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TIME OF THE HEATHEN - the newly restored lost '60s American Independent Stunner

Jun 18 thru 21
Tue thru Fri 6:00pm only!

DIr. Peter Kass - 1961 - 76m

Emerging from the void, mysterious drifter Gaunt (The Sting’s John Heffernan) wanders the upstate countryside in a daze with only his bible for company. But after happening upon the murder of a local maid at the hands of a rural deviant, Gaunt soon finds himself framed for the attack. Forced to flee deeper into the woods with the only witness to the crime, the maid’s young deaf mute son Jesse, the pair forge a complex bond that culminates in one of cinema’s most memorable and unclassifiable endings.


A “lost” marvel of independent filmmaking, Time of the Heathen is set in the immediate shadow of the atomic bomb, yet narrativized through the groundbreaking aesthetics and shifting racial politics of the 1960s. Directed by Peter Kass, best known for his pathbreaking work in the New York theater world, and striking lensed by visual artist and avant garde filmmaker Ed Emshwiller, Heathen is major discovery for even the most well-versed cinephiles.


Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive and Lightbox Film Center, University of the Arts at Illuminate Hollywood laboratory, in collaboration with Corpus Fluxus and Audio Mechanics from the 35mm picture, soundtrack negative and the original ¼” stereo master recording of Lejaren Hiller’s score. Funding provided by Ron and Suzanne Naples.

June 18, 2024

6:00 PM

June 20, 2024

6:00 PM

June 19, 2024

6:00 PM

June 21, 2024

6:00 PM

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