Special Events-January 2013

Black, White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff + Robert Mapplethorpe (filmmaker in person!)

Filmmaker in person!
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1/20/2013 - 9PM
Co-presented by LACMA, The Getty, and Photo L.A.

“Before Patti Smith released her 1975 landmark debut album “Horses”, and before Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography caused national debates about public arts funding, these two burgeoning artists (both of whom would become seminal icons in their field, and who both once shared a loft apartment near the famous Chelsea Hotel) formed a unique troika with legendary curator/collector Sam Wagstaff. With this engrossing documentary, director/curator/author James Crump paints an illustrious portrait of the complex ties between these three visionaries. As the only one of them still living, Patti Smith — alongside such luminaries as Dominick Dunne, Richard Tuttle, Eugenia Parry, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Ralph Gibson — reminisces about a time when New York City’s CBGB’s, Studio 54 and the Meatpacking District (where a gay/S&M underworld had emerged) were all thriving. Crump meticulously illustrates the varied sides of these two enigmatic figures, as well as their close bond with Patti Smith, and arranges the pieces of this film — a story of love, friendship and personal transformation — into a carefully curated whole.” — David Kwok, Tribeca Film Festival. Our screening is followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker James Crump, as well as comments by Britt Salvesen (LACMA Head Curator of Photography) and Frances Terpak (Curator of Photographs, the Getty Research Institute.)

Jerry Lewis in "The Ladies Man"

Jerry Lewis setpiece extravaganza!
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1/11/2013 - 7:20PM

There is no better argument for Jerry Lewis’s visual and technical genius than The Ladies’ Man. After the wild success of Jerry’s directorial debut The Bellboy (part of a long string of his box office hits,) he was given unprecedented budgetary freedom — and boy, did he put it to good use. As a filmmaker, Jerry loved his toys, and for this big-budget brain-boiler he built the biggest, coolest playpen of them all: a four-story, sixty-room, open-faced dollhouse. This awe-inspiring set was so large that it comprised the entirety of two soundstages, each room armed with its own lighting kit, closed-circuit sound system, a working elevator, the world’s largest crane, and a battery of video monitors secreted around the set so Jerry could check his own performance at all times. Populating this dollhouse with (what else?) “dolls”, Jerry put a coterie of gorgeous dames to use in a series of hilarious, incredibly choreographed setpieces that could only be compared to the best of Buster Keaton or Jacques Tati, but with the signature cartoonish Jerry Lewis mania. Color, girls, dance, hilarity — this is comedy as spectacle, and it miraculously works as both!
Dir. Jerry Lewis, 1961, 35mm, 95 min. (Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch the trailer for “The Ladies Man”!
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Only The Young (1/5, co-director in person!)

Sneak peek of brand-new doc!
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1/5/2013 - 8PM

Echoing both The 400 Blows and Friday Night Lights, the brand-new doc Only The Young radiates with the one thing nearly every other coming-of-age indie lacks: the gentle integrity of absolute realness. Best friends Garrison and Kevin are good-hearted punk rock kids who occupy their time wandering around their SoCal suburb, building a skate ramp, and negotiating their relationships with the Evangelical Christian faith that saturates their world. As these bright young things amble towards adulthood — and hesitantly towards the the fierce, articulate Skye, and free-thinking hip-hop dancer Kristen — Only The Young infuses you with the acute, thoughtful excitement and heartache of the weirdest, smartest kids you know. The choices made by directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet — gorgeous cinematography, music, and brilliant edits — all serve to heighten the guileless candor with which our four teens experience their crises of identity, faith, and their love for each other. As the San Francisco International Film Festival writes, “This is a movie about goodness in an oft-cynical era, and it will have you reinvesting joy into the world.” Co-director Jason Tippet and producer Derek Waters will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dirs. Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims, 2012, digital presentation, 80 min.

Watch the trailer for “Only The Young”!
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Only The Young (1/4)

Sneak peek of brand-new doc!
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1/4/2013 - 7:30PM

Echoing both The 400 Blows and Friday Night Lights, the brand-new doc Only The Young radiates with the one thing nearly every other coming-of-age indie lacks: the gentle integrity of absolute realness. Best friends Garrison and Kevin are good-hearted punk rock kids who occupy their time wandering around their SoCal suburb, building a skate ramp, and negotiating their relationships with the Evangelical Christian faith that saturates their world. As these bright young things amble towards adulthood — and hesitantly towards the the fierce, articulate Skye, and free-thinking hip-hop dancer Kristen — Only The Young infuses you with the acute, thoughtful excitement and heartache of the weirdest, smartest kids you know. The choices made by directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet — gorgeous cinematography, music, and brilliant edits — all serve to heighten the guileless candor with which our four teens experience their crises of identity, faith, and their love for each other. As the San Francisco International Film Festival writes, “This is a movie about goodness in an oft-cynical era, and it will have you reinvesting joy into the world.”
Dirs. Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims, 2012, digital presentation, 80 min.

Watch the trailer for “Only The Young”!
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The Tin Drum (Jan. 3, director's cut, new HD restoration!)

Brand-new HD restoration!
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1/3/2013 - 8PM

“Beautiful to look at, but shot with a cruel and unerring eye, it gives no quarter to the German people for their complicity in events, and in turn disgusts, amazes and frightens.” — Empire Magazine

One of the few films in history to have won both the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Volker Schlöndorff’s scathing The Tin Drum comes to the Cinefamily screen in a brand-new restored director’s cut! Danzig, 1924. Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. As he witnesses the hypocrisy of adulthood and society, he rejects both, and, at his third birthday, refuses to grow older. Caught in a state of perpetual childhood, Oskar lashes out with piercing screams and frantic poundings on his tin drum, while the unheeding world marches towards the madness and folly of WWII. Anchored by an astounding lead performance from 12-year-old David Bennett, the original release of The Tin Drum was in fact shorn of twenty minutes cut at the behest of its distributor in 1979. The resulting, newly-unearthed director’s cut is an even more visionary adaptation of Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel — an unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism, and unflinching satire.
Dir. Volker Schlondorff, 1979, digital presentation, 163 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Tin Drum”!

The Tin Drum (Jan. 2, director's cut, new HD restoration!)

Brand-new HD restoration!
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1/2/2013 - 8PM

“Beautiful to look at, but shot with a cruel and unerring eye, it gives no quarter to the German people for their complicity in events, and in turn disgusts, amazes and frightens.” — Empire Magazine

One of the few films in history to have won both the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Volker Schlöndorff’s scathing The Tin Drum comes to the Cinefamily screen in a brand-new restored director’s cut! Danzig, 1924. Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. As he witnesses the hypocrisy of adulthood and society, he rejects both, and, at his third birthday, refuses to grow older. Caught in a state of perpetual childhood, Oskar lashes out with piercing screams and frantic poundings on his tin drum, while the unheeding world marches towards the madness and folly of WWII. Anchored by an astounding lead performance from 12-year-old David Bennett, the original release of The Tin Drum was in fact shorn of twenty minutes cut at the behest of its distributor in 1979. The resulting, newly-unearthed director’s cut is an even more visionary adaptation of Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel — an unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism, and unflinching satire.
Dir. Volker Schlondorff, 1979, digital presentation, 163 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Tin Drum”!

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