9/17

Free Members-Only Screening: Mississippi Grind

ADVANCE TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

 

Please Note: A limited number of tickets will be available at the door two hours before the published start time of the event for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club members.

 

7:00 pm | Includes a conversation with writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and actor Ben Mendelsohn

 

Please note: Start time is 7:00 pm, not 7:30 pm

Co-presented by The New York Times Film Club

Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds star in this drama by directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, Sugar). In Grind, Mendelsohn stars as Gerry, a defeated middle-aged gambler convinced that his next lucky streak is just around the corner, a corner that—during the losing streak that he’s now mired in—begins to seem as close as the horizon with the setting sun: forever beyond his control. Fleck and Boden understand the power of obsession on the big screen—they use it to give a vivid heat to their protagonists, who hunger for possibilities to change their lives. A chance for change is offered here by Curtis (Reynolds), who Gerry believes to be his new lease on winning, and a better life. Reynolds’ reactions to the world around him gives Curtis a haunted stare and ache, qualities he’s not used onscreen before. He exudes neediness rather than affability; though he plays Curtis’ desperation close to the vest in a way that makes this turn one of the most convincing characters he’s ever played. The film’s cast also includes Sienna Miller and Analeigh Tipton. Directors Fleck and Boden, along with Mendelsohn, will be in attendance for a Q&A about Grind after the screening. 

2015, 108 min, color, DCP | Written by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; with Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, and Analeigh Tipton

 

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, August 20. | 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: 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.

9/18

Free Screening: Ghetto Film School Los Angeles

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with student filmmakers

 

The Annual GFS LA Fellows Screening showcases outstanding new work from the 2015-17 Fellows Class. The screening features 10 short narrative films (non-dialogue, 6 minutes 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 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, Fellows enroll at top colleges and universities, becoming outstanding candidates for the LA creative industry’s recruitment initiatives and programs.

2015, 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 20. | 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 27. | 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.

9/24

Free Members-Only Screening: 99 Homes

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with writer/director Ramin Bahrani

 

Writer/director Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo) continues with his unique purview—dramatizing life for those living on the economic and social margins in America—with his newest film. 99 Homes follows Dennis (Andrew Garfield), a handyman and single dad battling to hold his family together while eking out a living that doesn’t even qualify him for subsisting at the poverty level. After being evicted, Dennis is drawn into the shady world of repossessing and repurposing houses by the charismatic and ruthless real estate entrepreneur Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). The question for Dennis, after being rescued from the feat of life on the streets, is: can he sleep at night after taking on a new and equally harrowing pursuit—doing to other families what was done to him? Bahrani’s feel, dealing with pride as an almost religious construct, is the foundation for this drama, which mixes handheld camera work to take viewers into the lives of America’s working poor with a more elegant visual style to show the calm in the lifestyle that seemed beyond Dennis’ means—the middle class, the ideal which many take for granted and to which many still aspire. Filmmaker Bahrani will take part in a conversation about his work after the screening. 

2015, 112 min, color, DCP | Written by Ramin Bahrani; directed by Ramin Bahrani; with Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, and Noah Lomax

 

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, August 20. | Screening tickets are 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 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.

9/25

Soft Fiction

7:30 pm

 

Restored by the Academy Film Archive. Restoration funding provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Film Foundation.

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

The premiere of the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation restoration of experimental filmmaker Chick Strand’s crowning 1979 work. It starts as a series of interviews with five women artists and thinkers and their perspectives on trying to fit their ambitions and talents into a world that doesn’t quite have a place for them. It’s almost like a kind of origin story, with a group of female protagonists who will change the world; and Strand’s allusive, dreamy filmmaking quickly departs from the conventional and takes us inside the heads of the camera subjects (and the filmmaker). 

1979, 56 min, B&W, 16mm | Directed by Chick Strand

 

Ticketing Information

 

Free for students with valid ID (shown to the box office on the night of the event). Students can reserve tickets starting at 5 pm on Thursday, August 27. Two ticket limit.

$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 20. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

$7 for LACMA members and seniors (62+); $10 for the general public. Members of these three groups can purchase tickets starting at 5 pm on Thursday, August 27. Two ticket limit.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-purchased 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.

9/26

Free Members-Only Screening: Legend

ADVANCE TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

 

Please Note: A limited number of tickets will be available at the door two hours before the published start time of the event for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club members.

 

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with writer/director Brian Helgeland

 

Writer/director Brian Helgeland last brought the seamy and glamorous intersection of crime and celebrity to the big screen in 1997 with LA Confidential (Helgeland shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar with Curtis Hanson, for their collaboration on the James Ellroy material). With Legend, Helgeland brings the story of the Krays, 1960’s London gangsters and twin brothers, to the movie screen. One brother (Reggie) is thoughtful, while the other (Ronald) is bellicose and violent. Both are played by Tom Hardy. The Krays brought a reign of terror and cool to Swinging London; they were as admired as they feared. Legend—based on the book length study of the Krays, The Profession of Violence—is Helgeland’s first film since his 2013 biopic 42, which examined Jackie Robinson’s fight with racism from both his fellow baseball players and the crowds that simultaneously thrilled to his exploits and voiced their hatred for him. Hardy is joined by a cast that includes Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, and David Thewlis. Helgeland will arrive at the Bing for a chat about his work, and Legend, after the film.

2015, color, DCP | Written by Brian Helgeland; directed by Brian Helgeland; with Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald, and Taron Egerton

 

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, August 20. | Screening tickets are 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 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.

9/29

Free Members-Only Screening: He Named Me Malala

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with director Davis Guggenheim

 

The newest film from Academy Award-winning documentary director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) is a look at the work and life of the glowing optimist and teenaged political activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a gunshot wound to her head by Taliban gunmen while speaking out on the need for education for young women in her Pakistani homeland. Her fearlessness and efforts earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Guggenheim will be discussing the film in a Q&A after Malala screens.

2015, 87 min, color, DCP | Directed by Davis Guggenheim; with Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai (father), Toorpekai Yousafzai (mother), Khushal and Atal Yousafzai (brothers)

 

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, August 20. | Screening tickets are 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 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.