Back to School

TV TUESDAYS: Mondo Afterschool Special (feat. "The Wave")

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9/24/2013 - 7:30PM

The “CBS Schoolbreak Special”, NBC’s “Special Treat”, the “ABC Afterschool Special”, HBO’s “Lifestories: Families In Crisis” — all different monikers, but together forming a priceless piece of broadcast history from decades past: TV-movie shorts made for kids, and dealing with hot-button/pertinent topics of the day! Usually airing in the late afternoons, these juicy nuggets of edutainment often explored the usual umbrellas of racism, the environment, and the pains of first love — all mixed in with occasional jaunts into stratospheric saccharine wackiness, like wrongheaded looks into teenage boozing, suicide pacts and even musical numbers about urban gang warfare! Join us in a selection of Cinefamily’s favorites — presented on 16mm and video!

Get a taste of “The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon”!
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Junior High School & All American High (9/19)

An adolescent slice-of-life rarities double bill!
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9/19/2013 - 5PM

The locker room jealousies, the unrequited crushes, the chewing on pencils, the cafeteria food fights, the extracurricular fun, the weekend parties — practically every facet of adolescent angst and joy is captured in these two rarely-seen, yet thoroughly engrossing slices-of-life from the Carter and Reagan eras, together on one double bill.

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Mixing the teenybopper pop confectionery of Grease, Cry-Baby and High School Musical with an incredible time-capsule peek into the lives and loves of 1978, Junior High School is a breezy, utterly charming short film romp filmed at Burbank’s own John Muir Junior High. You’ll be practically begging for a soundtrack release once you hear the memorable tunes sung by the young song-and-dance cast (featuring a then-unknown Paula Abdul.)
Dirs. David Wechter & Michael Nankin, 1978, digital presentation, 37 min.

ALL AMERICAN HIGH
Think “Fred Wiseman meets Fast Times At Ridgemont High”! This vintage fly-on-the-wall doc, almost totally unseen since its brief 1987 theatrical release and subsequent PBS airing, covers a full school year of jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, partiers and one very wise-beyond-her-years foreign exchange student at local L.A. institution Torrance High School. Every nuance of the era’s youth culture is on glorious display — and might make you a tad misty-eyed for a time before Facebook, cell phones and everything-on-demand.
Dir. Keva Rosenfeld, 1987, digital presentation, 59 min.

Watch the locker room musical number from “Junior High School”!
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Watch the trailer for “All American High”!
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Junior High School & All American High (9/18)

An adolescent slice-of-life rarities double bill!
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9/18/2013 - 5PM

The locker room jealousies, the unrequited crushes, the chewing on pencils, the cafeteria food fights, the extracurricular fun, the weekend parties — practically every facet of adolescent angst and joy is captured in these two rarely-seen, yet thoroughly engrossing slices-of-life from the Carter and Reagan eras, together on one double bill.

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Mixing the teenybopper pop confectionery of Grease, Cry-Baby and High School Musical with an incredible time-capsule peek into the lives and loves of 1978, Junior High School is a breezy, utterly charming short film romp filmed at Burbank’s own John Muir Junior High. You’ll be practically begging for a soundtrack release once you hear the memorable tunes sung by the young song-and-dance cast (featuring a then-unknown Paula Abdul.)
Dirs. David Wechter & Michael Nankin, 1978, digital presentation, 37 min.

ALL AMERICAN HIGH
Think “Fred Wiseman meets Fast Times At Ridgemont High”! This vintage fly-on-the-wall doc, almost totally unseen since its brief 1987 theatrical release and subsequent PBS airing, covers a full school year of jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, partiers and one very wise-beyond-her-years foreign exchange student at local L.A. institution Torrance High School. Every nuance of the era’s youth culture is on glorious display — and might make you a tad misty-eyed for a time before Facebook, cell phones and everything-on-demand.
Dir. Keva Rosenfeld, 1987, digital presentation, 59 min.

Watch the locker room musical number from “Junior High School”!
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Watch the trailer for “All American High”!
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Class of 1984 (brand-new 35mm print, 9/17)

Brand-new 35mm print!
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9/17/2013 - 9:50PM

As the school bell tolls on another Fall semester, and as the campus security guards fire up the ol’ metal detectors, we jubilate the season with a brand-new 35mm print of one of the Eighties’ most vicious, hateful and incendiary treatises against the scourge of youth! Whether you’re into punk, vengeance, or have just always fantasized about seeing Michael J. Fox get stabbed, this is one 50-pound sack of Armageddon you cannot miss. The scene is set: a rabid pack of rampaging delinquents run our schools, our drugs and our prostitutes. Brutality and decadence are everywhere. Enter novice teacher Perry King, who’s forced to violently turn the tables on the bloodthirsty gang before their trash wave swallows the town alive. Class of 1984 is a perfect exploitation film: it’s reentlessly seedy, overflowing with assault, suicide, racism, drug use and crime, crime, CRIME!, all of which is perpetrated by minors. But beyond all this, there’s a bitterly absorbing air of human helplessness and leather-clad heartlessness that makes this movie the flat-out best in its genre.
Dir. Mark L. Lester, 1982, 35mm, 98 min.

Watch the trailer for “Class of 1984″!

Junior High School & All American High (9/17)

An adolescent slice-of-life rarities double bill!
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9/17/2013 - 7:30PM

The locker room jealousies, the unrequited crushes, the chewing on pencils, the cafeteria food fights, the extracurricular fun, the weekend parties — practically every facet of adolescent angst and joy is captured in these two rarely-seen, yet thoroughly engrossing slices-of-life from the Carter and Reagan eras, together on one double bill.

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Mixing the teenybopper pop confectionery of Grease, Cry-Baby and High School Musical with an incredible time-capsule peek into the lives and loves of 1978, Junior High School is a breezy, utterly charming short film romp filmed at Burbank’s own John Muir Junior High. You’ll be practically begging for a soundtrack release once you hear the memorable tunes sung by the young song-and-dance cast (featuring a then-unknown Paula Abdul.)
Dirs. David Wechter & Michael Nankin, 1978, digital presentation, 37 min.

ALL AMERICAN HIGH
Think “Fred Wiseman meets Fast Times At Ridgemont High”! This vintage fly-on-the-wall doc, almost totally unseen since its brief 1987 theatrical release and subsequent PBS airing, covers a full school year of jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, partiers and one very wise-beyond-her-years foreign exchange student at local L.A. institution Torrance High School. Every nuance of the era’s youth culture is on glorious display — and might make you a tad misty-eyed for a time before Facebook, cell phones and everything-on-demand.
Dir. Keva Rosenfeld, 1987, digital presentation, 59 min.

Watch the locker room musical number from “Junior High School”!
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Watch the trailer for “All American High”!
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Junior High School & All American High (9/16)

An adolescent slice-of-life rarities double bill!
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9/16/2013 - 10:45PM

The locker room jealousies, the unrequited crushes, the chewing on pencils, the cafeteria food fights, the extracurricular fun, the weekend parties — practically every facet of adolescent angst and joy is captured in these two rarely-seen, yet thoroughly engrossing slices-of-life from the Carter and Reagan eras, together on one double bill.

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Mixing the teenybopper pop confectionery of Grease, Cry-Baby and High School Musical with an incredible time-capsule peek into the lives and loves of 1978, Junior High School is a breezy, utterly charming short film romp filmed at Burbank’s own John Muir Junior High. You’ll be practically begging for a soundtrack release once you hear the memorable tunes sung by the young song-and-dance cast (featuring a then-unknown Paula Abdul.)
Dirs. David Wechter & Michael Nankin, 1978, digital presentation, 37 min.

ALL AMERICAN HIGH
Think “Fred Wiseman meets Fast Times At Ridgemont High”! This vintage fly-on-the-wall doc, almost totally unseen since its brief 1987 theatrical release and subsequent PBS airing, covers a full school year of jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, partiers and one very wise-beyond-her-years foreign exchange student at local L.A. institution Torrance High School. Every nuance of the era’s youth culture is on glorious display — and might make you a tad misty-eyed for a time before Facebook, cell phones and everything-on-demand.
Dir. Keva Rosenfeld, 1987, digital presentation, 59 min.

Watch the locker room musical number from “Junior High School”!
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Watch the trailer for “All American High”!
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Class of 1984 (brand-new 35mm print, 9/15)

Brand-new 35mm print!
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9/15/2013 - 10:15PM

As the school bell tolls on another Fall semester, and as the campus security guards fire up the ol’ metal detectors, we jubilate the season with a brand-new 35mm print of one of the Eighties’ most vicious, hateful and incendiary treatises against the scourge of youth! Whether you’re into punk, vengeance, or have just always fantasized about seeing Michael J. Fox get stabbed, this is one 50-pound sack of Armageddon you cannot miss. The scene is set: a rabid pack of rampaging delinquents run our schools, our drugs and our prostitutes. Brutality and decadence are everywhere. Enter novice teacher Perry King, who’s forced to violently turn the tables on the bloodthirsty gang before their trash wave swallows the town alive. Class of 1984 is a perfect exploitation film: it’s reentlessly seedy, overflowing with assault, suicide, racism, drug use and crime, crime, CRIME!, all of which is perpetrated by minors. But beyond all this, there’s a bitterly absorbing air of human helplessness and leather-clad heartlessness that makes this movie the flat-out best in its genre.
Dir. Mark L. Lester, 1982, 35mm, 98 min.

Watch the trailer for “Class of 1984″!

"BACK TO SCHOOL" PARTY: Class of 1984 (director in person), Junior High School, All American High and more!

Bloodthirsty teen gangs reign supreme!
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9/14/2013 - 6:30PM

6:30pm – Junior High School (co-director David Wechter in person!)
approx. 7:15pm – All American High (director Keva Rosenfeld in person!)
approx. 8:30pm – 16mm “juvenile delinquent” shorts, curated by Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks
approx. 9:45pm – Class of 1984 (new 35mm print, director Mark L. Lester in person)

As the school bell tolls on another Fall semester, and as the campus security guards fire up the ol’ metal detectors, we jubilate the season with a brand-new 35mm print of one of the most vicious, hateful and incendiary Reagan-era treatises against the scourge of youth ever filmed — plus a plethora of incredible portraits of adolescence! First off, we’ve got the legendary 1978 musical short Junior High School, a breezy, utterly charming Grease-meets-High School Musical romp filmed at John Muir Junior High in Burbank (and featuring a very young Paula Abdul in the song-and-dance cast.) Then, it’s the ultra-rare vintage ’80s doc All American High, covering a full year of jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, partiers and one very wise-beyond-her-years foreign exchange student at local L.A. institution Torrance High School! An hour’s worth of incredible and fun 16mm finds on the subject of juvenile delinquency follows (curated by A/V Geek’s Skip Elsheimer) — and then it’s onto the 50-pound sack of Armageddon known as Class of 1984. Whether you’re into punk, vengeance, or have just always fantasized about seeing Michael J. Fox get stabbed, this is one absorbing piece of exploitation you won’t want to miss, with director Mark L. Lester in person!
Junior High School Dirs. Michael Nankin & David Wechter, 1978, Blu-Ray, 37 min.
All American High Dir. Keva Rosenfeld, 1987, Blu-Ray, 59 min.
Class of 1984 Dir Mark L. Lester, 1982, 35mm, 98 min.

Watch the trailer for “Class of 1984″!

Watch an excerpt from “Junior High School”!
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Watch the trailer for “All American High”!
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HEAVY MIDNITES: Class Act

Kid N Play hit the books!
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9/13/2013 - 11:59PM

Co-presented by WARNER ARCHIVE

House Party pals Kid ‘N Play make sure the party isn’t over in a fresh comedy that asks: “What happens when the school records of a brainiac dweeb (Kid, the guy with the high-rise ’do) and a street tough with attitude to spare (Play, the hip-hop style master) accidentally get switched?” It’s an urban retelling of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, you dig? These boisterous superfriends have the quick-witted dynamics, easy interplay and casual expertise of the best old-school comedy teams down pat — but with cooler clothes, and more slammin’ dance moves. Pairing the duo with a def soundtrack and hot supporting roles for Doug E. Doug and Karyn Parsons (Hilary from Fresh Prince Of Bel Air) ensures that the hip-hop flip-flop of 1992 is now the back-to-school Cinefamily jam of 2013!
Dir. Randall Miller, 1992, 35mm, 98 min.

Watch the Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Class Act!”

Lost & Found Film Club: SCHOOL DAZE
(A/V Geeks' Skip Elsheimer in person!)

Educational oddities from a world class archive!
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9/13/2013 - 8PM

Co-presented by the A/V Geeks Educational Film Archive

Lost & Found Film Club is Cinefamily’s monthly showcase of 16mm film oddities from the 20th century, and for this special “School Daze” edition, we’re proud to welcome a very special guest curator, Skip Elsheimer! As the world’s leading collector of classroom films and the founder of the A/V Geeks Educational Film Archive, Skip is a veritable “Dean of 16′s,” and he’ll take us back to school for a tour through the wide weird world of classroom classics. Expect an A+ assortment of hygiene hi-jinx, school bus safety scares, social engineering silliness, manifestos on lunchroom manners & much more. Don’t be tardy, ’cause we’ve prepared a double-stuffed gym locker’s worth of edu-tainment as unforgettable as that yearbook photo of your first big crush. Enjoy all the laughs of a school movie day, minus the acne, wedgies, and trips to the principal’s office. DJ set by Taylor 2000!

EXTRA CREDIT: We’ll be making sack lunches of peanut butter & jelly for the entire audience!

Watch our original trailer for “SCHOOL DAZE!”

Watch the ultimate self-image film, “If Mirrors Could Speak”
from the A/V Geeks Archive!
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