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    Film Review: Holy Motors | Latino-Review.com

    Coming to Cinefamily Thanksgiving weekend.

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    VFF: 2012 Schedule

    Well, it looks like the Laemmle in North Hollywood is up and running. Anyone seen it/been there?

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    My fave little theater needs your help...

    Dear Cinefamily,

    Our little organization is now five years old -- a major threshold to cross -- and it’s great to know we’re here to stay. Those who’ve been here from the beginning can see that it’s really a “thing” now: we show movies seven days a week (sometimes three per day), there’s a bountiful community of regular members who have made new friends (and even spouses!) here, we pay our rent on time -- and if I can show a little pride, we bring pretty awesome programming to L.A. on such a regular basis it just feels like the new normal. The Cinefamily could bump along as it has, a cozy little ramshackle operation that constantly surprises me with what it can do on a shoestring, because of the passion and energy of a very devoted staff, and an even more devoted audience.

    But there are some problems we need to solve together.

    We’ve never had the money to build a proper home here out of The Silent Movie Theatre: a wonderful old building, but one built in 1942 that’s not up to the standards of a first-class cinematheque, something we think we have become. All of the money we’ve made has gone back into our programming -- as it should! -- and we’ve never been able to afford certain basic necessities.

    We’re holding a rare screening of something exciting we’ve always wanted to show -- and our projector breaks down.

    We’ve got Tenacious D, or Bill Callahan on stage -- and our sound system maxes out.

    We have a theater full of excited, film-loving people -- and they’re sitting in seats akin to a medieval torture device.

    And even if we -- and more importantly, you -- could deal with the chairs for another five years, there’s an expense that we, as well as every other independent theater in the world, has to face in the coming year: we need to get a new “DCP-compliant” digital projector.

    Without this, no new indie film with aspirations will ever screen here again.

    You’ve heard about the “death of film”. Many have been comparing the film-to-digital conversion with the silent-to-sound shift, when thousands of theaters went out of business nationwide, because they couldn’t afford the conversion. I’m not gonna get into the weeds of the film vs. digital debate here, other than to say Cinefamily is committed to playing as much celluloid film stock as possible, whenever possible--but it is essential we are able to play whatever format a film is available in.

    ‘Cause it’s not just new movies -- as many restorations of classic films will be coming out DCP-only as well. This is already happening -- the new restoration of Children of Paradise was DCP-only, as was Polanski’s Tess, Zulawski’s The Important Thing is to Love, and so on. There’s a big Hitchcock restoration series coming out next year that, in our current state, we can’t bring to you.

    So, as our annual ask/end-of-the-year pledge drive approaches, we’re launching a Kickstarter campaign not just to renovate the theatre, but also to get this new projector we desperately need. If we raise enough money, this projector problem will be solved. If we raise more, then we can replace the seats. And if we raise more -- well, let’s just say there’s so much more we could do. Trust me.

    Check out the Kickstarter.

    We also made one hell of a fun video for it -- and it's got narration by the legendary Shadoe Stevens! Please do share this video for others to see -- wear your Cinefamily colors proud. Spreading the word helps almost as much as making a donation, and costs less (wink.)

    Oh, and lest I forget: circle your calendars for another crazy, holiday-themed Telethon, one that will even outdo last year’s shindig as the greatest holiday party/fundraiser/celebration of cinema/programming-as-performance-endurance-art you’ve ever witnessed! It’s gonna be a FREE 24-hour marathon of Cinefamily programming on Saturday Dec. 15th & Sunday, Dec. 16th, with guests galore, all live-streamed on our website for the world to see (thanks to Cinespia).

    More on that tomorrow, with the first list of guests. But for now, lemme leave you with just three little words: Robert Downey, Jr.
    Check the website for more Home | The Cinefamily

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    Special Events-December 2012 | The Cinefamily

    This holiday season, world-famous psychedelic soldiers of found footage Everything Is Terrible! return with another epic masterpiece! Over the last 5 years, EIT! has built upon their classic Holiday Special regarding everyone’s least favorite time of the year, piling on layers of erotic Santas, Nazi elves, misplaced sentimentalities, fistfights over toys-for-tots and an endless parade of singing kids that will surely destroy us all. As they sculpt an ever-more-abominable collage out of a millennium’s worth of VHS memories, EIT! asks: will this holiday season be our last? Will our Mayan brothers and sisters of so many moons ago be correct in their prediction of doom? There’s only one way to find the answers — and that’s to watch one more crappy holiday special. As always, EIT! will appear live to present the evening’s festivities in all of their fur-covered glory — and this time, they promise to convert every stage into the tackiest winter wonderland imaginable with all the trimmings: puppets, sing-a-longs, candy, fake snow, and a visit from the big man himself. The word “miraculous” falls short to describe the happenings of this Cataclysmic Transformation!

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    OOOH, Cinefamily is showing the original Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Tuesday night along with taping of Greg Proops podcast. Not a horrible way to spend an evening.

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    NewBev to Present Midnight Showing of The Howling on June 1st - Dread Central

    Aw man...why it gotta be another midnight show? Just getting too old to stay up that late.

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    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Bans Madonna From Its Theaters For Texting During

    Last week during the New York Film Festival, Madonna was caught texting during Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave.” A painful, brutal, unflinching film about the horrors of slavery starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and many more. When one audience member called out the Material Girl and asked politely to please stop texting, she had the gall to yell at the person and call them a particular type of 19th century tyrant. "It's for business … enslaver!" she shrieked and then continued to text. A poor choice of words, and extremely poor taste, if there ever was such a thing.

    Madonna is well, Madonna, and nothing’s going to change her, but we do think its extra funny that she went to pose with Steve McQueen sometime before or during the gala screening (see above, oh dear). Some people just couldn’t stomach it and the Alamo Drafthouse—known for their severe and strict policy towards texters, talking audience members and other jackasses who disrupt movies (read: they are completely intolerant of these people and we’re fine with that)—have issued a ban. Sure, it’s largely just a symbolic one (like she's ever going to see an arthouse movie unless it's "W.E,"), but until Ms. Ciccone/Ex. Mrs. Guy Ritchie makes an remorseful statement, it’s now the Drafthouse policy to not let her in any of their theaters.

    "Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies," Drafthouse head honcho Tim League tweeted late last week.
    Heh.

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    Prepare Yourself Los Angeles - The Beyond Fest Has Arrived - Dread Central

    and the Los Angeles premieres of films like Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell? and Ben Wheatley's A Field in England.

    ummmmmmm Adgy...

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    WHY DON

    CRAP. We missed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    WHY DON

    CRAP. We missed it.
    Yeah, it was on my anniversary, so... I had resigned myself some time ago.

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