Sunday, November 2, 2014 2:00PM - 4:00 PM
at 14 Pews, 800 Aurora St, Houston, TX 77009
Cinema Bomar Drinks Some Strong Coffee
Based on audience suggestions from the previous show we continue our awakening process at 14 Pews with a slightly modified program E, toning down the grimness with a tiny bit of hope at the end and recognizing that “The Sixties” lasted well into the 70s. But be forewarned - if you're just coming to Cinema Bomar for the campy laughs, you might want to skip this show.
IMPORTANT: The screening will start promptly at 2:30PM, because another organization will be using the space after us. Not only is this earlier than our last show, but daylight savings time ends that day so double check your watches! For those who'd like to linger and discuss the program there's a delightful tiki bar just around the corner.
Program E: The End of the Sixties
No Lies 1972 14 min : What seems at first to be a simple documentary film-making project takes an increasingly intrusive turn. Made by Mitchell Block while at NYU, it is one of the few student films to have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Less Than Human 1969 22 min : A desperate plea for population sanity produced by the Kansas City chapter of Planned Parenthood. Its confrontational pastiche style has much in common with the Yippie film in the second half of the program.
Jump! 1970s 8 min : Come along to the dreariest pot party ever. But whaddaya expect? It's New Jersey. "Here man, take this acid. I made it myself!"
This is the Official Statement of the Youth International Party 1968 12 min : A bemusing mash-up of D.W. Griffith and the Chicago riots, with the pig who ran for president and mayor Richard Daley proudly proclaiming “The police are not here to create disorder. The police are here to preserve disorder.”
The Quiet Revolution of Mrs Harris 1976 19 min : You have a nice house, husband, kids, friends. Life is pretty good all in all. So why do those words you've been hearing all your life sound so strange?
Admission to Cinema Bomar is FREE. However, a donation to our host, 14 Pews, is a gracious way of expressing your appreciation and helps to support their other programs and activities. www.14pews.org
Dates TBA, programs subject to change at the projectionist's whim.
Program B: False Stories
Case History of a Rumor 1964 : In the days before cable TV and internet, right-wing conspiracy nuts were forced to spread their tales of the imminent occupation of America by“barefoot Congolese troops” under the U. N. flag by good old U. S. mail.
Shortchanged! 1960s : Evil shortchange artists are fanning across America victimizing unsuspecting cashiers. Learn how their tricks work so YOUR till isn't short at the end of the day.
The Big Test 1980 : General Motors documentary showing us how GM brings space-age technology to all aspects of the automotive quality control process, yet still manages to produce some of the worst cars in American history.
The Audition 1970s : Actor in empty theater is auditioned by a disembodied voice and found wanting.
Program C: What's the real story?
Watch Your Step 1974 : A deserted subway, a fat man, a vacuum cleaner and an escalator to nowhere in a film seemingly designed to make teenagers even more suicidal than they already are.
Staying at a Motel 1960s : A film about staying at a motel that is actually more about something else
The Psychological Differences Between the Sexes 1964 : Or might one say, The Battle of the Stubble?
Toes Tell 1969 : "... allows boys and girls to talk and write about their feet and how things feel to their toes." With just that touch of eroticism that is so important in reaching the elementary school student.
Program D: Loner Stories
Bate's Car : Sweet as a Nut 1975 : The story of inventor Harold Bate and his quest to build a car fueled by chicken manure.
Castle Man 1976 : Having returned from World War 1 and in despair at the fallen state of America, Harry D. Andrews formed a League of Knights with local church youths and spent the next 50 years of his life constructing a vast castle in Ohio, stone by stone. At 89, he's still not quite finished.
Hush, Hoggies, Hush! Tom Johnson's Praying Pigs 1978 : When you're poor as dirt and time lays heavy on your hands, what better way to spend it than teaching the livestock to respect the Lord?
Slab City : A 1982 documentary about disaffected retiree semi-communards living free on an abandoned military base in the California desert.