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The National Geographic Society has been exploring and protecting the planet since 1888 and continues to promote the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world through National Geographic Documentary Films.
The AC is proud to present five extraordinary National Geographic Documentary Films, which cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from some of the most visionary documentary filmmakers in the world. Our series includes THE FIRST WAVE, a harrowing look at one of New York’s hardest-hit hospital systems at the start of the pandemic; FAUCI, an unprecedented portrait of one of our most vital public servants; BECOMING COUSTEAU, an inside look at the adventurer, filmmaker, inventor, author, and conservationist; THE RESCUE, Academy Award-winning filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s pulse-pounding account of the daring 2018 rescue from a flooded cave in Northern Thailand; and TORN, a profoundly intimate look at the family involved in the ill-fated 1999 expedition on the Tibetan mountain, Shishapangma.
Aero Theatre | Pre-recorded Q&As following each film with THE FIRST WAVE filmmaker Matthew Heineman, moderated by Cara Santa Maria, and FAUCI filmmakers John Hoffman & Janet Tobias and producer Ali Moss
This is a Free Event.
Los Feliz 3 | Pre-recorded Q&A following with filmmaker Liz Garbus, moderated by Bilge Ebiri.
Aero Theatre | Pre-recorded Q&As following each film with THE RESCUE filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, moderated by Scott Mantz, and TORN filmmaker Max Lowe, moderated by Matt Carey