Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Films From Germany

German Currents: New Films From Germany 

September 30 - October 4

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Wedenesday, September 30- 7:30 PM

2008, Musicbox Films, 126 min. Dir. Philipp Stolzl.
Los Angeles Premiere!
With the 1936 Berlin Olympics looming, the Nazi party needs some hometown heroes. Benno Furman and Florian Lukas play the Germans who attempt to become the first to scale the near-vertical Eiger's North Face in the Alps, trying to beat a pair of Austrian climbers in this grippingly staged account that boasts plenty of white-knuckle thrills. "The climbing scenes have real grit, plus a chill factor that reaches deep into the viewer's bones..." -- Derek Elley, Variety.
Discussion following with producer Boris Schönfelder and actor Benno Fürmann.

Thursday, October 1 - 7:30 PM - Double Feature

2009, Film Movement, 110 min. Dir. Hans-Christian Schmid.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Kerry Fox stars as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague who must persuade a Bosnian witness (Anamaria Marinca of "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days") to give evidence against a suspected Serbian war criminal. "...a different kind of political thriller ... a reality check for a genre in which the good guys somehow always come out on top."
-- Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

2008, 87 min. Dir. Santiago Zannou.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Director Niko von Glasow sets out to find 11 people who, like him, were born disabled due to the effects of the drug Thalidomide, to photograph them nude for a calendar. Winner of the 2009 Lola (German Film Award) for best documentary. Discussion in between films with director Hans-Christian Schmid (STORM), producer Britta Knöller (STORM) and director Niko von Glasow (NOBODY'S PERFECT).

Friday, October 2 - 7:30 PM  - Double Feature
2008, 120 min. Dir. Marco Kreuzpaintner.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Based on Otfried Preussler's 1971 children's book, "Krabat," is set in plague-ravaged 18th-century Europe. Krabat (David Kross of "The Reader") is a 14-year-old orphan who finds sanctuary at a mill run by a mysterious called the Master, but soon discovers his teacher is linked with dark forces. "...(A) riveting Faustian tale of teenage boys seduced by the lure of black magic that goes darker than even Harry Potter dares." 
2009, 112 min. Dir. Ben Verbong.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Cancer-stricken Laura (Katharina Schubert) returns to her parents' house, where her estranged sisters try to convince her to go back into treatment. Laura watches as her visibly uncomfortable sisters grapple with their emotions and unresolved family issues. Veteran actress Senta Berger co-stars. Discussion in between with director Marco Kreuzpaintner, producers Uli Putz , Jens Oberwetter (KRABAT), producer Anita Elsani and actress Julia-Maria Köller (LIKE IT OR NOT).

Saturday, October 3 - 4:00 PM  - Family Matinee
2009, 98 min. Dir. Christian Ditter.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Ten-year-old Hannes wants to join the Vorstadtkrokodile (Suburban Crocodiles), the coolest gang in town, but the initiation goes awry and his life is saved by the wheelchair-bound Kai, who is also desperate to join. Kai suddenly becomes of great interest to the gang when he is the only witness to a break-in. Based on a beloved German young-adult novel, the film won the top prize at the Munich International Film Festival's children's awards. Discussion following with director Christian Ditter.

Saturday, October 3 - 7:30 PM  - Double Feature 
2008, 100 min. Dir. Hannes Stohr.
Los Angeles Premiere! Globe-trotting DJ and electronic music composer Martin, aka DJ Ickarus (real-life musician Paul Kalkbrenner), returns to the hot-house rave scene in Berlin to record his highly anticipated new album -- but internal and external pressures take their toll. Shot on location in Berlin's hottest dance clubs. "Kalkbrenner has the appropriate energy, and obvious familiarity with the scene, to carry the story..." -- Jay Weissberg, Variety.
2009, 94 min. Dirs. Marcus Mittermeier, Jan Henrik Stahlberg.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Three German friends dreaming of fortune and fame start their own boy band and hop on a plane to America to pursue their goal. "Co-directors Marcus Mittermeier and Jan Henrik Stahlberg gleefully send up the voyeuristic world of live TV and its ability to turn ordinary, no-talent folks into superstars, gloriously subverting conventions of the road movie and music video while they're at it." - Variety. Discussion in between films with director Jan Henrik Stahlberg (SHORT CUT) and director Hannes Stöhr (BERLIN CALLING).

Sunday, October 4 - 3:00 PM

2008, 107 min. Dir. Helma Sanders-Brahm.
Los Angeles Premiere!
This true story depicts Clara Schumann (Martina Gedeck from The Baader Meinhof Complex'), a gifted pianist and composer, and her relationships with her husband, Robert Schumann (Pascal Greggory), and the much younger Johannes Brahms (Malik Zidi), who moves in with the Schumann family. "Gedeck ('The Lives of Others,') gives Clara a grounded quality that serves the role well, and she's especially convincing in her piano-playing scenes . while Zidi expectedly steals the show as Brahms." - Variety.

Sunday, October  4 - 7:30 PM

2008, 151 min.
Director Heinrich Breloer focuses on the fourth generation of the Buddenbrook mercantile family in his adaptation of Thomas Mann's novel. Armin Mueller-Stahl leads the cast of big-name German actors. Discussion following with producer Matthias Esche, director Heinrich Breloer and actor Armin Mueller-Stahl. 

LACMA Public Programs


Vital Signals: Japanese and American Video Art from the 1960s and 70s

Tuesday, October 6 | 7 pm

This three-part screening, curated by the nonprofit media arts organization EAI (Electronic Arts Intermix) investigates the correspondence between the pioneering works of artists experimenting with video in Japan and America. The program features rarely screened videos by artists such as Chris Burden, Allan Kaprow, Hakudo Kobayashi, Paul McCarthy, Fujiko Nakaya, Nam June Paik, and many others.

Brown Auditorium | Tickets required: $7 general admission, $5 museum members, seniors 62+ and students with valid ID—to purchase tickets call 323 857-6010

Gallery Discussion: The Art of Looking

Thursday, October 8 | 12:30 pm

Join LACMA educators for a one-hour facilitated gallery discussion focusing on the permanent collection. On October 8, Kristin Bengtson offers a look at the newly reinstalled galleries of Korean art.

BP Grand Entrance, by the ticket window | Free, no reservations

Lecture and Book Signing—Mitch Epstein: American Power

Saturday, October 10 | 2 pm

Mitch Epstein traveled the United States between 2003 and 2009 to document environmentally contaminated areas, creating a portrait of modern-day America. In this lecture, Epstein discusses how this experience led him to reconsider the artist’s role in a nation in transition.

Brown Auditorium | Free, tickets required—available one hour before the program

Vital Signals: Japanese and American Video Art from the 1960s and 70s

Tuesday, October 13 | 7 pm

This three-part screening, curated by the nonprofit media arts organization EAI (Electronic Arts Intermix) investigates the correspondence between the pioneering works of artists experimenting with video in Japan and America. The program features rarely screened videos by artists such as Chris Burden, Allan Kaprow, Hakudo Kobayashi, Paul McCarthy, Fujiko Nakaya, Nam June Paik, and many others.

Brown Auditorium | Tickets required: $7 general admission, $5 museum members, seniors 62+ and students with valid ID—to purchase tickets call 323 857-6010

Contemporary Architectural Practice—Decorative Arts and Design Lecture Series 
Thursday, October 15 | 7 pm

Elena Manferdini, designer and principal, Atelier Manferdini, and Greg Lynn, designer and principal, Greg Lynn FORM, will discuss the exhibition “From the Spoon to the City”: Objects by Architects from LACMA’s Collection, currently on view. The panel will be moderated by Frances Anderton, host of the radio program DnA: Design and Architecture (89.9 KCRW) and Los Angeles editor of Dwell magazine.

Brown Auditorium | $20 General Admission, $15 LACMA members, free for Decorative Arts and Design Council members and students with ID—to purchase tickets call 323 857-6528 or email

This series is made possible with the generous support of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation.

Vital Signals: Japanese and American Video Art from the 1960s and 70s
Tuesday, October 20 | 7 pm

This three-part screening, curated by the nonprofit media arts organization EAI (Electronic Arts Intermix) investigates the correspondence between the pioneering works of artists experimenting with video in Japan and America. The program features rarely screened videos by artists such as Chris Burden, Allan Kaprow, Hakudo Kobayashi, Paul McCarthy, Fujiko Nakaya, Nam June Paik, and many others.

Brown Auditorium | Tickets required: $7 general admission, $5 museum members, seniors 62+ and students with valid ID—to purchase tickets call 323 857-6010

Silvia Barisione: Italian Futurist Design—Decorative Arts and Design Lecture Series

Thursday, October 22 | 7 pm

The Futurist Manifesto of February 1909 ushered in an influential avant-garde movement. To mark its 100th anniversary, Silvia Barisione, curator, Wolfsoniana-Fondazione Regionale per la cultura e lo spettacolo, Genoa, will discuss the movement’s manifestations in design and decorative arts.

Brown Auditorium | $20 General Admission, $15 LACMA members, free for Decorative Arts and Design Council members and students with ID—to purchase tickets call 323 857-6528 or email

This series is made possible with the generous support of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation.

Conversations with Artists: Frank Gohlke
Sunday, October 25 | 2 pm

Frank Gohlke’s photographs came to notice in the original 1975 presentation of the exhibitionNew Topographics: Images of a Man-Altered Landscape at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York. To mark both the opening of the special exhibition at LACMA and the publication of his new book, Thoughts on Landscape: Collected Writings and Interviews, Gohlke will speak in conversation with curator Edward Robinson. Book signing will follow.

Brown Auditorium | Free, tickets required—available one hour before the program

The Director's Series: Conversations with Michael Govan—Barbara Kruger
Thursday, October 29 | 7:30 pm
Join LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan for a conversation with renowned contemporary artist Barbara Kruger. Barbara Kruger transformed LACMA’s BCAM elevator from a functional object into a major work of art. She and Michael Govan will discuss how this work manifests her interest in creating art and commentary with “pictures and words.” This popular series often sells out early so be sure to reserve your free tickets soon.
Bing Theater | Free, tickets required, available at the box office—for more information call 323 857-6010

Gallery Conversations: Modern and Contemporary Art
Saturdays and Sundays | October | 1–4 pm

Introducing a new way to experience LACMA! Drop by the modern and contemporary art galleries for informative and informal conversations about works of art with gallery educators. PLEASE NOTE: October 1–11 gallery conversations will take place only in the modern art galleries.

BCAM level 3 and Ahmanson Building, level 2 | Free, no reservations

Multimedia Tour
LACMA has created a dynamic multimedia visitor tour offering a wealth of audio, video, still images, and text to enrich your knowledge of artworks from the museum's collection. The tour is available now via personal digital assistants (PDAs)—with full-color screens and simple controls—that can be checked out free of charge from the museum's welcome centers.
Available for checkout at the BP Grand Entrance Welcome Centers with valid ID | Free | Available in English, Spanish, and Korean
Take the tour online with our interactive map!
arking is available in the underground Pritzker Parking garage, located east of Fairfax Avenue off of 6th Street, and in the lot on the corner of Spaulding Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard; validated parking costs $7. Parking is free after 7 pm.

Header Image: LACMA B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden © Museum Associates 2009

Education programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are supported in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Arts Education.

Education Department
Los Angeles County Museum
 of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036

UCLA Film & Television Archive Screenings

Archive home page

302 East Melnitz • 405 Hilgard Ave • Los Angeles, CA • 90095-1323 • ph. (310) 206-8013
Here's a look at what's happening at the Billy Wilder Theater through the Fall.

Wednesday, September 30

It's that time of year when eager minds return to the dorms and the hallowed halls of academe. The Archive presents a survey of college-set films that explores the ever-changing on-screen image of campus life from flapper escapades to student sit-ins. Please join us on Wednesday for Tea and Sympathy, starring Deborah Kerr. Read more »

Friday, October 9 – Friday, October 16

In conjunction with the visit of a group of prominent Iranian filmmakers to Los Angeles, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the UCLA Film & Television Archive will present a series of recent Iranian films, each followed by a discussion with one or more of the film's principal creators. Guests will include: Reza Mir-Karimi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Ebrahim Hatamikia, Mojtaba Raie and Rakhshan Bani Etemad. Read more »

Note: Films will screen at the James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus and the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater.

Thursday, October 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

One of the key American media artists of the postwar era, Ken Jacobs has crafted a unique, powerful and ever-evolving body of work over a career that has spanned five decades. This program showcases some of Jacobs' most recent work, all from 2009. Read more »

IN PERSON: Ken Jacobs

Saturday, October 17 – Monday, October 26

French film scholars coined "Film Noir" to describe a cycle of American films dealing with dark themes with a certain cynicism and a distinct visual style. Though less acknowledged, British filmmakers also made some fascinating contributions to the style. From classics like Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949) to gritty rarities such as No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948, St. John L. Clowes), this series shines a light on noir from across the pond. Read more »

Sunday, October 18 @ 11 a.m.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hammer Museum have teamed up for a free matinee screening series of new and classic family-friendly films. Please join us for a pre-Harry Potter look at a witch-in-training: Bednobs and Broomsticks (1971, Robert Stevenson), starring Angela Lansbury and Roddy MacDowallRead more »

Free Admission!

Wednesday, October 21 @ 7:30 p.m.

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are “The Yes Men,” a unique duo of disrupters who infiltrate corporate events disguised as participants to expose the dangers of a market-ruled world. The UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hammer Museum present a free screening of their Sundance documentary hit, The Yes Men Fix the World (2008). Read more »

IN PERSON: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno.

FREE Admission!

Thursday, October 25 @ 7:30 p.m.

This presentation of work by avant-garde filmmaker Robert Beavers represents the artist's Los Angeles debut, after a career spanning from the mid-1960s to the present day. Beavers will appear in person to present Amor (1980), The Stoas (1991-97), The Ground (1993-2001) and Pitcher of Colored Light (2007). Read more »

IN PERSON: Robert Beavers.

Saturday, October 31 @ 7:30 p.m.

Spend your Halloween with spooky films from deep in our haunted vaults. Christopher Lee stars in The City of the Dead a.k.a. Horror Hotel (1960) and Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in The Skull (1965). Boo! Read more »

Unless noted ("Iranian Filmmakers in Conversation"), 
all programs screen at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 
(corner of Wilshire & Westwood Blvds, courtyard level of the Hammer Museum).

FREE admission to all "Family Flicks" programs and the Oct. 21 "Archive Preview."

Advance tickets are available for $10 at

Tickets are also available at the box office starting one hour before showtime: 
$9, general admission; 
$8, Cineclub members, students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

After 6 p.m. $3 in the lot under the Billy WIlder Theater. 
Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire. 
Before 6 p.m., $3 for the first three hours with Museum validation.

INFO / 310.206.FILM


1939 Redux:  Digging Deeper Into "Hollywood's Greatest Year"

Light Matters:  Joost Rekveld in Person

Saluting Robert Altman

Beyond the Iron Curtain: Hungarian Cinema Observes the Fall of Communism

The Movie That Inspired Me:  Kathryn Bigelow in Person

A Sherlock Holmes Double-Feature

Contemporary Documentaries Screenings

Wednesday evenings through December 9, at 7 p.m. 
at the Linwood Dunn Theater
and the IMAX Theater, California Science Center 

A survey of outstanding recent work in the documentary field
Part One: September 30 to December 9, 2009

The 28th annual Contemporary Documentaries series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2008 Academy Award® nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.  

All films in the series screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., except for the IMAX presentations on December 9. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.  Admission for all screenings is free. 

Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m.



Directed by James Marsh

Produced by Simon Chinn

In 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, in a feat that became known as “the artistic crime of the century.”  Petit and some of his co-conspirators recall this extraordinary adventure in this Oscar®-winning documentary.  35mm.  94 mins. 

Academy Award winner: Documentary Feature 



Directed by Jeremiah Zagar

Produced by Jeremy Yaches

Over the past four decades, artist Isaiah Zagar has covered Philadelphia with mosaic murals.  “In a Dream” chronicles this work and his tumultuous relationship with his wife, as a new chapter in their life unfolds. Digital.  78 mins.   

Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m.



Directed and produced by Scott Hamilton Kennedy

In response to the 1992 L.A. riots, the South Central Farmers started a 14-acre community garden as a form of healing.  As this film unfolds, the future of the garden hangs in the balance as developers look to bulldoze the area.  35mm.  80 mins.

Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature



Directed by Stacy Peralta

Produced by Baron Davis, Dan Halsted, Peralta, Jesse Dylan

Tracing the origins, rise and four-decades-long feud of two Los Angeles gangs, “Crips and Bloods: Made in America” (previously titled “Made in America”) gives viewers unprecedented access into a little understood world.  Current and former gang members offer street-level testimony that paints a stark portrait of life in South Central L.A.

Digital.  93 mins. 

The series will continue with the following films: 

Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m.

Encounters at the End of the World


Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m.

David McCullough: Painting with Words

GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts 

Wednesday, November 11, at 7 p.m.

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

Pray the Devil Back to Hell 

Wednesday, December 9, at 7 p.m.

At the IMAX Theater, California Science Center

Wild Ocean

Hurricane on the Bayou*

   * Submitted to the Academy in 2006 

Admission is free; tickets are not required

Doors open at 6 p.m.

All seating is unreserved

For more information, call (310) 247-3600

Monday, September 28, 2009

Television internship opportunity

Our company needs interns (for academic credit) in our development and production departments. 

1. FremantleMedia N.A. seeks eager, energetic intern for their Development Dept. Strong candidates will be extremely detail oriented, have great organizational skills and possess a strong interest in the development of television (scripted/non-scripted) and digital programming. Must be student and able to intern 2 - 3 days a week. Proficiency with computer work, researching and script reading a plus.

2. FremantleMedia Production Department Internship
The FMNA Production Department offers a versatile and unique opportunity to experience the television industry from the inside out, ideal for the student interested in pursuing a career in television production.  The internship will provide students an opportunity to get involved with the daily operations of a large production entity and is designed to give qualified, full-time students in depth exposure to professional television production, techniques, and practices.  The intern will be exposed to the television production business, working alongside members of the production department, participating in daily production department operations, and attending and assisting one of our many productions.

Internship Duties:
Determine 1 or 2 projects to complete by internship end, directly associated with student's interest and the department. Attend and assist productions, as opportunity arises. Provide support for a variety of diverse projects that will provide exposure to the entire gamut of TV production. Make phone calls, as requested. Perform some administrative tasks.

Internship Requirements:
Highly motivated
Strong interest in television production
Strong organizational and research skills
Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to take direction and work independently
Ability to adapt from project to project
Willing to take on all aspect of the job with enthusiasm and a positive
Proof of enrollment in a course for ACADEMIC CREDIT only

Contact Marie S. Pounders at
4000 West Alameda Avenue, 3rd Floor  Burbank, CA 91505
P 818.748.1161  F 818.729.9467  

Films by Chick Strand at OXY

Films by Chick Strand
Saturday  Oct 3,  5-7 in J200
A Former Oxy film professor for 24 years and landmark avant-garde filmmaker.  We will be screening some of her 16 mm films, which is quite an undertaking these days now that Oxy has gone digital.  Her work is beautiful, fluid, experimental, and Soft Fiction (1979) is particularly known for its focus on women’s sexuality, positive and negative (straight women and nothing sexual shown on screen).  

There will be a reception following the screening. The event is free, open to the public, and created in collaboration with LA Filmforum. 

MANAA 1000$ Scholarship

LOS ANGELES- MANAA, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, is pleased to announce one $1000 scholarship for currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers as filmmakers and in television production (not broadcast journalism). Formed in 1992, MANAA is the only organization solely dedicated to monitoring the media and advocating balanced, sensitive, and positive depiction and coverage of the Asian American community.

MANAA recognizes the urgent need to fill the ranks of television and film with persons of Asian descent in decision-making positions as screenwriters, directors, producers, and studio executives. We are looking to award students who have a strong desire to advance a positive and enlightened understanding of the Asian American experience in the mainstream media.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of their academic and personal merit, desire to uplift the image of Asian Americans in film and television as demonstrated in their essay, potential as demonstrated in their work sample, and financial need.


1. A copy of all official transcripts.
2. Two letters of recommendation, one that evaluates academic and artistic aptitude and another that speaks to the student’s interest and involvement in the community.
3. A double-spaced essay consisting of no more than 1,000 words addressing the following items: Describe your involvement in the Asian/Pacific Islander Community. How does this involvement influence your creative work? How do you see how your creative work will influence the API community or how it is perceived in the next five to ten years?
4. A work sample consisting of a short film or screenplay. Materials will not be returned.
5. A statement of special financial need or hardship.
6. A resume of both your work history and your community involvement.

Send all completed applications to MANAA Scholarship, P.O. Box 11105, Burbank, CA 91510. Please do not send applications via certified or registered mail. For more information about MANAA and our monthly meetings, please visit the MANAA website at You can also visit our Facebook or MySpace account sites at and, or our blog at

Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to or (213) 486-4433. 

Roman Polanski Screening

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television,
Melnitz Movies, and
The International Documentary Association

A Documentary Salon Screening

Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired

A film by Marina Zenovich 

Roman Polanski: Wanted And DesiredRoman Polanski is certainly admired and respected as one of the world's great film directors. But his reputation has been forever tarnished by his public conviction for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor some 30 years ago and his subsequent flight from the United States to avoid going to jail. At least that's what everyone thinks. In her riveting reopening of this controversial and, as it turns out, very complex case, filmmaker Marina Zenovich fashions a perceptive and intelligent exploration of what really happened those many years ago and casts a very different light on Polanski's decision as well as the workings of the legal system.

Thursday, October 1, 2009 @ 7:30 PM

Q&A with Marina Zenovich to follow the screening

UCLA James Bridges Theater MAP

This event is free and open to the public.

The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall at the northeast corner of UCLA's campus (Nearest cross streets are Sunset and Hilgard in Westwood.)
$9 parking in Lot #3