4/17

Live Read

STANDBY ONLY

 

8:00 pm | Live Read with director Jason Reitman

A surprise treat. Director Jason Reitman returns to the project that he started with Film Independent in Fall 2011, Live Read, with a special added installment of this popular and idiosyncratic series. For each edition, Reitman selects a classic film script and stages a cold reading of the material at Film Independent at LACMA with a group of hand-picked actors. The cast and film, as usual, will be announced by Reitman himself.

This month’s film: The Graduate

 

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 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 non-transferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

4/19

World Premiere of a Staged Reading by Quentin Tarantino: The Hateful Eight

8:00 pm

The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

Tickets are now available to the general public.

 

Please note the change of venue above.

 

Proceeds from this unique experience go towards supporting the year round programming efforts of Film Independent at LACMA.

Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino will cast and direct the debut of his original screenplay—the filmmaker’s own, unmade script—The Hateful Eight, for a special night of entertainment for Film Independent at LACMA. Tarantino made headlines when he decided to shut down production of the project after the script was leaked without his approval.

The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere. 

Tarantino, an equally potent force of nature, will read stage directions and direct a group of actors he selects through material that mixes distinctively etched characters, drama, humor and violence—the marriage of elements that in the past has defined the phrase “a film by Quentin Tarantino.”

This is a one-time-only occasion. It is a premiere event that will not be recorded or live-streamed. It can be only seen at the Bing Theater by ticketholders who secure tickets for this lone, once-in-a-lifetime, presentation.

PLEASE NOTE: No cell phones or recording devices of any kind will be allowed inside the theater. We strongly encourage guests to leave their cell phones in the car.

 

Ticketing Information

Pricing: $200 / $150 / $125 / $100, depending on sightline and proximity to the stage.

Tickets for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members go on sale at 12 PM PST on Friday, April 11. | Limit two tickets per membership. | Members: check your email for your members-only access code to purchase tickets. | Purchase online via Ticketmaster

Tickets for LACMA members, students with valid ID, seniors (62+) and the general public go on sale starting at 5 PM PST on Wednesday, April 16 (pending availability). | Limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: 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/reserved them.

5/01

Free Members-Only Screening: God’s Pocket (Los Angeles Premiere)

7:30 pm | Includes an introduction with writer/director John Slattery

 

For his directorial debut, actor John Slattery chose Pete Dexter’s 1983 novel about how apparently random acts of violence intersect, and how the figurative and literal splatter ruins lives and corrodes families. This screening as part of Film Independent at LACMA features Philip Seymour Hoffman (in one of his last roles) as Mickey, a small-time thief and hustler trying to unload a truckload of stolen beer carcasses. The longer he holds onto them, the less his haul of hot beef is worth. All the while, a burned-out and self-aggrandizing columnist (Richard Jenkins) inflames simmering small-town anger and works to weasel his way into the heart of Mickey’s anguished and unfulfilled wife (Christina Hendricks). Slattery also cowrote (with Alex Metcalf) and coproduced (with Hoffman) this savory cocktail of bleak comedy, drama and bloodshed, which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Competition. The cast also includes John Turturro, Domenick Lombardozzi, Eddie Marsan and Joyce Van Patten. Slattery will be at Film Independent at LACMA to introduce the film.

2014/88 min/color/DCP  |  Screenplay by Alex Metcalf and John Slattery, based on a novel by Peter Dexter; Directed by John Slattery; Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro and Richard Jenkins
 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 16. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

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 seats 15 minutes prior to the start time of the event 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 non-transferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

5/08

Free Members-Only Screening: Palo Alto

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with writer/director Gia Coppola

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Working for the first time as a feature film director, Gia Coppola adapts actor/author James Franco’s 2010 short-story collection centering on teenagers in free fall and the attendant emotional collateral damage, transforming it into a multigenerational search for personal connection. The film, screened as part of Film Independent at LACMA, is a plait of disparate stories set in Palo Alto, California. Franco plays a high-school soccer coach who blurs the line between understanding his athletes and desiring them, and Emma Roberts is April, a high schooler caught between the attentions of the coach and a fellow student (Jack Kilmer). The film floats from one vignette to another, alighting like a butterfly on the people inhabiting this loosely plotted, but tightly woven emotional story. Palo Alto is dotted with reminders that this is a family affair: cast member Talia Shire is Coppola’s aunt, actor Don Novello has ben featured in several films by her grandfather, Francis Ford Coppola and composer Robert Schwartzman is her cousin. Writer/director Coppola will be present for a conversation after the screening.

2013/97 min/color/DCP  |  Screenplay by Gia Coppola, based on short stories by James Franco; Directed by Gia Coppola; Starring Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Colleen Camp, Val Kilmer and Chris Messina

 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 16. | 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 seats 15 minutes prior to the start time of the event 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 non-transferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

5/15

Free Members-Only Screening: Obvious Child

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with actor Jenny Slate

 

Obvious Child takes its title from Paul Simon’s roiling and rhythmic hit song. This wild and tickled comedy stars Jenny Slate, who plays failing stand-up comedian Donna. Gillian Robespierre directed the film, expanding on a short film by Anne Bean and Karen Maine. Donna’s professional failings are exacerbated as she goes from breakup to hookup: a longtime relationship crashes and burns, and she ends up with a new guy who’s clearly not the future she might’ve hoped for. As she tries to makes sense of things by talking with her estranged mom (Polly Draper) and dad (Richard Kind) and best friend/bookstore coworker Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann), Donna gets a piece of news that rocks her world: she’s pregnant. The title of the film definitely refers to Donna, who—as the film makes clear—isn’t remotely ready for parenthood. After she decides to have an abortion, the film further develops its unique blend of comedy and melodrama. This marks Slate’s arrival as a leading actress—her superb comic concentration and dramatic presence show the stuff of an indie star on the rise. Slate will stop by Film Independent at LACMA for a Q&A session following the film.

2014/83 min/color/DCP  |  Written by Gillian Robespierre, story by Karen Maine and Elisabeth Holm, based on an original story by Anna Bean, Karen Maine, and Gillian Robespierre; Directed by Gillian Robespierre; Starring Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann, Jake Lacy, Gabe Liedman, David Cross, Richard Kind and Polly Draper

 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 16. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

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 seats 15 minutes prior to the start time of the event 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 non-transferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

5/21

Free Members-Only Screening: The Normal Heart

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with actor Matt Bomer and director Ryan Murphy

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Director Ryan Murphy (Eat Pray Love and creator of Glee and Nip/Tuck) takes on playwright Larry Kramer’s breakthrough 1985 play with a cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts. In a piece that’s semiautobiographical, Kramer’s landmark work was one of the first major off-Broadway plays to dramatize the ravaging scourge of AIDS. The film traces the impact of AIDS on the life of gay activist Ned Weeks (Ruffalo) and how the disease takes its merciless toll on people in his circle. Heart follows the breaking news of the era, as the condition became more public as new information—and misinformation—was disseminated. Dr. Bruckner (Roberts), a physician with the most knowledge on the issue, offers her specific—and at the time, unusual—advice on handling this burgeoning crisis. Ned, petitioning the government to take an active stance on the epidemic, finds an inadvertent nemesis in Bruce (Kitsch), a fellow activist whose genial demeanor is a counterpoint to Ned’s fiery rhetoric and militancy. Director Murphy and cast member Bomer will be on hand at Film Independent at LACMA to discuss the film after the screening.

2014/132 min/color/DCP  |  Written by Larry Kramer; Directed by Ryan Murphy; Starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts

 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 16. | 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 seats 15 minutes prior to the start time of the event 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 non-transferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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