Nightmare City: The Sound of Horror

 

Co-presented by The Woodshed Horror Company and Cinespia.

 

Stones Throw presents Jonwayne vs "Tetsuo: The Iron Man"

A radical new aural vision for Tetsuo!
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10/29/2012 - 10PM
Presented by Stones Throw. Co-presented by the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

“At the end of the 1980s, when mainstream Japanese cinema was dead in the water, along came a grainy, black & white 16mm film that wiped the floor with anything made in Japan for several years.” — Tom Mes, Midnight Eye

An integral part of SoCal hip-hop social nexus Low End Theory, producer/DJ Jonwayne has brought Los Angeles enough psychotropic hip-hop blasts to qualify for wizard status — and tonight, he goes tete-a-tete with the all-powerful grandaddy of Japanese cinematic cyberpunk, the eternal 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. Tonight brings a radical, one-time-only new aural vision of Tetsuo’s legacy to the Cinefamily screen — any cybernaut worth theirr salt would be crazy to miss it!
Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989, digital presentation, 67 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Tetsuo: The Iron Man vs. Jonwayne”!

Listen to the Jonwayne track “ElecTricity” from his album “Doodles”!
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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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Dementia (live narration by Paul F. Tompkins, live score by Eban Schletter!)

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10/25/2012 - 10:15PM

You there, sitting smug at home, gazing into the soft light of your computer screen — do you know what horror is? Can you comprehend the umbral depths of a demented mind — the demons that lurk at the center of the human soul? Come take a lurid journey through Dementia, set in the underbelly of Venice, California, and led by an unhinged woman all too eager to dive down society’s drain into a nightmare world of leering eyes and shadowy faces! Dementia, a mid-’50s film noir oddity featuring no spoken dialogue, was later recut into the even stranger Daughter of Horror, featuring a wildly arch, throaty narration by Ed McMahon; tonight, you’ll be guided through a special screening of this gem of weirdness by the ghastly live narration of Paul F. Tompkins & guest Matt Gourley (of Superego), and the spine-tingling accompaniment of Eban Schletter (music man of “Mr. Show”)! They’ll lead you into the smoky labyrinth of a hell so groovy, only the straightest of squares would dare turn away from its jazz-laced majesty. Be warned, you cozy little creature, for a world that’s frothing just beneath your feet!

Watch the trailer for “Dementia” aka “Daughter of Horror”!

The Hands of Orlac (world premiere of live score by Hauschka!)

The prepared piano maestro vs. the silent horror classic!
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10/23/2012 - 7:30PM
Co-presented by 89.9 KCRW

Once in a blue moon, Cinefamily has the opportunity to pair two entities that are so fitting, so meant for each other, that we can justify calling the event “once-in-a-lifetime.” There will never be another screening of The Hands of Orlac — the haunting silent German Expressionist horror classic — quite like tonight’s, where it will be in the hands of world-renowned pianist and composer Hauschka. Directed by Cabinet of Dr. Caligari helmer Robert Wiene, Orlac stars Conrad Vliet (also the star of Caligari) as a concert pianist who loses his hands in an accident, and has them replaced with those of a killer. Tonight, this shadowy, melancholy story will be channeled through Hauschka, known for his resonant, challenging pieces in which he often alters the piano strings or mallets with found objects to gorgeous effect, in a score specifically commissioned for Nightmare City.
Dir. Robert Wiene, 1924, digital presentation, 90 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Hands of Orlac” (world premiere of live score by Hauschka!)

The Shout (plus live bio-acoustics by Jacob Kirkegaard!)

A high concept cocktail of experimental sonic terror!
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10/22/2012 - 8PM

Co-presented by ResBox at the Steve Allen Theater. Special thanks to co-promoters SASSAS and The Experimental Sound Program at The Herb Alpert School of Music @ CalArts

THE SHOUT – 8:00pm
A gonzo gothic fantasy played straight, The Shout showcases Alan Bates as an unspeakably chilling dark stranger who emerges from the dunes of a sleepy English seaside village, to wreak havoc on an avant-garde composer of musique concrète (John Hurt) and his wife (Susannah York). Insinuating himself as an unwanted houseguest, Bates regales his hosts with tales the “terror shout,” his ability to shriek so penetratingly that any creature within earshot will be struck dead. As Hurt cannot resist this sonic novelty, and as York develops an irresistible desire for the lurking sorcerer, the narrative in impossible directions, while also finding time for extended synth montages, inexplicable role reversals, wild symbology, frame stories within flashbacks, and at least one false ending!
Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski, 1978, 35mm, 86 min.

JACOB KIRKEGAARD PERFORMS “LABYRINTHITIS” AND “THE VISITOR” (WORLD PREMIERE!) – 10:00pm
There is no better sonic pairing for The Shout than world-renowned Danish soundmaker Jacob Kirkegaard, who tonight brings us two astounding performances focusing on the reactivity of acoustic spaces, and phenomena usually imperceptible to the ear. Past “instruments” have included a geyser, a sand dune and the abandoned rooms of Chernobyl, but tonight, Jacob harnesses sounds from both the Silent Movie Theatre itself, and from our own inner ears! First is the impossibly cool LABYRINTHITIS, in which Jacob collects the frequencies resonating within his own ear canals, then processes and orchestrates them to tweak frequencies within the audience’s own eardrums. Then, it’s the world premiere of THE VISITOR, commissioned exclusively for Nightmare City. With inspiration from Alvin Lucier’s pioneering “I Am Sitting in a Room”, Jacob will record the seemingly silent auditorium, play it back, record that, play that back, and so on. This looping condenses the aural space until it reverberates in a sonic invocation, making the Silent Movie Theatre (and perhaps the spirits of its “storied” past) speak to the audience in its own resonant tones. THIS IS SOME AMAZING STUFF!

Read more about Jacob Kirkegaard’s incredible “Labyrinthitis” here.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Shout (plus live bio-acoustics by Jacob Kirkegaard!)”

Listen to an excerpt from Jacob Kirkegaard’s “4 Rooms”!
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Dark Thoughts by Joe Frank: "Old Man"

Live at Cinefamily, holy cow!!!!
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10/18/2012 - 7:30PM

“Producing the most brilliant, groundbreaking and undefinable radio drama/comedy/art around, [Joe Frank’s] results were stunning, irresistible and discomforting — surreal juxtapositions of the bizarre and the ordinary, the autobiographical and the absurd, the hilarious and the horrific.” — LA Weekly

“I’ve always thought of my programs as prayers. They may not seem that way, but to me they’re my conversation with whatever you want to call it about the condition that exists here, spiritually and physically.” — Joe Frank

For two decades straight, Peabody Award-winning Joe Frank burned as brightly as humanly possible in the realm of radio drama, wearing the multiple hats of performer/writer/producer — but to call what Frank does simply “radio drama” is misleading, for “radio confessions”, “radio nightmares” and “radio nirvana” are all equally as accurate. Employing staged (or sometimes real?) phone conversations, tempestuous one-act blackouts, serpentine short stories and hyper-stylized monologues with equal measure, Frank’s noir-ish aural universe is unmatched anywhere in the world, and is highly addictive to boot. Tonight, Frank’s formerly disembodied voice finds a corporeal home at the Cinefamily, as he performs his brand-new, dark-hued work “Old Man” live on our stage, accompanied by musicians Danny Frankel & David Ralicke, and dancer Carolina Cerisola. Come revel in it with us.

Watch the Joe Frank short “Memories”!

Vampyr (w/ live score by Steven Severin!), 10:00PM SHOW

Steven Severin live!
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10/11/2012 - 10PM

Steven Severin (acclaimed solo artist and founding member of the legendary Siouxsie and the Banshees) returns to the Cinefamily in person, giving audiences a rare opportunity to hear his new score for Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr: the third in his ongoing film accompaniment series “Music For Silents.” Though Hitchcock called it “the only film worth seeing twice”, the mysteries of Vampyr couldn’t be untangled in a thousand viewings. Dreyer’s film set a precedent for psychological horror, deploying mood and technical wizardry to render the strange logic of a nightmare on the screen. Shot with a silent film aesthetic despite being filmed in the sound era (and a year after Lugosi starred in Universal’s Dracula), Vampyr finds a perfect aural counterpart in Severin’s suitably textured score: a synthesized, highly atmospheric soundscape that draws the viewer rhythmically into a strange, horrifying dimension just outside our field of vision.

NOTE: we are unable to offer Cinefamily member discounts on couch seating for this event.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Vampyr (w/ live score by Steven Severin!)”

Vampyr (w/ live score by Steven Severin!), 7:45PM SHOW

Steven Severin live score!
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10/11/2012 - 7:45PM

Steven Severin (acclaimed solo artist and founding member of the legendary Siouxsie and the Banshees) returns to the Cinefamily in person, giving audiences a rare opportunity to hear his new score for Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr: the third in his ongoing film accompaniment series “Music For Silents.” Though Hitchcock called it “the only film worth seeing twice”, the mysteries of Vampyr couldn’t be untangled in a thousand viewings. Dreyer’s film set a precedent for psychological horror, deploying mood and technical wizardry to render the strange logic of a nightmare on the screen. Shot with a silent film aesthetic despite being filmed in the sound era (and a year after Lugosi starred in Universal’s Dracula), Vampyr finds a perfect aural counterpart in Severin’s suitably textured score: a synthesized, highly atmospheric soundscape that draws the viewer rhythmically into a strange, horrifying dimension just outside our field of vision.

NOTE: we are unable to offer Cinefamily member discounts on couch seating for this event.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Vampyr (w/ live score by Steven Severin!)”

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