Contact: Margot Gerber

323/461-2020, ext. 115

July 21, 2000










HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque’s THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE. presents the new documentary directed by Alex F. Nohe, BURNING MAN: THE BURNING SENSATION (73 min.),, on Thursday, August 10th at 7:30 PM. "Participants Only: No Spectators" reads the ticket for Burning Man, an annual counterculture, Labor Day Weekend, desert art happening that attracts some 24,000 revelers. Using a "you are there" approach, Nohe’s camera captures the outrageous performance art, inspired installations, nude mud-bathing and finally the grand finale: the torching an enormous effigy of a man. On Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:30 pm is Tom Sawyer’s off-beat computer-age, comic love story THE STRANGE CASE OF SEÑOR COMPUTER (105 min.). (This evening is co-presented with the IFP/West’s Festival Buzz series.) "Father-son" competition has grave results when a computer scientist finds that the robot he creates may have more humanity than he does.. The collage animated short film "The Warhaul" (7 min.) from director Tim Vierling. will precede the feature. Marilyn Monroe sets out to fight aprint manipulating photographer to win back what is rightfully hers. 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).


BURNING MAN: THE BURNING SENSATION (73 min.): Thursday, August 10th at 7:30 PM

Whether you are looking to get hyped up about the upcoming, annual Labor Day week, mega-art


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happening, "Burning Man," or you’ve just always been curious, but have never ventured out to Black Rock Desert in the flesh (naked or otherwise), this documentary will scorch your senses as it takes you into the heart of the "Burning Man" experience. In 1999 some 24,000 souls made a pilgrimage to the desert to practice radical self-reliance and self-expression in a temporary, commerce-free community. At the end of the week they burned a 50-foot high, neon-lit, wooden effigy in a wild, tribal, all-night celebration. Director Alex Nohe captures intense footage of these art events as well as interviews with "Burning Man" organizers Larry Harvey (also co-founder), Crimson Rose and Will Roger who explain how, what started in 1986 as an impromptu Summer Solstice celebration, put on by a few friends at a Beach in San Francisco, has turned into a full-blown exercise in city planning and management (this temporary city is the 6th largest in Nevada) with a hefty price-tag. Some of the featured art events include "Burial In Space" by Woodpussy (a group of artists, musicians and pyro-technicians blast their deceased founder into deep space in a 14-foot rocket of their own creation); "Nebulous Entity" and "Futura Deluxe" (two large, roving installation pieces engineered using mathematics derived from fields of neural networks, ecological systems and fractals); and a performance by artist Dea Million who stages her "wedding" to America.

In his Variety review, Todd McCarthy wrote: "…a knock-out documentary with a renegade personality ideally suited to its anarchic subject matter. Bound to excite the young and the reckless just as it gives respectable citizens pause. …invigorating, outrageous, often hilarious documentary…"

The short animated film, Tim Vierling's "The Warhaul" (7 min.) will precede BURNING MAN..


Discussion following with director Alex Nohe. A reception in the courtyard will follow.

Los Angeles-based filmmaker Alex Nohe is available for interview through his office at the IFP/West 310.475.4379, ext. 23. This film is not available for press preview at this time. Press kits and art are available from the filmmaker.


THE STRANGE CASE OF SEÑOR COMPUTER (105 min.): Tuesday, August 22 at 7:30 PM

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

Charles O’Toole (Rick Ziegler) is a peculiar, 35-year-old, virgin computer scientist devoid of social skills, who lives alone in his family’s estate. He embarks on a lofty quest to devise a type of artificial intelligence that can compute mathematical equations to ultimately conquer his greatest fear. When he finishes his robot he dismisses it saying, "You depress me." The robot’s baby intelligence wallows in its own chaos until O’Toole’s Mexican housekeeper Carlotta (Gladys Hans) begins to nurture the machine as she would a child. Now IKE the robot’s intelligence grows in ways O’Toole had never fathomed. He is useless at computation (he falls into "coma nightmares" when he tries) but he does develop an endearingly eccentric view of hu man life and an uncanny social ease with women. But as man and machine intermingle to fulfill O’Toole’s desires, sadly, no matter how hard IKE tries to give him what he wants, he can’t seem to please his "father"… Computer geeks will get a giggle out of IKE’s abusive phone sex relationship with a successful business woman who likes discipline. "Watch THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL," he orders her. "So you’ll be prepared when you meet me."

In his Film Threat review, Merle Bertrand called the film "a quirky look at love and lonliness… a witty and wryly amusing Cyrano De Bergerac like tale.


Writer/director Tom Sawyer will appear for discussion following the screening. A reception will follow the discussion.


Los Angeles-based filmmaker Tom Sawyer is available for interview. Call Publicist Margot Gerber for press materials at 323.461.2020, ext. 115. Press kits and black & white photos as well as ½" screening cassettes are available.

Tickets are $7 general admission at the door.

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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