4/6: Back to the '60s: Trippy Hippies on 16mm

Description: Guest Curator Movie Mike reaches into his archive of real 16mm film to present footage he shot at the Easter Sunday Human Be-in, Central Park 1967, an early and authentic Hippie peace-and-love event. More 16mm film will include a Stoner’s Night Out reel of alarming anti-drug propaganda and a clip from Roger Corman’s 1968 freakout Wild In The Streets. We’ll see what happens when the Hippies take over, elect a rock-n-roll president and drag everyone over 30 to a concentration camp for forced LSD. For the feature, Peter Boyle stars in John Avildsen’s JOE (1969, 105min), as a hippie-hating hardhat searching the East Village for his wayward daughter, a very young Susan Sarandon in her first film role. A shocking portrait of a working-class gun-loving, bile-spewing bigot (“32 percent of all liberals are queers!”); a forerunner to Taxi Driver, and a vision of the city about to be in total freefall.

Details: Wednesday, April 6. Freddy’s Bar and Backroom, 627 5th Ave, South Slope. 8pm, $5 suggested donation to make the archiving and exhibition of these prints possible in the future. Seating is limited: plan to get there on time for this one!

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About the curator:

Movie Mike is a New York-based curator, journalist, editor and photographer who has been archiving 16mm film for over 35 years. He’s best known for using the projector as a time machine to visit forgotten social, cultural and political ideas, such as blatant racism and sexism, wartime propaganda, nuke-war paranoia and hippie drug hysteria. Mike has also collected lots of of science-fiction, stop-motion animation, serials, favorite stories and classics, golden turkeys, and cinema oddities that are hysterically funny and very weird.
Over the years, Mike has produced various film screenings for colleges, museums, community gardens, science-fiction conventions and pub back rooms. His work includes screening and lecturing at Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop, Collective Unconscious, and the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema.

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3/23: Mosquito + Raising Victor Vargas at LaunchPad

Description: Writer/director Jeremy Engle will join us to introduce his short film “Mosquito,” a coming of age story of a 13 year-old – nicknamed Mosquito by his tormentors – who fights to win their respect on a memorable Halloween night in 1974. “Mosquito,” winner of the Spirit of Slamdance prize at last year’s Slamdance Film Festival, captures the gritty look and feel of NYC in the ’70s through the lens of Sundance Cinematography Award winner Ferne Pearlstein (“Imelda,” 2004). Alejandro Polenco, star of Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop (2007), leads the young ensemble cast.  visit the site

Local filmmaker Mark Kendall will also be present to screen material from his upcoming feature documentary shot in Guatemala, “La Camioneta” and discuss his Kickstarter campaign. Visit the project’s Kickstarter page here

Followed by Peter Sollett’s award-winning Lower East Side-shot debut, Raising Victor Vargas (2002, 88min)

Details: Wednesday March 23, 8pm

LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave. between Park Pl & Sterling. Free, BYOB


3/9: William Kunstler at Legion

Description: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009, 85min), Sarah and Emily Kunstler’s compelling portrait of their father, one of the most significant lawyers of the 20th century and the man The New York Times called “the most hated and most loved lawyer in America.” William Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the “Chicago 8″ activists; defended the inmates at Attica prison and the American Indian Movement at Wounded Knee.  “This powerful and revelatory doc recounts the historic causes Kunstler fought for and reveals the man that even his own daughters didn’t understand; a man who risked public outrage and the safety of his family so that justice could serve all.”

Details: Wednesday March 9. 7pm sharp. Free

Legion Bar, 790 Metropolitan Ave. @ Humboldt St. L to Graham