneak peek of a new Amazon Studios original series!

Featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jenny Slate, Chloe Sevigny, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, Kim Basinger, Mahershala Ali, Tracy Letts, John Early and many more!

“In the thick of 1980′s Cold War hysteria, the Romanian government created the country’s most popular and longest-running series, Comrade Detective, a gritty and sleek police drama that not only entertained its citizens but also promoted Communist ideals and inspired a deep nationalism. The action-packed and blood-soaked first season finds Detectives Gregor Anghel and Iosef Baciu investigating the murder of fellow officer Nikita Ionesco and, in the process, unraveling a subversive plot to destroy their country that is fueled by what else but the greatest enemy: Capitalism. Though the beloved show was sadly forgotten about after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has been rediscovered and digitally remastered, now with its main heroes voiced by Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.”

Got that? If you can’t seem to figure out how you ever missed this Romanian hit – have no fear; before our sneak peek of the show’s first two episodes, creators Rhys Thomas (Documentary Now) and Brian Gatewood will present a clip history of some the rarer anti-American propaganda that influenced Comrade Detective, including some of the uncanny TV they found behind the Iron Curtain. Streaming on Amazon August 4th.

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

Cinefamily is a non-profit. All of our donating 1-year “Black Card” members get priority entry to our free shows. Donating for a Cinefamily membership is the perfect way to both support the theater, and to gain access to the early-entry line.

The Untamed

THE UNTAMED
7/30/2017 - 10PM

Take a healthy dose of sexually charged interpersonal drama, mix in some Lovecraft by way of Zulawski’s Possession and stew in a broth of Mexican mysticism and you have Amat Escalante’s The Untamed. Following up his critical darling Heli, Escalante, a supernova among Mexico City’s new wave of rising star directors, has a flawless sense of tone, deftly balancing the light and dark of his character’s explosive personal lives with shocking cosmic weirdness, body horror, and graphic sex. In exploring the interplay between machismo, homophobia and closeted homosexuality, as framed in Latin culture, the film becomes both a literal and metaphorical monster movie, its tentacled, pleasure-offering creature a corporeal manifestation of the characters’ tortured quest for satisfaction of both body and spirit. More than mere provocation, Escalante’s vision is every bit as honest as it is horrifying and beautiful, a bold cinematic voice that is sure to find an international audience.

Dir. Amat Escalante, 2016, DCP, 100 min.

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From Convent to Counterculture: Sister Corita and Inquiring Nuns

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7/30/2017 - 7PM

Co-presented by Corita Art Center

Join us for a closing reception on our patio featuring a gallery show of works by Sister Corita Kent!

With Baylis Glascock in person!

“I think maybe one of the most important rules about looking at films that I can think of is that you should never blink, that you should really keep your eyes straight on the film and never miss anything.” – Sister Corita Kent

Baylis Glascock’s 1967 documentary We Have No Art opens with these instructions from radical artist-teacher-nun Sister Corita, whose politically and spiritually-charged silkscreens were often compared to Andy Warhol’s, and continues to explore her progressive teaching methods and ideas at the former Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. Paired with Glascock’s Mary’s Day 1964, which documents Corita’s experiment in contemporizing the traditional springtime ceremony with Pop Art, the two films stand in clear admiration of the unorthodox nun, whose experimental practices attracted such luminaries as Charles & Ray Eames, Alfred Hitchcock, John Cage, and Buckminster Fuller to teach alongside her.

Echoing Jean Roach and Edgar Morin’s seminal documentary Chronicle of a Summer, Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner’s Inquiring Nuns wants to know “Are you happy?” Set to a Philip Glass score (his first for film!), this simple but disarming question is repeated over and over again by two wide-eyed young Sisters as they roam the streets of Vietnam War-era Chicago, approaching everyone from Sunday morning churchgoers to legendary comedian Stepin Fetchit to members of psych-rock duo “The Bubblegum Orgy.” The responses they receive range from rational to philosophical to frankly sexual, but what’s most striking about this 1968 time capsule is the recurring humanistic desire for a more peaceful planet.

We Have No Art, dir. Baylis Glascock, 1968, 16mm, 26 min.
Mary’s Day, dir. Baylis Glascock, 1964, digital presentation, 12 min.
Inquiring Nuns, dirs. Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner, 1968, 16mm, 66 min.

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Super Tight

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7/29/2017 - 10PM

SUPER TIGHT is a wild and wonderful party that showcases the most fantastical elements of art, comedy, music, and magic in a dizzying and immersive night of discovery, community, and indulgence. Come join the cult and let your freak flag proudly fly.

Featuring:
Mike Diva
Iliza Shlesinger
Mystiki
Hott MT
Ian Abramson
& a live score by Winter

Line up subject to change.

Moral Tales: Love in the Afternoon

Love in the Afternoon
7/29/2017 - 5PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

With a DJ set by Jim Smith from The Smell

“I dream of a life comprised of first loves and last loves…” muses Bernard Verley’s satiated Parisian lawyer in Rohmer’s final Moral Tale – at once the funniest, most probing, and arguably greatest of the series. Verley assures us, of course, that his wandering eye is purely part of his escapist routine, much like his beloved novels: fancies and fancies alone, that ultimately affirm his fidelity. That is, until his will is tested by après-midi encounters with Chloé, played by the iconic model and socialite Zouzou, whose free-wheeling, laissez-faire lifestyle offers an escape hatch from his comfortable bourgeois existence. Rohmer and his trusted cinematographer Nestor Almendros (Days of Heaven, frequent Truffaut collaborator) working at the height of their powers, marry refined classicism with the post-Nouvelle Vague‘s loose naturalism – a collection of stolen moments and cinematic reveries, like the story itself. After years of investigating the nature of male lust, Rohmer reaches a peace with monogamy in the film’s climax: that though we can’t stop ourselves from wanting what we don’t need, we may be surprised at how much we need what we don’t want.

Dir. Éric Rohmer, 1972, 35mm, 97 min.

Print courtesy of the Institut Français. Special thanks to the Cultural services of the French Embassy.

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Friday Night Frights: Freaks

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7/28/2017 - MIDNITE

Presented by Friday Night Frights

A whole generation of midnight moviegoers and cult film fans were weaned on this most disturbing of visions, and the true feather in the horror hat of Tod Browning (director of Dracula). Browning employed real “sideshow professionals” to tell this tale of betrayal and murder in the world of carnival freakshows. Here the freaks take center stage, and the result is startling, provocative and wholly sympathetic to its titular creatures. From cavorting microcephalic “pinheads” to a limbless human torso slithering under a carnival wagon en route to a murder, Freaks packs a wallop that still holds up even in our cynical, seen-it-all times.

Dir. Tod Browning, 1932, 35mm, 64 min.

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Step (Free sneak peek with special guests!)

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7/28/2017 - 7:30PM

Presented by Women of Cinefamily

With special guests Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari “Coach G” McIntyre, and Paula Dofat in person!

“You mess with my sisters and you mess with me!” That’s the chant of the “Lethal Ladies” of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, the all-girls high school competitive step dance team that is about to rock your world and move you to tears, in the most inspiring documentary of the year. These young women are part of the founding class of a non-profit college prep school – whose stated goal is that EVERY participant be accepted to and graduate from college; for many of the girls, they will be the first in their family to do so. Amanda Lipitz’s Step brings you along on their journey, skillfully interweaving the tales of three girls in particular, in this uplifting tribute to the world’s greatest moms, sisterhood, and the indomitable spirit of young girls when they stick together. In theaters August 4th

Dir. Amanda Lipitz, 2017, DCP, 83 min.

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

Cinefamily is a non-profit. All of our donating 1-year “Black Card” members get priority entry to our free shows. Donating for a Cinefamily membership is the perfect way to both support the theater, and to gain access to the early-entry line.

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Kuso

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7/27/2017 - MIDNITE

With a set by DJ Mishka and DJ Harley (KXLU).

“The grossest movie ever made.” –The Verge

“Those who walked out were completely right to do so… Kuso is destined to be legendary.” –The Film Stage

“I tried to warn folks.” –Flying Lotus

Get ready for Kuso, Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus’ film debut, and the latest entry in midnight movie history – a challenging, perverse, free-jazz, body horror psycho-scape of epic and disgusting proportions. In a series of sketches featuring a cast of funkadelic freakazoids and comic maniacs – from George Clinton to Tim Heidecker and Hannibal Buress – and with animations by Newgrounds pioneer David Firth, Kuso is a visual feast – just a rotting, putrid, and otherworldly one that that would make Matthew Barney queasy. Only playing at midnight.

Dir. Flying Lotus, 2017, DCP, 105 min.

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Pink Floyd: The Wall (Off-site at The Standard Hollywood)

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7/27/2017 - 8:30PM

This event will take place at The Standard Hollywood, 8300 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Screening begins at 8:30pm; early arrival suggested.

Holy shit, ‘Floyd fans – if you’ve never seen Pink Floyd: The Wall, now’s the time to take the pill; as the film is more than a video album, more than a rock operetta, more than the sticky makeout party known as Laser Floyd at the Science Center. Director Alan Parker takes classic-rock-giant Pink Floyd’s eleventh (and most contentious) studio album and adds dimension after visual dimension to its iconic composition, slowly revealing the plummeting and heartbreaking internal depths of The Wall’s unexplored stories.

Following young Pink through a childhood of turmoil and hostility, The Wall is a visually rich yet morally devoid bildungsroman of mounting anxiety, as Pink struggles for connection and expression in an uncaring, violent world. Written by Roger Waters, based on the life of rock ‘n roll’s arguable persephone Syd Barrett, and rife with psychedelia, the film hypnotizes us deeply into the psychological sub-terrains of a soul’s disconnection from society – in only the way Waters can be our Virgil. With animation by Gerald Scarfe that brings an interplanar breadth to this sludgy, woeful musical epic of postwar algos, Waters has crafted a crucial forewarning – perhaps now more relevant than ever – of the psychosis of a human kept behind a wall.

Dir. Alan Parker, 1983, digital presentation, 95 min.

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

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The Untamed

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7/27/2017 - 7:30PM

Cinefamilia opening night party!

With a DJ set by the Chulita Vinyl Club

Take a healthy dose of sexually charged interpersonal drama, mix in some Lovecraft by way of Zulawski’s Possession and stew in a broth of Mexican mysticism and you have Amat Escalante’s The Untamed. Following up his critical darling Heli, Escalante, a supernova among Mexico City’s new wave of rising star directors, has a flawless sense of tone, deftly balancing the light and dark of his character’s explosive personal lives with shocking cosmic weirdness, body horror, and graphic sex. In exploring the interplay between machismo, homophobia and closeted homosexuality, as framed in Latin culture, the film becomes both a literal and metaphorical monster movie, its tentacled, pleasure-offering creature a corporeal manifestation of the characters’ tortured quest for satisfaction of both body and spirit. More than mere provocation, Escalante’s vision is every bit as honest as it is horrifying and beautiful, a bold cinematic voice that is sure to find an international audience.

Dir. Amat Escalante, 2016, DCP, 100 min.

Watch the trailer!

Kuso

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7/26/2017 - MIDNITE

“The grossest movie ever made.” –The Verge

“Those who walked out were completely right to do so… Kuso is destined to be legendary.” –The Film Stage

“I tried to warn folks.” –Flying Lotus

Get ready for Kuso, Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus’ film debut, and the latest entry in midnight movie history – a challenging, perverse, free-jazz, body horror psycho-scape of epic and disgusting proportions. In a series of sketches featuring a cast of funkadelic freakazoids and comic maniacs – from George Clinton to Tim Heidecker and Hannibal Buress – and with animations by Newgrounds pioneer David Firth, Kuso is a visual feast – just a rotting, putrid, and otherworldly one that that would make Matthew Barney queasy. Only playing at midnight.

Dir. Flying Lotus, 2017, DCP, 105 min.

Watch the trailer!

Kuso

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7/25/2017 - MIDNITE

“The grossest movie ever made.” –The Verge

“Those who walked out were completely right to do so… Kuso is destined to be legendary.” –The Film Stage

“I tried to warn folks.” –Flying Lotus

Get ready for Kuso, Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus’ film debut, and the latest entry in midnight movie history – a challenging, perverse, free-jazz, body horror psycho-scape of epic and disgusting proportions. In a series of sketches featuring a cast of funkadelic freakazoids and comic maniacs – from George Clinton to Tim Heidecker and Hannibal Buress – and with animations by Newgrounds pioneer David Firth, Kuso is a visual feast – just a rotting, putrid, and otherworldly one that that would make Matthew Barney queasy. Only playing at midnight.

Dir. Flying Lotus, 2017, DCP, 105 min.

Watch the trailer!

Batmanimation: A History of Batman in Cartoons feat. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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7/25/2017 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by Warner Archive in celebration of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’s Blu-ray release!

Ask any Batman fan what they consider the definitive take on the caped crusader, and 9 out of 10 will name Bruce Timm’s groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series. At its peak in 1992, the team of Timm and Eric Radomski brought the series’ beautifully realized noir aesthetic to the big screen with the feature-length Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, delivering what is now held up as a canonical and essential Batman story. Series regulars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (who would have imagined Luke Skywalker would make for the ideal Joker?) carry over their impeccable voice over work, aided by superlative character voices Stacy Keach, Dana Delaney , Abe Vigoda, Hart Bochner and Dick Miller, bringing to life the story of Batman’s psychologically-charged showdown with a terrifying new enemy, Phantasm. And if being treated to what is arguably the best big screen Batman isn’t enough, famed animation historian and regular Cinefamily guest curator Jerry Beck will be presenting clips from the award-winning series along with the Dark Knight’s other cartoon outings and conducting a lively lecture on his storied history in the animated medium. To the Batcave, aka Cinefamily!

Dirs. Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski, 1992, 35mm, 76 min.

Kuso

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7/24/2017 - MIDNITE

“The grossest movie ever made.” –The Verge

“Those who walked out were completely right to do so… Kuso is destined to be legendary.” –The Film Stage

“I tried to warn folks.” –Flying Lotus

Get ready for Kuso, Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus’ film debut, and the latest entry in midnight movie history – a challenging, perverse, free-jazz, body horror psycho-scape of epic and disgusting proportions. In a series of sketches featuring a cast of funkadelic freakazoids and comic maniacs – from George Clinton to Tim Heidecker and Hannibal Buress – and with animations by Newgrounds pioneer David Firth, Kuso is a visual feast – just a rotting, putrid, and otherworldly one that that would make Matthew Barney queasy. Only playing at midnight.

Dir. Flying Lotus, 2017, DCP, 105 min.

Watch the trailer!

Stalker

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7/24/2017 - 8PM

“Perhaps it was in Stalker that I felt for the first time the need to indicate clearly and unequivocally the supreme value by which, as they say, man lives.” – Andrei Tarkovsky

One of the greatest films of all time – and perhaps the single greatest science fiction film – Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker has long been both a rarity and a touchstone. Smartly flipping a common trope of post-nuclear anxieties, the film follows three men – known simply as Stalker (Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy), Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and Professor (Nikolai Grinko) – into a government-controlled lockdown zone in search of a room capable of granting its visitors’ innermost desires. With stunning visuals and almost impossible philosophical scope, Tarkovsky enshrouds religious allegory and political anxieties in quiet realism, constructing a dialogic meditation on art, faith, religion, and love. Thanks to a new restoration from Janus Films, this staple of the cinematic canon once again graces the big screen.

Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979, DCP, 161 min.

Watch the trailer!

Kuso

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7/23/2017 - MIDNITE

“The grossest movie ever made.” –The Verge

“Those who walked out were completely right to do so… Kuso is destined to be legendary.” –The Film Stage

“I tried to warn folks.” –Flying Lotus

Get ready for Kuso, Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus’ film debut, and the latest entry in midnight movie history – a challenging, perverse, free-jazz, body horror psycho-scape of epic and disgusting proportions. In a series of sketches featuring a cast of funkadelic freakazoids and comic maniacs – from George Clinton to Tim Heidecker and Hannibal Buress – and with animations by Newgrounds pioneer David Firth, Kuso is a visual feast – just a rotting, putrid, and otherworldly one that that would make Matthew Barney queasy. Only playing at midnight.

Dir. Flying Lotus, 2017, DCP, 105 min.

Watch the trailer!

Série noire

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7/23/2017 - 5PM

Patrick Dewaere, one of the most talented French comic actors of the 70s, may have the saddest face in cinema. Known in the US mainly for his terrific performances in Bertrand Blier’s hit absurdist comedies Going Places and Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Dewaere was a human “Pierrot” (the iconic sad clown of French theatre and Italian Commedia dell’arte) who found a neurotic humor in his own very real fragility; tragically, Dewaere’s own battles with depression culminated in his eventual suicide in 1982. This makes Série noire one of the most simultaneously emotionally affecting and tragic of Jim Thompson’s adaptations (by Georges Perec, no less). In the Thompson cavalcade of misanthropists, nihilists, and misogynists, one feels Dewaere’s desperation to be a hero, as he ends up just another pathetic sucker, impotent against the fates and destined to be eaten by bigger and smarter fish, with no morals, instead of few. A rare screening on 35mm of an overlooked gem.

Dir. Alain Corneau, 1979, 35mm, 111 min.

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

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7/23/2017 - 2PM

Most sequels go the way of Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo or Speed 2: Cruise Control. Some, when you get that delicious alignment of talent, inspiration, and a dose of gonzo, take the Gremlins 2: The New Batch path. Sister Act 2 – a strange, beautiful, hilarious movie – belongs in the latter category.

It was a different world when the Sister Act franchise arrived in cinemas in the early 90′s. We had no idea that Whoopi Goldberg would one day helm The View, while Harry Potter‘s Minerva McGonagal was just a twinkle in Maggie Smith’s eye. Deloris (Whoopi)’s singing career is soaring in Vegas, is recruited by Smith for a classic “one last ride” rejoin the nuns in rescuing a declining San Francisco public school from closure. Fish-out-of-water hijinks ensue, while a lurid batch of musical numbers – including arrangements of Marvin Gaye and Supremes tunes – are exemplary of the ambitious, entrepreneurial cinema of the era. Oh, and it also launched the careers of Lauryn Hill and Jennifer Love Hewitt! Director Bill Duke (who’d helmed episodes of Miami Vice and a number of hard-boiled crime flicks, in between acting turns in Car Wash and Predator) notched a historical touchstone by being the first African American to helm a blockbuster sequel – and doing so with bravura style.

Dir. Bill Duke, 1993, 35mm, 107 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Kuso

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7/22/2017 - MIDNITE

“The grossest movie ever made.” –The Verge

“Those who walked out were completely right to do so… Kuso is destined to be legendary.” –The Film Stage

“I tried to warn folks.” –Flying Lotus

Get ready for Kuso, Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus’ film debut, and the latest entry in midnight movie history – a challenging, perverse, free-jazz, body horror psycho-scape of epic and disgusting proportions. In a series of sketches featuring a cast of funkadelic freakazoids and comic maniacs – from George Clinton to Tim Heidecker and Hannibal Buress – and with animations by Newgrounds pioneer David Firth, Kuso is a visual feast – just a rotting, putrid, and otherworldly one that that would make Matthew Barney queasy. Only playing at midnight.

Dir. Flying Lotus, 2017, DCP, 105 min.

Watch the trailer!

Stalker

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7/22/2017 - 7PM

“Perhaps it was in Stalker that I felt for the first time the need to indicate clearly and unequivocally the supreme value by which, as they say, man lives.” – Andrei Tarkovsky

One of the greatest films of all time – and perhaps the single greatest science fiction film – Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker has long been both a rarity and a touchstone. Smartly flipping a common trope of post-nuclear anxieties, the film follows three men – known simply as Stalker (Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy), Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and Professor (Nikolai Grinko) – into a government-controlled lockdown zone in search of a room capable of granting its visitors’ innermost desires. With stunning visuals and almost impossible philosophical scope, Tarkovsky enshrouds religious allegory and political anxieties in quiet realism, constructing a dialogic meditation on art, faith, religion, and love. Thanks to a new restoration from Janus Films, this staple of the cinematic canon once again graces the big screen.

Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979, DCP, 161 min.

Watch the trailer!

Moral Tales: Claire's Knee

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7/22/2017 - 5PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

“Something close to a perfect film… Claire’s Knee unfolds like an elegant fairy tale in a series of enchanted and enchanting encounters, on the lake, in gardens heavy with blossoms, in interiors that look like Vermeers… it is so funny and so moving, so immaculately realized, that almost any ordinary attempt to describe it must, I think, in some way diminish it,” wrote The New York Times‘ Vincent Canby in 1971.

Arguably Rohmer’s masterpiece, the fifth installment of his Moral Tales sextuplet, Claire’s Knee, traces the lustful pangs of Jérôme, a diplomat stationed at Lake Annecy in Western France, as he encounters and muses with Aurora, a wizened novelist, and two teenage girls. Unfolding in a novelistic, stream-of-consciousness style across July 1970, Claire’s Knee achieves as close to pure heartbeat-editing as ever attempted in French cinema. The moody photography (Rohmer’s second film in color) is utterly entrancing; the performances deftly subtle; the drama purely human. Canby placed the film within the company of Intolerance, Rear Window, and My Darling Clementine – works that not only attest to the power of the cinematic form, but could only exist because of it.

Dir. Éric Rohmer, 1970, 35mm, 105 min.

Print courtesy of the Institut Français. Special thanks to the Cultural services of the French Embassy.

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Kuso

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7/21/2017 - MIDNITE

“The grossest movie ever made.” –The Verge

“Those who walked out were completely right to do so… Kuso is destined to be legendary.” –The Film Stage

“I tried to warn folks.” –Flying Lotus

Get ready for Kuso, Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus’ film debut, and the latest entry in midnight movie history – a challenging, perverse, free-jazz, body horror psycho-scape of epic and disgusting proportions. In a series of sketches featuring a cast of funkadelic freakazoids and comic maniacs – from George Clinton to Tim Heidecker and Hannibal Buress – and with animations by Newgrounds pioneer David Firth, Kuso is a visual feast – just a rotting, putrid, and otherworldly one that that would make Matthew Barney queasy. Only playing at midnight.

Dir. Flying Lotus, 2017, DCP, 105 min.

Watch the trailer!

Night of the Creeps (with director Fred Dekker in person)

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7/21/2017 - 10PM

Director’s cut!

Though it was overlooked during the busy summer movie schedule of 1986, Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps has gone on to become a quintessential cult classic. A loving homage to the B movies of the 1950s, Dekker’s winningly gruesome horror comedy mashes up elements of atomic age sci-fi, Romero zombies, slashers, and 80s teen comedy, magically landing on a recipe for pure fun. Leads Jason Lively and Steve Marshall have a great rapport as best buds dealing with a campus infested with space slug-controlled zombie schoolmates, with B movie leading man Tom Atkins bringing the funny as the quipping alcoholic detective who finds himself caught up in the madness, leading to some of the film’s irresistibly quotable lines. A perfect summer movie, Night of the Creeps has proved highly influential, inspiring James Gunn’s pre-Guardians of the Galaxy creepfest, Slither. The good news is that we’re throwing a rare screening of the director’s cut with special guests… the bad news is that they’re dead!

Dir. Fred Dekker, 1986, DCP, 88 min.

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Happiness of the Katakuris

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7/21/2017 - 7PM

After a Jan Svankmajer-style opening involving a cupid-like homunculus, an evil teddy bear, and a hungry crow, we meet four generations of the Katakuris: husband and wife, their criminal son and divorcée daughter, her little girl, and the wife’s father. In response to Japan’s economic decline, the Katakuris have reinvented themselves as innkeepers at an out-of-the-way hotel. Sadly, their guests have a tendency to die from suicide and fatal accident, and the family has to bury the bodies to avoid the bad press. Meanwhile, the daughter of the family is being wooed by a con artist who claims to be either the offspring of royalty or a foreign spy. To make matters worse, an escaped murderer is on the loose, and the nearby volcano is rumbling ominously. Miike’s whatzit is the best family-musical-comedy-with-zombies-and-claymation-sequences ever made.

Dir. Takashi Miike, 2001, 35mm, 113 min.

Stalker

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7/20/2017 - 7PM

“Perhaps it was in Stalker that I felt for the first time the need to indicate clearly and unequivocally the supreme value by which, as they say, man lives.” – Andrei Tarkovsky

One of the greatest films of all time – and perhaps the single greatest science fiction film – Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker has long been both a rarity and a touchstone. Smartly flipping a common trope of post-nuclear anxieties, the film follows three men – known simply as Stalker (Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy), Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and Professor (Nikolai Grinko) – into a government-controlled lockdown zone in search of a room capable of granting its visitors’ innermost desires. With stunning visuals and almost impossible philosophical scope, Tarkovsky enshrouds religious allegory and political anxieties in quiet realism, constructing a dialogic meditation on art, faith, religion, and love. Thanks to a new restoration from Janus Films, this staple of the cinematic canon once again graces the big screen.

Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979, DCP, 161 min.

Watch the trailer!

Private Event

7/19/2017 - 7PM

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”

All the President's Men

7/18/2017 - 7:30PM

All the President's Men

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7/18/2017 - 7:30PM

Part of our Impeach the President: Watergate on Film series

Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for All the President’s Men.

Greg sez: The crowning achievement of Alan J. Pakula’s Paranoid trilogy (Klute, Parallax View). Two sexy reporters, (Robert Redford and his groovy 70’s hair and Dustin Hoffman playing it low-key with a mullet ) are thrown together by their gruff-but-lovable editor, (the gruff-but-lovable Jason Robards) to uncover mayhem, skullduggery, and corruption at the Imperial Nixon White House. Hellbent on the scoop, they press and lie and wheedle and have furtive secret meetings with anonymous sources played by a dazzling array of character actors in parlors and car parks. All evidence leads to one conclusion: the President is a spying, duplicitous, maniac surrounded by corrupt henchman. No one will be seated till someone is impeached.

Dir. Alan J. Pakula, 1976, 35mm, 138 min.

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Happiness of the Katakuris & Tetsuo: The Iron Man with Flying Lotus in person!

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7/17/2017 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by Shudder and Worldwide FM

Double feature programmed and introduced by Flying Lotus!

Happiness of the Katakuris

After a Jan Svankmajer-style opening involving a cupid-like homunculus, an evil teddy bear, and a hungry crow, we meet four generations of the Katakuris: husband and wife, their criminal son and divorcée daughter, her little girl, and the wife’s father. In response to Japan’s economic decline, the Katakuris have reinvented themselves as innkeepers at an out-of-the-way hotel. Sadly, their guests have a tendency to die from suicide and fatal accident, and the family has to bury the bodies to avoid the bad press. Meanwhile, the daughter of the family is being wooed by a con artist who claims to be either the offspring of royalty or a foreign spy. To make matters worse, an escaped murderer is on the loose, and the nearby volcano is rumbling ominously. Miike’s whatzit is the best family-musical-comedy-with-zombies- and-claymation-sequences ever made.

Dir. Takashi Miike, 2001, 35mm, 113 min.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man

With all the heavy clanks and insane visual thrumming of a Metropolis updated for the frenetic William Gibson age – crossed with the blazing sex-and-blood factor of a vintage Cronenberg nightmare – director Shinya Tsukamoto’s career-defining, blenderized vision finds a downtrodden salaryman mutating beyond belief into a half-man, half-machine freakazoid hellbent on destroying the metals worshipper who cursed him into a life of copper wires and motor oil mimosas. Whereas Godzilla is a response to the proliferation of nuclear power (and its impact on the planet), Tetsuo is a direct satirization of what’s perhaps the more insidious scourge of Japan’s rapid industrialization, proliferation of waste, and dehumanization of its populace. Any cybernaut worth their salt would be crazy to miss it!

Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989, digital presentation, 67 min.

Cosmic Slop (with an introduction by Warrington Hudlin and George Clinton)

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7/16/2017 - 10PM

Co-presented by Shudder and Worldwide FM

Fresh on the heels of hits Boomerang and House Party, the writing/directing/producing team of Warrington and Reginald Hudlin created this totally original HBO anthology series. A kind of black Twilight Zone, Cosmic Slop was hosted by the funkmeister himself, George Clinton (and is named after his classic album), who leads the audience through three race-themed tales of the supernatural that are equal parts entertaining and thought-provoking, about the present… and the future. This extremely rare screening will be hosted by George Clinton and co-creator Hudlin himself, from his own personal copy. It’s the only way we’d want it.

Dirs. Reginald Hudlin, Warrington Hudlin, Kevin Rodney Sullivan, 1994, digital presentation, 83 min.

Show & Tell with George Clinton and Flying Lotus

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7/16/2017 - 7PM

Co-presented by Shudder and Worldwide FM

Cinefamily Show & Tell invites artists, filmmakers, musicians, and other cultural heroes to divulge their deepest, darkest media obsessions by opening their closets, digging through their attics and plundering their garages to curate an evening of… whatever they want to share! For this edition, Flying Lotus will join one of his heroes and inspirations, as well as one of the stars of his feature film debut Kuso, Pharaoh of funkdom himself, Mr. George Fucking Clinton. That’s right, a mothership is landing with a mother lode of goodness – they’ll be discussing and sharing rare live performances, music videos, and more things to take our minds where our asses will follow.

VIP Tickets include priority seating. Purchase them here.

The Sound of Music

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7/16/2017 - 2PM

Preceded by a puppet show by The Bob Baker Marionette Theater!

“No one is comfortable with an excess of hearts and flowers, but there is no valid reason for hiding honest emotion…It’s my conviction that anyone who can’t, on occasion, be sentimental about children, home or nature is sadly maladjusted.” – Richard Rodgers

It’s 1965. The tide-shifting political and countercultural revolution approacheth, as activists, mop-tops, and barefooted flower children play pied pipers to an ever-expanding consciousness. Warhol has directed 28 films…this year alone. And yet the highest grossing movie, of both the year and all time, is about a wide-eyed, plucky nun who warms the heart of a calloused widower, turning the lives and frowns of his family upside down as she brings them together through the power of song. 60s cinema’s fascination with Sisters of the Cloth’s exotic purity climbed to its most glorious heights with The Sound of Music. Audiences around the world fell in love with the fresh faced, glowing Julie Andrews and commanding Christopher Plummer, the sumptuous direction by Robert Wise, and the unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Though critics sneered and the hip dubbed it the epitome of squaredom, Music’s charm laid not in its obliviousness to a world in flux but its juxtaposition against it. As the shadow of WWII falls all around and the family sweetly sings that final “Edelweiss”, it’s easy to see them (through tear-filled eyes) as a symbol of kinship, love, and hope amidst chaos. Now in these sadly maladjusted times beset by darkness and snarkness, the honest emotion of The Sound of Music is more precious than ever. Warmth, kindness and, as its original tagline proclaimed, “The Happiest Sound in All the World!” These are a few of our favorite things, may they bloom and grow forever.

Dir. Robert Wise, 1965, 35mm, 174 min.

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Brainfeeder Monster Mash featuring Umbilical World and Kuso

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7/15/2017 - 8PM

Co-presented by Shudder and Worldwide FM

Flying Lotus in person!

Get ready for a funkadelic party apocalypse of an evening, as the Brainfeeder crew takes over Cinefamily all night long, with a cosmic monster mash-up of shorts, DJs and visuals, special guests, and sundry surprises – all in celebration of Flying Lotus/Captain Murphy/Steve’s feature film debut, Kuso. Highlights will include Umbilical World (a compilation film comprised of David Firth’s mind-bending animations), DJ sets by Zack Fox and PBDY, a live performance by Busdriver, the Kuso VR experience on the patio, and then, as the witching hour approaches, the movie monstrosity itself.

Kuso is the latest entry in midnight movie history – a challenging, perverse, free-jazz, body horror psycho-scape of epic and disgusting proportions. In a series of sketches featuring a cast of funkadelic freakazoids and comic maniacs – from George Clinton to Tim Heidecker and Hannibal Buress – and with animations by Newgrounds pioneer David Firth, Kuso is a visual feast – just a rotting, putrid, and otherworldly one that that would make Matthew Barney queasy.

Umbilical World, dir. David Firth.
Kuso, dir. Flying Lotus, 2017, DCP, 105 min.

Event runs from 8pm to 2am, with FREE rolling admission.

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

Cinefamily is a non-profit. All of our donating 1-year “Black Card” members get priority entry to our free shows. Donating for a Cinefamily membership is the perfect way to both support the theater, and to gain access to the early-entry line.

Moral Tales: My Night at Maud’s

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7/15/2017 - 5PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

With a DJ set by Jim Smith from The Smell

My Night at Maud’s is one of those movies with truly great dialogue – the kind of late-night heart-to-hearting and waxing philosophical that you recognize more from life than from other movies. Deep-dives that wantonly break the “sex/politics/religion” rule and life-like skirmishes played out awkwardly via unspoken social cues will make you laugh or wince with recognition. Rohmer remains obsessively devoted to wrapping reality up in fiction, casting a Marxist to play a Marxist and intertwining his protagonist’s romantic troubles with the writings of mathematician-philosopher Blaise Pascal. If that sounds pretentious and unromantic, Rohmer knows it – his specialty is in vain male heroes bumbling through tangled webs of self-deception. With the third (but fourth released) Moral Tale, the formula finally won him a breakout success, garnering praise at Cannes and even penetrating mainstream theaters in the U.S., where Rohmer landed his only Oscar nomination. It introduced Rohmer to America as the New Wave’s most understated master – novelistic, quietly satirical, and a keen observer of the subtle beauty and absurdity of human behavior.

Dir. Éric Rohmer, 1969, 35mm, 110 min.

Print courtesy of the Institut Français. Special thanks to the Cultural services of the French Embassy.

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Death Line (aka Raw Meat, w/ Gary Sherman, David Ladd, Paul Maslansky, and Jay Kanter in person)

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7/14/2017 - 10:30PM

Restored director’s cut!

A good cannibal film is best when rare, and for many years there was none rarer than Death Line, or as it was known here in the states, Raw Meat. Thankfully, due to home video, horror fans have been able to discover Gary Sherman’s wondrously bleak and gruesome 70s shocker, finally unearthed from its subterranean depths. The set-up is absolutely brilliant – far beneath the London streets, in Victorian catacombs, the last of a lineage of cannibals (the terrifyingly feral Hugh Armstrong, in a role nearly played by Marlon Brando!) prowls for fresh meat, pursued by a police detective played by the great Donald Pleasance. Sherman masterfully milks his setting for suffocating claustrophobia and dread, climaxing in a stomach-wrenching, gore-shock of an ending that will burn itself into your mind forever… and possibly leave you with some unholy cravings of your own. Join us for this filmic feast in the rarest of presentations – on the big screen!

Dir. Gary Sherman, 1972, DCP, 87 min.

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Mystery Meat #2

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7/13/2017 - 10:30PM

From Cinefamily’s very beginnings, one of our greatest loves has been the joy of discovery — the extreme curio factor — the “what the hell am I watching?!” feeling that envelops us like a cocoon whenever we stumble across celluloid of unknown artistic origins. Running Cinefamily brings a game of limitations, though — in particular, what we’re doing is intended for an “audience.” But what about the films made for no one? The ones we want to show “just because”? And what about the ones we’ve never even seen ourselves, but sound so out-there that we simply must screen them, just to find out – films too difficult to parse from their flaws, too confusing, too challenging, or just too damn strange. It’s all part of the fun.

We don’t promise these films will be “good.” We offer them with no explanations, no justifications, and no apologies. And we won’t even tell you what they are. Welcome to Mystery Meat.

Warning: These screenings are not for civilians.

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7/13/2017 - 7:30PM

Criminally under known in the US, maverick filmmaker Alan Clarke was a thick scar on the visage of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain; concurrently hyperreal and surreal, Clarke’s films were explosive, scathing investigations into the darkest underbellies of British society, and inspired a generation of filmmakers from Harmony Korine to Gus Van Sant. There may be no better film to introduce new fans to his work than his early masterpiece, Scum. Starring a young and dynamic Ray Winstone as Carlin, a new inmate in a “borstal” – a youth detention facility – this highly controversial landmark of British cinema was originally made for the BBC, but was banned for its graphic depictions of suicide, rape, riots, and racism, and continued to be relatively underseen in the US and UK alike, partially due to obscenity lawsuits filed against any television network or VHS company who dared pick it up. The film’s violent immediacy culminates in Carlin’s retaliation sequence: the camera absorbing him in one of Clarke’s signature, haunting long-takes, as he exacts revenge with a pool ball-filled sock, seizes power, and declares “I’m the daddy now!”

Dir. Alan Clarke, 1979, DCP, 96 min.

Watch the trailer!

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7/12/2017 - 10:45PM

Criminally under known in the US, maverick filmmaker Alan Clarke was a thick scar on the visage of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain; concurrently hyperreal and surreal, Clarke’s films were explosive, scathing investigations into the darkest underbellies of British society, and inspired a generation of filmmakers from Harmony Korine to Gus Van Sant. There may be no better film to introduce new fans to his work than his early masterpiece, Scum. Starring a young and dynamic Ray Winstone as Carlin, a new inmate in a “borstal” – a youth detention facility – this highly controversial landmark of British cinema was originally made for the BBC, but was banned for its graphic depictions of suicide, rape, riots, and racism, and continued to be relatively underseen in the US and UK alike, partially due to obscenity lawsuits filed against any television network or VHS company who dared pick it up. The film’s violent immediacy culminates in Carlin’s retaliation sequence: the camera absorbing him in one of Clarke’s signature, haunting long-takes, as he exacts revenge with a pool ball-filled sock, seizes power, and declares “I’m the daddy now!”

Dir. Alan Clarke, 1979, DCP, 96 min.

Watch the trailer!

Stalker

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7/12/2017 - 7PM

“Perhaps it was in Stalker that I felt for the first time the need to indicate clearly and unequivocally the supreme value by which, as they say, man lives.” – Andrei Tarkovsky

One of the greatest films of all time – and perhaps the single greatest science fiction film – Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker has long been both a rarity and a touchstone. Smartly flipping a common trope of post-nuclear anxieties, the film follows three men – known simply as Stalker (Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy), Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and Professor (Nikolai Grinko) – into a government-controlled lockdown zone in search of a room capable of granting its visitors’ innermost desires. With stunning visuals and almost impossible philosophical scope, Tarkovsky enshrouds religious allegory and political anxieties in quiet realism, constructing a dialogic meditation on art, faith, religion, and love. Thanks to a new restoration from Janus Films, this staple of the cinematic canon once again graces the big screen.

Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979, DCP, 161 min.

Watch the trailer!

Scum

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7/11/2017 - 11PM

Criminally under known in the US, maverick filmmaker Alan Clarke was a thick scar on the visage of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain; concurrently hyperreal and surreal, Clarke’s films were explosive, scathing investigations into the darkest underbellies of British society, and inspired a generation of filmmakers from Harmony Korine to Gus Van Sant. There may be no better film to introduce new fans to his work than his early masterpiece, Scum. Starring a young and dynamic Ray Winstone as Carlin, a new inmate in a “borstal” – a youth detention facility – this highly controversial landmark of British cinema was originally made for the BBC, but was banned for its graphic depictions of suicide, rape, riots, and racism, and continued to be relatively underseen in the US and UK alike, partially due to obscenity lawsuits filed against any television network or VHS company who dared pick it up. The film’s violent immediacy culminates in Carlin’s retaliation sequence: the camera absorbing him in one of Clarke’s signature, haunting long-takes, as he exacts revenge with a pool ball-filled sock, seizes power, and declares “I’m the daddy now!”

Dir. Alan Clarke, 1979, DCP, 96 min.

Watch the trailer!

The Doug Benson Movie Interruption: Beauty and the Beast

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7/11/2017 - 7:30PM

The next installment of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, where Doug and friends (who in the past have included everyone from Jon Hamm to Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis) chill on the couches, mics in hand, and say whatever pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen. This month’s pick is Beauty and the Beast!

Dir. Bill Condon, 2017, DCP, 129 min.

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7/10/2017 - 10:30PM

Criminally under known in the US, maverick filmmaker Alan Clarke was a thick scar on the visage of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain; concurrently hyperreal and surreal, Clarke’s films were explosive, scathing investigations into the darkest underbellies of British society, and inspired a generation of filmmakers from Harmony Korine to Gus Van Sant. There may be no better film to introduce new fans to his work than his early masterpiece, Scum. Starring a young and dynamic Ray Winstone as Carlin, a new inmate in a “borstal” – a youth detention facility – this highly controversial landmark of British cinema was originally made for the BBC, but was banned for its graphic depictions of suicide, rape, riots, and racism, and continued to be relatively underseen in the US and UK alike, partially due to obscenity lawsuits filed against any television network or VHS company who dared pick it up. The film’s violent immediacy culminates in Carlin’s retaliation sequence: the camera absorbing him in one of Clarke’s signature, haunting long-takes, as he exacts revenge with a pool ball-filled sock, seizes power, and declares “I’m the daddy now!”

Dir. Alan Clarke, 1979, DCP, 96 min.

Watch the trailer!

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7/9/2017 - 7:30PM

Criminally under known in the US, maverick filmmaker Alan Clarke was a thick scar on the visage of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain; concurrently hyperreal and surreal, Clarke’s films were explosive, scathing investigations into the darkest underbellies of British society, and inspired a generation of filmmakers from Harmony Korine to Gus Van Sant. There may be no better film to introduce new fans to his work than his early masterpiece, Scum. Starring a young and dynamic Ray Winstone as Carlin, a new inmate in a “borstal” – a youth detention facility – this highly controversial landmark of British cinema was originally made for the BBC, but was banned for its graphic depictions of suicide, rape, riots, and racism, and continued to be relatively underseen in the US and UK alike, partially due to obscenity lawsuits filed against any television network or VHS company who dared pick it up. The film’s violent immediacy culminates in Carlin’s retaliation sequence: the camera absorbing him in one of Clarke’s signature, haunting long-takes, as he exacts revenge with a pool ball-filled sock, seizes power, and declares “I’m the daddy now!”

Dir. Alan Clarke, 1979, DCP, 96 min.

Watch the trailer!

The Trouble with Angels and Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! double feature

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7/9/2017 - 2PM

Join us for an opening reception on our back patio!

With an all nun DJ set by our promotions director/programmer Taylor Rowley (KXLU‘s The Windmills of Your Mind)!

Based on the book My Life with Mother Superior by June Trahey, The Trouble with Angels was actress Ida Lupino’s last feature film in the director’s chair. The American counterpart to Britain’s The Belles of St. Trinian’s, Columbia’s massively successful 1966 comedy follows PG-rated bad girls Mary (a 20 year old Hayley Mills, fresh off her career as Disney’s number one child star) and her sidekick Rachel (June Harding in her first and sadly last film role) in a New England Catholic boarding school as they sneak cigarettes in the girl’s room, play hooky on Silent Sunday, and execute, as Mary would say, “scathingly brilliant” schemes to get under the skin of the sisters. These two handfuls are under the charge of an exasperated, eye-rolling Reverend Mother (played expertly by queen of the reaction shot Rosalind Russell, of Gypsy and Auntie Mame fame) who leads a superfluity of subordinate nuns, including several played by character actresses who made careers out of donning the wimple and veil – Mary Wickes (Sister Act 1 & 2), Marge Redmond (The Flying Nun), and Portia Nelson (The Sound of Music).

Featuring a titular theme song written and performed by psych-pop duo Boyce & Hart, the 1968 follow-up Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! has Rosalind Russell returning with a schoolbus full of new delinquent schoolgirls for a cross-country road trip as the sixties swing into full force. From peace rallies (“break bread not the peace!”) to psychedelic dance parties to biker pow-wows, young free-wheelin’ Sister George (Stella Stevens of The Nutty Professor fame) and Russell’s old-line Reverend Mother illustrate the generation gap between the old ways of the order and post-Vatican II in tumultuous modern America.

Sometimes silly, often touching, and 100% sincere, to say we love these movies would be a (n)understatement!

The Trouble with Angels, dir. Ida Lupino, 1966, 35mm, 112 min.
Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!, dir. James Neilson, 1968, 35mm, 93 min.

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Funeral Parade of Roses

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7/8/2017 - 10:30PM

Long unavailable in the U.S., director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art, and black mascara. No less than Stanley Kubrick cited the film as a direct influence on his own dystopian classic, A Clockwork Orange. An unknown club dancer at the time, transgender actor Peter (from Kurosawa’s Ran) gives an astonishing Edie Sedgwick/Warhol superstar-like performance as hot young thing Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet – where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda (Osamu Ogasawara) for the attentions of club owner Gonda (played by Kurosawa regular Yoshio Tsuchiya, from Seven Samurai and Yojimbo). One of Japan’s leading experimental filmmakers, Matsumoto bends and distorts time here like Resnais in Last Year at Marienbad, freely mixing documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts, and even on-screen cartoon balloons, into a dizzying whirl of image and sound. Featuring breathtaking black-and-white cinematography by Tatsuo Suzuki that rivals the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, Funeral Parade offers a frank, openly erotic, and unapologetic portrait of an underground community of drag queens. A key work of the Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, Funeral Parade has been beautifully restored in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements for re-release by Cinelicious Pics and The Cinefamily.

Dir. Toshio Matsumoto, 1969, DCP, 107 min.

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7/8/2017 - 8PM

Criminally under known in the US, maverick filmmaker Alan Clarke was a thick scar on the visage of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain; concurrently hyperreal and surreal, Clarke’s films were explosive, scathing investigations into the darkest underbellies of British society, and inspired a generation of filmmakers from Harmony Korine to Gus Van Sant. There may be no better film to introduce new fans to his work than his early masterpiece, Scum. Starring a young and dynamic Ray Winstone as Carlin, a new inmate in a “borstal” – a youth detention facility – this highly controversial landmark of British cinema was originally made for the BBC, but was banned for its graphic depictions of suicide, rape, riots, and racism, and continued to be relatively underseen in the US and UK alike, partially due to obscenity lawsuits filed against any television network or VHS company who dared pick it up. The film’s violent immediacy culminates in Carlin’s retaliation sequence: the camera absorbing him in one of Clarke’s signature, haunting long-takes, as he exacts revenge with a pool ball-filled sock, seizes power, and declares “I’m the daddy now!”

Dir. Alan Clarke, 1979, DCP, 96 min.

Watch the trailer!

Moral Tales: La Collectionneuse

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7/8/2017 - 5PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

Witty, philosophical, erotic, and true to life, La Collectionneuse is like a dream-vision of the summer vacation in the south of France you never had. As contradictory, sensual, and sardonic as its languid heroes, the film throws a spotlight on small moments of romantic caprice or boredom, and practically heralds the new, bohemian style of dandyism as it emerged in the ’60s: voluntary unemployment, casual sex, avant-garde philosophy, pop music, and comic books. As he staged these gorgeous Côte d’Azur-set scenes, Rohmer obsessed himself with authenticity: visual artist Daniel Pommereulle plays himself and co-wrote the dialogue with the other two leads, and the filmmaker himself called around for collectors of insect noises to find the right species for Saint-Tropez in June.

Though made third, La Collectionneuse was conceived of as Moral Tale number four; it was made with an exceptionally limited budget while Rohmer waited for Jean-Louis Trintignant to be available for My Night at Maud‘s.

Dir. Éric Rohmer, 1967, DCP, 89 min.

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Eve's Leaves

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7/8/2017 - 2PM

With live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick

After parting ways with Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount) in early 1925, famed director Cecil B. DeMille decided to try his own hand at playing studio boss, and began production on several films – including Eve’s Leaves. Based on the play by Harry Chapman Ford and directed by Paul Sloane, the film follows a sea captain who forces his daughter Eve (Leatrice Joy) to masquerade as a boy. Eve responds by provoking widespread mischief aboard her father’s tramp freighter (ironically named “The Garden of Eden”). While the plot is laden with melodrama, it is comedy that forms the true heart of this movie. William Boyd, who would later achieve greater fame as cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy, is commendable as the object of Eve’s desire; but while their combined screen chemistry is palpable (as witnessed in the truly memorable “apple-kissing” scene), it is Joy’s ebullient performance that ultimately steals the show.

Dir. Paul Sloane, 1926, 35mm, 75 min.

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