Sexperiments 2 feat. Peter Tscherkassky's ‘The Exquisite Corpus’

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

Co-presented by MUBI

Prolific new means of production and methods of distribution surged through the independent filmmaking world in the 1990s, ushering in a period of experimentation and expansive freedom. New, disparate voices came to the fore, putting a postmodern spin on the age-old spectacle of sex in cinema. The filmmakers selected for tonight’s shorts compilation—including boundary-pushers Peggy Ahwesh, Tom Palazzolo, Naomi Unman and Lewis Klahr, and a cameo from children’s book illustrator Tomi Ungerer—employ a myriad of styles, from the stained glass mosaics of The Color of Love to the gritty, verité footage of Sneakin’ and Peekin’ and the physical erasure of the female form in Removed.

Tonight’s centerpiece film, The Exquisite Corpus, is the most recent of the mix, from acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky, master manipulator of found celluloid. With painstaking precision, Tscherkassky has handcrafted a narrative composed of erotic and pornographic footage from the 1960s-1980s, an ideal subject for a filmmaker devoted to the seductive properties of film itself, and a striptease in more ways than one.

Peter Tscherkassky is currently being featured on MUBI, a curated online cinema featuring handpicked films from around the globe. Cinefamily has partnered with MUBI to extend our passion for film into the digital world, opening the door for even more opportunities to experience great cinema. Visit mubi.com/cinefamily to learn more.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - Inferno (w/ Leigh McCloskey & Irene Miracle in person!)

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7/1 - 10PM
$15/free for members

With an introduction by Leigh McCloskey, actor, author, and expert on the occult!

Foregoing conventional logic for pure nightmare dreamscape, Inferno finds director Dario Argento at the top of his game, and is the second film in his “Three Mothers” trilogy (directly following Suspiria). An American college student in Rome (Leigh McCloskey, frequent soap opera heartthrob and star of the infamous TV movie Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn) is called to New York to help his poet sister investigate the mysterious and supernatural history of her building. The threadbare plot serves as a springboard for some of Argento’s wildest set pieces (the underwater ballroom!), imaginative use of light and color, and continued exploration of visual alchemy propelled by a raging soundtrack (this time by Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson). With optical effects by Argento’s mentor, Italian grandmaster Mario Bava, Inferno is easily one of the most beautiful films in the Video Nasties canon — so don’t miss it loud ‘n large in 35mm!

Dir. Dario Argento, 1980, 35mm, 107 min.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Great Outdoors

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7/2 - 11AM
$10/free for members and kids under 14

Nothing says summer like the great outdoors, and nothing says Saturday morning like cartoons—so put on your pajamas and join us in honoring splendorous mother nature with some ‘toons! Indulge your childlike love of summer with everything from silly symphonies and merry melodies, camping rabbits and mischievous chipmunks, musical merbabies and slap happy bears, to nature loving brave warriors and regular joes from Regular Show.

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged. Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: The Devils (Encore!)

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

Exploding at the seams with anti-puritanical flamboyance, Ken Russell’s assuredly-directed The Devils is like a darkly humorous journey into a mind on the brink of insanity. With sumptuous set design by Derek Jarman (Jubilee, Sebastiane), and celestial and melodramatic costuming by Shirley Russell, the film tells the tale of a 17th-century priest (Oliver Reed in his most arresting performance) accused of witchcraft by Sister Jeanne (a maddeningly creepy Vanessa Redgrave), a nun firmly in the grips of erotic hysteria.

Dir. Ken Russell, 1971, 35mm , 112 min.

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Sexperiments 2 feat. Peter Tscherkassky's ‘The Exquisite Corpus’

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

Co-presented by MUBI

Prolific new means of production and methods of distribution surged through the independent filmmaking world in the 1990s, ushering in a period of experimentation and expansive freedom. New, disparate voices came to the fore, putting a postmodern spin on the age-old spectacle of sex in cinema. The filmmakers selected for tonight’s shorts compilation—including boundary-pushers Peggy Ahwesh, Tom Palazzolo, Naomi Unman and Lewis Klahr, and a cameo from children’s book illustrator Tomi Ungerer—employ a myriad of styles, from the stained glass mosaics of The Color of Love to the gritty, verité footage of Sneakin’ and Peekin’ and the physical erasure of the female form in Removed.

Tonight’s centerpiece film, The Exquisite Corpus, is the most recent of the mix, from acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky, master manipulator of found celluloid. With painstaking precision, Tscherkassky has handcrafted a narrative composed of erotic and pornographic footage from the 1960s-1980s, an ideal subject for a filmmaker devoted to the seductive properties of film itself, and a striptease in more ways than one.

Peter Tscherkassky is currently being featured on MUBI, a curated online cinema featuring handpicked films from around the globe. Cinefamily has partnered with MUBI to extend our passion for film into the digital world, opening the door for even more opportunities to experience great cinema. Visit mubi.com/cinefamily to learn more.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: The Devils (Encore!)

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7/2 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Exploding at the seams with anti-puritanical flamboyance, Ken Russell’s assuredly-directed The Devils is like a darkly humorous journey into a mind on the brink of insanity. With sumptuous set design by Derek Jarman (Jubilee, Sebastiane), and celestial and melodramatic costuming by Shirley Russell, the film tells the tale of a 17th-century priest (Oliver Reed in his most arresting performance) accused of witchcraft by Sister Jeanne (a maddeningly creepy Vanessa Redgrave), a nun firmly in the grips of erotic hysteria.

Dir. Ken Russell, 1971, 35mm , 112 min.

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PRIDE: Millie

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7/3 - 1PM
$12/free for members

Join us at noon for libations on the patio!
Live Set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

Naively married young and subsequently scorned by an unfaithful husband, the titular firecracker Millie finds refuge in heady PRIDE, cultivating an independence that’s both exceptional and steeped in charisma. In the wake of divorce, determined to become a working woman and support herself, Millie—played by a coy Helen Twelvetrees—gives up her lavish life as a New York City housewife draped in silk kimonos for a job at a hotel. Despite a regretful separation from her young daughter (who is provided for by the comforts of her ex-husband’s cushy home), proto-feminist Millie makes her own way, all the while accumulating admirers. Bemused by her staunch independence, men joke about her refusal to let one of them simply take care of her, with banter that reveals a darker desire to control and subdue independent and spirited women by safely confining them inside the home. But the strong-willed and red-headed Millie (her hair color is charmingly worked into the script, as the film was shot in black and white) never cedes to the men around her, even as the film approaches an ominous climax.

Dir. John Frances Dillon, 1931, 16mm (Courtesy of BFI), 85 min.

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: The Devils (Encore!)

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7/3 - 7PM
$12/free for members

Exploding at the seams with anti-puritanical flamboyance, Ken Russell’s assuredly-directed The Devils is like a darkly humorous journey into a mind on the brink of insanity. With sumptuous set design by Derek Jarman (Jubilee, Sebastiane), and celestial and melodramatic costuming by Shirley Russell, the film tells the tale of a 17th-century priest (Oliver Reed in his most arresting performance) accused of witchcraft by Sister Jeanne (a maddeningly creepy Vanessa Redgrave), a nun firmly in the grips of erotic hysteria.

Dir. Ken Russell, 1971, 35mm , 112 min.

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Hellywood (The Five Minutes Game runner-up!)

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7/3 - 10PM
$12/free for members and The Five Minutes Game ticket buyers

If you came to this year’s installment of the Five Minutes Game, you know that the race was close. We watched the first five minutes of fifteen films, the audience voted on which two films they wanted to watch, and we screened only one. It was a blast, as usual, but we simply cannot deprive the audience of their second choice. Join us for a Five Minutes Game follow-up screening of the totally HFS find, Hellywood! This 1982 Japanese discovery is a bizarre, glam, and cartoony melting pot of genres: horror, musical, sci-fi, in a Japanese-fantasy seedy underbelly of fame, aka Hellywood! This is such a find, we even had it subtitled ourselves.

If you purchased tickets to the Five Minutes Game, you’ll get in free. Just come by during box office hours to pick up your free ticket. Must provide proof of purchase (receipt or stub) from original event for entrance.

Dir. Takafumi Nagamine, 1982, digital presentation, 85 min.

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LOST & FOUND FILM CLUB: All Summer In A Day

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7/4 - 2PM
$12/ free for members

Co-presented by A/V Geeks!

Join us as we fire up the BBQ on our patio for a potluck and screen a proudly patriotic picnic of 16mm short films like it’s our national duty. Lost & Found Film Club, our monthly showcase of ephemeral, industrial, and educational 16mm films, is honored to salute some of the things that make this country great: Burgers? Check. Sparklers? Check. Amber waves of film grain from sea to shining sea? Double check. Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks pays us a visit with selections from his massive 16mm archive including animation, children’s films, advertisements, documentaries & experiments—all celebrating America in the good old summertime. Come see what slipped through the splices and wound up in the Cinefamily’s 4th of July!

We’ll supply the grill and some classic foodstuffs—plus IT’S A POTLUCK, so bring some grillables!

*Doors & Grilling/Potluck at 1pm!
*Show Starts at 2:30pm

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VICELAND's Party Legends Premiere!

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7/5 - 10:30PM
Free (first-come, first-served)

Co-presented by Supertight and Animation Breakdown

Oh, if these red Solo cups could talk. VICELAND’s new show, Party Legends, will seek to unpeel the mystery of what happens when the party moves to the after-party, and then the hotel lobby. Party Legends features celebrities like T.J. Miller, Fred Armisen, Margaret Cho, Estelle, Alia Shawcat, Dennis Rodman, Earl Sweatshirt, and many others recounting their most epic party stories, with filmmaker Lance Bangs setting their words to animation by Starburns Industries (the people who bring you Rick & Morty). Party Legends will premiere on July 7 at 10:30 p.m. on VICELAND and will air for six episodes. It’s going to be epic, bruh. (Vulture)

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

Also, as 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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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: The Devils (Encore!)

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

Exploding at the seams with anti-puritanical flamboyance, Ken Russell’s assuredly-directed The Devils is like a darkly humorous journey into a mind on the brink of insanity. With sumptuous set design by Derek Jarman (Jubilee, Sebastiane), and celestial and melodramatic costuming by Shirley Russell, the film tells the tale of a 17th-century priest (Oliver Reed in his most arresting performance) accused of witchcraft by Sister Jeanne (a maddeningly creepy Vanessa Redgrave), a nun firmly in the grips of erotic hysteria.

Dir. Ken Russell, 1971, 35mm , 112 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Sexperiments 2 feat. Peter Tscherkassky's ‘The Exquisite Corpus’

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

Co-presented by MUBI

Prolific new means of production and methods of distribution surged through the independent filmmaking world in the 1990s, ushering in a period of experimentation and expansive freedom. New, disparate voices came to the fore, putting a postmodern spin on the age-old spectacle of sex in cinema. The filmmakers selected for tonight’s shorts compilation—including boundary-pushers Peggy Ahwesh, Tom Palazzolo, Naomi Unman and Lewis Klahr, and a cameo from children’s book illustrator Tomi Ungerer—employ a myriad of styles, from the stained glass mosaics of The Color of Love to the gritty, verité footage of Sneakin’ and Peekin’ and the physical erasure of the female form in Removed.

Tonight’s centerpiece film, The Exquisite Corpus, is the most recent of the mix, from acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky, master manipulator of found celluloid. With painstaking precision, Tscherkassky has handcrafted a narrative composed of erotic and pornographic footage from the 1960s-1980s, an ideal subject for a filmmaker devoted to the seductive properties of film itself, and a striptease in more ways than one.

Peter Tscherkassky is currently being featured on MUBI, a curated online cinema featuring handpicked films from around the globe. Cinefamily has partnered with MUBI to extend our passion for film into the digital world, opening the door for even more opportunities to experience great cinema. Visit mubi.com/cinefamily to learn more.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Nuts! (Opening Night Party w/ Dir. Penny Lane in person!)

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

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

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Nuts! (7/7)

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

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

Watch the trailer!

Nuts! (7/8)

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

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

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2 Days in the Valley (OFF-SITE at NeueHouse)

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7/8 - 7:30PM
$16/free for members

This event will take place off-site at the NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Parking is available in the subterranean lot for $7 with validation from NeueHouse, accessible at 1500 N El Centro Avenue. Cash bar available.

with John Herzfeld, Charlize Theron, Glenne Headly, Keith Carradine, Marsha Mason, Peter Horton, Michael Jai White, Catherine Hardwick (production designer), Oliver Wood (DP), and Anthony Marinelli (composer) in person!

The post-scuzz ‘90s are at a peak and director John Herzfeld (who cut his teeth on ABC Afterschool Specials like Stoned) is poised to burst onto the scene with the indulgently glam, violent, and playful grab bag that is 2 Days in the Valley; in the words of the late, great Roger Ebert, “it looks like a crime movie, but crime is the medium, not the message.” With a bevy of intertwined narratives and an ensemble cast of heavy hitters on the come-up—including the stunning Charlize Theron in her breakout performance as this decade’s femme fatale to the ‘80s’ Sharon Stone—Herzfeld’s ambitious quick wit takes up the poster boy of the moment—the hitman—along with all those jolted in his wake. Quick-witted and tongue-in-cheek, like Short Cuts meets Pulp Fiction, it’s a quintessentially ‘90s hodge-podge: crime, Hollywood glamour, melodrama, and pure inertia, shaken and stirred Cinefamily-style for a not-to-be-missed cast and crew reunion!

Dir John Herzfeld, 1996, HDCAM, 104 min.

Nuts! (7/8)

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7/8 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

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The Silent Treatment: So This Is Paris

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

35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress

Featuring live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick!

A glittering social satire staged safely abroad, So This Is Paris passes off the routine infidelities of Jazz Age blue-bloods as “the French way.” Teasing the audience with urbane good humor—and featuring a nigh-surrealist montage of an “artist’s ball” (read: nightclub) that superimposes throngs of dancing legs and arms into a proto-psychedelic rendering of a really good champagne high—this silent doesn’t shy away from wanton hedonism. Lubitsch is a master of glamour and subtlety, with Wilde’s edged wit, and the ability to stack a dozen ironies on top of one another in five seconds flat. Lurid details are suggested by the simple presence of a man’s cane in the wrong woman’s home, or, not so subtly, in a long string of vulgar insults (to a police officer) left conspicuously missing from the intertitles.

Dir. Ernst Lubitsch, 1926, 35mm, 80 min.

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Nuts! (7/9)

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7/9 - 5PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

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ENVY: Ladies They Talk About

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7/10 - 1PM
$12/free for members

Join us at noon for libations on the patio!
Live Set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

Co-Presented by
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“What she needs is a good sock in the jaw,” spits one of Nan Taylor’s fellow county inmates, the first of many envious incarcerated women to throw some serious shade in Warner Bros’ Pre-Code glory, Ladies They Talk About. This Pre-Code precursor to the women-in-prison films of the late ‘60s features the indefatigable Barbara Stanwyck at perhaps her most rough-and-tumble, adapting (with her trademark swagger) as the “new fish” in the penitentiary pond. Ladies makes bearing the ENVY of every rung on the prison food chain look downright luxurious, with each ostentatious cell adorned with houseplants, hand-crank Victrolas and a seemingly endless supply of Chesterfield cigarettes. As Nan’s adversaries begin to grow and her fate becomes more uncertain, even seemingly unlimited access to an endless supply of lingerie can’t keep her block mate’s jealousies at bay.

Dirs. William Keighley & Howard Bretherton, Digital Presentation, 1933, 69 min.

Nuts! (7/10)

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7/10 - 7PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

Watch the trailer!

Nuts (7/10)

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7/10 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

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Red Bull Music Academy: A Conversation with Gaspar Noe

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7/11 - 7:30PM
$18

Tickets are currently available to members only and will be available to the general public on Wednesday, June 29th at 12pm Pacific time. Click here to learn more about Cinefamily memberships.

Gaspar Noé’s films are unapologetic, inspired, and artful at every turn—from the hypnotic, drugged-out visuals of Enter the Void and the wildly inventive audio/visual assault of I Stand Alone, to Love’s famously daring and immersive 3D cinematography. Cinefamily and Red Bull Music Academy have teamed up to present a rare look at this uninhibited and stylistically ambitious auteur’s process, in the form of a conversation with Noé about his use of music in his films. The talk follows in the wake of similar conversations that RBMA has conducted with leading directors like Spike Lee and Darren Aronofsky.

Nuts! (7/11)

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7/11 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

Watch the trailer!

Nuts! (7/12)

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7/12 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

Watch the trailer!

Nuts (7/13)

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7/13 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

Watch the trailer!

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Vali

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7/13 - 10PM
$12/free for members

The lone documentary inclusion in our ALL OF THEM WITCHES series, Vali is also perhaps the rarest, receiving only limited theatrical distribution on the occasional arthouse screen and a brief home release from Mystic Fire Video in the ‘80s. Underground filmmaking couple Sheldon and Diane Rochlin took their 16mm camera deep into the woods along Italy’s Amalfi coast into the forest home of Vali Myers, an Australian expat and practicing artist, dancer and general Western counter-cultural muse, who was an acknowledged inspiration to a young Patti Smith and patronized by tastemaker and The Paris Review founder and editor, George Plimpton. A distinct and autonomous entity even for bohemian types, Vali’s unique brand of mystic spiritualism has her engaging in esoteric rituals and magic spells before the Rochlins’s camera, which captures her dynamic movements with impressionistic cinematography as pure and magical as the psychedelic Witch of Positano herself. Sheldon’s graceful, lilting lensing and the duo’s playful editing highlight the magical properties of natural color and light, reinforcing the self-expression to which Vali’s lifestyle so beautifully subscribes.

Dir. Sheldon Rochlin, 1967, Digital Presentation, 65 min.

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (FREE MEMBERS ONLY sneak peek w/ Tony Robbins and Joe Berlinger in person!)

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7/14 - 7:30PM
Free (first-come, first-served)

NOTE: This is a private event. This is a members-only screening. Cinefamily members will receive access on a first-come, first-served basis.

More than just a motivational speaker and author, Tony Robbins is a global sensation, drawing fans from all over the world to massive sold-out events, like the weeklong “Date With Destiny” that acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, the Paradise Lost trilogy) documents here with all the passion and energy of a great concert film. Like great theater or arena rock shows, Robbins’s events are spectacles of the highest order, well-oiled machines run by professional teams devoted to everything from managing the emotional tone of an enormous crowd to hitting music cues just right. Taking his audience into the thick of the show, Berlinger reveals Robbins to be a Paganini of human emotion, with remarkable talent for oratory persuasion. Like twin conductors—whose respect for each other’s’ craft is evident—Robbins and Berlinger orchestrate in tandem, with the film building around set pieces composed of extended verité sequences that play out like improvisational solos, in what Berlinger is calling his “first feel-good” film.

Dir Joe Berlinger, 2016, DCP, 115 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.

Also, as 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.

Nuts! (7/14)

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7/14 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

This Sundance documentary paints the bonkers, stranger-than-fiction portrait of “Dr.” John R. Brinkley, outlandish renegade surgeon who grew to astounding fame for his goat gland transplants in impotent men. That’s right, he claimed grafted goat testicles were a miracle cure for “sexual weakness.” Almost instantly under investigation from a then-fledgling American Medical Association, Brinkley would perform enough life-changing surgeries to build a booming medical empire, complete with his own patented serums, name brand hospitals and even radio stations, enough to make Dr. Phil blush. And that’s just the beginning… The film courts questions of Brinkley’s meteoric career and alleged charlatanism, primarily through animated re-enactments full of uncomfortable, King of the Hill-worthy humor, all guided by a peculiarly upbeat narrator. Equal parts Wilhelm Reich, Howard Stern, and Horatio Alger, his story has all the freewheeling charm of a see-it-to-believe-it Americana folklore, along with hilariously savage insights into the births of mass marketing and modern medicine. It’s all pretty nuts.

Dir. Penny Lane, 2016, DCP, 79 min.

Watch the trailer!

Kamikaze '89

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7/15 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

A blindsiding exercise in pure aesthetics, this once-lost ‘80s curio–newly restored on 35mm!–delivers the eyecandy of a leopard-besuited Rainer Werner Fassbinder in his final acting role before his untimely death at the age of 37. As excessive as the seismic German auteur was in his career and personal life, Kamikaze ‘89 promises shades of Blade Runner and Liquid Sky (what exactly was up in 1982?), all set to an organic, instrumental score from Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese. It’s Godard’s mysterious, sci-fi-infused trickery of Alphaville meets the fantastical exorbitance of Cannon Group’s The Apple, as directed by Fassbinder’s friend Wolf Gremm. What’s happening here? It kind of doesn’t matter in this dystopian, Orwellian futurescape that we’d sooner immerse ourselves in than really try to parse.

Dir. Wolf Gremm, 1982, 35mm, 106 min.

Watch the trailer!

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Kiki's Delivery Service

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7/15 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Coming straight off of three bonafide masterpieces in a row (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro), Miyazaki made quite possibly the sweetest film of his career with the magical Kiki’s Delivery Service. The titular 13-year old witch, about to embark on her mandatory year of independence, heads to the big city with only her talking feline Jiji in tow. Kiki quickly takes a job at a bakery delivering goods by broomstick, but finds herself losing her abilities as the pressures and insecurities of the post-parental world set in. With the perennial push-pull of adolescent (in)dependence at stake–and in this case, the particularly loaded Japanese iteration of such–Kiki is forced to reckon with the threat of unchecked self doubt clouding her head, her heart and her witchy instincts.

Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1989, 35mm (Japanese w/ English subtitles), 103 min.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Pieces

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7/15 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

True to its tagline, Pieces is “exactly what you think it is,” and what it is is awesome. Directed by Spanish filmmaker J. Piquer Simon, this 1982 slasher comes to the party offering copious gobs of gore and a healthy serving of leering sleaze. The heartwarming tale of a boy who just wants to make his own jigsaw puzzle out of human body parts, Simon stages the blood-soaked carnage with the same gleeful perversity of the film’s murderous, childlike killer. Bad dubbing, reckless scenes of violence and a black gloved slasher give the film a bastard Giallo feel, and the synth-heavy music by “Cam” veers amusingly between effective, pulsing suspense and whacked-out goofball cheese. Come join us for a stabbing, hacking, chain-sawing good time with this true exploitation classic that demands the full grindhouse theater experience!

Dir. Juan Piquer Simón, 1982, 35mm, 85 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Kiki's Delivery Service

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7/16 - 4PM
$12/free for members

Coming straight off of three bonafide masterpieces in a row (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro), Miyazaki made quite possibly the sweetest film of his career with the magical Kiki’s Delivery Service. The titular 13-year old witch, about to embark on her mandatory year of independence, heads to the big city with only her talking feline Jiji in tow. Kiki quickly takes a job at a bakery delivering goods by broomstick, but finds herself losing her abilities as the pressures and insecurities of the post-parental world set in. With the perennial push-pull of adolescent (in)dependence at stake–and in this case, the particularly loaded Japanese iteration of such–Kiki is forced to reckon with the threat of unchecked self doubt clouding her head, her heart and her witchy instincts.

Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1989, 35mm (Japanese w/ English subtitles), 103 min.

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Witch's Brew (Encore!)

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7/16 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Cinefamily invites you to an exclusive evening of enchantment, during which we’ll take a tour through the history of witches and witchcraft in cinema. We’ll begin with a video mix including rare and archival footage–a brew of incantations, rituals, and ephemera. Then we’ll head out to the patio for a taste of the occult.

Dabbled in the craft? Sought out answers from a palm or tarot card reader? Bring all the skeletons in your closet to the patio where we’ll have soothsayers and seers of all types on hand to lead us on a curated tour of the occult, guided by the spiritual descendants of medieval witches and psychics of lore.

Occult evening wear strongly encouraged; come dressed to the nines!

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Sugar Hill

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7/16 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

The “witch” at hand here is Marki Bey as Diana Hill, aka Sugar Hill, a glam, white jumpsuit-clad voodoo queen, out to seek revenge for her lover’s murder at the hands of a band of sleazy and racist goons. The gangsters get what Sugar decides they deserve, with the help of the voodoo lord of the dead, Baron Samedi, and his zombie army made up the preserved bodies of former slaves brought over from Guinea. This blaxploitation flick hits all the right notes, equal parts cutting and creepy, and a forest-set “reawakening of the zombies” scene that simply cannot be beat.

Dir Paul Maslansky, 1974, 35mm, 91 min.

Watch the trailer!

LUST: The Wild Party

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7/17 - 1PM
$12/free for members

Join us at noon for libations on the patio!
Live Set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

It’s frivolities and finger waves galore in “It” girl Clara Bow’s first talkie, The Wild Party, a subtly Sapphic tale of a wily group of college girls more interested in “the study of man” than the learning of actual anthropology. Lone 1930s’ lady-filmmaking wolf Dorothy Arzner’s first foray into sound immediately welcomes us into a giggle-filled parlor, to gossip and laze about with Stella Ames (Bow) and her confident, popular social circle at an all-girls school in Anytown, USA. Nowhere is there a hint of the impending Black Tuesday crash and its widespread economic devastation; instead, The Wild Party playfully flirts with the consequences–and ultimate rewards–of being the type of girl who’ll do “anything for a thrill” in her lust for life and loving affection.

Dir. Dorothy Arzner, 1929, 35mm, 77 min.

Doug Benson Movie Interruption: Purple Rain

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7/18 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

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

Dir Albert Magnoli, 1984, DCP, 111 min.

Belladonna of Sadness (7/20)

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7/20 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Cinelicious & SpectreVision

Copies of the brand new Blu-ray and companion book from Hat & Beard Press/Cinelicious Pics—both featuring extensive interviews with the film’s director, composer and illustrator, plus essays on the making and restoration of the film, rare materials, and a special dedication from actor Tatsuya Nakadai—will be available for purchase!

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion), Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive, Belladonna is fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, Belladonna marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (Dennis Bartok, Cinelicious)

Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto, 1973, DCP Restoration, 93 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

DRESS UP: The Boy Friend

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7/22 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

The ‘70s does the ‘20s as West End artistes collide with Cockneys in Ken Russell’s The Boy Friend, the decadent film adaptation of the 1956 pastiche stage musical and the filmmaker’s whimsical follow-up his controversial The Devils. This visually indulgent, no-holds-barred backstage romp marks Twiggy’s first starring role as Theatre Royal’s assistant stage manager Polly who finds herself thrust into the spotlight when the production’s leading lady doesn’t show up for her cue. Lines between fantasy and reality blur and fade as the rinky dink, malfunctioning backdrops under this small proscenium arch evolve into impossible, Busby Berkeley-esque set pieces with oversized, turntable dancefloors and shiny, metallic headdresses donned by fever-dream disco-queen chorus gals. With brief dips into pure fantasy and countless (seriously, we lost track) frenetic tap numbers, The Boy Friend promises an eyeful of delights and an earful of joyful, familiar tunes.

Tonight’s screening is also a DRESS UP party! Break out your low-waisted chemise and sassy cloche hats to help us take the Roaring Twenties off the screen and out onto our back patio.

Hosted by Alia Penner.

Dir Ken Russell, 1971, 35mm, 137 min.

Belladonna of Sadness (7/22)

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7/22 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Cinelicious & SpectreVision

Copies of the brand new Blu-ray and companion book from Hat & Beard Press/Cinelicious Pics—both featuring extensive interviews with the film’s director, composer and illustrator, plus essays on the making and restoration of the film, rare materials, and a special dedication from actor Tatsuya Nakadai—will be available for purchase!

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion), Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive, Belladonna is fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, Belladonna marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (Dennis Bartok, Cinelicious)

Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto, 1973, DCP Restoration, 93 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Day of Wrath

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7/23 - 4PM
$12/free for members

Against the backdrop of seventeenth-century witch-hunts, an elderly pastor’s young wife begins an affair with her adult stepson. Haunted by rumors of her deceased mother’s witchcraft and the town’s hungry moral majority, she breaks from repression and pursues this obsessive, passionate love. Has some spell sparked this wild awakening? Or has a small town gone mad with religious fear? Steeped in Lutheran-infused existential dread, and made under Nazi occupation by Carl T. Dreyer (The Passion of Joan Of Arc, Vampyr), this already loaded film might be an accidental Resistance allegory, with its anti-institutional bent and portrayal of interrogation and torture.

Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943, 35mm, 97 min.

Belladonna of Sadness (7/23)

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7/23 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Cinelicious & SpectreVision

Copies of the brand new Blu-ray and companion book from Hat & Beard Press/Cinelicious Pics—both featuring extensive interviews with the film’s director, composer and illustrator, plus essays on the making and restoration of the film, rare materials, and a special dedication from actor Tatsuya Nakadai—will be available for purchase!

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion), Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive, Belladonna is fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, Belladonna marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (Dennis Bartok, Cinelicious)

Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto, 1973, DCP Restoration, 93 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Fantastic Planet (New 2k Restoration!)

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7/23 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Animation Breakdown is back with your favorite blue aliens in the 1973 cult French classic Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage), the hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor, newly restored by Janus Films. Based on the French sci-fi novel Oms en série by Stefan Wul, Fantastic Planet follows a revolutionary clash on the alien planet Ygam, where enslaved humans—Oms—are treated as pets by their giant native blue masters—Draags—in their meditation-based utopia. Developed at the Jirí Trnka Studios in the old Czech Republic, Fantastic Planet is a landmark of hallucinatory animation, thanks to the eerie creature & backgrounds designs of surreal illustrator Roland Topor and the amazing psychedelic soundtrack by French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer (sideman of Boris Vian and Serge Gainsbourg). Following the screening, join us for a Sauvage Soirée on the patio!

The feature presentation will be preceded by Laloux’s short film, Les Escargots.

Les Escargots Dir. René Laloux, 1965, Digital Presentation, 11 minutes
Fantastic Planet Dir. René Laloux, 1973, DCP, 72 minutes

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

WRATH: The Miracle Woman

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7/24 - 1PM
$12/free for members

Join us at noon for libations on the patio!
Live Set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

The second of five collaborations between Frank Capra and Barbara Stanwyck, The Miracle Woman is vigorously powered by Stanwyck’s forceful presence… and her WRATH. Enraged by the lack of respect her minister father receives, even on the occasion of his death, Stanwyck’s character renounces religion right off the bat—immediately signaling that, yes, we are truly in a Pre-Code film—and starts conspiring with a con man to invent a new persona for herself, the titular “Miracle Woman.” In love with a blind man and an inspiration to the masses, the Miracle Woman masquerades as a miracle-maker with abandon, but she’s not as happy-go-lucky as her charming personality suggests. To wit, the money-hungry conspirator she’s teamed up with adds a much darker layer to the film, edging his starlet closer and closer to a fury-fueled demise.

Dir. Frank Capra,1931, 35mm, 90 min.

Belladonna of Sadness (7/24)

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

Co-presented by Cinelicious & SpectreVision

Copies of the brand new Blu-ray and companion book from Hat & Beard Press/Cinelicious Pics—both featuring extensive interviews with the film’s director, composer and illustrator, plus essays on the making and restoration of the film, rare materials, and a special dedication from actor Tatsuya Nakadai—will be available for purchase!

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion), Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive, Belladonna is fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, Belladonna marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (Dennis Bartok, Cinelicious)

Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto, 1973, DCP Restoration, 93 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: The Girl on the Broomstick

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

Description coming soon…

Dir. Václav Vorlícek, 1972, 35mm, 76 min.

Belladonna of Sadness (7/25)

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7/25 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Cinelicious & SpectreVision

Copies of the brand new Blu-ray and companion book from Hat & Beard Press/Cinelicious Pics—both featuring extensive interviews with the film’s director, composer and illustrator, plus essays on the making and restoration of the film, rare materials, and a special dedication from actor Tatsuya Nakadai—will be available for purchase!

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion), Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive, Belladonna is fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, Belladonna marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (Dennis Bartok, Cinelicious)

Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto, 1973, DCP Restoration, 93 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Belladonna of Sadness (7/26)

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7/26 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Cinelicious & SpectreVision

Copies of the brand new Blu-ray and companion book from Hat & Beard Press/Cinelicious Pics—both featuring extensive interviews with the film’s director, composer and illustrator, plus essays on the making and restoration of the film, rare materials, and a special dedication from actor Tatsuya Nakadai—will be available for purchase!

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion), Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive, Belladonna is fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, Belladonna marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (Dennis Bartok, Cinelicious)

Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto, 1973, DCP Restoration, 93 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Belladonna of Sadness (7/27)

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7/27 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Cinelicious & SpectreVision

Copies of the brand new Blu-ray and companion book from Hat & Beard Press/Cinelicious Pics—both featuring extensive interviews with the film’s director, composer and illustrator, plus essays on the making and restoration of the film, rare materials, and a special dedication from actor Tatsuya Nakadai—will be available for purchase!

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion), Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive, Belladonna is fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, Belladonna marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (Dennis Bartok, Cinelicious)

Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto, 1973, DCP Restoration, 93 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Duelle (Off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

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7/28 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

This event will take place off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, located at 1345 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

“The Girls of Fire,” an incomplete group of films by Jacques Rivette, is undoubtedly one of the most criminally overlooked corners of cinema. Conceived in 1976, the films were inspired as much by the mystical writings of Gerard de Nerval, the arcane origins of Mardi Gras, and certain Hollywood postwar genre films as by magic, ritual and a quest to invent an entirely new form of mise en scène. Join us for an extremely rare screening of the first of these, Duelle. Experience the bewitching Goddess of the Sun (radiant Bulle Ogier) and the Goddess of the Moon (luminous Juliet Berto) as they descend to Earth in search of a magical red diamond that will allow them to extend their stay in the mortal realm. With a glorious orchestration of color, costume, and sinuous, sinister camera moves, Duelle is infused with the occult noir spirit of Mark Robson’s The Seventh Victim and the poetic romanticism of Cocteau’s Knights Of The Round Table (the sole male cast-member is one of his dancers), and exists as one of those rare portals, a movie mirror through which the viewer may glide trembling to an endlessly seductive twilight world of invented myth.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1976, 121 min.

GLUTTONY: Hard to Handle

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7/31 - 1PM
$12/free for members

Join us at noon for libations on the patio!
Live Set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

Co-Presented by
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Deep in the drowsy hours of a dance marathon, the opening scene of Mervyn LeRoy’s Hard to Handle prepares us for a string of preposterous and hammy get-rich-quick schemes at the hands of leading man, James Cagney. An oddball aptly named “Lefty,” he’s a fellow who falls wildly in and out of the favor of those around him—especially that of the mother of the woman he repeatedly implores to accept him. Always after some glory and a quick buck, Lefty dreams up schemes like fad diets, never balking at the chance to whip up some false advertisements. Cartoonish antics aside, Cagney’s performance also belies the heaviness and melodrama of the Depression-era culture, a time when a grueling dance contest was not so much about fun and showmanship but about winning that desperately needed prize money.

Dir. Mervyn LeRoy, 1933, 35mm, 78 min.

Noroit (Off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

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8/4 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

This event will take place off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, located at 1345 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

On a foggy island off the shore of nowhere, in an unnamed 12th Century castle, a merry band of sartorially-inclined pirates coexist outside of relative or urgent time in Jacques Rivette’s adventurous Noroît, the endlessly anachronistic sister film to 1976’s Duelle. The title—a spin on a phrase meaning “the wind from the North West”—is as playful as the bodily improv and unrehearsed performance that drive this singular, sumptuous work, which hinges on ebbing relationships in a predominantly matriarchal collective of thieves. The omnipresent full moon, hanging like the threat of death each night, serves as a visual reminder of the flat, planar time in which Rivette freely experiments with the conventions of both Western theater and kabuki tradition, housed in the arc of a Jacobean revenge tragedy. With live, improvised music as spontaneous as the dynamic and deranged performances from a sublime cast of captivating female leads, this third film in Rivette’s “Dream Cycle” abstracts its narrative beyond verbal expression and into a realm where physical acts are the most potent form of communication.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1976, digital presentation, 145 min.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Rivals

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8/6 - 11AM
$10/free for members and kids under 14

Since the beginning of time there have been heroes and their villains, anti-heroes and their foils, cats and the stubborn mice and birds that torment them. From big bad wolves trying to catch their next meal, to best frenemies forced to endure each others company, rivalry is a strong and load-bearing pillar of the Saturday Morning Cartoon world. Toms & Sylvesters and Jerrys & Tweety Birds have proven time and time again that everyone needs a worthy opponent, or even an unworthy one; Rocko has his neighbors the Bigheads, Wile E. Coyote has the Road Runner, and even Maggie Simpson has the baby with one eyebrow. So come and celebrate the time honored tradition of animated animosity with our favorite Saturday Morning rivalries!

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged. Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

SLOTH: Ladies of Leisure

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8/7 - 1PM
$12/free for members

Join us at noon for libations on the patio!
Live Set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

From the top-floor balcony of a glamorous Manhattan loft, the wealthy, beautiful and slightly drunk bestow confetti and full bottles of liquor on the common man like expensive glass water balloons. Debonair jazz age playboys look like they’ve partied a little too hard by 1930 but for the Ladies of Leisure it’s just another night on the job. Prostitution stories (this one’s thinly veiled–when a man needs a date, she’s the “filler in”) can be seedy or puritanical, but Capra treats his subjects with uncommon dignity and Barbara Stanwyck, in her star-making turn, is so funny, so insightful and so enormously human that every scene becomes a showcase for her sardonic, brazen wit–no matter who she’s with or what’s on the page–and the whole movie pauses for a double-take just when she stumbles in, bumming for a cigarette.

Dir. Frank Capra, 1930, 35mm, 99 min.

Celine and Julie Go Boating (35mm)

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8/7 - 8PM
$12/free for members

This event will take place at the Silent Movie Theater.

Like a richly-rendered Borges story, Céline and Julie Go Boating is so welcomingly sensual, you’ll be just as tempted to laze in its warm beauty as you will to decipher its labyrinthine puzzles. Jacques Rivette’s gorgeous 1974 exploration of the nature of narrative is one of the most mischievously immersive products of the French New Wave, casually bending time and space, enticing its audience to another realm with its play and luster. Librarian Julie (Dominique Labourier) and cabaret magician Céline (Godard regular Juliet Berto) are the mysteriously linked protagonists who spontaneously form a friendship of the caliber of famous duos from the likes of Daisies and Mulholland Dr; the other realm in question is a Parisian household from a bygone era, revealed in fragmented film-within-a-film memories brought on by magical candies. Rivette’s biggest commercial hit in France, but sadly unreleased on DVD in this country, Céline and Julie is a rarity that demands to be beheld on the big, mesmerizing screen.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1974, 35mm, 193 min.

Merry-Go-Round (Off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

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8/11 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

This event will take place off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, located at 1345 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Originally conceived as part of the “Girls of Fire” tetralogy (later retitled Scenes From a Parallel Life), which began with Duelle & Noroît, Merry-Go-Round would ultimately stretch Rivette and all those involved to their limits (Last Tango in Paris’ Maria Schneider eventually walked off set). Described by Rivette as a simple story wherein “two people get together because a third, who has arranged to meet them, does not show up,” Merry-Go-Round feels like waking up from a dream that might have been a nightmare. With periodic interludes to alternate realities and dreamscapes, this sometimes maddeningly circuitous film, posing as an espionage thriller loaded with symbolism and macguffins at every turn—mysterious phone calls, anonymous notes, empty graves, sand dunes, and a seemingly endless string of X-marks-the-spots—but ultimately reveals itself to be far more interested in the game of looking than resolution itself. Bolstered by Rivette’s perverse version of a Greek chorus (an improv jazz clarinetist and a double bass player), Merry-Go-Round is bursting with passion and energy, and is one of cinema’s greatest experiments.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1981, Digital Presentation, 160 min.

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