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 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.

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Important Notice!!
As a precaution re: the COVID 19 outbreak, by Executive Order of the Mayor of Los Angeles, movie theaters in the Los Angeles area are closed to the public: "Update on COVID-19 Response from Mayor Eric Garcetti: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I’m taking executive action to temporarily close bars, nightclubs, restaurants (except takeout/delivery), entertainment venues, and other establishments in the city of Los Angeles. These orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will stay in place until March 31 unless extended.” (Extended until further notice 3/19.) Posted by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday, March 15, 2020--https://corona-virus.la/cl
This obviously effects ticket reservations made through the Film Club until further notice from the Govenor.  We hope to share better news with you soon. In the meanwhile, please stay safe and send our beloved Cinema Partners your good thoughts and best wishes!  And thanks again for your support of the KPFK Film Club and our Cinema Partners!

WAYS TO WATCH FILMS ONLINE AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MOVIE THEATER
Cinemas in LA are still closed. Prior to the Covid 19 outbreak, staying alive had been a Herculean task for most independent cinemas; the current outbreak response has made supporting local cinemas even more critical.  Communities can help sustain their cultural treasures by participating in available online events, investing in memberships, and considering any donations within their means. A number of films are being offered by several of the Film Club’s favorite Cinema Partners, (including the Laemmle Theaters, the Frida Cinema, and the Art Theater in Long Beach) enabling you to pick a film, pick a venue you want to support, and then follow that venue’s links to a site where you can access the film via internet streaming—part of the proceeds go to that venue! These screenings are not Film Club offerings, and we are providing this as info for those who might want to access new films at home while supporting our Cinema Partners.

To Help Cinema Fans Weather Cinema Closures…
We’ve been regularly letting folks know about  COOL STUFF TO WATCH AT HOME WHILE WAITING FOR THE CINEMA HOUSES TO REOPEN. Nothing can take the place of the magical personal-yet-community experience of enjoying a movie in a fantastic theater (like those of the Film Club’s Cinema Partners.) Hopefully, the theaters will open again soon—they can sure use the support. But while we take care of ourselves and each other at home, we’ll try to keep an eye out for cool online film related events to keep us in the cinematic arts “en casa!”  You can access that info here: https://www.facebook.com/KPFK-Film-Club-1718261665115719/?ref=settings

THE TOBACCONIST at the ART THEATER in Long Beach
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Description: The Art Theatre of Long Beach is proud to partner with Kino Marquee and Menemsha Films to offer a New Virtual Cinema Feature: THE TOBACCONIST.  Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?  Directed by Nikolaus Leytner, THE TOBACCONIST stars Bruno Ganz (THE PARTY, DOWNFALL), Johannes Krisch (REVANCHE), Simon Morzé, Emma Drogunova,  and Regina Fritsch.  Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler!

LAEMMLE THEATERS VIRTUAL CINEMA NEWS. 7/10/20
Laemmle Theatres has been looking at ways to improve their fascinating virtual offerings. Thanks to your suggestions, they'll be announcing some additional features soon that will simplify the user experience, including greater integration with Premiere Cards and associated benefits.
Details and links to the films available at the theater's website: https://www.laemmle.com/
Part of rental proceeds go to support Laemmle Theaters!!!
NEW FILMS
THE TOBACCONIST

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Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?
"The film expertly captures the tensions in the Austrian capital on the eve of Hitler's takeover, and it also manages to be a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz."- Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY
In the 1950s, Ai Weiwei's father, a dissident poet, received an anonymous postcard while in exile. This one small act of humanity had a profoundly moving and transformational impact on both father and son. In Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly, Weiwei elaborates on this meaningful event, revealing candid details about his childhood, including years of privation on the edge of the Gobi Desert. The years in the Gobi, along with Weiwei's 2011 detention by Chinese authorities, became the inspiration for his revolutionary exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, a monumental presentation of new artworks addressing the struggle for fundamental human rights.
"Even for those familiar with Ai and his work, the film's offerings of fascinating insights into his personal life and an exploration of the stakes of personal freedom make it a worthy viewing experience."- Lovia Gyarke, New York Times
NEVER TOO LATE
It has been a long time since Caine, Bronson, Angus and Wendell, aka, 'The Chain Breakers', escaped the torturous Vietnamese POW camp. They now find themselves sharing a new prison, The Hogan Hills Retirement Home for Returned Veterans. Each of the boys has an unrealized dream they want to achieve before it's too late. So, once again they band together to devise a plan to escape this new hell. But the rules of engagement have changed, in fact, they can't even remember what they were and that's half the problem.
"Never Too Late is a feel-good message movie featuring four men and a woman all needing to resolve something meaningful in their lives."- Alan Ng, Film Threat
OLYMPIA
Directed by Harry Mavromichalis, this award-winning documentary is a sublimely intimate portrait of a woman becoming her own woman on her own terms to assert a gigantic creative force into the world. Rebelling against her old world panty-sniffing suspicious Greek mother to assert her strong sexual drive, fighting the feeling she was “too ethnic” amid the Boston Brahmin at BU, and starting her own theatre company in New Jersey instead of waiting for the phone to ring, Olympia Dukakis models how to live life with blazing courage. As fellow actors Laura Linney, Diane Ladd, Whoopi Goldberg and Austin Pendleton testify, Olympia is “totally open and crazy”, which is the marker of her absolute sanity.
"A compelling profile of a woman who's defiantly marched to the beat of her own drum."- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
A REGULAR WOMAN
After escaping a forced marriage in Turkey with her abusive cousin, Hatun provokes the ire of her family by embracing a westernized lifestyle. After enduring endless harassment, she finally leaves the family and attempts to survive alone with her child, with whom she had escaped Turkey while pregnant. The threats and harassment continue, with German authorities willing to do nothing unless a physical act of harm takes place. This soon materializes as the family decides to task Hatun's youngest brother with a deed that would end the family's "shame," and thrust the horrific practice of honor killings into the national spotlight.
"This movie gives Aynur her voice back, if just for an hour and a half. And in doing so, it gives a voice to any woman who might be hurting, abused, or silenced."- Debbie Holloway, Narrative Muse
GUEST OF HONOUR
Enjoy the KPFK Film Club Review here: https://www.facebook.com/1718261665115719/photos/a.1718312808443938/2673133876295155/?type=3&theater
Jim and his daughter Veronica, a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in the latest film from Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan, which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness. A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver goes very wrong. Accused of abusing her position of authority with 17-year-old Clive and another student, Veronica is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father's attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by her intransigence, Jim's anguish begins to impinge on his job. As a food inspector, he wields great power over small, family-owned restaurants. It's a power he doesn't hesitate to use. While preparing Jim's funeral, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg, who may hold the final piece of this father-daughter puzzle.
WIDOW OF SILENCE
In a conflict ridden Kashmir, a Muslim half-widow - a woman whose husband who has disappeared - finds herself, her 11 year old daughter and ill mother-in-law in a crisis when she attempts to get her missing husband's death certificate from the government. Now she will have to find the strength to come out from an unthinkable and absurd situation.Written and directed by Praveen Morchhale.
"Power, and its absence, shape the conflict-hardened heart of Widow of Silence, a serenely beautiful tragedy about women and war."- Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times
"It packs an unsettling message of empowerment very rare in the social injustice genre."- Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
TANNA
Tanna is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. Tanna is based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.
"The movie is a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering that the cast had never seen cameras before - much less movies - yet still agreed to star in the drama."- Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
COMING SOON To Laemmle Virtual Cinema: WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS; FLANNERY; YES, GOD, YES

VIRTUAL CINEMA and DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCES FROM THE FRIDA CINEMA IN SANTA ANA, 7/8/20
Over the 4th of July weekend, Raiders of the Lost Ark was an incredible, sold-out two-night residency at the First American Financial Corp's HQ parking structure, with the added bonus of multiple free firework shows the second night while the film played. Head to Instagram @TheFridaCinema to check out some footage shared! This week, the Drive In Events return to Zion Lutheran Church for two more sold out screenings, 1978’s Summer classic GREASE and the Jim Henson/David Bowie lovechild LABYRINTH. Keep following the Frida on social media to stay up to date on these awesome screenings -- nothing firm to announce yet, but there should be some news shortly!
Spotlighting a new film opening up this weekend—WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES, brought to you in partnership with the fine folks over at Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film comes highly recommended by Frida founder/executive director Logan Crow himself, who has been raving about it ever since he first saw it. (Seriously -- he won't stop talking about it....) It’s a hyper-stylized, visually explosive madcap comedy inspired by many of your favorite 8-bit video games and features themes of tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst. It’ll run for two weeks on the Frida site, so catch it while you can!
On Friday, July 10th at 6:15 PM PST, join the Frida as they screen one of 2019's best rated (95% on Rotten Tomatoes) and most underrated martial arts films to date: FURIE. (Vietnamese Title: Hai Phuong). Acclaimed director, producer, and actor Warrington Hudlin will provide live commentary during this special presentation. You may remember this film when it played at The Frida, but if you missed it then, there’s no better time than now to check it out!
To wrap up, Trevor Dillon, the Frida’s brilliant Programming Director, would like to ask you, loyal Frida Cinema patron, for direct feedback about how you think they are doing as an organization. What would you like to see more of? The Frida is doing their best to vary up the programming delivered to you on a weekly basis, whether it’s streaming or at the drive-in, but could they be doing something else to keep you entertained or help you out right now during these tough times? Let them know by visiting their home page at https://thefridacinema.org/   and “Contact Us” under the “About” tab.Thank for your ongoing support!
OPENING FRIDAY
FURIE
Live Stream w/Commentary from Warrington Hudlin & Lady Sensei
Join the Frida on Friday, July 10th at 6:15pm PDT, as they team with 36Chambers for a live stream of Furie! Warrington Hudlin—acclaimed director, producer, and actor—and Lady Sensei—Founding President of the Women’s Martial Arts Network—will provide live commentary during this special presentation. Their collective knowledge related to martial arts, film, and Furie will give viewers a deeper appreciation for the movies we love. Furie stars Veronica Ngo, who also produced the film, as a notorious former gang leader whose daughter is kidnapped. She will go to any lengths to bring her daughter home.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajeG9XT6iQU
WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES
Premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it was the winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality, Oscilloscope Laboratories presents We Are Little Zombies! When four young orphans — Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura — first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes — just enough to start a band-and then conquer the world. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Ecvh-2gUQ
GUEST OF HONOR
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Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in Guest of Honor — the latest film from Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness. A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Accused of abusing her position of authority with 17-year-old Clive (Alexandre Bourgeois) and another student, Veronica is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father’s attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by her intransigence, Jim’s anguish begins to impinge on his job. As a food inspector, he wields great power over small, family-owned restaurants. It’s a power he doesn’t hesitate to use. While preparing Jim’s funeral, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg (Luke Wilson), who may hold the final piece of this father-daughter puzzle.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLndR2r8t9o
QUARANTINE CAT FILM FEST… BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during COVID-19 lockdowns to create Quarantine Cat Film Fest — a compilation reel of the cutest, funniest, bravest, and most loving feline friends. Row House Cinema mined the best and most adorable cats out of more than 1,100 submitted videos from around the world to create a fun and engaging, professionally edited 70-minute feature.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jccqPLHCdQw
MUST END THURSDAY
ALL I CAN SAY

Premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Oscilloscope Laboratories presents All I Can Say — an autobiography about Shannon Hoon, lead singer of 90s rock band Blind Melon. Shannon Hoon filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter’s birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90’s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last work, completed 23 years after his death.
HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD
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Awarded with Best International Narrative Feature at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Well Go Entertainment presents House of Hummingbird — a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama directed by Bora Kim and set in South Korea. Positioned against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When new teacher Young-ji arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her. Along with 3 awards at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, the movie earned Grand Prix for Best Feature Film (Generation 14+ category) at Berlinale and the Audience Award at The Busan International Film Festival.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWEKVeBV56A
THE LAST TREE
An Official Selection at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, The Last Tree is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi (as a child played by newcomer Tai Golding), a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwhIlrjcWv4
BEATS
Music Box Films presents Beats — a universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music. Set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, Beats follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl3MaCxHleM
STREAMING NOW
SHANGHAI TRIAD

Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, 1995’s Shanghai Triad is a thrilling and sumptuously stylized potboiler about the Chinese criminal underworld of the 1930’s from legendary director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers). Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao Jinbao (Gong Li, Ju Dou, Farewell My Concubine), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai’s crime syndicates. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao Jinbao’s affections.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQf3Ngg2cks
JOHN LEWIS GOOD TROUBLE
An Official Selection at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures presents John Lewis: Good Trouble — a documentary chronicling the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_oEkOdIXdo
DENISE HO BECOMING THE SONG
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Denise Ho – Becoming the Song profiles the openly gay Hong Kong singer and human rights activist Denise Ho. Drawing on unprecedented, years-long access, the film explores her remarkable journey from commercial Cantopop superstar to outspoken political activist, an artist who has put her life and career on the line to support the determined struggle of Hong Kong citizens to maintain their identity and freedom. Denise’s story mirrors almost perfectly the last three decades of Hong Kong’s uneasy relationship with China. A top international recording artist in Hong Kong and across China and other Asian nations, the turning point in her career came during the seminal moment of change for Hong Kong, the Umbrella Movement of 2014. Her public support of students who demanded free elections and occupied central Hong Kong for nearly three months had immediate and lasting consequences: she was arrested and then blacklisted by China. Under pressure, sponsors dropped Denise and venues refused to let her perform. The film follows Denise on the road as she tours the U.S., Canada and UK and prepares to release a new hit song, attempting to rebuild her career. But it soon became clear she is also reflecting on her life’s trajectory. In June 2019, Hong Kong exploded in anti-extradition law protests with millions taking to the streets, and Denise once again faced a turning point. She has been in the streets with the tear gas and water cannons. She has tried to mediate for and protect the protesters. She has addressed the United Nations and U.S. Congress to explain the crisis and plead for international help, making it clear that Hong Kong’s struggle is a desperate fight for basic freedom and democracy around the world. As the film draws to a close, the fight for Hong Kong continues…
ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS
Tracing the story of her life, Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century.From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theatrein Harlem, the film follows Ella’s extraordinary journey across five decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and life. Moving beyond conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times bringing to life the history of Ella’s unique career. Featuring interviews from Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Norma Miller and Ella’s adopted son Ray Brown Jr.
Link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or1kqkeGXrI
MARONA'S FANTASTIC TALE
GKIDS (The Breadwinner, My Life as a Zucchini) presents Marona’s Fantastic Tale — a life-affirming tale told with the patient, boundless love of a dog, and reminds us that happiness is a small thing. Delivered alongside dazzlingly colorful, sweeping designs produced in part by acclaimed artist Brecht Evens, the poetic and touching film from director Anca Damian follows an optimistic stray dog named Marona as she looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSnn7PEtQCc

GOLDA'S BALCONY, THE FILM
Free screening here from July 8 – 13: https://vimeo.com/281505765
AND
A free webinar Q&A, A CONVERSATION WITH ACTRESS TOVAH FELDSHUH
star of "Golda's Balcony", Broadway's longest running one-woman show in history!
Sunday, July 12, 2020
12:00 pm PDT / 3:00 pm EDT
Registration is required at lajfilmfest.org or https://us02web.zoom.us/…/register/WN_uELzPyP7QnGgaRiZ6hhl_g
Registration will fill up quickly! If you’re unable to join on Zoom because we have reached capacity, you can watch us on Facebook Live: https://lajfilmfest.org/
Description: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and Jewish Journal are proud to present GOLDA’S BALCONY and a Q&A CONVERSATION WITH ACTRESS TOVAH FELDSHUH.  Join LAJFF for an online intimate conversation with distinguished actress Tovah Feldshuh! Ms. Feldshuh will talk about her critically acclaimed performance in "Golda's Balcony", the longest running one woman show on Broadway, and the new film by the same name, along with her illustrious and extensive career as an actress in film, television and theater, including memorable roles such as the infamous Naomi Bunch, on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!”  "Golda's Balcony, The Film" winner the Audience Award for "Best Film" at LAJFF 2019 (and 20+ other festivals!) The film will be FREE to stream online in advance of the Webinar, with a link available from July 8 - 13 (available on lajfilmfest.org.) This streaming presentation will be the finale exhibition. After a total of 75 Official Selections, "Golda's Balcony, The Film," starring TOVAH FELDSHUH, (by William Gibson and directed by Scott Schwartz) will reappear on screens and streaming tv in 2025.
ABOUT TOVAH FELDSHUH—A Broadway star for more than four decades, Tovah Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. For her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle and multiple prestigious awards for Golda’s Balcony. Other Broadway credits include Yentl, Cyrano, Lend Me a Tenor, Irena’s Vow, and the show stopping trapeze-swinging Berthe in Pippin. Off-Broadway and nationally, Ms. Feldshuh debuted in dozens of productions playing everything from Tallulah Bankhead to Holocaust Denier Brenda Goodsen, opposite Ed Asner in The Soap Myth. In 2019 starred as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the LA Premiere of Jonathan Shapiro’s Sisters-In-Law. Ms. Feldshuh’s TV credits include The Walking Dead, Law & Order, and the infamous Naomi Bunch, on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend where she can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: “Where’s the Bathroom!” Films include: Kissing Jessica Stein, A Walk on the Moon, Brewster's Millions, Just My Luck, and her award-winning performance as Prime Minister Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony The Film. Her most recent one-woman show Tovah is LEONA! enjoyed sold-out engagements. She is currently writing her first book about the mother-daughter relationship and other great roles she has played entitled LILYVILLE, to be released Mother’s Day 2021. www.tovahfeldshuh.com

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE
NEW FROM THE ART THEATER OF LONG BEACH’s Virtual Cinema
To View the Feature: https://watch.eventive.org/johnlewis/play/5efe6533a99b30006130bbbf
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Part of the proceeds go to help support the amazing ART THEATER OF LONG BEACH (https://arttheatrelongbeach.org/ )
Additionally, on 7/9 join a panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter. In partnership with the Capri Theatre. 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST.
Description: The Art Theatre of Long Beach is proud to team up once again with Magnolia Pictures to offer a new virtual cinema: JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE.  Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life. Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary.

FRIDA CINEMA—NEW FILM OFFERINGS, 7/1/20
Notices:
The Frida’s Pop-Up Drive-In's continue to be in full -- and safely socially-distant -- full swing! They're celebrating 4th of July weekend with two back-to-back Pop-Up Drive-In screenings of Steven Spielberg’s 1981 American classic Raiders of The Lost Ark! Friday's screening sold out fast, but tickets are still available for Saturday night's encore -- click here for info and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-the-frida-cinema-pop-up-drive-in-tickets-111742873944 Yet another great partner venue has been added to the series for this weekend's events -- the rooftop of the parking lot at First American Financial Corporation, just off the 55 in Santa Ana! Then they're back to Zion Lutheran School & Church next Wednesday and Thursday with Grease and Labyrinth! Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am! Click here for tickets to all of The Frida’s upcoming Pop-Up Drive-In screening events: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-frida-cinema-16081955148
Since the Frida launched their Drive-In series they've produced nine events, with over 2,500 guests enjoying a safe night out at the movies. Your donations to the Frida (https://thefridacinema.org/ ) and Virtual Cinema ticket purchases have gone an incredibly long way in making all of this possible.
Please stay safe, and have a great 4th of July weekend!
OPENING NEW TITLES ON THE VIRTUAL CINEMA PLATFORM THIS FRIDAY!
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Details and links to the films available at the theater's website: https://thefridacinema.org/
SHANGHAI TRIAD
Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, 1995’s Shanghai Triad is a thrilling and sumptuously stylized potboiler about the Chinese criminal underworld of the 1930’s from legendary director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers). Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao Jinbao (Gong Li, Ju Dou, Farewell My Concubine), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai’s crime syndicates. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao Jinbao’s affections.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQf3Ngg2cks
JOHN LEWIS GOOD TROUBLE
An Official Selection at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures presents John Lewis: Good Trouble — a documentary chronicling the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_oEkOdIXdo
DENISE HO BECOMING THE SONG
DENISE HO – BECOMING THE SONG profiles the openly gay Hong Kong singer and human rights activist Denise Ho. Drawing on unprecedented, years-long access, the film explores her remarkable journey from commercial Cantopop superstar to outspoken political activist, an artist who has put her life and career on the line to support the determined struggle of Hong Kong citizens to maintain their identity and freedom. Denise’s story mirrors almost perfectly the last three decades of Hong Kong’s uneasy relationship with China. A top international recording artist in Hong Kong and across China and other Asian nations, the turning point in her career came during the seminal moment of change for Hong Kong, the Umbrella Movement of 2014. Her public support of students who demanded free elections and occupied central Hong Kong for nearly three months had immediate and lasting consequences: she was arrested and then blacklisted by China. Under pressure, sponsors dropped Denise and venues refused to let her perform. The film follows Denise on the road as she tours the U.S., Canada and UK and prepares to release a new hit song, attempting to rebuild her career. But it soon became clear she is also reflecting on her life’s trajectory. In June 2019, Hong Kong exploded in anti-extradition law protests with millions taking to the streets, and Denise once again faced a turning point. She has been in the streets with the tear gas and water cannons. She has tried to mediate for and protect the protesters. She has addressed the United Nations and U.S. Congress to explain the crisis and plead for international help, making it clear that Hong Kong’s struggle is a desperate fight for basic freedom and democracy around the world. As the film draws to a close, the fight for Hong Kong continues…
Enjoy reading the Film Club review here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2669827189959157&id=1718261665115719&__tn__=K-R
ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS
Tracing the story of her life, Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century. From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theatrein Harlem, the film follows Ella’s extraordinary journey across five decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and life. Moving beyond conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times bringing to life the history of Ella’s unique career. Featuring interviews from Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Norma Miller and Ella’s adopted son Ray Brown Jr.
Link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or1kqkeGXrI
LAST CHANCE…MUST END THURSDAY!
YOU DON'T NOMI
Variance Films presents You Don’t Nomi — a documentary following Paul Verhoeven’s salacious Showgirls, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption. A chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop. The film features Adam Nayman (Vice Guide to Film), April Kidwell (I, Nomi) and Peaches Christ (Milk) along with archival footage and interviews with the cast and crew of Showgirls.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bWk5yN3TW4
PROUD
Kino Lorber presents Philippe Faucon’s three-part mini series — Proud! Charles. Victor. Bao. Three generations of men from the same family, which will be transformed by the social progress happening in the country. Three men shown as symbols of their time. Each episode is dedicated successively to each one of them, around three historic moments. Retrospective and epic, the series also portrays a family as well as a social and a political situation. A portrait of a broken family, Proud is a chronology about tolerance shown through a family.
Link to the trailer : https://vimeo.com/273296321
QUARANTINE CAT FILM FEST
Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during COVID-19 lockdowns to create Quarantine Cat Film Fest — a compilation reel of the cutest, funniest, bravest, and most loving feline friends. Row House Cinema mined the best and most adorable cats out of more than 1,100 submitted videos from around the world to create a fun and engaging, professionally edited 70-minute feature.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jccqPLHCdQw
STREAMING NOW
ALL I CAN SAY
Premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Oscilloscope Laboratories presents All I Can Say — an autobiography about Shannon Hoon, lead singer of 90s rock band Blind Melon. Shannon Hoon filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter’s birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90’s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last work, completed 23 years after his death.
HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH! Awarded with Best International Narrative Feature at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Well Go Entertainment presents House of Hummingbird — a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama directed by Bora Kim and set in South Korea. Positioned against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When new teacher Young-ji arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her. Along with 3 awards at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, the movie earned Grand Prix for Best Feature Film (Generation 14+ category) at Berlinale and the Audience Award at The Busan International Film Festival.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWEKVeBV56A
Read the Film Club Review here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2668038170138059&id=1718261665115719&__tn__=K-R
THE LAST TREE
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH! An Official Selection at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, The Last Tree is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi (as a child played by newcomer Tai Golding), a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwhIlrjcWv4
BEATS
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH! Music Box Films presents Beats — a universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music.Set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, Beats follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl3MaCxHleM
MARONA'S FANTASTIC TALE
GKIDS (The Breadwinner, My Life as a Zucchini) presents Marona’s Fantastic Tale — a life-affirming tale told with the patient, boundless love of a dog, and reminds us that happiness is a small thing. Delivered alongside dazzlingly colorful, sweeping designs produced in part by acclaimed artist Brecht Evens, the poetic and touching film from director Anca Damian follows an optimistic stray dog named Marona as she looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life.

Picture Of HIs Life, An LA Jewish Film Festival Virtual Cinema Special Screening
Available now—click here for tickets: https://pictureofhislife.vhx.tv/products/picture-of-his-life-for-la-jewish-film-festival?fbclid=IwAR3nOb4lygzx2qq2C7xKsB92D1ul9P-31gDJ1jw24cEAQrLRYZX1UUjDCNE
SPECIAL NOTICE!!! Tune in to the free Q&A on Sunday, June 28 at 4 PM with subject/photographer Amos Nachoum, director Dani Menkin and others. Register here: https://www.pictureofhislife.com/q-a  and you will get a Zoom link in return email.
See the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/344470268 and enjoy the KPFK Film Club's Review here:
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Description: Winner of 6 Audience awards for Best Documentary from all over the country!  Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all times. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach that puts him face to face with his subjects without any protection.  He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, with anacondas and with great white sharks but one major predator has always eluded him, the Polar bear. “It’s the one animal, where humans are part of their food chain.”  He tried before and barely escaped, but now, after four decades in the wilderness, Amos is determined to give it one last shot. We’ve heard quite a few good things about this one. And it’s available RIGHT NOW!! Pay what you want: Any sum above the minimum is accepted. Any help will greatly support the production and the LA Jewish Film Festival—they thank you for your support!

Laemmle Virtual Cinema - Friday June 26, 2020
Details and links to the films available at the theater's website: https://www.laemmle.com/
Part of rental proceeds go to support Laemmle Theaters!!!
ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS
Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this documentary explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century. From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the film follows Ella’s extraordinary journey across five decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and life. Moving beyond conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times to bring to life the context of Ella’s unique career, featuring interviews from Smokey Robinson, Jamie Cullum, Tony Bennett, and Norma Miler and others.
"An insightful portrait drawn with warmth and a touch of swing."- Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD
Set against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When Young-ji, a new teacher, arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her.
"A warm, complex and hopeful slice of teen life."- Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter
"A female coming-of-age story that addresses patriarchal attitudes and historical events, the South Korean drama is a subtle and sensitive winner."- Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner
Read the Film Club's review here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2668038170138059&id=1718261665115719&__tn__=K-R
THE AUDITION
Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music high school. Despite the opposition of all the other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a boy in whom she detects a remarkable talent. She will work with Alexander with great dedication and prepares him for the midterm exam -- neglecting her son Jonas at the same time. From her husband, the French violin maker Philippe Bronsky, she distances herself more and more. Her colleague Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet. When she fails during their joint concert the pressure mounts. With Alexander now her vehicle, she drives him ever onwards and upwards. Come the day of the exam events take a tragic turn...
"A treat that becomes a chilling enthrallment."- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
ALL I CAN SAY
Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life - his family, his creative process, his television, his band's rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter's birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90's, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon's last work, completed 23 years after his death.
"The film refuses to shy away from the unvarnished honesty of the Blind Melon frontman during his brief moment of fame."- Wes Greene, Slant Magazine
THE LAST TREE
The Last Tree follows the story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London.
"The journey is familiar, but it's Amoo's artistic touches, often in wistful slow motion, that make the difference."- Kevin Maher, Times (UK)
"Watch it because it is an honest tale, and Amoo's masterfully handling of it puts you directly into the shoes of Femi himself." - Alan Ng, Film Threat
THE INVISIBLE WITNESS
The film begins with the account of Adriano Doria, a wealthy Italian entrepreneur, describing the murky events of the worst night of his life, when he discovers himself in a resort hotel room with a nasty cut on his forehead and the lifeless body of his young mistress, Laura, lying on the floor amidst a pile of scattered banknotes. Though he protests his innocence, Adriano is the obvious prime suspect. With just hours to go before his arrest, he arranges a meeting with Virginia Ferrara, a notoriously tough attorney who has never lost a case, to plan his defense strategy and find evidence to exonerate him. Largely told in flashback, this noirish thriller from director Stefano Mordini recreates the days of intrigue that lead up to that terrible night as guilt-ridden Adriano, still in love with his wife, tries to break off the affair with Laura while on a clandestine trip to the mountainous Trentino region, until fate intervenes and forever alters their lives.
BEATS
A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, Beats follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together.
"Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining."- Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"The movie is predictable at times, but also winning, with a thumping soundtrack and smartly written characters." - G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
THE 11TH GREEN
A respected journalist uncovers the truth behind the mythology of President Eisenhower's long-alleged involvement in extraterrestrial events.
"The measured tone with which the movie presents its ostensible revelations is more than half the fun; nothing that comes up is ever played as a twist."- Glenn Kenny, New York Times
"With tight-lipped restraint, Munch giddily tweaks the past seventy-five years of political assumptions and the very concept of life on Earth."- Richard Brody, New Yorker

NEW TITLES from THE ART THEATER IN LONG BEACH’S VIRTUAL CINEMA
*IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS

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In My Blood It Runs Q&A at Sydney Film Festival 6:36 min
Relevance for US Audiences 3:26 min
In My Blood Feature 1:24:33 min
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Description: IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS: The Art Theatre is proud to team up with Sentient Cinema to offer via virtual cinema, IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS, available now!  Dujuan is a 10-year-old Arrernte and Garrwa boy from Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in Australia. Full of life and exuberance, he learns, with the support of his loving mother and grandmother, to hunt, speak two Indigenous languages and become a healer. Dujuan is politically astute and a leader in the making.  But within the westernized school system, his strength and intellect go unnoticed and the colonial approaches to education threaten him with failing grades. At the time of filming, 100% of the youth in Alice Springs detention centers were Aboriginal, and throughout the film it becomes increasingly clear that the system is set up to work against young boys like Dujuan. This powerful film, made in collaboration with Dujuan's family, is an emotional journey through the fight to mend an educational schism between traditional culture and colonial ideas and solidify a future for the youth. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.
ONE SMALL STEP OTHER FANTASTIC SHORTS: SHORTS TV, the first and only 24/7 cable TV channel dedicated to short movies, is creating an online cinema release series that will be made available to devotees of the Art Theater in Long Beach!  Starting Friday, 6/26, the first edition will feature a heart-warming ride where audiences will befriend the kookiest animals, experience the fast paced thrills of the Wild West and a cable car chase through the San Francisco streets before embarking on a journey to the far reaches of outer-space, all from the comfort of their living rooms. The initiative opens with One Small Step, and a collection of acclaimed, uplifting and family-friendly animated short films brought to life by the latest in CGI and featuring the Academy Award-winning Bear Story and Academy Award® nominees One Small Step, Gopher Broke and Borrowed Time. Other films include Maestro, After The Rain, The Green Bird, and Jubilee.

DIAS DE GRACIA, (DAYS OF GRACE)
HOLA MEXICO VIRTUAL THEATER
Coming 7/2-5, 2020
TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0ts2_rheKA
Tickets: https://xerb.tv/channel/holamexicoff/virtual-events
Description: GREAT NEWS!! The Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre presented by the Hola Mexico Film Festival series has been extended due to the online series’ popularity. The festival wants to continue giving viewers the chance to see some of the best films that have come out of Mexico in recent years and serve as a reminder of how much Mexican cinema has grown in the past two decades. The films have been specially curated for this online theater event experience which will keep the fires burning until the 12th edition of Hola Mexico Film Festival which will take place September 2020…Soccer World Cup, Sacred times where everything goes. The entire world on a paralyzing vertex. A cop, a hostage, a family, vengeance... Three ways to fight, in order to survive. Applauded and heralded at the #Cannes Film Festival, a movie that will keep you and hold you from its first minute, and will not let go. Directed by Everado Gout, DIAS DE GRACIA stars Tnoch Huerto, Dolores Heredia, Harold Torres, Carlos Bardem, and Christian Ferrer.

FRIDA CINEMA—NEW FILM OFFERINGS, 6/26/20
Details and links to the films available at the theater's website: https://thefridacinema.org/
Notices:
Drive-in movies return this week! The Frida Cinema is proud to once again bring you fun, family-friendly, social distancing-safe screenings throughout Orange County! This weekend the Frida is partnering with Newport Dunes, who has already sold out Friday's screening of La La Land, and still has a few tickets left for Sunday's (June 28th) screening of The Goonies! They'll have more events to announce in the days ahead (keep your July 4th weekend open, Indiana Jones fans...)
Opening six new titles on the Virtual Cinema platform this Friday! Part of the Rental Proceeds Help Support the Frida Cinema
Live stream: This Cinematic Life’s Craig Duffy and ‘Becca’lise Deaux present their 10 Favorite Summer Films!TONIGHT!, Thursday, June 25th at 8pm as This Cinematic Life's Craig Duffy and 'Becca'lise Deveaux join The Frida Cinema's Logan Crow for another Live Stream conversation! Join Craig, 'Becca'lise and Logan as they welcome Summer 2020 with their 10 Favorite Summer Films! Show will live stream at 8pm this Thursday at https://youtu.be/r6j9-X0cQs4!
PETEY WHEATSTRAW Live Stream w/ Commentary from Donnell Rawlings
Join the Frida Friday, June 26 at 6:15pm PT/9:15pm ET for a special screening of Petey Wheatstraw! Donnell Rawlings—acclaimed actor, comedian, and podcaster—and Mike Sargent—chief Film Critic for WBAI RADIO—will provide live commentary during this special presentation. Their collective knowledge and personal stories related to Petey Wheatstraw will give viewers a deeper appreciation for the movies we love.
Petey Wheatstraw — Rudy Ray Moore is Petey Wheatstraw, whose talent for comedy is only topped by his gift for Kung Fu. When his arch rivals, Leroy and Skillet, massacre him and his friends, Petey ends up in Hell and is given a unique opportunity: in exchange for his return to earth, he must wed Satan’s daughter. 25% of all tickets sold will be donated to The Frida Cinema!
ALL I CAN SAY
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH!
Premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Oscilloscope Laboratories presents All I Can Say — an autobiography about Shannon Hoon, lead singer of 90s rock band Blind Melon. Shannon Hoon filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter’s birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90’s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last work, completed 23 years after his death.
HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH! Awarded with Best International Narrative Feature at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Well Go Entertainment presents House of Hummingbird — a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama directed by Bora Kim and set in South Korea.Positioned against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When new teacher Young-ji arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her. Along with 3 awards at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, the movie earned Grand Prix for Best Feature Film (Generation 14+ category) at Berlinale and the Audience Award at The Busan International Film Festival.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWEKVeBV56A
Read the Film Club's review here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2668038170138059&id=1718261665115719&__tn__=K-R
THE LAST TREE
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH! An Official Selection at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, The Last Tree is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi (as a child played by newcomer Tai Golding), a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwhIlrjcWv4
BEATS
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH! Music Box Films presents Beats — a universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music.Set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, Beats follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together. Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl3MaCxHleM
PIONEERS OF QUEER CINEMA
Kino Lorber presents Pioneers of Queer Cinema, 3 new restorations of “Way Ahead of Their Times” classics, Mädchen in Uniform, Michael, and Victor and Victoria. The 3 films will be available for rental in a bundle!
MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM
This artfully composed milestone of lesbian cinema – and an important anti-fascist film – was the first of just three films directed by Leontine Sagan. At an all-girls boarding school, new student Manuela and compassionate teacher Fräulein von Bernburg have a passionate and illicit romance.
MICHAEL
Danish film master Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Michael is a mature and visually elegant period romance decades ahead of its time. Michael takes its place alongside Dreyer’s better known masterpieces as an unusually sensitive and decorous work of art and is one of the earliest and most compassionate overtly gay-themed films in movie history.Collaborating with famed German cinematographers Karl Freund (Metropolis, The Last Laugh) and Rudolph Maté (Passion of Joan of Arc, DOA) Michael offers the first fully realized example of Dreyer’s emotionally precise, visually extravagant style that would be perfected in his subsequent masterworks such as Joan of Arc and Ordet.
VICTOR AND VICTORIA
In this dazzling musical romance, a young woman (Renate Müller), unable to find work as a music hall singer, partners with a down-and-out thespian (Hermann Thimig) to revamp her act. Pretending to be a man performing in drag, Victoria becomes the toast of the international stage. But she soon finds that her playful bending of genders enmeshes her personal and professional life in a tangle of unexpected complications. Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic, Victor and Victoria received limited exposure in the United States, and is today best known by Blake Edwards’s 1982 remake and the 1995 Broadway production. Viewers will be delighted to discover that the original is every bit as charming and outrageous, reminiscent of the sly sex comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder.
Link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPC7OBgY09Y
YOU DON'T NOMI
Variance Films presents You Don’t Nomi — a documentary following Paul Verhoeven’s salacious Showgirls, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption. A chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop. The film features Adam Nayman (Vice Guide to Film), April Kidwell (I, Nomi) and Peaches Christ (Milk) along with archival footage and interviews with the cast and crew of Showgirls.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bWk5yN3TW4
SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER
Blue Fox Entertainment presents Sometimes Always Never —a quirky mystery and comedy film staring BAFTA winner Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead). Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. But he’s spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son, Michael, who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son and identify an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family. Sometimes Always Never is story about redemption, family, and finding the right words.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9xq_Fi5V7I
THE SURROGATE
A selection at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, Monument Releasing presents The Surrogate! Jess Harris (Jasmine Batchelor, The Good Fight), a 29 year old web designer for a nonprofit in Brooklyn, is ecstatic to be the surrogate and egg-donor for her best friend Josh (Chris Perfetti, Looking) and his husband Aaron (Sullivan Jones, Slave Play). Twelve weeks into the pregnancy, a prenatal test comes back with unexpected results that pose a moral dilemma. As they all consider the best course of action, the relationship between the three friends is put to the test.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ2o-AIfeYA
AVIVA
An official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, Outsider Pictures presents Aviva — a uniquely sexy, dancing-in-the-streets-and-sheets take on romance, set in a world of gender-fluid, frequently unclothed bodies.
The character of Aviva, played by both Zina Zinchenko (and at times by Or Schraiber), is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with Eden, played by Tyler Phillips (and at times Bobbie Jene Smith), a New Yorker. After a long courtship they meet in person and fall in love, settling into an intimate relationship that leads to marriage, but one, as many are, laced with conflicts. Incorporating exuberant dance sequences, and featuring a pair of principal characters played by four different actors daringly expressing both masculine and feminine sides, Aviva captures a restless and changing today where who we are as women and men, and how we navigate the world, is up for grabs.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFz1v

LAEMMLE VIRTUAL CINEMA - FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2020
Diverse lineup of films this week on Laemmle Virtual Cinema, beginning with the timely and critically acclaimed Miss Juneteenth from director Channing Godfrey Peoples, as well as (In)Visible Portraits, a historical analysis of the female experience in Black America. There's also bio-documentaries about an Israeli underwater photographer, Johnny Cash's first wife, and a long distance runner from Sudan. Continuing to offer the immensely popular Bill Nighy comedy Sometimes Always Never, already a top performer in the virtual program.
Details and links to the films available at the theater's website: https://www.laemmle.com/
Part of rental proceeds go to support Laemmle Theaters!!!
MY DARLING VIVIAN
In My Darling Vivian, director Matt Riddlehoover traces the romantic, wrenching, and dizzying journey of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of his four daughters.
MISS JUNETEENTH
Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman's BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen - she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed - two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Life didn't turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.
RUNNER
When he was only eight, Guor Mading Maker (formally known as Guor Marial) ran from captivity in war-torn Sudan to eventually seek safety in the US. In his new life, Maker began running again, participating in high school track and field andeventually becoming a sensation and qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. But because the newly formed South Sudan was not recognized by the International Olympic Committee, Makerhad to fight to compete independently, refusing to run for Sudan and taking a stand against its oppression. Runner depicts Maker’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to a world-renowned athlete, told in intimate interviews with gorgeously animated flashbacks of Guor’s upbringing,and culminating in a heart-wrenching reunion with his parents after a 20-year separation. His story is a distinctly inspirational one in which the indomitable human spirit emerges against all odds.
THE GIRL WITH A BRACELET
Sixteen year-old Lise is accused of murdering her best friend. Her parents stand by her as naturally expected. But once in court, her secret life begins to unfold and the plot thickens. Who is Lise really? Do we really know the ones we love?
(IN)VISIBLE PORTRAITS
(In)Visible Portraits, the feature documentary directorial debut from Oge Egbuonu, shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America and reclaims the true narrative as told in their own words. The film illuminates the history of how we got here, dismantles the false framework of the present-day reality, celebrates the extraordinary heritage of exceptional Black women, and ignites hope for the next generation. The documentary features conversations with scholars Dr. Joy DeGruy, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Dr. Melina Abdullah, Dr. Patrica Hill Collins; as well as the works of visual artist Victoria Cassinova and poet Jazmine Williams.
PICTURE OF HIS LIFE
Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all times. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach, that puts him face to face with his subjects, without any protection. He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, with anacondas and with great white sharks but one major predator has always eluded him, the Polar bear. He tried before and barely escaped, but now, as he nears the end of his career, he is determined to give it one last shot. As the journey unfolds, Amos contemplates the series of unspoken events that drove him here, to the end of the world. It has been a long and painful journey, after serving in an Elite Commando unit and witnessing the horrors of war, but where others find fear, Amos finds redemption.
PROUD
In 1981, it was still illegal to be gay in France. Today, same-sex marriage is recognized and has paved the way for legalizing the adoption of children by LGBTQ families. Proud tells the story of Charles, Victor and Diego, three generations of the same family who represent the seismic social changes that took place in just three decades. From the award-winning director of Fatima (the 2016 Cesar winner for Best Film), this three-part episodic cinema event is a chronology of tolerance and a portrait of one family through changing times.
LA TRAVERSEE DE PARIS
Under the occupation, a transaction involving black market pork is carried out like a modern-day drug deal. But cabbie Bourvil (winner, Best Actor at Venice) can’t manage a four-bags-full trek across nocturnal Paris himself, so he recruits garrulous Jean Gabin – an adventurer who keeps getting them into trouble with the Germans and French police. But there’s a chilling, class-laden final twist.
COMING SOON: THE AUDITION, ELLA FITZGERALD—JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS, HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD (Read the Film Club's review here:
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FRIDA CINEMA—NEW FILM OFFERINGS, 6/17/20
Part of the Rental Proceeds Help Support the Frida Cinema
Details and links to the films available at the theater's website: https://thefridacinema.org/
Notices:
Tickets are still available for tomorrow's (Thursday) Drive-in screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Zion Lutheran School & Church in Anaheim, and going fast! Both tonight's screening of Wonka, as well as Saturday's screening of To Kill a Mockingbird in Downtown Santa Ana, are sold out! They'll have more events to announce in the days ahead!
The Frida is opening two new streaming features this Friday. First, the Quarantine Cat Film Festival from Row House Films. Some of you might be familiar with the Cat Video Fest that they play every year, and this is very similar! Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during COVID-19 lockdowns, and we get to watch them!
In celebration of Pride Month, the Frida is excited to bring you an exciting new release from Kino Lorber -- PROUD (Fiertés), a three-part French mini series revolving around three generations of men from the same family, with each episode coinciding with a crucial moment for gay rights in France. From the award-winning director of Fatima (the 2016 Cesar winner for Best Film), this powerful saga offers a chronology of the seismic social changes that have taken place in just three decades, through the eyes of one family.
As a special treat, the Frida is also presenting a one-night-only screening of the Rudy Ray Moore classic Petey WHEATSTRAW on Friday, June 19th, at 6:15pm. Donnell Rawlings—acclaimed actor/comedian/podcaster—and Mike Sargent—chief Film Critic for WBAI RADIO—will provide live commentary during this special presentation!
Finally, as you may have heard, the State of California announced that cinemas would be able to open as early as last Friday. The Frida’s amazing family of patrons and Film Club Members have reached out to communicate that they agree with staff that it's far too early to put guests, volunteers, staff, and their families at risk by opening hastily as this epidemic continues. This lack of social pressure, is appreciated, as well as the diminished financial pressure that your continued support has provided as the theater continues to keep their doors closed. No doubt as chain cinemas open they'll be hit with a few emails of the "Why aren't you open yet?" variety -- the answer, quite simply, is in The Frida’s mission statement: Enriching, connecting, and educating communities through the art of cinema. If these very communities at risk, The Frida feels it is not meeting their mission. Determined to do everything possible to ensure your safety, they are willing to keep their doors closed a bit longer, and to keep coming up with more virtual and social-distance-friendly opportunities to keep you engaged and watching great films, It's worth the continued wait.
OPENING FRIDAY
PETEY WHEATSTRAW LIVE STREAM W/ COMMENTARY FROM DONNELL RAWLINGS

Join The Frida Friday, June 19 at 6:15pm PT/9:15pm ET for a special screening of Petey Wheatstraw! Donnell Rawlings—acclaimed actor, comedian, and podcaster—and Mike Sargent—chief Film Critic for WBAI RADIO—will provide live commentary during this special presentation. Their collective knowledge and personal stories related to Petey Wheatstraw will give viewers a deeper appreciation for the movies we love. Petey Wheatstraw — Rudy Ray Moore is Petey Wheatstraw, whose talent for comedy is only topped by his gift for Kung Fu. When his arch rivals, Leroy and Skillet, massacre him and his friends, Petey ends up in Hell and is given a unique opportunity: in exchange for his return to earth, he must wed Satan’s daughter. Thanks to 36 Chambers — a lifestyle company founded by RZA and Mustafa Shaikh to house projects at the intersection of music, film, and fashion — 25% of all tickets sold will be donated to The Frida Cinema!
QUARANTINE CAT FILM FEST
Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during COVID-19 lockdowns to create Quarantine Cat Film Fest — a compilation reel of the cutest, funniest, bravest, and most loving feline friends.Row House Cinema mined the best and most adorable cats out of more than 1,100 submitted videos from around the world to create a fun and engaging, professionally edited 70-minute feature.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jccqPLHCdQw
PROUD
Kino Lorber presents Philippe Faucon’s three-part mini series — Proud!
Charles. Victor. Bao. Three generations of men from the same family, which will be transformed by the social progress happening in the country. Three men shown as symbols of their time. Each episode is dedicated successively to each one of them, around three historic moments. Retrospective and epic, the series also portrays a family as well as a social and a political situation. A portrait of a broken family, Proud is a chronology about tolerance shown through a family.
Link to the trailer : https://vimeo.com/273296321
NOSTALGIC NEBULA PRESENTS KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE
Free Watch Party w/ John Massari  Join Nostalgic Nebula on Saturday, June 20th at 4pm PDT for a FREE Youtube Watch Party of Killer Klowns from Outer Space with composer John Massari! Killer Klowns from Outer Space — When teenagers Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) see a comet crash outside their sleepy small town, they investigate and discover a pack of murderous aliens who look very much like circus clowns. They try to warn the local authorities, but everyone assumes their story is a prank. Meanwhile, the clowns set about harvesting and eating as many people as they can. It’s not until they kidnap Debbie that Mike decides it’s up to him to stop the clowns’ bloody rampage. Link to join the Youtube livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG_jGq7xn_A.  Submit your questions in the stream comments section! Have your copy of Killer Klowns from Outer Space ready and we will all start it at the same time! The film is available to stream with a Netflix subscription, or available to rent for $3.99 on Amazon Prime!
MUST END THURSDAY
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM

BLACK LIVES MATTER SELECTION
An Official Selection at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures presents Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am — an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8sUwXTWb4M
WHOSE STREETS?
BLACK LIVES MATTER SELECTION
An Official Selection at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures presents Whose Streets? — told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, it is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they have lived the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upiJnjJSerw
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
BLACK LIVES MATTER SELECTION
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, Magnolia Pictures presents I Am Not Your Negro — a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNUYdgIyaPM
SHIRLEY (ENJOY THE KPFK FILM CLUB REVIEW here:
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From Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, NEON presents Shirley — a new drama film directed by Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline) and starring Elisabeth Moss! Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxMtEean_V8
TOMMASO
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Premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival as a Special Screening, Kino Lorber presents Tommaso — Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini.Tommaso reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American ex-pat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe’s most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjtqvpl7IHE
CARO DIARIO
Film Movement Classics presents Caro Diario — the 1994 semi-autobiographical comedy from Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti! Nanni Moretti recounts three entries from his “diary,” following the filmmaker’s musing on cinema atop a Vespa, a trip to the Aeolian Islands to work on his new screenplay, and his search for health and wellness after breaking out in a nagging skin rash.Caro Diario competed for the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, where Moretti won the award for Best Director.
Directed by Nanni Moretti | 1993 | 100 minutes | Not Rated | Italy, France | Italian with English Subtitles, Mandarin with English Subtitles
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_l75RaVadc
DYKES CAMERA ACTION
Frameline Distribution celebrates the birthday and legacy of filmmaker Barbara Hammer with the virtual cinema release of Dykes, Camera, Action! Lesbians didn't always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they've expressed queer identity through film. The end of the film features a special discussion with directors profiled in the film including Desiree Akhavan, Caroline Berler, Vicky Du, as well as filmmaker Kimberly Reed and Hammer’s life partner Florrie Burke. Moderated by filmmaker Jenni Olson.
Link to the trailer : https://vimeo.com/366373190
STREAMING NOW
PIONEERS OF QUEER CINEMA

Kino Lorber presents Pioneers of Queer Cinema, 3 new restorations of “Way Ahead of Their Times” classics, Mädchen in Uniform, Michael, and Victor and Victoria. The 3 films will be available for rental in a bundle for $15!
MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM
This artfully composed milestone of lesbian cinema – and an important anti-fascist film – was the first of just three films directed by Leontine Sagan.At an all-girls boarding school, new student Manuela and compassionate teacher Fräulein von Bernburg have a passionate and illicit romance.
MICHAEL
Danish film master Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Michael is a mature and visually elegant period romance decades ahead of its time.
Michael takes its place alongside Dreyer’s better known masterpieces as an unusually sensitive and decorous work of art and is one of the earliest and most compassionate overtly gay-themed films in movie history. Collaborating with famed German cinematographers Karl Freund (Metropolis, The Last Laugh) and Rudolph Maté (Passion of Joan of Arc, DOA) Michael offers the first fully realized example of Dreyer’s emotionally precise, visually extravagant style that would be perfected in his subsequent masterworks such as Joan of Arc and Ordet.
VICTOR AND VICTORIA
In this dazzling musical romance, a young woman (Renate Müller), unable to find work as a music hall singer, partners with a down-and-out thespian (Hermann Thimig) to revamp her act. Pretending to be a man performing in drag, Victoria becomes the toast of the international stage. But she soon finds that her playful bending of genders enmeshes her personal and professional life in a tangle of unexpected complications.Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic, Victor and Victoria received limited exposure in the United States, and is today best known by Blake Edwards’s 1982 remake and the 1995 Broadway production. Viewers will be delighted to discover that the original is every bit as charming and outrageous, reminiscent of the sly sex comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder.
Link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPC7OBgY09Y
MARONA'S FANTASTIC TALE
GKIDS (The Breadwinner, My Life as a Zucchini) presents Marona’s Fantastic Tale — a life-affirming tale told with the patient, boundless love of a dog, and reminds us that happiness is a small thing.
Delivered alongside dazzlingly colorful, sweeping designs produced in part by acclaimed artist Brecht Evens, the poetic and touching film from director Anca Damian follows an optimistic stray dog named Marona as she looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSnn7PEtQCc
YOU DON'T NOMI
Variance Films presents You Don’t Nomi — a documentary following Paul Verhoeven’s salacious Showgirls, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption.
A chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop. The film features Adam Nayman (Vice Guide to Film), April Kidwell (I, Nomi) and Peaches Christ (Milk) along with archival footage and interviews with the cast and crew of Showgirls.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bWk5yN3TW4
SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER
Blue Fox Entertainment presents Sometimes Always Never —a quirky mystery and comedy film staring BAFTA winner Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead).
Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. But he’s spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son, Michael, who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son and identify an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family. Sometimes Always Never is story about redemption, family, and finding the right words.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9xq_Fi5V7I
THE SURROGATE
A selection at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, Monument Releasing presents The Surrogate!
Jess Harris (Jasmine Batchelor, The Good Fight), a 29 year old web designer for a nonprofit in Brooklyn, is ecstatic to be the surrogate and egg-donor for her best friend Josh (Chris Perfetti, Looking) and his husband Aaron (Sullivan Jones, Slave Play). Twelve weeks into the pregnancy, a prenatal test comes back with unexpected results that pose a moral dilemma. As they all consider the best course of action, the relationship between the three friends is put to the test.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ2o-AIfeYA
AVIVA
An official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, Outsider Pictures presents Aviva — a uniquely sexy, dancing-in-the-streets-and-sheets take on romance, set in a world of gender-fluid, frequently unclothed bodies.
The character of Aviva, played by both Zina Zinchenko (and at times by Or Schraiber), is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with Eden, played by Tyler Phillips (and at times Bobbie Jene Smith), a New Yorker. After a long courtship they meet in person and fall in love, settling into an intimate relationship that leads to marriage, but one, as many are, laced with conflicts.
Incorporating exuberant dance sequences, and featuring a pair of principal characters played by four different actors daringly expressing both masculine and feminine sides, Aviva captures a restless and changing today where who we are as women and men, and how we navigate the world, is up for grabs.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFz1v8gOok8
HILL OF FREEDOM
Grasshopper Film presents Hill of Freedom (Ja-yu-eui eon-deok)— a South Korean drama film from auteur Hong Sang-soo!  Kwon (Seo Young-hwa) returns to Seoul from a restorative stay in the mountains. She is given a packet of letters left by Mori (Ryo Kase), who has come back from Japan to propose to her. As she walks down a flight of stairs, Kwon drops and scatters the letters, all of which are undated. When she reads them, she has to make sense of the chronology… and so must we.  Shot in the narrow alleys, petite cafes and beautiful hanok inns of Seoul’s historic Jong-ro district, a favorite Hong location, Hill of Freedom is a masterful, alternately funny and haunting, tale of love and longing from the great director.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHRc9sFz2Eg
MR. TOPAZE
Film Movement Classics presents Mr. Topaze — long considered a “lost” classic, the film was digitally restored from the lone surviving 35mm prints in the BFI National Archive at the request of the British public.
Unwilling to sacrifice his principles, Auguste Topaze (Peter Sellers), a poor but proud French schoolmaster, loses his job after he refuses to alter the failing grades of one of students. Seizing the opportunity to exploit his well-known honesty, actress Suzy Courtois (Nadia Gray) convinces her lover, the corrupt city council member Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), to hire Topaze as a managing director for one of his shady businesses. But when Topaze learns he is being used, he cunningly turns the tables on Benac and makes off with all the money.
Seller’s first and only credited directorial feature, Mr. Topaze displays the British comic genius at the peak of his powers alongside his future Pink Panther nemesis Herbert Lom and a stellar supporting cast that includes Nadia Gray, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw and Michael Gough.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsFPriZlyyQ
L'INNOCENTE
Film Movement Classics presents L'innocente — Gabrielle d'Annunzio’s passionate novel brought to life in the final masterpiece from acclaimed director Luchino Visconti. In late-nineteenth century Italy, Tullio (Giancarlo Giannini), an insatiable aristocrat, grows bored with his timid wife Giuliana (Laura Antonelli) and neglects her for his more exciting mistress, the wealthy widow Countess Teresa Raffo (Jennifer O'Neill). After learning that Giuliana is having a torrid affair of her own, he becomes tormented by her infidelity and descends into madness.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVRP3zfr7d8
BAND OF OUTSIDERS (BANDE À PART)
Rialto Pictures presents the classic French New Wave film from the movement’s own pioneer Jean-Luc Godard — Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) In a dreary Paris suburb, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey romance Anna Karina, then plan to heist the cash stashed away in her aunt’s villa. Piece of cake, but then… A jeu d’esprit, with echt Godardian set pieces including the trio line-dancing “Le Madison” (later appropriated by Tarantino for Pulp Fiction) and then “doing” the Louvre in record time.
Link to the trailer : https://vimeo.com/161774794
RIFIFI
Rialto Pictures presents the 1955 French New Wave classic, heist thriller Rififi!
Back from the pen, tough guy Jean Servais and some old cronies plan to knock over a jewelry store — the resulting heist a legendary 30-minute sequence without dialogue or music. Blacklisted Hollywood exile Jules Dassin turned a potboiler by milieu specialist Auguste Le Breton into an existential thriller that earned him Cannes’ Best Director prize and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come.
Link to the trailer : https://vimeo.com/135593615
COMING SOON
ALL I CAN SAY

STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH!
Premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Oscilloscope Laboratories presents All I Can Say — an autobiography about Shannon Hoon, lead singer of 90s rock band Blind Melon. Shannon Hoon filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter’s birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90’s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last work, completed 23 years after his death.
HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD
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Awarded with Best International Narrative Feature at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Well Go Entertainment presents House of Hummingbird — a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama directed by Bora Kim and set in South Korea.Positioned against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When new teacher Young-ji arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her.Along with 3 awards at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, the movie earned Grand Prix for Best Feature Film (Generation 14+ category) at Berlinale and the Audience Award at The Busan International Film Festival.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWEKVeBV56A
THE LAST TREE
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH!
An Official Selection at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, The Last Tree is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi (as a child played by newcomer Tai Golding), a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother.In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwhIlrjcWv4
BEATS
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH!
Music Box Films presents Beats — a universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music. Set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, Beats follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl3MaCxHleM
NO SMALL MATTER
STARTS STREAMING JUNE 26TH!
Abramorama presents No Small Matter — built from stories of real children, families, and teachers, illustrating the impact of high-quality early childhood experiences.
We meet parents who are struggling to do their best for their kids, incredible teachers who model what early childhood classrooms should and could be like, and children learning and developing in real time. These positive, hopeful stories serve as motivational tools in both the film and the No Small Matter campaign: Change is necessary, critical, and attainable if we put our minds to it.The film is unique in the way it dives deep into the complicated science, history, and sociology that has brought our early care and education system to where it is today, but does so without sacrificing entertainment or emotional impact. From a comic cameo by Cookie Monster to the tearful testimonial of an amazing preschool teacher making poverty-level wages, the film has the power to move audiences in ways that a policy fact sheet or op-ed piece simply can’t do.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nGiNfEfYjg
JOHN LEWIS GOOD TROUBLE
STARTS STREAMING JULY 3RD!
An Official Selection at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures presents John Lewis: Good Trouble — a documentary chronicling the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_oEkOdIXdo
WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES
STARTS STREAMING JULY 10TH!
Premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it was the winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality, Oscilloscope Laboratories presents We Are Little Zombies!  When four young orphans — Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura — first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes — just enough to start a band-and then conquer the world. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Ecvh-2gUQ
CARMILLA
STARTS STREAMING JULY 10TH!
Film Movement presents Carmilla — a British romantic horror film inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1871 gothic novella of the same name! 15-year-old Lara lives with her father and her strict governess, Miss Fontaine, in total isolation and is struggling to find an outlet for her curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. When a carriage crash nearby brings a young girl into the family home to recuperate, Lara is enchanted by the eponymous Carmilla.
Link to the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpIhVvOaNi0

A FREE VIRTUAL SCREENING IN SOLIDARITY WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER FROM KINO LORBER!!!
KING, A FILMED RECORD…MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS
Available now at https://kinonow.com/king-a-filmed-record-montgomery-to-memphis  during the month of June.
Description: Academy Award Nominee—Best Documentary Feature 1970 As an independent distributor, Kino Lorber recognizes the power of film to effect change. While widespread documentation by camera phones and social media is unique to recent protests, the filming of revolutions is not new and there is much to be learned about our present situation by looking to the past. For that reason, Kino Lorber is offering free streaming of the Oscar-nominated documentary King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis during the month of June. Made exactly 50 years ago, this vital document captures and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and depicts Black people’s battle against brutality and oppression, serving as an urgent reminder that racist violence is woven into our national history. This painful past continues to echo with the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.Kino Lorber supports the #BlackLivesMatter movement and stand firmly with those protesting police violence and against white supremacy. Kino Lorber is committed to an anti-racist media and an economically just film industry that supports diverse voices. Recognizing that many barriers to entry exist to starting a career in independent film and media, Kino Lorger is establishing and shaping a new Kino College Ambassador Program open to students of color nationwide who will be mentored by our teams in distribution, publicity, marketing, education, and sales. There is deep racial injustice within our industry and Kino Lorber, as one of its long-time gatekeepers, cannot deny being part of the problem. Though a small company, they aspire to contribute meaningfully to impactful change by taking a hard look at their own hiring and advancement practices, recognizing that they need more inclusive representation within their own ranks.  Kino Lorber will also be donating to Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective, National Bailout, and other organizations focused on racial justice on an ongoing basis, and encourage others to do the same. First and foremost, there is a need to accelerate change by confronting pervasive racism in their own industry, and they are committed to doing so.

CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH AT THE LAEMMLE THEATERS
With Gorgeous New Restorations of 3 Classic Pioneers of Queer Cinema
VICTOR AND VICTORIA, MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM, AND MICHAEL
Online Screeners available Opening Fri, June 12 at https://kinomarquee.com/pioneers-of-queer-cinema
(Ticket purchases help support theaters while they are closed.)
More info at https://www.laemmle.com/film/pioneers-queer-cinema
Description:  Restored by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Stiftung, Deutsches Filminstitut, Danish Film Institute, and Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, and feature new English translations.
VICTOR AND VICTORIA
In this dazzling musical romance, a young woman (Renate Müller), unable to find work as a music hall singer, partners with a down-and-out thespian (Hermann Thimig) to revamp her act. Pretending to be a man performing in drag, Victoria becomes the toast of the international stage. But she soon finds that her playful bending of genders enmeshes her personal and professional life in a tangle of unexpected complications. Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic, Victor and Victoria received limited exposure in the United States, and is today best known by Blake Edwards's 1982 remake and the 1995 Broadway production. Viewers will be delighted to discover that the original is every bit as charming and outrageous, reminiscent of the sly sex comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder.
"An impressive blast of Weimar decadence...As the inevitable romantic complications ensue, what emerges is a movie with surprisingly tangled gender politics and a melancholy sense of romance, crossed with lively, creative musical numbers." - Bilge Ebiri, Vulture New York
"Stands as a remarkable example of late Weimar popular cinema and easily takes its place alongside contemporary Hollywood work by Ernst Lubitsch." - Rick Thompson, Senses of Cinema
MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM
A vital landmark in the history of queer cinema, Mädchen in Uniform is a remarkably brave and honest film about nascent love between women at a boarding school for girls. Vulnerable and quiet, Manuela von Meinhardis (Hertha Thiele) struggles to adjust to the stern discipline of the heavily-regimented institution. In time, she gains confidence through a friendship with one of her teachers (Dorothea Wieck). But no relationship between women, no matter how chaste, is to be permitted, and under the constant threat of punishment or expulsion, Manuela desperately tries to keep hope and love alive. Beyond its acclaim as a groundbreaking work in LGBTQ culture, Mädchen in Uniform has also been hailed as a timeless fable of the struggle of the innocent against the totalitarian forces of oppression-especially poignant since it was produced in Germany amidst the rise of the Nazi Party.
"Beautifully crafted and performed, evocatively lit, and sensitively directed. A landmark film in the evolution of Queer cinema."- Jason Wood, BBC
"A moving portrait of burgeoning sapphic desire, rendered with great technical skill." - Film at Lincoln Center
MICHAEL
Danish film master Carl Theodor Dreyer's Michael is a mature and visually elegant period romance decades ahead of its time. Michael takes its place alongside Dreyer's better known masterpieces as an unusually sensitive and decorous work of art and is one of the earliest and most compassionate overtly gay-themed films in movie history. Collaborating with famed German cinematographers Karl Freund (Metropolis, The Last Laugh) and Rudolph Maté (Passion of Joan of Arc, DOA) Michael offers the first fully realized example of Dreyer's emotionally precise, visually extravagant style that would be perfected in his subsequent masterworks such as Joan of Arc and Ordet.
"Closeups of burning intensity and opulent tableaux of frozen horror suggest the great director's transcendent theme, of divine grace granted and withheld."- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Offers a remarkably sympathetic view of gay and bisexual life." - Tim Purrel, Entertainment Weekly
Kino Marquee is a new initiative that creates "virtual cinemas" for temporarily closed independent theaters. Local audiences support their community's theater in these uncertain times by buying a virtual “ticket” to watch the film. Their ticket purchases directly support their local art house as all revenue is being shared between distributor and exhibitor, just as if they bought their ticket at the theater's box office. Kino Marquee currently works with over 350 art house theaters across the nation.

THE ART THEATER IN LONG BEACH OFFERS A TIMELY VIRTUAL 3 FILM BUNDLE, and RAISES CHARITABLE FUNDS
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO; WHOSE STREETS?; TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM

You can access the films here: https://magnoliapictures.vhx.tv/…/documentary-bundle-art-th…
Description: The Art Theatre (https://arttheatrelongbeach.org/ ) is proud to team up with Magnolia Pictures to offer via virtual cinema three documentaries that speak strongly to systemic inequity.  These three films can encourage deep and reflective conversations with friends, family, co-workers and our children. Watch the 3 Movie Bundle from Home for a reasonable fee…ALL proceeds of this rental will be donated to TheBailProject.org. The Bail Project National Revolving Bail Fund is a critical tool to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system, including providing bail assistance to protestors (https://bailproject.org/  ) Please note: this film is compatible with desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast, and AirPlay. If you wish to watch on another device, check https://magnoliapictures.vhx.tv/help  before you purchase. There are no native apps for smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, or Apple TV.
In I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.
WHOSE STREETS, told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.
BTW, Still Playing this week:  THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES
In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. When she returned home a year later, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved hard to overcome. In THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES, Anne (now 86) retraces her steps, offering an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Anne and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both.

Laemmle Virtual Cinema - Friday 6/5/ 2020
New Laemmle Virtual Cinema releases, begin with Willem Dafoe in TOMMASO, from Abel Ferrara. There's also Elisabeth Moss as the titular horror novelist in SHIRLEY, as well as three new foreign language dramas. Lastly, Laemmle is offering American indie THE AERIALIST, along with art documentary INTO HER OWN.
Details and links to the films available at the theater's website:
https://www.laemmle.com/
TOMMASO (Enjoy the KPFK Film Club Review here: https://www.facebook.com/1718261665115719/photos/a.1718312808443938/2660600647548478/?type=3&theater  )
Abel Ferrara's first dramatic feature since 2014's Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe's most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists.
SHIRLEY (ENJOY THE KPFK FILM CLUB REVIEW here:
https://www.facebook.com/1718261665115719/photos/a.1718312808443938/2659711254304084/?type=3&theater )          Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.
ALICE
After discovering that her husband's addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child. "The writer-director's first feature has much going for it, above all a striking performance by Emilie Piponnier in the title role." - John Defore, Hollywood Reporter
THE COLLINI CASE
The CollinI Case centers on lawyer Caspar Leinen, who is confronted with a spectacular case when he is appointed by the court to defend 70-year-old German-Italian Fabrizio Collini, who has killed respected industrial magnate Hans Meyer in his hotel suite, seemingly without motive. The case quickly becomes a high-profile event, as Collini refuses to divulge his reason for killing Meyer. As Caspar dives deeper and deeper into the case, he not only is confronted with the troubled past of the family he thought he knew so well, but he also uncovers one of the biggest judicial scandals in German history.
YOURSELF AND YOURS
When painter Youngsoo (Kim Joohyuk) learns that his girlfriend, Minjung (Lee Yooyoung), was recently seen having drinks with another man, he can’t help but question her about it. It doesn’t go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but can’t. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems she’s not herself.
THE AERIALIST
The Aerialist is about Jane “The Hawk” Hawkins, a former Olympic gymnast now making a late career as an aerialist, who arrives in LA to start rehearsals for the final tour of an aging pop diva named Aurora. She and the rest of the dancers, who have been with Aurora for over a decade, have two weeks to get the Farewell Tour ready for the road. Tensions quickly arise when Xavier, an up and coming choreographer, is brought in to direct the show. Like a wrench thrown into a well-oiled machine, Xavier creates conditions that cause members of the old dance troupe to drop out, while Jane, risking every relationship that matters, struggles to keep her job alongside new dancers half her age, pushing her body to it’s limit and beyond. This narrative drama, set in the dangerous world of aerial acrobatics and drawn from experiences lived by its star, wrestles with issues of ageism, family, and the price paid for a show that must go on.
INTO HER OWN
Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But she may be best-known for work in public spaces - imposing pieces painstakingly crafted (usually from cedar), with complex surfaces. In conversations with curators, patrons, family, and fellow artists, we come to know Ursula von Rydingsvard as a driven but compassionate sculptor with a deep commitment to her art and the world around her.
COMING SOON: AVIVA, SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER, IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, HOLA MEXICO VIRTUAL THEATRE TO CONTINUE WITH ONLINE SCREENINGS OF ACCLAIMED MEXICAN FILMS!!!!
Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre to include the upcoming screenings:
Tickets for screenings of the Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre are available at: https://xerb.tv/channel/holamexicoff/virtual-events
June 4 - 7, La Negrada--Dir. Jorge Pérez Solano
June 11, Vuelve a la vida – Dir. Carlos Hagerman
June 12, Heli – Dir. Amat Escalante
June 13, Paraíso – Dir. Mariana Chenillo
June 14, Abel – Dir. Diego Luna
Each one of the curated films will play for only twenty-four hours and will include a pre-recorded Q&A session.
Proceeds of each "ticket" will be shared with the filmmaker. When you support the festival, you support the filmmaker!
Description: The Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre presented by the Hola Mexico Film Festival series has been extended due to the online series’ popularity. The festival wants to continue giving viewers the chance to see some of the best films that have come out of Mexico in recent years and serve as a reminder of how much Mexican cinema has grown in the past two decades. The films have been specially curated for this online theater event experience.  The actual Hola Mexico Film Festival has been postponed until September 2020.  In support of the African American Community, Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre will offer the film of La Negrada (Black Mexicans) from Thursday to Sunday. Tickets are extremely reasonable and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Shot entirely in small towns throughout Oaxaca’s gorgeous Costa Chica, La Negrada is the first Mexican fiction film to portray the country’s long-neglected black population. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijrmdHp91ZE
ABOUT HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL
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. Celebrating its 12th edition, Hola Mexico Film Festival returns to Los Angeles in September 2020, offering film enthusiasts a chance to screen many beloved Mexican films and interact with the filmmakers and talent through special events.

Laemmle Virtual Cinema - Friday May 29, 2020
Cinemas around the country are beginning to re-open, though Los Angeles theaters are still at least a few weeks away from that.  It's been fascinating to see the ingenious solutions being put forth to address the various public safety concerns. In the meantime, Laemmle is offering virtual access to the Algerian drama Papicha, alongside re-releases of forgotten masterpieces The Grey Fox and Mysteries of Lisbon. There's also several new bio-docs available, including profiles of Nelson Mandela, Fernando Botero, and George Plimpton.
Details and links to the films available at the theater's website: https://www.laemmle.com/
PAPICHA
Nedjma, an 18-year-old student passionate about fashion design refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War to keep her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting up a fashion show.
STAGE: THE CULINARY INTERNSHIP
If someone asked you to work for free, what would you say? For thousands of aspiring chefs, it’s a no brainer. The opportunity to stage at a Michelin starred restaurant is not only a privilege but a compulsion.  Stage: The Culinary Internship follows a group of young chefs as they navigate their way through a nine month contract at one of the best Michelin-starred kitchens in the world, Mugaritz under world renowned Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz. It has been one of the best restaurants since 2006 according to Restaurant Magazine and has been recently been ranked fourth best in the world.
PLIMPTON
One of the great adventurers of the 20th century, George Plimpton hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, forced Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, was named the "Most Eligible Bachelor in Manhattan" by Esquire Magazine, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. Some of these things he did well. Some he didn't. But they were always amusing and inspiring.
BOTERO
Botero is a poetic documentary of one of the world's most prolific living artists, Fernando Botero. Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1932, the worldly Botero had experienced a violent and tumultuous political landscape in his youth during the Colombian civil war, which had a profound impact on his art and humanitarian inclinations. Featuring unprecedented access, the film is a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life and art of the 86-year-old master artist, whom the art world has compared to Picasso.
THE STATE AGAINST MANDELA & THE OTHERS
2018 marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth. He seized center stage during a historic trial in 1963 and 1964. But there were eight others who, like him, faced the death sentence. They too were subjected to pitiless cross-examinations. To a man they stood firm and turned the tables on the state: South Africa's apartheid regime was in the dock. Recently recovered archival recordings of those hearings transport us back into the thick of the courtroom battles.
MYSTERIES OF LISBON
Set in Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon in the 19th Century, Mysteries of Lisbon centers on the 14-year-old Joao, an orphan in a boarding school who’s compelled to discover the truth behind his parents, his origins and, thus, himself.  Raul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon, masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the illegitimate child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.
THE GREY FOX
Francis Ford Coppola proege Phillip Borsos directs this elegiac, low-key tale about real-life bandit Bill Miner that has become a classic of Canadian cinema.  Having been released from jail in 1901 following a 33-year prison sentence for robbing stagecoaches, Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) finds himself living in a society that has completely changed from the one of his youth. He tries to put his life of crime behind him and settle down in Washington state with his sister, but the quiet life does not suit him. He feels restless but uncertain as to how to proceed next. The answer comes to him when he sees Edward S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery. Soon, Miner has slipped over the border into Canada and, along with his new partner, Shorty, robs the Canadian Pacific Railway Transcontinental Express. Later, while laying low after the crime in a remote corner of British Columbia, he meets the beautiful, strong-willed photographer Kate Flynn.
COMING SOON:  TOMMASU, FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS, YOURSELF AND YOURS

Hola Mexico Virtual Theater
The Hola Mexico Film Festival is providing cinephiles the opportunity to watch the best in Mexican cinema while staying safe at home.
12th edition of Hola Mexico Film Festival to be postponed to September 2020.
The online film series starts May 21. The films have been specially curated for this online theater event experience. Info and tickets for screenings of the Hola Mexico Virtual Theater are available at:
https://xerb.tv/channel/holamexicoff/virtual-events
May 21, Los Parecidos – Dir. Isaac Ezban
May 22, El Estudiante – Dir. Roberto Girault
May 23, Revolucion- Directors- Mariana Chenillo, Fernanda Eimbcke Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Plá, Carlos Reygadas, Patrica Riggen
May 24, Oso Polar- Dir. Marcelo Tobar
May 28, Los Ojos del Mar- Dir. Jose Alvarez
May 29, Historias Del Desencanto- Dir. Alejandro Valle
May 30, El Cielo Abierto –Dir Everardo Gonzalez
May 31, Tiempos Felices-Dir- Luis Javier H.
*More films to be announced soon! With weekly screenings from Thursdays to Sundays.
Each one of the curated films will play for only twenty-four hours, and will include a pre-recorded Q&A session.
Proceeds of each "ticket" will be shared with the filmmaker.
"We're talking about some of the best films to have come out of Mexico yet were never released in the United States, or if they did screen in the U.S., it was for a limited time, and they are certainly not currently available to view anywhere else," says Samuel Douek, Founder & Director of the Hola Mexico Film Festival.

ART THEATER VIRTUAL CINEMA, Tuesday May 12, 2020
Watch these incredible new film offerings in the safety of your home, and part of the rental proceeds go to support our beloved cinemas!
Details and links to the films available at the theater's website: https://arttheatrelongbeach.org/
THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS
Cannes Best Documentary winner The Cordillera of Dreams is now available for virtual theatrical download. Patricio Guzmán left Chile more than 40 years ago when the military dictatorship took over the democratically-elected government, but he never stopped thinking about a country, a culture, and a place on the map that he never forgot. After covering the North in Nostalgia for the Light and the South in The Pearl Button, his shots get up-close with what he calls "the vast revealing backbone of Chile's past and recent history.        
Crescendo
Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi (“Alexander Penn”, “Everything for my Father”) directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo’, rising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. Lead actor Peter Simonischek (“Toni Erdmann”) stars next to a highly convincing selection of up-and-coming actors like Daniel Donskoy (“Victoria”) and Sabrina Amali (“4 Blocks”). Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi helms this gripping drama as a constantly growing “crescendo,” raising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the worldwide efforts toward understanding, humanity and peace. - Jewish Press
A White, White Day
In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason "engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” (The Hollywood Reporter).
The Women Who Loves Giraffes
In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild.  In THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES Anne (now 86) retraces her steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world’s first ‘giraffologist’, whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both.


LAEMMLE VIRTUAL CINEMA, Tuesday May 12, 2020
Watch these incredible new film offerings in the safety of your home, and part of the rental proceeds go to support our beloved cinemas!
Details and links to the films available at the theater's website: https://www.laemmle.com/   
CAPONE
Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse's mind and his past becomes present. Harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life. As he spends his final year surrounded by family with the FBI lying in wait, this ailing patriarch struggles to place the memory of the location of millions of dollars he hid away on his property.
JOSE
Jose lives with his Mother in Guatemala City - a typical lower-class existence in one of the world's most dangerous, religious, impoverished and socially conservative countries. She never had a husband, and Jose is her youngest and favorite child of five. Her life is her church and selling sandwiches at a bus stop. Jose spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic as he runs food to waiting drivers. Aloof and resigned to things as they are, he fills his free moments playing with his phone and random sex arranged on street corners and dating apps. When he meets Luis, a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected and forbidden relationship and Jose is thrust into passion and pain and self-reflection that was previously unimaginable.
JUDY & PUNCH
In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy's superior puppeteering, but Punch's driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge. In a visceral and dynamic live-action reinterpretation of the famous 16th century puppet show, writer director Mirrah Foulkes turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story, starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman.                      
THE DOG DOC
A founding father of integrative veterinary medicine, Dr. Marty Goldstein and his colleagues in South Salem, NY have created a mecca for holistic care, offering hope to scores of previously hopeless animals (and their owners).  As Goldstein and his staff interact with animals, the stakes are high and it is often touch and go as we watch the owners, some who have traveled great distances, struggle with the reality of whether or not their pets will live to see another day.
LIBERTE
Just before the French Revolution, in a forest outside Berlin, a band of libertines expelled from the court of Louis XVI rendezvous with the legendary German seducer and freethinker, the Duc de Walchen, to convince him to join in their mission: the rejection of authority and all moral boundaries. What begins as an evening of strategizing on the proliferation of libertinage, descends into a Sadean night of pansexual one-upmanship. Liberte is a singular cinematic experience only Albert Serra could deliver, a film in which increasingly dramatic acts of pain and pleasure unfold in counterpoint to cinematographer Artur Tort’s luminous images of moonlit sylvan spaces.
SWORD OF GOD
In the early Middle Ages, a contingent of knights embarks on a dangerous journey to spread Christianity and baptize the pagan inhabitants of an isolated village hidden deep in the mountains of a faraway island. After being shipwrecked, the two survivors set out to complete their mission, but as they attempt to convert the tribe, their diverging beliefs put them at odds with each other. Soon, love is confronted with hate, peace with violence, sanity with madness, and redemption with damnation. Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Bartosz Konopka, this genre-bending historical epic has been hailed as a “stunning showcase of experiential horror” (Bloody Disgusting) that “strikes with brutal clarity” (ScreenAnarchy).
COMING SOON: MILITARY WIVES, CLEMENTINE, DIANA KENNEDY

The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Virtual Screening Room Continues...
Get more information, and the necessary links, at the LAJFF Website:  https://lajfilmfest.org/
Join in May Day weekend for some comic relief in the Celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel at 72! In partnership with with Go2Films, the LAJFF and Jewish Journal are proud to to bring you these short comedies for a limited time only (a free streaming experience!):

WELCOME AND OUR CONDOLENCES (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/welcomeandourcondolences)
In 1991, the start of the Jewish immigration wave from the USSR to Israel, 12-year old Misha films his family's journey. The traumatic immigration experience turns absurd when their old aunt dies on the plane just before they land. Now, the family must to go through various levels of bureaucracy with an immigrating corpse.
AN AVERAGE STORY (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/anaveragestory  )
Avi Cohen has just been informed that he is the most average man who ever lived. Overnight, he reluctantly becomes a national icon and instant celebrity. With his wife's enthusiastic urging, they translate the situation into a business venture that goes surprisingly awry.
This offer is available for FREE with code until Monday,
May 4; ENTER PROMO CODE: Celebrating72

THE LITTLE TRAITOR, WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY LYNN ROTH
Watch the film ANYTIME for free on AMAZON PRIME or TUBI
Description:  In celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut, stream for FREE NOW the perfect movie for Israel's Independence Day! LAJFF's Audience Award Winner.  Based on the novel by Israel’s foremost author Amos 0z and starring the brilliant Alfred Molina,  the film is the story of a young boy who befriends a British soldier during the Mandate up until the day of the U.N vote for Israel to become a nation. The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Virtual Screening Room… STAY SAFE, STAY HOME where you still can WATCH MORE MOVIES!

SHORT EXPORT -MADE IN GERMANY 2020
Digital Stream on Wednesday, April 29th between 6:00 PM - 10:00PM (Pacific time).
To view the program, Copy & paste the password ShortExport*goes*LA_2020 into the appropriate field on the GOETHE INSTITUTE page: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/los/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=21830902&fbclid=IwAR0i3SOWf9mBkcgkizVPKJkYxTRCvc5pYEnP6ATaxYu9jkWx7uwY_dXyfLs   ;  Free with Password
Please note, the program is only available during the 4 hour viewing period on Wednesday, April 29th between 6:00 PM - 10:00PM (Pacific time).  Once you have access, click on the CC in the bottom right corner of the video to choose English, German, or French subtitles. You may also select to view the program "Full Screen."
Description: Celebrating its 15th edition, SHORT EXPORT -MADE IN GERMANY, the successful German-French cooperative project between the Goethe-Institut Lyon, the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, the AG Kurzfilm – German Short Film Association, German Films, and the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg, presents a curated program selected from the several hundred short films submitted to the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand. Each year, this program presents an exceptional and multi-facetted selection from recent German short film productions. This years' 85-minute SHORT EXPORT - Made in Germany program presents six current films, selected from almost 600 German submissions in Clermont-Ferrand, which illustrate the artistic, stylistic and thematic diversity of German short film making. In a humorous and unconventional manner, the films deal with home, self-optimization, strong women and weak men. A project of the Goethe-Institut Lyon, the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, the AG Kurzfilm – German Short Film Association, German Films, and the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg. SHORT EXPORT - MADE IN GERMANY 2020:
ASCONA—A place that appears to have fallen out of time, that has remained unchanged since the 1950s. A miniature golf course becomes an analogy for society.
UZI—A young woman leaves home and sets off to see the world. But the parent-daughter relationship is so strong that, in the end, these ties become destructive.
DER PROBAND—The unemployed Dominique becomes a test subject in a clinic, in order to finance the shared dream of owning a house in the countryside with his girlfriend Janine. A struggle for money and pride ensues as Dominique's body slowly reaches its limits.
FACELIFT—The greatest influencer ever? Your own subconscious mind! A man introduces us to his surreal philosophy while his head develops a life of its own.
DIE TINTE TROCKNET NICHT—Two friends, young German Muslim girls, share a flat. They go swimming together, observe the culture around them, the church, dating, relationships and each other. The film follows their paths as one of them gets to know someone, while the other goes on a journey of self-discovery.
HOT DOG—Hannah is in a love-hate relationship with her vagina. She tells the story of how her sexuality has changed over time: like that moment when she discovered the vibration function on her PlayStation controller.

Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna
Mon. 5/11, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 5/12 at 1PM, at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at:
https://www.laemmle.com/film/jonas-kaufmann-my-vienna
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=6aa748piMK8&feature=emb_logo
Description: Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna is a deeply personal tribute by the star tenor to the world-famous melodies from the birthplace of waltz and operetta. Filmed live in the magical setting of the Wiener Konzerthaus, the concert features popular Viennese music from Die Fledermaus and Wienerblut by Johann Strauss and Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, plus many classic songs inspired by the city of Vienna. Jonas Kaufmann performs with the Prague Philharmonia orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jochen Rieder and is joined by the internationally acclaimed soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen.  Jonas Kaufmann has always had a special rapport with Austria and Vienna. His grandmother had a fondness for the light classics and was happy to sing the evergreens of Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár and Robert Stolz – a nice contrast to his grandfather’s passion for Wagner. As a child, Jonas spent much of his free time on his grandparents’ farm in Tyrol. Austrian television was almost more familiar to him than its German counterpart. Since then he has had a deep love for Viennese songs and operetta. “The music always put me in a good mood”, he recalls. “When I had unlikeable things to do as a student, like cleaning or vacuuming, all I had to do was play Carlos Kleiber’s Fledermaus recording, and in no time at all I had a grin on my face.” ‘The world’s greatest tenor’ (The Telegraph)  “The most important, versatile tenor of his generation.” (New York Times)  ‘The biggest opera star in the world’ (Classic FM) ‘The tenor with the Golden voice’ (The Guardian).  Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna, is another fascinating Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Presentation.

Romeo and Juliet
Mon. 4/27, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 4/28 at 1PM
At Laemmle’s Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at:
https://www.laemmle.com/film/romeo-and-juliet-1
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=UStggtldG70&feature=emb_logo
Description:  The Bolshoi’s new production of Romeo and Juliet, captured live in Moscow on January 21, 2017!  In Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love while their families, the Montagues and Capulets, are caught in a bitter rivalry doomed to cause heart-wrenching tragedy. Alexei Ratmansky stages the company's premiere with dramatic urgency and a fresh perspective on Shakespeare's revered classic. His brilliant adaptation set to Prokofiev's romantic score reignites the story of literature's most celebrated star-crossed lovers.
Romeo and Juliet is an exciting Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Presentation.

Leonardo 500
Mon. 4/20, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 4/21 at 1PM
At Laemmle’s Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at:
https://www.laemmle.com/film/leonardo-500
…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=gFGIQrbvm8E
Description:  Leonardo 500 is a journey of discovery into the thinking and scientific legacy of Leonardo da Vinci. Starting from his codices, completely digitalized and analyzed thanks to artificial intelligence, the film reconstructs how his ideas are still valid and the basis of contemporary research and production. Leonardo 500  is another exciting  presentation in the Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Series!  

Easter in Art
Mon. 4/13, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 4/14, at 1PM
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/easter-art
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=i3vhmjzq6Xc&feature=emb_logo
Description:  Easter in Art, a wonderful Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Presentation! The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

FRIDA: Viva la Vida (Because of precautions re: COVID-19, The FRIDA CINEMA is currently closed but hopes to Open Fri. 4/3--PLEASE check their website for updates: https://thefridacinema.org/  )
Screens Mon. 4/6, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 4/7 at 1PM
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/frida-viva-la-vida
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://vimeo.com/370863344
Description: Frida: Viva la Vida—A Fascinating Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Presentation. The two sides of Frida Kahlo's spirit: on one side the revolutionary, pioneering artist of contemporary feminism and on the other, the human being, victim of her tortured body and a tormented marriage. With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist will be revealed, by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. The film alternates interviews, with original documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.

In Search of Haydn
Mon. 3/30, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 3/31 at 1PM
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/search-haydn
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=F54tc-s2HRc&feature=emb_logo  
Description: In Search of Haydn, an incredible Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Presentation!  “Joyous, thrilling, informative and accessible.” ~ Empire.  “Quietly inspiring." ~ The Times.  “The film rescues Haydn from any neglect he may previously have suffered." ~ The Sunday Times. “Bracing, refreshing... simply very good indeed." ~ The Guardian.  Phil Grabsky’s biographical account of Joseph Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breathtaking performances by some of the world’s most celebrated musicians. By speaking to some of the greatest exponents of Haydn’s music, this film redresses the balance and sheds light on the master and his work. Haydn’s life spanned from the end of the Baroque period to Napoleon’s invasion of Vienna, outliving his younger friend Mozart. He was one of the most prolific composers, producing more than 100 symphonies, 64 quartets, 16 extant operas, 51 piano sonatas and the oratorios The Creation and The Seasons. Through intimate and revealing interviews with experts and detailed extracts from Haydn’s personal recollections, the audience gains tremendous insight not only into Haydn’s music but an appreciation of the artist himself. The emphasis of the film, as with all the ‘In Search Of’ films, is on the performance – and interpretation – of the works of Haydn, the composer both Mozart and Beethoven looked up to.

Swan Lake
Mon. 3/23, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 3/24 at 1PM
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/swan-lake-4
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=LsUBCKT75BE
Description:  Swan Lake, a stunningly beautiful Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Presentation!  The Bolshoi Ballet, Captured Live, with music by Pytor IlYich Tchaikovsky, choreography by Yuri Grigorovich. Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious and magnetic swan-woman, Odette, by the lake and is captivated. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences. Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns for a live broadcast of the most-beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see.

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles Presents the Second Annual Celebration of Liminal Spaces and States of Being in Film …(This screening has been postponed; PLEASE check the website for updates: https://downtownindependent.com/about-our-theater/ )
CINE NEPANTLA—FEATURING The 2018 Mexican horror mockumentary, FERAL
FREE
Thursday, March 19, 7:30PM
Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St. Los Angeles CA 90012
LACLA curator and screenwriter Guido Segal will host a question and answer session with Kaiser following the screening.
For more information, please visit: lacla.org
Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/L9jRHTiyfHk
Description:  Directed by the emerging Mexican filmmaker Andrés Kaiser, FERAL takes place in the majestic landscape of the Oaxacan mountains, where videotape diaries and interviews reveal a shocking series of horrific events involving a psychoanalyst priest and his children patients.  Somewhere in the Oaxacan mountains are the burnt-out remains of a shelter that housed a psychoanalyst priest who was obsessed with rehabilitating savage children to place them back into society. Through videotape diaries, viewers are treated to a portrait of a man whose singular pursuit of this goal saw him excommunicated from the church he holds dear, separated from society, and plagued by a self-doubt which chipped away at his humanity. However, a more sinister picture begins to emerge as interviews with individuals from the nearby village and his close family appear.  Kaiser’s found-footage documentary weaves a spellbinding tale by featuring deep character explorations that threatens to spill into malevolence at any moment. Examining questions of blind faith, trust, and doubt, Kaiser explores the individual in relation to the church through a critical lens that highlights the hypocrisies prevalent within religion and builds on the idea of the “other,” an ostracized figure both feared and reviled.  The videotape diaries reveal conflicting elements: the nobility of the disgraced priest’s mission at odds with the unnatural goings-on that appear at the edges, leaving the audience unsettled. Kaiser keeps the truth hidden as long as possible, hinting at the horrors that lay buried deep within the film. A small cast of remarkable actors helps keep the atmosphere tense and frightening in the build-up to a haunting and unforgettable climax. Feral is a compelling debut that marks Kaiser as a talent to watch.

BLOW THE MAN DOWN
Sorry to say that the March 18th Special Advanced Screening of BLOW THE MAN DOWN has been cancelled because of precautions re: COVID-19. BLOW THE MAN DOWN will be viewable on Amazon Prime starting March 20.
See  the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWM1U_kd0rE&feature=emb_logo
Description:  Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s rocky coast. Grieving the loss of their mother and facing an uncertain future, Mary Beth & Priscilla Connolly cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man.  To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deeper into Easter Cove’s underbelly and uncover the town matriarchs' darkest secrets. Tribeca Film Festival, Best Screenplay, Winner; AFI Official Selection; Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival.  Available at Amazon Prime Video 3/20/20.  More info at Amazon’s website: https://www.amazon.com/Blow-Man-Down-Morgan-Saylor/dp/B084H2K28P 

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait
Mon. 3/16, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 3/17 at 1PM
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/lucian-freud-self-portrait
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=jWwpVmgvFog&feature=emb_logo
Description: Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait, a fabulous Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Presentation! For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits. The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of aging and the process of self-representation.  This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for EXHIBITION ON SCREEN to reveal the life’s work of a master in one show.

Frida: Viva la Vida (Because of precautions re: COVID-19, The FRIDA CINEMA is currently closed but hopes to Open Fri. 4/3--PLEASE check their website for updates: https://thefridacinema.org/  )
A FREE Screening…..And A Chance to HELP!!!
Sunday, March 15th at 1:30pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Website Event Page: https://thefridacinema.org/event/9-to-5/
Description: Downtown Santa Ana's The Frida Cinema will host a benefit screening of 80's classic 9 TO 5 to help raise funds, clothes, and spirits for fellow non-profit organization Working Wardrobes.  Screening is free-of-charge, with the organizers asking guests to bring cash donations, gift cards, and/or suits, dresses, dress shirts, dress shoes, and belts -- all of which will support the rebuilding efforts of Working Wardrobes.  On February 2nd, tragedy struck the Irvine headquarters of Working Wardrobes – a non-profit whose mission to help low-income individuals find placement in the workforce has served over 105,000 job seekers – when a devastating fire broke out, ultimately claiming 100% of the charity’s belongings, including computers, files, and thousands of business/professional clothing items intended for recipients of their services. An initiative hash-tagged #RebuildWW has been actively helping to raise funds and clothes to help this organization rebuild, and this special benefit screening has been organized in answer to this important call for support. Tustin's N2 Tax & Bookkeeping has generously sponsored this event, ensuring that 100% of funds and items collected will be donated to Working Wardrobes. ABOUT THE FILM 9 TO 5: Judy (Jane Fonda), Violet (Lily Tomlin), and Doralee (Dolly Parton) are three smart and savvy co-workers who endure sexual harassment, condescension, and other indignities levied upon them by their “sexist egotistical lying hypocritical bigot” Mr. Hart (Dabney Coleman). When a freak accident occurs and the boss is suddenly unable to, uh, untie himself to resume his duties, the inventive trio seize the opportunity to make some productive, positive changes back at the office. “9 to 5 is tremendous fun.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. “[Parton] is, on the basis of this one film, a natural-born movie star, a performer who holds our attention so easily that it’s hard to believe it’s her first film.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. “9 to 5 has laughs from beginning to end, a catchy theme song, clever editing techniques, and inspirational characters who prove that we’re better united than divided. If you haven’t already seen 9 to 5 you’re missing out.” – Tuesday Blue, Film Inquiry

#AnneFrank Parallel Stories
Mon. 3/9, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 3/10 at 1PM
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/annefrank-parallel-stories
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 BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP!!!
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfIJgmrwLe0
Description: A  historical Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Presentation!  #AnneFrank Parallel Stories is a powerful retelling of Anne Frank's life through the pages of her extraordinary diary, guided by the Academy-Award winning actress Helen Mirren, and through the lives of five women who, as young girls, were also deported to concentration camps but survived the Holocaust. As a dedication to what would have been her 90th anniversary --and in cooperation with the Anne Frank Foundation --the documentary takes audiences into Anne's room within the secret annex of her family's hiding place before being deported, and through read excerpts of her diary intertwined with the experiences of the survivors who lived to tell their own parallel stories.
Special Note: A Q&A with Michael Berenbaum, renowned Holocaust scholar and expert in the film, will take place after the screening at the Royal!!

SORRY WE MISSED YOU
Call 818-985-2711 to request a complementary pair of available tickets for a screening of your choice March 9-12 at the Nuart Theater, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
Nuart Theater (11272 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025)
More info can be had at the Nuart’s website: https://www.landmarktheatres.com/los-angeles/nuart-theatre/film-info/sorry-we-missed-you  and the Zeitgeist Films website: https://zeitgeistfilms.com/film/sorrywemissedyou
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzkYwJH91xE&feature=emb_logo
Description:  The British working class is once again the empathetic subject of the new film by master director Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake; The Wind That Shakes the Barley; Sweet Sixteen), a wrenching, intimate family drama that exposes the dark side of the so-called “gig economy.” Ricky (Kris Hitchen), a former laborer, and his home-attendant wife Abby (Debbie Honeywood), parents of two teenagers, lost their home in the 2008 financial crash and are desperate to make a better life for their family. When an opportunity comes for Ricky to work as his own boss as a delivery driver, they sell their only asset, Abby’s car, to trade it in for a shiny new white van and the dream that Ricky can work his way up to someday owning his own delivery franchise. But instead, it all goes wrong. Starts Friday, 3/6 at the Nuart Theater! Capturing the sacred moments that make a family as well as the acts of desperation needed to make it through each day, this universal story is skillfully and indelibly told with unforgettable performances and a searing script by Loach’s long-time collaborator Paul Laverty. (In English with English subtitles.) Read the Film Club Review here:
https://www.facebook.com/1718261665115719/photos/a.1718312808443938/2581110675497476/?type=3&theater 

Super Tuesday Results on the Frida Cinema's BIG Screen!
Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Tuesday, March 3 - 6pm. Admission to this event is free
Get more info at: https://thefridacinema.org/event/super-tuesday-2020/
Description:  Watch the Super Tuesday results for the Democratic Primary as they come in with friends and neighbors — on the big screen at The Frida! The day where the biggest number of states hold primary elections in a given election cycle, Super Tuesday has the power to make or break presidential candidates.  Past Super Tuesday winners include Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney, all of whom went on to win their respective party’s nomination. As such, the stakes are high, and watching the news coverage can often be as thrilling as watching a movie — so take it all in at a cinema!  Admission to this event is free, with doors opening at 6PM.  Whether you’re feeling the Bern, supporting Mayor Pete, like all of them, dislike all of them, and whether you’re a Democrat or an Independent or Republican or Whig or Undecided Voter, all are welcome! NO RSVP necessary – they’ll keep packing their auditorium until they’re full!

MARCH 3 | FOR THE PEOPLE
ARRAY CREATIVE CAMPUS-180 Glendale Blvd #5826, Los Angeles, CA 90026
FREE SCREENING with your "I Voted" Sticker -OR- with advance RSVP via www.ARRAYNow.com !
Description:  VOTE…THEN ENJOY A FREE FILM SCREENING!!!!  ARRAY is thrilled to host a day of film screenings reflecting on democracy and politics through a global cinema lens THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 3 - Super Tuesday!  The ARRAY line-up features work by Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón, Saudi Arabia’s first female director, Haifaa Al-Mansour, one of the first African American women directors to emerge in the 1960s, trailblazing filmmaker Madeline Anderson, and award-winning Italian documentary filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo.  Vote and then come watch a film with ARRAY! All showings at our creative campus in Historic Filipinotown are FREE with your "I Voted" Sticker -OR- with advance RSVP via www.ARRAYNow.com!
 --12:00PM | INTEGRATION REPORT 1 (1960) with I AM SOMEBODY (1970) by Madelaine Anderson (RT 50min)  In I AM SOMEBODY nearly 400 poorly paid black women hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina strike to demand union recognition and a wage increase. And in INTEGRATION REPORT 1, the struggle for black equality is examined on the front lines of the fight for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Alabama; Brooklyn, New York; and Washington, D.C. *50th & 60th Anniversaries respectively*
--2:00PM | CHILDREN OF MEN (2006) directed by Alfonso Cuaron (RT 1hr 54min)  When infertility threatens mankind with extinction, a disillusioned journalist becomes an unlikely champion in the fight for human survival.
--5:00PM | THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1967) directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (RT 2hr 1min)  A recreation of the events that took place in the capital city of French Algeria between November 1954 and December 1957, during the Algerian War of Independence.
--7:30PM | THE PERFECT CANDIDATE (2019) by Haifaa Al-Mansour (RT 1hr 44min)  A determined young Saudi doctor inadvertently runs for local political office and her family and community struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate.

In Search of Chopin
Mon. 3/2, at 7:30 PM, and Tues. 3/3 at 1PM
Laemmle’s Laemmle Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/search-chopin
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=KMRwaQ4DeA4&feature=emb_logo
Description: Another Incredible Laemmle Theaters’ Culture Vulture Presentation: In Search of Chopin! "A superb account providing an understanding of the creative impulse and how it is captured and expressed." ~ The National Business Review.  "An indelible portrait offering a rich and personal insight into Chopin the man and his music." ~ URBANCINEFILE.  Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the most notorious transvestite in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written? How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights? For four years, award-winning Phil Grabsky travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin. Some of the world’s best musicians provide the music, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and the Orchestra of the 18th Century. Funny, heartbreaking, inspirational – this film has been called the first to really illustrate the true nature of this remarkable and still widely-loved composer.

Giselle
This magical Laemmle Culture Vulture feature screens Mon. 2/24 at 7:30 PM and Tues., 2/25 at 1PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/giselle-0
...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!!!
Description:  Giselle touches upon great and universal romantic themes. In this brand new production, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew. Filmed at the Bolshoi in Moscow, with music by the prolific opera and ballet composer Adolphe Adam.

EN LA PALMA DE TU MANO (IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND)
All KPFK Listeners are invited to call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets!  You don’t have to be a KPFK Film Club Member for this one, but please consider, when you call, JOINING the Film Club and ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP!!!!
Sunday, February 23, at 3:00PM
Downtown Independent, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Visit Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles ( https://lacla.org/  ) and the theater’s website ( https://downtownindependent.com/playing-soon/  )for ticket and other info.
Description: The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) presents a special screening of the renowned Mexican film EN LA PALMA DE TU MANO (IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND,) directed by Roberto Gavaldón and starring Arturo de Córdova.  The 1951 film is considered by many critics to be one of the best movies of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.  En la palma de tu mano was nominated for 11 Ariel Awards and won 8, including Best Picture and Best Director. Featuring a memorable score by Gavaldón’s regular collaborator Raúl Lavista and crisp black and white cinematography, the film remains as alluring as when it hit the theaters in 1951. This captivating film noir features Arturo de Córdova as an unscrupulous clairvoyant who swindles wealthy women using the information that his wife Clara, a hairdresser in a beauty parlor, provides him. His life takes an unexpected turn when he tries to blackmail the beautiful widow Ada Romano, played by Leticia Palma, and falls in love. About Arturo de Córdova: Among the many talented personalities in Mexican cinematic history, perhaps none is as predictable as Arturo de Córdova, who acted in over one hundred films. Graced with a movie star’s handsome looks and a sonorous voice, he might have been an accomplished romantic lead or action hero. Instead, he shined as a complex, sophisticated character, capable of turning generic character types inside out. His flair for fractured, ambivalent, ironic and inscrutable characters flew in the face of traditional machismo, shedding a feminine light on the figure of the Mexican man. Born in Mérida, Mexico, Córdova had a relatively short tenure in Hollywood, during which he portrayed romantic leads, adventurous heroes and rascals. His return to Mexico led to some of the most astonishing films of his prolific career, including En la palma de tu mano (In the palm of your hand) and El esqueleto de la señora Morales (The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales). Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Matthew Bourne's Romeo + Juliet
This wonderful Laemmle Culture Vulture feature screens Mon. 2/17 at 7:30 PM and Tues., 2/18 at 1PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/matthew-bournes-romeo-juliet
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=JsSFV8B4CI4&feature=emb_logo
Description: Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet has been hailed as ‘the single most eagerly awaited dance show for 2019’ by The Daily Telegraph.  This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict is set in the not-too-distant future in ‘The Verona Institute.’ Here ‘difficult’ young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit and individuality.  Our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.  A timeless story of forbidden love, repressed emotions and teenage discovery, filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas. Directed and Choreographed by MATTHEW BOURNE, with music by SERGEI PROKOFIEV.

Just Mercy
Starts Fri., Feb. 14
Art Theater, 2025 E 4th St,, Long Beach, CA 90814
Get more info about the film at
https://arttheatrelongbeach.org/   …
…AND, call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to a screening of your choice at the amazing Art Theater, 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=4&v=GVQbeG5yW78&feature=emb_logo
Description:  Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “The Glass Castle,” “Captain Marvel”) star in Just Mercy an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen. Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s powerful and thought-provoking true-story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson.) One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx,) who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them.

Earth
This important Laemmle Culture Vulture feature screens Mon. 2/10 at 7:30 PM and Tues., 2/11 at 1PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/earth-1
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=1RQ3yFmDz-E   
Description: Winner--Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin International Film Festival.  “One of the most important and poignant environmental documentaries in recent years.” – Cineuropa. EARTH was filmed at seven locations that humans have transformed on a grand scale: Entire mountains being moved in California; a tunnel being sliced through rock at the Brenner Pass; an open-cast mine in Hungary; a marble quarry in Italy; a copper mine in Spain; the salt mine used to store radioactive waste in Wolfenbüttel; and a tar sands landscape in Canada. Initially shown from above as abstract paintings, these terrains are subsequently explored on the ground: The film weaves together observational footage of machines in operation with conversations with the workers. Alongside statements on work processes, environmental damage and technological change, EARTH makes this constructed world visible in unique fashion by subtly paring it down: the piles of grey matter, hills and mountains. The blackness and the cracks. The sandy landscapes, criss-crossed by an array of mechanical devices that scuttle about like caterpillars or worms. The dimensions are gigantic, the proportions out of control; the world has slipped from humanity’s grasp. “There is always a bigger machine, a bigger engine and when all fails there is dynamite. We always win,” boasts a quarry worker. Or do we?  “This documentary depicts searing images of the destruction of Earth’s topography and candid conversations with workers, engineers, and scientists. The jury commends the lamentation for Mother Earth spoken by an aboriginal Canadian woman at the conclusion of the film, which is an invitation to reflect on our responsibility.” ~ Jury statement, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlinale Forum 2019.  “Geyrhalter proves again that he is a unique figure in world cinema." ~ Guardian.  “High ambition is matched by impressive execution, resulting in a thought-provoking contribution to ongoing ecological debates.” ~ Hollywood Reporter.  Director, producer, writer and cinematographer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. Geyrhalter’s static-camera, well-paced observational films tackle their subjects head-on, whether it’s exploring the terrain in Chernobyl, Ukraine (Pripyat), tracing the route of the Dakar Rally (7915 Km), or investigating the production of processed foods (Our Daily Bread).

A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN FILM
4 FREE Fantastic Films From Which to Choose.
Sat. Feb. 8, starting at 11AM
Array Creative Campus, 180 Glendale Blvd.
Register for tickets (first come first served) at http://www.arraynow.com/amanda-cinema
Description: ARRAY just announced a new pop-up screening series that they are hosting in partnership with Reebok! Register for free tickets online—choose from 4 fantastic films: HONEY BOY directed by Alam Har'el, QUEEN AND SLIM directed by Melina Matsoukas, LATE NIGHT directed by Nisha Ganatra, THE FAREWELL directed by Lulu Wang.

Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones
Saturday, Feb 8, 8:00 pm
Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Get more info at the Frida’s website:  https://thefridacinema.org/event/rolling-stone-life-and-death-of-brian-jones/
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!!!  Tickets are very limited and subject to availability so you’ll want to call right away!
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E96ZOaesGoQ
Description:  Director Danny Garcia explores the misadventures of one of the 60s’ biggest rock stars in the new documentary Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones. Topping the charts with The Rolling Stones and dating actress Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones emerged as the face and poster boy of the Bohemian Swingin’ London scene.  However, his excessive lifestyle ended up costing him dearly, with him succumbing to the acid-ridden lifestyle so prevalent at the time. Targeted by the authorities and media, he spiraled out of control and lost Anita as well as the respect of his fellow Stones. Two years later, Brian was found at the bottom of his swimming pool, with the verdict found to be death by misadventure. Diving into the strange circumstances surrounding Jones’ shocking death, Rolling Stone is an intriguing look at one of rock’s greatest icons.

THEY'VE GOTTA HAVE US
ARRAY’s Creative Campus, 180 Glendale Blvd., LA 90026.
Wednesday, February 5th
At 6PM or 8PM
The filmmaker Simon Frederick will be here to participate in a conversation + reception at 7:15PM.
All KPFK Listeners are invited to call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to either screening and the reception.
You can also reserve tickets directly for the 6PM screening + reception at https://www.goelevent.com/ARRAYReleasing/e/THEYVEGOTTAHAVEUS
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D5Dhk0LJBQ
Description:  THEY'VE GOTTA HAVE US is a dynamic chronicle of art, activism and race in Black Cinema featuring in-depth interviews with some of Hollywood’s most iconic voices. ARRAY will premiere the full docu-series on Netflix on February 5, 2020. THEY'VE GOTTA HAVE US was conceived, produced and directed by Simon Frederick, a UK-based self-taught artist, photographer, filmmaker and broadcaster. The series features revealing interviews with Diahann Carroll, John Singleton, Kasi Lemmons, John Boyega, Harry Belafonte, Robert Townsend, David Oyelowo, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne, Kasi Lemmons and Barry Jenkins are among the many barrier-breaking filmmakers and stars featured in THEY'VE GOTTA HAVE US. The series also includes clips from and commentary about such seminal films as Carmen Jones, Claudine, Lilies of the Field, Do The Right Thing, Boyz in the Hood, Hollywood Shuffle, Black Panther and Moonlight.

In Search of Beethoven
A marvelous Laemmle Culture Vulture feature screening Mon. 2/03 at 7:30 PM and Tues., 2/04 at 1PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/search-beethoven
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=dAkWBMdoBrQ&feature=emb_logo     
Description: “[A] highly entertaining and informative biography, presenting Beethoven as a working artist rather than a caricatured grumpy genius.” -- Jonathan Lennie, TimeOut London.  From Seventh Art Productions, the makers of In Search of Mozart, award-winning filmmaker Phil Grabsky returns with a new feature-length biographical film In Search of Beethoven.  In Search of Beethoven has brought together the world’s leading performers and experts on Beethoven to reveal new insights into this legendary composer. The line-up of performers and interviewees includes Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, Frans Brüggen, Ronald Brautigam, Hélène Grimaud, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Paul Lewis, Lars Vogt, and Emanuel Ax among others. The film will be narrated by Juliet Stevenson and young RSC actor David Dawson. Phil Grabsky is one of the UK's leading film-makers. He has specialized in arts, biographical and historical documentaries for over 20 years for television and cinema. Recent highlights have included the award-winning cinema films The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, Heavy Water - a Film for Chernobyl, Escape from Luanda.  As Time Out described it,“Phil Grabsky's In Search of Mozart can't be bettered...Gush-free, serious, but with an exciting sense of occasion”. Other highlights include historical programmes with Terry Jones for the BBC and Discovery, major films on Pelé and Muhammed Ali and more than 100 visual arts programmes with Tim Marlow for channel Five and Sky Arts. His arts programmes, which are informative, engaging and stimulating, reveal both a seriousness of purpose and his wide interests. ‘One of the finest movies about a great musician I've ever seen’--Philip French – Observer.  ‘A hit...it was so terrific I wept’--Angie Errigo - Mail on Sunday.  ‘In Search of Beethoven is fit for a maestro…As good as Grabsky’s In Search of Mozart which also took the usual cliches about the man and gently tore them apart’--Evening Standard

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2020: LIVE ACTION, DOCUMENTARY, and ANIMATED at the LAEMMLE’S Pasadena Playhouse 7!!
All KPFK Listeners Are Invited to Call in for Available Tickets!!!
Fri 1/31 thru 2/6
Laemmle’s Playouse 7, 673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
Get more info at the Playhouse 7’s website: https://www.laemmle.com/series/2020-oscar-nominated-shorts
Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets; you don’t have to be a KPFK Film Club Member for these events, but please, when you call, consider JOINING the KPFK Film Club and enjoy the benefits of membership!!!
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=L51rz7wmPac&feature=emb_logo
Description:  Don't miss this rare opportunity to see all five Academy Award nominees in the categories of Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, AND the Documentary Shorts at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7!!
The Live Action Program includes: Brotherhood (Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden), about a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia who is deeply shaken when his oldest son returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife; Nefta Football Club (France/Tunisia), in which two young brothers come across a donkey in the desert—wearing headphones over its ears; The Neighbors’ Window (USA), the story of a frustrated wife and mother whose life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street and she discovers that she can see into their apartment; Saria (USA), the tale of two inseparable orphaned sisters as they fight against daily abuse and unimaginable hardship at Virgen de La Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala; and A Sister (Belgium), about a woman in trouble who must make the most important call of her life.
The Animated Program includes: Daughter (Czech Republic), about a daughter who recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her father; Hair Love (USA), a heartfelt story centering around the relationship between an African-American father, his young daughter, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across—doing his daughter’s hair for the first time; Kitbull (USA), revealing the unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull; Mémorable (France), about a painter who begins experiencing strange events—slowly, furniture, objects and people lose their realism, sometimes disintegrating; and Sister (China/USA), in which a man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently? This program will be rounded out with additional animated shorts.
The Documentary Shorts Program includes: Life Overtakes Me -tells the story of traumatized children of the refugee diaspora who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into a coma-like state. in Sweden, over 400 refugee children have been afflicted with this life-threatening psychosomatic illness, and the film accompanies two of them and their families on their frightening odyssey through Resignation Syndrome; Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) - in Afghanistan, many young girls are not allowed to participate in sports. Cultural and religious norms, along with other factors such as safety concerns and years of warfare, have resulted in limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls, especially those who come from impoverished neighborhoods. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything. Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) tells the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write - and skateboard - in Kabul; In the Absence-When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from the national authorities; Walk Run Cha-Cha - Paul and Millie Cao fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Years later they finally reunited in California. Now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time on the dance floor. Shot over a period of six years, Walk Run Cha-Cha is an intimate, beautifully-crafted story about immigration, transformation and the power of love; St. Louis Superman - Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson, Missouri activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.


THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS
Art Theater, 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Screenings start Fri., Jan. 31
Get More Info at: https://arttheatrelongbeach.org/film/2020-oscar-shorts/
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjAKS8CoZ8E
AND…. Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to all the Shorts programs, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK FILM CLUB and enjoy the fun!!!
Description: THE EVENT YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR!!  For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Jan. 31st. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 9th.

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ANIMATED SHORTS
Dcera (Daughter) – Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic, 15 min.
Hair Love – Matthew A. Cherry, USA, 7 min.
Kitbull – Rosana Sullivan, USA, 9 min.
Memorable – Bruno Collet, France, 12 min.
Sister – Siqi Song, China/USA, 8 min.
Plus a selection of additional animated shorts, TBD

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LIVE ACTION SHORTS
Brotherhood – Meryan Joobeur, Tunisia, 25 min.
Nefta Football Club – Yves Piat, Tunisia/France, 17 min.
The Neighbors’ Window – Marshall Curry, USA, 20 min.
Saria – Bryan Buckley, USA, 23 min.
A Sister – Delphine Girard, Belgium, 16 min.

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DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if You’re a Girl) - Carol Dysinger, UK, 39 min.
Life Overtakes Me - John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, Sweden/USA, 39 min.
In the Absence - Yi Seung-Jun, South Korea, 28 min.
St. Louis Superman - Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, USA, 28 min.
Walk Run Cha-Cha - Laura Nix, USA, 21 min.

CINE NUEVA ONDA (FILM NEW WAVE)--Celebrating experimental Latinx & Latin American film!
Thursday, January 30, 6:30PM
Luckman Intimate Theatre at Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles CA 90032
For more information https://lacla.org/
Free Event
Description:  In the spirit of #MoreLatinosInHollywood,  an exciting free film event!!  Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles proudly presents: CINE NUEVA ONDA, featuring two films by Puerto Rican Director Natalia Lassalle-Morillo: Retiro (RETIREMENT) & La Ruta (THE ROUTE.)  Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) kicks off its 2020 season with two films by director, visual artist, filmmaker, sound artist, and performer Natalia Lassalle-Morillo.  Retiro is a multimedia documentary and performance project that reconstructs memories of the director’s mother through interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and reenactments performed by the director herself. Retiro focuses on collaboration between Lassalle-Morillo and her mother, Gloria Morillo. After her grandmother’s death, Lassalle-Morillo interviews her mother who was 62 at the time about her process of grieving, her daily life, her memories growing up in Puerto Rico, and most importantly about the transformation her body is undergoing at this age and her outlook on the future. After several months of interviews, Lassalle-Morillo and her mother decide to make a film together. La Ruta is an experimental documentary that depicts the now abandoned infrastructure, natural landscapes, and off-road sites of Puerto Rico’s Panoramic Route. La Ruta visually traces the now debilitated infrastructure, unkempt natural landscapes and off-road sites of Puerto Rico’s Panoramic Route, the brainchild of the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico Luís Muñoz Marín.  The Panoramic Route was intended to provide a way for locals and tourists to connect to the island’s traditional heartland and was part of an agenda that sought to modernize the country through the construction of infrastructure and social programs. Artists Christopher Gregory, Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, and Erika P. Rodriguez conduct an investigation which results in a road trip through the Panoramic Route, exploring how progress is defined by the residents of the towns adjacent to the route.  Natalia Lassalle-Morillo’s work focuses on the convergence of traditional narratives, autobiography and re-imagined history in live and permanent artistic mediums.  Born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, she received her BFA from the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University and an MFA in Theatre Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. She has been an artist-in-residence at the MiamiLight Project, the Miami Theatre Center, the Fonderie Darling in Montréal, and Konvent in Catalonia, Spain. Her work has been shown in galleries, theatres and venues in Miami, Berlin, Spain, Korea, Los Angeles, New York, and Puerto Rico.

Gauguin from the National Gallery, London
A wonderful Laemmle Culture Vulture feature screening Mon. 1/27 at 7:30 PM and Tues., 1/28 at 1PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/gauguin-national-gallery-london
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=Un825WK4sxY&feature=emb_logo
Description: This fascinating new cinema event, Gauguin from the National Gallery, London, opens with a brand-new documentary about the life and work of Paul Gauguin, one of the world’s most popular and important artists. Filmed in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the UK, this cinematic film explores Gauguin’s extraordinary – and at times controversial – artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, artists and world experts. It is followed by an exclusive private view of the National Gallery exhibition, The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits, just after it opened in London.  The cinema audience will be given an engaging and lively guided tour by the exhibition curators and guest contributors, bringing this first-ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits to the big screen with stunning close-ups and illuminating insights.

Color Out of Space
Frida Cinema (305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701)
Friday, Jan 24 thru Thursday, Jan 30.
Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to a screening of your choice, IF you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
Get more info from The Frida’s website: https://thefridacinema.org/event/color-out-of-space/
See the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=agnpaFLo0to&feature=emb_logo
Description: Rejoice O ye Fans of HP Lovecraft—director Richard Stanley is bringing one of the horror writer’s greatest stories to the big screen with Color Out of Space! Starring Mandy‘s very own Nicolas Cage, the film follows a family that relocates to a remote area for peace and quiet. When a meteorite crashes nearby however, strange plants start appearing and the family members start to notice a color they have never seen before. Based on source material that’s been cited as an inspiration on everything from The Blob to Stephen King, Color Out of Space is sure to mix B-movie pulp with neon-drenched existential psychedelic horror.

Afterward
A Laemmle Culture Vulture feature screening Mon. 1/20 at 7:30 PM and Tues., 1/21 at 1PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/afterward
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=ZSw1jeyE6NI&feature=emb_logo
Description: A brilliant personal exploration of the psychological obstacles to peace in the Middle East -- Lawrence Wright Jerusalem-born trauma expert Ofra Bloch forces herself to confront her demons in a journey that takes her to Germany, Israel and Palestine. Set against the current wave of fascism and anti-Semitism sweeping the globe, AFTERWARD delves into the secret wounds carried by victims as well as victimizers, through testimonies ranging from the horrifying to the hopeful. Seen as a victim in Germany and a perpetrator in Palestine, Ofra faces those she was raised to hate and dismiss as she searches to understand the identity-making narratives of the Holocaust and the Nakba, violent and non-violent resistance, and the possibility of forgiveness.

The Lighthouse
Frida Cinema (305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701)
Friday, Jan 17 and Saturday, Jan 18
Get more info from The Frida’s website: https://thefridacinema.org/event/the-lighthouse/
…AND, call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to a screening of your choice, 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=42_UHhpq530&feature=emb_logo
Description: The Lighthouse at the Fabulous FRIDA CINEMA in Santa Ana!! Fans of hypnotic horror are in for a treat with The Lighthouse, the second film by The Witch director Robert Eggers. Robert Pattinson and Academy Award-nominee Willem Dafoe play two lighthouse keepers in the 19th century. Stationed on a remote New England island, the two men keep themselves busy during the day and drink together by night.  As time goes on and the two get to know each other, strange things begin to occur while a storm slowly brews outside…Hailed by critics for its surreal story and striking visuals, The Lighthouse is also bolstered by the towering performances of Pattinson and Dafoe.

The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders
This Laemmle Culture Vulture feature screens Mon. 1/13 at 7:30 PM and Tues., 1/14 at 1PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7 , Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Get More Info at: https://www.laemmle.com/film/prado-museum-collection-wonders
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=OSIvsf5-COg&feature=emb_logo
Description: THE PRADO MUSEUM: A COLLECTION OF WONDERS celebrates the 200th anniversary of the storied Prado Museum -- one of the most-visited museums in the world.
Hosted by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, this cinematic journey offers viewers a spell-binding experience, telling the story of Spain and beyond, through the works of Vélazquez, Rubens, Titian, Mantegna, Bosch, Goya, El Greco, and more.

Troop Zero
All Listeners Are Invited to Call 818-985-2711 to Request Available Complimentary Tickets to a
Special Advanced Screening of This Warm-Hearted Comedy/Drama:
Saturday, January 11th , 11am
Pacific Theatres at The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Learn more about TROOP ZERO, an Amazon Original airing Jan. 11th, at: https://www.facebook.com/troopzeromovie/
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi4C6GncmQ4
Description:  In a tiny Georgia town in 1977, a motherless girl dreams of life beyond the confines of her trailer-park home in Troop Zero.  Every night, Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace) sits under a starry sky with a flashlight, signaling to extraterrestrial visitors that never arrive. Sensitive, imaginative and deeply lonely, Christmas and her equally eccentric best friend Joseph are the ultimate misfits in their rural hometown of Wiggly, Georgia. Christmas learns that the winners of the annual Birdie Scout Jamboree talent contest will be included on a recording to be sent into space for posterity, and her mission in life becomes to join the Scouts and win Jamboree. Blackballed by the snobbish local Birdie Scout troop and their uptight leader Miss Massey (Allison Janney), Christmas rallies a group of elementary-school outliers to start their own chapter. With grudging help from her dad’s irascible office manager, Miss Rayleen (Viola Davis), Christmas and her crew have to bypass every roadblock Miss Massey can muster.From Christmas’ solitary late-night vigils to a final show-stopping musical performance, Troop Zero is an endearing and magical tale set against a backdrop of beloved hits of the ’70s, as Christmas forges friendships that will change her life and help her find a real family. 

Uncut Gems
Frida Cinema (305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701)
Friday, Jan 10 thru Thursday, Jan 16.
Get more info from The Frida’s website: https://thefridacinema.org/event/uncut-gems/
…AND, call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to a screening of your choice, 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=yfP2Qeso7Z8&feature=emb_logo
Description: A24 presents Uncut Gems, an electrifying new crime thriller from directing duo Josh and Benny Safdie. Starring Adam Sandler, the film follows the story of New York gambler Howard Ratner. Stumbling across a score that could potentially set him up for life, Howard places risky bets that force him to balance his personal life and relationships with his shady activities. Will his gamble pay off, or will it backfire and crumble his life into dust? Carried by a compelling story and a powerful performance from Sandler, Uncut Gems is a potent drama as well as a worthy follow-up to the Safdies’ Good Time.

Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory)
Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Screens Friday, Dec 13 thru Sunday, Dec 22
Get more info at: https://thefridacinema.org/event/pain-and-glory/
…AND… call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of tickets to a screening of your choice, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP!!!
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEjFOkCKb3g&feature=emb_logo
Description: Experience the highs and the lows in the life of Salvador Mallo, the protagonist of Academy Award-winner Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory). Salvador is an aging movie director declining not only in health but creativity as well. Hoping to reconnect with both his past and his present, he goes through a series of encounters with foes, lovers, and memories from his childhood.  Encompassing love, mortality, and recovery, it’s an intimate journey about creation, the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life, and the passions that give it meaning and hope. Featuring Almodovar regulars Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, and Julieta Serrano, Pain and Glory is a beautiful and deeply personal film.  “Almodovar makes this internal trip a spellbinding and soulful exercise – whatever other things he has in common with his avatar here, being creatively blocked isn’t one of them.” – Rob Thomas, Capital Times.  “As an emotional narrative it is a spectacularly engaging work, an evocation of one man’s life so rich and moving that it burrows deep and will not be dislodged.” – Robert W. Butler, Butler’s Cinema Scene.  “Pedro Almodovar has cast Antonio Banderas in eight films, across 40 years… Pain and Glory might be the most sublime work either of the men has had their name on for many years.” – Graeme Tuckett, Stuff.co.nz

When Lambs Become Lions
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 @ 12:30 pm and @ 2:30 pm
Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Get more info at https://thefridacinema.org/event/when-lambs-become-lions/
…AND… call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of tickets to a screening of your choice, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP!!!
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AchwiypNei4
Description:  Jon Kasbe takes viewers on a deep dive into the African ivory trade with his striking documentary When Lambs Become Lions. A small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top of his trade while forces mobilize to destroy it. When he propositions his younger cousin, who happens to be a conflicted and unpaid wildlife ranger, they both see a possible lifeline.  Exploring the alarming impact poaching has on Africa’s elephant population, the film raises several questions: what is the value of an elephant’s life relative to a human’s? Can we understand these hunters who will risk death, arrest, and the moral outrage of the world to provide for their families?  Taking place over a three-year period, When Lambs Become Lions is a rare look through the perspectives of the people at the epicenter of the conservation divide. “…supple, complex, and darkly gorgeous.” – Chris Barsanti, The Playlist.  “Kasbe turns a study of men driven to desperate measures into an unexpectedly lively and crackling drama […] about the system that causes it to persist, and in offering a ground-level view of the seemingly futile fight to protect animals, its consideration of the humans caught in the crossfire is quite compelling.” – Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

The Aeronauts
Special Advanced Screening 7:30pm, Monday, Dec. 2nd
Regal LA Live (1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
All KPFK Listeners are invited to call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets (subject to availability.)
You don’t have to be a Film Club member for this screening, but, when you call, please consider JOINING the KPFK Film Club to enjoy the benefits of membership.
Get more fascinating info here:
Official Site:
https://www.theaeronauts.movie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theaeronautsmov?lang=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theaeronautsmov/
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm4VnwCtQO8
Description: Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunite in a thrilling drama directed by Tom Harper (THE WOMAN IN BLACK, WILD ROSE) and written by Jack Thorne. Set in 1862, The Aeronauts follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne), as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other - and themselves - that helps each of them find their place in the world they have left behind. “Spectacular.” – Vulture.  “Visually wondrous.” – Variety.  “Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are superb.” – Deadline. Amazon’s new film, The Aeronauts, is in theaters December 6, 2019

FYI:  THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN
Amanda Cinema at ARRAY’s Creative Campus located at 180 Glendale Blvd., LA 90026.
--Friday, November 29 @ 3:00pm (Post-screening conversation with filmmakers Kathleen Hepburn, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and lead actress Violet Nelson) AND @ 6:00pm (Post-screening conversation with filmmakers Kathleen Hepburn, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and lead actress Violet Nelson)
--Saturday, November 30 @ 12:30pm (Post-screening conversation with filmmakers Kathleen Hepburn, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and lead actress Violet Nelson) AND @ 3:00pm (Post-screening conversation with filmmakers Kathleen Hepburn, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and lead actress Violet Nelson)
Ticket and other info can be had at: http://www.arraynow.com/the-body-remembers-when-the-world-broke-open
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwhl8snMr2A
Description:  A SPECIAL SCREENING EVENT AT ARRAY’S AMANDA THEATER THIS WEEKEND!!! Ava DuVernay's ARRAY proudly announces their theatrical release of 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival selection, THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN.  Skillfully written and directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn, THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN follows two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds when their worlds collide as one of them, Rosie, is fleeing a violent domestic attack. What begins as an urgent and terrifying escape, tentatively expands as the women weave a fragile bond in their short time together while navigating the complexities of motherhood and the ongoing legacy of colonialism. The film takes place entirely in real time as a stitched continuous take in order to achieve an experience for the viewer which is urgent, intimate, naturalistic, and highly suspenseful.

THE IRISHMAN
Starts Wednesday, 11/27
ART THEATER in Long Beach (2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814)
Get more info at https://arttheatrelongbeach.org/coming-soon/
KPFK Film Club Members can call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of tickets to a screening of their choice.
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See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=75&v=WHXxVmeGQUc&feature=emb_logo
Description: Martin Scorsese’s much awaited and much acclaimed crime epic as it was meant to be seen…on the BIG SCREEN!!! Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. He now looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career with the Bufalino crime family...in particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of a World War II veteran, a hustler, and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

KNIVES OUT
ATTENTION ALL KPFK LISTENERS!!!  Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to a…
SPECIAL ADVANCED SCREENING
Wed., 11/20, at 7:30 PM
At the ArcLight Hollywood (6360 W. Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA, 90028.)
You don’t have to be a KPFK Film Club Member to request tickets for this event, but please consider JOINING the Film Club when you call to enjoy the ongoing benefits of membership!!
Lots of fascinating info here:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/KnivesOutOfficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/knivesout
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/knivesout/
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOg3AoRc4nI
Description: “The most fun you’ll have at the movies this year”… Mashable.  Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in KNIVES OUT, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate.  From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, KNIVES OUT is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.  “Wickedly entertaining”… The Guardian.  “The most entertaining film of the year”…Birth.Movies.Death.  In theaters November 27th.

HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL AND THE MONTALBÁN THEATRE PRESENT…THE INAUGURAL FILM SERIES, THE LATIN AMERICAN NOMINATION SCREENINGS (LANS 2019)
Montalbán Theatre (1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028)
Fri. 11/ 22 – Wed. 11/27, 2019
All KPFK LISTENERS are invited to call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of tickets to a screening of their choice!  Tickets are limited and subject to availability.  You don’t have to be a KPFK Film Club member for this one, but please consider JOINING the KPFK Film Club when you call and ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP!!!
Full schedule ticket info available at https://www.holamexicoff.com/ and https://www.themontalban.com/
Description: LAN, Showcasing Latin American films that can be considered for an Oscar in 2019! An AMAZING treat for film lovers worldwide!!! Heralded cinematic gems from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay & Venezuela.  LANS is the first event to bring all Latin American films that are to be considered for an Oscar nomination in the Foreign Film category.
LANS SCHEDULE
Fri., 11/22
7:30 PM-The Chambermaid (La Camarista) directed by Lila Aviles (MEXICO); LANS kicks off with a reception and an intimate look at the life of a housekeeper in a lavish Mexico City hotel.
Sat. 11/23
1:00 PM-Spider (Araña) directed by Andres Wood (CHILE); Three friends are part of an opposition group in the chaotic Chile of the early 70's and together commit a political crime that changes the history of the country and incidentally involves them in a betrayal that separates them forever.
3:30 PM- Being Imposible (Yo, Imposible) directed by Patricia Ortega (VENEZUELA); Ariel is a young religious dressmaker who, after a failed sexual encounter, discovers a secret her family has tried to hide all of her life: she was born intersex but, after corrective surgery, raised as a girl.
6:00 PM- Monos directed by Alejandro Landes, (COLOMBIA); Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring third feature, is a breathtaking survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels -- bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom -- who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson).
9:00 PM- The Invisible Life of Elridice Gusmao (A Vida Invisivel de Eruidice Gusmao) directed by Karim Aïnouz (BRAZIL); Kept apart by a terrible lie, years pass as the two sisters forge their respective paths through their city’s teeming bustle, each believing the other to be half a world away.
Sun. 11/ 24
3:30 PM-Everybody Changes (Todos Cambiamos) directed by Arturo Montenegro (PANAMA); Despite the perfect appearances,Federico and Carol share a secret: when they have a date night, they are accompanied by Lizzie - a fun and confident woman who is actually Federico dressed up as a woman.
 6:00 PM-The Projectionist (El Proyeccionista) directed by José Maria Cabral (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC); Eliseo is confined to live his existence infatuated with a woman who is present only through a projected film reel. On an eventful night, the reels are damaged and Eliseo is left completely devoid of any connection with his beloved projection.
9:00 PM- Tu Me Manques  directed by Rodrigo Bellott (BOLIVIA); Director Rodrigo Bellott adapts his stage play — a sensation in Bolivia — into an emotional exploration of three men’s struggles to reconcile identity and heritage.
Mon. 11/ 25
6:00 PM- Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) directed by César Díaz (GUATEMALA, BELGIUM); Our Mothers is a multiple award winning, including Cannes, drama. In modern Guatemala, the government is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the Civil War. A young forensics anthropologist Ernesto comes across a lead that might help uncover the mystery of his father, a guerrillero who disappeared during the war.
9:00 PM- The Money Changer (Asi Hablo El Cambista) directed by Federico Veiroj (URUGUAY, ARGENTINA, GERMANY); Seizing on the shaky regional economy to earn a quick fortune, enterprising Montevideo money launderer Humberto Brause ruthlessly plays the currency markets, embarking on increasingly shady deals.
Tues.11/26
6:00 PM- Heroic Losers (La Odisea de los Gile) directed by Sebastian Borensztein, (ARGENTINA); When some neighbors in rural Argentina are swindled out of their savings by an unscrupulous lawyer and bank manager, they join forces to plan an elaborate heist and take back what’s theirs.
9:00 PM-A Translator (Un Traductor) directed by Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso,(CUBA); Rooted in the little-known true story of how twenty thousand Chernobyl victims were eventually treated in Cuba, Un Traductor unfolds as a tale at once historical and personal, brought to life in crisply shot, beautifully realized period detail of a Havana on the brink of economic crisis.
Wed.11/ 27
6:00 PM- Café con Sabor A Mi Tierra directed by Carlos Membreño (HONDURAS); Cafe Con Sabor A Mi Tierra is a story inspired by real events, which revolves around a coffee producing family (from Marcala, Honduras) in which their harvest is impacted by the plague of rust and low coffee prices.
9:00 PM- The Longest Running Night (La Mala Noche) directed by Gabriela Calvache (ECUADOR, MEXICO); Dana, a beautiful woman, turns to prostitution against her will. She must surrender her income to the leader of a human trafficking ring, but her daughter’s illness and a drug addiction prevent her from delivering her usual share.

DISCO’D
Opens November 8th at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Get more info here:  
https://downtownindependent.com/
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=HHCMMFmOqOk
Description: The film is a series of character-driven portraits of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. It’s a documentary that captures the moment-to-moment uncertainty and endless instability of life on the streets. Immersive and intimate, highlighting issues of displacement, affordable housing, addiction, consumerism, and sanitation, DISCO’D examines the nature and complexities of homelessness.  Siretta and his producing partner, Sam Mantell, live in Los Angeles and spent four years, shooting over 180 hours of material predominantly at night, to create a meaningful portrait on homelessness, and the homeless crisis, in Los Angeles. Their encounters with their many subjects led them beyond Skid Row and to the streets of Hollywood and other local vicinities.  DISCO'D Honors include the Belfast Film Festival, 2018 | Official Selection, Maysles Competition Visions Du Reel, 2018 | Media Library; and the Brooklyn Film Festival, 2017 | Audience Award (work-in-progress screening)

Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost
Monday, November 25th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, November 26th, 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series.
Get more info at the Laemmle’s website: https://www.laemmle.com/film/gauguin-tahiti-paradise-lost
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=rgrfKcB-0hU
Description: GAUGUIN IN TAHITI: PARADISE LOST traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin, who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums, including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

Raymonda
Monday, November 18th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, November 19th, 1 PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series.  Get more info at the Laemmle’s website: https://www.laemmle.com/film/raymonda-0
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=VraOlqp0nW0
Description: Raymonda is a must-see masterpiece of the Bolshoi, a work of living dance history showcasing the ballerina as the ultimate virtuoso. One of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances, Hungarian czardas and a title role suited for the most outstanding ballerina. Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary. When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him.  With music by Alexander Glazunov and choreography by Marius Petipa.

Leonardo: The Works
Screens Monday, November 11th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, November 12th, 1 PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series.  Get more info at the Laemmle’s website: https://www.laemmle.com/film/leonardo-works
 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=mfFG4LMnIX8
Description: Leonardo da Vinci is acclaimed as one of the world’s favorite artists. Many TV shows and feature films have showcased this extraordinary genius but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo’s peerless paintings and drawings are the focus of Leonardo: The Works, as EXHIBITION ON SCREEN presents every single attributed painting, in Ultra HD quality, never before seen on the big screen. Key works include The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de’ Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks, and more than a dozen others. This film also looks afresh at Leonardo’s life – his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day – through the prism of his art. Released on the 500th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive film about Leonardo: the first to truly tell the whole story.

22ND ANNUAL ARPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, Nov. 8, thru Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019
American Legion Theater (Hollywood Post 43) 2035 N Highland Ave, LA, 90068
Get more info at http://www.arpafilmfestival.com/
…AND, call 818-985-2711 to request an available ALL ACCESS PASS to these incredible events, IF you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!! Supply is limited so you’ll want to call right away!!
Description: Mark Your Calendars!!! An Amazing and Inspiring Line-Up of 33 Films from 13 Countries Around the World!! The Arpa IFF is dedicated to cultivating cultural understanding and global empathy by creating a dynamic forum for international cinema. Over the past 22 years, the festival has bridged cultural divides by fostering dialogue among people of diverse backgrounds. By showcasing local and international films that explore critical issues such as war, genocide, diaspora, dual identities, exile and multiculturalism, Arpa IFF has solidified its role in safeguarding films that continue to make a social impact. The Arpa IFF truly is one of LA’s Premiere Film Festivals, this year taking place at the only historic theater in Hollywood owned and operated by veterans— a state-of-the-art cinema and event venue whose halls were once graced by Hollywood legends such as Humphrey Bogart, Charleton Heston, Clark Gable, and Shirley Temple.
Take a look at this fabulous schedule:
Fri 11/8
Starting at 6 PM: Red Carpet, Opening Night World Premiere (SAND AND FIRE—THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM), with Reception and Live Musical Performance
Sat., 11/9
Starting at10:30 AM:
DEAF HEARTS by Arnaud Khayadjanian (France, 2017), 18 min short narrative, US Premiere
THE RIBBON by Polla-Ilariya Kozino (US, 2019), 5 min short animation
THE STAR OF EROS by Jon Sahagian (US, 2019), 25 min short narrative
CORTDOCKENS by Ben Erwin & more (US, 2019), 7 min short narrative
OUT OF MIND by Tigran Nersisian (US, 2019), 12 min short narrative, Hollywood Premiere
UNACCOUNTABLE by Stacey Stone (US, 2018), 10 min short documentary, LA Premiere
PRE MORTEM by Danny Simonzad (US, 2019), 29 short narrative
1:00 PM:
COMING HOME, Feature Premiereby Daria Shumakova (Russia, Armenia, 2018), 86 min feature narrative
ANACRONTE by Raúl Koler & Emiliano Sette (Argentina, 2018), 15 min short animation
SPIRIT OF DROWNING GIRLS by Runze Cao (China, 2019), 11 min short animation
3:15 PM:
Armenian History Documentaries
100 YEARS FROM HOME, 56 min documentary
West Coast & LA Premiere of THE HIDDEN MAP by Ani Hovannisian (US, 2019)
5:30 PM:
THE DEAD SOLDIER by Jesper Ærø (Denmark, 2019), 43 min documentary, LA Premiere
IN COLORS by Stephanie Willis (US, 2019), 16 min short narrative
NEON RABBITS by Kenny Sheard (US, 2019), 16 min short narrative, West Coast & LA Premiere
6:00 PM: Early Centerpiece Screening with Red Carpet and Reception
LORIK by Alexey Zlobin (Armenia, 2018) 95 min. Centerpiece Feature Narrative
WATERS OF MARCH by Elizabeth Lewis (Canada, 2019), Short music animation
10:00 PM: Late Centerpiece Screening
ARMENIA UNCOVERED by Andy Simon (UK, Australia, 2019), Late Centerpiece Documentary Film – US & North American Premiere
SOUTH CENTRAL STATE OF MIND by Timur Bootzin (US, 2019), Music video – LA Premiere
PROPER BRITISH SEX, 6 min short narrative
Sun., 11/10
Starting at 11:00 AM: Sunday Short Films Program
THE BROKEN SOUL by Gary Karapetyan & George Pilafdzhyan (US, 2018), 14 min short narrative
CARRIED AWAY by Kenan Gopffarth (US, 2019), 4 min short animation
WEAPONLESS by Gun Huh (Republic of Korea, 2019), 28 min short narrative, West Coast & LA Premiere
BLOOM by Ben Phillippo (US, 2019), 5 min music video
THE SEA by Cameron Richards (UK, 2019), 14 min short narrative
SO CLOSE AWAY by Dimitris Georgiev (Bulgaria, 2019), 30 min short narrative, US Premiere
1:00 PM: Sunday Afternoon Documentary Film
Second screening of ARMENIA UNCOVERED, 78 min documentary film
3:00 PM Documentary Film preceded by Music video
REINVENTING ROSALEE by Lillian Glass (US, 2018), 80 min documentary
SUNNY AFTERNOON by Michael Caruso (US, 2019), 4 min music video
5:00 PM, Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award Winning Documentary Film
THE STATELESS DIPLOMAT by Mimi Malayan & Arthur Muradyan (US, 2018), 79 min, docu-animation
6:30 PM: Red Carpet, Reception with Live Musical Performance by Maria Cozette, Closing Night Awards Program, Reception continues after the show
The 22nd Annual Arpa IFF 2019 CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS CEREMONY with Special Honorees
SUITE AFTER THE FURIES by Stefano Lentini (Italy, 2018) Music Video
8 by Gabriele Fabbro (US, 2019)

MIDWAY
ALL KPFK LISTENERS have the opportunity to request complementary tickets to Special Advanced Screening Event!!
11/4/19, 7:30PM
Arclight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Call 818-985-2711 during business hours to request an available pair of complementary tickets to the Advanced Screening Event on 11/4/19. Supply is subject to avalabiliy.
You don’t have to be a Film Club Member for this event, but please consider calling the same number to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP!
Get more info at the film’s website: https://midway.movie/
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9laReRAYFk   
Description: An epic film based on incredible real events, from Roland Emmerich, the director of INDEPENDENCE DAY!  MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII.  The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.  With an all-star cast that includes Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Darren Criss and Woody Harrelson, MIDWAY is in theaters November 8, 2019.

A Night with Janis Joplin
Screens Monday, November 4th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, November 5th, 1 PM
Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series.  Get more info at the Laemmle’s website: https://www.laemmle.com/film/night-janis-joplin
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=xIiabXQ6-zw
Description: Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.  From Broadway to the cinema screen, you’re invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical sensation, A Night with Janis Joplin.  Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” a remarkable cast and breakout performances, A Night with Janis Joplin, written by Randy Johnson and directed by Emmy Award-winner David Horn and Randy Johnson, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences -- icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith -- who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends.

ARRAY 360 FALL FILM SERIES
Amanda Theater in Historic Filipinotown (ARRAY Creative Campus, 180 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026.)
Friday, Nov. 1 and Sa., Nov. 2, 2019
KPFK Listeners are invited to call 818-985-2711 to request available complentary pairs of tickets to screenings of your choice.  You don’t have to be a KPFK Film Club Member for this event, but time is short and you must call and make your request by Friday, 11/1/19 by 1PM.
Full ARRAY 360 schedule, ticket info, etc. is available at https://360array.com/  Tickets and seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be at ARRAY at least 15 minutes prior to each showtime.
Description: This weekend marks the closing of ARRAY NOW’s inaugural fall film series, ARRAY 360, hosted at the new Amanda Theater in Historic Filipinotown. Limited complimentary self-parking may be available at the lot located at 110 Glendale Blvd. (corner of Beverly Blvd./1st St). Limited neighborhood street parking is available. The screening schedule include four classic and contemporary films made by directors from Senegal and France, and looks incredible!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
6:00PM: HYENAS (1992) | Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty; Trailer: https://youtu.be/FqO9FFwIAGA
A shunned women seeks revenge on members of her village who kicked her out three decades earlier for getting pregnant out of wedlock. LA premiere of new digital restoration!
8:30PM: ATLANTIQUE (2019) | Director: Mati Diop; Trailer: https://youtu.be/vhcXyK8s-io
In a suburb of Dakar, 17-year-old Ada falls in love with young construction worker Souleiman, who returns to the neighborhood after disappearing at sea. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Special advance LA showing!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
4:00PM, LA POINTE COURTE (1955) | Director: Agnès Varda; Preview: https://youtu.be/lrJE9Jmpquw
A young couple visit La Pointe Courte as they try to resolve their problems while the locals of the rural community grapple with the hardships and tragedies of their daily lives.
6:00PM, VARDA BY AGNES (2019) | Director: Agnès Varda; Trailer: https://youtu.be/4xOe2yRr6E8
This unpredictable documentary from a fascinating storyteller sheds light on Agnès Varda's experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing”. Special advance LA showing!


BY THE GRACE OF GOD
KPFK Film Club Members can call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to screenings at Landmark’s Nuart Theater (11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, just west of the 405 Freeway, West Los Angeles, CA, 90025) October 28-31.
Not a member yet?  Call the same number to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and enjoy the benefits of membership!!
Get more info about the film here: https://www.musicboxfilms.com/film/by-the-grace-of-god/
See the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JywE77VYpWc
Description: Based on real events, Francois Ozon’s BY THE GRACE OF GOD is a gripping and urgent story of the survivors who banded together to expose and dismantle the French Catholic Church’s code of silence surrounding Pastoral abuse. BY THE GRACE OF GOD is the true story of three adult men- Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), François (Denis Ménochet) and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud) who went to great lengths to denounce the perpetrator and the institution that has always protected him, a risky endeavor that endangered the relationships with their loved ones, as well as compromised their own fragile selves. The true story upon which the film is based is an ongoing scandal in France, with Philippe Barbarin, Cardinal of Lyon, convicted in March 2019 for concealing the conduct of Father Preynat. Opens in LA on October 25th

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace
Screens Monday, October 28th  , 7:30PM, and Tuesday, October 29th  , 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series.  Get more info at the Laemmle’s website: https://www.laemmle.com/film/going-attractions-definitive-story-movie-palace
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://vimeo.com/201732456  
Description:  Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace….Other countries built palaces for royalty; in the United States we built them to watch movies. Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of Movie Palaces celebrates the grandeur of the great cinemas of the United States. Built in the 1910s-30s, when movies were the acme of entertainment and the stories were larger than life, so were the venues designed to show them: Thousands of seats, giant screens, exotic and ornate interiors with balconies and lounges, in-house organs and orchestras, amazing marquees, and air conditioning back when homes had none. The film also tracks the theaters’ eventual decline, through to current-day preservation efforts. The film is tribute to America’s great art form and the great monuments created for audiences to enjoy them in.  Awesome and wonderful! -- T.C. Kirkham, eCinemaOne

Dolemite Is My Name
Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Showtimes:
Friday, Oct 25, 2:30, 5:30, 8:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 26, 5:30, 8:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 27, 2:30, 8:00 pm
Monday, Oct 28, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Oct 29, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Oct 30, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Oct 31, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 pm
Get more info at the Frida’s website: https://thefridacinema.org/event/dolemite-is-my-name/
…AND, 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!!!
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws1YIKsuTjQ
Description: Comedy legend Eddie Murphy makes his long-awaited return to the big screen in the highly-anticipated Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite Is My Name.  Desperate to restore his flagging popularity, Moore creates the outlandish stage persona Dolemite to revive his stand-up career. After recording several successful comedy albums featuring the character, Rudy, is inspired to make a film focusing on him. With the help of a crew of misfits, Moore is able to overcome limited filmmaking experience and the judgmental doubt of naysayers to create one of blaxploitation’s most iconic films.  Based on an unbelievably true underdog story, Dolemite Is My Name boasts a screenplay by Emmy Award-nominees Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski as well as a supporting cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock, and Keegan-Michael Key. “Dolemite is a movie that gives us a lot to look back on, both historically and in the case of Murphy’s long life in Hollywood – but I also think we still haven’t seen the extent of what Murphy can do.” – K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair.  “As its title character might put it, Dolemite Is My Name, is a total mother-kin’ blast.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety.  “Dolemite Is My Name kicks off the Eddie Murphy comeback that’s been a very long time coming.  And this comic biopic is a blast from start to finish.” – Sara Stewart, New York Post

Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future—ATTENTION ALL KPFK LISTENERS!
Three encore screenings at Laemmle Theatre’s are all scheduled at 7:30pm:
--Laemmle’s Glendale, 207 N Maryland Ave, Glendale, CA 91206, on Oct. 21st,
--The Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, on Oct. 23rd, and
--Laemmle’s NoHo7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601, Oct. 24th.
Post-Screening Q&As are scheduled at each location. The film's Producer/Writer/Director Douglass M. Stewart, Jr. will host the Q&A at the Monica Film Center Theatre and Associate Producer Christopher Darryn will host Q&As in Glendale and North Hollywood.
For more information please visit:
https://www.laemmle.com/film/chesley-bonestell-brush-future
…AND, call 818-985-2711 to request a pair of available complementary tickets to a screening of your choice.  Attention All KPFK Listeners!!!  You don’t have to be a KPFK Film Club Member to request tickets for this event but you’ll want to call soon as supplies are limited and subject to availability. Call the same number to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and enjoy the benefits of membership!
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tASO0YHxRE4  
Read the KPFK Film Club Review here: https://www.facebook.com/1718261665115719/photos/a.1718312808443938/2380451402230072/?type=3&theater  
Description:  What do the Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the films Citizen Kane and Destination Moon and America's space program have in common? They were all touched by the creative vision of a forgotten artist named Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986).  Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future is the first-ever documentary to focus on the amazing life and works of “The Father of Space Art.” Bonestell’s paintings of worlds beyond our own helped create America’s space program.  On the eve of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the lunar landing, it can be said that Chesley was a man who helped get us to the moon, not with technology, but with a paintbrush. "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. Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future features rare interviews with Bonestell himself, along with Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451), Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey) and veterans Ben Burtt, Craig Barron and Richard Edlund. Additional perspectives come from space artists David Aguilar, Don Davis, astronomer Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz and numerous others who knew him or were influenced by his art. This multi-award-winning film compellingly combines art, science fiction and science fact to engagingly tell the story of Bonestell’s life and his uncanny predictive ability to create visions of distant worlds that still resonate deeply within us. “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.

Celebration (Yves Saint Laurent's Final Show)
Monday, October 21st , 7:30PM, and Tuesday, October 22nd , 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series.  Get more info at the Laemmle’s website: https://www.laemmle.com/film/celebration-yves-saint-laurents-final-show
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=QhundZUoYmE
Description: Yves Saint Laurent’s final show was suppressed right after its first and only public screening at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival. The film was blocked by YSL’s business partner and on-and-off-again lover Pierre Berge, who objected to the couturier’s portrayal as frail and not quite all there, and to his own depiction as a behind-the-scenes mastermind. (The dynamic between the two is said to have inspired Paul Thomas Anderson’s depiction of Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville’s characters in Phantom Thread.) Fortunately, Berge relented in 2015, two years before his death, and thus Celebration is finally available. Director Olivier Meyrou’s film presents an opulent and immersive behind-the-scenes look at haute couture designer Yves Saint Laurent’s final show and is a priceless addition to our understanding of the man, the myth, la marque, that is Yves Saint Laurent.

CYRANO MY LOVE
Opens on Oct 18th at Laemmle’s Royal, Oct. 25th at the Playhouse 7 and Town Center 5.
Get more info at https://www.laemmle.com/film/cyrano-my-love  …
…AND, call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of tickets to a screening of your choice at Laemmle’s Royal, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
Watch the Official U.S. Trailer here:  https://youtu.be/TfhnPSQ73F0
Description: The new French comedy/drama by writer/director/actor Alexis Michalik was adapted from his award-winning stage play EDMOND.  As an origins story, CYRANO, MY LOVE follows the life of young Edmond Rostand (Thomas Solivérès) as he creates the most beloved international play, Cryano de Bergerac. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already has two children and too much anxiety. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin (Olivier Gourmet) a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. There’s one problem: it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims of actresses, the demands of his producers, the jealousy of his wife, the stories of his best friend’s heart and the lack of enthusiasm of all those around him, Edmond must focus and put to pen to paper. For now, he has only the title: “Cyrano de Bergerac”.  In 2017, Michalik’s Edmond won the Molière Award for Best Show in a Private Theatre, Best Playwright and Best Director of a Private Theatre Show and was nominated for Best Comedy and Visual Creation. Official Selection – COLCO.  CYRANO, MY LOVE opens in theatres on October 18th.

The Films of Pedro Almodóvar
Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
TALK TO HER (10/16, 17, 20—See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fl8tyEIXXI )
WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (10/21, 22, 26—See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PypMOEKJuh8 )
ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (10/27, 28, 29—See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Va7Z7O-LMc ) are yet to come!!!
Get screening details at https://thefridacinema.org/the-films-of-pedro-almodovar/
AND… call 818-985-2711 to request a complementary pair of available tickets to a screening of TALK TO HER, WOMEN ON THE VERGE, OR ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and enjoy the fun!!!
Description:  PEDRO ALMÓDOVAR-- Internationally Acclaimed Auteur, Academy/Golden Globe/Cannes Award Winner, Bold, Irreverent, Passionate, Fearless, Adventurous…  Almodóvar’s large, unique body of work is so iconic that critics needed to create a term to describe it ….”Almodóvariano” (sort of like “Hitchcockian.”) And, as with Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, and François Truffaut, cinephiles the world over have attempted to see as much of his catalog as possible. If you’ve missed any, or want the joy of re-experiencing some of Almodóvar’s best, the fabulous FRIDA CINEMA in Santa Ana can help…In anticipation of Almodóvar’s upcoming 70th Birthday, and in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, The Frida Cinema has been proud to present The Films of Pedro Almodóvar, a Lobby Art Show and six of his classic films!! Unfortunately, TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! and VOLVER have already screened. However, you’re still in luck….THE SKIN I LIVE IN is currently screening (9/25, 26, 29) and TALK TO HER (10/16, 17, 20),
WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (10/21, 22, 26) and ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (10/27, 28, 29) are yet to come!!!

A German Youth
Screens Monday, October 14th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, October 15th, 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series.  Get more info at the Laemmle’s website: https://www.laemmle.com/film/german-youth
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://vimeo.com/291564154
Description:   A German Youth  (Une Jeunesse Allemande) chronicles the political radicalization of some German youth in the late 1960s that gave birth to the Red Army Faction (RAF), a German revolutionary terrorist group notably founded by Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof, as well as the images generated by this story. The film is entirely produced by editing preexisting visual and sound archives and aims to question viewers on the significance of this revolutionary movement during its time, as well as its resonance for today’s society. Nominee: Panorama Audience Award; Berlin International Film Festival Nominee; Best Documentary: Cesar Awards.  

Scared of Revolution
Screens Monday, October 7th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, October 8th, 1 PM, at the most fabulous Laemmle Playhouse 7, Royal, Town Center 5, and Claremont 5 Theaters.
Part of the Laemmle Culture Vulture series.  Get more info at the Laemmle’s website: https://www.laemmle.com/film/scared-revolution
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=WUXAIBMxCII
Description: Scared of Revolution provides a deeply intimate portrait of Umar Bin Hassan, a member of the highly influential spoken-word group The Last Poets. -- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter.  Umar Bin Hassan hasn’t even hit 70 yet, but he walks with difficulty and there’s sadness and fatigue in his eyes. As a member of The Last Poets, a group of performance poets who expressed the progressive spirit of the times starting in the late 1960s, he was a major influence on later hip-hop artists. In one of his best-known pieces, Ni****s are Scared of Revolution, he criticizes his black brothers’ destructive, macho behavior.  Scared of Revolution concentrates on Hassan’s personal life, in which he still fights his demons. He grew up poor with a violent, unpredictable father, which in turn left him with an inferiority complex. In the course of his adult life, he has had a string of bad relationships and left children without a father figure. In his darkest hour, he also battled a crack addiction.  “Deep inside, Umar was scared of the revolution himself,” says fellow member of The Last Poets Abiodun Oyewole. But Hassan takes control of his life again, breaks the destructive cycle and does his best to be the devoted father and grandfather that he was never fortunate enough to have.

Camp Frida: Season of the Witch
A 12 HOUR MARATHON OF HORROR CLASSICS
Saturday, Oct. 5th, 8PM
Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Get more info here:  https://thefridacinema.org/event/camp-frida-season-of-the-witch/
…AND…call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of tickets, if you’re a member of the Film Club, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and ENJOY THE FUN!!!
Description: Camp Frida returns again for the third time!  It’s hard to describe what a unique and fun event this is…. once you experience one of the Frida Cinema’s all-nighters you’ll want to return again and again!! At Camp Frida you’ll embark on a 12-hour trip into the “woods” starting at 8PM on October 5th with the Frida “camp counselors” for a night of badges, games, and a gaggle of creepy films that will surely remind “campers” that good things come in threes!  The list of horror classics will be kept under lock and key for the safety of the campers. It’ll be a long night so be sure to dress comfortably! The concessions and bar will be open all night but attendees can feel free to bring extra survival snacks.  Registering grants access to the films, camp activities, and the opportunity to earn an assortment of Camp Frida goodies! There’s an extra special gift to everyone who stays for the entire marathon!

6th ANNUAL HIGHLAND PARK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Thurs., Oct. 3 thru Sat., Oct. 5, 2019 at the historic Highland Theater, 5604 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Call 818-985-2711 to request available complementary Festival Passes good for any Friday and Saturday events/screenings, if you’re a Film Club Member, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and enjoy the FUN!!!
Get up-to-date film, special events, and ticket info at www.hpifilmfest.com , hashtags #hpiff2019 #filmforthepeople #90042
Description: The Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) was founded by a group of filmmakers whose express mission is to promote the art of film in their community. HPIFF is the first film festival of its kind in Highland Park… a grassroots organization, dedicated to inviting filmmakers who are producing the most unique and captivating independent cinema today to share their work with the Highland Park community. Here’s the schedule so far...looks fantastic!  The HPIFF is always a lot of fun!
Schedule: (Get Up-to-date details at www.hpifilmfest.com )
Thu, Oct 3 8 PM-9 PM--OPENING NIGHT--A NIGHT WITH DANNY TREJO, Humanitarian Award awarded to Danny Trejo.  RED CARPET 7p-8p.  "Machete" - directed by Robert Rodriguez; starring Danny Trejo and co-stars Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin and Jeff Fahey. After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. (Q&A w/ Danny Trejo)
Fri., Oct 4th
--Films From Afar Shorts [Foreign Films - FREE SCREENING,] This program block is for the foreign film lover. We'll be showcasing films from Mongolia, China, Spain, Malaysia, Iran, Canada and Sweden.
--"Boxer Story" / KCET "How Sweet The Sound: Gospel in LA" [FREE SCREENING.] This program block showcases an animated boxing film from a Texas filmmaker and the KCET documentary "How Sweet The Sound: Gospel in LA".
--"Rich Kids" directed by Laura Somers (Feature - Award Winning Film.)  At it's heart, "Rich Kids" is about a young man’s transformation from the person he thinks he's supposed to be into the person he really is, as he comes to terms with the realities and consequences of living a community ravaged by the wealth gap and income inequality.
--"Cicada Song" directed by Michael Starr (Feature - WORLD PREMIERE.) "Cicada Song" is a contemporary Mystery/Thriller, which tells the story of Karen’s search for the woman she loves, the truth about her hometown, and her desperate need for survival after being left for dead in the wilderness.
Sat., Oct 5th
--City of Angels Shorts. This program block is about shorts filmed in Los Angeles or directed by local filmmakers.
--We Are HLP.  This program block is about shorts filmed in Highland Park or directed by local HLP filmmakers.
--LA Stories Shorts. This program block is about shorts filmed in Los Angeles or directed by local filmmakers.
 --Los Filmmakers Shorts.  This program block is about Latino topic short films or directed by Latino filmmakers.
--"Nathan’s Kingdom" (Feature.)  "Nathan’s Kingdom" is a Sci-Fi, coming-of-age drama about Nathan, a young autistic man struggling with his teenage opiate-addicted sister, Laura, and rather than surrendering to social services, they risk their lives to find a kingdom that once existed only in their imaginations.
--"West End" (Feature - Followed By Awards Ceremony.)  Hamlet reimagined on the Jersey Shore.

Downton Abbey
Screenings starting Fri., Sept. 20th thru Sept. 26th.
ART THEATER (2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814)
Get more info at http://arttheatrelongbeach.org/coming-soon/
And… call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of tickets, if you’re a member of the Film Club, or to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and enjoy the fun!!
See the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu3mP0c51hE
Description: This fall, the worldwide phenomenon DOWNTON ABBEY becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house.  Over its six seasons, the series garnered three Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-U.S. television show in the history of the Emmys - even earning a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way.

Imprisoned
Opens September 20 at the Laemmle Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.)
KPFK Film Club Members are invited to call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets. Not a member yet?  You can call the same number to JOIN the KPFK Film Club and enjoy the benefits of membership!!
Get more info about this film at
https://www.laemmle.com/film/imprisoned
See the trailer here: http://theimprisonedmovie.com/
Description:  A new thriller starring Laurence Fishburne, Juan Pablo Raba, Juana Acosta, Esai Morales, Jon Huertas, and Edward James Olmos. In this drama written and directed by Paul Kampf, Dylan Burke (Juan Pablo Raba), tries to move on from his former life as a criminal with his true love, Maria (Juana Acosta). He soon realizes that his past will continue to haunt him, when he learns the new local prison warden, Daniel Calvin (Laurence Fishburne), has not forgiven him for an old crime. Calvin does everything in his power to make sure that Burke pays for his past mistakes, even going so far as to frame him for a murder he didn’t commit, landing him back in jail. When the prison erupts in a riot, Burke and Calvin are each forced to make a choice between righteousness and revenge. Imprisoned is themed around forgiveness and second chances in a prison context, and the production company, Equitas Entertainment, have a big commitment to diversity in film. It was fully produced in Puerto Rico (the last film to wrap production prior to Hurricane Maria), and hired several formerly incarcerated people both on the production side and the acting side. They also made a big effort with pay equality between their male & female leads in comparable roles, and in ensuring they promoted women to department head positions.

NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG
This Just In!!!! Writer/director Steven Lewis Simpson will participate in Q&As!!!
--Friday, September 13, 7pm Screening
--Saturday, September 14, 4pm Screening
--Saturday, September 14, 7pm Screening--Christopher Sweeney (actor/associate producer and local Pasadena resident will also attend)
--Sunday, September 15, 1:10pm Screening
Film Club Members can call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets to screenings 9/16 thru 9/19 at Laemmle’s Pasadena Playhouse (673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101.)  Not a member yet?  Call the same number to find out how you can JOIN the KPFK Film Club and enjoy the fun!!
More info about the film here:  https://www.laemmle.com/film/neither-wolf-nor-dog
See the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/117451913
Description: Directed by Steven Lewis Simpson, NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG is a self-distributed Native American film in midst of the longest first-run theatrical release in a decade—and it opens in Los Angeles on September 13th!  A white author (Christopher Sweeney) is summoned by a Lakota Elder (David Bald Eagle), who asks him to write a book about his perspective. After a blundering false start, he is all but kidnapped and sucked into a road trip through the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape.   Neither Wolf Nor Dog takes audiences on a deeply moving road trip through contemporary Lakota life. Its humor is wry and pulls no punches, introducing deep characters and poignant vignettes that challenge the viewer to see the world differently.  The film's star Dave Bald Eagle was 95 years old during filming. Based on the best-selling novel. In real-life, Lakota actor, soldier, stuntman and musician, David Bald Eagle was left for dead during D-Day and Christopher Sweeney was awarded the Silver Star from the Gulf War. Yet it was the film’s other star, Yuchi-Muscogee Creek multidisciplinary visual artist, poet, and actor, Richard Ray Whitman, who was never in the service, who spent the most days under fire during the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973 where the government fired hundreds of thousands of bullets at American Indian Movement activists.  The film's climax was filmed at Wounded Knee where David Bald Eagle had relatives at the infamous Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, sacred ground for the stars. Because of this, Simpson threw away the script so Dave could improvise the scene and speak from his heart. At the end of the take, Dave said, “I’ve been holding that in for 95-years.” David Bald Eagle died in 2016. The success of Scottish director, Steven Lewis Simpson's movie adaptation of the best-selling novel by Kent Nerburn, Neither Wolf Nor Dog, defies logic - Hollywood logic that is. It was audience-financed, shot in 18-days in one of the US's poorest region with an average crew of 2 and a 95-year-old Lakota Elder as the star. It has become one of the widest released, truly self-distributed movies in years. Simpson flipped the Hollywood model upside-down by launching in small towns and it has the longest theatrical first-run of any movie in at least a decade: 131 weeks so far.

WHERE'S MY ROY COHN
An exclusive pre-release screening featuring a Q&A with director Matt Tyrnauer!
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:30 PM
Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd 1st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tickets are COMPLIMENTARY for all listeners, though reservations are required at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4330730  or by calling 800-838-3006.
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTrHL7Vo_SQ
Description: One of the most controversial and influential American men of the 20th Century, Roy Cohn was a ruthless and unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker whose 28-year career ranged from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of a young Queens real estate developer named Donald Trump.  This film is the latest offering from acclaimed director Matt Tyrnauer (VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR, STUDIO 54.)  Official Selection of Sundance Film Festival!  Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics and the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

Director Stanley Nelson’s Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
One Week Only--Mon. 9/9 thru Fri. 9/13
ART THEATER (2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814)
Get more info at the Art Theater’s website:
http://arttheatrelongbeach.org/coming-soon/
AND…. Call 818-985-2711 to request an available complementary pair of tickets to a screening of your choice, if you are a Film Club Member.  Not a member yet?  Call the same number to join the KPFK Film Club and enjoy the fun!!!
See the trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34r017yYNa0
Description:  Miles Davis—Horn player, bandleader, innovator.  Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis' life, and of this film is Davis' restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles' original paintings, to explore the man behind the music. Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the film explores why Miles continues to be a relevant voice in today's world.

FYI--QFILMS--The LONG BEACH LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL
September 5-8, 2019, ART THEATER, 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Festival and ticket purchase info available at:
https://www.qfilmslongbeach.com/      
2019 Festival Trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzNuJbIfX80
Description:  Established in 1993, QFilms is the longest running film festival in Long Beach and the city’s 2nd largest LGBTQ cultural event. QFilms screens feature and short films that showcase the magnificent diversity of the LGBTQ community. In addition to screenings, the festival also includes Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors, nightly parties, and all day lounge, and exclusive VIP filmmakers lounge for all access pass holders. Critically, net proceeds from QFilms benefit the programs and services of The LGBTQ Center Long Beach (next door to theater.)

DON’T LET GO
All KPFK Listeners are invited to call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of tickets to a Special Advanced Screening of DON’T LET GO at
Pacific’s The Grove (189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036),
8/28/19, 7:30PM (must arrive by 7PM for guaranteed seating.)  Tickets are limited and subject to availability.
Get more info about this exciting feature at the film’s website: https://www.dontletgomovie.com/
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB-_oNDH0d8&t=1s
Description: A classic thriller with a supernatural twist, DON'T LET GO is the newest release from BLUMHOUSE, the producers of GET OUT.  Directed by Jacob Aaron Estes DON’T LET GO is in theaters August 30th! After Detective Jack Radcliff's (David Oyelowo) family appears to be victim of a mysterious murder, he receives a startling phone call from his niece (Storm Reid), seemingly from the past. Now Jack must race to unravel a mystery to prevent a death that has already happened.

Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice
Screens Monday, September 30th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, and October 1st, 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/45872
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=RqvSaWzTF9g
Description: Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. With the enchanting narrative voice of two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives, the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, the Church of San Rocco, and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth.

Say Amen, Somebody
Screens Monday, September 23rd , 7:30PM, and Tuesday, and  September 24th, 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/45891
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=OyPWiBmJ3x4  
Description: Say Amen, Somebody, COMING IN FALL 2019 IN A NEW 4K RESTORATION! One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenberg’s masterpiece — a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey ("Precious Lord, Take My Hand"); its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O'Neal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world.  “One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.  “The film’s mood is never less than marvelously infectious.” — Richard Schickel, Time.  “The music conquers doubt and unhappiness, and when it ends, you feel healed.” --David Denby, New York Magazine.  Quoting Willie Mae Ford Smith: “‘I just have a feeling within… You can’t help yourself. It goes between the marrow and the bones. I feel like I could fly’… [the film] has the same uplifting effect on its audience.” — Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News.  Unseen in cinemas for nearly thirty years, Say Amen, Somebody has been gorgeously restored to 4K by Milestone with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Academy Film Archive. The new restoration features brilliantly restored Dolby Stereo and 5.1 soundtracks!

Chulas Fronteras
Screens Monday, September 16th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, and  September 17th, 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/45889
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://vimeo.com/327983629
Description:  Chulas Fronteras is a zesty introduction to the music and culture of the Texas-Mexican border. From joyous, lively dance tunes to soulful, political work songs, Norteña music fuses traditional Mexican harmonies with German dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. Newly restored in 4k, Chulas Fronteras celebrates the famed Mexican-American musicians of the borderlands, the migrant farming communities from which they come, the strong family bonds of Tejanos, and the social protest ethos inscribed in their music.  Blank & Strachwitz's film brims with tender affection for its subjects, the vitality of their marvelous music, and the generosity of spirit they show in the face of hardship. FEATURING: Flaco Jiménez, Lydia Mendoza, Los Alegres de Terán, Narciso Martínez, Santiago Jiménez, Rumel Fuentes, Don Santiago Jiménez, Los Pingüinos del Norte, Ramiro Cavazos.

TOPANGA FILM FESTIVAL
Friday 08/16 thru Sunday, 8/18
Froggy's, 1105 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Topanga, CA 90290
Get more information at https://topangafilminstitute.org/    
You can 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: The Topanga Film Festival programs 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.  "ONE OF THE 10 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD" - Filmmaker Magazine
Friday 08/16, starting at 6PM: Reception, Windows on the World Screening, After Party at Corazon Performing Arts, 125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290
Saturday 08/17, starting at 1PM, Canvasing The World Screening followed by Q&A, Bluenote Records. Beyond the Notes Screening, Spoons. A Santa Barbara Story. Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers, Reception at Coyote Bar at Froggy’s, International Short Film Competition Short Film Showcase, After Party at Corazon Performing Arts
Sunday 08/18, starting at 11:00am- Charlie Chaplin Showcase, Sila. Gatekeeper of the Arctic Screening, Music Video Showcase,  Reception. Dance Film Showcase, Awards Show & Closing Party

ANGEL HAS FALLEN
Special Advanced Screening 8/20, 7:30pm at the Village Theater (961 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024)
KPFK Film Club Members can call 818-985-2711 to request available complementary tickets
More info can be had at the film’s website, https://angelhasfallen.movie/
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4AQchYSxwc
Description: When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President. ANGEL HAS FALLEN is directed by Ric Roman Waugh and is in theaters August 23.

Aquarela
All KPFK Listeners are invited to request complementary tickets to attend a SPECIAL ADVANCED SCREENING:
Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 PM
Wilshire Screening Room (8670 Wilshire Blvd suite 112, Beverly Hills, CA 90211)
You Don’t Have to be a Film Club Member to Request Free Tickets for This One, but you must call 818-985-2711 during business hours to request an available pair of complementary tickets; call soon as tickets are subject to availability.
Consider joining the KPFK Film Club when you call, and enjoy the ongoing benefits of membership!
Get more info about AQUARELA here:  
https://www.sonyclassics.com/aquarela/
See the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xAIuDF25kE
Description: The Critics are Cheering for Viktor Kossakovsky’s New Film: “Spectacular”…. “Persuasive”… “A Feast of Imagery”… “Fascinating”… “An Experience of Shock and Awe”… A “Sense-Pummelling Ride.”  AQUARELA takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water.  Filmed at a rare 96 frames-per-second, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element.  From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela’s mighty Angels Falls, water is AQUARELA’s main character, with director Victor Kossakovsky capturing her many personalities in startling visual detail.  In Victor Kossakosvky’s own words: “…through the natural lens of water you can see, experience and feel the ebb and flow of all known human emotions – anger, aggression, peacefulness, nobility, loneliness, jealousy…everything! …I want to film every possible emotion that can be experienced whilst interacting with water: beautiful emotions along with horrible ones. Ecstasy and inspiration, destruction and human devastation.”  Opens NY & LA August 16 – Coming Soon to a City Near You

CHESLEY BONESTELL: A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE: ENCORE SCREENING
ATTENTION ALL KPFK LISTENERS—Complementary Tickets Available for this FANTASTIC
EVENT!!!
When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, August 12.
Where: Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Blvd,
Beverly Hills.
Q/A hosted by Director Douglass M. Stewart, Jr, in conversation with Classic Film Stars Barbara Rush and Ann Robinson, as well a Rocket Engineer Rocco Lardinere.
GET MORE INFO here: https://www.laemmle.com/film/chesley-bonestell-brush-future
Call 818-985-2711 to request an available pair of complementary tickets. Call SOON as tickets are limited and subject to availability. You don’t have to be a Film Club Member for this one, but please also consider JOINING the KPFK Film Club when you call, and ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP!!
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tASO0YHxRE4
Read the KPFK Film Club Review here: https://www.facebook.com/1718261665115719/photos/a.1718312808443938/2380451402230072/?type=3&theater
Want more fun?  WHEN WORLD’S COLLIDE trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcLaMyc4ecE    and   WAR OF THE WORLDS trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn1pp0NgU
Description:  On the eve before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 astronauts’ journey to L.A. to receive their medals, come celebrate Chesley Bonestell, the “Father of Space Art” who inspired America’s space program and took us to the Moon, not with technology but with a paint brush.  A popular eight screening Southern California Theatrical Premiere earlier this month has now rewarded the film with a special encore at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on August 12th at 7:30pm.  A very special Star-studded Q&A, hosted by award-winning filmmaker Douglass M. Stewart, Jr., will follow the screening, welcoming classic film star Barbara Rush from “When Worlds Collide, 1951” and Ann Robinson, star of “The War of the Worlds, 1953.” Both stars appeared separately in two sci-fi films that featured Chesley Bonestell’s matte paintings. Film participant, Rocket Engineer Rocco Lardiere, whose 35-year career was inspired by Bonestell’s art, also joins the Q&A panel. Lardiere has worked on over 200 space missions including Mars Rovers. MORE INFO ABOUT THE FILM:  What do the Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the films Citizen Kane and Destination Moon and America's space program have in common?  They were all touched by the creative vision of a forgotten artist named Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986).  Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future is the first-ever documentary to focus on the amazing life and works of “The Father of Space Art.” Bonestell’s paintings of worlds beyond our own helped create America’s space program. On the eve of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the lunar landing, it can be said that Chesley was a man who helped get us to the moon, not with technology, but with a paintbrush. "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.  Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future features rare interviews with Bonestell himself, along with Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451), Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey) and veterans Ben Burtt, Craig Barron and Richard Edlund. Additional perspectives come from space artists David Aguilar, Don Davis, astronomer Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz and numerous others who knew him or were influenced by his art. This multi-award-winning film compellingly combines art, science fiction and science fact to engagingly tell the story of Bonestell’s life and his uncanny predictive ability to create visions of distant worlds that still resonate deeply within us.  “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

Measure for Measure
Screens Monday, Sept. 9th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, and  Sept. 10th , 1 PM, at Laemmle’s 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/45888
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=64S3yURbzn8
Description:  "To whom should I complain?"—Isabella, Measure for Mesaure.  When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.  Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.

Van Gogh & Japan
Screens Monday, August 26th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, and August 27th, 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/45970
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=boPI6c-IXG4
Description:  “I envy the Japanese,” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art.  One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh.  Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today. Directed by award-winning David Bickerstaff

Sorolla: The Natural Emotion
Screens Monday, August 19th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, and  August 20th, 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/45887
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://vimeo.com/155807738  
Description:  A visit to the most important Joaquin Sorolla exhibition at el Museo del Prado, including the works commissioned by the Hispanic Society of America. Sorolla always looked at the Prado as his Olympus, like a school where he went to smell and breathe in the great painters of the Prado such as Velazquez, his great inspiration.  Sorolla's fundamental tool and instrument is painting, to know how to paint, to paint in large print, having an accurate understanding of each brushstroke, how each pulse of his brush affects the canvas.  This film will tour the retrospective exhibition to be held in the Prado, more than one hundred works in order to comprehend the art of Joaquin Sorolla, fully connected to the duration of his life and family.  Director: José Luis López-Linares; produced by: MUSEO DEL PRADO, esMADRIDtv, and LOPEZ-LI FILMS

BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF DREAMS
Screens Monday, August 12th, 7:30PM, and Tuesday, and  August 13th, 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/index.php/films/45885
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://vimeo.com/161909645
Description:  Under the direction of Jose Luis Lopez Linares, BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF DREAMS focuses on the most important work of the painter and one of the most iconic in the world: 'The Garden of Earthly Delights.'  The feature presents a conversation among artists, writers, philosophers, musicians and scientists, regarding the personal, historical and artistic significance of the picture, bringing back a conversation that was started 500 years ago in the court of the Dukes of Nassau (Brussels), when it is believed that the painting was commissioned to Bosch. We have very little information about the artist's identity and biography, something that helps feed the enigma of the hidden meaning in his works. As Falkenburg, narrator of the documentary and debate moderator with all participants says, "At the end of the novel, the writer reveals the mystery. In this case, the author does not want you to solve the mystery. He wants you to stay in it." BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF DREAMS is the only film about the author's most important masterpiece: "The garden of earthly delights" and the only one with full access to the mysteries hidden in it. The documentary was produced by LópezLiFilms and the Prado Museum, which this year commemorates the fifth centenary of the painter's death with a major exhibition entitled "Bosch. The Centenary Exhibition."

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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