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  • Thu
    07
    Jan
    2016

    Miskatonic London: J.G. BALLARD: CRASH, THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION AND MOVING BEYOND LITERATURE

    7:00 pmThe Horse Hospital, London UK

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    Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - London:
    JG BALLARD: CRASH, THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION AND MOVING BEYOND LITERATURE
    7 January, 2016 – 7-10pm
    http://www.miskatonic-london.com/events/j-g-ballard-crash-the-atrocity-exhibition-and-moving-beyond-literature/

    Instructor: Jack Sargeant

    Building on Jack Sargeant’s previously published research on JG Ballard, this talk explores Ballard in the realms beyond literature; looking at his cinema, graphics, performances and infamous Crashed Cars exhibition in relation to the extended aesthetic ‘perversions’ that emerged around the groundbreaking novels published in the 1970s. The talk offers an exploration of the radical experimental work of Ballard, which exceeds the imprint of the author to offer lines of flight into the mise-en-scene of the wider subcultures of the era. The talk will include a screening of The Unlimited Dream Company (dir: Sam Scoggins, 1983, 24 mins).

    About the Instructor:
    As an author, Jack Sargeant’s work has been described as “dangerously inspirational” his numerous books include Against Control, Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground and Naked Lens: Beat Cinema (like Deathtripping now in its third English language edition). His forthcoming book Flesh and Excess On Underground Film is due for publication in late 2015. He has written on film and culture for numerous books, anthologies and journals, and introductions for books by Lydia Lunch, Romain Slocombe, Joe Coleman and for William Burroughs’ Unforgettable Characters. He writes a regular column for FilmInk, and has written for The Wire, Xochi 23, Fortean Times, World Art, Real Time and many other publications. Jack has frequently appeared as a documentary interviewee in films including Blank City, The Advocate For Fagdom and Llik Your Idols. He is regularly called upon to assist in research for television and film documentaries. In addition to writing, Sargeant has lectured on underground film and culture, beat culture, William Burroughs and many other topics across the world. He has curated numerous film and art events, including co-curating the critically acclaimed ‘Sex’ at Melbourne’s Strange Neighbour gallery. He is currently program director for the Revelation Film Festival in Western Australia.

  • Thu
    11
    Feb
    2016

    Miskatonic London: JOHN HOUGH LIVE IN CONVERSATION

    7:00 pmThe Horse Hospital, London UK

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    The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - London:
    LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: JOHN HOUGH IN CONVERSATION
    7pm-10pm
    11 February, 2016 – 7-10pm
    Instructor: Justin Harries

    Tickets: http://www.miskatonic-london.com/events/live-from-miskatonic-john-hough-in-conversation/

    From 60s TV series THE AVENGERS and salacious Hammer Horror TWINS OF EVIL to 70s gearhead staple DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY and children’s classics ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN and THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS, British filmmaker John Hough has had an eclectic and storied career behind the camera. He considers himself a craftsman rather than an auteur, but is responsible for some of the most beloved films in horror history – most notably his 1973 adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel HELL HOUSE.

    In this special instalment of LIVE FROM MISKATONIC, Hough will participate in a lengthy on-stage conversation with our guest interviewer Justin Harries, the curator of London’s popular FILMBAR70. The conversation will cover Hough’s early television career, his work with Hammer Films and Disney, his interactions with 1970s renegade Hollywood and his work with screen giants such as Orson Welles, Roddy McDowell, John Cassavetes, Max Von Sydow, Sophia Loren, Rod Steiger and so many more. The talk will be punctuated by film clips and there will be a Q+A period following the formal discussion.

    About the Instructor:
    Justin Harries is the co-creator and curator of Filmbar70, a London based film-club that specialises in screening anomalies drawn from the last gasp of European genre cinema, and has contributed visual and written essays to a number of DVD releases – especially those that lean toward the more glamourous side of the giallo genre. He also makes up approximately 50% of ‘The Carpenters’ (a John Carpenter tribute band) and is a member of ‘The Begotten’, a collective providing improvised sonics to E. Elias Merhige’s avant-splatter flick.

     

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016
    Sun
    20
    Mar
    2016

    DRIVING MISS CRAZY at Offscreen Festival

    Brussels, Belgium

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    Driving Miss Crazy

    While neurotic personalities have been pervasive throughout film history, few capture the imagination as wildly as the offshoots of female psychosis. A favoured staple feature in genre films, the neurotic woman stars as a vicious harpy in both horror and exploitation and incarnates the paranoid, hysterical, obsessive and downright dangerous forces found in the thriller and the psychological drama. Our selection covers a vast array of films made from the 1940s onwards, the era where women fought for equal rights and freed themselves from the stifling bodice of a male centered society. The weaker sex? We beg to differ.

    This extensive programme gets its inspiration from the book by the Canadian film curator (Fantastic Fest), journalist (Fangoria) and auteur Kier-La Janisse: “House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films” (Fab Press, 2012). She will provide an introduction for some of the films during the first festival weekend.

    Full lineup and schedule at http://www.offscreen.be/en/offscreen-film-festival-2016/driving-miss-crazy

  • Sat
    19
    Mar
    2016

    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party

    10:00 amMetro Cinema, Edmonton, AB
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    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party!
    Saturday March 19th, 2016
    150 min, Dir: Various
    Curator: Kier-La Janisse

    It’s the return of the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party, curated by film programmer, writer and pop culture connoisseur Kier-La Janisse! It’s that special time when kids and kids-at-heart get to relive the exciting Saturday Morning ritual of non-stop retro cartoons, and binge on the multi-colored sugary cereals that used to be a part of every “balanced” breakfast! As always, this 3-hour trip into the weird and wonderful world of yesteryear’s animated antics will be accompanied by an all-you-can eat buffet of cereal that is open throughout the show (and yes, there will be non-dairy options too!). The cartoon lineup is always a mystery, but you’ll see both faves and obscurities spanning the 40s through the 80s, all punctuated with vintage commercials and PSAs! So get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package.

    Curator Bio -

    Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She recently co-edited and published the anthology book KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.

    Adult: $14, Student/Senior: $12, Child 12 & Under: $10
    Tickets: http://www.metrocinema.org/film_view/5680/

    Admission includes cereal.

  • Sat
    26
    Mar
    2016

    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party

    10:30 amBoston Underground Film Festival

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    Boston Underground Film Festival
    Saturday March 26th at the Brattle Theatre
    Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

    Tickets: http://bostonunderground.org/films/saturday-morning-cartoons/

    It’s the return of the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party, curated by film programmer, writer and pop culture connoisseur Kier-La Janisse! It’s that special time when kids and kids-at-heart get to relive the exciting Saturday Morning ritual of non-stop retro cartoons, and binge on the multi-colored sugary cereals that used to be a part of every “balanced” breakfast!

    As always, this 3-hour trip into the weird and wonderful world of yesteryear’s animated antics will be accompanied by an all-you-can eat buffet of cereal that is open throughout the show (and yes, there will be non-dairy options too!). The cartoon lineup is always a mystery, but you’ll see both faves and obscurities spanning the 40s through the 80s, all punctuated with vintage commercials and PSAs! So get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package.

    Curator Bio: Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She recently co-edited and published the anthology book KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.

  • Sun
    01
    May
    2016

    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party

    2:00 pmAstor Theatre, Melbourne Australia

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    Sunday May 1 - 2:00pm
    Astor Theatre, Melbourne
    Tickets $12
    Available HERE >>

    Curated by Kier-La Janisse

    Remember Saturday mornings? Kids today may not realize the significance of the Saturday morning ritual, but once upon a time, we had to wait a whole week to get our cartoon fix, and when we got it, we tended to binge. In that gleefully gluttonous spirit, curator Kier-La Janisse presents a 3-hour trip down memory lane with a tribute to the eye-popping, brain-addling Saturday morning cartoons of yore, complete with a smorgasbord of delicious sugary cereals (and yes, we have soy too!)! You’ll see both faves and obscurities spanning the 40s through the 80s, all punctuated with vintage commercials and PSAs! The lineup is always a secret, but there will be monsters, sci-fi, sleuths, superheroes and all kinds of 2D silliness, so get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package.

    Curator Bio: Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She recently co-edited and published the anthology book KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016

    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party

    10:00 amThe Royal - Toronto, Canada

     

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    THE SATURDAY MORNING ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CEREAL CARTOON PARTY!

    Saturday, May 21st @ 10:00AM to 1:00PM
    3 Non-Stop Hours of Vintage Cartoons!
    Eat all the cereal you can handle!

    TICKET LINK: https://www.universe.com/events/sat-morning-all-you-can-eat-cereal-cartoon-party-tickets-8BV69F

    Remember Saturday mornings? Kids today may not realize the significance of the Saturday morning ritual, but once upon a time, we had to wait a whole week to get our cartoon fix, and when we got it, we tended to binge. In that gleefully gluttonous spirit, curator Kier-La Janisse presents a 3-hour trip down memory lane with a tribute to the eye-popping, brain-addling Saturday morning cartoons of yore, complete with a smorgasbord of delicious sugary cereals (and yes, we have non-dairy too!)! You’ll see both faves and obscurities spanning the 40s through the 80s, all punctuated with vintage commercials and PSAs! The lineup is always a secret, but there will be monsters, sci-fi, sleuths, superheroes and all kinds of 2D silliness, so get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package.

    Curator Bio:

    Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director ofThe Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studiesand the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinemaBlue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver and was the subject of the documentaryCelluloid Horror(2005). She has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016

    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party

    10:00 amMayfair Theatre, Ottawa

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    Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party

    ALL NEW PROGRAM!

    Program curated by Kier-La Janisse

    Remember when Saturday mornings were a wonderland of animated adventures, toy commercials and diabetes-inducing breakfast foods?

    On Saturday June 11th at 10:00am, the Mayfair Theatre will tune back in those fuzzy UHF memories of childhood as we present the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party!

    The program features THREE HOURS of classic cartoons (including some retro commercial breaks!), PLUS a BOTTOMLESS BOWL OF CEREAL for everyone who attends. Pajamas encouraged!

    Admission is value-priced at just $5 Kids Club members / $7 children | $8 members  | $12 non-members | $9 seniors.

    Tickets: http://mayfairtheatre.ca/movies/Saturday-Morning-AllYouCanEatCereal-Cartoon-Party/?is_archive=0#Cinemon_MovieDescription

  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2016

    Harry Nilsson's THE POINT on 16mm!

    4:30pm / 8:45pmBAMcinématek, Brooklyn NY USA

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    Part of BAMcinématek series Nilsson Schmilsson
    Directed by Fred Wolf | 1971

    Tix HERE

    With Dustin Hoffman, Paul Frees

    16mm print provided by Kier-La Janisse at Spectacular Optical

    The wide-eyed naïveté at the heart of Nilsson’s work was unleashed in full force in this animated children’s favorite. Written and scored by Nilsson—whose bouncy AM pop soundtrack yielded the hit single “Me and My Arrow”—it’s a slightly Seussian, slightly psychedelic fable about a round-headed boy’s search for his point in a land of conical-headed people.

  • Thu
    24
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    27
    Nov
    2016

    Spectacular Optical at MONSTER FEST!

    Lido Cinemas, Hawthorne (Melbourne)

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    Spectacular Optical's Kier-La Janisse is also the festival director of Monster Fest, Australia's premier genre film festival, which celebrates its 6th edition from Nov 24-27, 2016.

    Check out the Monster Fest website at www.monsterfest.com.au for news and updates and like the Facebook page HERE

  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016

    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party - Christmas Edition!

    10:00 amMetro Cinema at the Garneau, Edmonton AB

     

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    It’s the Annual Christmas edition of the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party, curated by film programmer, writer and pop culture connoisseur Kier-La Janisse! It’s that special time when kids and kids-at-heart get to relive the exciting Saturday Morning ritual of non-stop retro cartoons, and binge on the multi-colored sugary cereals that used to be a part of every “balanced” breakfast! The cartoon lineup is always a mystery, but you’ll see both Holiday faves and obscurities spanning the 40s through the 80s, all punctuated with vintage commercials and PSAs!

    Adults: $14, Students/Seniors: $12, Children 12 & Under: $10 Admission includes cereal. Metro passes – Only Silver Screen Passes Accepted.

    Tickets: http://www.metrocinema.org/film_view/6062/

  • Sat
    17
    Dec
    2016

    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party - Christmas Edition!

    10:00 amRoyal Theatre, Toronto ON


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    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party - Christmas Edition!

    Saturday, December 17th
    10AM to 1PM

    Tickets: $15 Adults / $8 Kids (Under 14) / Under 3 free!
    BUY ADVANCE TICKETS >>HERE<<

    Ho ho ho!! It’s the Christmas edition of the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party, curated by film programmer, writer and pop culture connoisseur Kier-La Janisse!

    Remember Saturday mornings? Kids today may not realize the significance of the Saturday morning ritual, but once upon a time, we had to wait a whole week to get our cartoon fix, and when we got it, we tended to binge. In that gleefully gluttonous spirit, curator Kier-La Janisse presents a 3-hour trip down memory lane with a tribute to the eye-popping, brain-addling Saturday morning cartoons of yore, complete with a smorgasbord of delicious sugary cereals (and yes, we have non-dairy too!)! You’ll see both faves and obscurities spanning the 40s through the 80s, all punctuated with vintage commercials and PSAs! The lineup is always a secret, but there will be monsters, sci-fi, sleuths, superheroes and all kinds of 2D silliness, so get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package.

    Curator Bio:

    Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver and was the subject of the documentaryCelluloid Horror (2005). She has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s.

    Running Time: 3 Hours of Non-Stop Cartoons!

  • Sat
    17
    Dec
    2016

    The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party - Christmas Edition!

    10:00 amMayfair Theatre, Ottawa ON

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    Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party Volume 10

    180 minutes — Not Rated, DV, Various, 2016

    ALL NEW HOLIDAYS EDITION!

    Program curated by Kier-La Janisse

    Remember when Saturday mornings were a wonderland of animated adventures, toy commercials and diabetes-inducing breakfast foods?

    On Saturday December 17th at 10:00am, the Mayfair Theatre will tune back in those fuzzy UHF memories of childhood as we present our 10th Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party!

    The program features THREE HOURS of classic cartoons (including some retro commercial breaks!), PLUS a BOTTOMLESS BOWL OF CEREAL for everyone who attends. Feel free to bring your own spoon and (reasonably sized) bowl. Pajamas encouraged!

    Admission is value-priced at just $5 Kids Cub members / $7 children | $8 members | $12 non-members | $9 seniors.