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"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

New York/Chicago/Hollywood -- Director Guy Maddin's (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS) latest Cinema Spectacular BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! ---- In an unprecedented act of faith in the enduring power of the theatrical experience, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! will be presented as an expansive live event in select cities, featuring an 11-piece LIVE orchestra, a 5-person LIVE Foley (sound effects performed onstage) team, and a LIVE celebrity narrator, and Castrato supplementing the filmic image, to comprise a one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacle. Filmmaker Guy Maddin will appear in person to present the film during these exclusive live engagements in select historic movie palaces in Chicago (The Music Box), New York (The Village East) and Los Angeles (The Egyptian Theatre). Following presentations of this unique stage production, the feature film BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! will continue in those cities as a regular film run (with a pre-recorded soundtrack including narration by Isabella Rossellini) as well as others nationwide, beginning in May. BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! will also be presented live for one night, on May 7th as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival. Crispin Glover will serve as narrator for all shows in Chicago. Narrators for New York are listed at www.branduponthebrain.com and Los Angeles narrators are yet to be announced.

The film is distributed in the US by The Film Company and Vitagraph Films.

Featuring an original score by Jason Staczek, BRAND! has been earning unqualified raves during 9 months on the festival circuit, including Festival-best mentions at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, 2006 New York Film Festival, and the 2007 Berlinale.

Surreal, satiric and surprisingly touching, Maddin's film looks at the secret lives of families in a work that is equal parts childhood reminiscence, Expressionist horror movie, teen detective serial and Grand Guignol reverie. Guy Maddin's latest delirious creation is a silent film like none you have ever seen before.

Whatever are young "Guy Maddin's" parents really up to in their lighthouse home/orphanage on a chilly remote island? Overbearing Mother (Gretchen Krich) tracks her son's (Sullivan Brown) every move, bellowing for him to come home over the "Aerophone" just as something interesting is about to happen! And poor Sis (Maya Lawson), his older sister (who is rapidly blossoming into a young woman) -- Mother will never let her have any fun! The intrigue continues as deranged Mother, hellbent on restoring her youth and sinister Scientist-Father (Todd Jefferson Moore) who is sequestered night and day in his basement laboratory, engage in diabolical, secret experimentation. When new parents of recently adopted children from the orphanage notice strange wounds on the youngsters' necks, a pair of teen sleuths, Wendy (Katherine E. Scharhon) and her brother Chance, known as "The Lightbulb Kids," appear on the island to investigate -- and in the process, inspire Guy's first crush and Sis' first love affair. The lurid family secrets that unfold are positively shocking!

The film was written and directed by Guy Maddin. George Toles is the co-writer. The original score is by Jason Staczek. Benjamin Kasulke is the Cinematographer. The film is Executive Produced by Jody Shapiro, Philip Wohlstetter and A.J. Epstein. The Associate Producer is Brian Grant. Amy E. Jacobson and Gregg Lachow are the Producers.

BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!, Maddin's first production filmed outside of his native Winnipeg, was produced by The Film Company, a unique, Seattle-based independent film studio founded in 2004 by filmmaker Gregg Lachow (who directed/produced his own modern day "silent" film with live components, SILENCE! in 2001). Long-time Lachow collaborator Jamie Hook is Co-President with Lachow. The Film Company greenlights artists, not projects, and provides all the support and collaboration necessary to create a feature film. (www.thefilmcompany.org)

BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! world premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival in the historic Elgin Theatre. It has since been performed with live accompaniment at the 2006 New York Film Festival, the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival the 2007 Mexico City Film Festival, and the 2007 Buenos Aires Film Festival. It is scheduled to be part of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival at the Castro Theatre on May 7.


Canada/USA, 2006, 96 min., B & W, Not rated

Additional markets where the film will play are listed at www.branduponthebrain.com


LOS ANGELES - Egyptian Theatre

American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard (just east of Highland Avenue) Los Angeles, CA 90028

323.466.FILM (3456)

BRAND UPON THE BRAIN opens at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre, June 8 - 11 for a limited engagement of the live Cinema Spectacular. A celebrity narrator will be announced when confirmed. June 11 - 14 the film version with pre-recorded soundtrack will screen exclusively at the Egyptian Theatre prior to expansion.


Daily Showtimes:

Friday, June 8 – 7:30 PM - Narrator, Barbara Steele (Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY)

Saturday, June 9 – 7:30 PM - Narrator, author Daniel Handler ("Lemony Snicket")

Saturday, June 9 - 10 PM - Surprise Guest TBA

Sunday, June 10 – 7:30 PM - Surprise Guest TBA

Monday, June 11 - 7:30 PM - Narrator, Barbara Steele (Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY)

$25 General, $22 Students & Seniors; $20 Cinematheque Members.

Film Engagement!

Shows with pre-recorded soundtrack with Isabella Rossellini (no live accompaniment)

Monday, June 11 - Thursday, June 14

*7:30 PM and 9:30 PM daily (*7:30 PM June 11 show is a live show. Tickets prices above apply)

Prices: $10 General, $8 Seniors and Students, $7 Cinematheque Members.

Tickets: Advance tickets are available on www.fandango.com

Tickets can also be purchased at the Box Office.



About Vitagraph Films

David Shultz is the founder and president of Vitagraph Films, a self contained theatrical and home optical, television distribution entity. Vitagraph has consulted on releases of films through First Look Studios (WASSUP ROCKERS, THE PROPOSITION, A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS), Lions Gate (JU'ON THE GRUDGE) and currently, Tartan Films USA (THE CAVE OF THE YELLOW DOG, RED ROAD, THE PAGE TURNER) and independently Vitagraph released Alex de la Iglesia's EL CRIMEN PERFECTO and Takeshi Miike's AUDITION among other titles. Margot Gerber heads up all of Vitagraph's Marketing and Publicity campaigns including the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Award Nominated campaign for EL CRIMEN PERFECTO.


Publicity Contact:

Margot Gerber

323.461.2020, ext. 115




For photos, schedule updates and other downloads see: www.branduponthebrain.com


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