Now Playing • Oct 24–Oct 30
My Old Lady
An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.
Coming Soon • Oct 31–Nov 6
The Blue Room
A man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, and even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing. Now under investigation by the police and the courts, what is he accused of?
Coming Soon • Oct 31–Nov 6
Listen Up Philip
Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.
Coming Soon • Oct 31
The Dance of Reality
SPECIAL LATE NIGHT HALLOWEEN SCREENING
After a 23-year hiatus, The Dance of Reality marks the triumphant return of Alejandro Jodorowsky, the visionary Chilean filmmaker behind cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology, and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.
There will also be a live performance before the screening by postmodern witchcraft collective, Ritual Abjects.
Coming Soon • Nov 4
NYFCS: Elsa and Fred
"Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes.
Coming Soon • Nov 6–Nov 13
A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
Coming Soon • Nov 7
This Italian-made Zombie film opened on only 6 US theater screens in 1996. One of those screens was incidentally in Columbia, where your humble host viewed it in a theater with all of 3 other people. It's truly a shame that this brilliant film by Michele Soavi never received proper attention or credit. This existentialist masterpiece is easily one of the 5 best Zombie movies ever made and delivers the goods in the gore department. Rupert Everett stars as Francesco Dellamorte, a cemetery caretaker who must protect his village from the dead who are constantly trying to escape the cemetery gates. The final scene is the best movie ending of all time.
Coming Soon • Nov 10
Alive Inside explores music’s incredible ability to improve the quality of life for those suffering from memory loss. The documentary follows Dan Cohen, founder of the non-profit Music & Memory, as the organization provides dementia patients with personalized music in hopes of revitalizing each person and restoring their sense of self. Alive Inside combines profiles of these patients with interviews of experts, including Oliver Sacks, in order to provide what Indiewire calls a “moving look at the therapeutic power of music.”
Coming Soon • Nov 14
BjöRk: Biophilia Live
Biophilia live' is a concert film by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland that captures the human element of Björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project: Biophilia. Recorded live at Björk's show at London's Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Björk and her band performing every song on ‘Biophilia' and more using a broad variety of instruments - some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable.
Coming Soon • Nov 16
Half of a Yellow Sun
Set in the mid-to-late sixties, twin sisters return to Nigeria after their expensive English education and both make decisions that shock their family. One moves in with her lover, the ‘revolutionary professor,’ and the other falls for an English writer. All of this is surrounded by the Igbo people’s struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, and the sisters become caught up in the Nigerian Civil War. This is a partnership with PANASA (Pan-African Student Association)
Coming Soon • Nov 17
A strange singer with god given talent drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery.
Coming Soon • Nov 21
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope captures the tours and detours of a husband and wife as they create and release the critically acclaimed album, O' Be Joyful.
Coming Soon • Dec 5
Silent Night, Deadly Night
December brings this gory 1984 shocker which was banned in many theaters after its yuletide TV ad campaign enraged parents across the country. In this film young Billy becomes damaged goods after witnessing his parents murdered at the hands of a man in a Santa Claus outfit. Orphaned and taught that punishment is "necessary and good" by the nuns who raise him, he goes berserk when his job requires him to play "Santa" on Christmas Eve. Violence ensues as Billy takes his role dead seriously and seeks to "punish" the "naughty."
Coming Soon • Dec 6–Dec 12
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Originally slated for a Christmas release, when producers realized it would have no major competition in the summer movie season it was rushed through production. Rarely credited, the gremlins have some famous voice actors. Stripe is voiced by Frank Welker (who also voiced Fred from Scooby Doo, Where are You?) while Gizmo is voiced by comedian Howie Mandel.
Coming Soon • Dec 7–Dec 19
Yippee-ki-yay, Father Christmas! C-4 stocking stuffer Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his cohort of depraved sugarplums are out to wreak havoc on Angelenos’ yuletide cheer. It’s up to NYPD Detective Lieutenant--and professional nutcracker--John McClane (Bruce Willis) to stop them. Bosnian distributors retitled this explosive Christmas caper Die Manly in the late 1980s.
Coming Soon • Dec 8
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Mensch is Yiddish for “a person of integrity and honor” and according to filmmaker Mike Myers, synonymous with longtime Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon. He has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Growing from his first client - the notorious Alice Cooper - to a legion of other celebrities including, Blondie, Emeril Lagasse, Luther Vandross, and so many more. Gordon's unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals.
Coming Soon • Dec 13–Dec 21
Miracle on 34th Street
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. The film features what was a very real rivalry between department stores Macy’s and Gimbels. On its current website, Macy's says: "The still classic holiday film Miracle on 34th Street opened in 1947 and is set in Macy's Herald Square, proving that Macy's has the one and only true Santa Claus."
Coming Soon • Dec 20–Dec 22
It's a Wonderful Life
An angel helps a compassionate but frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Now one of the most loved of all Christmas films, it was not necessarily the case at it’s release in 1946. It’s a Wonderful Life received an official mark of disapproval from the FBI, which pegged the film as Communist propaganda thanks to its populist themes and, more specifically, unflattering portrayal of big-city bankers.
Coming Soon • Dec 24
Macaulay Culkin stars in this whimsical tale of parental neglect from writer John Hughes (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club). When his mother and father flee to Paris just days ahead of the Christmas holiday, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Culkin) must defend his home against witless burglars. And defend it he does. Rumor has it that Joe Pesci repeatedly forgot he was in a family comedy and dropped many improvised Goodfella’s-esque lines.
Coming Soon • Jan 2
This twisted 1983 Friday the 13th rip-off slasher movie has a well-deserved reputation as one of the WEIRDEST horror films of the 1980s. If you've seen it YOU KNOW and if you haven't seen it don't let anyone who has spoil the INSANE ending for you. This one deserves to be seen in a theater full of people ready to scream their guts out.
Coming Soon • Jan 12
A Will for the Woods
Musician. Psychiatrist. Folk dancer. Clark Wang defies easy categorization. That he should turn a fatal cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to preserve the natural environment in and around his North Carolina home is not altogether surprising. Determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet, a man prepares for his own green burial.
Coming Soon • Jan 18
Evolution of a Criminal
Filmmaker Darius Monroe tells his story of carrying out an armed bank robbery when he was 16 years old.More than just a tale of a good kid gone wrong, Evolution of a Criminal is filled with compassion for human frailty and the knowledge that a person is not forever defined by their mistakes.
Coming Soon • Jan 19–Feb 16
Burn to Shine
The Nickelodeon’s Burn to Shine series will work to generate dialogue on a range of topics stemming from the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia and the beginning of Reconstruction. Through six different film screenings – each featuring conversations with scholars – audiences will have the opportunity to discuss the utopian drives and political realities communities in the South continue to address.
Coming Soon • Jan 19
Rebirth of a Nation
A “DJ mix applied to cinema,” Rebirth of a Nation reinterprets D.W. Griffith’s infamous 1915 film Birth of a Nation. DJ Spooky created the video remix as a live show and performed it around the world. The inventive use of video and audio re-contextualizes the film’s historical significance in a distinctly modern fashion. Screening will include a special intro and post-film discussion led by DJ Spooky in person.
Coming Soon • Jan 26
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America
This biting mockumentary explores what would happen if the Confederate army had won the Civil War and gained control of the United States. The film traces the alternate history of the United States from the end of the civil war to the 21st century, ultimately lampooning contemporary real-world issues of discrimination.
Coming Soon • Feb 1
The Battle of Bull Run
Moving Image Research Collections at USC, in collaboration with the School of Music, proudly present the first ever local screening of The Battle of Bull Run (1913). This civil war costume drama directed by and starring Francis Ford (elder brother of John Ford, director of The Searchers) is a story of spies and romance and will be screened with musical accompaniment provided by students from the School of Music. Come early for a special pre show to see and hear actual Civil War veterans as filmed by the crews of Fox Movietone News. They may be old, but there's still a lot of yell left in them!
Coming Soon • Feb 2
John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a Confederate soldier returning from the war to live with his brother in Texas. When his niece (Natalie Woods) is abducted by a Native-American tribe, Ethan embarks on a quest to find her. Called “the most influential movie in American history” by New York magazine, The Searchers delivers a gripping tale of one man’s life after the Civil War. Film will be introduced by Bob Brinkmeyer, director at the Institute for Southern studies at USC.
Coming Soon • Feb 6
My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine might have been the most notorious Slasher film of the 80's if it had not been severely censored upon release. The only good thing that came out of 2009's big-budget remake of the film was Lionsgate restoring the 9 minutes of MPAA-cut gore for a DVD re release of the superior original to coincide with the theatrical release of the remake. This is a highly entertaining horror film with a masked killer, high body count of horny teenagers, and most shockingly: interesting, memorable characters.
Coming Soon • Feb 9
Filmmaker Ross McElwee initially planned to make a documentary detailing the lingering effects of Sherman’s March on the American South. When his girlfriend breaks up with him shortly before he begins filming, his plans abruptly change. Featuring a key scene in Columbia, McElwee ends up creating a picaresque film about tracing Sherman’s footsteps while looking for love.
This screening will be followed by a Skype conversation with Ross McElwee.
Coming Soon • Feb 15
Gone With the Wind
A scheming and manipulative Scarlett O’Hara played by British actress Vivian Leigh embraces her inner Southern belle and carries on a turbulent affair with Rhett Butler, a blockade runner played by Clark Gable, against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the burning of Atlanta. Perhaps the happiest depiction of slavery on film, Gone with the Wind is a powerful display of epic storytelling and features the full might of big studio production and the star power of 1930’s Hollywood.
Coming Soon • Feb 16
Gone With the Wind REDUX
The beloved, historical and epic film is sure to be laid bare with in-depth discussion and creative criticism in this unique event. Local scholars, filmmakers, and artists will host a panel discussion and present their own short remixes of Gone with the Wind. The panelists will include Susan Courtney, professor of Film and Media Studies at USC, and Tom Brown, associate professor of History at USC. Filmmakers and artist to be announced.
Coming Soon • Feb 23
In the 1970s and 80s, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Afrobeat liberated the musical mind of a Nigeria under siege. Fela struck at the chords of oppression and released the strains of a people desperate for democracy. Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) stirring chronicle of artistic revolution recalls the personal and political sacrifices of a man in tune with the needs of his country.