CALENDAR OF EVENTS MARCH - APRIL 2011

MUPPET MADNESS!
A CAVALCADE OF MUPPETRY PROGRAMMING INVADES THE RITZ - DETAILS ON PAGE 16!
MUPPET MADNESS!
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What did you want to be when you were a kid? Well, when I was younger,
I read comic books, so I wanted to be an artist like Jim Lee and Todd
McFarlane. I would draw Spawn and Wolverine for hours alone in my room
and dream of one day being in the Marvel offices hanging out with Jim
Shooter or Stan Lee. I watched movies like Clash of the Titans and Dawn
of the Dead and wanted to be a special effects artist like Ray Harryhausen
or Tom Savini. Same thing happened with cartoons and video games. I
wanted to make the things I loved, but I never had the talent. This may
all seem like a tale of heartbreak and a life unfulfilled, but back up for a
sec and take a look at the part where
I said, “I wanted to make the things
I loved.” See that. That is where the
happy ending comes in. Never did I
think that all of my favorite things
would get rolled up into one job and
that I could actually make the things
I’ve always wanted. Is what I’m about to say a cliché? Yes, but my name is
Justin Ishmael and I have found my dream job.
Along with Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam, I run the creative side of Mondo.
Our customers only see the final products that come out of our shop, but
behind the scenes, my days are filled with hours and hours of phone calls
between the three of us. For whatever reason, we’ve never all been in the
same room together at the same time, but in the end, every product
is decided and voted on by all three of us, and I wouldn’t have it any
other way.
Picking the projects that Mondo works on is part of our job descriptions,
so that calls for inspiration. Where do we get it? How do we decide what
licenses to go after? It’s simple, really. We walk around our houses. We’re
all big collectors of toys, VHS tapes (now Blu Rays too), comics; pretty
much everything I mentioned liking as a kid, we still buy now. Our houses
are filled with the stuff, and what led us to getting one of our very first
licenses in 2009 was me looking at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
pizza shooter from when I was a kid and thinking, “I want to work with
Eastman and Laird.” Our hoarding has also lead to other licensing deals
such as Universal Monsters, Star Trek and Star Wars. Universal Monsters
is one of the funnest projects I’ve ever worked on. None of it could’ve
happened without Bela Lugosi Jr. vouching for us and getting us into
the door at Universal. We found out early on that Bela Lugosi’s likeness
wasn’t included in the Monsters package and decided that if we couldn’t
have an accurate likeness of THE Dracula in the series, we would scrap the
A G L I MP S E I N T O T H E WO R L D O F
WITH CREATIVE DIRECTOR
JUSTIN ISHMAEL
CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING PAGE FOR ONE OF JUSTIN’S FAVORITE 2010 MONDO RELEASES AND
HEAD TO MONDOTEES.COM TO GET UP TO DATE ON ALL OF THIS YEAR’S RELEASES!
idea altogether. Not only did Lugosi Jr. eventually agree to let us use his
father’s image, but also insisted on Universal giving us the license! We are
eternally indebted to him.
When you get a license, it generally means that something is older,
but we’ve also begun working more with studios to help promote
their newest films. Last year alone we did posters for The Wolfman,
Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,
True Grit, Iron Man 2, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and a ton of others. It’s
always surreal when we hear back from the filmmakers on how they
love the posters, often times saying that they prefer ours over the studio
released ones. You have to think about it like this….we’re fans at Mondo,
so when Jon Favreau not only acknowledges you, but compliments you
(!), that’s a really weird, exciting feeling. I would’ve never guessed when I
first watched the Coen’s Blood Simple that I’d be working with the studio
to create a poster to celebrate and advertise TRUE GRIT. That’s nuts. While
we’re on this topic, I guess I should also address how we pick the new
films we do posters for. It’s easy. If we like it, we do it. If we don’t, we
pass. Simple as that. If the studio came to us and said, “We’d love for you
to do a Beverly Hills Chihuahua poster.” We’d have to pass. It’s totally a
selfish decision, but that’s how a lot of decisions are made with what we
release. We like to tell the truth and stand behind what we put out. If we
are releasing something, you can rest assured that we truly like the movie
it’s promoting.
So, enough about the old, what about the new? What does Mondo have
coming up in 2011? Well, SXSW is right around the corner and you can
bet on us doing a lot of projects for movies showing there. We’ve also got
the last three posters in the Guillermo Del Toro series (Cronos, The Devil’s
Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth) to put out and several other director’s
series to announce. Late last year, we announced that we were now
working with Sideshow Toys on a bunch of projects and several of those
will be coming out soon. We’ve also hired a new employee named Jessica
Olsen. One of her jobs is going to be planning in-store releases for posters
and other projects we have coming up. We want to make the store a real
destination for not only people in Austin, but for people coming into town
for vacation or events like Butt-Numb-A-Thon and Fantastic Fest.
Bottom line, this job is fun. Really fun. We have so much stuff coming out
in the next year that I’d love to let you in on, but isn’t waiting part of the
fun? Smell ya later. -Justin Ishmael
IF WE ARE RELEASING
SOMETHING, YOU CAN
REST ASSURED THAT WE
TRULY LIKE THE MOVIE
IT’S PROMOTING.
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TUE MAR 1:
AFS Essential Cinema:
WHAT A WONDERFUL
WORLD..................pg.38
Girlie Night:
DIRTY DANCING
Terror Tuesday:
BRAIN DAMAGE....pg.24
LAMAR RITZ VILLAGE
TUE MAR 29:
AFS Essential Cinema:
BLOOD RELATION....pg.38
Muppets: COMMERCIALS
& EXPERIMENTS.....pg.16
Girlie Night:
CLUELESS...............pg.18
Terror Tuesday:
INVASION OF
THE BEE GIRLS.......pg.25
WED MAR 30:
Found Footage
Festival 2011........pg.19

Weird Wednesday:
BLOODTHIRSTY
BUTCHERS..............pg.27
THU MAR 31:
80s MOVIE MADNESS
Sing-Along............pg.28

THE JERK
Quote-Along..........pg.28
WED MAR 2
AFS: Best of Fests: DIG
................................pg. 38
PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT
FOR FORTUNE..........pg.18
DIONYSIUM................p.31
Weird Wednesday:
SNAKES....................pg.26
THU MAR 3
JIGGY CRUNK Sing-Along
................................pg. 28
PULP FICTION
Quote-Along...........pg. 28
FRI MAR 4
Master Pancake:
ROBOCOP..................pg.29
RANGO Opens..........pg.14
SAT MAR 5
Master Pancake
ROBOCOP.................pg.29
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW.......pg. 20
The Literacy Coalition
Pre-Bee...................pg.30
SUN MAR 6
AGFA Inspection Series
................................pg.18
AIGA:
HANDMADE NATION
................................pg.30
MON MAR 14
BIG LEBOWSKI
Quote-Along
FRI MAR 18
PAUL Opens..........pg.14
SAT MAR 19
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW......pg.20
SAT MAR 20
Hecklevision:
THE HAPPENING
AGFA Inspection Series
.............................pg.18
Zzang!!! PREDATOR
.............................pg.32
MON MAR 21
Music Monday:
LET'S LISTEN TO
SOME RECORDS!.....pg.22
TUE MAR 22
AFS Essential Cinema:
THE CLOSED DOORS
................................pg.38
Girlie Night:
CLUELESS...............pg.18
Terror Tuesday:
HOWLING III............pg.24
WED MAR 23
Open Screen Night
Celluloid Handbag:
CABARET pg.19
Weird Wednesday:
BMX BANDITS........pg.27
Horror Remix:
RUSH
THU MAR 24
80s Movie Madness
Sing-Along...........pg.28
THE JERK
Quote-Along........pg.28
Alamo Iron Chef...pg.15
FRI MAR 25
I SAW THE DEVIL Opens
..............................pg.14
SUCKER PUNCH Opens
..............................pg.14
TROLL 2.................pg.19
SAT MAR 26
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW.....pg.20
Kids Club: WHO
FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
.............................pg.30
SUN MAR 27
Hecklevision:
THE HAPPENING
Tough Guy Cinema:
BOONDOCK SAINTS
CINEMA CLUB:
BIGGER THAN LIFE
w/Marjorie
Baumgarten...........pg.32
MON MAR 28
Music Monday:
MUPPET MUSIC
MOMENTS...............pg.22
Choose Your Own
Master Pancake.....pg.29

MON MAR 7
BIG LEBOWSKI
Quote-Along
Music Monday:
THE CLASH: RUDE BOY
.................................pg.22
SXSW Presents:
MARS.......................pg.18
TUE MAR 8
AFS Essential Cinema:
PASSION...................pg.38

SXSW Presents:
MARS.......................pg.18
Terror Tuesday:
SOLE SURVIVOR.......pg.24
WED MAR 9
SXSW Presents:
MARS.......................pg.18
Weird Wednesday:
TROUBLE MAN.........pg.26
THU MAR 10
JIGGY CRUNK Sing-Along
.................................pg.28
PULP FICTION
Quote-Along............pg.28
FRI MAR 11
SXSW Begins
SAT MAR 12
SXSW at RITZ Begins
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
LAKE CREEK LAMAR RITZ VILLAGE LAKE CREEK
FRI APR 1
RUBBER opens........pg.14
TROLL 2...................pg.19
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SAT APR 2
BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S Brunch...pg.15
Muppets: JIM HENSON &
FRIENDS - INSIDE THE
SESAME STREET VAULT.
.................................pg.16
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SUN APR 3
BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S Brunch..pg.15
Muppets: SING! THE
MUSIC OF SESAME
STREET...................pg.16
AGFA Inspection Series
...............................pg.18
No Comply:THE REAL
VIDEO - SINCE DAY ONE
...............................pg.31
SUN APR 10
BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S Brunch..pg.15
MUPPETS Fairytales
................................pg.16
MON APR 4
Downey retro:
PUTNEY SWOPE.......pg.17
Music Monday:
SERGE GAINSBOURG
B'DAY TRIBUTE.........pg.22
TUE APR 5
AFS Essential Cinema:
BLACK GIRL.............pg.38
Sommelier Cinema:
JULES AND JIM.......pg.15
Terror Tuesday:
NIGHT WARNING......pg.25
WED APR 6
Muppets: COMMERCIALS
& EXPERIMENTS .....pg.16
DIONYSIUM................p.31
Weird Wednesday:
THE ROAD TO SALINA
.................................pg.27
THU APR 7
MUPPET MOVIE
Sing-Along..............pg.28
QUEEN
Sing-Along..............pg.28
FRI APR 8
YOUR HIGHNESS Opens
.................................pg.14
TROLL 2...................pg.19
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SAT APR 9
BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S Brunch...pg.15
Muppets: SESAME
STREET AT 40..........pg.16
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
MS 150 Benefit: BICYCLE
THIEVES.....................p.31
MON APR 11
Downey retro:
MOMENT TO MOMENT
................................pg.17
Music Monday:
TEEN A-GO-GO.........pg.23
TUE APR 12
AFS Essential Cinema:
MANDABI.................pg.38
Girlie Night:
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
.................................pg.19
Terror Tuesday:
MANITOU..................pg.25
WED APR 13
AFS Doc Tour: !WOMEN
ART REVOLUTION.....pg.38
Weird Wednesday:
THE SIX THOUSAND
DOLLAR NIGGER.......pg.27
THU APR 14
MUPPET MOVIE
Sing-Along..............pg.28
QUEEN
Sing-Along..............pg.28
FRI APR 15
Dogfish Head O Center
Film Festival Starts
TROLL 2...................pg.19
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SAT APR 16
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SUN APR 17
AFF Presents:
LONE STAR Part 1.pg.19
CINEMA CLUB:
RED RIVER
w/Don Graham.....pg.19
MON APR 18
Downey retro: CHAFED
ELBOWS / NO MORE
EXCUSES..................pg.17
Sierra Nevada 30th
Anniversary Beer Feast
.................................pg.15
Music Monday:
VELVET GOLDMINE...pg.23
TUE APR 19
AFS Essential Cinema:
EMITAI......................pg.38
Girlie Night:
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
.................................pg.19
Big Screen Classics:
PAN’S LABYRINTH....pg.33
Terror Tuesday:
SUPERSTITION.........pg.25
WED APR 20
Tough Guy Cinema:
GOLDENEYE
AFS: Best of Fests:
Title TBA
Big Screen Classics:
PAN’S LABYRINTH....pg.33
Weird Wednesday:
SAVAGE SEVEN.........pg.27
THU APR 21
IN DA CLUB
Sing-Along..............pg.28
PRINCESS BRIDE
Quote-Along............pg.28
Cine Las Americas Starts
FRI APR 22
AMERICAN: THE BILL
HICKS STORY Opens
.................................pg.14
Master Pancake:
SOUND OF MUSIC....pg.29
SAT APR 23
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
SOUND OF MUSIC....pg.29
SUN APR 24
ECHOTONE..............pg.20
Big Screen Classics:
LIFE OF BRIAN........pg.33
Zzang!!!
DARK CRYSTAL.......pg.33
MON APR 25
Music Monday:
VELVET GOLDMINE...pg.23
Open Screen Night
ECHOTONE................pg.20
TUE APR 26
AFS Essential Cinema:
XALA........................pg.38
ECHOTONE................pg.20
Terror Tuesday:
RABID.......................pg.25
WED APR 27
ECHOTONE................pg.20
Celluloid Handbag:
JOAN RIVERS -
A PIECE OF WORK....pg.20
Weird Wednesday:
GAME SHOW MODELS
.................................pg.27
THU APR 28
IN DA CLUB
Sing-Along..............pg.28
PRINCESS BRIDE
Quote-Along............pg.28
FRI APR 29
Master Pancake:
SOUND OF MUSIC....pg.29
SAT APR 30
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
SOUND OF MUSIC....pg.29
Kids Club:
VALLEY OF GWANGI..pg.30
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TUE MAR 1:
AFS Essential Cinema:
WHAT A WONDERFUL
WORLD..................pg.38
Girlie Night:
DIRTY DANCING
Terror Tuesday:
BRAIN DAMAGE....pg.24
LAMAR RITZ VILLAGE
TUE MAR 29:
AFS Essential Cinema:
BLOOD RELATION....pg.38
Muppets: COMMERCIALS
& EXPERIMENTS.....pg.16
Girlie Night:
CLUELESS...............pg.18
Terror Tuesday:
INVASION OF
THE BEE GIRLS.......pg.25
WED MAR 30:
Found Footage
Festival 2011........pg.19

Weird Wednesday:
BLOODTHIRSTY
BUTCHERS..............pg.27
THU MAR 31:
80s MOVIE MADNESS
Sing-Along............pg.28

THE JERK
Quote-Along..........pg.28
WED MAR 2
AFS: Best of Fests: DIG
................................pg. 38
PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT
FOR FORTUNE..........pg.18
DIONYSIUM................p.31
Weird Wednesday:
SNAKES....................pg.26
THU MAR 3
JIGGY CRUNK Sing-Along
................................pg. 28
PULP FICTION
Quote-Along...........pg. 28
FRI MAR 4
Master Pancake:
ROBOCOP..................pg.29
RANGO Opens..........pg.14
SAT MAR 5
Master Pancake
ROBOCOP.................pg.29
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW.......pg. 20
The Literacy Coalition
Pre-Bee...................pg.30
SUN MAR 6
AGFA Inspection Series
................................pg.18
AIGA:
HANDMADE NATION
................................pg.30
MON MAR 14
BIG LEBOWSKI
Quote-Along
FRI MAR 18
PAUL Opens..........pg.14
SAT MAR 19
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW......pg.20
SAT MAR 20
Hecklevision:
THE HAPPENING
AGFA Inspection Series
.............................pg.18
Zzang!!! PREDATOR
.............................pg.32
MON MAR 21
Music Monday:
LET'S LISTEN TO
SOME RECORDS!.....pg.22
TUE MAR 22
AFS Essential Cinema:
THE CLOSED DOORS
................................pg.38
Girlie Night:
CLUELESS...............pg.18
Terror Tuesday:
HOWLING III............pg.24
WED MAR 23
Open Screen Night
Celluloid Handbag:
CABARET pg.19
Weird Wednesday:
BMX BANDITS........pg.27
Horror Remix:
RUSH
THU MAR 24
80s Movie Madness
Sing-Along...........pg.28
THE JERK
Quote-Along........pg.28
Alamo Iron Chef...pg.15
FRI MAR 25
I SAW THE DEVIL Opens
..............................pg.14
SUCKER PUNCH Opens
..............................pg.14
TROLL 2.................pg.19
SAT MAR 26
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW.....pg.20
Kids Club: WHO
FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
.............................pg.30
SUN MAR 27
Hecklevision:
THE HAPPENING
Tough Guy Cinema:
BOONDOCK SAINTS
CINEMA CLUB:
BIGGER THAN LIFE
w/Marjorie
Baumgarten...........pg.32
MON MAR 28
Music Monday:
MUPPET MUSIC
MOMENTS...............pg.22
Choose Your Own
Master Pancake.....pg.29

MON MAR 7
BIG LEBOWSKI
Quote-Along
Music Monday:
THE CLASH: RUDE BOY
.................................pg.22
SXSW Presents:
MARS.......................pg.18
TUE MAR 8
AFS Essential Cinema:
PASSION...................pg.38

SXSW Presents:
MARS.......................pg.18
Terror Tuesday:
SOLE SURVIVOR.......pg.24
WED MAR 9
SXSW Presents:
MARS.......................pg.18
Weird Wednesday:
TROUBLE MAN.........pg.26
THU MAR 10
JIGGY CRUNK Sing-Along
.................................pg.28
PULP FICTION
Quote-Along............pg.28
FRI MAR 11
SXSW Begins
SAT MAR 12
SXSW at RITZ Begins
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
LAKE CREEK LAMAR RITZ VILLAGE LAKE CREEK
FRI APR 1
RUBBER opens........pg.14
TROLL 2...................pg.19
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SAT APR 2
BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S Brunch...pg.15
Muppets: JIM HENSON &
FRIENDS - INSIDE THE
SESAME STREET VAULT.
.................................pg.16
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SUN APR 3
BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S Brunch..pg.15
Muppets: SING! THE
MUSIC OF SESAME
STREET...................pg.16
AGFA Inspection Series
...............................pg.18
No Comply:THE REAL
VIDEO - SINCE DAY ONE
...............................pg.31
SUN APR 10
BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S Brunch..pg.15
MUPPETS Fairytales
................................pg.16
MON APR 4
Downey retro:
PUTNEY SWOPE.......pg.17
Music Monday:
SERGE GAINSBOURG
B'DAY TRIBUTE.........pg.22
TUE APR 5
AFS Essential Cinema:
BLACK GIRL.............pg.38
Sommelier Cinema:
JULES AND JIM.......pg.15
Terror Tuesday:
NIGHT WARNING......pg.25
WED APR 6
Muppets: COMMERCIALS
& EXPERIMENTS .....pg.16
DIONYSIUM................p.31
Weird Wednesday:
THE ROAD TO SALINA
.................................pg.27
THU APR 7
MUPPET MOVIE
Sing-Along..............pg.28
QUEEN
Sing-Along..............pg.28
FRI APR 8
YOUR HIGHNESS Opens
.................................pg.14
TROLL 2...................pg.19
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SAT APR 9
BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S Brunch...pg.15
Muppets: SESAME
STREET AT 40..........pg.16
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
MS 150 Benefit: BICYCLE
THIEVES.....................p.31
MON APR 11
Downey retro:
MOMENT TO MOMENT
................................pg.17
Music Monday:
TEEN A-GO-GO.........pg.23
TUE APR 12
AFS Essential Cinema:
MANDABI.................pg.38
Girlie Night:
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
.................................pg.19
Terror Tuesday:
MANITOU..................pg.25
WED APR 13
AFS Doc Tour: !WOMEN
ART REVOLUTION.....pg.38
Weird Wednesday:
THE SIX THOUSAND
DOLLAR NIGGER.......pg.27
THU APR 14
MUPPET MOVIE
Sing-Along..............pg.28
QUEEN
Sing-Along..............pg.28
FRI APR 15
Dogfish Head O Center
Film Festival Starts
TROLL 2...................pg.19
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SAT APR 16
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
TWISTER..................pg.29
SUN APR 17
AFF Presents:
LONE STAR Part 1.pg.19
CINEMA CLUB:
RED RIVER
w/Don Graham.....pg.19
MON APR 18
Downey retro: CHAFED
ELBOWS / NO MORE
EXCUSES..................pg.17
Sierra Nevada 30th
Anniversary Beer Feast
.................................pg.15
Music Monday:
VELVET GOLDMINE...pg.23
TUE APR 19
AFS Essential Cinema:
EMITAI......................pg.38
Girlie Night:
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
.................................pg.19
Big Screen Classics:
PAN’S LABYRINTH....pg.33
Terror Tuesday:
SUPERSTITION.........pg.25
WED APR 20
Tough Guy Cinema:
GOLDENEYE
AFS: Best of Fests:
Title TBA
Big Screen Classics:
PAN’S LABYRINTH....pg.33
Weird Wednesday:
SAVAGE SEVEN.........pg.27
THU APR 21
IN DA CLUB
Sing-Along..............pg.28
PRINCESS BRIDE
Quote-Along............pg.28
Cine Las Americas Starts
FRI APR 22
AMERICAN: THE BILL
HICKS STORY Opens
.................................pg.14
Master Pancake:
SOUND OF MUSIC....pg.29
SAT APR 23
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
SOUND OF MUSIC....pg.29
SUN APR 24
ECHOTONE..............pg.20
Big Screen Classics:
LIFE OF BRIAN........pg.33
Zzang!!!
DARK CRYSTAL.......pg.33
MON APR 25
Music Monday:
VELVET GOLDMINE...pg.23
Open Screen Night
ECHOTONE................pg.20
TUE APR 26
AFS Essential Cinema:
XALA........................pg.38
ECHOTONE................pg.20
Terror Tuesday:
RABID.......................pg.25
WED APR 27
ECHOTONE................pg.20
Celluloid Handbag:
JOAN RIVERS -
A PIECE OF WORK....pg.20
Weird Wednesday:
GAME SHOW MODELS
.................................pg.27
THU APR 28
IN DA CLUB
Sing-Along..............pg.28
PRINCESS BRIDE
Quote-Along............pg.28
FRI APR 29
Master Pancake:
SOUND OF MUSIC....pg.29
SAT APR 30
ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW........pg.20
Master Pancake:
SOUND OF MUSIC....pg.29
Kids Club:
VALLEY OF GWANGI..pg.30
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RUBBER
OPENS APR 1, DIR. QUENTIN DUPIEUX, 2010, NR
This film had its US Premiere at Fantastic Fest this year, and it was hands down one
of my favorites. RUBBER is a wonderfully weird movie about — among other things
— a tire that comes to life. Robert, a very disgruntled psychokinetic automobile tire,
explodes the heads of birds, beasts and humans alike on a high desert killing spree
like no other. The film gleefully plays with a core cinematic conceit: suspension of
disbelief. Screenwriters often ask the audience to accept the most unreal situations
at face value. If stories about cyborgs, talking animals, walking corpses, and sentient
bulldozers pass muster, why not a murderous tire with psychic powers? (Tim League)
YOUR HIGHNESS
OPENS APR 8, DIR. DAVID GORDON GREEN, 2011, R
Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman star in this comedy set in ancient
times. McBride plays Thadeous, a lazy prince who spends his time getting high
and chasing chickens. By contrast, Fabious (Franco), the first born and responsible
brother, goes on quests and slays enemies. When Fabious’ fiancé Belladonna (Zooey
Deschanel) is kidnapped by the evil Leezar (Justin Theroux), the brothers team up
for the quest of their lives – and along the way meet the dangerous and tempting
Isabel (Portman). Expect huge laughs and historical inaccuracies in this comedy from
the team behind PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, EASTBOUND & DOWN, and THE FOOT FIST WAY.
AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY
OPENS APR 22, DIRS. MATT HARLOCK & PAUL THOMAS, 2010, NR
Three years in the making, AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY brings the tale of one of
modern culture’s most iconic heroes to the big screen. Much more than a comedian,
Bill Hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. His timeless comedy tackled
the contradictions of America and modern life head on. But his unique gift was to
tease apart the essence of religion, the dangers of unbridled government power
and the double standards inherent in much of modern society, using nothing but
his hilarious ideas and the uncompromising observational style that continues to
resonate with successive generations. Like many who have a strong sense of their
place in history, Hicks left a large unseen legacy -- his collection of video recordings
and hundreds of photographs -- and these became the starting point for this feature-
length animated documentary. Bill’s story is told by the 10 people who knew him
best: his family and closest friends who recount the twists and turns of his life with
a freshness that hasn’t faded in 15 years. From Kevin Booth, Bill’s talented lifelong
friend to the Outlaw Comics who introduced Bill into their heady world of drugs and
alcohol, to photographer David Johndrow who perceptively captures some of the
most revelatory moments of Bill’s life, each speaker is a compelling narrator who still
carries a piece of Bill with them and, woven together, they bring a palpable sense of
Bill’s presence to the screen.
FRESH NEW RELEASES
THE BOX OFFICE WARMS UP FOR THE SPRING WITH NEW HITS
RANGO
OPENS MAR 4, DIR. GORE VERBINSKI, 2011, PG
Johnny Depp teams up with his PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN director Gore Verbinski
to star as Rango, a pet chameleon who is taken from his safe terrarium and left
in the Old West. Once there, the young lizard takes it upon himself to become
the sheriff. But he soon discovers that the town don’t take too kindly to strange
reptiles, especially ones who fancy themselves “good guys.” Also starring Isla
Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina and Harry Dean Stanton.
PAUL
OPENS MAR 18, DIR. GREG MOTTOLA, 2011, R
Yes, there’s Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton, Basil
Rathbone, Cary Grant, and Roddy McDowall. Sure, they’re just fine. But for our
money, the greatest British thespians are Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the duo
who wrote and starred in cult classics SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ. They’ve
teamed up with SUPERBAD director Greg Mottola to create what is surely to be the
greatest sci-fi comedy of the year. The British pair is on a road trip through America
when they discover Paul, an extraterrestrial (voiced by Seth Rogen). They befriend
the creature and become targets for an international manhunt.
SUCKER PUNCH
OPENS MAR 25, DIR. ZACK SNYDER, 2011
Zack Snyder (300; WATCHMEN) returns with this ultra-cool action-fantasy about
a pack of tough girls with no restraint. Snyder describes the film as “ALICE IN
WONDERLAND with machine guns.” Set in the 1950s, SUCKER PUNCH follows
a young girl who’s been institutionalized by her evil stepfather. On the way
to her lobotomy, she teams up with four other girls and wages a war on the
establishment in an attempt to escape.
I SAW THE DEVIL
OPENS MAR 25, RITZ, DIR. JIWOON KIM, 2010, NR
This Korean crime-drama premiered at Fantastic Fest this year as a “Secret
Screening” before embarking on a festival tour that just culminated with a much-
buzzed Sundance screening. Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun plays a man whose
wife was recently killed by a deranged serial killer. With the help of his detective
father in-law, Lee tracks down all the suspects and beats them senseless. When
he finally discovers the real killer, he pummels, thrashes and pounds him to an
inch of his life, but lets him live – with a newly implanted GPS device. The rest is
a game of catch-and-release in this very brutal genre flick. Be warned: this film is
rated V for Violent.
RUBBER
Opens Apr 1
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ALAMO IRON CHEF
MAR 24, LAMAR
This March, we will present the latest installment of our long running Alamo
Iron Chef competition, in which our chefs face off against their kitchen
counterparts from Austin’s finest restaurants. Each chef prepares a meal of
half-courses. At the end they are judged by a panel of experts and a winner
is crowned by our own Chairman Kaga, Alamo founder and CEO Tim League.
We never know which chef will emerge victorious but we can be certain that
the audience will win every time. This time, our chefs led by Chief Executive
Chef John Bullington will face off against the highly acclaimed Julio-Cesar
Florez Zaplana of La Sombra. It will be an epic battle. Are you ready for it? We
will announce the title of the film and place tickets on sale for this event on
February 24 on our blog. Do not miss this!
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S BRUNCH
BLAKE EDWARDS MEMORIAL SCREENING
APR 23 & 910, LAMAR & LAKE CREEK, DIR. BLAKE
EDWARDS, 1961, NR, 115 MIN, 35MM
We have all been upset over the recent loss of one of America’s greatest
comedy writer/directors, Blake Edwards. Edwards is the brilliant absurdist
responsible for the PINK PANTHER film series with Peter Sellers, as well as
THE PARTY, OPERATION PETTICOAT, and VICTOR/VICTORIA. He is perhaps best
known, however, for BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. Here he takes a best-selling
novel by Truman Capote (adapted with the help of Hollywood great George
Axelrod), enlists the charming Audrey Hepburn at the prime of her career to
star, and brings on Henry Mancini to write “Moon River,”one of the most famous
songs in movie history. The result is this beautiful, sad, and touching picture,
a monument to the power of Hepburn, Edwards, and Capote. Hepburn’s Holly
Golightly is one of her most iconic and complex characters, and she shines. The
Alamo chefs will be preparing some brunch specials for these screenings.
SOMMELIER CINEMA: JULES AND JIM
APR 5, RITZ, DIR. FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT, 1961, NR, 105
MIN, 35MM
Sommelier Cinema is a new series that couples films with wine experts who
curate a series of wines paired perfectly to the movie of the evening. We are
excited to present JULES AND JIM, the French masterpiece that celebrates the
bohemian lifestyle and the passion that can corrupt it. We’ll be joined by guest
sommeliers Darcie Fromholz and Rachel Wilson.
FEASTS AND FILMS
EXQUISITE MULTICOURSE MEALS PAIRED WITH FINE WINES AND FINER CINEMA
SOMMELIER CINEMA:
JULES AND JIM
Apr 5 at Ritz
Heralded as one of the greatest triumphs of the French Cinema and a landmark
in the hugely influential “French New Wave,” JULES AND JIM is a treasure of a film.
Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) are a pair of young men who form an
idyllic friendship in pre-WWI Paris. But the fraternal bond becomes weakened with
the entrance of Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), a beautiful and capricious woman with
the power to bring joy and torment wherever she goes. The whirlwind she causes
going between the two men is an archetypical dilemma, yet is made fresh and
honest by the palpable charms of Moreau. At one point, Jules says of Catherine,
“She’s not especially beautiful, intelligent nor sincere...but she’s a real woman.”
This comment resonates because Moreau gives the performance of her career,
embodying a certain type of idealized femininity that leaves every man powerless.
Credit also belongs to director and screenwriter François Truffaut, who in this film
proves that the innovations of the French New Wave could be applied to emotional,
passionate, and expressive filmmaking; this is undoubtedly his greatest work.
Our guest sommeliers are Rachel Wilson, educator from Wine for the People, and
Darcie Fromholz, from the great Austin restaurant Wink. Rachel and Darcie will be
choosing a selection of European wines that will accompany you on your journey
through one of the most lasting torrid romances in cinema history. (Daniel)
Sponsored by Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, who will also provide a pairing of cheese.
Visit them at antonellischeese.com.
SIERRA NEVADA 30TH ANNIVERSARY BEER FEAST
APR 18, LAMAR
In 2010 the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of Chico, California celebrated its
30th anniversary. To mark the occasion they brewed four limited edition beers,
released one at a time throughout the year, in collaboration with other pioneers of
the US craft brewing scene. The first beer was Fritz [Maytag] and Ken [Grossman]’s
Ale, a full-bodied imperial stout oozing with coffee, chocolate and other high-
roasted malt flavors, with a hint of hoppy bitterness. A month or two later, Charlie
[Papazian], Fred [Eckhardt] and Ken’s Bock hit the shelves. This is an imperial helles
bock - gently toasted malt flavors, some floral hops and a bit of spicy fruitiness.
The third beer - Jack [McAuliffe] and Ken’s Ale - was a black barley wine. All the
malty complexity of a barley wine melded with the dark roasted malt character of a
stout or a porter. The final offering - Sierra Nevada Brewers Reserve - is perhaps the
most special. It’s a blend of oak-aged Bigfoot barley wine, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
and SN’s Christmas seasonal, Sierra Celebration, all of which has been generously
dry-hopped. It doesn’t get much better than that. We’ll be serving up all of these
beers, paired with a meal by Executive Chef Chris Kincaid, and watching a great
film. (Jim Hughes)
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MUPPETS™, MUSIC & MAGIC: JIM HENSON’S LEGACY
The Muppets and the Sesame Street residents are some of America’s most cherished cultural icons. Since the middle 1950s, Jim Henson’s lovable characters have been
charming young people and their overlords with education, music, and an often very wry sense of humor. Whether you identify with the trash-talking Oscar the Grouch,
the endlessly-excitable Kermit the Frog, the karate chopping egotist Miss Piggy, or the balcony hecklers Statler and Waldorf, there’s certainly a place deep in your heart for
these felt friends. To tide us over until the release of the new Muppet movie slated for November (from writer and star Jason Segel), we’re partnering with The Jim Henson
Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music to present a series of special Muppet-related programming. You’ll see some of the greatest moments of the 50+ year history of the
Muppets, rarely seen gems from the Sesame Street vaults, and even some experimental short films from Henson stepping out of the puppetry game. Make sure to check
out this great nostalgic program, and you’ll be surprised at how hilarious, innovative and, at times, subversive, the old Muppets are.
COMMERCIALS & EXPERIMENTS
MAR 29 & APR 6, RITZ, DIR. JIM HENSON, NR, 60 MIN
This program is a collection of experimental shorts, crazy commercials, and other rarities from the Henson vault. Highlights include: a legendary commercial and industrial
film for Wilson’s Meat that must be seen to believed, excerpts from Henson’s experimental television programs THE CUBE and YOUTH 68: EVERYTHING’S CHANGING...OR
MAYBE IT ISN’T, and TIME PIECE an 8-minute experimental masterpiece from 1965 that showcases Henson’s talent for making music out of everyday sounds. TIME PIECE
will be shown in an archival 35mm print!
JIM HENSON & FRIENDS: INSIDE THE SESAME STREET VAULT
APR 2, RITZ, DIR. VARIOUS, NR, 83 MIN
This super-entertaining program highlights the contributions of Jim Henson and his early SESAME STREET collaborators, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Fran Brill, and Caroll
Spinney. In addition to old favorites, there are some extremely rare clips from specials and guest appearances on other television programs.
SING! THE MUSIC OF SESAME STREET
APR 3, RITZ, DIR. VARIOUS, NR, 82 MIN
A joyous, sometimes hilarious and poignant salute to forty years of SESAME STREET music, featuring the original show classics, parodies, and special visits from some of
the music industry’s biggest names.
SESAME STREET AT 40: MILESTONES ON THE STREET
APR 9, RITZ, DIR. VARIOUS, NR, 81 MIN
This “best-of” compilation features dozens of classic moments in the forty-year history of the show, including excerpts from the first episode, celebrity guests, and some
of the best bits from Ernie and Bert, Big Bird, Snuffy, and the rest of the gang.
MUPPET FAIRYTALES: THE FROG PRINCE & THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER
APR 10, RITZ, DIR. JIM HENSON & DAVID GROSSMAN, NR, 70 MIN
A program of two classic Muppet fairy tales! In THE FROG PRINCE (Henson, 1971), the Muppets explore the age-old question: What happens when you kiss a frog? No one
can better tell that classic fairytale than Kermit and his friends. In THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER (Grossman, 1994), a wacky dilemma pops up: What if the elves that
come to the aid of the shoemaker are actually Elvises?
Also part of this series: Music Monday: MUPPET MUSIC MOMENTS (p.22), MUPPET MOVIE Sing-Along (p.28) and Zzang!!!: DARK CRYSTAL (p.33).
This series is produced by The Jim Henson Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tour Executive Producer Irena Kovarova. © Photography courtesy of The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Studio, LLC, and Sesame
Workshop. MUPPET, MUPPETS and the Muppets Characters are registered trademarks of The Muppets Studio, LLC. All rights reserved. © The Muppets Studio, LLC. Sesame Street ® and associated characters, trademarks
and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. © 2011 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. TM & © 2011 The Jim Henson Company. JIM HENSON’s mark & logo, characters and elements are
trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All rights reserved.
MUPPET MADNESS
A FULL SERIES HIGHLIGHTING THE MAGIC OF JIM HENSON’S ICONIC CREATIONS
JIM HENSON & FRIENDS:
INSIDE THE SESAME STREET VAULT
Apr 2, at Ritz
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DON’T ROCK THE BOAT...SINK IT: THE FILMS OF ROBERT DOWNEY SR.
“After being thrown out of the house, four schools and the United States Army, I discovered that I was on the right track.” – Robert Downey Sr.
Despite fathering Iron Man, Robert Downey Sr. is quite truly one of the most gifted, ambitious and fearlessly bizarre filmmakers to ever kick Hollywood in the teeth.
Everything from race relations to sex to acne medication have toppled before Downey’s decades-long one-man war against the universe. Now, with some of his most
powerful lost early work available for the first time, we can finally (re)discover one of the rarest no-brow geniuses in the history of American movies. Restored by
Anthology Film Archives, with funding provided by The Film Foundation, and looking better than ever in 35mm, the Alamo is proud to present these brand-new prints
alongside the recently recovered “lost” film MOMENT TO MOMENT.
PUTNEY SWOPE
APR 4, RITZ, DIR. ROBERT DOWNEY SR., 1969, R, 84 MIN, 35MM
Come to this incredibly rare 35mm screening (using quite possibly the only print in existence) of one of the legendary cinematic fuck-yous of its time. The film still delivers
a brazen, acidic portrait of the advertising business during the height of the counterculture era. Putney Swope, the only black exec in his firm, finds himself unexpectedly
elected its president due to a by-law mess-up, and turns the industry on its ear as his new Black Power-driven company churns out outrageous, taboo-breaking TV
commercials, which are strewn throughout the film like comedic landmines. Truth and Soul, Inc. becomes the most powerful ad company in the world, giving Downey a
chance to skewer across the political spectrum, as Swope rises from token black to the fascistic Generalissimo of Madison Avenue. Shot in a mix of black-and-white and
color, SWOPE plays out in a series of absurd vignettes perfectly sequenced for its original intoxicated audience. (The Cinefamily)
MOMENT TO MOMENT
APR 11, RITZ, DIR. ROBERT DOWNEY SR., 1975, NR, 85 MIN
Completely unseen since its initial release, also known as TWO TONS OF TURQUOISE TO TAOS TONIGHT (and even as JIVE), this is a movie like you’ve never, ever experienced.
Highly personal and at the same time completely illogical, this cacophonous comedy has virtually no semblance of a storyline or plot. The great Elsie Downey, the director’s
then-wife and the mother of his children (who are featured prominently throughout), drives the film with her boisterous performance in what may very well be more than
21 roles. Shot and edited piecemeal over a few years, MOMENT TO MOMENT is a collage of everything from staged scenes to backyard epics, and features a soundtrack by
the legendary Jack Nitzsche and David Sanborn. No matter what you call it, this film is surely Downey at his most avant-garde and aggressively absurd.
(Anthology Film Archives)
CHAFED ELBOWS
APR 18, RITZ, DIR. ROBERT DOWNEY SR., 1966, NR, 57 MIN, 35MM
Where to start? Hapless Walter Dinsmore undergoes his annual November breakdown at the 1954 World’s Fair, has a love affair with his mother, recollects his hysterectomy
operation, impersonates a cop, is sold as a piece of living art, goes to heaven and becomes the singer in a rock band. But not necessarily in that order. A manic comedy made
for a whopping $25,000, CHAFED ELBOWS was a commercial success that raised the flag of the underground film scene and elevated the good cause of bad taste. Downey
actually raised part of the money with an ad in the Village Voice that read: “Walk softly and carry a blank check.”An ingenious comedy with a rare visual sensibility, comic-
book playfulness and cheeky bad attitude, CHAFED ELBOWS is the best of all possible worlds.
NO MORE EXCUSES SCREENING WITH CHAFED ELBOWS
APR 18, RITZ, DIR. ROBERT DOWNEY SR., 1968, 44 MIN, 35MM
Perhaps the rowdiest of Downey’s early films (which is saying a lot), the truly incomparable NO MORE EXCUSES interweaves five short scenarios into one raucous
amalgamation. A dazed Yankee civil war soldier (played by Downey himself) mysteriously awakens in early ‘60s NYC where, naturally, he heads to Yankee Stadium. Alan
Abel, Director of the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals (SINA), speaks from the heart of his group’s moral crusade to clothe all animals. Charles J. Guiteau repeatedly
bungles his assassination attempts on President James Garfield. A priestly pervert and a chimp (yes, a chimp) engage with a plus-sized lover; and, in what just might
be the most disorienting scenes, Downey visits the seriously swinging singles scene that is the original T.G.I. Friday’s on the Upper East Side. As unpredictable as it is
unhinged, NO MORE EXCUSES is downright funny, and art brut to the max. (Anthology Film Archives)
ROBERT DOWNEY SR. RETROSPECTIVE
COPRESENTED BY THE ALAMO, AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY AND ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
NO MORE EXCUSES
Apr 18, at Ritz
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PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE
MAR 2, RITZ, DIR. KENNETH BOWSER, 2011, NR, 96 MIN
A timely tribute to an unlikely American hero. Phil Ochs, a folk singing legend, who many called “the emotional heart of his generation,”loved his country and he pursued
its honor, in song and action, with a ferocity that had no regard for consequences. Wielding only a battered guitar, a clear voice and a quiver of razor sharp songs, he
tirelessly fought the “good fight” for peace and justice throughout his short life. Phil Ochs rose to fame in the early 1960’s during the height of the folk and protest song
movement. By the time of his untimely death in 1976 at age 35, his recorded legacy was secure and the FBI had a dossier on him that was over 400 pages long. Weaving
together photos, film clips, historic live performances and interviews with an array of people influenced by Ochs; from Sean Penn to Pete Seeger, Joan Baez to Tom Hayden,
PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE paints a very different picture. We are able to understand that Ochs’ lasting legacy in both music and politics ultimately mirrored the
complexities and contradictions of the country he loved -- and his life, sadly, reflects the arc of the times in which he lived.
AGFA INSPECTION SERIES
MAR 6, 20 & APR 3, LAMAR, 35MM, FREE!
The American Genre Film Archive was established to preserve and make available films from the classic drive-in and exploitation era. Part of this duty involves cleaning
and inspecting the prints. There are two ways to do this: either by painstakingly examining the film splice by splice on a build table, or by actually running the film. So
we’re providing AGFA the latter option. And since all of us have a stake in this, we’re inviting you if you care to be a part of the process. The titles are secret, the showtimes
aren’t the most accessible, but it’s free if you care to attend. Expect to see some pretty special treasures from the vault. (Lars)
SXSW PRESENTS: MARS
MAR 79, RITZ, DIR. GEOFF MARSLETT, 2010, NR, 90 MIN
From Austin-based director Geoff Marslett and starring Mark Duplass, Zoe Simpson, Paul Gordon, Cynthia Watros, and Mike Dolan comes this SXSW favorite. MARS follows
three astronauts on the first manned mission to our galactic neighbor. On the way they experience life-threatening accidents, self-doubt, obnoxious reporters, and the
boredom of extended space travel. This romantic comedy is told in the playful style of a graphic novel - using a unique animation process that director Geoff Marslett
developed specifically for the film. Underneath the silliness, MARS is also an exploration of exploration. Why do we want to know what is out there? How do we react to
what we find? Is it really that important? And where does love fit into the whole thing?
GIRLIE NIGHT: CLUELESS
MAR 22 & 29, RITZ & VILLAGE, DIR. AMY HECKERLING, 1995, PG13, 97 MIN, 35MM
You guys, this movie is, like, a cinematic masterpiece of the late 1990s. It spawned fashion trends, countless slang terms (AS IF!) and gave Alicia Silverstone a reason
to exist beyond Aerosmith videos. CLUELESS is my all time favorite high school film, and I still quote it incessantly, especially while driving (because I totally pause at
stop signs). Before reinventing Jane Austen became cliché, Her Royal Genius Amy Heckerling adapted the classic story of Emma into a hilarious, insanely clever satire of
adolescence in Beverly Hills. Even more brilliantly, she took caricatures like Cher and Dionne and developed them into girls I would die to exchange BFF charms with, and
not just because they’d take me on shopping sprees. No offense to Tai (RIP Brittany Murphy!), but I would make a much better candidate for a friend make-over, especially
because I wouldn’t try to make moves on super cutie Josh. Ha ha, ok, that’s a lie, I totally would. I am majorly, totally, butt-crazy in love with Josh!
Thank goodness Girlie Night is giving us the chance to pretend, just for one evening, like we’re Class of ‘96 at Beverly Hills High. We’ll play matchmaker for sweet old
teachers, roll with our homies and thank an LA city bus driver for taking a chance on an unknown kid. You don’t want to miss it, so be sure to make time in your busy pants
dropping schedule! (Sarah Pitre)
ONLY AT THE ALAMO
BECAUSE OTHER THEATER S ARE AFRAID OF ANYTHING THIS AWESOME
SXSW PRESENTS: MARS
Mar 7-9, at Ritz
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CELLULOID HANDBAG:
CABARET W/ REBECCA HAVEMEYER
MAR 23, RITZ, DIR. BOB FOSSE, 1972, PG, 124 MIN, 35MM
Liza Minnelli! Liza Minnelli! Liza Minnelli! Say it three times and slap ya’ mama HARD, ladies
and gentlemen! With tha’ month startin off with a visit from ol’ Liza at tha’ Long Center,
followed by SXSW tearin a stank hole into tha’ town, ol’ REBECCA HAVEMEYER figured it best
ta’ merge the two forces into a nightcap fit for the biggest of Queens! CELLULOID HANDBAG
is bringin’ ya the dank dirty underground of 1930’s Berlin via a wild and loose-singin tramp
and a bisexual blond with lips ta’ kill! Come on down and take a seat with Sally Bowles for
the hot time screenin’ of Bob Fosse’s money money money makin’ …CABARET! It’ll be one of
tha’ best joyrides you’ll take after this whirlwind of a month! (Rebecca Havemeyer)
TROLL 2
MAR 25, APR 1, 8, 15, VILLAGE, DIR. CLAUDIO FRAGASSO, 1990, PG13, 90 MIN, 35MM
Join young whiner Joshua and his family on a dark journey into the heart of Nilbog, a mysterious township of cannibalistic vegetarians (??) who may or may not be hiding
a more vicious supernatural secret. Okay. Yes. They are. See, a spazzed-up witch is leading a bevy of shrimpy goblins on a crusade of magical misanthropic eradication,
using chunky milk as a weapon against mankind. Only Joshua and his invisible dead grandpa are aware of the danger, which the boy attempts to curb in one scene by
urinating on the dinner table. Local sheriff Gene Freak isn’t any help, as he’s too busy offering the most bizarre drunk-uncle performance you’ll ever see on screen. And he’s
not alone...literally every actor involved is their own unique breed of human, lending an already fascinatingly crippled film a whole new level of self-destructive force.
TROLL 2’s sub-possible crud factor is so powerful that it reigned for years as IMDB’s lousiest movie of all time, beating out staid gutterbombs like PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE
to take its rightful place as Supreme Emperor of Shit Mountain!!
FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL 2011
MAR 30, RITZ
For years, FOUND FOOTAGE curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have sifted through garage sales,
thrift stores, and even dumpsters mining for bona fide VHS tape gold. And friends, they have struck
paydirt time and again. We’re excited to welcome them back to Austin for a one-night only showcase
of their latest and greatest finds (plus a few longtime favorites too). From the curiously-produced
industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, witness the resurrection
of these forgotten treasures served up with Pickett and Prueher’s informative (and damn funny)
observations and commentary.
GIRLIE NIGHT: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
APR 12 & 19, RITZ, DIR. JOE WRIGHT, 2005, PG, 129 MIN, 35MM???
Two words: Mr. Darcy. Seriously, this description should just end there because WHAT MORE DO YOU
NEED? What more does ANY woman need than the brooding, handsome, totally swoon-worthy
Mr. Darcy? Ok, well, Pemberly doesn’t hurt. Nor do all of the fancy balls and gorgeous dresses and
romantic intrigue and GAH I want to hate Elizabeth Bennet for being such a lucky bitch but I can’t.
She’s too awesome. Now, you may be one of those Austen purists who will only watch the BBC
version with Colin Firth (which is, admittedly, a masterpiece). If so, I feel the need to point out that
hello, did you miss the POINT of the story? It’s not good to be prideful OR prejudiced! Give this 2005
version a chance, and within minutes you’ll be enchanted by the new interpretation of the characters
(although Keira is still way too skinny) and even the non-Colin Firth Mr. Darcy (not, it turns out, an
oxymoron!). Oh you guys, I’m getting so excited just writing about it! Like when they almost kiss in
the rain and when Judi Dench shows up and Lizzy realizes she still has a chance and OMG! I can’t wait
for Girlie Night so we can all swoon together! (Sarah Pitre)
AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS:
LONE STAR  THE COMPLETE SERIES
APR 17 & MAY 1, VILLAGE, DIR. KYLE KILLEN, 2010
Creator Kyle Killen (writer of THE BEAVER) presents his cancelled-too-soon show LONE STAR -- including
the four unaired, never seen episodes. Shot in Dallas, LONE STAR is the story of Robert Allen, a Texas
con-man who leads a secret double life. As “Bob,”he is married to Cat and living in Houston while working
for his oil-tycoon father-in-law. Four hundred miles away, he is “Robert” in a second life with girlfriend
Lindsey. As he schemes to take control of the oil business, he must fight to keep his web of lies from
falling apart. The shows will be aired on two consecutive Sundays, April 17 and May 1. On each day we
will screen three episodes. Killen will introduce in person.
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ECHOTONE
APR 2427, RITZ, DIR. NATHAN CHRIST, 2010, NR, 90 MIN
Internationally known as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin’s music
culture has led it to become one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.
As nearly two dozen high-rises pop up throughout the city amidst economic
downfall, how does the working musician get along? Directed by Nathan Christ
and photographed by Robert Garza, ECHOTONE is a cultural portrait of the
modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of its creative class.
There is rising star soul revivalist Black Joe Lewis selling out concert halls by
night and delivering fish by day. There’s Cari Palazzolo of synth pop sensation
Belaire, poised for commercial success, but conflicted over the thought of her
music turning into a commodity. Then there is experimental troubadour Bill
Baird, whose band Sound Team enjoyed a major label deal with Capitol Records
and was subsequently dropped after one album. Interweaving the tales of
these young artists to form a mosaic illustrating the universal struggle many
contemporary fringe cultures are experiencing, ECHOTONE is a modern parable
on integrity set against the back drop of a global economic, political, and
cultural paradigm shift.
CELLULOID HANDBAG:
JOAN RIVERS  A PIECE OF WORK W/ REBECCA HAVEMEYER
APR 27, RITZ, DIRS. RICKI STERN & ANNE SUNDBERG, 2010, R, 84 MIN, 35MM
I honestly don’t know how many ways I can tell ya’ how very damned important it is for ya’ll out there in Austin ta’
get ya butts over here and SEE THIS MOVIE! After a brief run earlier this year, ol’ REBECCA HAVEMEYER felt tha’ need
to give this lady one hot night in tha’ Alamo Ritz…cuz she sure as shit is worth it! CELLULOID HANDBAG is liftin’,
tuckin, snippin, and cinchin it up for the screenin of one of the wildest documentaries ta’ hit that big screen in a
dang long time! Get it good and gear it up for…JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK! This screenin’ will make ya feel the
fire of fame and the ice of misfortune with one of tha’ greatest loudmouths ever to spill into tha’ entertainment
industry. They don’t make’ em better than this, people. Show Joan tha’ respect she deserves and brang it! (Rebecca
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VELVET GOLDMINE
Apr 18, 25 at Ritz
MUSIC MONDAYS
ONLY $2. EVERY MONDAY NIGHT AT THE RITZ!
BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY END OF AN EAR RECORDS AND ROOM SERVICE VINTAGE!
THE CLASH: RUDE BOY
MAR 7, RITZ, DIRS. JACK HAZAN & DAVID MINGAY,
1980, R, 133 MIN, 35MM
RARE 35MM SCREENING! The UK’s most legendary non-manufactured punk quartet star in this realistic
blue collar study of a young punk’s daily life. Ray (Ray Gange) is an employee at the local porn shop.
After work, he pops into a club for a Clash performance. He spends a good deal of time with the band
over the following days, joining them sidestage for a set in front of a massive outdoor crowd at an anti-
Front rally. He’s hired to roadie for a series of Clash shows north of London. The rigors include backstage
fisticuffs with venue security and hotel room trysts climaxing with actual vomit, plus a great deal of
concert footage thrown into the mix. The Clash’s rise to prominence seems laid out as a contrast to the
increasing aimlessness and failures of the film’s unsympathetic protagonist. For fans of the group, it’s a
particularly satisfying barrage of material from an era where the band was at their strongest.
LET’S LISTEN TO SOME RECORDS!
MAR 21, RITZ
Here’s a novel premise. At this show, we have a couple of knowledgeable record collectors sit together onstage with a turntable and their record crates. They will spin
tracks and talk about music together. It’s like a master class in deep tracks and rare dusty grooves. For the first installment of this new show we will be joined by Blake
Carlisle of End Of An Ear records and another very special guest to be announced. We’ll have the turntable wired into the theater speakers and tuned up just right. If you
love discovering rare tracks you’ll want to be there - and take notes!
MUPPET MUSIC MOMENTS
MAR 28, RITZ, DIR. VARIOUS, NR, 77 MIN
Music was always an integral part of THE MUPPET SHOW, and the Jim Henson Legacy has
assembled a collection of some of the classic music numbers interpreted as only the Muppets
can. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres, including performances by
guest stars Harry Belafonte, Elton John, and Linda Ronstadt. This is part of the Muppets™,
Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy series. Check out the rest of the series on p16.
SERGE GAINSBOURG B’DAY TRIBUTE
APR 4, RITZ, DIR. VARIOUS
Serge Gainsbourg would have been 83 years old this April, not that any such thing was likely or even possible. He suffered (?)
from most of the fatal addictions of our time - booze, cigarettes, love, music. It’s astonishing that this slouched, unshaven,
bleary-eyed shell of a man lived to be 62 - but his music still sounds as young as love itself. Not the love of la-la-la pop music,
but the love that farts, that cheats, that makes you feel 10 feet tall one minute and like a squashed rat the next. His peculiar
genius and attitude is anathema to many Americans probably, but that doesn’t make us like him any less. This special show
features a newly compiled selection of Serge Gainsbourg promo clips, live performances and interviews, culminating with
the earth-shakingly spectacular full length video of his masterpiece “Melody Nelson” in gorgeous quality. We’ll have it
turned up pretty loud so if you don’t like chain-smoking, sneering, lecherous Frenchmen stay home, watch FAMILY GUY and
leave us ALONE. (Lars)
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TEEN AGOGO W/ THE UGLY BEATS LIVE!
APR 11, RITZ, DIR. MELISSA KIRKENDALL, 2010, 92 MIN
Every meaningful change in rock music started with some teenagers, alone in
their parents’ garage, banging away at three chords. This rampaging doc features
original recordings, never-before-seen Super 8 movies, rare archival footage,
photographs and interviews with musicians, fans and industry experts on early
rock & roll. TEEN A-GO-GO takes the viewer on an entertaining, nostalgic ride into
the teen scenes of the mid-’60s and into the lives of the people who lived it. The
British Invasion played an undeniable role on this uniquely American musical
genre when on February 9, 1964 the Beatles premiered live on the Ed Sullivan
Show. An estimated 73 million viewers (over 40% of the entire U.S. population)
tuned in. Teens all across America were glued to their TV sets as they witnessed
a true turning point in rock history. On February 10, 1964, it would seem that
10 million teens had something new to do. With their jaws still on the floor and
inspiration stirring within, thousands of youngsters knew that their destiny lay in
rock & roll and the A Go-Go Teen Scene was born.
VELVET GOLDMINE
APR 18 & 25, RITZ, DIR. TODD HAYNES, 1998, R, 124 MIN,
35MM
Witness the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust... er, sort of. In director Todd Haynes’s
ode to the glam era, Christian Bale plays Arthur Stuart, a Brit reporter in 1984 New
York begrudgingly tasked by his editor to do a “Where are they Now”piece on Brian
Slade, a glittery, androgynous Bowie-esque glam superstar. Slade dominated the
charts in 1974, only to mysteriously disappear from the limelight completely after
staging his own on-stage “assassination.”Through flashbacks to his own turbulent
adolescent days as a glam fanboy and interviews with those who knew Slade,
Arthur pieces together some of the mystery of who Slade was and what he might
be up to now. Much like his more critically and commercially successful homage to
Dylan, 2007’s I’M NOT THERE, Haynes masterfully blurs fact and legend, people and
personas, into one fantastic cinematic mash. Sure, the history is dubious (Bowie
certainly thought so and sadly refused to let his music be used), but that’s totally
beside the point: his vision of the era is so completely captivating it’s bound to
leave a little glitter on your collar.
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SQUIRM
Jan 11 at Ritz
LATENIGHT HORROR MOVIES EVERY TUESDAY AT THE RITZ FOR JUST A BUCK!
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BRAIN DAMAGE
MAR 1, RITZ, DIR. FRANK HENENLOTTER, 1988, NR, 84 MIN, 35MM
From the writer/director of BASKET CASE comes this brilliant parable about the dangers of addiction, whether your given indulgence be drugs, alcohol or -- in this case
-- a smooth-talking, turd-shaped brain parasite. Said mind-sucker is an ancient creature named Aylmer, a happy-go-lucky gnarled wormbone with a soothing voice and
a fever for the flavor of gray matter. Aylmer latches onto clean-cut teen Brian, steering his host into a world of hallucinogenic pleasure while the dazed, stumbling Brian
inadvertently offers the creature passing victims for human ingestion. By the time their unhealthy relationship reaches its breaking point, countless scoured-skulled
corpses will litter the streets of New York, Brian will be lethally hooked on toxic worm-juice and the audience will see a very naked muscle man take an unnecessarily long
shower. Come for the violence, stay for the nudity, puke when you see a guy tug his entire brain out of his own earhole. (Zack)
SOLE SURVIVOR
MAR 8, RITZ, DIR. THOM EBERHARDT, 1983, R, 85 MIN, 35MM
Hard-nosed TV producer Denise (Anita Skinner) miraculously survives a brutal plane crash while everyone else on
board is reduced to squirty lunchmeat. Once she recovers, all attempts to resume her daily life are curtailed by
driverless vehicle accidents, psychic nightmares and several walking corpses who clearly want her to join their ranks.
The longer she survives, the more severe the supernatural assault, until everyone in Denise’s proximity ends up on
the Grim Reaper’s shitlist. The film could have been played as a standard ghost story, but instead establishes a wide
array of innovative horror concepts and deeply effective imagery, all tied together by outstanding performances
from Skinner and the rest of the cast. It’s painfully obvious that this film was the plagiarized inspiration for the entire
FINAL DESTINATION franchise. The only difference is that SOLE SURVIVOR is atmospheric, intelligent and...what’s that
word...good. (Zack)
HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS
MAR 22, RITZ, DIR. PHILIPPE MORA, 1987, PG13, 95 MIN, 35MM
This entry exists in its own continuity, but anyone who’s seen HOWLING II already understands that director
Mora attacked the werewolf genre like a rabid Neanderthal leaping into spinning helicopter blades. Here, he
introduces us to an entire new species of manimals, hidden in the outback in search of safe haven in the shadows
of encroaching civilization. One makes her way into the city and falls in love with a human, igniting a trans-
species explosion of vivisection, throat-devouring and unprecedented quasi-comedic insanity. Experiencing
HOWLING III is like watching the other six installments on simultaneous fast-forward while eating sugar cubes
and chugging vinegar. Easily the most wack-assed lycanthropic hoedown in horror history, the logic behind
this Australian take on feral shapeshifting makes the prison rantings of Charles Manson sound like a goddamn
presidential address. For this very special screening, we’re going to great expense to fly the only known 35mm
print in from the other side of the world. If you’re wondering why, I’m right there with you. (Zack)
I don’t like horror movies...I love love LOVE ‘em!! And so do you, so hunker down to the Alamo Drafthouse downtown every Tuesday (check online for showtimes) for that gooood
slash, smash, trash and thrash, all for one dollar cash!! We’ve scavenged the bowels of the earth for the most shocking and seldom-seen 35mm terrortreasures, guaranteed to
leave you gasping for air, thirsting for blood or - at the very least - scratching your head. No foolin’, junior...The Ritz is Ground Zero for evisceration, degradation and mutilation!!!
Eeaaauuugghhhh!!!! - Zack Carlson, Terror Tuesday host
A HUGE SALUTE TO OUR SPONSOR - THE MIGHTY VULCAN VIDEO - FOR MAKING THESE SHOWS HAPPEN! Made Possible In Part By The American Genre Film Archive (www.americangenrefilm.org)
BRAIN DAMAGE
Mar 1 at Ritz
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INVASION OF THE
BEE GIRLS AKA
GRAVEYARD TRAMPS
MAR 29, RITZ, DIR. DENIS
SANDERS, 1973, R, 84
MIN, 35MM
William Smith is a towering,
musclebound character actor who
paid his bills by portraying bikers,
sadists and various loose nuts
in crucial cheapies like THE LOSERS and DARKER THAN AMBER. His red hair and
action figure physique make him recognizable from about nine miles away, but
here he shifts that comic book bravado to play a straight-laced government agent
investigating nefarious doings. It appears that men have been dying from “severe
sexual exertion,” and all roads lead back to a shady lady scientist with a penchant
for bee research. These studies necessitate massive amounts of female nudity and
lethal humping. So if either of these subjects interest you, we’ll see you front row
center at the screening. Scumbag. (Zack)
NIGHT WARNING
APR 5, RITZ, DIR.
WILLIAM ASHER, 1983,
R, 96 MIN, 35MM
Listen up! This movie has the best
opening scene in film history!!
Absolutely, without a doubt, no
first five minutes of any other
feature are more rip-rocious than what you’ll see on this screen. By the time the
opening credits roll, you’ll be peeling your fingernails outta your kneecaps. And
here’s the kicker: the best is yet to come! Susan Tyrrell stars as a tragic, spastic
auntie with a more-than-healthy appreciation for her orphaned teen nephew.
When folks get too close to this happy family, heads start to roll. Enter Joe Carlson
(Bo Svenson), a tough-as-rusty-nails police detective who mutters the word
“faggot” under practically every breath. Also released under the title BUTCHER,
BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER (!), this incestuous destructothon easily ranks
among the most perfect and underappreciated slashers of the golden ‘80s. Nab
a ticket for your aunt/girlfriend and/or daughter/wife and y’all have yourselves a
disemboweley ol’ time! (Zack)
THE MANITOU
APR 12, RITZ, DIR.
WILLIAM GIRDLER,
1978, R, 104 MIN, 35MM
Following his classics DAY OF
THE ANIMALS and THREE ON A
MEATHOOK, this anti-reality
rampager was exploitation
mastermaniac William Girdler’s final film before his accidental death at age 30.
An impossibly ambitious feature that pits the late Tony Curtis in a kaleidoscopic
transdimensional war against an evil Native American dwarf that emerges from a
lady’s spine. This all takes place in a hospital that’s also a gateway to an alternate
universe. Don’t blink or you’ll miss the doctor exploding! It’s more than fair to
say that this is one of the most bizarre horror films to ever worm its way out of a
filmmaker’s noodle, but when said auteur was William Girdler, all laws of time and
space get thrown straight in the no-no bucket. You’ve just got to see it to believe it,
and even when you do, you won’t! What?? (Zack)
SUPERSTITION
APR 19, RITZ, DIR. JAMES
W. ROBERSON, 1982, NR, 85
MIN, 35MM
If there’s an all-out winner in the race for
lost ‘80s bloodletting masterpieces, then
SUPERSTITION is three inches behind
and hungry. Admittedly less respectable
than its gold medal competitors, this
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supernatural holocaust flaunts its boneheadedness with an unrepentant firestorm
of violence and lowdown irresponsibility. In the hands of creators burdened with
a conscience, this may have been a standard haunted house/spectral vengeance
tale. But 1982 was the apparently The Year of No Rules, and SUPERSTITION instead
stands naked atop a flaming orphanage and howls swear words at God’s ass! No
one is spared as heads explode in microwaves, railroad spikes are hammered into
human brows and innocent children are brutally slain by otherworldly forces.
Also -- and this is a personal biggie -- this movie features my all-time favorite on-
screen kill, involving a malfunctioning power tool and a priest! Don’t be fooled
by the inconspicuous title...where most ghosts opt for subtle methods of human
eradication, the hate-fueled post-mortem witchbeast of SUPERSTITION takes
murder and chaos totally OVER THE MAX! (Zack)
RABID AKA RAGE
APR 26, RITZ, DIR. DAVID
CRONENBERG, 1977, R,
91 MIN, 35MM
In the ‘70s and early ‘80s,
Cronenberg built a massive horror
legacy on the shattered bones
of Canadian innocents. Over the
course of several classics -- from SHIVERS to THE BROOD to VIDEODROME -- the
writer/director’s unhealthy preoccupation with violent quasi-sexual mutation
was sewn plainly to his sleeve. These stories often took place in a sterile medical
environment, but RABID instead careens off into the trash-strewn gutters of urban
insanity. Adult film star Marilyn Chambers plays Rose, a victim of experimental
plastic surgery whose revolutionary new organs are starved for human blood.
Every person she perforates is quickly reborn as a hyperactive braindead vampire,
and soon the streets of Montreal are a grisly panorama of subhuman chaos.
If you’ve always wished to see an entire city tear itself to shreds, this movie is a
shotgun full of Christmases aimed right at your whammy zone. (Zack)
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TROUBLE MAN
Mar 9 at Ritz
MIDNIGHT EXPLOITATION CLASSICS EVERY WEDNESDAY AT THE RITZ ONLY $1
Since 2001, we’ve been hosting a weekly program of exploitation classics. From Cheerleaders Gone Bad to Blaxploitation to ‘70s Action Cheese
and even to Women In Prison, it’s all there - scratches, splices and all. Many of these films are so obscure that little is known or has been written
about them. Some of them are bad, most of them are enjoyable, and a rare few are mind-blowingly amazing. Weird Wednesdays is the vanguard of
cinema exploration in Austin. Escape the crushing lameness of the real world with us every week. For only a dollar! - Lars Nilsen, Weird Wednesday
Programmer and Host
Special thanks to I Luv Video for helping to make this series possible. Check out their amazing stores for the best selection of cinematic rarities in
town. And see www.iluvvideo.com for news and reviews. Made Possible In Part By The American Genre Film Archive (www.americangenrefilm.org)
SNAKES
MAR 2, RITZ, DIR. ART NAMES, 1974, R, 83 MIN, 35MM
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Weird Wednesday, we are bringing back the ultimate
Weird Wednesday movie. In the words of Snakey Bender, “Nobody messes with my
Wednesdays!”
Total madness! This is an exceedingly odd rural snake-revenge movie that’s oh so much more.
A seemingly harmless old kook named Snakey (Les Tremayne) operates a reptile farm on the
outskirts of a small town. As usual in movies of this type, he is pushed over the edge by a
series of outrages and he kills off half the town with his snakes. Sounds commonplace, but it’s
not. What makes SNAKES extra special is all the perverse little sick touches. For example, the
prim local schoolmarm uses Snakey as a reptile pimp for her sick sex thrills, the brother and
sister grocers seem to have an incestuous relationship, Snakey likes to strip his victims down
to their underwear and best of all, John Philip Sousa marches blare throughout the movie
like some sort of demented leitmotif. But the thing that pushes this into heaven territory is
Snakey’s habit of ranting about Wednesday. It seems that Snakey’s favorite day is Wednesday
and if you mess with Snakey, it had better be on one of the other six days of the week. See it
for yourself if you don’t believe me. It’s incredible! (Lars)
TROUBLE MAN
MAR 9, RITZ, DIR. IVAN DIXON, 1972, R, 99 MIN, 35MM
This is a superlative blaxploitation film. Most of the black action films of this era were either low-budget wonders with a lot of heart or bloodless studio efforts dressed
up with a little velour and chrome. TROUBLE MAN combines the professional polish of the latter with the solid legitimacy of the former. The brilliant stage actor Robert
Hooks plays Mr. T, a sort of black godfather who holds court in his pool hall as a combination President, Pope and Chief Fixer. Though blessed with looks, intelligence and
tremendous wealth, his most notable feature is his supernatural coolness. When something needs to get done--say, a slumlord needs to be chastened, or a sum of money
recovered, or a double-crossing chump slaughtered in his penthouse--T gets it done without raising an eyebrow. Director Ivan Dixon, like Hooks, had been a color-line
breaking pioneer in the theater, film and television, and his style is as sharp and clean as the crease in T’s slacks. With Paul Winfield, Julius Harris and Ralph Waite. The
soundtrack by Marvin Gaye is a work of absolute, undeniable genius. (Lars)
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BMX BANDITS
MAR 23, RITZ, DIR.
BRIAN TRENCHARD
SMITH,
1983, PG, 88 MIN,
35MM
Director Brian Trenchard-Smith
has been turning out low budget
films for a lot longer than most
Weird Wednesday attendees
have been alive. He has worked
in nearly every genre, created a few genres of his own and always managed to
put forth at least a solid product. In fact, the mantle of professional competence
rests so easily on his brow that he usually has time to give us a little something
more than we expect. So this PG-rated kids film featuring Nicole Kidman in her first
role is somehow more than the sum of its parts. Bike chases that would normally
be done in paint-by-numbers style by bored hacks emerge as pure cinema as
Trenchard-Smith applies the techniques and experience he’d honed to perfection
in such ragers as THE MAN FROM HONG KONG and STUNT ROCK. Of course it’s silly-
-it’s about three kids who find a case of stolen walkie talkies and enlist the aid of
Sydney’s BMX community to fight the mob--but it has a kind of tough sweetness
too. The material with the young heroes is never condescending (Kidman in
particular is excellent) and the action sequences have the ramshackle chaotic
energy of the silent cinema. That’s a compliment. (Lars)
BLOODTHIRSTY
BUTCHERS
MAR 30, RITZ, DIR. ANDY
MILLIGAN, 1970, R, 79
MIN, 35MM
Andy Milligan made films cheaper
than anybody else before or since.
He delivered 35mm feature films
(blown up from 16mm) on budgets of
under $10,000 apiece. At those prices
a distributor didn’t have to wait
very long to start turning a profit. So Milligan got a chance to make some of the
strangest, most personal exploitation films of all time. He produced, wrote, shot,
edited, directed and even made the costumes for all his movies. His casts consisted
largely of prostitutes, drug addicts and other street people. Whatever bad things
might be said about Andy Milligan’s films, they all come straight from the heart.
And Andy Milligan’s heart was a tiny, black, malformed thing that pumped hate
instead of blood. His movies are venomous parcels of filth, made by a miserable
person and depicting the continuing adventures of hateful people whose entire
reason for living is to make others suffer. Milligan’s characters can barely get
through a simple expository scene without bickering and ranting. This relentlessly
misanthropic outlook makes Milligan’s films sublimely entertaining to people with
a very dark and depraved sense of humor. BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS is Milligan’s
version of the Sweeney Todd story - about a murderous barber who plies his trade
with a straight razor. The blood and gore are plentiful but insignificant compared
to the spiritual violence the characters inflict on one another. As Michael Weldon
has famously written: “If you’re an Andy Milligan fan, there’s no hope for you.”
(Lars)
THE ROAD TO SALINA
APR 6, RITZ, DIR. GEORGES LAUTNER,
1970, R, 96 MIN, 35MM
It’s a classic psycho-noir premise: drifter (Robert Walker Jr.) wanders into a rural
Spanish cafe and finds himself mistaken for the prodigal son of a delusional widow
(played by Rita Hayworth, no less.) While he can understand the mother’s will to
believe, why does his “sister” (the unbearably luscious Mimsy Farmer) never bat
an eye when her “brother” comes home. Most wanderers would pack their bags
and move on when the true dementia of the little outpost became evident, but
the home cooking and the (exceeding) closeness of the familial bonds conspire
to water the seed of doom already lurking in our hero’s bosom. Unlike most
noirs, which take place in a world of black and white and chiaroscuro, THE ROAD
TO SALINA is bright and sunlit, full of brilliant organic life and bursting with sex.
It treads the line between art and exploitation and finally makes the whole
question of high and low seem frivolous. The brilliant freak-prog score by Clinic and
Cristophe lends an air of desperate longing and madness to the film. One of my 3 or
4 favorite movies of all time. Period. (Lars)
THE SIX
THOUSAND
DOLLAR NIGGER
APR 13, RITZ, DIR.
RENE MARTINEZ
JR., 1979, R, 80 MIN,
35MM
We can’t believe the title
either. But that’s why
they called him Wild Man
Steve! We all love the late
great Rudy Ray Moore but
he wasn’t the only funny
comedian working the black comedy circuit. Get ready to laugh your ass off at the
equally great, equally late Wild Man Steve. The wi-i-i-ild man can say pretty much
anything and make it funny. He has a slow, stoned delivery that makes even the
stupidest dirty jokes gut-bustingly hilarious, like Bill Cosby after a head injury.
Unbelievably, this is an actual WILD MAN STEVE STAR VEHICLE! It’s about a midget
mad scientist (with a full-sized D-cup girlfriend) named Dr. Dippy who helps the
mob develop a formula that makes users super-strong, bulletproof, and, after
about two days, super-dead. Obviously it’s hard to get sensible people to sign up
for this treatment, so the mobsters grab the nearest wino, played to perfection
by our Mister Steve. Steve is beyond hilarious, ad-libbing like crazy, stepping all
over his costars’ lines. He even gives a little speech in favor of legalizing pot that’s
a small masterpiece of reason and logic. We’re still on the lookout for the sequel,
AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A HONKY? (Lars)
THE SAVAGE SEVEN
APR 20, RITZ, DIR. RICHARD RUSH,
1968, NR, 94 MIN, 35MM
When the biggest, baddest biker gang in the Southwest moves into an Indian
reservation, there’s going to be trouble. Director Richard Rush’s two biker movies,
this one and HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS, are the gold standard for biker gang
movies. Rush’s working method seemed to be: work up a relatively simple plot,
make sure the key scenes get covered, then turn the actors and stunt guys loose to
improvise fights, motorcycle mayhem and character bits. Only the most judicious
director could pull off such a strategy and not end up with a boring, chaotic mess.
But Rush, with the help of his actors and stunt people, many of whom, in the time
honored tradition of the western, were one and the same, gives us both dramatic
tension and hell-raising good times. The hand-held camerawork by Laszlo Kovacs
has the immediacy of documentary filmmaking, and many of the motorcycle
stunts look like suicide attempts. With the true kings of biker movies, Adam
Roarke, Robert Walker Jr., Penny Marshall, Max Julien, Larry Bishop, Chuck Bail,
Duane Eddy, Bud Cardos and Austin’s own Gary Kent. (Lars)
GAME SHOW MODELS
APR 27, RITZ, DIR. DAVID N.
GOTTLIEB, 1977, R, 88 MIN, 35MM
I suspect that we’ve all harbored the suspicion
that beneath the plastic, phony exterior of the
television game show there simmers a red-hot
cauldron of S.E.X. Are we lucky enough to finally
have a movie that takes us behind the glamour
of a successful game show? Surely we’ll see the
sexy casting process and find out what lurks under the toupee of that seemingly
genial host (played by Roger Corman regular Dick Miller). Actually we won’t. GAME
SHOW MODELS is a patch-job. It combines an unfinished American Film Institute
funded movie called THE SEVENTH DWARF with nudity-filled scenes of a raunchy
fictional game show hosted by Miller. It’s plenty weird, though. With soul singer
Thelma Houston, film Critic Charles Champlin, Afro-Cuban jazz legend Willie Bobo,
Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith and a lengthy mime interlude. Enjoy. (Lars)
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CHOOSE YOUR OWN PANCAKE X
MAR 28, LAMAR
Once again, it’s time for CHOOSE YOUR OWN PANCAKE night where you, the viewer, get to pick a movie for Master Pancake Theater to mock, and then we do it right there
on the spot! Here’s how it works: just bring the DVD of your choice, we’ll narrow it down to our top favorites, then the audience will vote on which of those they want to
see. Be prepared to give a short speech in defense of your movie. The audience has final say and must be convinced. Previous winners include: WHITE COMANCHE, Roger
Corman’s FANTASTIC FOUR, LOGAN’S RUN, TOTAL RECALL, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, LEFT BEHIND, and THE ISLAND! What will be the pick this time around? Whatever it is,
it’s up to you!
TWISTER
COMING APRIL, RITZ & VILLAGE, DIR. JAN DE BONT, 1996
Just in time for the start of tornado season, Master Pancake mocks the biggest tornado movie since THE WIZARD OF OZ! TWISTER (1996) features Bill Paxton and Helen
Hunt as honest, hard-working weather nerds, and Carey Elwes as their rival: an evil storm-chaser who’s only in it for all the glamour and money normally associated with
the world of tornado tracking. Also featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman in perhaps his most annoying role, as stoner weather-humper Dustin “Dusty”Davis, a wise-cracking
member of Helen Hunt’s storm team. But the real stars of this movie are the cows. Come see them moo and writhe in agony all over again as Master Pancake dopples your
pleasure by taking the wind out of TWISTER. With special guest mocker Martha Kelly.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
STARTS APRIL 22, RITZ, DIR. ROBERT WISE, 1965
The hills are alive with the sound of laughter as Master Pancake takes on this beloved 1965 classic. Come see us mock the film that New Yorker critic Pauline Kael called
“the sugar-coated lie people seem to want to eat.”Featuring Julie Andrews as Maria, an aspiring nun who can’t say no to fun. When Maria is enlisted by Captain von Trapp
to supervise his kids, chaos ensues, until she figures out how to win their hearts AND take on the Nazi oppressors, thus becoming SUPERNANNY: AUSTRIA. Sugar coated
lie? Or the best movie musical about prospective nuns fighting Nazis ever! You decide this April as we mock the hell out of it. With special guest mocker Mary Jo Pehl of
Cinematic Titanic and Mystery Science Theater 3000.
MASTER PANCAKE THEATER
AUSTIN’S MOVIE MOCKING MAESTROS
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Starts Apr 22 at Ritz
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SUPER DUPER FRIENDS
OTHER GREAT PEOPLE WHO DO GREAT THINGS
MS 150 BENEFIT:
BICYCLE THIEVES
Apr 9 at Tim & Karrie League’s House
THE LITERACY COALITION PREBEE
MAR 5, VILLAGE
Every year, the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas hosts the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee for Literacy, a charity event that raises money for over 70 local literacy programs.
Local businesses compete in a jovial orthographical contest. To help raise support and awareness for that event (happening on April 28), we’re hosting a series of pre-bees
at the Highball through the Month of March. We’re also going to have a special spelling-related film screening. All proceeds go to the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
– check them out at willread.org.
AIGA PRESENTS HANDMADE NATION
MAR 6, RITZ, DIR. FAYTHE LEVINE, 2009, 90 MIN
This film documents the new wave of art, craft and design that is capturing the attention of the nation. Filmmaker Levine traveled to 15 cities and covered more than
19,000 miles to interview artists, crafters, makers, curators and community members. Today’s craft world has emerged as a synthesis of historical technique, punk culture,
and the DIY ethos, also influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. Levine captured the tightly knit community that exists through
websites, blogs, and online stores that connect to the greater public through independent boutiques, galleries and craft fairs. Interviews were conducted on location in
artist studios, homes, boutiques, offices and craft fairs, giving the public an exclusive and rarely seen look into the lives of these creative individuals.
AIN’T IT COOL NEWS,
AUSTIN CHRONICLE & TOY JOY PRESENT:
FREE SATURDAY MORNING KIDS CLUB:
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
MAR 26, LAMAR, DIR. ROBERT ZEMECKIS, 1988, PG, 104
MIN, 35MM
Other walls may have fallen in the late ‘80s, but none impacted the world as much
as the union of animated characters and regular ol’ humans. Everyone under the
age of 117 had his or her mind blown as they were introduced to the denizens of
Toontown, a fantasyland where people walk the same streets as Donald Duck and
Yosemite Sam. Alas, this is not the paradise it seems; Toontown superstar Roger
Rabbit, worried that his wife Jessica Rabbit is steppin’ out on him with the owner of
the Acme Corporation, allies with professional toon-hating private detective Eddie
Valiant. When his rival is found dead, Roger becomes the prime suspect in the eyes
of Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd), a merciless lawman who punishes toons by
dissolving them in “The Dip.” To save his life, Roger and Eddie must find the real
murderer before Judge Doom finds them. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT is a massive
accomplishment that is made even more impressive by the fact that it was all done
by hand. Definitely the most important live action/cartoon hybrid of our time, it’s
the movie AVATAR only wanted to be.
NO COMPLY SKATE SHOP PRESENTS
THE REAL VIDEO: SINCE DAY ONE
APRIL 3, RITZ, DIR. VARIOUS, 2010, FREE!
In this skating/action film (!), Dennis Busenitz is Kelly Bryan, an Orange County high schooler whose skateboarding skills
have reached a Zen-like state called “cubing the gleam” in skateboard parlance. His adopted Vietnamese brother, Ving
(Chima Ferguson), is killed by the warehouse owner (Mic-e Reyes) and a Vietnamese accomplice. Kelly doesn’t believe his
brother’s death is the suicide it’s been rigged to appear, and sets out to discover the truth. The plot of SINCE DAY ONE may
initially sound straight-to-video, but the skateboarding sequences are exhilarating and add a great deal of excitement
to the material. Professional deck-breakers Peter Ramondetta, Justin Brock, James Hardy, Nick Dompierre, Keith “Huf”
Hufnagel, JT Aults, Ernie Torres, and Ishod Wair, who doubles for Businetz, demonstrate their talents with verve. Technical
advisor and second-unit director Dan Wolfe, a former world champion, puts his skating skills to use as well, shooting some
scenes atop a board with a hand-held camera.
14TH CINE LAS AMERICAS INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL
APRIL 2128, LAMAR
The 14th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will feature an average of 100 films from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean), the
Iberian Peninsula, as well as films made by Latino filmmakers working all over the world, and films made by indigenous groups of the Americas. All the films screened at
the festival are subtitled in English. For more info, visit cinelasamericas.org
FREE SATURDAY MORNING KIDS CLUB:
THE VALLEY OF GWANGI
APR 30, LAMAR, DIR. JIM O’CONNOLLY, 1969, G, 96 MIN, 35MM
Ever try to lasso a Tyrannosaurus rex? It ain’t easy, pardner! This magical Technicolor action-
adventure brings you cowboys ‘n’ dinosaurs unleashed from an otherworldly rodeo, featuring
the classic stop-motion wizardry of immortal effects artist Ray Harryhausen! Jimmy the cowboy
is intent on wowing the audience with some prehistoric heroics, but a couple dinosaurs bust
loose and go on a rampage across the Mexican roadside, chasing after any human lunchmeat
they can see. A pulse-pounding classic masterpiece, GWANGI features more Mesozoic monsters
than you can shake a tumbleweed at! Also, it includes the only known movie appearance of
actual extinct animal the Eohippus. An early ancestor of the modern-day horse, it had fingers
and was no bigger than a poodle! I’m not making this up, folks! This is some of that science stuff!
THE DIONYSIUM
MAR 2 & APR 6, LAMAR
The Dionysium offers a unique, innovative program of debate, lecture, declamation, theatrical presentation and music in a salon-like atmosphere on the first Wednesday
of every month at the Alamo South Lamar. Audiences enjoy offerings not to be found elsewhere in Austin, including the recitation of famous speeches, participatory
discussion in a formal, moderated context, and the opportunity to participate in the recreation of Ancient rituals. A typical Dionysium show will feature a lecture, a
declamation, a drinking song, a film or live musical performance, an appeal to Dionysus, a fiction-writing contest, and plenty of strong drink. But the heart of every
Dionysium is the debate, pitting two experts against each other in toe-to-toe parliamentary combat. Dionysium debate resolutions have covered everything from Social
Security reform to the future threat of genocidal robots. Check out www.dionysium.com for full information.
MS150 BENEFIT:
THE BICYCLE THIEVES
APR 9, TIM & KARRIE LEAGUE’S HOUSE, DIR. VITTORIO DE SICA, 1948, NR, 93 MIN
MS150, the branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society that challenges riders to bicycle from Houston to Austin to raise money and awareness for MS, is holding a
fundraising screening of the most celebrated bicycle film, Vittorio De Sica’s BICYCLE THIEVES. On the lawn of Tim & Karrie League’s home, on what is surely to be a beautiful
April evening (it’s Texas, after all), join your fellow bikers for a journey through this neo-realist classic about a poor man whose future is threatened by the simple act of a
bicycle theft. On hand will be Chief Executive Chef John Bullington, who will be preparing a feast of Italian cuisine and pairing wines to go with it. Support a good cause!
For more info, visit ms150.org.
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SPIKE & MIKE’S SICK AND TWISTED FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION
Opens Feb 26 at the Ritz
REPERTORY REVIVAL
BELOVED CLASSICS BROUGHT TO NEW LIFE IN SEVERAL SERIES  CINEMA CLUB, ZZANG!!! AND BIG SCREEN CLASSICS
CINEMA CLUB: RED RIVER
Apr 17 at Ritz
ZZANG!!!: PREDATOR
MAR 20, RITZ, DIR. JOHN MCTIERNAN, 1987, R, 107 MIN, 35MM
EXTREMELY RARE 35mm SCREENING! This audio/visual blasterpiece details exactly what happens
when Schwarzenegger’s superhumanly muscled squad is assaulted by an unstoppable alien
hunting machine, all under the directorial excess of the man who brought us DIE HARD! Needless
to say, limbs go flying and things blow up to the infinimegamaximum! PREDATOR is a whizz-
slicing head-remover of extraterrestrial machismo, easily the tuffest/buffest/gruffest of ‘80s scifi
action and a legendary call-to-arms against interplanetary meat harvesting. Also, the titular
creature represents the only time anyone or anything has ever looked good with dreadlocks.
Despite the film’s popularity, the studio who released it doesn’t even have a copy, and we’ll be
presenting the ONLY KNOWN 35mm PRINT in the western world for your pleasure! “Do it! Kill me
now! I’m hee-ahh!!” (Zack)
CINEMA CLUB: BIGGER THAN LIFE WITH
MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN
MAR 27, RITZ, DIR. NICHOLAS RAY, 1956, NR, 95 MIN, 35MM
At every Cinema Club screening, we are joined by a guest expert who introduces the film and then joins Alamo programmers in an onstage discussion after the movie.
This month the guest is the Austin Chronicle’s Film Editor and senior reviewer Marjorie Baumgarten.
BIGGER THAN LIFE is one of Nicholas Ray’s very best films. James Mason plays a school teacher, in serious pain from a rare disease, who submits to an experimental drug
regimen that changes his personality wildly. In the midst of one of those perfect ‘50s families, he descends into full-blown monomania. It’s a stunning film and Mason’s
slide into madness is downright biblical. Nicholas Ray’s films are frequently perverse and romantic. He was at severe odds with the hyperconformity of the 1950s and his
movies reflect it. Another Ray hallmark is exceptional performances. We think of James Dean in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, Mercedes McCambridge in JOHNNY GUITAR and
many others. James Mason’s performance here is worthy of those. Join us as we explode the ‘50s suburban tract house lifestyle with Nicholas Ray and Marjorie
Baumgarten.
CINEMA CLUB: RED RIVER
APR 17, RITZ, DIR. HOWARD HAWKS, 1948, NR, 133 MIN, 35MM
Cinema Club is an interactive series that highlights the sophisticated appreciation and discussion of classic films from cinema history. At each screening a prominent
expert will introduce an essential film classic. Following the film, the speaker and members of our programming team will lead a discussion of the film, offering insight
into the film’s production, history, and artistic qualities. This month our guest will be Don Graham, University Of Texas Professor of English and author of “Cowboys And
Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks At Texas” and the new book “State Of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents”, which will be available for sale after the show.
Though RED RIVER was Howard Hawks’ first western, it rides easy in the saddle as one of the great American classics. No less an eminence than John Ford, when erroneously
credited with RED RIVER by a fan, responded, “Thank you very much.” As a drama it has real heft, the scale is as vast as the cattle country and the conflict between father
(John Wayne, never better) and son (Montgomery Clift) is primal. Along the way there is also lightness and humor (which thankfully is not so Fordian) as well as the most
beautiful and iconic cattle drive scenery ever captured. (Lars)
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BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAN’S LABYRINTH
APR 19 & 20, RITZ, DIR. GUILLERMO DEL TORO, 2006, R, 119
MIN, 35MM
Guillermo del Toro’s masterwork is a fanciful and chilling story set against the
backdrop of a fascist regime in 1944 rural Spain. The film centers on Ofelia, a lonely
and dreamy child living with her mother and adoptive father, a military officer tasked
with ridding the area of rebels. In her loneliness, Ofelia creates a world filled with
fantastical creatures and secret destinies. With post-war repression at its height,
Ofelia must come to terms with her world through a fable of her own creation.
“The film is a masterpiece...Del Toro at his best on all levels. His script is the best
writing he’s ever done, the direction is sharp, imaginative, but not showy. The actors
are all directed perfectly. Each performance is nuanced and different than every other
in the film.” - Quint, Ain’t It Cool News
ZZANG!!!: THE DARK CRYSTAL
APR 24, RITZ, DIRS. JIM HENSON & FRANK OZ, 1982, PG, 92 MIN, 35MM
Before computers took over the universe, longtime collaborators (and Muppet-makers) Henson
and Oz rolled up their sleeves and created the most beautiful otherworldly film to ever zoom across
an ‘80s audience’s eyeballs. In an unnamed land, a pair of young, elf-like Gelflings must battle the
evil Skeksis to bring their world back to the power it once held. Though this may sound like fantasy
silliness, the sheer power and ingenuity of THE DARK CRYSTAL is unmatched. It’s a pure-hearted,
imagination-powered journey into unexplored ideas, with the most memorable characters this side
of another dimension. From the graceful Land-Striders to the looming crab-like Garthim to that wily,
one-eyed heroic priestess Aulghra, the colorful creatures create an entirely unique experience at the
movies. If you watch only one thing during your time on this planet, make it THE DARK CRYSTAL. I
hereby declare it waaaaay better than stupid old STAR WARS. That’s right. I said it. (Zack) This is part
of the Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy series. Check out the rest of the series on p16.
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: LIFE OF BRIAN
APR 24, VILLAGE, DIR. TERRY JONES, 1979, R, 94 MIN, 35MM
Behold, the greatest biblical story ever told not actually found in the Bible! This Easter, join
us for the resurrection of this comedy classic about poor schmuck Brian (Graham Chapman).
Born just a few stable doors down from Jesus, Brian’s life has a similar though slightly less
noble arc than his famous neighbor’s: accidentally taken for a prophet, Brian eventually
becomes a reluctant messiah. The Python gang kicked up a ruckus around the globe in 1979
with this irreverent send up to Bible epics (“so funny it was banned in Norway!”), scored their
biggest box office hit, and influenced a generation of moviegoers -- really, who hasn’t found
themselves quoting this movie in thier lives at some point or another? So let’s look on the
bright side of life together again with LIFE OF BRIAN on the BIG screen in glorious 35mm.
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We’ve been celebrating off-centered films with off-centered ales with our friends at the Dogfish Head Brewery for a few years now, but this
year we’re making it bigger than ever with events spread across multiple Alamos and a special Rolling Roadshow event downtown. It’s three
days of beer-loving fun that’s guaranteed to make you forget about all the worries of tax day.
STRANGE BREW BEER PARTY
APR 14, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, SUNSET
We’re sending out an invitation to all of our fair city’s local brewers to join us downtown for a special outdoor screening of STRANGE BREW featuring a Q&A with Dogfish
head CEO Sam Calagione and a conversation with Austin’s brewers. Come out and sample craft brews from a wide selection of what Austin beer has to offer, compare it to
some Dogfish Head, and enjoy Bob and Doug MacKenzie as they take off to the Great White North. It’s a beauty way to go.
THE DOGFISH HEAD BEER FEAST
FEATURING BUSTER KEATON’S “WHAT? NO BEER!” AND THE THREE STOOGES’ “BEER BARREL POLE CATS”
APR 15, RITZ, VARIOUS DIRECTORS, 95 MIN,
Sam’s team will select a group of their finest and most rare ales, and using them as a guide for the flavor profile the Alamo’s own executive chef John Bullington will create
a multi-course feast of delicious delights to pair with the beer. Sam and John will discuss the process of brewing each batch and the nuances that went into each course of
the meal, and we’ll all enjoy classic beer-themed comedy along with some outtakes from the Discovery Channel’s BREW MASTERS.
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
WITH KEN MARINO & JOE LO TRUGLIO LIVE IN PERSON!
APR 15, RITZ, DIR. DAVID WAIN, 97 MIN, 35MM
It must have been the coolest dorm room in the history of college... For a short while during their
formative years spent in higher education, comedy legends Ken Marino and Joe Lo Truglio were
roommates with the man who would grow up to found Dogfish Head, Sam Calagione. With a future
master brewer and soon-to-be stars of MTV’s THE STATE living under one roof, we can only imagine the
hijinks they got up to. Tonight, however, they will share the stage at the Alamo for the first time as they
introduce WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER followed by a Q&A where we can get to know more about the
movie or just hope that they’ve had enough lubrication from the feast before it to start telling personal
stories from their halcyon days.
THE OFFCENTERED SHORT FILM CONTEST
APR 16, LAKE CREEK, DIR. YOU
From Dogfish Head: “The OCFF (Off-centered Film Fest) features ‘off-centered films for off-centered people’! We heartily believe in the DIY-grassroots-david-beats-goliath
approach. And now we want to give independent-minded, aspiring filmmakers the chance to let their own freak-flags fly by making their own films that celebrate the
perseverance of the underdog! We want to incorporate as many different, individual, vignettes of the ‘little engines that could’ into the world of Dogfish Head and we want
to celebrate filmmakers whose visions jibe with our own. In addition to the copious booty we will lay on first-through-third place annual winners, we will show many of
the competition submissions online and in our pubs and breweries as well. Our goal is to build a short film competition that is as far from the mainstream as our 90-Minute
I.P.A. is from mainstream beer. So what are you waiting for? Crack open a cold one, pour it into a nice snifter, and let it come up to cellar temperature while you storyboard.
Sip. Brainstorm. Sip again. Write dialogue. Sip again. Cast. Sip. Make that film. Good luck. Cheers.”
We’ll screen all of the favorites on the last night of the festival and Sam, Ken and Joe will serve as the final judges and award prizes.
THE OFFCENTERED FILM FESTIVAL
PRESENTED BY DOGFISH HEAD CRAFT BREWERY AND THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE
STRANGE BREW
APR 14, DOWNTOWN
38 March-April 2011 Schedule of Special Events - for complete calendar and tickets visit www.originalalamo.com
BEST OF FESTS: DIG
MAR 2, VILLAGE, DIR. STEPHEN BELYEU, NR, 80 MIN
Young Mike is snatched from his new life in Austin and returns to his grandparents’
house and his rural roots after the mysterious death of his father. As he slowly tries
to piece together the events that led to his father’s death, a resentful and confused
Mike begins to uncover a set of closely-held family secrets that resonate with a past
he thought he had buried years earlier. DIG is a slow burn that effectively combines
the languid pace of South Texas with haunting whispers of the supernatural in this
unique family tale of love, loss, forgiveness and regret. (Matthew Odam)
AFS ESSENTIAL CINEMA
CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM/IBRAHIM:
FILMS OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND BEYOND
TUESDAYS AT ALAMO S. LAMAR, MARCH 1  29, 2011
5th annual presentation of narrative and documentary films from the Middle East
and North Africa.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
MAR 1, DIR. FAOUZI BENSAÏDI, MOROCCO, 2006, 99 MIN
Bogart would seem quaint in this ultra-stylish neon-lit Casablanca.
PASSION
MAR 8, DIR.
MOHAMED MALAS,
SYRIA, 2005, 98 MIN
A woman’s new love of the
songs of Umm Kulthum makes
her relatives suspect an extra-
marital affair.
THE CLOSED DOORS
MAR 22, DIR. ATEF HETATA, EGYPT, 1999, 107 MIN
A boy’s Oedipal desires are repressed and transformed by Islamic fundamentalism.
BLOOD RELATION
COSPONSORED WITH AUSTIN JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
MAR 29, DIR. NOA BEN HAGAI, ISRAEL, 2009, 75 MIN.
This documentary follows the filmmaker in her search for a great-aunt who left her
Israeli relatives and married a Palestinian in the Occupied Territories.
THE AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY
AFS PRESENTS ESSENTIAL CINEMA AND MORE
AFS ESSENTIAL CINEMA
OUSMANE SEMBENE: THE SENEGALESE GODFATHER
OF POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN CINEMA
Apr 5 - May 17
AFS ESSENTIAL CINEMA
OUSMANE SEMBENE: THE SENEGALESE GODFATHER
OF POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN CINEMA
TUESDAYS AT 7PM, ALAMO S. LAMAR,
APRIL 5  MAY 17, 2011
This selection of rarely seen 35mm prints brings a major filmmaker back to
the big screen.
BLACK GIRL
1965, 65 MIN APR 5
A young Senegalese immigrant suffers as a maid for a French couple.
MANDABI
1968, 90 MIN APR 12
Cashing a money order becomes a nightmare set in a limitless bureaucracy.
EMITAI
1974, 103 MIN APR 19
A mystical African tribe confronts French colonialists at the end of WWII.
XALA
1974, 123 MIN APR 26
Satire of a successful businessman desperately seeking a cure for sudden
impotence.
AFS DOC TOUR:
!WOMEN ART REVOLUTION
APR 13, ALAMO RITZ, DIR. LYNN HERSHMANLEESON,
2010, 83 MIN
The 40-year impact of the Feminist Revolution on American art.
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