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Sometimes we plan to screen something so rarefied, so special, so freakin’ awesome, that we want to show it for free…but only for the chosen few. So, once every month or two, The Cinefamily presents a “members-only” screening for the inner circle — those who have officially joined The Cinefamily through a complicated series of rites: filling out a form, showing us an ID, and purchasing a membership. To find out more about Cinefamily membership, click here.

 

MEMBERS-ONLY: Whiplash (sneak preview, star Miles Teller & filmmaker Damien Chazelle in person!)

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10/8/2014 - 8PM

Filmmaker Damien Chazelle didn’t just leap, but exploded onto our collective Cinefamily consciousness with this debut feature — one which, ever since we caught it on opening night of Sundance 2014, we’ve lovingly referred to as “Full Metal Jazz Band.” With a twin set of provocative, boiling-point performances from Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and J.K. Simmons (Oz), Whiplash thrills every second of the way.

“Damien Chazelle’s stellar career-starter…demolishes the cliches of the musical-prodigy genre, investing the traditionally polite stages and rehearsal studios of a topnotch conservatory with all the psychological intensity of a battlefield or sports arena. Chazelle proves an exceptional builder of scenes, crafting loaded, need-to-succeed moments that grab our attention and hold it tight, thanks largely to co-star J.K. Simmons as the school’s most intimidating instructor. The energy also comes through in Miles Teller’s hyper-physical performance — yet another radical departure for an actor who’s been out-transforming nearly everyone in his generation.” — Peter DeBruge, Variety
Dir. Damien Chazelle, 2014, DCP, 106 min.

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

Watch the trailer for “Whiplash”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY: God Help The Girl (sneak preview, Stuart Murdoch in person!)

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9/2/2014 - 7:30PM

Filmmaker/Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch in person. Plus, DJ Jennifer Kirk (KXLU 88.9fm) will be here to spin tunes before the show! It’s rare to find articulate-yet-dulcet pop music capable of moving the masses, but Stuart Murdoch has done so with impeccable taste for two decades. It’s this process, and the resulting setbacks that both hinder and propel young, tragically gifted musicians that fuels God Help the Girl, Murdoch’s eagerly-awaited feature debut as writer/director. Based on B&S’s 2009 album of the same name, the film follows fragile troubadour Eve (Emily Browning) as she discovers her talent alongside teenage bandmates James and Cassie (Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.) Unlike flashier genre examples, God Help the Girl’s musical numbers are woven understatedly into the dense narrative fabric — and the film’s distinct hues (warmly lensed in 16mm) garner a dreamy nostalgia further captured in choreography a la the “Madison dance” from Godard’s Band of Outsiders: limbs swung jauntily through the melody, imbued with a freedom of expression that only comes with true camaraderie. With flair to spare, God Help The Girl gives you literate pop earworms, and the sweet satisfaction of diving into honest kid characters with talent to burn. “God Help The Girl” opens on Friday, September 5th at the Laemmle Royale!
Dir. Stuart Murdoch, 2014, DCP, 111 min.

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

Watch the trailer for “God Help The Girl”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY / FANDOR INDIE MIXER : Boyhood (plus Father's Day brunch, Rick Linklater & cast in person!)

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6/15/2014 - 11AM

Co-presented by HOTEL DE VILLE EYEWEAR

11:00am – noon – Father’s Day brunch
noon-3:00pm – screening of Boyhood

“Lovingly assembled and acted with such grace and ease that it scarcely looks like acting at all. Midway through the film, I found myself wondering whether I’d ever seen anything remotely resembling it before.” — Xan Brooks, The Guardian

“The cumulative impact of seeing something resembling a life unfold over a mere two hours and forty minutes is overwhelming. ‘Boyhood’ is Linklater’s third masterpiece in the past decade, and it should only affect anyone who’s ever been someone else’s sibling, child, parent, lover or friend.” — William Goss, Film.com

Join us at 11am for a pre-screening Father’s Day brunch — and stick around for a Q&A with Rick Linklater, plus cast members Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater! At Sundance 2014, Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Waking Life, Slacker, School of Rock) unveiled a total revelation, one filmed with the same cast in secrecy over twelve years, a tiny linear chunk at a time. No mere gimmick — in fact, no gimmick at all — the result is one of the most powerful films of Linklater’s career, and a transcendent piece of history to be remembered alongside the 7 Up doc series, and Truffaut’s “Antoine Doinel” cycle. We watch newcomer Ellar Coltrane (7 years old at the start, and a college freshman at the end) grow up in real time before our eyes, as Linklater’s tableaux capture snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations, weddings and divorces, and all the quiet moments of life in-between. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play the parents, equally captivating in their own story arcs. Innovative on a formalist level and deeply satisfying on an emotional level, this is simply a fantastically unique theatrical experience.
Dir. Richard Linklater, 2014, DCP, 164 min.

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

Watch the trailer for “Boyhood”!

MEMBERS-ONLY: 22 Jump Street (sneak preview, filmmakers in person!)

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6/11/2014 - 10PM

Cinefamily pals Phil Lord and Chris Miller have consistently brought a fresh irreverence to their entire filmography in the “big studio” milieu. Whether it’s for children of all ages (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie) or for the goofy child within (21 Jump Street), this duo knows how to craft shining pop gems that remain totally fresh years on. Join Phil and Chris for a special screening of their latest, before it drops on June 13th! DJ Alec Hodgman (KXLU’s “A Fistful Of Vinyl”) will be here to spin tunes before the show!
Dirs. Phil Lord & Chris Miller, 2014, DCP, 112 min.

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

Watch the trailer for “22 Jump Street”!
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MAYSLES TRIBUTE/MEMBERS-ONLY: What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. (50th Anniversary, Albert Maysles in person!)

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4/13/2014 - 7:30PM

Albert Maysles in person! The most seismic events in modern American life can be traced back to single culture-altering calendar days of the Sixties: the day Man landed on the moon, the day JFK was shot, the day Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered “I Have A Dream” — and the day the Beatles first touched down on U.S. soil, ostensibly to play on The Ed Sullivan Show, but really to open the floodgates on our permanent obsession with all things boppin’ and British. Fifty years ago, on 2/7/64, the Beatles arrived in New York City — and lucky for fans of all ages, documentarians extraordinare Albert and David Maysles (the incredible minds behind Grey Gardens) were there to capture all the wonderful clowning, anticipation and frenzy surrounding their whirlwind five-day visit. From the crazed airport reception to unguarded moments inside the Plaza Hotel (including a brief glimpse of Lennon messing about with a proto version of “Strawberry Fields Forever” on a melodica), What’s Happening vaults over remaining a mere historical document to becoming a highly insightful prime example of the Maysles’ ability to capture candid gold anywhere they went.
Dir. Albert & David Maysles, 1964, digital presentation, 81 min.

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

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Watch an excerpt from the behind-the-scenes doc on “What’s Happening!”, featuring rare outtakes from the shoot!
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FANDOR INDIE MIXER/MEMBERS-ONLY: Joe (sneak preview, David Gordon Green in person!)

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4/7/2014 - 7:30PM

CO-PRESENTED BY FANDOR

“Cage bristles with unpredictable energy in an aces performance.” — Variety

Schedule permitting, David Gordon Green in person — plus, Bennett Kogon (FYF Fest, KXLU) will be here to spin tunes before the show! Hot on the heels of the wonderfully funny and touching Prince Avalanche, one of our favorite filmmakers working today — David Gordon Green — gives us another, darker dose of smalltown friendship, violence and redemption in the form of Joe. The film brings Nic Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who’s just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble while evolving into a tender-hearted protector for a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan, The Tree of Life) hounded by a reckless alcoholic father. “A thoughtful portrait of Southern despair, efficiently culminating in a suspenseful arrangement of images that realize the full range of strengths from the creative team involved: Green’s longtime cinematographer Tim Orr and composer David Wingo complicate the movie’s dense atmosphere to give it both poetic and lived-in feel. If “Joe” marks a new beginning for some of its characters, the same description applies to its director and star.” (Hollywood Reporter)
Dir. David Gordon Green, 2014, DCP, 117 min.

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

Watch the trailer for “Joe”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY: Jodorowsky's Dune (sneak preview!)

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3/20/2014 - 10:45PM

One of the greatest films never made, by one of underground cinema’s greatest talents of the 20th century, finally comes to light in this documentary look at Alejandro Jodorowsky’s long-gestated, but never filmed version of Frank Herbert’s mammoth sci-fi epic Dune. Having achieved immortal arthouse/midnight movie status in the early Seventies with El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky next attempted to tackle the “unfilmable” Dune universe, spending several years and millions of dollars in pre-production, only to have the project cancelled right as the final pieces of funding were to have come. No matter that an insanely cool international cast (Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Euro transsexual pop star Amanda Lear) had been assembled, or that a brain-breaking design team (with artists like H.R. Giger and comic book genius Moebius) had toiled for endless months — for this ultimate filmic head-trip was never truly meant to be. Equal parts comprehensive overview of every phase of the project and exploration of Jodorowsky’s rollercoaster multimedia career, Jorodowsky’s Dune is the fascinating journey film fans have been clamoring for.
Dir. Frank Pavich, 2013, DCP, 90 min.

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

Watch the trailer for “Jodorowsky’s Dune”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: The Doug Benson Movie Awards Party 2014!

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3/2/2014 - 3PM

This event is for Cinefamily members only +1. Before the show, Doug & co-host Karen Anderson will tape a new episode of the “Dining With Doug And Karen” podcast on the patio. This event is indeed a POTLUCK; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged.

Please bring a dish (ones inspired by a Best Picture nominee are preferred) and impress Doug & Karen with your culinary chops as they sample everyone’s creations live on the podcast!

Potluck: 3:00-4:00pm
Red Carpet Interruption: 4:00-5:00pm
Awards Interruption: 5:00pm-?

Why watch the broadcast streaming on your desktop all by your lonesome, or in some seedy dive where the local reprobates are yammering over the sound of those bizarre musical numbers, when you can catch the whole shebang live at the Cinefamily, on the big screen, with the ULTIMATE reprobate yammering over the ENTIRE SHOW? Doug Benson, the King Of Interruption himself, will be at the Cinefamily alongside a selection of his impeccably selected guests chilling on the front row of couches, mics in hand, saying whatever hilarious things that pop into their heads while the awards madness unfolds. Doug will also be live-Tweeting throughout the show; follow him on Twitter @DougBenson!

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

MEMBERS-ONLY: Life Itself (filmmaker Steve James in person!)

Brand-new doc on the life of Roger Ebert!
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2/22/2014 - 5PM

“In 2013, we lost Roger Ebert — arguably the nation’s best-known and most influential movie critic. Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts Ebert’s fascinating and flawed journey — from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer Prize winner, to television household name, to the miracle of finding love at 50, and finally his “third act” as a major voice on the Internet when he could no longer physically speak. Filmmaker Steve James masterfully uncovers the snags and strains hidden under Ebert’s prominence, including his battle with alcohol, his ongoing (sometimes ruthless) conflict with fellow critic Gene Siskel, and scorching debates among film critics about whether their television show reduced criticism to “consumer advice.” Ebert bridged high and low culture, defending film as a populist medium even as he championed films that challenged mainstream aesthetics and expectations. Insisting on bare honesty, Life Itself is as much a love letter to Ebert as it is an expression of Ebert’s own love — for his family, humanity in general, and, of course, the movies.” — Sundance Film Festival
Dir. Steve James, 2014, digital presentation, 115 min.

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

MEMBERS-ONLY: The Lego Movie (sneak preview, filmmakers in person!)

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2/6/2014 - 8PM

PRESENTED BY ANIMATION BREAKDOWN

Longtime Cinefamily friends Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been working tirelessly on writing/directing The Lego Movie for some years now. Finally, it’s set for wide release on February 7th — come catch this very special Members-Only sneak peak at the film a day early, with Phil and Chris in person!
Dirs. Phil Lord & Chris Miller, 2014, DCP, 100 min.

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: The Doug Benson Sports Interruption

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2/2/2014 - 2PM

This is a Cinefamily members-only event — but members are allowed to bring a +1. As well, it is indeed a potluck; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us!

POTLUCK: 2:00PM-3:15PM
INTERRUPTION: 3:15PM – ???

Around this time of year, America plops down on the couch to collectively indulge in the most overwrought, maniacal, bread-’n-circuses sporting event of the year — so why watch the broadcast streaming on your desktop all by your lonesome, or in some seedy dive where the local reprobates are yammering over the sound of those lovely high-profile commercial spots, when you can catch it live at the Cinefamily, on the big screen, with the ULTIMATE reprobate yammering over the ENTIRE SHOW!  That’s right: Doug Benson will be at the Cinefamily alongside a selection of his impeccably selected guests chilling on the front row of couches, mics in hand, saying whatever hilarious things that pop into their heads while the athletic madness unfolds.  Last year’s Sports Interruption, a first for Doug, was one of the best of the whole year — this one’s shaping up to be just as great. Doug will also be live-Tweeting throughout the show; follow him on Twitter!

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

MEMBERS-ONLY: Drunk History presents The Toons of Ub Iwerks

Libations and crazy Thirties cartoons!
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1/29/2014 - 7:30PM

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

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

Come have some drinks with the folks from Drunk History, as we watch a curated selection of the best cartoons from the Ub Iwerks canon! A two-time Academy Award-nominated film artist, Iwerks was — alongside Walt Disney — the co-creator of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse. The evening’s selections include some of Iwerks’ silliest and strangest work from the 1930s, some presented on 35mm!

Watch the Oswald The Lucky Rabbit toon “Alaska”!
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MEMBERS POTLUCK - The Doug Benson TV Interruption: Early-Season Awards Party 2014

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1/12/2014 - 2:30PM

NOTE: This event is a Cinefamily members-only show, but members can bring a +1. If this is the kind of event that you want more of in your life, then now’s the perfect time to sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP.

Before the show, we’ll be taping a new episode of the “Dining With Doug And Karen” podcast — hosted by Doug Benson and Karen Anderson. This event is indeed a potluck; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish, and impress Doug & Karen with your culinary chops as they sample everyone’s creations live on the podcast.

Doug will also be live-Tweeting throughout the show; follow him on Twitter!

POTLUCK: 2:30-4PM
INTERRUPTION: 4PM-8PM (Red Carpet 4pm, Awards 5pm)

The January pre-Oscar awards season avalanche holds many surprises, but no early ceremony is as downright colorful as the one with its honors voted on by foreign folks. ‘Cuz it’s also the same telecast where all the celebrities get boozeified on-camera at their banquet tables. Loosey-goosey acceptance speeches, MCs who relentlessly mock the assembled nominees, wins that may or may not be Oscar predictors — it’s all part of the whirlwind. So why watch the broadcast in some seedy dive where the local reprobates are yammering over the audio, when you can catch the whole shebang live on the Cinefamily big screen, with the ULTIMATE reprobate yammering over the ENTIRE SHOW! Doug Benson, the King Of Interruption, will be alongside a selection of his hand-selected comedian guests chilling in the front row, mics in hand, saying whatever hilarious things that pop into their heads while the awards madness unfolds.

MEMBERS-ONLY: Interior. Leather Bar. (James Franco in person!) + Cruising

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1/2/2014 - 7:45PM

Interior. Leather Bar. (James Franco in person!) – 7:45pm
Some movie stars have creative projects on the side: a rock band, a painting habit, maybe a cookbook — and on the other end of the spectrum is James Franco, who, more than any other artist in the 21st century, has squeezed into his every spare minute a cornucopia of wide-ranging theater, writing and behind-the-scenes film work that staggers the imagination. One of his latest many directorial efforts, Interior. Leather Bar. slyly pushes the limits of the meta-documentary form. Legend has it that forty rumored minutes of gay S&M footage were cut from William Friedkin’s 1980 thriller Cruising, in order to avoid an “X” rating. Inspired by this controversial mythology, Franco and co-director Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage. Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set, actor Val Lauren reluctantly takes the film’s “Al Pacino” lead role — and must repeatedly negotiate his boundaries during scenes “on-” and “off-camera”, as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about sexual and creative freedom, “[t]he result is a provocative exploration of…engaging with things that scare us” (Sundance.)
Dirs. James Franco & Travis Mathews, 2013, digital presentation, 60 min.

Cruising – approx. 9:30pm
In depicting the leather-clad NYC gay scene of 1980 through the most raw, uncompromising lens possible, and in piling on layer after layer of claustrophobic red herrings (to deliberately make the audience as confused as Al Pacino’s lead character), William Friedkin created a masterwork of ill ease — one of his greatest films to stand alongside The Exorcist and The French Connection. Back in the day, Cruising sparked a firestorm of protests and controversial skepticism over its caustic storyline featuring Pacino as a young cop going deep down undercover as a hanky-code-observing bar rat. As Al closes in on a serial killer plaguing this S&M underworld, he learns how to sniff poppers and thrash around on the dance floor — but at what cost to his own mind? No matter how closely you track Cruising’s labyrinthine corridors of misdirection, Friedkin is always two steps ahead of you, with a bevy of subliminal tricks and a stone-cold awesome cast at his disposal. Topped off with one of the coolest rock soundtracks ever assembled, this is a damned fine movie from every single angle.
Dir. William Friedkin, 1980, DCP, 102 min.

NOTE: This show is free for Cinefamily members only (first-come, first-serve — SINGLE TICKETS ONLY). To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

Watch the trailers for “Interior. Leather Bar.” & “Cruising”!

MEMBERS-ONLY: An Evening With Kris Kristofferson (plus "Cisco Pike" reunion w/ Harry Dean Stanton!)

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11/1/2013 - 7:30PM

Join us for a truly special evening of songs and stories, as we chat live with Kris Kristofferson about the many facets of his music and movie life — from Rhodes Scholar and helicopter pilot, to outlaw country star and Hollywood rebel. And, stick around for a Cisco Pike reunion/screening with the film’s director Bill L. Norton, and co-star Harry Dean Stanton (who played Kristofferson’s songwriting partner in the film), as the two old friends swap lyrics, melodies and fond memories from one of the best cinematic portraits of L.A. on film — a stoner tour of our city’s best ‘70s burn-out locations.
Cisco Pike Dir. Bill L. Norton, 1972, 35mm, 95 min.

In the early 70s, a new kind of Hollywood connected with a new kind of country music — and no man brought both these worlds together better than Kris Kristofferson. Not only was he helping to take country out of the Grand Ol’ Opry and onto the real dirt roads of our shared Americana, with hits like “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make it Through the Night” — but he also made the most successful Hollywood transition out of any cowboy singer from the time, acting in a series of the era’s now-classic films. When directors like Peckinpah, Scorsese and Mazursky sought soulful authenticity, they found it in the warm, world-weary, blue-eyed gaze of this hard-scrabble singer-songwriter.

NOTE: Free single admissions to this first-come, first-served show are for current Cinefamily members only +1. To help us track attendance, you must pre-register. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended.

Watch an excerpt from “Cisco Pike”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY: Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (Michel Gondry in person!)

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10/28/2013 - 7:30PM

After several years of work accomplished in-between his many other projects, Michel Gondry’s animated documentary based around his recorded conversations with legendary linguist/philosopher/activist Noam Chomsky is finally completed. Join Michel as he comes to the Cinefamily in person for a sneak preview of the film!

Michel says: “I’ve been interviewing Noam many times and I took all the sound, because I barely shot him — I shot him a few occasions but mostly it’s sound. I’m doing it in animation so I have my animation camera, it’s a Bolex 16mm. And I’m doing all the drawings. It’s something I do every night when I go home. It’s very exciting to be very complex because we talk about linguistics — and it’s captivating, because he has this very personal and convincing views on how language was created as a genetic mutation more than a slow, evolutionary process. And I’m illustrating that. My conversations with Professor Chomsky were lively, sometime complex, always very human. Through my illustrations, we follow the winding path of my halting and incomplete understanding. Noam is often patient, sometime less so. The trail always follows unexpected bends. The process and logic of Noam’s stream of ideas have determined the transitions and evolution of my drawings. The concept of ‘animated documentary’ finds a perfect justification here.”
Dir. Michel Gondry, 2013, digital presentation.

NOTE: Free admission to this first-come, first-served show is for current Cinefamily members only +1. To help us track attendance, you must pre-register. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended.

MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: Labor Day Movie Party & BBQ (feat. rare 35mm treats!)

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9/2/2013 - 4PM

Across the months, Cinefamily has built up a small arsenal of of rare, strange and rad film prints in its collection that even we ourselves haven’t had the time to peep. Spend a leisurely holiday afternoon with us as we grill on the back patio, sample everyone’s delectable potluck creations, and take in a handful of curious filmic wonders. It’s a lazy Sunday vibe — but on a Monday!

NOTE: This event is open only to current Cinefamily members +1. As well, we’ll have some classic foodstuffs on hand for grilling — but IT’S A POTLUCK — so bring some grillables, or whip up a casserole, finger foods, salads or other fun stuff. Things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged; please bring a dish. Impress us!

If you’re not a Cinefamily member, and this is the kind of event that you want more of in your life, the now’s the perfect time to get a membership!

MEMBERS-ONLY: Lil Bub & Friendz (free sneak preview!)

Adorable kitties, hilarious videos!
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7/14/2013 - 8PM

Co-presented by Violetville Vintage. NOTE: admission to this event is for current Cinefamily members +1 only.

Violetville Vintage — the L.A.-based specialists devoted to both the best in vintage designer clothing, and the ongoing fight for animal welfare — hosts the L.A. premiere of the new Vice documentary on one of Cinefamily’s favorite kitties, along with a launch party for their new online hub, VioletvilleVintage.com! “Called ‘the most famous cat on the Internet,’ the wide-eyed perma-kitten Lil Bub is the adorable embodiment of the web’s fascination with all things cats. Born with a rare congenital condition leaving her features perpetually kitten-like, Bub has won over millions of online fans through her YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram sites, which her owner Mike Bridavsky faithfully maintains. Eager to meet the rest of the web’s biggest cat celebrities, Bub and her owner Mike hit the road on a wild cross-country romp, visiting Nyan Cat, Grumpy Cat, the late Keyboard Cat and a few aspiring new starlets. Chock full of adorable kitties, hilarious videos and the dedicated cat enthusiasts who love them, Lil Bub & Friendz is a fun and hip peek behind the curtain of the memes we know and love.” (Tribeca Film Festival.) The show begins with a selection of 16mm nature films on the subject of cute critters — plus, join us for a back patio afterparty, to check out Violetville’s selection of vintage clothes in person, and enter to win a $100 gift certificate for their new online shop!
Lil Bub & Friendz Dirs. Andy Capper & Juliette Eisner, 2013, digital presentation, 65 min.

Watch the trailer for “Lil Bub & Friendz”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY: A Band Called Death (sneak preview!)

Advance sneak preview!
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6/20/2013 - 7:30PM

NOTE: This show is free (first-come, first-serve). To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. One registration per person. All current Cinefamily members get first entry. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended. Doors will open 30 min. before showtime. No one will be admitted after the film has begun.

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk in attitude, spirit and volume before “punk” existed, these three teenage brothers played a few local gigs in the mid-’70s and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed — but in the era of Motown and emerging disco, record companies found both their lightning-in-a-bottle tunes and their intimidating band name too much to handle, and Death disbanded before they’d ever really started. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the band’s incredible fairy-tale journey, when, decades after breaking up, a dusty vintage demo tape made its way out of the attic and into the ears of a rabid new audience several generations younger. Finally receiving their long overdue recognition as the first black punk band — hell, one of the first punk bands! — Death continues to shake the house down, as this deeply touching doc shows off in droves.

MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: An Evening With Cheech & Chong (feat. "Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie"!)

Cheech & Chong in person!
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4/8/2013 - 8PM

NOTE: Admission to this show is for current Cinefamily members +1 only (first-come, first-serve). Admission to this event is first-come, first-served for Cinefamily members ONLY. As well, it is indeed a potluck; dishes that are “munchies”-oriented — impress us with your creativity!

To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for admission. One registration per person. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended. Doors will open 30 min. before showtime.

It doesn’t get any more iconic — or downright awesome — than having Cheech AND Chong together in the building. Having only reunited in the last few years, these gods of counterculture comedy are back to being just as irreverent, and just as incredibly smart about being stupid as ever. Plus, Tommy Chong’s directorial career is one that we’ve personally been obsessed with for years — with films like Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie and Cheech and Chong’s Nice Dreams blowing our minds as prime examples of totally unique, surreal cinematic events that also make you laugh for days. Taking acid with Timothy Leary in a mental hospital? Check. Chong being whisked away in a UFO to sample “space coke”? Double check. Stacy Keach slowly mutating into a giant, freaked-out lizard? BINGO! Join us for a guided tour through their career together, with them in person on the Cinefamily stage — plus a sneak preview of Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie, their latest feature film foray. We can’t wait to take this highly lively jaunt through the memories — what’s left of them!
Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie Dir. Eric D. Chambers & Branden Chambers, 2013, digital presentation.


Tickets – for current Cinefamily members only +1 (first-come, first-serve with pre-registration)

Watch Cinefaily’s original trailer for “An Evening With Cheech & Chong”!

Watch the trailer for “Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Upstream Color (filmmaker Shane Carruth in person, Q&A moderated by Rian Johnson!)

Shane Carruth and Rian Johnson in person!
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3/4/2013 - 8PM

NOTE: Admission to this show is for current Cinefamily members +1 only (first-come, first-serve). To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for admission. One registration per person. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended. Doors will open 30 min. before showtime.

The most highly anticipated and controversial film from Sundance 2013 comes to the Cinefamily for a very special sneak preview, with filmmaker/star Shane Carruth in person for a Q&A after the screening (moderated by Looper director Rian Johnson!) Every single quality of Upstream Color, Shane Carruth’s first feature in almost a decade after his smash debut Primer (winner of the 2004 Sundance Grand Jury Prize), will simultaneously push your emotional buttons and give your ganglia a thorough workout. The following synopsis of this push-pull theatrical happening’s sci-fi/love story/philosophical strands doesn’t even begin to reveal the film’s thousand-fold permutations: after finding her life destroyed by scam artists who drug her with a mysterious substance, Kris (Amy Seimetz) connects with Jeff (Carruth), whose past is similarly scarred; as their backstories bleed into one, they must wrangle a recovery from their shared chaos. “With its muscular cinematic language rooted in the powerful yearnings felt before words can be formed, Upstream Color is an entirely original, mythic, romantic thriller that goes in search of truths that lie just beyond our reach.” (Sundance)
Dir. Shane Carruth, 2012, digital presentation, 96 min.


Tickets – for current Cinefamily members only +1 (first-come, first-serve with pre-registration)

Watch the trailer for “Upstream Color”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT - An Evening With Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker

Jerry Lewis in person!
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1/12/2013 - 7PM
Co-presented by the Friends Of Max Rose

NOTE: This show is free for current Cinefamily members +1 (first-come, first-serve). To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. One registration per person. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended.

We get quite excited about a great many things that happen on the Cinefamily stage — but we’re pretty beside ourselves over this one. Jerry Lewis — not only one of the greatest comedians of the last century, but also one of cinema’s most impeccable and creative craftsmen, and one of the world’s most driven charitable fundraisers — will be here LIVE at the Cinefamily to discuss an incredible range of topics relating to his work both in front of and behind the camera. Preceding the long-form Q&A will be a 30-minute video presentation of highlights from Jerry’s career in film and television.

MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: An Evening With Claudio Simonetti (feat. Tenebrae)

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10/28/2012 - 6:30PM

NOTE: This show is free (first-come, first-serve). To help us track attendance for this limited-seating event, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. One registration per person. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended.

SCHEDULE:
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6:30pm – potluck dinner
7:30pm – An Evening With Claudio Simonetti Q&A
9:30pm – Tenebrae

Fans from Toledo to Timbuktu know in their bones that horror films from Italy are some of the flat-out greatest in the world — and one of the truest alchemic keys to their ascendency is the iconic intonation of their soundtracks. One of the founding members and original keyboardist of Goblin, composer Claudio Simonetti has had a hand in creating of some of Italian horror’s most famous film scores ever — we’re talking not only the Argento classics Suspiria, Deep Red, Opera and Tenebrae, but also the European cut of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Fulci’s caveman fantasy Conquest, the terrifying movie theater haunt Demons, and a huge list more. A pioneer who has effortlessly blended progressive rock, electro-pop and heavy metal across a body of work entering its fifth decade, Simonetti has done it all, collaborated with the best of them, and has a lifetime’s worth of incredibly cool stories to share. Flying in all the way from Italy just to be with us, Claudio joins the Cinefamily programming team for one of the most in-depth Q&As of his entire career. Come be one of the lucky folks to dine with Claudio for our pre-show potluck dinner, to witness this historic evening’s interview — and to delight in a screening of Argento’s Tenebrae, originating from one of the world’s few remaining fully-uncut 35mm prints!
Tenebrae Dir. Dario Argento, 1982, 35mm, 101 min.


Tickets – free admission (first-come, first-serve with pre-registration)

Watch the trailer for “Tenebrae”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Looper (director Rian Johnson in person!)

Director Rian Johnson in person!
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10/3/2012 - 7:30PM

NOTE: This show is free (first-come, first-serve).  To help us track attendance to this extremely limited-seating event, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission.   One registration per person.  All current Cinefamily members get first entry (and +1).   Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.  Early arrival is highly recommended.  Doors will open 30 min. before showtime.  No one will be admitted after the film has begun.

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel has been invented — but it is illegal, and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they send their target thirty years into the past, where a “looper” — a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) — is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good — until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination.
Dir. Rian Johnson, 2012, 35mm, 118 min.

Watch the trailer for “Looper”!
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Tickets – free admission (first-come, first-serve with registration)

NOTE: This show is free (first-come, first-serve).  To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission.   One registration per person.  All current Cinefamily members get first entry (and +1).   Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.  Early arrival is highly recommended.  Doors will open 30 min. before showtime.  No one will be admitted after the film has begun.

MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: Fritz Lang's "The Tiger of Eschnapur" & "The Indian Tomb"!

Ultra-rare 35mm stateside screening!
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9/23/2012 - 1PM
Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

NOTE: This event is only for current Cinefamily members +1 and Goethe-Institut members +1. As well, the entire event starts out with a potluck luncheon; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us! To inquire about Cinefamily membership, go to cinefamily.org/membership.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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1:00-2:00pm – potluck lunch
2:00-3:45pm – The Tiger of Eschnapur
3:45-4:00pm – intermission
4:00-5:45pm – The Indian Tomb

A rarely-screened jungle adventure from one of Germany’s greatest early filmmakers — and one of Hollywood’s great Golden Era storytellers! After two decades of crafting stark thrillers like The Big Heat and Fury, Fritz Lang returned to Deustchland in 1957 to embark on a massive production rivaling the grandeur of his early spectaculars like Metropolis and Woman in the Moon. Between its breathtaking location exteriors and the glittering surfaces of its lavish sets, Lang’s three-and-a-half-hour “Indian Epic” (comprised of the two feature films The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb) is the stuff of pure Technicolor fantasy; nothing else in Lang’s oeuvre can compare with its mastery of space and color. With the same adventurous spirit of early serials that would later inform the Indiana Jones films, and within dreamlike temples and catacombs, Lang tells a delirious tale of forbidden love between a hunky German architect and a Shiva dancer (Debra Paget, whose scintillating temple dances are legendary.) Until now, only the severely truncated 90-minute stateside version has been theatrically available to Los Angeles audiences — but thanks to the Goethe Institut-Los Angeles, the Cinefamily is thrilled to present the entirety of Lang’s mystical, larger-than-life tableau in its original German-language 35mm format!
The Tiger of Eschnapur Dir. Fritz Lang, 1959, 35mm, 102 min.
The Indian Tomb Dir. Fritz Lang, 1959, 35mm, 102 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s trailer for Fritz Lang’s “Indian Epic”!

MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Super-Secret Vintage Musical "Long-Lost 35mm" show!

Can you handle the excitement?
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9/16/2012 - 7PM

NOTE: First-come, first-served admission to this event is only for current Cinefamily members +1

After the grand fun of Everything Is Festival’s super-secret archival 35mm horror film show — one which featured a newly-discovered vintage print that shocked the flock and wowed the crowd — it’s time to bring a little bit o’ that enigmatic celluloid magic to September. Since we’re showing the brand-new 35mm of Busby Berkeley’s riotously fun musical The Gang’s All Here, we figured it’s time to also bring you a certain musical in particular we’ve been dying to show since we opened our Cinefamily doors five years ago. The chance to screen an archival print of this über-zany madhouse of mirth and melody very recently fell into our lap, and we’re grabbing it by the neck and taking it. We can’t tell you what the title of the film is, but rest completely assured: it’s a real barnburner, a lugubrious lunatic lulu — in a word, it’s nuts. Come join us as we revel in one of the funnest of rare studio musicals from the Golden Age of such stuff — CAN YOU HANDLE THE EXCITEMENT?!?!

MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: Bela Tarr's "Satantango"

All 7 hours of the magnum opus!
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6/2/2012 - 12PM

NOTE: This event is only for current Cinefamily members +1. As well, the entire event starts out with a potluck luncheon; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us! To inquire about Cinefamily membership, click here!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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12:00-12:30PM – potluck lunch
12:30-3:00PM-ish – Satantango, Part 1
3:00-3:30PM-ish – intermission
3:30-6:00PM-ish – Satantango, Part 2
6:00-6:30PM-ish – intermission
6:30-9:00PM-ish – Satantango, Part 3

“Devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I’d be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life.” — Susan Sontag

The word “masterpiece” is used often enough in our societal discourse to the point where it’s lost most of its meaning — but there are times when the word is not only appropriate, but necessary. On the surface, the very idea of Satantango’s formal conceit — an examination of the collapse of a rural farming collective, told over the course of a day-long running time, and filmed in nothing but long, unbroken takes that frequently last upwards of ten minutes — gives the impression of a difficult experience, but nothing can be further from the truth. This is not just the MASTERPIECE of Bela Tarr’s career, but one of the world’s greatest cinematic achievements: an effortless viewing experience that continually amazes throughout its epic running time. With the plot of a taut 72-minute noir elongated to seven hours, and told in an ever-unfolding Rashomon mode of Rubik’s Cube-like visual and narrative surprises, not one single moment or shot seems extraneous or out-of-place. Due to the prohibitive nature of screening a film at such a length, and since this 35mm print is soon leaving the country, this might be your only chance this decade to see it on the big screen. See it with us NOW — it will change you.
Dir. Bela Tarr, 1994, 35mm, 435 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Satantango”!

MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: Doug Benson's "The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled"

The new work-in-progress from Doug Benson!
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5/13/2012 - 4:20PM

NOTE: Only current Cinefamily members are eligible +1 to attend this members-only potluck. In order to help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. As well, it is indeed a potluck; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us!

If this sounds like the kind of event you want to have more of in your life — then consider getting a Cinefamily membership!

Join Doug Benson as he hosts a work-in-progress screening of his brand-new documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled, following him and fellow comedian Graham Elwood as they embark on a seriously memorable weed-soaked stand-up comedy tour across the country!

Watch the trailer for “The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: Mad Tea Party (feat. 1966 "Alice", music by Ravi Shankar!)

Alices to bonk your potluck-lovin' noggin!
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5/1/2012 - 8PM

NOTE: This event is a Cinefamily members-only potluck — but members are welcome to bring as many of their friends/family as they would like. As well, it is indeed a potluck dinner; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us! And, if this sounds like the kind of event you want to have more of in your life — then consider getting a Cinefamily membership!

This very dream-like installment of the Cinema Potluck club is rife with Alice-themed shorts that will bonk your noggin and explode your diodes. After the cozy backyard patio dinner (complete with spiked tea and cool-as-a-cucumber sandwiches), you’ll thrill to some of the most impossible interpretations of Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy tale, culminating in one of Cinefamily’s most favorite trips down the rabbit hole, the ultra-rare 1966 Alice BBC television adaptation (screened from an archival 35mm print!) Featuring one of the greatest ensemble casts in ‘60s British cinema, and boosted by a knockout original score by Ravi Shankar (composed at the height of his Western cultural discovery), the ’66 BBC Alice In Wonderland floats with all the lyserigcally sullen surrealism and Brechtian brattiness of its one-of-a-kind titular character interpretation. Here, our brave little girl is the equivalent of “Darlene” from Roseanne: impudent, irritable and ultimately disenchanted by her enchanted surroundings — as much as any real-life angsty fourteen-year-old would be. As well, this Wonderland eschews the standard SFX and costumes, instead casting its band of Carroll-ian crazies based upon their resemblances to the characters they’re portraying (Sir John Gielgud as the dignified Mock Turtle, and Peter Cook as the tea-drunk Mad Hatter, anyone?) Add to this some breathtakingly rustic B&W scenery, intense dream-freaky cinematography and, OH!, Peter Sellers — and you’ve got what’s possibly the single most stingingly satirical slice of Alice madness ever filmed.
Dir. Jonathan Miller, 1966, 35mm, 72 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the ’66 BBC “Alice In Wonderland”!

MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Jeff, Who Lives At Home (free screening!)

Free sneak preview, directors in person!
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3/19/2012 - 10:30PM

NOTE: Only current Cinefamily members are eligible +1 (as well as any present audience member for the evening’s previous Doug Benson Movie Interruption, no +1s) to attend this first-come, first-serve show. If this sounds like the kind of event you want to have more of in your life — then consider getting a Cinefamily membership!

After the cast and directors of Jeff, Who Lives At Home are guests at the Doug Benson Movie Interruption of Signs at 7:30PM — it’s time for a free screening of Jeff, Who Lives At Home itself, starring Jason Segal, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon! On his way to the store to buy wood glue, Jeff looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Jeff just may find the meaning of his life — and if he’s lucky, pick up the wood glue as well.
Dirs. Jay and Mark Duplass, 2012, 35mm, 83 min.

Watch the trailer for “Jeff, Who Lives At Home”!
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MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: Awards-Watching Party (Interrupted by Doug Benson!)

A once-in-a-lifetime show!
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2/26/2012 - 3PM

NOTE: This event is a Cinefamily members-only event — but members are allowed to bring a +1. As well, it is indeed a potluck; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us! To sign up for membership, click here! We will also have a membership sign-up station at the box office on the day of the show.

The annual onslaught of film awards telecasts is like a multi-car pileup on the 405 — impossible to ignore, and teeming with celebrity carnage. And, of course, the biggest awards show of them all, the Super Bowl of moviedom, can be a blast in spite of its girth, given the right social setting. So why watch the broadcast streaming on your desktop all by your lonesome, or in some seedy dive where the local reprobates are yammering over the sound of those bizarre musical numbers, when you can catch the whole shebang live at the Cinefamily, on the big screen, with the ULTIMATE reprobate yammering over the ENTIRE SHOW! That’s right: Doug Benson, the King Of Interruption himself, will be at the Cinefamily alongside a selection of his impeccably selected guests chilling on the front row of couches, mics in hand, saying whatever hilarious things that pop into their heads while the awards madness unfolds. Come gossip with Doug & Co. about the gaudy fashions, share in their outrage when they just can’t believe how that film won, and join in their collective hearts being warmed by the underdog sweeping the whole thing when no one expected it!

MEMBERS-ONLY CINEMA POTLUCK: Wendy Clarke's Love Tapes

A luvvapalooza of epic gastric proportions!
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2/13/2012 - 8PM

NOTE: This event is a Cinefamily members-only potluck — but members are welcome to bring as many of their friends/family as they would like. As well, it is indeed a potluck dinner; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us! And, if this sounds like the kind of event you want to have more of in your life — then consider getting a Cinefamily membership.

Ah, love! It hath power to bolster, break, or bewilder! It may flit or it may stick, but thanks to the power of film it can last forever — in all its ecstacy and anguish! Tonight we invite you to join us for a visual Valentine’s smorgasbord, replete with our three favorite F’s: Food, Flicks, and Friends (we’re saving our other favorite F for the following night). After the potluck patio dinner, we have a mix of love-laden shorts, music videos and experiments for your hanging and viewing pleasure — and then, our luvvapalooza culminates with The Love Tapes, conceived/collected by acclaimed video artist Wendy Clarke (daughter of filmmaker Shirley Clarke.) For thirty years, Clarke accumulated over 800 short videotapes in which people share their personal experiences with, beliefs about, and definitions of, love. From sentimental to scathing, from hopeful to heartbreaking, these candid musings on amour run the gamut of the human experience and offer incisive glimpses into the peculiar mechanics of the heart. Back in ‘08, Cinefamily inaugurated our very first Valentine’s with a special Love Tapes show — and now, Ms. Clarke has lovingly assembled a new collection of Tapes expressly for Cinefamily’s Valentine’s 2012, including several exclusive new and unseen recordings!

And, what’s more, we’re inviting you to share the love with your very own Love Tapes. That’s right, this night is participatory. We will be hosting a kiosk in the days leading up to the screening to record new Tapes (each roughly three minutes long, with background music of your choosing, saying whatever you want on the subject), so that you can be included!

Watch Cinefamily’s trailer for “The Love Tapes”!

MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: Twinsanity (feat. Poto And Cabengo!)

Members are welcome to bring friends/family!
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1/15/2012 - 7PM

NOTE: This event is a Cinefamily members-only potluck — but members are welcome to bring as many of their friends/family as they would like. As well, it is indeed a potluck dinner; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us! And, if this sounds like the kind of event you want to have more of in your life — then consider getting a Cinefamily membership.

With the big splash that Black Swan made in our cultural consciousness, Cinefamily has decided to take a look at a classic cinematic trope: the stories of doubles, doppelgangers and twins — Siamese, evil and otherwise. After another wonderful backyard patio potluck, we’ll start the night’s screenings with a mondo mix featuring great moments of twinsanity: musical numbers from Chained For Life mingling with trailers for flicks like Sisters, Goodbye Gemini and the like. Then, onto our feature presentation: an ultra-rare L.A. screening of Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin’s fascinating 1980 documentary Poto And Cabengo, which tells the story of two young San Diego twin sisters — entirely sheltered from the outside world — who created their own private language unique to the pair of them. Gorin’s highly entertaining investigation remains a delightful and absorbing study of words and faces, mass media and personal isolation, and America’s odd margins.
Poto & Cabengo Dir. Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1980, HDCAM, 73 min.

Watch an excerpt from “Poto and Cabengo”!
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Cinefamily Members-Only Potluck Dinner + Little Fugitive (archival 35mm print!)

One of cinema’s most influential picaresque gems!
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9/14/2011 - 7:30PM

NOTE: This event is a Cinefamily members-only potluck — but members are welcome to bring as many of their friends as they would like. As well, it is indeed a potluck dinner; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish! Impress us!

For our inaugural Nite Owl viewing session, we’re adopting September’s calendar theme of childhood, with a finely curated collection of rare short films and various video ephemera that will address the complicated mood mosaic that is youth. After the intermission, we’ll then screen the vastly important and highly fun Little Fugitive. Before Cassavetes, and before the French New Wave, there was this small miracle of a film — a low-budget, shot-without-sound, day-in-the-life portrait of a child that inadvertently started the global indie filmmaking movement. Far from Hollywood, Little Fugitive was born in ‘50s New York when a pair of married photographers (Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin) and a successful children’s book writer (Raymond Abrashkin) picked up a handheld 35mm camera and — without studio support or professional actors, but with an effortless blend of innovation and storytelling that has inspired filmmakers for generations — shot one of cinema’s most influential picaresque gems. Capturing childhood with humorous, compassionate lyricism, Little Fugitive follows an adorable little kid who, after his brother pulls a practical joke, goes on the lam to tough it out amidst the cotton candy and pony rides of Coney Island. It’s an undeniably timeless tale of sibling dynamics, but the proto-guerilla filmmaking techniques of the co-directors also capture the people and landscapes a long-gone Coney Island with such vivid documentary realism, you’ll swear you can smell the carnies.
Little Fugitive Dirs. Ray Ashley, Morris Engel & Ruth Orkin, 1953, 35mm, 80 min.

Watch the trailer for “Little Fugitive”!
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"Shaw 'Nuff": A Weird Weekend Shaw Brothers Double Feature (MEMBERS-ONLY SCREENING)

A back-to-back blast of martial arts madness!
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8/22/2011 - 8PM

Lars Nilsen of the Alamo Drafthouse concludes his Weird Weekend celebration with a double shot of pure prime ‘70s chop-socky overload! Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers was the source of countless classics of the kung fu genre; they’re the folks behind amazing films like The One-Armed Swordsman, The Five Venoms and Shaolin Master Killer, to name but a very few. While you might’ve enjoyed some of these flicks over the years on TV or on your computer monitor — when’s the last time you soaked up the full electric experience that is a Shaw Brothers film on the big screen, in 35mm? Join us and Lars, as we party with two back-to-back blasts of martial arts madness — film titles to be announced at the start of the show!

Tickets – free for members +1 (first-come, first serve) NOTE: you must have a current Cinefamily membership to gain admission to this show. If you’re not a member, we’ll have staff on-hand at the box office for you to re-up your lapsed membership, or sign up for a new one (hint-hint!)

MEMBERS-ONLY SCREENING: Trailers From Hell -- LIVE!

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7/10/2011 - 7:30PM

NOTE: This show is free for Cinefamily members ONLY (first-come, first-serve).  To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission.   One registration per person.  All current Cinefamily members get +1 to this show.   Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.  Early arrival is highly recommended.  Doors will open 30 min. before showtime.  No one will be admitted after the film has begun.

The ever-expanding gang behind the Rondo-winning website comes to the Cinefamily stage for a night of incredible movie trailers from the Trailers From Hell archives, live commentaries to the trailers, and in-person appearances (schedules permitting) by movie-mad Trailers From Hell personalities such as:

Allan Arkush
Allison Anders
Brian Trenchard-Smith
Dan Ireland
Dan Waters
Ed Neumeier
Ernest Dickerson
Howard Rodman
Joe Dante
Josh Olson
Larry Cohen
Larry Karaszewski
Roger Corman
Sam Hamm

If you don’t have a current Cinefamily membership, and would like to know more, check out membership benefits here!

Watch the trailer from the previous Trailers From Hell show, held at SXSW ‘09!
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Tickets – free admission +1 for current Cinefamily members (first-come, first-serve with registration)

NOTE: This show is free for Cinefamily members ONLY (first-come, first-serve).  To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission.   One registration per person.  All current Cinefamily members get +1 to this show.   Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.  Early arrival is highly recommended.  Doors will open 30 min. before showtime.  No one will be admitted after the film has begun.

MEMBERS-ONLY/PASSHOLDERS-ONLY 4th of July Party (feat. Joe Dante's "The Movie Orgy"!)

The super-rare forefather of all found footage fiestas!
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7/4/2011 - 3PM

EVERYTHING IS FESTIVAL ODDS ‘N ENDS – 3:00pm
For the first part of the afternoon, we’ll be showing all the different amazing pieces of video that we didn’t manage to sneak into the rest of the fest!

THE MOVIE ORGY – 6:00pm-ish
Way back before mash-up videos and supercuts were the default mode for nascent cinematic obsessives to expess their love, Joe Dante’s epic The Movie Orgy was the found footage film epic! This incredible four hours of gutbusting entertainment is a massive comic collage of educational films, B-movie sci-fi, TV commercials and other glorious and twisted ephemera — all from the pre-VHS era! Originally spliced together from found 16mm prints, this Berlin Alexanderplatz of the genre was toured constantly from one college campus to another (in a campaign paid for by Schlitz Beer!), to the delight of stoned hippies nationwide. What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than to relive those heady days, in a super-rare, miss-it-and-it’s-gone screening!

(NOTE: all current Cinefamily members are permitted +1 to this show. EIF! Passholders are permitted single tickets only.)

Watch an excerpt from Joe Dante’s “The Movie Orgy”!
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