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Summer Cinema on Center Street

August 4, 2012 - August 18, 2012


Free Outdoor Screenings
Center Street between Shattuck & Oxford
Cosponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association

Join us for a series of free outdoor screenings in downtown Berkeley this summer, as we project onto the wall of our future home on Center Street.

Cerebral cinema: this August, we bring you some brain-addled beauties from the silver screen. These smart-ass films won’t raise your IQ, but they’ll stimulate your optical receptors and, maybe, lower your brow. The headliners are The Atomic Brain, Donovan's Brain, and The Brain That Wouldn't Die, three heady achievements from Hollywood that play fast and loose with science and offer quality as a very grey matter. To front-load your frontal lobe, we start each evening with a mind-expanding mix of short films, musical stimulants, freaky performances, and hallucinatory harangues, all focused on our wit’s end. What can you say: outdoors and off-the-wall. Cerebral cinema is a no-brainer.

Pre-movie mania begins at 7:30, with the films screening at twilight. Bring a chair and sit beneath the stars!

Steve Seid, Video Curator

Saturday, August 4, 2012
7:30 p.m. The Atomic Brain
Joseph V. Mascelli (U.S., 1963). Free outdoor screening on Center Street! Smooth Toad jug band, artist Michael Campos-Quinn’s sensored sculptures, and Jeremy Martin-Shepard’s introduction to Connectomics (the newest thing in mapping the brain’s neural connections) jumpstart our first evening of cerebral cinema. Then in The Atomic Brain, an aging spinster finances the brain transplant experiments of a mad scientist in the hope that her brain can be transplanted into the bod of a younger babe. (70 mins, plus pre-movie mania)

Saturday, August 11, 2012
7:30 p.m. Donovan's Brain
Felix Feist (U.S., 1953). Free outdoor screening on Center Street! DJ Citizen Zain, sound artist Binta Ayofemi, and short films accompanied by the live sounds of Shudder get us in the mood for Donovan’s Brain, where the jarred brain of a megalomaniacal tycoon gets a crazed surgeon to do its evil bidding. (83 mins, plus pre-movie mania)

Saturday, August 18, 2012
7:30 p.m. The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Joseph Green (U.S., 1962). Free outdoor screening on Center Street! DJ Timber, a reading by artist Dean Santomieri, and a preview of Tiffany Shlain’s new brainy film set the scene for The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. A demented doctor grafts his decapitated fiancées’s brain onto the body of a disfigured model, and telepathic mayhem ensues. (71 mins, plus pre-movie mania)

Summer Cinema on Center Street is copresented by BAM/PFA and the Downtown Berkeley Association. Support is provided by the continued contributions of the BAM/PFA Trustees. Thanks to Bank of America for the use of their parking lot. Special thanks to our media sponsors: Berkeleyside, KFOG, East Bay Express, East Bay Loop, and Yelp.