Free Screening: At the Gates


Free Screening: At the Gates

You’re invited to join us for a theatrical screening of At the Gates, followed by an in-person conversation with writer/director Augustus Meleo Bernstein, producer Jhanvi Motla, cinematographer Alan Torres, composer Julia Newman and actor Ezekiel Pacheco.

Jhanvi Motla and Alan Torres are Film Independent Fellows who took part in Project Involve in 2019 and 2014, respectively.

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Ana (Vanessa Benavente), a housekeeper from El Salvador, brings her teenage son Nico (Ezekiel Pacheco) to help her clean an affluent family’s Los Angeles home. But after someone rings at the front gate, her employers, Marianne (Miranda Otto) and Peter Barris (Noah Wyle), inform them that immigration officers are searching for them and convince the pair to hide in a basement closet, demanding they hand over their cell phones as a safety precaution. As days go by under the same roof, each family begins to question the other’s true intentions in this riveting and emotional thriller from first-time feature director Augustus Meleo Bernstein.

From Picturehouse, At the Gates will be released in theaters in Los Angeles on November 3 and New York on November 10.

2023, 97 minutes, color | Written & Directed by Augustus Meleo Bernstein | Featuring Miranda Otto, Noah Wyle, Ezekiel Pacheco, Vanessa Benavente, Sadie Stanley | Produced by Jhanvi Motla, Paulo Torres, Augustus Meleo Bernstein | Executive Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Colleen Camp, Bob Berney

Registration Information

Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to, and receive priority entry at this event. Arts Circle Members are guaranteed access, and receive both priority entry and reserved seating. Email for more.

All Film Independent Members and the general public can register for this event starting at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, October 24. | Registration is free; one registration transaction per individual.


On the day of the event, registrants may pick up tickets as early as 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time – look for Film Independent signage. Tickets are nontransferable and for general, unreserved theater seating only (except for Arts Circle Members). Attendees must be in their seat(s) at least 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Entry/seating will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests may not enter the venue without the Member who registered them present. Registration does not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand.

Masks are recommended, but not required. This is subject to change as we continue to monitor public health guidance.

The first three hours of parking are free with validation from AMC.


Film Independent is committed to hosting events that are accessible. For inquiries regarding accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact us at or 323 556 9305.

Screening Policies

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. Limit one registration per individual, per event.

Members/registrants are required to follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of policies may result in suspension or termination of Membership/access to future events.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.