River Phoenix's Last Film
DARK BLOOD Premieres In Conjunction With New Book Last Night At The Viper Room
Aero TheatreAfter nearly two decades, George Sluizer's thriller DARK BLOOD has finally been completed and will have its Los Angeles Premiere at our very own Aero Theatre on Tuesday, October 29th. This is an added event that was not previously on our print calendar. The film stars the late River Phoenix as Boy, a damaged young widower with Native American roots living in the desert when a married couple with car trouble enter his life - and find he's in no hurry to return them to civilization.
This premiere screening also coincides with the release of author/journalist Gavin Edwards' new book Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind. In it, Edwards chronicles the young star's rise in Hollywood - including an Oscar nomination at the age of 18 for RUNNING ON EMPTY - his place in '90s pop culture, and the lasting legacy left behind after his untimely death at the age of 23. Edwards will be on hand at October 29th's Los Angeles Premiere of the film to sign copies of his book (sold by our friends at Larry Edmunds Bookshop) and speak with audience members at a reception beginning at 6:30PM in the Aero Theatre lobby. He will also introduce the 7:30PM screening.
Event Details On Our Website
Tue, Oct 29, 2013
Los Angeles Premiere! Reception & Book Signing Of New Book On River Phoenix!
Beginning at 6:30PM in the lobby, author Gavin Edwards will sign copies of his new book Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind, sold by Larry Edmunds Bookshop. There will also be a pre-screening reception for all ticket holders.
Introduction by author Gavin Edwards.
2013, Cinemavault, 86 min, USA, Dir: George Sluizer
Boy (River Phoenix), a young widower with native American roots, lives in a desert in the USA contaminated by nuclear tests. In this desolate place, surrounded by katchina dolls which the indigenous population believes possess magical powers, he awaits the end of the world. His refuge is suddenly invaded by Harry and Buffy (Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis), a couple second honeymooning in an attempt to save their marriage. When their Bentley breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Boy offers to help. But then, hoping to cross over into a better world with Buffy, he starts treating them like prisoners. When Dark Blood’s leading actor River Phoenix died suddenly ten days before the end of the shoot in 1993, the film’s insurance company became the owner of the unfinished material. Years later, director George Sluizer managed to save his footage from being destroyed. In January 2012 he decided to edit the unfinished film. The resulting work is an existentialist latter-day Western which derives much of its evocative power from the presence of its leading man, who was himself teetering on the brink of death.
Tickets on Fandango.com
Encore Presentation of
Deconstructing ROSEMARY'S BABY: Master Class In Screen Direction
Added October 30th Thomas Ethan Harris seminar for filmmakers and film lovers alike!
Egyptian Theatre - Spielberg
It's no shock that film fans flocked to attend the newest seminar from Thomas Ethan Harris, focusing on how Roman Polanski's horror classic ROSEMARY'S BABY utilizes every cinematic aesthetic to elicit the purest dramatic effect from its audience. The October 17th event sold out quickly, but fear not - Mr. Harris will return on Wednesday, October 30th to present the seminar a second time! Thomas advises for attendees to note, "We will not be watching ROSEMARY’S BABY in its entirety. Seminar attendees are encouraged to view the whole film in advance of attending the seminar." - and this back-by-popular-demand event has the added bonus of coming one day after the Egyptian Theatre's screening of ROSEMARY'S BABY on Tuesday, October 29th. So if you're a filmmaker yourself or you just want to take a look at the ins-and-outs of how a cinematic masterpiece is achieved, take this opportunity to revisit a classic on the big screen, and return the next day to dissect the film in an open dialogue with an audience of like-minded cinephiles. Topics on the agenda include:
• How does ROSEMARY’S BABY take primary elements of scene construction and blend them to have such a powerful effect on the audience?
• How does ROSEMARY’S BABY deconstruct and challenge genre horror film conventions to find many of its most significant thrills?
• How has ROSEMARY’S BABY managed to survive the title wave of horror films and torture porn of the last decade to continually connect with contemporary audiences?
ROSEMARY'S BABY Screening: Tuesday, October 29th
*The film screens on the second half of a double bill with the new horror film PROXY. Your ticket will give you entry into both films.
Deconstructing ROSEMARY Seminar: Wednesday, October 30th