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Beyond Fest Marks Ten Terrifying Years With Huge 2022 Lineup

September 28, 2022 —

Beyond Fest, the popular dark genre film festival based in Los Angeles, is back and it’s larger and weirder than ever. Celebrating a decade of dark genre cinema, this year’s slate has 63 full length features including ten world premieres and three US premieres, plus 25 West Coast debut screenings. Running now thru October 11th, the event shares a partnership with the American Cinematheque, and will pop up at locales throughout L.A. – from the IMAX theater at the TCL Chinese to the Hollywood Legion Theatre to the Aero and the Los Feliz 3.

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Beyond Fest 2022 - Weekly What To Do: October Incoming

September 28, 2022 —

31 free Beyond Fest screenings at the Shudder Theatre at the Los Feliz 3, including World Premieres, U.S. Premieres, West Coast Premieres and live conversations with filmmakers.

RSVPs for all free events will be available on their website starting at 9am the day of the show. First come, first served. There will be standby lines for all shows.

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Beyond Fest Unveils 2022 Lineup; Includes World Premieres Of ‘Halloween Ends’, ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ & More

September 13, 2022 —

Beyond Fest today unveiled the lineup for its tenth anniversary edition, returning to Los Angeles from September 27th – October 11th, following the sold-out fest of 2021.

This year’s installment of the United States’ biggest genre festival opens with two free screenings of Parker Finn’s anticipated Paramount horror Smile, closing out with the World Premiere of Halloween Ends, the conclusion to the iconic horror franchise from Universal Pictures, Trancas International, Miramax and Blumhouse.

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Commentary: At 80, Peter Greenaway remains film’s reigning musical maverick

September 6, 2022 —

It can be argued that Peter Greenaway is today’s feature filmmaker with the most wide-ranging musical imagination. His best-known films — “The Draughtsman’s Contract,” “A Zed & Two Noughts,” “Drowning by Numbers,” “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover” and “Prospero’s Books” — were celebrated in the 1980s and early ’90s for their gripping visual imagination, erudite literate texts and provocative subject matter.

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A Difficult Journey: Why I Flew Across the Country to See Lawrence of Arabia

August 30, 2022 —

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I started seeing 70mm film festivals pop up all over the country this summer. The Somerville Theatre near Boston had its 70mm and widescreen festival in June. While that was happening, the Music Box Theatre’s 70mm fest went on in Chicago. Last month, the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles had a month-long, Ultra Cinematheque 70 Fest series at the Aero Theatre. And New York’s Museum of the Moving Image currently has a 70mm program underway.

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5 Masaaki Yuasa Films Get Retrospective Screenings in California on August 5-7

July 4, 2022 —

GKIDS announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Sunday that it and American Cinematheque will screen a retrospective of films by anime director Masaaki Yuasa in two California theaters from August 5 to 7. The retrospective celebrates and leads up to GKIDS‘ upcoming screening of Yuasa’s latest film INU-OH in U.S. theaters on August 12.

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Jason Blum, Blumhouse to Be Honored With American Cinematheque’s Power of Cinema Award

May 24, 2022 —

The American Cinematheque will honor Blumhouse and its founder and CEO Jason Blum with the 2022 Power of Cinema Award.

The award will be presented at American Cinematheque’s annual benefit on Nov. 17, where Ryan Reynolds will be recognized with the 36th annual American Cinematheque Award.

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Santa Monica Mirror

The American Cinematheque Brings “Bleak Week” To Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre And The Los Feliz Three Theatre

May 18, 2022 —

Sometimes when things are tough and you’re feeling down, it helps to have a good cry or watch a sad film. If you feel that pandemic angst, Wednesday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 8 is an excellent time to get your fill of some of cinema’s most sorrow-filled films.

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American Cinematheque Adds Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav as New Board Member

May 16, 2022 —

The American Cinematheque has tapped Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav as its newest board member.

“We are so pleased to have David join the Board of Directors. He brings a strategic perspective that will add to the growth of our film programming and especially with the AC’s expansion into educational initiatives and archive content development,” American Cinematheque chairman Rick Nicita said in a statement on Monday.

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Screen Daily

15 Indie Cinemas From Around The World That Are Thriving Post-pandemic

May 4, 2022 —

While the pandemic’s impact on the big circuits grabbed most of the headlines, it has brought challenges to the entire exhibition sector — including the independent cinemas whose connection with their local districts and embrace of all aspects of film culture plays a powerful role in the moviegoing experience. Screen celebrates 15 indie cinemas from across the globe that have navigated Covid to remain a force in their communities.

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Variety

Ryan Reynolds to Receive American Cinematheque Award

April 26, 2022 —

Ryan Reynolds will receive the 36th American Cinematheque Award.

The ceremony and tribute to the actor will take place Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Mario Van Peebles Reflects on the Legacy of ‘New Jack City’ for American Cinematheque’s 1990s Black Film Series

April 13, 2022 —

On March 8, 1991, Mario Van Peebles’ feature directorial debut “New Jack City” premiered at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood. On Saturday, a little more than 30 years later, Van Peebles walked the red carpet outside the very same cinema — now renamed the Regency Village Theatre — for a special screening of his classic crime thriller, hosted by the American Cinematheque.

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American Cinematheque’s Tribute to the Crafts Recap, From Dune and The Rescue to Dave McNary

March 8, 2022 —

Though the American Cinematheque‘s Tribute to the Crafts event on Monday night was thrown for a fraction of the budget of the Academy Awards, the producers of the Oscars should take note, as this awards show was a success by any measure.

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American Cinematheque Salutes Variety Veteran Dave McNary at Tribute to the Crafts Event

March 8, 2022 —

Longtime Variety reporter Dave McNary was remembered as a consummate journalist who deeply loved covering the movie business during American Cinematheque’s Tribute to the Crafts, held Monday night at Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre.

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A Double Dose of Colin Farrell with ‘After Yang’ and ‘The Batman’

March 4, 2022 —

The American Cinematheque has launched “Women on the Go,” a new series programmed by Imani Davis that runs through Sunday, March 20, and celebrates women, travel and risk-taking. Among the films screening are Eric Rohmer’s “The Green Ray,” Chantal Akerman’s “Les Rendez-vous d’Anna,” Agnès Varda’s “Vagabond” and a 35mm screening of Wong Kar-Wai’s “My Blueberry Nights.”

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The Basic Cinephile

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kenneth Branagh’s Film ‘Belfast’

February 28, 2022 —

The American Cinematheque recently hosted a tribute to legendary filmmaker Kenneth Branagh. The tribute featured screenings of four films that are featured in his latest film Belfast, a semi-autobiographical love letter to his hometown, and culminated in a Belfast screening followed by a Q&A with writer and director Kenneth Branagh.

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Santa Monica Mirror

Interview With Aero Theatre’s Gwen Deglise

February 22, 2022 —

The Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue is the Westside home of The American Cinematheque. The American Cinematheque was founded by renowned director Sydney Pollack and the creators behind The Filmex Los Angeles Film Festival after Pollack took a trip to Paris in 1984 and experienced the Cinémathèque Française.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Sofia Coppola Praises Kirsten Dunst’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ Performance: “I’m So Proud of You”

January 17, 2022 —

The longtime collaborators and close friends reunited Sunday for an American Cinematheque virtual tribute to talk acting, creative process and preparation: “You always surprise me.”

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Chicago Reader

Before American slasher movies, there was giallo

January 12, 2022 —

Are you searching for a respite from the Chicago cold this winter? Look no further. This January, Cinematic Void, the Los Angeles cult film series based at the American Cinematheque, has expanded its popular “January Giallo” film program by partnering with the Music Box Theatre’s Music Box of Horrors to bring moviegoers a weekly escape into the stylish subgenre.

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Read More about ‘House of Gucci,’ ‘The Power Of The Dog,’ ‘West Side Story’ to Be Honored at American Cinematheque’s Inaugural Crafts Tribute
Variety

‘House of Gucci,’ ‘The Power Of The Dog,’ ‘West Side Story’ to Be Honored at American Cinematheque’s Inaugural Crafts Tribute

December 17, 2021 —

The American Cinematheque announced today the honorees for the inaugural Tribute to the Crafts, which will take place in-person on Jan. 26, at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, Calif.

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American Cinematheque Announces Inaugural ‘Tribute To The Crafts’ Film Honorees: ‘Dune’, ‘No Time To Die’, ‘West Side Story’, And More

December 17, 2021 —

In the ever-growing list of awards shows, American Cinematheque is throwing its clout behind a new one they call Tribute to the Crafts, an in-person celebration of the artisans behind the scenes who don’t get nearly the attention during the season that their above-the-line colleagues seem to.

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Daily Dead

Beyond Fest 2021 Review: ANTLERS is an Unrelenting Tale of Folk Horror

October 12, 2021 —

Often we refer to the concept of family as the ties that bind, and for good reason. Because sometimes, our family can be the very thing in our lives that is either holding us down or they can keep us connected to some type of trauma that continues to haunt our very existence. That’s the primary theme that ripples throughout Scott Cooper’s Antlers, a harrowing, gut-punch creature feature that is shockingly bleak at times and features brilliant performances from Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, and the precocious Jeremy T. Thomas, who is at the center of Antler’s mystery and is so heartbreakingly great in this.

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Movie Maker

Beyond Fest Responds to the Pandemic with 31 Free Screenings - A Mix of World, U.S. and West Coast Premieres

October 8, 2021 —

“A core tenet from the outset was that we just want to be cool with the audience,” says Beyond Fest co-founder and programmer Christian Parkes.

Currently in the midst of its ninth edition in Los Angeles, one massive way Beyond Fest has remained “cool” with its audience is through hosting 31 free screenings.

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Actor Tom Skerritt talks about his new film ‘East of the Mountains’ and recounts his many memorable roles

September 24, 2021 —

Tom Skerritt, who fans remember from films like “Alien” and “Top Gun,” chatted about his new film “East of the Mountains.”

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The New York Times

Movie Fans Repeated ‘Candyman.’ But Not the Name of Its Director

September 3, 2021 —

At first there weren’t a lot of people besides the writer-director Bernard Rose who thought it was a good idea to make the title villain of the 1992 film “Candyman” Black.

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The Eastsider LA

Los Feliz 3 Movie Theater Reopens, With American Cinematheque Picking the Films

August 5, 2021 —

After a year-and-a-half, a presidential election, and an international pandemic, the Los Feliz 3 theater on Vermont Avenue is finally reopening this Saturday.

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Participant to Receive American Cinematheque’s Power of Cinema Award

July 8, 2021 —

The American Cinematheque has set another honoree for its Nov. 18 gala, confirming media company Participant to receive the Power of Cinema Award presented by Hill Valley.

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Scarlett Johansson to Receive American Cinematheque Award

June 22, 2021 —

Scarlett Johansson will receive the 35th annual American Cinematheque Award gala and tribute at the Beverly Hilton on Nov. 18.

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Scarlett Johansson to Receive American Cinematheque Honor

June 22, 2021 —

Scarlett Johansson has a date with American Cinematheque on Nov. 18.

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L.A. Times

California has opened. My beloved local theater hasn’t. Why?

June 22, 2021 —

In 1993’s “True Romance,” Christian Slater as Clarence and Patricia Arquette as call girl Alabama enjoy a martial arts triple feature at a single-screen Detroit movie theater. Except in reality, it’s not a Detroit cinema; it’s the classic Vista Theatre, on the border of Los Feliz and East Hollywood, serving as a stand-in.

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Aero Theatre in Santa Monica Set to Reopen

June 10, 2021 —

The nonprofit cultural-arts and film-preservation group American Cinematheque will reopen the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Thursday.

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Santa Monica Daily Press

Moviegoers trickle back as the lights flick on at local theaters

June 1, 2021 —

After 14 months of closure local theaters are coming back to life, luring cinephiles with the promise of fresh popcorn and strict safety protocols.

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American Cinematheque Will Reopen Aero in June and Program Films at Los Feliz 3 Theatre

May 19, 2021 —

The American Cinematheque announced that the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will reopen on June 10.

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American Cinematheque Announces Aero Theatre’s Reopening & New Partnership With Los Feliz 3

May 19, 2021 —

American Cinematheque announced on Wednesday that the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will reopen on June 10, also teasing a new partnership with the Los Feliz 3.

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TimeOut

The 50 Most Beautiful Cinemas in the World

February 26, 2021 —

From shiny multiplexes to opulent indies to that one around the corner with the sticky carpets and the slightly stale pick ‘n’ mix, the spectrum of cinemas is a mile wide – and we miss them all. All of them are sanctuaries for movie lovers; places to go dream and be transported.

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Cynthia Erivo, Shaka King and More Discuss Black Identity in Film

February 20, 2021 —

Leading Black filmmakers, producers and writers opened up about what inspired them to enter cinema and the importance of capturing the Black diasporic experience on screen during a virtual panel co-hosted by the American Cinematheque and the African American Film Critics Association.

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Spike Lee’s American Cinematheque Tribute Sets Presenters, ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Stars

January 11, 2021 —

Spike Lee’s American Cinematheque tribute is taking shape with the addition of Angela Bassett, Ryan Coogler, Jodie Foster, Rosie Perez and Da 5 Bloods stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

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American Cinematheque Sets New Board Members

November 16, 2020 —

American Cinematheque chairman Rick Nicita said Monday that producer Stephanie Allain, WME partner Esther Chang and Black List founder Franklin Leonard will serve as new board members at the organization.

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After Netflix Deal, American Cinematheque Hires Executive Director, Adds Three Board Members

November 16, 2020 —

The Cinematheque, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit committed to screening movies in theaters and fostering conversations between filmmakers and moviegoers, had been in increasingly dire financial straits for several years.

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Spike Lee to Get American Cinematheque Virtual Award Honor

October 22, 2020 —

The American Cinematheque will honor Spike Lee with its 34th American Cinematheque Award, which will be presented Jan. 14, 2021 as part of a pandemic-era virtual tribute.

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Spike Lee to Receive American Cinematheque Award

October 22, 2020 —

Spike Lee will receive the American Cinematheque Award and will be honored during a virtual tribute on Jan. 14, 2021.

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Variety

Thanks to the Drive-In, Beyond Fest Pulls Off Something Beyond Belief: A Non-Virtual U.S. Film Festival in a Pandemic

October 9, 2020 —

The idea of a U.S. film festival sticking to its dates in 2020 with a fully programmed, all-physical, non-virtual slate of screenings?

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Los Angeles Times

This year’s Beyond Fest film lineup lifts a ‘resilient middle finger’ to COVID-19

September 18, 2020 —

While film festivals and much of public life have gone virtual in the pandemic, Los Angeles’ genre-focused Beyond Fest is here to say: “F— COVID.”

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Lynn Shelton to Receive American Cinematheque Salute With Marc Maron, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington

August 20, 2020 —

The late director will be feted with a virtual celebration of her small-screen work featuring collaborators, friends and boyfriend Marc Maron.

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Review: ‘Mr. Topaze,’ Peter Sellers’ directing debut, emerges from the star’s vault

June 15, 2020 —

Review: ‘Mr. Topaze,’ Peter Sellers’ directing debut, emerges from the star’s vault

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Movies Till Dawn: Out of the Past

June 12, 2020 —

The restored “MR TOPAZE” will make its virtual debut at the American Cinematheque.

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When Netflix Paid $14.4 Million for Egyptian Theatre, It Saved an Ailing American Cinematheque — Exclusive

June 10, 2020 —

Faced with over $8 million in essential renovations at the Egyptian Theatre, the American Cinematheque faced closing the historic Hollywood movie palace and ceasing to exist as an organization. And then, Netflix bought the theater.

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Netflix to put a new spin on L.A.’s classic Egyptian Theatre

May 29, 2020 —

Netflix to put a new spin on L.A.’s classic Egyptian Theatre.

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Indie Focus: The delicate power of ‘Driveways’

May 8, 2020 —

The American Cinematheque is going to host an online screening and virtual Q&A for “The Half of It.”…there will be an online discussion with writer-director Alice Wu and stars Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer and Alexxis Lemire moderated by “The Farewell” filmmaker Lulu Wang.

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American Cinematheque Goes Online During Coronavirus Crisis, Debuts Oscar Winner Agnès Varda’s Ultra Rare Short

April 7, 2020 —

Today it is offering the digital debut of the extremely rare short The Little Story of Gwen From French Brittany, from legendary Oscar-winning filmmaker Agnès Varda.

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Time Out

Movie theaters are closed but American Cinematheque is taking you into the projection room

March 31, 2020 —

The film organization behind theaters such as Hollywood’s Egyptian and Santa Monica’s Aero just released a video where chief projectionist Benjamin Tucker talks us through the projection room of the world-famous Egyptian Theatre.

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Classic Movies in L.A. This Week: A Salute to John Sayles

February 9, 2020 —

John Sayles: Independent Salute to the veteran indie filmmaker includes screenings of such Sayles classics as “Return of the Secaucus Seven,” “Matewan,” “Brother From Another Planet,” “Lone Star,” “Limbo,” “Passion Fish” and “Eight Men Out.”

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John Ford is paired with other great directors at the Aero

January 29, 2020 —

The shrewd programmers at the American Cinematheque have dreamt up an engaging way to riff off the Oscar-nominated success of “Ford v Ferrari” by putting together a series called “Ford vs…” that pairs a John Ford film with a similarly themed work by another director.

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Dyan Cannon and Richard Benjamin fondly look back at The Last of Sheila

January 24, 2020 —

Benjamin was one of the stars of “The Last of Sheila” along with Dyan Cannon. The two are reuniting for a screening of the film on Sunday evening at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

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