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Free Members-Only Screening: CITIZENFOUR (West Coast Premiere)

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with director Laura Poitras

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.  In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely one-of-a-kind in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras - recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service – will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

2014, color, DCP  |  Directed by Laura Poitras, Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh

 

Ticketing Information

 

STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for reservation in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of tickets being made available to guests in this line.

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: The Case Against 8

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White, editor Kate Amend and subjects Rob Reiner, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

The legal and public conflagration over California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, is following in a particularly stimulating and close manner in the documentary, The Case Against 8, which played in competition in this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White, who also produced the film, use canny tactics to give viewers a fascinating and distinctive stake in the conflict – an effort to overturn the conventional attitudes towards marriage by examining its very cultural definition – by showing the work put in by a controversial supporter of same-sex unions: attorney Theodore Olson, best known for his controversial, and successful, defense of George W. Bush in the Supreme Court over the 2000 Presidential election. The Case Against 8 won Sundance’s Directing Documentary Prize and also captured the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival this year. Producers/directors Cotner and White will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

2014, 112 min, color, DCP | Directed by Ben Cotner & Ryan White; with Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Jeff Zarrillo, Paul Katami, Ted Olson, David Boies, Chad Griffin

 

Ticketing Information

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

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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Live Read of American Beauty

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm | Live Read with director Jason Reitman

 

Director Jason Reitman is back for the fourth season of his internationally acclaimed and popular Live Read series. For Live Read, Reitman chooses a classic film script and directs a group of actors in a live reading of the material. The debut production of the fourth season will be Alan Ball’s Academy Award-winning script, the scabrous comedy-drama American Beauty, which celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of its release this year.

 

Ticketing Information

STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for reservation in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of tickets being made available to guests in this line.

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: Birdman

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s newest film is an energetic, propulsive comic melodrama that follows the days and nights of a fading superstar actor Riggan (Michael Keaton) laboring to make an impact by starring in and producing a major Broadway show; Riggan’s biggest success, increasingly receding into the distant past, was his portrayal of the superhero Birdman decades earlier. Birdman looms larger as the play rocks through speed bumps, potholes and other catastrophes on its way to opening night. The full title is Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtues of Ignorance. The scenario, co-written by Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful) draws full-contact performances from the cast, who rise to the challenge. The ensemble includes Edward Norton as Riggan’s troublesome but talented co-star, Emma Stone as his depressed and depressive daughter and Zach Galifianakis as his hand-wringing producer. Birdman is a tour de force piece of filmmaking from Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, for which he won the Oscar).

2014, 119 min, color, DCP | Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo; directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu; starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts

 

Ticketing Information

STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for reservation in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of tickets being made available to guests in this line.

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: Aberdeen

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with Gustavo Turner

 

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

The newest film from the genre hopping Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung — his shape-shifting filmography runs from comedy (Vulgaria, Men Suddenly In Black) to horror film (Dream Home) to unusual coming-of-age work (A.V., Love In A Puff). Aberdeen, while a departure from the gleefully crass tone of his recent movies, is in keeping with the tone of many of his films: an ensemble cast — de facto families –wrestling with pecking order within the unit, and the repercussions from those battles within the group. And Pang is reunited with actor he’s used in the past, including Chapman To and Derek Tsang. But Aberdeen deals with the push-and-pull of actual family currents, a melodrama focusing on the trials that take place among the Cheng family, who live in Aberdeen. Aberdeen is the second of three films presented in partnership with the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office.

Gustavo Turner is a Los Angeles artist and writer. His photography and writing have appeared in the LA Weekly since 2009. He has also contributed to the The Believer magazine, RECAPS, the Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix, Pagina/12 and many other publications.

2014, 97 min, color, DCP | Written and directed by Ho-Cheung Pang; starring Louis Koo, Gigi Leung, Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung, Man-Tat Ng, Carrie Ng

 

Ticketing Information

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

LACMA member and general-admission tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, September 25. | Free; limit two tickets. | Reserve online.

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: Whiplash

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with director Damien Chazelle and actors Miles Teller, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist and J.K. Simmons

 

Whiplash, writer/director Damien Chazelle’s short film about the relationship between an eager, obsessed jazz drumming student and his punishing and exacting instructor won the attention of audiences at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  A year later, Chazelle brought a full-length version of Whiplash to Park City starring Miles Teller as the absorbed protégé and JK Simmons as his mercurial and intense teacher who assaults his student’s devotion as if it were a crash cymbal. And for his feature debut, which seduces and stuns with the alacrity of a hard bop classic, Chazelle’s film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at Sundance. It has since played Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. The filmmaker will be on hand to describe the experience of making a short, then embarking on a feature version of it, eventually finding a way to breathe new life into the project. The Q&A with Chazelle, Teller, Reiser, Benoist and Simmons immediately follows the screening. 

2014, 106 min, color, DCP | Written by Damien Chazelle ; directed by Damien Chazelle; with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Max Kasch, Damon Gupton

 

Ticketing Information

STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for reservation in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of tickets being made available to guests in this line.

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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