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Alternative Screen Coordinated by:
Margot Gerber & Bernadette DeJoya.

Special Thanks to:

Sarah Diamond / Slamdance

 

SOLD OUT SCREENINGS: There will be a waiting line for Sold Out screenings. Tickets often become available at the door the night of an event.

Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

 

 

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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.
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Special Events in March:

 

 

 

Friday, March 3 – 7:30 PM

THE OSCAR, 1966, Avco-Embassy & Stuart Lisell Films, 118 min. Dir. Russell Rouse. Get in the mood for the Oscar telecast with this hilariously overheated drama of the race for the Oscar statuette, a kind of masculine version of ALL ABOUT EVE, starring Stephen Boyd as a strip club barker-turned-Hollywood star, clawing and back-stabbing his way to Academy Awards night, while lover Elke Sommer and a wildly-miscast Tony Bennett (in his only starring role) stand by and suffer. Look for Milton Berle in an excellent supporting role as Boyd’s agent, along with cameos from Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Edith Head, Hedda Hopper, Merle Oberon and Nancy Sinatra. Discussion following the film with actress, Elke Sommer.

 

 

Saturday, March 4 - 10:00 AM

OSCAR NOMINATED EDITORS "INVISIBLE ART, VISIBLE ARTISTS"
Presented by American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.)


An open discussion with all of this year's Academy Award-nominated
editors. Mike Hill and Dan Hanley (Cinderella Man); Claire Simpson (The Constant Gardener); Hughes Winborne (Crash); Michael Kahn (Munich); and Michael McCusker (Walk the Line).
Free Admission.
Tickets available day of only at the box office. No online ticketing for this event.


Saturday, March 4 - 2:30 PM    

OSCAR NOMINATED ART DIRECTORS
Presented by the American Cinematheque in association with the Art Directors Guild and the Set Decorators Society of America

A panel discussion with this year's Academy Award-nominated Production Designers and Set Decorators, moderated by Art Directors Guild President Thomas A. Walsh. With Jim Bissell (art) & Jan Pascale (set) (Good Night, and Good Luck); Stuart Craig (art) & Stephenie McMillan (set) (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire); Grant Major (art) & Dan Hennah & Simon Bright (set) (King Kong); John Myhre (art) & Gretchen Rau (set) (Memoirs of a Geisha); and Sarah Greenwood (art) & Katie Spencer (set) (Pride & Prejudice). Free Admission.
Tickets available day of the event only at the box office. No online ticketing for this event.

 

 

 

OSCAR DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

March 4 - 11

Don't miss this rare chance to see a program of the documentary short films nominated for this year's Academy Awards BEFORE the winners are announced on March 5th! Always a magnificent look into the talent working in this often overlooked format.

Steven Okazaki "The Mushroom Club" (35 min). In this examination of the terrible personal toll that followed the bombing of Hiroshima sixty years ago, ten people whose lives were marked by the explosion are profiled. Kimberlee Acquaro & Stacy Sherman’s "God Sleeps in Rwanda" (30 min). The genocide that devastated Rwanda in 1994 also left in its wake a population that was suddenly seventy percent female. Five courageous women struggle to rebuild their lives in a society still reeling from its bloody recent history. Corinne Marrinan & Eric Simonson’s "A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (40 min). This exploration of the lasting impact of radio broadcasting legend Norman Corwin’s work focuses on his landmark 1945 piece, "On a Note of Triumph", which aired on the evening of VE day. Dan Krauss’ The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club (27 min). After shooting an award-winning photograph that captured the full horror of starvation in the Sudan, South African photojournalist Kevin Carter found himself tormented by doubts about the ethical implications of his work.

Saturday, March 4 - 7:30 PM [Rigler Theatre]

Thursday, March 9 - 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

Friday, March 10 - 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

Saturday, March 11 - 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

 

 

 

Thursday, March 9 – 7:30 PM

Tribute to B-Movie Producer, Jack Broder – Double Feature:

Russian-born Jack Broder immigrated to the United States in 1920 and moved to Detroit, where he made a living at various jobs. In 1930, Jack began a candy concession stand in the Colonial Theater, something he soon parlayed into theatre acquisition, and Jack and his brother Paul launched Broder Theaters in 1935, which by the 1940s owned and operated approximately a dozen venues in the Detroit area. Jack moved his family to Los Angeles in 1945, where he segued from exhibition to distribution. In 1947, Jack and Paul’s Realart Pictures acquired reissue rights to Universal Pictures’ film library for a period of ten years, something that was an instant success. Flush with equity from the financial windfall, Jack entered film production in the early 1950s, financing approximately a dozen "B" films under the banner Jack Broder Productions. Amongst these expoitation pictures were BRIDE OF THE GORILLA (1951) starring Raymond Burr and Barbara Payton, KID MONK BARONI (1952), BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA (1952) and HANNAH LEE (1953), a 3-D western. Then, for awhile, Jack devoted time to other entrepreneurial interests. Missing the movie business, Jack financed and produced two more films in 1965: THE NAVY VS. THE NIGHT MONSTERS and WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET. Jack died suddenly of a heart attack in 1979. To this day, little has been written about his life and career. Please join us in this tribute to a great, old-fashioned kind of showman.

Leonard Nimoy In-Person!! KID MONK BARONI, 1952, Wade Williams, 79 min. Dir. Harold D. Schuster. Leonard Nimoy, in his debut leading role, is Paul ‘Monk’ Baroni, a street gang hoodlum in New York City’s Little Italy, who has his life suddenly change when he becomes a professional boxer. A great little sleeper of a B film, with a cast that also includes Bruce Cabot, Mona Knox and Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen of "Adventures of Superman").

BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA, 1952, Wade Williams, 74 min. Dir. William Beaudine. "Brooklyn Chumps Become Island Monkeys In a Jungle Full of Laffs!" The ultimate in B movie (or should we say Z movie?) madness, early 1950’s style, with the Martin/Lewis knockoff duo, Sammy Petrillo and Duke Mitchell running afoul of anxious-for-human- guinea-pigs Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi) on a tropical jungle island. Innocently goofy and somehow marvelously entertaining, despite its threadbare origins. Discussion in between films with actors Leonard Nimoy, Jack Larson, Mona Knox and producer, Judd Bernard.

 

 

Saturday, March 11 – 10:30 AM

HISTORIC TOUR Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour

11:30 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

 

 

 

Sunday, March 12 – 10:30 AM

HISTORIC TOUR Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour

11:30 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

 

Thursday, March 16 - 7:30 PM    ALTERNATIVE SCREEN
Co-Presented with the Slamdance Film Festival

Sneak Preview! B.I.K.E., 2006, 89 min., USA. An exploration of the Black Label Bicycle Club as well as the wider freak bike subculture. Comprised mainly of artists driven by anti-materialism and a belief that the impending apocalypse will render cars useless and bicycles in power, BLBC battles mainstream culture and rival gangs for its vision of a better tomorrow. Co-directed by Jacob Septimus & Anthony Howard and produced by Frederic King, this new doc is a definitive look at the intersection of subculture, radical politics, group dynamics and personal identity. With music by: The Dears, Broken Social Scene, Lightning Bolt, Japanther, Panthers, Explosions in the Sky, A Silver Mt. Zion, Oneida, Andre Williams, Peter Laughner, Matt and Kim, Rashaan Roland Kirk and The Gladiators.

Troy Morgan’s "Dragon" (7 min.), the Slamdance 2006 Award-Winner for best animation  will precede the feature. After her parents die in a tragic fire, a young girl is sent to an orphanage where she begins to sketch firey visions. When the hed of the orphanage sees her talent, he exploits her art for profit. When he demands more work, the girl unleashes a fire-breathing creation that takes on a life of its own. Discussion following with filmmakers Troy Morgan ("Dragon") and B.I.K.E. producer Frederic King, co-director Jacob Septimus and Black Label Bike Club Member and World Bike Jousting Champion Doyle, with a reception for all ticket buyers hosted by Slamdance.


 

 

Sunday, March 26 – 6:00 PM

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UPA: MAGOO, MCBOING & MODERN ART, Approximately 180 min. One of the crowning jewels of animation studios in the mid-20th century was UPA (United Productions of America), a group of brilliant artists, animators and technicians, who championed the contemporary graphic language of the era and produced modern animated shorts that challenged Disney's dominance of the medium. UPA  was formed in 1943 by Stephen Bosustow, Zach Schwartz and Dave Hilberman, three artists who had met on the picket line of the infamous Disney strike of 1941. Pioneers of stylized animation, UPA rebelled against the "humanized pigs and bunnies" and juvenile fairytales of mass-produced Hollywood animation, instead creating animated shorts that seamlessly wove together human characters, sophisticated modern graphics, elegant music, satirical humor and edgy adult themes. The studio's early work in the 1940’s consisted of dozens of training films for the US Navy and Army, as well as commissioned works like the classic "Brotherhood of Man" (1946) for the United Auto Workers. In 1948, the studio signed a production deal with Columbia Pictures and began to produce entertainment theatrical shorts. These films revolutionized the industry and made UPA the critical darling of the 1950s animation scene, garnering them countless awards (including three Oscars) and an unprecidented exhibition at MoMA, in 1955. Their most famous creation of the decade, the near-sighted Mister Magoo, became a phenomenon unto himself and was consistently near the top of cartoon popularity polls during the 1950’s. The tribute at the Egyptian will include many of UPA's greatest hits including Bobe Cannon's "Gerald McBoing-Boing" (1951), John Hubley's "Rooty Toot Toot" (1952), Ted Parmelee's "The Tell-Tale Heart" (1953) and Pete Burness's "When Magoo Flew" (1955), as well as shorts produced for the groundbreaking CBS TV series "The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show" (1956), "Deerfoot Dan" and "Blues Pattern" a preview of a forthcoming documentary THE BOING THAT SHOOK THE WORLD and other rarities. In-between the films, animation historian and author, Jerry Beck, will moderate two panels about the studio and its films. Veteran UPA animators and designers including Bill Melendez, Alan Zaslove, Willis Pyle, Fred Crippen, and Sam Clayberger will be joined by contemporary animator Mark Kausler (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LION KING), Lou Romano (production designer of Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES) and author/historian Amid Amidi (Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation, Chronicle Books).

About the panelists:

Panel One:

Jerry Beck (moderator): Researching animation for more than 30 years, Jerry has authored animation books, produced cartoon compilations, and is an animation consultant for several animation studios.

Bill Melendez: Joined UPA after the 1941 Disney strike, and a stint at Warner's. After ten years of free lance, formed his own company.

Willie Pyle: Animator at UPA from 1948 to 1951. In the late 70's he was a free lance animator, but most of his life has been as an illustrator.

Alan Zaslove: Bobe Cannon brought Alan to UPA in 1943, as paint bottle washer. By the late 50's he'd worked up to being a UPA director.

Mark Kausler: Multi-talented animator, storyboard artist, visual effects artist, voice talent, as well as a foremost animation collector/expert.

 

Second Panel (Jerry Beck, moderator):

Fred Crippen: Began with Shamus Culhane, then transferred to the UPA New York studio, before moving to Toluca Lake to work on UPA's CBS TV series, directing, writing, and designing funny characters.

Sam Clayberger: Layouts & Backgrounds at UPA in the mid-50's, for the Columbia shorts and Omnibus Specials. In the 60's he did designs for Jay Ward, and recently part of the revitalization of Chouinard's.

Lou Romano: He has both acted and designed for animated films, and was the Production Designer for THE INCREDIBLES. He is currently working on staff at Pixar, in Emeryville, doing visual development.

Amid Amidi: Publisher of popular web site, Animation Blast, his first book was the well-received The Art of Robots. He recently completed his second book, Cartoon Modern, on 50's animation graphics.

 

Thursday, March 30 – 8:00 PM

ALTERNATIVE SCREEN

L.A. Premiere!!

THE TRIBE, 2005, 18 min. The tagline to director Tiffany Shlain’s terrific short film just about says it all: "An unorthodox, unauthorized history of the Jewish people and the Barbie doll…in about 15 minutes." Shlain and husband/co-writer, Ken Goldberg brilliantly use the Barbie doll, the creation of an American Jew, to look at the assimilation of cultural and religious identities in modern America. Archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas and more take the audience on a breakneck journey through the history of Barbie and the Jewish people, from Biblical times to the present, all in an attempt to examine why the newest generation of young Jews still seeks meaning in their heritage but is decidedly put off by organized religion. Followed by a Q&A with director/co-writer Tiffany Shlain, co-writer Professor Ken Goldberg, art director Gil Gershoni , as well as in-depth discssion with audience members. Plus a 10 minute performance by spoken word artist from the film, Vanessa Hidary.

<< Click to go to the official website for THE TRIBE.