A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
(1948) (Shown on film): See Ambler Theater. A Mon., June 16, 7pm.
Cartoon Chaos With Lou DiCrescenzo
(Shown on film): The traveling film preservationist makes his periodic Philadelphia rounds, this time with a sack of classic animation. Spanning from the '40s through the '50s and kowtowing to no single studio, the night unleashes the Road Runner, Sylvester and Tweety, Droopy Dog and whatever else he happens to thread up. Wed., June 18, 7pm.
(1972) (Shown on DVD): Peter H. Hunt's whimsical musical on the founding fathers has been vying for some kind of audience for years, but who could've imagined a stunt like this? Every weekend till the end of summer, Once Upon a Nation will screen the film � la Rocky Horror, with patrons encouraged to sing along and throw props provided beforehand. (Not reviewed.) Fri., June 13, 7pm.
From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale
(2006) (Shown on video): Henry Chalfant, co-director of the seminal 1983 doc Style Wars, finally returns with another look at New York musical and cultural trends. This time he charts the evolution of both mambo into salsa and hip-hop into what it is today, at least as they grew in the South Bronx. The film, originally made for TV, will also feature a live DJ set by DJ Rahsaan, B-boy throwdown by YNot of the Rock Steady Crew, and performances by PattyDukes and RephStar. (Not reviewed.) Fri., June 13, 7pm.
(1976) (Shown on film): I-House's monthly rooting through the vast Janus Films archives brings forth this early film from Spain's Carlos Saura, director of both dramas (Ay Carmela!) and stylish dance movies (Blood Wedding, the PFF '08 player Fados). Cria Cuervos falls in the former category, with The Spirit of the Beehive's Ana Torrent as a kid both grieving for and feeling responsible for her father's death. The multilingual Geraldine Chaplin plays her mother's ghost. Stay afterward for a discussion group with I-House's Robert Cargni. (Not reviewed.) Sat., June 14, 7pm.
Phantom of the Paradise
(1974) (Shown on film): NoLibs' cherished Lawn Chair Drive-In makes its summer '08 premiere with one of the best things Brian De Palma ever did--a sui generus mashup of Gaston Leroux and Faust that foresaw both The Rocky Horror Picture Show and punk. Paul Williams, of all people, plays the diminutive Phil Spector-esque villain to the great William Finley's deformed composer, all while De Palma works his feverish magic. Beef! A- Tues., June 17, dusk.