Posts Tagged ‘Cinefamily’

The Big Blue Marble @ Cinefamily

Published May 3, 2010 by Graham

Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance Rock and animation producer Kevin Sukho Lee are guest programming a festival of children’s films this month at Cinefamily! Every Friday there’s another mind-blowing night of entertainment to delight children and grown-ups alike:

To a child, there are no boundaries of culture, no barriers to acceptance of any external stimuli — as long as it’s cool. Explosions of color, light, music and funky characters are a universal constant, and never fail to, even in our adult lives, zap our inner kid cores into sweet submission. The hit kids’ television show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”, an awesome program for kids and adults alike, is a proud proponent of this philosophy — and we’re thrilled to present guest programmers Lance Robertson (the show’s star, aka DJ Lance Rock), and animation producer Kevin Sukho Lee, as they unearth some choice childrens’ cinematic seeds from the vaults of yesteryear. From personal favorites to prominent influences to the just plain rad, they’ll orbit around this big blue marble of ours to bring you an eclectic assortment of far-out kinder-fare from around the globe.

Truffaut’s Small Change

Published March 18, 2010 by Graham


Francois Truffaut is widely remembered for his brilliantly uncanny exploration of childhood in The 400 Blows, but a lesser known picture called L’argent de poche (alternately known as Small Change or Pocket Money) may be his true masterpiece of the genre. Presenting a vast array of vignettes about youth, Truffaut weaves together a joyously mischievous slice of life triumph. Small Change bursts with color and features a cast of wonderfully natural non-actors in a range of epic moments “from the first bottle to the first kiss,” as Truffaut explained it.

The Film Desk has graciously re-released the film with a beautiful restored print that’s currently touring North America. It’s playing in Los Angeles at Cinefamily this Sunday, and then heading to Wisconsin, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Ohio. Check out the full list of cities and dates, and don’t miss a chance to see this sparkling film on the big screen!

Beautiful Losers at Cinefamily

Published December 3, 2009 by Graham


To celebrate the DVD release of Aaron Rose’s epic art documentary, Beautiful Losers, approximately a million rad people and entities including Amoeba Music and Oscilloscope Laboritories are coming together to host an all-out bash at Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Spike, Harmony Korine, Geoff McFetridge, and Mike Mills are just a few of the contributors to the special event, screening rare short films and exclusive interviews. Tickets are available here.

Cinefamily Presents: A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

Published September 29, 2009 by Graham


Here’s the official flier (lovingly illustrated by Stevenfiche) for tomorrow night’s Cinefamily event that we mentioned last week. The evening will consist of Maurice Sendak’s greatest animated adaptations, the sneak preview screening of Spike and Lance’s documentary about Maurice, and a few fun surprises! Tickets are on sale now.

Tell Them Anything You Want

Published September 25, 2009 by Graham

As if being an artistic genius weren’t enough, Maurice Sendak is an endlessly fascinating man. His candid, acerbic wit is underscored by a generous intimacy. The shocking jokes spilling out of his mouth come off as invitations to share in a special rapport. And as sharp as his fangs seem to be, most of his jabs are directed inward in hopelessly self-deprecating dismissals. When Sendak gets serious, it’s like listening to a wise sage. He’s verbose yet understated, naturally paring even his conversational speech down into economically worded insights.

Tell Them Anything You Want is Lance Bangs and Spike’s compelling personal document of Sendak’s life during the five years of Where the Wild Things Are’s production. The film airs October 14th on HBO. A special advanced screening will be held at Cinefamily in Los Angeles, this Wednesday, September 30th. Expect the unexpected!

A Tribute To Maurice Sendak

In 1963, with just 10 short sentences, a dark and dreamy emotional landscape of hairy monsters and tropical jungles, and one wannabe feral child, Maurice Sendak created one of the most critically acclaimed and popular childrens’ books of all time– “Where the Wild Things Are”. In this loving tribute to everyone’s first favorite author, the Cinefamily will show original animated adaptations (on 16mm!) of “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen”, along with new short films made by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze while the new live action adaptation of “Wild Things…” was in production. Jonze had been friends with Maurice Sendak for more than five years before he began working on his feature film, and these new short films capture a sometimes melancholy but always wickedly funny Sendak as he reflects on his Depression-era childhood in the Brooklyn shtetl, a joyous day at the World’s Fair, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, his books “In The Night Kitchen” and “Higgledy Piggledy Pop!”, his two beloved Hermans (Melville, and his German shepherd namesake), and a long-buried secret. Lance Bangs, co-director of Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak will be in attendance!

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Lance Bangs’ Family Portrait

Published August 26, 2009 by Graham

Lately, it seems like all the rad creative people and places in L.A. have become closely intertwined, like a cat’s cradle of overlapping awesomeness. Sure, an extensively detailed flow chart might help you get the picture– or you could just watch this astute new documentary from Lance Bangs! Family Portrait centers on the bookstore Family and spider-webs outward from there, touching on some of our favorite places in Los Angeles, like The Smell, Hope Gallery, and Ooga Booga, as well as the people who make those places great. Watch the rest of Family Portrait after the jump.

Part 1: An intro to Family Bookstore, the crazy range of items they stock, and the origin of the store’s name.

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Wholphin No. 8 at The Silent Movie Theatre Tonight!

Published May 18, 2009 by Graham


Tonight at 8pm, two of our favorite institutions, short film DVD magazine Wholphin and the curatorial brain trust that is The Cinefamily, are joining together in glorious harmony for the release party of Wholphin No. 8 at The Silent Movie Theatre in LA.

Established by Where The Wild Things Are scribe Dave Eggers and his McSweeney’s colleague Brent Hoff, Wholphin is a quarterly video magazine that collects a melange of disparate shorts linked only by their quality of excellence and their rarity. Breathing new life to the format, Wholhpin offers a unique venue for films that would otherwise only play in festivals or galleries, where most people might not get a chance to see them. From well-known directors like Steven Soderbergh, Errol Morris, Miranda July and of course, Spike Jonze, to first-time filmmakers, cartoonists, comedians and video artists, Wholphin has hosted some of the most talented artists’ work from across the globe.

For issue eight, Wholphin is presenting shorts directed by brilliant photographer/youth culture documentarian Lauren Greenfield, Interpol bassist Carlos D., British conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood, and Dave Eggers himself. Eggers, in one of his first shots at directing, presents a three-part work called The Room Before and After, starring James Franco, comedian Maria Bamford and The Office star Creed Bratton in an animalistic display of primal emotion: they’re each given the rare opportunity to consensually tear apart a room. Check out the preview below: