The Quays in 35mm (w/ Christopher Nolan in person!)

9/4 - 7:30PM
$15/free for members

ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS
Including (in order):
-In Absentia,Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min
-Quay, his new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.
-The Comb,Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.
-Street of Crocodiles,Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

The Quay Brothers in 35mm (w/ Christopher Nolan in person!)

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9/4 - 7:30PM
$18

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Curated by Christopher Nolan.
ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS

Including (in order):

In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)

Quay, Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)

The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)

Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)

Live set from DJ Mean Mr. Mustard!

Dude Bro Party Massacre III + The Mutilator (w/ Directors & Cast in person! Hosted by Patton Oswalt!)

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9/4 - 10:30PM
$15/free for members

Break out the pastel polos, puka shells and beer bongs — it’s time for some pure, uncut bro on bro horror cinema. Thankfully recorded off of late night television before President Ronald Reagan could ban it, Dude Bro Party Massacre III is a satirical take on the gory and sexually charged ’80s slashers genre, refreshingly exploiting soft male bodies via many a situation we’ve become accustomed to as exclusively feminine.

In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother’s murder at the hands of the serial killer known as ‘Motherface.’ But fear not genre fiends, plot gleefully takes a backseat to absurdly dumb broalogue, hackneyed late night commercial interruptions, cameos galore and gore that gushes like a beer right before a proper shotgun.

Dir. Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet & Jon Salmon, 2015, DCP, 91 min.

By the late 80s, it seemed near everyone was tired of slasher films. But, just when you thought there were no more grisly kills worth your time, you encounter a film whose plot basically goes; alcoholic father (who just might still hold a grudge for his son’s accidental shotgun-ing of his mother years ago…) sends his son and friends to clean up their beach condo for the winter, the kids proceed to party and sometimes have sex with each other, until… they find themselves stalked by a figure with an axe (and a hook, and an onboard motor) to grind…

With SFX work by Mark Shostrom (Videodrome, Evil Dead II) and a mission to out-schlock ‘em all, Buddy Cooper’s The Mutilator is a blood bath celebration that only 80s trash cinema can deliver.

Dir. Buddy Cooper, 1984, 86 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ABD's SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS: Stop Motion

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9/5 - 11:30AM
$10/free for members

Well Boys and Girls, it’s that time again to start your weekend off with Cinefamily’s sugary childhood goodness and celebrate Saturday Morning the way it should be celebrated: With cereal, cookies and Cartoons! And this month is a truly special month for us at Animation Breakdown, as with honor the magically alive, ludicrously detailed, obsessively meticulous world of Stop Motion Animation. Since the late 1800’s, we as people have been turning a task better suited for an obsessive compulsive madman into an art form that manages to branch the worlds of animation and reality. Stop Motion has been there to help us tether these worlds, from Land of the Lost Dinosaurs – to Wes Anderson’s Jaguar Shark – to the worlds of Boxtrolls, Coraline and Jack the Pumpkin King – Stop Motion Animation has this ability of never aging, and always being magical.

So come play with Gumby and Pokey, see what goes Bump in the Night, visit the Aardman Zoo and catch a California Raisin’s show. We will be featuring stop motion and claymation shorts and full episodes so come kick off September in a kick ass way. Bring your kids, your inner child, or your hunger for snacks and free mimosas – and rock your pajamas as we settle in to watch classic stop motiony goodness.

The Quay Brothers in 35mm (9/5)

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9/5 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Curated by Christopher Nolan.
ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS

Including (in order):

In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)

Quay, Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)

The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)

Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)

Dude Bro Party Massacre III + Microwave Massacre Double Feature! (w/ Directors & Cast in person!)

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9/5 - 10:30PM
$14/free for members

Break out the pastel polos, puka shells and beer bongs — it’s time for some pure, uncut bro on bro horror cinema. Thankfully recorded off of late night television before President Ronald Reagan could ban it, Dude Bro Party Massacre III is a satirical take on the gory and sexually charged ’80s slashers genre, refreshingly exploiting soft male bodies via many a situation we’ve become accustomed to as exclusively feminine.

In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother’s murder at the hands of the serial killer known as ‘Motherface.’ But fear not genre fiends, plot gleefully takes a backseat to absurdly dumb broalogue, hackneyed late night commercial interruptions, cameos galore and gore that gushes like a beer right before a proper shotgun.

Dir. Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet & Jon Salmon, 2015, DCP, 91 min.

An insane and gore-filled comedy/horror extravaganza, Microwave Massacre is a real 80s relic, dressed up like a 70s porno. The film’s curmudgeonly killer is Jackie Vernon, a raunchy stand-up comedian who happens to be best known as the original voice of Frosty the Snowman. Vernon, playing a dimwit construction worker everyman, just wants to eat a bologna sandwich for lunch with the guys, but is forced to consume an array of grotesque gourmet experiments engineered by his frumpy and shrill wife, May, enthusiastically equipped with a comically oversized shiny new microwave oven. A bout of drunkenness and the sight of one of May’s fussy and repulsive meals is all it takes to push Donald to commit the titular act, thus beginning the slapstick gorefest that is Microwave Massacre. Nothing friendly about Frosty here!

Dir. Wayne Berwick, 1983, 76 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

The Quay Brothers in 35mm (9/6)

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9/6 - 4PM
$12/free for members

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Curated by Christopher Nolan.
ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS

Including (in order):

In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)

Quay, Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)

The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)

Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)

LANCE BANGS NIGHT FEATURING UNRELEASED "ARTHURFEST" (Sonic Youth! Sleater-Kinney! Cat Power! The Black Keys! Devendra Banhart! Olivia Tremor Control!) CONCERT FILM + A LIVE SET BY DAVID PAJO (W/ CORIN TUCKER, ALLISON WOLFE, JON WURSTER) + LIVE COMEDY + MORE!!!

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9/6 - 7PM
$14/free for members

ONE SPECIAL NIGHT TO COMMEMORATE ANOTHER, A DECADE LATER….

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Arthur Magazine’s ARTHURFEST, filmmaker Lance Bangs takes over Cinefamily for a one time event, beginning with a screening of his unreleased ARTHURFEST concert film, and followed by an acoustic set by David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), with special guests! As if that weren’t enough, Lance will also screen and discuss a curated selection of excerpts from unreleased projects and upcoming work, and present a selection of live comedy, including a special performance by the Sultan of Summah, Howard Kremer. Do not miss the one and only opportunity to this intimate celebration of Arthurfest and more!!!

PROGRAM:
ARTHURFEST concert film screening (70 mins)
David Pajo acoustic set (with SPECIAL GUESTS!)
Lance Bangs: excerpts from unreleased work!
Live Comedy! Featuring Howard Kremer!

Watch the trailer for “ArthurFest”!

The Quay Brothers in 35mm (9/7)

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

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Curated by Christopher Nolan.
ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS

Including (in order):

In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)

Quay, Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)

The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)

Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)

The 5 Minutes Game: Dude Bro Edition + BBQ Kegger & Screening of Dude Bro Party Massacre III (w/ Greg Sestero from The Room in person!)

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

It’s one of our oldest Cinefamily traditions, having lasted since our very beginnings. And it’s been damned fun, too. For the first time ever, we’ve invited some guest-programmers (the Dude Bros), for a very special Dude Bro Edition. Summer’s still kickin’, and you know how we here at the theater love two things in tandem: busting out the patio grill, and The Five Minutes Game. What’s all this about a game, you ask? We’re firm believers in “Every movie is interesting for at least its first five minutes”, those fascinating moments when you’re still entering the new world a film presents you, and trying to figure out what the hell’s going on. What we’re gonna do is choose fifteen movies you’ve likely never seen before (with most of them still unavailable on DVD), line ‘em up and only show you the first five minutes of each, not counting their opening credits. After all that, you, the audience, votes on which film out of the fifteen we all then peep in its entirety. So bring something to cook on our grill and let’s get started!

5:00-6:30PM – The Five Minutes Game: Dude Bro Edition!
6:30-7:30PM – we tally the votes and have a BBQ (BYOM!) & Kegger on the patio!
7:30-9:00PM – we watch Dude Bro Party Massacre III
9:00-9:30PM – More Kegger!
9:30PM – Watch the winning Five Minutes Film!

Break out the pastel polos, puka shells and beer bongs — it’s time for some pure, uncut bro on bro horror cinema. Thankfully recorded off of late night television before President Ronald Reagan could ban it, Dude Bro Party Massacre III is a satirical take on the gory and sexually charged ’80s slashers genre, refreshingly exploiting soft male bodies via many a situation we’ve become accustomed to as exclusively feminine.

In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother’s murder at the hands of the serial killer known as ‘Motherface.’ But fear not genre fiends, plot gleefully takes a backseat to absurdly dumb broalogue, hackneyed late night commercial interruptions, cameos galore and gore that gushes like a beer right before a proper shotgun.

Dir. Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet & Jon Salmon, 2015, DCP, 91 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Seven Weeks (w/ Nobuhiko Obayashi ((Director of Hausu)) & Actor Takako Tokiwa in person!)

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9/8 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

“GUERNICA IN MOVING IMAGES” is the description Nobuhiko Obayashi, best known to Western audiences as the director of wild cult-horror classic Hausu, has assigned his new film. Sprawling and ambitious, Seven Weeks takes the death of the Suzuki family patriarch as its narrative origin. The family gathers in Hokkaido to mourn, in keeping with the Buddhist tradition of holding memorials every seven days for 49 days, a ritual out of which an epic web of family history and Japanese history is spun. By turns political and poetic, Seven Weeks flits between time periods and locales, with surreal sequences and cacophonic dialogue echoing the fantasy and surrealism for which Obayashi is known. Labyrinthine in both content and form, Seven Weeks spans huge swaths of time and space, all the while haunted by the specter of WWII. Do not miss this saga of epic proportions!

Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2014, Digital Presentation, 171 min.

Watch the trailer!

SIGGRAPH 2015 Traveling Electronic Theater

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

By special arrangement with ACM SIGGRAPH, we will be screening the SIGGRAPH 2015 Traveling Electronic Theater. Don’t miss your one and only chance to view the best of the 2015 festival, synonymous with cutting edge computer animation!!

Since 1974, SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) has been running the world’s premier computer animation festival, curated by an internationally recognized jury. The festival is responsible for some of the world’s most celebrated and ambitious computer animation programs and has included iconic works such as John Lasseter (now Chief Creative officer at PIXAR)’s first computer animated short, The Adventures of André & Wally B. (charming and with a winning title reference to Louie Malle’s My Dinner with Andre

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The Quay Brothers in 35mm (9/9)

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9/9 - 10:15PM
$12/free for members

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Curated by Christopher Nolan.
ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS

Including (in order):

In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)

Quay, Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)

The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)

Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)

SPECTREFEST: Goodnight Mommy (Free Sneak Peek w/ Directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz in person!)

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9/10 - 7:30PM
Free (first-come, first-served)

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

LOCATION: Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, 90036.

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

Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz’ taut, brutal film begins with twin brothers idyllically frolicking through the Austrian countryside. This marks the last time beauty is seen in the film that’s not tied to an unrelenting sense of creeping fear. The boys discover that their mother has returned home, after some horrific event that the audience isn’t privy to. But mommy seems different (being hidden behind a nightmarish mask of gauze and bandages isn’t doing any favors), and they begin to suspect that maybe this isn’t their mother at all.

Mommy gets under your skin like a malevolent, eerily patient little parasite, and squirms all over your body taking its sweet time as it fills you with dread. A treat for fans of extreme horror and art house cinema, and an exercise in resilience for everyone else – Goodnight Mommy is truly one of the most adroit manipulations of character and plot expectation in many years, which lends itself to being a truly terrifying experience.

Dir. Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz, 2014, DCP, 99 min.

Watch the trailer!

The Quay Brothers in 35mm (9/10)

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9/10 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Curated by Christopher Nolan.
ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS

Including (in order):

In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)

Quay, Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)

The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)

Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)

Blind

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9/11 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Losing a sense heightens others. This phenomenon suffuses Eskil Vogt’s Blind with a sense of discovery, almost developmental in tone. Vogt, co-writer of Joachim Trier’s Reprise and Oslo, August 31, has made a similarly coy and literary film with Blind. The protagonist, a recently blinded woman hesitant to leave her apartment and disconnected from her architect husband, becomes absorbed by writing, her fantasies and fears playing out in a mutable narrative that seeps into her reality, the two becoming indistinguishable through Vogt’s playful experiments. It’s a slippery film, by turns sexy and cerebral, and hyper-concerned with sensory perception. Sensation becomes constructive, like the writerly process itself, with both modes developing in a porous temporality and space, simultaneously steeped in drama and wry humor.

Dir.Eskil Vogt, 2014, DCP, 96 min.

Watch the trailer!

The Quay Brothers in 35mm (9/11)

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9/11 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Curated by Christopher Nolan.
ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS

Including (in order):

In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)

Quay, Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)

The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)

Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Sentinel (w/ the author of The Sentinel novel Jeffrey Konvitz in person!)

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9/11 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Scream Factory.

For a glorious period of the 70′s, following the success of The Exorcist, the supernatural thriller was king in horror cinema, many of them featuring beautiful women tormented by malevolent entities. Of this crop, one of the most unsettling and wonderful is Michael (Death Wish) Winner’s 1977 brain-melter The Sentinel. Starring Christina Raines as the harried beauty, an absurdly star-studded supporting cast (Chris Sarandon, Beverly D’Angelo, Jeff Goldblum, Eli Wallach, John Carradine, Burgess Meredith, Jerry Orbach, Ava Gardner, Jose Ferrer and Christopher Walken!) and real, honest-to-goodness sideshow freaks, the sheer “wow” factor boasted by the film is frankly second to none. The story centers around a New York City brownstone that is also a portal to hell (but hey, the rent is reasonable!), and by the film’s dizzying climax you too will feel as though you have been delivered into this freakish and terrifying dimension — of total awesomeness! This is one of those 70′s horror gems that gets unfairly overlooked time and time again, so don’t make that mistake and join us for a rare, 35mm screening!

Dir. Michael Winner, 1977, 35mm, 92 min.

THE SILENT TREATMENT: Don Q Son of Zorro

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

For this month’s SILENT TREATMENT, Cinefamily presents the RARELY SEEN sequel to The Mark of Zorro: Don Q, Son of Zorro!

Loosely based on a 1909 novel (Don Q.’s Love Story, a mother and son collaboration), this 1925 film begins with a careless mistake that unleashes a glut of drama of aristocratic proportions, complete with runaway bulls, duels, grand society balls, and lots of tumultuous romance. Douglas Fairbanks, aka “The King of Hollywood,” dominates the film, producing and starring in a double role, spookily playing both father and son (Don Q and Zorro)!

This special screening will be introduced by Fairbanks’ biographer Jeffrey Vance, and will feature live accompaniment from Cliff Retallick!

Dir. Donald Crisp, 1925, 35mm, 111 min.

HANGOVER MATINEES: The Bank Dick

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

Next Saturday, spend your afternoon with W.C. Fields—comfort food for alcoholics—in the first of a collection of Hangover Matinees featuring our favorite drinkers hitting the bottle. The Bank Dick, starred in and penned by Fields, barrels along with a plot like a drunken night: surreal and spotty, with lots of pleasingly unresolved threads. Egbert Sousé, our valiant and boozy protagonist, prevents a bank robbery, through sheer luck and timing, and is rewarded with a position as a guard in the bank. From this point onwards the plot hardly matters – Sousé stumbles between his favorite bar—the Black Pussy Cat café—and the bank, always leaving a cartoonish wave of catastrophe in his wake. Counted by Stanley Kubrick as one of his top ten favorite films, and “probably Fields’ best film” (Roger Ebert), The Bank Dick is raucous pure cinema, complete with an unforgettable car chase.

Dir. Edward F. Cline, 1940, 35mm, 72 min

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Blind (9/12)

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

Losing a sense heightens others. This phenomenon suffuses Eskil Vogt’s Blind with a sense of discovery, almost developmental in tone. Vogt, co-writer of Joachim Trier’s Reprise and Oslo, August 31, has made a similarly coy and literary film with Blind. The protagonist, a recently blinded woman hesitant to leave her apartment and disconnected from her architect husband, becomes absorbed by writing, her fantasies and fears playing out in a mutable narrative that seeps into her reality, the two becoming indistinguishable through Vogt’s playful experiments. It’s a slippery film, by turns sexy and cerebral, and hyper-concerned with sensory perception. Sensation becomes constructive, like the writerly process itself, with both modes developing in a porous temporality and space, simultaneously steeped in drama and wry humor.

Dir.Eskil Vogt, 2014, DCP, 96 min.

Watch the trailer!

The Quay Brothers in 35mm (9/12)

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9/12 - 10PM
$12/free for members

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Curated by Christopher Nolan.
ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS

Including (in order):

In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)

Quay, Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)

The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)

Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)

HEAVY MIDNITES: Twelve Monkeys

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9/12 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Settle in for a sci-fi scorcher, a meticulously-constructed, labyrinthine mind-shocker so hot it’ll flip your top and have you questioning your own reality. A vision launched from the genius of Brazil director Terry Gilliam, Twelve Monkeys is inspired chaos, a poetic hallucination of a dark future (and past) that’s a potent mix of time travel adventure and lunatic fantasy that works both as a manic fever dream and a thrilling whodunit. When Bruce Willis is sent back in time to investigate a deadly plague, he’s catapulted too far and hospitalized as insane. You know what they say, science isn’t an exact science. Featuring an intense and convincingly grungy Willis, a mile-a-minute, deliriously hyper and hypnotically wall-eyed Brad Pitt plus Madeleine Stowe as a psychiatrist / audience surrogate trying to piece it all together. Add Gilliam’s precisely designed landscape that packs more visual information into a single frame than most films attempt in their entire runtime, ambitiously wild ideas that demand multiple viewings and the spirit of Chris Marker’s La Jetée, and you’ve got yourself an absolute stunner.

Dir. Terry Gilliam, 1995, 35mm, 129 min.

The Quay Brothers in 35mm (9/13)

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9/13 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Curated by Christopher Nolan.
ALL NEW 35MM PRINTS

Including (in order):

In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)

Quay, Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)

The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)

Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)

Blind (9/14)

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9/14 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Losing a sense heightens others. This phenomenon suffuses Eskil Vogt’s Blind with a sense of discovery, almost developmental in tone. Vogt, co-writer of Joachim Trier’s Reprise and Oslo, August 31, has made a similarly coy and literary film with Blind. The protagonist, a recently blinded woman hesitant to leave her apartment and disconnected from her architect husband, becomes absorbed by writing, her fantasies and fears playing out in a mutable narrative that seeps into her reality, the two becoming indistinguishable through Vogt’s playful experiments. It’s a slippery film, by turns sexy and cerebral, and hyper-concerned with sensory perception. Sensation becomes constructive, like the writerly process itself, with both modes developing in a porous temporality and space, simultaneously steeped in drama and wry humor.

Dir.Eskil Vogt, 2014, DCP, 96 min.

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Blind (9/15)

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9/15 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Losing a sense heightens others. This phenomenon suffuses Eskil Vogt’s Blind with a sense of discovery, almost developmental in tone. Vogt, co-writer of Joachim Trier’s Reprise and Oslo, August 31, has made a similarly coy and literary film with Blind. The protagonist, a recently blinded woman hesitant to leave her apartment and disconnected from her architect husband, becomes absorbed by writing, her fantasies and fears playing out in a mutable narrative that seeps into her reality, the two becoming indistinguishable through Vogt’s playful experiments. It’s a slippery film, by turns sexy and cerebral, and hyper-concerned with sensory perception. Sensation becomes constructive, like the writerly process itself, with both modes developing in a porous temporality and space, simultaneously steeped in drama and wry humor.

Dir.Eskil Vogt, 2014, DCP, 96 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: Innocence

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9/16 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Co-presented by the French Film & TV Office

After party with tunes by MASHA and drinks, treats and photobooth: put on your best schoolgirl/boy or teacher outfit!

* Free French wine tasting, thanks to Loire Valley USA!

* Photo booth by DOSSHAUS!

Solemn children performing rituals in matching white uniforms is usually a good indication you’re not watching a romantic comedy, and trust us, you’re not. Idyllic summer camp vibes gradually decay into unexplained fear, as frolicking little girls train each other to obey unseen authorities and escape is gently forbidden. This highly choreographed, hyper-minimal gothic fever dream sinks through levels of surreality (doe-eyed kids enter the campus in coffins; ballerinas perform for a murmuring audience of shadows; playtime imperceptibly shifts to unmotivated violence) until it comes full circle and appears alarmingly real. Based on the novella by Frank Wedekind, two of whose stage plays became Tony-winner Spring Awakening and German silent classic Pandora’s Box, Innocence won top honors at Stockholm Film Festival for director Lucile Hadžihalilović and cinematographer Benoît Debie, who also collaborated on Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void. Marion Cotillard’s tragic elegance matches the film’s; she nurtures the children and punishes them in a stately world of propriety, where tranquility and opulence give way to a strange, hidden brutality.

Dir. Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2004, 122 min.

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Blind (9/16)

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9/16 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Losing a sense heightens others. This phenomenon suffuses Eskil Vogt’s Blind with a sense of discovery, almost developmental in tone. Vogt, co-writer of Joachim Trier’s Reprise and Oslo, August 31, has made a similarly coy and literary film with Blind. The protagonist, a recently blinded woman hesitant to leave her apartment and disconnected from her architect husband, becomes absorbed by writing, her fantasies and fears playing out in a mutable narrative that seeps into her reality, the two becoming indistinguishable through Vogt’s playful experiments. It’s a slippery film, by turns sexy and cerebral, and hyper-concerned with sensory perception. Sensation becomes constructive, like the writerly process itself, with both modes developing in a porous temporality and space, simultaneously steeped in drama and wry humor.

Dir.Eskil Vogt, 2014, DCP, 96 min.

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SPECTREFEST: Hour of the Wolf (w/ Live Score by Kreng!)

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9/17 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

“The hour of the wolf is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. It is also the hour when most children are born.”

Bergman’s strangest film stations Artist Johan Borg (Max Von Sydow) & his wife Alma (Live Ullmann) on an island for a supposed vacation. Across the water lies a castle containing a baron and his menagerie of perverted friends. As time passes, Johan is unable to sleep without being plagued by brutal nightmares, and he becomes unable to thrive during the day as his paranoia is crippling. As the fear builds, and the baron begins to invade the lives of the lovers, Bergman blurs the line between dream and reality so effectively that we aren’t sure what to take as real anymore.

SpectreVision composer Kreng, whose lauded original score for Cooties will be released on Mondo/Death Waltz and Milan Records, returns to his avant garde roots creating disquieting soundscapes for Belgian surrealist horror-theatre company Abattoir Fermé to push Bergman’s classic even further into the hypnagogic landscape.

Dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1968, 35mm, 90 min.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Roddy Piper Tribute Feat. They Live & Hell Comes to Frogtown (w/ Sandy King in person!)

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9/18 - 10PM
$14/free for members

Live Set from DJ Mean Mr. Mustard!

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Dir. John Carpenter, 1988, 35mm, 93 min.

Dir. Donald G. Jackson & R.J. Kizer, 1988, Digital Presentation, 86 min.

HEAVY MIDNITES: Axe & Kidnapped Coed Double Feature (w/ Dir. Frederick Friedel in person!)

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9/19 - 10:30PM
$14/free for members

One of the most famed mysteries from the exploitation underworld exposed! Before disappearing from the film world for nearly 30 years, writer/director Frederick R. Friedel crafted two low budget hits that rocked the drive-in circuit. And in one of those HOLYFUCKINGSHIT / ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME opportunities, the outsider auteur is flying in to screen his movies in 35mm plus discuss the insane stories behind his enigmatic career. Trust us, this will be a night to dismember.

AXE

Razors! Rape! REVENGE! Perfectly balanced in the Cinefamily sweet spot between arthouse and grindhouse, Axe is a perverse blast of chintzy, art-horror realism that no one eulogizes, but everyone should. In other words, it’s one of the best kept secrets in vintage exploitation. Lisa and her paralyzed grandfather live in a desolate Gothic home. A few rapist-killers stop by for a visit. Guns are waved. Demands are made. Everyone acts like a stoned extraterrestrial. Then, Lisa grabs her AXE! Towing a fine line between affecting techniques and disorientating mood, Axe is an amalgam of gritty, exploitive joy. It’s like the Overlook Hotel from The Shining was relocated to the town from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then given a makeover by Jean Rollin. With lots of synths. Crafted with confidence by director Frederick Friedel and produced by sleaze kingpin Harry Novak, Axe is one of the most notable and unique obscurities in the wild ‘n wooly Video Nasty canon.

Dir. Frederick R. Friedel, 1977, 35mm, 72 min.

KIDNAPPED CO-ED

Decades ago an unforgettable film came not from Hollywood, but from the Carolinas — one in which star-crossed lovers are sullied by sexual sadism, in which hayseed sincerity is tarnished by pitch black humor, and Rockwellian idylls are rife with grisly crime. No, not Blue Velvet; ten years before Lynch patented his blend of naive noir, Frederick Friedel birthed Kidnapped Co-Ed. Jack Canon (a perfect Clint Eastwood/Harry Dean Stanton hybrid) hijacks heiress Leslie Ann Rivers for her daddy’s money, but a disturbing detour leads the unlikely couple deep into the heart of darkest America, where unspeakable thrills await. Friedel’s Stockholm Syndrome fairytale is incandescent with unthinkable images, uproariously (and intentionally) funny dialogue, heartbreaking romance and irresolvable mystery; that it doesn’t enjoy Twin Peaks-level fame is a crime worse than kidnapping.

Dir. Frederick Friedel, 1976, 35mm, 76 min.

DOUG BENSON MOVIE INTERRUPTION: San Andreas

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9/21 - 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. Brad Peyton, 2015, DCP, 114 min.

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: The Lady Eve

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9/22 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Preston Sturges, 1941, 35mm, 94 min.

Western (w/ Directors Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross in person for Q&A!)

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9/23 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

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Dir. Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross, 2015, HDCam, 92 min.

SPECTREFEST: The Final Girls

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9/24 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

Taissa Farmiga plays the daughter of a legendary scream queen known for a nominal role in a supremely campy 80s slasher; Camp Bloodbath. She is still trying to get over the untimely death of her mother, when a local programmer decides to show the film and invite her to be a guest at the screening. Everything goes awry, and our teenagers end up inside the film.

It quickly becomes apparent that this is far more than its high concept might suggest. What could have easily become an exhausting pastiche throwback film, reveals itself as an infections, joyous love letter to the genre and perhaps more surprising, a highly emotional story about love, loss and how humans learn to deal when life becomes a horror film.

Dir. Todd Strauss-Schulson, 2015, DCP, 88 min.

HANGOVER MATINEES: The Lost Weekend

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9/26 - 2PM
$12/free for members

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Dir. Billy Wilder, 1945, 35mm, 101 min.

HEAVY MIDNITES: After Hours (30th Anniversary!)

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9/26 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Martin Scorsese’s coke-fueled black comedy fever dream rides high on manic energy like a laser blast, a thrilling masterclass in cinematic propulsion, a completely out-there exercise in style, birthed through his frantic frustration over the initial collapse of his adaptation of The Last Temptation of Christ. After Hours is one of Scorsese’s best films, one of the all-time great “all night” movies, and a wild exploration of New York that will leave you breathless. Griffin Dunne leads an all-star cast (Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara, Cheech & Chong and more!) through a seemingly endless and Kafkaesque trip through the city, a bizarre nightmare that ratchets up the agitation, excitement, lunacy and laughter to surreal levels as it bounces from one screwball idea to another, somehow tying in plaster of Paris bagel-and-cream-cheese paperweights, burglary, an ice cream truck and even a crude drawing of a shark biting off a man’s erect penis. It’s that frickin’ good!

Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1985, 35mm, 97 min.

GOOD TASTE CINEMA: Harold and Maude

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9/27 - 7:30PM
GA - $25 / VIP - $50

In a rare occurrence, we will be offering VIP TICKETS to this event! Includes couch seats, a gift bag (lovingly packaged in a Cinefamily tote bag), plus OPEN BAR!

Cinefamily is delighted to welcome Annabel de Vetten-Peterson — aka the brains behind the UK’s Conjurer’s Kitchen — for an evening of food, film and funerals to kick off our new film series “GOOD TASTE CINEMA.”

We will be screening the classic 1971 black comedy Harold & Maude with a delicious twist. After being greeted at the door with a very special potion you will receive an edible and odorific box of surprises specially created to match scenes of the film and enhance the journey of life and death unfolding on the screen.

Your custom created box will also contain an edible menu, instructions, and details about the specific scenes. Following the film we will journey back to the 70s as we celebrate Maude’s life with a wake created and catered by Annabel and a band of her merry co-conspirators, including some treats from the Depressed Cake Shop.

For more about the brilliant Annabel click here.

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

SPECTREFEST: Deathgasm (L.A. Premiere w/ Cast & Crew in person!)

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10/1 - 10:15PM
$14/free for members

In this pitch perfect heavy metal horror celebration, a crew of friends decide to start a metal band and unwittingly release Hell on earth! As it becomes evident that the protagonists must learn to defeat evil and more importantly, protect metal, an oddly sweet tale of friendship and flirtation unfolds on the same screen as some of the most orgiastic gore (including some moments of creative dildo usage) that’s graced the silver screen in quite some time.

Deathgasm is an unapologetic celebration of metal heads, Satan, gratuitous gore fueled by refreshing practical effects & crass, scrappy dialogue less concerned with plot than keeping up the break neck pace of the debauchery proudly on display.

Dir. Jason Lei Howden, 2015, DCP, 90 min.

ABD: Saturday Morning Cartoons - SpectreFest Edition

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10/3 - 11:30AM
$10/free for members

Hello Boys and Girls, and be prepared to enter the spooky realm of Saturday Morning madness! This special edition of SMC is co-presented by SpectreFest – and will feature our favorite Halloween hauntings in Animation. Join us as we celebrate the scary. Featuring cartoon favorites like Beetlejuice, Addams Family, Courage the Cowardly Dog and classic cartoon mayhem from and Looney Tunes. As always a creepy cereal bar will be provided and lots of tricky treats will be available. So dress up in your halloweeniest pajamas and dive into a jack-o-laten full of Spooky Saturday Morning fun.

SPECTREFEST: A Conversation w/ Larry Fessenden (feat. Habit)

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10/4 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

Join us for a night with filmmaker Larry Fessenden and a screening of his film, Habit.

Sam (Fessenden) is a spiraling alcoholic New Yorker. Still recovering from the shock of his father’s sudden death and in the midst of a break-up, Sam is looking forward to the freedom of single life: to be able to drink what he wants, when he wants. He is, in his own words, “committing suicide on the installment plan.” Sam has friends, but they are increasingly distant on account of his self destructive alcoholism. That’s when he meets Anna (Meredith Snaider) at a Halloween party, a mysterious and alluring woman who may or may not be a vampire. Sam and Anna embark on a fairly unorthodox union; Sam never sees her in daylight, and she is prone to biting during their aggressive sexual encounters. For Sam’s noncommittal self, this relationship seems ideal, but then he starts to fall dangerously ill, and Sam wonders if Anna’s love might come at a hidden cost.

This seminal work rocked the New York film scene upon its release in 1995, bringing a grounded realism to a supernatural tale in ways that invoked Cassavetes as much as Poe. In the 20 years that have followed, Fessenden has become a force in genre film with Glass Eye Pix, fostering numerous young talents such as Ti West and Kelly Reichardt, as well as going on to direct Wendigo and The Last Winter. Following the screening, Fessenden will join SpectreVision partner Daniel Noah for an in-depth discussion of his life and work.

Dir. Larry Fessenden, 1995, 112 min.

SPECTREFEST: Fires on the Plain

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

Far from a typical war film, Shin’ya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo, The Iron Man) keeps Fires on the Plain a fiercely subjective first person account of the literal horror of war. A loose remake of Kon Ichikawa’s 1959 masterpiece, Fires chronicles Japan’s retreat from the Philippines in the waning final moments of WWII. Tsukamoto (boldly taking on triple-duty as main actor, director and cinematographer) plays Private Tamura, a writer prior to the draft, who deeply despises killing. Suffering from tuberculosis, and forced into the bowels of the Philippine jungles when his commanding officer and field clinic refuse to give him shelter, Tamura descends deeper and deeper into a hallucinatory world of starvation and garish, grindhouse violence. Rather than war with a capital W, Fires’ focus is the horrifying decimation of the psyche that comes with it.

Dir. Shin’ya Tsukamoto, 2014, DCP, 87 min.

SPECTREFEST: Sun Choke (L.A. premiere w/ Barbara Crampton, Sarah Hagan, Sara Malakul Lane & Dir. Ben Cresciman in person!) + A Live Set before the film by Boom Bip!)

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10/8 - 10PM
$14/free for members

With a live set by Boom Bip prior to the film!

A film firmly routed in the tried and true tradition of House of Psychotic Women, Sun Choke places ambiguity above all and revels in it via an unreliable narrator who’s a murderer, some perverse form of an epileptic and an adept manipulator.

Sarah Hagan stars in the film, as a severely damaged, borderline-autistic girl being cared for (held hostage by?) by her lifelong Nanny (Barbara Crampton) while the absent father figure is overseas for work. As mystery and abstraction certainly highlight this film’s strongest assets, going into plot description seems crass and egregious.

With lovely cinematography (including some delectable images of grotesquerie), solid performances all around, a haunting and ephemeral score by Bryan Hollen (Boom Bip) and a tight, yet fiercely open and illusive screenplay, Sun Choke is certainly one of the best pieces of intrigue hitting cinemas this year.

Dir. Ben Cresciman, 2015, DCP, 90 min.

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HANGOVER MATINEES: The Thin Man

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

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Dir W.S. Van Dyke, 1934, 35mm, 91min

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SPECTREFEST: Steve Moore Vs. Superman

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10/11 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

SpectreFest and Cinefamily have long been lovers of the live score. But heretofore, we’ve never endeavored to put new music to a contemporary film. After all, what to do with all that dialogue? Then it hit us – why not just cut out all the talky parts to revel in the beautiful visuals of a modern, special effects tour-de-force, then hand it over to one of our favorite composers to put it all in a blender and see what comes out?

Synth master and newly minted film composer-of-the-hour Steve Moore will have his way with the flying, fighting and crystal caves of the seminal Superman films of the 1980s, his emotional melodies soaring to heavens along with the late great Christopher Reeve for what we’re certain will be an experiential, musical-cinema event to invoke all of the awe and wonder the man in the red cape brought to our lives so many years ago.

A Band and a Movie: Dusty and Sweets McGee + Cass McCombs Live!

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10/13 - 7:30PM
$20

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Dir. Floyd Mutrux, 1971, 35mm, 92 min.

SPECTREFEST: The Visit

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10/15 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

WHAT will happen when alien life arrives on earth? Conceptual artist Michael Madsen’s experimental documentary, The Visit—the second installment in in his “Trilogy on Mankind” (the first being Into Eternity, the 2010 documentary on the construction of the Onkalo nuclear waste storage facility in Finland)—is a stunning, immersive, and meandering answer to this question. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, NASA personnel, retired military experts, legal experts, astrobiologists, and psychologists hesitantly perform the roles they imagine inhabiting in the event of such an encounter, testing out their questions for ETs on Madsen’s audience. This film doesn’t need the spectacle of alien life to terrify viewers; all it takes is a glimpse into the monumental uncertainties embedded in a slew of worldly bureaucracies; Madsen’s ethereal sequences find alien territory on earth itself.

Dir. Michael Madsen, 2015, Digital Presentation, 90 min.

SPECTREFEST: Love & Peace (L.A. Premiere!)

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10/15 - 10:30PM
$12/free for members

Shion Sono begins his latest tale in modern-day Tokyo with a tragic man named Ryoichi, who having given up his dreams of rock stardom, toils away in a musical parts company. Ryoichi discovers his only friend in a turtle he aptly names Picadon. The friendship blossoms as Picadon helps Ryoichi plan his rock n roll takeover, until one day on account of overwhelming ridicule from coworkers, Ryoichi flushes his only friend down the toilet.

From there, Sono’s signature imagination takes over. Certainly one of the most joyous and heartfelt films of his career, Love & Peace blasts off into the ether with the catchiest theme song you’ll hear all year, anthropomorphized toys, a choice of pills that puts the red pill/blue pill option to shame & massive Kaiju.

Dir. Shion Sono, 2015, DCP, 117 min.

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SPECTREFEST: Joe Frank's Murdered by the Mind

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10/16 - 7:30PM
$35

Co-presented by KCRW.

NPR radio artist artist and storyteller Joe Frank returns to The Cinefamily for two nights, October 16th and 17th, with his new show Murdered by the Mind. In this disturbing and funny piece, Frank recalls his dysfunctional childhood and a romantic relationship gone horribly wrong, interspersed with obsessive philosophic explorations of death, sex, meaning, or no meaning at all.

Frank’s autobiographical and neo absurdost narratives bring to mind the work of Spalding Gray and, more often, Samuel Beckett. Frank will be accompanied by celebrated musicians David Ralicke (saxophone and keyboards) and Danny Frankel (percussion).

Frank, who began his radio career in 1977 at WBAI in New York, and served as co-anchor of NPR’s All Things Considered in 1978, has produced more than 200 radio programs over the past three decades for California’s KCRW and National Public Radio. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and been honored with the George Foster Peabody Award, two Major Armstrong Awards and two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards for Radio Drama, among many others.

SPECTREFEST: Joe Frank's Murdered by the Mind

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10/17 - 7:30PM
$35

Co-presented by KCRW.

NPR radio artist artist and storyteller Joe Frank returns to The Cinefamily for two nights, October 16th and 17th, with his new show Murdered by the Mind. In this disturbing and funny piece, Frank recalls his dysfunctional childhood and a romantic relationship gone horribly wrong, interspersed with obsessive philosophic explorations of death, sex, meaning, or no meaning at all.

Frank’s autobiographical and neo absurdost narratives bring to mind the work of Spalding Gray and, more often, Samuel Beckett. Frank will be accompanied by celebrated musicians David Ralicke (saxophone and keyboards) and Danny Frankel (percussion).

Frank, who began his radio career in 1977 at WBAI in New York, and served as co-anchor of NPR’s All Things Considered in 1978, has produced more than 200 radio programs over the past three decades for California’s KCRW and National Public Radio. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and been honored with the George Foster Peabody Award, two Major Armstrong Awards and two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards for Radio Drama, among many others.

SPECTREFEST: Terrible Resonance - Live show from Here Be Monsters

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10/18 - 7:30PM
$20

Co-presented by KCRW.

A live podcast from Here Be Monsters about subversive sound, earthquakes, ghosts, outer space, sonic weaponry, and whales.

There is a murky and uncertain world of sound below the bassiest bass we can hear. Despite the physical limitations of our ears, these rumbles, called “infrasounds,” affect us, in wildly different ways–sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying.

Terrible Resonance is a journey from 0-20hz, telling stories from the well-studied rumbles of Earth’s crust, songs of whales and elephants, and resonant points in the human body to the areas of the unknown that lead to wild speculation: hauntings, the “brown” note, spontaneous orgasm and not-so-secret weapons programs from the Pentagon.

The show runs roughly 90 minutes and includes a live infrasound demonstration from Brooklyn-based musician Joe Morgan. Earplugs will be provided. Children and service animals should use extra precaution during this portion of the show.

Ask us questions and interact with other attendees on social media using #HBMlive. You can also tweet @HBMpodcast.

SPECTREFEST: Nasty Baby (Free Sneak Peek L.A. Premiere w/ Kristin Wiig & Dir. Sebastian Silva in person!)

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10/22 - 7:30PM
Free (first-come, first-served)

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

LOCATION: Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, 90036.

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

Freddy (Sebastian Silva) is a visual artist whose top goal is becoming a father. Luckily his best friend Polly (Kristin Wiig) is happy to assist. When Freddy’s sperm reveals its inadequacies, his reluctant boyfriend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) is called upon to save the day.

In the hands of anyone other than Sebastian Silva (Magic, Magic & The Maid), Nasty Baby would undoubtedly become an overbearing improvisational, twee mess of sad-sack-hipster-chic-melodrama. Luckily Silva has no interest in making any semblance of predictable or milquetoast cinema. Whittled down to it’s core, Nasty Baby is damn near guaranteed to bring laughter, bring tears and then most likely make you forget to breath as the story comes to a shockingly dark close…

Dir. Sebastian Silva, 2015, DCP, 100 min.

SPECTREFEST: Aaaaaaaah! (L.A. Premiere!)

10/22 - 10:45PM
$12/free for members

Steve Oram (Sightseers), makes his directorial debut with this anarchic, absurd, hysterical, limb-rippingly-violent and at times, oddly touching film set in a world where human beings remain assuredly ape – communicating with only grunts, growls and howls.

What begins as a simple tale of tribal rivalry, ultimately becomes a deadly showdown between two battling primal sects, both vehemently determined to protect their tight-knit communities. A veritable who’s who of UK television (including Noel Fielding & Julian Barratt of Mighty Boosh fame), without an iota of hyperbole, we can virtually guarantee you haven’t seen anything like Aaaaaaaah! since the long lost days of Themroc.

Dir. Steve Oram, 2015, DCP, 79 min.

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SPECTREFEST: Show & Tell w/ E. Elias Merhige featuring a rare 16mm print of Begotten & Din of Celestial Birds

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10/28 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

Possibly the godfather of all cult films, Elias Merhige’s Begotten has long toiled in bootleg obscurity, only being accessible through tenth-generation VHS copies or shoddy youtube video streams. Branded as a Rorschach test for the adventurous eye by film critic Richard Corliss, and “one of the then most important films of modern times,” by none other than Susan Sontag, Begotten is a seminal, powerhouse piece of experimental cinema that has been unfairly relegated to niche circles of film buffs and pure experience seekers. The film resembles a subconscious nightmare made manifest; as though the Earth itself could “dream” and transmit that disturbing phantasm to us — its wards — a chronicle of its long, ever-changing violent seasons. (John Muir)

Although reducing this film to a plot is a disservice, it nonetheless can offer the viewer at least a warning as to what they’re about to experience and the realm that Merhige is playing in. A God-like being kills itself, but “Mother Earth” takes its seed and gives birth to a human-seeming son, who is then taken and abused by strange, robed natives from a nearby community. The “Son of Earth” creates life and food for them in a kind of enforced fertility rite, and the villagers then proceed to kill Mother Earth and her son. Life springs anew from their grave, and the cycle of life and death continues anew.

We proudly bring Elias Merhige out for a night of conversation and show & tell of his incredible collections of artifacts, literature and cultural ephemera. We will be screening Begotten from Merhige’s own personal, rarely-seen 16mm print, along with a screening of his short film Din of Celestial Birds in 35mm.

Dir. E. Elias Merhige, 1990, 16mm, 72 min.
Dir. E. Elias Merhige, 2006, 35mm, 13 min.

SPECTREFEST: Tikkun

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10/29 - 7:30PM
$14/free for members

Tikkun is as an unflinching and unnerving portrait of an ultra-orthodox yeshiva student in Jerusalem. Haim-Aron is so obsessed with his studies and the rules he must follow, that it begins to border on martyrdom. When Haim-Aron considers indulging his desire for self-pleasure, it leads to an accident that seemingly takes him to death’s door and back again. When he wakes up in the hospital, a lot has changed. Haim-Aron’s father is haunted by surreal visions and violent dreams as he grapples with the changes he’s beginning to see in his son.

Enhanced immensely by striking black and white cinematography, a flirtation with the supernatural, a minimal but succinct script & eerily convincing acting from the majority of the cast, Tikkun is one of the most intriguing, demanding & ultimately rewarding films of the year.

Dir. Avishai Sivan, 2015, DCP,120 min.

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