Special Events-August 2013

The Keep (archival 35mm print, 8/25)

Ridiculously rare U.K. 35mm print!
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8/25/2013 - 10:15PM

Ridiculously rare U.K. 35mm print! As much a foundational aesthetic document of Michael Mann’s early career as Thief or Miami Vice, the revisionist WWII thriller The Keep brims with ambition and panache, and is blanketed by one of Tangerine Dream’s best-ever pulsing film soundtracks. This hypnotic, deeply strange historical/sci-fi hybrid is an ominous portrait of Nazis who enlist an ailing Jewish historian (Ian McKellen) to prevent a Golem-like demon from busting out of its ancient fortress — while a the arrival of mysterious, paranormal stranger (Scott Glenn) may possibly signal an even greater foe. From one angle, The Keep uses as a launching point Raiders of the Lost Ark’s horror climax to imbue its WWII milieu with a sense of gathering extraterrestrial dread, while from another, it simultaneously falls in line with contemporary technological and political parables such as Blade Runner and Brazil. An impossibly dense, wildly unique entry in Mann’s filmography, The Keep has still never been released on DVD in any country — making this a quite rare opportunity to take in this visually stunning ‘80s genre mashup.
Dir. Michael Mann, 1983, 35mm, 96 min. (Archival print courtesy of the British Film Institute)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Keep”!

The Keep (archival 35mm print, 8/24)

Ridiculously rare U.K. 35mm print!
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8/24/2013 - MIDNITE

Ridiculously rare U.K. 35mm print! As much a foundational aesthetic document of Michael Mann’s early career as Thief or Miami Vice, the revisionist WWII thriller The Keep brims with ambition and panache, and is blanketed by one of Tangerine Dream’s best-ever pulsing film soundtracks. This hypnotic, deeply strange historical/sci-fi hybrid is an ominous portrait of Nazis who enlist an ailing Jewish historian (Ian McKellen) to prevent a Golem-like demon from busting out of its ancient fortress — while a the arrival of mysterious, paranormal stranger (Scott Glenn) may possibly signal an even greater foe. From one angle, The Keep uses as a launching point Raiders of the Lost Ark’s horror climax to imbue its WWII milieu with a sense of gathering extraterrestrial dread, while from another, it simultaneously falls in line with contemporary technological and political parables such as Blade Runner and Brazil. An impossibly dense, wildly unique entry in Mann’s filmography, The Keep has still never been released on DVD in any country — making this a quite rare opportunity to take in this visually stunning ‘80s genre mashup.
Dir. Michael Mann, 1983, 35mm, 96 min. (Archival print courtesy of the British Film Institute)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Keep”!

The Rock 'N' Roll Trailer Show (presented by the Academy Film Archive!)

A coming attractions mixtape on 35mm!
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8/22/2013 - 10:15PM

The Who, Dylan, Elvis, The Beatles, Bowie, Talking Heads, animated hard rock, hip-hop-sploitation, rockabilly gunslingers, new wave noir, prog pomposity, three-chord poses and more — all on film, in one big rock ‘n roll coming-attractions mixtape. Tonight’s show (part of a continuing program presented by the Academy Film Archive, home of the largest 35mm trailer collection in the world) gives you a four-on-the-floor selection of the wildest and most artful rock-related pre-show entertainment from the last several decades — many of which haven’t been seen since they originally screened in theaters. From Hollywood’s take on psychedelia to killer concert docs, coming-of-age croonfests, and hard rock horror, the sights and sounds of these three-minute throwbacks will make you want to get the band back together. This will pretty much be the only time EVER that all these fantastic and rare trailers will be gathered in one place on 35mm — so all fans of music movies should make this show a priority! Prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, with special thanks to the Packard Humanities Institute.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Rock ‘N’ Roll Trailer Show”!

Blue Caprice (stars in person, presented by Sundance Institute's NEXT Weekend)

Controversial hit fresh from Sundance 2013!
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8/11/2013 - 7PM

Part of NEXT WEEKEND presented by Sundance Institute

“A smart, sobering movie that speculates with compelling detachment on how the abhorrent urge to take innocent lives might evolve.” — Hollywood Reporter

Our friends at the Sundance Institute are no collective stranger to stylistically adventurous filmmaking born out of limited means, but wielding bold storytelling techniques to create impactful viewing. It’s the very anchor of the Sundance Film Festival’s “NEXT” section — one of the most highly energized part of the yearly cinematic pilgrimage to the wintry hills. As part of NEXT Weekend (a citywide event featuring screenings, panels, parties and workshops), we’re proud to sneak you a preview of Blue Caprice: the evocative, elliptical and chilling new fictionalization of the Beltway Sniper murders from debut feature director Alexandre Moors. Evoking the tone of Gus Van Sant’s Elephant and the heady reveries of late from Terrence Malick, this sleek, yet poetic take on the path taken to righteous violence focuses in on the psychological reasons why such a bizarre tragedy can exist, rather than the forensic particulars of the legendary early-Aughts D.C.-based mobile sniper crime spree — and is bolstered by incredibly taut performances by both Isaiah Washington as the increasingly unstable father figure/ringleader, and newcomer Tequan Richmond as the captivated teenage gunman under his spell. Stars Isaiah Washington & Tequan Richmond in person for Q&A after the film!
Dir. Alexandre Moors, 2013, digital presentation, 94 min.

Watch the trailer for “Blue Caprice!”
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The Abyss (cast/crew in person!)

Q&A panel after the screening!
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8/8/2013 - 7:30PM

From the very beginning, James Cameron — modern sci-fi cinema’s most successful showman — matched the limitless ambition of films like The Terminator and Aliens with the insatiable need to physically push himself even harder with each passing production. Often cited as one of the most difficult film shoots in modern history (with a huge chunk of its running time filmed underwater, inside the largest fresh-water filtered tank ever constructed), Cameron’s 1989 deep sea saga The Abyss is all at once a sheer feat of behind-the-scenes structural engineering, a pioneering use of game-changing CGI effects, a Cold War white-knuckle paranoia play, a trippy dive into the what-ifs of alien intelligence, and the fictionalization of Cameron’s heartwrenching real-life divorce (to the woman who was also his filmmaking partner, Gale Ann Hurd.) For this special evening, join a large panel of cast members and crew specialists after the screening, as they unravel the monumental challenges of making The Abyss. Panelists include Todd Graff (“Hippy”), Michael Beach (“Barnes”), Lesley Dilley (production designer), Joseph Nemec III (art director), Phillip Darlington (Cameron’s underwater assistant), Starr Jones (makeup FX) and Trey Stokes (“alien” movement designer)!
Dir. James Cameron, 1989, 35mm, 140 min. (Archival print courtesy of Fox Archive)

For more info, visit theabyssreunion.com.

Watch the trailer for “The Abyss”!
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An Evening With Phil Tippett (feat. "Dragonslayer"!)

Industrial Light & Magic genius!
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8/1/2013 - 8PM

AN EVENING WITH PHIL TIPPETT — 8:00pm
Phil Tippett: the man who tamed the tauntaun from The Empire Strikes Back, squashed the bugs of Starship Troopers, built the robots for RoboCop and released the rancor in Return of the Jedi. A California native, Tippett first made a name for himself heading Industrial Light & Magic’s animation department for Empire & Jedi, pioneering the stop-motion technique “go motion,” which enabled realistic motion blur through analog means. Advancing the medium with every new project, Tippett’s exotic effects work has been one of the greatest highlights of films like Howard The Duckand Dragonslayer — and, most impressively, he transitioned seamlessly into the world of early CGI as the “Dinosaur Supervisor” on Jurassic Park. We’re honored to welcome a talent as towering as his monstrous creations to the Cinefamily stage for a career-spanning Q&A, moderated by Rob Schrab!

DRAGONSLAYER (brand-new HD master!) — approx. 10:00pm
“Perhaps one of the most perfect creature designs ever made.” — Guillermo del Toro

“The best dragon ever put on film” — George R.R. Martin

Today one can barely imagine Disney and Paramount banding together to co-produce a realistic, adult-oriented fantasy film — but so it was in the grand sword and sorcery heyday of 1981, when Dragonslayer originally clawed its way into theaters. With stunning effects by ILM’s master Phil Tippett and his Empire Strikes Back team, Dragonslayer is truly all about the dragon: the absurdly well-named Vermithrax Pejorative. Easily the most elaborate flying terror of the pre-CG era, Dragonslayer combined practical effects, a hydraulic forty-foot dragon model, and sixteen stop-motion puppets to create one of the most realistic scaly beasts ever to blast into film history. As if that wasn’t enough, authentic locations and costuming, as well as a lush medieval score, elevate this tale of wizards and damsels to bonafide classic status. A dedicated covenant of followers lovingly waxed over Dragonslayer in the hazy VHS era — and now, it soars to us in a brand-new HD master, created especially for our shows of the film by Paramount!
Dir. Matthew Robbins, 1981, digital presentation, 108 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Dragonslayer”!