Exclusive Announcement, Q&A: Paracinema’s Justin LaLiberty talks Monday Night Thread-Up!in: Books/Art/Culture,News | February 5, 2015 - 9:00 am | by: Ken W. Hanley | Comments Off on Exclusive Announcement, Q&A: Paracinema’s Justin LaLiberty talks Monday Night Thread-Up!
Last month, FANGORIA reported on February’s upcoming edition of Paracinema Magazine’s Monday Night Thread-Up, a monthly series at the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers showcasing obscure and cult genre cinema. And with CHAINED HEAT on the horizon, FANGORIA got the exclusive first announcement of the next three Monday Night Thread-Up titles, all of which are to be shown on 35mm film for only five dollars!
Paracinema’s next trio of Monday Night Thread-Up selections are as follows:
- Kathryn Bigelow’s classic crime opus POINT BREAK, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, will hit on March 16th.
- The animated anthology HEAVY METAL will rock into the Alamo on April 20th (get it?)
- David Lynch’s badass romance odyssey WILD AT HEART rides in on May 18th.
Tickets will be available for preorder in their respective months at the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers website. But to celebrate the announcement, FANGORIA spoke to writer and Thread-Up programmer Justin LaLiberty to provide fans a little insight into the mind of Paracinema…
FANGORIA: For those unfamiliar, what’s the mission statement of Paracinema?
JUSTIN LALIBERTY: We are devoted to the appreciation and discussion of genre cinema, especially that of an esoteric nature. We want to share the movies that we love with everyone, either through 35mm screenings or through writing, both online and in print
FANGORIA: What inspired Paracinema to go about the Monday Night Thread-Up? Was there a specific reason you collaborated with Alamo Drafthouse for this venture?
LALIBERTY: We have been big fans of Alamo Drafthouse for some time and they seem to share the same values that we do regarding both 35mm projection and genre cinema. It seemed like a natural fit and based on the reaction of the screenings thus far, that has proven correct.
FANGORIA: You’re showing a lot of studio films that have fallen out of grace and into obscurity. What’s the challenge like in balancing the output for the Thread-Up between independent and studio productions? Do you think studio misfires carry greater cult value considering the abundance of resources thrown into such odd endeavors?
LALIBERTY: So far, there hasn’t really been any emphasis on a balance. Dylan [Santurri], the owner of Paracinema, and I came up with a list of movies that we love, and then we worked with Alamo Drafthouse to see what we could actually realistically get to play either for availability of film prints or licensing issues. We have been very fortunate to find quality film prints of titles like BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA or THE HIDDEN, which are studio films that have fallen into obscurity for the most part.
Cult value isn’t something that necessarily concerns me as much as the quality of what we are showing and that we think an audience– especially one who hasn’t seen it before– would enjoy it. A big part of the fun of these screenings so far has been sharing these films with people who have never seen them or even heard of them, and if there is a value in that, I’m all for it.
FANGORIA: Are there any films you specifically would like to see make the Thread-Up? Any unappreciated cult stars whose work you’d like to share with the world?
LALIBERTY: There’s tons. The real issue is finding the material to show and weighing the audience response for it. I’m a big sexploitation fan, but a lot of the major– or not major– titles can be pretty rough for viewers that aren’t familiar with that kind of material. So there’s a fine line that we need to walk to make sure these are not only rewarding experiences but fun ones too. That said, I’d love to get some Andy Sidaris, James Glickenhaus or Fernando Di Leo flicks in there. My biggest joy so far has been getting Craig Baxley on screen with STONE COLD, and that went over really, really well.
FANGORIA: For the Monday Night Thread-Up, what is the difference between showing an obscure flick and a cult flick (e.g. David Mamet’s SPARTAN vs. Renny Harlin’s THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE?) Would you ever consider more genre-bending titles for the Thread-Up, such as horror action like DOG SOLDIERS or the many horror exploitation films of the ’70s?
LALIBERTY: I’d love to do genre bending titles; I actually feel that we started off with one with THE HIDDEN, which is equal parts sci-fi and buddy cop action. At this point, if we’re going to do anything horror related, it really needs to be a hybrid. There are already multiple series at Alamo Drafthouse– including the great screenings that FANGORIA does– that focus on the genre, so we would really need to find something unique that fits within what Paracinema is doing. Perhaps even reassessing films that are typically considered action cinema yet feel like horror would be fun; titles like COBRA or SILENT RAGE immediately come to mind. And then you have horror titles with a lot of action like DEAD HEAT or MANIAC COP 2.
As for obscure versus cult, I’m not sure that I’d single either out. If something has a cult following but most people haven’t heard of it, it’s still obscure, right? And if something is obscure but people who have seen it really dig it, it’s got a cult following. I just want to share this stuff with audiences and hope that they like it as much as I, and anyone else at Paracinema, do.
FANGORIA: Without being specific, what would you tell genre film fans to expect in the Thread-Up for the rest of 2015?
LALIBERTY: More 35mm. More movies. This thing started very recently, so it could really go anywhere. Our spring line-up has some heavy hitters in it, titles a bit more well-known than what we started with, and we think those will bring in a bigger audience and get viewers to trust us, and they’ll hopefully come back on a monthly basis for whatever we decide to screen in the months to come. This doesn’t keep happening without the support of genre cinema fans, so their attendance is as important a part of this as the movies we are choosing.
You can find out more about Paracinema and the Monday Night Thread-Up at their official website.