Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hibbleton Film Series!

Did you know that Hibbleton Gallery hosts weekly movie nights?  They happen at 7:30 every Monday night, and they are FREE.  These movies are projected on a big wall with a real projector, and the seating is couches and comfy chairs.  Usually we have drinks and candy too.  OC Weekly recently named our movie nights "The Best Place in Orange County to Watch Movies the Rest of the World Has Forgotten."  

But the real gem of the Hibbleton Film Series is the fact that it is curated by award-winning documentary filmmaker Steve Elkins, whose masterpiece "The Reach of Resonance" has literally toured the world.  It screened at the Louvre, for example.  No big deal.  Actually, it was a really big deal, and we are privileged to have someone of Steve's knowledge and insight selecting movies for us to watch and discuss.   He usually introduces the film and then he and I lead an informal discussion afterwords.  Every movie he shows makes you want to talk about it.  They are all absolute gems of cinema.

Here are the films Steve has selected for the month of October:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14: "The Spirit Of The Beehive" (1973)

Widely regarded as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s, released in the final days of Franco's forty-year dictatorship, "The Spirit of the Beehive" is a bewitching portrait of a 6 year old girl's haunted inner life in a small Castilian village, after being possessed by the memory of a traveling movie show of Frankenstein in the wake of the country's civil war. An early masterpiece from Victor Erice, director of "Quince Tree of the Sun / Dream of Light" that reminds us the most profound philosophers among us are children.  


Derek Jarman was a celebrated gardener of beach flotsam from England who made the first UK punk film ("Jubilee", 1977), the first British queer cinema, the first film shot entirely in Latin ("Sebastiane", 1976), and made side income directing music videos for The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys. While going blind from AIDS, Jarman directed "Wittgenstein", a film that explores the dilemmas of one of the most influential twentieth century philosophers of language and mind, Ludwig Wittgenstein, who sought the foundations of mathematics with Bertrand Russell, then changed the course of his life to question the relevance of philosophy itself, and whether there are "no genuine philosophical problems, only language games." A highly original portrait of a revolutionary thinker who preferred detective fiction, Chinese revolutions, and Carmen Miranda musicals to Aristotle.


Nobuhiko Obayashi's jaw-droppingly inventive "Hausu" is a film that must be seen to be believed. A pre-digital maelstrom of cinekinetic visual ingenuity starring a bloodthirsty piano, cat ghosts, hallucinatory kung fu, people transforming into piles of bananas, and so much more. "Hausu" is 1970s Japanese pop culture at its most unhinged, an analogue-age masterpiece of le cinéma du WTF?! 

Hibbleton Gallery is located at 223 W. Santa Fe Ave.  Fullerton, CA, inside the glorious Magoski Arts Colony.

Hope to see you there.  Find us on facebook HERE.

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