Sid Laverents Centennial (fwd from Ross Lipman)

From: charlotte lipman (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Aug 04 2008 - 11:05:53 PDT

Southern Cal frameworkers may be interested in this opportunity to see
maverick filmmaker Sid Laverents in person on the occasion of his 100th
birthday. Sid Laverents as many will know is not an ³experimental
filmmaker² in the sense that we tend to use the term, but is definitely a
kindred spirit to many. Iıve often referred to him as ³the George Kuchar of
the Convair aeronautical corporation.²



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I want to announce a (truly) once in a lifetime event that all cinema lovers
in Los Angeles should attend.  Some of you may know the amazing amateur film
MULTIPLE SIDOSIS, chosen to the National Film Registryıs list of most
significant American movies.  Well, its maker, Sid Laverents, is turning 100
and weıre holding a birthday party for him, with Sid himself in attendance! 
Not only will we be showing MULTIPLE SIDOSIS, but weıll also be hosting the
Los Angeles premiere of his (temporarily) unknown autobiographical
masterpiece, THE SID SAGA ­ soon to be restored with a gift from the
National Film Preservation Foundation.  Weıll also have a number of amazing
in-person guests, plus birthday cake and more!  Full info is below..  Please
help spread the word, as a show like this is truly rare, and Sid is not yet
a household name -

This series is part of the Preservationistıs choice series, and it will be
followed two days later by a rare chance to see Bob Gittıs extraordinary
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER outtakes program.


Thursday, August 7th , 7:30 p.m. ­ James Bridges Theater

In Person!  Sid Laverents (TBC)

and..  Kim Cooper--Scram magazine; Jake Austen--Roctober and Chic-A-Go-Go;
Fritz Harshbarger--amateur filmmaker; and Ross Lipman.

Plus:  birthday cake, reception, MULTIPLE SIDOSIS, and special surprises!

Please note: This screening will be held at the James Bridges Theater on the
UCLA campus.
Amateur filmmaker Sid Laverents burst into national attention in 2000 at age
92, when his short film Multiple Sidosis was selected for inclusion in the
National Film Registry. He turns 100 on August 5th. The Sid Saga is his
magnum opus and an undiscovered gem of the amateur cinema movement.  It
chronicles his family's many moves across the country in the early part of
the century searching for work, his marriages and his many careers--which
included barnstorming vaudevillian, dishwasher, sign painter, Fuller Brush
salesman, carpenter, soldier, sheet metal worker and literally, rocket
scientist. Finally it chronicles his later years as a filmmaker, spanning
everything from eccentric nature documentaries to mind-boggling comedies.
Twenty years in the making and soon to be preserved by UCLA, The film is the
story of one life and an American century.

THE SID SAGA (parts 1-3) ­ 16mm double system (Sidıs original prints!), 90

MULTIPLE SIDOSIS (1970) 35mm restoration (blow-up from 16mm), 10 min.

Park in UCLA lot 3 (at the Wyton entrance off Hilgaard), or there is free
parking on Comstock about ½ mile east of the theater.   (walk back down
Comstock, cross Hilgaard onto the campus, and ask a student for directions
to the theater.. itıs right nearby).


For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.