August  2002

American Cinematheque Presents...

Special Events in August


These Events are One Night Only So Don't Miss Out!


Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $8 general admission unless noted otherwise.



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August 20, 2002

Sponsored by ShowFilm

Join us for an exciting program of shorts that range from comedy to serious drama to inklings of horror and fantasy. We have new films from alumni of other Down Under Wonder Programs, such as Maciek Wszelaki and Peter Carstairs. We’ll have several filmmakers in person, Australian products for sale and music on the didgeridoo courtesy of la outback ( and other surprises, so keep checking our website and/or information line for updates!

Program compiled by Andrew P. Crane & Leslie Rabb/RPM Intnl.

Tuesday, August 20 – 7:30 PM

DOWN UNDER SHORTS! Patrick Hughes’ "The Lighter" (4 min.) Funny, tense film shows where our addictions can take us. Glenn Fraser’s "Slipper" (13 min.) An old-fashioned princess personality emerges, for a price, as a very modern kind of woman. Maciek Wszelaki’s "Sparky D. Comes to Town" (26 min.) Stretch’s Croatian family tries to keep him in line, but Stretch is more apt to stay out at clubs all night with his girlfriend doing Ecstacy. Peter Carstair’s "Little Blue" (7 min.) A mother’s world is literally turned upside down when her young sons magical thinking becomes a reality. Peter McDonald’s "Harvey" (11 min.) A dark tale, inventively shot, about a man’s obsession with finding physical and emotional wholeness. Steven Pasvolsky’s "Inja" (Dog, 17 min.) Set in South Africa, a farmer teaches his puppy to hate blacks. That decision will cost him dearly. Emma Freeman’s "Lamb" (7 min.) Sweet, but harsh tale of a hardscrabble farmer and his daughter.

Q & A to follow with Maciek Wszelaki (Sparky D. Comes to Town), Emma Freeman (Lamb) & others t.b.a. A reception for ticket buyers will follow.

Special Thanks: Tonia Epstein/Showfilm; Leslie Rabb/RPM Intl; Lisa Sabatino/RPM Intnl; Ruth Saunders/AFTRS; Barry Martin & Mark Dunn/la outback.


Thursday, August 22 – 7:30 PM

"…a slice of contempo life many viewers will find bizarre and disturbing, not necessarily in the precautionary-moral way its subjects intend." - Variety

HELL HOUSE 2001, 7th Art Releasing, 85 min. Teen angst and hysteria is routinely channeled into fervent and energetic prayer huddles that culminate in frenzied episodes of speaking in tongues at Trinity Assembly of God Pentecostal Church. But this is apparently not enough to divert the temptations of Satan. In this even-handed doc, director George Ratliff obtains full access into the preparation for the controversial 10th annual Halloween "Hell House," a high-tech, fire and brimstone, designed-to-save-your-soul spectacle put on by a multi-ethnic, Texan congregation. 15,000 visitors watch melodramatic, live action vignettes – a botched abortion, a school massacre, a dying, homosexual AIDS victim, a suicide, family violence and an extra-marital affair – designed to frighten them into the church. Lurking beneath is the sensation that these sincere and dedicated Christian rightists are living out their darkest desires as they compete to play such coveted roles as "suicide girl," "rave DJ," "date rapist" or "abusive father."  Director George Ratliff to appear for discussion following the screening.