American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Presents...
Making Movie History for 80 Years!

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Series programmed by: MOVIN' ON SHORTS - Andrew P. Crane & Tom Harris

Alternative Screen Coordinated by:
Margot Gerber & Bernadette DeJoya.

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The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
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Special Events & Limited Engagements in June

Wednesday, June 2 - 7:00 PM & 9:15 PM    
[Spielberg Theatre] MOVIN' ON SHORTS These inspirational and moving shorts focus on individuals – whether healing from a death in the family or a sexually abusive past, or simply cutting loose from the ties that bind – who find the strength and courage to seize their lives and make necessary changes to move on. Your emotions will be stirred by this exciting program. Andi Chapman’s "Memorial Street" (22 min). Surreal, ambitious short about that moment of immense change all humans face. Scott Saunders "Cold Hard Facts" (5 Min). A tribute to the airborne roots in a city within a city. Frances Nkara’s "Downpour Resurfacing" (28 min). Graceful, beautiful film that explores the clarity and transcendence one can attain from looking at your worst fears head on. Judy Minor’s "Anatomy of a Breakup" (9 min). Who wins and/or loses in the battle of breakups? Danielle Montalbano’s "Thicker Than Water" (15 min). There is always someone who is left behind. James Muir’s "Crust" (9 min). Delicate, lovely tale of one family’s grieving process. Discussion following with filmmakers Andi Chapman ("Memorial Street", Judy Minor ("Anatomy of a Breakup") & Frances Nkara ("Downpour Resurfacing").

 

Thursday, June 3 - 7:30 PM   

MOVIES NOT ON VIDEO
DUSTY AND SWEETS MCGEE,
1971, Warner Bros., 91 min. This rarely-screened, stunningly natural docu-drama from director Floyd Mutrux (AMERICAN HOT WAX) on real-life junkies in Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1970s received critical acclaim but poor box office when it was overshadowed by the coincidental release of the higher profile PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK. Shot in cinema verite style by D.P. William Fraker (ROSEMARY’S BABY), who appears on-screen as "The Cellist," the film was so convincing that many audience members erroneously believed that the one professional actor in the cast, Billy Gray (from TV’s "Father Knows Best"), was a real-life addict. Simultaneously funny and tragic, the film is also an evocative portrait of a Los Angeles since disappeared. Discussion following with director Floyd Mutrux, actor Billy Gray, cinematographer /actor William Fraker and editor Richard A. Harris.


 

Monday June 7 – 7:30 PM

Special Sneak Preview:

AMERICAN MASTERS - HANK WILLIAMS: HONKY TONK BLUES, 2004, Tremolo Prod., American Masters, WNET, Nashville Public Television, and BBC.,  81 min. Arguably the most admired and influential performer in the history of country music, singer/songwriter Hank Williams died on New Year’s Day 1953, in the back of a powder-blue Cadillac, leaving behind such classic tunes as "Hey Good Lookin’," "Cold Cold Heart," "Jambalaya," "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "I Saw The Light." This superb, definitive new documentary from director/writer Morgan Neville ("Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock’n’Roll," "Brian Wilson: A Beach Boy’s Tale") features never-before-seen home movie and performance footage of Williams, along with the first-ever on-camera interview with his widow Billie Jean Horton – plus interviews with surviving members of his backing band The Drifting Cowboys, his son Hank Williams Jr. and grandson Hank Williams III, along with contemporaries George Jones and Ray Price. We will be screening the full 81-minute version of the documentary; a 60-minute version will premiere on PBS’s "American Masters" Series on June 23rd. Discussion following with director/writer Morgan Neville.

American Cinematheque Members will be admitted free to HANK WILLIAMS upon presentation of  a current membership card at the box office.


Thursday, June 10 - 7:30 PM    ALTERNATIVE SCREEN
West Coast Premiere! OPEN HOUSE, 2004, 95 min., USA. Director Dan Mirvish. In this ensemble musical comedy the lives of home buyers, sellers and realtors unravel at a Sunday open house. Anthony Rapp (“Rent” on Broadway), Sally Kellerman James Duval (DONNIE DARKO) Kellie Martin (“E.R.”), Ann Magnuson, Jerry Doyle, Ian Whitcomb and others dance and sing in the name of real estate. “Songs like “Sellin A Dream” and “Safe House Of Love” are performed with such sincerity that you’ll never look at escrow the same way again! ...a funny, fast paced and above all very unique film.” -- FilmThreat.com

"Super cast: Kellie Martin scores as a yuppie fond of quickie sex in strange houses; Sally Kellerman, as a boozy, unsuccessful agent, delivers a torchy realtor's lament; and Ann Magnuson shows up very late and nearly walks off with the whole movie." -- Baltimore City Paper

Official website. Discussion & finger sandwiches following with director Dan Mirvish (Slamdance Film Festival Co-Founder and director of OMAHA: THE MOVIE) and cast and crew.

 

 

Monday, June 14 – 7:30 PM

Special Sneak Preview:

SEDUCING DR. LEWIS, 2003, Wellspring, 109 min. Dir. Jean-Francois Pouliot. In the delightful comic vein of LOCAL HERO and WAKING NED DEVINE, SEDUCING DR. LEWIS is a beguiling story of a ragtag fishing community on a tiny, impoverished Canadian island who must persuade a young Montreal-based doctor (David Boutin) to live in their town in order to get a much-needed new factory. Over a one-month trial period, the villagers try to satisfy his every need and convince him that their town offers all the charms of a thriving metropolis. Led by their mayor, Germain Lesage (Raymond Bouchard), the villagers rise to the challenge with good-hearted duplicity. However, as their deception continues, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain. Just as Doctor Lewis begins to respond to the simple "authenticity" of the village, the question arises: how will he feel when he finds out it’s based on lies? Official selection of the Sundance, Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. In French-Canada, it grossed over eight million dollars, topping even THE LORD OF THE RINGS. It went on to be nominated for 13 Jutra Awards (French-Canada’s Oscar), winning seven, and recently was nominated for 11 Genie Awards (Canadian Oscars). [SEDUCING DR. LEWIS will be released theatrically by Wellspring in early July.]

 

Wednesday, June 16 – 7:30 PM

MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO ACTRESS PAMELA GORDON (1937-2003)

L.A.-based actress Pamela Gordon was a seminal figure on stage, television and the big screen. We are proud to honor Ms. Gordon’s final roles in film, both leads – something of a rarity for an actress in her sixties, but fitting for the conclusion of Ms. Gordon’s remarkable career. The filmmakers and several colleagues will talk about Ms. Gordon in a post-screening discussion.

THE TECHNICAL WRITER, 2003, 96 min. Dir. Scott Saunders. Pamela Gordon co-stars with Academy Award winner Tatum O’Neal in this raw, strange tale of a middle-aged, repressed agoraphobic, Jessup (Michael Harris), who has checked out of the human race long ago – only to be transformed in the most peculiar and perverse ways by his enigmatic New York City neighbors. In her last screen appearance, Ms. Gordon blossoms once again by playing Jessup’s terminally-ill neighbor Camille – a contemporary Dumas-like heroine; a radiant swan, filled with the pain of a tragic illness but still shimmering with moments of vitality and the hope of human connection.

THE DOGWALKER, 2002, 99 min. Dir. Jacques Thelemaque. Los Angeles provides the backdrop for this colorful movie about a young woman, Ellie (Diane Gaidry), who is damaged goods and on the run. Enter Betsy Wright (Pamela Gordon), a misanthropic dog-walker in need of help with her business. Despite their age difference, these two women find a way to mirror and move their lonely, complex souls into the future. Plus the short film: "Might as Well Be Swing," 2000, 24 min. Dir. AJ Schnack (GIGANTIC: A TALE OF TWO JOHNS). Funny, sexy short about two swinging couples who encounter Ms. Gordon’s character in their travels to a desert resort. Discussion following with directors Jacques Thelemaque, Scott Saunders and AJ Schnack, plus actors Diane Gaidry (THE DOGWALKER) & Michael Harris (THE TECHNICAL WRITER).

 

June 18-21

Four Nights Only SPECIAL REVIVAL ENGAGEMENT
New 35mm Print!!   ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
(C'ERA UNA VOLTA IL WEST)
, 1968, Paramount, 165 min. Director Sergio Leone's vast, brilliantly-poetic epic of the rape and conquest of the American West stars Charles Bronson , Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale and Jason Robards. Co-written by Dario Argento and Bernardo Bertolucci, with music by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Don't miss this opportunity to see the first new 35mm print of the full-length Director's Cut of the film in many years!!


Friday:     June 18 - 8:00 PM

Saturday: June 19 - 2:00 PM; 5:30 PM; 8:45 PM

Sunday: June 20 - 2:00 PM; 5:30 PM

Monday: June 21 - 8:00 PM.

 


Saturday, June 19            

HISTORIC TOUR
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour

11:30 AM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

Sunday, June 20       

Special Father’s Day HISTORIC TOUR
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour


11:30 AM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
Bring your dad, grandfather or uncle and he will get in free today! See our website for more details on this two-for-one offer. Family friendly.