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Since it began screening films to the public in 1985, the American Cinematheque has provided diverse film programming and immersive in-person discussions and events with thousands of filmmakers and luminaries, presenting new and repertory cinema to Los Angeles.
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Los Feliz 3 | U.S. Premiere! Q&A with director Ross Lipman, puppeteer Audrey Densmore, actors David Isaacson and Jeff Dorchen, and artist / puppet maker Julia Zanes. Moderated by Rodney Ascher.
Plus, live ventriloquism and puppet performances by Karl Herlinger, Audrey Densmore, Eli Presser, Michael Serwich and Jeff Speetjens.
Co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum. Los Angeles Filmforum Members receive AC Member-priced tickets (LOS FELIZ 3 BOX OFFICE SALES ONLY)
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Home / Now Showing / THE CASE OF THE VANISHING GODS
From the director of NOTFILM comes a fable out of time told with puppets and film clips, THE CASE OF VANISHING GODS is a new kind of hybrid: half dream / half document. Our hero is a tortured ventriloquist’s dummy named Hugo who’s lost his memory. Under hypnosis his lost memories are recovered, and relate a cultural history of ventriloquism from the prophetic tradition to the modern horror film. Join Hugo on this strange journey into the hidden lives of puppets, and into the collective unconscious that links them to our own lives.
“THE CASE OF VANISHING GODS is in turn fun, funny, deeply disturbing, and provocative: a commentary on the fakery of cinema and the desire for fakery that makes it all possible.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum
“a black phantasmagoria on the relationship between cinema and ventriloquism in which puppet theater meets animation and Greek tragedy borders on horror…. The film enters a dimension between history, spirituality and the unconscious that ventures to the very origins of ventriloquism” – Sylvia Nugara, Il Manifesto
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