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American Cinematheque : June 6, 2007 > Los Angeles

"Lemony Snicket" Author DANIEL HANDLER and

Actress BARBARA STEELE to Perform Live with

Director Guy Maddin’s BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!


Presented With Live Orchestra, Castrato & Foley Sound Effects Supplementing the Film Image


"One of the 10 Best Films of the year."

-- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


Media are invited to shoot B-Roll or interviews at the early evening dress rehearsals (starting June 8) or to *shoot at the live shows.


Who: Foley Sound Effects Artists Team & Actress Maya Lawson (who plays Sis) & Narrators Appearing Live On Stage:

Friday, June 8: 7:30 PM Actress Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY)

Saturday, June 9: 7:30 PM Author Daniel Handler ("Lemony Snicket")

Saturday, June 9: 10 PM Surprise Guest Narrator

Sunday, June 10: 7:30 PM Actor Udo Kier (Star of all of Lars Von Trier's films since 1987 and a protege of Rainer Werner Fassbinder).

Monday, June 11: 7:30 PM Actress Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY)

* Press requests for interviews/photos with narrators is subject to individual availability.

What: The Los Angeles (final tour stop) Engagement of Guy Maddin’s latest film BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! (Canada/USA, 95 min.) presented with live orchestra, Foley sound effects, Castrato and live ‘narration’ by various guest narrators (see list above). It’s a film, it’s a live show… it’s a cinema spectacular!!

See a clip of the show:

When: Friday, June 8 – Monday, June 11, 2007 (4 nights, 5 shows)

Showtimes listed above. Please note that the Monday, June 11, 7:30 PM is an added live show.

Where: American Cinematheque at the Historic Egyptian Theatre:

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, LA, CA 90028
(between Las Palmas & McCadden just east of Highland Avenue.)
323.466.3456 (FILM) |

Tickets: Advance Tickets $25 (general admission) on or at the Egyptian Theatre box office.

Tickets at the Door $30 (general admission).

Student/Senior: $23 (advance or door)

American Cinematheque Members: $20 (advance or door)

Notes: This show is extremely visually interesting. The sound effects are performed in front of the live audience and all kinds of props are used, from an Australian digeridoo instrument to a ‘crash box’ (to break plates in), a wind machine and a vintage grape crushing device. Read more on Foleys.

Critical Acclaim:

"Guy Maddin's latest astonishment-- has ransacked film history and his own delirious imagination to create a work like none other: a silently shot film about a man who, on revisiting his childhood home, hurtles unto a past where orphan children, coy lesbian lovers, and a mad scientist converge."

-- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"This is the FILM EVENT OF THE YEAR and it arrives dripping with something called Orphan Nectar."

-- Grady Hendrix, The New York Sun


"…a phantasmagoric story that could be a collaboration between Edgar Allan Poe and Salvador Dali. It's an astonishing film: weird, obsessed, drawing on subterranean impulses, hypnotic."

-- Roger Ebert

Publicity Contact:

Margot Gerber

323.461.2020, ext. 115 |

Interview/Photo Opportunities:

Guy Maddin, the Foley artists and various narrators subject to their availability.

Press Materials:

Broadcast quality Music and Video Clips are available upon request.

Press Tickets:

Press seats are extremely limited and will only be issued to fast breaking, covering press.

Press Information: (and photos of what this production looks like!)

Detailed press information: press kit, hi-res photos, music clips, Foley details, trailers and more are accessible from this site:

BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! opens June 8 – 11th as a film accompanied by a live stage show in Los Angeles, followed by a run of the version of the film with pre-recorded soundtrack (no live elements). The film will continue to open across the country as a regular film release with pre-recorded soundtrack. Isabella Rossellini’s voice is on the print as the ‘narrator.’

In Los Angeles, BRAND is exclusively at the Egyptian Theatre in its first week:

Orange County - Starts June 15

Additional theatres are in the process of being booked. Please see for updates.

This film is unrated. It contains scenes of violence, nudity and adult situations. 96 min., 2006, mostly black & white.



A Vitagraph Films / The Film Company Release

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Publicity Contact:

Margot Gerber

323.461.2020, ext. 115

For photos, schedule updates and other downloads see:


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