|Special Events in January:
Thursday, January 3 7:30 PM
Egyptian 85th Anniversary Monthly
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 is another one of Robert Surtees (BEN-HUR, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW) sixteen
Academy Award nominations for cinematography. The Egyptian Theatre was extensively
renovated by producer Michael Todd in preparation for OKLAHOMA!s widescreen
premiere. Discussion following the film with actress Shirley
Thursday, January 10 7:30 PM
3RD ANNUAL FOCUS ON FEMALE
This shorts program heralds the work of industry heavyweights,
cinema pioneers, actresses-turned-directors, festival darlings, and the brightest stars
emerging from film school. Program compiled by Andrew P. Crane, Kim
Adelman, and Andrea Richards.
Jennifer Aniston and Andrea Buchanan's "Room 10" (USA,
2006, 18 min). Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson headline this dramatic ER
encounter, based on a true story for Glamour Magazine's Reel Moments short film
series. Sophie Barthes's "Happiness" (USA, 2006, 11 min). Happiness comes
in a box in this quirky tale by one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of
Independent Films 2007. Mira Nair's "Migration" (India, 2007, 17 min) Shiney
Ahuja plays a migrant worker who gets mixed up in a dangerous triangle with a frustrated
wife and her closeted husband. Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton's "Sexual
Revolution" (USA, 2001, 5 min). The LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE helmers put their unique
stamp on a music video for Macy Gray. Hilary Goldberg's "In the Spotlight"
(USA, 2007, 11 min). Film noir gets an unexpected twist in this literary hoax,
featuring Guinevere Turner, Michelle Tea, and Clint Catalyst. Michelle Hung's "Chinese
Dumplings" (USA, 2006, 8 min). Sisterhood is tested by a strict mother's
notion of discipline. Mariam Jobrani's "The Fighting Cholitas" (Bolivia/USA,
2006, 20 min). Who are these wrestlers climbing into the ring in their multi-layered
skirts and braids? Lois Weber's "How Men Propose" (USA, 1913, 6 min). A
classic silent short which reminds us that not all courtship rituals are exactly what they
seem. Sarah Wickliffe's "Art's Desire" (USA, 2006, 5 min). This
2007 Student Academy Award-winner illustrates the adventures of a cubist heroine on the
loose. Discussion with filmmakers Hilary Goldberg, Michelle
Hung, and Mariam Jobrani to follow screening. There will also be a raffle of a deluxe
director empowerment kit and a reception for all in the lobby.
View a trailer.
Saturday, January 12 1:00 PM
GOLDEN GLOBE FOREIGN LANGUAGE NOMINEES
Co-Presented With The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Roundtable Discussion with all of
the filmmakers of the nominated films with moderator Mike Goodridge of Screen
International. Discover the best of new foreign films with an in person seminar with
the directors of the foreign language nominees for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign
Language Film. Please join us for a FREE Round Table seminar with filmmakers Marc
Forster (THE KITE RUNNER), Ang Lee (LUST, CAUTION), Cristian Mungiu (4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND
2 DAYS), Marjene Satrapi & Vincent Payronnaud (PERSEPOLIS) and Julian Schnabel (THE
DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY). Admission
is FREE on a first come, first served basis. A limited amount of free parking is available
is the lot on Las Palmas South of the theatre. Before you park, tell the attendent you are
there for the Golden Globe event.
& Ang Lee will not be in attendance as was previously announced.
All five nominated films will screen at the Aero Theatre January 9 -12.
Saturday, January 19 & Sunday,
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour
11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood history comes alive with our docent tours of the legendary 1922 Egyptian
theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Sid Grauman stage show with a visit
to the old dressing rooms and singers boxes, plus an exhibit of original furniture created
for the theatre. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth, discover the painstaking
restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood
history - and more! Tours are approximately one hour long and involve a fair amount of
walking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and the main part of the theatre
is handicap accessible. Group Tours can
also be arranged.
Saturday January 19th - 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Jillian Kesner- Graver
Actress & Producer
Born August 9th, 1949 - Died December 5th, 2007
Memorial Services will be held at the
American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American
If you are interested in speaking at Jillian's Memorial Service,
please email us at email@example.com
Jillian Kesner-Graver, 58, Actress & Orson Welles's
Irvine, Calif., Dec. 18 (AP) - Jillian Kesner-Graver, actress and
Orson Welles's collaborator who worked closely with her late husband, cinematographer Gary
Graver, died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, December 5th at Irvine Regional
Hospital. She was 58.
In announcing her death, her family said, "Unfortunately
Jillian was diagnosed with Leukemia and briefly after the diagnosis, her life was taken by
a Staph infection. She has now joined over 90,000 other people who die each year from this
horrible infection. With this sadness there is also light, now knowing that Jillian has
joined her beloved Gary, who died almost exactly one year prior. We celebrate her life in
this hard time knowing how much such loved life and touched so many people in this world
and with our deepest reverence for her we feel blessed she was such a beautiful part of
Ms. Kesner starred in many films & TV shows over the last 30
years including action films where she was known for her kick boxing fighting techniques.
Some of these films included Cirio Santiago's Firecracker (1981), Moon in
Scorpio (1987), and Jaded (1989). Her TV appearances included Happy Days,
Three's Company, Mork and Mindy, and The Rockford Files. She also
served as an associate producer and production coordinator in many other films. Quentin
Tarantino had once confessed to her that he was a great fan of hers.
Along with her husband Gary Graver, Jillian tried to raise $3.5 million to piece together
the film, The Other Side of The Wind, from Welles's script and editing notes.
"They had recently untangled the rights to the film and had been working on a deal
with Showtime," said the Variety film critic Todd McCarthy, who was making a
documentary with Gary & Jillian.
Following Gary's death, Jillian continued to pursue their dream of the Welles
postproduction project. She traveled to film festivals around the world honoring Gary
& Orson's work, and shined more light on the project that was yet to be completed. She
also took over running his equipment and film operations.
Jillian will always be known for her beauty, grace, humor, talent,
intelligence, profound respect for others and innate sensitivity.
Jillian is survived by her mother, Patricia Kesner; two sisters,
Connie Meehleis and Cindy Mesina; numerous nieces and nephews; and two stepson's Sean and
Memorial services will be held at the American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre, Saturday
January 19th from 4-5:30pm. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, January 26 2:00 PM
Co-Presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Slide Show Presentation by Historian Marc
Wanamaker plus Booksigning!
Join us for a Slide Show presentation and lecture surrounding the publication of the
new book Theatres In Los Angeles
(Arcadia Press) which details historic theatres in Los Angeles through rare photographs
and text. This approximately 2 hour event will consist of the slide show/lecture and book
signing with co-authors Marc Wanamaker, Suzanne Tarbell Cooper and Amy Ronnebeck Hall. The
Art Deco Society of Los Angeles will begin the event with a progress report on their
activities in historic preservation in 2007 and a preview of plans for 2008.
Los Angeles and the movies grew up together, so it is only fitting
that the city would boast the biggest, the best and the brightest theatres imaginable. The
magnificent movie palaces along Broadway in downtown Los Angeles still represent the
highest concentration of vintage theatres in
the world and, of course, Hollywood and the movies are practically synonymous. Some
theatres were designed for film, others for vaudeville or stage productions, and many have
served various purposes in the years since their first star-studded premieres. Some are
pristine and still show films, plays or musical performances. Others became churches or
swap meets. Still more have been leveled for office space and parking lots. The common
thread that connects them all, from the grandest movie palace to the smallest neighborhood
theatre, are stories, and the ghosts of audiences past waiting in the dark for the show to
begin. Suzanne Tarbell Cooper is the co-author of Arcadia Publishings Los Angeles
Art Deco and Long Beach Art Deco. Amy Ronnebeck Hall is the co-author of Los
Angeles Art Deco. Marc Wanamaker owns Bison Archives, one of Southern
Californias largest repositories of historic photographs, from which these rare
images were selected. He is also a consultant on more than 100 documentaries and the
author of numerous books on Hollywood and Southern California and the current president of
Hollywood Heritage. Marc
Wanamaker will narrate a slide presentation based on the new book Theatres In Los Angeles (Arcadia Press) followed by a booksigning with the
authors afterwards. Tickets for event are $5 for Members of Hollywood Heritage, Art Deco
Society of Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque. Other regular prices apply for the
general public and students/seniors.