Special Events-February 2014

Negativland, LIVE! (w/ opening act: Daedelus) + "The Year of the Sex Olympics"

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2/27/2014 - 7:30PM

We’re so very, very proud to welcome for the first time on the Cinefamily stage a band that has completely influenced our ways of thinking forever about how media and music intertwine — and has wowed us for decades with their impossibly well-pointed satire. Is Negativland a “band”? Media hoaxers? Activists? Artists? Musicians? Filmmakers? Culture jammers? Comedians? An inspiration for the unwashed many? A nuisance for the corporate few? They are ALL OF THESE THINGS — and for the first time in 34 years of presenting unique one-of-a-kind stage shows, Negativland will perform radically new versions of many ancient Negativland favorites that have never before been heard live. This brand-new show finds Negativland teaming up with with San Francisco electronic musician Wobbly and “live cinema” video artist Steev Hise for a unique performance that sonically/visually reinvents many of their favorite past and present dialogue cut-ups, while showcasing the band’s homemade electronic noise-making devices that they call “boopers.” This unclassifiable and uniquely American experimental group has been cutting up analog audio tape to “sample” long before the term even existed — come revel in their gleeful madness. The evening’s show opens with a live set by Cinefamily friend/electronic wizard Daedelus — and after intermission, it’s one of Negativland’s favorite weirdo movies: the ’60s BBC sci-fi production of “The Year Of The Sex Olympics”, written by Nigel Kneale!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Negativland, LIVE!”

Watch an excerpt of Daedelus performing live on KEXP, Seattle!
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My Mondo Valentine

A signature Cinefamily Mondo night!
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2/14/2014 - 9:45PM

Anyone hoping to melt faces instead of hearts this Valentine’s day, take note — you’ve found your mutant soulmate in The Cinefamily. Come watch us give love a bad name in another signature Cinefamily Mondo night, in which we plumb the depths of impossibly rare film and video vaults for the craziest love-themed clips on the planet– from misguided educational sex ed to weirdly romantic ads, from homemade atrocities to our favorite skeezy “how to score” films. Impress your date with a night like no other, or bring a raincoat and impress yourself!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “My Mondo Valentine”!

A Tribute To Edie Adams (hosted by Ann Magnuson!) + The Apartment

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2/4/2014 - 7:30PM

A Tribute To Edie Adams – 7:30pm
Much, much more than just the “Muriel Cigar” girl (“Why don’t you pick one up and smoke it sometime?”), the incomparable, delightful Edie Adams enjoyed a storied career that included years of TV sketch work alongside husband/comedy pioneer Ernie Kovacs, a Tony award-winning stage performance as Daisy Mae in Li’l Abner, appearances in such classic films as The Apartment, It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Love With The Proper Stranger, and her own wild ‘n wonderful, Emmy-nominated ‘60s variety show Here’s Edie. And, in a time where a great deal of classic early television programming is now lost, we have Edie herself to thank for the preservation of both her show and Kovacs’ legacy. With an abundance of musical numbers and interesting conceptual skits, Here’s Edie stands tall alongside the best of Kovacs’ work; join the evening’s host Ann Magnuson, along with Edie’s son Josh Mills and filmmaker Allison Anders, to celebrate Edie’s legacy through Here’s Edie highlights and other rare, incredible video clips.

The Apartment — approx. 9:15pm
“Re-teaming Jack Lemmon, scriptwriter I.A.L. Diamond and director Billy Wilder a year after Some Like It Hot, this multi-Oscar winning comedy is sharper in tone, tracing the compromises of a New York insurance drone who pimps out his brownstone apartment for his married bosses’ illicit affairs. The quintessential New York movie — with exquisite design by Alexandre Trauner and shimmering black-and-white photography — it presented something of a breakthrough in its portrayal of the war of the sexes. Directed by Wilder with attention to detail and emotional reticence that belie its inherent darkness and melodramatic core, it’s lifted considerably by the performances: the psychosomatic ticks and tropes of nebbish Lemmon balanced by the pathos of Shirley MacLaine’s put-upon ‘lift girl’.” — Wally Hammond, Time Out
The Apartment Dir. Billy Wilder, 1960, 35mm, 125 min.

Watch a classic sketch with Edie Adams as Marilyn Monroe!
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Watch the trailer for “The Apartment”!
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