On Thursday, December 14, the Secret Cinema will return to the Fleisher
Art Memorial, to present another audience favorite from our 25-year
history. CREEPY CHRISTMAS FILMS is a special program of vintage Yuletide
shorts featuring frightening puppets, demonic animals, and maudlin
sentiments. As an added bonus, interspersed randomly between the films
will be glimpses of strangers’ Christmas home movies, showcasing a
nostalgic array of old toys and synthetic trees.
This popular program was shown last at the Sedgwick Cultural Center in
2004 (and before that, at the Prince Music Theater and the long-gone
Griffin Cafe). It will be our final presentation of 2017.
The screening will be shown in the beautiful Sanctuary of the Fleisher
Art Memorial in Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood (just South of
Center City). Free parking is available in the Fleisher’s parking lot,
just across the street.
As usual, this Secret Cinema program will be projected in 16mm film on a
giant screen (not video).
A few highlights of the program include:
SANTA IN ANIMAL LAND (1948) – In this bizarre one-reeler, animal puppets
(with some of the most painfully cloying voices ever recorded) bemoan
the fact that there is no official Christmas celebration in the animal
kingdom, and set out to protest to Santa Claus about their situation.
DAVEY & GOLIATH: CHRISTMAS LOST & FOUND (1965) – A special edition of
the early-’60s, long-rerun clay animation series from GUMBY creator Art
Clokey (and funded by the Lutheran Council of Churches). Sourpuss Davey
searches his town in desperation for the true Christmas spirit, finding
little consolation even in the antics of his lovable dog Goliath.
Plus more !