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ART IN THE STREETS

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH TO SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD

Presented by Levi's Film Workshop, in association with MOCA (as part of the exhibit "Art In The Streets" at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA)

The Cinefamily is thrilled to present a week of documentaries, live panels, Q&As and parties in celebration of The Museum of Contemporary Art's Art In The Streets, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art. The exhibition traces the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved -- and this film series features many of the movement's key participants and witnesses! As well, the closing night party revolves around the earliest known street art in the world: the cave paintings of southern France, with the premiere of Werner Herzog's brand-new 3-D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, held at the Natural History Museum!

FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH AT 7:30PM

WILD STYLE
Dir. Charlie Ahearn
1983, 35mm, 82 min.

Joyous, raucous, and explosive, Wild Style is the movie that made Hollywood wake up to hip-hop. A fixture of the scene for nearly half a decade, downtown NYC director Charlie Ahearn had unique access, offering us a living, breathing document of early hip-hop history. The film is essential text: ZEPHYR’s animated titles rivaling those of Saul Bass; the epic Williamsburg Bridge park jam climax with Rammellzee in a trenchcoat waving around a sawed-off; Chief Rocker Busy Bee at the Dixie Club; the Cold Crush Brothers and the Fantastic 5 battling on the b-ball court; Grandmaster Flash on the ones and twos in his kitchen; and, of course, glorious graf galore.

**IN PERSON: There will be an Afterparty with Director Charlie Ahearn, Co-star Patti Astor, and other special guests TBA!!!

TICKETS: $10





TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH AT 8:00PM

DOWNTOWN 81
Dir. Edo Bertoglio
1981, 35mm, 72 min.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, the artist who preceded his career in the ‘80s art world with a legendary adolesence spent in graffiti, was captured in his prime by director Edo Bertoglio in Downtown 81, a bleeding-edge peek into the early-’80s New York bohemian subculture. As Basquiat creates street art while roaming the avenues of Manhattan, his encounters with luminaries like Fab 5 Freddy, The Sugarhill Gang, Debbie Harry, Jarmusch staple Eszter Balint, photographer/filmmaker Amos Poe and others fairly stagger belief. And, as if that wasn’t incredible already, alongside these impressionistic episodes are blessed post-punk concert interludes featuring DNA, Tuxedomoon, The Plastics, James White and the Blacks, and Kid Creole & The Coconuts. It’s almost as if the directors were worried that the city would be nuked after filming, and this would be its last will and testament! For anyone with any interest in East Coast counterculture of the period, this is a genuine must-see.




JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT AT THE FUN GALLERY
Dirs. Marc H. Miller & Paul Tschinkel
1982, 10/30 min., digital presentation

Kicking off the evening is Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Fun Gallery, known through a few short, contentious snippets posted on YouTube, and through its fictionalized recreation in Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat bio-pic. Before the feature and the panel, we'll screen the ten-minute short -- and as the closer to the evening, we'll also screen the complete unedited thirty-minute historic interview from which the short was cut! Co-director Marc H. Miller will also provide historic context for an encounter that captures a lively and provocative 21 year-old Basquiat on the cusp of his art world ascent!

**IN PERSON: MOCA Creative Deirector/Deitch Projects Founder Jeffrey Deitch, Artist/Downtown 81 Producer Maripol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Fun Gallery Co-Director Marc H. Miller!!!

TICKETS: $10



THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST AT 8:00PM

AGNES VARDA'S "MUR MURS"
Dir. Agnès Varda
1981, digital presentation, 80 min.

Mur Murs is Agnès Varda’s love letter to our city’s ephemeral, idiosyncratic and startling street murals that give freeways, airports, and other communal spaces unexpected vibrancy and life. Shot simultaneously in Los Angeles alongside Varda’s 1981 fiction film Documenteur (in which her protagonist wanders some of the streets containing these same artworks), Mur Murs not only captures the good, the bad and the sublime in the realm of our public canvases, but also lets the artists speak for themselves in interludes that show off enough local color to please even the most jaded Angeleno. Mur Murs lovingly lingers on the mural images in a prescient way that suggests Varda knows full well how fleeting the works can be; in a city like L.A., where practically no building or coat of paint stands for too long, these images are one of the few documents of mural styles rarely practiced today.

Mur Murs (trailer, final) from Cinefamily on Vimeo.




STATIONS OF THE ELEVATED
Dir. Manfred Kirchheimer
1981, digital presentation, 46 min.

Playing after the intermission is Stations of the Elevated, a wordless tone poem by German filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer on the breathtaking tagging found on highly elevated trains creakin’ on by in ‘80s NYC. Featuring music by Charles Mingus!

TICKETS: $10



FRIDAY, APRIL 22ND AT 8:00PM

GLOBAL GRAFFITI: GRAFFITI FILMS AROUND THE WORLD featuring DREAMS DON'T DIE

A shorts program curated by Cinefamily, including Andre The Giant Has A Posse, the 1997 look at Shepard Fairey's infamous "Andre The Giant" guerilla sticker campaign, and The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal, Matt McCormick's riveting minimalist look at the accidental art created when indiscriminate blotches of paint cover where graffiti used to stand. Closing out the show is the amazing and rare Dreams Don't Die, the 1982 feature-length network TV movie about an inner-city graffiti writer. Starring Disney/Afterschool Special star Ike Eisenmann (Escape To Witch Mountain) and with graffiti art by Dondi (billed here as "Technical Advisor")!

TICKETS: $10





SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD

Co-presented by Cinespia, The History Channel, Goeth-Institut Los Angeles and First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS

Join us for the closing night party of our "Art In The Streets" series at the Natural History Museum, by celebrating the oldest form of street art ever recorded! Werner Herzog's brand-new documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams gives you exclusive access inside the Chauvet caves of southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. Putting modern 3-D technology to a profound use, Cave transports you back in time over 30,000 years! And, after the film, join us for sets of live music from special guests TBA!

**NOTE: Even though this show will be free admission, there are a limited number of tickets available. Stay tuned for upcoming ticket info!!!

TICKETS: TBA





 

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