TV Tuesdays

TV TUESDAYS: An Evening With George Schlatter, TV Comedy Pioneer (hosted by Kliph Nesteroff!)

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4/22/2014 - 7:30PM

He made stars out of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin.
He gave Lorne Michaels and Robin Williams their first gigs.
He reunited the Rat Pack.
He booked Vegas until the Mafia made it too dangerous.
He completed an Al Hirt special with a dead body in the background.
He tried to get Fidel Castro on Laugh-In.
He worked with George Carlin, Groucho Marx, Richard Pryor, Peter Sellers, Jacques Tati, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Orson Welles, Richard Nixon and many, many more…

Before Lorne Michaels or Judd Apatow, there was George Schlatter: the most powerful comedy mogul in Hollywood, a larger-than-life figure and raconteur extraordinare. Best known for creating Laugh-In, this legendary veteran’s CV is sky-high: longtime producer of Grammy telecasts and Presidential inaugurals, the creative force behind a million awesome variety specials, and a civil rights groundbreaker (he hired the first African-American director in T.V. history.) Join writer/comedy expert Kliph Nesteroff (WFMU, Grove Atlantic) as he moderates an evening of incredible showbiz stories, followed by a cliptastic celebration of George’s groundbreaking T.V. work. In the Sixties, Mr. Schlatter brought more African-American faces to the small screen than anyone else — and tonight, we screen extremely rare footage unseen in over forty years, including clips from Soul (an all-Black ‘68 Laugh-In spin-off co-starring Redd Foxx, Nipsey Russell, the Chambers Brothers and a young Gregory Hines), The New Bill Cosby Show (featuring Groucho Marx and the Quincy Jones Orchestra), and TCB (an incredible ’68 Motown special starring Diana Ross and the Temptations.)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “An Evening With George Schlatter”!

Watch an excerpt of Goldie Hawn from “Laugh-In”!
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TV TUESDAYS: I Want My EZTV (feat. "Blonde Death")

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3/25/2014 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, in conjunction with their exhibit/screening EZTV: Video Transfer

Before Cinefamily found its home in the Fairfax District’s cozy confines, another collective based around bringing a far-and-wide community together under one crazy multimedia umbrella took root in West Hollywood, just a few minutes away! Occupying a juicy nexus point between the realms of gallery video installation, filmmaking collective, cable public access station and nascent VHS label, EZTV — with an office/storefront theater seated right on Santa Monica Blvd. — was a product of the explosive creative energy emerging from L.A.’s Eighties video art scene. Its resident artists, denied access to the closed-loop worlds of both Hollywood and mainstream museums, made their own damn DIY world happen — and judging by the outfit’s treasure trove of seriously cool programming, did it quite spectacularly. Thanks to our friends at the ONE Archives (the world’s largest LGBT media archive), tonight’s slate is culled from the very best and most strange the EZTV universe has to offer, including campy music videos, out-there short films, EZTV’s own in-house trailers/promos, and a 30th Anniversary screening of the collective’s first homebrew hit: the John Waters-inspired, neo-J.D. melodrama Blonde Death, partially filmed clandestinely inside Disneyland!

BLONDE DEATH
A hyper-transgressive, shot-on-video crime rager — a “Bonnie & Clyde & Clyde” for the Reagan era, replete with endlessly quotable dialogue, a local hardcore punk soundtrack and infectious bubblegum nihilism and scenes shot under the cloak of secrecy inside the borders of Disneyland! Soon after moving to Orange County with her absent father and scheming Christian stepmother, Tammy the “teenage time-bomb” is kidnapped and led into a life of senseless violence by her two bisexual, escaped-convict companions Link and Troy. Produced for only $1,000 and rich with outrageous lines like “I’m gonna give you a scaldin’ Clorox enema!”, this truly fearless work by James Dillinger (aka playwright/novelist/anarchist James Robert Baker) was to be his only feature film before his suicide in the mid-’80s. It’s the smartest, sickest piece of New Wave cultural criticism you’ve never heard of — and it’s gonna blow the roof off your dinky dome.
Dir. James Dillinger, 1984, analog presentation, 98 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “I Want My EZTV”!

TV TUESDAYS: Childhood Haunts w/ Leigh Whannell (writer of "Saw" and "Insidious"!)

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10/29/2013 - 8PM

Locked away in the dusty corners of our memory banks, we all have a secret stash of half-remembered nightmarish moments from our early viewing habits that still, to this day, shake our spines with a humongous reverb-coil KLANG!!!! “All I remember is the clown in the window, holding the knife…”, “What’s the movie where the midget gets his fingers blown off in the explosion?”, “There were some kids…and a big bearded guy chasing after them with a rifle…” — did these films actually exist, or did we just dream them? In this new residency, Cinefamily journeys through the freaky-deaky memories of our childhood viewing experiences — those pivotal pieces of films and TV that pretty much screwed us up for life — to explore the depths of our collective movie-watching subconscious.

For the residency’s kickoff, we’re proud to pick the brain of Leigh Whannell, screenwriter behind the iconic Saw and Insidious horror franchises. Plus, as the centerpiece of the night, we’ll watch highlights from Leigh’s most fondly remembered pre-pubescent freakout: the haunting BBC ’80s sci-fi miniseries Chocky!

Watch the totally eerie opening credits of “Chocky”!
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TV TUESDAYS: Mondo Afterschool Special (feat. "The Wave")

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9/24/2013 - 7:30PM

The “CBS Schoolbreak Special”, NBC’s “Special Treat”, the “ABC Afterschool Special”, HBO’s “Lifestories: Families In Crisis” — all different monikers, but together forming a priceless piece of broadcast history from decades past: TV-movie shorts made for kids, and dealing with hot-button/pertinent topics of the day! Usually airing in the late afternoons, these juicy nuggets of edutainment often explored the usual umbrellas of racism, the environment, and the pains of first love — all mixed in with occasional jaunts into stratospheric saccharine wackiness, like wrongheaded looks into teenage boozing, suicide pacts and even musical numbers about urban gang warfare! Join us in a selection of Cinefamily’s favorites — presented on 16mm and video!

Get a taste of “The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon”!
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TV TUESDAYS: The Best of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (Norman Lloyd in person!)

Hitch confidante Norman Lloyd in person!
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6/18/2013 - 7:30PM

The playfully sinister theme swells, the instantly familiar caricature appears, and our rotund host shuffles into frame, shrouded in silhouette — signalling a crackerjack, nod-and-a-wink night out with the murderous maestro. An immediate hit due to its extremely high level of craftsmanship both in front of and behind the camera (including scripts by giants Ray Bradbury and Robert Bloch), the suspense anthology show Alfred Hitchcock Presents ran for ten fantastic seasons, with every episode bookended by Hitchcock’s impeccably timed, droll commentary on the fate of the poor fictional souls caroming around its confines. In conjunction with this month’s “Hitchcock B-Sides & Rarities” series, we not only present some of our favorite episodes, but we also are tickled pink to have Norman Lloyd: not only Hitch’s longtime collaborator on the show, but also a world-class raconteur with a voluminous knowledge of pretty much everyone and everything in Hollywood. Norman’s been a showbiz vet for the past eight decades, so you should make a point of hanging out with him and with us for this banner evening, as he regales us with bon mots on the Hitch tip!

Watch Cinefamily’s trailer for “TV Tuesdays: Alfred Hitchcock Presents”!

TV TUESDAYS: A Tribute To Morton Downey, Jr. (feat. "Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie")

Doc co-director in person!
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5/21/2013 - 9:45PM

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. Tonight, we toast the host-with-the-most with a tightly-wound mix of MDJ Show high-/lowlights, and the Los Angeles premiere of Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie — the brand-new feature documentary dissecting the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator. Évocateur co-director Jeremy Newberger in person for Q&A after the film!
Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie Dirs. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller & Jeremy Newberger, 2013, digital presentation, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie”!

TV TUESDAYS: Sybil (rare 16mm screening!)

Sally Fields crawls the walls!
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4/16/2013 - 7:30PM

Rare 16mm print! Sally Field crawls the walls in this monumental TV miniseries paean to the nuthouse blues. Winner of a 1977 Emmy for her role as thirteen split personalities trapped inside a single mousy graduate student, Field is fantastic as she navigates between such disparate selves as a prim ‘n proper snooty girl, a suicidal freak preaching the end of the world, and even a regressed infant! As if on the verge of shattering into a hundred thousand pieces at any moment, Field’s white-knuckle, center-stage role switching is equally underplayed and overplayed at turns on a dime, leaving the viewer in constant steamy anticipation of what might creep around the corner next. And, from the whole shebang’s very first frames, director Daniel Petrie’s deliberate and wonderfully discordant notes — including some awesomely unnerving childhood flashbacks — will raise your shackles and keep you hooked throughout Sybil’s compulsively watchable three-hour running time. Co-starring Brad Davis (Midnight Express) as Field’s all-smiles, Godspell-reject boyfriend, this boob tube classic is a real ripper.
Dir. Daniel Petrie, 1976, 16mm, 187 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Sybil”!

TV TUESDAYS: Mondo News Show (encore!)

The finest in out-of-control news filmflam!
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4/9/2013 - 10:30PM

Forget reality shows, game shows and sports spectaculars — the nightly news is the weirdest shit on television. Striving to create a faux-civilized zone for robotic specimens to rattle off the ills of the day in stilted tones, the makers of infotainment are still unable to throttle the rare moments in which raw human funkiness threatens to completely derail the proceedings. Us silly souls thrill to those haunting instances where Freudian slips, absurdist technical gaffes and the pure insanity/hostility/lust/middle-class existential confusion of it all rear their epically hilarious heads as we stare, unprepared. Join us as we celebrate the finest in out-of-control news show filmflam with laugh-til-it-hurts bloopers, egotistical rages caught on tape, and accidentally avant-garde runaway graphics. Plus, a recently-unearthed slice of footage literally unseen by anyone in thirty years: Phoenix anchorman Bill Close taken hostage live on the air in 1982 by a schizophrenic brandishing both a gun and a manifesto about country music, Islam, nuclear bombs and future cities to be populated only by men!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Mondo News Show”!

TV TUESDAYS: Mondo News Show!

The finest in out-of-control news filmflam!
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3/19/2013 - 10PM

Forget reality shows, game shows and sports spectaculars — the nightly news is the weirdest shit on television. Striving to create a faux-civilized zone for robotic specimens to rattle off the ills of the day in stilted tones, the makers of infotainment are still unable to throttle the rare moments in which raw human funkiness threatens to completely derail the proceedings. Us silly souls thrill to those haunting instances where Freudian slips, absurdist technical gaffes and the pure insanity/hostility/lust/middle-class existential confusion of it all rear their epically hilarious heads as we stare, unprepared. Join us as we celebrate the finest in out-of-control news show filmflam with laugh-til-it-hurts bloopers, egotistical rages caught on tape, and accidentally avant-garde runaway graphics. Plus, as the centerpiece of the night, comedian Gregg Turkington will be with us to present a recently-unearthed slice of footage literally unseen by anyone in thirty years: Phoenix anchorman Bill Close taken hostage live on the air in 1982 by a schizophrenic brandishing both a gun and a manifesto about country music, Islam, nuclear bombs and future cities to be populated only by men!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Mondo News Show”!

TV TUESDAYS: Linda Blair in "Born Innocent"

Linda Blair as a delinquent badass!
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2/19/2013 - 10PM

“Whether she’s carving her initials in her forearm with a heated bobby pin or slapping a schoolmarm upside the head, [Linda] Blair lends a natural believability” — Kindertrauma.com

One of the most notorious TV movies ever broadcast, starring Linda Blair, straight from her humongous success in The Exorcist! After routinely running away from a dismal home life, the court sees it fit to toss 14-year-old Chris (Blair) into girls’ reform school purgatory. Once she’s immediately savaged upon arrival by the hardened hordes of teen troublemakers, Blair takes on the long journey to herself become a manipulative sociopath that can rival with the best of them. Best known for the single most boundary-pushing act of violence shown on network television at the time — Blair’s shower rape at the hands of villainous rivals wielding a toilet plunger — Born Innocent is a much more complex, rewarding viewing experience than its exploitation elements might suggest: its rendering of the disorienting boredom, arbitrary rules and heinous humanity present in the juvenile court system presents one of the most realistic portraits of teens-in-captivity you’ll likely ever see. AND IT’S TOTALLY BADASS.
Dir. Donald Wrye, 1974, 16mm, 98 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Born Innocent”!

TV Tuesdays: Ghostwatch

A supernatural TV landmark!
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10/30/2012 - 9:45PM

“A supernatural TV landmark” — SFX Magzine

America has Orson Welles’ infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds — and Britain has the equally scandalous TV special Ghostwatch. Broadcast only once by the BBC (on Halloween ‘92), this truly effective piece of televised hauntology hoaxed an entire nation to its terrified knees, causing the Beeb’s switchboards to light up with tens of thousands of frantic calls in a single night. What exactly caused everyone, from elderly pensioners to macho street toughs, to freak out? A newsmagazine-style scripted mockumentary, presented “live” but taped weeks earlier, on the topic of ghost hunting — which starts out very light-hearted, but as the program wears on, constricts its vice-like grip on the viewer by using shockingly realistic, proto-Blair Witch haunted-house spookery. From the casual banter between the on-air presenters (who include Red Dwarf star Craig Charles, and real-life BBC host Michael Parkinson), to the use of thermographic cameras in an on-the-spot news setting, every minutely planned detail sets the stage for Ghostwatch’s brilliant blending of the real and the contrived. See this 20th Anniversary screening only with trusted friends — for who knows, you might not make it out of the theater alive!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Ghostwatch”!

TV TUESDAYS: The Best of "A Very Special Episode..."

The best of the best of the worst!
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9/18/2012 - 8PM

One of our favorite TV Tuesday events is back, with a return selection of the most heavily roasting sitcom episodes we’ve ever uncovered! It’s an all-too-familiar conceit: the commercial fades up, a somber piano line is struck, and in a low, austere rumble the announcer says “On a very special episode of…” Many a TV sitcom has been defined in our memories by their installments in which the lame monotony is broken by a confusing left turn into cheap, sappy dramatics: one of the ensemble cast gains a drug addiction, has a brush with death, experiences violence that hits close to home, and so on. Mostly, these episodes make one wretch with their saccharine lip service to the “cause of the week” — but then there are those rare occasions when, due to the intervention of the TV gods, things go off-the-cliff bat-shit crazy! Come see five of the very finest examples of what happens when a “very special episode” gets waaaaay too special, with death scenes, abrupt stretches played uncomfortably straight, cast members getting backhanded across the room by drunken guest stars, prostitution and more!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Best of A Very Special Episode…”!

TV TUESDAYS: Go Ask Alice

The most whizz-bang TV movie anti-drug screed ever!
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7/10/2012 - 9:45PM

Ever felt adrift in high school without friends to relate to, role models to look up to, or scenes to belong to? Your teenage years were nuthin’ compared to the bum trip taken by the put-upon pubescent heroin(e) of Go Ask Alice, one of the most whizz-bang TV movie anti-drug screeds of all time. Based upon the notorious, widely-published 1970s “diary” of an anonymous teenage girl hooked on a variety of pills, potions and other party accessories, this perfectly rendered slice of pop propaganda zips by at a breakneck pace, with 15-year-old Alice morphing from shy wallflower to burnt-out wasteoid all before the second commercial break. Practically an R-rated film containing only the thinnest broadcast network restraint, this one’s full of highly disturbing stuff like Blue Velvet-esque hints of weird sex, drug pushers barely old enough for Little League slow pitch, screaming meth-head freakouts, and a classic Seventies fuck-you ending that’ll leave you permanently scarred. Did we forget to mention ol’ Bill Shatner guest-starring as Alice’s dad? As well, we’ve got vintage anti-drug PSAs, sublimely stoned short subjects and other surprises — plus the added bonus of Go Ask Alice presented in a beautiful, homeroom-ready 16mm print!
Dir. John Korty, 1973, 16mm, 74 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Go Ask Alice”!

TV Tuesday: Mondo Game Show (feat. Richard Dawson tribute & "The Running Man"!)

Rare 35mm screening of The Running Man!
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6/19/2012 - 8PM

In a not-too-long-ago era before the current daytime network infotainment glut, our airwaves deliciously overflowed with a parade of mid-day Caligula-esque bread ‘n circuses gaming spectacles, conducted solely for the pleasure of a nationwide throng of septugenarian shut-ins and stoned college students. These phantasmagorical game show curiosities, nearly extinct from today’s on-air schedule, were a bounty of neon-hued, Yellow Submarine-inspired geometric wonderland sets, a revolving-door array of tanked hosts ‘n zonked guests, gameplay rules seemingly conjured out of an opium den nightmare, and inane-in-the-membrane catchy theme songs that remain forever burrowed into our collective hippocampus. In celebration of Cinefamily’s eternal fascination with all things vintage game show, TV Tuesday proudly gives you an epic mondo mix featuring the most outrageous moments from your favorite classics, even more stultifying moments from unsold pilots and broadcast flops, and highlights from the rarely-seen documentary Big Bucks: The “Press Your Luck” Scandal (involving the notorious 1984 contestant who laughed all the way to the bank by gaming the system!) After the break, we present our loving tribute to our favorite game show host of all-time — the late, great Richard Dawson — with a selection of his unflappable humor from “Family Feud”, and a rare 35mm screening of The Running Man (starring Dawson as the evil host of the dystopian game show out for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s blood!)
The Running Man Dir. Paul Michael Glaser, 1987, 35mm, 101 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Mondo Game Show”!

Watch the trailer for “The Running Man”!
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TV Tuesday: Deconstructing "21 Jump Street" (filmmakers of remake in person!)

Michael Bacall and Phil Lord in person!
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4/17/2012 - 7:30PM

Those who’ve seen the new hit comedy 21 Jump Street know it’s a great time at the movies, and considering what one might expect from a 2012 adaptation based on a decades-old TV show, it’s almost unreasonably funny. But, unbeknownst to us until just recently, it turns out that that O.G. TV show is rife with (ahem!) HFS potential. Johnny Depp stars as a baby-faced cop forced into a secret multiculti division of youthful officers who — in a near meta-parody of Hollywood’s overaged “youth” casting — are sent back to high school as undercover narcs. No one notices they’re all clearly older than most grad students, probably because their schoolmates also look like they could be the teachers. And since it’s a hard-hitting, issues-based teen drama, every episode is a “very special episode”, dealing with everything from crack cocaine to teen prostitution — making “21 Jump Street” a veritable factory du fromage, steadily pumping out those prized moments of HFS gold when network TV monotony is broken by an eyebrow-raising left turn into a slushy mixture of sincerity and silliness. Join 21 Jump Street screenwriter Michael Bacall and co-director Phil Lord as they spend an evening together with us deconstructing the original show’s tropes and craziest moments!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “TV Tuesday: Deconstructing the OG ’21 Jump Street’!”

Watch an original 1991 commercial for “21 Jump Street”!
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TV Tuesdays presents The Other Glass Teat: More of Harlan Ellison on Television!

Harlan Ellison in a rare live appearance!
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1/19/2012 - 8PM

If you’re unable to make it out to this event, video of the entire program will be streamed live on the Cinefamily blog, starting at 8PM (PST) on Thursday, January 19th!

Our November ‘11 event “The Glass Teat” with Harlan Ellison was such a blast, such a fantastic night — and due to Harlan’s effusive storytelling, so oveflowing with colorful tales — that, after three hours, there had only been enough time to cover the first half of Harlan’s career in television! So, we proudly welcome Harlan back for a second evening, wherein the Maestro will cover the second half of his TV writing career!

One of America’s most prolific and dangerous writers, Harlan Ellison radicalized science fiction from the 1960s onwards with swirling, shouting, freaky, psychedelic and sexual visions realized across over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays and essays. That would be enough for most — but Ellison is also one of the great TV writers, responsible for iconic episodes of The Outer Limits and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, to penning the most popular episode of the original Star Trek, and much, much more. And, somewhere in there, he even found the time to write “The Glass Teat”, a seminal work still considered one of the most important and scathing books ever written on the nature of television. Join guest moderator Josh Olson (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of A History of Violence) for a very special evening, as Harlan makes a very rare and highly spirited personal appearance at Cinefamily to discuss his love/hate relationship with TV, followed by a screening of several of his best episodes!

Watch an excerpt of the Harlan Ellison-penned “Outer Limits” episode “Soldier”!
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Watch an excerpt of the Harlan Ellison-penned “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” episode “Memo From Purgatory”!
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Watch a vintage 1980 interview clip with Harlan Ellison!
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TV Tuesdays presents The Glass Teat: Harlan Ellison on Television (Harlan Ellison in person!)

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11/15/2011 - 7:30PM

One of America’s most prolific and dangerous writers, Harlan Ellison radicalized science fiction from the 1960s onwards with swirling, shouting, freaky, psychedelic and sexual visions realized across over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays and essays. That would be enough for most — but Ellison is also one of the great TV writers, responsible for iconic episodes of The Outer Limits and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, to penning the most popular episode of the original Star Trek, and much, much more. And, somewhere in there, he even found the time to write “The Glass Teat”, a seminal work still considered one of the most important and scathing books ever written on the nature of television. Join guest moderator Josh Olson (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of A History of Violence) for a very special evening, as Harlan makes a very rare and highly spirited personal appearance at Cinefamily to discuss his love/hate relationship with TV, followed by a screening of several of his best episodes!

Watch an excerpt of the Harlan Ellison-penned “Outer Limits” episode “Soldier”!
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Watch an excerpt of the Harlan Ellison-penned “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” episode “Memo From Purgatory”!
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Watch a vintage 1980 interview clip with Harlan Ellison!
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TV Tuesday: A Horror TV Movie Blowout! (feat. The Horror At 37,000 Feet!)

William Shatner vs. an evil Druid doorstop?!?!
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10/18/2011 - 8PM

Cheryl Ladd as a boarding school disciple of Satan? Bernie Casey as the king of the Gargoyles? William Shatner vs. an evil Druid doorstop?!?! In an era where network television was still the only game in town (no cable, no home video, no VOD, no nuthin’), prime-time programming was home to some truly adventurous, out-there ideas — including made-for-TV horror films of a warped ‘n freaky variety that wouldn’t be revisited for decades to come. Join us for a double feature of spooky, campy and altogether amazing titles from this golden age of TV-movie weirdness, featuring a 16mm presentation of The Horror At 37,000 Feet! Starring a smorgasbord of recognizable faces only a “Love Boat” casting director could love, this silly ’70s movie-of-the-week scarefest involves a demonically-possessed Druid artifact from an English monastery coming to supernatural life aboard a transatlantic airline flight, taking control of one of the passengers, and causing lots of made-for-TV mayhem. Panicked personnel include William Shatner as a besotted former priest, Buddy Ebsen (“The Beverly Hillbillies”) as a boisterous tycoon and Chuck Connors (“The Rifleman”) as the gung-ho pilot! The title of the evening’s secret second film will be announced at the show!
The Horror At 37,000 Feet Dir. David Lowell Rich, 1973, 16mm, 73 min.

Watch an excerpt from “The Horror At 37,000 Feet”!
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A Tribute To The Gong Show (feat. The Gong Show Movie & live Q&A w/ Jaye P. Morgan and Arte Johnson!!)

A night of our favorite insane Gong Show memories!
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9/20/2011 - 8PM

A bold statement, but it’s true: “The Gong Show” is one of the most monumental achievements in the history of broadcast television. No other single program we can think of even comes close to matching its level of joviality, moment-by-moment entertainment value — and stratospheric total madness. Like one giant conga line of inspired manic (and probably drunken) flapdoodle, “The Gong Show” appeared in a post-Watergate era when our country desperately needed a few laughs, and for almost five dizzying years, it supplied the American public with enough glorious vaudevillian-talent-show-on-acid idiocy to last several lifetimes. It’s a truly sad fact that “Gong Show” reruns are completely non-existent in our time, so we’re remedying it by bringing you a big fat slate of Cinefamily’s most favorite “Gong Show” acts, guest hosts, musical numbers and, perhaps best of all, moments of inspired lunacy from show host Chuck Barris. Then, it’s time for an ultra-rare 35mm screening of The Gong Show Movie: the head-shaking 1980 feature film swansong (co-written and partially directed by counterculture legend Robert Downey, Sr.) that takes a peek behind the stage door curtain, to reveal both “too hot for TV” uncensored show outtakes and Chuckie Baby’s groovy existential crisis! C’mon down for more sssssssssstuff! Schedules permitting, classic Gong Show guest judges Jaye P. Morgan and Arte Johnson will be here for a live Q&A to share some of their zaniest Gong Show memories!
The Gong Show Movie Dirs. Chuck Barris & Robert Downey, 1980, 35mm, 89 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s trailer for “A Tribute To The Gong Show”!
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Watch a clip of The Worms from “The Gong Show”!
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Watch “the act that would not end” from “The Gong Show”!
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TV Tuesday: Mondo Afterschool Special (feat. Scott Baio in "Stoned"!)

A selection of strange and silly socially-relevant kids-themed TV specials!
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6/21/2011 - 8PM

The “CBS Schoolbreak Special”, NBC’s “Special Treat”, the “ABC Afterschool Special”, HBO’s “Lifestories: Families In Crisis” — all different monikers, but together forming a priceless piece of broadcast history from decades past: TV-movie shorts made for kids, and dealing with hot-button/pertinent topics of the day! Usually airing in the late afternoons, these juicy nuggets of edutainment often explored the usual umbrellas of racism, the environment, and the pains of first love — all mixed in with occasional jaunts into stratospheric saccharine wackiness, like wrongheaded looks into teenage boozing, suicide pacts and even musical numbers about urban gang warfare! Join us in a selection of Cinefamily’s favorites — presented on both 16mm and video — including the legendary 1980 “sledgehammer moral agenda” (Shock Cinema) production of Stoned, a fan favorite starring Scott Baio as a high school nerd who blossoms into a bleary-eyed addict almost overnight!

Watch a ridiculous musical number from “Ace Hits The Big Time”!
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Watch a vintage TV spot for the drug-themed “Tattle: When To Tell On A Friend”!
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