FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Margot Gerber
323/461-2020, ext. 115
July 16, 1999
AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUES INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN PRESENTS
TWO NEW INDEPENDENT FILMS IN AUGUST
The LA PREMIERE of SLEEP (August 12)
The LA PREMIERE of THE BASEMENT AND THE KITCHEN (August 26)
HOLLYWOOD The American Cinematheques THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: A FORUM FOR INDEPENDENT FILM EXHIBITION & BEYOND... presents two new independent feature films in July. On Thursday, August 12th at 7:30 pm is the LA PREMIERE of Peter Calvins SLEEP (103 min.), a beautifully photographed, highly original, restless journey into the feverish nightscapes of Los Angeles that focuses on four hipsters with various sleep disorders. The short film "Two Forms" (4 min.), a sensual study of two hands that plays with our expectations of gender, from director Shanti Thakur, will precede the feature. On Thursday, August 26th at 7:30 PM is the LA PREMIERE of David Fickas THE BASEMENT AND THE KITCHEN (98 min.), a quirky sci-fi thriller with a comic twist that centers around a young man who is haunted by dreams that some would say result from an insane paranoia but then again maybe Lloyd has suffered a trauma of an unearthly nature. X-FILES fans will relate THE BASEMENT AND THE KITCHEN is co-presented with the IFP/West Festival Buzz series. A short film TBA will preced the feature. All 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).
SLEEP: Thursday, August 12th at 7:30 PM
Peter Calvins stunningly photographed, restless journey into the feverish
nightscapes of Los Angeles follows four Beverly/Fairfax area hipsters with
assorted sleep disorders: Jonny (Casey Peterson), an insomniac; Cass (Ames
Ingham), a sleepwalker; Sam (Bonnie Dickinson), a
narcoleptic; and Steve (Tim Innes), a compulsive sleeper. Sometimes
analytical, sometimes abstract and always amply laced with ironic humor, the
film maneuvers through a netherworld of sound and imagery -- weaving
together narrative sequences, interviews with doctors, sleep lab footage,
text, and hypnotically beautiful visual passages -- that all combine to
create a fluid, dreamlike landscape, by day or night. Narration reminiscent
of that found in an early Peter Greenaway "documentary" adds yet another
layer to this meditation on human consciousness. "The ability to weave such
disparate elements into a seamless feature is what makes SLEEP satisfying
and marks Calvin as a filmmaker to watch." (INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO
MONTHLY) "The result is both sexy and smart, gripping and atmospheric,
transcendent and pop." (NY Underground Film Festival) Peter Calvin will
appear for discussion following the screening. Plus, Shanti Thakurs "Two
Forms" (4 min.). This erotic show of two hands, photographed in extreme,
sensual close-up, explores notions of gender through simple gestures and
rich imagery which is reminiscent of the photography of Weston. Evocative
and multi-layered, the film plays with oppositions: sound and silence, text
and image, volume and void, light and dark, right and left, male and female,
fragment and whole, and tension and release.
Writing for the VILLAGE VOICE, Gary Dauphin called the film "Engaging "
while the NEW YORK PRESS commented that it is, "Bizarre and haunting Its
punk Wim Wenders." Writing for INDIEWIRE, Aaron Krach wrote, "SLEEP is a
film keeping me awake at night. Calvin creates a stunning experimental
feature, mainly because he accumulated enough striking visuals to match his
LA based filmmaker Peter Calvin is available for interview. Screening
cassettes are available for press preview. Also, color prints and press
kits. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 115 or 116 for press materials
THE BASEMENT AND THE KITCHEN (98 min.): Thursday, August 26th at 7:30 PM
This evenings Alternative Screen showcase is Co-presented with the IFP/Wests Festival Buzz Series. David Fikas wrote, directed and acts in this quirky
sci-fi thriller with a comic twist. Lloyd Proffit has spent the past nine
years holed up in his basement, terrified of the outside world. Haunted by
dreams of a mysterious past, Lloyd insists that there is more to his
paranoia than a vivid imagination. There is a conspiracy going on. Is his
therapist a party to it? His mother? His neighbor and childhood friend Traci
is the only person he trusts even one iota. She is drawn into his madness.
She has no reason to believe until she stumbles onto the secrets hidden in
the next room. X-FILES fans will relate. The film was a hit at the 1999 Seattle international Film
Festival. Director David Fickas will appear for discussion following the
In MOVIEMAKER magazine, Kathleen McGinnis wrote, "Director David Fiickas
has craftily composed a delightfully paranoid story of crisis, control and
ultimate faith for his feature film debut. easily marks Fickas as a new
talent to watch."
LA based filmmaker David Fickas is available for interview. Screening
cassettes are available for press preview. Also, black & white prints and
press kits. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 115 or 116 for press materials.
Ticket giveaways are available to all broadcast programs in the LA area or
through websites. Please call for details.
The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition And
Beyond..., the American Cinematheques 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 regarding the Alternative Screen or any other American
Cinematheque event, please call (323) 466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO
CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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