LAAF Awards Show, plus Fantastic Planet

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Date: December 5 at 8:30pm
Link out: Click here
Description: The Cinefamily kicks off with their awards presentation in all competition categories, bestowing upon Will Vinton an LAAF Lifetime Achievement Award! Then, it’s onto the evening’s show, FANTASTIC PLANET, with a live score by Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound.

One of the few true psychedelic animated features, the legendary 1973 film Fantastic Planet is a perfect storm of a relic — the product of French experimental animation team Roland Topor and René Laloux, five years of painstaking production at Jiri Trnka’s famed Czech animation studio, and one of the great mesmerizing, ethereal prog-rock film scores (by Alain Goraguer, famed sideman of Serge Gainsbourg and Boris Vian). This tale of clashes between diminutive, enslaved humans (the Oms) and giant, intelligent beings (the Traags) is director Laloux’s condemnation of the Soviets’ occupation of the Czech Republic, beautifully veiled under the hypnotic artistry of resoundingly weird, erotically charged images that exist practically as frame-by-frame paintings in feature form. Often remembered as much for its wah-wah-heavy psych-funk as it is for its indelible alien vistas, Fantastic Planet is presented tonight by the Cinefamily as a live aural experience, with L.A.-based outfit Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound lovingly recreating Goraguer’s timbres and textures with startling dimension.

After the film, stick around for our Awards afterparty, on Cinefamily’s backyard Spanish patio!