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Tuesday, December 4 - 7:30 PM DISTRIBUTION SEMINAR
UNRAVELING INDEPENDENT FILM DISTRIBUTION Join leading players in theatrical,
television and DVD distribution and exhibition who will unravel the mysteries for the
independent filmmaker. In this frank discussion, you will learn about options that are
available to you when your film doesn't sell outright to a major distributor -- how it all
works, what it costs and what you as the filmmaker needs to know. Educate yourself about
booking, figures for spending and earning on a film, what it costs to advertise, what is
expected by the exhibitor (theatre), what materials you will you need (including legal
agreements) before you are ready to sell or exhibit your film. There will also be
discussion of the future of theatrical film distribution and current trends. The
audience will follow the process of distribution through the various phases with experts
in the field, including: Bob Aaronson (Red Envelope
Entertainment (REE), a Netflix Company); Gary Garfinkel (Senior
Vice President - Content Strategy & Acquisition, Showtime Networks); Mike McClellan (VP Film
Buyer for Landmark Theaters Corp.); Ted Sarandos (Chief Content
Officer, Netflix); Barry
Schuler (Managing Director, DFJ Growth, Former Chairman & CEO, AOL, Inc.); and David Shultz, President,
Vitagraph Films LLC (Theatrical). A question and answer session will follow the moderated
panel. $20 General Admission; $15 Student/Senior; $12 American Cinematheque Members.
Download PDF of Program.
See Highlights of the Panel on Variety.com
Wednesday, December 5 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
2007, Koch Lorber Films, 89 min. Director Rodolphe Marconis groundbreaking
portrait of the legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, offers a surprising, intimate
look at the life of one of the most fascinating and iconoclastic personalities alive
today. Arguably one of the most influential fashion designers of the past century, Karl
Lagerfeld transformed the House of Chanel from an elegant but stuffy couture has-been into
a super sexy 21st century powerhouse, setting a fresh paradigm for the fashion industry
and beginning an exhilarating new conversation between high fashion and popular culture.
For the first time, the designer has allowed director Rodolphe Marconi unlimited
access into his day-to-day life, through moments both public and private, professional and
personal. Leading us on an exclusive, glamorous and mesmerizing journey into his
home and his studio, on his travels, photo-shoots and fashion shows, Lagerfeld tells us
the story of his life from his unconventional childhood and youth to his ascent as
the genius behind some of the most enduringly successful high-fashion brands. All
the while, the designer imparts his humorous and often startling musings on love, life,
sexuality and creative inspiration. "I don't want to be a reality in
people's lives. I want to be like an apparition." -- Karl Lagerfeld. Two lucky audience members will be drawn at
random to take home a heavy canvas tote stuffed with luxurious goodies!
Thursday, December 6 7:30 PM
Samuel Jackson In-Person!
RESURRECTING THE CHAMP,
2007, Yari Film Group, 111 min. Dir. Rod Lurie. Living on the streets of Denver,
pushing a shopping cart piled high with all his worldly possessions, the man everyone
calls "The Champ" (Samuel L. Jackson) knows he was not the greatest boxer
to ever step in the ring, but at least he had a shot at it. After years of succumbing to
fighters who ultimately found his glass jaw more often than he landed a winning punch, the
Champ went from up-and-coming to mere has-been, with no heavyweight championship under his
belt. Now he fights no one but cops and street thugs. Living in the shadow of his former
self, this champ is down and halfway out when Denver Times sports reporter Erik
Kernan (Josh Hartnett) finds him.
BLACK SNAKE MOAN, 116 min.
Director Craig Brewer (HUSTLE AND FLOW) helmed this controversial, highly unusual
saga of redemption through trial by fire. When down-on-his-luck blues musician, Lazarus (Samuel
L. Jackson), reeling from a failed marriage, finds severely beaten young woman, Rae (Christina
Ricci) on the road outside his rutral home, he soon recognizes her as the town tramp.
Realizing she is a lifelong victim of abuse and will only continue along her needy path of
male approval and self-destruction, Lazarus not only nurses her back to health but chains
her to his radiator in an attempt to cure her of her spiritual sickness. With Justin
unlike anything manufactured in Hollywood
audacious script manages to feel both fresh and retro
Brewer named his movie after a
blues song. The line about "black snakes crawling over me'' plays on a fear of the
unknown. BLACK SNAKE MOAN is a trip to that unfamiliar territory well worth tagging along
on." Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle Discussion
in between films with actor Samuel L. Jackson.
Friday, December 7 7:30 PM
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, 2007, 20th
Century Fox, 87 min. Dir. David Silverman. Thanks to Lisa Simpson, Lake Springfield
is cleaned up from the pollution that once fouled it. But when Homer, who's adopted a pig
(Spider-pig), dumps a silo full of the pig's crap in the lake, the EPA places a large dome
over Springfield. The Simpson family manage to escape through a sinkhole, fleeing to a
better life in Alaska. But when the head of the EPA, Russ Cargill, orders the towns
destruction, it's up to Homer to save Springfield! Go see the
exhibit of Simpsons art from the movie and TV show at Every Picture Tells a Story! www.everypicture.com
Saturday, December 8 6:30 PM
Christian Bale In Person!
Equally at home in risky, provocative independent films like AMERICAN
PSYCHO and HARSH TIMES as he is at the center of smart mainstream fare like BATMAN
BEGINS, Christian Bale gives all of his roles an authenticity and intensity that few
other actors can match. The Aero welcomes Mr. Bale for a program of some of his finest
performances, including his recent turn as a complex Western hero in 3:10 TO YUMA
and his most physically and mentally unsettling role as the title character of THE
3:10 TO YUMA, 2007, Lions Gate,
117 min. Christian Bale plays a wounded Civil War vet who sees a chance at
prosperity in thief Russell Crowe, for whom Bale hopes to collect a reward when he
delivers him to the prison train of the films title. In director James
Mangolds riveting remake of the 1957 classic, Bale and Crowe engage in a
compelling battle of wits and guns that is both thoughtful character study and kinetic
I'M NOT THERE, 2007, The
Weinstein Co., 135 min. Dir. Todd Haynes. The highly anticipated biographical film
about legendary singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, follows six distinct characters,
depicting different stages of Dylans life, embodying a different aspect of his life
story and music. It's the first biographical feature project to secure the approval of the
music legend. With Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Michelle
Williams, Julianne Moore, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Ben Whishaw, Marcus Carl Franklin, David
Cross and Bruce Greenwood.
BATMAN BEGINS, 2005, Warner Bros.
140 min. MEMENTO director Christopher Nolan and BLADE scribe David S. Goyer
reinvent the BATMAN franchise, with the help of the best cast ever assembled for a comic
book film. Christian Bale infuses the caped crusader with emotional gravity, an
approach thats underscored by Nolans effectively realistic approach to the
material. Michael Caine, Tom Wilkinson, and many other equally noteworthy character
actors provide solid support in this adventure film thats as smart as it is rousing.
AMERICAN PSYCHO, 2000, Lions
Gate, 101 min. Director Mary Harron slyly distills Bret Easton Ellis
controversial novel down to its satirical essence, using the conventions of the slasher
film to explore the sociological horrors of 1980s America. Christian Bale is
hilarious, charming, and disturbing as an upwardly mobile yuppie who goes on a killing
spree -- the logical extension of his desire to consume everything in sight. With a
terrific 1980s soundtrack, a visual style of Kubrickian precision, and an ensemble
that includes Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto, this is
a literary adaptation that is fully worthy of its source. Ticket
price: General $20,Student/Senior $18, Member $14, All evening buffet and coffee, plus
special Christian Bale memorabilia.
Sunday, December 9 5:00 PM
OKLAHOMA!, 1955, IDP
Distributions, 145 min. Dir. Fred Zinnemann. Zinnemann (A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS; HIGH
NOON) directs Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert and Gloria
Grahame in this dynamic, showstopping version of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein
musical, OKLAHOMA! Two turn-of-the-20th-century cowboys find love with Grahame and Jones
and stubbornly deal with their feelings while an evil hired hand and a common peddler try
to ruin the romance. The Oscar winner for Best Music also features astonishing,
revolutionary choreography by Agnes de Mille. OKLAHOMA! originally premiered at the
Egyptian Theatre, and represents another one of Robert Surtees (BEN-HUR,THE LAST
PICTURE SHOW) sixteen Academy Award nominations for cinematography.