Special Events-July 2013

FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: The Spectacular Now (director in person!)

Director James Ponsoldt in person!
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7/31/2013 - 8PM

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. All current Cinefamily members get first entry. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended.

Adapted from Tim Tharp’s young adult novel, the 2013 Sundance hit The Spectacular Now captures the insecurity and confusion of adolescence without looking for tidy truths. “Sutter Keely (Miles Teller, 21 & Over) lives in the now. A high school senior, he’s the life of the party, loves his job at a men’s clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he’s never far from his supersized, whisky-fortified 7UP cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley, The Descendents) hovering over him. Not a member of the cool crowd, she’s different: the “nice girl” who reads science fiction and doesn’t have a boyfriend. She does have dreams, while Sutter lives in a world of impressive self-delusion. And yet they’re drawn to each other. Young actors rarely portray teens with the maturity that Teller and Woodley display, and they are phenomenal together. Funny, compassionate, and poignant, James Ponsoldt’s third feature again demonstrates his ability to lay bare the souls of his characters.” — Sundance Film Festival. Director James Ponsoldt in person!
Dir. James Ponsoldt, 2013, digital presentation, 100 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Spectacular Now”!
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Dracula ("Spanish Version", w/ live score by Gary Lucas!)

Smothering spiderwebs and virgin appetites!
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7/30/2013 - 7:30PM

“Any decent musician can score a silent film, but it takes a certain audacity — or perversity — to wrap new music around a talkie. [Here,] audaciously perverse Gary Lucas uses two guitars (one acoustic, one electric) and an array of effects pedals to evoke apocalyptic horsemanship, smothering spiderwebs, virgin appetites and the ineluctable cosmic dread of uber-vampyre Carlos Villarias. The old bloodsucker as never seem quite so vital.” — Richard Gehr, Village Voice

Grammy-nominated Gary Lucas, whom Rolling Stone calls “one of the best and most original guitarists in America”, returns to the Cinefamily to perform his solo live score to Dracula, although it’s not quite the same Dracula as you remember it. Unknown to most film-goers — even die-hard horror and fantasy cinema buffs — an alternate (and, many would hold, superior) version was filmed at night on the same sets as the famous Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi classic, with virtually the same script — but with a Spanish-speaking cast, in a production aimed at the burgeoning Latin market. The resulting film boasts more fluid camerawork, more atmospheric lighting, better performances — and, like the original, virtually no music beyond the opening and closing titles, leaving magnificent space for Lucas to musically flow beneath, between and behind this forgotten horror masterpiece’s darkest corners. Click here for more info on Gary Lucas — and click here for more on Gary’s score to “Spanish Dracula”!
Dracula (Spanish Version) Dir. George Melford, 1931, 104 min.

Watch an excerpt from Gary’s live score to “Spanish Dracula”!

The Telephone Book (7/29)

Brand-new DCP!
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7/29/2013 - 10PM

“One of my favorite films of the Seventies.” — Steve Martin

Truly alive and more wonderfully whacked-out with each passing vignette, this syrupy 1971 underground comedy from countercultural baron Nelson Lyon plays like a randy sketch comedy film devised tag-team by George Kuchar and Robert Downey Sr., with a little Ralph Bakshi and early Brian De Palma thrown in for good measure. A cute, bored young blonde named Alice (Laugh-In‘s Sarah Kennedy) is totally invigorated after receiving a life-changing obscene phone call from a deeply sonorous weirdo, and sets off on a quest to call every last crackpot in the phone book, in order to locate her velvet-voiced wonder. In a who’s-who of the era’s rad onscreen personas, The Telephone Book’s bizarre gallery of characters includes future Oscar nominee William Hickey (Prizzi’s Honor) delivering monologues while bedridden with an oversized permanent erection, Barry Morse (The Fugitive) as a fallen stag filmmaker, Warhol superstars Ondine and Ultra Violet, and voiceover guru Norman Rose as the obscene call king (appearing in an unforgettably disturbing pig mask.) Heady, heated, hilarious, capricious and oh-so-right. Brand-new DCP!
Dir. Nelson Lyon, 1971, DCP, 80 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Telephone Book”!

The Telephone Book (7/28, presented by Dangerous Minds!)

Brand-new DCP!
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7/28/2013 - 9PM

Presented by DANGEROUS MINDS.

“One of my favorite films of the Seventies.” — Steve Martin

Truly alive and more wonderfully whacked-out with each passing vignette, this syrupy 1971 underground comedy from countercultural baron Nelson Lyon plays like a randy sketch comedy film devised tag-team by George Kuchar and Robert Downey Sr., with a little Ralph Bakshi and early Brian De Palma thrown in for good measure. A cute, bored young blonde named Alice (Laugh-In‘s Sarah Kennedy) is totally invigorated after receiving a life-changing obscene phone call from a deeply sonorous weirdo, and sets off on a quest to call every last crackpot in the phone book, in order to locate her velvet-voiced wonder. In a who’s-who of the era’s rad onscreen personas, The Telephone Book’s bizarre gallery of characters includes future Oscar nominee William Hickey (Prizzi’s Honor) delivering monologues while bedridden with an oversized permanent erection, Barry Morse (The Fugitive) as a fallen stag filmmaker, Warhol superstars Ondine and Ultra Violet, and voiceover guru Norman Rose as the obscene call king (appearing in an unforgettably disturbing pig mask.) Heady, heated, hilarious, capricious and oh-so-right. Brand-new DCP!
Dir. Nelson Lyon, 1971, DCP, 80 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Telephone Book”!

Eraserhead (encore screening, 7/24)

The infamous debut mindscraper of David Lynch!
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7/24/2013 - 8PM

David Lynch’s infamous debut mindscraper is the full embodiment of pure cinema, and, thirty-five years later, has lost none of its primal power to shock, amaze and engage. A key player in the original midnight movie revolution of the Seventies, and one of those rare films that truly deserves its cult status, Eraserhead is horrifyingly original: a nightmarish landscape where stunning B&W cinematography, groundbreaking industrial sound design and a singular hallucinatory vision — one brimming with images of bodily assault and decay, sexual revulsion and unidentifiable mechanical constructions — all melt into a glorious subconscious abyss. Which is to say the film’s completely badass, a landmark jawdropper in the realm of the weird ‘n wild. A surprisingly thorough primer in the visual motifs that would come to dominate both Lynch’s later film and television work, Eraserhead is a must-see touchstone for all cinematic explorers.
Dir. David Lynch, 1977, 35mm, 85 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Eraserhead!” NOTE: this trailer contains the original show date of Friday, July 19th, midnight. This showtime is Wednesday, July 24th, 8:00pm.

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (encore screening!)

The most notorious agitator in TV history!
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7/23/2013 - 10:15PM

The most explosive and zeitgeisty televised force of nature since the birth of MTV, Morton Downey Jr. forever altered the American broadcast landscape in a blast of cigarette smoke, fistfights, in-your-face populist ranting, nasty epithets and good, old-fashioned showmanship.  Billed as “3-D television” and “rock and roll without the music”, The Morton Downey, Jr. Show was the most addictive talk show of its kind to ever hit the airwaves, with its maniacally whirlwind host oozing “Fuck you, pal!” attitude while his rabid, droogish studio audience throbbed in the background.  Predating today’s omnipresent tsunami of trash TV, this late-’80s phlegmatic wonder tore up the tube, fashioning the “discussion” of crazy current events (phone sex, heavy metal, the Rev. Al Sharpton) into a giddy, unforgettable gladiator pit.  Celebrate the highs and lows of this wicked broadcasting icon with Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie: the brand-new feature documentary dissecting the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator.   Our screening of the film is preceded by a custom mix of MDJ Show rarities compiled by the Evocateur filmmaking team!
Dirs. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller & Jeremy Newberger, 2013, digital presentation, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie”!
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Eraserhead (encore screening, 7/22)

The infamous debut mindscraper of David Lynch!
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7/22/2013 - 10:45PM

David Lynch’s infamous debut mindscraper is the full embodiment of pure cinema, and, thirty-five years later, has lost none of its primal power to shock, amaze and engage. A key player in the original midnight movie revolution of the Seventies, and one of those rare films that truly deserves its cult status, Eraserhead is horrifyingly original: a nightmarish landscape where stunning B&W cinematography, groundbreaking industrial sound design and a singular hallucinatory vision — one brimming with images of bodily assault and decay, sexual revulsion and unidentifiable mechanical constructions — all melt into a glorious subconscious abyss. Which is to say the film’s completely badass, a landmark jawdropper in the realm of the weird ‘n wild. A surprisingly thorough primer in the visual motifs that would come to dominate both Lynch’s later film and television work, Eraserhead is a must-see touchstone for all cinematic explorers.
Dir. David Lynch, 1977, 35mm, 85 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Eraserhead!” NOTE: this trailer contains the original show date of Friday, July 19th, midnight. This showtime is Monday, July 22nd, 10:45pm.

Quentin Tarantino presents The Films of Robert Blake, Day 2
(feat. "Electra Glide in Blue" & "Corky"!)

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7/21/2013 - 4PM

NOTE: showtimes of individual films subject to change. Quentin Tarantino will be here at the Cinefamily in person to present the 1970s Robert Blake feature films Electra Glide In Blue and Corky, as well as more rad stuff TBA!

Watch the trailer for “Electra Glide In Blue”!
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Quentin Tarantino presents The Films of Robert Blake, Day 1
(feat. "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here" & "Busting"!)

Quentin Tarantino in person!
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7/20/2013 - 7PM

NOTE: showtimes of individual films subject to change. Quentin Tarantino will be here at the Cinefamily in person to present a double feature honoring the classic ’70s film work of Robert Blake: the turn-of-the-century Western Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (also starring Robert Redford and Katherine Ross), and the offbeat Busting, featuring the unlikely pairing of Blake and Elliot Gould in one of the most shaggy and enjoyable buddy cop comedies of its era. Also included is a rare screening of Macho Callahan, the Civil War shoot-em-up directed by Bernard Kowalski (one of the top directors on Robert Blake’s “Baretta”!)

APPROXIMATE SHOWTIMES
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7:00pm – Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
Dir. Abraham Polonsky, 1970, 35mm, 98 min.

9:30pm (approx.) – Busting
Dir. Peter Hyams, 1974, 16mm, 92 min.

midnight (approx.) – Macho Callahan
Dir. Bernard Kowalski, 1970, 35mm, 99 min.

Watch the trailer for “Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here”!
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Watch the trailer for “Busting”!
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Turtle Power Pizza Party (ENCORE, feat. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & The Secret of The Ooze)

A totally tubular double bill!
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7/13/2013 - 9:30PM

PRESENTED BY HEAVY MIDNITES

It’s time to get totally tubular with our favorite turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo. Aside from a blissful mutual affection for nunchucks and sewer grates, we’ve got something else in common with the world’s most fearless fighting teens — for the heroes in a half-shell share our insatiable love for the food of the gods: PIZZA! Prepare to get blazingly radical with two big-screen slices of ‘90s nostalgia, plus a nearly endless celebration of our favorite food group.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES – 9:30pm
By 1990, the legend of these subterranean vigilantes could no longer be contained in comic books, cartoon shows or action figures. These masked crime fighters were headed for the big screen to kick some serious butt, in turtle suits designed by the magicians at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. When four sewer-discarded turtles are exposed to a mysterious mutagen, they grow into lean, green, pizza-eating machines, tutored in the ancient art of Ninjitsu and set loose on the mean streets of New York City. Partnering with news reporter/fashion icon April O’Neil and badass Casey Jones (Atom Egoyan favorite Elias Koteas!), our lovable heroes must stop a city-wide crime wave to rescue their mentor from the evil grasps of the villainous Master Shredder and his lethal Foot Clan.
Dir. Steve Barron, 1990, 35mm, 93 min.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE – approx. 11:30pm
Go ninja, go ninja, go! The pepperoni-scarfing foursome returns in an even more pizza-obsessed adventure — and this time they’re after the glowing canister that started it all. Aided by their bodacious new bud Keno (Surf Ninjas’ Ernie Reyes, Jr.), the turtles must dive into action to defeat the evil Shredder and his devious Foot Clan once and for all. Powered by a pulse-pounding soundtrack (preaching world peace, staying in school, environmentalism and other hot-button subjects of the era), the green guys are coming out of their shells, cracking heads while cranking up the comedic banter (and their dance moves) as the film quickly propels our heroes to an all-out battle for mutant supremacy. Prepare to be shell-shocked; this is the one with Vanilla Ice freestyling his classic Ninja Rap!
Dir. Michael Pressman, 1991, 88 min.

This Is America, Part II

A cornucopia of mondo madness!
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7/6/2013 - 11PM

Next to our Halloween party blowouts and The Five Minutes Game, a smashing annual Cinefamily tradition’s always been our mind-altering Fourth-of-July show of This Is America aka Jabberwalk aka Crazy Ridiculous American People (turn that one into an acronym for a cheap giggle.) It’s the ‘70s Italian mondo shockumentary that holds a skewered funhouse mirror up to our own homegrown culture, and gleefully transmits the message that the most powerful nation on Earth is chock-full of dildo factories, cocaine churches, drive-in prayer sessions and a tidal wave of firearms — basically a barely heightened version of our true selves. Now, we uncover a brand-new monster tradition: the freakazoid, bigger-better-and-even-more-brainboiling 1980 sequel This Is America, Part II! Operating on a darker, more ambitious scale, Part II gives us the best quasi-documentary portraits of a cracked America money can buy: bonkers stuff like subterranean NYC vermin eaters, a topless car wash disco jam, morbidly obese SoCal superheroes, vicious bounty hunters with a disdain for rock gig posters, and the outrageous San Francisco mayoral campaign of The Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra. Seriously, this thing’s a fucking hoot.
Dir. Romano Vanderbes, 1980, 35mm, 102 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s origina trailer for “This is America: Part II!”

Watch a segment on Jello Biafra’s 1980 San Francisco mayoral campaign (feat. The Dead Kennedys!)
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Lost & Found Film Club: 4TH OF JULY POTLUCK BBQ!

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7/4/2013 - 2PM

We’ll supply the grill and some classic foodstuffs — plus IT’S A POTLUCK, so bring some grillables! Impress us!

Join us as we fire up the BBQ on our patio for a potluck and screen a proudly patriotic marathon of 16mm short films like it’s our national duty. Lost & Found Film Club, our monthly showcase of ephemeral, industrial, and educational 16mm films, is honored to salute some of the things that make this country great: Burgers? Check. Sparklers? Check. Amber waves of film grain from sea to shining sea? Double check. This Lost And Found program will cover such uniquely American themes as: Hawaiian vacations, used car salesmen, college drinking, and our national anthem — plus animation, children’s films, advertisements, documentaries & experiments. And, in true democratic fashion, we’ll have the audience vote to select a film that even we haven’t seen for viewing. This show promises more fun than the Indoor Plumbing Act of 1953 at a better bargain than the Louisiana Purchase. Come see what slipped through the splices and wound up in the Cinefamily’s 4th of July “LOST & FOUND!”

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Lost & Found Film Club: 4th Of July Potluck BBQ”!