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Special One Night Events & Limited Engagements, Sneak Previews in September:

 

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Saturday, September 5 - 7:30 PM
Back by Popular Demand! LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, 2003, 169 min. Dir. Thom Andersen. Voted Best Doc of 2004 by The Village Voice. A must see for Los Angeles history buffs and cinema enthusiasts who will marvel at the hundreds of archival and film clips revealing an almost secret history of the City of Angels! "This cinematic essay focuses on the discrepancy between the lived in urban reality of Los Angeles and its various century-deep cinematic mythologies, the movie is about more than just what the movies get wrong. It&rsquo;s about the way the imaginary space of cinema intrudes upon the actual space of our lives, so that the L.A. of the movies becomes a kind of separate urban reality unto itself." &ndash; Toronto Star. See it now on the big screen. It will never be on DVD!

 

 

Sunday, September 6 - 7:30 PM
Director In-Person! LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, 2003, 169 min. Dir. Thom Andersen. A must see for Los Angeles history buffs and cinema enthusiasts who will marvel at the hundreds of archival and film clips revealing an almost secret history of the City of Angels! "This cinematic essay focuses on the discrepancy between the lived in urban reality of Los Angeles and its various century-deep cinematic mythologies, the movie is about more than just what the movies get wrong. It&rsquo;s about the way the imaginary space of cinema intrudes upon the actual space of our lives, so that the L.A. of the movies becomes a kind of separate urban reality unto itself." &ndash; Toronto Star. [See description 9/5.] Discussion following with director Thom Andersen. Scene featuring the Bradbury Building | Los Angeles Times Review:

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 9 - 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview! NO IMPACT MAN, 2009, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 90 min. Dirs. Laura Gabbert & Justin Schein. An environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin Beavan left behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. Laura Gabbert (SUNSET STORY) and Justin Schein’s film provides a front-row view of the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Beavan’s struggle with this radical lifestyle change. Discussion following with co-director Laura Gabbert. Trailer | Official Website

 

 

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Thursday, September 10 - 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere! THE LEGEND OF PANCHO BARNES AND THE HAPPY BOTTOM RIDING CLUB, 2009, 64 min. This colorful documentary profiles Florence "Pancho" Barnes. One of the top aviatrixes of the 1920s, Pancho shattered Amelia Earhart’s air-speed record and became Hollywood’s first female stunt pilot. Later, her Happy Bottom Ranch hosted many of the great pilots of the "Right Stuff" era. Features interviews with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, test pilot Chuck Yeager and many others. Narrated by Tom Skerritt, with Kathy Bates as the voice of Pancho. Writer-producer Nick Spark (REGULUS: THE FIRST NUCLEAR MISSILE SUBMARINES) and director Amanda Pope will host a silent auction of aviation related items to benefit the production. Discussion following with Nick Spark and Amanda Pope. Limited seating. Trailer | Official Website

 

 

 

Friday, September 11 – 7:30 PM

THE RIGHT STUFF, 1983, Warner Bros., 193 min. Dir. Philip Kaufman. Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward and Jeff Goldblum head the stellar cast of THE RIGHT STUFF, based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling book chronicling the exciting early years of the United States’ race to conquer the final frontier, and the daredevil test pilots who ultimately became the first Americans in space. Trailer | Roger Ebert’s Great Movies"

 

 

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Sunday, September 13 - 7:30 PM
Don Knotts Tribute: THE LOVE GOD?, 1969, Universal, 107 min. Dir. Nat Hiken. Don Knotts plays a Hugh Hefner-esque stud (!) in this hilarious comedy from Nat Hiken, the creator of Sergeant Bilko. Co-stars include Anne Francis, Edmond O’Brien and James Gregory. Great score by Vic Mizzy ("The Addams Family"). Clip

THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN, 1966, Universal, 90 min. Dir. Alan Rafkin. Don Knotts is Luther Heggs, an aspiring journalist who scores a big scoop by spending the night in a haunted house. Dick Sargent, Joan Staley and Skip Homeier also star in this comedy classic for the whole family. Hosted by Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt). Discussion in between films with comedian Dana Gould ("The Simpsons"), daughter of Don Knotts, actress Karen Knotts, Joan Staley (THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN), Maureen Arthur (THE LOVE GOD) and Al Checco (HOW TO FRAME A FIG, THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN, THE RELUCTANT ASTRONAUT). More guests to be announced. Clip

 

 

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Wednesday, September 16 - 7:30 PM
DIED YOUNG, STAYED PRETTY
, 2009, 95 min. Dir. Eileen Yaghoobian. A candid look at the underground indie-rock poster subculture in North America that was reborn, post-punk, with the launch of groupie Clayton Hayes’ website Gigposters.com. With original music by Mark Greenberg and visual effects by Pete Dionne, DIED YOUNG, STAYED PRETTY features posters for Radiohead, White Stripes, Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, The Melvins, Nick Cave, Broken Social Scene and Ween, as well as legends Bob Dylan and Marianne Faithful. Discussion following with director Eileen Yaghoobian. Check out this great slide show of posters | Trailer | Official Website

 

 


Thursday, September 17 - 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview! THE INFORMANT! 2009, Warner Bros., 108 min. Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Matt Damon stars as Mark Whitacre, the highest-ranking executive ever to turn corporate whistleblower. Based on Kurt Eichenwald’s 2000 book, "The Informant!" follows the bipolar, Ivy League Ph.D. executive at giant food conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland who exposed the company’s price-fixing tactics. Steven Soderbergh reunites with OCEAN’S ELEVEN collaborator Damon for another blend of populist entertainment and docudrama along the lines of the director’s ERIN BROCKOVICH. Discussion following with actor Scott Bakula, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and producers Gregory Jacobs and Jennifer Fox. Trailer

 

 

Sunday, September 20 - 7:30 PM
Technicolor Cast Reunion: AMERICAN GRAFFITI, 1973, Universal, 110 min. In the middle of the Vietnam War and Nixon-obsessed days of the early ’70s, director George Lucas and producer Francis Ford Coppola switched gears radically with this tender, nostalgic look at drive-ins, drag races and the death of doo-wop in a northern California town in 1962. Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul LeMat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips and Harrison Ford head a cast of newcomers. Discussion following with actress Candy Clark and other guests to be announced. More I.B. Technicolor at the Egyptian this month! Trailer | Roger Ebert Review

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 23 - 7:30 PM

ITVS Documentary Series: D TOUR, 99 min. Dir. Jim Granato. Pat Spurgeon has big dreams of making it as an indie rock musician. Just as his career is about to take off, he suffers an incredible setback as one of his kidneys begins to fail. Pat embarks on an emotional search for a living organ donor while trying to balance his health with his rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.Trailer

Free admission! RSVP to CommunityCinema@gmail.com for priority seating. Panel discussion following with participants to be announced. About ITVS Community Cinema: Community Cinema, produced by the Independent Television Service, is a free monthly screening series in nearly 60 cities across the U.S., featuring films from PBS’ Emmy Award-winning series "Independent Lens." www.communitycinema.org