Monday, January 29, 7 p.m.
19th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Curated by Ron Diamond followed by Skype Q&A
Runtime: 90 minutes
The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows offers a wealth of humor, insight, and profundity
The Animation Show of Show returns to theaters across North America, presenting 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. "At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world," said Ron Diamond.
Featuring internationally acclaimed animated short films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S., the films include Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s Annecy Grand Prix-winning “The Burden,” a melancholy, funny and moving film that explores the tribulations, hopes and dreams of a group of night-shift employees, uniquely capturing the zeitgeist of our time.
Other program highlights include Los Angeles-based Irish director David O'Reilly's visually stunning "Everything," based on a 1973 talk given by the renowned British-American philosopher Alan Watts, and the 1964 classic "Hangman," by Paul Julian and Les Goldman which was recently restored by the Animation Show of Shows as part of its film preservation program. As a special treat, the Show of Shows will also be presenting "Next Door," a 1990 student film made at Cal Arts by the two-time Oscar-winning Pixar director Pete Docter.
Monday, February 5, 7 p.m.
Singin' in the Rain (USA, 1952)
Directors: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Runtime: 103 minutes
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in this masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly's fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.
A spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to sound. When two silent movie stars', Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, latest movie is made into a musical a chorus girl is brought in to dub Lina's speaking and singing. Don is on top of the world until Lina finds out.
Monday, February 12, 7 p.m.
Marty (USA, 1955)
Director: Delbert Mann
Runtime: 90 minutes
Slice-of-life Bronx tale about a shy and lonely butcher looking for love, and possibly finding it with a not-too-glamorous and equally shy schoolteacher. A Best Picture winner.
This acclaimed romantic drama follows the life of Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine), a stout bachelor butcher who lives with his mother (Esther Minciotti) in the Bronx. Always unlucky in love, Marty reluctantly goes out to a ballroom one night and meets a nice teacher named Clara (Betsy Blair). Though Marty and Clara hit it off, his relatives discourage him from pursuing the relationship, and he must decide between his family's approval or a shot at finding romance.
Monday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Dr. Strangelove (UK, 1964)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Runtime: 103 minutes
A fanatical U.S. general launches a nuclear attack on Russia during the Cold War, but the President and his advisors are shocked to learn that the Russians have technology to destroy the world in the event of an attack on them.
Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is producer/director Kubrick's brilliant, satirical, provocative black comedy/fantasy regarding doomsday and Cold War politics that features an accidental, inadvertent, pre-emptive nuclear attack.
The witty screenplay, co-authored by the director (with Terry Southern), was based on Peter George's novel Red Alert (the U.S. title). The novel's primary concern was the threat of an accidental nuclear war. Dr. Strangelove himself did not appear in the novel, however - he was added by Kubrick and co-screenwriter Southern.
The film's release was delayed from December 1963 to late January 1964 due to Kennedy's assassination in late November of 1963.
Monday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Zabriskie Point (USA, 1969)
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Runtime: 111 minutes
Writer-director Michelangelo Antonioni's vision of late-1960s America is on full display in this tale that mixes romance and revolution as it explores the love affair between a pot-smoking secretary (Daria Halprin) and a rebel seeking a cause (Mark Frechette).
While the film was panned by most critics upon release, its critical standing has since increased and it is noted for its cinematography, (some of the film's scenes were shot on location at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley), use of music, and direction.
The soundtrack to "Zabriskie Point" included music from Pink Floyd, The Youngbloods, Kaleidoscope, Jerry Garcia, Patti Page, Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, and John Fahey. Roy Orbison wrote and sang the theme song, over the credits, called "So Young (Love Theme From "Zabriskie Point")."
Monday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Running on Empty (USA, 1988)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Runtime: 116 minutes
In this family drama from director Sidney Lumet, Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti play Arthur and Annie Pope, a pair of '60s radicals who have eluded the FBI for 16 years after bombing a napalm laboratory as a Vietnam War protest. The couple moves around the country with their two sons -- young Harry (Jonas Abry) and his older teenage brother, Danny (River Phoenix). On the verge of adulthood, Danny longs to set out on his own and live a more stable life, but he knows this could mean permanent separation from his family.
Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Loving Vincent (USA, 2017)
Runtime: 94 minutes
This animated feature brings the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil painting, hand-painted by 125 professional oil painters who travelled across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent's brilliant paintings is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death. "Loving Vincent" was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is the interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent's famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint.