First show: December 15


Dennis Hopper’s right-hand man and co-subject of the doc, Satya de la Manitou, director Nick Ebeling, and producer Sheri Timmons, IN PERSON for Q&A after the 7pm show on Friday, 12/15!

“Simultaneously arty and artful, it refuses to take the standard approach and it will reward cinephiles who want something different than most film biographies can offer.” LA Times

“An idiosyncratic documentary about an authentic wild man of Hollywood, who probably would have approved”Hollywood Reporter

“what’s ultimately moving about “Along for the Ride” is that it communicates how Dennis Hopper, by sticking true to his reckless muse, was an artist who changed things, and maybe changed everything. In Hollywood, he became the living spirit of going too far, and that turned out to be just far enough.”Variety

ALONG FOR THE RIDE explores the highs, lows and ultimately – the phoenix like ascension of iconic Hollywood maverick Dennis Hopper – all as seen through the eyes of his mysterious longtime “right-hand man” – Satya de la Manitou. Filmmaker NICK EBELING chronicles the unlikely duo’s incredible 40+ year journey, an enduring and intense brotherhood, as intimately complex as Hopper’s own legendary career. De la Manitou re-examines his dedication to his friend’s idiosyncratic and uncompromising genius, reminiscing with a fascinating cast of characters – Hopper’s co-conspirators, family and friends – all those that were also – unwittingly or willingly – ALONG FOR THE RIDE. The result…is one hell of a trip. Original Score by Gemma Thompson of Savages. ALONG FOR THE RIDE is a treasure trove of unseen photos and vintage film.

Featuring among others Satya de la Manitou, David Hopper, Paul Lewis (Easy Rider Production Manager), Michael Gruskoff (The Last Movie producer), Wim Wenders (The American Friend, Palermo Shooting director), Frank Gehry, David Lynch (Blue Velvet director), Fred Caruso (Blue Velvet producer), actors and friends Russ Tamblyn and Dean Stockwell, The Last Movie actresses Stella Garcia and Julie Adams, Linda Manz, Samantha Fuller, Lawrence Schiller (The American Dreamer producer), Tony Shafrazi (Shafrazi Art Gallery owner), Ed Ruscha (artist), Christa Lang-Fuller, Julian Schnabel (artist, filmmaker, friend) and Damon Albarn ( Gorillaz singer, songwriter).

Directed by Nick Ebeling. Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Sheri Timmons. 2016. 94 min. DCP. See trailer below.



Friday, Dec 15 @ 9:30pm

(David Lynch, 1986, 120min, 35mm) David Lynch‘s strange, surreal work has always been known more for its visuals than its dialogue, but the director’s most quotable character is certainly Hopper’s Frank Booth in BLUE VELVET. Part of the credit goes to Lynch for creating such an insane, indelible villain, but Frank is all Hopper. The actor infamously said, “I’ve got to play Frank. Because I am Frank!” to get the part, and he brings a frightening authenticity to one of the most disturbing characters in all of cinema, a man who would send Freddy, Jason, and Jigsaw a-running.  Hopper’s electrifying performance in “Blue Velvet” is considered by many to be the man’s finest hour. Every second of this performance is truly unforgettable, with the actor tapping into a level of psychosis you rarely see on screen.

ALONG FOR THE RIDE + Q&A (7pm) will be followed by BLUE VELVET (9:30pm). See either for $12 or both for $15. Tickets available here.


Saturday, Dec 16 @9:00pm

(Tony Scott, 1993, 120min, 35mm) The indisputable highlight of Tony Scott’s romantic crime thriller is Hopper’s grandstanding tête à tête with Christopher Walken, now generally referred to as ‘the Sicilian scene’. Walken oozes menace as mob boss Don Vincenzo Coccotti, on the hunt for a stash of drugs inadvertently stolen by comic bookstore clerk Clarence (Christian Slater). Hopper plays Clarence’s estranged father Clifford, whom Coccotti tracks down and terrorises. But rather than run the risk of being tortured to the point where he might give up his son’s location, Clifford makes an audacious bid to provoke Coccotti into murdering him, by calling into question the purity of his racial heritage. Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino has called the scene one of his proudest achievements. (BFI)

ALONG FOR THE RIDE (7pm) will be followed by TRUE ROMANCE (9:00pm). See either for $12 or both for $15. Tickets available here.



Sunday, Dec 17, 6pm

(Michael Almereyda, 1985, 28min, 35mm) Plays after ALONG FOR THE RIDE as a bonus! Loosely based on a section of Mikhail Lermontov’s classic Russian novel of the same title, the film involves a displaced cowboy (played by Kevin Jarre, the screenwriter of Rambo), a sociopathic record producer (Dennis Hopper) and, caught between them, a gum-chewing valley girl who would rather be somewhere else (Natalie Zimmerman). Lermontov’s 19th century novel leaves a vapor trail on the action, but A Hero of Our Time is more precisely a portrait of contemporary Los Angeles, a tale of wayward heroism played out against a landscape of yearning and desolation. Dennis Hopper’s participation occurred during a break in the filming of Blue Velvet. (BAMPFA)

ALONG FOR THE RIDE (+ HERO OF OUR TIME) (6pm) will be followed by OUT OF THE BLUE (8:30pm). See either for $12 or both for $15. Tickets available here.


Sunday, Dec 17 @ 8:30pm

(Dennis Hopper, 1980, 93min, 35mm) Unlikely star and bantamweight teen tough cookie Linda Manz stars as Cebe, a punkette whose disastrous home life only gets more complicated when her ex-truck driver dad (Hopper, also returning to the director’s chair with swagger) gets sprung out of the can and comes home, dragging repressed memories back with him. A clear and profound influence on nearly all “everyone knows this is nowhere” indie films of the decade to follow, but still unrivaled as a cinematic kick in the teeth. (Metrograph)

ALONG FOR THE RIDE (+ HERO OF OUR TIME) (6pm) will be followed by OUT OF THE BLUE (8:30pm). See either for $12 or both for $15. Tickets available here.




Saturday, Dec 16 @ 5pm and Sunday, Dec 17 @ 4:30pm

(Bruce Conner, 66min, DCP and 16mm)  Dennis Hopper called Bruce Conner “the most important artist of the 20th century.” Conner and Hopper were longtime friends and collaborators. This program includes landmarks of American experimental cinema such as A MOVIE, a film Hopper has said of it was an inspiration for editing Easy Rider, and BREAKAWAY. Hopper held the lights while Conner filmed Toni Basil dancing in this 1966 dance/film masterpiece.

Full program and tickets ($12) available here.



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