Orange County 'As One' LGBT Pride Parade & Festival returns to Downtown Santa Ana Saturday, June 24! The Frida Cinema is turning over both of our auditoriums to this exciting annual community event, with panel discussion series Pride Speaks (thefridacinema.org/event/pride-speaks-oc-lgbt-pride-festival-parade-2017/) in one of our rooms, and in the other, a series of films showcasing and celebrating some of cinema’s most celebrated LGBT icons – the latest one of which came rather unexpectedly…
SCHEDULE 2:30pm - MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO 5:00pm - FEMALE TROUBLE 7:00pm - AS ONE: LGBT STORIES 8:00pm - HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH 10:00pm - BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER or 10:00pm - THE BABADOOK
2:30pm MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO – Gus Van Sant, 1991 // With uncompromising, sexually graphic LGBT films like Blue is the Warmest Color, Shortbus, and The Handmaiden now widely-seen films that are no longer consider under-the-radar provocateur art, it’s hard to imagine that twenty-five years ago, Gus Van Sant’s queer reimagining of “Shakespeare’s IV, Parts I & II” would be so controversial. Long before the film was released to critical acclaim, the film raised eyebrows with its casting of then up-and-coming youngsters River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as, respectfully, a gay hustler and his “gay for pay,” but otherwise straight, companion and love interest. Seen by many as Van Sant’s greatest work, My Own Private Idaho finds its actors and director working at the peak of their careers, and delving into a weird, sympathetic, and beautiful piece of cinema that must be experienced by all film lovers alike. Notable for a heart-wrenching – and mostly improvised – fireside confession of love that, for many young LGBT audience members of the era, was the first expression of romantic love by a man for another man they’d seen on the big screen.
5pm FEMALE TROUBLE – John Waters, 1974 // Most conversations about pioneers of LGBT cinema start with John Waters – and whereas he did have his predecessors, it’s safe to say no one made quite as much of a splash (pun firmly intended…). The same could be said his muse Divine, the the De Niro to his Scorsese, the Messina to his Fellini, the Mifune to his Kurosawa – and everything in between. Bad taste is John Waters’ middle name, and Female Trouble finds the director working well within his wheelhouse. Disgusting! Shocking! Wicked! These describe Waters’ films of course, but the same could be said for the iconic Divine. Born Harris Glenn Milstead, the towering figure that was Divine starred in six of Waters’ films, and went on to a career that included disco albums, modeling, and television and film work as assorted unsavory characters – and not all of them in drag. But it was in the films of Waters that the duo seemed mutually determined in finding the beauty in the bizarre, the strange and unexpected grace in the absurd, and in Female Trouble, the strange phenomenon of finding yourself rooting for characters who might be the most repulsive, self-interested, and monstrous you’ve ever seen – if only they weren’t so funny!
7pm AS ONE – OC LGBT Pride, 2017 // At 7pm, join us as we present a new documentary film showcasing interviews with dozens of Santa Ana and neighboring communities that were asked one simple question by OC Pride Marketing Director Andy Connor: “What does Pride mean to you?” Featuring many familiar faces sharing their experiences, As One was filmed right inside The Frida Cinema over the last three months by director Richard Guzman and producers Andy Conner and Bryan Terry, and celebrates some of the many faces, stories, perspectives, and dreams within our vast and eclectic LGBT community. We are proud to present this work of local LGBT independent documentary cinema as part of this free presentation of films celebrating LGBT icons.
8pm HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH – John Cameron Mitchell, 2001 // Since perhaps the game-changing 1975 cult phenomenon The Rocky Horror Picture Show or criminally-unseen 1969 Japanese New Wave masterpiece Funeral Parade of Roses, there hadn’t been a film that celebrated personal expression and freedom better than John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and The Angry Inch – not until, perhaps, Cameron’s own follow-up, Shortbus. The comparisons to other musicals that speak to the LGBT experience are surely worn by now, but there is something uniquely magical about Mitchell’s poignant, 95-minute fable. It’s that rare film that seems to speak to every person who experiences it – yet seems to communicate something different to each one. You may exit the film feeling like you need to go out and find your missing half; you may exit the film feeling like you’ve spent too much of your life seeking that missing half entirely. A rollicking, laugh-a-second riot that slowly reveals itself to be both a mirror and a call-to-action, the film gives us one of LGBT cinema’s most formidable, inspiring, beautiful, and complex characters – and one heck of a soundtrack too.
10pm BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER – Jamie Babbit, 10pm // Released in 2000 after making a midnight-movie splash at Sundance, But I’m A Cheerleader is that rarest of zany, colorful, and gleefully irreverent comedies that looks and feels like an offbeat cult classic, but as its heart is a genuine, soulful, and poignant LGBT coming-of-age story. Babbit’s tale introduced filmgoers to one of LGBT cinema’s greatest teen icons Megan (Natasha Lyonne), a virginal blonde who considers herself a typical American girl, excelling at school, dating the handsome football player, and – yes – cheerleading for the home team. Wrestling with her frustrating lack of sexual interest in her boyfriend, and completely naive to the concept that she might not be altogether heterosexual, she is stunned when her parents decide she’s gay and send her to True Directions, a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation. While there, Megan meets a rebellious and unashamed teen lesbian, Graham (Clea DuVall), for whom she soon starts to have surprisingly strong feelings. A sweet and wholly romantic comedy/drama with final moments that reinvent the familiar An Officer and a Gentleman/Pretty Woman climax for a new age of LGBT indie cinema.
10pm THE BABADOOK – Jennifer Kent, 2014 //
Talk about your unexpected LGBT icons… If cheerleaders and love stories isn’t your thing, we will also be screening one of the most critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and terrifying horror films of the new millennium, Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook. A story about a recently widowed mother who is struggling to keep her emotionally distraught young son in order while also dealing with her own crippling depression – only to find herself dealing with the new and altogether sinister presence of a dark figure haunting their quiet home – The Babadook is a surprising source for LGBT’s latest overnight icon sensation. How did it happen? Blame the internet – Netflix accidentally listed it under their LGBT Films category, and the rest is history. People noticed, memes were created, and a star was born. And then things got really interesting when film and culture theorists started writing articles suggesting that The Babadook, and its themes of unchecked trauma bubbling up to the surface and manifesting itself in destructive ways, might be a valid and justifiable film to speak to LGBT themes after all.
All films are FREE to attend, first-come first-serve!
On Sunday, June 25, we welcome our Frida Cinema Film Club family to a special Appreciation Event we’ve put together just for them!
At 5pm, join us in The Frida Cinema lobby for an informal mixer, where you can meet other Film Club Members, our Staff and Board, and munch on some hors d’oeuvres courtesy of our friends Chef Richard Espinachio and The Robbins Nest Wine Bar! We’ll enter the auditorium at 5:30pm for a presentation outlining the progress that the support of our Film Club Members have helped us achieve – as well as to take a sneak peek at some of the developments on the horizon! – then at 6pm, we will present director Alfonso Cuarón’s extraordinary 2006 masterpiece, CHILDREN OF MEN.
Based on the dystopian – and timely – novel The Children of Men by P. D. James, Children of Men takes place a mere twenty years into the future, when mankind is headed towards certain extinction after humans have lost the ability to conceive children, and the world’s youngest citizen has just died at the age of 18. With the world in chaos, illegal immigrants seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom, where the last functioning government imposes oppressive immigration laws on refugees. Theo (Clive Owen), a former activist turned disillusioned bureaucrat, becomes the unlikely champion in the fight for the survival of Earth’s population, after he reunites with Julian (Julianne Moore), a resistance fighter. When Julian and her crew let Theo in on their unbelievable secret – they have discovered a pregnant woman, and have committed themselves to shepherding her to safety – he must embark on a desperate journey to restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth.
This special event is for our Frida Cinema Film Club Members only, at both Standard and Premiere levels. New Members are welcome to join at thefridacinema.org/film-club, and will be welcome to the screening so long as they join by Friday, June 23 (and/or behind our RSVP list fills up!).
On Sunday, June 25, we return to the rooftop with another FREE outdoor screening! This time, we’ll be sharing a tale as old as time with our community (see what we did there?) as take to the 5th & Spurgeon Parking Structure roof to present Disney’s hit 2017 live-action film, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!
This event is once again FREE thanks to the support of our title sponsor, Santa Ana Business Council! Parking at the structure is also FREE! Starting at 6:30pm, take the elevator or stairs up to the 4th Floor Rooftop of the parking lot located at 301 E. 5th Street – accessible off Spurgeon Street between 4th and 5th Streets – get comfy, grab some food at one of our local restaurants, swing by The Frida for your popcorn, candy, and soda needs, then watch Disney’s beloved musical come to life on the big screen starting at 8:30pm!
WHAT TO BRING Bring a blanket, towel, LOW-BACK chair, or anything else you need to get comfy and enjoy a movie under the stars! Picnic baskets welcome, though neighboring 4th Street Market, Diego's Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, El Mercado Modern Cuisine, Wursthaus, and so many other great restaurants will be open to get your food needs handled! And again, The Frida Cinema is a hop downstairs for your concessions needs!
WHAT NOT TO BRING Smoking, pets, and alcohol are prohibited at the Parking Structure.
WHERE TO PARK You can park in the same structure the movie’s in! We’re just closing off the top floor for our film, but floors 1 – 3 will be open, as will the 4-story structure on the west side of the lot! Parking is FREE on Sundays! For more info on the Parking Structure, visit thefridacinema.org/parking-at-the-frida-cinema/.
WHAT’S THE MOVIE ABOUT? You know this one!! Belle (Emma Watson), a bright and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in his cursed castle, where the staff has been transformed into household objects. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted servants and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. And throughout it all, everybody sings – and we welcome you to do the same!
WE LOVE SPONSORS! Santa Ana Business Council is the generous Title Sponsor of our outdoor events! These events would also not be possible without support from OMNI Group Real Estate and ASE Marketing Group. LLC!
WE STILL NEED SUPPORT! If you’d like to lend your company’s support to our free community events – and get tons of public appreciation in the process! – email us at email@example.com!
Monday, June 26 & Tuesday, June 27 at 8pm! Single ticket gets you BOTH films!
The 4th Scott Pilgrim Picture Show! returns June 30 and July 1! Baby Driver opens in mainstream cinemas June 28! Kick off a full week of Edgar Wright goodness with the two classic films that started it all – 2004’s SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and 2007’s HOT FUZZ – presented as a Double Feature!
That’s right, one measly ticket gets you four full hours (including a 15-minute intermission between films) of Action!, Horror!, Satire!, Classic film references!, Endlessly quotable lines!, and of course, Cornetto! as Wright assembles his ensemble of comedians together – namely, leads Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – for two of the funniest, most critically acclaimed British comedies of the new millennium!
First up it’s SHAUN OF THE DEAD at 8pm, Wright’s send up of the zombie phenomenon that became a phenomenon in its own right. Pegg stars as Shaun, a 30-something slacker whose dull, easy existence of getting alternately drunk and high with best friend Ed (Nick Frost), and working an unfulfilling job at an electronics store, is starting to grate on girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield). Fed up, Liz breaks up with Shaun, tired of waiting for him to grow up and be an adult; but when their town is inexplicably overrun with zombies, Shaun gets a sudden and unexpected opportunity to do just that, becoming an unlikely hero in his resolve to protect Liz, his mother (Penelope Wilton), and his friends from the hungry hordes of the undead. Described by Wright as a “rom-zom-com,” the description is much more than simply a humorous joke on genres – under Wright’s masterful direction, Shaun of the Dead manages to be genuinely side-splittingly hilarious, palpably terrifying, sweetly romantic, and even occasionally, surprisingly heartbreaking.
After a 15-minute intermission, Pegg Frost and Wright (and a few Shaun costars) return for HOT FUZZ, Wright’s award-winning 2007 follow-up! Here Wright sends up the “unsuspecting investigator in a strange land, and/or WAY over his head” genre, hurling films as disparate as The Wicker Man, Point Break, Bad Boys, Lethal Weapon, and Chinatown in his tale of noble former London constable Nicholas Angel (Pegg), who is assigned to the sleepy British village of Sandford, and paired up with a well-meaning oaf of a partner (Frost), when his team back at home get fed up with his self-righteousness (think The Wicker Man’s Sgt. Howie – who was portrayed by Edward Woodward, who not coincidentally joins several 1970’s horror/genre character actors in this film). Soon after arriving however, several increasingly gruesome crimes start to plague the idyllic surroundings, and as Angel dedicates himself to solve the mystery, his list of suspects starts to grow, he hits roadblock after roadblock, and ultimately, he finds his own life in danger. Good thing partner Danny Butterman has seen one too many Michael Bay films – and several times over… A rolicking, hilarious, and genuinely suspenseful yarn, Hot Fuzz is a true treat for film lovers, and specifically, for those of us who love to pick up the many cliches, stock character types, and red herrings inherent in police procedural dramas.
Our Standard Ticket prices of $10 General Admission / $8 Students and Military with ID, Seniors, and Children / and $7 for Members get you into BOTH films!
On Wednesday June 28th, The Frida Cinema heads back to the 4th Street Market patio for another FREE movie under the stars! And this time, we're bringing something along for our fellow film junkies in the room...
At 7pm, we'll be kicking the night off with a few rounds of FILM TRIVIA! Pick up some grub and cocktails from 4th Street Market's eclectic family of restaurants, brush up on your Hitchcock and Herzog, and get ready to show the other teams who's boss! How many teams? How many per team? How to sign up? WE DON'T KNOW YET!! We're working on it, and will have details for you soon!
Then when the sun sets at 8:30pm, join us for the summer blockbuster that started it all, Steven Spielberg's JAWS! Cheer along for Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), and salty ol' ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) - and hiss with disdain at the sight of selfish, uncaring Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) - as the unlikely trio set sail on voyage to rid Amity Island of a pesky, bloodthirsty shark.
If this is a success, we'll be doing this every last Wednesday of the month! So show up, Jaws and film trivia fans!
It's been a while, but The Scott Pilgrim Picture Show is back by popular demand!
The Cinemattack team has beefed up the modern cult classic action-comedy, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World with a dazzling light show, quote-along captions, audience interaction, and garlic bread, of course. Show up early and join us for drinks, exclusive CinemAttack merch, a photo opp in the lobby and our trademark pre-show programming! Oh, and did you say cosplay? Dress up and enter our costume contest and win yourself some awesome prizes!
And as a CinemAttack first, we're doing TWO NIGHTS of fun - Friday June 30th & Saturday July 1st! You pick which one... or come to both!
DOORS OPEN AT 7:00pm, MOVIE STARTS at 8:00pm. First 100 guests get a free gift at the door!
What happens when the disco glam of the 70s comes crashing into the new wave corporate cheese of the 1980’s – and they make a musical about it!?
In 1980, Golam-Globus cofounder Menahem Golan gave the world THE APPLE – and no one saw it. Then, over twenty years later, art house programmers of the world discovered this strange blend of 1984 and Xanadu, and brought it back to cinemas as midnight programming, unleashing a new so-bad-it’s-good phenomenon that almost seems to dare to be experienced.
The plot, as it were, concerns sweet naive couple Alphie (George Gilmour) and Bibi (Catherine Mary Stewart), a couple of singers with big musical dreams who leave Canada to compete in the Worldvision Song Festival. Though the festival’s crooked organizer, Mr. Boogalow (Vladek Sheybal), rigs the contest for others to win, he shows an interest in Alphie and Bibi, offering to sign them. But then Bibi is taken in by the evil, wild world of rock ‘n’ roll, and Alphie is determined to save her — even though Boogalow claims not only to own her body, but also… her very soul…
A kaleidoscope of glitter and flesh from some strange hungover hell, The Apple is that rarest of cult classics that you just have to experience with an audience, if only to be able to turn around once in a while and ensure yourself, no, you haven’t gone completely insane…
Every 2nd Friday of the month is THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW night at The Frida Cinema, featuring a LIVE performance by the all-costumed, all-dancing, all-lip syncing “shadow cast” troupe K.A.O.S.!!
Our July 14 show is dedicated to our veteran cast member and Frank-n-Furter extraordinaire Ray Thompson! Join us as we pull out all the stops to bring the 1975 cult classic to life once again, this time in celebration of one of Rocky-dom's most prolific and celebrated shadow cast legends!
Pre-Show is at 11:30pm; the legendary Midnight Movie starts – appropriately – at Midnight! Sing and dance along as the longest-running feature film in history comes to life at The Frida Cinema!
Forget to bring your newspapers, rubber gloves, playing cards, and/or toilet paper?? Remember – Prop Bags are on sale at every Rocky Horror event for only $2, and all proceeds support the cast’s costume and prop budget!!
Remember 1995? Amazing time, right? Computers were programmed by waving your hands in the air in front of a dozen floating, glowing lights; guys would have to complete a series of hacks all over town - with the aid of several pay phones - to score a date with a girl; teenagers would talk to each other in some form of cyber code; kids still fell for the "roof on the ceiling" prank; and rollerblading was all the rage.
At least that's 1995 in the world of HACKERS, director Iain Softley's admittedly stylish, but otherwise somewhat baffling blend of The Breakfast Club, The Net, Gleaming the Cube, and Sneakers, propelled by a fantastic electronic/techno soundtrack, weighed down by comatose performances by leads Johnny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie, occasionally lifted by the Woody-Woodpecker-on-crack stylings of Matthew Lillard.
And then there's Fisher Stevens and Lorraine Bracco as what might be the least intimidating villains in cinema history.
A movie that counts on its audience to know absolutely ZERO about how computers work, HACKERS is a well-intentioned mess of a film that is nevertheless consistently watchable - and for many, a slice of 90's nostalgia as beloved as Pogs.
We’re closing out our July, 2017 Friday Night Freakouts series with a cult oddity that truly needs to be seen to be believed – especially when you consider who wrote it…
Maestro of Sexploitation Russ Meyer had made a name of himself with such micro-budget B-movies as Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Vixen!, and in 1970 beleaguered studio 20th Century Fox took a gamble by financing this in-name-only “sequel” to 1967 melodrama Valley of the Dolls – and it paid off historically. Made for a modest $900,000 (that’s about $4.5 million today), written by Meyer’s friend Roger Ebert (yes, that Roger Ebert), and slapped with an X-rating, BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS would go on to gross over ten times that amount, become a cult classic that persevered on midnight-movie screens for decades, and ultimately garner the Criterion Collection treatment. All this for a movie about an all-girl rock band goes to Hollywood to make it big, only to descent into a cesspool of decadence – and that’s before the notorious climactic costume party…
Calling all anime fans! The long-awaited theatrical release is here! A brand-new chapter in The Irregular at Magic High School saga unfolds with an all-new story written by the original creator, Tsutomu Sato, coming to The Frida Cinema July 29! Tickets now available at box office, and online at boxoffice.printtixusa.com/fridacinema/movies!
Set in a world where magic is established as a skill set, and based on an enormously popular series of novels, The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars tells the tale of a pair of siblings and their friends – students attending a school known as “Magic High School” – and various incidents that they encounter. With cumulative sales surpassing 7.5 million copies, the novels have been adapted into TV anime, comic books, video games, and other media platforms – and now, the long-awaited theatrical film comes to The Frida Cinema! Your eyes will be glued to the big screen as the heroics of Tatsuya Shiba, the most powerful magician of all, are brought to life in a dazzling feature-length kaleidoscope of sight and sound!
Set between the 10th and 11th volumes of the original novel series, and taking place as their first year at Magic High School draws to a close, The Girl Who Summons the Stars finds young Tatsuya and Miyuki and their friends have decided to spend their spring break at a certain private villa on Ogasawara Island. Tatsuya and the others are making the most of their brief vacation – that is until a young girl named Kokoa, who has escaped from a naval base, appears before them…
Coming to The Frida Cinema just two weeks after this highly anticipated film is released in Japan, The Irregular at Magic High School: The Girl Who Summons the Stars is being presented by special arrangement from Azoland Pictures. We thank Azoland Pictures for making this film available to our audiences!
Join us for a one-night-only presentation of explosive new concert film DAVID GILMOUR LIVE IN POMPEII!
Forty-five years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ at the legendary Roman Amphitheater, he returns for two spectacular shows, part of his year-long tour in support of his No.1 album “Rattle That Lock.” The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheater, and for two nights only, the 2,600 strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.
David Gilmour Live At Pompeii is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics, and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs. But of course towering above all of it is the astonishing music and stellar performance from a true maestro, and his all-star band. The show includes songs from throughout David’s career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics including “One Of These Days” – the only song that was also performed at the band’s original 1971 show. Included as well are the title tracks of his two most recent No. 1 solo albums – “Rattle That Lock” and “On An Island” – as well as other solo and Pink Floyd classics, including “Wish You Were Here” and “Comfortably Numb.
Both concerts also saw very special performances of “The Great Gig In The Sky” from iconic album “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” which David rarely plays as a solo artist. This concert performance film includes highlights from both shows, filmed in 4k by director Gavin Elder . David Gilmour Live At Pompeii shows an artist at the top of his artistic game, performing incredible material with his world-class band, in a unique setting, on one very special occasion.