Special Events-July 2012

An Evening With Alan Spencer (feat. "Sledge Hammer" tribute & sneak preview of "Bullet In The Face"!)

Alan Spencer in person!
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8/11/2012 - 8:30PM

Let’s say you’d had the balls to sneak into Fox Studios and onto the set of Young Frankenstein when you were a 14-year-old latchkey kid. Marty Feldman, of course, would have saved you from getting bounced by claiming you as his guest, and by the age of 15, you’d have sold a script to One Day At A Time, becoming the youngest-ever member of the WGA. You’d spend the next decade or so writing for legendary sitcoms, becoming a script doctor for zillion-dollar-grossing movies, and hanging out watching The People’s Court with Andy Kaufman. In 1986, you’d create the Dirty Harry-meets-Get Smart uber-violent cop satire Sledge Hammer, which, for two years of critical acclaim, would slug it out with network censors and eventually end by having the hero nuke the entire world. Because that’s just the kind of guy you are. OK, so maybe you can’t be that guy. But, you can hang out with that guy — one Alan Spencer — for an evening of Sledge Hammer hilarity, killer stories, and a sneak peek at his latest controversial creation, IFC’s Bullet In The Face — starring Eric Roberts and Eddie Izzard! The evening’s Q&A will be moderated by Josh Olson (screenwriter of A History Of Violence)! Plus, be sure to catch Bullet In The Face in a two-night premiere on August 16-17!

Watch the trailer for Alan Spencer’s brand-new IFC show “Bullet In The Face”!
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Watch an excerpt from Alan Spencer’s classic ’80s comedy/action show “Sledge Hammer”!
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Watch Adolf Hitler’s reaction to “Bullet In The Face”!

Shut Up And Play The Hits (7/31, 5:00pm)

LCD Soundsystem concert film!
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7/31/2012 - 5PM

With the release of their first album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco. Bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world, their devoted fan base steadily grew — but they shocked the music world in early 2011 when, during their tour to support their first Billboard Top 10 debut, they announced that their largest gig ever (happening at Madison Square Garden) would also be their last gig ever. With fly-on-the-wall access, co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s concert film captures the final 48 hours of a band in complete control of its destiny. Packed with high-energy farewell performances, and punctuated by a frank conversation on success and rock stardom between bandleader James Murphy and writer Chuck Klosterman, Shut Up And Play The Hits is “The Last Waltz for the electro-DJ-generation” (Twitch.com).
Dirs. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace, 2011, HD presentation, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shut Up And Play The Hits”!
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Shut Up And Play The Hits (7/30, 5:00pm)

LCD Soundsystem concert film!
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7/30/2012 - 5PM

With the release of their first album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco. Bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world, their devoted fan base steadily grew — but they shocked the music world in early 2011 when, during their tour to support their first Billboard Top 10 debut, they announced that their largest gig ever (happening at Madison Square Garden) would also be their last gig ever. With fly-on-the-wall access, co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s concert film captures the final 48 hours of a band in complete control of its destiny. Packed with high-energy farewell performances, and punctuated by a frank conversation on success and rock stardom between bandleader James Murphy and writer Chuck Klosterman, Shut Up And Play The Hits is “The Last Waltz for the electro-DJ-generation” (Twitch.com).
Dirs. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace, 2011, HD presentation, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shut Up And Play The Hits”!
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Shut Up And Play The Hits (7/29, midnight)

LCD Soundsystem concert film!
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7/29/2012 - MIDNITE

With the release of their first album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco. Bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world, their devoted fan base steadily grew — but they shocked the music world in early 2011 when, during their tour to support their first Billboard Top 10 debut, they announced that their largest gig ever (happening at Madison Square Garden) would also be their last gig ever. With fly-on-the-wall access, co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s concert film captures the final 48 hours of a band in complete control of its destiny. Packed with high-energy farewell performances, and punctuated by a frank conversation on success and rock stardom between bandleader James Murphy and writer Chuck Klosterman, Shut Up And Play The Hits is “The Last Waltz for the electro-DJ-generation” (Twitch.com).
Dirs. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace, 2011, HD presentation, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shut Up And Play The Hits”!
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Shut Up And Play The Hits (7/29, 5:00pm)

LCD Soundsystem concert film!
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7/29/2012 - 5PM

With the release of their first album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco. Bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world, their devoted fan base steadily grew — but they shocked the music world in early 2011 when, during their tour to support their first Billboard Top 10 debut, they announced that their largest gig ever (happening at Madison Square Garden) would also be their last gig ever. With fly-on-the-wall access, co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s concert film captures the final 48 hours of a band in complete control of its destiny. Packed with high-energy farewell performances, and punctuated by a frank conversation on success and rock stardom between bandleader James Murphy and writer Chuck Klosterman, Shut Up And Play The Hits is “The Last Waltz for the electro-DJ-generation” (Twitch.com).
Dirs. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace, 2011, HD presentation, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shut Up And Play The Hits”!
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Shut Up And Play The Hits (7/28, 11:15pm)

LCD Soundsystem concert film!
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7/28/2012 - 11:15PM

With the release of their first album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco. Bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world, their devoted fan base steadily grew — but they shocked the music world in early 2011 when, during their tour to support their first Billboard Top 10 debut, they announced that their largest gig ever (happening at Madison Square Garden) would also be their last gig ever. With fly-on-the-wall access, co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s concert film captures the final 48 hours of a band in complete control of its destiny. Packed with high-energy farewell performances, and punctuated by a frank conversation on success and rock stardom between bandleader James Murphy and writer Chuck Klosterman, Shut Up And Play The Hits is “The Last Waltz for the electro-DJ-generation” (Twitch.com).
Dirs. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace, 2011, HD presentation, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shut Up And Play The Hits”!
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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: Kumare

FREE SNEAK PREVIEW!
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7/26/2012 - 10PM

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.

“Incredibly moving…prepare to have your assumptions pitched out the window by this tense, surprisingly probing satirical documentary.” – Village Voice

A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, KUMARE follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life — and wondering if and when to reveal his true self. Will his followers accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? Winner of South by Southwest’s Audience Award, KUMARE is an insightful look at faith and belief.
Dir. Vikram Gandhi, 2011, 35mm, 84 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. 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 “Kumaré”!
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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: Searching For Sugar Man

Free sneak preview!
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7/26/2012 - 7:30PM

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.

One of the biggest success stories from Sundance 2012, Searching For Sugar Man is the truly outstanding and totally engrossing yarn of a long-lost folk rock legend suddenly found! In 1968, there emerged from Detroit a charismatic Mexican-American singer/songwriter named Rodriguez, who had attracted a local following with his mysterious presence, soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. A kind of Chicano Bob Dylan, Rodriguez was the greatest ’70s U.S. rock icon who never was, but his debut album “Cold Fact” was a commercial disaster, marking the premature decline of his career — and the beginning of widespread rumors of his suicide. Many years later, in South Africa (of all places), bootlegs of “Cold Fact” circulated, as Rodriguez’s musical message connected with an entire generation of liberal youth totally at odds with Apartheid. Upon the belated CD release of his second LP, two South African fans take it as a sign to look into the mystery of how Rodriguez died, and what happened to all of the profits from his album sales. Thus begins a wild obstacle ride documented in this heartbreaking, humorous, shocking and hopeful story about the resonating, life-changing power of music.
Dir. Malik Bendjelloul, 2012, 85 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. 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 an excerpt from “Searching for Sugar Man”!
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Shut Up And Play The Hits (7/23, 10:30pm)

LCD Soundsystem concert film!
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7/23/2012 - 10:30PM

With the release of their first album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco. Bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world, their devoted fan base steadily grew — but they shocked the music world in early 2011 when, during their tour to support their first Billboard Top 10 debut, they announced that their largest gig ever (happening at Madison Square Garden) would also be their last gig ever. With fly-on-the-wall access, co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s concert film captures the final 48 hours of a band in complete control of its destiny. Packed with high-energy farewell performances, and punctuated by a frank conversation on success and rock stardom between bandleader James Murphy and writer Chuck Klosterman, Shut Up And Play The Hits is “The Last Waltz for the electro-DJ-generation” (Twitch.com).
Dirs. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace, 2011, HD presentation, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shut Up And Play The Hits”!
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Shut Up And Play The Hits (7/20, 7:30pm)

LCD Soundsystem concert film!
shutup_newsite
7/20/2012 - 7:30PM

With the release of their first album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco. Bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world, their devoted fan base steadily grew — but they shocked the music world in early 2011 when, during their tour to support their first Billboard Top 10 debut, they announced that their largest gig ever (happening at Madison Square Garden) would also be their last gig ever. With fly-on-the-wall access, co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s concert film captures the final 48 hours of a band in complete control of its destiny. Packed with high-energy farewell performances, and punctuated by a frank conversation on success and rock stardom between bandleader James Murphy and writer Chuck Klosterman, Shut Up And Play The Hits is “The Last Waltz for the electro-DJ-generation” (Twitch.com).
Dirs. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace, 2011, HD presentation, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shut Up And Play The Hits”!
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Shut Up And Play The Hits (7/19, 10:00pm)

LCD Soundsystem concert film!
shutup_newsite
7/19/2012 - 10PM

With the release of their first album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco. Bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world, their devoted fan base steadily grew — but they shocked the music world in early 2011 when, during their tour to support their first Billboard Top 10 debut, they announced that their largest gig ever (happening at Madison Square Garden) would also be their last gig ever. With fly-on-the-wall access, co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s concert film captures the final 48 hours of a band in complete control of its destiny. Packed with high-energy farewell performances, and punctuated by a frank conversation on success and rock stardom between bandleader James Murphy and writer Chuck Klosterman, Shut Up And Play The Hits is “The Last Waltz for the electro-DJ-generation” (Twitch.com).
Dirs. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace, 2011, HD presentation, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shut Up And Play The Hits”!
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Shut Up And Play The Hits (7/19, 7:30pm)

LCD Soundsystem concert film!
shutup_newsite
7/19/2012 - 7:30PM

With the release of their first album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco.  Bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world, their devoted fan base steadily grew — but they shocked the music world in early 2011 when, during their tour to support their first Billboard Top 10 debut, they announced that their largest gig ever (happening at Madison Square Garden) would also be their last gig ever.  With fly-on-the-wall access, co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s concert film captures the final 48 hours of a band in complete control of its destiny.  Packed with high-energy farewell performances, and punctuated by a frank conversation on success and rock stardom between bandleader James Murphy and writer Chuck Klosterman, Shut Up And Play The Hits is “The Last Waltz for the electro-DJ-generation” (Twitch.com).
Dirs. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace, 2011, HD presentation, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shut Up And Play The Hits”!
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The Golem (with live score by Gary Lucas!)

Hauntingly brilliant and meticulously timed!
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7/17/2012 - 7:30PM

“Gary Lucas’s project with ‘The Golem’ is one of the best combinations of live music with a silent film I’ve ever seen. He brings this historic story to life and makes the 90 minutes a very powerful and compelling performance piece.” — Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf

“Hauntingly brilliant and meticulously timed.” — Village Voice

Grammy-nominated Gary Lucas, whom Rolling Stone calls “one of the best and most original guitarists in America”, comes to the Cinefamily to perform his time-honored solo live score to The Golem, the brilliant 1920 silent horror exemplar of German expressionism! A baroque nightmare of fantastic imagery, The Golem is the only surviving film from actor/filmmaker Paul Wegener’s series based on the 16th Century Bohemian folk legend of Prague. Played by Wegener himself, the astounding titular monster is molded from clay and brought to life by the Hebrew incantations of a rabbi wishing to defend a Jewish ghetto facing exile. Steeped in 1920s controversy stemming from false accusations of occult endorsement and Weimar anti-Semitism, this dark, moody fable of a lumbering, lovelorn automaton became the inspiration for Boris Karloff’s portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster over a decade later. Since debuting his live score in 1989, Gary has accompanied the film all across the globe in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Berlin, Florence, Budapest, Toronto, St. Louis, Miami, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Krakow—and, of course, in Prague, home of The Golem. To check out more info on Gary Lucas, click here — and to find out more info on Gary’s score to The Golem, click here!
Dirs. Carl Boese & Paul Wegener, 1920, 86 min.

Watch an excerpt from Gary Lucas’s live score to “The Golem”!
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MONDO AMERICA BBQ PARTY (feat. "Red Dawn" & "Willie Nelson's 4th Of July Picnic"!)

The best July 4th since the Capitol Celebration of 1778!
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7/4/2012 - 2PM

SCHEDULE OF FILMS:
Americana – 2:00pm
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic – 4:30pm-ish
Cinefamily’s “Mondo America” video mix – 7:00pm
Jabberwalk (aka This Is America) – 7:30pm
Red Dawn – 9:45pm-ish

It’s all planned out: an open door to our back patio, good music, friends, and that most American of traditions — a BBQ, so bring something to grill! Plus, we’ve got a patriotic free-for-all of film formats, from DVDs to 16mm industrials, to 35mm features — alongside Cinefamily’s time-honored signature Mondo video mix on the subject of our exalted homeland!

AMERICANA – 2:00pm
A true labor of love for director/star David Carradine, this small-town tale of a troubled, wandering veteran attempting to restore an old merry-go-round ride is a feast of character subtleties, and is the perfect way to kick off the day’s films.
Dir. David Carradine, 1983, 35mm, 91 min.

WILLIE NELSON’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION – 4:30pm-ish
An incredibly rare boozy ‘n woozy full-length concert film, shot at the 1977 edition of Willie’s very informal annual 4th of July concert festival. Featuring Willie, Waylon, Leon Russell, Doug Kershaw and other great country stars singin’, sweatin’, partyin’ — and most importantly of all, drinkin’. These folks were some of the ultimate party animals, with Leon Russell emerging as the King of Booze in some of the most gloriously inebriated footage ever shot! As Austin, TX’s Alamo Drafthouse says: “These good ol’ boys knew as much about partying as Marie Curie knew about radium. Be there!”
Dir. Yabo Yablonsky, 1977, 35mm, 90 min.

JABBERWALK (aka THIS IS AMERICA) – 7:30pm
The incredibly rare, full-length ‘70s mondo movie (aka Italian shockumentary) Jabberwalk aka This Is America aka Crazy Ridiculous American People (turn that one into an acronym for a cheap giggle), a skewered funhouse-mirror view of our native culture through foreign eyes. Let’s let Luigi explain: “Americanos! We Italianos love you, and your large country, with your dolce vita of USA! We want to help make-a much crazytime on your birthday. Happy Birthday, America! Our film-a shows what makes you big Ragu — numero uno! It has the love we think about you: ceremony for the awards in big-a bellisimo porno, factories for make-a the dildoes, cocaine churches, a wonderful family eating meal together of worm spaghetti. Mmmmmm, worms — mange!! Mange the worms-a! And everyone has the guns! In the supermarket-a! On the honeymoon! Guns! Bang, BANG! GUNS! After we film the world, looking for the things that make-a us laugh, we find the best right here on your soil. Abbondanza!!!!”
Dir. Romano Vanderbes, 1977, 35mm, 97 min.

RED DAWN – 9:45pm-ish
From the mind of the man who birthed the infamous line “I love the smell of napalm in the morning,” and meant it! There’s no better way to celebrate America than by enjoying pure American propaganda targeted at children, and John Milius’s Red Dawn is easily one of the most entertaining and satisfying jingoistic youth actioners ever filmed, as well as being one of cinema’s great “what if?” pictures. In the mid ’80s, America’s triumphant years are finally up, as the Commie Reds parachute down onto our streets and playgrounds to mercilessly lock our fathers in concentration camps, and gleefully shoot our schoolteachers in the face. Luckily, a ragtag band of high-school-football-playing meatheads (C. Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Patrick goddamn Swayze) are ready to take to the hills and fight back against our new Soviet overlords. So grab your canteen full of deer blood, take a swig and join us in the name of liberty. GO WOLVERINES!!
Dir. John Milius, 1984, 35mm, 114 min.

Watch the trailer for “Red Dawn”!
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Watch excerpts from “Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic”!
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Watch an excerpt from “Jabberwalk” aka “This Is America”!
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Watch excerpts from “Americana”!
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