S Is For Snuff Film
Ah, death. Socrates called it "the greatest of all human blessings," while J.M. Barrie asked, "Why fear death? It's the greatest adventure of all." Climbing aboard that grim choo-choo train of thought is always a gasser, and when Cinefamily rolls out The ABCs of Death, expect an overstimulating, offensive and ghastly thrill fest. The film was compiled by New Zealand archivist/programmer Ant Timpson and Tim League of Drafthouse Films, who gave 26 genre filmmakers each a letter of the alphabet and an assignment to depict a death on screen. The resulting celebration of morbidity, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, is presented in a schoolkid's A-is-for-Apple primer format, only in this case, we're guessing that A is for Asphyxia. Segment directors Marcel Sarmiento ("D Is for Dogfight") and Jon Schnepp ("W Is for WTF?") will be available for a post-mortem Q&A. The evening is sure to be a lovely, bloody antidote to stifling civility and social niceties. Get in line, let go and get primitive. Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave.; Fri., March 8, mid.; $12, members free. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.
Fri., March 8, 2013
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