A Note from our guest curator, JULIA MARCHESE
2017 heralds the 50th anniversary of 1967’s famed “Summer of Love”, where every hippie in America hightailed it to dear old San Fran to turn on, tune in and drop out. To stand up to the generation before them and say: “No. We don’t like your way. We are going to try something different.”
This counterculture lived in incredible, bold new ways in 1967 – communally, out front and with love for free, and with sincere hope for true equality.
They listened to incredible music – Sgt, Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Their Satanic Majesty’s Request were two of the dozens of mind blowing releases of that year.
They ingested incredible drugs – like Acapulco Gold and Owlsey’s outta site LSD.
But most importantly, the hippies were genuinely trying to do a truly incredible thing – to get the world to simply stop fighting and love one another.
Let’s say that again. Simply stop fighting and love one another.
In 1967 it was a radical idea to strive for, and sadly, now, in 2017 – 50 years later – it still is.
When Ian Judge very kindly asked me to curate some films this summer, he generously gave me absolute carte blanche on what I could program.
And I chose to program four films that will let you time travel back to 1967, and take a snapshot of the world of film that year.
We start with Roman Polanski in a carefree mood, having fun and slaying undead in THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS.
Next is one of my very favorite films, with all of the sex and drugs and heartlessness of show business on glorious, lurid display – VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.
Los Angeles counterculture gets exploited, and the grown ups get put in their place in RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP
And lastly, Godard puts his crazy, out of control stamp on the era in the under seen WEEKEND
I hope when you come to these films, you’ll put away your cell phone and mentally transport yourself back 50 years.
The 35mm projector will spin to life just as it did then, and when the images start dancing on the screen, pretend it really is 1967.
Let the films show you the people, the colors, the sound and the psychedelic sights of 1967. Let yourself be carried away by the counter culture, and let them whisper their battle cry in your ear: Simply stop fighting and love one another.
Peace and love,
Julia Marchese is a filmmaker and film programmer living in Hollywood. She was a film & special guest programmer at the New Beverly Cinema for 8 years, and made her first feature documentary, Out of Print, about the theater. She is a big believer in the importance of independent cinemas (like this one!) and seeing films the way they were meant to be seen – on 35mm. She’s a hippie at heart and wants nothing more than to time travel to 1967.