The KPFK Film Club - The Best Deal in Town for Cinema Fans!
What is the KPFK Film Club?
The KPFK Film Club is available to listener-subscribers who, for an annual pledge of $150 to the station, are invited to attend (with a guest) quality, topically diverse films, both contemporary and classic, which we believe will be of interest to the broad range of our listenership.
How do listeners join the Film Club?
Just call our Subscriptions Department at (818) 985-2711, extension 508, during weekday working hours to join the Film Club or make an online pledge of $150 to the station.
How do members find out about screenings?
Screenings are announced regularly on the air, listed online, and by calling the front desk at (818) 985-2711, Dial "0" for Operator, full descriptions and sign-ups are available at the reception desk.
Where are films shown?
Films are shown at various venues throughout the Los Angeles area, including Hollywood, West L.A., Pasadena, Encino, Ventura, Long Beach and Agoura Hills. We hope to expand our range of offerings to accomodate more and more of our Southern California listenership.
How are seats reserved?
By calling the KPFK switchboard -- (818) 985-2711, extension 0 -- during weekday working hours, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, giving your name and Film Club card number to the receptionist at the front desk. If the receptionist is busy, please call back. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR A FILM IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO GO - PASSES ARE LIMITED!
CURRENT OFFERINGS NOW PLAYING:
DIRTY WARS follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater", into the hidden world of America's covert wars - the dirty little secret in America's War on Terror. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, it is a gripping, dangerous journey into the vitally important and under-reported story of Joint Special Operations Command and its global reach by men who do not exist on paper and never appear before Congress. An examination of our collective national soul and conscience. Opens on June 14th at Laemmles Monica 4-Plex and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
RECENT OFFERINGS IN 2013:
AIN'T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM is director Jacob Hatley's intimate documentary of the legendary drummer of The Band as he creates, "Dirt Farmer", his first studio album in 25 years at his home in Woodstock. The four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer was diagnosed with throat cancer in the 90's (which he succumbed to on April 19, 2012). This bird's eyeview follows his creative process and joy in the music as he triumps over damaged vocal cords to add to an already remarkable musical legacy. Opens Friday, June 14 at Laemmle Theatres.
FAME HIGH, from Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy ("The Garden"), captures the in-class and at-home drama, competition, heartbreak and triump during one school year at LA County High School for the Arts, one of the most respected and competitive public arts schools in the country, where talented teens reach for their dreams, following in the footsteps of such illustrious alumni as Jenna Elfman, Josh Groban, and Fergie. Opens on Friday, June 14th at Laemmles Music Hall and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
BERBERIAN SOUND SYSTEM stars Toby Jones (Winner of Best Actor Award from London Critics Circle) as a sound engineer hired to create a soundscape for a gory, explicit horror film, who finds his nightmarish task slowly begins to take over his psyche, driving him to confront his own past. How much more can he take before he snaps and what will it lead him to? Written and directed by Peter Strickland, winner of the British Independent Film Award, it is a tense, teasing triumph. Plays at Arena Cinema Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood.
MAN OF STEEL is the latest incarnation of the cinematic superhero. When a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of Earth, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he's here for. MAN OF STEEL finds Superman once again engaged in saving the world from annihilation, becoming a hope for mankind. Opens on Friday, June 14th. Starring Henry Cavil as the man of steel, Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Also starring Kevin Costner as his earthly father and Russell Crowe as his father from the expiring planet Crypton.
IN BED WITH ULYSSES is a new documentary about James Joyce and the writing, publishing, and censoring of the great masterpiece. Not just for dedicated Joyce fans, but for anyone interested in the fascinating story of an obsessed artist willing to sacrifice family, friends, and admirers for the sake of his writing. Weaving rare archival footage, interviews and excerpts from a staged reading, it covers the amazing life and work of Joyce. Featuring Kathleen Chalfant as Molly Bloom. Screens one day only on Bloomsday, June 16th at Laemmle Theatres.
PANDORA's PROMISE re-examines nuclear power by looking beyond ideological orthodoxy (on both the Left and the Right) on climate change and energy, by two pioneering scientists who explain why they've come to see advanced nuclear power as humankind's greatest hope by developing a safer and a very different technology than the world has come to know. Intrigued by the growing number of environmentalists who have fundamentally changed their perspectives on nuclear power, documentarian Robert Stone ("Radio Bikini") takes a "no-holds-barred" approach to nuclear power's troubled past, problematic present and possibility for the future, challenging you to open and perhaps change your mind on this vital issue. Opens on Friday, June 14th at the Nuart in West LA.
KINGS OF SUMMER stars Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman in a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods, living off the land. Free from their parents rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each learns to appreciate that family is something you can't run away from. Currently playing at AMC Theatres throughout LA and Orange County.
2013 GREEK FILM FESTIVAL celebrates its 7th year, June 6th through June 9th at the Writers Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny in Beverly Hills with a diverse selection of features, doc, and shorts from Greece and Greek filmmakers. Opening Night kicks off with "Meteora." Other highlights include a tribute to Elia Kazan with a screening of his 1963 "America, America," and closing night film "Mitsigan."
16th ANNUAL DANCES WITH FILMS FILM FEST, runs May 30 through June 9th at the famous Chinese Theatres, 6925 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood. Championing the unknowns, discovering tomorrow's stars, it is defiantly original, uniquely inspired, it features narratives, docs, shorts, and powerhouse industry panels on casting, distribution, acquisitions, publicity and more.
THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, ground-breaking journeys from the late '30s to the present. Enduring sexism, racism, and diminished career opportunities for decades, these talented woemn persevered, inspired and elevated a field that seldom welcomed them. Award-winning documentarian Judy Chaikin plays tribute to the courage and artistry of these amazing women who have never been properly celebrated. Opens on June 7th at Laemmles NoHo.
EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY, JR., THE MOVIE dissects the mind and motivation of the controversial, slightly pathological talk show host who tore apart the traditional talk show format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. Featuring interviews wtih Chris Eliot, Alan Dershowitz, Herman Cain, Pat Buchanan, Gloria Allred, and Sally Jesse Raphael, it provides never-before-seen footage bouncing from executive nightmare to schoolboy fantasy. Playing at Sundance Sunset Cinemas, 8000 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, beginning Friday June 7th
HANNAH ARENDT is a brilliant new biopic about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. It follows her 1961 reporting on the trial of Adolf Eichmann in "The New Yorker" which introduced her now-famous concept of the "banality of evil", weaving footage from the actual trial with a narrative that spans three countries. Filmmaker Margarethe Von Trotta reteams wtih the sublime Barbara Sukowa, turning her passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. Also starring Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (as novelist Mary McCarthy), Klaus Pohl as philosopher Martin Heidegger and Nicolas Woodeson as New Yorker editor William Shawn. Opens on June7th at Laemmles Royal in West LA.
THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE is a short documentary profiling the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, an extraordinary woman living in retirement in London who, at the age of 109 plays classical piano daily, sustained by music and memories of her lost family. With joyful optimism and an unquenchable thirst for life, she reminds us that it is only when we are old that we are truly aware of the beauty of life. Opens on Friday, May 31st at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.
LOVE, SEX, AND MISSED CONNECTIONS is part of Film Festival Flix, screened on 6/5 at Regal Theatres at LA Live and again at Laemmle's NoHo 7 in North Hollywood. Both screenings were followed by Q&A with the director and after-party.
THE INSOMNIAC, part of Dances with Films Fest, is a thriller, mystery, written and produced by Eddy Salazar and directed by Monty Miranda. It follows a troubled man who seemingly has everything - a beautiful fiancee, a new job promotion and loyal friends until the house he inherits is robbed. Convinced it will happen again (and by someone he knows), he develops a severe case of insomnia and suspicion.
FREE CHINA: THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE is a documentary about a mother and former Communist party member, Jennifer Zeng, who, along with more than 70 million Chinese, practiced a belief combining Buddhism and Daoism until the Chinese outlawed it. Imprisoned for her faith, enduring physical and mental torture as a prisoner of conscience, she had to decide whether to stand her ground or recant in order to tell her story to the world. A world away, an Chinese-American businessman, Dr. Charles Lee, seeks to stop the persecution by broadcasting uncensored information on state-controlled TV, but he, too, is arrested and sentenced to hard labor in a prison camp. CHINA: THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE open on Friday, May 31st at Laemmle's Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.
I DO is a timely comedy/drama about an expatriate Brit who enters into a sham marriage to stay in the US and care for his family while falling in love with another man. Starring Jamie Lynn Sigler, David W. Ross, Alicia Witt and Maurice Compte, I DO views marriage equality in the US through the prism of immigration rights. In this deeply affecting story about a man forced by discrimination to make an impossible choice, both sides of the issue passionately state their cases, leaving families and couples in the balance, often split apart, especially bi-nationals. Immigration, which most heterosexual couples take for granted, complicates same-sex relationships, even in states where marriage is now legal. Opens on Friday May 31st at Sundance Sunset Cinemas, 8000 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood.
ONE TRACK HEART: THE STORY OF KRISHNA DAS follows the journey of renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy-nominated chant master, Krishna Das, one of the most popular singers in the world of Indian devotional music. In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from rock and roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for Blue Oyster Cult. Selling his possessions and moving from Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness, the film reveals his struggles with depression and drug abuse to his emergence as a worldwide yoga icon. Featuring interviews with Ram Dass, Rick Rubin and others, his heart-expanding journey has transformed countless lives. Opens for a limited engagement on Friday, May 31st at the Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA.
THE EAST stars Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling in a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller in which a former FBI agent starting a new career at an elite private intelligence firm which ruthlessly protects the interests of A-list corporations, goes undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge on corporate cover-ups. Finding herself torn between worlds, she is forced to confront the moral contradictions of her own life. THE EAST opens on Friday, May 31st at The Landmark, 10850 W. Pico Blvd. in LA.
LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON, Julien Temple's rousing documentary, time travels through London from the start of the 20th Century through the 2012 Olympics, weaving together past and present voices with film archives and popular music. Preceded by pre-taped interview with the filmmaker. Played at Laemmles theatres throughout LA.
FILL THE VOID revolves around 18-yr. old Shira who is about to be married to a young man, when her older sister dies in childbirth. When her mother proposes a match between Shira and her daughter's widower so he won't leave the country with her grandchild, Shira is torn between her family's desires and her own. Israel's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language film and the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival, FILL THE VOID opens on Friday, May 24th at Laemmles Royal in West LA.
AUGUSTINE is based on a true story about a 19-yr.-old kitchen maid in Belle Epoque Paris, who suffers inexplicable seizures which leave her partially paralyzed. Shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing in the then-fashionable malady of "hysteria", she captures the attention of Dr. Charcot, who uses her as his principal subject, hypnotizing her for is colleagues, in the process blurring the lines between doctor and patient. Directed by Alice Winocour and starring singer-turned-actress Soko, in a breakout performance, AUGUSTINE is a darly sensual romantic drama of a woman's psycho-sexual awakening against a backdrop of social repression. AUGUSTINE opens on Friday, May 17th at Laemmle's Royal in West LA, Town Center 5 in Encino and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
THE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel, is given a bold new treatment by Baz Luhrman, starring Leonardo De Caprio as the mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby, with Carey Mulligan as Daisy, his irresisitable love, and Tobey Maguire at Nick, Daisy's cousin who chronicles the quintessential tragic tale of wretched excess and love at the height of the roaring twenties. Opens on Friday, May 10th at theatres throughout Los Angeles.
MUD stars Matthew McConnaughey as a fugitive who befriends a couple of Arkansas teenagers who help him evade the law as he waits to be reunited with his love (played by Reese Witherspoon). Also starring Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland and Sam Shepard, it is a suspenseful, yet poignant coming-of-age story and snapshot of a region and culture which is rapidly disappearing. Running AMC Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
GISELLE presented direct from London by the Royal Ballet continues Laemmles Ballet in Cinema series. One of the most influential romantic ballets of all time about the transcendental power of a woman's love in the face of betrayal. One of the most technically demanding and emotionally challenging roles in all of classical dance, with Petipa's classic choreography and music by Adolph Adam, GISELLE screens on Sunday morning, May 19th at 10:00 am and once again on Tuesday evening, May 21st at 7:30 pm at Laemmle Theatres throughout Los Angeles.
PIETA, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, from celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim K-Duk, is an intense, haunting story of a loan shark living a lonely, isolated existence. He uses brutality to threaten and collect paybacks from desperate borrowers for his moneylender-boss, until a mysterious woman appears claiming to be his long-lost mother. Seeking a redemptive life, he discovered a dark secret from his past, realizing it may be too late to escape the consequences of his previous life. PIETA opens on Friday, May 17th at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 on Wilshire in Beverly Hills.
VALENTINO'S GHOST provides a fresh inquiry challenging the American media barrage of rhetoric and misinformation about our complex and vital relationships in the Middle East, laying bare truth behind the 9/11 attacks. With expert commentators including Gore Vidal, Robert Fisk, and others, the film elucidates the reasons behind a serious lack of national dialogue on crucial topics which perpetuates many American fears of Arabs, Muslims, and Islam, asking why is there so much mutual hate and distrust? VALENTINO'S GHOST opens at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
THE SOURCE chronicles the radical experiment in Utopian living in the '70s, The Source Family. Known for their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band and beautiful women, all of which made them the darlings of the Sunset Strip, but their outsider ideals and unconventional behavior of their spiritual leader, Father Yod, caused controversy and the Family met a dramatic demise in Hawaii in 1975. THE SOURCE provides an intimate insiders' view of the counterculture movement through interviews, photos, home movies, and audio recordings. Opens May 17th at Laemmles Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
VENUS AND SERENA takes an unfiltered look into the lives of the indomitable Williams sisters, professional tennis' greatest sister act. Dominating the women's game for over a decade, they broke new ground in a sport where they weren't initially welcomed, overcoming adversaries through drawing strength from each other. With unprecedented access, VENUS AND SERENA tells the inspiring story of how these two women, with the help of their parents, made it to the top despite obstacles and career-threatening health problems. Opens on Friday, May 10th at Laemmle's Royal in West LA.
LEVIATHAN is a thrilling, immersive documentary which takes you deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a fishing trawler off of New Bedford, Massachusetts, it captures a harsh, unforgiving world in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail with an arsenal of cameras offering a bird's eye view of the work, the sea, the machinery and the players, both human and marine. Opens on Friday, May 10th at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.
SIGHTSEERS, directed by Ben Wheatley ("Down Terrace") follows Chris, who wants to show Tina his world and wants to do it his way on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan - through sentimental landmarks through a rolling countryside that separates the wonders of Chris' life. But the dream soon fades as litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina's meddline mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris' dreams and send him and anyone who rubs him the wrong way, over a very jagged edge. Opens on Friday, May 10th, at the Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA.
ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER, is Cindy Klein's exploration of the life of the daring actor, director, and artist (who also happens to be her husband) as he looks back on a career spanning decades, shattering boundaries and establishing him as a cultural icon. Reflecting back on his theatrical career, as well as his collaboration with playwright Wallace Shawn and the remarkable Louis Malle-directed film, "My Dinner With Andre," he recalls the discovery that led him to question his own identity and life's work. Opens on Friday, May 3rd at Laemmle's Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND from the Royal Ballet, part of Laemmles Ballet in Cinema series is "a dazzling affair, intoxicating and exceptional." Those familiar with the Lewis Carroll classic menagerie of colorful characters will enjoy the clarity of Christopher Wheeldon's portrayal through dance. A fun, quirky myriad of characters from the twitchy White Rabbit to a tap-dancing Mat hatter, a sinuous caterprillar and, of course, the Queen of Hearts. Screens on Sunday, May 5th at 10:00 am and again on May 7th at 7:30 pm at Laemmle Theatres throughout LA.
29th LA ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL, runs May 2 through 12 at the DGA, CGV Cinemas and Art Theatre of Long Beach. A major showcase for Asian Pacific American cinema, a full roster of films is available at www.laapff.fest, it features a slate of films, panels, and workshops including:
ABIGAIL HARM, derived from a Korean folk tale, stars Amanda Plummer, as a woman who reads to the blind and the alien who becomes bound to her, focussing on the desperate need for companionship and the ability to deal with love;
THE HAUMANA, a visual and melodic treat chronicling the challenges of an unlikely teacher of a highschool boys' hula class;
WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? about an optometrist with a wife and son who has forgotten about his gay past as he approaches his 40th birthday, facing a crossroads in his life;
SAKE BOMB, a cocktail of sake and beer, is a metaphor for an explosive clash of cultures in this comedy fresh from its premier at South X Southwest;
KEY OF LIFE, about an aspiring actor frustrated with life, on the verge of suicide, who finds an unlikely opportunity to take on another's identity.
SOMETHING IN THE AIR is a vibrant, incisively crafted story of a young man's artistic awakening during the politically turbulent French student movement of the 70's, celebrating a thrilling evanescent time when young people felt the revolution in their grasp which captures, according to "Variety" 'how political zeal gives way to confusion, compromise, and a dawning of personal identity.' Opens on Friday, May 3 at Laemmles Royal in West LA, Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Town Center 5 in Encino.
MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN, based on Salmon Rushdie's acclaimed novel, follows the lives of two babies switched at birth on the day of India's declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Over three decades, Saleem Sinai, the bastard son of a beggar woman and Shiva, the only son of a wealthy couple live the destiny means for the other, through the clash of class, politics and romantic rivalry amidst the shifting loyalties and borders between India and Pakistan. MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN opens on May 3rd at Laemmles Royal, Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, and Town Center 5 in Encino.
PARIS-MANHATTAN follows a quirky, single young pharmacist who takes refuge in Woody Allen movies for advice on everything from work to love. Much to the distress of her dysfunctional family, she meets the seemingly perfect guy, who changes her life for the better, at least until the seemingly wrong one comes along, turning her life upside down. Opens on Friday, May 3 at Laemmles Music Hall 3 and on Friday, May 10th at Laemmles Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Town Center 5 in Encino.
DANCE CAMERA WEST kicks off its 12th Annual DCW Media Festival in the heart of the downtown art scene with the breathtaking "Get Wet: A Celebration of Screen Dance, Live Dance and Water" choreographed by Sarah Elgart and performed at the Music Center on Thursday, May 2nd. The evening also features a shorts program of international dance films in the Grand Hall. Continuing through May 5th at various venues throughout LA. Further info available at www.dancecamerawest.org
18th ANNUAL INTL. FAMILY FILM FEST, runs May 1 through 5th at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. Screening over 105 films from 37 countries, it celebrates the human condition by providing a nurturing environment and educational structure to teach and exhibit family-oriented films from around the world. With industry panels and youth workshops and a screenwriters' showcase, this year's honorees include film and TV producer, Charles Floyd Johnson and J.G. Quintel, creator of the Cartoon Networks' "Regular Show." Further info is available at iffilmfest.org
8th ANNUAL SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN FILM FEST (SEE FEST) runs May 2nd through 6th, presenting films of the Balkan region exploring religious, ethnic and cultural crossroads from over 15 countries, at various venues including Writers Guild, UCLA James Bridges Theatre and Goethe Institut. Opening night is a Romanian comedy, "OF SNAILS AND MEN". Further info available at www.seefilmla.org
IL TROVATORE, part of Laemmles' Ballet in Cinema series, is a bold new production from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, of the Verdi classic tragedy of star-crossed lovers, complicated parents and mixed-up infants. Said to be a sure success, as long as you have the four best singers in the world singing it. Screens on Sunday morning, on April 28th at 10:00 a.m. and again on Tuesday evening, 4/30, at 7:30 pm at Laemmle theatres throughout LA.
WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS: FREE PRESS AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse. Including interviews with whistleblowers and award-winning journalists, it exposes the worsening reality for both whistleblowers and the press alike. Opens on Friday, Aprl 26th at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.
LE PETIT SOLDAT is Jean Luc Godard's espionage riff, banned in France in 1960, it did not premier until 1963. When an army desert is caught in the middle of a covert war between the French government and the Algerian Liberation front in Geneva, he must decide what he is willing to do to escape and lead a free life, as both sides resort to any means to achieve their clandestine ends. With a new 35 mm print and new subtitles, it opens on Friday, April 26th at the Nuart in West LA.
GRACELAND is an unpredictable, high-paced thriller in which a chauffeur for a corrupt Filipino politician gets ambushed resulting in a kidnapping attempt gone awry, placing his own daughter in jeopardy and spiralling out of control in deceit and betrayal that leaves no one innocent. Opens on Friday, April 26th at Sundance Sunset Cinemas, 8000 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood and Laemmles Playhouse 7 on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena.
ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL runs April 18th through May 2nd at Laemmles Music Hall and Town Center Encino, celebrating the best of Israeli cinema with over 30 award-winning films, premieres, thought-provoking documentaries, shorts and panels. This year's honorees include Martin Landau and Sherry Lansing. Other highlights include a Second Generation Holocaust Survivors program and a full roster of films is available at www.israelfilmfestival.com.
VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN is an unconventional biography of a deeply influential figure in world music and complex cultural icon of Chile's history, Violeta Parra, multi-faceted singer/songwriter and founding artist of the socially and politically committed nueva cancion folk music movement. Adapted from Angel Parra's memoirs of his mother, VIOLETA follows under-appreciated musical genius from her childhood in rural poverty that is graced by music, the ground-breaking quest to revive Chile's traditional music, wild artistic success abroad and decline at home, the beginning and the end of love. Opens on Friday, April 19th at Laemmle's Royal in West LA.
OCONOMOWOC is an absurdist comedy about Lonnie Washington, a confused adult who moves back in with his boozing mother and reluctantly joins his friend's mishandled T-shirt buiness in hopes of finding a little direction. With differing priorities and illusions of success, their future begins to take shape when they meet a keen girl who diagnoses Lonnie's predicament as mere self-importance, sending the fledgling business reeling for answers to a business deal gone bad. OCONOMOWOC opens on Friday, April 19th at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.
THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS is an award-winning documentary about four children from one of India's poorest slums who embark on a journey to build a better future, challenging the notion that marginalization is written into their destiny. Critically acclaimed, it focusses on young activists finding solutions to global health and development issues. Opens on Friday, April 19th at Laemmles Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica.
BERT STERN: ORIGINAL MAD MAN is a definitive voyage into the life of one of the greatest American photographers of all time, ad industry icon, Bert Stern. After working alongside Stanely Kubrick at "LOOK" magazine, he became an original Madison Avenue 'mad man' helping to create modern advertising. Stern's photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton, Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot, Twiggy and the infamous "Lolita" image from Kubrick's film, helped shape our images of 20th century pop culture. From his boyhood in Brooklyn to his rise and dramatic fall, it is shockingly frank in its exploration of creativity, celebrity and desire through the eyes of a man who got everything he wanted - almost. Opens on Friday April 19th at the Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., in West LA.
NEW FILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES screens "Shadow Of Liberty" as part of the documentary portion of their one-night only program which includes Shorts Programs and Features, featuring works by promising young filmmakers, on April 13th at Sunset Gower Studios. Further details at www.nfmla.org.
42, starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford tells the story of the brave stand of two men who changed the game of baseball forever. Demonstrating the courage of restraint, the great Jackie Robinson let his talent on the field do the talking, ultimately winning over fans and teammates alike. Putting himself at the forefront of history, legendary GM, Branch Rickey, broke the color barrier in Major League baseball by signing Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, putting them both on the firing from press, the public, as well as players, and proving that "heroism" isn't always about the achievements ont he field of play. "42" opens on Friday, April 12th throughout Los Angeles.
11TH ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES celebrates the best of Indian cinema. Running April 9th through April 14th at the ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd. Highlights include opening night's feature "Gangs of Wasseypur" and Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," along with closing night's feature "Midnight's Children", an adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel. Other highlights include "Mohammed to Maya" about gender identification, Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey, a Bollywood tribute to Hindi cinema, as well as Shorts Programs, and Panels. Selected screenings offered to KPFK Film Club members.
PAVILLION screens Fri. April 12th and Sat. April 13th only at the Downtown Independent Theatre, 251 S. Main Street in downtown LA. Following the screening is a live music performance from Sam Prekop (of "The Sea and the Cake") who did the score to this story of the enigma of youth and the disintegration of an innocent way of life when a son leaves his lakeside home to join his father in suburban Arizona. Deep and ethereal, a unique evening not to be missed.
EUGENE ONEGIN, the classic Tchaikovsky opera, continues Laemmle's Opera in Cinema series with a production from the Royal Opera House. Poignant and full of sensitivity to the nuances of growing up and wrestling with emotions, EUGENE ONEGIN screens once on Sunday, April 14th at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, April 16th at 7:30 pm.
THE LOTUS EATERS, from Director Alexandra McGuiness, introduces us to a 21st century version of the Lost Generation. Young, restless, and beautiful, these bright, distracted Londoners lead an excessive lifestyle which allows them to luxuriate in their own self-destruction, while love triangles wreak havoc on impressionable hearts and distract them from commitment. THE LOTUS EATERS running April 12th through April 18th at Arena Cinema Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave. in Hollywood
RADIO UNNAMEABLE is a visual and aural collage drawn from the immense archives of free-form raido pioneer, Bob Fass, of Pacifica station WBAI in New York. On-air since 1963, Fass revolutionized late-night FM radio as host of "Radio Unnameable." Long before innovations in social media, he utilized the airwaves for mobilization, encouraging luminaries from Abbie Hoffman to Joni Mitchell, as well as ordinary listeners to talk openly, connecting in profound and surprising ways. Produced and directed by Paul Lovelace and Jessica wolfson, RADIO UNNAMEABLE runs April 5th through April 11th at the Arena Cinema Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave. in Hollywood. Opening night, April 5th, is a benefit for the Pacifica Radio Archives.
NEIGHBORING SOUNDS is a thrilling depiction of the unease within a single city block in a prosperous Brazilian coastal community haunted by its past and ruled by an aging patriarch and his sons. When a security firm is brought in to protect the residents from a string of petty thefts, the fears, anxieties and resentments of a divided society are unleashed. Plays at Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave. in LA from April 5th through April 11th.
ROOM 237 examines Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" through the voices of fans and schlors who've concocted captivating, provocative theories of hidden symbols and messages in the filmmaker's compelling, horrifying vision of Stephen King's classic. Outrageous and engaging, the interviewees rework the film to match their ideas, intercut with layers of dreamlike imagery illustrating their streams of consciousness suppositions. ROOM 237 opens on Friday, April 5th at Sundance Sunset Cinemas, 8000 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Passes good Mon, April 8th through Thursday, April 11th ONLY.
"M," Fritz Lang's masterpiece and his first use of sound, stars Peter Lorre in a superb performance as a recently released asylum inmate with a compulsion to kill young girls. In an attempt to capture the killer, police pressure the city's criminal underworld which, in turn, tries to find the killer themselves with a network of prostitutes, pick-pockets, and thugs. In a stunning new restoration from the Munich Film Archive, "M' opens on Friday, April 5th at Laemmle's Royal in West L.A. and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
BABE'S AND RICKY'S INN brings to life the legendary music club in South Central, home to musicians for over 50 years, regardless of race, age, or gender - a place where only the music mattered. Created by Laura Mae Gross, "Mama,"the charming force behind the unique club where newcomers traded licks with some of the greatest blues artists around, including John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Albert King and others. Featuring original music, musicians share their experiences, music, and their memories of "Mama," BABE'S AND RICKY's INN opens on Friday April 5th at Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St. in Santa Monica.
THE SAPPHIRES is a joyful, inspirational , triumphant celebration of music inspired by the true story of four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission in Australia whose lives are forever changed when they are discovered by a kind-hearted, but rhythmically-challenged talent scout. Billed as Australia's answer to The Supremes they secure their first gig, singing soul tunes for American troops in Vietnam. Opens March 22nd at The Landmark, 10850 W. Pico Blvd in Los Angeles.
THE WEDDING PARTY follows a failing Melbourne businessman who has two women in his life - his true love frm whom he is temporarily separated, and a dazzling, glamorous russian immigrant seeking permanent residency for herself (and ultimately her Russian boyfriend). Burdened with massive debt, he makes a deal to secretly marry in exchange for cash, but when his plan is discovered by a nosey neighbor, his family and friends are swept up in wedding fever. Part of Film Festival Flix, THE WEDDING PARTY screens on Wed., April 3rd at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and on Thursday, April 4th at Laemmle's NoHo 7 in North Hollywood.
SILVER CIRCLE tackles the issue of monetary policy and the role of the Federal Reserve in a fun and unique way - through animation reminiscent of video games. Set in the near future, it focusses on a group of underground rebels who attempt to outmaneuver the Federal Reserve while creating a guerilla currency based on silver. SILVER CIRCLE opens on Friday, April 5th at Laemmle's NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim in North Hollywood.
STARBUCK follows a habitual sperm donor's attempts to take control of his life when he discovers that he's the biological father of 533 children (142 of which are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal the true identity of the prolific donor - code name "Starbuck"). With a pregnant girlfriend who is reluctant to share parenthood with the unreliable father, his longtime friend and attorney takes on his case while trying to disabuse him of the joys of parenthood. Opens on Friday, March 29th at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Town Center 5 in Encino.
GIMME THE LOOT follows two determined graffiti writers from the Bronx who hatch ambitious plans to be the first ever to tag the Big Apple sign at Shea Stadium which rises up whenever a Mets homerun is hit. Over two whirlwind summer days, their epic urban adventure traverses black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high-stakes heist and a necklace. Recipient of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW Film Fest and one of Film Independent's "Someone to Watch" Spirit Award, GIMME THE LOOT opens for a limited engagement on Friday, March 29th at the Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. in West L.A.
BLANCANIEVES is a breathtakingly beautiful re-working of the classic fairytale, Snow White, in an homage to the Golden Age of Europe's silent cinema. Set in 1920's Sevelle, the daughter of a famous bullfighter living under the tyrannnical rule of an evil stepmother, escapes and joins a troupe of bullfighting dwarves where her rave notices make her a legend. Opens on Friday, March 29th at Laemmle's Royal in West L.A.
RESCUE IN THE PHILIPPINES: REFUGE FROM THE HOLOCAUST is a meticulously researched documentary which depicts a real-life Casablance set in pre-war Manila, in which a high-profile group of poker buddies, including then-Colonel Dwight Eisenhower, who devised an intricate international plan of rescue and re-settlement, saving 1300 Jews from certain death in Nazi concentration camps. In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Month, RESCUE IN THE PHILIPPINES opens on Friday, March 29th at Laemmles Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special one-night-only benefit screening at Laemmle theatres throughout LA. Agape Intl. Spiritual Center's Youth & Family Ministry present the original film, starring Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson in their iconic roles. Proceeds go to benefit the Carl Anderson Scholarship Fund. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR screens one night only on Thurs., March 28th at 7:30 pm at Monica 4-Plex, Town Center 5, The Royal, Playhouse 7, NoHo 7, and Claremont.
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES deals with the withering loss of innocence that can result from hard times and how the eagerness to make a better life can often lead to tragic circumstances. From the director of "Blue Valentine," Ryan Gosling stars as a down-on-his-luck motorcycle stunt rider dealing with the monetary strain of starting a family. Turning to a life of crime, he encounters an equally ambitious rookie cop (played by Bradley Cooper) along with the discovery of widespread corruption. A sneak preview of THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES screens on Wed., 3/27 at 7:30 pm at The Landmark, 10850 W. Pico Blvd.
BLANCANIEVES is a breathtakingly beautiful re-working of the classic fairytale, "Snow White," in an homage to the Golden Age of Europe's silent cinema. Set in 1920's Seville, the daughter of a famous bullfighter living under the tyrannical rule of an evil stepmother, escapes to join a troupe of bullfighting dwarves, where her rave notices make her a legend and head for a showdown. BLANCANIEVES opens on Friday, March 29th at Laemmle's Royal in West L.A.
DETOUR follows a smooth-talking ad man on his way to a power lunch who, while brainstorming his next big pitch, is swallowed up by a devastating mudslide. Awakening alone underneath an avalanche of mud with hope of rescue giving way to the horrifying reality that no one is coming, he clings to the unfinished life he left behind, pushing himself beyond physical and mental boundaries to sruvive. A sneak preview of DETOUR screens on Thursday, 3/28 at 7:30 pm at TCL Chinese Theatres, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood.
EVERY EMOTION COSTS, part of LA SKINS FEST WOMEN'S NIGHT, at the Autry National Center, is an exploration about the reality of returning home to the reservation to face family, community, and death. A reception and Q&A with filmmaker follows the screening on Thursday, March 28th at 7:30 pm.
THE WE AND THE I, Michel Gondry's most personal film to date, follows a group of Bronx high-schoolers on a city bus making their way home on the last day of the school year. Oblivious to the grown-ups around them, they are unapologetically themselves - gossiping, bullying, confiding their truth and telling tall tales in a script set entirely on the bus, an artful vision of the life they lead and the futures that await them, without moralizing or condescension. Opens at the Nuart on Friday, 3/22 for one week only.
HUNKY DORY stars Minnie Driver as a high-school drama teacher determined to fire-up her hormonal, apathetic students with a glam, rock-infused musical production of "The Tempest," heating up the Welsh summer of 1976 with the songs of David Bowie, The Byrds, ELO and The Beach Boys. Opens on March 22nd at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.
DORFMAN IN LOVE stars Elliott Gould and Sara Rue in a romantic comedy about a young, single suburbanite trapped in her role as caretaker of her unappreciative family. When she volunteers to cat-sit at her unrequited love's downtown loft, she meets another man who helps transform her life in a journey toward self-discovery and true love. Opens on Friday, March 22nd at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, NoHo 7, Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, and Town Center 5 in Encino.
THE HAPPY POET is a comedy about a guy who starts a vegetarian food stand, but it could be about anyone with a dream - survival versus kindness, generosity, and idealism - and how life is often a balancing act between those elements. Opens on Friday, March 22nd at Laemmle's Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica.
SILVER CASE is a tinseltown crime drama in which a scheming, powerful producer hatches a plan to undermine the success of a shady arch rival. When a silver briefcase goes missing, an unexpected chain of events is set in motion involving a tenacious duo of thugs who possess the mystery prize. Opens on Friday, March 22nd at Arena Cinema Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave. in Hollywood.
BOB'S NEW SUIT is a deftly woven, whimsical comedy about love, family, the '60s and the unexpected - including radical politics, gender identity, the joy of books, rare orchids, a couple of beers and one lonely Italian suit. when gardener/handyman Bob proposes to his longtime love and his cousin proposes a get-rich-quick scheme, family secrets are revealed and their lives are changed forever. Opens on Friday, March 22 at Arena Cinema Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., in Hollywood.
NOTRE DAME DE PARIS continues Laemmle's Ballet in Cinema series. Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic story of the hunchback Quasimodo and the beautiful Esmeralda, NOTRE DAME DE PARIS returns to La Scala after more than 10 yrs.
A FIERCE GREEN FIRE tells stories of environmental activism, unfolding in five acts and chronicling grassroots and global movements over 5 decades - how we got here and where we're going. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubber-tappers saving the Amazon, the film tells vivid stories of fighting and succeeding against enormous odds. Narrated by Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Isabel Allende, and Ashley Judd, it is the first film to create a big picture overview of the environmental movement. Opens on Fri., March 15th for a limited engagement at the Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, in West LA. Passes good Mon - Thurs. only.
HAVA NAGILA (THE MOVIE) is a documentary romp through history, mystery, and meaning of the great Jewish standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell and Regina Spector, it follows the ubiquitous party song from the shetetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine. Surprisingly profound, it tapes into the universal themes of the importance of joy, the power of music, and the resilience of a people. Opens on Friday, March 15th at Laemmle's Royal, Town Center 5, Playhouse 7 and Claremont.
IF I WERE YOU stars Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden in a comedic turn as a women who accidentally learns of her husband's infidelity when she saves his sexy young mistress from a bungled suicide attempt. Also starring Aiden Quinn, it's an entertaining look at the unexpected places that life can take us to. Opens on Friday, march 15th at Laemmle's Music Hall 3.
THE LANGUAGE OF A BROKEN HEART tells of a neurotic, bestselling author who can write eloquently about love and yet women keep leaving him. finding his fiance with another man, he seeks out his long-time therapist, but finds that he's even more mix-up. Juddy Talt writes and stars, along with Julie White, Oscar Nunez, Kate French and Ethan Cohn in this fresh, romantic comedy about love's inherent possessiveness and the realization that it'snot how you love, but whom you love. Opens on Friday, March 15th at Laemmles Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
MY AMITYVILLE HORROR revisits the 1975 haunting of the Lutz home in Amityville, Long Island, made famous by a bestselling book and motion picture. Thirteen months prior to the Lutz' taking up residence, the former owner, Ronald DeFeo, massacred his family. Subject to ghostly hauntings and a full array of terrifying paranormal phenomena, the Lutz family fled after only 28 days. Through the reminiscences of one of now-grown children, Daniel, the film examines whether his account is the stuff of truth or delusion. Opens on March 15th at Arena Cinema Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Avenue, in Hollywood. KPFK Film Club passes good Sun., March 18th - Thursday, March 21st.
GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS is a documentary about the photographer's 1-year quest to create a series of haunting, surreal and stunningly elaborate portraits of small town American life, moviescapes crystallized into a single frame. Inspired by his own dreams and fantasies, as well as the worlds of Hitchcock, David Lynch, Edward Hopper and Diane Arbus, his imagery has infused the pop culture, including his "Six Feet Under" ads and album art for Yo La Tengo. The film beautifully bares the artist's process, as mesmerizing as the images themselves. Plays at Laemmle Music Hall 3.
THE SILENCE is an icy, gripping police thriller which begins 23 yrs ago when a young girl is brutally murdered in a wheatfield. Now, in the present day, on the exact same date, a 13-yr old is missing, her bicycle abandoned int he same spot, leading police to suspect the same killer might be at work again. As detectives struggle to solve the parallel crimes, the parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty, as old, unhealed wounds resurface. Played at The Nuart in West LA.
BEYOND THE HILLS is a starkly beautiful film set in an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania where two childhood friends are reunited. Alina wishes to return to Germany, while her friend finds refuge in faith and her family of nuns. When Alina challenges the priest and the order, she is suspected of being possessed. Based on a case of alleged demonic possession that occurred in a Romanian monastery in 2005, BEYOND THE HILLS was the winner of Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was also the Romanian entry for the 2012 Academy Awards. Opens on Fri. March 8th at Laemmle's Royal in Santa Monica.
GREEDY LYING BASTARDS investigates the reasons behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change, despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality, but an urgent problem placing us on the brink of disaster. Revealing the organizations casting doubt on climate science, it documents the impact of industries that put profits before people. Playing at Sundance Sunset Cinemas, 8000 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
A PLACE AT THE TABLE reveals that hunger is not just a third world problem. Forty-nine million people in the US (one in four children) don'tknow where their next meal is coming from. The issue is examined through the lens of 3 people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her kids; Rose, a 5th grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a 2nd-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. At Sundance Sunset Cinemas.
2nd ANNUAL TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL runs Feb. 28th through March 3rd at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Highlights include "A Butterfly's Dream"; "Mold"; "Inside" and "Beyond the Hill, also a Shorts competition currated by Elvis Mitchell.
MUMIA: LONG DISTANCE REVOLUTIONARY creates an inspiring portrait of a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression. Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and writer. After more than 39 yrs in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia continued to report, educate, and provoke, authoring several books from Death Row. Stephen Vittoria's new feature documentary utilizes archival footage and dramatic readings and features Cornel West, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, among others. Played at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.
KOCH chronicles the personal and political toll of running the Big Appel in a time of upheaval and re-invention. Popular and polarizing, former NY Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker - ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt. With candid interviews and rare archival footage, first time filmmaker Neil Barksy crafts an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy and the town he helped transform during his tumultuous three terms. Ironically, Ed Koch passed away on Feb. 1st, 2013, the day the film opened in NY. KOCH opens in LA on Friday, March 1st at Laemmle's Royal, NoHo 7, Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Town Center 5 in Encino.
AMOUR, winner of this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, the Palm De 'Or at Cannes, the Golden Globe and Independent Spirit award, is the story of an octogenarian couple's abiding love for each other, which isput to the test when one suffers a stroke and is left partially paralyzed. AMOUR plays at Sundance Sunset Cinemas, 8000 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER is an epic adventure in 3D with an all-star cast directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer. An ancient war is re-ignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway betwen our world and a fearsome race of giants. Fighting for a kingdom and its people and the lvoe of a brave princess, Jack comes face-to-face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend.
WAYNE FEDERMAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL runs Feb. 28th through March 2nd at Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax in Hollywood. Featuring a slate of comedians who select films that have inspired them, this year's participants are Sarah Silverman, The Sklar Brothers, Dana Gould, Nick Kroll and Bill Burr. They introduce the films and take questions afterward about the films they've selected - "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Raising Arizona," Dr. Strangelove," "Breaking Away, and "The Dirty Dozen."
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