Cinefamily

An Evening With Ken Jacobs (Moderated by Azazel Jacobs!)
Q&A With Ken Jacobs 

August 23, 8pm at Cinefamly (Co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum)
$12/Free for Members

Ken Jacobs has called cinema “a form of thinking;” by his own measure, we must count Jacobs among the greatest thinkers of his generation. Los Angeles Filmforum and The Cinefamily are thrilled to host a night of films and Q&A conversation with an artist whose diverse body of work, spanning six decades, contains many of experimental film’s most pioneering, provocative statements. A major figure whose works have been canonized in the permanent collections of MOMA and the Whitney, Jacobs has given us films, videos, performances and writings which have forever altered our concept of what cinema has been and can become. Alternately hilarious, hypnotic, confrontational and meditative, the films in this program testify to Jacobs’ lifelong commitments: progressive politics, the history and splendor of the moving image, and the search for new ideas/forms. Tonight’s five selections, shown on 16mm, 35mm and digital, all showcase divergent approaches to found footage, drawing on such wide-ranging sources as Jacobs’ longstanding fascination with the birth of cinema, high-speed transfer operas based on his own previous films, and fascinating newscast outtakes projected exactly as Jacobs found them in a wastebin. We welcome this legendary artist in person to discuss his work, and participate in a Q&A with another remarkable filmmaker: Jacobs’ own son, Azazel (director of Sundance hit Terri)!”

Films to be screened (curated by Mark Toscano of the Academy Film Archive.
The Doctor’s Dream (1978, 16mm, 23 min., B&W, sound)

Keaton’s Cops (1991, 16mm, 18 min., B&W, silent)
Perfect Film (1986, 16mm, 22 min., B&W, sound)
The Georgetown Loop (1996, 35mm, 11 min, B&W, silent)

A Tom Tom Chaser (2002, digital presentation, 10 min., B&W, silent).

-JO

Show & Tell w/ Miranda July!
Cinefamily – July 26 at 8pm 
“For our very first Show & Tell, we’ve chosen filmmaker/author/performance artist/all-around fascinating figure Miranda July — someone whose creativity, mystery and unique mind is present in all facets of her art. Miranda’s sense of humor and her singular way of looking at the world makes her just the kind of person we’d love to rummage through the closets of, in order to dig up her curios, memories and influences. Instead of going to her living room, we’re inviting her to ours, so that she can cozy up and tell us what her past few summer vacations were like…and maybe the other seasons too!”
$12/free for members

-JO

Tabloid by Errol Morris 
FREE SNEAK PREVIEW (Errol Morris in person)!!!!
Cinefamily at 7:30 tonight! 7/9/11
 
“NOTE: This show is free (first-come, first-serve).  To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission.   One registration per person.  All current Cinefamily members get first entry (and +1).   Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.  Early arrival is highly recommended. Doors will open 30 min. before showtime.  No one will be admitted after the film has begun.

Equal parts love story, film noir, brainy B-movie and demented fairy tale, the brand-new feature from Academy Award-winner Errol Morris (The Fog of War, Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line) is a delirious meditation on hysteria — both public and personal — from a filmmaker who continues to break down and blow open the documentary genre with his penetrating portraits of eccentric and profoundly complex characters. In Tabloid, Morris concocts another jaw-dropping portrayal, this time of phenomenally driven former “beauty queen” Joyce McKinney, whose romantic single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe, and directly onto the front pages of the ruthless British tabloid newspapers. Morris effortlessly pilots you through Joyce’s much-stranger-than-fiction journey, as he weaves a web of gunpoint abduction, manacled Mormons, oddball accomplices, bondage modeling, magic underwear and dreams of celestial unions! Errol Morris will be here in person for a Q&A after the screening!
Dir. Errol Morris, 2010, 35mm, 87 min.

If you’re unable to make it to this screening, Tabloid opens on July 15th at The Landmark, Sunset 5, Town Center 5 and Playhouse 7! Check out the Tabloid Facebook page here!”

-JO