Free outdoor movies on September 27 and October 4!
The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) has announced that it will host a pair of free outdoor movies adjacent to the site of BAM/PFA’s future home in Downtown Berkeley on consecutive Fridays in late September/early October. Copresented by the Downtown Berkeley Association, Endless Summer Cinema will feature a pair of seventies cult classics set in the Bay Area—Berkeley-based director Philip Kaufman’s intelligently creepy allegory of Watergate-era paranoia, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Hal Ashby’s darkly funny, but tender tale of an unlikely cross-generational romance, Harold and Maude.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) will have audiences squirming on September 27. A remake of the 1956 film about the perils of mass conformity, it follows a health inspector (Donald Sutherland) who uncovers the existence of a growing species of “pod people” inhabiting the bodies of human clones hiding among us in plain sight. Audiences will seek the embrace of their dearest neighbors not out of fear, but tenderness during our October 4 program, Harold and Maude (1971). The story of a death-obsessed teen (Bud Cort) and his romantic devotion to a fun-loving septuagenarian (Ruth Gordon) is a touching black comedy that only gets better with age.
“We ‘re excited to present another series of free outdoor screenings across the street from our future home, especially with construction now fully underway,“ says BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder. “In just a couple of years, engaging events like this will be an almost daily opportunity in our new downtown location.”
”We are delighted to be partnering with BAM/PFA,” adds DBA CEO John Caner. “And we think the Crescent lawn overlooking the new downtown BAM/PFA site will be a marvelous setting. And what better timing than during our wonderful extended Bay Area summer?”
Endless Summer Cinema events will take place on the Crescent lawn at the West Gate of the UC Berkeley campus, where Oxford and Center Streets meet. Shorts and other surprises begin at 7:30 p.m. for each event, with the feature films screening at 8 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs, and arrive early and eat at one of the many downtown restaurants. Also, Bittersweet Cafe (www.bittersweetcafe.com) and Cakes and Purls (www.cakesandpurls.com) will be offering tasty treats and drinks on the Crescent prior to and during each screening.
Endless Summer Cinema Calendar
Friday, September 27, 7:30 p.m.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Philip Kaufman (U.S., 1978)
Bay Area paranoia abounds in this remake of the 1956 classic cloner, where extraterrestrial “pod people” are breeding conformity in a culture immersed in the unconventional. Filmed in San Francisco, with Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, and Jeff Goldblum. Preceded by Hardware Wars, a riotous mock movie trailer, featuring the galactic antics of Fluke Starbucker, Ham Salad, Darph Nader, Princess Anne Droid, and Augie “Ben” Doggie.
Friday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.
Harold and Maude Hal Ashby (U.S., 1971)
This cult favorite, a dark comedy from the counter-culture (shot in the Bay Area) with music by Cat Stevens, follows death-obsessed Bud Cort, a twenty-year-old who falls for the ageless charms of seventy-nine-year-old Ruth Gordon, a quirky anarchist who has thrown inhibition to the wind. Preceded by Quasi at the Quackadero, an award-winning psychedelic hand-drawn animation about a slightly demented duck who visits a zany amusement park.