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RICHARD MYERS: Deathstyles
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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RICHARD MYERS: Deathstyles
Sunday June 27, 2010, 7:30 pm  Los Angeles Filmforum presents RICHARD MYERS: Deathstyles
At the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles
Richard Myers in person!

Ohio-based and truly independent, filmmaker Richard Myers works in bold modes, creating works imbued with true experimental goals and methods, observing and commenting relentlessly on his world, political and personal.  Filmforum has hosted him with several of his feature films through the years, since the 1980s, and we're delighted to host him again as the third night of a visit of Myers to the southland.  The other nights, listed below, and Filmforum's show ill give the audience to see a wide array of Myers's films, from observational documentary to heated scatological response to the political violence of the 1970s.  

Admission for Filmforum screenings: $10 general, $6 students/seniors, free for Filmforum members

Bill and Ruby (1970, 34 min., 16mm, color/so)
Bill and Ruby own a novelty store in Akron, Ohio. This film explores their world and their relationships to the objects in the store and to each other. Bill talks about the Depression, Baby Ruth candy bars, LBJ's "stomach," Milton Berle's "Chatter Teeth," and one of his best customers, a mental hospital in the Midwest. Ruby models Jackie Kennedy masks, wigs, oriental hats, the phenomenal MAD MONSTER.

From the first time I met Bill and Ruby I loved them and the strange, quiet simplicity of their world. - RM

Deathstyles (1971, 60 min, color, 16mm)
Award Winner: Ann Arbor Film festival, 1972; Kenyon Film Festival, 1973
Principal performers: Robert Ohlrich, Jake Leed, Mary Leed, Pat Myers. Music by Fred Coulter.
A relentless visual and aural montage of anger against the America of the early 1970s, and still too true today.  A time capsule of sorts, responding to the killing of four students at Kent State in 1970, but encompassing the racial strife, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, conservative response, new sexual freedoms, and growing media and advertising overload of the time.

"Myers blends the shortening of space and time further, making, as did primitive tribes, all things present, here and now ...." - Anthony Bannon, Buffalo Evening News

"Myers is a visual wizard, and you'll see a thousand brilliant images in this hallucinatory journey of a young man through the vulgar, violent rummage heap of modern America."  - Mary Knoblauch

"It is a modern equivalent of Dante's Inferno ... a journey by car through the landscape of today. The various horrors are fashioned out of everyday scenes, and people from typical plastic towns and cities ... a baroque death chant. At various times the tone of the film reminds me of Godard's highway crash scene in Weekend with its surreal nightmare mood.  
"I do not hesitate to state that I consider it one of the really great 'personal' films, and certainly the most important film, to come from the experimental cinema in the last few years. It is the kind of film that grows in complexity with every viewing ...." - Bob Cowan, Take One

"What is most remarkable about Myersis his gift for giving universal meaning to an intensely personal, highly abstract vision of life  and with almost no recourse to any conventional narrative devicesIn this film, Myers is preoccupied with making us aware of how we are constantly being assaulted by the media with an avalanche of dehumanized sex and violence.  A powerful evocation of America both past and present"  Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Also screening on previous nights, with Richard Myers in person all nights:

Friday night June 25
Newtown at All Saints Church, Pasadena
Marjory's Diary (2003 DVD, color/sound, 90 min)

Saturday June 26
The Velaslavasay Panorama
The Path (1960, 20 min., 16mm, b&w/silent)
37-73 (1974, 60 min., 16mm, b&w/so)

Richard Myers is a filmmaker who teaches film in the Art Department at Kent State University in Ohio.  He has made films independently since 1960.  Over the past 20 years he has visited many colleges and university film societies.  He's won awards at multiple film festivals through the years.  

This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.  Additional support generously provided by the American Cinematheque.

For the screenings at the Egyptian Theater:
Parking is now easiest at the Hollywood & Highland complex. Bring your ticket for validation. Parking is $2 for 4 hours with validation. Enter that complex on Highland or Hollywood. The theater is 1.5 blocks east.


Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States



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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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