MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN
2019, 95 min, Dir: Alexandre O. Philippe

This phenomenal new documentary from the director of 78/52 not only explores the genesis of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN, but also takes a deeper, more complex dive into the process of creation itself. From Egyptian and Greek mythology to underground comics to art history and Dan O’Bannon, Philippe establishes a new and unique way of exploring the conception of ideas. Filmed in his characteristically adroit and meticulous style and brimming with fascinating interviews from film luminaries such as Roger Corman and Diane Bannon, MEMORY: THE ORIGINS Of ALIEN forever changes the concept of what a film documentary can be.


BABE’S AND RICKY’S INN
2011, Sideshow Releasing, 90 min, USA, Dir: Ramin Niami

For more than half a century, the center of the blues in Los Angeles was Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn, a small South Central club whose stage was graced by stars and hopefuls alike. Before the storied venue closed its doors in 2010, filmmaker Ramin Niami brought his cameras in to capture stunning performances and interviews from the likes of Guitar Shorty, Barbara Morrison, Keb’ Mo’ and songwriting great Mike Stoller. This lively documentary pays loving tribute to the Inn’s late founder, Mississippi-born “Mama Laura” Mae Gross, a tireless champion of the blues and mentor to countless musicians.


DANCE CRAZE
1981, Nu Image Films, 85 min, UK, Dir: Joe Massot

The best of Britain’s 2-Tone ska bands of the late ’70s and early ’80s light up the screen in this live concert documentary. "Nite Klub," "One Step Beyond," "Too Much Pressure" and "Mirror in the Bathroom" are among the two dozen-plus songs performed by The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The (English) Beat, Bad Manners and others as they whip audiences into a sweat across the U.K.


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