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This historic 184-seat theatre is located on Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles. It features special programming that includes independent film screenings and other special events.
Once dominating the media with his word-salad ravings, Charles Manson has these days been relegated to quietly rotting in jail without press access—almost anonymous to the Honey Boo Boo generation. But in the '60s and '70s, Manson and his... More »
Once dominating the media with his word-salad ravings, Charles Manson has these days been relegated to quietly rotting in jail without press access—almost anonymous to the Honey Boo Boo generation. But in the '60s and '70s, Manson and his "family" of brainwashed, doped-up outcasts were the reality show everyone loathed to watch. Robert Hendrickson and Laurence Merrick's 1973 Oscar-nominated documentary Manson has been resurrected after being banned by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas McBride to preserve Squeaky Fromme's right to a fair trial after her attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford. And it's clear how the film could have been biased the jury against her. Narrated in a voice resembling Law and Order's opening "these are their stories" guy, and scored with original hippie music by two former Manson followers, Manson paints an eerie, deceptively peaceful, and psychopathic portrait of these Spahn Ranch tenants--most of it told by them. Hendrickson and Merrick gained surprisingly intimate access to Manson and his family, including guerrilla footage of ranch life. It's like watching animals in their natural habitat: bathing together in a waterfall, performing a universal mating song, and rubbing against each other in a ritualistic dance. Any mentions of the Tate-LaBianca murders are brief or in the context of determining motivation. "We are what you made us," they explain. For modern audience members, it raises the question: What are we making of the teenage misfits today? Manson is a terrifying reminder that things may appear different on the surface, but it's still very much the same: Dysfunction perpetuates dysfunction, hardcore drugs are the gateway to bad decisions, and our vulnerable youth are easily perverted. « Less
With a live set by Neotantrik.
Co-directors Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille had an unusual advantage when making their fascinating new documentary, The Source Family, which centers on the late Jim Baker, an admitted killer and onetime Marine who (among other things) fronted an... More »
Flora Rheta Schreiber's 1973 Sybil, about a woman with 16 personalities manifested from an abusive childhood at the hands of her schizophrenic mother, sold 6 million copies and made Shirley Ardell Mason the most famous American case of multiple... More »
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We're pleased to hear that a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign ensured that Cinefamily will have the digital projection equipment to comply with the latest arm-twisting from the big Hollywood studios. But the theater still celebrates the... More »
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