3-D Rarities Screening with Bob Furmanek!

Sunday July 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

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The first meeting of the LA 3-D Club was held on July 21st, 1955. The first documented public exhibition of a 3-D motion picture took place on June 10, 1915 at New York’s Astor Theatre. The LA 3-D Club, LA Filmforum, and 3-D SPACE are proud to commemorate these important events with a very special presentation of 3-D RARITIES, an amazing collection of stereoscopic treasures dating back to the dawn of 3-D cinematography, followed by a Q&A with Bob Furmanek, founder and president of the 3-D Film Archive, and producer of these restorations. 

Films screening include: Kelley’s Plasticon Pictures

THRU’ THE TREES, WASHINGTON D.C., the earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with incredible footage of Washington and New York City
NEW DIMENSIONS (aka MOTOR RHYTHM) the first domestic full color 3-D film originally shown at the New ork World’s Fair in May 1940
THRILLS FOR YOU, a fascinating promotional film for the Pennsylvania Railroad, first shown in 1940 at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco
BOO MOON, an excellent example of color stereoscopic animation from 1953
DOOM TOWN, a controversial anti-atomic testing film which was mysteriously pulled from theatrical release after a few play-dates in July 1953

I’LL SELL MY SHIRT, a burlesque comedy unseen in 3-D for over 60 years;

THE MAZE coming attraction trailer with fantastic 3-D production design by the legendary William Cameron Menzies, and much more.

Presented in high quality digital 3-D, all films in 3-D RARITIES have been restored and mastered in 2K from original 35mm elements for optimum quality. Meticulously re-aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements, these historic 3-D films have never before looked this good!

The event will take place at 2pm on Sunday, July 19th, at the Downtown Independent theater, 251 S. Main Street, in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now at http://3drarities.bpt.me/ 

Tickets: $10 general, $5 Filmforum and LA 3-D Club members, free for students members.  Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1843442 or at the door.

For more event information: www.lafilmforum.org , or 323-377-7238323-377-7238 In 1990, Bob Furmanek realized a majority of the world’s 3-D film heritage was on the verge of being lost forever. In response, he founded the 3-D Film Archive, an organization dedicated to rescuing, preserving and restoring our stereoscopic heritage. Over the next two decades, Mr. Furmanek preserved over fifty 3D films, and at one point, the Archive held the largest collection of vintage stereoscopic elements in the world. Over the past two -and-a-half decades, he has worked with NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, MGM/Park Circus, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, George Eastman House, the British Film Institute, the Stanford Theater Foundation, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Museum of Modern Art and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Most recently, Mr. Furmanek helped ensure the preservation of the 1954 feature GOG, and has spearheaded the home video release of the 1966 film THE BUBBLE through Kino and his own compilation of historically-important 3D shorts entitled 3D RARITIES through Flicker Alley. This compilation has since toured the country, selling out shows at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art. www.3dfilmarchive.com 

The LA 3-D Club was established in the Greater Los Angeles area in 1955 by a dedicated group of 3-D stereo photographers to further the art and science of stereoscopic photography. For six decades members have been meeting monthly to share images created through stereoscopic photography, computer generated imagery, and film and video. www.LA3DClub.com

Join The LA 3-D Club :If you live in the Los Angeles area, or if you simply want to keep up on activities in the global 3-D community, consider membership in the Stereo Club of Southern California. Membership includes many 3-D benefits, among them monthly meetings (including five 3-D photo competitions per year), monthly 3-D film screenings, workshops on various 3-D techniques, 3-D slide exhibitions, subscription to our newsletter, the 3-D News, and unique and stimulating 3-D programs. But the most important benefit is in the membership itself. People who belong come from all types of fields and arenas of artistic and photographic creativity. Conversations are diverse, interesting and are a good source for learning more about what is going on in this field.
Club membership includes use of the club library which has 3-D movies, stereo slides and books on 3-D that can be checked out. Single Membership  $30 per year

Founded in 1975, Los Angeles Filmforum promotes a greater understanding of media art, and the role of the artists and curators who create and present it, by providing a forum for independently produced, noncommercial work which has little opportunity of reaching the general public. Filmforum is currently the longest-running venue in Southern California dedicated exclusively to the ongoing, non-commercial exhibition of independent, experimental, and progressive cinema. www.lafilmforum.org 

3-D SPACE, the Center for Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education, is a museum, gallery, theater, library and classroom dedicated to both the preservation of the history of stereoscopic imaging, and the advancement of current and future 3-D arts and sciences. The 3-D SPACE mission is to educate people of all ages in the art, science, and history of stereoscopy, stereography, and the principles and aesthetics of all forms of three-dimensional imaging, images and media. www.3-DSPACE.org 
 
As a nightclub performer and movie actor, Trustin Howard used the name, Slick Slavin. When Howard segue’d into writing, Howard used his birth certificate names, Trustin Howard. My “Rarities” Film Short was his first experience in front of a movie camera. Howard went on to make about 22 Movie and TV Stints. One happened when Howard was spotted by two movie legends, Hal Wallis and Michael Curtiz, in a New Orleans Nightclub. After doing his act they told him they would like him to be in their upcoming Movie, “King Creole” starring Elvis Presley. Howard ended up introducing Elvis Presley singing “Trouble.” When nightclubs closed in favor of coffee houses, Howard got into writing and ended up the head writer for the Late Night “Joey Bishop Show” on the ABC Network opposite Johnny Carson for a three-year Run. From there Ralph Edwards beckoned and Howard began writing “This Is Your Life.” Some of his specific shows were Jonathan Winters, Phylis Diller, Andy Griffith, and his Milestone, Bette Davis, which was the Highest Rated in the series.
 
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This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
 
Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2015 is our 40th year.
 
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Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

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