A celebration Of The Films Of Robert Downey Sr.

Truth and Soul Poster


In a time when freedom of expression was thunderous cry of a generation wanting to change society and the world as they saw it, Robert Downey Sr. became the striking image of the independent underground filmmaker. With his creative genius and artistic eye he took beat cinema to a new level of creative expression. The Friends of Cinefamily Weekend will present TRUTH AND SOUL INC. A celebration of the films of Robert Downey Sr. Friday, December 5th through Monday, December 8th. The event is both a celebration of the cinematic genius of Robert Downey Sr., but also an inaugural fundraiser event for The Cinefamily, presented by the newly formed FRIENDS OF CINEFAMILY. The event will include never before seen rarities, new prints, special appearances, and newly restored versions of his most acclaimed films.


Robert Downey Sr

Robert Downey Sr


Robert Downey Sr. who was an underground filmmaker, midnight movie darling, existentialist cosmic joker, and surrealist film freak extraordinaire. He was the clown prince of the beat cinema scene in its golden age. Inspired equally by the Marx Brothers and Samuel Beckett, Downey’s absurdist wit and jazzy film style made him a critics’ darling and audience favorite in the ’60s New York art house scene, but no one could have predicted the wild mainstream success of his independently produced, surreal and hilarious black power meets Madison- Avenue satire “Putney Swope”. In a mere matter of months, Downey went from Greenwich Village bohemia to The Tonight Show, but he has always maintained his off the beaten path vision. From cult classic acid  westerns like “Greaser’s Palace” to the loosely funky and surprisingly personal experimental sketch movie “Two Tons of Turquoise” to Taos Tonight”, his films defy all easy descriptions except one they are pure Downey.

“I can’t think of a better first person to celebrate in a Friends of Cinefamily Weekend than Robert Downey Sr–he’s an artist who represents our core Cinefamily values: a contagious passion for films and filmmaking, and an independent spirit that’s totally singular to him. And he’s awesome.” The Cinefamily’s Executive Director Hadrian Belove


The annual fundraiser weekend for The Cinefamily will include introductions and appearances by Paul Thomas Anderson & Louis C.K.; an intimate conversation between father and son, Robert Downey Sr. and Robert Downey Jr.; and rare screenings of Robert Downey Sr.’s films, including a brand new 35mm restoration of Greaser’s Palace. This is rare A opportunity to see the works of a pioneer genius and independent filmmaker whose films stormed the underground art scene of the 1960’s and 70’s! For the art house lovers and those who want to relive the memories of the art scene of the 1960’s and 70’s this once in a lifetime event is one not to be missed.

“After being thrown out of the house, four schools and the United States Army, I discovered that I was on the right track.” — Robert Downey, Sr.


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Robert Downey Sr. and Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Sr. and Robert Downey Jr.


Friday, December 5th though Monday, December 8th


An Evening With Robert Downey, Sr.



Join us for an intimate, career-spanning conversation between father and son, touring the early life and work of Robert Downey Sr. The evening will feature never-before-seen rare clips, ephemera, and other surprises, along with screenings of some of Downey’s best work. The night includes a beautiful 35mm restoration by Anthology Film Archives of his breakthrough underground hit, “CHAFED ELBOWS”, and a rare screening of “TWO TONS OF TURQUOISE TO TAOS TONIGHT”, Robert Downey Jr’s personal favorite of his father’s work.




8:00 p.m.

Downey By Downey: A Conversation between Sr. and Jr.

35mm archival screening of “CHAFED ELBOWS

Tribute to Elsie Downey, followed by a screening of “TWO TONS OF TURQUOISE TO TAOS TONIGHT

Opening night of the “Truth & Soul” exhibit on the Cinefamily Patio Looking Garden

Location: The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave, LA 90036


Downey and The Midnight Movie

Featuring GREASER’S PALACE (New 35mm print!) and POUND


For lovers of all things Downey, this is the night of deep cuts–not only have The Friends of CInefamily struck a brand new 35mm print of Downey’s, “acid western”, “GREASER’S PALACE”–a classic of the 1970s midnight movie circuit (named by the Coen Brothers as one of their favorite films of all time) that’s been out of theatrical circulation for decades. Following is a celebration of the music Robert Downey Sr. made with Charlie Cuva and Jack Nitzsche, a reunion of his extended family of cast and crew, and a rare screening of his never-on-DVD, heck, never-even-on-VHS, “POUND”.





7:00 p.m.

A conversation between Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Downey Sr.

35mm screening of “GREASER’S PALACE” (new print!)

Tribute to the music of Robert Downey Sr, Charlie Cuva, and Jack Nitzsche

Q&A with Downey’s cast and crew

Rare screening of “POUND

Location: The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave, LA 90036


Downey, Clown Prince of the Underground

Featuring PUTNEY SWOPE (New DCP!)

At the Ace Hotel’s United Artists Theatre

Hosted by LOUIS C.K.

The Coen Brothers, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Paul Thomas Anderson are all known to be big fans, Jane Fonda declared it a masterpiece on The Tonight Show in 1969, De La Soul sampled it and the Beastie Boys rapped about it, and Louis C.K. cites it as “the first film that inspired me as a filmmaker.” For the third day of The Friend of Cinefamily’s Downey weekend, we share with you the film that made him famous his funniest and most irreverent film, and his crossover hit, the one and only “PUTNEY SWOPE”. See this legendary cult comedy classic with a huge appreciative audience, at the Ace Hotel’s gorgeous United Artists movie palace.


Putney Swope

Putney Swope


2:00 p.m.

Screening of “PUTNEY SWOPE” followed by a Q&A with Louis C.K.

Location: The United Artist Theatre / Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, LA 90015


Robert Downey Sr. Show & Tell


(members only event)

For the final night of our Downey retrospective, we have a special evening just for our Cinefamily members; an evening of conversation and rarities, odds and ends, and bits and pieces – with Robert Downey Sr. Not only will he present rarely screened films like “RITTENHOUSE SQUARE”, his 2005 impressionistic, music-filled documentary about a small Philadelphia park, and the Anthology Film Archives restoration of “NO MORE EXCUSES” a hilarious jazzy semi-documentary on the singles scene in 60’s New York – but also various films he loves and films he’s working on, and maybe a couple of surprises.




7:30 p.m.

Screening of “RITTENHOUSE SQUARE”, and “NO MORE EXCUSES”, and more

A conversation with Robert Downey Sr.

Location: The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave, LA 90036


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More information about the event go to: cinefamily.org/truth-and- soul


About The Friends of Cinefamily

The Friends of Cinefamily are a circle of passionate and engaged film lovers dedicated to supporting the most innovative and influential non-profit cinematheque in America. Once a year, to raise funds for The Cinefamily’s annual budget, The Friends of Cinefamily gather for a celebratory weekend to showcase an artist who whose contagious passion for films and filmmaking continues to inspire us. This inaugural year, The Friends of Cinefamily name visionary filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.

About The Cinefamily

The Cinefamily is one of Los Angeles’ premiere nonprofit cinematheques, with a mission to revitalize the filmgoing experience by fostering a sense of disovery, and building a community around its exceptional, weird and wonderful cinematic events. With a daily line-up that is “breathtaking in its scope and ambition” (Peter Martin, Cinematical), The Cinefamily is transforming the landscape of first-run arthouse and repertory cinema through distinct programming, unusual events, and vital cultural collaborations. The L.A. Weekly described its opening in 2007, as “a climate-altering event for Los Angeles moviegoers.” In 2013, Executive Director Hadrian Belove was named as one of Indiewire’s top 40 Influencers in the world of independent film. Memorable events include the L.A. premiere of Cave of Forgotten Dreams, done as a pop-up 3-D screening inside the Natural History Museum with speaker Werner Herzog and a 5000 person after-party, the LA cast and crew sneak preview of Boyhood, reunion events (Space Ghost, Party Down, The Adventures of Pete and Pete), and musical performances by artists including Stephin Merritt, No Age, and Tenacious D.

For Ticket information and membership information go to t: cinefamily.org/friends-of- cinefamily