Contact: Margot Gerber

323/461-2020, ext. 115

April 20, 2000










HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque’s THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE. presents the LA PREMIERES of two new independent feature films in May. On Thursday, May 11th at 7:30 pm is Bernardo Gigliotti’s off-beat Los Angeles set chiller ORDINARY MADNESS (89 min.). A foreboding house, a paralyzed husband and his adulterous wife are the only standard elements in this juicy new thriller with a comic bent that features a stable of indie film regulars like Mark Boone Junior (TREES LOUNGE); Alan Gelfant (NEXT STOP WONDERLAND) and Robert Musgrave (BOTTLE ROCKET) in quirky roles. Watch for a cameo by LA club, The Lava Lounge. Projected on digital video. On Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM is Les Bernstein’s NIGHT TRAIN (101 min., USA), a dark and dangerous Film Noir-meets-German Expressionism, black and white, Tiajauna thriller that has been called a "no-budget TOUCH OF EVIL" (Amy Taubin, Village Voice). Filmmakers are scheduled to appear in person at their respective screenings subject to their availability. All screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood (between Las Palmas Ave. & McCadden Place).


ORDINARY MADNESS (89 min.): Thursday, May 11th at 7:30 PM

In Bernardo Gigliotti’s off-beat, often darkly humorous thriller, the foreboding mansion is a dilapidated, rambling Craftsman with a parched yard, in a once gracious, sun soaked Los Angeles neighborhood. The hostile relationship of the couple holed up inside is equally as dry and deteriorated. When she isn’t drugging Albert (Gary D. Mosher), her wheelchair-bound, emotionally abusive husband (who watches and listens to her every move from his second story room), embittered, unbalanced Faye (delciously portrayed by Denise Gentile) is seducing her young boarders. But is it Albert who drove Faye over the edge or vice-versa?

Intrigue really abounds with the appearance of a new tenant, Bobby (Ron Carlson, FORTUNE HUNTERS), a struggling musician on parole, who is haunted by horrific visions of a young, dead woman… What unbelievable secret links these three troubled, yet ordinary people? Supporting cast includes Mark Boone Junior (TREES LOUNGE) as the local club owner who won’t give the oddball "Funk Brothers" (a comic duo of Alan Gelfant, NEXT STOP WONDERLAND & Robert Musgrave, BOTTLE ROCKET) a gig, and Mariah O’Brien (DIAMONDS) as Bobby’s take-charge girlfriend. LA’s "Lava Lounge" has a cameo. Rumor has it that live music from the film might be performed in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard following the screening.

ORDINARY MADNESS recently made its world premiere in San Jose, hometown to several of the filmmakers. "…steps right off the screen, grabs you by the neck and plunges you into the deep, murky mire that is ORDINARY MADNESS." – San Jose Film Festival


Writer/director Bernardo Gigliotti (screenwriter, THE PEPPERMINT LOUNGE), producer Dean Anello and other cast and crew will appear for discussion following the screening.

LA based, directors and procucers are available for interview. Press kits and black & white photos as well as ½" screening cassettes are available.


NIGHT TRAIN (80 min.) Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM

The evening is co-presented with the IFP/West’s Festival Buzz series.

In this dark and dangerous Film Noir-meets-German Expressionism directorial debut from veteran visual effects man Les Bernstein, paunchy ex-con Joe Butcher (JOHN VOLDSTAD) heads South of the Border, tumbling head first into the boiling vat of corruption that supports Tijuana’s thriving pornography and snuff film industry. Through a tequila induced haze, Butcher encounters a Mexican spitfire, a grizzled drunk, a villainous dwarf, and an obese sexpot, as he frantically retraces his brother’s final steps through seed and grime, to unravel his mysterious death. Lavishly shot in black and white with great visual stylization (…al fresco street shooting, vertiginous chase sequences and lyrical overlays of optically printed nightmares." -- CHICAGO SUN TIMES). Lauded at festivals around the world, NIGHT TRAIN is a must see for fans of gritty pics like MURDER IS MY BEAT and BLOOD FEAST. Written with Gary Walkow. Discussion with co-writer/director Les Bernstein and other cast and crew and reception following the screening.

Lauded at festivals around the world (including a recent Winner of Best Director and Best Cinematography awards at the 20th Oporto International Film Festival in Portugal), NIGHT TRAIN finally comes home for its Los Angeles premiere. NIGHT TRAIN has also played at Chicago Underground, Sitges International Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain and FantAsia Festival du Cinema in Montreal. Received favorably by critics, below is some of the praise for NIGHT TRAIN.

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"…NIGHT TRAIN is a resourceful, nasty, no-budget ‘Touch of Evil’…" – Amy Taubin, VILLAGE VOICE

"NIGHT TRAIN, an engaging slice of trashy expressionism… bold and inventive… an independent gem proclaiming Bernstein as a talent to look out for in the future." – Alan Jones (London)

"…supremely shot…cross between ‘Touch of Evil’ and ‘Repo Man’…" –

"…through brilliant sound design, Les Bernstein gives to Joe’s dreams a surrealistic presence that would make such proud masters as Cocteau and Buñuel…" (Radio Canada).

Les Bernstein will appear for discussion following the screening. A reception sponsored by kodak, Foto-Kem and Evian will follow the discussion.


LA based, writer/director Les Bernstein is available for interview. Press kits and black & white photos as well as ½" screening cassettes are available.

Call Publicist Margot Gerber for press materials at 323.461.2020, ext. 115 or Publicity Assistant Jasmine Ong at x-116.

The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition And Beyond…, the American Cinematheque’s on-going series focusing on independent and new forms of cinema was created to serve the public as well as the independent film community in Los Angeles by providing a year-round venue for independent feature films that have not yet secured wide commercial distribution. Whatever the ALTERNATIVE SCREEN offers from month to month, it promises to be provocative, innovative and fiercely independent. Select Alternative Screen alumni include THE BIBLE & GUN CLUB, HABIT, STAR MAPS and THE LAST BIG THING.

The Alternative Screen takes on-going submissions for consideration of fiercely independent work in all genres. Please send a 1/2" tape to: Margot Gerber, The Alternative Screen, c/o American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA., 90028. Include a SASE if you would like your tape returned. Inquiries should be directed to 323.461.2020, ext. 115. Short films should be sent to the attention of Andrew Crane.

For information about the Alternative Screen or other American Cinematheque events, please call 323.466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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