July 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90057
SUMMER NOIR: SHAKEDOWN + AUTUMN FIRE - Bootleg Theater July 28, 2019 Los Angeles @ Bootleg Theater

SUMMER NOIR: Joseph Pevney’s SHAKEDOWN + Herman G. Weinberg’s AUTUMN FIRE

July 28, 2019

Doors at 6:00 PM
Show at 6:30 PM

Alan K. Rode, celebrated author, film historian, and charter director of Film Noir Foundation, will join us for an introduction to SHAKEDOWN!

“His Camera Was More Deadly Than a Gangster’s Gun!”

Step out of the sun and into the darkness with this incredibly rare, hugely entertaining hard-boiled Film Noir about a ruthless, career-obsessed photojournalist who finds himself on the payroll of both the newspaper and a notorious crime boss. As things go from bad to worse, under-appreciated Director Joseph Pevney unspools the pulpy yarn with explosive, fast-paced aplomb that will leave you breathless (and make you wonder why genre movies are ever longer than 85 minutes). Predating better-known Noirs like Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole and Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, this brute-force critique of ambition in the media stars Howard Duff (The Naked City), Peggy Dow (Harvey) and Brian Donlevy (The Big Combo). This film is not available on DVD or streaming, catch it with us on beautiful 16MM, the way it was intended — flickering on the big screen with a room full of friends and strangers.

To offer a bit of poetry with the pulp, we’ll be starting with Herman G. Weinberg’s gorgeous 1931 experimental short Autumn Fire.”

Please note: Stand-by tickets will be available night of show on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All ticket holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to show start time or tickets are subject to re-sale.


Full bar at the Bootleg Theater. There is street parking, or a free lot at the church across the street on Beverly/Roselake. Any questions, please email projectionsla@gmail.com.



Projections celebrates the collective experience of cinema, showing one-of-a-kind, original release film prints in an intimate environment. Each feature is preceded by a related short film, and Projections selects films which are best appreciated as a group to create a unique, community-oriented filmgoing experience.


Bootleg Theater is a year-round inclusive art space for original, boundary-defying live theater, music, and dance performances born from the diverse cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Bootleg supports and collaborates with the best of established and emerging music, theater, and dance artists to create daring multi-disciplinary live experiences that are striking, contemporary and non-traditional.