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For 2021 Film Geeks SD is turning to the wildly diverse American Genre Film Archive for a year of virtual film screenings and discussions. We have broken down the year into four themed quarters: First Films, Cult, Horror and Classic Hollywood. Each month a film becomes available on a Wednesday and then there is a Zoom discussion the following Sunday at 3:30pm. We are working on lining up the guests for the discussions and more information will be coming.
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Film Geeks Presents: SMITHEREENS (Susan Seidelman, USA, 1982, Shout! Factory, Cult)
Dates: Feb. 3 (Film Becomes Available); Feb. 7, 3:30PM (Discussion)
Category: First Films
A vibrant time capsule of the gritty East Village and its young Eighties punk life, SMITHEREENS earned much praise and even competed for the Palme d’or — making it one of America’s trailblazing indies before the movement kicked into high gear at the end of the decade.
Wild teen Wren (Susan Berman) trades NJ for NYC, where she hopes to join what’s left of punk culture. She hangs out with fellow transplant Paul (Brad Rijn), but he’s too safe for her tastes — which run to narcissistic rockers. She finds one in Eric (punk icon Richard Hell), about to cut a record in LA. Before long, Wren plans to accompany Eric out west, but it’s clear she’s trusted the wrong person.
SMITHEREENS marked the directorial debut of Susan Siedelman, whose career includes DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (featuring Madonna) and charming mob comedy COOKIE. Here, she turns all the dyed hair, striped shirts, checkered miniskirts, and dingy street settings into an snapshot of a subculture teetering on oblivion.
Available 1/27; Discussion 3:30 1/31 – Caged Heat (Jonathan Demme)
Available 2/3; Discussion 3:30 2/7 – Smithereens (Susan Seidelman)
Available 2/17; Discussion 3:30 2/21 – Dolemite (D’Urville Martin) BONUS BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCREENING with intro by David F. Walker to discuss the complex role of Blaxploitation
Available 3/3; Discussion 3:30 3/7 – Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (Alex Proyas)
Available 3/31; Discussion 3:30 4/4 – Bubba Ho-Tep
Available 5/12; Discussion 3:30 5/16 – ReAnimator (with a Re-Animator The Musical Reunion for Zoom discussion)
Available 6/2; Discussion 3:30 6/6 – Nude on the Moon
Available 6/30; Discussion 3:30 7/4 – The Addiction
Available 8/4; Discussion 3:30 8/8 – Piranha
Available 9/8; Discussion 3:30 9/12 – Centipede Horror (thank you brave souls for voting this one in!)
Available 10/6; Discussion 3:30 10/10 – I Married a Witch
Available 11/3; Discussion 3:30 11/7 – Stagecoach
Available 12/1; Discussion 3:30 12/5 – To Be or Not To Be (Lubitsch version)