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Summer Cinema: Outdoors & Off-the-wall | Berkeley

Every Saturday - - 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE
Bank of America Parking Lot (Berkeley) | 2219 Center St., Berkeley, CA

Event Details

Join a series of free outdoor screenings in downtown Berkeley this summer, as the Pacific Film Archive projects onto the wall on Center Street.

This August, they bring you Cerebral Cinema — 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.

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

August 2012 Lineup
Curated by Steve Seid

Saturday, August 4, 2012 – 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 – 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 – 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)

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Cost: FREE
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Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, East Bay, Live Music, Movies, Theater & Performance
Address: 2219 Center St., Berkeley, CA