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Facets Multimedia Presents Facets Night School: The Master Series

FacetsNightFacets Night School, the long-running series of midnight lectures, screenings and general craziness, is back and The Underground Multiplex has  got the early word! They have a great line-up coming, so you’ll definitely want to hear from these master presenters as they host screenings of some of the craziest and most diverse entertainment this side of the galaxy. Talking chimps on 35mm! Drug crazed beauties! Cannibals! Warring beauty queens and battling sweaty strongmen! Vicious hungry cats and insanely overwrought same-sex melodrama! You want it, you got it at this hearty session of Facets Night School.

Here’s the series:

Saturday, March 30
Jason Coffman presents:
Carnival Magic in 35mm!

“This long-forgotten classic of the chimp-sploitation genre is probably the weirdest, most inappropriate kids film ever made.” -Brisbane International Film Festival

Al Adamson was a legend of low-budget filmmaking. From 1961 to 1983, Adamson cranked out B (and often C-Z) movies like Satan’s Sadists, Dracula Vs. Frankenstein, Naughty Stewardesses, Black Samurai, Nurse Sherri, and Cinderella 2000. After a career making pictures for grindhouses and drive-ins, Adamson’s last two films were “kids’ movies.” One of these, Carnival Magic, disappeared shortly after its initial release. Long thought lost, a print of Carnival Magic was discovered in 2009, some 14 years after Adamson’s death. At long last, paracinephiles could get a look at Adamson’s legendarily bizarre attempt to make a movie for children. Unsurprisingly, it’s immediately obvious that Adamson had no idea how to do that. In the film, Markov the Magnificent (Don Stewart) is a small-time magician with a secret: he actually has magical powers. He also has a sidekick named Alex, a talking chimp. Markov reluctantly joins a struggling circus, and together he and Alex become the show’s biggest stars. At first it seems like Markov and Alex may save the circus from bankruptcy, but the show’s alcoholic lion tamer–angry at having his spotlight stolen by a talking monkey–cooks up a scheme to sell Alex to an animal research laboratory. Jason Coffman will present Carnival Magic from a 35mm print courtesy of the Chicago Cinema Society Film Archive, along with a discussion of Adamson’s career and trailers for the director’s other films.

Jason Coffman is a programmer and co-director of the Chicago Cinema Society. He is also a film writer, sometime filmmaker, and a regular contributor to FilmMonthly.com and Fine Print Magazine. His writing has also appeared in Horrorhound magazine and Cashiers du Cinemart. Coffman previously presented Spider Baby and The Sleeper at Facets Night School. 

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Saturday, April 6
Jef Burnham presents:
Puritanical Peplum Panic: Hercules, Samson & Ulysses as Religious Battle Crossover

“Do you think it easy to fight against someone who believes he was sent here by his God?” -Aldo Giuffre as Seren, the Philistine King

By 1963, when he filmed Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963), director Pietro Francisci was no stranger to sword-and-sandal pictures, otherwise known as peplum. He also helmed 1958’s Hercules and 1959’s Hercules Unchained, both of which featured memorable performances by Steve Reeves as the Greek demigod. Although Reeves did not reprise his role in Hercules, Samson & Ulysses, Francisci compensates for the legendary muscleman’s absence by pitting Hercules’s greased-up Grecian girth against Samson’s bronzed biblical biceps! Join Jef Burnham as he explores the film’s relationship to the concept of the film franchise “battle crossover,” dating back to Universal’s classic horror films like Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). He will also tease out the ramifications of depicting two muscle-bound representatives of ancient religions battling it out for theological supremacy.

Jef Burnham is a media scholar and film critic. He holds a degree in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as a member of the Adjunct Faculty in Cinema Studies. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com. In addition to his film criticism, Jef authored a chapter of Open Court’s Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy and has co-authored a chapter of Scarecrow Press’s forthcoming collection of essays entitled, Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000. He previously presented Yor, The Hunter From the Future and Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare at Facets Night School. 

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Saturday, April 13
Dominick Mayer presents:
Knockoff Henchmen, Helicopter Seduction, and a Night of a 1000 Cats

“I would like to keep you forever…in a crystal cage.” -Hugo

In 1972, exploitation filmmaker Rene Cardona Jr. cranked out a cheapie horror film about Hugo (Hugo Stiglitz), a billionaire playboy who uses his suave charms, stalker-ish manners, and opulent wealth to seduce women into his home, where unspeakable, cat-related horrors await them. Somewhere along the line, a full half hour disappeared from the Spanish version before it reached the U.S. as Blood Feast (not to be confused with the Herschell Gordon Lewis cult classic). However, purists know the film’s true name: Night of a Thousand Cats (La Noche de los Mil Gatos). Dominick Mayer will examine the film’s shadowy origins, its place in the pantheon of Mexploitation cinema, and how this little-known bargain-bin curio may be deserving of a cult following of its own.

Dominick Mayer is a graduate student in Media & Cinema studies at DePaul University. He is also the features editor and head film critic for HEAVEmedia, a Chicago-based music and culture website. He is (as the session name would suggest) a regular at Facets Night School, having previously presented on Black Dynamite, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and Myra Breckinridge, among others. You can commonly find him at various movie theaters or professional wrestling events in the greater Chicagoland area.

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Saturday, April 20
Chris Damen presents:
Who’s Bad: Lila Leeds’s One Bad Career Move In She Shoulda Said No!

“The story of a good girl gone very, very bad.” -Poster tagline

Sam Newfield’s 1949 anti-marijuana film She Shoulda Said ‘No’! is your typical drug exploitation piece with all the warnings and dangers, but has a very unique backstory. Lead actress Lila Leeds was actually arrested with Robert Mitchum for smoking marijuana. While Mitchum got off almost scot-free, Leeds was forced to make this career-killer. This lecture will cover the sad career of Lila Leeds, and will provide a short survey of the anti-marijuana film genre.

Chris Damen is an avid traveler and a local stand-up comic. In October of 2012, he became the head producer of Facets Night School. He has previously presented eight films a Facets Night School, including Pulgasari, Barfly, and Nekromantik.

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Saturday, April 27
Michael Smith presents:
Eat the Rich: Manoel de Oliveira’s Unlikely Cannibals Musical

Imagine an unholy mash-up of Luis Bunuel’s The Exterminating Angel and Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and you will have some idea of what is in store at this rare screening of one of the all-time great Portuguese films.

The Cannibals (Os Canibais) is one of the best but unfortunately least-known feature films by the prolific Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira. Made in 1988 when the still-active writer/director was a comparatively youthful 79 years old, this delightful work of anti-bourgeois Surrealism is a kind of freakish filmed opera in which every line of savage satire is sung. Adapted from a novel by Álvaro Carvalhal, the plot concerns Marguerite (Oliveira’s favorite leading lady Leonor Silveira), a high-society woman who marries a wealthy Viscount (Oliveira’s favorite leading man Luis Miguel Cintra) over the objections of her jealous ex-lover, Don Juan (Diogo Doria). On their wedding night, the Viscount reveals to Marguerite his darkest secret, which leads to a devilish, uproariously funny climax that must be seen to be believed. Adding a layer of self-reflexive fun is an omniscient, singing narrator (Oliveira Lopes); at one point, he hilariously complains about the protagonists’ use of the “sententious language of poor melodrama” in the previous scene. This rare screening of The Cannibals will be shown via digital projection of a European import DVD. The film has never received an official home video release in North America.

Michael Smith is an independent filmmaker whose most recent short films, At Last, Okemah!! (2009) and The Catastrophe (2011), have won multiple awards at film festivals across the United States. Since 2009, he has taught film history and aesthetics at Chicago-area colleges including Oakton Community College, the College of Lake County, and Harold Washington College. His first book, Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry, a non-fiction account of early film production in Chicago, will be released by KWS Publishers, Inc. in late 2013. He is also the creator and sole author of the film studies blog WhiteCityCinema.com. He has previously taught many Facets Night School sessions including, most recently, “Drilling Into The Slumber Party Massacre.”

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Saturday, May 4
Lauren Whalen presents:
Girls, Guns and Glitter, Don’cha Know: Drop Dead Gorgeous and the Wild World of Mock Doc

“I shoved your tap shoes in my panties before I was blown out of the house. You go find the guy who cut ’em off.” –Annette Atkins (Ellen Barkin)

Before Kirsten Dunst met Sam Raimi and Denise Richards met Charlie Sheen, they went head-to-head in this darkly funny mockumentary. In Mount Rose, Minnesota, boys go to prison and girls compete in the American Teen Princess pageant. Sweet Amber (Dunst) dreams of escaping her trailer park and becoming the next Diane Sawyer, while nasty Becky Ann (Richards) has perfect teeth and the stage mother from hell (Kirstie Alley), a firearm-toting former American Teen Princess who’ll knock down (or knock off) anyone in her baby’s way. Directed by Michael Patrick Jann (of comedy collective The State), Drop Dead Gorgeous mixes slapstick and satire, straddles the fine line between irreverent and offensive, and has a killer supporting cast (Allison Janney, Ellen Barkin, Brittany Murphy, and Amy Adams in her film debut). Join Lauren Whalen as she explores the mockumentary subgenre, the art of parody, and Drop Dead Gorgeous’ premonition of a Toddlers & Tiaras-saturated culture. High heels optional.

Lauren Whalen spent ten years with Facets as an intern, volunteer, and full-time employee. She writes for Chicago Theater Beat and The Film Yap. Lauren’s previous Night School presentations involved destructive bunnies (Donnie Darko), messed-up lesbian dreams (Mulholland Dr.), and teenage drug rings (Brick). She is also a burlesque enthusiast, who unapologetically loves glitter, and is eternally grateful to her mother for never letting her do pageants.

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Saturday, May 11
Legendary Lew (!) presents:
The Ben & Arthur Interactive Cinematic Experience, or Can a Cult Movie Sensation Be Created?

“I don’t make sense, you don’t make sense. I make sense. That’s who makes sense!” — Tammy Sheets  (Julie Belknap) in Ben & Arthur

“If Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is the over-wrought, melodramatic and self-pitying heterosexual camp classic of choice, then Sam Mraovich’s Ben & Arthur is its gay equivalent…This is a cult sensation waiting to be born.” –Rotten Tomatoes

In recent years, the internet and social media have helped create massive, rabid followings for cinematic “failures,” such as Troll 2 and The Room. Both films hovered in obscurity for years at the nadir of IMDb’s worst-film list until enthusiastic audiences resuscitated them with interaction styles first adopted by Rocky Horror Picture Show viewers. It’s high time the incredible film Ben & Arthur gets its second chance. Disappearing characters, horrendously mixed audio, palm trees in Vermont, passenger flights on FedEx planes, on-screen lighting tripods, cardboard crucifixes, card table “desks,” and cell phones, cell phones ,and more cell phones—Ben and Arthur has it all, including a blatant rip-off of a crucial scene in De Palma’s Scarface. Discovered by a film producer while working in a Pennsylvania Burger King, the multi-talented Sam Mraovich hails from Steubenville, OH. At age 22, Mraovich made the move to Hollywood and began production, direction, etc. on his gay marriage rights magnum opus, Ben & Arthur. Today, he is double-licensed as real estate agent and hair stylist in California. To date, this much-discussed cult film is his only directorial release. Lew Ojeda will discuss the history of these interactive films and how newly-discovered ones can help independent theaters attract moviegoers in current tough economic times.
Note: For the interactive screening experience of Ben & Arthur, you’ll want to remember to bring your cell phone, a newspaper, sugar packets and a stuffed toy cat or dog.

Special guest, film auteurd extraordinaire Ernie Tarté, will be on hand to help introduce the film and launch the evening with handheld mirrors and lilac kisses.

Lew Ojeda is the co-founder of The Underground Multiplex and host of the podcast Mediatrocities, celebrating weirdness in movies, music, and television. His production/direction credits include Rochester, NY’s landmark LGBT television show, The Word is Out, and his film reviews have appeared in The Empty Closet and Shock Cinema. As part of Facets for over a decade, Ojeda has previously presented Lady Terminator, Fuego, The Story of Riki-Oh, Seytan, Eat the Rich, Sisters of No Mercy 3D, and many others at Facets Night School.

Screenings will be on Saturdays nights at midnight from March 30-May 11
Facets Multimedia
1517 W Fullerton
Chicago, IL
Admission: $5, FREE for Facets members.
Check out Facets Multimedia: www.facets.org



Local Filmmakers to Look for: Chris Hefner



Chicago’s own Chris Hefner is just about set to release his second feature-length film, The Poisoner.  Filmed in black and white, this strange tale tells of the marriage between a man and a woman forming a eerie contract. He convinces her to wed him with the intent of slowly poisoning him to death. Though the contract is agreed to, the marriage  doesn’t go as planned.

The multi-talented Hefner has had gallery showings at Finch, Heaven and MCA. He’s also collaborated with director Guy Maddin for the “Hauntings” short film series. Watch The Poisoner trailer or the feature The Pink Hotel, and you’ll definitely see the influence. He also plays a mean musical saw.

Head on over to his website for a selection of good stuff and learn how you can help him distribute The Poisoner.

Cinematrocities Audio Podcast #3: Dominick Mayer on Myra Breckinridge

Dominick Mayer presents the story behind the notorious production of the notorious Hollywood failure. This film deserves more of a cult following than its received so far. Here’s hoping we can help!

This production was organized before the passing of the great Gore Vidal.  Give a listen to the dramatic reading throwdown by members of the audience, “Vidal” and his nemesis “Norman Mailer” before the lecture.

Presented at Facets Multimedia on July 22, 2012
Produced by Lew Ojeda for The Underground Multiplex
Hosted by Lew Ojeda. With Joseph Lewis, Lew Ojeda and guest Dominick Mayer,  contributor to HeaveMedia. Original music by Nate Wells.

NOTE: During the introduction of the podcast, I incorrectly stated the date of the event as August 12, 2012. The event actually took place on July 22, 2012. Oops, sorry.

TUGM’s New “Sh#!house Cinema Circus” Trailer for Facets Summer Night School

Trailer created by our very own Joe Lewis, director of the upcoming Scumbabies!

For more details on the entire program, click here. To become a member of Facets, click here.

THIS is the Version of “Prometheus” I Want to See

This amazing recreation of the Prometheus trailer is made entirely out of colored paper. I would watch this feature-length paper version over the mega million one in a heartbeat.

“Tyler B Nice”, Second Feature by Director Joe Lewis, Available as a Free Download

We at The Underground Multiplex would like to remind you of the FREE movies you can download from our site. All of our work, from the feature-length films of Joseph R. Lewis to podcasts by Lew Ojeda, we provide to the public free of charge to download and enjoy. As you can see from the link on the left, we do enjoy receiving donations as well to continue providing the best in Chicago-based filmed and live entertainment.

From the description: “TYLER B. NICE is a montage of found video from a night of blurry memories OR a chronicling of the ugly but colorful lives of a small group of deviants and lovers in Boston, circa 2005 OR why i hate parties. Written over the course of a two month rehearsal period with a company of over 15 performers.”

“Gorgeous for sure and the performances are all remarkable.” — Andrew Bujalski

Enjoy! and share!

TUGM Presents Facets 2012 Summer Night School Schedule of Lectures and Presentations!

The long, hot summer is about to get hotter: karate-choppin’ babes in the Philippines, warped fetishistic twisted minds, sexy trans starlets, rubbery communist Godzilla ripoffs, futuristic warriors in loincloths, hypnotized frigid wives, wigged out anti-drug films and freaky Halloween parties! They’re all coming to Facets Multimedia for its famed Night School Series produced by The Underground Multiplex, Chicago’s own premiere promoters of live post-modern roadshow entertainment.

This exciting series, which The Underground Multiplex dubs “Sh!thouse CineCircus,” will be chock full of live music acts, comedy films, live radio show presentations, hypno-craziness and more! Each will be presented by witty and knowledgeable lecturers, who will school you in all manners of such topics as Filipino action film craziness, roadshow hucksterism, communist movie thievery, re-evaluating trash movies and much more!

June 23, 2012

Wonder Women and One-Armed Executioners: Filipino Action Exploitation Films of the 1970’s

Lew Ojeda presents Wonder Women
Directed by Robert Vincent O’Neill, 1973

“Dr. Tsu is a hundred years ahead of her time and it is characteristic of human beings to resist progress.” – Sid Haig, Wonder Women

Get ready for an explosive ride into the “Wild East” with this action-packed, karate-chopping pseudo-feminist blaster presented on a RARE 35MM PRINT! It’s grind house mania galore as Nancy Kwan (“Flower Drum Song”) plays Dr. Tsu, an evil genius intent on stealing organs from healthy athletic male bods and transplanting them into old, rich shriveling ones. Ross Hagen is the heat-packin’, hard-punchin’ ladies man out to stop her fiendish plans. Lew Ojeda hacks through the jungle of jaw-dropping cinema exported from The Philippines in the 1970’s and tells how filmmakers, actors and crew members literally risked life, limb and arrest for their art. PLUS–as an added bonus, Ojeda’s lecture will be presented as part of a live podcast taping of “Cinematrocities” recorded in radio show format before the audience!

Lew Ojeda is the co-founder of The Underground Multiplex, host of “Cinematrocities” and a personal video consultant, copy writer and lecturer at Facets Multimedia. His film reviews and interviews have appeared in Shock Cinema, The Onion, The Empty Closet and Chicago Tribune. He’s jumped out of cakes, portrayed Mother Terminator and wielded an AK-47 during lectures for Eat the Rich, Lady Terminator, Fuego, The Boneyard and Sisters of No Mercy 3D among others.

June 30, 2012

Normal Love from Hell: The Innocence of Bettie Page and Alucarda

Bruce Neal presents a live musical mash-up of Normal Love and Bettie Page shorts and screens the full-length feature Alucarda aka Innocents from Hell.

Directed by Juan Lopez Moctezuma, 1977; Jack Smith, 1963; and Irving Klaw, 1955
Remix by Bruce Neal and Joseph R. Lewis

“I was never the girl next door.” – Bettie Page

Ever wonder what exploding nuns, Jack Smith and Bettie Page had in common?  Find out with Bruce Neal and company as they take you on a head-tripping, mind-bending tour of visions from Normal Love (Jack Smith, 1963) and Bettie Page exploitation shorts (Irving Klaw, 1955). Bruce  Neal will touch on the importance of these films to your subconscious and psyche. Then, take the trip through the recesses of your mind with the insane nunsploitation film Alucarda (Juan Lopez Moctezuma, 1977). Can you make it through to the other side? Free Alucarda, Jack Smith and Bettie Page trading cards for all attendees!

Bruce Neal is a projectionist at Facets and has worked in film, music, underground theater, performance art and stand-up comedy. He was creative and story consultant on Dream Havana, which won Best Documentary at the Chicago, Orlando and Lyon Latino Film Festivals.  His previous Night School classes covered such films as Street Trash and God Told Me To. Bruce also co-created original soundtracks to A Page of Madness, Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages and The Fall of the House of Usher as a member of The Cursed Bird Ensemble (among many other aliases). Currently, he’s performing in the Death-Folk band Crippled Masters with fellow soundtrack alum Matt Silcock.

July 21, 2012

Myra Breckenridge and the Delirious, Gender-Bending Sexual Revolution of 1970 (Well, Kind Of)

Dominick Mayer presents Myra Breckinridge
Directed by Michael Sarne, 1970

“My purpose in coming to Hollywood is the destruction of the American male in all its particulars.” – Raquel Welch, Myra Breckinridge

By the late ’60s, 20th Century Fox was verging on bankruptcy and flinging anything they could at the wall just to see what’d stick. Some of these films, whether classic (M*A*S*H) or classic for the wrong reasons (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls), live on in the cinematic lexicon as genuine legends. Forgotten, however, except in the most appreciative camp circles, is Myra Breckinridge, Michael Sarne’s 1970 disasterpiece about a trans woman (Raquel Welch) who’s followed around at all times by her invisible former male self (Rex Reed) as she invades a Hollywood acting school to spread the sexual revolution to its students. From the utter lunacy of the script to its infamous use of classic cinematic moments as trashy punchlines, and right through Mae West’s inexplicable, ghastly turn as a past-her-prime sexpot, Myra Breckinridge is camp of the dirtiest, most delicious kind. Facets Night School regular Dominick Mayer will talk about the sordid history of the film, and exactly how Gore Vidal’s beloved novel could yield a film so colossally misguided, and yet wildly hilarious and right in its shambling failures.

Dominick Mayer is a graduate student in Cinema Studies at DePaul University, the features editor and head film critic for HEAVEmedia and a contributing writer at In Our Words: A Salon for Queers & Co. He has previously lectured on The King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersBlack Dynamite and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls for Facets Night School. He thinks Myra Breckinridge is quite spectacular, and says that with a mixture of well-warranted irony and genuine sincerity.

July 28, 2012

Of Lasers and Loincloths: Genre Hybridization in Yor, The Hunter from the Future

Jef Burnham presents Yor, The Hunter from the Future
Directed by Antonio Margheriti, 1983

“We will need a lot more hemp before we’re through.” – Luciano Pigozzi, Yor, The Hunter from the Future

In 1983, Antonio Margheriti, maestro of the Italian genre film and Andy Warhol collaborator, wrote and directed the Italian-Turkish co-production, Yor, The Hunter from the FutureYor stands as one of the single most bizarre and ambitious exercises in genre-blending in the history of cinema, a curious mash-up of science fiction and peplum sprinkled throughout with dinosaurs, mummies, and robots. The film stars cult action icon Reb Brown (of Space Mutiny and the 1979 Captain America TV movies) as the titular barbarian, a beefy, blonde, cave-ladies’ man prone to gleefully commit genocide at the drop of a hat. Follow Jef Burnham on a journey through the prehistoric future world of Yor as he explores the sole collaboration of cult legends Margheriti and Brown, and attempts to unravel the film’s myriad generic strands.

Jef Burnham is the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com. He recently joined the part-time faculty of Columbia College Chicago’s Film & Video Department, and he currently studies media and cinema at DePaul University. His current media obsessions include Blaxploitation cinema and that rarest of televisual delicacies, the made-for-TV comic book movie.

 August 11, 2012

It’s Exploitable!: The Ron Ormond Experience

Katie Rife presents Please Don’t Touch Me!
Directed by Ron Ormond, 1963

“Due to the unusual subject of this motion picture, words cannot describe the contents.”  “Who would be her mate…MAN OR BEAST?” – ad lines from Please Don’t Touch Me!

Though he’s not as famous as his contemporaries Herschell Gordon Lewis and Russ Meyer, Nashville B-movie king Ron Ormond belongs beside them in the pantheon of exploitation greats, and he’s finally getting his due at Facets Night School. Ormond, along with his brother Tim and wife June, ruled the Southern roadshow circuit in the late 1950s, peddling films like Untamed Mistress (1957) and Please Don’t Touch Me! (1959) to ragtag crowds at local carnivals and drive-ins. Katie Rife presents an appreciation of this sleaze icon, whose life and career reflect a surreal and uniquely Southern blend of Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Every Ormond picture has a hook, and Night School will screen the feverish, forgotten Ormond classic Please Don’t Touch Me!, a “Freudian study in sexual repression,” in its original roadshow format.  Anti-frigidity expert and super speedy hypnotist Dr. E. Wrekshen will address the audience with a nurse on standby for those with weak constitutions.

Katie Rife is a Chicago-based writer and filmmaker who has written for outlets as diverse as the Palm Springs International Film Festival and MrSkin.com. She is a founding member of the found footage video collective Everything is Terrible! and has presented four midnight movies for Facets Night School. Her first book, the film guide If You Like Quentin Tarantino…, is due in the winter of 2012/2013 from Backbeat Books.

August 18, 2012

Oh, No, There Goes North Korea: Go go, Pulgasari and North Korean Cinema

Chris Damen presents Pulgasari (AKA: Zombi 34, The Communist Bull Monster)
Directed by Sang-ok Shin, 1985

“Everyone, as long as Pulgasari is with us, our victory is assured!” – from Pulgasari

A special message delivered posthumously from Kim Jong Il:
Greetings, dear comrades in Bang Bang City! This is your supreme leader speaking to you from glorious gold-plated tomb. You are invited to my movie masterpiece Pulgasari and inspiring people’s lecture by my best friend Christopher Damen. Pulgasari is REAL Godzilla! Like Hollywood real. Japanese Godzilla not real! Japanese Godzilla is brainwashing lie from evil bank swine! Cabinet of Democracy has informed me that lies are spreading about me kidnapping capitalist pig director and forcing him to make movie. Lies! Your loving daddy leader will prove this with happy guards present during movie. You will watch and enjoy! You see! Other best friend, Minister of Foreign Entertainment, will beam smiling happy message to you, my friends in Bang Bang City. Magnificent film presented in royal mother tongue with little American words written on bottom. You read! You like!

Chris Damen is a struggling local stand-up comic who loves to travel. He’s been to 14 countries and plans a visit to other distant lands to do comedy. Besides stand-up, Chris is a huge film nerd, which comes in handy in Facets Rentals, where Chris is the comanager of the department. Chris has presented five times before at Night School, including presentations for the films Pusher, Barfly, Nekromantik and Team America: World Police.

August 25, 2012

Midnight Overdose: The Scumbabies File Release Party!
A Special Presentation from Joseph R. Lewis and The Underground Multiplex

Joseph R. Lewis presents Scumbabies
Directed by Joseph R. Lewis, 2010
WINNER– Best Film, Harrisburg Artsfest 2010

 A Chicago Theatrical Premiere and Party!

“…it’s what would happen if John Waters and David Lynch dropped acid and ran away to join the circus together. It’s a vivid, beautiful nightmare, inhabiting a world of absolute freedom Lewis wants to live in and attempts to create every day with his work. “– Alex Baumgardner on Scumbabies

The Underground Multiplex presents a prescription of craziness, fun and follies. First, tickle your brain with an antique anti-drug propaganda mash-up and accompanying lecture by esteemed Dr. Henry Famous of ASU (Altered States University). Behold a gallery of rare magical movie artifacts that can be yours…for a price!  Then, Facets Night School is proud to present the Chicago theatrical premiere of the award-winning, psychedelic horror movie musical Scumbabies! Tru Hollywood plans a Halloween party, but strange people and events lead to head-tripping scenarios in this mix of avant-garde and exploitation films. The happiest horror picture ever!



Join our SUPERHERO DANCE PARTY from 7pm-11pm at Star Labs, 1400 N Bosworth. $5 cover includes admission to the midnight movie at Facets.

Craft Beer selection curated by Six Pack Roulette. Pre-order tix now at sixpackroulette.com and get: a mystery 6-pack of assorted craft beer, entry to party, AND entry to midnite movie! There will be individual craft beers for cheap and the option to get a six pack if you don’t pre-order, but quantities are limited.

Featuring a rare live performance by Captain Famous and the Dead Celebz at 10pm.

R. Lewis is the co-founder of The Underground Multiplex, a Chicago-based arts collective producing live theatrical events, Internet films and upcoming podcasts. Lewis has completed several features, including the award-winning ScumbabiesTyler B Nice, and Sci-Fi SOL. Previous Facets Night School presentations include Killer Klowns from Outer Space and the debut of Sisters of No Mercy 3D.

Please note: there are no midnight screenings for July 7, July 14, & Aug 4. Yes, that means you can still go enjoy Pitchfork and Lollapalooza and still come to Facets and join the fun!

For more info, head on over to Facets Multimedia.

IndieWire Chooses “We Grew Up Here” as the Funding Project of the Day

There’s 8 days left for you to help out the TUGM pals trying to raise money for their new indie film We Grew Up Here. IndieWire’s giving them a little help. If you can, please give and get this intriguing project off an running. You can reach their Kickstarter page here.

And how can you resist those adorable kids?




Chicago Cinema Society Presents “The Bengali Detective” Saturday Night at Facets

TUGM pal Neil Calderone from The Chicago Cinema Society presents the Chicago premiere of the documentary The Bengali Detective. The film follows the true adventures of a gun-for-hire who takes on criminal cases ditched or ignored by police in Kolkata, one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

Oh, and he’s a Bollywood dancer, too!

Playing Saturday night, 3/31/2012  at midnight
Facets Multimedia
1517 W Fullerton
Chicago, IL
Admission: $5,  FREE for Facets Members. (Learn how you can become one here). Lecture before and discussion after the screening.

BTW, this movie is not to be confused with a fictional film by the same title that you can download easily on YouTube.

Support your local indie theaters!


CIMMFest Trailer Released Online

Check this out!

Check them out: CIMMFest.