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The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling.

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Special Events in June:

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 15 – 7:30 PM

ALTERNATIVE SCREEN

I BUILD THE TOWER, 2005, 87 min., USA. Dir. Edward Landler & Brad Byer. A compelling biography of the enigmatic, mosaic-covered Watts Towers, their struggle for survival from demolition by the city and the lone man who created them over a 30-year period, Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia (1989 – 1964). The towers, rising to 99 feet at the highest point, are composed of reinforced cement, mortar, wire and glass. They have become a symbol of the community in which they stand and are now recognized throughout the world as a unique embodiment of the structural principles found in nature. Rodia, a sometimes alcoholic and vagabond, was as eccentric as his creation. The film contains sound clips this self-styled philosopher’s theories and perscriptions for life, as well as commentary from relatives who took him in in the last years of his life. With a jazz, classical and hip hop score. Classical arrangements by Robert Israel. With interviews with Buckminster Fuller and Los Angeles historian Mike Davis.

"...the Towers seem pure Los Angeles, from the way they crazily adapt European traditions to their extremely personal, visionary sky-bond aspirations that link them with the city's traditions in aerospace, the movies and radical designs." -- Robert Koehler, Variety. Discussion following with the filmmakers.

Tour the Watts Towers at any of the following times:

Friday 11 AM to 3 PM

Saturday 10:30 AM to 3 PM

Sunday 12:30 PM to 3 PM

Tickets for the tours are available in the office of the Watts Towers Arts Center, 1727 East 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002-3621. There is currently no website for Watts Towers, but for more info. call: (213) 847- 4646. The photography show "From Where I’m Standing," a photo documentary project by Gail Brown will be in the gallery from June 18 – August 30. It focuses on Kids in Watts and Eagle Rock and Adults in Los Angeles, documenting their worlds in words and photographs.

 

 

 

Friday, June 16 – 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

TELL ME DO YOU MISS ME, 2006, 102 min. Dir. Matthew Buzzell. In this probing documentary, the four members of the celebrated New York-based indie-rock band, Luna, confront the ceiling of their ambition, the harsh realities of their modest success, and their conflicted feelings about each other as they embark on their final world tour and uncertain futures. Laced with moments of both humor and melancholia, the film earnestly exposes the underbelly of a touring rock band in their final days together. Supported sonically with Luna’s dreamy catalog of indie-pop and visually with lush travelogue footage with adventurous stops in England, Japan and Spain, the film is an elegy for an era. "…intimate, deeply personal, sweet and sad. From the band’s bedrooms and hotel rooms to the tour van and onstage, it’s remarkably up close and brave…some of their best live performances…" – Joe Levy, Rolling Stone. Brief discussion with director Matthew Buzzell and members of the band, Luna, following the 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM, June 16 screening.

 

Saturday, June 17

Historic Hollywood Tour
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour &
FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour
11:30 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

 

 

 

Saturday, June 17 – 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

TELL ME DO YOU MISS ME, 2006, 102 min. Dir. Matthew Buzzell.  In this probing documentary, the four members of the celebrated New York-based indie-rock band, Luna, confront the ceiling of their ambition, the harsh realities of their modest success, and their conflicted feelings about each other as they embark on their final world tour and uncertain futures. Laced with moments of both humor and melancholia, the film earnestly exposes the underbelly of a touring rock band in their final days together. Supported sonically with Luna’s dreamy catalog of indie-pop and visually with lush travelogue footage with adventurous stops in England, Japan and Spain, the film is an elegy for an era. "…intimate, deeply personal, sweet and sad. From the band’s bedrooms and hotel rooms to the tour van and onstage, it’s remarkably up close and brave…some of their best live performances…" – Joe Levy, Rolling Stone. Brief discussion with director Matthew Buzzell and members of the band, Luna, following the 7:00 PM & introduction for the 9:30 PM screening.

 

 

Sunday, June 18

Historic Hollywood Tour
Egyptian Theatre Father's Day Historic Tour &
FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour
11:30 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
Buy one adult ticket at regular price and Dad's is Free!

 

 

 

Thursday, June 22 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature Memorial Tribute to Hubert Selby:

Los Angeles Premiere! HUBERT SELBY JR: IT/LL BE BETTER TOMORROW, 2005, 79 min. Dirs. Michael W. Dean and Kenneth Shiffrin. An exploration into the life and art of the renowned author Hubert Selby, who against all odds reached international acclaim with his controversial novels, including Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream. Archival footage and new interviews from the legion of artists and friends who shared his passion for literature and life, drive this insightful documentary. With Lou Reed, Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Darren Aronofsky, Uli Edel, Jerry Stahl, Richard Price, Nick Tosches and others. Narrated by Robert Downey, Jr.

LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, 1989, Constantin Films, 98 min. Jennifer Jason Leigh gives one of her finest performances as hooker Tralala, in director Uli Edel’s harrowing adaptation of writer Hubert Selby’s low-life classic about a violent factory strike in 1950’s Brooklyn. Strutting around in black top and high heels, snarling her words like a longshoreman, Leigh is the ultimate victim/abuser in LAST EXIT – her final scenes are among the most graphic and heartbreaking in American independent film. Co-starring Stephen Lang, Burt Young, Jerry Orbach. Filmmakers In Person. Please note: This screening is an American Cinematheque Fundraiser – General: $15.00; Student/Senior: $12 and Members: $10.

 

 

Friday, June 23 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature Memorial Tribute to Hubert Selby:

HUBERT SELBY JR: IT/LL BE BETTER TOMORROW, 2005, 79 min. Dirs. Michael W. Dean and Kenneth Shiffrin. An exploration into the life and art of the renowned author Hubert Selby, who against all odds reached international acclaim with his controversial novels, including Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream. Archival footage and new interviews from the legion of artists and friends who shared his passion for literature and life, drive this insightful documentary. With Lou Reed, Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Darren Aronofsky, Uli Edel, Jerry Stahl, Richard Price, Nick Tosches and others. Narrated by Robert Downey, Jr.

LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, 1989, Constantin Films, 98 min. Jennifer Jason Leigh gives one of her finest performances as hooker Tralala, in director Uli Edel’s harrowing adaptation of writer Hubert Selby’s low-life classic about a violent factory strike in 1950’s Brooklyn. Strutting around in black top and high heels, snarling her words like a longshoreman, Leigh is the ultimate victim/abuser in LAST EXIT – her final scenes are among the most graphic and heartbreaking in American independent film. Co-starring Stephen Lang, Burt Young, Jerry Orbach. With Special Surprise Guests. Please note: This screening is an American Cinematheque Fundraiser – – General: $15.00; Student/Senior: $12 and Members: $10.

 

 

Saturday, June 24 – 7:30 PM

HAIL, HAIL, ROCK ‘N ROLL, 1987, Universal, 120 min. Director Taylor Hackford filmed this all-star, rockin’ extravaganza at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis on the occasion of Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday. And man, when we say all-star, we mean all-star. Some of the other heavyweights joining Chuck onstage are Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Robert Cray, Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, Julian Lennon and more. Plus there are interviews with Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, et. al. discussing Berry’s career and enormous contribution to popular music. There’s also archival footage from the 1950’s as well as a clip with Chuck in a duet with John Lennon. Taylor Hackford will have surprise extras to reveal, some of which will be appearing on the new DVD release of the film, coming from Image Entertainment on June 27 (in a 4 disc set with mammoth supplemental material). So please join us for this very special event. Discussion following with director Taylor Hackford and surprise guests.

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 27 – 7:30 PM

*When this event is sold out on Fandango.com there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door the day of the event. First come, first served. Box office opens at 5:30 PM.

Sneak Preview! Director Larry Clark In-Person!

WASSUP ROCKERS, 2006, First Look Pictures, 111 min. Ten years after KIDS, director Larry Clark hits the streets of South Central Los Angeles with this film based on the real-life experiences of a group of Latino teen-agers who do not conform to the hip hop culture of their gang-infested neighborhood. They wear their clothes tight, listen to and play punk rock and ride skateboards. Constantly harassed for being different, they fight to be themselves. The film tracks their excursion into the heart of Beverly Hills to skate the famous "Nine Stairs" at Beverly Hills High. When the rockers attract the attention of some Beverly Hills girls fascinated by their style, mayhem ensues and their afternoon odyssey begins. Chased by the police and targeted by residents, the boys must find a way to escape and return to the (relative) safety of South Central. With Jonahan Velasquez, Francisco Pedrasa, Milton Velasquez, Usvaldo Panameno, Janice Dickison and Jeremy Scott. "…a thoroughly winning and unexpectedly observant lark about the antics of seven Latino skateboarding pals in South-Central Los Angeles…the film's way of balancing sheer fun, loose energy and sincere feelings makes for a completely engaging experience." – Robert Koehler, Variety. Director Larry Clark in person with Cast and Crew. Music and Skating to follow. WASSUP ROCKERS opens June 30 at the Nuart.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 29 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview – Director Stuart Gordon In-Person:

EDMOND, 2005, 82 min. Director Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR) and screenwriter David Mamet (adapting his play) take us on a traumatic journey into a nocturnal, New York City inferno, along with lead character, Edmond Burke (William H. Macy), an everday man who has had enough. Unhappily, Edmond doesn’t seem to know the rules. After he blows his stack and leaves his wife, he tries to secure his short-term dreams of women, money, power and respect. But his clumsy attempts to realize his new ambitions steer him on an uncharted course and straight into an egocentric nightmare of self-will run riot. With a sterling cast, including Joe Mantegna, Julia Stiles, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ling Bai, Jeffrey Combs, Denise Richards, Debi Mazar. Discussion following with director, Stuart Gordon and actress Bai Ling.