Special Events-December 2011

MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Michael Cera presents "Jim Henson: Commercials & Experiments" (from the touring retrospective "Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy")

Hosted by Michael Cera!
12/18/2011 - 1PM

After our Telethon draws to a close, we have a very special thank-you planned for all of our newest Cinefamily members, as well as those current members who’ve renewed their support: an encore presentation of one of the most popular and incredibly fun shows Cinefamily has ever done, hosted by Michael Cera, and followed by a Members-Only Luncheon courtesy of The Foundry on Melrose!

Admission to this event is RSVP-only — no +1s, unless the person accompaning you is also a new or renewing Cinefamily member. To RSVP (or for any questions), please email mya@cinefamily.org. We look forward to another amazing year with you!

A mind-blowing collection of shorts, crazy commercials, and other rarities from the Jim Henson vault, hosted by special guest Michael Cera! Highlights include: an industrial film for Wilson’s Meat that must be seen to be believed; commercials featuring the LaChoy Dragon (a full-body character that caused Frank Oz to swear off doing any others); animation utilizing techniques ranging from stop-motion to early computer animation; excerpts from The Cube and Youth 68 (the two episodes Jim and company created for NBC’s Experiment in Television); and, a 35mm print of Time Piece, an Oscar-nominated 8-minute masterpiece that showcases Henson’s talent for making music out of everyday sounds. Every single time we’ve shown this extraordinary program, our house has been packed to the rafters, so be sure to arrive early for this one-of-a-kind event!

“Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy” retrospective is produced by The Jim Henson Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music. TM and © Muppets Holding Company, LLC, TM & © Sesame Workshop, TM & © The Jim Henson Company

Watch the vintage “LaChoy Dragon” commercial!
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Cinefamily's Fantastic, Elastic 24-Hour Fundraiser Telethon!

The craziest thing we've EVER done!
12/17/2011 - 12PM

On December 17th, as our year-end fundraiser, the Cinefamily will put on 24 straight hours of awesome events. WATCH IT ALL ONLINE HERE, or come on down to The Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax, and be part of the live studio audience. Happy holidays!

Admission will be free, on a first-come, first-serve basis, and a new audience will be brought into the theater ever 4-5 hours, at the specified times below. We want to give as many people a chance to be in the studio audience, so it’s kind of like a rollercoaster — when the fun is done, you can always get back in line.

Remember: Cinefamily members get priority admittance, so now is a great time to sign up for membership! For guaranteed entry, you might consider one of our couch auctions!


Opening: 12pm – 4:15pm (Saturday Dec. 17th)
- Spike Jonze live!: Spike takes us on a trip through his work from the very beginning to now!
- Jake Austen (Roctober Magazine) will present a special video show on Outsider Music, hosted by Neil Hamburger, and followed by live performances by Guy Chookoorian & Paul Zone (of The Fast)

Primetime: 4:15pm-9pm (Saturday Dec. 17th)
- Jonathan Gold (L.A. Weekly’s Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic) will give a lecture on “Food and Film”!
- Shadoe Stevens presents an encore presentation of “The Best of Fred Rated & The Commercials of The Federated Group”!
- A Conversation With Robert Forster, moderated by screenwriters Josh Olson and Larry Karaszewski
- Benicio del Toro presents Kaneto Shindo’s masterpiece The Naked Island!

Midnight Madness: 9pm (Saturday Dec. 17th) – 1am (Sunday, Dec. 18th)
- Doug Benson and surprise guests will do a specially-constructed multi-movie Movie Interruption
- Everything is Terrible! takes over
- Cinefamily’s Mondo Christmas Special!

The Nite Owl: 1am – 6am (Sunday, Dec. 18th)
- No Age & Friends (including Lance Bangs, Doug Aitken, and Patrick O’Dell) will play, and curate a show at 1AM.
- Thu Tran (Food Party) will show a new short film about her experiments in black-light food, and will set up a special black-lit restaurant on our backyard patio!
- Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields will host a program at 3AM that we’re calling “Films You Can’t Go To Sleep To”, with original ditties on the uke to intro each short film!
- “We Program In Public”: Cinefamily’s call-in talk show w/ guests!

Good Morning Cinefamily: 6am – 11am (Sunday, Dec. 18th)
- Dawn Salon: a meditative morning of rituals & visuals, with live sitar, soundbath and other musical accompaniment! (Performers include Paul Livingstone (sitar) & Homnath Upadhyaya (tabla master from Katmandu, Nepal), DJ Carlos Nino, Build An Ark, JR Robinson, and members of The Melvins, Pit er Pat and The David Grisman Quintet!)
- A sneak peak at the new documentary on The Source Family by Process Media’s Jodi Wille, who will also conduct an authentic Source mind-expanding ritual and exercise
- “Saturday Morning Cartoons On Sunday Morning”, hosted by animation historian Jerry Beck!
- Cinefamily, Jr: an ode to wild and pioneering childrens’ programming, hosted by DJ Lance Rock (of “Yo Gabba Gabba”), and featuring a special appearance by legendary NYC childrens’ TV host Chuck McCann!

Finale: 11am – 12:30pm (Sunday, Dec. 18th)
- A Conversation With Elliott Gould

- MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Michael Cera presents “Jim Henson: Commercials & Experiments” + Members-Only Lunch (provided by The Foundry on Melrose!)

SPECIAL OFF-SITE EVENT @ THE COMEDY STORE: Bill Hicks in "Ninja Bachelor Party" (director in person!)

Director/co-star Kevin Booth in person!
12/16/2011 - 11:30PM
Co-presented by The Comedy Store and Laughspin

All ticket sale proceeds go to benefit The Cinefamily. 21+ ONLY. We are unable to offer Cinefamily members free admission to this event.

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Los Angeles, CA, 90069
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To celebrate the 50th birthday of the late Bill Hicks — and to benefit Cinefamily’s upcoming 24-Hour Fundraiser Telethon — The Comedy Store and Laughspin proudly present a special screening of Ninja Bachelor Party, the touching story of love, Robitussin addiction and martial arts filmed over the course of the the 1980s (during the occasional downtime in Hicks’ stand-up career.) Follow Clarence Mumford (Kevin Booth) as he is dejected by his parents, betrayed by his true love, and double-crossed by his first teacher, the murderous Dr. Death (Bill Hicks)! Director/co-star Kevin Booth will be at The Comedy Store for a Q&A after the film — plus, join us for Bill Hicks giveaways, “Robitussin” drink specials, birthday cake, special guests and MORE!

Watch an excerpt from “Ninja Bachelor Party”!
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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (director & other special guests in person!)

Director & other special guests in person!
12/8/2011 - 8PM
Co-presented by the Grindhouse Film Festival

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.

Independent film maverick. Trailblazing writer/director who takes chances with style and script. Inspirational humanist. Box-office success. Are we talking an Indie filmmaker from the 1970s or 1990s? No — Roger Corman!  While known for working fast (with some of his films made in a mere two days) and wallowing in the B-movie world of monsters, bad special effects, schlocky acting, and plentiful nudity, Corman is also a respected rebel of cinema, dealing with hot-button social topics like race and feminism, and having created his own production and distribution company (tagging it “America’s Biggest Independent.” ) Plus, he also taught the next generation of film greats, including everyone from Coppola, Scorsese and Demme to even Ron Howard. From Corman’s first feature in 1955 to the set of his new film Dinoshark, this entertaining documentary has all the blood and guts of the artist’s lurid and fascinating career, with essential insights from contemporaries and students.  Learn the roots of American indie filmmaking, laced with boobs and violence! After the film, join us for a Q&A with director Alex Stapleton and other special guests!
Dir. Alex Stapleton, 2011, 35mm, 101 min.

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. Black Card 1-year members get +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.

Watch the trailer for “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel”!
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