Who Wants Film Festival Tickets? You Do!

October 30th, 2008 · No Comments · By

Hey guys,

I’ve got some free tickets to give away for the Film Festival this weekend; there are three awesome screenings this Saturday, and I’ve got tickets in my pocket with your name on them. The screenings are “Kuchars in Space” at Vinegar Hill, and “Ancient Astronauts” and “Secrets of the Shadow World” at the McCormick Observatory. They’re all going to be really awesome. Ed Halter from the NYUFF and film legends George and Mike Kuchar will be at these screenings in person, and these films are really bizaare and trashy and fun. It’s the ideal hair-of-the-Baskervilles-Hound remedy for your Halloween hangover.

Here’s how to get tickets: don’t bother e-mailing me because I probably won’t get it until Monday. Just call my cell phone at Nine Eight Nine, Zero Six Seven Six and leave your name and tell me which movie you want to see. If I don’t answer (very likely) just leave a message and I’ll add your name to the list.  Then I’ll meet you at the theater and hand you your tickets.  If you don’t know me personally — I’m a skinny white guy, 26 but I look younger, and I won’t have slept in a few days. I’ll be the guy with the staff badge that says “James Ford.”

Click below for details about the screenings.

Sat, Nov 1, 1:00pm — Kuchars in Space! with George and Mike Kuchar at Vinegar Hill Theater

Jack Stevenson, writing in Bright Lights Film Journal, calls Mike’s “Sins of the Fleshapoids” the single most significant, creatively realized example of ’60s camp cinema sensibility. Filmed in gloriously garish color, with an indelible performance from George Kuchar as the evil Prince Gianbeno, “Fleshapoids” has influenced underground filmmakers from Andy Warhol to the early works of David Lynch and Todd Haynes.”Tower of the Astro-Cyclops” features French ufologist Jacques Vallee, a much respected member of the ‘invisible college,’ is openly explored as the good doctor shares his memorabilia and interests in the UFO mystery with a terrestrial visitor of plebian dimensions. “Orphans of the Cosmos” is a family picture with timeless values, a coming-of-age story set on the planet Mars. Raging hormones and unchecked alien libidos ensue. George says: “it looks like a million bucks for the vision impaired.”

Sat, Nov 1, 7:00pm — Ancient Astronauts with Ed Halter at McCormick Observatory

In the 1970s, financial struggles in Hollywood, as well as the increased popularity of pseudoscience and parapsychology, led to the unlikely rise of small independent distributor Sun International. The company released an adaptation of Erich von Däniken’s best-selling book “Chariots of the Gods” in 1974 that grossed $26 million, followed by titles on Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, UFOs, the search for Noah’s Ark, and two more documentaries on “ancient astronauts.” Sun’s success inspired other outfits to distribute cheaply made movies and TV shows about Nostradamus, end-times theology, and controversial “catastrophist” Immanuel Velikovsky. Critic and curator Ed Halter presents an illustrated lecture and clip show on the curious success of SunGHW International and its numerous imitators. Halter analyzes a markedly different era of film distribution and questions the longstanding appeal of outlandish theories. Included in the program will be the complete “Chariots of the Gods.”

Sat, Nov 1, 9:30pm — Secrets of the Shadow World with George Kuchar at McCormick Observatory

Cannibals, ufologists, and drag queens are only some of the characters populating George Kuchar’s three-part exploration of the supernatural, the unreal, and the downright uncanny. Although Kuchar, who appears in the film both as himself and as a cross-dressing alien, is ostensibly on a quest to make a “big UFO movie,” the film’s true subject might be the bizarre gallery of experts, fellow filmmakers, and old friends that Kuchar encounters along the way. “Secrets of the Shadow World” blends camp and melodrama, generosity and tomfoolery, vintage-film sensibility and digital-video wizardry, into a deeply subversive, underground tour de force that defies easy explanation or categorization.This three-part miniseries explores the mysterious and the mundane in a splash of digital dioramas that wipe across the screen in a cascade of electronic barfs.

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