|Special Events & Limited
Engagements in July
Tuesday, July 8 7:30 PM
HOOVER STREET REVIVAL, 2002, 100 min.,
UK/France "Sophie Fiennes (yes, sister of Joseph, Martha, and Ralph) has made a
documentary about a thriving revivalist church in the ghetto of South Central LA, which
contains some of the truest images of American life since Hoop Dreams." (New Humanist
Magazine) Snippets of the charismatic bishop Noel Jones' (brother of Grace Jones) sermons
are stand out moments, but of equal impact is Fiennes seemingly unnoticed camera
sensitively focused on moments of everyday life in this African American community.
Reverend Noel Jones is "a cross between Richard Pryor and the
kind of revivalist preacher found in the fiction of Flannery OConnor
extraordinary charismatic figure." (The Independent)
"The stories of abuse, jail, drugs and redemption are
tempered with humour and sometimes tears. A rare and eloquent mosaic of a resilient
community." The Times
Discussion following with filmmaker Sophie Fiennes
and members of the Greater Bethany Community Church.
Wednesday, July 16 7:30 PM
FRENCH ANIMATION IN ALL ITS GLORY
In Association with ASIFA-Hollywood, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and the Animated Film Centre (Cica) in collaboration with Association of French Animated
Cinema (AFCA) are proud to present two programs reflecting the richness of French animated
cinema through its many techniques and themes. We have two of these excellent programs.
Come to both for one price. ASIFA members receive a discount. (See below)
All shorts with dialogue other than English do
have subtitles. All are 35mm prints.
Program 1. THE MENAGERIE: Philippe
Arcs "Toro de Nuit" ("Bulls by Night," , 1996, 6 min.) A
dreamlike confrontation between man and bull. Francois P. Guillous "Zob de
Moor" (1997, 3 min.) Zob is a zebra who doesnt quite fit in. Federico
Vits "Guano" (1992, 9 min.) Insane tales filled with stupid
creatures. Isabelle Faivres "Du Zero des Arenes" (1996, 3 min.) Two
dots meet and charm each other, but where will they go? Guillaume Cassets "La
vache qui voulait sauter par-dessus léglise" ("The cow who wanted to
jump over the church," 1997, 7 min.) A day in the life of a computerized and
robotized farm where everything goes wrong. Nicolas Jacquets "Vermillon, la
Grande Musique" (1998, 3 min.) A pianist transforms an auditorium into
Noahs Ark. Sarah Ropes "Le Chat dAppartement"
("The House Cat," 1998, 7 min.) Cleo is a fat, curious New York cat.
Marie-Christine Perrodins "Les Adventures de Leon, on nest pas des
Sauvages" ("The Adventures of Leon, Were not Savages," 1997, 5
min.) A bored chameleon gets on the phone. Bruce Krebs" "Zebres"
("Zebras," 1999, 3 min.) A musical starring zebras. Magali Wassongs "René
et Gisèle" (2001, 5 min.) An impossible love story between a hen and a wild
boar. Konstantin Bronzits "Au Bout du Monde" ("To the End of
the World," 1998, 7 min.) A swaying house on a hill scares its inhabitants.
Program 2. FAMILIAR AND UNUSUAL WORLDS: Arnaud
Pens "LAbri" ("The Shelter," 1995, 6 min.)
The earth and its survivors have to reconstruct the world after a global disaster. Laurent
Pouvarets "Ferrailles" ("Scraps," 1996, 6 min.) The
employees of an old factory are upset when their routine is disrupted. Lolo Zazars
"Dernière Invention" ("The Last Invention," 1997, 8 min.)
Funny, surreal tale of a man and his animated household objects. Jean-Luc Grecos
"La Bouche Cousue" ("The Sewn Mouth," 1998, 3 min.) A man and his
pizza go for a ride! Aline Ahonds "Carnavallée" (1998, 4 min.) A
sumptuous tale set in a carnival. Christian Volckmans "Maaz" (1999,
8 min.) A man in a heavy cape rushes through an empty town. Florence Miailhes "Au
Premier Dimanche Daout" ("On the First Sunday of August," 1999,
11min.) A depiction of a village and its annual ball. Helene Moineries "Dune
Cité à Lautre" ("From One Town to Another," 2000, 5 min.) Dance
and music bring together West and East. Florent Mouniers "Le Bain"
("The Bath," 2000, 7 min.) A little boy menaces his bath toys. Laetitia
Gabriellis "LEnfant de la Haute Mer" ("The Child of the
Open Sea," 2000, 7 min.) A little girl finally sees something in her small seaside
International Animated Film Society (ASIFA)
members will receive a discount of $2.00 off the regular $9.00 ticket price when they
present their membership card at the box office or send a copy with their faxed order.
Thursday, July 17 - 7:30 PM ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: Independent Film
NOSEY PARKER, 2002, 105 min., USA John
OBrien (VERMONT IS FOR LOVERS) directs this story of a lonely, recently transplanted
from NYC, trophy wife who feels empty in her rural Vermont dream house. Natalie finds
unlikely friendship with a weathered old farmer, closer to her psychiatrist husbands
age than her own. Natalie hires George as her handyman, but he soon becomes a steady
companion with a good ear for listening and solid, no-nonsense advice. One thing leads to
another and her husband becomes jealous of Natalies attention for George. This is
Vermont filmmaker (and sheep farmer) John OBriens (his MAN WITH A PLAN played
Alternative Screen in 1996) third film capturing the local color of a vanishing generation
of Vermont natives. He may well be the only independent filmmaker to self distribute his
films in Vermont "feed stores."
MAN WITH A PLAN, 1995, 90 min., USA,
Whats a 73-year-old, retired Vermont dairy farmer to do when he needs some cash to
save his farm and pay medical bills? Fred Tuttle and his 96-year-old dad Joe knock noggins
and decide that Fred should capitalize on his NATURAL charisma and run for US Congress on
the "Regressive" party ticket. With the slogan "Why Not," Fred
launches a $30 grass-roots campaign that offers six-time incumbent (and real-life former
Vermont Rep.) Bill Blachly some stiff competition. "Ive spent all my life in
the barn. Now Id just like to spend a little time in the house," quips Fred, in
this "wry little charmer of a comedy" from John OBrien. The
Boston Globe says, "theres more sly self-awareness than Capra brought to
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON... Nonothingism never had a more appealing emblem than
Fred," and The Patriot Ledger remarks, "Clever funny and biting, this
political satire is pure delight."
Discussion following with director John
OBrien and actress Natalie Picoe.
Friday, July 25 9:45 PM
The Latino International Film Festival and The
American Cinematheque Present A Special In-Person Screening with Alejandro Jodorowsky!!
SANTA SANGRE, 1989, MGM/UA, 121 min. We are extremely pleased
to co-present this rare Los Angeles appearance of revered Mexican film ringmaster and
enfant terrible, Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN) for a screening
of his phantasmagorical horror film, SANTA SANGRE. Combining elements at once beautiful,
grotesque and erotic, SANTA SANGRE is something akin to Fellini remaking both PSYCHO and
NIGHTMARE ALLEY as one single, glorious fever dream of a thriller. If you havent
seen it, not to be missed! Discussion Following With Director,
Alejandro Jodorowsky. Rated NC-17 No One Under 17 Will Be Admitted To This Screening.