People of Los Angeles, we’re not sure what you have planned tomorrow, other than continuing to celebrate the court overturning of Proposition 8. But, should you have no plans, celebratory or otherwise, Cinefamily has an event that you will find very enjoyable. Although the late, great Roger Ebert will be most remembered for his brilliant film criticism and beautiful pieces about his wife, his illness and life itself, lest we forget, he also wrote the screenplay to the mighty shlock-exploitation (shlocksploitation?) cult classic that was Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. And this part of his legacy will be celebrated tomorrow night at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
The team at Cinefamily has found a rare 35mm print of the film, and will show it along with some extra-special Siskel & Ebert outtakes, courtesy of the amazing Chaz Ebert, Roger’s widow. Representing the film itself will be star Erika Gavin and the music team of Igo Kantor and Stu Phillips, along with, as an added bonus, ’60s psychedelic pop group Strawberry Alarm Clock (of "Incense and Peppermints" fame).
But the star is still Ebert, and all the diverse pieces of his life and work coming together in this freaky setting. This is his happening, baby, and it freaks us out. Watch the event trailer below, and of course, we’ll take any excuse to post Z-Man’s classic scene, so revisit it when you’re done.