Hollywood's Forever Karie Bible
Karie Bible, as if the last name was not weird enough, was born a heterochromatic-eyed baby on Halloween night, destined to be nothing if not unique. In love with Hollywood’s history she worked her way to be one of the kind presenter of it to the public of the XXI century. Here she is with her many projects, in 2009th Hollywood, reminding us of the greatness of movie capital of the world from it’s very beginning. Karie has lectured at LA's Silent Movie Theatre, The Old Town Music Hall, The Queen Mary and is also the currently reigning "Lady in Black" to honor silent film star Rudolph Valentino. She is actively involved as a volunteer with the American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles Conservancy and is a member of the Hollywood Heritage and the Art Deco Society. She has attended the prestigious Silent Film Festival in San Francisco, the New York City Film Forum and the La Cinémathèque Française in Paris. Karie made her television debut as a guest film critic on AMC’s THE MOVIE CLUB with John Ridley and appears in a segment called “Hollywood Hideaways” for Turner Classic Movies. She has also been a guest panelist on G4/Tech TV’s “Attack of the Show.“, she writes short stories and is developing ideas for a film history book.
In 2002, under the guidance of acclaimed historian Marc Wanamaker Karie started a cemetery tour of Hollywood Forever, where the stars are always ready and willing to meet their fans. To add a taste of living history, she gives the tour in vintage gowns from her collection that spans the 1920s through the 1950s. Combining charm, eloquence, wit and in-depth knowledge of subject in her delightful tour of the beautifully maintained cemetery (located on Santa Monica at N. Gower, adjacent to the Paramount Studios) Ms. Bible intorduces tour-takers to Rudolph Valentino, John Huston, Peter Lorre, Jayne Mansfield, Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, "Alfalfa" from the Little Rascals and many more. The tour lasts about two hours and you’re recommended wearing comfy walking shoes, sunblock and having botted water on you, especially if you’re taking the tour in the summertime. For tour dates go to : http://www.cemeterytour.com . If you’re lucky enough to take a tour on the day of a film screening by Cinespia (both events take place on saturdays and sundays, screenings only in a summertime, though), between early afternon tour and some cinematic treats you have enough time to put together your picnic basket, as you’re allowed to bring snacks and wine to the screenings. With 10$ donation you may enjoy the old movies thown onto the wall of the mausoleum as well as listen to some dj’s presentations before and after the show. For details go to: http://www.cemeteryscreenings.com
Getting back to Ms. Bible’s offerings, she made bringing the virtually endless world of specialty film-going in Los Angeles right to your fingertips her goal and established FilmRadar, the website that covers revival, repertory, and special film events and the venues which house them. Whether your taste is classic Hollywood, documentary, avant-garde, foreign films, silent films, or cult classics, Karie Bible has something for you. The site is somewhat searchable via a tiny link on the calendar page, but it is eminently browsable, and for film buffs who know when they want to see a movie, this is a great way to find out what the most non-blockbuster options are.
Bible runs FILMRADAR out of a small office at the back of her apartment near L.A.‘s Griffith Park, which is one of the most-filmed locations in Hollywood—everything from Birth of a Nation to Jurassic Park has been shot there. It started as the newsletter that ten friends forwarded to other friends, until it grew to a point where a permanent website made sense. It was recently re-designed with its distinctive ray gun-toting space chick logo (designed by New York illustrator and performance artist A.V. Phibes)—a nice ironic touch.
“I was recently at a party – says Karie Bible-- and a junior agent came up to me and said that after seeing my Web site, he saw his first silent movie and loved it. He said that it inspired him to see other kinds of films that are out there. A week later I saw him at the Egyptian theatre in Hollywood. He was there to watch Spanish films. To me, the most satisfying part about doing the site is helping people to realize that there is a world of unique and amazing films out there just waiting to be discovered!“