FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Margot Gerber

323/461-2020, ext. 115

February 8, 2001

IN MARCH THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE’S

INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE

THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN PRESENTS

TWO NEW INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILMS

TWEEKED (March 8) &

WILLIAM GIBSON: NO MAPS FOR THESE TERRITORIES (March 22)

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque’s THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE presents two new independent feature films in March. On Thursday, March 8th at 7:30 PM the IFP/West’s Festival Buzz series will co-present a sneak preview screening of Beth Dewey’s debut DV feature TWEEKED (2001, 86 min.) starring Darling Narita (an IFP Spirit Award Nominee for Best Actress for her role in BANG). On Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 PM is the Los Angeles premiere of the new documentary WILLIAM GIBSON: NO MAPS FOR THESE TERRITORIES (2000, 88 min.) from director Mark Neale. Both directors will appear in person for discussion following their respective film screenings. All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood (between Las Palmas Ave. & McCadden Place).

TWEEKED (86 min., 2001): Thursday, March 8, 2001 @ 7:30 PM Co-presented with IFP/West Festival Buzz

From Beth Dewey, the director of "Live Nude Girls" (an examination of the world of exotic dancing) and other critically acclaimed shorts such as "Outcall," (a tale of an unhappy dominatrix) comes this DV feature about two female best friends who hit the road after a drug related altercation in Los Angeles. Heading south through Orange County, the girls’ symbiotic relationship disintegrates into a nightmare of amphetamine psychosis, in this post-feminist, cautionary, drug tale. Dewey’s TWEEKED has echoes of THELMA AND LOUISE meets FREEWAY 2: CONFESSIONS OF A TRICK BABY, but her modern, young anti-heroines have no one but themselves to blame for their self-destructive life choices. Darling Narita (BANG), 1998 Independent Spirit Award Nominee for Best Newcomer, stars with Ali Raymer. With Italian Vogue cover boy Gavin Hignight, Richmond Arquette and Chris D. Shepard Stevenson (of the band Pigmy Love Circus) produced and co-composed the film’s score with Dan Carey from the band Tool. Writer/Director Beth Dewey & Producer Shepard Stevenson will appear with other cast and crew for discussion after the screening.

The IFP/West will host a beverage reception following the screening. Free to all ticket buyers. Live music. For information about IFP/West please call 310.475.4379.

TWEEKED is not available for press preview.

 

WILLIAM GIBSON: NO MAPS FOR THESE TERRITORIES (88 min., 2000): Thursday, March 22, 2001 @ 7:30 PM

LA PREMIERE

"Dense with sharp observations about technology, the future and the craft of writing, "No Maps…" is both a profile of author William Gibson and a slick, rather tongue-in-cheek look at the post-modern culture he anticipated…" -- Ken Eisner, Variety

 

This conversation with Neuromancer & "Burning Chrome" author William Gibson – who coined the term "cyberspace" -- is the perfect summation of Western technology and culture in the 20th century, as well as a time capsule marking our society’s so-called progress at the edge of a new millennium. "My job gets harder and harder every year, as the truth gets stranger than fiction," Gibson quips after citing the example of Michael Jackson marrying Elvis Presley’s daughter. From the backseat of a media-rigged limousine speeding back and forth across the United States (final destination: the author’s home in Vancouver), Gibson candidly and humorously discusses: the loss of the non-mediated world, the TV test patterns of his childhood, Civil War pornography, Vietnam War draft evasion, the influence of William S. Burroughs, the end of his romance with drugs, the writing process, his role as a visionary of the future, and his own growth as a person and writer. A veteran of visual conceptualization and mixed media artistry, director Mark Neale (U2 Zoo TV Tour; Memory Palace for EXPO 92) illustrates Gibson’s commentary with mind-stimulating imagery, like the strange, shifting landscape outside the car windows: a landscape which grows to resemble Gibson’s fiction more with each passing year. "…the end result is a stiff cocktail of artifice and prophetic social commentary." (Bill Powers, Black Book) Featuring interviews with writers Jack Womack and Bruce Sterling; music by tomandandy and readings and music by Bono and The Edge. (www.nomaps.com) Director/Producer Mark Neale will appear for discussion after the screening.

Santa Monica based director Mark Neale is available for interview. THIS FILM IS AVAILABLE FOR PRESS PREVIEW. For photos, cassettes and press kits please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

For press credentials send a fax on letterhead from your outlet stating that you have a specific assignment to cover, and when the coverage will appear.

Ticket prices are $8 general admission. This information and more is also on our website: www.egyptiantheatre.com.

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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