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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. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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One Night Special Events in February:


These are Egyptian Theatre exclusives!

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Wednesday, February 3 - 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! STUCK!, 2010, Dikenga Films, 95 min. Director Steve Balderson's homage to film noir women-in-prison films faithfully reproduces the genre with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist, with all the hallmarks of a classic prison movie: a wrongly accused heroine, hard-boiled dames, diabolical alliances, forbidden love, cat-fighting cuties, a sadistic warden, and corrupt prison guards. Daisy is an innocent young woman framed for killing her mother. Condemned by the press and the public, Daisy is found guilty of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. This jazzy, finger-snapping, broads-behind-bars film is a throwback to another era, with terse Tennessee Williams-style verbal sparring, non-stop action and enough bad-girl jailhouse hi-jinks to make the audience lose the distinction between good and evil. Discussion following with Karen Black, Mink Stole, Susan Traylor, Jane Wiedlin, Pleasant Gehman, Stacy Cunningham and director Steve Balderson.

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Monday, February 8 - 6:00 PM SOLD OUT

Quentin Tarantino In-Person! Double Feature! PULP FICTION, 1994, Miramax, 153 min. Director Quentin Tarantino's dazzling, nitro-fueled homage to 1930’s crime fiction, Elvis Presley flicks, Los Angeles diners, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville is arguably the most audacious and exciting American film of the 1990’s. The movie’s brilliant, against-type casting includes John Travolta (in a career-reviving performance), Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stolz, Maria de Medeiros, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Walken and Ving Rhames. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Actor (John Travolta) and Screenplay (Tarantino and Roger Avary).

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, 2009, The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures, 153 min. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Tarantino's most recent cinematic achievement blends the director's trademark fetishism of film history with an emphatically violent, gung-ho pop culture assault against the 20th century's greatest villains: the Nazis. When a beautiful Jewish film projectionist recognizes the SS general (a magnetic Christopher Waltz) who riddled her family with bullets several years earlier, she brews a plan that involves revenge and celluloid. Meanwhile, a guerilla clan of Jewish-American soldiers and their twangy lieutenant (Brad Pitt) have plans of their own for the venomous Nazis. Nominated for 4 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture, Director, Screenplay, and a win for Waltz for Best Supporting Actor. Discussion following  with director Quentin Tarantino, moderated by Todd McCarthy.

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Tuesday, February 9 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: Cannes Film Festival Version! KILL BILL: Vol. 1, 2003, Miramax, 111 min. Dir. Quentin Tarantino. With Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica Fox, Darryl Hannah, Michael Parks, Sonny Chiba. Kill Bill is both an homage and a reimagining of the genre films that Quentin Taratino has seen and loved: spaghetti westerns, Chinese martial arts films, Japanese samurai movies and anime. The film is conceived in chapters, each with the characteristic look and pulse of a specific genre and then interwoven with references from pop culture. It is the tale of Beatrix Kiddo (a perfectly cast Uma Thurman) and her quest for bloody justice after being left for dead on her wedding day. Following a brief intermisson, Vol. 2 will be shown.

Cannes Film Festival Version! KILL BILL: Vol. 2, 2004, Miramax, 136 min. The second and final installment in Tarantino's pulsating KILL BILL epic, Vol. 2 finds Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman at her most raw and empowering) waking from a lengthy coma and having the devastating realization that the baby she was carrying has died. This loss only serves as more fuel to her vengeful fire, and The Bride begins hunting down the final three people on her to-kill list: Budd (Bill's brother), Elle Driver (a one-eyed doozy), and Bill himself. Hyperbolically innovative death sequences, punchy color and a first-rate score by Wu-Tang Clan's The RZA make this one of the best action films of the new millennium - and also so much more than an action film. Also starring David Carradine, Michael Madsen, and Daryl Hannah.

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Wednesday, February 10 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: LEMORA: A CHILD’S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL, 1973, 85 min. Dir. Richard Blackburn. This adult fairy tale, long considered lost, is a masterpiece of mood and atmosphere. Inspired in part by Arthur Machen's "The White People," Lovecraft's "Shadow over Innsmouth" and J. Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla," LEMORA is a Southern Gothic fever dream, half exploitation, half art film. Thirteen-year-old "singing angel" Lila Lee (Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, one-time drummer for The Runaways) embarks on a dark erotic odyssey in which she is bathed, seduced and terrorized by the vampire Lemora (Lesley Gilb). A live-action CORALINE, 40 years ahead of its time. Amazingly, it is Richard Blackburn's only feature film as director.

BLOOD AND ROSES, 1960, Paramount, 74 min. Roger Vadim (BARBARELLA) directed this sumptuous and contemporary adaptation of LeFanu's vampire classic novella, "Carmilla." Carmilla (Annette Vadim) suffers pangs of jealousy when her beloved cousin Leopoldo (Mel Ferrer) becomes engaged to the ravishing Georgia (Elsa Martinelli). Carmilla begins to believe she is possessed by her ancient, undead ancestor, the vampire Millarca, and begins a blood thirsty reign of terror on the grounds of Leopoldo's estate. A seldom-screened classic. Discussion between films with director Richard Blackburn.

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Thursday, February 11 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: MUSCLE BEACH PARTY, 1964, MGM Repertory, 94 min. Dir. William Asher. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello hit Malibu Beach in the second of AIP's beach party flicks: While Don Rickles and his team of bodybuilders try to take over the gang's surf spot, Annette has to compete with an Italian countess who has eyes for Frankie. Luckily, Buddy Hackett is on hand to provide sage wisdom for all. An added bonus: musical numbers with Dick Dale and a 13-year old Stevie Wonder! Also starring Donna Loren and Morey Amsterdam.

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BEACH BLANKET BINGO, 1965, MGM Repertory, 98 min. Dir. William Asher. The fifth and best of the Frankie-Annette beach movies reunites them with Don Rickles, Donna Loren, Jody McCrea and director William Asher, and brings in comic legend Buster Keaton for a cameo. This time McCrea falls for a mermaid, Frankie learns to skydive and attracts the attention of a stuntgirl, and Annette sings in her two-piece bathing suit. A great supporting cast (Paul Lynde, Linda Evans) and a score by Les Baxter add to the fun. Live musical performance and discussion in between films with actress Donna Loren.

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Critic's Buzz Special Screenings:

THE BEACHES OF AGNES [Spielberg Theatre]

THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (LES PLAGES D’ AGNÈS), 2008, 110 min. "If you opened people up, you would find landscapes," Varda says in the opening voiceover of her new film. "If you opened me up, you would find beaches." Varda’s latest work is an autobiographical essay that takes a nostalgic yet penetrating look back at her life and films. Using photographs, recreations and scenes from her films, Varda illustrates the various stages of her life, from her marriage to Jacques Demy and his death in 1990 to her childhood memories of Sète, the fishing village that would become the subject of her first film. Woven through these reminiscences are lonely, dreamlike sequences shot on the beaches that have influenced and inspired her. "It’s a remarkable history, rich in comedy and occasionally heartbreaking, filled with wise reflections and strange digressions about the wonders of life. It’s a life she has come close to perfecting, I think, mostly by keeping her mind as blissfully and enduringly open as her round eyes." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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FEBRUARY 10 - 14:

Critic's Buzz Special Screenings: Armando Iannucci In Person following the Feb. 14 screening!

IN THE LOOP [Spielberg Theatre] Buy Tickets

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Wednesday, February 10 - 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 11- 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 11- 9:30 PM

Friday, February 12 - 7:30 PM

Friday, February 12 - 9:30 PM

Saturday, February 13 - 9:30 PM

Saturday, February 13 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 14 - 4:00 PM
IN THE LOOP * Director Armando Iannucci will appear in person following this screening.

IN THE LOOP, 2008, IFC Films, 106 min. Dir. Armando Iannucci. With Anna Chlumsky (Liza), Chris Addison (Toby), David Rasche (Linton), Gina McKee (Judy), James Gandolfini (General Miller), Mimi Kennedy (Karen), Olivia Poulet (Suzy), Peter Capaldi (Malcolm Tucker), Steve Coogan (Paul Michaelson), Tom Hollander (Simon Foster) and Zach Woods (Chad).

"See if this sounds familiar: A U.S. president is pushing for a war in the Middle East, going for a U.N. resolution though there's no reliable intelligence to back him up. And the Brits are staying carefully neutral, to give their prime minister room to maneuver.

Been there, seen that, you say? Not like this, you haven't. In the blistering British political satire In the Loop, bureaucratic bungling in the run-up to war is played for scabrous laughs, not a few of which will be pained laughs of recognition." - Bob Mondello, All Things Considered (In the Loop: Wartime Fever As Screwball Tragedy)

"...a sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft..." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times (more)

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Friday, February 12 - 7:30 PM

The American Cinematheque Blows Up the Internet: ORIGINAL WEB CONTENT THAT CRACKLES, 122 min. Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's online video network, distributes digital content including full-length traditional programming along with original short form series. Their latest is the high-octane series "The Bannen Way." Mark Gantt, who stars as Neal Bannen, co-wrote and executive produces the project with director Jesse Warren. "The Bannen Way" stars Vanessa Marcil, Academy-Award nominee Robert Forster and Michael Ironside. Crackle will also present the World Premiere of "Trenches," a new series from Shane Felux ("Star Wars Revelation"). Discussion with Mark Gantt (star/writer/executive producer of The Bannen Way), Jesse Warren (writer/director/executive producer of The Bannen Way), Robert Forster, Michael Ironside (star of The Bannen Way), Michael Lerner (star of The Bannen Way) and CEO Eric Berger.

Join us at the Cinematheque for a special screening of the hot new show along with other original Crackle favorites. Celebrity guests and surprise hosts will be on hand to answer questions about why they Crackle.

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Saturday, February 13


10:30 AM Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour


For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.) following the tour. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: Tour & movie FOREVER HOLLYWOOD: $10. Buy Tickets




Sunday, February 14

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour


bigparadepremiere.gif (78018 bytes)For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.) following the tour.

Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: $5. Tour & movie FOREVER HOLLYWOOD: $10. Buy Tickets


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FEBRUARY 18 - 21:

Oscar Buzz Special Screenings: Limited Engagement

THE HURT LOCKER [Spielberg Theatre] Buy Tickets

THE HURT LOCKER, 2009, Summit Entertainment, 131 min. Acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow brings together realistic action and intimate human drama in a landmark film starring Jeremy Renner (THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD), Anthony Mackie (WE ARE MARSHALL), Brian Geraghty (JARHEAD), and co-starring Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly ("Lost") and Guy Pearce. In the summer of 2004, Sergeant Sanborn (Mackie) and Specialist Eldridge (Geraghty) are part of a small counterforce trained to handle homemade bombs, or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The job, a high-pressure, high-stakes assignment that soldiers volunteer for, requires a calm intelligence that leaves no room for mistakes. When Staff Sergeant James (Renner) cheerfully takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by what seems like his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures. Is James really a swaggering cowboy who lives for peak experiences and the moments when the margin of error is zero - or is he a consummate professional who has honed his craft to high-wire precision? The men have only 38 days left in their tour, but with each new mission comes another deadly encounter. As James blurs the line between bravery and bravado, it seems only a matter of time before disaster strikes. A gripping portrayal of real-life sacrifice and heroism, and a probing study of the soul-numbing rigors and potent allure of the modern battlefield. Based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq -- a squad whose members spoke of explosions as putting you in "the hurt locker." Nominated for 9 Academy Awards, including Best Directing and Motion Picture of the Year.

"It's both the film about the war in Iraq that we've been waiting for and the kind of unqualified triumph that's been long expected from director Kathryn Bigelow."- Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"…a first-class piece of visceral action moviemaking." -Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly

Thursday, February 18 - 7:30 PM

Friday, February 19 - 7:30 PM

Friday, February 19 - 10 PM

Saturday, February 20 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 20 - 10 PM

Sunday, February 21 - 3:30 PM

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Sunday, February 21 – 2:00 PM

Co-presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: "The Bob" The turbulent years from the mid-1910s until the stock market crashed in 1929 provided the ideal climate for political and social change - and any hairstyle that could become the topic of editorials, sermons, cartoons, and literature during that time bears investigation. What could a world class tennis player, a murderous housewife, a female evangelist, and a Hollywood star possibly have in common? Bobbed hair! In addition to reflecting upon the broader impact of the bob, we'll examine the lives of both famous and infamous women who sported this provocative cropped hairdo. Some of these women behaved well and others badly, but at least they all looked chic! Lecturer Joan Renner is a social historian and writer. She volunteers for the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, Los Angeles Art Deco Society, Los Angeles Conservancy, and is a board member for the non-profit organization Photo Friends as well as tour guide for Esotouric tours.

IT, 1927, Kino, 72 min. Dir. Clarence G. Badger. The film that launched a thousand bobbed hairdos, IT stars the remarkably sassy Clara Bow as Betty Lou, a department store worker who has "It" (a.k.a. sex appeal). What does an It Girl do when the man of her dreams doesn't know she exists? She dates his best friend! This attention-getting technique works swimmingly, but complications arise when Betty Lou is mistakenly written up in the daily newspaper as an unwed mother. A flirty, fashionable romp about class politics. Live accompaniment on the piano by Robert Israel.

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Wednesday, February 24 - 7:30 PM

Famous Monster Presents: LA Premiere! DOWNSTREAM, 2009, 101 min. Dir. Simone Bartesaghi, Philip Kim, Neil Kinsella. Wes Keller (Jonathon Trent) lives in a near-future dystopia where the world’s oil supply has dried up, food is scarce and the female population has severely decreased due to cancer epidemics. What remains is a barbaric landscape in which a human life is considered currency. In the face of these atrocities, Wes attempts to retreat to a mythical world (possibly real, possibly imaginary) run on a substance known as "Plutopia." Discussion after the film with director Simone Bartesaghi, co-director, writer and producer Philip Kim and actors Jonathon Trent and Jono Roberts.
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Thursday, February 25 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: GREMLINS, 1984, Warner Bros., 106 min. Dir. Joe Dante. When Billy (Zach Galligan) breaks the cardinal rules for the keeping of his rare new pet - no water, no food after midnight and no bright light - chaos is unleashed in his idyllic small town. What once was cute and fuzzy transforms and multiplies into a horde of dangerous, mayhem-loving creatures. With Hoyt Axton, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller, Corey Feldman and Glynn Turman.

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GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH, 1990, Warner Bros., 106 min. Dir Joe Dante. Six years after the original, everybody’s favorite tiny "Woolly Bullies" return to take "a bite outta the Big Apple." Mogul Daniel Clamp (John Glover) decides to build a Chinatown Trade Center, which involves evicting the Chinese restaurant that’s home to Gizmo and the original Mogwais. What he doesn’t bargain for are GREMLINS! Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and Howie Mandel, the voice of Gizmo, return, joined by Christopher Lee as Dr. Catheter.

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Friday, February 26 - 7:30 PM

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, 1963, Sony Repertory, 104 min. Dir. Don Chaffey. Hercules, harpies, the bronze giant Talos and an army of living skeletons – what more could you ask for?! Greek warrior Jason (Todd Armstrong) travels to the farthest reaches of the earth in search of the legendary Golden Fleece in this glorious adventure. The film features some of Ray Harryhausen’s best visual effects and a score by Bernard Herrmann. Co-starring Nancy Kovack, Laurence Naismith and Nigel Green.

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JACK THE GIANT KILLER, 1962, MGM/UA, 94 min. Director Nathan Juran’s most underrated fantasy film, JACK THE GIANT KILLER follows the adventures of a young farmer (Kerwin Mathews) who slays a marauding giant and, in doing so, incurs the wrath of a sorcerer (Torin Thatcher) bent on controlling England. Juran skillfully blends SINBAD-style adventure with a surprisingly dark touch. Creepy, fantastic elements of the film include a truly terrifying nautical attack by hordes of glowing witches, and a sweet-faced princess (Judi Meredith) who is transformed through sorcery into her lusciously wicked mirror image!

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Saturday, February 27 - 4:00 PM

The Da Camera Society Presents: Los Angeles Debut! Paragon Ragtime Orchestra: CLOWN PRINCES: An irresistible blend of music, architecture and film, this concert joins the leading exponents of turn-of-the-century American popular music, a classic Hollywood movie palace and silent films from Hollywood's princes of comedy. Film shorts by Buster Keaton ("The Play House," 1921), Harold Lloyd ("Get Out and Get Under," 1920) and Charlie Chaplin ("Behind the Screen," 1916) are played with the original scores by a regulation orchestra of the period. Conductor Rick Benjamin. "The music is incomparably sweet and stirring. And Rick Benjamin, who founded and conducts the PRO, is a musician of wit and sensibility." - The Philadelphia Inquirer Docents will be on hand throughout the afternoon to speak about the theater and its unique place in the history of Hollywood. Following the concert, enjoy dinner at one of Hollywood's many restaurants - information will follow with your tickets. This concert is sponsored by Eric & Nancy Garen and is made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Prices from $35 to $49 – tickets available only on Discount for American Cinematheque Members. 20% off.


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Saturday, February 27 – 7:30 PM

[Spielberg Theatre] AFRICAN AMERICAN FILMMAKERS Short Film Celebration, 75 min. This shorts program celebrates the voices that define a new generation of Black Cinema.This year's 75-minute program will showcase emerging directors, writers and animators who are redefining African American voices, stories and perspectives through films ranging from comedy to documentary to animation. Program compiled by Kimberley Browning, Executive Director: HOLLYWOOD SHORTS.


Michael Johnson's "Brothers Incorporated" (USA, 2009, 23 min.) This award-winning film film follows Marcus as he is poised to take control of his father's company - Philadelphia's Black Mafia circa 1963. Shot on location in Penn., this is the filmmaker's USC thesis film.  Terence Anthony "Choke" (USA, 2009, 7 min.) This edgy comedy is an animated adaptation of Terence's original play by the same name.  Marcus Stokes' "Chains" (USA, 2010, 14 min.) A sneak peek at the brand new short starring Andre Royo (The Wire) and John Hensley (Nip/Tuck) before it launches its highly anticipated festival premieres. Rashaad Ernesto Green's "Choices" (USA, 2009, 4 min.) A Sundance Official Selection.   One of two short films completed right after the filmmaker's multi - award winning NYU student short "Premature". Andre Campbell's "Trust" (USA, 2008, 6 min.) A promiscuous housewife learns the true meaning of A Friend You Can Trust. Discussion to follow with Michael Johnson, Marcus Stokes and Terence Anthony

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Sunday, February 28 - 1:30 PM

KPCC 89.3 FM’S ‘FILMWEEK’ OSCAR PREVIEW, 90 min. FilmWeek on AirTalk records its annual Academy Awards Preview in front of a live audience. Host Larry Mantle will be joined by FilmWeek critics Andy Klein of Brand X, Lael Loewenstein of Variety, Wade Major of, Jean Oppenheimer of FilmWeek on KPCC, Claudia Puig of USA Today, Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor, Henry Sheehan of and Charles Solomon, animation critic for, as they discuss their Oscar picks. The program will be broadcast on Friday, March 5th, on 89.3 KPCC-FM, Southern California Public Radio. Free to American Cinematheque Members. Show your card at the box office to obtain a ticket. Free tickets are not available online.

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Sunday, February 28 - 5:30 PM   

Presented by the Cinema Audio Society: A panel discussion with the Sound Mixers who win Cinema Audio Society© Awards at this year’s sealed envelope ceremony. The Cinema Audio Society will present their awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing on Saturday and then the winning Sound Mixing Teams will be invited to participate in a round table panel discussion regarding their winning projects, the following day. This annual event is always an informative and insightful look at how the sound mixing process for film and television function. Details online. Free admission. Tickets available at the door on the day of the event only.