Brainfeeder Film Fest (curated by Flying Lotus!)

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

happiness of the katakuris
7/17/2017 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by Shudder and Worldwide FM

Double feature programmed and introduced by Flying Lotus!

Happiness of the Katakuris

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

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

Tetsuo: The Iron Man

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

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

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

cosmic slop
7/16/2017 - 10PM

Co-presented by Shudder and Worldwide FM

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

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

Show & Tell with George Clinton and Flying Lotus

7/16/2017 - 7PM

Co-presented by Shudder and Worldwide FM

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

VIP Tickets include priority seating. Purchase them here.

Brainfeeder Monster Mash featuring Umbilical World and Kuso

7/15/2017 - 8PM

Co-presented by Shudder and Worldwide FM

Flying Lotus in person!

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

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

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

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

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

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