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March 2017

RESERVOIR DOGS: 25th Anniversary Restoration

March 17 - March 23
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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In 1992, Reservoir Dogs took the Cannes Film Festival by storm, and transformed overnight its young filmmaker Quentin Tarantino from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor, to the most exciting new filmmaker of the 1990s. 25 years later, the film remains as influential as ever in the art house world.

The story examines what happens before and after a botched jewelry store robbery, and how a group of “professional” criminals handle the pressure. Tarantino’s revolutionary story structure sets up what is essentially a stage play for his explosive cast to act out with bravado and short-temperament. How did the cops know they were coming? Who made it out alive? Tarantino sets up the mystery, and pays it off with the expertise of a filmmaker many years ahead of his time - famously delivering one of the greatest heist films, in which the heist itself is never shown. It’s his most raw and revolutionary work to date.

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KEDI (NINE LIVES: CATS IN INSTANBUL) – Extended!

March 17 - March 23
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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Kedi is not simply a documentary about house cats, or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. Kedi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people's lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.

Says the film's director Ceyda Torun - "Cats - tabbies, calicos, angoras, Norwegian forest cats; ginger cats, grey cats, black cats, white cats, black and white cats - all kinds of cats - roam the city, free, without a human master. Some fend for themselves, scavenging from dumpsters, living in abandoned buildings, others are cared for by communities of people, pampered with the best cat food and given shelter for the cold months. Cats have been a part of the city for thousands of years, and so, everyone who grows up in Istanbul or lives in Istanbul has a story about a cat. Stories that are memorable; sometimes scary, sometimes spiritual, but always very personal. Street cats are such a big part of the culture that when US president Barack Obama visited Istanbul, part of his tour included a stop at the Hagia Sophia to visit its famous cat, Gli. Cats are as integral to the identity of Istanbul as its monuments, the Bosporus, tea, raki and fish restaurants."

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RAMMSTEIN: PARIS

March 23 @ 8:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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Rammstein has long been in an über-league of its own when it comes to taking the live presentation of rock music to new heights, both in terms of conception and execution. Catching this excitement on film is an almost impossible task. In this state-of-the-art concert film, renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund takes a radical new approach to capturing the emotion and thrill of Rammstein’s one-of-a-kind live performance. RAMMSTEIN: PARIS is a fast-paced feast for all senses: a dark and spectacular fairy-tale laced with controversy, don’t-try-this-at-home theatrics, plus the all-consuming aroma of Benzin (gasoline). Rowing longboats up fjords; building large and important monuments; opening major ceremonial occasions - then closing them – with a bang. Rammstein’s music is the perfect soundtrack for all or any of these.

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THE LURE

March 24 - March 30
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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In the bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup The Lure — the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska — a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate '80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska's imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen's original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.

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MULTIPLE MANIACS: 4K Restoration

March 24 @ 8:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature MULTIPLE MANIACS comes to theaters at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous, not-for-all-stomachs moments! And thanks to the folks at Janus Films, this landmark 1970 film is getting a gorgeous 4K transfer and Criterion home-video release - and two opportunities to be seen on the big screen at The Frida Cinema!

Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine!, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast the Dreamlanders - including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller - Multiple Maniacs is an anarchist masterwork from an artist who has doggedly tested the limits of taste for decades.

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FANTASTIC PLANET: Friday Night Freakouts

March 24 @ 11:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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The Frida Cinema presents director René Laloux's legendarily trippy 1973 animated classic FANTASTIC PLANET. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence.

Nothing else has ever looked or felt like Laloux’s animated marvel, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.

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TROKER Live Score: THE GREY AUTOMOBILE (EL AUTOMÓVIL GRIS)

March 25 @ 8:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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The Frida Cinema is thrilled to collaborate with Santa Ana Sites on a fantastic evening of music and film, as TROKER presents a live score to classic Mexican film THE GREY AUTOMOBILE (EL AUTOMÓVIL GRIS)!

The Grey Automobile is considered one of the most important cinematic works in silent film history. First seen in 1919, it tells the tale of police and outlaws in a tumultuous action film. With a live musical score by one of Guadalajara’s most eclectic and adventurous groups, Troker—a jazz, rock, and world music band from Jalisco, Mexico—The Grey Automobile arrives in California for the first time with this extraordinary live soundtrack performance.

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MULTIPLE MANIACS: 4K Restoration

March 25 @ 11:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature MULTIPLE MANIACS comes to theaters at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous, not-for-all-stomachs moments! And thanks to the folks at Janus Films, this landmark 1970 film is getting a gorgeous 4K transfer and Criterion home-video release - and two opportunities to be seen on the big screen at The Frida Cinema!

Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine!, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast the Dreamlanders - including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller - Multiple Maniacs is an anarchist masterwork from an artist who has doggedly tested the limits of taste for decades.

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RAMMSTEIN: PARIS – ENCORE SCREENING!

March 30 @ 8:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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ENCORE SCREENING! Rammstein has long been in an über-league of its own when it comes to taking the live presentation of rock music to new heights, both in terms of conception and execution. Catching this excitement on film is an almost impossible task. In this state-of-the-art concert film, renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund takes a radical new approach to capturing the emotion and thrill of Rammstein’s one-of-a-kind live performance. RAMMSTEIN: PARIS is a fast-paced feast for all senses: a dark and spectacular fairy-tale laced with controversy, don’t-try-this-at-home theatrics, plus the all-consuming aroma of Benzin (gasoline). Rowing longboats up fjords; building large and important monuments; opening major ceremonial occasions - then closing them – with a bang. Rammstein’s music is the perfect soundtrack for all or any of these.

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DONNIE DARKO: Friday Night Freakouts

March 31 @ 11:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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The Frida Cinema presents director René Laloux's legendarily trippy 1973 animated classic FANTASTIC PLANET. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence.

Nothing else has ever looked or felt like Laloux’s animated marvel, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.

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April 2017

NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (1984) – National Event Day

April 4 @ 7:30 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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On Tuesday, April 4 - the date on which George Orwell's classic character Winston Smith begins writing his journal in Orwell's landmark 1949 novel - The Frida Cinema joins 90 cinemas across the country in screening director Michael Radford's 1984. Along with fellow art house cinemas such as Alamo Drafthouse, IFC Center, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, our shared aim is to voice our collective protest of many of our current administration's policies and practices - and most specifically as art house cinemas, their alleged proposed cuts on cultural programs, including the entire elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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SALT AND FIRE – Advance Screening, Presented by New York Film Critics Series NYFCS

April 5 @ 7:30 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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Glitter Tribe is a feature about the passion and personalities at the heart of today's new wave of burlesque. On stage and in candid conversation, twelve of today's hottest performers reveal the naked truth about an exotic world where artifice is a route to authenticity and pretending to be someone else is the ultimate journey to become yourself. Presented by NYFCS.

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THE VOID: Friday Night Freakouts

April 7 @ 11:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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The Thing meets Hellraiser in new indie horror cult-classic-to-be, THE VOID!

In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew - only to discover that patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. As the horror intensifies, Carter leads the other survivors on a hellish voyage into the subterranean depths of the hospital, in a desperate bid to end the nightmare before it's too late.

The Void is a thrilling effects extravaganza from horror film from writer/director team Steven Kostanski and and Jeremy Gillespie, best known for their work as part of the Astron-6 collective (Manborg, Father's Day), and their celebrated work as design and FX veterans of major Hollywood productions (Pacific Rim, Robocop, TV's Hannibal).

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OC LGBT Pride’s 4th Annual CLOSET BALL

April 8 @ 6:30 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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The Thing meets Hellraiser in new indie horror cult-classic-to-be, THE VOID!

In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew - only to discover that patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. As the horror intensifies, Carter leads the other survivors on a hellish voyage into the subterranean depths of the hospital, in a desperate bid to end the nightmare before it's too late.

The Void is a thrilling effects extravaganza from horror film from writer/director team Steven Kostanski and and Jeremy Gillespie, best known for their work as part of the Astron-6 collective (Manborg, Father's Day), and their celebrated work as design and FX veterans of major Hollywood productions (Pacific Rim, Robocop, TV's Hannibal).

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REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA with Live Shadow-cast by ADDICTED TO THE KNIFE

April 8 @ 11:30 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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An outlandish 2008 celebration of dirty, gory excess, replete with family melodrama, mysterious illnesses, mind-blowing future-drugs, designer organ repossessions, a few surprising cameos, and a superabundance of bloody stabs and slices, REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA will be brought to life in front of your eyes by ADDICTED TO THE KNIFE, an all-costumed, all-dancing, all-lip syncing troupe of actors who have excelled at performing the film Rocky Horror-style! All this, and musical numbers too!

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DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE

April 14 - April 20
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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David Lynch: The Art Life looks at Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks director David Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As he says: “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them. Even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.” We’re invited in and given private views from Lynch’s compound and painting studio in the hills high above Hollywood, as he tells personal stories that unfold like scenes from his films. Strange characters come into focus only to fade again into the past, all leaving an indelible mark.

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