LYNCH TO DEMME: CINEFAMILY HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY
If you should live on the West Coast, or passing through, be sure to take in some of the highlights on the big screen at the highly eclectic 'Cinefamily' film house in Los Angeles. Here's our highlights for May;
May 1st, 3rd & 4th
THE SHORT FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH (1967 - 1995 / DCP)
There's lots for Lynch fans to celebrate this month, be it the release of the new documentary on the enigmatic filmmakerThe Art Life (also showing at Cinefamily) or the matter of Twin Peaks returning with a new season after 25 years. Cinefamily with presents a program of David Lynch’s earliest, rarest, lowest budget work, including:
Six Men Getting Sick, 1967, 4 min
The Alphabet, 1968, 4 min
The Grandmother, 1970, 34 min
The Amputee (V. 1), 1974, 5 min
The Amputee (V. 2), 1974, 4 min
Premonitions for Following an Evil Deed, 1995, 1 min
Saturday May 6th 11am
SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS: MUSIC
From theme songs to musical ‘toons, the silly symphonies and merry melodies of the cartoon world are as essential as Acme anvils. Cartoons are fueled and driven by music; composers like Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott brought animation to life. And cartoons feature EVERY kind of music – from classical and opera to jazz and rap. This month you're invite you to sing along with the Cinefamily crew, with complimentary cereal bar. Pajamas encouraged.
Saturday May 20th 11am
SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS: AMERICA
Part of the 'Fight the Power' series
Join Cinefamily for a patriotic plethora of animated Americana! Since their earliest days, cartoons have been involved in both promoting “American values” and playful rebellions against them. This month’s bonus Saturday Morning Cartoons show celebrates how red, white & blue ‘toons have both embraced and challenged American politics – featuring everything from war time Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck, to Schoolhouse Rock civics lessons. Join the crew for the truly American combination of cartoons & all-you-can-eat cereal. Pajamas encouraged.
Friday May 12th 7:30pm
BORN IN FLAMES (1983 / 35mm)
Director Lizzie Borden in person
On the tail end of one revolution and the eve of the next, two feminist pirate radio stations (“Radio Ragazza” and “Phoenix Radio”) broadcast commentary on the failing socialist state from a future utopian/dystopian New York, where the dream of the left’s takeover has come and gone. Lizzie Borden’s stellar and ferociously beloved documentary-style sci-fi social drama, restored by Anthology Film Archives, envisions an imagined future that upon contemporary viewing looks almost—but not quite—like the past, eerily affecting even beyond its time-capsule appeal. Circling around issues of race, gender, and class that apparently never get old, Born In Flames is revolutionary beyond its political narrative. Shot on a shoestring over a period of five years, using non-actors and little in the way of an advance script, it feels like a feat, carried to completion by the sheer force of ideas and passion.
Presented by Women of Cinefamily. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.
Friday May 19th Midnight
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991/ DCP)
Jonathan Demme left behind a legacy of great films, including arguable crowning jewel, The Silence of the Lambs. Winning Oscars in the top 5 categories, including best director and best picture – an unheard of feat for a “horror” film – its central performances by Jodie Foster (as FBI profiler Clarice Starling) and Anthony Hopkins (as the now iconic Hannibal Lecter) put both actors squarely on the A-list. An adaptation of the second novel in Thomas Harris’ best-selling series, Lambs finds big moments in quiet scenes, allowing Foster and Hopkins to play off each other unforgettably, wringing high-wire tension and rich emotion from something as simple as a probing conversation. It’s a watershed film, one that set the bar for police procedurals and spawned a new sub-genre of serial killer movies – a trend that exploded in the 90s and kickstarted many a great director’s career. With Demme’s sudden passing it’s only right to honor his monumental talent by screening his most celebrated masterpiece, and to hear the screaming of the lambs once again.
Program notes by Cinefamily.