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Series programmed by:   SHORT SHORTS: Marleise Schneider.

LAST DANCE:
Margot Gerber

Special Thanks to:

SHORT SHORTS: City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department, The Japan Foundation of Los Angeles & The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. QUEER SHORTS: Alec Wilder/IN Magazine Los Angeles.

LAST DANCE: Mirra Bank, Kelly Hargraves.

 

 

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Special Events & Limited Engagements in May

 

SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

April 30 – May 1, 2003

Japan’s largest and most famous short film festival , the Short Shorts Film Festival celebrates its second annual event at the American Cinematheque. Two programs of award-winning films from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia will make their Los Angeles premieres. In keeping with its tradition of presenting shorts by world-renowned feature filmmakers, Short Shorts is especially proud to present Alexander Payne’s "Carmen", which he made as a student at UCLA Film School. Founded in 1999 to introduce the short film format to Japanese audiences, Short Shorts continues to honor short films as a fertile arena for new cinematic talent and to raise public awareness of the format as powerful entertainment in and of itself, not merely an appetizer before the feature.

ALL LOS ANGELES PREMIERES! Your ticket enters you into a drawing for a trip to Japan or a gift bag given out each night before the beginning of the screening courtesy of the Short Shorts Film Festival.

All films are subtitled in Japanese and all non-English language films are subtitled in English.

Thursday, May 1 - 7:30 PM

SHORT SHORTS – PROGRAM B

Alexander Payne’s Carmen" (18 min., USA). Acclaimed director’s (ELECTION, ABOUT SCHMIDT) first short, which involves a dimwitted gas station attendant, Ding Dongs and taco sauce. Keichiro Kyuma’s "Suzuki" (1 min., Japan) A mechanical lover takes precedence over his human counterpart. Jeremy Weinstein’s "Q" (3 min., Australia) L.A. residents will identify with this tale of endless lines. Gaelle Denis’ "Fish Never Sleep" (6 min., UK) Surreal look at insomnia and fish. Gustavo Moraes’ "Baseado Em Estorias Reais" (Based on True Stories, 15 min., Brazil) Andrew Horne’s "Supermarket Trolleys" (1 min., Australia) Ron Dyens’ "Paroles, Paroles" (4 min., France) Tragic farce details a bad balloon ride. Gabe Torres’ "Last Stand" (22 min., USA) A new angle on Custer’s last stand. Powerful argument against violence. Orlando Mesquita’s "The Ball" (5 min., Mozambique) In a small village, little boys create a new use for condoms.

Discussion to follow with filmmaker Gabe Torres ("Last Stand"); and "SUZUKI" Director Keiichiro Kyuma &
Producer
& Gustavo Moraes ("Based on True Stories").

 

May 2 - 11, 2003
LAST DANCE
Limited Exclusive Engagement
(Spielberg Theatre except where noted)

Friday, May 2nd | 7:15 PM & 9:30 PM

Saturday, May 3rd | **12:00 PM noon (in the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre) & 5:00 PM The entire Pilobolus Dance Company will appear at the noon screening for q & a with the director!!

Sunday, May 4th | 11:00 AM (in the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre) & 4:00 PM

Monday, May 5th thru Friday, May 9 | 7:15 & 9:30 PM

Saturday, May 10 | 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Sunday, May 11 | 11:00 AM & 4:00 PM

Discussion following Saturday, May 3rd screening with director Mirra Bank and members of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre.

LAST DANCE (2002, First Run Releasing, 84 min., USA) A must see for anyone involved in creative endeavors! Filmmaker Mirra Bank had the incredible opportunity to go behind-the-scenes during a unique collaboration between two iconoclastic artistic forces with very different approaches to creating their art. Maurice Sendak, the celebrated, Caldecott winning children's book author-illustrator (Where the Wild Things Are) considers himself first and foremost, a storyteller. The innovative Connecticut based Pilobolus Dance Theatre creates in a spirit of improvisational collaboration.

At the heart of this film is the evolution of artistic conflict into a powerful piece of theatre (entitled "A Selection"). Bank's camera captures the moments of disagreement as well as the exhilarating moments of perfect harmony as the two forces spend months trying to tell a Holocaust inspired story, while remaining true to their own visions. It is also fascinating to watch the elderly, Holocaust haunted Sendak, cane in hand, processing the art of dance as he struggles to assign meaning to segments of improvised acrobatics and conceptual movement performed by the young dancers. In turn they are obviously in awe of the intricate costume drawings he presents to them (later there is a classic scene of Sendak hand painting the groin area of his stars' sheer bodystocking costume while Otis is wearing it). *Note: There is some brief male and female nudity (of a non-sexual nature) in the dance segments.

You don't need to be a dance enthusiast to be thoroughly enthralled by LAST DANCE -- although the dance segments are certainly a treat to marvel at. It seems that at every moment, every muscle in the Pilobolus dancers' incredibly toned bodies are morphing and molding with the fluidity of aquatic weightlessness - all the while conveying a myriad of emotions, playfulness and an intimate involvement with the other dancers - you have to remind yourself that these are real people flawlessly executing these often daring acrobatic physical feats - LIVE! As a side note, Pilobolus is scheduled to perform at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on May 2 and 4. (www.pilobolus.com)

"Bank does a superb job capturing the dramatic forces and the chaos of the creative process..." (THE SOUTHAMPTON PRESS)

"The dancer's eloquently convey Sendak's pain and passion. They are like human paintbrushes expressing Sendak's feelings about how the death camps destroyed families... It's a rare window on an artistic collaboration." (PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER)

"Savor the LAST DANCE -...the creative process that unfolds could not be more spectacular...moments of pure discovery...inspire awe. This is an important contribution to the understanding of the creative process, and a damn entertaining saga to boot." (SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER)

Dance Resources Group members get a ticket discount of $2 off at the box office. For more dance films in the month of May see Dance Camera West schedule.

 

Tuesday, May 6 – 7:30 PM

Edith Head Tribute – Screening and Booksigning!

Edith Head (1897 – 1981) was arguably the most influential and sought-after costume designer in the history of American cinema, with a list of credits that includes SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS, NOTORIOUS, SAMSON & DELILAH, ALL ABOUT EVE, SUNSET BLVD., A PLACE IN THE SUN, REAR WINDOW, SABRINA, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, FUNNY FACE, VERTIGO and dozens of other classics. To coincide with the recent publication of Head friend and biographer David Chierichetti’s new book, Edith Head: The Life And Times Of Hollywood’s Celebrated Costume Designer, we’ll be screening Alfred Hitchcock’s TO CATCH A THIEF, 1955, Paramount, 106 min. Retired cat burglar Cary Grant and ravishing American party girl Grace Kelly fall in love against a backdrop of fireworks, the French Riviera and a string of unsolved jewel robberies – all the while wearing some of Edith Head’s most singularly stunning costumes. Author David Chierichetti will appear prior to the screening at 6:30 PM for a special booksigning of his new biography of Edith Head, in the Egyptian Theatre lobby.

 

Thursday, May 8 – 7:30 PM

Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase

FRAZETTA: PAINTING WITH FIRE 2003, 95 min. Dir. Lance Laspina. The life and artistic genius of fantasy painter/illustrator Frank Frazetta is told through interviews with filmmakers Ralph Bakshi (FRITZ THE CAT) and John Milius (CONAN THE BARBARIAN) as well as the generation of artists he inspired. An arresting portrait of the artist who set the standard for fantasy art and film work for the past 50 years, delves into the artist’s imagination, the museum dedicated to his work, and a stroke that left him in the position to learn to draw with his left hand! Frank Frazetta’s images of fierce warriors (Conan the Barbarian), curvaceous princesses and fantastical beasts in lavish landscapes have transcended the arena of commercial art -- the original paintings are coveted by everyone from Dino Di Laurentis to George Lucas. Discussion following with the filmmakers.

With Short "Velvet and Rat Skins" (2003, 6:38 min., USA). An animated, dark, futuristic Victorian fairy tale. Directed by Evan James.

 

Tuesday, May 13 – 7:30 PM

Special Sneak Preview – New from Ken Loach!!

SWEET 16, 2002, Lions Gate, 106 min. With Martin Compton, Annmarie Fulton, William Ruane. The latest film from one of England’s most acclaimed directors, Ken Loach (RAINING STONES, LADYBIRD LADYBIRD, RIFF-RAFF), SWEET 16 is a heartwrenching portrait of a Scottish teenaged boy determined to change the course of his and his family’s lives. Liam’s mum, Jean, is in prison but is due to be released in time for his 16th birthday. This time Liam is determined that things will be different. He dreams of a family life he’s never had, which means creating a safe haven beyond the reach of lowlife like Jean’s boyfriend Stan and his own mean-spirited grandfather. But first he’s got to raise the cash – no mean feat for a skint teenager. It’s not long before Liam and his pals’ crazy schemes lead them into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself dangerously out of his depth, Liam knows he should walk away. Only this time, he just can’t let go. Winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival 2002, and Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards 2002. (SWEET 16 will be released theatrically by Lions Gate Films on May 16th.)

 

Mental Hygiene Films

May 16 – 17, 2003

Mental Hygiene films -- with titles such as Mind Your Manners! And What it Means to Be an American -- were shown widely in American classrooms from 1945 to 1970. They were created to "adjust attitudes" among young viewers and covered a wide spectrum of everyday behavior, including date etiquette, personal hygiene, substance abuse, venereal disease, juvenile delinquency, and the awful things that always happened to kids who drove too fast on prom night. The creators of these films were anonymous, prized more for their ability to grind out product their talents as filmmakers. Crews were small, sets were improvised, equipment was sparse, actors were often just kids from the neighborhood. Despite these obstacles, distinct filmmaking styles emerged – revealing a range of talent and technique in a class of filmmaking that is generally thought to have had none.

Thousands of these films were produced during their twenty-five year reign, but only a handful exist today. Mental Hygiene films are a genre of popular culture that everyone knows about but that few have had a chance to see. Full of striking images, providing a glimpse of a more innocent America, this series is an outgrowth of the book Mental Hygiene. The prints used in this retrospective – in excellent condition, considering their history -- were provided by Prelinger Archives. Rick Prelinger’s collection (145,000 cans of film) was recently purchased by the Library of Congress as "a resource of cultural and historical significance."

We are very happy to be able to bring curator/host Ken Smith back for three new programs of these popular and entertaining films. Mr. Smith will introduce each film, giving its background and histor,y as well as doing a Q & A after each of the three programs.

All films are 16mm prints.

 

Friday, May 16 – 7:30 PM

Sad Girls, Shy Guys, Bad Hair (120 min. approx.) "Shy Guy," 1947, Coronet Instructional Films. "Beginning to Date," 1953, Encyclopedia Britannica Films. "The Dropout," 1962, Sid Davis Productions. "Name Unknown," 1951, Sid Davis Productions. "The Prom," 1951, Sid Davis Productions. Ken Smith will introduce each film and answer questions after the screening.

 

Saturday, May 17 – 6:00 PM

Snobs, Show-Offs and Typical Americans (120 min. approx.). "The Show-Off," 1954, Centron Corp. "Mind Your Manners!" 1953, Coronet Instructional Films. "What it Means to Be an American," 1952, Frith Films. "The Snob," 1958, Centron Corp. "What Makes Sammy Speed?" 1958, Sid Davis Productions. "What Makes a Good Party?" 1950 Coronet Instructional Films. Ken Smith will introduce each film. Discussion following with actress Brady Rubin ("The Snob") and curator Ken Smith.

Special book signing following with author Ken Smith Mental Hygiene: Classroom Films 1945-1970; in the Lobby of the Egyptian Theatre.

 

Saturday, May 17 – 9:00 PM

Beer, Drugs and the Master State (120 min. approx.)

"Measure of a Man," 1962, Wetzei O. Whitaker for Brigham Young University. "What to do on a Date," 1951 Coronet Instructional Films. "The Outsider," 1951, Centron Corp. "How to Lose What We Have," 1950, Wilding Picture Productions for The American Economic Foundation. "Narcotics, Pit of Dispair."

Ken Smith will introduce each film. Discussion following with actress Brady Rubin ("The Outsider") and curator Ken Smith.

 

Sunday, May 18 – 5:00 PM

Kinji Fukasaku Memorial Screening – Free Event

Please join us for a special Memorial Tribute in honor of Kinji Fukasaku, one of modern Japanese cinema’s most acclaimed and controversial filmmakers, and a dear friend to the American Cinematheque, who passed away on January 12th at the age of 72 in Tokyo while in production on a sequel to his incendiary BATTLE ROYALE. An artist of great insight and fierce resolve, Kinji seemed like one of the gangster chieftains from his yakuza classics, with his shock of white hair and ever-present aviator sunglasses. In gritty, high-octane crime films such as BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR & HUMANITY, GRAVEYARD OF HONOR & HUMANITY and WOLVES, PIGS & PEOPLE, Kinji captured the chaotic, post-WWII underbelly of Japanese society like no other filmmaker. Whatever genre he worked in, from superb action films like SHOGUN’S SAMURAI to the twisted, psychedelic cult classic BLACK LIZARD, Kinji’s voice was unique, shocking and undeniably powerful. His last completed film, BATTLE ROYALE, was his most successful, and his most controversial, inspiring debate in the Japanese Senate on youth violence and garnering headlines worldwide. To the end, Kinji was defiant and irrepressible, despite a debilitating battle with cancer, forging ahead with the BATTLE ROYALE sequel, which is now being finished by his son Kenta. In his hospital room, Kinji left a simple haiku poem: "Is this the only road there is? At the end of autumn." He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. In Kinji’s honor, we’ll be screening two of his most transgressive films:

UNDER THE FLUTTERING MILITARY FLAG (GUNKI HATAMEKU MOTO NI), 1972, Toho, 96 min. World War II widow Sachiko Hidari pieces together the Rashomon-style puzzle of her soldier husband Tetsuro Tanba’s fate through a maze of bureaucracy and the contradictory recollections of his surviving comrades. What emerges is a Catch- 22 struggle against madness, as she discovers that Tanba had been executed for killing his insanely violent commanding officer (Shinjiro Ebara). This scathing anti-war indictment was co-written by Kaneto Shindo (ONI BABA) and was one of Fukasaku’s personal favorites.

BLACK ROSE MANSION (KURO BARA NO YAKATA), 1969, Vitagraph Films/American Cinematheque Presents, 90 min. Dir. Kinji Fukasaku. Famous drag-star/singer Akihiro Maruyama, fresh from success in Fukasaku’s baroquely psychedelic BLACK LIZARD, returns in this feverishly perverse, campy follow up. Wealthy Eitaro Ozawa installs songbird "Black Rose" (Maruyama) in his elegant private men’s club to bolster business -- but he gets more than he bargains for when she attracts scores of homicidal past lovers, and not only he but his ne’er-do-well son (Masakazu Tamura) end up falling for the femme fatale. There is no admission charge to this event; tickets available on a first come, first served basis the day of the event.

 

Tuesday, May 20 – 7:30 PM

Special Screening at the El Capitan Theatre – Director Richard Fleischer In Person!

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, 1954, Walt Disney, 127 min. Join us for a screening of this beloved adventure classic, to coincide with the film’s upcoming release on DVD and video from Walt Disney Home Video! James Mason is the ideal Captain Nemo, opposite salty dog Kirk Douglas, scientist Paul Lukas and faithful valet Peter Lorre, in this glorious adapation of Jules Verne’s novel. Academy Award-winning art direction and special effects highlight this thrilling underwater adventure, from the director of FANTASTIC VOYAGE, SOYLENT GREEN and DR. DOLITTLE. Discussion before screening with director Richard Fleischer (schedule permitting). Please note: this screening will be held at the El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd. Special Ticket Price of $19 VIP, $10 adults and $7 students/seniors for this screening only. Tickets are available at the El Capitan Box Office. Please call 1-800/DISNEY6 for further information, or visit their website at: www.elcapitantickets.com.

 

Wednesday, May 21 – 7:30 PM

OSCAR SHORTS

In Association with Apollo Cinema.

Ever wonder how to see those shorts that are nominated for the Oscars? Join us for our third edition of the nominated Oscar shorts and the winning Oscar shorts in the Animation and Live-Action categories.

All films are 35mm. English subtitles if dialogue is other than English.

Thanks to Carol Crow & Corey Peterson.

Chris Stenner and Heidi Wittlinger’s "Das Rad" (German, Animation, 8 min.) Two rocks, Hew and Kew, stand on the hilltop they have occupied for centuries, discussing the frantic activities of the human beings below them. Dirk Belien and Anja Daelemans "Fait d’ Hiver" ("Gridlock," Belgium, Live-Action, 7 min.) A man makes a fateful call from his cell phone to his home while in his car. Beware! Tomek Baginski’s "The Cathedral" (Poland, Animation, 6 min.) A pilgrim arrives at a strange, forest-like cathedral and finds his presence there has a purpose he has not anticipated. Steven Pasvolsky and Joe Weatherstone’s "Inja" (Australia, Live-Action, 17 min.) A farmer during the apartheid years in South Africa brutally perpetuates that country’s legacy. Koji Yamamura’s "Mt. Head" (Japan, Animation, 10 min.) A stingy man eats some cherry seeds and an amazing thing happens. Phillipe Orreindy and Thomas Gaudin’s "I’ll Wait For the Next One" ("J’Attendrai Le Suivant," France, Live-Action, 4 min.) A man makes an unconventional attempt to meet a woman in the Lyon subway. Pete Docter and Roger Gould’s "Mike’s New Car" (USA, Animation, 4 min.) Following his promotion at Monsters, Inc., Mike has purchased a new sports car and wants to take his friend Sulley for a spin. Martin Strange-Hansens and Mie Andreasen’s "This Charming Man" (Denmark, Live-Action, 29 min.) Winner Live-Action Short! Situations arise when Lars takes on the identity of a North African immigrant when their identity numbers are confused. Eric Armstrong’s "The Chubb Chubb’s" (USA, Animation, 6 min.) Winner Best Animated Short! The first digitally animated short film produced by Imageworks, the award-winning character animation and visual effects division of Sony Pictures Digital. A tale of the inhabitants of the planet Glorf, and our hero, Meeper. Funny, musical and suspenseful.

 

Tuesday, May 27 – 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere!

Presented in association with the Dance Resource Center & Dance Camera West.

IN THE MIRROR OF MAYA DEREN, 2002, Zeigeist, 103 min. Documentary filmmaker Martina Kudlacek has fashioned not only a fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking and influential artist, but a pitch-perfect introduction to the strikingly beautiful and poetic body of work of arguably the most important and innovative avant-garde filmmaker in the history of American cinema, Maya Deren (1917 – 1961). Starting with excerpts from Deren's landmark films, AT LAND, RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME, and her masterpiece, MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON, Kudlacek seamlessly and effectively interweaves archival footage with observances from acolytes and contemporaries such as filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, dance pioneer Katherine Dunham, and Living Theater founder Judith Malina. With an original score by experimental composer John Zorn.

Dance Resource Center Members get $2 discount on general admission tickets.

 

Thursday, May 29 – 7:30 PM

Alternative Screen & Slamdance Present:

RAMONES: END OF THE CENTURY, 2003, 122 min., USA A comprehensive look at the lives and music of seminal punk rock icons, The Ramones. From the early days in Queens to CBGB’s to international stardom, the film looks at the legend of the Ramones. Features interviews with Joe Strummer of The Clash, members of the Sex Pistols, Rob Zombie and the Ramones themselves. Directed by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields. Co-presented with the Slamdance Film Festival. (www.slamdance.com) Discussion following with directors Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields & Arturo Vega..