Saturday, May 14: 6:30 pm
A one-kid GOONIES -- or, Amblin Down Under! FROG DREAMING (known as THE QUEST in the U.S.) is possibly the coolest film by Ozploitation auteur Brian Trenchard-Smith (BMX BANDITS, STUNT ROCK), and centers on the charismatic final boyhood performance of Henry Thomas (E.T., CLOAK AND DAGGER, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE) before he hit adulthood. Orphaned 14-year-old Cody has a MacGyver-ish spirit with fearlessness to match. Living with his guardian in an outback Australian township, Cody hears of an Aboriginal creature myth known as the “Donkegin”, sparking a burning interest that won't rest. Convinced an underwater monster prowls a nearby dam, Cody journeys into the very shadow-land of mystery and intrigue. This film is thoroughly charming, perfectly capturing the infectious spirit of determination and discovery within teen outcast dreamers everywhere. 4k restoration courtesy of Umbrella Entertainment and the American Genre Film Archive.
Saturday, May 14: 9:00 pm
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith (STUNT ROCK) and starring Richard Roundtree (SHAFT), Henry Silva (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE), and Chuck Conners (THE RIFLEMAN), DAY OF THE ASSASSIN is a bizarro action blast that feels like OCEAN’S 11 on acid. Treasure hunters from around the world race to Mexico after a Middle Eastern luxury yacht explodes, sending a fortune in gold to the bottom of the ocean. An agent (Chuck Connors) must stop the ruthless fortune hunters before it’s too late!
“A USA-Spain-Mexico co-production… and you know with that many countries cooperating, it’s gotta be amazing.” Outlaw Vern