Heads Up L.A. people: The Cinefamily.

So for the last six months or so I have been working with my brother Dan (of the Silent Movie Theatre), and Hadrian Belove (of Cinefile, one of the world's best video stores), creating The Cinefamily. The CineFamily is basically an organization of movie lovers, devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films. We are opening on October 25th for a special week long Halloween festival which will then lead to our regular schedule.
Since Dan has been running the theatre, he has played a silent film with a live soundtrack there every week. And that's still a part of the new schedule. But now instead of a Bar Mitvah or a Google party or themed wedding taking over the theatre on the other nights, we now have something like Hausu or Matango playing as part of Asian Film Night every Sunday. And music night every Thursday, a noir film every Sunday afternoon, and running mini fests throughout the month,like Truffaut's Antoine Doinel cycle, or The Festival of 3's: Ninja 3, Death Wish 3, Halloween 3, It's Alive 3. Or the Charles McGraw Noir fest, and on and on. So everything is just better.
The theatre's also been updated with a new screen, better sound system (and speakers in the bathroom, so if you got to go, you can still hear the movie in the stall!), better concessions, couches in the front, more leg room, side tables, and hopefully soon: BEER.
The website is totally barebones right now, but what is on there is a list, by date, of films. Eventually it'll be up so you can browse by festivals and such. But to give some idea of the basic structure of the program, it looks like this:
-Every Wednesday is a silent film.
-Every Thursday is a music film or music event.
-Every Friday is two films from whatever two mini fests are happening that month.
-Every Saturday is two movies as well. The early show is a part of another mini fest every month-November is Michael Haneke's T.V. Movies. The late show every Saturday night at 10pm is Holy Fucking Shit. That's where we put The Peanut Butter Solution or Garbage Pail Kids the Movie or The Festival of 3's.
-Sunday afternoons is noir film.
-Sunday night is asian film night, with two different films.
-Monday and Tuesday are days of rest....except when we have our monthly experimental film night, animation night, special event, or members only screenings.
That sorta looks confusing, but its not, I promise. take a look at the list, preorder some tickets. Once you have the program it'll be super clear. The 16 page, full color, tabloid sized program is being printed this week so if you live in LA be sure to pick one up. It'll be easy to spot by the Ron Rege jr. cover.
Oh yeah. Memberships! Join The Cinefamily for $25 a month, you get free admission to everything. For $40, you get that plus free passes for your dates or friends. Members also get to go to special members only screenings and events. Pretty fucking sick.
Los Angeles has some rad places to see movies already. From art deco movie palaces like the Fox and Graumann's for new movies, to the museum theatres at LACMA and Armand Hammer, to my all time favorite, The New Beverly Cinema. The New Bev was hit by tragedy earlier this year, when owner Sherman Torgan passed away suddenly. For awhile, the future of the theatre looked uncertain (at least to us outsiders), but in recent months, the theatre's program has never looked better, the Grindhouse Fest is going strong, and Phil Blakenship is now doing amazing things on Saturday midnights there too. So The Cinefamily is entering into a heavy crowd, but hopefully it'll have something to offer and contribute to the awesome local theatre going experience. It's going to be nuts.

posted by sammy at 9:16 AM

Blogger Cali said...

Oh, you have made a small dream come true for me.

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