FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  June 2, 2000
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: 323.461.2020, ext. 115


MEMORIAL FOR DIRECTOR/ACTOR PAUL BARTEL TO BE HELD JUNE 11th
AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE’S EGYPTIAN THEATRE

Hollywood – A memorial gathering of friends and colleagues of maverick
independent film director, writer and actor Paul Bartel, will be held at
the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood at 11:00 AM on
Sunday, June 11th. According to Jon Davison (who is organizing the memorial with
Joe Dante and others), reminiscences of Bartel will be shared on an open
microphone and clips from his films will be shown.
    Bartel was 61 when he died May 13th in his sleep in New York City. He
suffered a heart attack following liver cancer surgery two weeks prior.
Bartel made his feature directorial debut with the risque PRIVATE PARTS
for producer Gene Corman (brother of Roger Corman) in 1972. Bartel went on
to direct the sci-fi classics DEATHRACE 2000 and CANNONBALL during the
heyday of Corman’s low-budget film factory, New World Pictures. He also acted
in pictures for New World, most notably in HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD and ROCK ‘N
ROLL HIGH SCHOOL.
    Bartel’s signature film was the black comedy EATING RAOUL (released in
1982) which he also starred in with Mary Woronov. The pair play a conservative
couple who murder swingers after luring them over to their apartment
under the auspices of sexual adventures. Bartel is also the director of SCENES
FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN BEVERLY HILLS (1989); SHELF LIFE (1993); NOT
FOR PUBLICATIONS (1984); LUST IN THE DUST (1985); LONG SHOT and (1986). As
an actor, he has appeared in some 70 films including BASQUIAT and as Osiric
in HAMLET (currently in release) as well as last year’s BILLY’S HOLLYWOOD
SCREEN KISS. According to the Daily Variety, Bartel was starting to set
up a 20-years-later sequel to EATING RAOUL at the time of his death.
    The family requests that persons wishing to make donations in Paul’s
name, should send them to STOP CANCER, The Next Generation, 1875 Century Park
East, Suite 1740, LA, CA  90067.
For further information, Betty Moss in Joe Dante’s office is the contact
for the organization of the memorial. She can be reached at 323.850.3905.
The Egyptian Theatre, where Bartel was a frequent patron, (as well as a
long-time member of the American Cinematheque), is located at 6712
Hollywood Boulevard between McCadden Place and Las Palmas Avenue. Free parking is
available in a Municipal lot on Cherokee Avenue, just north of Hollywood
Blvd. Free street parking is also available.

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