5/01

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

STANDBY ONLY

 

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

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 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

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with writer/director Gia Coppola, moderated by Drew McWeeny of HitFix

 

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 with Drew McWeeny of HitFix. Drew McWeeny helped create the online film community with his work at the groundbreaking site Ain’t It Cool. He’s also been an award-winning playwright and screenwriter for over 20 years. He currently serves as the chief film critic for HitFix, where he spends much of his time cultivating a new generation of film fans.

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

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 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

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with actor Jenny Slate and director Gillian Robespierre

 

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 and Robespierre 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

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 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

STANDBY ONLY

 

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

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 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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