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Bryn Mawr Film Institute Begins "The Late Show" Not-Quite-Midnight Cult Film Series with THE ROOM on January 20

January 10, 2012

Bryn Mawr, PA—Bryn Mawr Film Institute showcases strange and unusual cinema with its new “The Late Show” Film Series, which begins Friday, January 20 at 11:30 pm with a 35mm screening of the 2003 cult favorite The Room, introduced by Gary Kramer, a freelance writer/film critic for The Philadelphia City Paper. These not-quite-midnight screenings on select Friday nights at 11:30 pm continue with Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis on February 3, House (Hausu) on February 17, Dogtooth on March 16, and Head on March 30. Tickets are $7 General Admission.

The Room — January 20 at 11:30 pm

Thanks to its many plot holes and some intense over-acting by Wiseau and his cast, the unintentionally hilarious 2003 melodrama The Room takes the so-bad-it’s-good genre to a whole new level. Starring, produced by, written by, and directed by wannabe auteur Tommy Wiseau, The Room’s messy plot is loosely centered on a love triangle. Lisa only wants banker Johnny (Wiseau) for his money, but she actually loves his best friend, Mark. As Mark and Lisa’s love affair tears Johnny apart, meaningless subplots abound. Despite its $6 million budget and grand ambitions, the film tanked at the box office upon its limited release in 2003. However, in the last few years The Room has found an audience as the latest interactive midnight movie craze. Fans of the late night screenings wear costumes, cheer loudly, and talk back to the film, just like with Rocky Horror Picture Show! The Room will be shown on 35mm with an introduction by Gary Kramer on Friday, January 20 at 11:30 pm.

Gary M. Kramer is a freelance writer whose work appears regularly in alternative weeklies, magazines, and websites across the country, including The Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Gay News, San Francisco Bay Times, and Instinct magazine. He also provides film festival reports for the journal Film International. Kramer is also the author of the book Independent Queer Cinema: Reviews and Interviews.

Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis — February 3 at 11:30 pm

Academy Award-winning composer Giorgio Moroder flipped Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent sci-fi classic on its head with his 1984 reconstruction. Attempting to restore and re-master the film, Moroder added a soundtrack featuring the biggest pop names of the era including Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, and Billy Squier, along with sound effects, subtitles in place of intertitles, and color tints. Today Moroder’s version of the film may not hold up as a reconstruction of Lang’s classic, but it is a delicious relic of the ‘80s worth seeing on the big screen. Giorgio Moroder presents Metropolis runs 82 minutes and will be shown on Friday, February 3 at 11:30 pm.

House — February 17 at 11:30 pm

Recently rediscovered, House (Hausu) is a bizarre 1977 horror/comedy/fantasy from director Nobuhiko Ohbayashi. The story revolves around Oshare, who decides to spend her summer at her aunt’s farmhouse with her friends. Things soon spiral out of control as they realize the house is haunted. Ohbayashi was asked to write a script for a film in the same vein as Jaws, but he didn’t want to make a typical creature-based horror film, so he asked his ten-year-old daughter for ideas and House was born. Eventually tapped to direct, Ohbayashi applied the same unorthodox method for production as he did for the writing, casting untrained models as the seven girls. Although Ohbayashi was working with one of the best visual effects departments of the time, he had them create visual effects that were intended to look fake and as though made by a child. These effects help create the film’s signature brand of odd, trippy, and outlandish imagery. Though well received by young filmgoers, House was panned by critics on its original release. Holding a cult favorite status through the decades, the film finally found an American audience through a few successful screenings in 2009 and has only recently been released.
House is rated R, runs 88 minutes, and will be shown on the big screen on Friday, February 17 at 11:30 pm.

Dogtooth — March 16 at 11:30 pm

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards, director Giorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth is a disturbing, funny, and alarming tale of isolation and over-protection. The fifth Greek film to be nominated for an Oscar, Dogtooth mixes pitch-black humor and startling perversion in a unique story. Not allowed to leave their large country estate and taught a secret language and a bizarre mish-mash of falsehoods and facts (if they leave the estate, horrible violent “cats” will eat them), three teenage children are terrorized into submission by their parents. When the father—the only one to leave the estate—brings in one of his female coworkers to satisfy the son’s sexual needs, the outsider introduces new information into the children’s world. A hyper-stylized and thought-provoking look at control and the power of language, Dogtooth will be shown on 35mm at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Friday, March 16 at 11:30 pm.

Head — March 30 at 11:30 pm

Head follows the crazy and surrealist adventures of 1960’s American pop-rock band The Monkees. Delightfully plotless, the 1968 satire is steeped in the psychedelic imagery of the era. Sick of the stigma from having a popular TV series, the foursome, along with a pre-Easy Rider Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson, spent a weekend in a hotel room where they recorded the script into a tape recorder. Full of skits, clips, and non-sequiturs, the film features cameos from the likes of Nicholson, Frank Zappa, Annette Funicello, Teri Garr, and famed cross-dresser T.C. Jones. BMFI patron Ann Capozzolo won BMFI’s winter programming contest by suggesting Head; she will introduce the screening. Rated G, Head runs 86 minutes and will show on the big screen at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Friday, March 30 at 11:30 pm.

Tickets for The Late Show Film Series screenings are $7.00 general admission and $5.00 for Bryn Mawr Film Institute members. Purchase tickets in advance at the Box Office, or online at www.BrynMawrFilm.org. For a full schedule of upcoming events and classes, visit www.BrynMawrFilm.org.

About Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to restoring the historic Bryn Mawr Theater and transforming it into the region’s preeminent film entertainment and education center. Founded in 2002 by Main Line academic, business, and civic leaders, Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a daily program of first-run and repertory art and independent films and provides a comprehensive film studies curriculum, including courses, workshops, discussions, guest lecturers, visual literacy programs, and student screening opportunities. To learn about upcoming events or find news about the theater’s restoration project, visit www.BrynMawrFilm.org, or write to Info@BrynMawrFilm.org.

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