April 11, 2017 May At Packard Brings Live Performances and Christopher Guest Films

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The ongoing “Marty Stuart Presents…” concert series returns at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater on Wednesday, May 10 for an evening of music and dialogue featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Roger McGuinn as part of May programming that also features Christopher Guest films and a presentation by the director of the Filmmuseum München. Tickets are required for the McGuinn event are free  and can be reserved at http://www.rogermcguinn.eventbrite.com/ beginning Friday, April 14.

In 2016, the Library acquired hundreds of hours of singer-songwriter Marty Stuart’s audio-visual collection of country music, one of the largest private collections of memorabilia documenting country-music history. Highlights, featuring dozens of top country-music artists from The RFD-TV series “The Marty Stuart Show” (2008-2014) will be presented on the big screen.  

Beginning with the 1996 deadpan satire “Waiting for Guffman,” Christopher Guest has directed, co-written and acted in a series of faux-documentary comedies taking on the worlds of community theater, champion dog shows, folk music and the Hollywood awards season. The Packard Campus will screen these features every Thursday in May.

As an added bonus, the director of the Filmmuseum München Stefan Droessler will present a program titled “Hollywood Speaks German” and film historian and author John McElwee will introduce a newly restored print of the 1932 film “White Zombie” starring Bela Lugosi.

All Packard Campus programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis. For general Packard Campus Theater information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994. For further information on the theater and film series, visit www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/. In case of inclement weather, call the theater information line no more than three hours before showtime to confirm cancellations.  

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Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater Schedule

 Thursday, May 4 (7:30 p.m.)
“For Your Consideration” (Warner Independent, 2006)
The camera follows a trio of actors during production of “Home for Purim,” a low-budget drama set in the mid-1940s American South, as rumors circulate that their performances are generating Oscar buzz. Director Christopher Guest co-wrote this comedic mockumentary with Eugene Levy and both appear in the film along with Catherine O' Hara, Harry Shearer and Parker Posey as the three affected thespians. Catherine O’Hara won a National Board of Review award as best supporting actress for her role.


Friday, May 5 (7:30 pm)
“To Sir with Love” (Columbia, 1967)
Sidney Poitier stars as Mark Thackeray, a new teacher at a run-down school in the slums of London’s East End whose rowdy students drove their last teacher to resign. James Clavell directed and adapted the screenplay from E.R. Braithwaite’s novel of the same name. The film’s title song “To Sir With Love,” performed by then the teenaged Scottish singer Lulu, was Billboard magazine’s No. 1 pop single for that year. This screening is in recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week.


Saturday, May 6 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Best of the Marty Stuart Show” (RFD-TV, 2008-2014)
Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart’s RFD-TV Series ran from 2008 to 2014.  The program was part of the hundreds of hours of historic country-music footage, recordings and other audio-visual materials from Mary Stuart’s vast collection that was acquired by the Library of Congress last year. Highlights from the series were compiled by Packard Campus Video Preservation Specialist Bill Rush and feature regulars Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, Connie Smith, Leroy Troy and Eddie Stubbs. Guests include a host of performers such as Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Roger McGuinn, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Sturgill Simpson, Tanya Tucker, Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops and more.


Wednesday, May 10 (7:30 p.m.)
“Marty Stuart Presents Roger McGuinn” (Live)
Multiple Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart will be joined by Roger McGuinn, frontman of the rock group “The Byrds,” for an evening of music and dialogue as part of the ongoing “Marty Stuart Presents …” concert series at the Packard Campus Theater. The evening will include an in-depth conversation about McGuinn’s music conducted by Marty Stuart, and the two will also provide a musical performance. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for entry. These concerts are made possible by the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center and the Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music. 


Thursday, May 11 (7:30 p.m.)
“A Mighty Wind” (Warner Bros., 2003)
Folk musicians of the 1960s era are the subject of this Christopher Guest mockumentary. Guest, along with fellow “This is Spinal Tap” stars Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, portray the earnest trio “The Folksmen,” reuniting for a tribute performance for a recently deceased concert promoter. Also on the bill are the perky New Main Street Singers and former lovebirds Mitch & Mickey (Eugene Levy and Catherine O' Hara). Every song featured in the film was written by members of the cast or Guest's long-term musical collaborator, C.J. Vanston. “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow,” which was composed for the film by McKean and wife Annette O'Toole, was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song, while the title song "A Mighty Wind," won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.


Friday, May 12 (7:30 p.m.)
“White Zombie” (United Artists, 1932)
Bela Lugosi stars as Murder Legendre, the owner of a sugar mill in Haiti who controls an army of zombie workers. When Legendre becomes captivated by a young bride-to-be (Madge Bellamy) visiting a neighboring estate, he uses black magic to make her his own. This 1930s horror flick is considered to be the first Hollywood production to feature zombies. The print is a recent restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive with funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute. Historian and author John McElwee will introduce the film. Also on the program is the 1932 comedy short “The Dentist,” starring W. C. Fields.


Saturday, May 13 (2 p.m.*)
“The Book of Life” (20th Century-Fox, 2014)
This animated feature celebrates the folklore surrounding the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, when family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have died and help support their spiritual journey. The story follows a bullfighter who’s torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. He embarks on an adventure that spans three fantasy worlds where he must face his greatest fears.  Zoe Saldana, Danny Trejo and Cheech Marin lend their voices to this comedic musical adventure that received both Golden Globe and Annie Award nominations for Best Animated Feature. * A special sensory-sensitive screening will be shown at 10 a.m. Sensory-sensitive screenings include accommodations such as lowered volume and raised lighting for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other special needs.


Saturday, May 13 (7:30 p.m.)
“Hollywood Speaks German” (Not Rated, 1930 - 1932)
In the silent film era, it was relatively easy for Hollywood to distribute their product to other countries by inserting translated titles into the film prints. By 1929, new technologies made talking pictures possible, but dubbing films into another language proved to be a challenge. To make films available to a wider audience, the only feasible option was to reshoot different language versions. From 1930 through 1932, all major Hollywood studios shot films, in German with famous German actors who came to Hollywood, German-speaking actors living in America and American actors, who spoke their lines for foreign language versions phonetically. Stefan Droessler, Director of the Filmmuseum München, will discuss how different studios dealt with the situation and will show excerpts of these movies.


Thursday, May 18 (7:30 p.m.)
“Best in Show” (Warner Bros., 2000)
This satirical look at the world of championship dog breeding and competition tracks several canine contestants and their handlers as they prepare for the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Among the challengers vying for top honors are Harlan Pepper (director Christopher Guest) and his Bloodhound Hubert, Gerry and Cookie Fleck (Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara), with their Norwich Terrier Winky, and Meg and Hamilton Swan (Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock), with their Weimaraner Beatrice. This mockumentary won American, British, and Canadian Comedy Awards as well as special recognition from the National Board of Review for excellence in filmmaking.


Friday, May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
“Honky Tonk” (MGM, 1941)
Clark Gable stars as frontier con artist Candy Johnson who, along with his pal Sniper (Chill Wills), sneaks onto a train bound for gold-rush country in Nevada to avoid being tarred and feathered for recent misdeeds. Aboard, he meets and falls for the beautiful Boston-bred Elizabeth Cotton (Lana Turner) and soon discovers that she is the daughter of his old acquaintance and former crook “Judge” Cotton (Frank Morgan). Also on the program is the 1941 Warner Bros. cartoon “Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt.”


Saturday, May 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Silent Movie Double Feature:

“The Last Edition” (FBO, 1925)
Filmed on location at the San Francisco Chronicle, this film is one of the few journalism-themed movies to cover the newspaper production process – from commissioning desk to printing press. Ralph Lewis stars in the pivotal role as a pressman running one of the big machines that churn out a seemingly endless line of finished newsprint.  Directed by Emory Johnson, the cast includes Lila Leslie, Ray Hallor and Frances Teague. The 35 mm film print being shown is a recent restoration funded by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival from the only known surviving print of the film, discovered at EYE Film Instituut Netherlands.


“The Final Extra” (Lumas, 1927)
Aspiring young newspaper columnist Pat Riley (Grant Withers) investigates the death of the paper’s ace reporter Tom Collins (Frank Beal), who is killed while working on a bootlegging story. Assisting Pat is the victim's daughter Ruth (Marguerite De La Motte), a showgirl in a new musical revue being produced by a shady impresario (John Miljan). James P. Hogan      directed this mystery that combines backstage drama, romance and the power of the press. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment for both features.


Thursday, May 25 (7:30 p.m.)
“Waiting for Guffman” (Warner Bros., 1996, R-rated for brief strong language*)
This film serves as Christopher Guest’s first faux-documentary comedy. Guest himself plays Corky St. Claire, head of the community theater in Blaine, Missouri, which is about to celebrate its sesquicentennial. St. Clair puts together a musical about the city’s noble history, “Red, White and Blaine,” and we follow his cast of misfits as they rehearse, all the while anticipating the attendance of an important guest who may take the show to Broadway. The cast, who ad-libbed most of their dialog, became part of what came to be known as “Christopher Guest Stock Company” which includes Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara and Don Lake. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. 


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