May  2002

American Cinematheque Presents...

Special Events in May



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



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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.


May 2-5 & 8-12, 2002

Limited Engagement (Spielberg Theatre)

Presented by Clive Barker & The Sundance Channel

"There’s pure joy in Stephen Earnhart’s MULE SKINNER BLUES…"Variety

"…a deeply felt film whose warmth spills out from the screen and envelops you." - IndieWIRE

MULE SKINNER BLUES (2001, 93 min., USA) is testament that creativity is hope, and that talent can exist in the oddest of places… like in a trailer park near Jacksonville, FL. Beanie Andrews, a self-proclaimed entertainer got a taste of celebrity when he was asked to drive his classic car in a music video. This geriatric ringleader of a group of talented and engaging musicians, costume designers and horror aficionados convinces NY filmmaker Stephan Earnhart to carry out his life-long dream: to make a film in which he dons a blue gorilla suit and emerges from the mud to scare people. Earnhart rises to the challenge… as do Beanie & Company in this compassionate documentary about creativity and self-expression in an unlikely arena. Filmmaker Stephan Earnhart will appear in person for discussion following screenings May 2-5.

Thursday, May 2 - 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

Friday, May 3 - 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

Saturday, May 4 - 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

Sunday, May 5 – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, May 8 - 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

Thursday, May 9 - 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

Friday, May 10 - 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

Saturday, May 11 - 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

Sunday, May 12 – 5:00 PM




Wednesday, May 15 – 7:30 pm

Presented in association with the Japan Foundation of Los Angeles and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles

SSFF makes its stateside debut at the American Cinematheque after three immensely successful years touring Japan and Singapore where the Festival draws audiences of 30,000 who come to see the best short films the world has to offer. The festival founders set out to start a short film revolution in Japan, and by the second annual SSFF, Japanese audiences were already referring to short films as "short shorts." Among the international selection presented this evening, two shorts by aspiring Japanese filmmakers will make their world premieres, in Hollywood, California no less – proof that the revolution has begun! Jane Campion’s Palme d’ Or-winning "Peel" leads the lineup, in keeping with SSFF’s tradition of presenting shorts by world-renowned feature filmmakers. The eclectic mix continues with live-action and animated shorts from Norway, Korea, England, Wales, Mexico, Germany and the United States.  Join several of the filmmakers as well for a post-screening discussion.

Jane Campion’s "Peel" (1982, 9 min, Australia.) A red-headed family’s drive in the countryside begins an intrigue of awesome belligerence and obstinacy. Winner of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’ Or. Kosuke Ose’s "roots" (2001, 1 min, Japan.) A young man from a long line of soldiers contemplates his identity in peace-time Japan. Solvi Lindseth’s "80 grader aust for Birdland" (80 Degrees East of Birdland, 2000, 6 min, Norway) When a touring jazz band from the United States loses their way outside of Odda, Norway, an old farmer greets them with unusual hospitality. Phil Stoole’s "Schneider’s 2nd Stage" (2000, 16 min, UK) Kenneth Branagh stars in this dark psychological thriller. Sanae Tanaka’s "Wolkan Tact" (2001, 7 min, Japan.) The sight of her boyfriend with another woman sends a feisty young woman into a tirade. Leanna Creel’s "Offside" (2001, 12 min, USA.) The true story of the Christmas Truce of 1914, when soldiers put down their guns for a game of soccer. Matthew Ehlers’ "Lunch" (2001, 4 min, USA.) Sundance 2002 selection. This white-collar slob acts out every corporate slave’s secret desire. Kim Jun Ki’s "Lighthouse Keeper" (2001, 9min, Korea.) Heart-warming animation about a man who finds joy in a thankless job. Chris Morris’ "Three Minutes of Torture" (2000, 4 min, Wales.) Based on the true story of a woman tortured during WWII, as her parents were forced to listen. Lorenza Manrique’s "Aqui No Hay Remedio" (There Is No Remedy, 2000, 1 min, Mexico.) Fried fish can’t swim. Andi Niessner’s "Bjorn-Oder Die Hurden Der Behorden" (Bjorn-The Hurdles of Bureaucracy, 2001, 15 min, Germany.) Niessner stars as everyone in this ironic and witty story of one unfortunate German’s endless struggle to renew his passport. Brooke Keesling’s "Boobie Girl" (2001, 5 min, USA.) Sundance 2002 selection. June Foray (voice of Bullwinkle’s Rocky the Squirrel) narrates this animated film about a little girl who learns that big boobies aren’t as much fun as she thought they would be. Films will not necessarily screen in the order listed here.

Discussion to follow with Leanna Creel ("Offside") and other filmmakers TBA!

Special Thanks: Marliese Schneider, Douglas Williams & Katy O’Connell:Short Shorts Film Festival.





Wednesday, May 22 - 7:00 PM

Special Screening and Booksigning! Sponsored by MacAdam Cage.

Montgomery Clift Double Feature!

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, 1959, Columbia, 114 min. Director Joseph Mankiewicz’s version of Tennessee Williams’ notorious play stars Montgomery Clift as a famous New Orleans brain surgeon who uncovers wild tales of homosexuality and cannibalism when called in to operate on Catharine Holly (Elizabeth Taylor) by her aunt Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn).

New 35 mm. Print! FREUD, 1962, Universal, 140 min. Montgomery Clift battles the closed minds of Viennese society in an intense performance as Sigmund Freud, in director John Huston's enigmatic biography-as-mystery story. Punctuated with stunning dream sequences, this is an underrated, intelligent re-creation of the pioneering psychotherapist's early career as he struggles to find the truth behind young patient Susannah York's emotional aberrations. Prior to the screening at 6:30 PM in the Egyptian Lobby, noted Filipino American playwright and author Nol Alumit will join us for a special booksigning of his acclaimed debut novel Letter To Montgomery Clift.

Special Thanks: Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Brian Garrido/BURDITCH MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS; Kerry Slattery/SKYLIGHT BOOKS.



Thursday, May 23rd – 7:30pm


SIR ALFRED OF CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT, 2001, 28 minutes. Directed by Hamid Rahmanian & Melissa Hibbard. Mehran Karemi Nasseri, who now goes by the name "Sir Alfred," has been living in the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris for the past twelve years. He is just waiting for the document that would allow him to leave. Unlike the story that has been told in the press worldwide, his is more of a tale of personal denial than, as it has been dubbed "the strangest cases in immigration history."

Plus SHAHRBANOO, 2002, 58 minutes. Directed by Hamid Rahmanian & Melissa Hibbard. An unlikely story of an encounter of an American woman with a conservative Iranian family living in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Tehran. Visiting her husband’s family in Tehran in autumn of 2001, Melissa was befriended by Shahrbanoo who has been moonlighting as her mother-in-law's housekeeper for more than a quarter of a century without the knowledge of her own family. Shahrbanoo invites Melissa – and her husband with his ever-present camera in tow – to a family gathering where she is treated to an intense cultural exchange about subjects ranging from women’s place in society to American foreign policy. This is not a film about politics; it is a heart-warming, alternatively hilarious, harrowing and heartrending look into an Iran you have never seen and the hidden ties that connect us across vast cultural gulfs.

Hamid Rahmanian and Melissa Hibbard will join us for a discussion after the films.

Special Thanks: Hamid Rahmanian, Melissa Hibbard & Kathy Melamed


Tuesday, May 28 – 7:30 PM

Special Sneak Preview!!

CHERISH, 2002, Fine Line, 100 min. Dir. Finn Taylor. Starring Robin Tunney, Tim Blake Nelson, Nora Dunn, Jason Priestley, Brad Hunt, Lindsay Crouse and Liz Phair. Fresh from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, CHERISH is a clever thriller featuring lost characters who are twisted out of proportion by romantic obsession. Zoe Adler (Tunney) is a 20-something love-starved animator who spends countless hours listening to KXCH "Cherish" radio, losing herself in a syrupy romantic fantasy of 1970’s and 80’s pop songs. After a mysterious car accident in which a policeman is hit and killed, Zoe is unfairly charged with the crime. Incarcerated in the electronic bracelet program, Zoe repeatedly tries to escape her apartment. Each attempt brings another visit from her parole officer Daly (Nelson). Ironically, this relationship allows both of them to grow as they fall in love. Zoe sheds her rose colored glasses and becomes her own superhero after she discovers the real cause of the accident. (CHERISH will be released theatrically in early June by Fine Line Features.)

Special Thanks: Chris Libby/MPRM; Fine Line Features.