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These events are Egyptian Theatre exclusives!
Wednesday, May 5 7:30 PM
Co-presented by the Pump Station &
Nurtury: Sneak Preview! BABIES, 2009, Focus
Features, 79 min. In this joyful documentary, director Thomas Balmès follows four
international babies from birth through first steps. The children come from locales as
diverse as Namibia, Japan, Mongolia and the United States, and yet their journeys of
development have a transcendent universality. Enter the
drawing for a chance to win a gift bag courtesy of the Pump Station & Nurtury.
Trailer | Website | Buy Tickets
Thursday, May 6 7:30 PM
EFFECTS, 1980, John Harrison, 84 min. Dir. Dusty Nelson.
Cameraman Dominic (Joe Pilato from DAY OF THE DEAD) starts to wonder if his sleazy
director (John Harrison) is making a horror film or a snuff film. This mind-bending
meditation on the very nature of film and reality features great support work from Tom
Savini, Charles Hoyes and Bernard McKenna. Too much gore to be an art film and not
enough to be a horror film, what your left with plays like a great lost Cronenberg film or
a Jon Jost/John Cassavetes slasher movie, and one of the most genuinely CREEPY
films ever made.
TEENAGER, 1974, Jack H. Harris, 87 min.
Dir. Gerald Seth Sindell. A deranged filmmaker arrives in a small town to shoot a biker
movie and encourages his actors to fully live out their parts. Unfortunately, they take
method acting to an extreme, turning the production into a snuff film! Great performances
by Joe Warfield and Sue Bernard (FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!). NOT ON DVD. Discussion between films with Dusty Nelson, John
Harrison, Joseph Pilato, Pasquale Buba, Charles Hoyes, Gerald Sindell, and Sue Bernard! Oscar nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence), will he hosting
the event and moderating the Q&A.
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Friday, May 7 7:30 PM
IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, 2009,
Tigerlilly Pictures, 86 min. Long before YouTube, there were the outrageous, no-budget
movies of underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. This hilarious and moving
documentary interweaves the brothers' lives, their admirers, a history of underground film
and a "greatest hits" of Kuchar clips into a mesmerizing stream of consciousness
tale affectionately directed by one of George's former students, Jennifer M. Kroot. An
official selection of SXSW 2010. In-person appearances by
director Jennifer Kroot and writer-actor Buck Henry. Trailer | Website |
Friday, May 7 7:30 PM
AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE BLOWS UP THE INTERNET with Tubefilter's BEST OF THE INTERNET: Where do you go for the
latest insider news about the online entertainment industry? Tubefilter - where else?
Since it's launch in 2007, Tubefilter has become the authority on episodic web television
and web series, creating both the Streamy Awards and the
International Academy of Web Television. From Felicia Day to Dramatic Hamster or
LonelyGirl to the Bannen Way Tubefilter has everything you need. StrikeTV,
funnyordie.com, "Easy to Assemble," Crackle.com, Fearnet, Atom.com will
be represented as part of the event. Join us for a very special night with Tubefilter
as we screen the BEST OF THE INTERNET, showing clips and episodes selected from the
nominees and winners of 2010 Streamy Awards with discussions and celebrity appearances by
the biggest and brightest stars on the web. Read
more on Tubefilter's website. Host and very
special guests including Illeana Douglas, Kevin Pollack, Bud Bundy
from Married With Children), Robert Hall (director FEAR CLINIC and Special Effects Make-up
Designer), Mark Johnson (producer FEAR CLINIC), Matt Enlow (producer MOUNTAIN MAN),
Matthew Mangs (writer/director MOUNTAIN MAN), Zoe Bell (Stuntwoman). Buy Tickets
Saturday, May 8
Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour
11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
For the total Old
Hollywood experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre.
See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the
dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and
more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with
a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box
office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
(55 min.) following the tour. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing
rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours).
Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our
voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: Tour & movie FOREVER HOLLYWOOD:
Saturday, May 8 7:30 PM
Double Feature: IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, 2009, Tigerlilly Pictures, 86 min. [see description
Followed by: Kuchar Shorts
Program: Join us for a selection of shorts by twin brother filmmakers George and Mike
Kuchar. Program includes "Hairy Horror" (2009, 10 min), about a student's
encounter with an enigmatic Big Foot; the visual weather journal "Centennial"
(2007, 14 min); "Dumped!" (2009, 10 min), about the end of a
relationship; "Obsession" (2009, 10 min), about the literal nightmares
that can come from erotic fixation; and "Animal" (2009, 20 min) about
masked men lurking in bushes. Buy Tickets
Saturday, May 8 7:30 PM
FUNNY GIRL, 1968, Sony Repertory, 155
min. Dir. William Wyler. In her Academy-Award winning film debut, Barbra Streisand
re-creates her legendary Broadway role as renowned comedienne Fanny Brice, who made the
world laugh even as her own world was crumbling. Premiered in 1968 at the Egyptian
Theatre! Introduction by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy,
executive producer Dante Di Loreto and series cast member Lea Michele. Buy Tickets
Sunday, May 9
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour
11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
the total Old Hollywood experience take a docent-led tour of the
legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage
show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art
projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of
modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.)
following the tour.
Tours will start promptly at
10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes!
You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not
normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone.
Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets:
$5. Tour & movie FOREVER HOLLYWOOD: $10. Buy Tickets
Sunday, May 9 4:00 PM
Mother Days Tea Party: MARY POPPINS, 1964, Walt Disney Co., 140 min. Dir. Robert
Stevenson. When nanny Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) comes to work for the Banks family in
their turn-of-the-20th-century London household, she uplifts everyones spirits and
brings magic to their lives. Dick Van Dyke is Bert, the good-natured chimney sweep, while
the great Jane Darwell, in her last screen appearance, plays the bird lady. Features the
classic musical numbers "Chim Chim Chimeree," "A Spoonful of Sugar,"
"Feed the Birds" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Join us for a tea party in the courtyard of the Egyptian
Theatre at 3:00 PM prior to the film. The film will begin at 4:00 PM. Film + Tea Party
tickets will be sold at the box office first come, first served. Special ticket price
includes tea and film. General $15, Student/Senior $12, Cinematheque Member $10. Regular
prices apply for film only. Trailer | Buy Tickets
Sunday, May 9 5:00 PM
[Spielberg Theatre] IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, 2009,
Tigerlilly Pictures, 86 min. [see description 5/7] Buy Tickets
Wednesday, May 12 7:30 PM
VISUAL ACOUSTICS, 2008, 84 min. Dir. Eric Bricker.
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this unique film celebrates the life and career of
photographer Julius Shulman. Shulman, who died in 2009, captured the work of nearly every
major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s, including Frank Lloyd Wright,
Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. Both a testament to the evolution of modern
architecture and a joyful portrait of the gentleman who chronicled it with his
unforgettable images. Discussion after the film with director
Eric Bricker, plus a VISUAL ACOUSTICS DVD raffle! Trailer | Website | Buy Tickets
Saturday, May 15 - 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Party & Tour at Julius Shulman Home Sold Out!
Join the American
Cinematheque and the Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy for an evening at the
former home and studio of master photographer Julius Shulman, in
conjunction with the screening of the movie Visual Acoustics, the Modernism of Julius
Shulman. Ride in a luxury motor coach through the Hollywood Hills with ModCom experts and visit the completely intact and unique
residence. Enjoy cocktails and heavy Hors d'uvres at sunset in the steel and glass
house designed by Raphael Soriano in 1950 and in the extensive gardens by visionary
mid-century landscape designer Garrett Eckbo. The benefit program will also include a
silent auction, guest speakers and a brief visit to the Stahl Home also
featured in the film.
The Stah House:
Architect -Pierre Koenig
Case Study House #22, built in 1959
Case Study House #22, aka Stahl House, is a modernist styled house in the Hollywood
Hills section of Los Angeles, California that
was designed by Pierre Koenig. Photographic and
anecdotal evidence suggests that the architect's client, Buck Stahl, may have provided an
inspiration for the overall cantilevered structure. Built
in 1959 and part of the Case Study Houses program, the
house is considered an iconic representation of modern architecture in Los Angeles during
the 20th century. It was made famous by a photograph by Julius
Shulman showing two women leisurely sitting at a corner of the house with a
panoramic view of the city through the floor to ceiling glass walls at night
The coach will leave from the Egyptian promptly at
6 pm, and arrive back to the Egyptian at 9:30 pm.
Your $125.00 ticket includes admission to
the documentary VISUAL ACCOUSTICS (detailed above) on May 12th and a tour and cocktail
party with hors d'ouevres at the Soriano designed home of Julius Shulman in Laurel Canyon
on Saturday, May 15th from 6-9 PM. After you purchase your ticket, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get
further information about the location.
Thursday, May 20 7:30 PM [Spielberg]
NOT JUST FOR DECORATION: COLOR AND
DESIGN IN CINEMA
Learning how to define character and enhance story through an effective embrace of the
design elements of cinema (art direction, color, sound, costume etc) is critical to
establishing yourself in a crowded filmmaker arena. This inspiring seminar on the
functionality of the primary design components in film opens your creative eye toward
achieving "total cinematic" vision. NOT JUST FOR DECORATION: ART DIRECTION,
COLOR AND DESIGN IN CINEMA Approx. 180 min. Learning how to define character and enhance
story through an effective embrace of the design elements of cinema (art direction, color,
costume, make-up etc) is critical to establishing yourself in a crowded filmmaker arena.
This inspiring seminar on the functionality of the primary design components in film opens
your creative eye toward achieving "total cinematic" vision.
Why is the color GREEN so important to Alfred Hitchcock's films and why is it used so
specifically and sparingly in his films?
Why is the production design in Vincente Minnelli's melodramas so much more detailed and
creative than his famed musicals?
Why isn't "sound design" more regularly appreciated for its great artistic
potential? Why is sound design regulated to such a "practical" and realistic
place in the construction of contemporary cinema?
How does the detailed orchestration of sound design in Brian DePalma's early work heavily
influence Quentin Tarantino¹s cinema today?
How has the creative employment of the design elements of cinema enhanced and even singled
out the magnificence of the contemporary and diverse cinemas of David Fincher, David
Cronenberg, Baz Luhrmann, the Coen Brothers, Sophia Coppola, Ang Lee, Roman Polanski,
Zhang Yimou and Wong Kar-wai?
If cinema constructs meaning primarily through visual and aural signification, why do most
emerging, independent filmmakers regulate the artistic influence of the design categories
to the sidelines?
For our May seminar, we turn our attention back to film aesthetics
and take a close look at how great filmmakers creatively use the design elements of cinema
(color orchestration, sound design, production design, costume design, make-up design etc)
to define character and to enrich their story's meanings. Learning how to effectively and
creatively employ the primary design elements in your film is an essential (and even
critical) ingredient to establishing yourself in the crowded independent film arena.
So before you make that next film or even write that next script, take this inspiring, one
of a kind seminar in film aesthetics which will help you think more deeply about your
images and create an indelible cinema that will certainly help in the advancement of your
film career. Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris
instructs. Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience.
Filmmakers and film lovers welcome! $12 Cinematheque Members, $15 Students and Seniors,
$20 General. Buy
Saturday, May 22 10:00 AM
Co-produced by the Producers Guild of America/ New Media Council
as part of the Saturday 2.0 series:
JIM HENSON FAMILY DAY:
One of the world's most visionary puppetry artists, Jim Henson brought an original
combination of playful fun and artful sophistication to his groundbreaking film and
television works that widely appeal to children and adults alike. Henson gave us such
icons as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and a host of other memorable Muppets, not to mention
the Fraggles and various Sesame Street characters. Join us for a special program of shorts
from The Jim Henson Legacy and some new material from The Henson Company:
A BETTER WORLD: LIVING IN HARMONY from
world-touring series Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy (90 min).
Included in this wonderful, environmentally-oriented program of shorts from the beloved
Henson studio is a 1983 rare episode from the "Fraggle Rock" TV show that
contrasts three different communities (the musical Fraggles, the industrious Doozers and
the giant Gorgs!) living in harmony in a carefully balanced underground world far below
those mysterious silly creatures (the humans) who live above ground, and the short "The
Song of the Cloud Forest," (1989) a beautifully colorful evocation of the rain
forest and the adventures of a lovable golden toad, directed by Jim Henson. It features a blend of music, puppetry and animation resulting in
a vibrant landscape of color that echoes the natural beauty found in the real world's rain
forest. Starring a brightly colored cast of puppet animals, the show celebrates the beauty
of this natural environment while educating the audience of the real dangers threatening
the survival of both the rain forest and its inhabitants. (c) The Muppets
Studio, LLC 2010, (c)The Jim Henson Company, 2010. After
the shorts program, the Henson Company will showcase exciting sneak peeks in the Rigler
Theatre, and host lots of fun activities in the Egyptian courtyard until 2:30 PM. Free for
JIM HENSON FAMILY DAY has been scaled down but still lots of fun!
In attendance will be Buddy the T-rex from "Dinosaur Train," the new hit series on PBS KIDS®. and Sid the Science Kid.
Giveaways: Dinosaur Train bookmark/stickers, Sid stickers, activity sheets and a limited number of a special combo CD with Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train songs and the Fraggle Rock comic books.
We will be showing: an episode of "Fraggle Rock" TV show, the short "The Song of the Cloud Forest," (1989), the Premiere of "Sid the Science Kid: The No School Singalong Special!" and the Premiere of "Dinosaur Train: Pteranodon Family World Tour," and "Gilbert the Conductor".
Plus "The Possibility Shop:" Creative Guru Courtney Watkins demonstrates how to turn ordinary afternoons into extraordinary creative adventures for the whole family.
Saturday, May 22 7:30 PM
On the occasion of the AMGEN Tour of California 2010: Los Angeles
Premiere! CHASING LEGENDS, 2010, Gripped Films,
90 min. Director Jason Berry's documentary touches on the rich history, passion and true
grit of the Tour de France bicycle race as seen through the eyes of Team HTC Columbia
along with commentary from Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Eddy Merckx and Lance Armstrong. Discussion following with director Jason Berry and producer Ken Bell.
Check website for update on guests. Trailer | Website Sponsored by Bicycling Magazine. For information about the
Tour of California, go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Sunday, May 23 3:00 PM
Co-presented by the Art Deco
Society of Los Angeles
Pre-Code Birthday Bash Screening
& Illustrated Talk: BLONDE VENUS,
1932, Universal, 93 min. Dir. Josef Von Sternberg. Marlene Dietrich is Helen, a former
nightclub entertainer married to scientist Herbert Marshall. Their idyllic family life is
shattered when he becomes disabled and she must return to the stage to support him and
their son (Dickie Moore). Enter millionaire Cary Grant. Dietrich is luminously hypnotic
here. One of the best of the Von Sternberg/Dietrich collaborations, milking every bit of
charisma from its two gorgeous stars and miraculously steering the high-voltage
melodramatics into poignant revelation by the last frame. In
honor of the birthdays of Herbert Marshall (May 23, 1890) and Josef von Sternberg (May 29,
1895), Mark A. Vieira presents an entertaining illustrated talk at 3:00 PM preceding a
screening of the film (4:00 PM), plus, a book-signing of his new book Marlene Dietrich
Portraits at 3:30 PM in the lobby. Buy
Wednesday, May 26 7:30 PM
Double Feature: BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW, 1976, MGM Repertory, 89 min. Dir. Mark
L. Lester. Bored carhop Lynda Carter goes on the lam with outlaw Marjoe Gortner, Slick
(Jesse Vint), her stripper sister (Merrie Lynn Ross) and best friend Essie (Belinda
Balaski from PIRANHA and THE HOWLING). NOT
ON DVD Trailer
TRUCK STOP WOMEN, 1974,
American World Pictures, 88 min. Dir. Mark L. Lester. Claudia Jennings brings her Playboy
playmate good looks and in-your-face spirit to this feminist (?!) drive-in exploitation
gem. The Mafia tries to move in on the thriving truck stop brothel/smuggling operation run
by Claudia and her mom - big mistake. NOT ON DVD. Discussion between films with Mark Lester, Belinda Balaski, Merrie Lynn Ross and Peggy Stewart. Academy Award nominated
screenwriter Josh Olson will moderate the discussion. Buy
Thursday, May 27 7:30 PM
Double Feature: POPATOPOLIS, 2009, Imaginaut Entertainment, 75 min. This
hilarious and compelling documentary follows low-budget auteur Jim Wynorski as he attempts
to shoot a feature film in three days. As the frustrations and obstacles pile up,
documentary director Clay Westervelt chronicles Wynorski's passion in the face of extreme
financial limitations. Trailer
THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING,
1989, Light Year Entertainment, 88 min. Wynorskis cult classic has Swamp Thing back
and ready to battle Doctor Arcane, the nefarious and insane chemist who oversees a lab
full of genetically mutated creatures. Trailer Discussion between films with Jim Wynorski, Monique Parent, Clay
Westervelt, Brooks Larson, and Lee Sanders. Buy
Friday, May 28 7:30 PM
Robert Aldrich Double Feature: THE DIRTY DOZEN, 1967, Warner Bros., 149 min. Dir.
Robert Aldrich. Lee Marvin whips a group of unruly criminals (including John Cassavetes
and Charles Bronson) into shape for a WWII suicide mission in this massively entertaining
action epic. Trailer
ATTACK, 1956, MGM Repertory, 107 min.
Dir. Robert Aldrich. Cowardly captain Eddie Albert is in charge of a group of American
soldiers that includes Jack Palance as the tough lieutenant who challenges Albert's
"leadership." Lee Marvin costars in this riveting depiction of the Battle of the
Bulge. Trailer | Buy
Saturday, May 29 7:30 PM
Reconstructed Print! Sam
Fuller Double Feature: THE BIG RED ONE:
THE RECONSTRUCTION, 1980, Warner Bros., 163 min. Sam Fuller's war classic stars Lee
Marvin as a WWI vet in the throes of WWII with a four-man group of surviving soldiers. The
group grimly watches as new recruits come and go, always meeting the same tragic end. Trailer
THE STEEL HELMET, 1951, Kit
Parker Films, 85 min. Director Sam Fuller follows a motley crew of American stragglers
fighting the better-equipped and better-organized Communist troops in a desolate Buddhist
temple during the Korean War. Trailer
Sunday, May 30 5:00 PM
THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939,
Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime,
candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank Baum's children's favorite, one of the most beloved
film classics of all time. Take a surreal stroll down the yellow brick road with Dorothy
as she encounters the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda the Good Witch and
the Wicked Witch of the West. Trailer | Buy