Drafthouse & The Academy Hosting 'An Afternoon of Saul Bass Shorts'
Check this out: Alamo Drafthouse is proud to announce its partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Film Archive to highlight the work of legendary title sequence designer and director Saul Bass on December 1st! The day of Bass-related screenings include an afternoon of rarely-seen short works by Bass and an evening presentation of Bass' sole feature directorial effort, the underappreciated sci-fi gem, Phase IV (presented in a brand new 35mm print!), in addition to the long-lost original end sequence, recently discovered by an Academy film archivist. This is awesome, I wish I could go.
The Drafthouse announced the event today, with tickets going on sale on their site for both screenings of the Afternoon of Shorts and sci-fi Phase IV, directed by Saul Bass. There's no Mondo posters yet, but they do say the original ending to Phase IV "will screen for the first time in a hi-definition digital transfer alongside the new 35mm print created expressly for this special event." While the Drafthouse cinephiles are no doubt familiar with the many notable title sequences designed by Saul Bass (Psycho, The Man With the Golden Arm, West Side Story), his equally brilliant short films, although by comparison criminally underseen, are worth more than a mere look and are due for critical consideration. This selection of rare and uncommonly seen Bass short works is culled from the Academy Film Archive's Saul Bass Collection. Hosted at S. Lamar.
Phase IV (1974) is one of those underappreciated sci-fi gems that is only now being reappraised by modern audiences. This special presentation of a brand new 35mm print from the Academy Film Archive will include a rare screening of the original psychedelic end sequence, long thought to be lost and alternately rumored to have never been made at all. This sequence was recently unearthed by the Archive and may be considered one of most significant cinematic discoveries of the decade. You can find out more about both of these screenings and grab tickets on the Alamo Drafthouse website. The Drafthouse hosts some of the best events, and this is one I wish I was living in Austin so I could attend. Sounds like a very unique experience.