Guess What?

Cinema Speakeasy is still active, still running, still thinking. But: We’ve made a drastic decision.

Rather than programming events on a monthly basis, we have decided to program films and events on an occasional basis. Translated, that means we’re going to program things when we want to. When it makes sense for us. When there’s something we are just DYING to show you.

This means that we will be programming on a way less regular basis, but when we do things we will make it extra-special. So keep checking in with us on Facebook and Twitter… And maybe sometime soon we’ll see you in person soon!


Between the Folds: SF, Oct. 13

btfWhat do origami and animated GIFs have in common? You can see BOTH this weekend as we turn a vacant lot into an animated GIF playground and makeshift movie theater!

We know, we know. You haven’t heard a peep from us in over a year. What makes us think we can waltz right back into your life and give you the joy of cinema out of nowhere? Because you know you missed us. And it’s been a while since you’ve kicked back and crushed a beer while watching a sweet little indie doc with us. It’ll be just like old times. In a new location!

Gray Area Foundation For The Arts is partnering with NewHive to bring to you UPLOAD.gif – taking original GIF submissions and turning an empty lot into an animated GIF exhibition. Not only that, they’ll also have plenty of workshops for you aspiring GIF artists.

To close out the weekend, Cinema Speakeasy is pleased to present: Between the Folds, a fascinating documentary that examines the art and science of a piece of folded paper – origami. Much like animated GIFs, it’s a process about making art based on constraint and math. I see the venn diagrams in your mind being drawn as we speak.

Come out, say hi, check out GIFs from all over the world, have a beer, and watch a movie under the stars with us. Wear a jacket or bring a cozy blanket!


Sunday, October 13
Doors open at 7:00PM
Movie starts at 8:00PM
Suggested donation: $5

1975 Bryant St.,
San Francisco, CA 94110

More information at GAFFTA.

Pixelschatten: LA, Feb. 1


Who says booze and social media don’t mix?

Cinema Speakeasy is thrilled to present a very drunk-tweet friendly screening of the dynamic new German movie Pixelschatten – a film The Cinematic Katzenjammer called “A near-perfect examination of real lives through an actual first-hand perspective”.

Our presentation partner on this screening is The Film Talk, the award-winning show of cinema reviews and interviews with Jett Loe and Gareth Higgins.

At 8:00pm, join us to raise a bottle to our brave new public-private lives. Twitpic and Facebook updates are not only encouraged but required in our first ever #TwitterToast:  @cinemaspeakeasy @ourlifeisonline

Then, at 8:30 (ish), we will screen Pixelschatten.

Pixel (Ben Gageik) is a 22-year-old small-town blogger: Everyone can read about him and his friends online. His blog “Pixelschatten” used to be the hippest thing in town, but now the local fame has faded away. His friends go to college, have new friends and interests, and his girlfriend Suse (Zora Klostermann) is irritated by the private issues revealed on the blog. When Pixel realizes that everyone but him is moving on, he changes all their lives with just one post…

Pixelschatten is a unique cinematic experience, a quirky-melancholic, yet warm and funny portrait of the Generation Internet, mixing the first-person point of view aesthetics of “Enter The Void” with the zeitgeist of “The Social Network”. But this time it’s not about the greedy entrepreneurs behind a moneymaking machine, it’s about the people that spend their everyday life online. It’s about you. And the spoilers for your life.

Runtime: 84’56’
Director: Anil Jacob Kunnel
German with English subtitles
Friday Feb. 1st, 2013
Program starts at 8:00pm
Echo Park Film Center – 1200 North Alvarado Street  Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tickets: $5 at the door, BYOB

Transbay Fest Opening Night: SF, Fri. Oct. 12

We’re thrilled to be a featured programming partnering for the inaugural Transbay Fest in San Francisco, to be happening in several wonderful venues across the city by the bay in October 2012. S.F. is famous for being an innovative place. We can’t think of a more appropriate city to host this new event devoted to the next wave in transmedia. But: true to our mission, we’re going to keep our focus on excellent storytelling. So, drawing from our roster of 3 years of programming, we’ll be presenting the opening night double-feature at SF’s legendary Supperclub.

At 9PM come see one of the best films to come out in this brave-new-world of cross-platform storytelling: Mark Harris’ ‘The Lost Children’.

This film — all about cults, shadow-people, and spooky storyworlds — will be followed by an equally spooky, equally unsettling secret midnight screening. That secret film… well it’s not trans-media, per se, but it’s certainly trans-something. Shhhhh….

Friday Oct 12, 9PM-2AM
9PM: Mark Harris’ ‘The Lost Children’
Mid: Secret Screening
Supper Club (657 Harrison St., San Francisco)
More information & tickets:

‘A Super Secret Show’ with Sub Rosa: LA, Fri. Aug 17

Cinema Speakeasy is thrilled to kick off its 2012/2013 season by bringing you an event that is true to its name. We’ve partnered up on this screening with Sub Rosa – a secretive and extremely cool Los Angeles-based organization devoted to illicit events.

On August 17th we’ll co-host a super secret screening + drinking session with 35 like minded co-conspirators. Slightly naughty both in theme and execution, this is such a verboten event that we can’t even tell you the location, the film, or the name of our host establishment. You’ll have to trust us: The movie is insane, the location is lovely, and – with a max capacity of 35 people – you’ll have to RSVP very very soon to get in.

Entry is free. Bring an open mind and some cash for drinks & nibbles.

CS and Sub Rosa present:
A Super Secret Show
Friday August 17th, 8PM
Location upon RSVP
Free entry, cash bar & snacks

ps. did you know that a speakeasy is also sometimes called a blind pig or a blind tiger?

pps. did you know that sub rosa means “under the rose” in latin, and is used in English to denote secrecy or confidentiality?

‘Detroit, Je T’aime': Interactive documentary on Kickstarter

We hope you will show these girls some Kickstarter love. There are a few reasons: They’re adorable, elles sont françaises, they’re producing a cutting-edge interactive documentary about Detroit, and… well… it’s about Detroit’s DIY culture.

We curated this on our Kickstarter page, and do hope you see the value as we do, to their impressive use of new technology and multiple platforms. Here are the links: Kickstarter; Website; Vimeo.


Occupy Film: LA, May 8

Shorts from the movement.
A panel with radical filmmakers
A call to create.

When the Occupy movement hit the streets of the US and abroad, we here at Cinema Speakeasy were over the moon. As an organization devoted to furthering independent media, we know first-hand how artists of all stripes suffer under a corporate-led system. With little to no public support for the arts, most filmmakers turn to sponsorship or advertisement — with all the strings attached. In short: A new system for our country means a potentially more supportive environment for artists; a world where success is not defined by winning a crowd-sourced Doritos commercial competition.

With all this in mind, Cinema Speakeasy is thrilled to partner with the vital new organization to bring you a free night of short films about the Occupy movement. The film program will last about an hour, with plenty of time for drinking and socializing beforehand. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by’s David Sauvage.

Tuesday, May 8th

8PM Doors
8:30PM Screening

9:30PM Join us for a post-screening panel on filmmaking and activism, featuring:
Gina Levy (filmmaker)
Abraham Heisler (filmmaker)
Sandrine Orabona (filmmaker)
Lisa Clapier (OccupyLA media producer)
Moderated by David Sauvage (filmmaker,

Space 15 Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles CA. 90028

Entry is free.
Cash bar, bring your designated driver!

Download the flyer here.

‘Tierra Brillante': LA, Apr. 15

Estamos muy feliz to team up with Mexican directors José Luis Figueroa Lewis and Sebastián Díaz Aguirre to present their newest film, ‘Tierra Brillante‘ (Brilliant Soil). We’ll be screening the movie at East LA’s coolest new arts space and our new semi-permanent home, Atwater Crossing!

‘Tierra Brillante‘ is a moving and compelling documentary that gives voice to the spirit and aspirations of a Purepecha artisan from  Michoacan.

We will also be hosting a lead-free pottery exhibit and sale from the Michoacan communities of Santa Fe de la Laguna and Capula.  Proceeds from sales benefit Purepecha artisans and the D.I.Y. distribution of Brilliant Soil.

By custom, thousands of artisans in Mexico still use lead based glazes in their pottery without knowing the damage that this toxic element causes to their health. Herlinda, an indigenous Purepecha potter, is one of the few artisans in her community who uses alternative lead-free glazes. Having achieved safer and healthier living conditions for her family, she faces the difficult task of finding a market for her impressive pieces.

But this does not dull her dreams of having her shop thrive and her brothers return from the United States to rejoin the family tradition. An unexpected trip could crystallize this dream.

There will be beer and wine for sale at the venue, so bring your favorite designated driver.

Check out the trailer

Brilliant Soil (Tierra Brillante)
Sunday April 15th, 7PM
Atwater Crossing Screening Space (3245 Casitas Ave., LA 90039)
Followed by a Q&A with the producer & directors
$5 at the door (goes to the filmmakers and the venue)

‘We Are Legion': LA, Mar. 29

‘We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists’
Thursday March 29
Doors at 6:30
Program starts at 7:00
Crawford Family Forum (474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91105)
Free Sneak Preview, preceded by a discussion: ‘Civil Disobedience Meets the Internet: Activism in the Digital Age’
RSVP required 

Cinema Speakeasy is thrilled to team up with Southern California Public Radio, 89.3 KPCC and the Crawford Family Forum to present a free sneak preview of director Brian Knappenberger’s festival buzz-maker: ”We are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists“.

Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, the London riots – all point to social media and the Internet as driving factors for their movements. And then there’s Anonymous, the radical “hacktivist” collective that has redefined civil disobedience as they set their sights on everyone from big banks to Scientology. Is there still a role for “boots on the ground”  or has the digital age changed activism forever?

Join KPCC’s social media editor P. Kim Bui, Brian Knappenberger, writer/director of “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists”, and community activist Manuel Criollo for talk about modern activism,  followed by a sneak preview screening of the film. Free with RSVP.

Check out the trailer.


‘The 5 for 5 Clothing Swap for the East Side Lady': LA, Feb. 23

Cinema Speakeasy is proud to team up with ATX to present
The 5 for 5 Clothing Swap for the East Side Lady

February’s event has nothing to do with film, but you know what? We’re diverse people with diverse tastes that need to be explored. So, we decided to take it to the east side to host our inaugural clothing swap.

This is just what it sounds like: This thursday, we’re giving you a chance to exchange your boring old duds for someone else’s more awesome and fashionable duds. And to drink and make new friends, barside.

5 items of clothing – no more, no less
A persuasive smile
$5 bucks for the kitty

The better your items, the better stuff you’ll be able to trade them for. Focus on things that are adaptable to different sized people for maximum trade efficiency. All clothing must be laundered, please. Also: Accessories TOTALLY count as an item of clothing.

The format will be individual transactions: Browse and strike deals to your heart’s content. Persuade your new trader friends to swap your old sweaters for their awesome chanel gowns. Hey, it could happen.

Patient boyfriends, girlfriends, stylist friends or passive voyeurs get in for free, in exchange for comedic relief or awesome shwag to throw into the mix.

Thurs. 23 February
7PM to 9PM
ATX Restaurant (3245 Casitas Ave., L.A. CA. 90039)
$5 per trader at the door
Info & Directions:

ATX Restaurant will be providing $2 PBRs, and wine for the classy folks.

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