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Jim Finn: Comedic Laments
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Jim Finn: Comedic Laments
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Jim Finn: Comedic Laments
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 7:30 pm
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Filmmaker Jim Finn in person!

Filmforum welcomes back filmmaker Jim Finn with two of his latest along with two from the past.  Chums from Across the Void is the newest self-help phenomenon, guiding us from a post-Trotskyite position to deal with corporate capitalism.  The Drunkards Lament is an epistolary musical from the vantage point of little known Brontë brother Branwell (a real person), his views on how sister Emily should revise the draft of her novel Wuthering Heights, and his difficult livelihood after the husband of his mistress died, all in the form of a reconstructed lost 1898 film version of the novel.  (Branwell himself died in 1848, followed a few months later by Emily.)  The film, constructed on hand-made emulsion, is a black & white work of beauty.  Along with the haunting might-have-been found footage recap of Decision 80 and the unremitting delight of wüstenspringmaus, Finn continues his unique merging of humor, history, politics, propaganda, and savvy understanding of media history.

"Steeped in the obsolete language of revolutionary art," The New York Times said Jim Finn's films "often play like unearthed artifacts from an alternate universe." His award-winning movies have been called "Utopian comedies" and "trompe l'oeil films" and according to Variety "upturn notions of documentary and fiction, propaganda thought, reality and restaging, and even what an 'experimental film' actually is." Born in St. Louis in 1968, he teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  http://www.jimfinn.org/

Tickets: $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at or at the door.
For more information: www.lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238.

The Drunkards Lament (2018, 40:15)
Los Angeles Premiere!
When Branwell  the neer-do-well, tubercular brother of the Brontë sisters  discovered that Emily was writing her first novel, he offered to be her editor. Once he realized that he was the model for the alcoholic Hindley Earnshaw character, he reimagined the story as a musical memoir of his own life with Hindley as the hero. Edited and arranged from the damaged film fragments, notes, sheet music and letters to his best friend Francis, this weird and revisionist adaptation looks to have premiered on the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Emily and Branwell Brontë.

Chums from Across the Void (2015, 17:30)
Los Angeles Premiere!
Little Radek, the step-dancing Bolshevik; Machera, the Andean Robin Hood, and Maria Spiridonova, the pre-Soviet socialist assassin are your guides for Past Leftist Life Regression therapy. Former Trotskyite turned suburban housewife, narrator Lois Severin creates a way to cope with life in the Prime Material Plane of Corporate Capitalism and to create a 21st-Century revolution of the mind.

Decision 80 (2003, 10:00)
"A decisive moment in American history remixed into the prelude to your worst fucking nightmare."  New York Underground Film Festival

wüstenspringmaus (2002, 2:30)
Jim Finn's wüstenspringmaus, a well-sprung, rear-screened account of a gerbil's life in the Seventies."  Guy Maddin, Film Comment
Los Angeles Filmforum screenings are supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the citys longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2019 is our 44th year.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
March 14  Babette Mangolte at MOCA
March 15 - Babette Mangolte at the Echo Park Film Center
March 17  Peter Mays Retrospective, part 1, at the Spielberg Theatre
March 24  Films by Sara Kathryn Arledge, at the Spielberg Theatre
March 31  Peter Mays Retrospective, part 2, at the Spielberg Theatre
April 7  Ariana Gerstein, at the Spielberg Theatre

Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student
Contact us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com.
Find us online at http://lafilmforum.org.
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Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


Arts > Literary
Film > Movies
Film > Premiers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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