Lost & Found Film Club! (June 2013)

Our newest monthly residency: a carefully curated VG+ hodgepodge of scattershot celluloid, packed as densely as library stacks and presented in the gloriously fuzzed-out 16mm format — plus, grilled cheese sandwiches will be provided! What began as an after-hours Cinefamily staff tradition is now our showcase of ephemeral, industrial, educational, and sponsored films of the 20th century, all of which were perhaps never intended to be seen on the big screen, until now. On any given Lost And Found night, the program might contain “fuzzy felt” children’s films, social engineering and training films, advertisements, mental hygiene madness, animation, documentaries, student experiments, home movies on rusted reels — pretty much anything that isn’t a commercial feature film, accompanied by the velvety crunch of grilled cheese sandwiches. Come soak in every atom of a dreamy bricolage saturated with gorgeous Kodachrome palettes, dubious science, gentle vérité, wacked-out works clearly created under the influence, and so much more — come see what slipped through the splices. Did we forget to mention that GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES WILL BE AVAILABLE?!

This month’s program will feature a shorts program, followed by an astonishingly rare screening of Beat the Deva, a 1980 “new age” detective film that uses noir, documentary, and psychedelic animation techniques to illustrate the offbeat artistic and spiritual theories of Russian composer, Alexander Scriabin and the special effects of inner space… We think. This is a really weird headscratcher: Totally unclassifiable, very much born of the 70′s cult movement, not online or on DVD… and NOT to be missed!

Watch the trailer for “Beat the Deva!”