July – September 2014
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!
During the seven years chronicled in the film, artist and one-man-band musician Llyn Foulkes creates, destroys and recreates a pair of large-scale, three-dimensional paintings, one that costs him his marriage, while trying to keep afloat in the fickle art market. With music written and performed by Foulkes on a massive, fanciful, self-invented musical instrument he calls “The Machine,” LLYN FOULKES ONE MAN BAND is an intimate portrait of an artist battling his own demons as well as the perceived demons of the art world.
Dirs: Tamar Halpern & Chris Quilty. 2014. Digital. 82 mins. Nightly at 7pm.
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JOHN HUBLEY AT 100
Sunday, July 20
Q&A WITH NOTED ANIMATOR – AND DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND FAITH – EMILY HUBLEY AFTER THE 6PM SHOW! A traveling program of films by animators John and Faith Hubley, all in new 35mm prints, celebrating John Hubley’s 100th birthday.
ADVENTURES OF AN * – A baby, represented by the “ * ” symbol, delights in the visual excitement of the world. As he matures, his ability to see diminishes. Eventually, his own child freshens his vision. Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley in collaboration with James Johnson Sweeney. Dir: John Hubley. 1956, 11 mins.
TENDER GAME – A jazz version of the song “Tenderly,” provides the soundtrack for a delicate tale of love. Produced and Written by John Hubley Music Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio: Ray Brown, bass and Herb Ellis, guitar. 1958, 6 mins.
MOONBIRD - In a magical adventure, two brothers hunt an imaginary bird. Their dialogue is improvised. Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley. Voices of Mark and Ray Hubley. Dir: John Hubley. 1959. 10 mins.
THE HAT – Two soldiers patrol the border between their counties. When one accidentally drops his helmet over the line, the other refuses to give it back – setting the scene for a witty exploration of peace through world law. Music and Voices by Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore. Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley for The World Law Fund. Dir: John Hubley. 1964. 19 mins.
URBANISSIMO – A comic allegory depicting a runaway “city” devouring its environs. A farmer has an encounter with the “city” and deserts his rural home for the imagined joys of urban life. Produced by John and Faith Hubley for Expo ’67, Montreal. Music by Benny Carter. Dir: John Hubley. 1967. 6 mins.
WINDY DAY - An improvised dialogue of two little girls is the background for the expressive visualization of their view of marriage and babies, love and death. Voices of Emily and Georgia Hubley. Produced and Directed by John and Faith Hubley. 1968. 9 mins.
OF MEN AND DEMONS - A simple fisherman faces the challenges posed by climate and modernity as personified by three resourceful demons. Music by Quincy Jones Produced and Directed by John and Faith Hubley. 1968. 9 mins.
EGGS - Mother Nature bickers with Death over control of humankind before a fateful decision is made. Music by Quincy Jones. Voices of David Burns, Anita Ellis, and Grady Tate. Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley
Dir: John Hubley. 1970. 10 mins.
STORY OF RELEASE
Organized in collaboration with the Hubley family, Cinema Conservancy’s centennial tour coincides with The Believer Magazine’s 2014 Film Issue. The issue will feature a DVD with a number of the Hubleys’ films, including “Cockaboody” (1973), “The Hole” (1963), and “Date With Dizzy” (1958), as well as commercials, home movies and storyboards.
Visually striking, playful and innovative, the selected films address a wide range of topics – from urbanization and overpopulation to two boys’ search for a pet bird – and feature the voices of Dizzy Gillespie, Dudley Moore, and the Hubleys’ children (Emily, Georgia, Mark and Ray), as well as music from Benny Carter, The Oscar Peterson Trio and Quincy Jones.
John Hubley began his training at Disney (where his participation in the studio’s famous 1941 strike caused him and other animators to be fired and later blacklisted) and went on to the Army’s Motion Picture Unit and UPA. The personal and creative partnership between John and Faith (Elliott) Hubley lasted from the 1950′s until John’s death in 1977. True to their marriage vow to finish one independent film per year, the Hubleys created over 20 animated films together, winning three Academy Awards (for “Moonbird,” “The Hole,” and 1966’s “Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass Double Feature”), in addition to taking on ads, commissions and segments for TV shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Faith Hubley went on to make 23 more films after 1977.
Breaking new artistic ground and exploring urgent topics in their films, the Hubleys rebelled, as John told animation historian John Canemaker, “against the sweet sentimental chipmunk and bunnies idiom of animation.” They favored a modern aesthetic, using techniques such as wax-resistance, oil painting and bottom-lit watercolors. In their experimentations with improvised dialogue and music, the pair found inspiration everywhere, from conversations between New York construction workers to the musings of their own children. Cinema Conservancy is thrilled to be bringing the Hubley’s work back to theaters in 2014.
ADVENTURES OF AN *, THE TENDER GAME, and URBANISSIMO were preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.
A CINEMA CONSERVANCY RELEASE. TOTAL PROGRAM RUNNING TIME: 80 mins. 35mm. Shows Sunday, July 20 at (2pm), 4pm, 6pm & 8pm.
Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend, so she thinks it would be a good time to crash her filmmaker brother Jeff’s Tiki bar basement for a couple of weeks to figure things out. Problem for Jeff is, when you’ve got a toddler and money is tight and your wife is struggling to balance motherhood and art, it might not be a great idea to have a perpetually wasted 27-year old around. Also – it’s Christmas in Chicago. Working again with DRINKING BUDDIES collaborators Anna Kendrick and cinematographer Ben Richardson (working in warm-hued Super 16mm), Swanberg’s latest is a can’t-miss cocktail of effervescent performances, cringe-inducing realities and small graces. Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham & Jude Swanberg. Dir: Joe Swanberg. 2014. Digital. 77 mins.
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“…Charming, Poignant, Hilarious…” – Maria Shriver, NBC NEWS
“Touching!” – Village Voice
“A Must-See Film!” – Huffington Post
CYBER-SENIORS chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to another level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video. A spirited video competition for the most “views” evolves as the cyber-seniors’ hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. CYBER-SENIORS provides insight into the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged, proving you are never too old to get ‘connected’. Directed by Saffron Cassaday – 2014 - 75 Minutes.
Brave New World is a tech and science film series with presentations and discussions by science and technology experts.
Brown Bread: The Story of an Adoptive Family
FILMMAKER SARAH GROSS IN PERSON!
In the hills of Northern California, an unusual family gathers for their reunion. As they join hands around the table, their colorful mix of races looks like the American dream of integration.
Black, white, middle class, ghetto: adoption gave the same name to six children from very different backgrounds. Scenes from the family reunion are interwoven with images from their home lives: a professor at Stanford, a manual laborer, an entrepreneur in debt. How do they bridge the differences of race and class which divide them?
A personal documentary about what it means to grow up in an adoptive family.
Directed by Sarah Gross. 2013. 87 mins. NR
SARAH GROSS studied filmmaking at Harvard University, where she began exploring the portrait documentary. In the industry, she is an experienced 1st A.D., working on major European productions such as award-winning Good Bye Lenin. Her short films have won awards, and she has received European MEDIA funding to develop several screenwriting projects. She has three children and is based in Berlin, Germany. BROWN BREAD is her first feature-length film.
A surprise hit at Sundance, KINK tells the true story of sex, submission, and big business as seen through the eyes of the unlikely pornographers whose nine-to-five workdays are spent within the confines of the San Francisco Armory building, home to the sprawling production facilities of Kink.com, the wold’s largest producer of pornography with BDSM themes – for the uninitiated, that stands for bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism. Come peer inside one of the Roxie’s most notorious neighbors. Produced by James Franco. Directed by Christina Voros. 2013. Digital. 79 mins.
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We’re excited to team up with one of our favorite film festivals – the mighty SLAMDANCE – for a night of film and fun.
FILMMAKER RECEPTION – 6PM! Come hang out with Jay Alvarez & DRINK OUR WINE!
I Play With The Phrase Each Other
Jake, a young neurotic, is persuaded to leave his small home town and move to the city to live with Sean, a fanatical poet who survives by swindling inexperienced Craigslist customers. When Jake arrives, Sean has disappeared, and as he struggles to secure a job and a place to stay, Jake discovers a nocturnal world of neon poverty in which his friend is thriving. Written & Directed by Jay Alvarez. Digital. 2014. 110 mins.
Co-presented by Canyon Cinema
A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960’s and 70’s to profoundly embrace life and ‘follow your own weird’.
A charismatic and visionary poet and filmmaker who emerged in the artistic renaissance of post – WWII San Francisco, James Broughton led a completely unconventional existence in his lifelong quest for creative artistry, sexual and spiritual love and an evolved state of happiness. BIG JOY is a celebratory mosaic of Broughton’s deeply intertwined creative and personal lives, vividly depicted through his involvement with a wide array of artists, activists and spiritual guides.
Directed by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha and Dawn Logsdon. USA. 2013. Digital. 82 mins.
About the filmmakers
Stephen Silha, producer and co-director, is a freelance writer, facilitator, and futurist who has made a practice of communicating about what makes communities and relationships work. He has reported for The Christian Science Monitor, the Minneapolis Star, and Yes! Magazine. He knew James Broughton, and was present at his death in 1999. Inspired by Broughton’s philosophy, life and work, he began a biography project which morphed into this film and multi-media project.
Eric Slade, co-director and producer, is an independent producer/director based in Portland, OR who has extensive experience with PBS. His independent documentary work includes Hope Along the Wind: The Story of Harry Hay (2002), The Impact of AIDS, Housing the American Dream, Safety in Numbers, Sex Life, and Acting Up for Prisoners.
Jason Jenn is an LA-based performance artist, director, designer, and event planner who was inspired by the film BIG JOY and reading James Broughton’s poetry to create performance events using Broughton’s poetry and films, bringing them a vibrant contemporary feel.