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Thursday, June 10 - 7:30 PM    ALTERNATIVE SCREEN
West Coast Premiere! OPEN HOUSE, 2004, 95 min., USA. In this ensemble musical comedy the lives of home buyers, sellers and realtors unravel at a Sunday open house. Anthony Rapp (“Rent” on Broadway), Sally Kellerman James Duval (DONNIE DARKO) Kellie Martin (“E.R.”), Ann Magnuson, Jerry Doyle, Ian Whitcomb and others dance and sing in the name of real estate. “Songs like “Sellin A Dream” and “Safe House Of Love” are performed with such sincerity that you’ll never look at escrow the same way again! ...a funny, fast paced and above all very unique film.” -- FilmThreat.com

"Super cast: Kellie Martin scores as a yuppie fond of quickie sex in strange houses; Sally Kellerman, as a boozy, unsuccessful agent, delivers a torchy realtor's lament; and Ann Magnuson shows up very late and nearly walks off with the whole movie." -- Baltimore City Paper

Official website. Discussion & finger sandwiches following with Dan Mirvish (Slamdance Film Festival Co-Founder and director of OMAHA: THE MOVIE) and cast and crew.


Thursday, August 14 – 7:30 PM Alternative Screen
Co-presented with the Slamdance Film Festival

LA Premiere

ROCKETS REDGLARE, 2003, 88 min., USA Director Luis Fernandez De La Reguera documents the life of charismatic NYC underground stand up comic (The Rocket Redglare Taxi-Cabaret) and actor "Rockets Redglare" who battled life long addictions that eclipsed the career he might have had. The extremely talented Rockets (who was already addicted in utero – his mother was a 15-year old heroine addict and his father a gangster) appeared in a number of films including BIG, BASQUIAT, MYSTERY TRAIN and DOWN BY LAW. To each role he brought his intimate understanding of New York’s rough and seedy characters. In addition to his show biz ambitions, Rockets was also bodyguard and drug dealer to Sid Vicious and Jean Michel Basquiat. With interviews with colleagues, director Jim Jarmusch, actors Steve Buscemi, Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, and others. Discussion following with the director. Official website.

Thursday, March 13 - 7:30 PM

Festival award-winner GLISSANDO (2002, 72 min., USA), is based on a story by acclaimed American novelist Robert Boswell. Set in the early 1970’s in a desolate Arizona desert town, the film is a glimpse at people who drift through their own lives, trying both to find, and to escape from their pasts. This tale of a father and son, and the woman (Petra Wright, XX/XY) who comes between them is directed by Chip Hourihan. "The bittersweet tone of GLISSANDO, with fine thesping found in offbeat desert locations makes it a small gem... Highly literate... pitched just right... striking debut for talented helmer-scripter..." -- Ken Eisner, Variety The short "Back Up, Please," (2002, 12:15 min., USA) a drama about road rage, will precede the feature. Directed by Douglas Horn.


BUBBA HO-TEP: Thursday, February 27, 2003 @ 7:30 PM & 10:30 PM

"A hilarious hybrid horror film...A zinger-filled crowd-pleaser that open-minded Elvis fans will have fun with." --David Hunter -- Hollywood Reporter

"Combines sharp comedy, old-fashioned monster movie atmospherics, and genuine heart to create a film that's not merely about kicking undead ***, but also about dealing with regret and, ultimately, finding redemption." -- Michael B. Scrutchin--Flipside Movie Emporium

BUBBA HO-TEP (2002, 92 min., USA) THE KING OF ROCK VS. THE KING OF THE DEAD! Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominated short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, the stylish and funny BUBBA HO-TEP tells the "true" story of what really became of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home plauged by an evil Egyptian mummy. It seems he switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death," and now he's lost his desire. But now he has the chance to save the other residents from losing their souls (not to mention their lives), so he teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident (who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy), and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle mummy and save the nursing home. At once a fun sci-fi/horror romp and an exploration of aging, dignity and the meaning of life. Directed by Don Coscarelli. Discussion following with Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell, subject to their availability.

A short film TBA will precede the feature.


Thursday, January 30 – 7:00 PM

Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase

Los Angeles Theatrical Premiere! 

EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS (2003, 159 min., US/UK) Based on Peter Biskind's best seller about late 1960'a and 70's filmmaking this documentary is narrated by actor William H. Macy (BOOGIE NIGHTS; MAGNOLIA). EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS is about the tumultuous period in the late 60's/early 70's when a few young, talented directors broke into the entertainment business and transformed it with their innovation, irreverence and creativity, often careening over the edge of self indulgence and self destruction in the process.

Interviews with many of the era's key players include: actor Peter Fonda (Easy Rider); director Peter Bogdanovich (PAPER MOON; THE LAST PICTURE SHOW); producer Roger Corman (BOXCAR BERTHA; TARGETS); actor Dennis Hopper (THE LAST MOVIE; EASY RIDER); actress Karen Black (FIVE EASY PIECES; EASY RIDERS) and producer Stanley Jaffe (GOODBYE, COLUMBUS; KRAMER VS. KRAMER).

Produced by The Fremantle Corporation and Submarine Entertainment, Kenneth Bowser ("Frank Capra's The American Dream") is the writer/director with Rachel Talbot ("Hollywood DC: A Tale of Two Cities") and Josh Braun serving as producers. The two hour documentary is scheduled to make its premiere broadcast on the Popular Arts Channel TRIO, an Entertainment Cable Television Channel, on Sunday, March 9 at 9:00 p.m., ET/ 6:00 p.m., PT. (www.triotv.com)

Discussion Following with the filmmakers and interview subjects from the film, subject to their availability. Special Ticket Price: General: $15; Student/Senior $12; Cinematheque Members $10.


Thursday, August 22 | 7:30 PM

"…a slice of contempo life many viewers will find bizarre and disturbing, not necessarily in the precautionary-moral way its subjects intend." - Variety

HELL HOUSE 2001, 7th Art Releasing, 85 min. Teen angst and hysteria is routinely channeled into fervent and energetic prayer huddles that culminate in frenzied episodes of speaking in tongues at Trinity Assembly of God Pentecostal Church. But this is apparently not enough to divert the temptations of Satan. In this even-handed doc, director George Ratliff obtains full access into the preparation for the controversial 10th annual Halloween "Hell House," a high-tech, fire and brimstone, designed-to-save-your-soul spectacle put on by a multi-ethnic, Texan congregation. 15,000 visitors watch melodramatic, live action vignettes – a botched abortion, a school massacre, a dying, homosexual AIDS victim, a suicide, family violence and an extra-marital affair – designed to frighten them into the church. Lurking beneath is the sensation that these sincere and dedicated Christian rightists are living out their darkest desires as they compete to play such coveted roles as "suicide girl," "rave DJ," "date rapist" or "abusive father."  Director George Ratliff to appear for discussion following the screening.


Thursday, July 18, 2002 | 7:30 PM

TATTOO: A LOVE STORY (2002, USA, 93 min.)

Megan Edwards is charming as Sara, a sheltered, uptight 3rd grade "Idaho School Teacher of the Year" who thinks she knows exactly how life should be lived. Her perfectly ordered world collapses when her boyfriend wants a leave of absence from their stifling relationship and she has a run in with a huge, tattooed biker (Virgil Mignanelli) who turns up with one of her students as his "Show and Tell" subject. Suddenly alone, Sara fends off her TV talk show celebrity sister’s conservative advice and opens her mind to the impossibility that she is oddly attracted to sensitive tattoo artist Virgil. Co-written & directed by Richard W. Bean. An official selection of the GEN ART (NY) & Taos Talking Picture Festivals. Richard Bean, Producer Stephen Davies and actor Virgil Mignanelli will appear for discussion following the screening. With Michael Faella’s "Ant" (2002, 17 min., USA) A man with a housebound wife goes out onto the cahotic city streets of Los Angeles to get some food. His simple journey takes on a surreal quality and is ultimately more disturbing than his than being at home, mired in a deteriorating relationship. An official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival.


Thursday, July 11, 2002 | 7:30 PM

"This documentary is a rolling masterclass on the disturbing complicity of media, money and mendacity." – Guardian Unlimited

HORNS & HALOS (2002, USA, 84 min.) This documentary from filmmaking team Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky (RADIATION) follows the grueling efforts of NYC superintendent/punk rocker/indie publisher Sander Hicks – to republish the George W. Bush biography Fortunate Son after its recall in 1999 by St. Martin’s Press. The book made headlines for its stories of Bush’s alleged cocaine use, its author J.H Hatfield (who committed suicide during the making of this film) was discredited when reporters dug up a conspiracy-to-murder conviction in his past – and the book the Bush campaign didn’t want the public to read disappeared from the marketplace. With The Yes Men’s short THE HORRIBLY STUPID STUNT: Which Has Resulted In His Untimely Death (2001, USA, 23 min., 30 sec.) The true story of a subversive imposter who attends an important  conference posing as a lawyer from the World Trade Organization. Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley in person!

Copies of The Fortunate Son will be sold at the screening.


Thursday, June 6, 2002 | 7:30 PM

SOUTHLANDER (89 min., 2001, USA) Sharing the hipper-than-thou yet tongue-in-cheek vibe of BOOGIE NIGHTS and PULP FICTION (sans the violence), music video director Steven Hanft delivers a surreal first feature with shades of an eccentric David Lynch, odyssey. Chance (Rory Cochrane) only gets a break on the LA music scene when he buys a rare, cool, white ‘69 Mullowtron synthesizer that delivers the ultimate in space sounds. When it is stolen on the eve of the band’s tour departure, he and his skeevey pal (Ross Harris) adventure through LA’s music underground trying to reclaim the instrument that sets Chance apart from the struggling musician masses. Some of the characters they meet along the way include faded 70’s funk superstar, the temperamental Motherchild ("Welcome Back Kotter"’s Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), his tennis buddy (Richard Edson); and a millionaire (Gregg Henry) bent on ridding the world of electronics. With cameos by recording artists Beck, Beth Orton and Hank Williams III.

With Jon M. Chu’s "Silent Beats" (5 min., 2001, USA) A provocative look at racial stereotyping. Filmmakers & Cast will appear following the screening.


Thursday, May 30, 2002 | 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview!

MANNA FROM HEAVEN (119 min., USA, 2001) ‘Babies are so wonderful, because they contain everything that they can be," murmurs saintly child Theresa in the opening of this sweet, fairytale set in Buffalo. She skips home to find her bickering Irish/Italian, Catholic family hovered over a pile of money that literally fell from the sky and onto their front lawn. Now Rita and Tony can seek fame on the ballroom dancing circuit, Dottie can go to beauty school, Bunny can send her son to college and Inez can simply get out of town. Flash forward a good many years later – almost a lifetime for the elder members of the Annunciato-Burns-Madden clan -- when the lives lived are a far cry from their youthful dreams. The youngest, Theresa (Ursula Burton) is now a nun with a heart so big, even the church has to reign her in. When she calls the extended family together to right a wrong from the past, each person’s life transforms in surprising and heartwarming ways. A charming comedy about family and hope in the spirit of THE ROYAL TANNENBAUMS. With Seymour Cassel, Shelley Duvall, Jill Eikenberry, Louise Fletcher, Frank Gorshin, Faye Grant, Harry Groener, Shirley Jones, Cloris Leachman, Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me"), Austin Pendleton. A Five Sisters Production directed by Gabrielle C. Burton & Maria Burton. Produced by Charity and Jennifer Burton. Cast & Crew will appear for discussion following. So far Louise Fletcher, Cloris Leachman, Wendie Malick and Seymour Cassel have confirmed that they will aappear for discussion following the film.


Thursday, May 16 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview!

MAI’S AMERICA (2002, 72 min., USA) Mai, a spunky, mini-skirted, 16-year-old daughter of Ho Chi Minh’s revolution leaves cosmopolitan, communist Hanoi, Vietnam on a high school exchange program in the United States. Anticipating the glamour of Hollywood, Mai crash lands in rural Mississippi, assigned to a white trash, manic depressive, "host" family of self-proclaimed "rednecks." Undaunted, Mai makes the most of her stay in the American South, developing relationships with Black Baptists, a drag queen prom date, a progressive teacher and South Vietnamese immigrants. Over the course of this fascinating, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction documentary, Mai’s perceptions of herself, freedom, America and even Vietnam are perpetually challenged, especially as she struggles to extend her stay in the U.S. to attend college with her own hard-earned money. SXSW Audience Award winner! Filmmaker Marlo Poras will appear for discussion following the screening.

With Chris Strother’s "Candy Money" (2002, 10 min., USA). Two enterprising young boys scour the backwoods of Arkansas looking to make a buck.


Thursday, April 11 – 7:30 PM

"Marvel at exceptional performances. Cringe and laugh at tight dialog. Just go see the movie." – Film Threat

RONNIE (2002, 87 min., USA) A true story of Mayhem, Murder and Rape, not to mention drug & alcohol abuse, firearms, mental illness and domestic violence… Two dead bodies, an hysterical, battered and naked retarded woman… and Ronnie Schwann were found at the crime scene, but after 200 hours of court testimony there was one thing missing… concrete evidence of what actually happened. Director Chris Haifley and writer Clayton Gardner’s feature RONNIE is an imagining of how events may have transpired in the Schwann household -- on the day Ronnie decided to take a retarded woman home from the facility where he worked… the day his brother came home from jail a day early… the day his mom was released from the hospital… the day his brother’s friends come by for a little welcome home partying… With Adam Scott, Brian Austin Green, Mark Pelligrino, Aimee Graham, Fini Goodman, Matt Casado and Jennifer Darling. Produced by Nene Gonzalez, Vaughn Smith, James Sprattley & Vince Rodriguez. Discussion following with cast and crew.

With short, Dan Mirvish’s "Open House" (2002, 6 min., USA) On a pleasant Sunday afternoon a real estate agent shows a suburban home. Suddenly the character’s lives unravel before our eyes and no one is what or even whom they appeared to be! Discussion following with cast and crew.


Thursday, March 28 - 7:30 PM

Co-Presented with the Slamdance Film Festival

LA Premiere

"…an utterly engrossing portrait of a world-class eccentric and his family’s struggle to understand the man." – Filmthreat.com

Winner: Best Documentary & Best Editing, Slamdance Film Festival 2002

MY FATHER, THE GENIUS (2002, 84 min., USA) When long-estranged father, dreamer and visionary architect Glen Small (a founder of The Southern California Institute of Architecture or SCI-Arc) asked his daughter Lucia to write his biography, she agreed instead to document his impassioned quest to "save the world through architecture" in a film -- as long as he permitted her to delve into his erratic career and unstable private life -- both marked by his ability to alienate. Architectural drawings and models of his life’s work (i.e. The Biomorphic Biosphere Megastructure); animation created for the film; home movies and media coverage of Small’s career; interviews with the brash Small himself (now 61), his ex-wives, daughters, girlfriends and former colleagues; collage to form a vivid portrait of an elusive father and unfulfilled idealist closing in on his final years. "…visionary architect or megalomaniac crackpot? Juxtaposing her father’s utopian visions with his domestic irresponsibility, Lucia Small has fashioned a complex and engaging attempt to understand this question and reconnect with her father." – Ross McElwee (director SHERMAN’S MARCH). Edited by Karen Schmeer (FAST, CHEAP AND OUT OF CONTROL).

With Tom Gibbons’ "The Hunger Artist" (2002, 16 min., USA) Stop-motion animated adaptation of Franz Kafka’s story of a performer who seeks the record for starving himself. Winner, Audience Award for Short Film, Slamdance Film Festival 2002.

Atsuko Kubota's "Better Life" (14 min. 2002) Watercolor, 3D computer spaces, models and animation integrate beautifully in this comment on our daily routines.


Thursday, March 14 | 7:30 PM

Co-Presented with IFP/West

LA Premiere

BOOM: THE SOUND OF EVICTION (2001, 97 min., USA) The dot-com boom of the late 1990’s deemed San Francisco the "Mecca of the New Economy." Though ironically the bubble burst rather quickly, the hi-tech firms that were the catalyst for the gentrification of lower income neighborhoods like "The Mission," tragically changed the city’s landscape forever. This powerful, five-years-in-the-making documentary, from activist filmmaking collective Whispered Media is an extremely comprehensive look at the devastating story that wasn’t being told, the displacement of thousands of low income families, seniors, artists, non-profits and others who were evicted when politicians (including Mayor Willie Brown), developers and landlords opted to cash in on the "digital gold rush." "Excerpted archival travelogue pitches provide an ironic counterpoint to this portrait of a city’s soul being sold off… a powerful cautionary statement." – Dennis Harvey, Variety. Directed by Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv & Adams Wood. www.whisperedmedia.org

With Jeremiah Zagar’s "Delhi House" (2002, 11 min., USA) This glimpse into a non-profit, Indian clinic/rehabilitation center/orphanage, whose mission is to ease the suffering of a people overwhelmed by sickness and despair, is a journey to places unknown and unknowable to Western eyes.

Filmmakers in person for both films!

 


Thursday, February 28 7:30 PM

Co-Presented with IFP/West

Sneak Preview! Vincent Schiavelli In Person!

"…a funny and affecting trip… soulful performances…" – Reel.com

AMERICAN SAINT (2001, USA, 90 min.) Have you ever riffed poetry in a smoke-filled gin joint? Miles Hotonian (Kevin Corrigan, BUFFALO 66, SCOTLAND, PA), a youthful, NYC undiscovered actor never has. But when he hears that director Milos Forman is casting a film about Jack Kerouac in Los Angeles, he sets off across the country (following Kerouac’s trail) for a shot at Hollywood fame -- beat-style. Brooklyn Checker cabbie Charley (Vincent Schiavelli, who has actually appeared in several of Forman’s films including AMADEUS) offers him a ride. Along the way, these two men of different generations transform one another. Shot on mini-DV, but projected here in a 35mm print, Joseph M. Castelo’s debut feature seamlessly mixes the actors with the real people who populate the back roads of America — replete with poetry slams, a Beale Street blues bars, the outsider art of artist Joe Light, a Beat Bookshop and even a Las Vegas brothel. With Woody Harrelson. Winner of the Hamptons International Film Festival Golden Starfish for Best Film, Cinematography, Screenplay and First Time Director. Discussion Following with actor Vincent Schiavelli. www.antidotefilms.com

With Gregg LaChow’s "I’m Working On A Building" (2001, 9 min., USA) starring Megan Murphy. "A raffish homage to the pioneer spirit, and our need to find a place in the Western landscape. " – Seattle Times. The score is an excerpt from the opera "Satyagraha." Gorgeous, golden hued cinematography. From the director of THE WRIGHT BROTHERS & MONEY BUYS HAPPINESS. Discussion following with filmmaker Gregg Lachow.


Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere!

"A deft parody...will delight psychotronic film fans..." -- Dennis Harvey, Variety

THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA (2001, 93 min., USA) It’s the early 1960’s and deadpan scientist, Dr. Paul Armstrong (writer/director Larry Blamire) and his perky, dutiful wife Betty (Fay Masterson, EYES WIDE SHUT) wind along mountain roads in their convertible in search of a fallen meteor that contains a rare and powerful element. Apparently they aren’t the only ones with atmospherium on their minds. Enter a sinister scientist (Brian Howe, THE MAJESTIC) who wants to rule the world with the cranky "lost skeleton of cadavra," a couple of stranded space aliens (and their escaped pet mutant) and the alluring Animalia (Jennifer Blaire, THE MAJESTIC), a composite of four forest animals rendered human by the transmutatron and you’ve got one clever send-up of a 1950’s, sci-fi monster movie. A hilarious and skillful spoof of our culture and language and the "B" movie genre ("With a nod to everything from 1953's ROBOT MONSTER through 1964's CREEPING TERROR" - Variety). Discussion with cast & crew following. With short film "They Came to Attack US" (7 min.). Directed by Efram Potelle & Kyle Rankin. A loser is suddenly in charge of saving the world! Potelle & Rankin are finalists in the Slamdance Anarchy Online Global Film Competition.

 


Co-Presented with IFP/West Festival Buzz

Thursday, December 6 | 7:30 PM

SHADOWBOXERS

"…compelling…boxing hasn’t been shown this creatively on screen since RAGING BULL."- NEW YORK POST

"This film is as visually stunning as it is politically important. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a profoundly moving look at women and athleticism, race and body consciousness as this. Bankowsky’s keen eye and intelligence is exemplary." Hilton Als, writer for THE NEW YORKER

(2000, 72 min., USA) A stylish and visually stunning first look intothe world of women’s boxing focusing on the inspirational rise of charismatic Dutch boxing sensation Lucia Rijker (who makes her acting debut in ROLLERBALL). When the Golden Gloves recognized women boxers for the first time in 1995, filmmaker Katya Bankowsky began expertly capturing an historic era in women’s sports. With an energetic score by Argentine hip-hop DJ Zoel. Non-sports fans will be captivated by this spiritual look at a brutal sport. This is one euphoric, hopped up film that delivers the body shots…a visceral experience of boxing that dives right into these women’s arteries and through their hearts, pumping back out through their fists…shows us why they’re hooked, and hooks us too, and never lets up." – B. Ruby Rich, The San Francisco Bay Guardian

Katya Bankowsky and Lucia Rijker in-person. www.shadowboxers.com IFP West sponsors a reception following the screening and Q & A.

With Aaron Erimez' "Ornament." This animated gem has nothing to do with female boxers but we're adding it as a delightful holiday treat. In the style of Pixar animation, a holiday ornament has quite an adventure on Christmas Eve. www.ornamentsthemovie.com


Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001 @ 7:30 PM

DROPPING OUT (2000, 90 min., USA)

This evening is co-presented with IFP/West Festival Buzz Series.

"…a brilliant, satiric look at the worlds of independent filmmaking and Hollywood…truly the creepiest comedy I have seen in years…" – Chris Gore, FILM THREAT

"…jaw-dropping… The script and lead performances are also dryly hilarious." – BOX OFFICE

In Mark Osborne’s eccentric dark comedy, affable young, "every man" Emile Brockton (Kent Osborne, TBS "The Movie Lounge") is depressed by life. He gets what little enjoyment he can by immersing himself in squirrel documentaries and colorful, pop culture fantasies on TV. When he sets his mind to "ending it all," he makes the mistake of telling his co-worker Henry (David Koechner, "Saturday Night Live") his plan to video tape his suicide so that he can send it to a girl who shunned him. What ensues is a hilarious satire peopled with characters who come out of the woodwork to "help" Emile to not just record his suicide, but to film it in a blockbuster movie kind of way! As the excitement mounts around Emile and the movie, he begins to enjoy his life, but it isn’t so easy being loved when everybody wants you dead! Featuring Adam Arkin, John Stamos, Vince Vieluf ("E.R.") and Jennifer Elise Cox (THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE). "…Special praise to screenwriter Kent Osborne for observantly odd writing." (Hollywood Reporter). An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.

   With Osborne’s Academy Award nominated stop-motion animated short "More" (1999, 7 min., USA) This film is the first mixed-media stop-motion animated short ever filmed in 70 mm/15 perf. A factory drone in a futuristic dystopia tries to recreate the bliss of his younger days with a secret invention. Ultimately the inventor learns that the true essence of his inbspiration cannot be manufactured.

Cast and Crew will appear for a discussion moderated by Film Threat’s Chris Gore following the screening.  IFP will host a reception following the Q & A.


Thursday, November 15 – 7:30 PM

LA PREMIERE

"Jeff Daniels has always had a knack for getting deep inside the hidden lives of shallow men. And Daniels is superb at unraveling the wormy anxieties and desperation at the heart of Ed's existence. "Chasing Sleep" is the stuff of lingering dreams." -Kevin Courrier, Box Office


"…gripping debut effort, aided by the evocative cinematography of Jim Denault ("Boys Don't Cry") and a disturbing, textured sound design by Paul P. Soucek." – Indiewire

"…one of the most persuasive glimpses into a crumbling psyche since Lodge Kerrigan’s shattering CLEAN SHAVEN. CHASING SLEEP should find its way under your skin, lodging there with its potent nightmare imagery." – Ain’t It Cool News

CHASING SLEEP

(2000, 104 min., USA) In writer/director Michael Walker’s Lynchian, psychological thriller a small-town Seattle college professor’s (Jeff Daniels, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, PLEASANTVILLE) wife has disappeared. Daniels is impressive as a man on the edge of sleep deprived insanity whose world slowly dissolves into a strange hallucinatory haze as he comes to term with the fact that his wife is indeed missing. In between "chasing sleep," he weathers a string of visitations from… his wife’s violent lover (Phys. Ed. Teacher George Simian), police detectives (Gill Bellows) and even an amorous co-ed (Emily Bergl, HAPPY CAMPERS) from his creative writing class. When the police uncover his wife’s secret diary, its more than he can bear. Severed fingers that "do their own walking," screams echoing in his empty bathroom, grotesque dwarves in the tub and a series of stopped up drains add surreal touches to this neurotic thriller. Produced by Forensic Films. Filmmaker Michael Walker will appear for discussion following the film.

With Steven L. Austin’s "Moment of Silence" (2000, 15 min., USA) A fast-talking ad exec over stimulates himself with electronic communications device overload.


Thursday, October 4 - 7:30 PM

Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase. Co-Presented with IFP/West Festival Buzz Series

LOSING IT (90 min., 2000)

"…stimulating, illuminating… Some of the stories are heartbreaking, and others are profoundly uplifting." – David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter

Filmmaker Sharon Greytak takes us on a cross-cultural world tour from New York to Siberia – Italy to Brazil and on to Hong Kong, as she reveals the aspirations and realities of people living with physical disabilities in societies that seem to have universally discounted them or made them invisible. Directing from a wheelchair, Greytak physically travels the same roads and faces the same obstacles as her interview subjects. She gets inside their heads, weaving a personal story of human resilience, vulnerability and the struggle to carve out a sense of worth and purpose – not to mention their rights to bear and raise children and economically support themselves. Evocative visuals and Greytak’s lyrically delivered philosophical commentary -- constantly comparing and contrasting her own life experiences with those of the people she meets -- are a stunning companion to interviews with: an Italian artist with a rare blood disease; a quadriplegic Brazilian writer with a womanizing past; a Siberian cerebral palsy victim with the only wheelchair ramp in town; a post-polio, wheelchair bound New Yorker (and commissioner for the NYPD) who faces a multitude of societal prejudices as a disabled mother in an interracial marriage; and others. Greytak, the writer, producer and director of award-winning features THE LOVE LESSON and HEARING VOICES as well as the doc WEIRDED OUT AND BLOWN AWAY, will appear for discussion following the screening.

With short, TBA. A reception sponsored by the IFP/West will follow.


Thursday, September 20 @ 7:30 PM
Co-Presented with IFP/West Festival Buzz

“It's a strong, powerful work that while under 90 minutes, will take you much longer to shake off.” – Ron Wells, Film Threat

GANG TAPES (80 min., 2001) Adam Ripp’s directorial debut (he produced Bryan Singer’s PUBLIC ACCESS) depicts the unsettling juxtaposition between horror and happiness in everyday life in South Central Los Angeles -- a world where stepping out of your front door is a life-threatening risk, and any slight is met with brutal retaliation, in the constant war for turf and respect. When Kris (Trivell), a bright 13-year-old boy, acquires a video camera after a car-jacking, he turns it on himself, his family and the older gangbangers he strives to join, to create a refreshingly, realistic and provocative portrait of African American gang life. Devoid of the preachiness of Hollywood ‘Hood pictures, Kris’ startling “video diary” chronicles a summer of chaos and turmoil, where a young man is transformed from childish onlooker, into a hardened gangster, deeply entrenched in the problems of the gang. Cyril (Darontay McClendon), a recent ex-con, ruled by anger and Alonzo (Darris Love), an expectant father with some semblance of humanity, are two charismatic gangsters who serve as Kris’ role models. The authentically portrayed pair are splitting the gang’s loyalties as they battle with each other. “GANG TAPES manages to pull off a conceit previously thought to be tapped-out in both theme and execution. …pic’s convincingly natural performances and faux-amateur presentation create a potent, non-judgmental look at how violence breeds violence in one underprivileged community.” (Dennis Harvey, Variety) The film’s script, co-penned by Ripp and Steven Wolfson, was culled from hours of conversations with gang members and their families and improvisations with the actors (who were cast from the South Central Community). Produced by David Goodman and Ripp. Cast & Crew discussion and reception hosted by IFP/West will follow the screening. For more information e-mail gangtapes@aol.com


Thursday, September 13  -- 7:30 PM -- This screening is postponed until Sept. 30 at 7:30 PM

"I doubt you will see a more important American film this year." – David Thomson, The Independent (UK)

"…a Victorian "Twin Peaks." (Variety)

"… a distant story from a century ago that with the force of prophecy seems to rush forward to our time and past it. (The New York Times, Greil Marcus)

"A gorgeously photographed, highly original film." – Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

"...dark, disturbing and completely absorbing... subtley drawing a parallel to today made it clear that blaming the media for the ills of society is ludicrous given the violence and mayhem of a century prior in which we didn't have these convenient scapegoats." Mark A. Altman, Film Threat

WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP (76 min., 1999) Despite narrator Ian Holm’s opening claim that "Nowhere can be found a more charming residence," picturesque Black River Falls, Wisconsin in the 1890’s, was "Either some weird plague-stricken hole in an otherwise unblemished American tapestry, or else the whole notion of America’s proud past is a myth." (Luc Sante, Bookforum) Based on Michael Lesy’s book of the same title, director James Marsh renders a wry documentary portrait of this German/Scandinavian settled small town where incidents of suicide, murder, madness, infanticide, and other socially unacceptable mayhem dominate the Badger State Banner newspaper for a decade (coinciding with the economic depression that hit in 1893 and the ravage of a Diphtheria epidemic). These real life accounts read like a litany of human catastrophe invented by Edward Gorey: a cocaine-sniffing schoolmistress who travels the state on a bizarre window breaking quest; a bored teenage girl arsonist; persons possessed by religious fervor who engage in heinous deeds; a 9-year-old who kills his sister while playing with the family gun; and two pre-pubescent runaway brothers who, incited by "the outlaw image" -- murder an old farmer – and live in his house all summer until the law catches up with them. And these are just a few of the grim tales illustrating how "many lives cracked like thin glass in the cold" (David Thomson), at once dispelling the legend of the hardy pioneer and the notion that society has only just corrupted in the modern age. This official selection of the Telluride and San Francisco Film Festivals is a combination of haunting vintage photography and impeccably stylized (B&W) reenactments that give the incredible appearance of period photography in motion. Produced by Maureen A. Ryan.

With short film, Ari Gold’s "Helicopter" (21 min.) This autobiographical tale made at NYU’s film school, combines live action and animation to express the filmmaker’s experience of losing his 47-year-old mother in a helicopter crash. The 20 year companion of legendary rock promoter Bill Graham (The Grateful Dead, Springsteen), she perished with Graham when their helicopter struck an electrical tower in 1991. Her memorial was a huge concert for the three crash victims, but focused primarily on the mega-famous Graham. Gold recalls the surrealness of grieving in such a public forum. The film’s composer Ethan Gold will appear for discussion following the film.

Filmmakers will appear for discussion subject to availability.


Thursday, August 23 -- 7:30 PM

Co-Presented with IFP/West Festival Buzz

Hosted by Chris Gore of FilmThreat.com

"Director Dennis Przywara casts a critical eye in his inside look at fandom, while still maintaining the heart of a true fan." Chris Gore, FilmThreat.com

STARWOIDS (80 min., 2001) Dennis Przywara’s documentary is the stranger than fiction story of STAR WARS fans (A.K.A. Starwoids) and their six week-line-waiting quest to be the first to see Episode I - The Phantom Menace on opening day. On April 7th, 1999, two lines formed at movie theatres on opposite ends of town – one at Westwood's Village (helmed by Daniel Alter, 17-year-old movie addict who graduated high school early so he’d be free to wait in line) and the other at the Chinese in Hollywood (organized by website CountingDown.com). Each group fashioned their own laws, rules, and even governments while anticipating the first STAR WARS film in over 16 years. "Their battle becomes a metaphor for the real struggle going on with fans in the Star Wars universe – the true fans war against the commercialism that threatens to destroy all of fandom." (Gore). The filmmakers actually STOOD IN LINE with loyal fans from both lines for 42 days to capture and celebrate the passion, inspiration, and obsession of being a Star Wars fan. The film goes outside the line to visit with the creators of "Star Wars The Musical" (with a "Greased Lightening" dance number); fans at a Star Wars convention; fans attempting to enter the Skywalker Ranch; a woman who has her car painted like an X-Wing fighter ship; an inner city priest inspired by Star Wars; some of the actors behind the costumes and a Boba Fett rap artist. Chris Gore, who deemed STAR WOIDS, "by far the best documentary about "waiting in line for Episode I" that I have ever seen" (and he’s seen them all) will host a discussion with filmmaker Dennis Przywara, following the screening. IFP/West hosts a beverage reception for ticket buyers. Arrive early so you won’t have to wait in line!

With short film "Jar Jar Binks: The True Hollywood Story" (2000, 11 min.). Director/co-writer (with David Estes) Leif Einarsson. Producer Alok Mishra. Co-Producer Chris Ryan. Filmmakers in person.


July 12 7:30 PM

Co-Presented with IFP/West Festival Buzz

"REQUIEM FOR A DREAM may have nailed the ritual of hardcore drug use, buts ACTS OF WORSHIP nails the need and desperation in a far more naked way." – Ron Wells, Film Threat

ACTS OF WORSHIP (2001, 94 min., USA) Following its premieres at the Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals, 2001, Rosemary Rodriguez’ harrowing, authentic portrait of drug addiction went on to make a splash at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, winning two first time director awards, plus a Best Actress prize for talented newcomer Ana Reeder. Of white, middle class origins, Alix (Reeder), a young woman in her early 20’s has bottomed out as a tough, homeless, crack and heroin addict, on the gritty streets of New York City’s Lower East Side. Her entire life is a desperate, all-consuming pursuit of the next high. She has no real friends, only people she can hustle to feed her habit. At a vulnerable moment (after over-dosing), Alix gives in to the nurturing and generosity of her former neighbor Digna (Michael Hyatt). As the two women uneasily bond, Alix glimpses what might be a model life. Digna is a vivacious professional photographer on the rise -- admired for her talent and adored by a loving boyfriend. In contrast, Digna knows Alix’s life all too well… and as she strives to steer headstrong Alix down a path of recovery, demons from her own past begin to intervene. "Featuring searing, authentic performances from all cast members, ACTS OF WORSHIP portrays the devastating impact of one’s spiritual architecture collapsing and the tragic consequences of turning to drugs for salvation." – Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Nadia Leonelli & Fredrik Sundwall.

DIrector Rosemary Rodriguez and star Anna Reeder in person!

With short film Lee Lanier's "Mirror" (2.5 min., USA, 2000). "Mirror" explores beauty -- real, perceived  and conjured as seen through the ultimate beauty make-over... a combo of the semi-black arts and 2000 years of fashion faux pas.


Co-presented with IFP/West Festival Buzz

Thursday, June 28 - 7:30 PM

INTO MY HEART (93 min., USA, 2000)

"Glazed with the spare heartbreak of [John] Cheever… a valentine to melancholy." – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

Can nice, normal, intelligent people become entangled in ultimately destructive acts against those they love? And what path did they take to get there? The sons of East Coast affluence, Adam (Jake Weber, MEET JOE BLACK, WENDIGO) and Ben (Rob Morrow) are well brought up, well-educated childhood best friends with strikingly different temperaments. Adam is an unwitting charismatic idealist who marries his first love Nina (Claire Forlani, BASQUIAT), while neurotic, cynical Ben has a history of troubled relationships. After he finally marries career woman Kat (Jayne Brook, "Chicago Hope"), the couples indulge in weekend getaways in the idyllic Berkshires… intellectual banter… and word games by the fireplace… But that becomes, "… the land of lost content" (from the A.E. Housman poem that inspired the film’s title), when boundaries are crossed and the innocence of their comfortable well-meaning lives together are shattered by a tragedy that no one is equipped to deal with. An adult drama with echoes of an Eric Rohmer moral tale. "A single act of betrayal becomes the detonator for all the emotional havoc that follows; to the very end much is left unsaid, but little is left unfelt." (Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer) Produced by Jean Doumanian (THE SPANISH PRISONER, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY).

With David Greenspan’s "Bean Cake" (12 min., USA, 2000) Winner of the Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2001. Should a Japanese school boy, circa 1933 love bean cake more than the Emperor? David Greenspan in person!

Co-writers/directors Anthony Stark and Sean Smith and cast members will appear for discussion following the screening.


Thursday, June 14 | 7:30 PM

Alternative Screen

PITCH PEOPLE (2000, 87 min., USA) TV commercial director Stanley Jacobs takes a loving look at the origins of his industry, through "pitch people," or those who make their livings hawking wares by means of extraordinary performances or pitches that convince their audience that -- this is an item they simply cannot live without. Through some of the luminaries in the pitch biz, (including Ed McMahon who got his start on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, pitching the "Morris Slicer," when Johnny Carson was still just a skinny kid from Nebraska), Jacobs winds his way through the history of "the world’s second oldest profession" exposing the art and skill of the pitch, as well as its evolution from shady snake oil salesmen to a group of, largely New Jersey entrepreneurs, who built fortunes demonstrating (and later manufacturing) kitchen gadgets at American fairs and boardwalks in the mid 20th century. The family feuds that developed, the marvel of television (which suddenly made it possible to pitch to millions at a time), and a sublime moment with a contemporary pitch artist at a fair, whose demonstration of a salsa-making veggie slicer is so glib, so entertaining, so personable, SO PERFECT – it will make you cry – are just some of the moments of high drama in a film (yes, this doc will be projected in living color in a sparkling, 35 mm print) that brings unsung cultural heroes to light with answers to questions like: "Who put the Ron in Ronco" or "Who invented (and named) the Vego-matic?" One thing is for sure, you will never look at an infommercial the same way again! Director Stanley Jacobs will appear for discussion following the film.

With Jeff Lester’s short "The Last Real Cowboys" (2000, USA, 12 min.) Billy Bob Thornton and Mickey Jones star in this imagining of the first New Age conversation in the Old West.


THE DOE BOY (2000, 86 min., USA): Tuesday, May 22, 2001 @ 7:30 PM

Co-presented with IFP/West Festival Buzz

THE DOE BOY (2001, USA, 86 min.) This is the story of Hunter, a boy who was part deer and part bird, part science and part four leaf clover." He wanted a story about him to live on in legend and he made it happen, so says his Native American grandfather (Gordon Tootoosis – REINDEER GAMES, LEGENDS OF THE FALL). The bulk of writer/director Randy Redroad’s sensitive coming of age story is set in 1984, in Oklahoma. Eighteen-year-old Hunter (Gregg Araki favorite James Duval – INDEPENDENCE DAY, GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS & the upcoming DONNIE DARKO with Drew Barrymore) is a mixed-blood Cherokee hemophilliac (one of only two Native Americans in the state to be afflicted with what is considered a white man’s disease), struggling to fulfill the expectations, not only of his immediate family, but also of his native heritage. His hostile father (Kevin Anderson) has nothing but regrets for this son he can’t connect with, while his nurturing mom (Jeri Arrendondo) over-protects him. When Hunter moves out, he slowly begins to find himself, but between falling for the girl next door (Jade Herrera) and trying to prove himself as a deer hunter, he is suddenly faced with the larger issue of his own mortality. Andrew Ferchland (NO WAY BACK and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" plays the young Hunter). Anthony Vozza produced the film with the help of Chris Eyre, director of the award-winning Sundance Film Festival favorite SMOKE SIGNALS. Writer/Director Randy Redroad will appear for discussion with producer Anthony Vozza and actors James Duval and Jade Hererra following the screening.

Selena Chang’s short film "Three Exits" (2001, USA, 11 min.), will precede the feature. An Asian American teenage girl asserts herself as an independent spirit during the course of a road trip with her doting parents. Director Selena Chang will appear in person for discussion following the screening of her film.


Thursday, May 10 - 7:30 PM

LA PREMIERE

THE WEDDING VIDEO (2000, USA, 84 min.) Norman is getting married. His parents gave him $10,000, but they want nothing to do with the wedding… because Norman is marrying Sky… and Sky is, well, he’s a guy. So Norman takes the cash and hires Clint, a wedding videographer, to make a film about everything leading up to his special day. What follows is a highly entertaining look at the less virtuous side of human nature… the pettiness, the phoniness, the selfishness… that emerge around weddings, in this case, a gay wedding. What’s more, the friends who come together in LA to share Norm and Sky’s nuptials, are ten of MTV’s ex-"Real World" cast members (from various seasons), who portray exaggerated likenesses of their perceived public images. If you were wondering where the reality-based television phenomenon will go next, this just may be it! Reality bites back! With Heather B, Julie Oliver, Norman Korpi, Rachel Campos Duffy, Cory Murphy, Mike Lambert, Lars Schlichting, Sean Duffy, Syrus Yarbrough and Lindsay Brien. Directed by Norman Corpi and Clint Cowen. Discussion following with the filmmakers. (www.rewindservices.com) With animated short film, Tom Schroeder's "Bike Ride" (2000, USA, 5 min.) What if you rode your bike 5 hours to see the girl of your dreams and found out she didn’t want you?


Thursday, April 5 – 7:30 PM

Co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz Series

LA PREMIERE

"Sharply written, artfully directed, and wonderfully acted. "Black Days" is one of the Best Films I've seen in a long time. It's brilliant, witty, and hysterical noir for the 21st century."  David Wild, Rolling Stone

BLACK DAYS (2000, USA, 80 min.) "Envision a film noir cranked to 11 with a sprinkling of the sort of bizarre elements and violence you might find in a Japanese Yakuza flick from the last 20 years. …a tight, witty, often brilliant and quite damaged comedy." (Ron Wells, FILM THREAT) Co-writer/directors Ari Margolis and James Morley III (who produced with Matt Rose) riff the film noir genre with a nod to "Sin City" graphic novelist Frank Miller in a hard-boiled story where the details aren’t the most important elements. "It’s only the track that leads to where you are going. What you’ll remember is not the destination, but the style and quirks of the car you rode to get there." (FT). Meet Gwen (Shiva Rose), a psychotic femme fatale who likes to keep her ex-boyfriends’ thumbs around, Ty, the parking lot attendant (S. Greg Gardner) who gets in way over his head with her – and Gordon (D. Reynolds) her mumbling (he’s got tongue paralysis – you’ll love how), thug of an ex. Nice canted angle Ty. Discussion following with cast and crew members. An official selection of the Slamdance Film Festival. With Weldon DeBusk’s "Shadowgraph" (2000, USA, 3 min.) An animated meditation on a traveling bullet.

Read Ron Wells' full glowing review on Film Threat!


Thursday, March 22 / 7:30 PM

LA PREMIERE

"Dense with sharp observations about technology, the future and the craft of writing, "No Maps…" is both a profile of author William Gibson and a slick, rather tongue-in-cheek look at the post-modern culture he anticipated…" -- Ken Eisner, Variety

WILLIAM GIBSON: NO MAPS FOR THESE TERRITORIES (88 min., 2000) This conversation with Neuromancer & "Burning Chrome" author William Gibson – who coined the term "cyberspace" -- is the perfect summation of Western technology and culture in the 20th century, as well as a time capsule marking our society’s so-called progress at the edge of a new millennium. "My job gets harder and harder every year, as the truth gets stranger than fiction," Gibson quips after citing the example of Michael Jackson marrying Elvis Presley’s daughter. From the backseat of a media-rigged limousine speeding back and forth across the United States (final destination: the author’s home in Vancouver), Gibson candidly and humorously discusses: the loss of the non-mediated world, the TV test patterns of his childhood, Civil War pornography, Vietnam War draft evasion, the influence of William S. Burroughs, the end of his romance with drugs, the writing process, his role as a visionary of the future, and his own growth as a person and writer. A veteran of visual conceptualization and mixed media artistry, director Mark Neale (U2 Zoo TV Tour; Memory Palace for EXPO 92) illustrates Gibson’s commentary with mind-stimulating imagery, like the strange, shifting landscape outside the car windows: a landscape which grows to resemble Gibson’s fiction more with each passing year. "…the end result is a stiff cocktail of artifice and prophetic social commentary." (Bill Powers, Black Book) Featuring interviews with writers Jack Womack and Bruce Sterling; music by tomandandy and readings and music by Bono and The Edge. (www.nomaps.com) Director/Producer Mark Neale will appear for discussion after the screening.


co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz Series

Thursday, March 8 / 7:30 PM

TWEEKED (90 min., 2001) From Beth Dewey, the director of "Live Nude Girls" (an examination of the world of exotic dancing) and other critically acclaimed shorts such as "Outcall," (a tale of an unhappy dominatrix) comes this DV feature about two female best friends who hit the road after a drug related altercation in Los Angeles. Heading south through Orange County, the girls’ symbiotic relationship disintegrates into a nightmare of amphetamine psychosis, in this post-feminist, cautionary, drug tale. Dewey’s TWEEKED has echoes of THELMA AND LOUISE meets FREEWAY 2: CONFESSIONS OF A TRICK BABY, but her modern, young anti-heroines have no one but themselves to blame for their self-destructive life choices. Darling Narita (BANG), 1998 Independent Spirit Award Nominee for Best Newcomer, stars with Ali Raymer. With Italian Vogue cover boy Gavin Hignight, Richmond Arquette and Chris D. Shepard Stevenson (of the band Pigmy Love Circus) produced and co-composed the film’s score with Dan Carey from the band Tool. Writer/Director Beth Dewey & Producer Shepard Stevenson will appear with other cast and crew for discussion after the screening.


Thursday, February 22 / 7:30 PM
Co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz Series


"Tony Barbieri is an unmistakable talent..." - Gavin Smith, Film Comment

THE MAGIC OF MARCIANO (101 min., USA) From Tony Barbieri, the critically acclaimed director of ONE, comes the story of James, an imaginative 8-year-old boy (Cody Morgan) - an old soul who calmly endures life with a  loving, but unstable mother (Natassja Kinski) and her antagonistic boyfriend Curt (Jason Cairns). James copes by slipping into a private world of vivid daydreams. Making his way home from school along the picturesque   coastline  (the film was shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia), he stumbles across a newly  retired, ex-psychiatrist (Robert Forster, JACKIE BROWN, MEDIUM COOL) who is fixing up his sailboat in the local marina. By offering to help Henry prepare his boat for painting, James insinuates himself into the older man's life and the two form a friendship that provides James with a welcome anchor of sanity. Meanwhile, James' mother's mood swings intensify and a startling violent episode changes the boy's life forever. This delicately crafted, haunting film unfolds with the nuances and subtle rhythms of real life as it examines a less than perfect childhood through the eyes of a child with a strong spirit. The film is produced by Lila Cazes (FRESH, LEAVING LAS VEGAS). "Barbieri has created what are arguably the most challenging  roles  ever for his stars, Natassja Kinski and Robert Forster." (Kevin Thomas,  LA TIMES) Writer/Director Tony Barbieri and cast and crew will appear for discussion following the film.
The short "Football" (7 min) precedes the feature. dir. Gaby Dellal. Four million boys in the UK want to be footballers, but how many make the cut? Starring Helena Bonham-Carter.


THE BEST OF SLAMDANCE

Is not sold-out. Plenty of tickets available at the door!

If you didn’t make the trek to the snow-capped peaks of Park City, Utah for the 7th annual Slamdance International Film Festival – or simply couldn’t see EVERYTHING while you were there– you’ll have two nights at the Egyptian to catch up with festival winners. Fresh from the January 27th award ceremony, we’ll bring you the Audience Award winning short and feature; the Grand Jury selections; "Best Documentary" and various other prize-winners from the 2001 festival. Schedules permitting, filmmakers, still clutching their coveted "Sparky" award statuettes, will appear with their films. Winners will be announced at www.slamdance.com by Jan. 28th.   IFP/West Member price is $5 for any BEST OF SLAMDANCE program.

Wednesday, February 7 – 8:00 PM

ILFORD BLACK AND WHITE AWARD: OLD MAN AND THE GOBLINS directed by Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero. Puppet animation about an old man who is visited nightly by playful goblins. Sponsored by Ilford Photo.

SPIRIT OF SLAMDANCE AWARD Runner-UpTHE ACCOUNTANT (38 min.) directed by Ray McKinnon. Two brothers are trying to save their farm. Suddenly they are visited by an odd accountant with a solid business plan. Sponsored by BARCO. As an actor, McKinnon was recently seen in OH, BROTHER WHERE ART THOU. www.ginnymule.com

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE: HYBRID directed By Monteith McCollum. With a blend of poetic cinematography, animation and an evocative soundtrack, HYBRID is a film about a 100-year old Iowa farmer with a life long obsession with hybrid seed corn. Sponsored by Express.com.

Country-style Festivities will take place in the courtyard prior to the screenings Wed. night starting at 6:30 PM. Live music and cold beer.

Thursday, February 8 – 7:00 PM

THE BEST OF SLAMDANCE

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT: WHITE FACE directed by Brian McDonald. A serious comedy about racism. Sponsored by Eveo.

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE: AMERICAN CHAI directed by Anurag Mehta. Sponsored by the Maryland Film Office. A funny, heartfelt coming of age story about a first generation Indian-American college boy who can't tell his traditional parents he wants to be a musician, not a doctor.

Thursday, February 8 – 9:15 PM

THE BEST OF SLAMDANCE

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT: BOUNDARIES directed by Greg Durbin. A woman is pursued across the international border by a mute trombonist. Sponsored by Exposure (A Sci-Fi Channel Short Film Program).

SPIRIT OF SLAMDANCE AWARD: THE BALLAD OF LITTLE ROGER MEAD (9 min.) directed by Mark Carter. Little Roger Mead emerges from a cocoon of parental repression and finds the courage to share his unique gift with the world.

BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE: DAYDREAM BELIEVER directed by Debra Eisenstadt. When a returning local celebrity "discovers" Valerie at the rehearsal of a community theater production, she abandons the play, her job and her fiance to pursue her acting career in New York. There, her life becomes linked and confused with the city's endless stream of ordinary people with big aspirations. It isn't long before Valerie's dream becomes a surreal nightmare. As an actress, Debra Eisenstadt was in David Mamet's OLEANNA.


Thursday, December 14, 2000 - 7:30 PM 

Co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz Series

BEHIND THE SEAMS: A Modelmentary (92 min.)

LA Premiere!

Cathleen Gallagher (who also co-wrote and produced) turns in an endearing, comic performance as high-strung, top supermodel Casey McCann --who seems to have it all, or does she? It seems her Playboy boyfriend is stepping out with someone else; the fashion TV show she hosts may dethrone her for a younger model (Bridget Hall); and someone is definitely sneaking into her NYC apartment to organize her closet. Hilarity ensues as Casey and her producer/publicist/best friend (Nada Despotovich) try to cope with the unraveling of a less than glamorous life amongst the beautiful, fashionable and famous. Gallagher and co-writer/director James Lima will appear for discussion. Cameos by top designers and super-models such as Bridget Hall.


Thursday, November 16, 2000 - 7:30 PM  Co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz Series

NOW CHINATOWN (90 min.) Dir. Steven Dunning. Lee (Lianne X. Hu), is a sensitive, artistic young woman who has come from China to live in Chinatown, Los Angeles where she is practically an indentured servant at a run-down Chinese restaurant. Lee’s world is small and lonely. She watches the bus go by each day and wishes that her world could expand outside the streets of Chinatown. Mistreated by everyone around her, she takes solace in an encounter with an Anglo-American patron (Dunning) who stands up for her when no one else will. This stranger offers her the inspiration she needs to get out of an increasingly abusive environment… but now it is up to her to find it in herself to take the risk. Filmmakers in-person for discussion following the film. www.nowchinatown.com


Thursday, October 12 - 7:30 PM

OLD MAN RIVER (74 min., 1999)

"An act of love… a poignant reminder of how difficult it is for parents and children to know one another. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe

"Most important, she finds universality in her very personal tale."

-- Chris Wright, The Boston Phoenix

This unusual and incredibly moving portrait of a daughter trying to know her stoic father years after his death, combines writer/performer Cynthia Gates Fujikawa’s acclaimed, multi-media, one woman stage performance, with a stirring collage of moving and still images that mesh to reveal an astoundingly tragic and complex American family history. The Fujikawa family’s lives were ravaged by WW II, US Japanese internment, racism, bi-racial and broken marriages, mental illness, attempted suicide, loss, estrangement -- and ultimately, the suffering of the children. The impact of having an emotionally distant father was profound. Fujikawa seeks to discover her father’s life before she was born, in an effort to understand him. But perhaps the facts of his life are not enough. Why did he erase his first family? Why does he never speak of his internment? While she struggles to forgive herself for allowing her tight-lipped father to take the mysterious secrets of his past to his grave, she does so with a keen sense of life’s ironies. In fact, her father was public persona Jerry Fujikawa, a prolific "Oriental character actor" who played in everything from Jerry Lewis comedies to the roles of the Chinese gardener in CHINATOWN and Korean, "Whiplash Willy" on M*A*S*H. The strength of Fujikawa’s story-telling, (compared in the press to that of Spalding Gray), is in her ability to connect her personal story to larger political and social issues and to analyze and dissect -- and to be angry – angry for what she lost by never really knowing her dad -- and for what was lost by the thousands of Japanese-Americans who quietly suffered inexcusable indignities at the hand of the US government during WW II. Directed, photographed and edited by Emmy Award-Winning Director Allan Holzman ("Survivors of the Holocaust"). Cynthia Gates Fujikawa and Allan Holzman will appear for discussion following the screening. With short: Lily Mariye's "Shangri-la Cafe" (19 min.) In post-WW II Las Vegas a little girl tries to make sense of racism when she witnesses her Japanese American parents trying to pass themselves off as Chinese -- and being told they can no longer serve black customers in their restaurant.


Thursday, September 21 7:30 PM

Double Feature

CANE TOADS: An Unnatural History (48 min.) If Monty Python produced a National Geographic Special, this would be it! Lewis’ first film exposes one of the most bizarre biological blunders in history. In 1935, the Australian government introduced the Hawaiian Cane Toad in Queensland as a natural means of controlling the Greyback beetle’s infestation of sugar cane crops. While the toads did little to eradicate the insects, they adapted rapidly and have bred to bona fide pest populations -- leading to new ecological disasters. Pest or pet? Australians speak out on the ubiquitous amphibians that some nurture, while others play "connect the dots" -- hitting toad after toad on the road. Still others ingest a psychedelic toad "brew" as a recreational drug. "An absolute delight." Janet Maslin, New York Times

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE CHICKEN (60 min., 2000)

L A PREMIERE!

The latest from Mark Lewis (RAT, ANIMALICIOUS), animal documentarian extraordinaire, is a gorgeously shot look beyond our common knowledge of chickens. It serves up the spirit of the bird – not just a leg and a thigh. While we do learn that Americans are gobbling up more poultry than other types of meat these days (about 80 lbs. per person each year), we also witness inspirational tales of chickens with an incredible will to survive – from Valerie, a frozen chicken who was lovingly revived with mouth to beak resuscitation – to "Miracle Mike" the 1940’s side show attraction who lived 2 years after his beheading (much to the dismay of animal activists). Lewis explores the invincible nature of chickens and their varied relationships with humans, as we travel from a farm where free range chickens move from hatchery, to friend, to dinner table – to Florida where a fancy, white French chicken is an adored pet who is bathed and primped regularly by her doting "mommy." Official selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2000.

Mark Lewis will appear for discussion following the screenings.


Thursday, September 7 / 7:30 PM

ALTERNATIVE SCREEN

LA Premiere!

Co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz Series

OUR SONG

(96 min.) Writer/director Jim McKay (GIRLS TOWN) follows three teenage, best girlfriends: Lanisha (Kerry Washington), Maria (Melissa Martinez) and Jocelyn (Anna Simpson), through the sweltering August streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn as they face the challenges of growing up in a world filled with uncertainty, risk and ultimately, hope. The one oasis of stability in the midst of the chaos of their lives is Marching Band (the real life Jackie Robinson Steppers). In these closing weeks of summer, the small moments and dramas mean nothing and everything to these young women as they edge toward adulthood. This exquisitely realized, realistic glimpse at teenage inner-city life explores the ways in which family, friends and community compete to shape a young person’s life, plans and path for the future. "Their susceptibility to fears about what the future holds is inextricably intertwined with their capacity for inventive responses. Their emotional vulnerability and fragility are precisely what make them so gloriously brave, sensitive, and expressive," Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Paul Mezey (LA CIUDAD). Jim McKay will appear for discussion following the film.

Plus, Tara Veneruso’s short film "Sidewalkers" (7 min.). In the spirit of PAPER MOON, these modern day con artists are a 10-year-old Texan girl and her 5-year-old brother!


Tuesday, August 22 / 7:30 PM

ALTERNATIVE SCREEN

Co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz Series

LA Premiere!

THE STRANGE CASE OF SEOR COMPUTER

(105 min.) Charles O’Toole (Rick Ziegler) is a peculiar, 35-year-old computer scientist devoid of social skills, who lives alone in his family’s estate. He embarks on a lofty quest to devise a type of artificial intelligence that can compute mathematical equations to ultimately conquer his greatest fear. When he finishes his robot he dismisses it saying, “You depress me.” The robot’s baby intelligence wallows in its own chaos until O’Toole’s Mexican housekeeper Carlotta (Gladys Hans) begins to nurture the machine (whom she calls Sr. Computer) as she would a child. Now IKE the robot’s intelligence grows in ways O’Toole had never fathomed. He is useless at computation (he falls into “coma  nightmares” when he tries) but he does develop an endearingly eccentric view of human life and an uncanny social ease with women. But as man and machine intermingle to fulfill O’Toole’s desires, sadly, no matter how hard IKE tries to give him what he wants, he can’t seem to please his “father”… Computer geeks will get a giggle out of IKE’s abusive phone sex relationship with a successful business woman who likes discipline. “Watch THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL,” he orders her. “So you’ll be prepared when you meet me.”

Writer/director Tom Sawyer will appear for discussion following the screening. A reception will follow that.


Thursday, August 10 / 7:30 PM

LA PREMIERE

BURNING MAN: THE BURNING SENSATION

(1999, 73 min.) Whether you are looking to get hyped up about the upcoming, annual Labor Day week, mega-art happening, "Burning Man," or you’ve just always been curious, but have never ventured out to Black Rock Desert in the flesh (naked or otherwise), this documentary will scorch your senses as it takes you into the heart of the "Burning Man" experience. In 1999 some 20,000 souls made a pilgrimage to the desert to practice radical self-reliance and self-expression in a temporary, commerce-free community. At the end of the week they burned a 50-foot high, neon-lit, wooden effigy in a wild, tribal, all-night celebration. Director Alex Nohe captures intense footage of these art events as well as interviews with "Burning Man" organizers Larry Harvey (also co-founder), Crimson Rose and Will Roger who explain how, what started in 1986 as an impromptu Summer Solstice celebration, put on by a few friends at a Beach in San Francisco, has turned into a full-blown exercise in city planning and management (this temporary city is the 6th largest in Nevada) with a hefty price-tag. Some of the featured art events include "Burial In Space" by Woodpussy (a group of artists, musicians and pyro-technicians blast their deceased founder into deep space in a 14-foot rocket of their own creation); "Nebulous Entity" and "Futura Deluxe" (two large, roving installation pieces engineered using mathematics derived from fields of neural networks, ecological systems and fractals); and a performance by artist Dea Million who stages her "wedding" to America. Discussion following with director Alex Nohe. A reception will follow the discussion.

With short animated film, Tim Vierling's "The Warhaul" (7 min.) Marilyn Monroe sets out to fight aprint manipulating photographer to win back what is rightfully hers.


Thursday, July 20 /7:30 PM

Co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz Series

"…a charming and disarming winner…" – Merle Bertrand, Film Threat

POST CONCUSSION (1999, 82 min.) Winner of the Taos Land Grant Award for Best Feature Film.

"We humans are dorks. Our function in life is to mill about, and then something brutal happens" quips a cynical and hilariously droll Matthew Kang (Daniel Yoon), summing up what he learned from the educational films he saw in his youth. Matthew is a brusque, self-absorbed young MBA/workaholic management consultant (read, he saves companies from bankruptcy by figuring out how many employees they can axe) at a Fortune 1000 company where the motto is "We are Masters of Our Own Destiny." His best friend Andrew (Don Chen) (who works for an environmental agency in Washington DC) is his reality check – calling him to remind him he is a "corporate tool." Then there is Matthew’s "big league, leftist, Bohemian girlfriend" (Niloufar Talebi) who milks him for thousands of dollars so she can finish her mid-wife training... and his worrisome, Korean immigrant mom who calls him a little too often... Suddenly Matthew’s life as he knows it churns to a halt when he is struck by a car and finds himself flat on his back in his Berkeley apartment recovering from a serious head injury. Between TV induced hallucinations and fragmented memories of educational films, Matthew winds down an unexpected path of healing, populated by New Age eccentrics and a romance with his East German neighbor (Jennifer Welch), a grad student in Physics, whom he initially blew off, telling her: "I’m a capitalist." "Formally inventive, continually irreverent and astonishingly well-scripted, the film captures the banalities of cultural lingo from the boardroom to the yoga mat in this astounding debut." – Jason Saunders, Pacific Film Archive. Discussion following with writer/actor/director/producer Daniel Yoon.

www.bluewaterfilms.com

Plus the short "Graveyard Jamboree with Mysterious Mose" (5 min.) Delightfull puppet animation by Seamus Walsh and Mark Cabellero.


Thursday, July 13 / 7:30 PM

Paul Bartel Tribute  Actor Robert Beltran In Person!!

Suprise Bartel Rareties will screen with EATING RAOUL!

Writer/actor/director Paul Bartel, who passed away in May, was a filmmaker who truly loved movies. He was a member of the Cinematheque since its inception and a frequent patron of the Egyptian Theatre. He took an interest in the work of emerging filmmakers, as well as the obvious masters, and over the past five years he would pop in for an Alternative Screen presentation now and then. "I can’t believe Paul Bartel came to see my film," a filmmaker would whisper. And he wasn’t there because the filmmaker knew him or had sent him an "industry invitation." Paul didn’t need an invitation to ferret out an interesting movie.

EATING RAOUL (1982, 20th Century Fox, 90 min.) Considered by many to be Paul Bartel’s signature film for its full exposition of his flair for black humor, outrageous satire and sophisticated dry wit, Bartel made EATING RAOUL independently after making a name for himself with New World Pictures’ films DEATHRACE 2000 and CANNONBALL. He shot in 21 days… over a year, in a friend’s apartment (which was slated for demolition during the course of that year). Bartel and Richard Blackburn III (who also plays James, a friend from the Valley) co-scripted this "Sweeney Todd" meets HONEYMOON KILLERS tale about a straight-laced, financially pinched, Los Angeles couple, Paul (Bartel) and Mary Bland (Mary Woronov), who long to open a restaurant. When the pair discovers a convenient and profitable way of ridding the world of unsavory "sexual swingers," the cozy dream of Paul and Mary’s Country Kitchen looms closer on the horizon… until one night, when a burglar named Raoul (Robert Beltran) breaks in and cuts himself in on a piece of their action. "…a sharp satiric edge, a wicked subtextual undertow, lots of laughs, and a generous overlay of Bartel’s unfailing charm." – Michael Goodwin, The Village Voice

Eating Raoul was also the surprise hit of Filmex and the Cannes Film Festival when it made its debut on the festival circuit.

Actors Robert Beltran & Richard Blackburn III (and screenwriter), Bob Schulenberg (set decorator) Gary LaPoten (asst. director) will appear for discussion. Other Cast and Crew members have been invited for a post-screening discussion. Other special guests include Paul Bartel's sisters and brother. Confirmations will appear here and at 323.466.FILM.


Thursday, June 29, 2000 / 7:30 PM

LA PREMIERE! Actor Richard Edson In Person!

THE SHADE (83 min.)

Russian/Jewish pawnbroker Simon (Richard Edson, STRANGER THAN PARADISE, PLATOON) leads an ordered, rigid, solitary life punctuated by acts of financial

generosity towards a select few who enter the guarded world of his NYC, Spanish Harlem shop. One day Anna (Lorie Marino, JO JO AT THE GATE OF LIONS) enters his life, selling off jewelry and other mementos over several visits. She seems to come from nowhere and have no plans. One thing is certain, she needs cash. Captivated by her beauty and spirit and touched by her desperate situation, Simon finally asks her to dinner and then abruptly to marry him… As strangers become husband and wife, a secret from Simon’s past cannot be suppressed and destiny prevails. French born filmmaker Raphael Nadjari’s "film noir" is based on Dostoevski’s short story "A Gentle Creature." With music by John Surman. THE SHADE was an official selection of Un Certain Regard, 1999 Cannes Film Festival and the 1999 Deauville American Film Festival. Filmmakers in person subject to availability. www.framedfilms.com

Plus, Luke Jaeger’s animated romp "Out The Fire" (4 min.), set to a 1946 calypso tune, is about the New York Fire Department! Fire-fighting bulldogs, flaming subways, rocket-powered fire extinguishers and sexy skeletons cavort through this "retro" music video.


Thursday, June 8 -- 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere

THE DOGWALKER (105 min.)

Co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz Series

Hailed by Daily Variety as the "first Breakout hit" of the 1999 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Paul Duran’s second indie feature (his first was FLESH SUITCASE) is a comedy-drama that follows Jerry (Will Stewart) -- a man who has fallen on hard times -- and his adventures with three generations of women and their dog. Just as he is about to resign himself to living in his car, he stumbles into a job looking after an old woman (Carol Gustafson) and her pooch, Lucky. Suddenly he is juggling a trio of elderly bridge-playing suitors (John Randolph), the attentions of the old lady’s selfish daughter (Stepfanie Kramer) and the sexual awakenings of her teenaged granddaughter. In desperation, Jerry enlists the aid of three down and out black friends (Tony Todd) to help with the family’s unique demands. The two disparate factions are soon headed into a collision course of class, race, sex, drugs, dog leashes, inheritances and contract bridge that not even a skilled conniver like Jerry can avert…

Discussion with writer/director Paul Duran and other cast and crew and reception following. For more info. on this film see www.thedogwalker.com


Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM

NIGHT TRAIN (80 min.)

The evening is co-presented with the IFP/West’s Festival Buzz series.

"…NIGHT TRAIN is a resourceful, nasty, no-budget ‘Touch of Evil’…" – Amy Taubin, VILLAGE VOICE

"NIGHT TRAIN, an engaging slice of trashy expressionism… bold and inventive… an independent gem proclaiming Bernstein as a talent to look out for in the future." – Alan Jones (London)

"…supremely shot…cross between ‘Touch of Evil’ and ‘Repo Man’…" – indieWIRE.com

"…through brilliant sound design, Les Bernstein gives to Joe’s dreams a surrealistic presence that would make such proud masters as Cocteau and Buuel…" (Radio Canada).

In this dark and dangerous Film Noir-meets-German Expressionism directorial debut from veteran visual effects man Les Bernstein, paunchy ex-con Joe Butcher (JOHN VOLDSTAD) heads South of the Border, tumbling head first into the boiling vat of corruption that supports Tijuana’s thriving pornography and snuff film industry. Through a tequila induced haze, Butcher encounters a Mexican spitfire, a grizzled drunk, a villainous dwarf, and an obese sexpot, as he frantically retraces his brother’s final steps through seed and grime, to unravel his mysterious death. Lavishly shot in black and white with great visual stylization (…al fresco street shooting, vertiginous chase sequences and lyrical overlays of optically printed nightmares." -- CHICAGO SUN TIMES). Lauded at festivals around the world, NIGHT TRAIN is a must see for fans of gritty pics like MURDER IS MY BEAT and BLOOD FEAST. Written with Gary Walkow. Discussion with co-writer/director Les Bernstein and other cast and crew and reception following the screening.

Lauded at festivals around the world (including a recent Winner of Best Director and Best Cinematography awards at the 20th Oporto International Film Festival in Portugal), NIGHT TRAIN finally comes home for its Los Angeles premiere. NIGHT TRAIN has also played at Chicago Underground, Sitges International Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain and FantAsia Festival du Cinema in Montreal. Received favorably by critics, below is some of the praise for NIGHT TRAIN.

Les Bernstein will appear for discussion following the screening. A reception sponsored by Kodak, Foto-Kem and Evian will follow the discussion.


Thursday, May 11th at 7:30 PM

ORDINARY MADNESS (89 min.)

In Bernardo Gigliotti’s off-beat, often darkly humorous thriller, the foreboding mansion is a dilapidated, rambling Craftsman with a parched yard, in a once gracious, sun soaked Los Angeles neighborhood. The hostile relationship of the couple holed up inside is equally as dry and deteriorated. When she isn’t drugging Albert (Gary D. Mosher), her wheelchair-bound, emotionally abusive husband (who watches and listens to her every move from his second story room), embittered, unbalanced Faye (delciously portrayed by Denise Gentile) is seducing her young boarders. But is it Albert who drove Faye over the edge or vice-versa? Intrigue really abounds with the appearance of a new tenant, Bobby (Ron Carlson, FORTUNE HUNTERS), a struggling musician on parole, who is haunted by horrific visions of a young, dead woman… What unbelievable secret links these three troubled, yet ordinary people? Supporting cast includes Mark Boone Junior (TREES LOUNGE) as the local club owner who won’t give the oddball "Funk Brothers" (a comic duo of Alan Gelfant, NEXT STOP WONDERLAND & Robert Musgrave, BOTTLE ROCKET) a gig, and Mariah O’Brien (DIAMONDS) as Bobby’s take-charge girlfriend. LA’s "Lava Lounge" has a cameo. Rumor has it that live music from the film might be performed in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard following the screening. Projected as digital video.

ORDINARY MADNESS recently made its world premiere in San Jose, hometown to several of the filmmakers. "…steps right off the screen, grabs you by the neck and plunges you into the deep, murky mire that is ORDINARY MADNESS." – San Jose Film Festival

Writer/director Bernardo Gigliotti (screenwriter, THE PEPPERMINT LOUNGE), producer Dean Anello and other cast and crew will appear for discussion following the screening.


Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 PM

THE GIRLS' ROOM (101 min., USA)

The evening is co-presented with the IFP/West’s Festival Buzz series.

Soleil Moon Frye, Wil Wheaton & Other Cast & Crew in-person!!

Irene Turner’s THE GIRLS’ ROOM, a dramatic comedy that cuts across stereotype in its depiction of two adversarial college roommates -- a bohemian art major (Soleil Moon Frye, "Punky Brewster") and a Southern Belle (Cat Taber, "Beverly Hills 90210") – whose lives become emotionally and dangerously entangled. Gary Wolf (WHATEVER, TELLING YOU) plays a sensitive classmate who falls for them both. Irene Turner (co-producer, BILLY’S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS) directs this dramatic comedy from a script by Amanda L. Beall (a self-described, recovering Southern Belle), which is loosely based on Beall’s real-life collegiate experiences at a Southern University. Pert, proper Southern Belle, Grace (CAT TABER) and bohemian Casey (SOLEIL MOON FRYE of "Punky Brewster" fame) are adversarial dorm roommates who couldn’t be more outwardly opposite. While Grace makes after-graduation wedding plans for her and her fraternity boy, fiance (WIL WHEATON, STAND BY ME & "Star Trek: Next Generation"), Casey mopes, drinks, has illicit affairs and hangs out with her bi-sexual friend Sweetie (CRYSTALL CARMEN). When Casey’s antics accidentally threaten her roommate’s plans for a perfect future, Psych major Grace follows her life philosophy and embarks on a vengeful mission to "right the balance." When she insinuates herself into Casey’s chaotic life, the entanglement threatens to destroy each girl’s carefully constructed reality. What lies ahead is a fresh departure from the stereotype of the goodgirl/badgirl conflict, as both modern young women struggle to understand what they want from their wide open futures.  This film recently premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Director Irene Turner, Writer Amanda L. Beall and other cast and crew will appear for discussion following the screening.


Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM

EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER (87 min.)

"The power and intelligence of EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER is of such quality and intensity that it is impossible not to be overwhelmed by the movie." Rebecca Yeldham (Sundance Film Festival)

"Radha Mitchell, who’s rapidly maturing into a terrifically accomplished actress, renders a staggering performance…" Emanuel Levy, Daily Variety

Directed by Mark Forster. An official selection, Dramatic Competition, Sundance Film Festival 2000. "…one of the most visually accomplished and emotionally provocative films in the dramatic competition at Sundance…" Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter. The film stars Radha Mitchell (HIGH ART, PITCH BLACK) as a young, suburban housewife with a big piece of the American Dream. When she looses her baby, she finds herself in uncharted territory – and must find a way to grieve or descend into madness. Shot on Digital Video.

Angie (Australian actress RADHA MITCHELL in an unflinchingly honest performance) and Russ (JUSTIN LOUIS), a young, well-off, loving, suburban couple, eagerly await the birth of their first child. Angie’s friends (Catherine Lloyd Burns of "Malcolm in the Middle" and Megan Mullally of "Will and Grace") are also pregnant and together their worlds revolve around babies, husbands and the rituals of family life. When an unexpected tragedy befalls Angie and Russ, the community that they were once integrally involved in begins to disappear. Their fair-weather friends, unable to find a way to console, or share the couple’s grief, simply withdraw. As Angie’s grief begins to drive her to act out in strange and frightening ways, the film echoes the terror of Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY. It is also reminiscent of Todd Haynes’ SAFE in its depiction of an alienated woman adrift in a hostile, suffocating suburban environment, that once offered a bounty of security and comfort. "Roberto Schaefer’s cinematography is a masterwork of telling compositions: His framings, some askew and some straight on, point us to the fullest story dimensions and character depths." (Hollywood Reporter) This amazing, complex film is packed with human emotion – something so absent in films today. A must see. Shot on Digital Video, the film will be projected in a 35mm print. Written by Adam Forgash, Catherine Lloyd Burns and Mark Forster. Director/Co-Writer Mark Forster (LOUNGERS, Winner of the Audience Award at the 1996 Slamdance Film Festival), producer Sean Furst and other cast and crew will appear for discussion following the screening.


Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 7:15 PM 

The Best of Slamdance 2000

DOUBLE PARKED (USA, 96 min.) LA PREMIERE!  MovieMaker Breakthrough Award Winner.

Callie Thorn plays an unskilled, single mother with an unbreakable spirit, who must keep her asthmatic 12-year-old son from falling in with a no good crowd -- while trying to earn a living at the thankless job of Meter Maid and doing her best to resist the advances of her son's science teacher (Bill Sage). Directed by Stephen Kinsella. With animated short "Luz" (USA/Spain, 8 min.) directed by Jos Javier Martinez. Production Value Award Winner. A little girl wanders away from home and ends up in an unusual movie theatre.

Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 9:30 PM  The Best of Slamdance 2000

DOLPHINS (Germany, 40 min.) Audience Award For Best Feature. Director Farhad Yawari tells a captivating, wordless story about a young girl who escapes the harsh reality of a mental institution through a dream world inspired by her goldfish bowl, her love of dolphins and the magic of the sea. With: "Mutual Love Life" (USA, 11 min.). Audience Award for Best Short. This comedy poses the question: "What if you could buy love insurance?" Directed by Robert Peters. "Harry Knuckles and the Treasure of the Aztec Mummy" (Canada, 27 min.). Spirit of Slamdance Award. A two-fisted archeological adventure from director Lee Denmabre. "Great Falls" (Australia, 22 min.) Ilford Black & White Award Winner. Director Yves Stening adapted this story about a family incident that transforms the tranquil, secure life of a 13-year-old, back-country boy in the early 1960's. In Cinemascope.


Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 7:15 PM  The Best of Slamdance 2000

TUVALU (Germany, 92 min.)  LA PREMIERE!

Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography.

Writer/Director Veit Helmer ("Tour Eiffel," "Surprise!") sets his modern fairy tale at a dilapidated and largely deserted swimming pool owned by a blind man whose son (Denis Lavant, Les Amants du Pont Neuf) tries to preserve the illusion that business is prospering. In this offbeat comedy (and love story), the rag tag band of characters keep their spirits up by dreaming of escaping to an island called Tuvalu. Shot in black and white Cinemascope and then colorized.

Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 9:30 PM  The Best of Slamdance 2000

THE TARGET SHOOTS FIRST (USA, 70 min.)

Award for Best Editing & Best Documentary.

"...a hilariously acidic, all-access indictment of corporate culture..." - SPIN

Fresh out of college in 1993, Chris Wilcha landed a job in the marketing department of Columbia House (as in 12 CD's for a dollar) because his corporate bosses were looking for insight into the exploding alternative music scene. Wilcha brought his video camera to work each day and surprisingly was able to freely document everything from marketing meetings, to a trip to the distribution plant. What results is an amazing time capsule of the music scene in the early '90s and a keen and witty look at marketing manipulation of the consumer. With "Night Deposit" (8 min.). Audience Award for Best "Anarchy Online" Film. Monika Mitchell's film was a hit with viewers participating in the festival via the Internet. In a twist on the world's oldest profession, Clare serially seduces men who don't know they are "paying" her.


Some filmmakers may be present for post-screening discussion.


Thursday, March 9, 2000 at 7:30 PM

LA PREMIERE!  Co-presented with the IFP/West Buzz Series.

Official Selection, Dramatic Competition, Sundance Film Festival 2000

OTHER VOICES (104 min.) This end-of-the-millennium tale focuses on a couple who has lost their trust of one another. Each suspects the other of infidelity, and each embarks on a relentless quest to discover the truth. But nothing is that simple, and much lies beneath the surface. "...imaginative and engrossing tale of love and survival. Infused with energy, wit and an elusive quality of mystery, OTHER VOICES portrays a couple whose relationship is in a state of transition, if not yet turmoil. ....a film that vividly grasps the fervor and cacophony of the present moment." - Geoffrey Gilmore (Sundance Film Festival). With David Aaron Baker, Stockard Channing, Peter Gallagher, Mary McCormack, Rob Morrow and Campbell Scott. Directed by Dan McCormack (MINOTAUR). Produced by Ruth Charny & Shelly Strong. With animated short "Oil and Vinegar" (3 min.) directed by Mike Blum. A bottle of oil and a bottle of vinegar have a brief encounter. The filmmakers will appear for discussion following the screening, subject to availability.


Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere! Slamdance Film Festival 2000 Grand Jury Prize Winner!

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING (93 min.):

This film could be described as the events leading up to an appearance on "The Jerry Springer Show." Shot in an almost voyeuristic style by cinematographer Alex Vendler (THE BIBLE & GUN CLUB, KURT & COURTNEY), Frank Novak’s sensitve, humanizing portrait of domestic life takes us play by play into the escalating drama surrounding the disintegration of Don (Bob Miller and Donatella’s (Petra Western) marriage. While loud-mouthed Don revels as the reigning, out-of-control king (and proud owner of "black tail turtle" – some rare collectable plush…), of his white trash circle of beer guzzling, action figure collecting buddies, Donatella goes through a subtle breakdown that escapes the understanding of her concerned new lover. The battle between husband and wife starts getting dangerous when a rocket launcher enters the equation and Don builds a wall down the middle of their house to separate them. With Mitchell Rose's short "Elevator World" (4 min.). Winner of the Slamdance Film Festival 2000 Jury Prize for Best Short Film. Animated. A look at the choreography of elevator culture.

The Cinematheque presents the LA Premiere of director Frank Novak’s feature film debut, following two previous screenings (once through Alternative Screen and once in our Greatest Hits series) of his short film "Domestic Disturbance" (which inspired the feature). Following the World Premiere at the 2000 Slamdance Film Festival, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING comes to the Egyptian.  Writer/Director Frank Novak and other cast & crew members will appear for discussion following the screening.

An Official Selection of Critics' Week at the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival!!


Thursday, February 10th at 7:30 PM

SEX, DEATH AND EYELINER & "Pig":

Los Angeles Premiere!

Director Keith Border explores the Gothic scene, a culture that flourishes around such heroes as Dracula and other manifestations of the undead that appear in the literature of Anne Rice and other members of the gothic literati. Border begins with the elaborate, deathly pale make-up, the corsets, the capes, the coffins and even the fangs that "Goths" have capped onto their actual incisors – and then segues into the more estoteric depths of off-shoot subcultures involved in vampirism, blood play, bondage, sado-masochistic fetishism and even an interview with a woman who is a vampire. This beautifully lensed doc is a sort of Edward Gorey-style primer to the undead – from valuable 18th century make-up tips: "Not too pale or it will make your teeth appear yellow," to a Dracula convention, an all-Goth apartment building and even a mom who supports her teenage daughter selling her art on "Drac Pack" playing cards featuring everyone’s favorite Prince of Darkness. One insider sums up the scene, saying that it is, "An appreciation of things other people are too afraid to appreciate." A documentary that explores the Gothic lifestyle in all of its doom-and-gloom, velvet cloaked glory. Border captures the scene in interviews with "Goth" artists, vampires, fang wearers and others who incorporate the poetry of death and decaying beauty into their daily lives.

Writing about SEX, DEATH AND EYELINER, a critic for the SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN wrote, "If you think Goths are inherently silly or buy into the post-Littleton notion that they’re "dangerous," this fast-paced, very entertaining documentary may foster some new respect for them as a valid subculture of open-minded non-confirmists." The SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER called the film, "…hilariously insightful…".

"Pig," shot in a dreamlike black and white, depicts the relationship between a killer and his victim in which all the lines are crossed, blending fantasy with reality. The unconscious mind of a killer is transformed, manifesting itself into abstraction in this black and white film that served to "exorcise and transition" the personal demons of Rozz Williams who committed suicide at the age of 34. Dutch born director Nico B realized this vision in this film. This short film comes out of the Goth scene itself. The late Rozz Williams was well-known as a member of the rock band Christian Death

Directors Keith Border & Nico B will appear for a Q&A following the screening.

Please note that this evening’s program is not for the squeamish. Persons under 17 will not be admitted without an adult.


November 18 / 7:30 PM
Co-presented with the IFP/West's Festival Buzz series
The Last Man (94 min.)

The Last Man is a subtle, neurotic, genius comedy that follows the last man on Earth: Alan (David Arnott), a portly graduate student who wanders a post-Apocalyptic suburban wasteland, documenting his thoughts for some race that may discover his remains posthumously.  The Apocalypse takes on a whole new light when he meets the gorgeous Sarah (Jeri Ryan), a woman who doesn't like to be alone.   They forge a survivors bond, then a friendship, then a romance. Their solitary journey takes a dramatic u-turn with the appearance of a third wheel: the charming, handsome, and dumb Raphael (Dan Montgomery). Alan begins to face a horrible reality that even with virtually no competition, there's always someone better, and slowly his thoughts turn from utopian ideals to lowdown murder. Writer/director Harry Ralston (who produced Men Cry Bullets)will appear for a discussion following the screening.

Special thanks to Alex Nohe IFP/West


RESFest Digital Film Festival '99 (Special ticket price $10)

"A touring celebration of the romance between technology and storytelling..." - Independent Film & Video Magazine

"A glimpse into the next wave of DIY filmmaking." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"...a showcase for digital innovations in filmmaking and, more to the point, a celebration of their democratizing aspects."
- Village Voice

""RESFEST is an increasingly high-profile link to digital filmmakings grassroots..." - Wired News

The first films made on the desktop were typically brief, with low frame rates, heavy pixelization, and tiny windows to match their run times. Due to the rapid advancement in digital filmmaking tools faster computers with massive amounts of storage, high-quality digital cameras, and continuously evolving software these traits are becoming a thing of the past. As demonstrated by the following films, digital technology has brought us to a point in filmmaking where the only limiting factor is ones imagination. The animated works in our program reflect the growing interest among digital filmmakers to create fantastic worlds beyond our own. Some have rendered these worlds in amazing photo-realism see Steve Katzs Protest or Chris Wedges Bunny  and others, like Richard Kenworthy (The Littlest Robo) or
Syd Garon and Eric Henry (Inner Space Dental Commander), have created worlds that are purely surreal. Above all, the films in the following program represent what storytelling can achieve when sophisticated tools fall into the hands of gifted artists. Two nights of the festival are co-presented with Alternative Screen. Check the Resfest website for info. on the rest of the fest.


November 11 / 8:00 PM

BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY (85 min.)

"hip, hypnotic...engaging pic. "Better Living Through Circuitry" demystifies raves and sets the bar for others to explore this culture and music."
-Charles Lyons, Variety

Better Living Through Circuitry" rocked the house... audience members gushed that "Circuitry" was the best documentary they had ever seen"
-IndieWIRE

"...a better commercial documentary than anything I saw at Sundance this year and audiences are in for a very special experience" -David Pollard, Roughcut

"An incredible job of capturing the spirit of the rave scene... inspired" - Nicole Powers, URB Magazine

"This film rocks! ...a positive and accurate film about our beloved dance culture" -Kelly Edwards, XLR8R

Jon Reiss film Better Living Through Circuitry captures the spirit of the electronic dance community that is so often missed by the mainstream media. This insiders look at rave culture shows DJs, designers, promoters, and musicians speaking for themselves about their music and ideals. Insightful and entertaining, the film presents such dynamic aspects of rave culture as empowerment through technology, the DIY (do-it-yourself) ethic, and the flowering of a new spirituality embracing transcendence through sound and rhythm. The film features interviews and/or performances by The Crystal Method, Roni Size, DJ Spooky, Frankie Bones, Carl Cox, Electric Skychurch, Moby, Wolfgang Flur. Shot on the Sony VX1000, edited on the Media 100 and After Effects.

Director Jon Reiss and Producers Brian McNelis and Stuart Swezey will appear for discussion following the screening. For more on this film see (http://www.technofilm.com)

November 10 / 8:00 PM

RESFest '99 SHORTS (75 min.)

47 hz (1999, 3:33) Dave Foss
Bad Night (1999, 2:00) Emre and Lev Yilmaz
Bunny (1998, 7:15) Chris Wedge
Descent (1999, 3:40) Kevin Souls
Doug Gives a Talk on Electronics (1998, 2:20) Richard Kenworthy
Ground (1999, 7:30) James Kenney
Inner Space Dental Commander (1999, 4:00) Syd Garon and Eric Henry
The Littlest Robo (1999, 9:15) Richard Kenworthy
Masks (1999, 5:00) Piotr Karwas
Millennium Bug (1999, 1:24) Lee Lanier
More (1998,| 6:00) Mark Osborne
Orpheus Re:visited (1999, 6:30) Rick Morris & Rebeca Mendez
Protest (1999, 2:30) S.D. Katz
Snack and Drink (1999, 3:45) Bob Sabiston and Tommy Pallotta
Tokitama Hustle (1999, 3:36) Koji Morimoto
Zero Point (1999, 6:15) Elizabeth Dagger

Free admittance to Opening Night party with ticket stub. Party sponsored by
Dockers Khakis, beverages courtesy of Samuel Adams and Blavod Vodka.
(http://www.resfest.com)


"Bright and original with the definite ring of truth." – Leonard Maltin

"A heartfelt, bittersweet tale of an artist’s mid-life crisis." – THE CHICAGO READER

"The film is infectious as is Kotin in the lead role." AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

Thursday, September 23 7:30 PM

Girl’s Night! LA PREMIERE

TEMPORARY GIRL (88 min.)

"Chicago performance artist Lisa Kotin delivers an endearing manic turn as a struggling actress with ripening ovaries…" (CHICAGO SUN TIMES).

Forty-year-old Jeanette Byrnestein has paid the bills as an office temp for 15 years. "But its only temporary," she quips to her annoying office co-workers. She is really a performance artist (rushing to get her "Women, Sex and Technology" grant application in with a hilarious skit about her date with a giant cell phone) – and an actress, obsessed with visions of Barbra Streisand caliber stardom. By day she is the ultimate office thief at agency Hungwell, Peterman and Cox, where she milks her free use of office equipment to photocopy hundreds of resumes and headshots, dub videos of her acting reel and to call to check her personal messages all day. When she finds she may have a shot at a part as "an office ditz" on a TV show, suddenly everyone in Jeanette’s life wants her to go permanent. Her boss-from-hell offers her a job as her full-time secretary, her husband (David M. Pasquesi, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, THE FUGITIVE), who has given up his own rock star dreams, is hoping her pregnancy test is positive and her parents are lobbying for both job and baby. Many Second City main stage vets comprise the cast of corporate crazies and others. Kotin is also the writer and co-director, with Johnny White, of this poignant comedy about love, work, choice, perseverance, the pursuit of personal happiness and the sacrifices we sometimes have to make. Writer/Director Lisa Kotin will appear for discussion following the screening.

Plus, Jeremy Workman’s "Claire Makes It Big" (28 min.). A vivacious, full-figured actress (Mara Hobel from TV’s Roseanne) is fed up with losing parts to thinner rivals. When she is rejected for the lead role in a Hollywood movie that was written specifically for her, she hops a plane for the coast and aided by the latest technology – takes her revenge.

 


Tuesday, September 7 7:30 PM

LA PREMIERE

Co-presented with the International Documentary Association

 "…a compelling, insightful, ultimately reassuring look at facing death with grace and inner peace." -- Glenn Lovell, VARIETY

"…a noble, heartfelt documentary." -- Renee Graham, BOSTON GLOBE

DEATH: A LOVE STORY (64 min.)

"…I was hoping to cure the disease in my body… Instead what I got was authentic healing; an opening of the closed spaces in my heart," says Mel Howard, the subject of his wife Michelle Le Brun’s challenging documentary on his physical demise from liver cancer and the unexpected spiritual opportunities that surfaced. Married only two years when Mel, a Hollywood producer, actor, film educator and cinema verite filmmaker, was diagnosed, the couple decided to document their uncertain journey… their struggle withtraditional and alternative medical procedures; issues of quality of life in sickness; and finally the gift that death offers when we are able to put our fears, confusions and denial aside. An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and Winner of the Insight Award for Best documentary at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, DEATH: A LOVE STORY opens the door for dialogue about demystifying death in America and making the experience a dignified passage for the dying and his/her loved ones as they embrace this most sacred event. I was transformed, having been given by Mel, a look into the eyes of death and seeing that there is nothing to fear. (Le Brun)Writer/Director/Producer Michelle Le Brun will appear for discussion following the screening.

Plus, Eva Ilona Brzeski’s "24 Girls" (29 min.), a wistful tribute to the potential and mystery inherent in every life. In this lyrical essay, a group of young girls on the threshold of life are auditioning for a film. Woven through their experience is a meditation on a little girl who died. IDA Members can present current membership card for a $5 ticket price.

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Thursday, August 26 7:30 PM

LA PREMIERE

Co-presented with the IFP/West’s Festival Buzz Series

"Director David Fickas has craftily composed a delightfully paranoid story of crisis, control and ultimate faith for his feature film debut. …easily marks Fickas as a new talent to watch." -- Kathleen McGinnis, MOVIEMAKER

THE BASEMENT AND THE KITCHEN (98 min.)

Writer, director, actor David Fickas stars in this quirky sci-fi, conspiracy thriller with an "X-Files"-like sensibility and a story that is both moving and comic. Since a traumatic, incident he can’t fully remember, Lloyd Proffit (Fickas) has spent the past nine years of his life holed up in his basement, terrified of the outside world. Haunted by dreams that some would say result from insane paranoia, Lloyd insists that there is more to his conspiracy theories than vivid imagination. Is his therapist a party to it? His mother? Where did the crystal come from that he wears around his neck? Today is his twentieth birthday and the anniversary of his father’s mysterious death. His neighbor and childhood friend Traci (Pam Cook), the only person he trusts even one iota, stops by to visit. She has no reason to believe his rantings… until she stumbles onto the secrets hidden in the kitchen. This unique coming of age story was a hit at the 1999 Seattle International Film Festival. Director David Fickas and cast members will appear for discussion following the screening.

Plus, Mitch Butler’s "The Smell of Horror" (7 min.). In this Tim Burton-esque animated short, a toxic fume tester answers a call at an dark old house and finds himself in the position of asking the eccentric resident, "Why is there a cornish game hen handcuffed to your chair?"


Thursday, August 12, 1999 7:30 PM

"Engaging…" – VILLAGE VOICE

"Bizarre and haunting… It’s punk Wim Wenders." – NEW YORK PRESS

"SLEEP is a film keeping me awake at night. Calvin creates a stunning  experimental feature, mainly because he accumulated enough striking visuals to match his numerous ideas." -- INDIEWIRE

LA PREMIERE!

Sleep (103 min.)

Peter Calvin’s stunningly photographed, restless journey into the feverish nightscapes of Los Angeles follows four Beverly/Fairfax area hipsters with assorted sleep disorders: Jonny (Casey Peterson), an insomniac; Cass (Ames Ingham), a sleepwalker; Sam (Bonnie Dickinson), a narcoleptic; and Steve (Tim Innes), a compulsive sleeper. Sometimes analytical, sometimes abstract and always amply laced with ironic humor, the film maneuvers through a netherworld of sound and imagery -- weaving together narrative sequences, interviews with doctors, sleep lab footage, text, and hypnotically beautiful passages -- that all combine to create a fluid, dreamlike landscape, by day or night. Narration reminiscent of that found in an early Peter Greenaway "documentary" adds yet another layer to this meditation on human consciousness. "The ability to weave such disparate elements into a seamless feature is what makes SLEEP satisfying and marks Calvin as a filmmaker to watch." (INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO MONTHLY) "The result is both sexy and smart, gripping and atmospheric, transcendent and pop." (NY Underground Film Festival) Peter Calvin will appear for discussion following the screening. Plus, Shanti Thakur’s "Two Forms" (4 min.) This erotic show of two hands explores notions of gender through simple gestures and rich imagery reminiscent of Weston's photographs.


Thursday, July 22, 1999 7:30 PM

Co-presented with the IFP/West’s Festival Buzz Series " A taut, modest and refreshingly clear-eyed indie thriller…" – VARIETY

"This starkly shot film noir… exhibits visual acumen and a flair for the unspoken." – CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"…a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, reminiscent of FARGO and CASABLANCA." – THE STRANGER (Seattle)

DEAD DOGS (92 min.)

Winner of the Jury Prize for American Independents, 1999 Seattle Film Festival. In this edgy, neo-noir, heist-gone-awry thriller, which is hypnotically shot in eerie black and white, Tom Kale (Joe Reynolds) slides aimlessly through life -- working nights as a hotel security guard at the Midwestern Driftwood Inn. He bides his time playing chess with the desk clerk --- and sneaks off for meaningless sex with an unhappily married hotel maid. In classic noir tradition, he is a man with a dark past that has numbed him. Suddenly his quiet existence is interrupted by the tumultuous return of his brother Derek (Jay Underwood), who is fresh off the road from a series of polite, small-time robberies with Tom’s former girlfriend Carmen (Margot Demeter). But three years time hasn’t faded Tom’s bitterness for the bad blood between them and as Derek tries to rekindle their wild past together, tensions run high and old passions boil over when Derek and Carmen put Tom to the test. Director Clay Eide and producer Regge Bulman will appear for discussion following the screening. With Bill Morrison’s short "The Film of Her" (12 min.). In this evocatively wrought film, a man attempts to solve the mystery of a woman lost in the early images of cinema.


Thursday, July 15, 1999 7:30 PM

US PREMIERE

FREEWAY 2: CONFESSIONS OF A TRICK BABY (99 Min., Kushner Locke) In a cross between NATURAL BORN KILLERS and THELMA & LOUISE, Matthew Bright (FREEWAY) once again delivers a shocking and poignant urban re-imagining of a classic fairy tale. This time he puts a perverse spin on Hansel and Gretel, with an exploration of two young women fighting against the harsh and twisted society that created them. Natahsa Lyonne (THE SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS) is Crystal (named for her mom’s favorite drug), a cynical, bulimic convict who ends up on the lamb with her psychotic cellmate Cyclona (Maria Celedonio), a beautiful lesbian Latina with a powerful crush on her. There’s no turning back when Crystal discovers that her companion is a homicidal maniac who was in prison for murdering her entire family! In a race for their lives, the pair tear off to Mexico in search of Sister Gomez (Vincent Gallo), the one person Cyclona believes can save them from themselves. But when they finally reach Gomez’ "gingerbread house," they encounter something more sinister and disturbing than anything these hardened, abused, molested, neglected, dysfunctional little girls have seen yet! Director Matthew Bright and cast members are scheduled to attend. With short "The Great Coagulator" (8 min.) directed by Geoffrey Chadwick. An amazing new talent is discovered on the stage of a third rate freak show when The Great Coagulator makes his debut. Special ticket price $15 members/$20 general, includes reception following.

 


Thursday, June 24, 1999 7:30 PM

Brand New Indie Feature!!

TRASH (90 min., 1999)

Jeremy Sisto (SUICIDE KINGS, CLUELESS) Eric Michael Cole (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, WHITE SQUALL) Jaime Pressly (RINGMASTER, CAN’T HARDLY WAIT) co-star in Mark Anthony Galluzzo’s sensitive portrayal of teenagers in Louisiana Bayou country grappling with issues of class, loyalty and taking responsibility for their own destinies. In their senior year, the accidental death of a friend during a hunting trip is a catalyst for best friends Anthony and Sonny to seriously assess their futures. While Sonny’s poverty and loveless family life sends him down an embittered and violent path, Anthony’s gift for writing and the possibility of earning a college scholarship coupled with his relationship with an upper class girl, give him a glimmer of what life might be like if he rises above his current circumstances. But as tension builds between the two boys, they realize they must sacrifice their friendship at all cost if they want to move on. With Grace Zabriskie, Veronica Cartwright and Marisa Ryan. Produced by Todd Feldman. The filmmakers and cast will apear in-person following the screening.


Thursday, June 10, 1999 7:30 PM

West Coast Premiere!

RADIATION (90 min., 1998)

"RADIATION hits the nail on head… One of the most original films about the music biz…" THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Photographed in an almost documentary style Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley ’s "well-crafted and darkly humorous tale" (Sundance Catalog) captures the self-inflicted disintegration of a stubborn young man’s career as a tour promoter for American indie bands in Spain. When speed-addicted Unai (Unai Fresnado) screws things up with the US band Come, he takes a free-spirited American performance artist (Katy Petty) on the road instead. While her feminist beat poetry enchants audiences across Spain, Unai gets caught up in an exhausting and frustrating cycle of lies, schemes and drug-dealing in an effort to maintain their marginal existence on the road. Unai’s complicated, dark, inner turmoil contrasts sharply with the simple, sun-soaked, natural splendor of the Spanish countryside of their travels – which culminate in the politically volatile Basque region – the place of Unai’s birth. With music by a variety of indie bands including Stereolab. On the heels of play dates at the Sundance, SXSW, NY Underground and Buenos Aires Film Festivals, RADIATION comes to the Egyptian with a live musical performance by the bands Lotusland and Spaceheads,  plus a photography exhibition focusing on the indie music community. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.  With Mollie Jones' short "Debutante" (11 min.), a raw, exhilarating portrait of teenage angst, isolation and ultimate rejuvenation starring Selma Blair ("Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane"). Directed by Mollie Jones. The filmmakers will appear in-person following the screening.

Live Music after the screening in the courtyard of the Egyptian! Spaceheads & Lotusland! Plus a photography exhibit by Michael Galinsky!


Tuesday, May 18, 1999 7:30 PM

US PREMIERE

LUCINDA’S SPELL (1998, 105 min.)

"…a jagged edginess that’s frightening and riveting." – Len Klady, VARIETY

"A wild whirlwind… the most unusual fight over care and custody ever seen on screen… A perfectly directed fantasy of the erotic kind." – EMDER ZEITUNG GERMANY

Sex is magic in Jon Jacob’s colorful Cinemascope romp through New Orleans witches’ covens on the magical Eve of Beltane. In this wonderfully offbeat, supernatural, sex comedy with a lot of heart, Lucinda (Christina Fulton), an enchanting, kooky beauty, who is more sylph/sex healer than prostitute, finds herself competing in a spell contest with other local witches to determine who will bare the magical child of the visiting First Horn (Jon Jacobs), the decadent, direct descendent of Merlin the Great Druid – and thus, the current possessor of the pure and magical bloodline. But this is not the playboy First Horn’s first trip to the Big Easy and he soon learns that he may already have a 9-year-old son from an earlier Bourbon Street tryst. Amidst the swirl of ancient Celtic spells and incantations and a spectacular grand finale of outrageous sexuality and eye-popping visual splendor, LUCINDA’s SPELL is also the bittersweet story of a heroic mother’s struggle for custody of her child and a unique commentary on the battle of the sexes. With music by The Neville Brothers, P.J. Harvey, The Squirrel Nut Zippers and Buckwheat Zydeco among others. Jon Jacobs and Christina Fulton will appear for discussion following the screening. (http://www.sexismagic.com) With short film "La Petite Package" (5 min.) by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. * This film was incorrectly listed on the calendar as being on Thursday.

Thursday, May 13, 1999 7:30 PM

Animalia Double Feature!

For more than a decade, Mark Lewis (CANE TOADS, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DOGS) has been examining the often quizzical relationships humans have with creatures of the animal kingdom. His work might best be described as the flip side of "The Wonderful World of Disney" nature specials. ANIMALICIOUS (1999, 52 min.) If you are a fan of Fox’s ubiquitous "When Animals Attack" specials then you won’t want to miss Lewis’ much more insightful approach to similar absurdities. After collecting bizarre stories about unusual incidents between people and animals over a period of time, Lewis found encounters with a duck, a squirrel, a hawk, a parakeet, a turkey, a snake and one tiny dog around which to base a film. He skillfully coaxes terrific performances from non-actors who recount their true tales about the animals who shot them, fell on them, flew at them and generally caused mayhem. ANIMALICIOUS is a funny, wry account of how normal people’s lives were affected by these unfortunate chance encounters with pets and wildlife. RAT (1998, 56 min.) New Yorkers bitten by rats last year: 184. New Yorkers bitten by other New Yorkers: 1,102. In the offbeat and highly amusing RAT Lewis points his camera into the sewers, basements, attics and subway tunnels of New York City to document the tense competition between man and rat, the two most successful mammals on earth – as they battle for territory in the Big Apple. Lewis travels from borough to borough gathering "rat stories" (depicted in perhaps the first ever "dramatic reenactments" featuring rodent actors) from tormented ordinary citizens living with vermin infested kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and stoves as well as less-than-optimistic members of the Bureau of Pest Control. Mark Lewis will appear for discussion following the screenings.



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