The 3rd Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival

Featuring live appearances by Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Pardo, Doug Benson, Jeff Garlin, Andy Kindler and T.J. Miller!

 

 

BUY TICKETS ($12/free for members. Showtimes subject to change. More shows TBA):
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Thursday, May 1st, 7:30pm: Boogie Nights (hosted by Doug Benson!)
Friday, May 2nd, 7:30pm: The Dead Zone (hosted by Kathy Griffin!)
Friday, May 2nd, 10:30pm: Manhattan (hosted by Andy Kindler!)
Saturday, May 3rd, 7:30pm: The Bank Dick (hosted by T.J. Miller!)
Saturday, May 3rd, 10:15pm: Airplane! (hosted by Jimmy Pardo!)
Sunday, May 4th, 7:30pm: Sweet Smell of Success (hosted by Jeff Garlin)

 

Wayne Federman is a “That Guy”; we are subconsciously familiar with his face, burned into the vacuum tubes of our minds like an errant screensaver. Although his name may not be as familiar, trolling the communal id will reveal his patented one-scene “Federman-and-outs” in a slew of high-profile films: Legally Blonde, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People, Step Brothers, 50 First Dates — plus substantial arcs in shows like X-Files. The Larry Sanders Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm. So when Wayne came to us with the novel idea for a film festival of repertory films curated by stand-up comedians — we were interested. When Wayne explained that the comedians would not only select films that were personally inspiring and influential to them, but would also intro the film, perform, and participate in a post-screening Q&A, we did what any right-thinking movie theater should do — we said YES. NOTE: Films and performers are subject to change…and, stay tuned for surprise special guests throughout the fest!

 

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for The 3rd Annual Wayne Federman Int’l Film Festival!

 

Now in its third year, the fest continues to grow — check out the list of past presenters and their films:

 

2012
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Garry Shandling – The King of Comedy (1982)
Andy Kindler – Modern Romance (1981)
Kevin Pollak – The In-Laws (1979)
Paul F. Tompkins – Topsy Turvy (1999)
Margaret Cho – Darling (1965)

2013
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Sarah Silverman – Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Nick Kroll – Raising Arizona (1987)
Bill Burr – The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Aziz Anzari – Back to The Future (1985)
Dana Gould – Dr. Strangelove, or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb (1964)
The Sklar Brothers – Breaking Away (1979)

 

Sweet Smell of Success (presented by Jeff Garlin!)

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5/4/2014 - 7:30PM

We know why Jeff Garlin picked Sweet Smell of Success — because he’s a highly intelligent dude. This is one of the most deliciously dark tales to emerge from post-war Hollywood, it hasn’t lost any of its acidic, satirical bite, and it’s got tremendous, unforgettable dual leads from Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. Sweet Smell is the kind of film that, back when some of our programming staff were video store clerks, we would constantly recommend, as its sizzling energy and emotional whallop cuts across many lines of taste and genre. Lancaster is the iconic J. J. Hunsecker, an unscrupulous and wildly powerful newspaper columnist who aims to eliminate his sister’s affair with a lowly jazz musician. Enter Curtis, an obsequious PR agent who’ll do anything to get in Hunsecker’s favor, including complying with his wish to have the jazzbo disappear from the scene… “Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue from a brilliantly structured script by Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets, and noir-ish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, Sweet Smell of Success is a cracklingly cruel dispatch form the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan.” (Criterion Collection)
Dir. Alexander Mackendrick, 1957, DCP, 96 min.

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Airplane! (hosted by Jimmy Pardo, co-director David Zucker in person!))

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5/3/2014 - 10:15PM

Co-writer/director David Zucker in person, WOW! Jimmy Pardo (host of the Never Not Funny podcast) is known across the stand-up universe for his blistering crowd work, and his machine-gun ability to crack wise on his feet. What better film pick from him than one of the most quick-draw spoofs ever conceived? 35 years on, this landmark Gatling Gun of jokes still remains a gold standard for fast-paced, totally loony, refreshingly absurd film comedy. If ever there was a film that was built for repeat viewings, Airplane!’s it; not a single shot in the entire film whizzes by without at least one gag poking its zany head into frame. And the fact that such a huge number of those gags land is a miracle, for not since the Marx Brothers had this much high-pitched exuberant insanity been so finely tuned and well-crafted. A significant percentage of Airplane!’s memorable lines have instituted themselves permanently as Cinefamily office in-jokes, so you can bet the farm that all of our programming staff will be front-and-center for this one, somehow finding time in-between giggle fits to silently mouth its dialogue while elbowing each other in the ribs.
Dirs. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker, 1980, 35mm, 87 min.

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The Bank Dick (hosted by T.J. Miller!)

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5/3/2014 - 7:30PM

We were thrilled when “successful alcoholic” T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) picked W.C. Fields’ 1940 classic The Bank Dick as one of his favorites, for here’s a funnyman who knows the power of the slightly slurred punchline. Distilling Fields’ essence into a perfect cocktail of jovial, snarky inebriation and virtual Popeye cartoons come to life, The Bank Dick finds one of film comedy’s greatest personas gleefully scowling his way through the sort of role that put him on the map. Fields plays Egbert Sousé(!), a security guard and occasional film director impersonator, who must deflect the constant harping of incorrigible loved ones while stumbling in the direction of his two true loves: liquor, and euphemisms for it. His missteps culminate in the type of epic car-chase that today would probably just be called a DUI, but in Fields’ shaky hands are merely Delightful Under the Influence. If you’re still not sold on this gonzo piece of actual drunk history, consider the point where Egbert teeters on a barstool and mutters to a capped bottle of whiskey, “Take off your hat in the presence of a gentleman.”
Dir. Edward F. Cline, 1940, 35mm, 72 min.

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Manhattan (hosted by Andy Kindler!)

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5/2/2014 - 10:30PM

Every summer, Andy Kindler presents his much-anticipated “State of the Industry” address at the Montreal “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival. It is from these legendary “bite the hand that feeds you” take-downs of show business that Andy gained his reputation as the “comedian’s comedian.” We’re lucky to grab Andy from his busy touring schedule to get his take on Woody Allen’s love letter to NYC, Manhattan. “The first, and boldest, of Allen’s choices is Gordon Willis’s beautiful B&W cinematography — you can sense how much Allen and Willis care about every shot, every frame, every moment. Earlier in his career, the films Allen was praised for (Love and Death, Annie Hall) weren’t lauded as much for Allen’s confident direction as for his original and honest writing, but with Manhattan he achieved both. Added to Manhattan’s striking style is a wonderful story that’s both broadly comedic and emotionally sophisticated. His hero, Isaac, may just be another version of Allen’s neurotic, Jewish cinematic persona, but it’s the best, most fully realized and human version.” (Alamo Drafthouse)
Dir. Woody Allen, 1979, 35mm, 96 min.

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The Dead Zone (presented by Kathy Griffin!)

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5/2/2014 - 7:30PM

Uh, yes, you heard right. The Emmy- and Grammy-winning queen of ribald comedy glamour Kathy Griffin lists David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone as one of her favorite films. To quote Kathy’s own Twitter: “I’ve watched it countless times.” And why not; it’s one of the best Stephen King adaptations still yet committed to film, centering around a magnificent lead performance by Christopher Walken, one that rivals the sheer tension of his work in The Deer Hunter. Walken’s a schoolteacher-turned-psychic who, after he starts displaying the ability to solve murders through paranormal means, is driven to assassinate caustic Presidential candidate Martin Sheen (who’s equally brilliant in his oily, snake-like supporting turn) before Sheen wins, and enacts global nuclear war. We seriously cannot wait to hear Kathy’s take on this gem in the Cronenberg canon.
Dir. David Cronenberg, 1983, 35mm, 103 min. (Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

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Boogie Nights (presented by Doug Benson!)

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5/1/2014 - 7:30PM

A rare treat: Doug Benson re-enters the Cinefamily arena not to Interrupt, but to present! It’s one of the ultimate L.A. movies, introduced by one of the ultimate laid-back comedians working today. Southland native Paul Thomas Anderson (and his ace cinematographer Robert Elswit) knew exactly how to capture the sun-baked hues that blanket the San Fernando Valley — and as the film’s tightly-woven ensemble cast weaves in and out of all the increasingly absurd, tragic and delirious events, Anderson’s camera eye pirouettes through an impressive bank of whip pans, dolly dances and Steadicam shuffles. It all visually adds up to the kind of perma-stoned bliss that Benson is (cough) quite familiar with. Plus — Don Cheadle, Burt Reynolds, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Luis Guzmán, Philip Baker Hall, Alfred Molina, Ricky Jay, Mark Wahlberg and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman?! C’MON!
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997, 35mm, 155 min.

NOTE: our screening of Boogie Nights is not a Doug Benson Movie Interruption of the film.

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