An off-shoot of Facets' long-running, popular film school program, Facets Night School digs into cinema's wild side with special Saturday night midnight lectures on cult favorites followed by screenings of the films and post-screening discussions.
Online PR News – 22-June-2012 – Chicago, IL – FACETS NIGHT SCHOOL RETURNS WITH MORE MIDNIGHT MOVIE MAYHEM STARTING JUNE 23rd
The popular Night School offshoot of the Facets Film School returns starting Saturday, June 23rd with its eleventh session – SH!THOUSE CINECIRCUS – offering midnight screenings 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, presenting on all manner of topics including Filipino action film craziness, roadshow hucksterism, communist movie thievery, re-evaluating trash movies and much more. This summer’s session is produced by The Underground Multiplex, Chicago's own premiere promoters of live post-modern roadshow entertainment.
The session takes place on select Saturdays through August 25th. Tickets are $5, or free for Facets Patron Circle members. All classes are held at Facets Multi-Media, 1517 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago IL 60614. More information is available online at www.facets.org/nightschool.
Each class includes a lecture, screening, post-screening discussion, grindhouse/cult trailers, giveaways, and more. Attendees receive an extensive educational pack for the films full of notes, essays, articles, a bibliography for further reading and more with admission, as well.
SH!THOUSE CINECIRCUS screenings will include:
Wonder Women (June 23) Trash movie historian Lew Ojeda hacks through the jungle of jaw-dropping cinema exported from the Philippines in the 1970s and tells how filmmakers, actors and crew members literally risked life, limb and arrest for their art.
Normal Love, Bettie Page Exploitation Shorts, and Alucarda (June 30) Bruce Neal and company lead a head-tripping, mind-bending tour of visions from Normal Love (Jack Smith, 1963), Bettie Page exploitation shorts (Irving Klaw, 1955), and the nunsploitation classic Alucarda (Juan Lopez Moctezuma, 1977). Bruce Neal will touch on the importance of these films to viewers’ subconscious and psyche.
Myra Breckenridge (July 21) Facets Night School regular Dominick Mayer will talk about the sordid history of Michael Sarne's 1970 disasterpiece, and discuss exactly how Gore Vidal's beloved novel could yield a film so colossally misguided, and yet wildly hilarious and right in its shambling failures.
Yor, The Hunter from the Future (July 28) Jef Burnham leads 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.
Please Don’t Touch Me! (August 11) A "Freudian study in sexual repression" presented 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.
Pulgasari (August 18) Chris Damen, a local stand-up comic, inspires discussion on the movie masterpiece Pulgasari (Sang-ok Shin, 1985). A North Korean film, Pulgasari is the real Godzilla!
Scumbabies (August 25) Facets Night School proudly presents 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. This special presentation begins with a reception at 11pm, with Scumbabies writer/director Joseph R. Lewis appearing in person. Free Scumbabies original soundtrack for all those attending.
Facets Night School is presented by the non-profit arts organization Facets Multi-Media, which offers year-round education for adults and children through its many on and off-site programs. For further information call 773-281-9075 or visit www.facets.org