willie nelson’s 4th of july celebration
The fired-up folks at Cinefamily will be celebrating America’s 233rd birthday with a mondo-patriotic program of virtual fireworks and mind-blown vintage Willie Nelson footage! (Will Jerry Jeff Walker appear in cameo?) Plus open grill, air conditioning and an insane selection of hypernationalisticish shorts of all formats. Further details below.
We’d like to invite you all to the best 4th of July party since the Capitol Celebration of 1778, when George Washington gave the United States Army an artillery salute and a double ration of rum! Well, we’re gonna give you a quintuple ration of cinema with one of our signature Cinefamily “Mondo” nights. It’s all planned out: an open door to our sweet back patio, good music, friends, and that most American of traditions—a BBQ, so bring something to grill! And if it gets too hot, just step inside our nice air-conditioned theatre, and catch our marathon film festival. “Mondo” means a world of weirdness built around a theme, and tonight’s theme is America, so it’s a patriotic free-for-all of film formats, from DVDs to 16mm industrials to 35mm features. We’ll be keeping the fest alive all night long, just like our grill! Check out the highlights:
6PM: We light the grill. We begin the festivities…
8:07PM: VIRTUAL FIREWORKS SHOW!
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the sun will set at 8:07 PM. We wouldn’t want you to miss the fireworks, so we’ll be screening best-of videos from international fireworks competitions, experimental films and enough jingoistic eye candy to make you oooh and aaah!
9PM-ish: WILLIE NELSON’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION!
The climax of the night is this incredibly rare boozy ‘n woozy full-length concert film, shot at the 1977 edition of Willie’s very informal annual 4th of July concert festival. Featuring Willie, Waylon, Leon Russell, Doug Kershaw and other great country stars singin’, sweatin’, partyin’–and most importantly of all, drinkin’. These folks were some of the ultimate party animals, with Leon Russell emerging as the King of Booze in some of the most gloriously inebriated footage ever shot! As Austin, TX’s Alamo Drafthouse says: “These good ol’ boys knew as much about partying as Marie Curie knew about radium. Be there!!!!”