The true, decades-spanning tale of the greatest fan film ever made!After Steven Spielberg’s classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene…except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece. Raiders of the Lost Ark (The Adaptation) After you watch the new documentary, we guarantee you’ll be clamoring to see just what exactly those 11-year-old boys made…You’re in luck! We’re hosting TWO ultra-rare screenings of the film that prompted an audience of nerds at Austin’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon film festival to boo an advanced screening of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers because the management had to cut this move short! See this 7-year labor of love in all its analog glory! ‘Sunshine Noir’ series ft. PRIVATE PROPERTY (New Restoration! Lost for 40 Years!) + CHINATOWN and THE LONG GOODBYE! Private eyes, dames, palm tress, warm sand: What better way to greet this sunny weather than with some hot, pulpy, LA neo-noir? The good folks at Cinelicious (who brought us that beautiful Belladonna of Sadness restoration) have returned with PRIVATE PROPERTY, a scuzzy poolside noir starring grindhouse cinema’s most venerable supporting character, Warren Oates! (The Wild Bunch, Malick’s Badlands, Stripes) To celebrate the discovery of this lost classic, we’re hosting screenings of two fundamental entries in the “sunshine noir” genre: Polanski’s CHINATOWN, the Nicholson/Dunaway neo-noir which reveals how murder and theft shaped the boundaries of LA county, & Robert Altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE, a classic Raymond Chandler detective story transplanted to free-love 1973. After P.I. Philip Marlowe, played by Elliot Gould, agrees to drive his friend Terry Lennox to Mexico, he learns that Mr. Lennox is wanted for the murder of his wife. Determined to prove Terry’s innocence, Marlowe sets out to solve the murder…or at least he will, once he gets done feeding his cat. Fluent City presents KAILI BLUES (‘Astonishing’ new Chinese film!) Fluent City presents the most exciting directorial debut of the year, KAILI BLUES, which Guillermo Del Toro calls, “astonishing,” and Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) says is “capable of generating giant cinema joyfulness!” In a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, two preoccupied doctors live ghost-like lives. One of them, Chen, decides to fulfill his dead mother’s wish and sets off on a train journey to look for his brother’s abandoned child. His partner in the clinic, a lonely old lady, asks Chen to find her old lover, and give him an old photograph, a shirt and a music cassette. But on the way, Chen passes a mysterious town called Dangmai, where time is not linear and people’s lives complement each other. Here, Chen experiences the past, present and future. It’s unclear whether this world is the doctor’s dream, or the other way around. Our programmer says this is the best film of the year so far but don’t take it from him. Take it from two of America’s most lauded filmmakers! Friday the 13th Part III (Presented in Retro 3-D!) Jason is back and this time he’s “comin’ at ya'” in 3-D! Each member of the audience will receive a pair of old-school 3-D glasses to recreate what it was like in 1982 when this slasher staple hit theatres! Having revived from his wound, and now donning a new appearance, Jason lives at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds reside there for their vacation, he returns to continue his murderous spree. The combination of alcohol + Blue & Red 3-D glasses will certainly impair your vision…y’know, in a fun way! Men Go to Battle (Videology Sneak Preview of the new, “instant-classic Western!) Post-screening Q&A TBA. “Men Go to Battle is an upcoming low-budget dark comedy about the Civil War — but the techniques director Zachary Treitz and his actors and crew employed to make the film were right out of the guerilla handbook. The plot involves two brothers (played by Tim Morton and David Maloney) who live on a family farm in 1861 Kentucky. When one of the brothers is humiliated in front of a woman of preeminent background (Rachel Korine, wife of Harmony), he flees town and reemerges later as a Union soldier.” Winner of the Best New Narrative Director award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. All this plus The Fits (presented By Alfreda’s Cinema), Francois Truffaut’s Day For Night (presented by Fluent City), Blue Velvet (w/ free cans of PBR!), 12 Monkeys (presented by Oh My Science!), Jaws (Encore!) Josie & The Pussycats (Presented by Slumber Party Film Society), Independence-Day-On-A-Loop-On-Independence-Day, No Budge Live #3 with Kentucker Audley, Spice World & Purple Rain Sing-Alongs, Walt Drinking with Gabriel Gundacker, Indiana Jones Trivia, Now & Then Trivia, Ghostbusters Trivia, Gilmore Girls Trivia + so much more! $5 Midnights: HOUSE (HAUSU), Cronenberg’s VIDEODROME, SPEED RACER, IDIOCRACY (in honor of the Republican National Convention #MakeAmericaGreatAgain) The Who/Ken Russell’s TOMMY, RIVER’S EDGE, and Pasolini’s SALO!
…Ladies & Gentleman, The Fabulous July Calendar! RAIDERS! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Post-screening Q&A with the subjects TBA.