Special Events

Visions from the Lunatic Fringe: Eric Saks

Nov 21
Tuesday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Eric Saks - 1983-2016 - 90m approx - All Seats $8 - Eric Saks in person to present his amazing work!

A BASEMENT FILMS CO-THROW!! 

Eric Saks’ documentary projects have investigated contemporary issues including gun control, teen violence, electronic privacy, surveillance, hazardous waste, culture jamming, fringe culture, corporate sabotage, robotics, artificial intelligence, the process of movie making, time capsules, and eccentric personalities. Saks has always been concerned with individuals defining the mythic American. He has received John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Media Arts grant, and a Annenberg Foundation grant as well as many regional media grants.

WORKS TO BE SCREENED

Suddenly I Burst Into Another: The Life of Henry Tanner

Rarely seen and seen here on 16 film. 1983 28 Minutes. 16mm color

The life of an enigmatic folk artist is documented in intimate and searching detail, and then culminates with a car accident and an arresting rescue during a blizzard. Is this film portrait real, though? “Henry Tanner” is a faux-documentary that explores the ambiguous and ethical relationship between filmmaker and subject. Henry Tanner captures the “real” even though it is “fake.” The film and filmmaker asks whether the “real” is found only in the “eye of the beholder.” As the filmmaker, Saks, is infamous as a hoax and prank maker in his later works that presages “Fake News” and mockumentaries; this is a rare chance to see his 80s film that  explores representing “truth” in a more sweet, lyrical, and sublime modus operandi.

Eidolon Part 1

2016, Digital video 20 Mins

An experimental documentary about photographer and filmmaker Bill Daniel as he works in the sweltering California desert to make apocalyptic photographs with a large format camera.  Eidolon mixes pseudo-narrative with a vérité observational form to arrive at a lyrical and aleatoric portrait of Bill Daniel. Trigger Warning: There is a little pornographic graffiti in here. Just close your eyes for a few minutes.

Creosote

1997, 42 minutes, NTSC video

Creosote combines two analogous stories into a unique vision of individuality, and modern spirituality. The true story of a young boy who was lost on a Boy Scout camping trip and never found, is embroidered with the life story of St. Francis, also known as the “hippie saint”. The visual style is arresting, and creates a liminal world wherein figurative representations fall away into hallucinatory abstraction. Creosote is executed through stop frame animation and puppetry techniques, reminiscent of graphic religious pamphlets.

“Los Angeles-based media artist Eric Saks has been at the forefront of digital media culture for over a decade, fashioning an eclectic film- and videography that combines live action, animation, and digital manipulation; creating a series of large-scale media installations; working at cutting edge companies such as Voyager, Criterion, Belief, and Rebreaker; curating shows and DVD compilations of video art and experimental film. With a keen eye for the roiling anxieties disrupting contemporary America’s relationship to all forms of technology, from the seemingly innocuous telephone to the more insidious surveillance devices dotting urban street corners, Saks has built a body of work that deftly limns the contours of an evolving technoculture.” - Bio extract by Holly Willis from a Creative Capital Foundation Brochure 2003

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The Smudging

Nov 25
Saturday 1pm only!

Dir. Mike J. Marin - 2016 - 95m - All Seats $10 - SOME OF THE CAST & CREW IN PERSON!

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Oakland born and raised Native American writer/director/actor Mike J. Marin brings his directoral debut The Smudging to Albuquerque, NM! Come find out what happens when five paranormal researchers investigate the Chicago Native American Cultural Center. Nominated "Best Feature" at LA's renowned RIP Horror Fest 2016!

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Birthright: A War Story

Dec 2
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Civia Tamarkin - 2017 - 105m - Free but seating is limited, get here early!

A Respect New Mexico Women Event!!

A feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.

The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children.

The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.

This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”

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Jackrabbit

Dec 3
Sunday 2pm ONLY!

Dir. Jesse Littlebird - 2017 - 90m approx. - Suggested donation of $10 - CAST & CREW IN PERSON!

All proceeds support the 2018 festival tour of Jackrabbit

Junior, a mixed-blood Native boy, loves to run and takes solace in his instinctive running to get away from his dysfunctional alcoholic home.  Junior encounters his distanced citified Uncle, Wes and they share a timely reconnection of respect for their Native lineage, culture and language. Junior comes to a crossroads as the story pivots around a broken down sweat lodge at the family's home where things have gone terribly awry. 

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Heathers - the 1988 jet black teen comedy classic!

Dec 6
Wednesday 6pm, 8:30 only!

Dir. Michael Lehmann - 1988 - 102m - No Matinees

SPECIAL TOURING GUEST AUTHOR KEVIN SMOKLER WITH HIS BOOK "BRAT PACK AMERICA:  A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies and the Places They Happened" WILL BE IN PERSON TO PRESENT THE 6pm & 8:30pm SCREENINGS!

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A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those cliques is the Heathers, comprised of the prettiest and most popular girls in town. The group's leader is the manipulative Kim Walker, who orchestrates the humiliation of anyone who fails to meet her standards. Eventually, Heathers member Winona Ryder begins to exhibit a conscience; together with her hardcase boyfriend Christian Slater, Ryder plots to avenge all the unfortunate victims of the group. Before long, Heather (Kim Walker) ends up dead along with Kurt and Ram, with poignant suicide notes posted near their bodies.

“Heathers locates the emotional totalitarianism lurking in a prom queen's heart.” - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

“Decades later, Heathers is so on the money, with its vague but unmistakable parallels to several school shootings, that it could never be made today.” - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“A super-smart black comedy about high school politics and teenage suicide that showcases a host of promising young talents.” - Todd McCarthy, Variety

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19th Annual Animation Show Of Shows!

Dec 7
Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. various - 2017 - 90m

Featuring 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S., the program includes the extraordinary stop-motion musical My Burden from Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr, which won the grand-prize Cristal Award at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Other program highlights include Los Angeles-based Irish director David OReilly'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.

 • Can You Do It - Quentin Baillieux (France)

 • Tiny Big - Lia Bertels (Belgium)

 • Next Door - Pete Docter (U.S.)

 • The Alan Dimension - Jac Clinch (Great Britain)

 • Beautiful Like Elsewhere - Elise Simard (Canada)

 • Hangman - Paul Julian & Les Goldman (U.S.)

 • The Battle of San Romano - Georges Schwitzgebel (Switzerland)

 • Gokurosama - Aurore Gal, Clémentine Frère, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, & Romain Salvini(France)

 • Dear Basketball - Glen Keane (U.S.)

 • Island - Robert Löbel & Max Mörtl (Germany)

 • Unsatisfying - Parallel Studio (France)

 • The Burden - Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)

 • Les Abeilles Domestiques - Alexanne Desrosiers (Canada)

 • Our Wonderful Nature - The Common Chameleon - Tomer Eshed (Germany)

 • Casino - Steven Woloshen (Canada)

 • Everything - David OReilly (U.S.)

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Another Wolf Cop

Dec 8
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lowell Dean - 2017 - 82m - No Matinees

BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM - 2017 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL 

Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.

“YOUR EYEBALLS WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU IF YOU MISS THIS ONE.” - Bloody Disgusting

“THE CITIZEN KANE OF WEREWOLF-COP MOVIES.” - USA Today Life

“DESTINED TO BECOME A CULT PHENOMENON… THE BEST CANADIAN EXPORT SINCE PAMELA ANDERSON.” - Dread Central

“A FANTASTIC PARTY MOVIE ALL AROUND.” - Fangoria

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Man With A Movie Camera

Dec 9 to Dec 10
Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm

Dir. Dziga Vertov - 1929 - 68m

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!  TO BE SCREENED ON ACTUAL FILM!!

"I am the machine that reveals the world to you as only the machine can see it." - Dziga Vertov ("Kino-Eye")

An amazing & radical, freewheeling Russian documentary depicting the city of Moscow from sunrise to sunset through various self-reflexive camera play.  We get the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film.  Even the editing of the film is documented.  We often see the cameraman who is purportedly making the film, but we rarely, if ever, see any of the footage he seems to be in the act of shooting! 

The still innovative  silent was both praised and reviled upon its initial release!

“Cinema in its purest form: movement, sensation, action and visual trickery.” - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

“A truly radical and liberating work.” - Peter Watts, Time Out

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The Cameraman double featured with Man With A Movie Camera

Dec 9 to Dec 10
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Buster Keaton & Edward Sedgwick - 1928 - 78m - ALL SEATS JUST $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

Oscar-honoree Buster Keaton ("The General") stars in this silent comedy about a photographer who takes up newsreel shooting to impress a beautiful office worker, played by Marceline Day ("The Telegraph Trail"). After several attempts to impress the movie queen, Keaton's character finds himself in the middle of a major news story. Remade in 1951 as "Watch the Birdie," starring Red Skelton. 

“Keaton's last great comedy.” - Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

“The Cameraman gave Buster one of his best roles and he filled it with one of his most touching and fleshed-out performances, using mostly his intense eyes.” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

“One of Keaton's most impressively self-reflective films and an ode to the unexpected and elusive lightening-in-a-bottle nature of filmmaking.” - Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine

“…the old Keaton magic could not be entirely dampened by the studio's dictums, and The Cameraman includes a number of very funny bits.” - John J. Puccio

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar

Dec 16
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Beeban Kidron - 1995 - 109m - No Matinees

A SOUTHWEST CARE CENTER SPECIAL!!

Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo star as three "girls" who just wanna have fun in a hilarious comedy about repairing broken hearts, broken dreams and broken nails. En route from New York City to Hollywood for a drag queen beauty pageant, Noxeema (Snipes), Vida (Swayze) and Chi Chi (Leguizamo) are forced to take an unwelcome detour when their 1967 Cadillac convertible breaks down. Stranded in the tiny midwestern town of Snydersville, the three try to make the best of their unfortunate circumstance. And when their glitz and glamour wake up the sleepy local citizens, the stage is set for an outrageously funny weekend. Also starring Stockard Channing and Blyth Danner, this marvelous mix of flamboyant fun and unrefined simpleness erupts into plenty of laughs!

“A great deal of fun and a small step forward in Hollywood's depiction of homosexuals.” - Rita Kempley, Washington Post

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GUILD CINEMA'S ANNUAL MOVIE POSTER AUCTION SALE!!

Dec 17
Sunday 12pm to 3pm

Free to get a bidder card - lotsa stuff likely to go for cheap!

Time once again because we still have hundreds of movie posters left stretching from last week to around 8 years ago!  And a lot of it will go real cheap, like a dollar or two!  

To mention but a few -  THE SUNSHINE MAKERS, BAND AID, BAD BATCH, MY LIFE AS ZUCCHINI, ICAROS:  A VISION, CEZANNE ET MOI, DEVIL'S CANDY, THE LURE, 68 KILL, DAVE MADE A MAZE, KILL BABY KILL, THE LITTLE HOURS!

DOORS OPEN AT 11:45 a.m.!  We'll wrap around 3pm.

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Head - Seasons Greetings with the Monkees classic!

Dec 20 to Dec 23
Wednesday to Saturday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Bob Rafaelson - 1968 - 85m - No Matinees

Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees . . . being catapulted through one of American cinema’s most surreal sixties odysseys. The brainchild of Bob Rafelson, making his directorial debut; his producing partner and Monkees cocreator Bert Schneider; and Jack Nicholson, a coscreenwriter on the project, Head was the fanciful beginning and ignominious end of the TV-bred supergroup’s big-screen career. In it, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork become trapped in a kaleidoscopic satire that’s movie homage, media send-up, concert movie, and antiwar cry all at once. A constantly looping, self-referential spoof that was ahead of its time, Head dodged commercial success on its release but has since been reclaimed as one of the great cult objects of its era.

“Still remarkably vital and entertaining.” - Derek Adams, Time Out

“In which The Monkees get stoned, commit career suicide, and end up accidentally making one of the best movies of the 1960s.” - David Cornelius, Popcornworld

“If the Beatles were housebroken Marx Brothers, the Monkees here are gutty Bowery Boys.” - Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

HEAD © 1968, 2000 and 2010 Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

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Bad Grandmas

Dec 22
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Srikant Chellappa - 2017 - 92m - No Matinees

Starring Pam Grier, Florence Henderson (in her final role!) and Judge Reinhold!

Four grandmothers accidentally kill a conman and, to cover it up, they get rid of the body. When the conman's partner shows up, things go south.

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Jailhouse Rock - double featured with Viva Las Vegas!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Sunday and Monday 2pm, 6:15

Dir. Richard Thorpe - 1957 - 96m - No Matinees

AN ELVIS NEW YEARS!!

One of the best of Elvis Presley's pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, "dangerous" Elvis that had won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, Elvis strikes up a friendship with visionary fellow-con Mickey Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy suggests that Elvis perform in the upcoming prison show. Ol' swivel-hips scores a hit, and decides to stay in showbiz after his release. Together with pretty Judy Tyler (the former Princess Summerfall Winterspring on Howdy Doody, who would die in a horrible traffic accident shortly after completing this film), Elvis sets up his own record company. Alas, success goes to his head, and soon Elvis plans to ditch Tyler in favor of signing with a big-time label. Shaughnessy shows up long enough to punch out Elvis for his disloyalty; as a result, Elvis' vocal chords are damaged and he is unable to sing. Deserted by his flunkeys and hangers-on, Elvis learns the value of friendship and fidelity when Tyler and Shaughnessy stay by his side in his darkest hours. His voice restored, Elvis climbs back up the charts--but this time, he's a much nicer fellow, and a lot more committed to Tyler.  Jailhouse Rock is a perfect balance of song and story from beginning to end!!

“The characterizations are solid, and the music is some of Elvis's best.” - John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

“Elvis delivered his definitive screen appearance in this budget-minded black and white production, a dark reflection of the Loving You rise to fame.” -  Sean Axmaker, MSN.com

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Viva Las Vegas - double featured with Jailhouse Rock!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Sunday and Monday 4:15, 8:30

Dir. George Sidney - 1964 - 85m - No Matinees

AN ELVIS NEW YEARS!!

Let's get gone, real gone!!

Lucky Jackson arrives in town with his car literally in tow ready for the first Las Vegas Grand Prix - once he has the money to buy an engine. He gets the cash easily enough but mislays it when the pretty swimming pool manageress takes his mind off things. It seems he will lose both race and girl, problems made more difficult by rivalry from Elmo Mancini, fellow racer and womaniser. Perhaps some singing will help!!

“One of Elvis Presley's best films, Viva Las Vegas benefits from the exuberant direction of MGM vet George Sidney, the young and sexy Ann-Margret as romantic interest, and over 12 melodic songs that take up half of the running time (only 85 minutes).” - Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com

“It's all color and glamor and sexy fun.” - Sean Axmaker, MSN.com

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