Wild at Heart: Writer Barry Gifford

11/29/12 to 12/8/12

Writer Barry Gifford, a singular voice in American letters, joins us to present selections from his impressive cinematic oeuvre, including Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, and The Phantom Father, and discuss the art and craft of screenwriting. A frequent collaborator with David Lynch, Gifford is attracted to the quirky, sensual, and sometimes twisted side of the American experience.

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  • Lost Highway

    • Saturday, December 8 6 pm

    David Lynch (U.S., 1997). Introduced by Barry Gifford. A saxophonist (Bill Pullman) is found guilty of murdering his wife (Patricia Arquette), but once in prison he morphs into someone else (Balthazar Getty) in David Lynch's incomparable nineties noir. (134 mins)

  • Perdita Durango

    • Saturday, December 8 9:10 pm

    Álex de la Iglesia (Spain/Mexico/U.S., 1997). Uncut European Version! Introduced by Barry Gifford. Javier Bardem with a mullet-that's just the beginning of a randy ride through this adaptation of Gifford's notorious 59° and Raining, a singed saga of tainted love between carnivorous Ms. Durango (Rosie Perez) and Romeo Dolorosa (Bardem), a Santeria priest and all-round psychopath. (126 mins)

  • Hotel Room: Tricks and Black-Out

    • Saturday, December 1 6:30 pm

    David Lynch (U.S., 1993). Introduced by Barry Gifford. Screenwriter Gifford introduces “Tricks” and “Black-Out,” two episodes from David Lynch's 1990s HBO series, Hotel Room, featuring Harry Dean Stanton, Crispin Glover, Alicia Witt, and more. Plus Ball Lightning. (86 mins)

  • Wild at Heart

    • Saturday, December 1 8:45 pm

    David Lynch (U.S., 1990). Introduced by Barry Gifford. Reading by Jim Nisbet. Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern are star-crossed lovers on the run from various demented fools and foes, including Harry Dean Stanton, William Dafoe, and Dianne Ladd, in David Lynch's fantastical free-for-all, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes and proof that “this whole world's wild at heart and weird on top.” (127 mins)

  • Behind the Scenes: Barry Gifford on Screenwriting , followed by The Phantom Father

    • Thursday, November 29 7 pm

    Writer Gifford takes us behind-the-scenes of screenwriting, followed by the West Coast premiere of Lucian Georgescu's The Phantom Father, wherein a professor journeys to Romania to research the obscure lives of his late father and uncle. Based on a Gifford short story. (90 min lecture , plus 90 min film)