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Free Screening: Blunt Talk

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with actors Jacki Weaver, Timm Sharp and Richard Lewis, and creator Jonathan Ames

 

Episodes 101 & 102

From Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and novelist/TV writer Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) comes the new Starz comedy series Blunt Talk, which stars frequent MacFarlane collaborator Patrick Stewart as dashing UBS news show host Walter Blunt, a fiery liberal with a penchant for sex, drugs and physical violence. He’s a former British Marine who often flashes back to his time in the Falkland Islands skirmish. Blunt Talk creator Ames demonstrates his ability to turn a dangerous metropolis into a giant backyard for boys much too old to still be seeking adventure. Stewart’s hilarious precision is met by an able supporting cast that features Adrian Scarborough, Timm Sharp, Richard Lewis and Jacki Weaver (whose Oscar-nominated work includes Silver Linings Playbook and Animal Kingdom). Ames will detail working on his second pay-cable series during his onstage appearance after episodes of Blunt Talk are shown. Weaver, Sharp and Lewis will join him in the discussion.

2015, 60 min, color, DCP | Created by Jonathan Ames; written by Jonathan Ames; directed by Tristram Shapeero; with Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough, Timm Sharp, Dolly Wells, Jacki Weaver, Mary Holland, Karan Soni, Ed Begley, Jr., Richard Lewis, Romany Malco

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at noon on Thursday, June 25. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets. | Reserve online.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved 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 Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater 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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An Evening With… Hannibal

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with creator Bryan Fuller

 

Episode 308: “The Great Red Dragon”

Creator Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies) brings his mordant take that dances gracefully on the boundary between grim comedy and woozy drama to novelist Thomas Harris’ most original character: genius and morally unmoored psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). In this NBC series now entering its third season, we get an origin story of sorts: the show started with Lecter still being an aid to equally gifted—and naïve—FBI serial killer profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), though Fuller has carried us to the point in the show where Lecter’s hidden… ambitions can no longer be kept from the light. Laurence Fishburne also stars as Graham’s boss, FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford. Fuller departs from previous adaptations of Lecter—such as the pulpy melodrama of Michael Mann (Manhunter) and the moral high ground occupied by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs)—by fearlessly toying with the differences between Lecter and Graham instead of emphasizing the similarities. His job: to build such an alluring (and simultaneously) repellent bond that viewers forget the myriad versions of Lecters know from the big screen. And creator/executive producer/adapter Fuller succeeds. After the screening of the long-awaited “Red Dragon” episode of Hannibal, Fuller will discuss developing his made-for-television version of the Man We Love to Fear in an onstage interview.

2015, 42 min, color, DCP | Created by Bryan Fuller; written by Nick Antosca & Steve Lightfoot and Bryan Fuller; directed by Neil Marshall; with Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas, Richard Armitage

 

Ticketing Information

 

$15 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club members. Members of these three groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

$20 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+); $25 for the general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 25. Two ticket limit.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved 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 at the advertised start time of the event or seat(s) may be released. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. 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 Event: CAN/LA Program #1 — Special Guest in Conversation with TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm

 

In the first-ever collaboration between Film Independent at LACMA and TIFF, three films were chosen from carefully curated groups of the top films produced in Canada (the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival as well as Canada’s All-Time Top Ten.) The exciting new presentation spotlights films that highlight the diverse, creative talent of Canadian filmmakers, offering directorial perspectives that are both idiosyncratic and universal.

Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2008 he has been responsible for the overall vision and execution of the Festival’s selection. Bailey began programming for the organization in 1990, and worked both as a film programmer and film critic for 20 years before taking on his current role. As a programmer and curator, he has organized film series for local and international festivals and galleries including the National Gallery of Canada and Australia’s Sydney International Film Festival.

 

 

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Free Screening: CAN/LA Program #3 — Felix and Meira

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

1:00 pm

 

A selection of Canada’s Top Ten films

In the first-ever collaboration between Film Independent at LACMA and TIFF, three films were chosen from carefully curated groups of the top films produced in Canada (the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival as well as Canada’s All-Time Top Ten.) The exciting new presentation spotlights films that highlight the diverse, creative talent of Canadian filmmakers, offering directorial perspectives that are both idiosyncratic and universal.

Writer/Director Maxime Giroux’s drama is set in the Hasidic community of Montreal, where the thoughtful Meira (Hadas Yeron) is stifled by the traditions she’s submitted to—her unimaginative husband bores her. As a result, she can only take her worldly pleasures, such as enjoying forbidden pop music with her young daughter, away from the judging eyes of her fellow observers. When she runs into the untethered Felix (Martin Dubreuil) several times—he’s returned home for his father’s funeral at is at loose ends spiritually—her interest in his need for answers forces her to question her own relationship to her faith. The film offers a unique approach to develop forbidden romance; Giroux defines both characters by their search for something bigger than themselves, a mutuality of want that begins to spark other desire for the pair, both suffering in their own separate ways.

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club Members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 25. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved 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 Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater 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: CAN/LA Program #4 — ATANARJUAT (The Fast Runner)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm

 

A selection of Canada’s Top Ten films

In the first-ever collaboration between Film Independent at LACMA and TIFF, three films were chosen from carefully curated groups of the top films produced in Canada (the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival as well as Canada’s All-Time Top Ten.) The exciting new presentation spotlights films that highlight the diverse, creative talent of Canadian filmmakers, offering directorial perspectives that are both idiosyncratic and universal.

Director Zacharias Kunuk’s acclaimed 2001 film—the first feature ever to have been acted entirely in the Inuit language—was voted the best Canadian film ever made. The three-hour long film is steeped in oral storytelling tradition and broken into segments that play as passages from one level of maturity to another, following the emotional development of its titular character (the resourceful and talented Natar Ungalaaq) as he moves from one stage of life to the next. The primal world—emotionally and physically violent as anything from an old world fable, which it feels like (the story comes from centuries old Inuit narratives)—that Kunuk stages for the film is as gripping as it is unrelenting; we feel the demands made on the actors in the punishing landscape.

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club Members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 25. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved 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 Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater 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: Op-Docs: Race In America

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with The New York Times Op-Docs Filmmakers

 

Co-presented by The New York Times Film Club

View a selection of short opinionated documentaries from the award-winning New York Times Op-Docs series, all connected to a compelling central theme: “Race in America.” They include Stanley Nelson and Laurens Grant’s The Black Panthers Revisited and the world premiere of a dramatic re-creation of grand jury testimony after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A panel discussion with the filmmakers and Op-Docs coordinating producer Kathleen Lingo will follow, moderated by Elvis Mitchell, Curator, Film Independent at LACMA.

The Black Panthers Revisited
Directed by Stanley Nelson and Laurens Grant

A Conversation With My Black Son
Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Blair Foster

A Conversation About Growing Up Black
Directed by Peri Paltz and Joe Brewster

No Guns for Christmas
Directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar

Verbatim: The Ferguson Case
Directed by Brett Weiner

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are 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: Pre-reserved 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 Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater 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: Cartel Land

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with director Matthew Heineman

 

Director Matthew Heineman uses a novel approach to documentary film in his 2015 look at the meth wars between the Mexican cartels and the civilian groups—on both sides of the Arizona and Mexican border—who take them on. He stages the film with a construction similar to that of a fiction film, creating a nervy and engrossing dramatic texture that shows the drive (and the influence) of narrative filmmaking. He draws fascinating parallels between the vigilante bands (both the Mexican and Americans) who chose to go after these merciless criminals enterprises. In doing so, the lines between right and wrong get increasingly—and compellingly—muddy; both sides are fighting for their lives. In a stark contrast to his previous film, Escape Fire, an examination of the stranglehold of bureaucracy in health care, all the work here takes place outside of institutions. For his efforts, Cartel Land won the Best Director Prize as well as a Special Jury Award for Cinematography at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Director/editor/producer Heineman will take part in a Q&A following the screening.

2014, 100 min, color, DCP, in English and Spanish with English subtitles | Directed by Matthew Heineman

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club Members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 25. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved 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 Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater 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: CAN/LA Program #2 — In Her Place

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm

 

A selection of Canada’s Top Ten films

In the first-ever collaboration between Film Independent at LACMA and TIFF, three films were chosen from carefully curated groups of the top films produced in Canada (the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival as well as Canada’s All-Time Top Ten.) The exciting new presentation spotlights films that highlight the diverse, creative talent of Canadian filmmakers, offering directorial perspectives that are both idiosyncratic and universal.

Writer/Director Albert Shin’s award-winning 2014 drama redefines the parameters of family, while investigating the hunger for one. A well-to-do woman (Yoon Da-Kyung) can finally make her dream come true. Unable to have her own child, she gets the opportunity to adopt one. An angry teenager (Ahn Ji Hye) is about to give birth to an unwanted child, and her widowed mom (Hae-Yeon Kil) views the moment as a chance to relieve the shame that has been visited upon her household. The adopting woman comes to the farm where mother and daughter live to await the child’s birth—it’s to be a secret adoption, since adoption is also considered to be shameful in Korean families. Shin renders the growing intensity of the isolation—enforced for two of the women, and unwelcome for different reasons for the visitor—in deft, solemn tones. The guilt and envy simmers ever so slowly, as Shin allows viewers to take sides by subtly layering the story in ambiguity.

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club Members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 25. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved 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 Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater 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: The Brink

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with executive producer Jerry Weintraub, co-creator and executive producer Roberto Benabib, executive producer Jay Roach, co-creator and co-executive producer Kim Benabib and cast Maribeth Monroe and Eric Ladin

 

HBOeps

 Screening Series

 

Episodes 105 & 106

This daring new comedy from HBO is built around an idea that has disappeared from series television: finding laughs—horror—in the political arena, instead of gazing at groups of star-crossed yet mismatched lovers straining to break through their own self-absorption. The Brink is a no-holds-barred indictment of party politics on all sides. We see the collapse of a government in Afghanistan and how the violence that grows from it threatens the world from the point of view of a lower-level political operative (Jack Black) trapped in country, a Navy pilot (Pablo Schreiber) so strapped for money he deals drugs to stay solvent, and the wary and weary Secretary of State (Tim Robbins) trying to avert war and maintain stability by any means necessary, a mission that doesn’t keep him from his goal to bed as many women as possible while keeping his wife (Carla Gugino) in the dark. Executive producer Jerry Weintraub, co-creator and executive producer Roberto Benabib, executive producer Jay Roach, co-creator and co-executive producer Kim Benabib and cast Maribeth Monroe and Eric Ladin will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

2015, 60 min, color, DCP | Created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib; Episode 105 written by Jack Kukoda and directed by J. Michael Muro; Episode 106 written by Sam Forman and directed by Michael Lehmann; starring Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Pablo Schreiber, Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period. 

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 25. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved 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 Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater 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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