FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: August 3, 1999

Contact: Margot Gerber

323.461-2020, ext. 115

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS TWISTED HOLLYWOOD SHORTS A ONE NIGHT SHOWCASE OF SHORT FILMS

 

On-screen talent includes Karen Black; Alexis Arquette; drag superstar Jackie Beat; girl band L7; Exene Cervenkova of the legendary punk band X; and LA’s very own  actor-waiting-for-his-big-break, Dennis Woodruff!

Tuesday, August 24, 1999

HOLLYWOOD -- TWISTED! A dramatic change in direction, a deviance from the norm; a peculiar attitude, an eccentric state of mind. This is Hollywood and it could describe any of the four short films in this Tuesday, August 24th program. Karen Black (FIVE EASY PIECES); drag superstar Jackie Beat; girl band L7; Exene Cervenkova of the legendary punk band X; and Los Angeles’ very own, very public actor-waiting-for-his-big-break, Dennis Woodruff appear in these films which feature gender bending roles, high camp, millenium angst, emotional exhibitionism and desperate grasps at fame. There will be a spirited therapy
session and Q & A afterwards. The program begins at 7:30 PM. Films will not necessarily be screened in the order listed here. A discussion with some of the filmmakers and cast members follows the screening.

All screenings are held in the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between McCadden and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

 

Tuesday, August 24, 1999

The program begins at 7:30 PM with the World Premiere of Joshua Rosenweig’s "Asphalt Beach" (30 min.). From the team that brought you the outrageous spoof on teen horror flicks, "Scream Teen Scream" is a screening of the pilot MTV wouldn’t show. The immensely witty Jackie Beat mouths off with her usual on-target sarcasm as the bad girl waiting to pounce on the new girl at a girls boarding school. What’s twisted? The young girls are all adult men in drag! Gay counselors and lesbian housemothers also abound! Also with Alexis Arquette and Sherry Vine. Kevin Cloud Brechner’s "Decoupage 2000" (30 min.) was originally a cult classic public access TV talk show. This incarnation is a retro-future, sci-fi talk show – a look at the future from the near past. Viewers follow the adventures of platinum-coifed, ultra-fab hostess Summer Caprice as she pilots her life as talk show host through a world of alien mutants, fembots, droids and the ominous, ever present tube-entwined chief of the Decoupage 2000 corporation. In this episode on "The Return of the Goddess," Summer encounters such legendary guests as Karen Black performing with the rock band L7 and renowned poet-singer Exene Cervenkova (of the punk LA band X) weaving apocalyptic spoken word. Writing for Film Threat, Chris Gore said of the show, "The humor smacks of early David Letterman. This is the best talk show of the ‘90s. Paul Levin’s "The Portrait" (35 min.) is the story of a cocky young photographer who is assigned to get a portrait of the legendary Dora Gold (Tammy Grimes CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, who played Ally Sheedy’s wealthy, Long Island mother in the indie feature HIGH ART) – herself one of the all time giants of photography. But Dora isn’t going to let herself be photographed without getting to know the man who wants to capture her image – and he doesn’t get away without finding something out about himself. Angelo Guglielmo "Idling Brando" (14 min.) debuted at the Slamdance Film Festival in 1998 and is now part of the permanent archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Archives. This revealing documentary takes a look at Dennis Woodruff, who unlike the thousands of other Hollywood hopefuls, privately awaiting their big break, has made a permanent fixture of himself on the very public streets of our fair city. From Woodruff’s painted cars emblazoned with messages like "Actor Awaiting His Big Break" to sandwich boards and other acts of spectacle, this legend-in-the-making speaks with the director of this film about what drives him to so desperately pursue Hollywood fame and fortune, while all the while he has clearly garnered notoriety of one kind or another and has reached a level of local, urban celebrity shared by Angelyne and Melrose Larry. Order of the films subject to change. A disucussion will follow the screenings with Producer Peter Spears, Tom Smith, Becky Thyre and Sam Pancake ("Asphalt Beach"); Kathe Duba, Craig Roose and Paul Levin ("The Portrait"); and Andrea Smith and Dennis Woodruff ("Idling Brando"). Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for members. Call 323.466.FILM for more information.

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

BLACK & WHITE/COLOR PHOTOS AND PRESS KITS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS OF FILMS WILL B

Please note that the new Marketing & Publicity Assistant is Lakshmi Ziskin. She is available at ext. 116. If you haven’t met, feel free to call and introduce yourself!

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

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