Special Events-May 2012

From Lovecraft to Stagecraft: Stuart Gordon on "Re-Animator: The Musical" (feat. "Re-Animator"!)

Stuart Gordon in person!
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5/29/2012 - 8PM

Re-Animator is a masterpiece of gruesome SFX and comedy — but what makes it truly special is its added grand guignol mixture of melodrama, larger-than-life tragedy, and rock-solid scenery-chewing performances — all signposts of a director with a strong theater background. It may then come as little surprise to those interested in Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon to find that his CV is filled with avant-garde ‘60s theatre experiments, and a fifteen-year tenure as the artistic director of the Chicago-based Organic Theater. Adapting into a stage musical his own film adaptation of Lovecraft’s horror tale (about a deranged medical student who can bring the dead back to life) makes its own sick sense, and the results are a blast — one true to the joys of the now-classic film, but with the heightened absurdity of singing dead cats, and gore that’s so live that the audience needs a splash shield! Cinefamily is happy to have Gordon, as well as cast members from the play, in person to discuss the ins and outs of transplanting Re-Animator to the stage, and how one can best add music to a zombie cat scene. Our evening’s panel concludes with a feature film screening of 1985’s Re-Animator! Re-Animator: The Musical runs through Sunday, June 3rd at The Hayworth Theatre. Don’t miss it!
Re-Animator Dir. Stuart Gordon, 1985, 35mm, 86 min.

Watch the trailer for “Re-Animator”!
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The Five Minutes Game: Memorial Day 2012 Edition!

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5/28/2012 - 6PM

Summer’s around the corner, and you know how we here at the Cinefamily love two things in tandem: busting out the patio grill, and The Five Minutes Game. What’s all this about a game, you ask? We’re firm believers in “Every movie is interesting for at least its first five minutes”, those fascinating moments when you’re still entering the new world a film presents you, and trying to figure out what the hell’s going on. What we’re gonna do is choose fifteen movies you’ve likely never seen before (with most, if not all the films unavailable on DVD), line ‘em up, and only show you the first five minutes of each, not counting their opening credits. After all that, you, the audience, gets to vote on which film out of the fifteen we all then watch in its entirety. So, bring something to cook on our grill, and let’s get started!

6-7:30PM – The Five Minutes Game!
7:30-9PM – we tally the votes and BBQ on the patio!
9-11PM – we watch the winning film!

A Tribute to Adam Yauch (FREE SHOW feat. "Awesome; I F**kin' Shot That!")

Free tribute show!
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5/27/2012 - 8PM

This month, we were all sideswiped by the passing of Adam Yauch, known and loved around the world as “MCA”: the socially conscious Beastie Boy with the gravel voice, who championed for womens’ rights and Tibetan freedom. But to us here at Cinefamily, he was also beloved as a film-lover and filmmaker as well. Yauch’s production/distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories has represented the kind of open-minded and unpretentious celebration of creative vitality that we always want to support — from releasing works by current masters like Lynne Ramsay and Kelly Reichardt, to classic artists such as Jules Dassin and Nicholas Ray. As well, there’s always been something extra-cinematic about the Beastie Boys, due in no small part to Yauch having directed the bulk of their videography under his pseudonym “Nathanial Hörnblowér” — and it’s no surprise that their vibrant, wild and playful music videos were the first to ever be given a Criterion Collection DVD release. Add to this the several shorts and two feature films Yauch also helmed, and it’s clear to see that he was as passionate about film as he was about beats, rhymes and breaks. Tonight we celebrate his life, work and legacy with a selection of clip rarities, music videos, shorts and a screening of his 2006, audience-shot Beasties concert film Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!

Watch the trailer for “Awesome; I F**kin’ Shot That!”
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A Tribute to Maurice Sendak (FREE SHOW)

A celebration of children's lit's greatest wild child!
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5/24/2012 - 8PM

Ever so rarely we are graced with a voice of uncompromising imagination, a purveyor of whimsy who draws no lines of demarcation between child and adult – who simply creates, leaving behind enduring works that are equally enjoyed by children and adults alike. On May 8th we lost one of these rare, loud voices with the passing of Maurice Sendak, a shared hero of the Cinefamily and a man whose work “brought a new dimension to the American children’s book and…helped to change how people visualize childhood” (The New York Times). Whether by way of au naturelle turned dough-dressed darling Mickey’s adventures in the phantasmagoric night kitchen, neighborhood vamp Rosie’s brownstone stoop stage theatrics, the baby thieving goblins of Outside, Over There (which provided inspiration for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth), or the 10 sentence-short-but-lifetime-loved rumpus of hairy monsters and one wannabe feral child that is Where The Wild Things Are, Sendak’s wholly singular creations have left indelible marks on all of us. Tonight we celebrate his life and legacy through clips, vintage animated adaptations, the Spike Jonze produced live-action/puppet short Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More To Life (featuring the voice talents of Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker), and the compelling, intimate Lance Bangs and Jonze helmed documentary Tell Them Anything You Want. Join us – and let the wild rumpus start!

Watch our original trailer for “A Tribute to Maurice Sendak”!

"The Eric Andre Show" Season One sneak preview (Eric Andre in person!)

Eric, Hannibal & crew in person!
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5/14/2012 - 7:30PM
Co-presented by Adult Swim

Fans of Space Ghost: Coast To Coast and Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, it’s time to get excited — The Eric Andre Show is the brand-new slab of total talk show madness to hit Adult Swim! This brand-new anarchic kid on the (programming) block, hosted by Andre (co-star of Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23) and partner-in-crime Hannibal Buress (writer on both SNL and 30 Rock), takes the form of a dingy late-night public-access chat program within an alternate reality. Amongst the stragneness, it creates its own distorted pop culture universe by conducting interviews with an unpredictable mix of actual celebrities, ‘fake’ celebrities and extreme real-life weirdos. Join us for a sneak preview of some upcoming Eric Andre Show episodes, plus a panel discussion/Q&A with Eric, Hannibal Buress, directors Andrew Barchilon & Kitao Sakurai, and producer Daniel Weidenfeld!

if you’re unable to make it out to our event, “The Eric Andre Show” premieres on Adult Swim on May 20th!

Watch the trailer for “The Eric Andre Show: Season One Sneak Preview”!
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La Vampire Nue (Re-Vamped Re-Mix, world premiere live score by Demdike Stare!) + Daughters of Darkness

World premiere of new live score!
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5/7/2012 - 8PM
Co-presented by B-Music/Finders Keepers Records and Mount Analog

British duo of darkness Demdike Stare creeps upon the Cinefamily for the world premiere of their doomy, occult-laden ghost-ambient score to of one of the most visually stunning erotic horror films ever! Single-handedly crafting a new genre, Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker are the purveyors of the “hauntology” aesthetic: the dual planes of desert gothtronics as the backdrop for a witches’ cult ritual dance deep in the El Topian wasteland — and the exotic, balmy and grotesque industrial-scapes born out of the duo’s Lancashire background. Tonight, Demdike Stare (named after a famous Pendle witch) re-vamp and re-craft their asymmetrical dub-isms to a special streamlined version of La Vampire Nue, Jean Rollin’s surrealistic 1970 classic of beguiling bloodthirtsy babes and fantastical phantasms! After the break, it’s a 35mm repertory screening of the highly-stylized 1971 Euro-vamp cult classic Daughters of Darkness. Pure licentious macabre develops out of the familiar story of a newlywed couple arriving at a abandoned gothic hotel for a short spell, only to descend into a world of sadism, obsession, sex, death, and of course — vampires! DJs Wesley Eisold (of Cold Cave) and Becka Diamond will be here to spin tunes before and after the films!
“La Vampire Nue”: Re-Vamped Re-Mix Dir. Jean Rollin, 1971, digital presentation, 50 min.
Daughters of Darkness Dir. Harry Kumel, 1971, 35mm, 87 min.

Watch the Demdike Stare video “Forest Of Evil (Dawn)”!
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Watch the trailer for the original version of “La Vampire Nue”!
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Watch the trailer for “Daughters of Darkness”!
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HFS: That's Mexploitation! (feat. La Vengaza de los Punks)

A mondo Mexploitation menudo of madness!
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5/5/2012 - 10PM

Mommy, what’s a HFS night? Well, HFS nights are Cinefamily’s monthly signature screening series of the wildest and weirdest cinematic wonders of the world that can blow your mind and put a smile on your face, may or may not be hazardous to your health, renew or destroy your faith in humanity, but just might change your life. We promise. Each night opens with a homemade long-form video montage of found-footage madness and brain-boiling nuggets focused on the subject at hand.

To modify what our Mexican mamasitas told us about a good man, a real HFS movie should be ¡feo, fuerte…y febril! Ugly… strong….and….feverish! For pure brute in-your-face shameless emotional catharsis, nothing will satisfy your needs for mustachioed melodrama and spitfire sensuality like a good Mexploitation movie. So for Cinco De Mayo, your HFS tour guides are gonna take you on a tour of a world full of machine guns and machismo, brujas and barbarians, nitwit nacos and spicy señoritas. After serving up clips the wildest, weirdest movies from the bottom of the barrio, we bring you la flor y nata: LA VENGANZA DE LOS PUNKS! This post-Road Warrior mis-rendering of “punk” subculture is a violent, crazed clownshow of multi-colored Afro attitude and Viking casual wear — complete with quasi-Satanic ceremonies led by real-life Mexican wrestler El Fantasma (donning a rainbow sherbert KKK hood, and accompanied by naked Frazetta femme dancers.) After these punk escoria rape and machine-gun the wrong quinceañera, a Hispanic Charles Bronson lookalike goes on a vengeance streak that outdoes Death Wish 3 for the innovativeness of his kills. Don’t miss this mondo Mexploitation menudo of madness — IT’S MANDATORY!
La Venganza de los Punks Dir. Damián Acosta Esparza, 1987, digital presentation, 90 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “La Vengaza de los Punks”!

CINEFAMILY DE MAYO Pinata Party (feat. Aventurera, The Three Caballeros & HFS: That's Mexploitation!)

Pinata party & triple feature!
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5/5/2012 - 3:30PM

FINAL SCHEDULE:
3:30pm – Doors/Patio Party
5:30pm-ish – Aventurera
7:30pm – Pinata Party, Phase I
8:30pm – Disney’s The Three Caballeros
9:45pm – Pinata Party, Phase II
10:30pm-ish – HFS: That’s Mexploitation (feat. La Venganza de los Punks!)

¡Hola, Cinefamilia! Like a kid with divorced parents that gets to celebrate his birthday twice, our varied Angeleno heritage means we get not one, but two jingoistic/patriotic nationalist BBQ blowouts per year! Who needs to wait for 4th of July to party — it’s Cinco De Mayo, so vamanos, amigos! For us here at the Cinefamily, it means a great reason for a Mexican movie marathon full of musicals, melodramas, merriment, machine guns and margaritas. ¡Enchiladas y entertainment! ¡Cervezas y cinema! ¡Piñatas y películas! Oh, and a mariachi band, too. Come spend the sunny dia (and starry noche) with our full-force fiesta of films. ¡Odalé, compadres!

AVENTURERA
First in our fiesta is a fantastic introduction to the joys of 50s Mexican cinema, and the Rumbera film genre: a hothouse hybrid of film noir, “woman’s pictures”, soap opera, and Hollywood B-musical — with stories centered on female cabaret performers, and the trials and tribulations these sexy spitfires go through. Aventurera is one of the most infamous and stellar examples of the genre we could find — an overheated and outrageous marvel of melodrama from Mexico’s golden age of cinema. It’s like watching an entire telenovela, telescoped down to its most fast-paced twists, shot B&W in classic Hollywood style, and with added Latina burlesque numbers. Starring world-famous rumba dancer Ninón Sevilla (one of the five “Tropical queens of the Rumbera” and described by Variety as a cross between Rita Wayworth and Carmen Miranda), Aventurera is a major rediscovery, and is sure to knock your zapatos off! Our screening of Aventurera comes from an archival 35mm print flown in all the way from Mexico!
Dir. Alberto Gout, 1950, 35mm, 101 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of Filmoteca CINE UNAM)

THE THREE CABALLEROS
“A giddy animators’ showcase about birthday boy Donald Duck running amok in Mexico with feathered friends José Carioca and Panchito. Caballeros boasts a breezy, exhilarating lightness and a refreshing undercurrent of perversity. Donald Duck spends much of the film leering at live-action beauties in ways that would make Tex Avery’s Big Bad Wolf blush, Panchito is a sombrero-wearing, pistol-toting maniac, and the film is graced by some of the trippiest, most casually psychedelic animation this side of Fantasia. Freed from having to convey ideas more involved than ‘Donald Duck goofs around in tropical locales with his new buddies,’ the animators let their imaginations run wild, plunging into delirious abstraction, kaleidoscopic compositions, and charmingly primitive stabs at integrating animation and live-action. It’s a holiday of a movie animated by a sense of fun and frivolity that is blissfully universal. Seldom has Disney’s unofficial status as America’s foremost goodwill ambassador felt more official or justified.” — Nathan Rabin, A/V Club
Dir. Norman Ferguson, 1944, 35mm, 72 min.

THAT’S MEXPLOITATION (FEAT. LA VENGANZA DE LOS PUNKS)
Mommy, what’s a HFS night? Well, HFS nights are Cinefamily’s monthly signature screening series of the wildest and weirdest cinematic wonders of the world that can blow your mind and put a smile on your face, may or may not be hazardous to your health, renew or destroy your faith in humanity, but just might change your life. We promise. Each night opens with a homemade long-form video montage of found-footage madness and brain-boiling nuggets focused on the subject at hand.

To modify what our Mexican mamasitas told us about a good man, a real HFS movie should be ¡feo, fuerte…y febril! Ugly… strong….and….feverish! For pure brute in-your-face shameless emotional catharsis, nothing will satisfy your needs for mustachioed melodrama and spitfire sensuality like a good Mexploitation movie. So for Cinco De Mayo, your HFS tour guides are gonna take you on a tour of a world full of machine guns and machismo, brujas and barbarians, nitwit nacos and spicy señoritas. After serving up clips the wildest, weirdest movies from the bottom of the barrio, we bring you la flor y nata: LA VENGANZA DE LOS PUNKS! This post-Road Warrior mis-rendering of “punk” subculture is a violent, crazed clownshow of multi-colored Afro attitude and Viking casual wear — complete with quasi-Satanic ceremonies led by real-life Mexican wrestler El Fantasma (donning a rainbow sherbert KKK hood, and accompanied by naked Frazetta femme dancers.) After these punk escoria rape and machine-gun the wrong quinceañera, a Hispanic Charles Bronson lookalike goes on a vengeance streak that outdoes Death Wish 3 for the innovativeness of his kills. Don’t miss this mondo Mexploitation menudo of madness — IT’S MANDATORY!
La Venganza de los Punks Dir. Damián Acosta Esparza, 1987, digital presentation, 90 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Cinefamily de Mayo”!

Watch the trailer for “The Three Caballeros”!
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Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “La Vengaza de los Punks”!

Numbers, Patterns, and Shapes: Later Abstractions of the 1960s and 1970s

Pioneering abstracted animation & optical printing!
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5/3/2012 - 7:30PM
Co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum

Alternative Projections’ previous Spielberg Theater show of Early Abstractions (from the 1940s and 1950s) presented an evolution of filmic imagery, spanning from the heady terrain of long-ago abstracted sculptural shapes to the early images created by animation and optical printer. In this sequel show, at Cinefamily we continue the survey with a peek into the classic ‘60s/’70s era. As in the earlier show, John and James Whitney continue as key figures, but working separately. John Whitney’s 1967 Experiments in Motion Graphics introduces the possibilities of computer animations, the classic films 7362 by Pat O’Neill and Kitsch in Synch by Adam Beckett reveal some of the unbelievable possibilities of optical printer work, Jules Engel’s Train Landscape uses traditional animation, and Michael Scroggins works with pioneering video manipulation!

Lineup of films (subject to change):
- Experiments in Motion Graphics: In this film, Whitney explains the elaborate processes involved in programming and animating his abstract computer-animated designs, particularly those used in the production of his film Permutations. (John Whitney, 1967, 16mm, color, sound, 12 min. Restored print from the Academy Film Archive)
- Matrix III One of John Whitney’s late masterworks, this restrained, powerful computer animation piece is set to Terry Riley’s ‘Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band’, from his album “A Rainbow in Curved Air”. (John Whitney, 1972, 16mm, color, 10 min.)
- 7362: The most highly acclaimed psychedelic abstract film since LAPIS. A combination of innumerable optical techniques, this film hints at the schizophrenic conditions of our 20th Century mechanical-conformist society, using, in part, Rorschach tests in motion and schizoid distortions of the nude female form. (Pat O’Neill, 1967, 16mm, color, sound, 11 min.)
- Kitsch in Synch: This is an abstract animation that seems to get laughs. The soundtrack is why, mainly; it sounds like a large group of demented ducks enthusiastically and persistently seeking oneness with the all, via energetic chanting. BUBUBABU!!! The imagery is elaborate, brightly colored, and every single damned beat in the soundtrack has its own little bump.” — Canyon Cinema. (Adam Beckett, 1975, 16mm, color, sound, 5 min. Restored print from the iotaCenter/Academy Film Archive.)
- Light Traps: A dance metered between the tempo of 60 cycles per second of electrified gas and camera shutter, further wrought by manual, etched harmonics. Las Vegas in a closet.” — Film-Makers’ Cooperative (Louis Hock, 1975, 16mm, color, silent, 8 min.)
- 3/78 (Objects and Transformations): “Sixteen ‘objects’, each consisting of one hundred points of light, perform a series of precisely choreographed rhythmic transformations. Accompanied by the sound of a Shakuhachi (the Japanese bamboo flute), the film is an exercise in the visual perception of motion and mathematical structure.” – Larry Cuba (Larry Cuba, 1978, 16mm, 6 min.)
- Two Space (Larry Cuba, 1979, 16mm, B&W, sound, 8 min.)
- Train Landscape: “A passing landscape as seen through the window of a moving train — after the first minute or so, we forget the narrative as we become wholeheartedly involved with the energy of the optical statement being scrolled out before us.” – Lorettann Devlin Gascard (Jules Engel, 1974, 16mm, B&W, sound, 3 min.)
- Furies (Sara Petty 1977, 16mm & 35mm, color, sound, 3 min
- Recent Li (Michael Scroggins, 1980, NTSC, 5 min.)

Watch an excerpt from John Whitney’s “Matrix III”!
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