The Cinefamily has released the first lineup to their  2012 FANTASTIC ELASTIC 24-HOUR HOLIDAY TELETHON–a marathon fundraiser with 24 straight hours of special events featuring guests, interviews, live music and  comedy.  The event will be  held December 15th-16th, 1pm to 1pm at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles’ West Hollywood, and the first line-up includes unusual events such as Robert Downey Jr. opening a time capsule left for him underneath the projection booth, Mark Mothersbaugh skyping in from his tour to discuss soundtracks, and Jason Schwartzman having dinner with Cinefamily Bret Berg live on stage.

The Telethon was launched  in conjunction with an ambitious Kickstarter campaign, to usher the repertory cinema’s historic building into the 21st century, primarily by updating its sound and projection capabilities. The accompanying Cinefamily Kickstarter video, narrated by Shadoe Stevens, compresses five years of Cinefamily programming into five frenetic minutes.

The entire Telethon will be recorded in front of a live studio audience (admission is free) and live-streamed at The live-stream will be co-presented by CINESPIA.

According to Cinefamily’s Executive Director Hadrian Belove, “We didn’t think the CInefamily should have  the usual kind of fundraiser, cause we’re not the usual kind of cinematheque. The 24 hour Telethon allows us to echo the wide range of  programming for which Cinefamily has become known, and include the many parts of Los Angeles we love. It’s about bringing all of our family together, you could say, under one big tent.  Fundraising should be fun, not a pain in the ass.”

Utilizing every part of the Silent Movie Theatre and its Spanish patio, the event will double as a massive holiday party, with Dublab DJs outdoors, food and drink throughout, and a live band playing performers on and off the stage for the entire length of the Telethon, in the style of a classic television variety show.

Last year’s Telethon– which IndieWire dubbed “The greatest celebration of cinema EVER!!!”– featured guests including Benicio Del Toro, Spike Jonze, Michael Cera, Stephin Merritt, and Elliott Gould. Los Angeles luminaries, comedians, directors, puppeteers, musicians, animators, curators, and all manner of sundry geniuses are banding together to help Cinefamily reach 2012’s fundraising goal.

Confirmed guests and events– Round One, with more to come, all subject to change–

  • ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. will open a time capsule left for him and recently discovered underneath the projection booth.
  • My Dinner With Schwartzman: programmer Bret Berg catches up with old friend JASON SCHWARTZMAN over a nice meal on stage.
  • An interview with MARK MOTHERSBAUGH of Devo, via satellite — “A disembodied discussion with the demigod of devolution.”
  • Performances and presentations by Cinefamily favorites NICK OFFERMAN and NEIL HAMBURGER — plus JOHN HAWKES playing guitar.
  • Screenwriting guru ROBERT MCKEE skyping in for an hour, will answer audience questions. “He will be on the big screen like the great and powerful Oz!”
  • Cinefamily’s annual animation festival ANIMATION BREAKDOWN presents Cloud Eye Control’s MIWA MATREYEK’s world-renowned live animation performance.
  • PHIL LORD (director of 21 JUMP STREET, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS and the upcoming LEGO movie) presents LEGO FAN FILMS.
  • A very special live “NITE OWL” late-night talk show featuring ERIC WAREHEIM, GUY MADDIN, UDO KIER, TEARIST, JOHN HAWKES and more.
  • Cracked Out with JON DALY & BRETT GELMAN, and their new doc by JASON WOLINER
  • FYF PRESENTS a special “greet the sun” concert including a series of live scores at dawn by YACHT
  • A FOUND FOOTAGE PARTY featuring a sneak peak of EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE’s completely nuts X-MAS SPECIAL
  • TRAILERS FROM HELL, with top Hollywood directors and writers giving live commentary to their favorite trailers.
  • Cult Films with DUNCAN TRUSSEL
  • A special X-mas show by the BOB BAKER MARIONETTE THEATER
  • A special presentation of “Madvertising”, featuring title sequence designer and commercial-making legend PABLO FERRO
  • A tribute to Free to Be You and Me

About Cinefamily:

With a daily line-up that is “ breathtaking in its scope and ambition” (Peter Martin, Cinematical), Cinefamily is transforming the landscape of first-run arthouse and repertory cinema through distinct programming, unusual events, and vital cultural collaborations. According to L.A. Weekly, “the sheer ambition is hard to overstate…[their appearance] is a climate-altering event for Los Angeles moviegoers.” As one of Los Angeles’ premiere nonprofit cinematheques, Cinefamily fosters exceptional, weird and wonderful experiences that are unforgettable precisely because they are shared and felt with others. Cinefamily’s programs have included unprecedented full retrospectives of beloved and obscure directors and original festivals, including Animation Breakdown and Everything Is Terrible’s Everything Is Festival, “a massive celebration of the most gonzo-filmed entertainment possible” (Huffington Post). The theater regularly hosts residencies (Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, Heavy Hitter Midnites, Friday Night Frights, The Academy’s’ The Silent Treatment) and groundbreaking first-runs of independent films, including Dogtooth, which launched to tremendous buzz and a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination. Notable events include the L.A. premiere of Cave of Forgotten Dreams, done as a pop-up 3-D screening inside the Natural History Museum with speaker Werner Herzog and a 5000 person after-party. The theater has also hosted live cast and crew reunion events (Space Ghost, Party Down, The Adventures of Pete and Pete) and musical performances by artists including Stephin Merritt, No Age, and Tenacious D, as well as regular screenings featuring live scores to silent classics and modern marvels.


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