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Nine weeks of great films, thought provoking stories on the big screen, and engaging dialogue with top movie talent. Don’t miss the most anticipated new films of the season prior to their theatrical release, along with a special screening of a classic Johnny Mercer scored film in tribute to our series sponsor. Recently screened films and talent included: "The Water Diviner" with Russell Crowe, "Danny Collins" with Al Pacino, and "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" with the cast and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

Upcoming Film: Tuesday, September 8 - 'Sicario' at 7pm


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2015 Fall Series
Fall Series:

August 18 through October 13*
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
*The September 21 screening is a Monday night due to the Yom Kippur holiday on Tuesday.

All films start at 7pm
August 18:
A Walk in the Woods
Stars: Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, and Nick Nolte
Q&A Guest: Director Ken Kwapis, Producer/Screenwriter Bill Holderman and Producer Chip Diggins

August 25:
Pawn Sacrifice
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, and Liev Schreiber
Q&A Guest: Actor/Producer Tobey Maguire

September 1:
99 Homes
Q&A Guest: Director/Co-Screenwriter Ramin Bahrani

September 8:
Stars: Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro
Q&A Guest: TBA

September 15:

September 21:

September 29:

October 6:

October 13:

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Cost Level:
$200 per person

- All films and guests are subject to change.
- Q&A's are immediately following the screenings.
- Security checks might occur at any of the screening without prior notice to members.
- You may be required to leave all cell phones with camera capabilities or cameras in your car.
- For KCET Cinema Series information call 747.201.5800.

Sponsored By
Sponsored By: The E. Hoffert Dailey Trust
Opening Night Reception Sponsored by
Sponsored By: Whole Foods

Audio Q&A for September 1, 2015: "99 Homes" With Director/Co-Writer Ramin Bahrani

KCET Cinema Series Host Pete Hammond and Director/co-writer Ramin Bahrani

99 Homes, the upcoming intense true-to-life thriller based on actual events from the unfortunate 2008 housing crisis, offered the audience a sneak preview screening of the film on Tuesday evening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The film stars Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield as single father Dennis Nash, Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon, who portrays self-made real estate magnate Rick Carver, and Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern as Nash's mother. An insightful Q&A followed the screening with director/co-writer Ramin Bahrani and KCET Cinema Series host/film expert Pete Hammond, that was as intense and eye opening as the film.

Warning: Spoilers below and in the audio!

Preview for September 1, 2015: "99 Homes" at the Aero

Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in 99 Homes

Next up in the fall KCET Cinema Series is 99 Homes, presented by Broad Green Pictures, which received rave reviews out of Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival last year. This timely thriller set in Florida was inspired by true life events of the 2008 housing market crisis and features performances from Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, "Boardwalk Empire"), Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman, The Social Network) and Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern (Wild, "Enlightened"). A Q&A with director and co-writer Ramin Bahrani will immediately follow the screening.

Recap for August 25, 2015: "Pawn Sacrifice" Q&A With Actor Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer in Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice, the latest release from indie film distributor Bleecker Street, offered a special preview screening to a packed theater of cinephiles and avid chess players on Tuesday evening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Members from the LA Chess Club and Metro Chess LA were in attendance and even managed to play a few flash matches with guests prior to the screening. But even non-chess enthusiasts couldn't help but be captivated by the riveting biographical thiriller and the brilliant performances by stars Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber. Keep reading below to learn more about the film from an engaging Q&A that followed the screening with actor producer Tobey Maguire and film critic Pete Hammond.

Preview for August 25, 2015: "Pawn Sacrifice" at the Aero

Presented by Bleecker Street Films, Pawn Sacrifice is a dramatic biopic about Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and his 1972 chess match with reigning World Chess Champion Boris Spassky of Russia. Q&A with actor Tobey Maguire will immediately follow the screening.

Audio Q&A for August 18, 2015: "A Walk In The Woods" With the Filmmakers

Ken Kwapis, Pete Hammond, Bill Holderman and Chip Diggins

Broad Green Pictures' "A Walk In The Woods" played to a full house on opening night of the KCET Cinema Series. The theater was filled with movie enthusiasts and organizations such as Pacific Crest Trail Association, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.

A big thank you goes out to Whole Foods 5th & Wilshire who generously sponsored the wine reception prior to the screening.

Preview for August 18, 2015: "A Walk in the Woods" at the Aero

Grab your hiking boots and your best friend! The 2015 fall KCET Cinema Series kicks off with the adventure comedy, A Walk in the Woods, presented by Broad Green Pictures and adapted from celebrated travel writer Bill Bryson's memoir A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. The film stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson.

Join us for an opening night wine toast, generously sponsored by Whole Foods 5th & Wilshire, prior to the film at 6 p.m. A Q&A with director Ken Kwapis, producer/screenwriter Bill Holderman and producer Chip Diggins will directly follow the film. If you have not already purchased a KCET Cinema Series subscription, it's not too late! Sign up here today and take a look at the current film schedule. Single admissions will also be available to purchase for $25 at the door.

In the featured clip above, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) and his wife Catherine Bryson (Emma Thompson) greet Bill's long-lost and former friend, Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) at the airport before the two reunited pals set out to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Robert Redford and Emma Thompson in 'A Walk in the Woods'

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Fall 2015 KCET Cinema Series Schedule

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in 'A Walk in the Woods'

The fall KCET Cinema Series is back at the historic Aero Theatre in Santa Monica! Join us as we preview new Hollywood and independent films prior to their theatrical release. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, each film is followed by a lively Q&A with the talent or filmmaker. Films screen August 18 - October 13 on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. Click 'Read More' to check out the 2015 fall schedule.

Legendary Producer Walter Mirisch Honored with KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award at THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Screening Event

Walter Mirisch, Mary Mazur and Michael Riley

A special private red carpet screening event honoring legendary filmmaker Walter Mirisch with the KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award was held at Santa Monica's historic Aero Theatre on July 14, hosted by film expert Pete Hammond ( The Academy Award® winning filmmaker was acknowledged for his lifetime work during the Cinema Series' annual James Coburn Movie Night followed by a screening of the classic Western THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN that Mirisch produced in 1960.

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