Friday, April 15, 2011

Screenings this month...

At the Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles

2010–2011 Contemporary Documentaries Wednesday Evenings at 7 p.m. through June 1 - Part of the 29th annual Contemporary Documentaries series. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible. Admission is free. On April 20 is the Academy Award-nominated short film "Rabbit à la Berlin," followed by "We Live in Public." Click on the link above for a list of future screenings through June.




Optical Architect: An Evening with Pat O'NeillThursday, April 21, at 8 p.m. - Hosted by Academy Film Scholar David E. James, this onstage conversation with experimental filmmaker and optical effects artist Pat O'Neill explores his unique artistic perspective, followed by the premiere of a newly preserved print of his first 35mm feature, "Water and Power," from the Academy Film Archive. Tickets are $5 for general admission, and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Watching Abstraction in Hollywood: The Work of Pat O'Neill April 21 - May 22 in the foyer of the Linwood Dunn Theater - Pat O'Neill's work as an artist and a filmmaker will be available for viewing, including artwork and excerpts from a selection of his film shorts. Admission is free. Public viewing hours are Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and whenever public programs are held at the Linwood Dunn Theater.

Evolution or Revolution? Production Design in the 21st CenturyMondays, April 25 and May 2, 9, and 16, 7 - 10 p.m. - Moderated by Academy Art Directors Branch governors Jim Bissell and Rosemary Brandenburg, this seminar series offers four evenings on production design and set decoration, with film clips and open discussion. Guests for April 25 include production designers Kathy Altieri, Scott Chambliss, Harley Jessup, and Lilly Kilvert, and set decorator Karen O'Hara. Registration for the entire series is $40 for the general public and $30 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Admission for individual evenings, if available, will be $10 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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HENRY'S CRIME, opening Friday, April 15 at The Landmark, is the wry, offbeat, heartwarming and hilarious story of a man who finds his purpose in life, and then finds his destiny. Working the night shift as a toll collector on a lonely stretch of highway in Buffalo, New York, Henry (Keanu Reeves) is a man seemingly without ambition, dreams or purpose. He gets his wakeup call early one morning when he becomes an unwitting participant in an ill-conceived bank heist. Rather than give up the names of the real culprits, Henry takes the fall and goes to jail. There, he meets the irrepressible Max (James Caan), a con man. Their plan is simple: by infiltrating the theater and its current production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard , the unlikely duo will buy just enough time to dig their way to the adjacent bank vault. Unfortunately that plan also includes Henry taking the lead role in the play, where he finds himself slowly falling for the production's mercurial leading lady, Julie (Vera Farmiga).

Director Malcolm Venville has written an exclusive letter to Film Club members about the film's humorous tone and working with a talented dream cast. See the Film Club Promotions section below for information on how you can enter for a chance to own an autographed script or poster from the film, courtesy of Moving Pictures Film & Television!

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Featuring: A Film from Iran

Offside

Directed by Jafar Panahi

7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 27th

DGA Theater Two

Seating is limited

Please RSVP to (310) 289-2033

In Iran, many young girls love soccer as much as their countrymen do, but they are officially banned from attending matches. Inspired by the experience of his own daughter, acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi provides a smart, satirical look into the struggle for women's rights in his country. Panahi is one of the most influential filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave movement. He has gained recognition from film theorists and critics worldwide and received numerous awards including the Camera d’Or for best first feature film at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2010, he was sentenced to six years in prison and barred for twenty years from filmmaking.

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