VICE PRESENTS: THE FILM FOUNDATION SCREENING SERIES

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Presented by VICE and hosted by Nitehawk CinemaVICE Presents: The Film Foundation Screening Series is a monthly program featuring restored 35mm prints from Martin Scorsese’s motion picture preservation foundation.

For the past two decades Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation has been dedicated to preserving motion picture history and this unique monthly screening honors the cultural significance of their endeavors.

The Film Foundation series introduces new audiences to cinematic classics such as Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, Powell and Pressburger’s The Red Shoes, and Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter as well as presenting little known greats like Barbara Loden’s Wanda. And because each print has been beautifully restored, it also provides those familiar with these works the chance to view them in a way in which they’ve never seen before! This program also stresses importance on the protection and preservation of the medium of film itself. Therefore, all movies shown will be in a 35mm presentation.

We support The Film Foundation’s efforts to ensure that these films – works of art, historical records, and essential representations of our culture – will survive future generations. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sale from these screenings will go towards current and future preservation projects.

Created in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with the leading archives and studios, the foundation raises awareness of the urgent need for preservation and has saved over 600 films. In addition to the preservation, restoration, and presentation of classic cinema, the foundation teaches young people about film language and history through The Story of Movies, the organization’s groundbreaking educational curriculum that is used by over 100,000 educators nationwide. Joining Scorsese on the board of directors are Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg. The Film Foundation is aligned with the Directors Guild of America.

VICE Presents: The Film Foundation Screening Series is organized by Eddy Moretti, VICE’s Chief Creative Officer, Jennifer Ahn and Margaret Bodde of The Film Foundation, and Caryn Coleman, Programmer at Nitehawk Cinema. 

*$3 of each ticket will be donated directly to The Film Foundation

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DECEMBER 17 (9:30P.M.)

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Charles Laughton • 1955 • 93 Mins.• English • 35mm• Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason • R

An initially overlooked film that’s now considered a classic, Night of the Hunter is a tightly composed tale of “good versus evil” told through innocent farm kids and the sociopath preacher who is stalking them.

Bringing Davis Grubb’s novel to the big screen, actor Charles Laughton made his only directorial feature with Night of the Hunter. All shadows and light, the film is a beautiful juxtaposition of love and hate, quiet moment with bursts of violence, and at its most fundamental, a representation of the struggle between good and evil. And evil enters into the world of a desperate family in the form of the religious fanatic with sociopathic tendencies Harry Powell (played to eery perfection by Robert Mitchum). A serial murderer who marries for money and then kills his brides, he marries a gullible widow (Shelley Winters) for the $10,000 her deceased husband stole. His plan gets complicated when neither of her two children will disclose the whereabouts of the fortune, they head up river to escape the preacher…but he’s always close behind.

Night of the Hunter is haunting mixture of stark realism and German Expressionism that’s both inspiring and horrifying. Walter Schumman’s score and the cinematography of Stanley Cortez and fundamental to the feel of the film, which is one of a poetic struggle.

*A portion of each ticket sale goes towards The Film Foundation. Tickets also include complimentary Larceny Bourbon drinks at an after-party in Nitehawk’s downstairs bar!

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. with funding provided by Robert Sturm and The Film Foundation. Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Park Circus Limited.

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JANUARY 28 (9:30P.M.)

WANDA

Barbara Loden •1970 •120 Mins.• English • 35mm• Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes • R

A small town housewife abandons her family, frequents seedy bars and motels until going on the run with a small-time criminal.

Barbara Loden is the writer, director, and star in her first and only film, Wanda. Set in the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania, despondent housewife Wanda attempts to escape her abusive existence by abandoning her husband and children. Adrift, she drinks excessively in an attempt to drown out her problems and goes home with random men to have a roof over her head, when one day she encounters Norman Dennis in a bar…as he’s robbing it. Setting out on the road with Norman, Wanda doesn’t become a symbol for a new feminist woman but, rather, absorbs herself into a newly destructive life.

Critically loved but rarely seen, Wanda is an emotional road trip film with an improvisational and meditative style. In fact, it was nearly destroyed and lost forever so please join us in a very special presentation celebrating the restoration of important and nearly forgotten classic film. WANDA (1970, dir. Barbara Loden) Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation.

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FEBRUARY 25 (9:30P.M.)

THE CONNECTION

Shirley Clarke •1962 •110 Mins.•English •35mm• Warren Finnerty, Garry Goodrow, Jerome Raphael, Jim Anderson, Carl Lee, Freddie Redd, Jackie McLean, Larry Richie •NR

Shirley Clarke’s controversial and influential film, The Connection, portrays a group of drug addicts and jazz musicians waiting in a New York loft apartment for their drug connection.

Considered one of the most vital and fascinating films of American independent cinema, The Connection was made by Shirley Clarke at a time when women directors were in very short supply. As her first feature, she adapted the controversial off-Broady play by Jack Gelber making a play within a play within a jazz concert (including a musical score by legendary pianist Freddie Redd). With all of the action contained on one-set, the kinetic movement of the film comes from Clarke’s mobile camera, one that plays off of the fluidity of jazz and embraces the Beat saturated dialogue.

Ultimately Clarke made film that shattered stereotypes and, rather than showing good guys gone bad, she graphically depicted the raw reality of drug addiction in America. Therefore, despite being acclaimed as a masterpiece at the Cannes International Film Festival and heralded as influential by fellow filmmakers, The Connection was promptly banned by government censor boards for indecent language and a struggle ensued to have theatrical release in the United States. The fallout from the battle to have a wide release caused it to remained unseen for many years.

Now restored and newly re-released, audiences finally have the opportunity to see The Connection on the big screen.

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