The event is hosted by author/screen writer/performer Jonathan Ames
Screening of the two films by director Richard Sandler: The Gods Of Times Square (1999) and Radioactive City (2011), feat. a Q&A with the director, hosted by Jonathan Ames. Live Performance by The Lemming & Wet Pocket, DJ sets by Jimi Hey
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
This event is 21 and over
The Gods Of Times Square (1999), Director: Richard Sandler
THE GODS OF TIMES SQUARE was shot over a six year period that witnessed a radical transformation of Times Square. Gone now are the mom and pop stores, squeezed out by a real estate gold rush. Gone too are the colorful characters who made Times Square a "speaker's corner." Only the most strident of religious zealots remain to warn of "eternal sin." THE GODS OF TIMES SQUARE records a time in New York City history when the place most identified with free speech and the soul of New York changed from a democratic, interracial common ground to a corporate controlled soulless theme park. The former versions of Times Square offered it's congregants a place to air their thoughts and blow off a little steam on the one hand or to rant about God and race at the other end of the Times Square spectrum. Now the choices are fewer, the prices are higher and the "sin" is gone. The fabled "white way" now plays host to the newest of Gods: Mickey, Minnie and Goofy on one corner, Bugs Daffy and Porky on the other... Gods help Times Square!
Radioactive City (2011), Director: Richard Sandler
Radioactive City is motion film (super-8 and 16mm) + video hybrid documentary about Los Angeles during the rather apocalyptic spring of 2011. The director Richard Sandler says: "I lived in silver lake from January to July of that year, and in that period of time a bunch of shit went down: first, was the tsunami and Fukushima nuke meltdowns in Japan on 3/11/11, that very much rattled Los Angelenos' nerves because the resulting cloud of radioactivity reached L.A. just a few days later and nobody knew (for weeks) just how dangerous that was.
Richard Sandler (director)
Richard Sandler is a street photographer and documentary filmmaker. He has directed and shot eight non-fiction films, including “The Gods of Times Square,” “Brave New York” and “Radioactive City.”
Sandler’s still photographs are in the permanent collections of Brooklyn Museum, Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Museum of the City of New York, New York Historical Society, New York Public Library.
He was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for photography, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for Filmmaking, and a New York State Council on the Arts fellowship for Filmmaking.
Jonathan Ames is an American author who has written a number of novels and comic memoirs, and is the creator of two television series, Bored to Death (HBO) and Blunt Talk (STARZ). In the late '90s and early 2000s, he was a columnist for the New York Press for several years, and became known for self-deprecating tales of his sexual misadventures. He also has a long-time interest in boxing, appearing occasionally in the ring as "The Herring Wonder".
His novel, You Were Never Really Here, was adapted into a film of the same name, directed by Lynne Ramsay and starring Joaquin Phoenix. It premiered at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in 2017, and was released on April 6, 2018 in the US.
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The Lemming is a creature from the depths – the ocean, the underworld, the subway.
The Lemming dwells in the street music of Moondog and the psychedelic clang of Gamelan.
The Lemming spontaneously makes the songs of a one-man electrical band.
The Lemming shall percuss and a corpus circus will commence.
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DJ Jimi Hey
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Thanksgiving, a rendez-vous at Zebulon, where we'll play the songs of thanks with Jimi Hey...
The event is hosted by author/screen writer/performer Jonathan Ames and feature a Q&A with the director Richard Sandler.
Daniel Brown, the editor of “The Gods of Times Square", and Brett Solem, the editor of “Radioactive City,” will be in attendance and also be part of the Q&A.
Doors Open at 5:30 pm. Program Begins at 6:00 pm.
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