While basic production concerns (dialogue, camera, performance) preoccupy many filmmakers, great directors soar by digging into a vast arsenal of cinematic tools to overcome limitations and to visually and aurally enhance their films. Film/Visual Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris offers a director’s workshop to give scenes personal and artistic sheen.
A Sam Fuller double feature, including an archival print of 1953 noir PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET and rare 1982 horror-thriller WHITE DOG, is introduced by his daughter Samantha Fuller. His newly-published lost novel Brainquake will be available for sale in the lobby.
WORLDS BUILT TO ORDER: ART DIRECTORS GUILD FILM SOCIETY SERIES 2014
Douglas Fairbanks swashbucklers THE GAUCHO screens along with a panel including Douglas Fairbanks expert John Tibbetts and Patricia Kelly, who will discuss her late husband Gene Kelly's admiration of Fairbanks' dance choreography, stunt choreography, and action sequences.
DESPERADO WITH A CAMERA: THE CINEMA OF ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
A Robert Rodriguez double feature includes his shoestring-budget Spanish-language directorial debut EL MARIACHI and 2003's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, starring Antonio Banderas as the gunslinging El Mariachi, hired by a CIA agent (Johnny Depp) to kill a renegade general (Gerardo Vigil) working with a drug-lord (Willem Dafoe).