July  2002

American Cinematheque Presents...

Special Events in July


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

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Tuesday, July 9, 2002 | 7:30 PM

L.A. Premiere! John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants) and Filmmakers AJ Schnack & Shirley Moyers In Person!!

GIGANTIC (A Tale of Two Johns), 2002, Bonfire Films, 102 min. For the past two decades, They Might Be Giants have crafted some of the most unusual and poetic pop music around. Recent recipients of a Grammy Award for "Boss of Me" (theme from "Malcolm in the Middle"), TMBG took the music world by storm in the mid-80’s with Dial-a-song, a free, answering machine-based song service that still operates at 718/387-6962, and with their ingenious music videos. Casual or non-fans will finally understand the TMBG universe and the devotion/obsession of hardcore followers. Featuring interviews with musicians Frank Black (Pixies), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) and Syd Straw, author Dave Eggers ("A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius") and Ira Glass (Host of NPR’s "This Is American Life.") GIGANTIC had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March. www.giganticfilm.com.

Discussion following with "Giant" John Flansburg, Director AJ Schnack & Producer Shirley Moyers (schedules permitting).



Thursday, July 11 – 7:30 PM

ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: Independent Film Showcase

"This documentary is a rolling masterclass on the disturbing complicity of media, money and mendacity." – The Guardian

HORNS & HALOS (2002, USA, 84 min.) This documentary from filmmaking team Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky (RADIATION) follows the grueling efforts of NYC superintendent/punk rocker/indie publisher Sander Hicks – to republish the George W. Bush biography Fortunate Son after its recall in 1999 by St. Martin’s Press. The book made headlines for its stories of Bush’s alleged cocaine use, its author J.H Hatfield (who committed suicide during the making of this film) was discredited when reporters dug up a conspiracy-to-murder conviction in his past – and the book the Bush campaign didn’t want the public to read disappeared from the marketplace. Filmmakers In Person! www.hornsandhalos.com

With The Yes Men’s short THE HORRIBLY STUPID STUNT: Which Has Resulted In His Untimely Death (2001, USA, 23 min 30 sec.) The true story of a subversive imposter who speaks at an important conference in Austrai posing as a lawyer from the World Trade Organization. www.theyesmen.com





July 14, 2002

In collaboration with Magnolia Pictures, French Film & TV Office/ French Consulate LA and Unifrance and The French Film Office/Unifrance USA

Live Music and Other Activities in the Courtyard To Be Confirmed! Keep your eye on this page for details.

"With his pipe, his cap and pair of dark glasses, Jacques carts around a kind of mythical image. He makes me think of a young Blier, or of a Godard. It’s as though Jacques has inherited the brilliance at work in French Cinema." -- Actor Vincent Cassel

Over the past few years, writer/director Jacques Audiard has emerged as one of the most fascinating talents in French cinema with films like SELF-MADE HERO (1996) and SEE HOW THEY FALL (1994) – and confirmed by his latest, the phenomenal crime thriller READ MY LIPS (which opens theatrically in L.A. on July 19th.)

Tribute Compiled by Gwen Deglise.


Sunday July 14, 2002 – 4:00 PM

Special Sneak Preview! Director Jacques Audiard In Person!!

READ MY LIPS (SUR MES LÈVRES), 2001, Magnolia Productions, 115 min.

Carla (Emmanuelle Devos, Winner of the Cesar 2001 Award for Best Actress for her performance here) is an intelligent but lonely and sexually frustrated secretary who suffers from loss of hearing. She hires unsophisticated ex-con Paul (Vincent Cassel, from BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF) as her assistant, and soon the two start using each other’s particular talents for much more dangerous and criminal enterprises. A splendid thriller of passion and double-crossing that revives the noir spirit of Jacques Becker and Jean-Pierre Melville! Discussion following with director Jacques Audiard. [READ MY LIPS opens Friday July 19th in L.A.]


Sunday July 14, 2002 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature!

SEE HOW THEY FALL (REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER), 1994, President Films, 90 min. A thriller road movie with a cop, a crook, a pervert, a killer and a dog. A middle-aged sales rep Simon Hirsch (Jean Yann) relentlessly pursues an old gambler (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and a mentally deranged young man (Mathieu Kassovitz) who murdered his friend. One of the best of modern French noirs. Audiard’s directing debut won Best First Film at the Cesar Awards.

A SELF-MADE HERO (UN HEROS TRES DISCRET), 1996, Strand Releasing, 107 min. Matthieu Kassovitz is perfectly cast as the wannabe hero and liar-supreme Albert Dehousse -- who after WWII fabricates a heroic background as a French Resistance fighter. Albert is encouraged by the Captain (Albert Dupontel), a nihilistic army parachutist, to take full advantage of the chaotic post-war situation in which "losers can seem like winners, devils like angels, and cowards like heroes." With the legendary Jean-Louis Trintignant. Director Jacques Audiard to introduce screening.


Tuesday, July 16 – 7:30 PM

This screening will be rescheduled. Keep checking here for a new date.

L.A. Premiere! Jazz Vocal Legend Jimmy Scott & Filmmakers Matthew Buzzell and Brian Gerber In Person!!

JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW, 2002, Celebrity Ashtray Prod., 77 min. Dir. Matthew Buzzell. For over five decades, jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott has amazed music lovers and his peers with his unique phrasing and radiant, almost angelic stage presence. Fresh from its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, IF YOU ONLY KNEW is a beautiful and affectionate portrait of Scott’s art and life -- from his mother’s tragic early death, his emergence as a major jazz artist in the 1950’s, through Scott’s missing years in the 1970’s, to his triumphant return in the last two decades. (Be sure to catch Jimmy Scott the following night, Wed. July 17th at 8:00 PM, at the Hollywood Bowl as part of the "Broadway & Hollywood Salute Billie Holiday" Concert. For concert tickets call Ticketmaster at 213/480-3232 or go to: www.hollywoodbowl.com) Discussion following with jazz legend Jimmy Scott, director/cinematographer Matthew Buzzell and producer Brian Gerber.


Thursday, July 18 – 7:30 PM

ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: Independent Film Showcase

TATTOO: A LOVE STORY (2002, USA, 93 min.) Megan Edwards is charming as Sara, a sheltered, uptight 3rd grade "Idaho School Teacher of the Year" who thinks she knows exactly how life should be lived. Her perfectly ordered world collapses when her boyfriend wants a leave of absence from their stifling relationship and she has a run in with a huge, tattooed biker (Virgil Mignanelli) who turns up with one of her students as his "Show and Tell" subject. Suddenly alone, Sara fends off her TV talk show celebrity sister’s conservative advice and opens her mind to the impossibility that she is oddly attracted to sensitive tattoo artist Virgil. Co-written & directed by Richard W. Bean. An official selection of the GEN ART (NY) & Taos Talking Picture Festivals.

With Michael Faella’s "Ant" (2002, 17 min., USA) A husband looking for emotional relief from his home life has a disturbing experience running a simple errand on the chaotic city streets. Filmmakers In Person!



Tuesday, July 30 – 7:30 PM

CUSTOM SHORTS Individual voices and visions fill the screen with each of these five shorts. Eastern Europe and France figure prominently. Two very different comedies fill out a bill with a serious drama, a romantic drama and a metaphysical tone poem!

Goran Dukic’s "How I Saved the World" (18 min, 16mm, USA). Hilarious, odd film about alien invasion, set in small-town America. Ivan Zivkovic’s "Remote Control" (25 min, 16mm, USA). Set in 1994, during the war in Yugoslavia, this powerful, timely film allows us to see beyond mere bombs and rhetoric, to the flawed, individual humans involved in these all too common conflicts. Patrick Grandaw’s "Melting Glass" (28 min, 35mm, USA/Czechoslovakia). An American glass blower in Prague and his Czech fiancee discover the fragility of international romance in this poignant drama shot in gorgeous Czech locales. Martin Le Gall’s "Diva Et Pianiste" (The Diva & The Pianist, 15 min, 35mm, France). US Premiere! A poetic and original film about a travelling diva who loses her voice and her and her pianists attempt at new employment in the French countryside. Steve Moreau’s "Eternity", (9 min, 35mm, France). Love can create miracles as evidenced in this gorgeous wordless film

Discussion following with filmmakers Goran Dukic (How I Saved the World), Ivan Zivkovic (Remote Control) and Patrick Grandaw (Melting Glass).

Program compiled by Andrew P. Crane.