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Free Members-Only Screening: The Judge

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

7:30 pm

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall—two of the finest actors of their generations—team up for the first time in this can-you-go-home-again comedy melodrama from director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and screenwriters Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Bill Dubuque, from a story by Dobkin and Schenk. Downey stars as glib, bullying powerhouse defense attorney Hank, who is pulled back into family dysfunction and small town Indiana after the death of his mother. He returns to the collateral damage orbit of his brothers (Vincent D’Onofrio and Jeremy Strong), and his strong-willed dad (Robert Duvall), a judge who rules the burg with a fierce sense of justice and fair play that often leaves no room for feeling. Hank is trapped in his former home when a family tragedy forces him to defend his unforgiving father in court. Vera Farmiga is the girl he left behind, and Billy Bob Thornton and Dax Shepard are lawyers who get in Hank’s way.

2014, 141 min, color, DCP | Screenplay by Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque, story by David Dobkin & Nick Schenk; directed by David Dobkin; Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thorton and Dax Shepard

 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 21. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

New York Times Film Club members must RSVP to www.nytfilmclub.com for this screening.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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Free Members-Only Screening: The Skeleton Twins

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with director Craig Johnson and actor Bill Hader

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Writer/Director Craig Johnson follows his 2009 directorial debut, True Adolescence, with this intense comedy/drama that focuses on the costs of surviving childhood. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig co-star as Milo and Maggie, siblings who endure a life-redefining trauma on the same day and are brought back together to determine where—and how—to proceed in their own existences. For the twins, it’s a matter of deciding how open to the truth in their own worlds they’re capable of being. Johnson demands unusual performances of Hader and Wiig, actors best known for a comic take on their characters, the delicacy of their turns shows the range these Saturday Night Live veterans can bring to a film. They meet their director’s request of them and both come through with flying colors. Ty Burell, Luke Wilson and Mark Duplass (the star of Johnson’s True Adolescence) are also onboard as people who are intimately connected with Milo and Maggie’s pasts and presents—and are equally deeply intertwined with Johnson’s theme: the damaging, and restorative, power of honesty. Hader and Johnson will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

2014, 92 min, color, DCP | Written by Mark Heyman and Craig Johnson; directed by Craig Johnson; Starring Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Ty Burell, Luke Wilson, Mark Duplass and Boyd Holbrook

 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 21. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

New York Times Film Club members must RSVP to www.nytfilmclub.com for this screening.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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Free Screening: Ghetto Film School Los Angeles

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with student filmmakers

 

The inaugural GFS LA Fellows Screening showcases outstanding new work from the 2014-16 Fellows Class. The screening features 10 short narrative films (non-dialogue, 6 min each), curated by the Fellows themselves, followed by a student filmmaker Q&A with Film Independent at LACMA Curator Elvis Mitchell. A Screening Jury of leading filmmakers and industry professionals will also award the top three films with scholarship prizes.

GFS LA is a ground-breaking initiative, created through a partnership between Ghetto Film School and 21st Century Fox, that brings GFS’ award-winning Fellows Program to diverse young storytellers throughout Los Angeles.

The Fellows Program, launching June 2014 in the MacArthur Park community of Los Angeles, is a free, rigorous 30-month college-level pre-professional immersion in digital storytelling and production training.

During the Program, Fellows write, direct and edit original short films, commercials, animations, and other creative content. They also study under top filmmakers and industry experts, participate in regular site visits to studio lots, development offices and post houses, weekly trips to top LA cinemas, museums and art galleries, and an international production trip during the annual Thesis Project.

At the conclusion of the Program, our Fellows enroll at top colleges and universities, becoming outstanding candidates for the LA creative industry’s recruitment initiatives and programs.

www.gfsla.org

2014, 60 min

 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 21. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 28. | Free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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Free Screening: Gracepoint

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with actors Nick Nolte, Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver, Michael Peña, Virginia Kull, Kevin Rankin, Jessica Lucas and Gracepoint and Broadchurch executive producer Chris Chibnail*

 

Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2

* Talent subject to change

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

The murder of young Danny Solano sets all kinds of personal and political conflicts into motion in a small seaside town suffering an economic crisis. His father Mark (Michael Peña) feels enormous shame and anger, and is determined to seek out the facts; his mother, Beth (Virginia Kull) is devastated and his sister, Chloe (Madalyn Horcher) is left hurt, abandoned and disconnected. Close family friend Ellie (Anna Gunn), whose son was a friend of Danny, is also a detective investigating the crime; her relationship is conflicted when an outsider, brusque Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), is brought in over Ellie to lead the investigation. Series creator Chris Chibnall adapts his British show Broadchurch for the Fox network—and brought his Broadchurch star Tennant over to reprise his role as the tense cop with secret of his own. The cast and Executive Producer will arrive after the screening of the ensemble drama’s first two episodes for a Q&A.

2014, 90 min, color, DCP | Created by Chris Chibnall; starring David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Michael Peña, Virgina Kull, Nick Nolte, Kevin Rankin, Jacki Weaver and Jessica Lucas

 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 21. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 28. | Free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with writer/director and Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA, who will discuss how the film influenced the production of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and his career as a whole

 

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

The first in a series of Hong Kong films running one night each month in September, October and November, we start with The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, one of the best-known Kung Fu films of all time. This 1978 classic stars Hong Kong veteran Gordon Liu (best known to American audiences as the Bride’s hard-hearted mentor in Kill Bill, Vol. 2 and featured in over a hundred other films) and was directed by veteran filmmaker and action choreographer Lau Kar-leung. 36th Chamber is a fanciful dramatization of real-life eighteenth century martial arts figure San Te (whose life has been the subject of several movies). Liu stars as Liu Yude, a student whose savage beating at the hands of government after siding with rebels during a rebellion leads him to a Shaolin temple. Initially rejected by the monks, he finds his way and his hunger for instruction makes him the best acolyte ever; he makes his way through the brutal and rigorous thirty-five chambers and back into the arms of the rebellion. In battle, his inventive methods become a rallying force for the movement. The success of 36th Chamber made Liu an international sensation, and was followed by a number of sequels.  After the screening, RZA of the Wu Tang Clan will appear for a Q&A.

1978, 115 min, color | Written by Ni Kuang; directed by Lau Kar-leung; starring Gordon Liu and Lo Lieh

 

Ticketing Information

$5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and The New York Times Film Club members. Members of these three groups can purchase tickets starting at 5 pm on Thursday, August 21. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

$7 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+); $10 for the general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 5 pm on Thursday, August 28. Two ticket limit.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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