Jim Van Bebber’s films are ambitious, uncompromising and boldly original. Extreme, violent, poetic and perverse, the films of Jim Van Bebber push the boundaries of the cinematic experience. Often celebrated, sometimes reviled; the work of this renegade filmmaker is guaranteed to leave an indelible impression.
Exclusive video introduction from Filmmaker JIM VAN BEBBER
Rare 35mm screening
THE MANSON FAMILY
Jim Van Bebber‘s shocking drama destroys myths surrounding the incredible tale of the Manson “family.” For the first time a motion picture accurately, honestly and openly explores the family’s life prior to the infamous murders. The Manson Family is much more than an exploitation film. It interweaves the complex tale of the family and Charlie by re-enacting life at the ranch and the murders with a near-present day view of the past through the eyes of Jack Wilson, fictional television producer, as he interviews aged family members for a contemporary and upcoming TV special. We are introduced to Charlie and the family and gain an insider’s view as a young Tex is initiated into the group and ultimately becomes a willing leader. As never before, The Manson Family graphically depicts life in the family; the free lifestyle, the sex and drugs, which ultimately lead to violence. But The Manson Family doesn’t stop there. It places the Manson mythology and notorious killings in historical perspective by enacting modern mock video interviews of former family members as they reflect on the past. Through the investigative journalism of Jack Wilson we see the misinformation and tall tales sensational storytelling has created. Finally, through exhaustive research, we are reminded that truth is far more horrible than myth. If we don’t understand and accept this truth of history, we may be forced to relive it. (USA, 2007, 95 min., color, 35mm)
The Long Island Premiere of
MY SWEET SATAN
The insane but true story of Northport Satanist and murderer Ricky Kasso gets the full Jim Van Bebber treatment in this horrifying short. (USA, 1993, 20 min., color)
plus a Trailer for the new documentary about Jim Van Bebber!
NOTE: This program features extreme explicit depictions of violence and sex.