Special Events-July 2014

FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: James Franco's "Child of God"

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7/29/2014 - 7:30PM

“The remarkably prolific James Franco’s recent projects have addressed, in various forms, the idea of the American outsider, from the street hustlers in his My Own Private River installation, through the fetishists of Interior: Leather Bar to performative seances with visual artist Laurel Nakadate. Child of God, adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s novel, extends Franco’s ambitions into considerably more dangerous and disturbing terrain. Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) is an abandoned soul, unable to fit into the social order. As he withdraws into his own mind, he turns to violence and, ultimately, necrophilic relationships, looking for solace in a world that continually rejects him. The town sheriff, both sympathetic to and fearful of the man, slowly closes the net around him — but a mob of townfolk have ideas of their own. Franco hits an impressive new stride as a filmmaker, laying bare his characters against a beautifully textured palette of grey and beige, proposing unusual camera angles to destabilize our expectations. And as the film reaches its surprising climax, his experiments with lighting result in some of the most striking images in cinema this year.” (Noah Cowan, Toronto Int’l Film Festival)
Dir. James Franco, 2013, DCP, 104 min.

NOTE: To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

If you’re unable to join us for this sneak preview, “Child of God” opens at the Arclight on Friday, August 1st!

Watch the trailer for “Child of God”!
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We Are The Best (7/27)

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7/27/2014 - 5PM

We Are The Best has gotten pretty much everyone in our entire office excited. It’s a great film for a list of reasons, but the two main ones are: 1) in an international cinematic landscape filled with coming-of-age classics about nothing but boys (The 400 Blows, Pather Panchali, etc.), this is one of the best female-driven coming-of-age stories we’ve ever seen; 2) out of the many, many films about punk rock to hit the screen over the decades (and trust us, we’ve seen many), this is one of the very best. Filmmaker Lukas Moodysson has crafted what might be the best look into middle school-dom in recent memory, perfectly capturing how 13-year-old outcast girls would react to indifferent parents, sleepy snow-covered towns offering little to do, alcohol, parties, forming a band with no previous experience, and how to deal with each other when boys get thrown into the mix. Best of all, We Are The Best never panders to either punk or femme stereotypes, instead giving us one of the strongest groups of teenage characters since John Hughes’ heyday.
Dir. Lukas Moodysson, 2013, DCP, 102 min.

Watch the trailer for “We Are The Best”!
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Cannibal (director Manuel Martin Cuenca in person!)

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7/26/2014 - 5PM

Director Manuel Martín Cuenca in person! “Cannibalism pops up with fair regularity now; between the original and remake of We Are What We Are and the TV series Hannibal, it seems a particular kind of obsession/evil that we find interesting. At what point would you eat a human being? Only for survival? Rather than take a melodramatic, religious, or psycho-killer approach, Cannibal is a minimalist thriller, a story of love and pain, stripped of veneer and yet controlled and refined, with a incredible central performance by Antonio de la Torre. Carlos, a men’s tailor who lives a relatively isolated life in Granada, is also a cannibal, killing young, foreign women with few ties who cross his path, preparing their meat and eating, mainly alone, in his small flat. After he eats his neighbour, her sister inquires after her whereabouts. Despite himself, Carlos begins to help Nina, and a strange romance begins. The reasons behind Carlos’ gastronomic interest are never really explored; but then, do they need to be? Cannibal gives us a meditative examination of the strangeness of this particular human heart, without resorting to cheap violence, but instead presenting a meditative study in precision, pain, loneliness and redemption.” (Twitch Film)
Dir. Manuel Martín Cuenca, 2013, DCP, 116 min.

Watch the trailer for “Cannibal”!
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We Are The Best (7/20)

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7/20/2014 - 7:30PM

We Are The Best has gotten pretty much everyone in our entire office excited. It’s a great film for a list of reasons, but the two main ones are: 1) in an international cinematic landscape filled with coming-of-age classics about nothing but boys (The 400 Blows, Pather Panchali, etc.), this is one of the best female-driven coming-of-age stories we’ve ever seen; 2) out of the many, many films about punk rock to hit the screen over the decades (and trust us, we’ve seen many), this is one of the very best. Filmmaker Lukas Moodysson has crafted what might be the best look into middle school-dom in recent memory, perfectly capturing how 13-year-old outcast girls would react to indifferent parents, sleepy snow-covered towns offering little to do, alcohol, parties, forming a band with no previous experience, and how to deal with each other when boys get thrown into the mix. Best of all, We Are The Best never panders to either punk or femme stereotypes, instead giving us one of the strongest groups of teenage characters since John Hughes’ heyday.
Dir. Lukas Moodysson, 2013, DCP, 102 min.

Watch the trailer for “We Are The Best”!
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Rock 'N Roll Camp For Girls L.A. presents "We Are The Best" Party & Concert

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7/18/2014 - 8PM

Join us for a great, heartwarming night, with a screening of the recent Swedish coming-of-age smash about the youngest of punks in ‘80s Stockholm, followed by a live performance from some of the Rock ‘N Roll Camp For Girls L.A.’s latest young students. Plus, DJs Tuna and Sarah Anne will spin tunes before and after the show! The folks from our local branch of the Camp have long been a supportive presence at our annual Don’t Knock The Rock fest — and when the highly crowd-pleasing We Are The Best came along, with its tween punk girls and infectiously fun vibe, we knew we had a perfect pairing. Filmmaker Lukas Moodysson has crafted what might be the best look into middle school-dom in recent memory, perfectly capturing how 13-year-old outcast girls would react to indifferent parents, sleepy snow-covered towns offering little to do, alcohol, parties, forming a band with no previous experience, and how to deal with each other when boys get thrown into the mix. Best of all, We Are The Best never panders to either punk or femme stereotypes, instead giving us one of the strongest groups of teenage characters since John Hughes’ heyday.
We Are The Best Dir. Lukas Moodysson, 2013, DCP, 102 min.

Watch the trailer for “We Are The Best”!

A Brony BBQ ("A Brony Tale" sneak preview, toons curated by Jerry Beck!)

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7/6/2014 - 12PM

SCHEDULE
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noon-1:00pm – back patio BBQ
1:00pm – toons curated by animation historian Jerry Beck
1:30pm (approx.) – A Brony Tale, Q&A w/ filmmaker & “My Little Pony” voice artist Ashleigh Ball!

It’s a special sneak preview of the brand-new doc on the Bronies cultural phenomenon (adult fans of “My Little Pony”), along with an intimate portrait of “My Little Pony” voice artist Ashleigh Ball. As well, we’ll have a back patio BBQ where our grill will be fired up, and resident animation historian Jerry Beck presents a slate of Saturday morning toons before the feature!
A Brony Tale Dir. Brent Hodge, 2014, DCP, 79 min.

Watch the trailer for “A Brony Tale”!
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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: Land Ho! (co-director Aaron Katz in person!)

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7/5/2014 - 12PM

Last year’s revelation This Is Martin Bonner, one of our faves from Sundance 2013, taught us about Paul Eenhoorn — who, in middle age, delivered a breakthrough performance full of such mournful optimism that we were eagerly waiting to see what his next roles might bring. That next thing is finally here: Land Ho!, a bawdy road-trip comedy as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship that features another breakthrough role, one from his fiery onscreen compatriot Earl Lynn Nelson. Ex-brothers-in-law Colin and Mitch take off all the way to Iceland for a vacation, in an effort to stave off the blues — forced retirement and primal doubts are just a few of their worries, but these two old pals find solace in the simple ease of each other’s company. Watching these two charismatic and colorful characters skip from lighthouses to lighting spliffs, anyone who’s ever had reservations about traveling with septuagenarians will now think twice, for Land Ho! touches the heart, tickles the gut and gives us two lasting, adventurous performances to remember for years to come.
Dirs. Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens, 2014, DCP, 95 min.

NOTE: To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

Watch the trailer for “Land Ho”!
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Cinefamily 4th of July POTLUCK (feat. Davie Allan & The Arrows LIVE!, plus Lost & Found Film Club)

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7/4/2014 - 2PM

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

SCHEDULE
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2:00-5:00pm – Lost and Found Film Club
5:00pm – LIVE SET by Davie Allan & The Arrows
6:00pm (approx.) – Hell’s Angels Forever 35mm screening

We’d like to invite you all to the best 4th of July party since the Capitol Celebration of 1778, when George Washington gave the United States Army an artillery salute and a double ration of rum. It’s all planned out: an open door to our sweet back patio, friends, great music and that most American of BBQ traditions. First up, it’s a buffet of patriotic ephemeral film fun from the Lost & Found Film Club. Salute the shorts that make us proud to be Americans, with a hearty helping of absurdly entertaining 16mm oddities: the ladies of professional bowling, circus sideshow acts, hippies playing football, overeaters, teenagers with too much freedom, and even a film or two voted on by YOU, the democratized audience. Then, it’s a LIVE SET by surf/garage/proto-punk/psych guitar legends Davie Allan & The Arrows, who helped build the original sound of American garage rock. For the finale: a rare 35mm screening of the infamous motorcycle gang doc Hell’s Angels Forever. Abbondanza!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the 4th of July Movie Picnic!

Watch a classic clip of Davie Allan & The Arrows!
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Matmos LIVE! (plus video screening by John Wiese)

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7/2/2014 - 7:30PM

Experimental electronic duo Matmos have consistently blended adventurous, highly conceptual techniques with danceable beats and a long line of fun collaborators (like Bjork, Marina Abramovic and Robert Wilson), in a near-twenty-year run of wondrous, unique stuff. Marrying the tactics and textures of musique concrète with the rhythms of electro-pop, M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel transmogrify found sounds like that of liposuction surgery, the pages of bibles turning, a frozen stream thawing in the sun and a churning five-gallon bucket of oatmeal into catchy, intelligent grooves that stick in the craw. Tonight, Matmos make Cinefamily their L.A. tour stop, as they play music from their latest album “The Marriage of True Minds”, inspired by the weird world of telepathy — all accompanied by original video projections. Elegant, heady, kaleidoscopic stuff.

Plus, at the top of the show, it’s a program of new video works by John Wiese, who, after years of making experimental sound works performed in all corners of the known world (including the US, UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, and NZ), turns to the medium of the moving image to explore how visuals can evoke the impression of sound. John just completed a successful residency at the Echo Park Film Center, and we’re stoked to have him.

Watch Cinefamily’s original traier for “Matmos LIVE!”

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