Special Events-November 2015

Hollywood Families: Woodrow Parfrey, Character Actor and Dad, Presented By Adam Parfrey

11/28/2015 - 6PM

Beyond the red carpet, Hollywood for decades has been a working town full of families, and children of Hollywood see a side of that world that few others ever glimpse. This Thanksgiving weekend, Cinefamily celebrates this tradition of entertainment families with rare film and TV clips, photographs, home movies, and reminiscences of one distinguished Hollywood dad, Woodrow Parfrey, as presented by his son, book publisher Adam Parfrey.

Woodrow Parfrey was one of the most recognizable and distinctive character actors of the ’60s and ’70s—and a devoted dad to four kids. He played Dr. Maximus in Planet of the Apes, Clusiot in Papillon, and was in dozens of television shows and movies where he would often play decidedly odd or eccentric characters. After being liberated from a WWII prison camp, Woodrow met his future wife Rosa Ellovich at NY’s New School, where he studied with Rod Steiger, Beatrice Arthur, and Tony Curtis and appeared on many stage productions, noir movies, and classic early television shows. In 1962, Woody followed the film industry to the West Coast, where he had a prolific career, most notably directed by friends Don Siegel, Frank Schaffner, Fielder Cook and Clint Eastwood. Come join us as Adam Parfrey shares the better and stranger aspects of living with his character actor father, and in turn presents a highly personalized alternative history of Hollywood and emerging television.

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

LOCATION: Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, 90036.

All of our donating 1-year “Black Card” members get priority entry to our free shows at the Silent Movie Theater location. Donating for a Cinefamily membership is the perfect way to both support the theater, and to gain access to the early-entry line.

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Black Friday Free Screening of Krampus! (w/ Dir. Michael Dougherty in person!)

11/27/2015 - 4PM

Opens in theatres everywhere Dec. 3rd!

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Dir. Michael Dougherty, 2015, DCP, 98 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.

LOCATION: Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, 90036.

All of our donating 1-year “Black Card” members get priority entry to our free shows at the Silent Movie Theater location. Donating for a Cinefamily membership is the perfect way to both support the theater, and to gain access to the early-entry line.

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The Right & Left Brains of Casey Jane's

11/25/2015 - 10PM

Co-presented by BB Dakota

Live Set from Dj Ana Calderon

Followed by a Q&A moderated by Brittani Nichols!

“I’M SMART, COOL, NICE—I DON’T NEED TO BE HERE” declares one of Casey Jane’s “brains”—two angel-and-devil-over-the-shoulder style personalities—when she gets fired in the first episode of The Right and Left Brains of Casey Jane’s, a new “branded content sitcom” for BB Dakota. Casey Jane Ellison—“the thinking person’s artist-comedian” (LA Times)—is already known for her performative comedienne / artist persona, honed in What the F*ashion (“a ready-to-watch fashion-themed spin off of her own life” for VFiles) and Touching the Art, a series of chats with female art world luminaries, in which a deadpan Ellison hurls absurd questions at her famed and respected panelists, only to cut them off with her own confessional responses. Bringing to mind the mind-boggling hyper-realities of video artist Ryan Trecartin (a clear influencer, and co-curator of “Surround Audience,” the New Museum Triennial which included Touching the Art) and trend forecasting collective K-HOLE, Ellison’s project with BB Dakota is a new kind of self-aware and hyperbolic “advertising,” and the first “branded content sitcom.” Join Cinefamily, Casey Jane Ellison, and BB Dakota for a screening of all 6 episodes!

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

LOCATION: Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, 90036.

All of our donating 1-year “Black Card” members get priority entry to our free shows at the Silent Movie Theater location. Donating for a Cinefamily membership is the perfect way to both support the theater, and to gain access to the early-entry line.

Watch the trailer!

Horizontal Collaboration and Voluptuous Panic: The Sex Culture of Vichy France and Weimar Germany (w/ Rare Film Clips and Original Weimar Era Art Exhibition!)

11/24/2015 - 7:30PM

In celebration of the new Feral House book Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World of Paris 1920-1946, companion to the notorious pictorial classic Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Germany, mad professor and author Mel Gordon will take us on a tour of forbidden thrills, via extremely rare films and imagery from Weimar Germany and Paris, the city of pleasure, prior to and during German occupation during World War II.

After the Armistice, Paris competed with Berlin for hard-partying tourists. Here, sex-as-theatre was a greater draw and lasted well until the German Occupation. Included are color film clips of nude dancers from the Casino de Paris (1927), a Black Mass performed in a Parisian brothel (1928); scenes from the Lido nightclub (1932), color 1927 footage from Parisian music halls (30 mins), a virtually unseen 1932 “documentary,” This Nude World, created to be shown at American carnivals exploring nudity in Paris and Germany. Included in the lecture are film clips from lost films of the Weimar era, including Erik Jan Hanussen’s Hypnosis (1919), a melodrama about sex cults, and documentary footage recording Anita Berber’s Dances of Depravity, Horror, and Ecstasy (1922) as well as Eugen Steinach’s shocking Sexual Rejuvenation Operation (1922), shot at Magnus Hirscheld’s Berlin clinic.

Join us afterwards on the back patio for pre-WWII Parisian libations as Mel signs books and view a very special pop-up exhibition with Century Guild Gallery featuring incredibly rare original Weimar-era artworks, silent film posters, cabaret costume designs and more!

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Made in Japan (followed by a live performance from Tomi Fujiyama!)

11/14/2015 - 9PM

On November 9, 1964, an unlikely performer received a standing ovation at The Grand Ole Opry: Tomi Fujiyama, a then-21-year old Japanese country singer. As the legend goes, Tomi (the first Japanese musician to grace the stage at the historic venue), performing in a lineup that included Johnny Cash, received the only standing ovation of the night. Made in Japan, narrated by Elijah Wood, tells her story, from her performance at the famed mecca of American Country Music, to her career in Japan, where country music’s popularity waned. Join Tomi and her husband, as she sets out to perform at the Grand Old Opry one last time.

After the screening, Tomi Fujiyama will perform a short live set!

Dir. Josh Bishop, 2015, DCP, 90 min.

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Rob Schrab’s Found Crap Birthday Bash!

11/13/2015 - 10PM

Cinefamily invites you to this year’s edition of Found Crap, hosted by Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program). Not only is it a night of shitty found footage and drunk commentary, but it’s also Schrab’s birthday. Come celebrate the fact that he’s one year closer to death by watching mash-ups of god-awful movies! It’s what Rob would’ve wanted.

Neil Strauss presents Bitter Moon

11/9/2015 - 8PM

Roman Polanski’s Bitter Moon—one of the great mercurial romances—retells a lurid mess of a love affair, chronicling as meet-cute turns from rapturous romance to cruel sadomasochistic games and twisted revenge plots—in short, the perfect cinematic companion to the work of Neil Strauss, journalist, reformed Lothario, and author of the notorious 2005 pick-up artists’ manual, The Game. On the occasion of the publication of Strauss’ new book The Truth, a chronicle of his new and vulnerable approach to love, Strauss will join us for a discussion of romantic relationships and Bitter Moon, one of his all-time favorite relationship movies.

On board a cruise ship to India, Oscar, a wheelchair-bound failed American author and our narrator, accosts Nigel, a stereotypically restrained Englishman, intent on regaling him with stories of his tumultuous relationship with his stunning and enigmatic French wife Mimi (played by Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner). With portions playing like soft-core porn and melodrama, Polanski takes clichés to their extremes. Maybe Oscar wants company, maybe he wants to exhibit his excessive and clichéd purple prose, or maybe it’s all a game. You might never be quite sure, but either way Bitter Moon is indulgent, gaudy, playful, darkly comic, sexy, and tongue-in-cheek as hell.

Following the film, Neil Strauss will sign copies of The Truth on the patio!

Dir. Roman Polanski, 1992, Digital Presentation, 139 min.

Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy (w/ Author Kliph Nesteroff!)

11/3/2015 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by Skylight Books

A tour of rare clips from the vaults that will change how you look at comedy. From Richard Pryor singing the blues to Don Rickles parodies of midnight cowboy and from Bill Cosby lecturing kids about drugs to Fred Willard’s comedy routine about porn theaters, this night will surprise and amuse you with the deepest, weirdest comedy cuts you ever saw. The night will close with a completely lost verite portrait from the 60s not seen in over 50 years!

Vice Magazine calls Kliph Nesteroff “The Human Encyclopedia of Comedy.” November 3rd, Kliph hosts the launch and screening party for his new book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy!

“He is the preeminent historian of modern comedy.”—Marc Maron

“What’s more, it’s a great read: I couldn’t put it down.”—Leonard Maltin

“Essential.”—John Hodgman

Plus surprise clips and books for sale!

A Tribute to Chantal Akerman: Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

11/2/2015 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by La Collectionneuse, VEGGIECLOUD, Women of Cinefamily & LA Filmforum

When Chantal Akerman, who died this past month, presented Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce-1080 Bruxelles at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975, she was only 25 (she was 24 when she directed it). The film, which chronicles a few days in the life of Dielman: a single mother and widow, played by Delphine Seyrig, is now understood to be a behemoth in the history of feminist filmmaking.

Brilliantly adopting the meditative long-takes of structuralist cinema found in the experimental, non-narrative works of directors such as Michael Snow, Akerman uses these techniques to examine the alienation of our housewife protagonist. In stunning wide shots and real time, we observe the repetitive choreographies of Jeanne’s life: peeling potatoes, sponging her body, turning tricks in the afternoon. But all that remains unvoiced cannot be outrun, and her perfectly executed daily routines start to falter. The timing falls off. A coil starts to glow.

Deliberate and frugal, but also symphonic, Jeanne Dielman was made by a young woman but with all the gravity of an examined life, and raised many of the questions that remain prescient about the female voice, concealed labor, and the nature of care.

In light of Akerman’s recent passing, the film seems imbued with symmetry; the numbered hours in Jeanne’s day (never enough) echoes the finite works in an artist’s’ life, and Jeanne’s quiet domestic rebellion predicts Akerman’s own cinematic one—an expansive, unflinching approach to the medium that would remain persistent throughout her work.

Chantal Akerman (1950-2015).

Dir. Chantal Akerman, 1975, 35mm, 201 min.

The Journey of Natty Gann (w/ Meredith Salenger, Dir. Jeremy Kagan, Screenwriter Jeanne Rosenberg, Producer Mike Lobell, Costume Designer Albert Wolsky, Actors Lainie Kazan & Ray Wise in person!)

11/1/2015 - 7PM

Spunky, plucky, and full of moxie—no, we’re not describing a Depression-era American Girl doll, but the undeniably charismatic titular heroine of The Journey of Natty Gann, a gem from the famed and now beloved Disney “dark years.” We follow our tough girl protagonist—a newsie cap-clad train-hopping raggamuffin—as she travels the well worn path to the American west in pursuit of her father, a rugged midwestern lumberjack, played by a pre-Twin Peaks Ray Wise (his midwestern stolid handsomeness uncorrupted by Lynch’s perversions).

Natty is independent and resourceful, basking in the American landscape all alone save for a wild Wolf companion and a dreamy and baby-face young John Cusack as a sort of fast-and-loose fairy godmother she picks up along the way. It’s an an artifact from the treasured old world of children’s movies–a time when PG meant something slightly different, stories were darker and grittier, and cinematic portraits of childhood complex, subtle, and true to life If you never seen any of these “lost” Disney films, you can’t miss this one, which will feature star Meredith Salenger and a whole host of Cast & Crew members in person!

Dir. Jeremy Kagan, 1985, DCP, 101 min.

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