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Aero Theatre | Q&A with composer Laura Karpman and sound design editor Richard Beggs. Moderated by Oscar winning sound mixer, Lora Hirschberg.
‘Laura Karpman: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’
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AMERICAN FICTION, 2023, Dir. Cord Jefferson, 117 Min, Amazon MGM Studios, USA
In a tour-de-force directorial debut from Cord Jefferson, AMERICAN FICTION is a smart, heartwarming comedy that stars Jeffrey Wright as Thelonious “Monk” Ellison. Monk is a frustrated novelist fed up with the literary establishment’s continual ignorance and blind promotion of what they consider “Black” entertainment. In a moment of exasperation, he writes an outlandish “Black” book of his own under a pen name, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain. Amidst this secret success, Monk reunites with his spirited family who challenge his notions of prosperity and happiness. The film’s first-rate ensemble also includes Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Keith David, Issa Rae and Sterling K. Brown.
PARIS CAN WAIT, 2016, Dir. Eleanor Coppola, 92 Min, Sony, USA/UK
Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut at the age of 81 stars Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights.
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