Holy Fucking Shit 2011 at Cinefamily

16
Feb

The worst thing about living in NYC is that there is no Cinefamily here. Sometimes after staring at a candle for hours, I’ll construct a “moving to LA pros and cons” list and every time, this theater makes a damn-near convincing case to do so. LAers, be happy for the things you have, even though I know you already are. 

It’s been just about a year since Birdemic: Shock And Terror premiered as part of Cinefamily’s “Holy Fucking Shit” ’10 series – an annual showcase of films “as if they were willed from their creators’ fertile imaginations directly onto the screen for the flack-jawed amazement of thrill-seeking cinephiles ever eager to plunder the unspooled celluloid pile of the zeigeist” – and we’d thought it would be absolutely necessary to clue you in on this year’s chosen few, especially since I can’t make it. I should also mention that Birdemic will be playing its one-year-HFS-anniversary encore show on February 25th for a special Birdemic Fest” themed night. Tickets and additional information are available here.

And now for the remaining unmissable lineup for HFS ’11:

2/19 @ 10:30pm
I Am Here…Now
(Director/Writer/Star Neil Breen In Person!)
Tickets available here

Official semi-finalist at the Moondance Film Festival!

Many of Cinefamily’s HFS connisseurers have crashed up on the rocks trying to describe Las Vegas real estate agent cum visionary independent filmmaker Neil Breen. Inevitably, words and high-concept references fail, and one is reducing to just pressing a copy of actor/director/writer/producer/caterer Breen’s first feature Double Down into the confused hands of a future Breen-iac. The only way to understand Breen’s work is to just see it. Here…now…he’s graced us with another full-length excursion into his completely unique universe. This time around, Breen plays a messianic alien Being angered at the greed and corruption of the human species, particularly our lack of renewable energy and environmental consciousness — oh, and business-man crucifixions and time-stopped gang wars..and…well, as Neil put it himself, “This thought-provoking supernatural film is filled with surprising mystical metaphors, exciting twists….and a stunning dramatic conclusion.” Come join The Man Who Four-Walled The Earth for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Neil Breen, 2010, digital presentation, 87 min.

2/26 @ 10:30pm
Rat Scratch Fever
(World Premiere, Director Jeff Leroy & Cast In Person!)
Tickets available here

“This is just so stupendously silly and whacked.” – Andrew Mack, Twitch.com

Jeff Leroy’s schlock masterpiece Rat Scratch Fever is one the greatest feats of cinematic ingenuity thus far this century. Made on a budget of cheeseburgers and good intentions, this phantasmagoria of puppets, miniature sets, greenscreens and live Food Of The Gods-style enlarged rodents rat-chets the Dark Star homemade aesthetic to a new glorious extreme, reaching beyond sci-fi and horror conventions to become something truly transcendent, psychedelic and wow-inducing — and that barely rat-scratches the surface of this madcap ride! A veteran in the world of low-budget horror and softcore skin flicks, Leroy throws everything in his resourceful arsenal (and garage) at the screen for this staggering entertaining tale of astronauts that bring back humungoid mutant rats to a Los Angeles just waiting to be demolished by their feverish claws — resulting in a mash-up of alien invasion, animal disaster and mega-action that boggles the mind, hammers the senses and fulfills all expectations. Leroy’s incredible trailer has been circulating geek blogs since 2009 — and we can assure you the final product is every bit as mind-shatteringly inventive and crazed as you want it to be. Schedules permitting, Jeff Leroy and members of the cast will be here in person at the Cinefamily for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Jeff Leroy, 2010, digital presentation, 90 min.