Date: May 21, 1998

Contact: Margot Gerber

213.466.3456, ext. 115





HOLLYWOOD -- The American Cinematheque and the Huntington Beach Art Center co-present IDENTITY: See how we are, an evening of award-winning short films that explore the issues of what individualizes us as human beings. The shorts program takes place on Saturday, July 11, 1998 and begins at 8:00 PM at the Huntington Beach Art Center. Highlights of this third collaboration with the Huntington Beach Art Center include such festival favorites as: Kris Isacsson's "Man About Town" (Sundance 1997) in which an alcoholic New York City college student narrates his way through his last harrowing night of drinking; Elizabeth Schub's vibrant "Cuba 15" (Berlin 1998) a documentary portrait of a small town Cuban girl preparing for her quinceanera, her rite of passage from girlhood to maturity; and Erik Deutschman's evocative "Split" (Slamdance 1998) a wild, experimental visual treat that examines man's eternal struggle between body and mind. Also screening are "Catholic School" an insightful look into the minds of young Catholic school children; "Advice to Adventurous Girls," a challenging homage to early 20th century carnival daredevil, Lilly La France; a lesson in the distinction of perception, "What’s in A Cloud;" and "I Remember," a dynamic yet, seamless piece about the nature of identity through memory. Erik Deutschman is scheduled to appear for a post screening discussion. Additional filmmakers will appear subject to their availability. Please call (213) 466-FILM for any additional guests. Films will not necessarily be screened in the order listed. All screenings are at the Huntington Beach Art Center in Orange County, 538 Main Street in Huntington Beach. Directions from 405: exit Beach Blvd.-South drive south towards the beach for about 5 miles, right onto PCH, drive 1 mile, right onto Main Street; the Art Center is about 5 blocks inland.

Identity? Who are we? What individualizes us as humans? Race, Gender, Career, Sexuality, Religion? Does our identity derive from the outside in or the inside out? This program of

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entertaining and eye opening selections from recent festival favorites examines some of these issues. The program begins at 8:00pm. Films will not necessarily screen in the order listed here.

In Fred Muchnik's "What’s In A Cloud" (1 min.), a diverse group of people give their perceptions of what they each see in the canvas of a cloud.

Kris Isacsson's "Man About Town" (22 min.) is a beautifully layered, wry and painful look into the world of a young alcoholic on his last day of drinking. This Best Short, Sundance 1997 winner is a superbly crafted chronicle of being on the edge and it is as dark and disturbing as it is funny. The film is shot in black and white in a downtown New York City bar with an original jazz score. "…layered with dark psychological shadings and portents that can’t help but be cautionary. What impresses most, though, is the sheer craftsmanship of the piece… creates a sensory spell that deftly, imaginatively mimes the drunk's mental reel," New York Press critic Godfrey Cheshire.

Elizabeth Schub's "Cuba 15" (12 min.) follows an unflappable and charismatic young Cuban girl as she prepares for all of the trappings of her 15th birthday -- the celebration of her quinceanera, the official crossroads between girlhood and womanhood. Shot entirely on location in Bauta and Havana, Cuba, this short documentary is a vibrant full-color snapshot of the passion and uncertainty that comes with the startling realization of impending womanhood. Winner of Best Jury and Audience Awards, 1998 Berlin Film Festival and Audience Award for Best Short, 1998 Hamptons International Film Festival.

Erik Deutschman's "Split" (12 min.) is a deliriously experimental narrative that uses a variety of stunning visual techniques to create an intimate, implosive exploration into the man's eternal struggle to define the nature of his physical existence. Official Selection, Slamdance Film Festival 1998. Erik Deutschman is scheduled to appear for discussion following the program.

"Catholic School" (15 min) is Jona Frank's insightful and often wildly amusing short documentary about how children understand and interpret religion. The film is a series of vignettes of second grade children being asked their thoughts and opinions on things like School, Jesus, Heaven, Communion, Love and Marriage. Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 1998.

Kim Wood's "Advice to Adventurous Girls" (8 min.) is a delightful and challenging homage to early 20th century daredevil, Lilly La France, a Kansas farm girl who devised a perilous carnival act which consisted of riding her custom Indian motorbike blinded folded on the "Wall of Death." The film is based on Lilly's personal letters and interviews with family, colleagues and historians. What comes across is Lilly's indomitable spirit and her willingness to face death nightly for the carnival crowds as the first woman to own and operate a "Wall of Death" until a serious accident in 1933 made her fear death for the first time. Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 1998.


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Avi Zev Weider & David Chartier's "I Remember" (17 min.) is a visually stunning portrait of an awkward young man fashioned from the autobiographical and associative nature of memory. Adapted from gay, New York artist Joe Brainard's book I Remember, which uses the phrase "I Remember" to begin recollections on all sorts of topics, the film is an all encompassing journey through his memory at different stages of life. "I couldn't imagine a more perfect total representation of this quirky literary masterpiece." - Atom Egoyan. Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 1998.

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you. Advance press screenings are available on tape at the offices of the American Cinematheque. Call extension 115 or 116 to schedule. Press kits and black & white still photos are available upon request.

Tickets for this program are only available by calling the Huntington Beach Art Center (714) 374-1650. Tickets will not be available through the American Cinematheque. Admission for the general public is $7 and $4 for students, seniors, HBAC and American Cinematheque Members. Our number (213) 466-FILM should be listed for further information only !

The Huntington Beach Art Center is a community art center that provides local citizens and a regional audience opportunities for exposure to an involvement in the arts. For information about the Huntington Beach Art Center please contact Randy Pesquiera at (714) 374-1650.

Established in 1984, the American Cinematheque, is a non-profit, viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents weekly film and video programming which ranges from the classics and world cinemas to the outer frontiers of the art form at the Raleigh Studios Charlie Chaplin Theater and other Los Angeles venues. Exhibition of rare works, special prints within our series, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences.

The American Cinematheque is currently renovating the historic Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, which, when open in December 1998, will become the American Cinematheque's permanent home and offer daily, year-round programming.

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