Members-Only Screening: May December


Members-Only Screening: May December

Film Independent Members, you and a guest are invited to join us for a theatrical screening of May December, followed by an in-person conversation with writer Samy Burch, as well as Alex Mechanik (story by), moderated by Amy Nicholson.

Despite what began as a shocking affair, then 36-year old Gracie (Julianne Moore) and 13-year old Joe (Charles Melton) now lead a seemingly picture-perfect suburban life some 20 years later. Their domestic bliss is disrupted when Elizabeth (Natalie Portman), a famous actress, arrives in their tight-knit community to research her upcoming role as Gracie. As Elizabeth ingratiates herself into the everyday lives of Gracie and Joe, the uncomfortable facts of their scandal unfurl, causing long-dormant emotions to resurface. In May December, director Todd Haynes (Safe, Carol) explores one of the great talents of the human species: our colossal refusal to look at ourselves.

The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its US Opening Night premiere at NYFF. Samy Burch is a Gotham Award nominee for Best Screenplay.

From Netflix, May December will be released in theaters November 17 and on Netflix December 1.

2023, 117 minutes, color | Written by Samy Burch | Story by Samy Burch & Alex Mechanik | Directed by Todd Haynes | Starring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Charles Melton | Produced by Natalie Portman, Sophie Mas, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Grant S. Johnson, Tyler W. Konney, Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell | Executive Produced by Madeleine K. Rudin, Thomas K. Richards, Lee Broda, Jeff Rice, Jonathan Montepare, Samy Burch, Alex Brown, Thorsten Shumacher, Claire Taylor

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 can register for this event starting at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 31. | Registration is free; one registration per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to complete registration.


On the day of the event, registered Members may pick up tickets as early as 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time – look for Film Independent signage. Registration/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.


Linwood Dunn parking is complimentary. The parking lot is found behind the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. Enter the parking lot from Homewood Avenue, which is a one-way street heading east. We recommend approaching from the south, via Cahuenga. Parking lot will be closed and locked 30 minutes after the conclusion of the event. If lot is full, street parking is available. Rideshare drop-off is located at 6350 Homewood Ave.

All attendees must enter through the parking lot entrance to check in and go through security. Please do NOT try to enter through the front door of the Pickford Center, as it will be locked.

Please note, the venue does not allow any food or beverages, including water and gum, inside the theater.


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 Membership, per event.

Members 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.

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