a highly-opinionated selection of things happening around town, and sometimes out of town. this month's page here.
thu. oct. 1 macbeth (1948) FREE 7 PM @ csun armer kingdom of shadows FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc stark golden swallow, masked avengers @ new beverly dream boys @ satellite rock & roll high school @ eat see hear @ laemmle noho 7 legend (2015) @ beyond fest @ egyptian fri. oct. 2 animal house MIDNIGHT @ nuart better off dead (w/ q&a) @ beyond fest @ egyptian yakuza apocalypse: the great war of the underground 10:15 PM @ beyond fest @ egyptian scarface (1983) @ aero from dusk til dawn MIDNIGHT @ new beverly the visit 10:35 PM @ arena cinema joe baiza (9:00) @ cafe nela sat. oct. 3 triptides @ roxy spokenest @ pehrspace cafe society (1939) 7:45 PM (RSVP) @ starlight studio the big lebowski 8:30 PM @ crest the evil dead, evil dead ii (w/ q&a) @ beyond fest @ egyptian lee noble, tara jane o'neil FREE (RSVP) @ temporary space sicario (w/ q&a) 7:35 PM @ landmark e.t. 3 PM @ aero amadeus @ aero the exorcist MIDNIGHT @ new beverly gilda, the bigamist @ ucla film archive the visit 10:05 PM @ arena cinema sun. oct. 4 habit @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater frizzi2fulci, the beyond @ egyptian ship of fools, the defiant ones @ aero dracula (1931) 5 PM @ crest alien, horror planet @ new beverly the visit 8:25 PM @ arena cinema mia doi todd @ mccabe's mon. oct. 5 the invitation, invasion of the body snatchers (1978) @ beyond fest @ egyptian alien, horror planet @ new beverly experimenter 6:00 8:00 PM FREE (RSVP) @ usc howard the visit 10:40 PM @ arena cinema dracula (1931) FREE 6 PM @ l.a. library studio city branch tue. oct. 6 fargo FREE 6 PM @ santa monica library ocean park branch breaking away FREE 1:30 PM @ skirball bone tomahawk @ beyond fest @ egyptian the wolf man (1941) 1 PM @ lacma what have you done to solange?, what have they done to your daughters? @ new beverly the winding stream @ don't knock the rock @ silent movie theater one cut one life FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc brice the visit 6 PM @ arena cinema wed. oct. 7 he never died @ beyond fest @ egyptian too late 10:15 PM @ beyond fest @ egyptian they came from within, the brood @ new beverly the visit 10:40 PM @ arena cinema frankenstein (1931) FREE 6 PM @ l.a. library studio city branch thu. oct. 8 othello (1952) FREE 7 PM @ csun armer sun choke 10 PM @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater this is spinal tap @ eat see hear @ laemmle noho 7 eraserhead @ beyond fest @ egyptian the devils 10 PM @ beyond fest @ egyptian of scrap & steel FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ lava @ union rescue mission rooftop sicario (w/ q&a) 8 PM @ arclight hollywood elektro moskva @ aero they came from within, the brood @ new beverly the visit 6 PM @ arena cinema fri. oct. 9 the thing (1982) MIDNIGHT @ arclight hollywood haunted moneymoon, nothing but trouble @ new beverly hack-o-lantern 7:45 PM, slime city @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater the mend 8 PM @ vidiots annex from dusk til dawn marathon MIDNIGHT @ new beverly sat. oct. 10 kids in the hall, etc @ festival supreme @ shrine glory 1:30 PM @ autry scarface (1983) @ street food cinema @ exposition park jessica pratt FREE (RSVP) @ getty center the thin man 2:30 PM @ silent movie theater the phantom of the opera (1925, w/ live accompaniment & q&a) 4 PM @ beyond fest @ egyptian dog day afternoon (w/ q&a) @ beyond fest @ egyptian stand and deliver @ barnsdall park stella polaris, burnt by frost @ aero haunted moneymoon, nothing but trouble @ new beverly the exorcist MIDNIGHT @ new beverly the mask (1961, 3D) 5 PM @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater an american werewolf in london MIDNIGHT @ arclight hollywood the mend 5:00 8:00 PM @ vidiots annex sun. oct. 11 rabid dogs (2015) FREE 9:30 PM @ beyond fest @ spielberg @ egyptian the dark horse, once were warriors @ aero castle of blood 5:30 9:25 PM, black sunday 7:30 PM @ new beverly the thin man 2 PM @ silent movie theater frankenstein (1931) 5 PM @ crest the mend 2:30 5:00 8:00 PM @ vidiots annex park row FREE 7 PM @ reel grit @ afi dangerous men 10 PM @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater mon. oct. 12 avant garde jazz films FREE 6 PM @ documental @ unurban the assassin (2015) @ beyond fest @ egyptian black sunday, castle of blood @ new beverly dusty and sweets mcgee @ silent movie theater all things must pass: the rise and fall of tower records FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc howard rosemary's baby 7:45 PM @ arclight pasadena mind meld, sex stains, randy randall @ echo the armor of light (w/ q&a) 7 PM @ reel talk @ landmark tue. oct. 13 qui, high cameras @ echo ghost of frankenstein 1 PM @ lacma alien (director's cut) @ arclight hollywood all about eve @ laemmle royal fargo FREE 6 PM @ santa monica library ocean park branch wax children @ satellite experimenter FREE (RSVP) @ melnitz movies @ ucla james bridges wed. oct. 14 heron oblivion @ fonda amarcord @ ampas linwood dunn day of the dead (1985), the crazies @ new beverly eerie archives 10:30 PM @ lost & found film club @ silent movie theater psycho @ arclight sherman oaks the mummy (1932) FREE 6 PM @ l.a. library studio city branch thu. oct. 15 mr. arkadin FREE 7 PM @ csun armer love & peace @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater the visit 10:30 PM @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater the man who shot liberty valance FREE 2 PM @ santa monica library montana branch sex lies & videotape FREE @ vidiots afronauts 7 PM, what we do in the shadows FREE (RSVP) @ aero abstract video: the moving image in contemporary art @ filmforum @ lace marshland @ egyptian day of the dead (1985), the crazies @ new beverly the assassin (w/ q&a) FREE (RSVP) 2 PM @ ucla james bridges ida lupino on television FREE 5 PM @ the crank @ ucla james bridges the shining 8 PM @ arclight culver city the hunting ground FREE (RSVP) @ the edye fri. oct. 16 shrew's nest 8 PM @ egyptian metropolis (w/ live accompaniment) @ lacma the night of the hunter, macbeth (1948) @ ucla film archive army of darkness MIDNIGHT @ arclight hollywood from dusk til dawn MIDNIGHT @ new beverly sat. oct. 17 back to the future, back to the future part ii @ street food cinema @ victory park pasadena quindar FREE @ on edge fest @ goodland hotel (santa barbara) dear white people @ barnsdall park dr. jekyll and mr. hyde (1920, 8mm) 8:30 PM @ retro format @ spielberg @ egyptian the breakfast club, ferris bueller's day off @ aero the blue angel @ lacma les charmes de l'existence, lumiere d'ete @ ucla film archive the exorcist MIDNIGHT @ arclight hollywood the big clock FREE 2 PM @ l.a. library los feliz branch the exorcist MIDNIGHT @ new beverly gowanus broadside 8 PM @ epfc halloween and mourning movie night (film TBD) 6:30 PM @ heritage square sun. oct. 18 experimental landscapes i: landscape and the body at work and play @ filmforum @ spielberg @ egyptian magical girl, nothing in return @ egyptian the last emperor @ aero maldone 7 PM @ ucla film archive the mummy (1932) 5 PM @ crest field of dogs 5 PM @ polish film fest @ laemmle noho 7 the ghost breakers 5:30 9:20 PM, hold that ghost 7:30 PM @ new beverly mon. oct. 19 ghostbusters FREE (RSVP) 8 PM @ dive in theatre @ skybar @ mondrian shaun of the dead FREE 5:30 PM @ l.a. library edendale branch the invisible man (1933) FREE 6 PM @ l.a. library studio city branch l.a. witch, audacity FREE @ echoplex the mask (1961, 3D) @ silent movie theater hold that ghost, the ghost breakers @ new beverly tue. oct. 20 fuzz, mudhoney @ regent son of dracula 1 PM @ lacma the thoughts that once we had FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc stark the prophecy @ silent movie theater the mask (1961, 3D) 10:30 PM @ silent movie theater wed. oct. 21 back to the future trilogy 4:29 PM @ cinerama dome, arclights culver city, pasadena, sherman oaks poltergeist @ arclight sherman oaks bride of frankenstein (1935) FREE 6 PM @ l.a. library studio city branch occult la: season of the witch - how the occult saved rock 'n roll (feat. performance) @ silent movie theater thu. oct. 22 orson welles tv FREE 7 PM @ csun armer nasty baby FREE (RSVP) @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater aaaaaaaah! 10:45 PM @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater we are young we are strong 7 PM @ egyptian be here to love me: a film about townes van zandt (w/ q&a) 8 PM @ epfc young frankenstein 8 PM @ arclight culver city the squids FREE @ lot 1 fri. oct. 23 flipper (w/ david yow) @ troubadour the mummies, satan's cheerleaders @ pickwick gardens burbank dawn of the dead (1978) @ cinespia @ million dollar theatre jack, schmitke @ egyptian ed wood, harry and the hendersons @ aero from dusk til dawn MIDNIGHT @ new beverly texas chainsaw massacre MIDNIGHT @ nuart paris texas (w/ q&a) 8 PM @ nuart even the walls FREE 8 PM, lost angels @ human rights film fest @ epfc dazed & confused 8 PM @ rooftop film club @ montalban sat. oct. 24 luna @ teragram ballroom zombies @ saban theatre rosemary's baby @ electric dusk drive-in halloween iii, death spa, anguish, spookies, dead and buried, pieces, the nest @ dusk-to-dawn horrorthon @ aero donnie darko @ cinespia @ palace theater monty python and the holy grail @ barnsdall park melvins @ echo scream MIDNIGHT @ arclight hollywood topper 7:45 PM (RSVP) @ starlight studio in cold blood FREE 1 PM @ l.a. library central branch dead meadow, kadavar @ palms restaurant (twentynine palms) the exorcist MIDNIGHT @ new beverly sun. oct. 25 luna @ teragram ballroom casa de mi padre FREE 2 PM @ hammer neil hamburger @ satellite the amityville horror @ electric dusk drive-in dracula (1931 english version) 2:00 7:00 PM, dracula (1931 spanish version) @ chinese theatre blood diner, spookies @ silent movie theater possibly a special on the bag FREE 1 PM @ lacma la petite lise 7 PM, dainah la metisse @ ucla film archive the armor of light FREE (RSVP) 6 PM @ usc stark roberta friedman & grahame weinbren: string theory @ filmforum @ spielberg @ egyptian the wolf man (1941) 5 PM @ crest kadavar @ el rey upsilon acrux @ smell dracula (1979), nosferatu the vampyre (1979) @ new beverly in the memory of chantal akerman we watch FREE 6:30 PM @ human resources chinatown 8 PM @ rooftop film club @ montalban mon. oct. 26 the shining FREE (RSVP) 8 PM @ dive in theatre @ skybar @ mondrian straight from bertha 8:30 PM @ redcat the exorcist MIDNIGHT @ arclight pasadena the wolf man (1941) FREE 6 PM @ l.a. library studio city branch colleen green @ bootleg dracula (1979), nosferatu the vampyre (1979) @ new beverly tue. oct. 27 weird woman 1 PM @ lacma the shining @ arclight hollywood ugetsu @ greg proops film club @ silent movie theater the thing 8 PM @ rooftop film club @ montalban wed. oct. 28 wand, mind meld, flying hair @ echo king khan & bbq show @ teragram ballroom age of panic, tonnerre @ aero begotten @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater dracula (1931 english version) 2:00 7:00 PM, dracula (1931 spanish version) @ chinese theatre the creeping garden 1 PM @ arena cinema the phantom of the opera (1943) FREE 6 PM @ l.a. library studio city branch kill baby kill, beyond the door ii @ new beverly thu. oct. 29 touch of evil FREE 7 PM @ csun armer son of frankenstein (1939) @ alex theatre tikkun @ spectrefest @ silent movie theater the thing (1982) 8 PM @ arclight culver city the phantom of the paradise @ eat see hear @ laemmle noho 7 the creeping garden 1 PM @ arena cinema the ghost ease FREE @ ham & eggs kill baby kill, beyond the door ii @ new beverly who framed roger rabbit? FREE (RSVP) @ grand performances @ california plaza psycho 8 PM @ rooftop film club @ montalban fri. oct. 30 the ex @ the roxy jon brion @ largo ghostbusters FREE @ front porch cinema @ santa monica pier cheatahs @ echo personal & the pizzas, red kross, etc @ total trash halloween bash @ 924 gilman (berkeley) ghostbusters (70mm) @ egyptian the tingler (in "percepto") @ silent movie theater saul bass: anatomy of film design FREE @ ucla film archive the creeping garden 1 PM @ arena cinema all-night horror show (12 hours of films TBA) @ new beverly dracula (1931) (w/ philip glass & the kronos quartet live accompaniment) 8 PM @ ace hotel john c. reilly & friends @ bootleg bride of frankenstein @ laemmle fine arts sat. oct. 31 dracula (1931) (w/ philip glass & the kronos quartet live accompaniment) 4 PM @ ace hotel shaun of the dead @ street food cinema @ exposition park dr. jekyll and mr. hyde (w/ live organ accompaniment) 8 PM @ disney hall personal & the pizzas, death, etc @ total trash halloween bash @ metro operahouse (oakland) melvins @ echo the shining @ aero the tingler (in "percepto") 2:00 5:00 PM @ silent movie theater the bat whispers @ ucla film archive psycho MIDNIGHT @ arclight hollywood the creeping garden 1 PM @ arena cinema fogg FREE @ ham & eggs mad monster party FREE @ one colorado courtyard bride of frankenstein 7:45 PM (RSVP) @ starlight studio the creature from the black lagoon FREE 3 PM @ l.a. library studio city branch curse of the demon 8 PM, carnival of souls, night of the living dead (1968) @ new beverly sun. nov. 1 windhand @ roxy the creeping garden 1 PM @ arena cinema corners, prettiest eyes @ echo all day 16 mm horror marathon (titles TBA) NOON-10:00 PM @ secret sixteen @ creature features halloween hangover: spooky cartoons & ice cream sandwitches 8 PM @ epfc the quay brothers in 35mm @ aero ian svenonius: censorship now! (presentation and q&a) 5 PM @ 356 mission ten little indians (1974) 5:15 10:05 PM, murder on the orient express 7:30 PM @ new beverly mon. nov. 2 small-gauge l.a. 8:30 PM @ redcat the creeping garden 1 PM @ arena cinema 1971 (w/ q&a) FREE (RSVP) @ ida @ the landmark spotlight @ aero jeanne dielman 23 quai du commerce 1080 bruxelles @ silent movie theater fogg @ the smell murder on the orient express, ten little indians (1974) @ new beverly tue. nov. 3 fuzz @ constellation room (santa ana) veteran FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc stark akiyama / eubanks / kahn / nakamura @ redcat the creeping garden 1 PM @ arena cinema drunks thieves scoundrels and the history of american comedy @ silent movie theater sullivan's travels 1 PM @ lacma sherpa (w/ q&a) FREE (RSVP) @ ida @ the landmark you've been trumped @ crest snow falling on cedars FREE 1:30 PM @ skirball wed. nov. 4 ian svenonius (lecture) FREE @ hammer the creeping garden 1 PM @ arena cinema citizen kane @ aero the night holds terror, crime in the streets @ new beverly thu. nov. 5 drinks @ the echo the trial FREE 7 PM @ csun armer the pink panther (1963) @ eat see hear @ laemmle noho 7 the creeping garden 1 PM @ arena cinema the 39 steps (1935) FREE 6 PM @ santa monica library ocean park branch dersu uzala FREE @ veggiecloud the artist FREE (RSVP) @ grand performances @ california plaza all the president's men, ace in the hole @ aero home of the brave (w/ q&a) 7:15 PM @ silent movie theater station to station (w/ live performance by sun araw) @ lacma dig! (w/ q&a) FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc stark the life and mind of mark defriest (w/ q&a) FREE (RSVP) @ ida @ the landmark one hundred mules walking the los angeles aqueduct 8 PM @ vidiots the night holds terror, crime in the streets @ new beverly fri. nov. 6 no home movie 3:30 PM FREE @ afi fest @ chinese 6 bus nut 4 PM FREE, field niggas @ afi fest @ chinese 3 the lobster FREE 6 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian stinking heaven FREE 6:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 embrace of the serpent FREE 6:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 5 rams FREE 6:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 yellow fieber FREE 7 PM, those who feel the fire burning @ afi fest @ chinese 4 mountain FREE 7:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 the clan FREE 9 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian chevalier FREE 9:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 macbeth FREE 9:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 james white FREE 9:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 evolution FREE 9:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 4 shorts program one FREE 9:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 5 deerhoof @ echoplex from here to eternity FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc sinatra remorques, l'etrange monsieur victor @ ucla film archive heart of a dog (w/ q&a) @ nuart casablanca 8 PM @ rooftop film club @ montalban blue sunshine 10:45 PM @ silent movie theater timmy's organism @ satellite spartacus @ laemmle royal bombon FREE (6:00) @ record parlour jackie brown MIDNIGHT @ new beverly sat. nov. 7 evolution FREE 1 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 land and shade FREE 1 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 the forbidden room FREE 2 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian stinking heaven FREE 2 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 disorder FREE 3:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 james white FREE 3:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 aferim! FREE 3:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 5 chevalier FREE 4:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 mustang FREE 6:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 shorts program two 6:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 right now wrong then FREE 6:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 blood of my blood FREE 6:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 4 the mysterious death of perola FREE 6:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 5 krisha FREE 7 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 where to invade next FREE @ afi fest @ egyptian hitchcock/truffaut FREE 8 PM @ afi fest @ el capitan a monster with a thousand heads FREE 9:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 4 bad at dancing FREE 9:30 PM, funny bunny @ afi fest @ chinese 3 mountain FREE 9:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 the red krayola @ redcat fear and loathing in las vegas 8:30 PM @ crest paths of glory @ ucla film archive cast a dark shadow 7:45 PM (RSVP) @ starlight studio criss cross FREE 2 PM @ l.a. library los feliz branch the seeds: pushin' too hard 9 PM @ frida cinema (santa ana) the loons @ cafe nela heart of a dog (w/ q&a) @ nuart zulus FREE @ permanent records animation breakdown: fables & fairy tales 11:30 AM @ silent movie theater rosemary's baby MIDNIGHT @ new beverly true whispers: the story of the navajo code talkers FREE 2 PM @ l.a. library central branch sun. nov. 8 a monster with a thousand heads FREE 12:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 4 the white knights FREE 12:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 mustang FREE 12:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 5 krisha FREE 1 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 landfill harmonic FREE 1 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian no home movie FREE 1:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 frankenstein's bride FREE 3:30 PM, the treasure @ afi fest @ chinese 5 bad at dancing FREE 3:30 PM, funny bunny @ afi fest @ chinese 2 blood of my blood FREE 3:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 disorder FREE 3:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 land and shade FREE 4:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 carol FREE 5 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian men go to battle FREE 6:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 dheepan FREE 6:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 ixcanul FREE 6:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 queen of the desert FREE 8:45 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian aferim! FREE 9:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 5 mediterranea FREE 9:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 4 bus nut FREE 9:30 PM, field niggas @ afi fest @ chinese 2 a war FREE 9:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 der nachtmahr FREE 11:59 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 korla @ old town music hall shark toys @ 2935 glenn ave sunset boulevard 8 PM @ rooftop film club @ montalban home of the brave 10:15 PM @ silent movie theater some came running FREE (RSVP) 1:45 PM @ usc sinatra the manchurian candidate (1962) FREE (RSVP) 8 PM @ usc sinatra mon. nov. 9 tale of tales FREE 12 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian men go to battle FREE 12:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 mediterranea FREE 12:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 embrace of the serpent FREE 1 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 carol FREE 3 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian ixcanul FREE 3:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 the mysterious death of perola FREE 4:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 maman(s) FREE 6:30 PM, until i lose my breath @ afi fest @ chinese 6 mynarski death plummet FREE 6:45 PM, h. @ afi fest @ chinese 2 son of saul FREE 8 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian tale of tales FREE 9 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 shorts program four FREE 9:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 the club FREE 9:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 right now wrong then FREE 9:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 post life @ bootleg theeb FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc howard heaven can wait @ ampas linwood dunn cartel land (w/ q&a) FREE (RSVP) @ ida @ the landmark ronaldo 7 PM @ crest tue. nov. 10 der nachtmahr FREE 1 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 maman(s) FREE 1 PM, until i lose my breath @ afi fest @ chinese 6 mynarski death plummet FREE 1:15 PM, h. @ afi fest @ chinese 3 son of saul FREE 1:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 dheepan FREE 1:30 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian shorts program one FREE 3:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 the club FREE 4:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 3 the lobster FREE 4:30 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian shorts program two FREE 6:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 sworn virgin FREE 6:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 tuesday FREE 7 PM, songs my brothers taught me @ afi fest @ chinese 3 tracks FREE 7 PM, necktie youth @ afi fest @ chinese 4 last days in the desert FREE 7 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 anomalisa FREE 8 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian the white knights FREE 9:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 4 e.t.e.r.n.i.t. FREE 10 PM, bob and the trees @ afi fest @ chinese 3 joanna gruesome @ the echo an evening with peter mays FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc stark home of the brave @ silent movie theater this gun for hire 1 PM @ lacma devil's angels, the incubus (1982) @ new beverly dazed and confused @ arclight hollywood wed. nov. 11 anomalisa FREE 12:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 tuesday FREE 1 PM, songs my brothers taught me @ afi fest @ chinese 2 rams FREE 1:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 sworn virgin FREE 1:15 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 4 yellow fieber FREE 1:30 PM, those who feel the fire burning @ afi fest @ chinese 3 macbeth FREE 3 PM @ afi fest @ egyptian the clan FREE 3:30 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 e.t.e.r.n.i.t. FREE 4 PM, bob and the trees @ afi fest @ chinese 6 tracks FREE 6:45 PM, necktie youth @ afi fest @ chinese 3 shorts program four FREE 7 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 2 sembene! FREE 7 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 6 45 years FREE @ afi fest @ tcl chinese a war FREE 7:45 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 4 frankenstein's bride FREE 9:45 PM, the treasure @ afi fest @ chinese 3 widowspeak @ bootleg the great dictator @ hollywood heritage museum billy liar, the night porter @ aero home of the brave 10:30 PM @ silent movie theater half human half vapor expanded 8 PM @ epfc mediterranea FREE (RSVP) @ usc broccoli mikey & nicky, machine gun mccain @ new beverly thu. nov. 12 45 years FREE 1 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 last days in the desert FREE 4 PM @ afi fest @ chinese 1 chimes at midnight FREE 7 PM @ csun armer john cassavetes on television FREE 5 PM @ the crank @ ucla james bridges blood simple FREE @ vidiots dusty & sweets mcgee @ silent movie theater daisy & max FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc stark action movies: kurt kren & valie export 7 PM @ moca grand adrian tomine & tunde adebimpe @ skylight books mikey & nicky, machine gun mccain @ new beverly the brand new testament (w/ q&a, RSVP) @ awardsline screening series @ landmark christmas vacation @ street food cinema @ palace theatre fight club @ eat see hear @ laemmle noho 7 fri. nov. 13 smog @ this is the city: symposium opening night @ ucla film archive jon brion @ largo an evening with michael mann 7 PM @ vidiots suspiria MIDNIGHT @ nuart dangerous men 10:00 PM, MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater native shorts 8 PM @ epfc hausu 10 PM @ crest sat. nov. 14 out 1: noli me tangere - day one NOON @ super long movie club @ silent movie theater the outlaw josey wales 1:30 PM @ autry this is the city: symposium day two 10 AM @ ucla film archive revisiting ralph story's los angeles @ this is the city: symposium closing night @ ucla film archive dangerous men MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater frenkel defects 8 PM @ epfc ten little indians (1956), murder by death @ new beverly sun. nov. 15 out 1: noli me tangere - day two NOON @ super long movie club @ silent movie theater spirits of rebellion: black cinema from ucla 3 PM @ ucla film archive passing through 7 PM @ ucla film archive hepcat @ el rey rick prelinger: no more road trips? @ downtown independent dangerous men 8:45 PM @ silent movie theater brent weinbach @ the smell xperimental xchange: open city cinema's 'winnipeg handshake' 8 PM @ epfc westworld (w/ q&a) 1 PM @ ace hotel telecaves @ handbag factory mon. nov. 16 low @ troubadour rick prelinger: lost landscapes of los angeles 8:30 PM @ redcat the barefoot contessa, letter from an unknown woman @ ucla film archive the brand new testament @ egyptian tue. nov. 17 instructions for living in bodies FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc stark mr. holmes (w/ q&a) @ aero the glass key 1 PM @ lacma the look of silence (w/ q&a) 7 PM @ vidiots wed. nov. 18 ucla game arts festival @ hammer no age @ the echo la ciel est a vous @ ucla film archive brian auger trio @ blue whale thu. nov. 19 the immortal story FREE 7 PM @ csun armer vodka lemon FREE @ hammer woggles @ alex's bar (long beach) strangers on a train FREE 2 PM @ santa monica library montana branch johnny got his gun, lonely are the brave @ aero northern light: experimental works from the great north 8 PM @ epfc retro shorts: 16mm films from usc's hefner moving image archive FREE 4 PM @ l.a. library hollywood branch battle royale @ eat see hear @ laemmle noho 7 fri. nov. 20 ephemera(l) city: los angeles in travelogues, industrial films & amateur movies @ ucla film archive blade runner (final cut) MIDNIGHT @ nuart the clan @ egyptian holly golightly & the brokeoffs @ redwood jackie brown MIDNIGHT @ new beverly the man on the flying trapeze 8:15 PM @ old town music hall thief 7 PM, manhunter @ new beverly sat. nov. 21 antibalas @ regent pattes blanches @ ucla film archive clue FREE 12:30 PM @ santa monica library main branch rushmore @ cinespia @ palace theatre a fistful of fingers MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater new works salon xxx 8 PM @ epfc matinee 2 PM @ new beverly the fury MIDNIGHT @ new beverly cafe society 7:45 PM (RSVP) @ starlight studio dr. jekyll and mr. hyde (1931) FREE 1 PM @ l.a. library central branch the man on the flying trapeze 2:30 8:15 PM @ old town music hall saccharine trust, mike watt & the missingmen @ cafe nela thief 7 PM, manhunter @ new beverly sun. nov. 22 true widow, king woman @ the echo the times of harvey milk FREE 7 PM @ ucla film archive pandoras, woggles @ satellite tabu: a story of the south seas 3 PM, legong: dance of the virgins @ ucla film archive holly golightly & the brokeoffs @ alex's bar long beach douglas fairbanks shorts 2 PM @ egyptian art from assassination: 52 years after jfk @ filmforum @ spielberg @ egyptian matinee 2 PM @ new beverly the man on the flying trapeze 2:30 PM @ old town music hall saddle the wind 5:30 9:30 PM, the killers (1964) 7:30 PM @ new beverly mon. nov. 23 songs from the north 8:30 PM @ redcat stink! FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ usc howard the killers (1964), saddle the wind @ new beverly tue. nov. 24 la source FREE @ hammer the blue dahlia 1 PM @ lacma wayne's world @ arclight hollywood a reason to live a reason to die, the five man army, it can be done... amigo! @ new beverly thu. nov. 26 high fidelity FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ eatseehear @ regent theatre fri. nov. 27 girl band @ bootleg bar stage monty python and the holy grail MIDNIGHT @ nuart rear window @ egyptian jackie brown MIDNIGHT @ new beverly laurel & hardy festival 8:15 PM @ old town music hall the dirty dozen @ new beverly sat. nov. 28 three stooges shorts 2:00 8:00 PM @ alex theatre more films from 1911 @ retro format @ spielberg @ egyptian inherent vice MIDNIGHT @ new beverly laurel & hardy festival 2:30 8:15 PM @ old town music hall the dirty dozen @ new beverly sun nov. 29 neil hamburger @ satellite spartacus @ aero laurel & hardy festival 2:30 PM @ old town music hall two-minute warning 6:30 PM, capone (1975) @ new beverly mon. nov. 30 a face in the crowd, the naked kiss @ ucla film archive two-minute warning, capone (1975) @ new beverly tue. dec. 1 freeway: crack in the system FREE @ hammer go for broke FREE 1:30 PM @ skirball wed. dec. 2 daniel bachman @ echo thu. dec. 3 f for fake FREE 7 PM @ csun armer gremlins @ laemmle noho 7 lois weber in early hollywood @ ampas linwood dunn fri. dec. 4 dusty and sweets mcgee @ ucla film archive psycho MIDNIGHT @ nuart the final passage: chauvet-pont d'arc cave FREE (RSVP) 7 PM @ getty center sat. dec. 5 tillie's punctured romance 3 PM, safety last! @ ucla film archive sun. dec. 6 wanda 7 PM, shadows @ ucla film archive tue. dec. 8 sea lions @ satellite bad day at black rock FREE 1:30 PM @ skirball wed. dec. 9 east los angeles and the chicano moratorium FREE @ ucla film archive thu. dec. 10 spaceballs @ eat see hear @ laemmle noho 7 paris blues 8:30 PM @ redcat fri. dec. 11 m (1931) @ lacma bless their little hearts, please don't bury me alive! @ ucla film archive casablanca MIDNIGHT @ nuart the bug (feat. earth & liz harris), william basinski @ masonic lodge @ hollywood forever sat. dec. 12 the last laugh (1924, w/ live accompaniment) @ lacma the big sleep, double indemnity @ ucla film archive sun. dec. 13 kiss me deadly 7 PM, m (1951) @ ucla film archive mon. dec. 14 mike kelley: single channel videos 8:30 PM @ redcat los angeles in the newsreels @ ucla film archive tue. dec. 15 the color of pomegranates FREE @ hammer thu. dec. 17 big trouble in little china @ eat see hear @ laemmle noho 7 fri. dec. 18 jon brion @ largo colleen green @ echo sun. dec. 27 neil hamburger @ satellite koszulinski films FREE 7 PM @ beyond baroque wed. dec. 30 mystic braves @ echo mon. jan. 11 and when i die i won't stay dead 8:30 PM @ redcat WHAT IT IS: AAAAAAAAH! Steve Oram (Sightseers), makes his directorial debut with this anarchic, absurd, hysterical, limb-rippingly-violent and at times, oddly touching film set in a world where human beings remain assuredly ape – communicating with only grunts, growls and howls. What begins as a simple tale of tribal rivalry, ultimately becomes a deadly showdown between two battling primal sects, both vehemently determined to protect their tight-knit communities. A veritable who’s who of UK television (including Noel Fielding & Julian Barratt of Mighty Boosh fame), without an iota of hyperbole, we can virtually guarantee you haven’t seen anything like Aaaaaaaah! since the long lost days of Themroc. Dir. Steve Oram, 2015, DCP, 79 min. Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art Like the book Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art, this program is a diverse consideration of how the abstract is manifested in the moving image arts. The program comprises contemporary and historical works with all artists included being discussed in the volume and representing the breadth, depth and variety the collection has to offer. Works screened will range from pure filmic abstraction, to animation, to digital image manipulations, and narratives. Curated by Gabrielle Jennings and Mark Toscano. AGE OF PANIC 2013, Shellac Distribution, 94 min, France, Dir: Justine Triet May 6, 2012 becomes a hectic day for news correspondent Laetitia (Laetitia Dosch) - as she covers Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande’s victory, her unstable ex-husband (Vincent Macaigne) shows up at her apartment demanding to see their kids. The strong lead performances and scenes shot in Paris streets during Election Day add sparks to this indie dramedy. In French with English subtitles. And When I Die I Won't Stay Dead Billy Woodberry introduces the US premiere of his long-awaited new film And When I Die I Won’t Stay Dead, a feature-length documentary about jazz-inspired beat poet Bob Kaufman, sometimes called the “black American Rimbaud." Woodberry’s landmark 1984 film Bless Their Little Hearts was honored with a jury award at the Berlin International Film Festival and was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry. The program begins with Marseille après la guerre, a short montage crafted from images found in a longshoremen’s union hall. ANGUISH (ANGUSTIA), 1987, 89 min. Dir. Bigas Luna. In Spanish director Bigas Luna’s highly inventive film-within-a-film, POLTERGEIST’s Zelda Rubinstein uses her psychic powers for evil, manipulating ophthalmologist son Michael Lerner to exact revenge (and gouge eyes out as souvenirs). It’s tough to watch – especially if you’re in a theater with a killer… In English and Spanish with English subtitles. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT What price conscience? Abigail Disney’s directorial debut, The Armor of Light, follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue. Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story has cast a spotlight on “Stand Your Ground” laws. McBath, also a Christian, decides to work with Schenck even though she is pro-choice. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action—where so many before her have failed. Armor follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground. Running time: 87 minutes. Followed by a Skype Q&A with director Abigail E. Disney. THE ASSASSIN NIE YIN NIANG 2015, Well-Go USA, 105 min, Taiwan/France, Dir: Hou Hsiao-Hsien Director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s 9-years-in-the-making wuxia epic is a tone poem that is visually arresting, heavily layered with period details and exquisite framing – as well as an out-and-out martial arts film with amazing choreographed fight sequences. In 9th-century China, Nie Yinninang (Qi Shu) returns home to her family after a long absence hiding a secret: she has been trained as an assassin and ordered to kill the cousin who now governs the largest military region in North China – and to whom she was promised from a young age. “A staggeringly lovely period film ... Filled with palace intrigue, expressive silences, flowing curtains, whispering trees and some of the most ravishingly beautiful images to have graced this festival (Cannes).” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with the award-winning director Hou Hsiao-hsien (Oct. 15 screening only) The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz' study of the postwar film industry is an indictment of an empty and destructive system, distilled to the story of one character: Ava Gardner's "Maria," a nightclub dancer from Madrid, coaxed to unhappy movie stardom for her great beauty. Told in flashbacks, the film charts Maria's hurtling journey into the vortex of fame, a story that gives Gardner perhaps her greatest role. 35mm, color, 128 min. Production: Figaro, Inc. Distribution: United Artists. Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Screenwriter: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cinematographer: Jack Cardiff. Editor: William Hornbeck. Composer: Mario Nascimbene. With: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Marius Goring, Valentina Cortesa. The Bat Whispers (1930) Cited by Batman creator Bob Kane as a seminal influence on his work, director Roland West's The Bat Whispers centers on the search for a mysterious killer known only as "The Bat." Featuring expressionistic lighting, set design and darting camera work, the film's aesthetic was highly original for its time, heightening the sense of mystery, and dressing up the "haunted house" genre in new visual language. 35mm, b/w, 82 min. Production: Art Cinema Corp. Distribution: United Artists Corp. Director: Roland West. Based on the play The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood. Screenwriter: Roland West. Cinematographer: Ray June. Production Design: Paul Roe Crawley. Editor: James Smith. With: Chester Morris, Una Merkel, Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge. BEGOTTEN Possibly the godfather of all cult films, Elias Merhige’s Begotten has long toiled in bootleg obscurity, only being accessible through tenth-generation VHS copies or shoddy youtube video streams. Branded as a Rorschach test for the adventurous eye by film critic Richard Corliss, and “one of the then most important films of modern times,” by none other than Susan Sontag, Begotten is a seminal, powerhouse piece of experimental cinema that has been unfairly relegated to niche circles of film buffs and pure experience seekers. The film resembles a subconscious nightmare made manifest; as though the Earth itself could “dream” and transmit that disturbing phantasm to us — its wards — a chronicle of its long, ever-changing violent seasons. (John Muir) Although reducing this film to a plot is a disservice, it nonetheless can offer the viewer at least a warning as to what they’re about to experience and the realm that Merhige is playing in. A God-like being kills itself, but “Mother Earth” takes its seed and gives birth to a human-seeming son, who is then taken and abused by strange, robed natives from a nearby community. The “Son of Earth” creates life and food for them in a kind of enforced fertility rite, and the villagers then proceed to kill Mother Earth and her son. Life springs anew from their grave, and the cycle of life and death continues anew. We proudly bring Elias Merhige out for a night of conversation and show & tell of his incredible collections of artifacts, literature and cultural ephemera. We will be screening Begotten from Merhige’s own personal, rarely-seen 16mm print, along with a screening of his short film Din of Celestial Birds in 35mm. Dir. E. Elias Merhige, 1990, 16mm, 72 min. THE BEYOND 1981, Grindhouse Releasing, 87 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci In director Lucio Fulci’s gothic masterpiece, Lisa (Catriona MacColl) inherits a decrepit New Orleans hotel and hopes to renovate it. What her real estate agent never told her is that one of seven doors to Hell is in the cellar; after several gruesome accidents, the passageway opens, unleashing a horde of zombies. Both gory and surreal (French playwright Antonin Artaud was an influence), THE BEYOND boasts one of Fabio Frizzi's most menacing scores. The Bigamist (1953) Director Ida Lupino's films, like those of her contemporaries Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller and Robert Aldrich, deal with the traumatic effects of postwar America settling uneasily into once familiar roles. The Bigamist introduces a traveling salesman with a secret double-life spent between two wives who is exposed when trying to adopt a child. 35mm, b/w, 80 min. Production: Filmakers Productions, Inc. Distribution: Filmakers Releasing Organization, Inc. Producer: Collier Young. Director: Ida Lupino. Based on a story by Larry Marcus and Lou Schor. Screenwriter: Collier Young. Cinematographer: George Diskant. Editor: Stanford Tischler. Composer: Leith Stevens. With: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmund O'Brien, Kenneth Tobey. Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) Named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2013, Billy Woodberry’s magnificent feature represents the closure and pinnacle of a neorealist strand within the “L.A. Rebellion” school of Black filmmakers. Chronicling the psychological and spiritual toll experienced by a family in the throes of economic hardship and underemployment—and seeking a dignified way to live and be happy—the film also constitutes a felicitous creative collaboration between Woodberry and screenwriter-cinematographer Charles Burnett. 35mm, b/w, 84 min. Producer: Billy Woodberry. Director: Billy Woodberry. Screenwriter: Charles Burnett. Cinematographer: Charles Burnett. Editor: Billy Woodberry. With: Nate Hardman, Kaycee Moore, Angela Burnett, Ronald Burnett, Kimberly Burnett. BONE TOMAHAWK 2015, RLJ Entertainment, 133 min, USA, Dir: S. Craig Zahler This unusual mix of Western and horror stars Kurt Russell as sheriff Franklin Hunt, who keeps the townsfolk of Good Hope safe with the help of his trusty deputy (Richard Jenkins). When a drifter with something to hide arrives and is wounded in a bar fight, both he and the doctor who treats him (Lili Simmons) vanish, leading Hunt and his search party (which also includes Mathew Fox and Patrick Wilson) to a tribe of cannibalistic Troglodytes. Sharply scripted and beautifully shot, this quietly contemplative – and at times shockingly violent – film will have you rooting for these men by the time they arrive at the cannibals’ lair. Discussion following with director S. Craig Zahler and actor Matthew Fox. BURNT BY FROST (BRENT AV FROST) 1997, 97 min, Norway, Dir: Knut Erik Jensen The lives and romance of Simon (Stig Henrik Hoff) and Lilian (Gørild Mauseth) in Northern Norway as World War II gives way to the Cold War form the basis of this engrossing drama. Simon worked with Russian partisans against Nazi occupiers during the war, but in its aftermath his old friends are now enemies, and former enemies have become friends - which side should he choose? In Norwegian, Russian and German with English subtitles. Discussion between the films with director Knut Erik Jensen. Chimes at Midnight (1965), 119 mins. Welles's lifelong fascination with the relationship between Prince Hal and William Shakespeare’s recurring fictional character Sir John Falstaff, played by Welles himself, made it to the big screen in a production Welles cited as his favorite and most personal film. Initially dismissed by critics, Chimes at Midnight (also known as Falstaff) is now regarded as one of Welles’s greatest cinematic achievements. THE CREEPING GARDEN In 1973, a blob-like substance that appeared to be a cross between a fungus and an animal surfaced in Texas, causing some to speculate whether it was a form of alien life. But in fact we were being introduced to plasmodial slime mould: a rare and resilient organism bolstered by a primitive intelligence that treks slowly around forests. Featuring stunning macroscopic time-lapse footage, The Creeping Garden is a science-non-fiction odyssey that takes us through petri dishes, fungariums and mazes as a cadre of scientists, artists and designers collaborate with the mould to make musical compositions, project future population shifts and re-imagine the textures of our world. A provocative inquest into human curiosity and our creative interface with the world, Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp’s film, which features a score from the virtuosic Jim O’Rourke, is a vibrant cinematic cabinet of curiosities that will leave you giddy and delirious with wonder. Daïnah la métisse (France, 1932) A beautiful multiracial woman travels on an ocean liner with her well-to-do, magician husband, while flirting with several white men. When she disappears from the ship, both the husband and a ship's engineer are implicated in the mystery. A shocking (in its time) flouting of colonial politics, the film was drastically cut by its distributor. Disavowed afterward by director Jean Grémillon, it dazzles nonetheless. 35mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 51 min. Production: Gaumont-Franco-Film-Aubert. Distribution: Gaumont-Franco-Film-Aubert. Director: Jean Grémillon. Based on the novel by Pierre Daye. Screenwriter: Charles Spaak. Cinematographer: Louis Page, Georges Périnal. Production Design: Jacques Lafitte. With: Habib Benglia, Charles Vanel, Laurence Clavius, Gaston Dubosc. THE DARK HORSE 2014, Broad Green Pictures, 124 min, New Zealand, Dir: James Napier Robertson This inspiring true story follows Genesis “Gen” Potini (Cliff Curtis, in the performance of his career), a speed-chess champion who also has bipolar disorder. His search for stability brings him to the Eastern Knights after-school chess club, mentoring several at-risk teens, including his nephew, Mana (James Rolleston). But Mana’s gang-member father has plans for the boy that don’t include chess, plunging the volatile Gen into a family conflict. Discussion between films with actor Cliff Curtis. DEAD AND BURIED, 1981, 94 min. Dir. Gary Sherman. ALIEN writers Ronald Shusett and Dan O'Bannon and special effects guru Stan Winston are among the talent behind this atmospheric shocker. Sheriff James Farentino investigates when murdered tourists return to life in his little New England burg; local mortician Jack Albertson may know more than he’s saying. Keep an eye out for a pre-NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Robert Englund! DEATH SPA, 1989, 88 min. Dir. Michael Fischa. A little skin and a lot of gore go a long way in this ’80s cheesefest, also released as WITCH BITCH. After the shocking death of the owner’s wife, the Starbody Health Spa seems possessed, and patrons start dropping like flies after some truly killer workouts. THE DEFIANT ONES 1958, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer Racist jailbird Tony Curtis finds himself chained body and soul to fellow convict Sidney Poitier, in director Stanley Kramer’s stark, bare-knuckled prison-break drama. Curtis’ fierce, hardened performance here is among his finest – as blunt and unforgiving as anything by De Niro or Keitel in the ’70s. THE DEVILS 1971, Warner Bros., 108 min, UK, Dir: Ken Russell Director Ken Russell’s adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun remains one of the most disturbingly memorable films of the early 1970s. In 17th-century France, Cardinal Richelieu’s minions use the womanizing of activist priest Urban Grandier (Oliver Reed) as an excuse to investigate his "diabolic possession" of the local nuns, including the demented, hunchbacked Mother Superior Sister Jeanne (an unforgettable Vanessa Redgrave). Introduction by director Bernard Rose. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Presented by Retro Format Films on 8mm 1920, 49 min. Dir. John S. Robertson. John Barrymore is at his horrific best in this silent adaptation of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s book. The classic dual-personality tale has been filmed many times over the years; in addition to this version starring “The Great Profile,” we’ll present scenes from the rival 1920 Louis B. Mayer production starring Sheldon Lewis and the complete 1911 one-reel Thanhauser version starring future director James Cruze. With live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. DUSTY AND SWEETS MCGEE During the summer of 1970 director Floyd Mutrux worked with a group of using and recovering heroin addicts (including ex-cons, hustlers and college dropouts) to create this stellar docu-fiction, composed of interviews and reenactments—a true collaboration with his subjects. Day-glo nights and hazy afternoons are photographed in exacting yet gentle detail, creating visually stunning and deeply felt portraits of these junkies and their Los Angeles stomping ground. “It’s the film everyone has been trying to make since: free, fragmentary, bursting with life.” (Thom Andersen). Don’t miss this rare chance to see it in beautiful 35mm! Dir. Floyd Mutrux, 1971, 35mm, 92 min. Join songwriter and sixth-generation Californian Cass McCombs for a live set and presentation of Dusty and Sweets McGee. (Oct. 12 screening only.) In-person: Floyd Mutrux. (Dec. 4 screening only) East Los Angeles and the Chicano Moratorium On August 29, 1970 in East Los Angeles, a peaceful march of more than 20,000 Chicanos, united in protest against the Vietnam War as part of the Chicano Moratorium movement, was violently interrupted by a massive law enforcement response. The tragic events of that day left three dead, including prominent Mexican American journalist and activist, Ruben Salazar (1928-1970). In recognition of the 45th anniversary of the march, we present an eclectic selection of short works that explore the Chicano Moratorium, its aftermath, and the people and culture of East Los Angeles from various perspectives. * Cinco Vidas (Five Lives) (1973) - KNBC, 1/1/1973. Five residents of East Los Angeles—a grandmother, a principal, an attorney, a mother and a gardener—are profiled in this rich tapestry of a culturally vibrant and politically engaged community. * The Murals of East Los Angeles: (A Museum Without Walls) (1977) - An important early documentary snapshot of the Chicano mural movement that highlights the murals of Ramona Gardens and the work of artists such as Richard Ruiz, David Botello, Eduardo Ortiz and others. * The Chicano Moratorium: A Question of Freedom (1971) - An on-the-ground account of the events of August 29, 1970 at Laguna Park and their immediate aftermath directed by Thomas Myrdahl, then a student at Loyola Marymount. EERIE ARCHIVES Gather around the warm glow on the 16mm projector for a night of spooky short films that crawled back from beyond oblivion to haunt the Cinefamily! First, we’ll get schooled in Halloween Safety with a film from the anti-mask, anti-witch, anti-fun 1970s. Then we’ll embark on a mix that’s all-killer, no-circus peanuts, including a monster beauty contest, kids playing make-believe-murder, creepy music videos by The Residents(!), strange stop motion experiments & more. Then we’ll screen Body Work, an eerily beautiful 1988 Australian doc on the quirky people who handle dead bodies for a living. Meet the colorful cast of characters your corpse encounters after rigor mortis begins to set in; including a gravedigger who’s interviewed while halfway underground, a hearse driver who’s handled his share of maggot brains, coroners, morticians, & more! Morbid, entertaining & educational all at once, this is a program of rarities that digs deep — 6 feet deep to be exact! But don’t miss it: Our chamber of celluloid horrors will be unlocked for one night only. Muwahahaha! ELEKTRO MOSKVA 2013, Cinelicious Pics, 89 min, Austria, Dir: Dominik Spritzendorfer, Elena Tikhonova The world’s first electronic instrument, the theremin, was invented in the Soviet Union in 1928, and in the ensuing decades, castoffs from the country’s defense and space industries were repurposed to power an avant-garde music scene that has only recently come to light. Including interviews with Leon Theremin and his contemporary disciples, this quirky new documentary shows how creativity bloomed even in the harsh climate of the U.S.S.R. “A heartfelt tribute to the men…who through their deviousness, ornery resourcefulness and enterprising ingenuity crafted machines which made sounds never heard before or since.” – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter. Before the film, enjoy a live performance by thereminist Eban Schletter. Discussion after the film with directors Dominik Spritzendorfer and Elena Tikhonova. Ephemera(l) City: Los Angeles in Travelogues, Industrial Films & Amateur Movies Booster dreams and noirish visions comingle in tonight’s program covering almost 60 years of Los Angeles history as seen through a selection of travelogues, industrial films and amateur movies. Between the Ford Motor Company’s silent-era portrait of a booming young metropolis and the DWP’s early 1970s promotion of an imminent, water-drenched Pacific Rim economic explosion, street-level views of Depression-era Downtown and the end of the Pacific Electric railway capture the ever-shifting landscapes and fortunes of the city. Live musical accompaniment provided by Cliff Retallick for the silent portion of this program. Total running time of program: approx. 120 min. * A Visit to Los Angeles (1916) - The Ford Motor Company presents a silent tour of Los Angeles as part of “Visits to American Cities,” a segment included in Ford Educational Weekly, its free, weekly film “magazine.” DigiBeta, b/w, silent, 11 min. Production: Ford Motor Company. * Hollywood, City of Celluloid (1932) - The glamorous side of Hollywood is the subject of this tour of studio backlots and hillside bungalows. 35mm, b/w, 8 min. Producer: Sten Nordenskiöld. Screenwriter: C. Court Treatt. Cinematographer: Sten Nordenskiöld. With: Robert Swan (narrator). * Citywatchers—Excerpt: “Earle O’ Day Film of Downtown LA c. 1935” (1974) - Los Angeles Times film critic and Citywatchers host Charles Champlin narrates a short film shot by publicist Earle O'Day, who contemplates various scenes of Downtown people and places while composing a letter about Los Angeles to family back in St. Joseph, Missouri. BetaSP, b/w, 12 min. With: Charles Champlin, Art Seidenbaum * The Last Red Cars (1963) - Local rail enthusiast Dub Harkey produced this silent ode to the Pacific Electric streetcars, a.k.a. the Red Car, shot on the last day of their service. 16mm, b/w, silent, 20 min. Producer: Dub Harkey. Director: Dub Harkey. * Expedition Los Angeles: While the City Sleeps (1961) - KABC. This episode of a short-lived local public service program presents a noir-tinged look at the city after dark. 16mm, b/w, 30 min. Producer: Stanley Z. Cherry. Screenwriter: Saul Halpert. Editor: Bob Collins. With: Lee Zimmer (narrator). * Subject: Los Angeles (c. 1970) - An epic industrial paean to the natural resources, industry, culture and spirit of Los Angeles circa 1970, this DWP promotional film almost makes you want to live here! 16mm, color, 27 min. Production: Department of Water and Power. Producer: Richard J. Soltys. Director: Richard J. Soltys. Screenwriter: Don Livingston. Cinematographer: Dan Yarussi. Editor: Dick Bansbach. AN EVENING WITH PETER MAYS Screening: * DEATH OF THE GORILLA - experimental short, 16mm, 1965-66, 16 minutes. A sight/sound combine of exotic imagery shot semi-randomly in superimposition off a TV and then cut to make a fast moving but extremely ambiguous "story". GORILLA moves through modern man's myth mind like a runaway train bursting at the seams. Prize at Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1967. * THE STAR CURTAIN TANTRA - experimental short, 16mm, 1965-69, 18 minutes. A trance film originally released in 1966 as THE STAR CURTAIN, about the settling and relaxation of the senses after a climax. "Sentences" of cosmic imagery were added in 1969 to form the vision glimpsed in the trance. Dialectic opposition of picture and sound. TANTRA played at the San Francisco Film Festival of 1970. * THE TIME BEYOND THOUGHT - experimental feature (incomplete), 16mm, 1966-2000, 23 minutes. The sixties kids are hanging out. An Angel appears who stops time. The kids follow him into an underground fantasy. They go through numerous adventures (only one "sleeper" scene was shot), and wind up at the center of the earth. Here the Angel sedates each kid and then kills himself. From the Angel's blood arises a naked vampire girl who slits each kid's throat. Then the god of the underworld raises the kids as zombies preparatory to eating them. One girl escapes to tell the tale. * SISTER MIDNIGHT - experimental feature, 16mm, 1967-74, 65 minutes. Five young adults meet on a rainy night in Los Angeles and enter as a group into a series of dreams. Various adventures occur. Sister Midnight allows one of the guys to enter her mind; as a result of this invasion of her privacy, she is reborn. EVEN THE WALLS Even the Walls is a short documentary about the members of a public-housing neighborhood grappling with the forces of gentrification. Traveling throughout the changing landscape of the once tight-knit community, and weaving in and out of personal vignettes, the film explores the diversity of experiences had while living in Yesler Terrace (Seattle, Washington). Filmmakers Sarah Kuck & Saman Maydani. (29 minutes) Experimental Landscapes I: Landscape and the Body at Work and Play Filmforum presents the first in a series of screenings devoted to experimental cinema and landscape, with a program that explores the connection between labor, leisure, landscape, and the moving image. For as long as artists have taken the landscape as an object worthy of their scrutiny, the human body has served them as its measure and its foil. Whether at work or at play, whether above or below, it is the body from which we view the landscapes we inhabit, just as we survey the landscape—as if by instinct—for signs of the bodies that inhabit it, give it form, depth, and meaning. With its particular ability to render things in motion, experimental cinema has long seized upon this interrelation between landscape and the body in order to capture what is most essential to them both. Few filmmakers working today have grasped this connection with as much depth and subtlety as Sharon Lockhart. And Lockhart’s films, in turn, assume even greater relief when juxtaposed with the work of older artists like Phill Niblock, or with that of such contemporaries as Francis Alys. If Niblock's 1973 film Trabajando Dos (Mexico) centers on the raw mechanics of manual labor—all the while insisting on the primordial unity between laborers and the land they work—Alys’s video, REEL-UNREEL, from 2011, casts child’s play as a politics of improvisation, one capable of expressing optimism in even the bleakest of landscapes. Lockhart’s films, meanwhile, meld these two impulses into an ethnographic fascination with the landscapes of labor and leisure alike. In works as disparate as No (2003) and Podworka (2009), landscape emerges as an elaborate stage on which human bodies choreograph their everyday lives. Sharon Lockhart in person! EXPERIMENTER Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that remains relevant to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room. Disregarding his pleas for mercy, the majority of subjects do not stop the experiment, administering what they think are near-fatal electric shocks, simply because they’ve been told to. With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram’s exploration of authority and conformity strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster. His wife Sasha (Winona Ryder) anchors him through it all. Experimenter invites us inside Milgram’s whirring mind in this bracing portrait of a brilliant man whose conscience and creative spirit continue to be resonant, poignant, and inspirational. Written and Directed by Michael Almereyda. Running time: 98 minutes. A Face in the Crowd (1957) Director Elia Kazan's second collaboration with screenwriter Budd Schulberg after On the Waterfront (1954) is a corrosive attack on the ascendant medium of television. Andy Griffith, in his screen debut, plays Lonesome Rhodes, a charismatic, guitar-picking hillbilly-turned-TV star, eventually becoming a power-mad demagogue. Hyperbolic, energetic and in many ways prophetic, the film indicts both television and the cult of personality in postwar America. 35mm, b/w, 132 min. Production: Newton Productions, Inc. Distribution: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Producer: Elia Kazan. Director: Elia Kazan. Based on the short story “Your Arkansas Traveler” by Budd Schulberg. Screenwriter: Budd Schulberg. Cinematographer: Harry Stradling, Gayne Rescher. Editor: Gene Milford. Composer: Tom Glazer. With: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick. FIELD OF DOGS Father ploughs a supermarket with oxen, the plough ripping the tiles. A forest full of dead and Niagara falling onto a cathedral altar. These are the visions of Adam, a poet who has lost his beloved in a car crash. A national tragedy imposes on a personal one. It is 2010, a Biblical year for Poland with floods, fires, landslides and the catastrophe of the presidential plane being torn apart in mysterious circumstances along with the nation's elite. Adam gives up his job as professor of literature to work at a supermarket checkout. Yet all he wants is to sleep, escaping from the painful reality. Dir. Lech Majewski, 2013, 95 mins. Freeway: Crack in the System The real story behind America's drug war, complete with drug dealers, dirty cops, and government complicity, this film was selected by the artist Frances Stark. At the center of it all is the rise, fall, and redemption of “Freeway” Rick Ross—a street hustler who became the king of crack. Followed by a Q&A with “Freeway” Rick Ross and others. (2015, Dir. Mark Levin, 103 min.) FRIZZI2FULCI Legendary composer Fabio Frizzi comes to Los Angeles for the first time ever to perform his horror classics live. Complete with his 8-piece Frizzi2Fulci Orchestra, Fabio will perform for one night only on Sunday, October 4th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Beyond Fest have partnered with Mondo and Death Waltz Recording Co. to bring the Italian maestro to Los Angeles where he will be performing suites from Lucio Fulci’s classic Italian horror films including ZOMBI 2 (AKA ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS), SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK, THE BEYOND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, MANHATTAN BABY and more. Orchestral performances will also be accompanied by live visuals derived from Fulci's iconic filmography. Gilda (1946) This classic film noir concerns a love triangle in Buenos Aires. Ravishing and ravenous, Gilda is the irresistible love goddess who can't help but make trouble in a man's life. Gilda is married to an international tungsten dealer and casino owner, whose latest employee turns out to be his wife's ex-lover. Sexual passion and international intrigue inevitably combust in this overheated household. 35mm, b/w, 110 min. Production: Columbia Pictures Corp. Distribution: Columbia Pictures Corp. Producer: Virginia Van Upp. Director: Charles Vidor. Based on a story by A.E. Ellington, adapted by Joe Eisenger. Screenwriter: Marion Parsonnet. Cinematographer: Rudolph Maté. Editor: Charles Nelson. With: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray. GOWANUS BROADSIDE The Gowanus Canal is a 2 mile long waterway extending from the Bay of New York into the south of Brooklyn. Once a marsh, then the principle cargo port of the borough, the canal quickly became one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. In 2010 the canal was designated a Superfund site. A major cleanup is just getting underway. Surrounded by old warehouses, disused industrial sites, and vacant land, this vestige of a center of economic activity, in which nature is now reinserting itself, is a landscape that interrogates the concept and expression of Place. GOWANUS BROADSIDE (2014, 90 minutes), a film by Mikael Levin with sound by Jean-Philippe Antoine, follows the marginal spaces bordering the length of the canal, recording the spatial and sonorous qualities of this waterway’s cut into the urban space. A doubled movement of rotation and progression brings forward attributes of contingency, temporality, and indexicality central to cinematic expression of place. In person: Mikael Levin. HABIT Join us for a night with filmmaker Larry Fessenden and a screening of his film, Habit. Sam (Fessenden) is a spiraling alcoholic New Yorker. Still recovering from the shock of his father’s sudden death and in the midst of a break-up, Sam is looking forward to the freedom of single life: to be able to drink what he wants, when he wants. He is, in his own words, “committing suicide on the installment plan.” Sam has friends, but they are increasingly distant on account of his self destructive alcoholism. That’s when he meets Anna (Meredith Snaider) at a Halloween party, a mysterious and alluring woman who may or may not be a vampire. Sam and Anna embark on a fairly unorthodox union; Sam never sees her in daylight, and she is prone to biting during their aggressive sexual encounters. For Sam’s noncommittal self, this relationship seems ideal, but then he starts to fall dangerously ill, and Sam wonders if Anna’s love might come at a hidden cost. This seminal work rocked the New York film scene upon its release in 1995, bringing a grounded realism to a supernatural tale in ways that invoked Cassavetes as much as Poe. In the 20 years that have followed, Fessenden has become a force in genre film with Glass Eye Pix, fostering numerous young talents such as Ti West and Kelly Reichardt, as well as going on to direct Wendigo and The Last Winter. Following the screening, Fessenden will join SpectreVision partner Daniel Noah for an in-depth discussion of his life and work. Dir. Larry Fessenden, 1995, 112 min. HACK-O-LANTERN THE UNSUNG APEX OF HEAVY METAL HORROR! Young Tommy is visited by his grandfather (Hy Pyke), a devil-worshipping pumpkin salesman who hands him a mystical amulet. Fifteen years later, the boy has grown into a rock-obsessed junior hellmaster, still under the thumb of his oppressive, occult grandpap. Tommy’s misanthropic individuality is illustrated by a distaste for shirts, a pickled fetus shrine, and Dio-flavored voodoo hallucinations. Tommy’s all-out war with his family, the townspeople and himself will reach a crescendo when innocents are doomed to Hell-flavored slaughter on Halloween night! Like the best movies of its era, HACK-O-LANTERN is a triumph of limited means. The gore is powerfully presented, the production quality is inexplicably strong and a few of the performances are worthy of some kind of major award; especially from lead Gregory Scott Cummins and camera-lovin’ superham Hy Pyke. The latter was a brilliant, screen-chewing spazz who unleashed similar gumption via small roles in frugal features like SLITHIS and LEMORA: A CHILD’S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL. As the satanic, incest-obsessed Gramps, Pyke is given his first starring role and takes it to an illogical zenith, completing an ideal explosion of ’80s SatanoRage! Dir. Jag Mundhra, 1988, 35mm, 87 min. Stars Gregory Scott Cummins, Producer Raj Mehrotra and additional cast in attendance! HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH, 1982, Universal, 98 min. Dir. Tommy Lee Wallace. Michael Myers gets a day off in this unusual chapter of the HALLOWEEN saga. A murder-suicide in his emergency room leads Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins) to the Silver Shamrock mask manufacturing company, run by the evil Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy). Cochran’s take on trick-or-treating is to distribute Halloween masks that will kill millions of children - unless the doctor can stop him. HE NEVER DIED 2015, Vertical Entertainment, 99 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Jason Krawczyk The poster of director Jason Krawczyk’s wildly inventive vampire / cannibal / not-quite-sure tale promises “Blood. Bullets. Bingo.” and delivers on all counts. Punk icon Henry Rollins is Jack, a dark loner whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of Andrea (Jordan Todosey), a girl claiming to be his daughter. Jack’s routine of bingo and cannibalism is severely hampered when his past returns to haunt him as Andrea is kidnapped by men intent on killing him. With a history of murder to reference, Jack heads out on a bloody rampage of revenge and redemption. Rollins’ force-of-nature performance in a rare leading role is a weird and wonderful joy to watch. Discussion following with director Jason Krawczyk and actor Henry Rollins, moderated by Shepard Fairey. The Hunting Ground The Hunting Ground, the latest feature film from Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, takes audiences straight to the heart of a shocking epidemic of violence and institutional cover-ups sweeping college campuses across America. The team behind the Oscar®-nominated The Invisible War presents a scorching exposé of the startling prevalence of sexual assault at bastions of higher learning and of the powerful interests that re-victimize vulnerable students while shielding perpetrators. Using vérité footage, expert insights, first-person testimonies and a bombshell interview sure to make headlines, the film delivers a devastating indictment of campus “rape culture.” The Immortal Story To make the tall tale of the title come true, an aging European merchant played by Welles hires a sailor to sleep with his wife, but the elaborate set-up soon starts to take on a life of its own. Based on a short story by the Danish writer Isak Dinesen, The Immortal Story is the shortest of Welles’s feature films and first aired on French television. Together with excerpts from Welles’s great unfinished film project, Don Quixote. The Immortal Story (1968), 60 mins., and Don Quixote (1955-1985), 60 mins. INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIVING IN BODIES Depicting subjects including pageants, fitness, stardom and Hollywood’s industrial underpinnings, the media artists in this program explore the pains and pleasures of performance, revealing how persona can discipline, liberate and occasionally brutalize the body. Featuring Morgan Fisher’s extraordinary and rarely seen 1968 film Documentary Footage, Mark Toscano’s award winning Releasing Human Energies (2013), Mariah Garnett’s Encounters I May or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin (2012), Kelly Sears’ haunting collage The Body Besieged (2009), Lauren Kelley’s stop-motion animation Burlap Interior (2013) and Rita Gonzalez’s experimental video essay The Assumption of Lupe Velez (1998) this aesthetically diverse corpus of works explores posing figures as submissive and defiant, showing us how bodies work against and within media industries. IN THE MEMORY OF CHANTAL AKERMAN WE WATCH Join us to say good bye to Chantal and long live her memory, her legacy made celluloid, taken by the hand of her strong, quiet heroines. Screening: "Saute Ma Ville", 1968, 13min. "Je Tu Il Elle", 1976, 86min. "Toute une Nuit", 1982, 89 min. Free of charge. THE INVITATION 2015, Drafthouse Films, 98 min, USA, Dir: Karyn Kusama Set high up in the Hollywood Hills, THE INVITATION turns a familiar reunion scenario into a supremely terrifying thriller that is as sophisticated, thoughtful and disturbing as anything you’ll see in a long time. Will (Logan Marshall-Green) returns to his former home to attend a dinner party mysteriously arranged by his ex-wife, Eden (Tammy Blanchard), and her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman). As he reconnects with old friends, Will succumbs to an overwhelming paranoia that something is desperately wrong and that he is surrounded by dark forces. “A perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread.” - Justin Chang, Variety. Discussion between films with THE INVITATION director Karyn Kusama, writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and actor Logan Marshall-Green. JACK 2014, 103 min, Germany, Dir: Edward Berger Ten-year-old Jack (Ivo Pietzcker) is frequently left alone by his loving but hopelessly incompetent young mother (Luise Heyer). Forced to care for himself and his 6-year-old half-brother, Manuel (Georg Arms), for extended periods of time, Jack selflessly acts as the head of the household. When Manuel is accidentally injured, Jack is blamed and is placed in a long-term foster care facility, leaving Manuel with their mother. Homesick and bullied by other children, Jack decides to escape and head home to Berlin, only to find that what little order he had established has crumbled. Once again abandoned, the boys take to the streets on a desperate odyssey to find not only their mother but a sense of stability. Co-written by Nele Mueller-Stöfen, Berger’s screenplay and precise direction coax refreshingly unaffected performances from the two child actors. Cinematographer Jens Harant’s camera provides essential gritty realism, capturing the city from the unique vantage point of the lonely boys. In German with English subtitles. Discussion between films with JACK director Edward Berger. KINGDOM OF SHADOWS In Kingdom of Shadows, Bernardo Ruiz takes an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico “drug war,” weaving together the stories of a U.S. drug enforcement agent on the border, an activist nun in violence-scarred Monterrey, Mexico, and a former Texas smuggler, to reveal the human side of an often misunderstood conflict that has resulted in a growing human-rights crisis that only recently has made international headlines. Running time: 74 minutes. In Spanish and English, with English subtitles. Directed by Bernardo Ruiz. Preceded by a short doc, Sael Kuxlejal (10 min.) Followed by a Q&A with Bernardo Ruiz La Petite Lise (France, 1930) Director Jean Grémillon's first talking picture sees a working-class man return home from prison, only to find that his young daughter has fallen into prostitution as a matter of survival, whereupon he seeks to rescue her from degradation and danger. Striking experiments with lighting, mise-en- scène and the new sound technology enhance Grémillon's poetic realism with a well-modulated documentary immediacy. 35mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 84 min. Production: Pathé-Natan. Distribution: Pathé Consortium Cinéma. Producers: Bernard Natan, Emile Natan. Director: Jean Grémillon. Screenwriter: Charles Spaak. Cinematographer: Jean Bachelet. Composer: Roland Manuel. With: Nadia Sibirskaïa, Pierre Alcover, Julien Berteau, Raymond Cordy, Alex Bernard. LA SOURCE As Los Angeles dips into a time of water scarcity, the Hammer screens this documentary about a village in Haiti where obtaining safe drinking water has never been easy. Josue Lajeunesse, the Princeton University custodian who is the compelling narrative’s core, returns to Haiti to channel a consistent, clean water source to his village. Determination drives what the Washington Post dubs an “artfully shot documentary.” Narrated by Don Cheadle. (2012, Dir. Patrick Shen, 71 min.) The Last Laugh 1924, 90 minutes, black and white, 35mm Directed by F.W. Murnau; written by Carl Mayer; with Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz, Hans Unterkircher, Olaf Storm. Featuring live musical accompaniment and original score by Michael Mortilla After being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious hotel, an aging doorman faces the scorn of his friends, neighbours, and society. Le Ciel est à Vous (France, 1944) A working-class auto mechanic and his wife become enrapt with an emergent vision and goal: that the wife should compete in an aviation contest and seek a women's flying record. The sweeping, luminous drama was seemingly well-suited to the Vichy period, with its themes of escape and freedom, and skirted official sanction with its covert deployment of those themes in a story of personal triumph. 16mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 105 min. Production: Les Films Raoul Ploquin. Distribution: Consortium du Film. Producer: Raoul Ploquin. Director: Jean Grémillon. Screenwriter: Albert Valentin, Charles Spaak. Cinematographer: Louis Page. Production Design: Max Douy. Editor: Louisette Hautecoeur. Composer: Roland Manuel. With: Madeleine Renaud, Charles Vanel, Jean Debucourt, Léonce Corne, Anna Vandenne. LEGEND (2015) 2015, Universal, 131 min, UK/France, Dir: Brian Hegeland Based on the novel The Profession of Violence, LEGEND follows the criminal history of notorious twin gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy), who terrorised London’s East End throughout the 1960s and left a legacy of fear and respect that persisted for decades. Told from the perspective of Reggie’s wife, Frances (Emily Browning), the film is unflinchingly violent and brilliantly funny, with a strangely glossy look at the East End that provides a wonderful counter-balance to the Krays' gruesome acts of brutality. Christopher Eccleston provides memorable support as the almost-comical detective Leonard “Nipper” Read, who is determined to bring down the Krays. Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935) This narrativized travelogue set in Bali is one of the last films produced in two-color Technicolor. A young girl serves as a sacred dancer at her village temple, falls in love with a young musician there, and faces a rival in her own sister. Much of the dramatic action is sublimated through performance of ritual dances forming a fascinating fusion of fiction and documentary modes. 35mm, color, 60 min. Production: Bennett Pictures Corp. Distribution: Paramount International Corporation. Director: Henri de la Falaise. Cinematographer: William H. Greene. Editor: Howard Schroeder. Les Charmes de l'existence (France, 1950) An incisive exploration of the dubious beauty of "official" art. 16mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 25 min. Production: Les Films De Saint-German-Des-Près. Producers: Frédéric Chauvelot, Jean-Pierre Vivet. Director: Jean Grémillon, Pierre Kast. Screenwriter: Jean Grémillon. Cinematographer: Maurice Pecqueux. With: Jean Grémillon (narrator). L'étrange Monsieur Victor (France, 1938) A quiet sense of irony and moral relativity suffuses this unusual and rarely-screened feature about a respectable shopkeeper in Toulon who lives a double-life as a gangland leader. Not above seeing his own neighbor prosecuted for his crimes, Victor unwittingly stumbles his way toward a final comeuppance, navigating a morally ambiguous universe that seems largely the film's point. 35mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 91 min. Production: L'Alliance Cinématographique Européene, Universum Film. Distribution: L'Alliance Cinématographique Européene. Director: Jean Grémillon. Screenwriter: Marcel Achard, Charles Spaak, Albert Valentin. Cinematographer: Werner Krien. Composer: Roland Manuel. With: Raimu, Pierre Blanchar, Madeleine Renaud, Viviane Romance, Marcelle Géniat. Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) Director Max Ophüls' second American feature, set in fin-de-siècle Vienna, chronicles a woman's obsession with a charming, womanizing concert pianist who trifles with her, never feeling the love she faithfully bears for him over many years. Ophüls’ elegant storytelling, shuttling through time via flashbacks, long takes, and intricate narrative and visual repetitions, resulted in one of the most lauded works of his career. 35mm, b/w, 87 min. Production: Rampart Productions, Inc. Distribution: Universal Pictures Company, Inc. Director: Max Ophüls. Based on the novel Brief einer Unbekannten by Stefan Zweig. Screenwriter: Howard Koch. Cinematographer: Frank Planer. Editor: Ted J. Kent. With: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet, Art Smith. Little Man, What Now? (1934) Director Frank Borzage’s “Weimar Trilogy” begins here with Margaret Sullavan, the trilogy’s radiant, fragile muse, as one half of a young married couple struggling to make their way in 1930s Germany. Borzage doesn’t shy from depicting the grim realities of a country plunged into economic and, more importantly, spiritual despair, making the film’s sense of humanity all the more moving for being hard won. Production: Universal Pictures Corp. A Frank Borzage Production. Distribution: Universal Pictures Corp. Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr., Frank Borzage. Director: Frank Borzage. Based on the novel Kleiner Mann, was nun? by Hans Fallada. Screenwriter: William Anthony McGuire. Cinematographer: Norbert Brodine. Art Director: Charles D. Hall. Editor: Milton Carruth. With: Margaret Sullavan, Douglass Montgomery, Alan Hale, Catharine Doucet, DeWitt Jennings. 35mm, b/w, 98 min. Los Angeles in the Newsreels Contemporary news media, in all its forms, is replete with stories and images of Los Angeles, sensational and otherwise, befitting the city’s position as a global economic and cultural center—and producer of much of that same media. Tonight’s program looks back at how the city, as it ascended to its current prominence in the last century, was represented in the newsreels that gave rise to the moving image news of today. From baby pageants to anti-war rallies, in both completed films and in raw footage, the newsreels captured the provincial and increasingly international dimensions of the city as it evolved. 35mm, b/w, total running time of program: approx. 120 min. LOST ANGELS LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals–people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness. The film shows how their descent into society’s basement has been exacerbated by the forces of gentrification and the increasing criminalization of homeless people, while exposing the draconian changes to the mental health care system that have brought us here. Filmmaker Thomas Napper (75 minutes). LOVE & PEACE Shion Sono begins his latest tale in modern-day Tokyo with a tragic man named Ryoichi, who having given up his dreams of rock stardom, toils away in a musical parts company. Ryoichi discovers his only friend in a turtle he aptly names Picadon. The friendship blossoms as Picadon helps Ryoichi plan his rock n roll takeover, until one day on account of overwhelming ridicule from coworkers, Ryoichi flushes his only friend down the toilet. From there, Sono’s signature imagination takes over. Certainly one of the most joyous and heartfelt films of his career, Love & Peace blasts off into the ether with the catchiest theme song you’ll hear all year, anthropomorphized toys, a choice of pills that puts the red pill/blue pill option to shame & massive Kaiju. Dir. Shion Sono, 2015, DCP, 117 min. Lumière d'été (France, 1943) Acclaimed as one of the highest achievements of French Cinema under German occupation, Lumière d'été was banned by Vichy authorities for its critique of the corrupt ruling class. A woman joins her artist lover at a mountaintop resort, becoming disillusioned with his decadent social set, and becoming attracted to an honest, young engineer. The film's climactic bal-masque constitutes one of the great set pieces of French cinema. 35mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 108 min. Production: Films André Paulvé. Distribution: DisCina. Producer: André Paulvé. Director: Jean Grémillon. Screenwriter: Jacques Prévert, Pierre Laroche. Cinematographer: Louis Page. Editor: Louisette Hautecoeur. Composer: Roland Manuel. With: Madeleine Renaud, Paul Bernard, Madeleine Robinson, Pierre Brasseur, Georges Marchal. MAGICAL GIRL 2014, Films Distribution, 127 min, Spain/France, Dir: Carlos Vermut Luis (Luis Bermejo) has a 12-year-old daughter with a terminal illness and a last wish – to have a dress just like the main character of her favorite Japanese anime series. The unemployed professor doesn’t have the money to purchase the dress, but thinks he can get it with a little help from a former teacher (José Sacristán) and an unbalanced young woman (Goya and Feroz winner Bárbara Lennie). Vermut’s sure directorial hand weaves multiple storylines together in this haunting (and occasionally intense) drama. In Spanish with English subtitles. Maldone (France, 1928) One of director Jean Grémillon's earliest successes, Maldone sets up an internalized class conflict in the person of Olivier Maldone, who prefers a working-class existence to the comforts of his wealthy family. Summoned home at the death of his brother to assume control of the family estate, he dutifully returns, but cannot forget his life outside, or the "gypsy" Zita, whom he left behind. 35mm, b/w, silent with French and English intertitles, 102 min. Production: La Société des Films Charles Dullin. Distribution: Les Éditions P. J. de Venloo. Director: Jean Grémillon. Screenwriter: Alexandre Arnoux. Cinematographer: Christian Matras, Georges Périnal. With: Charles Dullin, Génica Athanasiou, Annabella, Gabrielle Fontan, Geymond-Vital. MARSHLAND (LA ISLA MINIMA) 2014, Outsider Pictures, 105 min, Spain, Dir: Alberto Rodriguez Spain’s democracy was still on wobbly legs in 1980, particularly in the backwater of Andalusia where this tense crime drama is set. City policemen Juan (Javier Gutiérrez) and Pedro (Raúl Arévalo) are dispatched to the depressed rural area to investigate the disappearance of two sisters; the cops’ differing backgrounds – one a ruthless veteran, the other an idealistic rookie – lead to increasingly unsettling discoveries. Winner of 10 Goya Awards, including Best Film, Director, Lead Actor (Gutiérrez) and Cinematography (Alex Catalán’s aerial shots are truly dazzling). “This superbly crafted, richly textured thriller is one of the strongest Spanish films of the year.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter. In Spanish with English subtitles. Discussion after the film with guests TBA. Reception follows in the courtyard for all tickets holders. THE MASK (1961) in 3D Cinefamily’s unmissable first-ever 3D screening is also the most otherworldly adventure that you’ll have in a theater this century. A brain-unraveling onslaught of indelibly surreal segments from another dimension punctuate a psychotic Canadian death noir, all of which causes the viewer to dissolve into a lobotomized puddle of metaphysically annihilated sweat. Images from legendary nightmare-maker THE MASK have long been synonymous with the outbreak of ’60s art/horror weirdness that included filmmakers like Coffin Joe and JIGOKU’s Nobuo Nakagawa. But very few people have been able to experience THE MASK for themselves. Now, thanks to the efforts of restorationists Robert Furmanek and Greg Kintz — both of whom will be on hand for this show — we will be the FIRST U.S. AUDIENCE since 1961 to undergo the permanent psychological transformation that affects anyone who dares view the terrors of THE MASK IN 3D. (Admission includes your own Magic Mystic Mask 3D viewer!) U.S. Premiere of new restoration! Dir. Julian Roffman, 1961, DCP, 83 min. THE MEND For anyone who’s ever loathed and loved a sibling in equal measure, THE MEND, is the wonderfully strange and acidic debut comedy from writer/director John Magary. Shot through with the wicked humor and anarchy of Bruce Robinson’s WITHNAIL & I and Mike Leigh’s NAKED, The Mend follows a mismatched yin-yang pair of NYC brothers, loose cannon Mat (Josh Lucas in a career-best performance) and put-upon Alan (Stephen Plunkett) as they stagger dimly towards some understanding of love, women, masculinity and what it truly means to be a brother. Featuring a gorgeous, minimalist score by Michi Wiancko & Judd Greenstein and beautiful, fluid cinematography by Chris Teague (OBVIOUS CHILD), the film unfolds as three stylistically distinct but interwoven acts, each with its own mesmerizing rhythm. With superb supporting performances by Mickey Sumner (FRANCES HA) and Lucy Owen as the brothers’ sharp-tongued girlfriends. Mike Kelley: Single Channel Videos “One of the most influential artists of the past quarter century and a pungent commentator on American class, popular culture and youthful rebellion.” – The New York Times When Mike Kelley passed away in 2012, he left the legacy of a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions. This screening features a selection of Kelley’s videos, from the sassy/melancholy Superman Recites Selections from 'The Bell Jar' and Other Works by Sylvia Plath (1999) to the threatening histrionics of Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (Domestic Scene) (2000), as well as collaborative pieces, such as his minimalist exploration of sado-masochistic relationships in 100 Reasons (1991) – among others. Mr. Arkadin (1955), 106 mins. Welles’s Mr. Arkadin (a.k.a. Confidential Report) tells the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a memorable procession of grotesques and a dizzying descent into a cold-war European landscape. While several different versions of the film exist, we will be screening the “Comprehensive Version,” compiled and edited by the Munich Film Museum in 2006. The Naked Kiss (1964) Shot on a shoestring and conceived as an indictment of American bourgeois hypocrisy, The Naked Kiss is a bombastic, idiosyncratic but wholly original hybrid—the B-movie as social critique. A reformed hooker finds renewed purpose as a small-town orthopedic nurse. Although courting the dashing local philanthropist promises to cement her integration into mainstream society, but her romantic fantasy is dashed in a shocking plot twist. 35mm, b/w, 93 min. Production: F&F Productions. Distribution: Allied Artists. Producer: Samuel Fuller. Director: Samuel Fuller. Screenwriter: Samuel Fuller. Cinematographer: Stanley Cortez. Editor: Jerome Thoms. Composer: Paul Dunlap. With: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey, Patsy Kelly. NASTY BABY Freddy (Sebastian Silva) is a visual artist whose top goal is becoming a father. Luckily his best friend Polly (Kristin Wiig) is happy to assist. When Freddy’s sperm reveals its inadequacies, his reluctant boyfriend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) is called upon to save the day. In the hands of anyone other than Sebastian Silva (Magic, Magic & The Maid), Nasty Baby would undoubtedly become an overbearing improvisational, twee mess of sad-sack-hipster-chic-melodrama. Luckily Silva has no interest in making any semblance of predictable or milquetoast cinema. Whittled down to it’s core, Nasty Baby is damn near guaranteed to bring laughter, bring tears and then most likely make you forget to breath as the story comes to a shockingly dark close… Dir. Sebastian Silva, 2015, DCP, 100 min. THE NEST, 1988, 89 min. Dir. Terence H. Winkless. Scientific research gone awry unleashes a wave of carnivorous mutating cockroaches on an island off the coast of Maine. Not for the squeamish, this is among the best to emerge from the Roger Corman stable in the 1980s. OCCULT LA: SEASON OF THE WITCH - HOW THE OCCULT SAVED ROCK 'N ROLL Join us for a Samhain special featuring Peter Bebergal, author of the acclaimed book SEASON OF THE WITCH: HOW THE OCCULT SAVED ROCK AND ROLL, and a rarely seen 35mm screening of the legendary occult rock classic Performance (1970) starring Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg! Through a specially-curated program of iconic and obscure music videos, stills, shorts, and film clips Bebergal will illuminate a secret occult history of rock ‘n’ roll, from Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Arthur Brown and Hawkwind to Psychic TV, SunnO)) and Jay-Z—all who owe their mystique to occultists like Aubrey Beardsley, Aleister Crowley, Madame Blavatsky, and others as well as to the pomp and pageantry of secret brotherhoods and neo-pagans. Clips include hoodoo spirituals, an occult-themed Pepsi commercial, a never-before-shown Source Family/YaHoWha 13 public-access TV performance, and moments from films like The Devil Rides Out, The Song Remains the Same, and more, to show how this spiritual rebellion crafted rock’s mythic soul and radically transformed backbeat music into a force of cultural revolution and political, spiritual, sexual, and social liberation. Dirs. Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell, 1970, 35mm, 105 mins. OF SCRAP & STEEL The Los Angeles Visionaries Association is pleased to announce a free roof-top screening of a newly-discovered circa 1949 short color film of Main Street and other downtown Los Angeles locations, the Union Rescue Mission-produced Of Scrap & Steel. In mid-1948 the Board of Directors of the Union Rescue Mission approved the expenditure of $5,000 to make the 30-minute film Of Scrap & Steel which portrays the redemption and good works of Arthur Hawkins, an alcoholic executive who ended up on the streets of Los Angeles and whose life was saved when he turned to the URM for help. Porter Hall (Arthur Hawkins) is one of only two actors in a film otherwise populated by real Los Angeles characters. (You may recall Hall’s performance as the pesky guy on the train in Double Indemnity.) Of Scrap & Steel was only shown in screenings organized by the URM or related organizations, and would have been completely lost if Liz Mooradian, URM historian, had not saved a deteriorating 16mm print and had it transferred to video before it was too late. This entertaining and powerful short film is a compelling snapshot of life on Skid Row (Main Street) circa 1949, and a fascinating document of the important work that the URM continues to do with the most needy in the community. Although downtown Los Angeles features in numerous noir films, it is extremely rare to see color images of eastern downtown, and rarer still to see full-color live-action footage of the vibrant street scene that included rescue missions, pawn shops, amusement parlors, bars, restaurants and the ever-patrolling paddy wagon in search of drunkards to haul away to jail or County work crews. This free rooftop screening is jointly organized by LAVA–The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, the In SRO Land time travel blog and the Union Rescue Mission. This screening is held in conjunction with the Skid Row Walking Tour, a separate free event beginning two hours before the screening. ONCE WERE WARRIORS 1994, HanWay Films, 102 min, New Zealand, Dir: Lee Tamahori The nominal head of the dysfunctional family at the center of this gut-wrenching drama is Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison), an alcoholic powderkeg. Wife Beth (Rena Owen) is used to his abuse, but life on the poor side of Otara, New Zealand is beginning to take its toll on their five children – and that may be enough to get her to take a stand. With its title reflecting Beth’s Maori heritage, the film is both inspiring and heartbreaking by turns, with unforgettable lead performances illuminating these complex characters. Discussion between films with actor Cliff Curtis. ONE CUT, ONE LIFE When documentarian Ed Pincus, considered the father of first-person non-fiction film, is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he and collaborator Lucia Small team up to make one last film – much to the chagrin of Jane, Ed’s wife of 50 years. This New York Film Festival selection is told from both filmmakers' points of view. Ed and Lucia’s unique approach to filming offers an intimacy rarely seen in docs, questioning whether some things might be too private to be made public. An intense, raw, yet sometimes humorous exploration of the human condition, One Cut, One Life invites viewers to contemplate for themselves what is important, not only at the end of life, but also during. Written and Directed by Lucia Small & Ed Pincus. Running time: 107 minutes. Followed by a Q&A with Lucia Small Orson Welles TV Sketch Book, Around the World, The Fountain of Youth (1955-58), 120 mins. An evening of Welles television rarities, including episodes of his two series made for British television, Orson Welles’ Sketchbook and Around the World with Orson Welles. Also included will be his rare landmark TV pilot Fountain of Youth, excerpts from his starring roles in The Man Who Came to Dinner and King Lear; a compilation of classic television interviews, and even an episode of I Love Lucy. OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE Ring the bells and set off the sirens: the restoration of Jacques Rivette’s sprawling French New Wave masterpiece OUT 1 is the cinephile event of the year! Clocking in at just under 13 hours, seeing Rivette’s sprawling and episodic magnum opus is the “movie equivalent of reading Proust” (Dennis Lim, NYT); consuming such a beautiful and famously gargantuan work is—like travelling to an exotic land or learning how to tango—the stuff of bucket lists and bragging rights. Originally intended for French television, it’s a cat’s cradle of criss-crossing narrative threads and characters set amongst two countercultural theatre troupes in 1960s Paris (with all their utopian aspirations), shot with a French New Wave formal freedom that, along with it’s status as the second-longest narrative feature of all time, makes it one of the truly unique specimens of the filmic ecosystem. OUT 1 has been virtually impossible to see since its premiere in 1971, so thank the film gods, and Carlotta Films, for this brand new restoration, allowing us the rare opportunity to watch this cinematic milestone on the big screen, or at all for that matter. Over two days, the Super Long Movie Club will watch, break, discuss, eat, and maybe just learn a little bit about each other, all on the way to finishing one of the greatest films of all time. And we’ll have a potluck, so bring a dish. Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1971, 729 min., New DCP Restoration. NOTE: You only need to buy one ticket. It will get you into both days of the film. No refunds allowed after Oct. 31st. SCHEDULE: Day 1 (Nov. 14th at 11 am): Episodes 1-2 (199 min. + Short bathroom break between), Intermission, Episodes 3-4 (215 min. + Short bathroom break between) Day 2 (Nov. 15th at Noon): Episodes 5-6 (190 min. + Short bathroom break between), Intermission, Episodes 7-8 (171 min. + Short bathroom break between) PARIS BLUES In a potent collision of race, romance, and jazz, Paris Blues chronicles the passionate relationship of two couples embarking on intellectual and artistic adventures in turbulent times. Starring Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Diahann Carroll, and Joanne Woodward and presented in exquisite 35mm, the screening of this 1961 gem will serve as the springboard for a dynamic discussion about identity, creativity, and expatriatism. Engaging the audience in this conversation will be a high-profile quorum of actors, musicians, and scholars selected by filmmaker and ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay, who will also serve as host for the debut gathering in this ongoing film series. PARK ROW In New York's 1880s newspaper district a dedicated journalist manages to set up his own paper. It is an immediate success but attracts increasing opposition from one of the bigger papers and its newspaper heiress owner. Dir. Sam Fuller, 1952, 83 mins. Passing Through (1977) Eddie Womack, an African American jazz musician, is released from prison for the killing of a white gangster. Not willing to play for the mobsters who control the music industry, Womack searches for his mentor, the musician, Poppy Harris. The film repeatedly returns to various musicians improvising jazz, leading a French critic to call it “the only jazz film in the history of cinema.” Before the screening, Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart will be on hand to introduce and sign their book, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. DCP, color, 105 min. Producer: Larry Clark. Director: Larry Clark. Screenwriter: Larry Clark, Ted Lange. Cinematographer: Roderick Young, George Geddis. Editor: Larry Clark. With: Nathaniel Taylor, Clarence Muse, Pamela Jones, Johnny Weathers, Della Thomas. In-person: Larry Clark, Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, Jacqueline Najuma Stewart. PIECES (MIL GRITOS TIENE LA NOCHE), 1982, Grindhouse Releasing, 89 min. Dir. Juan Piquer Simón. In this infamous grindhouse thriller, a young boy with twisted ideas about sexuality grows into a serial killer on a rampage, collecting body parts to assemble his jigsaw puzzle of the ideal woman. Christopher George (TV’s “Rat Patrol”) is the hardboiled cop on his trail in a bizarre college town. Filmmaker Simón keeps the absurd number of red herrings coming at breakneck speed. Pattes Blanches (France, 1948) A late-career but top-flight rehearsal of favorite themes (class politics expressed in a sexual triangle), director Jean Grémillon's feature involves the arrival of a glamorous woman in an insular community, who makes herself the object of several men's affections and sets up an incendiary rivalry between an aristocrat and his poorer half-brother. Love sweetens and sours as power realignments drive the story to its cataclysmic conclusion. 16mm, b/w, 92 min. Production: Majestic Films. Distribution: DisCina. Director: Jean Grémillon. Screenwriter: Jean Anouilh, Jean-Bernard Luc. Cinematographer: Philippe Agostini. Editor: Louisette Hautecoeur. Composer: Elsa Barraine. With: Suzy Delair, Fernand Ledoux, Paul Bernard, Arlette Thomas, Michel Bouquet. Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! (1977) Efraín Gutiérrez’ landmark independent feature, recently added to the National Film Registry, offers an in-depth look at 1970’s-era South Texas Chicano culture, as its central character questions his place in a society that undervalues Latinos, so many of whom have been killed in the Vietnam War. A historic, influential hit in regional theaters, the film was long thought lost before its restoration at UCLA. 35mm, color, 81 min. Production: Chicano Arts Enterprises. Producer: Efraín Gutiérrez. Director: Efraín Gutiérrez. Screenwriter: Sabino Garza. Cinematographer: David Peña. Editor: Jack Landman. With: Efraín Gutiérrez, Josefina Paz, David Moss, Abel Franco, Oscar Escamilla. Possibly a Special on the Bag 1971, 26 minutes 14 seconds, 35 mm converted to digital format Film by Claes Oldenburg | Directed by Michel Hugo | Photography by Eric Saarinen | Edited by John Hoffman | Sound by Howard Chesley | Produced by Tyler-Felsen-Grinstein Claes Oldenburg’s whimsical 1971 film takes viewers behind the scenes of his monumental Giant Ice Bag, one of the most iconic works to result from LACMA’s original Art and Technology program. The screening will be introduced by Associate Curator Jennifer King, who will provide an overview of Oldenburg’s participation in the Art and Technology program, and share how the film stock used for the newly remastered version was rediscovered and restored in 2015. THE PROPHECY Come catch Christopher Walken—in what is surely his only portrayal of an evil angel (sporting a very shiny hairdo)—in The Prophecy. This bizarre and engrossing mash-up of fantasy and thriller—“basically a spy thriller with angels instead of agents” (Variety)—is a strange and magical relic from 1995, dubbed an “occult freakshow” (Entertainment Weekly), and complete with a cult following. This is one of those weird and wonderfully inexplicable movies, so for those of you who aren’t sold already, just trust us. Plus, Gregory Widen (Writer, Director, and Creator) and star Adam Goldberg will be joining us at this screening! Dir. Gregory Widen, 1995, 35mm, 98 min. RABID DOGS 2015, Wild Bunch, 99 min, France/Canada, Dir: Éric Hannezo Director Éric Hannezo reinvents Mario Bava’s masterpiece as a lean, brutal road trip with some of the most despicable characters ever, set to a thumping electro-score. On the run across country after a bank job goes desperately wrong, a gang of criminals steal cars and take hostages - a young woman and a man with kid in dire need of a doctor - and before long dark secrets are revealed, blood is spilt and the true nature of everyone in the car emerges. In French with English subtitles. Remorques (France, 1941) Brimming with emotional force, director Jean Grémillon's masterly feature counterposes duty with runaway fantasy in its story of a tugboat captain torn between a sick, homebound wife and a mysterious, beautiful woman. The picture's metaphorical use of crashing waves and surging musical flourishes invest it with a timelessness that nevertheless spoke to the very timely passions of the beginnings of the Vichy era. 35mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 91 min. Production: SEDIF. Distribution: Films Sonores Tobis. Director: Jean Grémillon. Based on the novel by Roger Vercel. Screenwriter: André Cayatte, Jacques Prévert. Cinematographer: A. Thirard. Editor: Yvonne Martin. Composer: Roland-Manuel. With: Jean Gabin, Madeleine Renaud, Michèle Morgan, Charles Blavette, Jean Marchat. Revisiting Ralph Story's Los Angeles Premiering in 1964, the urbane series Ralph Story's Los Angeles remains one of the most fondly-remembered locally-produced programs in Los Angeles television history. Join our guest host, historian Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles, for a screening retrospective and panel discussion celebrating this beloved, innovative series, featuring excerpts and complete episodes documenting such iconic locales as Angels Flight, Clifton's Cafeteria, Sunset Boulevard, and the long lost landmarks Hollywood Ranch Market and L.A.’s Kiddieland. Total running time of program: approx. 130 min. * Ralph Story’s Los Angeles — Excerpt: “Angels Flight Railway” - KNXT, 3/6/66 * Ralph Story’s Los Angeles — Excerpt: “Clifton's Cafeteria, Downtown Los Angeles” - KNXT, 10/22/67 * Ralph Story’s Los Angeles — Excerpt: “Hollywood Ranch Market” - KNXT, 2/4/68 * Ralph Story’s Los Angeles — Excerpt: “Beverly Park, Also Known as L.A.’s Kiddieland” - KNXT, 5/18/69 * Ralph Story's Los Angeles — Excerpt: "Vintage Buildings, Downtown Los Angeles" - KNXT, 12/08/68 * Ralph Story’s Los Angeles — Episode: “A Drive Down the Entire 25-Mile Length of Sunset Boulevard” - KNXT, 9/22/68 * Ralph Story’s Los Angeles — Episode: “Los Angeles, Downtown, and Disneyland After Dark” - KNXT, 2/11/68 In-person: Dan Einstein, Dan Gingold, Alison Martino, Joe Saltzman. Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles Having given eye-opening “urban history” presentations in San Francisco, Oakland and Detroit, Rick Prelinger now draws on his vast archive to offer a cultural history of greater Los Angeles in pictures. The archivist, writer, filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz professor combines excerpts from long-dated “ephemeral” sources—yesteryear’s home movies, newsreels, educational, industrial and amateur films, even studio “process plates”—into a richly detailed socio-topographical study of L.A.’s bygone cityscapes, and in the process casts the contemporary terrain in a new light. Viewers, meanwhile, are invited to supply the soundtrack, with their own commentaries, questions and discussions. Founded in 1983, the Prelinger Archive is among the largest repositories of its kind in the world. In person: Rick Prelinger Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren: String Theory * Post Future Past Perfect - (1978/2004, hybrid 16mm / digital media, 11 min.) Filmed in our studio New York in 1978, with ink marks hand drawn on the 16mm print according to algorithms, painted on the walls, then discovered by the camera, then re-marked with 'virtual' tools on digital media almost 30 years later. * “Father Don’t You See?” by Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren - (1983-85 / 2003, DVD / SD video, 5 min.) (Extracted from The Erl King interactive cinema work and reworked for DVD in 2003). This short piece exposes a parallel between the “Burning Child Dream” described by Freud and the Goethe “Erlkoenig” narrative poem, set to music by a very young Schubert. * Terms of Analysis, by Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren (1982, 16mm, 15 min.) - Made in collaboration with composer/trombonist James Fulkerson, who appears throughout the film. Though we didn't know it at the time, this was our last 16mm film. Looking askance at some of the terms used in film and media analysis of the time (many of them still alive in academic jargon), is set against personal, life-transforming events and documentation of change — of seasons, of living and working spaces, and of two cities. * The Lions of Peter Paul Rubens (2008, HD media, 10 min.) - Investigating the painting Daniel in the Lions Den by Peter Paul Rubens. Commissioned by National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Like Rubens, we had only one male lion to work with (Felix), who was cajoled into adopting the poses of every lion in the Rubens painting. Unlike Rubens' models, there were two lionesses at Hollywood Animals, and they are both in the film. Among other things, this film highlights the lions' eye-lines as well as the always fascinating relationship of representation to reality. * Straight from Bertha (2015, Hybrid: 16mm, video, HD video, 42 min. total) Straight from Bertha is a non-linear intimate portrait of an extended American family. The film's 'subjects' are descendants of Bertha Gorman, filmmaker Roberta Friedman's great aunt, with acerbic commentary by Norma Passy, Bertha's 85 year old niece. We meet Bertha's adult children in 1976 in a Soho loft, Bertha's adult grandchildren in 2005 on a New York rooftop, and Bertha's adult great-grandchildren in 2012 in the Millennium Film Workshop, under demolition and about to close its doors forever. Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren in person! Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design An illustrated lecture by Jan-Christopher Horak, director, UCLA Film & Television Archive, presents a selection of film titles, shorts and commercials by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920–1996). Best known as the designer behind the iconic, era-defining title sequences for such films as The Man with the Golden Arm (dir. Otto Preminger, 1955), Vertigo (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1958), Spartacus (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1960) and The Age of Innocence (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1993), Bass served as an important visual collaborator with the directors with whom he worked. In addition to title sequences, Bass also designed posters and marketing materials for Hollywood—and beyond the studios, Bass was renowned for his own work as a graphic designer for major corporate identity campaigns and as a director of commercials, independent documentaries and fiction films. Drawing on the research and analyses of his recently published book, Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design, Horak, with graphic designer Albert Kallis, a frequent Bass collaborator, will illuminate how Bass’ work for others manifested his own particular brand, revealing similar design strategies, themes and visual looks. The evening will feature several short films that Bass directed himself, including The Searching Eye (1964), Why Man Creates (1968), The Solar Film (1980) and Quest (1984), as well as a selection of his classic title sequences, commercials and industrial films. Total running time of program: approx. 150 min. In-person: Jan-Christopher Horak, Albert Kallis. THE SEEDS: PUSHIN' TOO HARD Join us for a special one-time-only screening of musician, composer, actor, and director Neil Norman's new full-length rock'n'roll documentary film, which tells the fantastic, gleeful, tragic tale of 1960s garage rock wunderkinds THE SEEDS! Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, and fresh interviews with band members and associates, as well as notable fans and observers, THE SEEDS: PUSHIN' TOO HARD relates the bizarre rage-to-riches-to-rags tale of the rock quartet who took Los Angeles by storm in the mid-60s, and is credited with creating the idea of "flower power." Neil Norman will be joining us in person to engage our audience with a Q&A after the film! SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY 2014, Lionsgate, 93 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich Director Peter Bogdanovich’s first feature in more than a decade kicks into gear when Broadway director Owen Wilson takes a fancy to call girl-turned-actress Imogen Poots and casts her in his latest play – along with his wife (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex (Rhys Ifans). Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte and a host of cameos too good to spoil here add to the romantic chaos in this effervescent comedy. “It’s a hysterical screwball fantasia that openly steals from Lubitsch, Hawks, Capra and Sturges and wants to be caught with its fingers in the till. The result is a highly sexed Jenga-pile of silliness, to which Bogdanovich can’t resist adding block after teetering block.” - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph. Discussion between films with director Peter Bogdanovich. SHIP OF FOOLS 1965, Sony Repertory, 149 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer An all-star cast sails aboard this thought-provoking drama, adapted by Abby Mann from Katherine Anne Porter’s 1962 novel. As an ocean liner travels from Veracruz, Mexico, to Bremerhaven, Germany in 1933, few among the diverse group of passengers – which includes Oskar Werner, Simone Signoret, Lee Marvin, George Segal and, in her final role, Vivien Leigh – suspect the dark future ahead of them as the Nazis rise to power. Nominated for eight Oscars, with wins for B&W Cinematography and Art Direction. SHREW’S NEST (MUSARAÑAS) 2014, Film Factory, 95 min, Spain/France, Dir: Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel First-time feature directors Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel (and producer Alex De La Iglesia) lead viewers through a terrifying psychological maze in 1950s Spain. At its center is the apartment of Montse (Macarena Gómez, in one of the wildest performances you’ll see all year), who has raised her younger sister to the brink of adulthood. But agoraphobia and religious ritual have taken their toll on Montse, and when an injured young man (Hugo Silva) turns up at the door, help is the last thing she gives him. With Luis Tosar as the spectral father figure. In Spanish with English subtitles. SLIME CITY Learn the ancient occult secrets of flesh control with NYC’s greatest unheralded scum opera! Upright student Alex has just moved into a suspiciously affordable Brooklyn apartment, where his elderly landladies spend their evenings chugging day-glo fluid in the basement, and his metalhead neighbor has relentless sex with shrieking men. Soon, Alex is caught up in the mysterious hysteria, and begins transforming into a dripping, ripping, bandaged cannibal psychopath. This fearlessly goopy sewer train drags us down the same pulsating passageways as revered classics BASKET CASE and STREET TRASH, but was shot on 16mm by a pioneering filmmaker with an empty wallet and a skull full of impossible ideas. All of them are brought vividly to life in a protoplasmic rain of mayhem, witchery, lust, autonomous body parts and neon slime. Featuring one of the most shocking, outrageous finales of any gore film, SLIME CITY is the ultimate in hyper-advanced bleccchh! Dir. Gregory Lamberson, 1988, 16mm, 87 min. Director Gregory Lamberson and Star Robert C. Sabin in attendance! Original Extended Cut, not available on DVD SMALL-GAUGE L.A. Rick Bahto and Alee Peoples are exemplary figures in the vibrant L.A. creative community committed to realizing personal vision through the hands-on intimacy of small-gauge film, DIY media and live performance. Bahto, a San Francisco transplant, plays with multiple layers of printing, rephotography and projection to explore the tension between the incidental and the controlled, while Peoples, an Oklahoma City native, uses Super 8 and 16mm film as platforms for whimsical storytelling with a nod to history. Bahto’s section of the program includes Accretions, for multiple slide projectors, and Compositions; Peoples is presenting the L.A. premiere of Non-Stop Beautiful Ladies, a street film starring decaying signage, car radios and human ad spinners. In person: Rick Bahto and Alee Peoples Smog (Italy, 1962) Director Franco Rossi offers an atmospheric meditation on the pervasive alienation and class systems inherent to American life in the sprawling City of Angels, as seen through the outsider perspectives of a visiting Italian attorney (Enrico Maria Salerno) and a small circle of Italian expats. Notable sequences prominently feature midcentury modern landmarks, including Los Angeles International Airport and the Pierre Koenig-designed Stahl Residence. 35mm, b/w, in Italian with English subtitles, 88 min. Production: Titanus, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Director: Franco Rossi. Screenwriter: Franco Rossi, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Ugo Guerra. Cinematographer: Ted McCord. Editor: Aldo Capuano. Composer: Piero Umiliani. With: Enrico Maria Salerno, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatori, Max Showalter, Susan Mueller. Screening preceded by guest speakers, including symposium keynote address, "Forever/Never on a Smoggy Day," by Harry Gamboa Jr. Songs from the North “Rare and extraordinary…profoundly strange, immediate, and real.” – The Village Voice Honored as the Best First Feature in both Locarno International Film Festival and DocLisboa, Songs From the North is an original and intimate look at the enigma of North Korea. Bypassing and decoding the country’s jingoistic propaganda, as well as derisive satire from the West, Soon-Mi Yoo interweaves footage from three visits to North Korea with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage. Songs From The North strives to understand, on their own terms, the psychology and popular imagery of the North Korean people and the political ideology of absolute love. Born in South Korea, Yoo teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and frequently shows her work internationally. In person: Soon-Mi Yoo Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA (2015) Five years in the making, Zeinabu irene Davis’ documentary explores the many paths of UCLA student filmmakers, now identified with the “L.A. Rebellion.” Including interviews with Charles Burnett, Ben Caldwell, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Barbara McCullough, Stormé Bright Sweet and many others, Davis’ film demonstrates how these independent Black filmmakers created a movement in the face of Hollywood’s racist imagery. Digital video, b/w & color, 97 min. In-person: director Zeinabu irene Davis. SPOOKIES, 1986, 85 min. Dir. Genie Joseph, Thomas Doran, Brendan Faulkner. Killer Sorcerers! Bits and pieces of an unreleased 1984 film called TWISTED SOULS were stitched together and reanimated to make this obscure horror indie. Kids hoping to party at a seemingly abandoned mansion run afoul of the sorcerer Kreon (Felix Ward), who summons up a series of monsters to kill them. STELLA POLARIS 1993, 89 min, Norway, Dir: Knut Erik Jensen The feature debut from director Knut Erik Jensen is this poetic, beautifully shot meditation on childhood, growing up, love and death, set in the arctic region of Norway during the German invasion of World War II. In Norwegian with English subtitles. Discussion between the films with director Knut Erik Jensen. STRAIGHT FROM BERTHA Calling attention to the recent digital and hybrid media work of longtime collaborators Roberta Friedman and Grahame Weinbren, this program features the latest iteration of the multi-generational, Gertrude Stein-inspired opus Straight from Bertha (1976/2010/2014, 40 min.)—with the new segments shot in the “ruins” of New York’s Millennium Film Workshop. Having collaborated at CalArts in the 1970s, Friedman and Weinbren explored mathematical structures, film as music, movie syntax and avant-garde narratives with a singular wit in their early films before turning to multimedia and interactive video installation, of which The Erl King (1983–86, Whitney Biennial 1987) was a groundbreaking example. Friedman and Weinbren—the senior editor of Millennium Film Journal—have continued to collaborate while also working individually. In person: Roberta Friedman and Grahame Weinbren SUN CHOKE A film firmly routed in the tried and true tradition of House of Psychotic Women, Sun Choke places ambiguity above all and revels in it via an unreliable narrator who’s a murderer, some perverse form of an epileptic and an adept manipulator. Sarah Hagan stars in the film, as a severely damaged, borderline-autistic girl being cared for (held hostage by?) by her lifelong Nanny (Barbara Crampton) while the absent father figure is overseas for work. As mystery and abstraction certainly highlight this film’s strongest assets, going into plot description seems crass and egregious. With lovely cinematography (including some delectable images of grotesquerie), solid performances all around, a haunting and ephemeral score by Bryan Hollen (Boom Bip) and a tight, yet fiercely open and illusive screenplay, Sun Choke is certainly one of the best pieces of intrigue hitting cinemas this year. With a live set by Boom Bip prior to the film! Dir. Ben Cresciman, 2015, DCP, 90 min. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) A unique collaboration of F. W. Murnau and documentarian Robert Flaherty resulted in this simple story about the love of a Tahitian fisherman for a young woman whose body has been consecrated to the gods, rendering her tabu for mortal men. The filmmakers had their differences, and Flaherty sold his interest in the film. Finished by Murnau, the film is a luminous and lyrical masterpiece. 35mm, b/w, 81 min. Production: Golden Bough, Inc. Distribution: Paramount Publix Corp. Director: F. W. Murnau. Cinematographer: Floyd Crosby. Editor: Arthur Brooks. Composer: Hugo Riesenfeld. With: Matahi, Reri, Hitu, Jean, Jules. THEY ALL LAUGHED 1981, HBO Films, 115 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich Director Peter Bogdanovich uses the private-eye genre as a vehicle to deliver deeply romantic insights about love, marriage and regret. John Ritter and Ben Gazzara work for the Odyssey Detective Agency, a firm where the investigators are more concerned with their own complicated love lives than with solving any cases. Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Stratten co-star in this hilarious ensemble dramedy, a film that Quentin Tarantino declared one of the 10 greatest ever made. THIS IS THE CITY: SYMPOSIUM DAY TWO A day-long series of discussions and screenings, including: * Unedited footage: “Los Angeles, 1920” - Brief screening includes images of Echo Park, Broadway, Olive Street, Mack Sennett Studios, First National Exhibitors', Consolidated Film Corporation, Fox Film Corporation, Film Row, film distributors, the Rosslyn Hotel and street scenes. Live musical accompaniment provided by Cliff Retallick. * Session 1: Lost Angeles: Preserving the City on Non-Theatrical Film - Local moving image archivists will discuss and present examples of ephemeral works that document the city in unexpected ways. Context to include the long-term preservation issues and priorities associated with non-studio footage. Presenters: Lynne Kirste, Academy Film Archive; Todd Wiener, UCLA Film & Television Archive; Dino Everett, USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. Moderator: Dan Streible, NYU, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation. * Session 2: Unexpected Travelogues - Academics will illuminate the city and its spaces from various perspectives derived from disparate sources of archival motion pictures, television programs, and ephemeral films. Presenters: Janet Bergstrom, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; Mark Shiel, Kings College; Lynn Spigel, Northwestern University. Moderator: John Caldwell, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. * Clip: “Ralph Story’s Los Angeles” - Clip looks at the Jewish community in Boyle Heights. Introduction: Dan Einstein, UCLA Film & Television Archive. * Session 3: In Plain Sight – Hidden Los Angeles Through the Archive - Obscure moving images reveal the Los Angeles that Hollywood ignores; the importance of preserving marginalized communities is examined through archival footage. Presenters: Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, University of Chicago; Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, UCLA Department of Asian American Studies; Marsha Goodman, filmmaker; Allyson Nadia Field, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Moderator: Jacqueline Najuma Stewart. * “Los Angeles: Wonder City of the West” (1935) - Brief screening includes a visit to Olvera Street, numerous motion picture studios, and an appearance by Walt Disney. Introduction: Jan-Christopher Horak, UCLA. * Session 4: Framing the Shortfalls of the City in the Frame - Activists utilize moving images to reveal the realities of the city, in direct contrast to Hollywood depictions. Presenters: David James, USC; Joshua Glick, Hendrix College. Moderator: Kathleen McHugh, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. * Clips: “Oddball Film+Video Archive Looks at Los Angeles” - Introduction: Stephen Parr. The Thoughts That Once We Had Directed and Edited by Thom Andersen. "The Thoughts That Once We Had is a personal history of cinema, partly inspired by Gilles Deleuze’s The Movement-Image and The Time-Image (quotations from these books appear intermittently) and partly by my discovery of the classic Hollywood musical comedy, occasioned by a That’s Entertainment marathon on Turner Classic Movies the night of December 31-January 1, 2014. Perhaps little of these inspirations remain in the film, but it is certainly a personal history of cinema. Of course, many others are possible, and anyone’s history is as valid as mine. A working title was “Great Moments in the History of Cinema,” but the movie outgrew this title. It became more ambitious. It found a form that satisfied me. The title is not meant to imply that cinema is dead. On the contrary: all art today aspires to the condition of cinema. Instead, the title suggests that moving images and sounds are thoughts in themselves because motion pictures are not perceived, they are remembered. The Thoughts That Once We Had tells more than I know, although I learned a number of material facts about cinema and my relation to cinema while making it: few film-makers are capable of making what Deleuze calls an “affection-image,” an image that imprints the face as a pure affect; the melody of the gaze is also rare; the more grounded the camera, the better (what Joris Ivens taught); a shot from The Eleventh Year by Dziga Vertov anticipates Wavelength; reading aloud is the most cinematic of all actions; my interest in cinema is more carnal than I realized; what interests the camera is not a given, but something the camera discovers anew for every shot. Other thoughts will be given to other viewers. This may all sound a bit formidable, but I also intended to bring a touch of American vulgarity to the so-called “essay film.” The movie was not calculated to drive liberals crazy; it just turned out that way." -- Thom Andersen Running time: 100 minutes. Followed by a Q&A with Thom Andersen, Moderated by Dr. David James TIKKUN Tikkun is as an unflinching and unnerving portrait of an ultra-orthodox yeshiva student in Jerusalem. Haim-Aron is so obsessed with his studies and the rules he must follow, that it begins to border on martyrdom. When Haim-Aron considers indulging his desire for self-pleasure, it leads to an accident that seemingly takes him to death’s door and back again. When he wakes up in the hospital, a lot has changed. Haim-Aron’s father is haunted by surreal visions and violent dreams as he grapples with the changes he’s beginning to see in his son. Enhanced immensely by striking black and white cinematography, a flirtation with the supernatural, a minimal but succinct script & eerily convincing acting from the majority of the cast, Tikkun is one of the most intriguing, demanding & ultimately rewarding films of the year. Dir. Avishai Sivan, 2015, DCP,120 min. TONNERRE 2013, Wild Bunch, 102 min, France, Dir: Guillaume Brac The little town of Tonnerre in Burgundy provides refuge to Maxime (Vincent Macaigne), a musician a bit past his prime. Things start looking up for him when he meets younger journalist Mélodie (Solène Rigot), until she suddenly breaks off their relationship, sending Maxime off the rails. As the film shifts from character study to thriller, Macaigne’s intense performance shows why he is among France’s most in-demand actors. In French with English subtitles. TOO LATE 2015, Vanishing Angle, 107 min, USA, Dir: Dennis Hauk Director Dennis Hauk’s explosive debut serves as equal parts contemporary noir, L.A. love letter and cinematography school. Comprised of five single-shot scenes (each the length of a roll of 35mm film), TOO LATE follows the path of Sampson (John Hawkes, terrific here), a hard boiled, hard-luck private investigator intent on unweaving a web of deceit, corruption and murder spanning the City of Angels. With its lead character dropped into one tight situation after another, each scene in this tightly crafted jigsaw puzzle is a joy to experience, underpinned by Hauck’s razor-sharp script and a brilliant cast that includes Dichen Lachman and seasoned vets Robert Forster and Jeff Fahey. Introduction by writer-director Dennis Hauck. VETERAN After an international auto theft sting, major crimes detective Do-cheol is treated to a night at an exclusive club where he is introduced to Sunjin Group’s third-in-line, Tae-oh. Animosity quickly arises between the two as Tae-oh’s rude behavior rubs Do-cheol the wrong way. Convinced that Tae-oh is a drug addict, Do-cheol tries to investigate, but is stopped by his boss. Meanwhile, Tae-on runs into Bae, a truck driver who helped Do-cheol with his auto theft case, protesting outside the company headquarters to get his overdue wages. Tae-oh invites Bae up to his office to write him a cheque. But Bae isn’t let off easily -- not before he is humiliated and beaten for Tae-oh’s amusement. Bae is subsequently hospitalized but his son finds Do-cheol’s card and calls for help. Do-cheol feels responsible and decides to get Tae-oh, no matter how much Tae-oh tries to sabotage the investigation. Running time: 124 minutes. In Korean, with English subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with writer/director Ryoo Seung-wan. THE VISIT What will happen when alien life arrives on earth? Conceptual artist Michael Madsen’s experimental documentary, The Visit—the second installment in in his “Trilogy on Mankind” (the first being Into Eternity, the 2010 documentary on the construction of the Onkalo nuclear waste storage facility in Finland)—is a stunning, immersive, and meandering answer to this question. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, NASA personnel, retired military experts, legal experts, astrobiologists, and psychologists hesitantly perform the roles they imagine inhabiting in the event of such an encounter, testing out their questions for ETs on Madsen’s audience. This film doesn’t need the spectacle of alien life to terrify viewers; all it takes is a glimpse into the monumental uncertainties embedded in a slew of worldly bureaucracies; Madsen’s ethereal sequences find alien territory on earth itself. Dir. Michael Madsen, 2015, Digital Presentation, 90 min. VODKA LEMON The central character in this comedy set amid a snowy Yazidi Kurdish village in post-Soviet Armenia is Hamo, a widower with three worthless sons. Hamo is so poor that he’s about to sell off his treasured military uniform when he meets Nina, a lovely widow who works at the village’s sparsely attended bar, Vodka Lemon, which is about to close. Selected to play at the Toronto Film Festival and in MoMA’s New Directors / New Films Festival. (2003, Dir. Hiner Saleem, 88 min.) Wanda (1971) Filmmaker Barbara Loden's neo-realist gem depicts a rural Pennsylvania housewife's lost flight to nowhere. Dragged seemingly by the wind into a relationship with a small-time crook, Wanda floats through her own life as if a witness to it; a view of desperation filtered through a tinted windshield. One of the most authentic visions of Middle America ever committed to screen. 35mm, color, 105 min. Production: Foundation for Filmmakers. Producer: Barbara Loden. Director: Barbara Loden. Screenwriter: Barbara Loden. Cinematographer: Nicholas T. Proferes. Editor: Nicholas T. Proferes. With: Michael Higgins, Barbara Loden, Frank Jourdano, Valerie Manches, Dorothy Shupenes. WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. (WIR SIND JUNG. WIR SIND STARK.) 2014, 116 min, Germany, Dir: Burhan Qurbani Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, anti-immigrant attacks targeting a refugee shelter on the outskirts of the former East German city of Rostock culminated in the notorious “Night of Fire.” Following three days of violence, nearly 3,000 rioters, neo-Nazis and bystanders set fire to the shelter, trapping Vietnamese refugees and a group of journalists inside. Qurbani’s controversial film recounts the hours leading up to the evening’s startling events as experienced by three very different characters: Lien, a Vietnamese immigrant; Stefan, an insecure young rioter; and Stefan’s father Martin, an ambitious local politician. Qurbani meticulously re-creates the look and feel of the era, when many East German cities struggled with unemployment and feelings of isolation from the West, exposing the complex issue of xenophobia in a country thought to have been healed by German reunification. In German with English subtitles. Discussion following with director Burhan Qurbani. Evening concludes with an opening-night reception in the courtyard for all ticket holders. Weird Woman 1944, 63 minutes, 35 mm Directed by Reginald Le Borg; written by Brenda Weisberg, adapted by Scott Darling based on the novel “Conjure Wife” by Fritz Leiber Jr.; with Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Gwynne, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Morgan, Elisabeth Risdon, Lois Collier, Harry Hayden. A college professor's exotic island bride becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders. THE WINDING STREAM The Winding Stream is a story about the family at the heart of American roots music—The Carters and Cashes. Starting with the Original Carter Family—A.P., Sara and Maybelle—the film traces the trio’s early musical success, the transformation of the act into The Carter Sisters, June Carter’s marriage to legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day Carter family to keep the music alive. Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film illuminates the Carter’s musical and cultural contributions and features a who’s who of Americana music including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and more. Includes a compelling appearance by Johnny Cash in one of his last interviews. Dir. Beth Harrington, 2014, Digital Presentation, 91 min. Q&A w/ director Beth Harrington & Emcee Murry Hammond of the Old 97s. YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERGROUND 2015, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 125 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike Strap yourself in for one of the most outrageous and delirious assaults from Japan’s most beloved/demented auteur! YAKUZA APOCALYPSE opens in relatively straightforward fashion as local mob boss Kamiura (Lily Franky) shakes down criminals to keep his neighborhood safe. But Kamiura is a vampire mob boss with little regard for the rules of the international yakuza syndicate, and he enlists his protégée Kageyama (Hayato Ichihara) to help defend his turf. As the fighting and bloodsucking spiral out of control, the syndicate summons Modern Monster to squash the resistance. And that’s when things really go nuts, with bone-snapping action, slapstick comedy, stop-motion animation and man-in-a-suit monster mayhem pouring from the screen with glorious aplomb.