The Tales of Hoffmann (brand-new restoration, 3/29, 4:00pm)

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3/29 - 4PM
$12/free for members

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Stairway To Heaven) create a feverishly romantic, phantasmagoric marriage of cinema, ballet and opera in this one-of-a-kind film on a classic story. A melancholy poet dreams of three women — a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled satanic siren and a consumptive opera singer — all of whom break his heart in different ways. Shot in glorious three-strip Technicolor with over-the-top color schemes, highly stylized sets and sumptuous costumes, this lavishly imaginative film features world-class prima ballerinas Moira Shearer and Ludmilla Tcherina amongst a cadre of haunting characters — everything from a dozen half-human/half-puppets and a wild-eyed “magic spectacle maker” with foot-long eyebrows, to a bewitching courtesan and her “Satanic master, collector of souls.” With ingenious use of visual effects incorporating old fashioned theatrical tricks, double exposures and reverse action and slow motion, this wildly innovative story-within-a-story evokes a sumptuous dream state of pure artifice and otherworldly strangeness. No wonder Scorsese is a huge fan and supporter of the film, and none other than George Romero said this is the movie that made him want to make movies.
Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951, DCP, 133 min.

Little Feet (3/29)

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3/29 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Dip your toes in silky monochrome, then submerge to consider the aqueous essence of ghosts (or goldfish) in a brand-new jaunt by In The Soup filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell that explores the weird, fragile logic of childhood — the era when you might’ve seen spirits in your bathwater. The far-out musings of Rockwell’s own four- and seven-year-olds are preserved in amber through a series of exuberant improvisations, as they portray neglected siblings who navigate their mother’s death via a slummed-out Echo Park enchanted forest odyssey that trades its trees for a smog-stained sprawl of twisted chainlink, dumpster divers and fixie-mounted street magicians. Thom Andersen’s vision of an under-depicted cinematic Los Angeles comes to mind: a poverty-stricken alter-Southland of “those who walk” and “those who ride the bus,” lovingly enshrined in 16mm short ends immortalizing our faded carnicerías, bleached parking lots and sun-baked roadside chaparral in a glimmering daydream travelogue. The show kicks off with Frances Bodomo’s short film Boneshaker, starring Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)!
Little Feet Dir. Alexandre Rockwell, 2013, DCP, 60 min.
Boneshaker Dir. Frances Bodomo, 2013, DCP, 12 min.

The Tales of Hoffmann (brand-new restoration, 3/29, 9:45pm)

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3/29 - 9:45PM
$12/free for members

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Stairway To Heaven) create a feverishly romantic, phantasmagoric marriage of cinema, ballet and opera in this one-of-a-kind film on a classic story. A melancholy poet dreams of three women — a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled satanic siren and a consumptive opera singer — all of whom break his heart in different ways. Shot in glorious three-strip Technicolor with over-the-top color schemes, highly stylized sets and sumptuous costumes, this lavishly imaginative film features world-class prima ballerinas Moira Shearer and Ludmilla Tcherina amongst a cadre of haunting characters — everything from a dozen half-human/half-puppets and a wild-eyed “magic spectacle maker” with foot-long eyebrows, to a bewitching courtesan and her “Satanic master, collector of souls.” With ingenious use of visual effects incorporating old fashioned theatrical tricks, double exposures and reverse action and slow motion, this wildly innovative story-within-a-story evokes a sumptuous dream state of pure artifice and otherworldly strangeness. No wonder Scorsese is a huge fan and supporter of the film, and none other than George Romero said this is the movie that made him want to make movies.
Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951, DCP, 133 min.

The Tales of Hoffmann (brand-new restoration, 3/30, 4:15pm)

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3/30 - 4:15PM
$12/free for members

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Stairway To Heaven) create a feverishly romantic, phantasmagoric marriage of cinema, ballet and opera in this one-of-a-kind film on a classic story. A melancholy poet dreams of three women — a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled satanic siren and a consumptive opera singer — all of whom break his heart in different ways. Shot in glorious three-strip Technicolor with over-the-top color schemes, highly stylized sets and sumptuous costumes, this lavishly imaginative film features world-class prima ballerinas Moira Shearer and Ludmilla Tcherina amongst a cadre of haunting characters — everything from a dozen half-human/half-puppets and a wild-eyed “magic spectacle maker” with foot-long eyebrows, to a bewitching courtesan and her “Satanic master, collector of souls.” With ingenious use of visual effects incorporating old fashioned theatrical tricks, double exposures and reverse action and slow motion, this wildly innovative story-within-a-story evokes a sumptuous dream state of pure artifice and otherworldly strangeness. No wonder Scorsese is a huge fan and supporter of the film, and none other than George Romero said this is the movie that made him want to make movies.
Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951, DCP, 133 min.

The Tales of Hoffmann (brand-new restoration, 3/30, 7:30pm)

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

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Stairway To Heaven) create a feverishly romantic, phantasmagoric marriage of cinema, ballet and opera in this one-of-a-kind film on a classic story. A melancholy poet dreams of three women — a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled satanic siren and a consumptive opera singer — all of whom break his heart in different ways. Shot in glorious three-strip Technicolor with over-the-top color schemes, highly stylized sets and sumptuous costumes, this lavishly imaginative film features world-class prima ballerinas Moira Shearer and Ludmilla Tcherina amongst a cadre of haunting characters — everything from a dozen half-human/half-puppets and a wild-eyed “magic spectacle maker” with foot-long eyebrows, to a bewitching courtesan and her “Satanic master, collector of souls.” With ingenious use of visual effects incorporating old fashioned theatrical tricks, double exposures and reverse action and slow motion, this wildly innovative story-within-a-story evokes a sumptuous dream state of pure artifice and otherworldly strangeness. No wonder Scorsese is a huge fan and supporter of the film, and none other than George Romero said this is the movie that made him want to make movies.
Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951, DCP, 133 min.

The Tales of Hoffmann (brand-new restoration, 3/31)

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3/31 - 3:45PM
$12/free for members

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Stairway To Heaven) create a feverishly romantic, phantasmagoric marriage of cinema, ballet and opera in this one-of-a-kind film on a classic story. A melancholy poet dreams of three women — a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled satanic siren and a consumptive opera singer — all of whom break his heart in different ways. Shot in glorious three-strip Technicolor with over-the-top color schemes, highly stylized sets and sumptuous costumes, this lavishly imaginative film features world-class prima ballerinas Moira Shearer and Ludmilla Tcherina amongst a cadre of haunting characters — everything from a dozen half-human/half-puppets and a wild-eyed “magic spectacle maker” with foot-long eyebrows, to a bewitching courtesan and her “Satanic master, collector of souls.” With ingenious use of visual effects incorporating old fashioned theatrical tricks, double exposures and reverse action and slow motion, this wildly innovative story-within-a-story evokes a sumptuous dream state of pure artifice and otherworldly strangeness. No wonder Scorsese is a huge fan and supporter of the film, and none other than George Romero said this is the movie that made him want to make movies.
Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951, DCP, 133 min.

The Tales of Hoffmann (brand-new restoration, 4/1, 4:00pm)

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4/1 - 4PM
$12/free for members

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Stairway To Heaven) create a feverishly romantic, phantasmagoric marriage of cinema, ballet and opera in this one-of-a-kind film on a classic story. A melancholy poet dreams of three women — a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled satanic siren and a consumptive opera singer — all of whom break his heart in different ways. Shot in glorious three-strip Technicolor with over-the-top color schemes, highly stylized sets and sumptuous costumes, this lavishly imaginative film features world-class prima ballerinas Moira Shearer and Ludmilla Tcherina amongst a cadre of haunting characters — everything from a dozen half-human/half-puppets and a wild-eyed “magic spectacle maker” with foot-long eyebrows, to a bewitching courtesan and her “Satanic master, collector of souls.” With ingenious use of visual effects incorporating old fashioned theatrical tricks, double exposures and reverse action and slow motion, this wildly innovative story-within-a-story evokes a sumptuous dream state of pure artifice and otherworldly strangeness. No wonder Scorsese is a huge fan and supporter of the film, and none other than George Romero said this is the movie that made him want to make movies.
Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951, DCP, 133 min.

The Tales of Hoffmann (brand-new restoration, 4/1, 7:20pm)

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4/1 - 7:20PM
$12/free for members

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Stairway To Heaven) create a feverishly romantic, phantasmagoric marriage of cinema, ballet and opera in this one-of-a-kind film on a classic story. A melancholy poet dreams of three women — a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled satanic siren and a consumptive opera singer — all of whom break his heart in different ways. Shot in glorious three-strip Technicolor with over-the-top color schemes, highly stylized sets and sumptuous costumes, this lavishly imaginative film features world-class prima ballerinas Moira Shearer and Ludmilla Tcherina amongst a cadre of haunting characters — everything from a dozen half-human/half-puppets and a wild-eyed “magic spectacle maker” with foot-long eyebrows, to a bewitching courtesan and her “Satanic master, collector of souls.” With ingenious use of visual effects incorporating old fashioned theatrical tricks, double exposures and reverse action and slow motion, this wildly innovative story-within-a-story evokes a sumptuous dream state of pure artifice and otherworldly strangeness. No wonder Scorsese is a huge fan and supporter of the film, and none other than George Romero said this is the movie that made him want to make movies.
Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951, DCP, 133 min.

LOST & FOUND FILM CLUB: Choose Your Film Adventure!

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4/1 - 10:30PM
$10/free for members

Jump in the democratized stream of short film consciousness, where you’ll decide what hits the screen. We’re opening our archives and putting the programming in your trusted hands, intrepid audience, as we pair weird, wonderful ephemeral films for a vote before spooling up the selected 16mm marvels. Watch as our audience (always a healthy mix of tastemakers and troublemakers) splits into sects, leering and jeering over an all-killer, no-wrong-answers assault of accumulated reels. Bonds will be forged, impulses will be followed, and we’ll watch the bejeesus out of some real rarities. Here’s how it’ll work: Your hosts Brendt & Zena will provide a brief narrative introduction that will diverge into two thematic paths. We’ll take an audience vote of applause on which path to follow… and watch the strange 16mm short that corresponds. Expect nothing short of a 7-film, 90-minute journey through ephemeral film history. Daredevils or bank robbers? Travel film? Documentary or narrative? Who’s starring? Which country? When decade? Animal of choice? Pick your box-office poison from 128 possible combinations of short films and YOU will be the true hero of cinema!

The Tales of Hoffmann (brand-new restoration, 4/1, 4:00pm)

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

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Stairway To Heaven) create a feverishly romantic, phantasmagoric marriage of cinema, ballet and opera in this one-of-a-kind film on a classic story. A melancholy poet dreams of three women — a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled satanic siren and a consumptive opera singer — all of whom break his heart in different ways. Shot in glorious three-strip Technicolor with over-the-top color schemes, highly stylized sets and sumptuous costumes, this lavishly imaginative film features world-class prima ballerinas Moira Shearer and Ludmilla Tcherina amongst a cadre of haunting characters — everything from a dozen half-human/half-puppets and a wild-eyed “magic spectacle maker” with foot-long eyebrows, to a bewitching courtesan and her “Satanic master, collector of souls.” With ingenious use of visual effects incorporating old fashioned theatrical tricks, double exposures and reverse action and slow motion, this wildly innovative story-within-a-story evokes a sumptuous dream state of pure artifice and otherworldly strangeness. No wonder Scorsese is a huge fan and supporter of the film, and none other than George Romero said this is the movie that made him want to make movies.
Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951, DCP, 133 min.

Henry Fool & Fay Grim (Hal Hartley in person!)

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4/2 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes in 1998, Henry Fool is that perfect mix of chaotic energy and taut, meticulously constructed dialogue that makes auteur Hal Hartley so goddamn great. The story of a struggling novelist, a rising poet and an unlikely love affair, this uproarious drama (with a touch of thriller) plays with the very “Hartley” themes of failed expectation and unexpected redemption. As always, the writer/director takes his skilled cast (Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak) to strange, new places –- with performances as deep and roiling as an oceanic abyss. Hartley later forged an unlikely sequel in Fay Grim, nearly a decade after Henry Fool‘s release. Here, we pick up on the trail of his rogue anti-hero via his beleaguered wife Fay (the fantastic Parker Posey) as she travels through Europe on the hunt for her fugitive husband. Shot almost entirely in tilted “Dutch angle” shots, the film is wonderfully off-kilter. Jeff Goldblum appears, sly and dry as ever, as the slick CIA agent who coerces a fragile Fay to investigate the increasingly labyrinthine mystery of Fool. As well, Posey gives the performance of her career, careening through a strange and dangerous world with an unshakable, glorious-to-watch naiveté.
Henry Fool Dir. Hal Hartley, 1997, 35mm, 137 min.
Fay Grim Dir. Hal Hartley, 2009, 35mm, 118 min.

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An Evening With Hal Hartley (feat. "Ned Rifle", plus Aubrey Plaza & James Urbaniak in person!)

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4/3 - 8PM
$12/free for members

Hal Hartley’s cinematic universe — born out of the scrappy ‘80s underground, flourishing brightly in the ‘90s Golden Age of American Indies and blooming even further onto the modern landscape — is dense with deadpan poetics, insouciant attitude and a nicotine-stained East Coast whimsy that will live forever. As we geared up for Ned Rifle, Hal’s latest, we realized it absolutely was the time to bring his previous works to the Cinefamily screen. Join Hal as he regales us with tales from across his entire career, followed by the L.A. premiere of Ned Rifle, and a Q&A with co-stars Aubrey Plaza & James Urbaniak!

NED RIFLE
Kickstarter-funded and cast from Hartley’s career-spanning pool of favorite faces, this is a truly independent cinema, tailor-made on a level that big studio flicks will still never match. The story beginning with Henry Fool (starring Thomas Jay Ryan) and continuing with Fay Grim (starring Parker Posey) concludes with the two namesakes’ son in the driver’s seat. Liam Aiken plays the soft-spoken teenaged holy warrior on a totally un-ironic mission to kill his father, who may or may not be an extremely well-educated agent of Satan. Along for the ride is Parks & Rec’s Aubrey Plaza, who, totally in line with Hartley’s ongoing vision, beautifully plays up an unsettling ability to deliver a line with total sincerity, laced with arsenic sarcasm.
Dir. Hal Hartley, 2014, DCP, 85 min.

Watch the trailer for “Ned Rifle”!
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ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Science

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4/4 - 12PM
$12/free for members & kids under 14

Equations, Potions, Space Ships! Science is not about boring speeches and endless mathematical equations. Rather, it can wonderously be about magic, robots, travel to far-flung worlds — above all, science is about exploration. Join us as we peer into animation’s microscope and explore futuristic families, maniacal martians and little laboratories up close and personal on a giant screen. Is it true that Gilligan’s Island birthed an animated sitcom set in space? Is it true that space madness is contagious? Is there really a Planet X — and just who owns it, Earth or Mars? The answers of all these burning questions will be answered April 4th. So, young scien-teers, gather your tools and let’s blast off towards another month of animated awesomeness. This month, we’ll also feature our favorite PSAs in-between the cartoons — and as always, treat yourself to our special all-you-can-eat cereal bar. Kids 14-and-under get free admission!

Watch the trailer for “ABD’s Saturday Morning Cartoons: Science”!

Trust & The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley in person!)

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

A double bill of the darkly comic gems that launched Hal Hartley as one of the primary indie auteurs/arbiters of Nineties cool. Would you describe yourself as both high-minded and hopelessly childish? Maybe withdrawn in disgust but without apathy, wishing you could sucker-punch every chump you meet? Do you dream of locking the door and reading Tolstoy until the ozone burns off, and humanity finally toasts itself? If so, you might be a Hal Hartley character. Both of today’s films take place in Hartley’s native Long Island, and star the unforgettable Adrienne Shelley as a disaffected suburban teenager, each time drawn to a potentially dangerous man of mystery. In Trust, she and her star-crossed young reject (Hartley fave Martin Donovan) suffer so stylishly you almost forget she accidentally killed her dad. In The Unbelievable Truth (shot on a shoestring, and nominated for a Sundance Grand Jury Prize), she’s enchanted by a genius auto mechanic recently released from prison for murder. Every withering deadpan comeback, heartfelt guitar line, absurdist lyrical flourish, and photographic étude of color and geometry feels precision-tuned and laser-guided, thanks to Hartley’s obsessive command of the form.
Trust Dir. Hal Hartley, 1990, 107 min.
The Unbelievable Truth Dir. Hal Hartley, 1989, 90 min.

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HEAVY MIDNITES: Stone Cold

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4/4 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Even in our era of exuberant cinematic excess, few films can match the outrageous action, insane style, awesome haircuts and balls-to-the-wall entertainment of Stone Cold. It’s an unstoppable celebration of slick one-liners, fiery explosions, over-the-top set pieces, vicious baddies (including legends Lance Henriksen & William Forsythe), leather vests & hairy chests, plus one totally scene-stealing komodo dragon. College football superstar/NFL lightning rod/(unfairly) Razzie-nominated Brian Bosworth makes his film debut as a cop who enforces his own brand of justice while forced to go undercover to infiltrate a dangerous biker gang so bad their leader’s name is Chains. After a decade-long search, we’ve finally unearthed what may be the Earth’s last-surviving print of this modern day masterpiece of manliness. Prepare for 92 minutes of pure adrenaline and the most explosive courtroom climax ever committed to 35mm; Holyfuckingshit alert!!
Dir. Craig R. Baxley, 1991, 35mm, 92 min.

Ned Rifle (4/5)

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4/5 - 5PM
$12/free for members

Kickstarter-funded and cast from Hartley’s career-spanning pool of favorites, this is true independent cinema, tailor-made on a level that big studio flicks could never match. The story beginning with Henry Fool (starring Thomas Jay Ryan) and continuing with Fay Grim (starring Parker Posey) concludes with the two namesakes’ son (Liam Aiken) in the driver’s seat, a soft-spoken teenaged holy warrior on a totally un-ironic mission to kill his father, who may or may not be an extremely well-educated agent of Satan. Along for the ride is Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza, who, in line with Hartley’s ongoing vision, beautifully plays up an unsettling ability to deliver a line with total sincerity, laced with arsenic sarcasm. For a revenge flick, there’s a lot of dialogue dedicated to a sexually-charged doctoral thesis and a poet laureate’s forays into comedy vlogging — all what we’ve come to expect from Hartley’s ever-evolving oeuvre. Plus, the wanton hedonism implied in a simple scene of grocery shopping on a stolen credit card perfectly summarizes Hartley’s eloquence in the art of understatement.
Dir. Hal Hartley, 2014, DCP, 85 min.

Watch the trailer for “Ned Rifle”!
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GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Raising Arizona

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4/6 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for one of the Coen Brothers’ most iconic and hilarious cinematic gems. Greg sez: “This is the dawning of the age of Nicolas Cage. Before getting buffed for Air Con, before the outlandish marriages, before the Ghost Rider craziness, before he stole the Declaration of Independence, he was funny. Dead funny. The Coens made this zany caper film with a breakneck energy. The divine Holly Hunter is a Police Woman who falls for Nic’s serial convenience store robber. When they can’t have a baby, they kidnap one of the famous Arizona Quintuplets, and it is game on. Trying to keep the baby a secret, they’re overrun with jailbreaking friends (like the awesome John Goodman) and hired killers (like the awesome Tex Cobb.) The convenience store robbery sequence is a masterpiece of slapstick. Beautifully written with a touch of the poet, with lines like ‘Her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.’ Join us and laugh your giblets off.”
Dir. Joel Cohen, 1987, DCP, 94 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Benson Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Raising Arizona”!
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Ned Rifle (4/6)

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4/6 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Kickstarter-funded and cast from Hartley’s career-spanning pool of favorites, this is true independent cinema, tailor-made on a level that big studio flicks could never match. The story beginning with Henry Fool (starring Thomas Jay Ryan) and continuing with Fay Grim (starring Parker Posey) concludes with the two namesakes’ son (Liam Aiken) in the driver’s seat, a soft-spoken teenaged holy warrior on a totally un-ironic mission to kill his father, who may or may not be an extremely well-educated agent of Satan. Along for the ride is Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza, who, in line with Hartley’s ongoing vision, beautifully plays up an unsettling ability to deliver a line with total sincerity, laced with arsenic sarcasm. For a revenge flick, there’s a lot of dialogue dedicated to a sexually-charged doctoral thesis and a poet laureate’s forays into comedy vlogging — all what we’ve come to expect from Hartley’s ever-evolving oeuvre. Plus, the wanton hedonism implied in a simple scene of grocery shopping on a stolen credit card perfectly summarizes Hartley’s eloquence in the art of understatement.
Dir. Hal Hartley, 2014, DCP, 85 min.

Watch the trailer for “Ned Rifle”!
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Ned Rifle (4/7)

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

Kickstarter-funded and cast from Hartley’s career-spanning pool of favorites, this is true independent cinema, tailor-made on a level that big studio flicks could never match. The story beginning with Henry Fool (starring Thomas Jay Ryan) and continuing with Fay Grim (starring Parker Posey) concludes with the two namesakes’ son (Liam Aiken) in the driver’s seat, a soft-spoken teenaged holy warrior on a totally un-ironic mission to kill his father, who may or may not be an extremely well-educated agent of Satan. Along for the ride is Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza, who, in line with Hartley’s ongoing vision, beautifully plays up an unsettling ability to deliver a line with total sincerity, laced with arsenic sarcasm. For a revenge flick, there’s a lot of dialogue dedicated to a sexually-charged doctoral thesis and a poet laureate’s forays into comedy vlogging — all what we’ve come to expect from Hartley’s ever-evolving oeuvre. Plus, the wanton hedonism implied in a simple scene of grocery shopping on a stolen credit card perfectly summarizes Hartley’s eloquence in the art of understatement.
Dir. Hal Hartley, 2014, DCP, 85 min.

Watch the trailer for “Ned Rifle”!
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Ned Rifle (4/8)

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

Kickstarter-funded and cast from Hartley’s career-spanning pool of favorites, this is true independent cinema, tailor-made on a level that big studio flicks could never match. The story beginning with Henry Fool (starring Thomas Jay Ryan) and continuing with Fay Grim (starring Parker Posey) concludes with the two namesakes’ son (Liam Aiken) in the driver’s seat, a soft-spoken teenaged holy warrior on a totally un-ironic mission to kill his father, who may or may not be an extremely well-educated agent of Satan. Along for the ride is Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza, who, in line with Hartley’s ongoing vision, beautifully plays up an unsettling ability to deliver a line with total sincerity, laced with arsenic sarcasm. For a revenge flick, there’s a lot of dialogue dedicated to a sexually-charged doctoral thesis and a poet laureate’s forays into comedy vlogging — all what we’ve come to expect from Hartley’s ever-evolving oeuvre. Plus, the wanton hedonism implied in a simple scene of grocery shopping on a stolen credit card perfectly summarizes Hartley’s eloquence in the art of understatement.
Dir. Hal Hartley, 2014, DCP, 85 min.

Watch the trailer for “Ned Rifle”!
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Ned Rifle (4/9)

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4/9 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Kickstarter-funded and cast from Hartley’s career-spanning pool of favorites, this is true independent cinema, tailor-made on a level that big studio flicks could never match. The story beginning with Henry Fool (starring Thomas Jay Ryan) and continuing with Fay Grim (starring Parker Posey) concludes with the two namesakes’ son (Liam Aiken) in the driver’s seat, a soft-spoken teenaged holy warrior on a totally un-ironic mission to kill his father, who may or may not be an extremely well-educated agent of Satan. Along for the ride is Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza, who, in line with Hartley’s ongoing vision, beautifully plays up an unsettling ability to deliver a line with total sincerity, laced with arsenic sarcasm. For a revenge flick, there’s a lot of dialogue dedicated to a sexually-charged doctoral thesis and a poet laureate’s forays into comedy vlogging — all what we’ve come to expect from Hartley’s ever-evolving oeuvre. Plus, the wanton hedonism implied in a simple scene of grocery shopping on a stolen credit card perfectly summarizes Hartley’s eloquence in the art of understatement.
Dir. Hal Hartley, 2014, DCP, 85 min.

Watch the trailer for “Ned Rifle”!
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Argento's "Four Flies On Grey Velvet" (imported UK print!)

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4/10 - 11:59PM
$12/free for members

For those only familiar with Dario Argento’s supernatural classics like Suspiria and Phenomena, Four Flies on Grey Velvet is absolutely required viewing. After a screenwriting stint on legendary films like Once Upon a Time in the West, Argento kicked off his directing career with the “Animal Trilogy”: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Cat o’ Nine Tails and Four Flies on Grey Velvet. These early films find Argento at his most Hitchcockian, telling ripping thrillers that pushed the boundaries of the giallo genre before he evolved his style towards the surreal with 1975′s Deep Red. Four Flies is the twisted, woeful tale of a young musician (Michael Brandon) who accidentally kills a mysterious stalker. After receiving an envelope containing photographs of the murder, he’s pushed to the edge of sanity by increasingly terrible circumstances. But to imply that Four Flies is a “straightforward” thriller is a gross misunderstanding. Shocking, ludicrous, beautifully staged and set to a sharply funky Morricone score, it contains all the hallmarks of visual and narrative insanity that made Argento an international icon.
Dir. Dario Argento, 1971, 35mm, 104 min.

Watch Cineafmily’s original trailer for “Four Flies on Grey Velvet”!

THE SILENT TREATMENT: Harold Lloyd in "The Freshman"

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4/11 - 2PM
$12/free for members

Widely regarded as silent clown extraordinaire Harold Lloyd’s masterpiece, The Freshman was hugely popular upon its 1920s release, and is also a scathing satire of what was then a curious pop culture fad: inter-est in the “college life.” Skewering his usual “everyman” persona, Lloyd plays a middle-class kid obsessed not with career, but with becoming a Big Man On Campus. Once enrolled at Tate College, his inability to hit that lofty social mark is an expert mix of comedy and pathos. Eager to get recognition of any kind, Lloyd zeroes in on an impossible goal: to lead the school’s football team to victory for its final big game. As usual, the film is worth seeing for its epic setpieces alone: a superbly choreographed number in which Lloyd’s falling-apart cheap suit is constantly re-stitched by his stealthy tailor during a college dance, and the climactic football game (partially filmed at the Pasadena Rose Bowl!)
Dirs. Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1925, DCP, 76 min.

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Surviving Desire

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4/11 - 4:15PM
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Ahhh, if only people really spoke this way, casually weaving philosophy and unmasked declarations of intent with poetic asides about laundry detergent. If you’ve ever wished more movies were built around passages from Dostoyevsky, this one’s your jam. Clocking in at a cool 53 minutes, Hal Hartley’s absurdist graph of dysfunctional love circa 1993 maps a tryst, from the classroom to the bookstore, to the bedroom and then back to the classroom, and finally down into the gutter, between a burnt-out college English professor (Hartley’s longtime male muse Martin Donovan) and his favorite student (Mary B. Ward). She writes her fantasies and accusations into a short story about her self-hating egotist lover, but is she really just writing about herself? Is ignorance the necessary condition of human happiness? Is it wrong to physically harm students because they don’t like the Classics? In this dryly funny, willfully surreal ode to heartbreak, the answers — if there are any — lie in the questions themselves.
The afternoon’s program also includes the 1991 Hal Hartley shorts Ambition and Theory of Achievement!

Dir. Hal Hartley, 1992, digital presentation, 53 min.

HEAVY MIDNITES: Shredder Orpheus (L.A. premiere, filmmaker/star Robert McGinley in person!)

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4/11 - MIDNITE
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Co-presented by LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS. Soundtrack LP now available.

The next great Neon No-Wave rediscovery is here, and it f’ing shreds! Shredder Orpheus is a skatepunk nightmare dialed to eleven, a heroic cult vision of hallucinatory ambition — along with a heavy dose of forbidden-zone poetry, courtesy of the late, great Steven Jesse Bernstein: the Bukowski of the ‘80s Pacific Northwest. When the Devil’s “Euthanasia Broadcast Network” unleashes an evil television signal that corrupts and kills its viewers, only rock star Orpheus (writer/director Robert McGinley) and his band of Shredders can penetrate the underworld and free the airwaves. Armed with his trusty tricked-out deck and a futuristic Hendrix-designed guitar, our hero must battle legions of gothed-out, post-apocalyptic zonkers to get to the truth. Don’t miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this unique blend of sick skateboarding, sci-fi social commentary, slashin’ songs, spaced-out comedy and ultra-wild décor — with the filmmaker behind it all IN PERSON to discuss!
Dir. Robert McGinley, 1989, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shredder Orpheus”!

Roar (4/15)

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4/15 - 7:30PM
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Dir. Noel Marshall, 1981, DCP, 102 min.

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Garbo's Desert Island Discs (feat. "Ninotchka", hosted by Allison Anders and Illeana Douglas!)

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4/16 - 7:30PM
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Ninotchka Dir. Ernst Lubitsch, 1939, 35mm, 110 min.

Jobriath A.D. (filmmaker & more in person!)

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4/16 - 10:30PM
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Co-presented by DON’T KNOCK THE ROCK

Q&A with filmmaker Kieran Turner, Dennis Christopher (Django Unchained, Breaking Away), Kristian Hoffman (The Mumps) and Michael Butler (original producer, Hair), moderated by Lyndsey Parker (Managing Editor, Yahoo Music.) Plus, advance giveaways of the forthcoming Jobriath A.D. DVD/LP set and collectible posters! “The American Bowie” — “The True Fairy of Rock & Roll” — and “Hype of the Year.” Known as the first openly gay American rock star, Jobriath’s legacy starts with a truly wild beginning as a male prostitute, AWOL soldier, mental patient and cast member of Hair — and ends with a brilliant, brief recording career lasted only two years and two lavishly-produced, commercially disastrous albums. Sabotaged by a publicity machine run amok, shunned by the gay community and dismissed too easily by critics, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business, and sadly became an early AIDS casualty in 1983. Through rare archival material, new musical performances and interviews with Marc Almond, Ann Magnuson, Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) and more, Jobriath A.D. is the heartbreaking, unbelievable story of the one, the only — Jobriath.
Dir. Kieran Turner, 2013, DCP, 102 min.

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Hard To Be A God (4/17)

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4/17 - 7:30PM
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Dir. Aleksey German, 2013, DCP, 170 min.

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Roar (4/17)

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4/17 - 11PM
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Dir. Noel Marshall, 1981, DCP, 102 min.

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Simple Men

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4/18 - 3:30PM
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If you’re a fan of angry young men with a mind for motorcycles, anarchy, arson and the moves to match Sonic Youth’s “Kool Thing”, this one’s for you. Hal Hartley describes Simple Men, his third feature and international breakthrough, as “…a romance with an attitude problem.” Two brothers, one a sensitive intellectual and the other a jackass computer thief recently betrayed by his girlfriend, go on a road trip to search for their father: a famous shortstop turned underground ‘60s radical in hiding after a prison escape. This highly amusing, handsomely filmed ‘90s slice of absurdist life captures a bygone era when the rent in Long Island was low enough for Simple Men like these to actually exist. Oh, and there are nuns, lots of nuns — and Catholic school girls, who do what Catholic school girls generally do.
Dir. Hal Hartley, 1992, 35mm, 105 min.

Watch the “Kool Thing” dance from “Simple Men”!
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Hard To Be A God (4/18)

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4/18 - 6PM
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Dir. Aleksey German, 2013, DCP, 170 min.

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Roar (4/18)

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4/18 - 9:45PM
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Dir. Noel Marshall, 1981, DCP, 102 min.

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HEAVY MIDNITES: Shogun Assassin

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4/18 - MIDNITE
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Co-presented by LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS

To celebrate Light in the Attic’s brand-new Record Store Day release of the classic Shogun Assassin soundtrack, we’re unleashing the most brutally badass Japanese hero to ever paint the screen red. Seized by the police during the U.K.’s notorious “Video Nasty” scare, the film remains one of the most deliriously entertaining and action-packed exploitation flicks of all time, slicing through pop culture and influencing everything from GZA’s Liquid Swords album to Big Trouble in Little China and Kill Bill. This ballet of bloodied bodies and slashed limbs is the Americanized condensation of the legendary Lone Wolf and Cub series, and it distills all the anger, energy and violence of the world’s most famous samurai into a frenzied grindhouse melee with English dubbing (featuring Sandra Bernhard!) and an added heavy synthesizer score by Paul Revere and the Raiders singer Mark Lindsay. Tomisaburô Wakayama (Zatoichi, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan) stars as Ogami Ittō, traveling the countryside with his young son and a deadly, tricked-out cart on a blood-thirsty mission of vengeance against the Shogun that murdered his wife. Essential viewing.
Dirs. Robert Houston & David Weisman, 1980, 35mm, 85 min.

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Hard To Be A God (4/19)

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4/19 - 6PM
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Dir. Aleksey German, 2013, DCP, 170 min.

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Roar (4/19)

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4/19 - 10PM
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Dir. Noel Marshall, 1981, DCP, 102 min.

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A 4/20 Celebration (presented by 5 Every Day, film TBA!)

4/20 - 7:30PM
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DOUG BENSON MOVIE INTERRUPTION: 50 Shades of Grey

4/23 - 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 Paul F. Tompkins to Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis) chill on the front row couches, mics in hand, and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen.
Dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2015, DCP, 125 min.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Sleepwalkers (director Mick Garris, co-stars Brian Krause & Madchen Amick, and Anders Holm of "Workaholics" in person!)

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4/24 - MIDNITE
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Director Mick Garris, along with co-stars Brian Krause and Mädchen Amick, and Anders Holm from Workaholics (a huge fan of the film) all in person! Sleepwalkers marked the first of many collaborations between Stephen King and director Mick Garris, who would later go on to helm the TV versions of The Shining, The Stand and Desperation — and damn, is it a doozy. Brian Krause and the always-haunting Alice Krige star as a mother/son team of shape-shifting energy vampires whose natural form is a sort of were-cat. Not weird enough for you? How ’bout adding some highly-charged incest into the mix? Stir in a hot dollop of Twin Peaks‘ Mädchen Amick as the love interest/heroine, as well as many horror icon cameos from the likes of John Landis, Joe Dante, Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper and Stephen King himself, and you’ve got an over-the-top saucerful of silly fun. As mentioned before, King and Garris would team up for many adaptations, but Sleepwalkers (an original screenplay) sees the dynamic duo at their whacked-out best.
Dir. Mick Garris, 1992, 35mm, 91 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Sleepwalkers”!

The Book of Life

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4/25 - 4PM
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With eternal rock legend P.J. Harvey as his muse — playing the often silent but contemplating (Mary) Magdalene, who could potentially be God herself — Jesus finds that humans may not be so bad after all. The Book of Life opens with Hal Hartley’s main man Martin Donovan, this time characterized as the Messiah, who, reluctantly returning to Earth on the eve of the Millennium, must bring about the Apocalypse. Donovan is suave and edgy as always, here ranting whilst clean-shaven, blue-eyed and decked out in a smart suit. Released in 1998, practically on the eve of “Y2K”, Hartley’s shot-on-video visions are bolstered by a hypnotic shoegaze/grunge/dubstep soundtrack, and an appearance by Yo La Tengo as an off-kilter Salvation Army band. With one liners like “…wham, you’re addicted to human beings,” and “the potential for synthetically fabricated organic diseases,” this Hartley jam requires your utmost attention.
Dir. Hal Hartley, 1998, digital presentation, 63 min.

Watch PJ Harvey’s “The Faster I Breathe The Further I Go” from “The Book of Life”!
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A Tribute To "The Flash" (25th Anniversary, cast members in person!)

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4/25 - 6:30PM
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An Evening With Theresa Russell (film TBA!)

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4/26 - 7:30PM
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The 5 Minutes Game: 2015 Edition

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5/25 - 5PM
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