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The Cinefamily and Cinespia present
February 18-April 16
Opening Event February 18-20: Weekend tribute to indie film pioneer John Sayles
 40+ film, two month retrospective celebrating iconic independent cinema
Guest filmmakers attending in person include:

John Sayles, Penelope Spheeris, Wayne Wang, Alex Cox, Allison Anders, Lizzie Borden, Ross McElwee, Robert Townsend, Richard Kern, John McNaughton

Numerous brand new restorations, including PaydirtBorn In Flames, and Last Night at The Alamo

Los Angeles, CA, February 15, 2016 – Kicking off on February 18th with a rare in-person three-day tribute to independent film pioneer and legend John Sayles-including a master class on screenwriting co-presented by the WGA Foundation-and continuing through mid-April, The Cinefamily is proud to announce UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s-a guest-filled, two month, 40+ film retrospective celebrating the grassroots, punk rock spirit of truly independent cinema during its formative years.

Other confirmed guests include filmmakers Penelope Spheeris, Wayne Wang, Alex Cox, Allison Anders, Lizzie Borden, Ross McElwee, Robert Townsend, Richard Kern, John McNaughton, with many more TBA. Also included is a two day 20th anniversary celebration of the seminal text Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes, with a keynote address on the time period by independent film guru John Pierson, an exhibition of Richard Kern’s photographs, and numerous brand new restorations, including Paydirt, Born In Flames, and Last Night at The Alamo.

“In some ways the filmic equivalent of bands like Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, or REM, these films battled the Reagan-era monoculture of the time-they were films made with no expectations of mainstream acceptance, resulting in one of the most vibrant periods in underground cinema history,” says Cinefamily Programmer Tom Fitzgerald. “These films laid the groundwork for the Sundance indie boom of 90s, and it’s so exciting to show so many great, underseen movies.”

All screenings at The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, LA CA 90036

INCLUDING (Full schedule on, dates and times subject to change, more titles TBA):

John Sayles in person at all of the following screenings

Feb 18th:         Return of the Secaucus Seven (John Sayles, 1980)
Feb 19th:         The Brother From Another Planet (John Sayles, 1984) & Piranha (Joe Dante, 1978)
Feb 20th:         Master Class with John Sayles & City of Hope (John Sayles, 1991)
            Lianna (John Sayles, 1983) & Baby It’s You (John Sayles, 1983) double feature


Mar 2nd:          Seventeen (Joel DeMott & Jeff Kreines, 1983) presented by the Lost & Found Film Club
Mar 4th:           20th anniversary of Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes with John Pierson in person
She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, 1986)
The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, 1981)
Mar 5th:           Roger & Me (Michael Moore, 1989) with John Pierson in person
             Mala Noche (Gus Van Sant, 1986)
Mar 8th:           Eyes of Fire (Avery Crounse, 1983) presented by Up From The Depths
Mar 9th:           The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein, 1984) presented by The Greg Proops Film Club
Mar 10th:         Blood Simple (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1984)
            Talking to Strangers (Rob Tregenza, 1988)
Mar 11th:         Smithereens (Susan Seidelman, 1982)
            Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1986) with McNaughton in person
Mar 12th:         Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985) with Rosanna Arquette in person
Mar 12th;         Early Shorts by Ross McElwee (1982-1985) with McElwee in person
Mar 13th:         Sherman’s March (Ross McElwee, 1985) with McElwee in person
Mar 16th:         Richard Kern night (contents TBA) with Kern in person and a photography installation
Mar 17th:         The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988) with producer Mark Lipson in person
Mar 18th:         Border Radio (Allison Anders, Dean Lent, & Kurt Voss, 1987) with Anders in person
            Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984) with Cox in person
Mar 19th:         Bless Their Little Hearts (Billy Woodberry, 1983) with Woodberry in person
            Forbidden Zone (Richard Elfman, 1980) with Elfman and cast in person
Mar 20th:         My Brother’s Wedding (Charles Burnett, 1983)
            Illusions (Julie Dash, 1982)
Mar 22nd:        Hollywood Shuffle (Robert Townsend, 1987) with Townsend in person
Mar 24th:         Vortex (Beth B and Scott B, 1982)
Mar 25th:         Eating Raoul (Paul Bartel, 1982) with Mary Woronov in person
Mar 26th:         Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984)
Mar 27:            Sleepwalk (Sara Driver, 1986)
You Are Not I (Sara Driver, 1981)
Born In Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983)-new 35mm restoration, with Borden in person
Mar 28:            Last Night at the Alamo (Eagle Pennell, 1983)-premiere of new restoration
Jonathan Demme Presents: Made in Texas (shorts collection, 2015)


Apr 3rd:            Chan Is Missing (Wayne Wang, 1982) with Wang in person
Apr 7th:            Paydirt (Penny Allen, 1981)-premiere of new restoration
Apr 8th:            Combat Shock (Buddy Giovinazzo, 1984)
Apr 15th:          Suburbia (Penelope Spheeris, 1983) with Spheeris in Person.
Apr 16th:          Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years  (Penelope Spheeris, 1988)
with Spheeris in person
                        Deadbeat at Dawn (Jim Van Bebber, 1988) & Diary of a Deadbeat (Victor Bonacore, 2015)

 *Series is presented by’ Production for Use’

About The Cinefamily

The Cinefamily is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films. Like campfires, sporting events and church services, we believe that movies work best as social experiences. They are more meaningful, funnier and scarier when shared with others. The Cinefamily was founded in 2007 by brothers Dan and Sammy Harkham and Hadrian Belove, founder of Cinefile Video.

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