- 27Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Pee-wee's Big Adventure(1985)
Saturday September 27 at 7 pm
Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah and the Lucas Theatre
Special Benefit for Ailing Local Musician Keith Kozel!
“(This movie) revels in the weird, the unpredictable, the infantile and the absurd. Dazzling.”
~ Empire Magazine
The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah (repeatedly named Best Local Film Series in Connect Savannah’s Annual Readers Polls), in partnership with the Lucas proudly presents famed director Tim Burton’s feature film debut: the beloved, family-friendly comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, starring Paul Reubens as the iconic, perpetually childlike Pee-wee Herman.
An unexpected box-office smash when first released, this hilarious and head-scratchingly surreal motion picture has –in the intervening years– become a bona fide cult classic. Unfortunately, many people have never had the opportunity to see it as it was intended: on the big screen.
Co-written by Reubens and the late, great Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman, and boasting a score by the Oscar-nominated Danny Elfman, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure follows snarky, idiosyncratic man-child Pee-wee Herman on an epic, cross-country quest to find and rescue his most prized possession: his custom-made, fire engine-red bicycle. Along the way, he encounters an endless parade of oddball characters, visits the Alamo, and learns an awful lot about life, friendship, and love.
Smart, silly, obnoxious, campy, and outrageously ridiculous, this film’s deserved success launched Tim Burton’s career, with the look and feel of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure leading directly to Burton’s later masterpieces Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks, and Ed Wood.
This Special Screening is a Benefit for area musician, songwriter, new father, and longtime Vinnie Van Go-Go’s employee Keith Kozel (frontman for Savannah rock bands Superhorse and GAM), who, despite an extremely healthy lifestyle was diagnosed five years ago with Type 2 MPGN, a degenerative kidney disease. After a debilitating stroke and over 20 visits to both the Mayo Clinic and Emory Hospital, both of his kidneys are now in the final stages of failure. Keith has been forced to leave his job and now requires dialysis to survive.
He is in desperate need of a kidney transplant, but insurance will only cover a tiny fraction of the approximately $350,000 required for such a procedure.
This screening is the first in a series of public fundraisers for Keith, and a full 100% of all proceeds from both voluntary donations at the door –you may give whatever you can– and raffle tickets (for valuable items to be given away before the show) will go straight to his ongoing medical expenses.
There will also be a Pee-wee Herman Look-alike Contest with our team of judges awarding prizes to three winners (adult male, adult female, and child under 12) with the best Pee-wee costume.
Please make plans to attend this fun night of charity and laughter, and bring some friends. Help us pack the Lucas for Keith — a local original!
Rated PG. 92 minutes.
Admission is free, with a suggested voluntary donation of at least $5 for kids and $10 for adults — 100% of which goes directly to Keith’s medical fund.
VINNIE VAN GO-GO’S PIZZERIA WILL GENEROUSLY MATCH THE FIRST $3,000 IN DONATIONS AT THE DOOR! THANKS, VINNIE’S!
Not eligible for use with the Lucas Theatre Movie Pass.
Don’t miss Happy Half Hour before each of our movies. From 6-6:30 enjoy half price beer and popcorn specials.
All Lucas Theatre presented events are sponsored in-kind by Connect Savannah.