Film Club

    The KPFK Film Club – A GREAT DEAL for Cinema Fans!

    FIlm Club

     What is the KPFK Film Club?

    The KPFK Film Club is available to listener-subscribers who, for an annual pledge of $150 to the station, are invited to call in for available films...

    How do listeners join the Film Club?

    Call the KPFK Front Desk at (818) 985-2711 during weekday hours to join the Film Club or

    Make an online pledge to the station by clicking here

    How are seats reserved?

    By calling the KPFK switchboard at (818) 985-2711 during weekday hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, giving your name and film club number to the receptionist at the front desk. Passes (often for you and a guest) are limited and subject to availability.

    CURRENT OFFERINGS

    AT WAR (EN GUERRE)
    Opens July 26th at Laemmle’s Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd 1st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025
    Special Notice!!!  The director, Stéphane Brizé will be in Los Angeles to do Q&A sessions after the main evening shows on the Friday (7/26) & Saturday (7/27) nights of opening weekend!
    Get more info at https://www.laemmle.com/films/45963   ,  www.AtWarMovie.com  , and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @AtWarMovie
    And…. Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the Trailer here: https://vimeo.com/332559035#at=0   
    Description:  Despite heavy financial sacrifices on the part of their employees and record profits that year, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut down a factory.   The 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amédéo, decide to fight this brutal decision, ready to do everything to save their jobs.  AT WAR (En Guerre) is directed by Stéphane Brizé and stars Vincent Lindon. The film was an official selection at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival and won the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics. Other than Lindon, the cast is comprised largely of non-professional actors.  It has been released theatrically in France, Italy and Portugal. Brizé and Lindon have teamed up on three films previously including THE MEASURE OF A MAN (which earned Lindon César Awards for Best Actor); A FEW HOURS OF SPRING (2012) , and MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON (2009).  "Ripped from the headlines, keenly researched and carefully crafted, this fictional tale has near-universal resonance."--Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily.  “The reaction of 2,000 spectators in Cannes' largest cinema hall was overwhelming; no film had received such ovations for a long time.”--Hanns-Georg Rodek, Die Welt.  “Stéphane Brizé and Vincent Lindon are fast becoming the Scorsese and De Niro of French social realist cinema...a nuanced drama fronted by another sterling performance by Lindon, who disappears completely into his role as chief strike leader and could earn him another Best Actor award after his 2015 win for The Measure of a Man."--Martyn Conterio, Cine-Vue.   AWARDS: Chicago International Film Festival: Best Screenplay - Stéphane Brizé & Olivier Gorce, 2018 Palic Film Festival: Best Film – Stéphane Brizé, 2018.  NOMINATIONS: Globes de Cristal Awards (France): Best Film - Stéphane Brizé, 2019 Globes de Cristal Awards (France): Best Actor – Vincent Lindon, 2019 Chicago International Film Festival: Gold Hugo - Stéphane Brizé, 2018 Cannes Film Festival: Palme d’Or – Stéphane Brizé, 2018
     

    Easy Rider
    Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
    August 5, 2019--2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm
    August 6, 2019--2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm
    August 9, 2019--2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm
    August 10, 2019--2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm
    Get more info from the Frida:  https://thefridacinema.org/event/easy-rider/  
    And….call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLdTZaKMQ9c
    Description:  In 1969 came a film that would capture the zeitgeist of the counterculture movement and launch an indie renaissance in cinema: Easy Rider.  Co-starring director Dennis Hopper and burgeoning hippie icon Peter Fonda, Easy Rider is a road movie for the ages. As a distorted reflection of the American Dream, centered on a life free from attachment, it’s essential viewing to understand the evolution of cinema. After a successful drug deal, Billy (Dennis Hopper) and Wyatt (Peter Fonda) set off on a pair of custom motorcycles, trying to get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras while looking for freedom and truth on the open road. Their journey takes them through the unseen side of America, to wide open ranches and hippie communes, finding new and novel towns to be refused service in, and picking up ACLU lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson) along the way. Full of reefer smoke, LSD, and an avant-garde examination of the decimation of counterculture, Easy Rider hit the box office in 1969 like a barrel of buckshot. Don’t miss your chance to see this classic film on the big screen. “Easy Rider, is not only emblematic of independent American cinema, but, released in 1969, is the definitive statement on the death of the 60s.” — Christopher Machell, CineVue,  “This is a glorious widescreen vision of a hot and bothered America, at once beautiful and lost. Yes, it has dated, but its pessimistic last gasp (“We blew it…”) still carries a prescient sting.” — Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine.  “It plays today more as a period piece than as living cinema, but it captures so surely the tone and look of that moment in time.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

    The Black Pirate–Featuring Live Accompaniment by Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble
    Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
    July 28, 2019, 7:00pm
    Get more info at the Frida’s website:  
    https://thefridacinema.org/event/the-black-pirate/
    And…. Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here:  
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=HHeVOMqHKNQ
    Description:  Experience Douglas Fairbanks’ 1926 classic The Black Pirate as you’ve never seen it before – on the big screen, and presented with LIVE musical accompaniment by Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble!  Fairbanks stars as a swashbuckling aristocrat in disguise as an infamous pirate, fighting and pillaging. Released in 1926, the film is in remarkable two-strip Technicolor, and features romance, stunts, and sword fighting. A stunning showcase for Fairbanks, The Black Pirate is regarded as one of the most important action adventure films ever made, and was added to the United States National Film Registry in 1993. The film has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble sparks new life with original scores to classic silent films including Nosferatu, The Golem, The Phantom Carriage, Sunrise, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Mark of Zorro, for which they released a soundtrack album ZORRO in 2017.  A team of top players led by composer and conductor Jack Curtis Dubowsky, JCDE combines intricately composed material and structured improvisation. The ensemble has released four albums and has performed in local historic cinemas including The Art Theatre, The Frida Cinema, and noted venues nationwide including The Tank (NYC), Meridian Gallery (SF), AS220 (Providence, RI) and The Lilypad (Cambridge, MA).  Jack Curtis Dubowsky is a composer, music editor, and author. His books include Intersecting Film, Music, and Queerness and Easy Listening and Film Scoring: 1948-1978 which is forthcoming on Routledge. Dubowsky is a member of the Television Academy, the Recording Academy, and the Motion Picture Editors Guild.  “Dubowsky’s score perfectly matched the German Expressionist cinematography and Gothic horror of NOSFERATU. This is not the heavy Hammer Films romanticism of the 1997 James Bernard orchestration, or even the German post-Wagner romanticism of the original Hans Erdmann score (lost for many years), but a mixture of light romantic lyricism (each character has a memorable musically recurring theme), mixed with sparse 20th century experimental music and musical sound effects.”—KPFK

    The Black Pirate Silent Film with a LIVE Score by Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble.
    Art Theater, 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
    Jul 25, 2019 7:00 PM
    Get More Info at the Art Theater’s Website at
    http://arttheatrelongbeach.org/
    And…. Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club, and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here:  
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=HHeVOMqHKNQ
    Description: Combining Cinema & Live Concert perfection, please join the Art Theatre for "The Black Pirate" Silent Classic Film Event featuring a LIVE Score by Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble! These events always sell out, so getting your tickets early is highly advisable!  Douglas Fairbanks stars as a swashbuckling aristocrat in disguise as an infamous pirate…fighting and pillaging. Released in 1926, The Black Pirate is in remarkable two-strip Technicolor, and features romance, stunts, and sword fighting. The film was added to the United States National Film Registry in 1993. A stunning showcase for Fairbanks, The Black Pirate is regarded as one of the most important action adventure films ever made, with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble sparks new life with original scores to classic silent films including Nosferatu, The Golem, The Phantom Carriage, Sunrise, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Mark of Zorro, for which they released a soundtrack album ZORRO in 2017. A team of top players led by composer and conductor Jack Curtis Dubowsky, JCDE combines intricately composed material and structured improvisation. The ensemble has released four albums and has performed in local historic cinemas including The Art Theatre, and noted venues nationwide including The Tank (NYC), Meridian Gallery (SF), AS220 (Providence, RI) and The Lilypad (Cambridge, MA).

    Woodstock: The Director’s Cut
    Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
    July 13, 2019--2:30pm,7:00pm
    July 14, 2019--2:30pm, 7:00pm
    Get more info from the Frida’s website:
    https://thefridacinema.org/event/woodstock/
    And…. Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club, and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok9941BTzVg
     Description: “Wow. Far around! Far DOWN! Far UP! You’re truly amazing...” --John Sebastian.  Continuing The Frida Cinema’s celebration of “The Summer of 1969”, they present the 1994 director’s cut of the 1970 documentary Woodstock. The three-day music festival, taking place in August 1969, stands as the most impactful music festival in American music history, as well as the pinnacle of the 1960s counterculture movement. Woodstock: The Director’s Cut takes an in-depth, multi-perspective look at the landmark festival. Conceived and co-organized by four baby boomers (Michael Lang, Artie Kornfeld, Joel Rosenman and John P. Roberts), they took Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in upstate New York and transformed it into the backdrop for music history. Over three days, thirty-two acts represented a “who’s who” of 1960s counterculture musical icons, (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, The Who, Sly and the Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix). With an estimated audience of 500,000 people, the Woodstock festival made a statement to America about the power of music and the permanent impact of the counterculture on American life. Winning the 1971 Oscar for Best Documentary, Woodstock went on to become an important document of a time unlike any other in America. The uniqueness of the documentary’s style can be credited to its seven editors, including future Oscar winning director Marin Scorsese. Don’t miss your chance to see “An Aquarian Exposition [of] 3 Days of Peace and Music.”  “An important sociological document as much as massive who’s who of rock and folk in 1969”—Rob Gonsalves, filmcritic.com.  “Few documentaries have captured and place more completely, poignantly, and for that matter, entertainingly.”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.  “In the end, it is hard to come away not overwhelmed by both the events it pictures and the titanic filmmaking that brings it to the screen.”—Bill Wyman, Salon.com

    CHESLEY BONESTELL: A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE
    This fascinating and remarkable documentary will be screening at four fabulous Laemmle Theaters: the Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center, and Claremont 5, starting 7/15/19!
    Special Discount Offer for All KPFK Listeners!!
    To benefit from the discount, you can:
    1. Log on to https://www.laemmle.com/films/45869
    2. Then pick a 7/15 7:30 PM screening at any of the four Laemmle Theatres where CHESLEY BONESTELL: A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE is playing,
    3. And then enter the code MOON to receive a discount on any ticket purchased for this screening.
    Q&A's will be featured at the following locations:
    --Royal (7/15) with award-winning producer/writer/director Douglass M. Stewart, Jr;
    --Playhouse (7/15) with film participant, rocket engineer Rocco Lardiere
    --Claremont (7/15) with the film's principal director of photography Timothy Branning.
    See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tASO0YHxRE4       
    Description: The filmmakers are offering ALL KPFK LISTENERS a special discount to the 7:30 PM screening on Monday, 7/15/19, at any of the four Laemmle theaters. Long before satellites would journey to planets and deep-space telescopes photographed distant galaxies, there was an artist whose dazzling visions of planets and stars would capture the imagination of all who beheld them. With his paintings, he helped inspire America's space program, NASA, and the Apollo 11 moon landing. He would later become a matte painter in Hollywood working on films like Citizen Kane and Destination Moon. Who was this remarkable man? His name was Chesley Bonestell. Told by the many people who were influenced by Bonestell or who knew him personally and punctuated with rare interview footage of the artist himself, this multi-award-winning film compellingly combines art, science fiction and real science to engagingly tell the story of Bonestell’s life and his uncanny predictive ability to create visions of distant worlds. “I didn't know what other worlds looked like until I saw Bonestell's paintings of the solar system.”--Carl Sagan.  "More than three decades after his death in 1986, Bonestell remains one of the most important and influential astronomical artists ever to put paint to canvas." - Don Vaughan, Filmfax Magazine, Jan. – Mar. Issue 2019.  “If you’ve never heard of Bonestell, you’ll come away from the film wondering why not. And if, like me, you knew something of Bonestell’s life and work, you’ll be astonished to discover how much more you didn’t know...informative, entertaining, and inspiring." - “Meet Chesley Bonestell, The Most Important Space Artist You’ve Probably Never Heard Of”- Richard Tresch Fienberg, Astronomy Magazine, March 15, 2019.

    THE MOUNTAIN
    Screens 7/26 thru 8/1
    Nuart Theater, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
    The Saturday, 7/27 7PM screening will feature a Q/A with Actor Jeff Goldblum and Director/Co-Writer Rick Alverson!!
    Visit The Nuart’s Website for more info:
    https://www.landmarktheatres.com/los-angeles/nuart-theatre/film-info/the-mountain
    And… Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets for your choice of a Mon-Thurs Screening, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYCTxoXx-H8
    Description: Set against the 1950’s "golden age" of American male supremacy, an introverted young photographer (Tye Sheridan) joins a renowned lobotomist (Jeff Goldblum) on a tour to promote the doctor’s recently-debunked procedure. As he increasingly identifies with the asylum’s patients, he becomes enamored with a rebellious young woman (Hannah Gross) and lost in the burgeoning New Age movement of the west. Also starring Denis Lavant and Udo Kier.  “A beautiful… singular portrait of America’s fractured identity.”– Eric Kohn, Indiewire.  “Genuinely menacing. A near-hypnotic pall of strangeness.” – Guy Lodge, Variety.  “Dark and visionary.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter.  “Surreally gorgeous. Replete with unsettling, rewarding pleasures.” – Leonard Goi, MUBI.  Awards include: Official Selection – Venice Film Festival,  Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival, Official Selection – SXSW

    Midsommar
    Screens at the Amazing Art Theater: 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
    Wed., July 3rd, thru Thurs., July 11th
    Visit the Art Theater Website for more info: https://boxoffice.diamondticketing.com/arttheatrelb/upcoming/76325/17929
    And….  Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!!
    See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vnghdsjmd0
    Description:  Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village.  What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight. “Many things are possible in “Midsommar,” but the surest is that there’s nothing else like it at the movies.” --John Anderson, Wall Street Journal.  “Set in broad daylight, during the time of Northern Europe's midnight sun, this horror movie isn't about getting the creeps so much as it is about the slow, methodical unmasking of horrors most human.” --Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media.  Stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Anna Åström, Julia Ragnarsson, Liv Mjönes, and Björn Andrésen.

    The 2019 Topanga Film FESTIVAL
    ALERT!!! DATE CHANGE: THE TFF IS NOW HAPPENING Friday, AUGUST 16 thru Sunday, AUGUST 18!!!
    Rosewood in Topanga, 1111 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Topanga, California 90290
    Get more info at the Topanga Film Festival’s website: https://topangafilminstitute.org/tff19
    …AND, call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of FESTIVAL WIDE PASSES, if you’re a KPFK Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club, and enjoy the FUN!!!
    Description: Your Opportunity to Attend “One of the 10 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” (Filmmaker Magazine) is Almost Here…The Topanga Film Festival showcases short and feature films that challenge convention and tell stories that inspire new and original ways of seeing and understanding the world. Based in the beautiful, atmospheric surroundings of Topanga, TFF screens films to a unique and engaged Los Angeles community in an intimate setting – attendees include those in the film and music industry, environmentalists, foodies and the eccentric Topangan community. The TFF offers film makers and cinephiles a unique space to delve deeper into exploring visual storytelling methods and technologies, formats and styles…with a wealth of international and local content that ranges from creative to educationally empowering!  The Topanga Film Festival also features: Friday, August 16
    , Opening night and Reception, Friday, a celebration of artists in different forms with short films that go deep and push boundaries…short narratives and documentary films that surprise and inform, displaying both curiosity and skill; some of the best award winning VR Installations in the world, showcasing international innovators who all find unique ways to use immersive technologies to tell stories in a new way, an International Short Film Competition; Cari Ann Shim Sham’s Dance Film Showcase; and much, much more!!!

    SKID ROW MARATHON: A Moving, Inspirational and Award-Winning Documentary Film + Q & A with the Filmmakers after the screening!!!
    Screens July 7 at 1PM at the Frida Cinema (305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701.) Parking Garage behind the theater is FREE on Sundays.
    Call 818-985-2711 to request a pair of available complementary tickets, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    Ticket purchase information (very reasonable) here:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skid-row-marathon-tickets-62295780356
    Get MORE INFO at the Frida Cinema website: http://thefridacinema.org/
    National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI Orange County, CA will be the beneficiary for this event.
    www.namioc.org  .
    Description:  Judge Craig Mitchell is a tough judge, but he believes in second chances. A dedicated jogger, he began a running club for the homeless at the Midnight Mission in the heart of L.A.’s notorious Skid Row, hoping that through the discipline of running these men and women who had lost everything could reclaim a sense of dignity. Following five of the runners over a period of three years, Mark Hayes’ inspiring documentary takes us from the mean streets of downtown L.A. to Rome, where this improbable band of former junkies, recovering alcoholics and a paroled murderer compete in a world-class marathon. Among them are a man the judge himself sentenced (and who spent 10 years living on the streets), and a 40-year-old single mom who lost everything through her addiction and now finds a new lease on life. The runners fight the pull of addiction and homelessness at every turn. Not everyone crosses the finish line yet second chances do exist. This stirring, award-winning film finds hope in the most hopeless of places.  RAVE REVEWS: “SKID ROW MARATHON is one of the most inspiring and ultimately uplifting movies that I have ever seen. It’s a true story that needs to be seen about the most important marathon of all—life.” David Wild, writer, producer and Rolling Stone contributing editor.  “When the judges and the audience agree, you know the movie has to be special.” –RogerEbert.com.  “Hayes’ film is a straightforward documentary, but tremendously moving; the triumphs of these men and women are hard-fought, and their victories will rouse some viewers to action and bring others to tears.” – The Wrap.  100% Rotten Tomatoes, 9/10 IMDb

    Murillo: The Last Journey
    Screens Monday, 8/5, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, 8/6 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
    Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series. For more info visit the film’s webpage: https://www.laemmle.com/films/45886
    AND call 818-985-2711 to request an available complimentary pair of tickets, if you are a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V-q9mv6jig
    Description:  More than a documentary about one of the greatest geniuses of fine art, Murillo: The Last Journey provides a view at the history of the Spanish empire of the golden century from the perspective of one of Murillo’s most iconic paintings: The Young Peddler. The painting travels from Seville to Paris as world-renowned specialists flesh out the exquisite aesthetics of the painter's biggest masterpieces.

    Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey
    Screens Monday, 7/29, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, 7/30 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
    Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series. For more info visit the film’s webpage: https://www.laemmle.com/films/45861
    AND call 818-985-2711 to request an available complimentary pair of tickets, if you are a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    Watch a scene from the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvqQwr8xfgc   
    Description:  Iyengar Yoga is universally respected, practiced worldwide and credited by multitudes as life-transforming, but because its founder B. K. S. Iyengar is famously reclusive, little is known about the man who invented this powerful practice... until now! Thanks to exclusive, intimate access to this legendary yogi, Jake Clennell's documentary Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, The Student’s Journey is able to showcase the profound spirituality embedded in his practice, which has led religions around the world including Catholicism and Islam to incorporate Iyengar Yoga into their ritual observances. Best of all is the extraordinary time spent with Iyengar, himself, including in the studio where he rules alternately with an iron fist and a velvet touch while demonstrating feats of flexibility and discipline that would be extraordinary if carried out by an Olympic gymnast, let alone a man in his 90s. This documentary is required viewing for anyone with an interest in yoga, wellness, spirituality, or the connection of mind and body. "Essential viewing for practitioners." – Craig Takeuchi, The Georgia Strait.  “Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”--B.K.S. Iyengar

    A Bigger Splash
    Screens Monday, 7/22, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, 7/23 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
    Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series. For more info visit the film’s webpage: https://www.laemmle.com/films/45862
    AND call 818-985-2711 to request an available complimentary pair of tickets, if you are a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    Watch a scene from the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=-XAA1FteutU
    Description: When David Hockney's beautiful lover, Peter Schlesinger, breaks up with him, it leaves David a complete emotional wreck. An artist, he suddenly finds himself unable to create anything, and is awash in depression and loneliness. After a time, David is able to find inspiration in his backyard swimming pool, and he begins a portrait of it. This unique docudrama presents a semi-fictionalized account of the story behind one of Hockney's most popular paintings.

    Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future
    Screens Monday, 7/15, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, 7/16 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
    Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series. For more info visit the film’s webpage: https://www.laemmle.com/films/45869
    AND call 818-985-2711 to request an available complimentary pair of tickets, if you are a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tASO0YHxRE4       
    Description:  Long before satellites would journey to planets and deep-space telescopes photographed distant galaxies, there was an artist whose dazzling visions of planets and stars would capture the imagination of all who beheld them. With his paintings, he helped inspire America's space program, NASA, and the Apollo 11 moon landing. He would later become a matte painter in Hollywood working on films like Citizen Kane and Destination Moon. Who was this remarkable man? His name was Chesley Bonestell.  Told by the many people who were influenced by Bonestell or who knew him personally and punctuated with rare interview footage of the artist himself, this multi-award-winning film compellingly combines art, science fiction and real science to engagingly tell the story of Bonestell’s life and his uncanny predictive ability to create visions of distant worlds. “I didn't know what other worlds looked like until I saw Bonestell's paintings of the solar system.” --Carl Sagan.  "More than three decades after his death in 1986, Bonestell remains one of the most important and influential astronomical artists ever to put paint to canvas." - Don Vaughan, Filmfax Magazine, Jan. – Mar. Issue 2019.  “If you’ve never heard of Bonestell, you’ll come away from the film wondering why not. And if, like me, you knew something of Bonestell’s life and work, you’ll be astonished to discover how much more you didn’t know...informative, entertaining, and inspiring." - “Meet Chesley Bonestell, The Most Important Space Artist You’ve Probably Never Heard Of”- Richard Tresch Fienberg, Astronomy Magazine, March 15, 2019.

    Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
    Screens Monday, 7/8, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, 7/9 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
    Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series. For more info visit the film’s webpage: https://www.laemmle.com/films/45864
    AND call 818-985-2711 to request an available complimentary pair of tickets, if you are a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfzP8OiJZWo        
    Description: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to cinemas with a fresh look for the 21st century and is ‘as bold and beautiful as ever.’ (
    ★★★★★ Telegraph). This thrilling, audacious and witty production is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with amenacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.  Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, this ‘spellbinding’ (★★★★★Independent) re-imagining of the classic New Adventures production stars Will Bozier as The Swan/The Stranger, Liam Mower as The Prince and Nicole Kabera as The Queen.

    Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus
    Screens Monday, 7/1, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, 7/2 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
    Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series. For more info visit the film’s webpage: https://www.laemmle.com/films/45866
    AND call 818-985-2711 to request an available complimentary pair of tickets, if you are a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70AsPVEPYZM
    Description: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus with this lively and wide-ranging exploration of the movement uniting modern design, art, architecture and performing arts with communal social living to form an academic discipline and utopian way of life. Combining free imagination and play with strict structure, Bauhaus’ members included Anni Albers, Marcel Breuer, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, László Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer and more. The most comprehensive film on its subject to date, Bauhaus Spirit explores this influential 20th-century movement’s history, legacy, and continued relevance in an age where function and environmental sustainability have taken on new urgency.  “Celebrating the search for connections between architecture, design and society, this is a film about fantasy, utopia and thinking big.” --Jens Balkenborg, EPD Film Magazine

    The Taming of the Shrew
    Screens Monday, 6/24, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, 6/25 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
    Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series. For more info visit the film’s webpage:
    https://www.laemmle.com/films/45508
    AND call 818-985-2711 to request an available complimentary pair of tickets, if you are a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=432jJfGnuPA
    Description:  In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder.  Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically-charged love story.  Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare's fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

    Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground
    Screens Monday, 6/17, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, 6/18 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
    Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series. For more info visit the film’s webpage:
    https://www.laemmle.com/films/45620
    AND call 818-985-2711 to request an available complimentary pair of tickets, if you are a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    See the trailer here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhUI1fKJRzA
    Description:  Underground filmmaker Barbara Rubin’s 1964 art-porn masterpiece “Christmas on Earth”, made when she was only 18 years old, shattered creative and sexist boundaries and shocked NYC's experimental film scene. Working with Jonas Mekas at the Filmmaker’s Coop, Rubin was instrumental in creating NYC's thriving underground film community and a rare female voice in a world of powerful men. A rebellious Zelig of the Sixties, she introduced Andy Warhol to the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan to the Kabbalah. But beyond shaping the spirit of the Sixties, Barbara was seeking the deeper meaning of life. After retiring to a farm with Allen Ginsberg, she shocked everyone by becoming a Hasidic Jew.  How and why did one of the 1960’s freest spirits submit to a religious life?

    INVISIBLE HANDS
    --Sunday 6/9 2PM SPECIAL SCREENING EVENT at the Beautiful Choi Auditorium at nearby Occidental College (1600 Campus Road in Los Angeles (Location url: https://map.oxy.edu/?id=1103#!m/276705?s/choi?ct/22122,0 ) Doors at 2PM; Film screens at 3PM.
    --This Special Event includes a Q&A with the filmmaker Shraysi Tandon, with KPFK General Manager Anyel Fields and Christine Blosdale in attendance!!  SUBSCRIBERS FOR THIS EVENT WILL ALSO GET THE INVISIBLE HANDS DVD SENT TO THEM.   
    --Tickets available to the public by pledging a subscription to KPFK during the May Fund Drive at 818-985-5735. Or pledge online at http://catalog.kpfk.org/product-list.html
    --Film Club Members are invited to call 818-985-2711 to request available complementary tickets (in limited supply, so call right away.) Note: Film Club Tickets do not include the DVD, but the INVISIBLE HANDS DVD alone will be also be available during the May Fund Drive as a subscription pledge—call 818-985-5735 during the May Drive for details.
    --Get more info about the film at these informative sites:
    WEBSITE:      http://www.invisiblehandsmovie.com/
    TRAILER:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_hvZ1xafgU
    FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/InvisibleHandsMovie/
    TWITTER:      https://twitter.com/_invisiblehands?lang=en
    INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/2030thefilm
    Description: An Informative New Documentary about Child Labor and Child Trafficking!!  Celebrate National Children’s Day by arming yourself with useful information that can help stop child trafficking and child labor!! Produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson, INVISIBLE HANDS is the first feature documentary to expose child labor and trafficking within the supply chains of the world's biggest companies which produce some of our most loved items.  INVISIBLE HANDS digs deep into a modern slavery system quietly supported by some of the world’s largest companies, demanding to know why top stakeholders continue to engage in this unlawful practice.  Filmed in six countries including India, China, Hong Kong, the United States, Indonesia and Ghana, it is a harrowing account of children as young as 6 years old making the products we use every day.  Chilling undercover footage shows children being sold to the highest bidder and others being abused by a pervasive system of slave labor. It profiles some of the people who have risked their safety to rescue children from slave labor, and gives viewers pragmatic and practical ways in which they can ACT to help stop this world wide epidemic. Invisible Hands marks the directorial debut of journalist Shraysi Tandon. Participants in the film include Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi; New York Times writer and two-time Pulitzer prize winner Nicholas Kristof; journalist/investigator Ben Skinner; author, activist and expert on modern day slavery and human trafficking Siddharth Kara; and Columbia Law School professor Mark Barenberg.
    "CRITIC’S PICK! Rich in information and dense with quiet outrage."  - Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
    "Searing...sobering...informative. An urgent plea for us all to make conscious choices in our consumption."  - Katie Walsh, LOS ANGELES TIMES

    "A deep dive into one of the many moral nightmares arising in the age of multinational corporations and global supply chains, Shraysi Tandon's 'Invisible Hands' shows how far we are from eradicating child labor - not just in the developing world, but in America as well. Modest in aesthetic terms but more journalistically serious than many low-budget advocacy docs, the film will be an eye-opener for some, and should add to pressure on executives to stop pretending they're innocent of the crimes contractors commit on their behalf."  - John DeFore, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
    KPFK is proud to announce that the Highland Park Independent Film Festival is a wonderful Community Sponsor for this event: https://www.hpifilmfest.com/index.html

    The Frida Cinema Presents.....SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
    4th Street Market, 201 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
    June 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm, Free
    Description:  Grab the kids and come out to 4th Street Market this Sunday for some Oscar-winning animation under the stars!  4SM and 100eats present FREE Family Move Night, featuring special kids’ offerings from 4th Street Market’s family of diverse restaurants, coloring pages for the kiddies, and the main event: a free outdoor screening of Sony’s 2018 hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, presented by The Frida!  If you haven’t seen Sony’s 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, you may have found yourself scratching your head at its Oscar victory over big animation studios Pixar and Disney earlier this year. If you have, no doubt you were rooting for the exceptional animated feature, and jumped out of your seat with joy when it deservedly won. Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse is a true gift to those who appreciate striking animation; bold and engaging storytelling with genuine heart; developed, palpable characters; and purely enjoyable, thrilling entertainment.  Based on a story by Phil Lord, the mind behind the surprisingly poignant The Lego Movie, and co-written by Lord and Rodney Rothman, Spider -Man: Into the Spider-Verse offers a fresh and utterly original vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, introducing Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, who considers himself one of Spider-Man’s biggest fans – despite the disapproval of his stern police office. While creating street art in an abandoned subway station, Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider, and soon discovers himself developing spider-like abilities, including the power to turn invisible and to emit electric venom blasts. But what might so far sound like a familiar retelling of the Spider-Man origin story is soon turned wildly on its ear, as a mishap bends realities and finds multiple versions of Spider-Man – including Peter Parker himself – converging in an epic battle to save their city from the likes of classic villains Prowler, Scorpion, and Tombstone.Winner of over 50 international awards, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse emerged as one of the most unexpected awards-sweepers of 2018, complementing its Academy Award with Best Animated Feature Film wins from guilds including the Golden Globes, BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and the Annie Awards – essentially, the Oscars of animation – where it also took home an additional six awards: Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Character Animation, and Best Character Design.  Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman.   “Who’d have thought that animation could turn a whole army of interdimensional webslingers into something fresh, funny, fierce and revolutionary? With a mixed-race hero at its core, this is the greatest Spider-Man epic of them all-and the coolest.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.  “It’s a film that’s fantastically fresh, both visually and narratively, trippy and post-modern at the same time and packed with intriguing storytelling tools, humor, empathy and action, while also true to its roots.” – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press.  “A pop-art roller coaster ride with soul, it can dazzle even a sick-of-superheroes doubter with two hours of thoroughgoing delight. Take the kids. Better yet, take the kid in yourself.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

    THE GOOD GIRLS
    Opening Night Film for the Amazing HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL 11TH EDITION
    Fri, May 31 7:30 PM at The Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028
    Visit the HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL website at: https://www.holamexicoff.com/  …
    AND, call 818-985-2711 to request a complementary pair of available tickets, IF you are KPFK Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and Enjoy the Fun!!!!
    See THE GOOD GIRLS TRAILER here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0paBosD04mM&feature=youtu.be
    Description:  THE GOOD GIRLS (LAS NIÑAS BIEN), directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella, is a satirical critique of Mexico’s bourgeoisie class.  Inspired by María Guadalupe Loaeza’s book by the same name, THE GOOD GIRLS stars Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti, and Paulina Gaitan.  Surrounded by extravagant luxury, Sofía de Garay (Ilse Salas) lives in a dreamlike cloud of opulence in 1980s Mexico City. Her days are filled with lavish soirees, designer dresses, country-club tennis matches, and all the pleasures reserved for the upper crust. In this world, appearances are everything and friendships are only as strong as your financial status. However, when Mexico’s 1982 economic crisis hits her husband’s business hard, the elegant lifestyle Sofia is accustomed to falls to pieces right before her eyes. Soon, her arrogance turns into desperation, as she is forced to confront her new reality. It’s only in her infatuation with Spanish singer Julio Iglesias that Sofia finds solace from the unbearable turmoil.  THE GOOD GIRLS is a sumptuous examination of the privileged few trapped in their artificial microcosm of hypocrisy, superficiality, and immense loneliness.
    --Founded in 2008, Hola Mexico Film Festival, the largest Mexican Film Festival outside of Mexico, strives to highlight the best and brightest talents in Mexican cinematography. Spanning comedies, dramas, horror films and documentaries, the Festival showcases high quality films in a festive atmosphere in conjunction with exclusive parties and outdoor concerts, offering film enthusiasts a chance to screen many beloved Mexican films and interact with the filmmakers and talent through special events.  In addition to the Special Events, those interested in Mexican culture and cinema have the rare opportunity to explore films grouped by numerous strands, including The Other Mexico (experiences of Mexicans rarely portrayed on the screen); Mexico Today (the best of Mexican film recently released, in every genre); Nocturnal (bizarre, horror, and fantastic films); and Documentary (real life stories unfolding sometimes with more drama than any fiction could imagine.) This Year’s 11th Edition 2019 Hola Mexico Festival occurs May 31- June 8.  Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the Montalbán Theatre, Regal Cinemas LA Live and LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes. Stay tuned in this space for more information and future developments!!!

    THE GOOD GIRLS
    Opening Night Film for the Amazing HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL 11TH EDITION
    Fri, May 31 7:30 PM at The Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028
    Visit the HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL website at: https://www.holamexicoff.com/  …
    AND, call 818-985-2711 to request a complementary pair of available tickets, IF you are KPFK Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and Enjoy the Fun!!!!
    See THE GOOD GIRLS TRAILER here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0paBosD04mM&feature=youtu.be
    Description:  THE GOOD GIRLS (LAS NIÑAS BIEN), directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella, is a satirical critique of Mexico’s bourgeoisie class.  Inspired by María Guadalupe Loaeza’s book by the same name, THE GOOD GIRLS stars Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti, and Paulina Gaitan.  Surrounded by extravagant luxury, Sofía de Garay (Ilse Salas) lives in a dreamlike cloud of opulence in 1980s Mexico City. Her days are filled with lavish soirees, designer dresses, country-club tennis matches, and all the pleasures reserved for the upper crust. In this world, appearances are everything and friendships are only as strong as your financial status. However, when Mexico’s 1982 economic crisis hits her husband’s business hard, the elegant lifestyle Sofia is accustomed to falls to pieces right before her eyes. Soon, her arrogance turns into desperation, as she is forced to confront her new reality. It’s only in her infatuation with Spanish singer Julio Iglesias that Sofia finds solace from the unbearable turmoil.  THE GOOD GIRLS is a sumptuous examination of the privileged few trapped in their artificial microcosm of hypocrisy, superficiality, and immense loneliness.
    --Founded in 2008, Hola Mexico Film Festival, the largest Mexican Film Festival outside of Mexico, strives to highlight the best and brightest talents in Mexican cinematography. Spanning comedies, dramas, horror films and documentaries, the Festival showcases high quality films in a festive atmosphere in conjunction with exclusive parties and outdoor concerts, offering film enthusiasts a chance to screen many beloved Mexican films and interact with the filmmakers and talent through special events.  In addition to the Special Events, those interested in Mexican culture and cinema have the rare opportunity to explore films grouped by numerous strands, including The Other Mexico (experiences of Mexicans rarely portrayed on the screen); Mexico Today (the best of Mexican film recently released, in every genre); Nocturnal (bizarre, horror, and fantastic films); and Documentary (real life stories unfolding sometimes with more drama than any fiction could imagine.) This Year’s 11th Edition 2019 Hola Mexico Festival occurs May 31- June 8.  Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the Montalbán Theatre, Regal Cinemas LA Live and LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes. Stay tuned in this space for more information and future developments!!!

    ALL IS WELL (ALLES IST GUT)
    Available on Netflix June 6, 2019
    Get more info about the film at https://www.netflix.com/title/81030855
    Special event screening takes place on Friday, May 24th at 7:00 PM at the luxurious Real D Screening Room  (100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210).
    Call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of tickets, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
    Description:  Amazing films are coming from Netflix these days…. MUDBOUND, ROMA, AND THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS to name a few.  Although available to Netflix subscribers on their devices, it is an extra special experience to see them as they were meant to be seen—on the big screen. Now KPFK Film Club Members have the opportunity to see a special advanced screening of the next NETFLIX award winning film….on the BIG screen, in a plush, beautiful theater in Beverly Hills. Starring Aenne Schwarz, Andreas Döhler, and Hans Löw, ALL IS WELL tells the important, topical story of a woman sexually assaulted by her new boss's brother-in-law. She tries to move on as if nothing happened,  but the night weighs heavily on both her mind and body. ALL IS WELL was written and directed by Eva Trobisch and screened at Locarno Film Festival where it won Best First Feature.  Additionally, Aenne Schwarz won the Best Actress Award at the Marrakech Film Festival.

    Merata
    All Listeners Are Invited to Call In for Complementary Tickets for the LA opening weekend of this incredible film!
    Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts, 8556 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
    Get more info at Laemmle’s website:
    https://www.laemmle.com/films/45800
    All KPFK Listeners can call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to the Friday, May 10 screening at 8:30PM.
    Please consider joining the KPFK Film Club when you call—you’ll be glad you did!!!
    See the trailer here:  
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvIqilKjsEE&feature=youtu.be
    Description:  A documentary portrait of the pioneering indigenous filmmaker and activist Merata Mita, MERATA is an intimate tribute from a son about his mother that delves into the life of the first woman in the world from an indigenous nation to solely direct a film.  Known as the grandmother of indigenous cinema, Merata's independent political documentaries of the 70's and 80's highlighted injustices for Maori people that often divided the country. She was fearless in her life, her activism and her art. MERATA chronicles her journey to decolonize the film and television screens of New Zealand and the world.  MERATA documents the filmmaker's work, her early struggles with her family and her drive for social justice that often proved personally dangerous. Programmed as MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, the film made its World Premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film. “A moving tribute to this exceptional filmmaker and a crash course in Māori cinema.” --SezÃn Koehler, Black Girl Nerds. MERATA was directed by Hepi Mita, and stars Awatea Mita, Eruera 'Bob' Mita, and Hepi Mita.  Screens at Laemmle’s Ahrya Theater Friday, May 10 @ 8:30PM; Saturday, May 11 @ 2:30PM and 5:00PM; and Sunday, May 12 @ 5:00PM and 7:30PM Screening Q&As with MERATA filmmakers Hepi Mita, Chelsea Winstanley and Cliff Curtis ("Fear The Walking Dead") as well as filmmaker Taika Waititi (BOY.) Ava DuVernay will be in attendance and part of the Q&A on Sunday, May 12th for the 5pm screening.

     

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