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One Night Special Events in March:

 

These events are Egyptian Theatre exclusives!

 

Monday, March 1 - 6:00 PM

We could not be more excited to announce that we are part of the WE LIVE IN PUBLIC six city screening and interactive discussion on Monday, March 1 at 6:00 PM. It's an internet date you don't want to miss. We will be debuting our new hi-tech hook-up that enables us to broadcast thrilling events at the Egyptian to other places in the world (and check out what audiences elsewhere are doing). The Pig 'n Whistle restaurant next door to the Egyptian has a special 50% off food deal from 6:30 - 9:30 PM on Monday nights.

Following a screening of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (90 min.) we will connect with five other audiences in theatres around the country, the film's director Ondi Timoner and the subject of her documentary - the "Warhol of the Web" himself, Josh Harris and fans on the internet for a fully interactive discussion on what it means to "live in public" online in the 21st Century. The early start time is dictated by the time difference in cities in other time zones, so even if you can't make the screening, we hope you will join us for the 7:30 PM discussion hosted in person by actress Eliza Dushku ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel").

Here is some information about the film itself:


Sundance Grand Jury Documentary Prize Winner

# "4 STARS!... This is a remarkable film about a strange and prophetic man."
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, 2009, 90 min., Interloper Films. Ten years in the making and culled from 5000 hours of footage, the film reveals the effect the web has on our society, as seen through the eyes of the "Warhol of the Web" aka "the greatest Internet pioneer you've never heard of", artist, futurist and visionary Josh Harris. Through his experiments, including a six-month stint living with his girlfriend under 24-hour electronic surveillance which led to his mental collapse, Harris demonstrated the price we pay for living in public. Award-winning director Ondi Timoner (DIG! - which also won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2004 - making Timoner the only director to win that prestigious award twice) documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade to create a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives.

Following the screenings, which will play simultaneously in Vancouver, LA, Denver, Chicago, New York & Atlanta, director Ondi Timoner & Josh Harris will link up with Los Angeles event host Eliza Dushku ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel") and NY event host Adrian Grenier ("Entourage") and all the audiences nationwide in theaters and online will have a live, interactive conversation about living in public.
Buy Tickets | Official Website | View Trailer | Twitter | Roger Ebert Review

 

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Friday, March 5 – 7:00 PM

Friday, March 5 – 10:00 PM
[Spielberg Theatre] OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS Program. Oscar season is upon us, and a new crop of excellent short films are in the running for Best Short. Join us at the Egyptian Theatre for a program of all shorts nominated in the Animation and Live-Action categories at the 2010 Oscars. Selections include "The Door," "Instead of Abracadabra," "Kavi," "Miracle Fish," "The New Tenants," "French Roast," "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty," "The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)," "Logorama" and "A Matter of Loaf and Death."

Screening order:

Animated:

French Roast

La Dama y La Muerte

A Matter of Loaf and Death

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty

Logorama

Live Action:

Kavi

The New Tenants

Miracle Fish

The Door

Instead of Abracadabra

English subtitles if dialogue is other than English. The 7PM program will repeat at 10 PM. This event is in our small theatre. Advance tickets are recommended. Buy Tickets

 

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Saturday, March 6 – 10:00 AM
INVISIBLE ART, VISIBLE ARTISTS Seminar: Presented by American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) 150 min. You saw their names in the opening credits. Then you saw their names in Variety. Now discover how they went from dailies to Oscar-nominated films. An open discussion with all of this year's Oscar-nominated editors:

Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron (AVATAR)

Julian Clarke (DISTRICT 9);

Bob Murawski and Chris Innis (THE HURT LOCKER)

Sally Menke (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS)

Joe Klotz (PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE).

*All nominees will appear in person subject to availability. Admission is free, first come, first served.

 

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Saturday, March 6 – 2:30 PM
OSCAR-NOMINATED ART DIRECTORS
Seminar: Presented by the Art Directors Guild and Set Decorators Society of America (150 min.) The American Cinematheque in association with the Art Directors Guild and the Set Decorators Society of America presents a panel discussion with this year’s Academy Award-nominated art directors and set decorators:

Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg (Art Direction) and Kim Sinclair (Set Direction) for AVATAR

Dave Warren and Anastasia Masara (Art Direction) and Caroline Smith (Set Direction) for THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS

John Myhre (Art Direction) and Gordon Sim (Set Direction) for NINE

Sarah Greenwood (Art Direction) and Katie Spencer (Set Direction) for SHERLOCK HOLMES

Patrice Vermette (Art Direction) and Maggie Gray (Set Direction) for THE YOUNG VICTORIA.

Art Directors Guild President Thomas A. Walsh will moderate the event. *All nominees will appear in person subject to availability. Admission is free, first come, first served.

 

 

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Wednesday, March 10 – 7:30 PM           
Los Angeles Premiere! THE HEART IS A DRUM MACHINE, 2009, Lightyear Entertainment, 74 min. Dir. Christopher Pomerenke. A host of current top artists and scholars ruminate on the primal human need for and attraction to music in this elegant new documentary. Includes thoughtful interviews with Modest Mouse's Issack Brock, Tool's Maynard James Keenan, KCRW's Nic Harcourt and actor/musicians Elijah Wood, Jason Schwartzman and Juliette Lewis.

The film features the likes of Wayne Coyne, Jason Schwartzman, Elijah Wood, Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, Britt Daniel of Spoon, Juliette Lewis, John Frusciante, Maynard James Keenan, and more, all answering the question "What is Music?" It's an insightful, highly entertaining film for all kinds of music lovers.

The film was directed by Christopher Pomerenke and produced by the makers of 2006’s Moog. The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd wrote and performed the film’s original score and covered Elton John’s "Rocket Man" with Maynard James Keenan on vocals. Discussion following with the filmmakers and special guest musician Heloise Williams of the band Heloise and the Savoir Faire and Page Hamilton of the band Helmet.

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Thursday, March 11 - 7:30 PM

CRIMINALLY UNKNOWN STEVE TESICH
Double Feature: FOUR FRIENDS, 1981, MGM Repertory, 114 min. Dir. Arthur Penn. Steve Tesich's largely autobiographical tale of Yugoslavian immigrant (Craig Wasson) and his friends (Michael Huddleston and Jim Metzler) coming of age in the 1960s, every one of them in love with Georgia (Jodi Thelen). A richly observed American epic of love and friendship. One of the most overlooked and misunderstood films of the 1980s. "The best film yet made about the sixties…. It has the quality of legend, a fable remembered…. For Mr. Tesich, it is another original work by one of our best young screenwriters."- Vincent Canby The New York Times.
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EYEWITNESS, 1981, 20th Century Fox, 103min. Dir. Peter Yates. Steve Tesich's mystery follows a janitor (William Hurt) who uses what he knows about a murder to get close to reporter Sigourney Weaver. Steve Tesich's script, is alive with interesting characters and crackling dialogue. One of the least known, but most successful character driven mysteries of all time. The final shoot out in the riding stable is a thing to behold. Also starring Christopher Plummer, James Woods, Steven Hill and Morgan Freeman. Trailer |
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Thursday, March 11 – 7:30 PM
Back By Popular Demand! NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD - Spring 2010 Edition. What lies beyond Sundance for you and your film in the wide world of festivals?   For most emerging filmmakers, the goal of launching a film on the film festival circuit begins with one singular dream: SUNDANCE! But what lies beyond Sundance for you and your film? In this informative seminar, presented just in time for "festival season," film festival programmer/film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris (former Director Of Programming Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International Festival Of Short Films) offers filmmakers practical skills to navigating the world of film festivals to maximum effect.

What are the most significant film festivals and showcases you should be considering right now before that ultimate Sundance dream fades and you are left with a very good film with no place to show it?

Discussion Topics to be discussed include:

  • A survey of the most important film festivals in both the United States and the international community.
  • A breakdown and discussion of what particular film festivals are looking for and what individual film festivals respond to as they build their yearly list of selected films.
  • How to strategize the best festival release for your film.
  • The growing importance of community and genre film festivals.
  • The importance of your film's press kit and key art.
  • The "where," "when" and "how" of submitting your film.

PLUS!!!

  • Secret "insider tips" on submitting your film that will improve your chances of getting selected!!
  • A list of film festivals to AVOID and why!
  • Whether you are currently submitting your film to festivals or whether you are in production on your film or even if you are just prepping or writing your first film, EVERYONE is encourage to attend this insightful, stimulating and empowering discussion of film festivals and film festival release strategy.

[Spielberg Theatre] $12 Cinematheque Members, $15 Students/Seniors, $20 General. Buy Tickets

 

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Friday, March 12 – 7:30 PM                
World Premiere Double Feature: GONE WITH THE POPE, 1976, Grindhouse Releasing, 83 min. Writer-director-producer Duke Mitchell stars as Paul, a criminal with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the pope and charge "a dollar from every Catholic in the world" as ransom. This deliriously entertaining saga was shot in 1976 but remained unfinished until 2009. Now fully realized in 35mm! Trailer

MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE (aka THE EXECUTIONER), 1978, Grindhouse Releasing, 83 min. Duke Mitchell wrote, directed and stars in this hyper-violent mob movie that plays like THE GODFATHER at half the length and twice the carnage. An exiled mob leader returns to the U.S. to try to re-establish himself, only to set off a bloody gangland war. Trailer |
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Discussion in between films with GONE WITH THE POPE co-stars Jim LoBianco and John Murgia and cinematographer Peter Santoro and editors Robert Florio and Bob Leighton. Other guests to be announced!

 

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Sunday, March 14 – 7:30 PM    
75th Anniversary! Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Double Feature: TOP HAT
, 1935, Warner Bros. 101 min. Dir. Mark Sandrich. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers achieve sheer cinematic perfection as a pair of strangers who meet in a London hotel and are nearly broken apart by confusion over mistaken identities. Trailer

ROBERTA, 1935, Warner Bros., 106 min. Dir. William A. Seiter. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers make an early appearance together alongside Randolph Scott and Irene Dunne in this romantic confection set against the backdrop of the fashion industry. Trailer
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Monday, March 15 – 7:30 PM  

UNDER THE GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS (93 min.)

"...can be credibly included alongside such canonical rock-docs as 'Gimme Shelter' and 'Don't Look Back.'" - LA TIMES

In the summer of 2007, shortly after the release of their 6th album Icky Thump, The White Stripes headed north of their hometown of Detroit to embark on an ambitious journey across Canada. The plan was to play a show in every province and territory in Canada, from B.C. to Newfoundland to Nunavut. “Having never done a tour of Canada, Meg and I thought it was high time to go whole hog…from the ocean to the permafrost” says Jack White. “We wanted to play out of the way towns that don’t usually get shows…the shows are better, it’s better for the people, it’s a better experience, it’s way more unique, something interesting is going to happen…hopefully.”

This visual and revealing feature length film documenting The White Stripes' historic Canadian tour and culmination of their 10th Anniversary show. The movie chronicles the band’s journey all over Canada from the many interesting locales they experience to the people they meet along the way – from rural bowling alleys, to city buses, aboriginal tribes and onward. The film captures intimate moments of Jack and Meg both on and off stage, intimate and personal conversations about their ten years together, are cannons, raw performances of some of their biggest songs, and even an impromptu "one note show." Variety review by Dennis Harvey. The White Stripes official website. Buy Tickets Discussion following with the director Emmett Malloy.

 

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Wednesday, March 17 - 7:30 PM

Director Uli Edel and Producer Bernd Eichinger In Person!

THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, 2008, Vitagraph Films, 155 min. Dir. Uli Edel. Following two previous sold-out weekend engagements and inclusion on John Waters' Artforum Top Ten Films of 2009 list, THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX is back on the biggest screen at the Egyptian by popular request. Germany 1967: The children of the Nazi generation have grown up in the devastation their parents created. They vowed fascism would never rule again. In their fight for freedom they lost themselves in the cause and ignited a revolution around the world. Meet the original faces of terrorism, the Baader Meinhof Group, in this Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated film. Starring Martina Gedeck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS), Moritz Bleibtreu, Joanna Wokalek (POPE JOAN, NORTH FACE), Bruno Ganz. Directed by Uli Edel (LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN). Produced by Bernd Eichinger (LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN and DOWNFALL). Discussion following with director Uli Edel (LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN) and Producer Bernd Eichinger (DOWNFALL). Drawing for BMC prizes and DVD’s from MPI Media.
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"Now here were some kids who knew how to cause trouble! Hmmm... What should we do today? Stop the Olympics or blow up a commercial airplane? These radicals made The Weathermen look like pussies." - John Waters, Artforum "Top 10 Films of 2009 List"

Critic's Pick New York Times
"....A real life thriller ..."
"...mesmerizing story of curdled idealism, one that has been told before but rarely as well "
-Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"The equivalent of Steven Soderbergh's 'Che' having a love child with 'The Fast and the Furious.'"
-Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

"The year's best-made and most counter-romantic action thriller."

-Christopher Hitchens, VANITY FAIR

"Explosive, in every possible way. Director Uli Edel ("Last Exit to Brooklyn") is a meticulous alchemist, creating a combustible mix of suspense, historical fact and dramatic license..."
-Alexis L. Loinaz, METROMIX

 

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Thursday, March 18 – 7:30 PM
World Premiere! SEE WHAT I'M SAYING: THE DEAF ENTERTAINERS DOCUMENTARY, 2010, Worldplay, 90 min. Director Hilari Scarl captures with humor and sensitivity the daily struggles and obstacles faced by four uniquely talented deaf entertainers. The first open-captioned commercial film in American history. Courtyard preshow includes aerial and special guest artist performances. Rock band POWDER will perform live after the screening. Filmmakers in person.

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March 18-21:

Critic's Buzz Special Screenings:

THE RED RIDING TRILOGY

RED RIDING: 1974, 2009, IFC Films, 105 min. Dir. Julian Jarrold. Inspired by the novels of David Peace, part one of the trilogy centers on Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield), a rookie journalist who returns to his Yorkshire home town, where ten-year-old Clare Kemplay (a figurative Red Riding Hood, seen in a red hoodie) has just been abducted. Seeing a possible link to two other local missing children, Eddie throws himself into a spiriling investigation of child abductions and murders that leads him to suspect that there’s a terrifying connection between the perpetrators and the upper echelons of Yorkshire power. With David Morrissey and Rebecca Hall.

RED RIDING: 1980, 2009, IFC Films, 96 min. Director James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE) continues the narrative for part two of the trilogy. With the police and public still baffled that the "Ripper" remains at large and may have inspired a copycat killer, veteran police officer Peter Hunter (Paddy Considine) is called in from Manchester to take over the investigation. While struggling with scandal and tragedy in his personal life, his new theories about the case only incite growing opposition to his involvement.

RED RIDING: 1983, 2009, IFC Films, 104 min. Dir. Anand Tucker. When yet another young girl is kidnapped, Detective Maurice Jobson (David Morrissey) notices a number of powerful similarities to the abduction cases he had investigated back in the ’70s for which a man was convicted and sentenced. Meanwhile, a reluctant local solicitor, John Piggott (Mark Addy), decides to take up the condemned man’s cause.

"To view this gritty, gripping series is to enter a devil's bargain: Watch and you'll never forget." -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"…the most striking dramas of this decade, towering above the usual costume epics and routine police procedurals. Indeed, in their use of setting and landscape the Red Riding films attain an expressionist naturalism that exceeds practically anything British cinema has achieved in the past 30 years." - Mark Fisher, Frieze Magazine

"The brooding soundtrack of 1980 pays subtle tribute to the music of Throbbing Gristle and Joy Division which colours and informs the novel. The Red Riding trilogy as a whole is like a piece of post-punk music. It demands to be replayed many times, and each new viewing reveals more depth and nuance."- Mark Fisher, Frieze Magazine

Special 'Trilogy' Ticket Price $25 for all three films. For individual admissions, normal prices apply.

Trailer | Buy Tickets | Official Site

 

Thurs, March 18 - 7:30 PM

RED RIDING: 1974

 

Friday, March 19 - 7:30 PM

RED RIDING: 1980

 

Saturday, March 20 - 5 PM

RED RIDING: 1974

 

Saturday, March 20 - 7:30 PM

RED RIDING: 1980

 

Saturday, March 20 - 9:30 PM

RED RIDING: 1983

 

Sunday, March 21 - 4 PM

RED RIDING: 1983


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Friday, March 19 – 7:30 PM            
Perry Henzell has been called "the most important filmmaker to emerge from the Caribbean." His landmark film THE HARDER THEY COME was responsible for introducing Reggae music to the world. With unique insight, visual sense and original thinking, he forever changed the way we look at things. Through his films, stage plays, and novels, the worldwide impact of his work continues to grow. The American Cinematheque salutes the memory of Perry Henzell with an evening dedicated to his feature films.
Double Feature: West Coast Premiere! NO PLACE LIKE HOME, 2006, IFM, 95 min. Dir. Perry Henzell. Following the success of THE HARDER THEY COME, Perry Henzell directed part two of his Jamaican trilogy, which follows New York producer Susan as she ventures into the Jamaican countryside (reversing the country-to-city trajectory of the first film) in search of a runaway actress. After working on the film throughout the 1970s, Henzell discovered that the footage had been lost; fortunately, it was found 30 years later, and now Henzell's follow-up to his breakthrough classic can be seen on the big screen! With music by Bob Marley & The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals and Peter Tosh and introducing Grace Jones and P.J. Soles. Trailer
New 35mm Print! THE HARDER THEY COME, 1972, International Films, 120 min. The world’s first contact with Jamaica and reggae music, before Bob Marley broke big and England fell in love with the sound. Originally released by Roger Corman it became a midnight movie sensation and inspired The Clash’s "The Guns of Brixton". Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff stars as a country boy IVAN who travels to the big city with dreams of recording a song. Turning to a life of crime in desperation Ivan achieves his dream of being famous as his song becomes a big hit and he is Jamaica's most wanted man. Director Perry Henzell’s masterpiece uses this odyssey as the basis for a forceful study of corruption of all kinds, all set to a fantastic soundtrack, it feels at times like a musical TAXI DRIVER. Trailer |
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6:30 - Courtyard Pre-Screening Reception. Party to celebrate Perry Henzell and ... "The Harder They Come" star Jimmy Cliff on his induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. DJ Baby Ace mixing the classics. Meet and greet. Prize give-a-ways. Brought to you by Universal Music Enterprises and Red Stripe Beer.

Discussion between films with Justine Henzell (Perry's daughter), producer David Garonzik, P.J. Soles (actress), Arthur Gorson (friend and producer), Roger Steffens (reggae historian) and special surprise guests. Moderated by Wayne Jobson.

 


Saturday, March 20

Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

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, March 21 LA MARATHON today, check street closures.

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

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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Wednesday, March 24 – 7:30 PM                   
Double Feature: THE THIRD MAN, 1949, Rialto Pictures, 93 min. Dir. Carol Reed Orson Welles excels as homicidal charmer Harry Lime, whose estranged paramour (Alida Valli) remains loyal to him and whose old best friend (Joseph Cotten) cannot bring himself to believe the awful truth. With a timeless, darkly humorous script by novelist Graham Greene. View trailer

THE FALLEN IDOL, 1948, Rialto Pictures, 95 min. Graham Greene once again supplied the story and screenplay for this psychological mystery directed by Carol Reed. Bobby Henrey is the 8-year-old son of the French ambassador in London. Left alone for the weekend, Bobby is the only witness when the housekeeper dies from a fall of ambiguous motive.
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Thursday, March 25 - 7:30 PM
[Spielberg Theatre] ALL DOC'D OUT: A DOCUMENTARY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Learn how to keep your film alive and thriving in the competitive world of nonfiction distribution, exhibition and film festivals from a panel of industry professionals including Amy Halpin, Program Manager, Fiscal Sponsorships and Grants, International Documentary Association Agi Orsi, Producer, DOGTOWN AND THE ZBOYS, RIDING GIANTS. Jon Reiss, Author, Think Outside The Box Office; Producer/Director, BOMB IT, BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY. Marina Zenovich, Producer/Director, ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED, WHO IS BERNARD TAPIE?

Non-fiction filmmaking has been a centerpiece of the American film industry for most of our new millennium. Whether this resurgence can be attributed to the dominance of reality-based television, new found artistic and technical liberties or to some good old-fashioned monetary gain, there is now a vast new playing field for today's documentary filmmaker.

The American Cinematheque's Film Seminar Series presents a documentary film panel discussion which takes a close look at where the future of non-fiction film production, distribution and exhibition is headed in an uncertain market that is now glutted with documentary films.

With an accent on ALTERNATIVE and CREATIVE approaches to producing, financing and distributing documentary films, ALL DOC'D OUT: THE ULTIMATE DOCUMENTARY SURVIVAL GUIDE focuses its attention on three primary foundations of non-fiction filmmaking:

1. CONCEPT/SUBJECT CHOICE, FORMAL DESIGN, FILMMAKING TRENDS

What are the most viable subject trends in documentary filmmaking today?

What is the current landscape like for "the political doc" (Michael Moore-approach), "the historical doc" (Ken Burns-approach), "the environmental doc" (Al Gore-approach), "the shock doc" (Nick Broomfield-approach), "the personal doc" (Terry Zwigoff-approach), and "the auteur doc" (Errol Morris-approach)? What are the current filmmaking stylistic trends? Where are they headed? Does the film festival world favor certain non-fiction subject approaches and styles over others? Is there a primary documentary filmmaking style/form today? What filmmaking stylistic/formal concerns should a new documentary filmmaker be aware of when making his/her first film? What are the most important artistic and financial considerations you should make before shooting your documentary?

2. CONTEMPORARY FINANCING

In terms of the conceptual stages of making a documentary, what do both documentary organizations who provide grants and documentary financing producers look for in a documentary that is seeking investment? Is financing an American documentary always from a "patchwork" of sources?

Given the collapse of the world's financial institutions, it looks like financing your new non-fiction film has some very challenging times ahead.

What new methods of financing documentaries can we foresee in the future?

How creative can producers get in their efforts to find money to make non-fiction films? Given the weakened state of the dollar, is European financing on the rise for American documentary filmmakers or is this just a potential for narrative filmmakers? Is the "internationally co-financed" film going to come back into style?

3. NEW FORMS OF DISTRIBUTION/EXHIBITION

What does the landscape for documentary film/video distribution look like today verses 5 years ago? What are the biggest changes in what a documentary will find for itself in terms of theatrical distribution, DVD sales or broadcast (television, cable TV, internet) play? How does film festival exhibition enhance or hurt a documentary's distribution potential?

When do I bring on a sales agent? When do I bring on a publicist? Are sales generated through self-distribution better today than sales that can be generated by a DVD distribution company? What are the "best" DVD distribution companies for non-fiction films? How have the new potentials of VOD (Video On Demand) changed and enhanced the marketing of documentaries? Do DVD/VOD sales/licensing really make up for the financial losses filmmakers now take with the relatively small advances they are offered for theatrical and broadcast distribution? What is the best distribution strategy or plan to have today to maximize sales? Does the contemporary documentary filmmaker have to settle for greater exposure for his/her film and take a financial loss?

ALL DOC'D OUT: THE ULTIMATE DOCUMENTARY FILM SURVIVAL GUIDE is sure to enhance your understanding of the competitive world of non-fiction filmmaking, financing and distribution. Whether you have just finished your film or whether you are in pre-production and preparing to shoot your film or even if you are just in the conceptual stages of making your first film,

ALL DOC'D OUT is sure to be an invaluable resource and a rewarding glimpse into the state of documentary filmmaking in the United States.

Moderated by Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris. $12 Cinematheque Members, $15 Students/Seniors, $20 General. Buy Tickets

 



Thursday, March 25 – 7:30 PM            
Dan O'Bannon Tribute: When filmmaker Dan O'Bannon died in December at the age of 63, the American genre cinema lost one of its most entertaining, unique voices. The Cinematheque pays tribute to O'Bannon with two of his best films, DARK STAR and THE RESURRECTED.

Double Feature: Director’s Cut World Premiere! THE RESURRECTED, 1992, Scotti Brothers Picture Distribution, 108 min. Dir. Dan O’Bannon. Private detective John March (John Terry) investigates the mysterious activities of Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Sarandon), an occultist obsessed with finding the secret to resurrecting the dead. It soon becomes apparent that Ward is using his neighbors as guinea pigs. Dan O'Bannon was working on the film, but was not able to finish it before he died. It is a never-before-seen work print.
Rare Archival Print! DARK STAR, 1974, Jack H. Harris Enterprises, 83 min. Director John Carpenter’s first feature is a hilariously lo-fi space epic about a shaggy-dog crew stuck on a spaceship with an alien that resembles a walking beach ball and a thinking time-bomb intent on blowing itself to smithereens. Co-screenwriter Dan O’Bannon co-stars as Pinback.
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Friday, March 26 – 7:30 PM            
MAD MAX, 1979, MGM Repertory, 88 min. Dir. George Miller. Mel Gibson stars in the nihilistic road-rage sci-fi action film about violent car gangs taking over the highways. With daring car chases and a grim sadistic tone reminiscent of spaghetti Westerns.
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MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR, 1981, Warner Bros., 94 min. Hockey mask-wearing Lord Humungus whips his speed-freaks into a frenzy, while Road Warrior Mel Gibson tries to save the remnants of civilization in director George Miller’s lean, mean, thrill machine.
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MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME, 1985, Warner Bros., 107 min. Max (Mel Gibson) finds himself among a group of children being oppressed by matriarchal uber-capitalist Tina Turner.
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Saturday, March 27 - 7:30 PM           
[Spielberg Theatre] 9 ICONS IN 90 MINUTES: Before Blue-Ray, before VHS, there was 8mm film. The Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian is proud to present seven classic early short films, including "Rudolph Valentino and His 88 American Beauties," "Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World’s Fair at San Francisco," "Max Learns to Skate" featuring international superstar Max Linder, "Teddy at the Throttle" starring a young Gloria Swanson, "The Masquerader" starring and directed by a young Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith's "Sweet and Twenty" and "The Mothering Heart."
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Saturday, March 27 – 3:00 PM           
CHARLES BEAUMONT: THE SHORT LIFE OF TWILIGHT ZONE’S MAGIC MAN, 2009, JaSunni Productions, 110 min. Dir. Jason Brock. Charles Beaumont was one of the primary writers on the TV series THE TWILIGHT ZONE, but fell prey to a mysterious illness that ended his life when he was 38. This documentary pays tribute to an underrated artist and includes interviews with Roger Corman, writers Richard Matheson and Harlan Ellison, and others who knew or admired Beaumont’s work.
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Following: “Your Three Minutes are Up” 2009, 14min.Discussion following the film with authors Ray Bradbury, George Clayton Johnson, William F. Nolan, John Tomerlin, Richard Matheson (schedule permitting), editor and producer Sunni Brock and director Jason Brock moderated by Marc Scott Zicree. Booksigning of THE BLEEDING EDGE AT 2:00 pm with panel members.
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Saturday, March 27 – 7:30 PM       
Double Feature: THE INTRUDER (aka I HATE YOUR GUTS), 1962, Filmgroup, 80 min. Dir. Roger Corman. William Shatner plays a racist agitator traveling the South to foment tension against newly-court-ordered school desegregation. With on-location authenticity, Charles Beaumont’s terse script and convincing performances, the film still packs a wallop today.
BURN, WITCH, BURN (aka NIGHT OF THE EAGLE), 1962, MGM Repertory, 90 min. Dir. Sidney Hayers. Professor Norman Tayler (Peter Wyngarde) discovers his scholastic success is due to voodoo spells cast by his wife (Janet Blair). When he forces her to give up her spells, the demonic forces of darkness descend. Adapted by screenwriters Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson from Fritz Leiber’s novel Conjure Wife.
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Sunday, March 28 – 7:30 PM               
LOGAN'S RUN, 1976, Warner Bros., 120 min. Dir. Michael Anderson. Life in the future is a dream filled with pleasurable pursuits. The only catch: Once you turn 30, you're eliminated. Michael York plays an expert at catching people who try to flee the system - a system he gradually comes to question. View trailer

Discussion following with writers William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, moderated by Marc Scott Zicree. All ticket holders will be eligible for a drawing for a signed issue of Logan’s Run: Last Day, courtesy of Bluewater Comics.
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Wednesday, March 31 – 7:30 PM            
Double Feature: EDDIE PRESLEY, 1992, Eddie Productions, 106 min. Dir. Jeff Burr. Living in a van off Hollywood Boulevard, tortured Elvis impersonator Eddie Presley gets another shot at stardom when the owner of a dumpy club offers him a gig. The only question is whether Eddie can overcome his own demons and achieve his showbiz dream. Based on the play by star Duane Whitaker, it’s a modest masterpiece of heartfelt independent cinema, shot on a shoestring. With Clu Gulager, Roscoe Lee Browne, Chuck Williams, Ted Raimi and Lawrence Tierney. Cameos by Quentin Tarantino and Bruce Campbell!
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TOGETHER & ALONE, 1998, 50th Street Films, 84 min. Dir. Duane Whitaker. Joe Unger gives the performance of a lifetime in this portrait of Los Angeles at night. Echoes of Robert Altman, but it's far from the world of THE PLAYER. These are struggling artists are a lot further down the Hollywood food chain. Actor-writer Duane Whitaker (PULP FICTION) makes his directorial debut with this low-budget ensemble gem. Also starring Joe Estevez, John Bishop, Casey Siemaszko, Tim Thomerson and Mariah O'Brien. Following: a behind the scenes tribute to the late great Lawrence Tierney on the set of Eddie Presley, "Tierney’s Tyranny”, 1992, 11 min. Discussion in between films with Jeff Burr, Duane Whitaker, Joe Unger, Daniel Roebuck, Joe Estevez, Chuck Williams, John Bishop, Willard Pugh, and Clu Gulager.
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