Four Seasons of Film!

KCET's quarterly screening series is back for the Summer at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica! Join us as we preview new, exciting films prior to their local release. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond.

Upcoming Film: TBA

Buy Season Passes Now: To purchase passes for the Summer Cinema Series, call 747.201.5800, download and mail in the registration form here, or purchase passes online here.

Series Information
Summer Series:

June 3, 1, 17, 24. July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Cost Levels:
$171 per person for current KCET Members Only
$190 per person non-members

Note:

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: James and Paula Coburn Foundation

Audio Q&A: 'The M Word' with Director Henry Jaglom and Actress Tanna Frederick

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On Tuesday March 11, the Spring KCET Cinema Series played host to a true independent film maker Henry Jaglom with the first public screening of his latest film 'The M Word.' Henry and the star of the film, Tanna Frederick were our guests for a lively Q&A that addressed exactly what the 'M' word is.

Click here to here for the audio podcast of our Q & A with Henry, Tanna, and KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond.

Preview 'The M Word'

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The Spring KCET Cinema Series continues at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood through April 15. On Tuesday March 11, join us for the first public screening of 'The M Word,' directed by Henry Jaglom. Henry will join Cinema Series host Pete Hammond along with actors Tanna Fredericks and Frances Fisher for an exciting Q & A after the film.

'The M Word' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2013
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Director Henry Jaglom, Actress Tanna Frederick

Location:

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood
    5220 Lankershim Blvd.,
    North Hollywood, CA 91601

Please call (747) 201-5800 for information.

The synopsis: Writer-director Henry Jaglom gives us a bracingly funny, fearless and fast-paced human comedy about yet another vital issue facing all women at a certain critical turning point in their lives.

Set in a struggling Los Angeles television station threatened by economic downturn, possible in-house graft and massive job loss, Tanna Frederick plays Moxie, a children's TV show actress who unexpectedly turns into a Joan of Arc (with the passion of Norma Rae) when she finds herself leading an extraordinary band of rebelling women demanding their rights as they anxiously face uncertain futures after their new boss and his second-in-command arrive from New York on a devastating cost-cutting mission.

All of Moxie's personal and professional assumptions and those of her long-time boyfriend are turned upside-down as her mother, her two aunts, and her stepfather, join with dozens of her fellow female office workers to illuminate the struggles, challenges and joys of what is still, in some circles, referred to as 'The Change Of Life.'

Audio Q&A: 'Le Week-End' with Actor Jeff Goldblum

The Spring KCET Cinema Series continues at the Academy of Television North Hollywood. Our most recent film 'Le Week-End,' introduced us to a British couple played by Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent who head to Paris for a weekend to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in the hope that it might bring back that missing 'something'. Also starring in the film is Jeff Goldblum, who joined Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for lively Q & A after the screening. We are excited to be able to share the Q & A in full here as both an audio podcast and as a video presentation.

Oscar Nominations for KCET Cinema Series Films

In honor of the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, we've compiled a list of the Oscar-nominated films that we've screened here at KCET Cinema Series this season. See the list below for the films, their respective trailers, and our exclusive interviews with the cast, producers, and directors.

Philomena
Nomination: Best Picture

British actor, writer, and producer Steve Coogan literally flew in to join our host Pete Hammond for an insightful Q & A following the screening of his new film "Philomena." An incredibly gracious Steve discussed the process of taking this touching true story to the screen, why it's such an important story to tell, and how Dame Judi Dench's vision impairment meant he had to read the entire script to her out loud to get her on board!


Dallas Buyers Club
Nomination: Best Picture, Best Screenplay

Jennifer Garner, screenwriters Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, and producers Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter joined series' host Pete Hammond for an insightful conversation about the film, working with McConaughey and Leto, and the years of struggle to get the film on the big screen.

Audio Q&A: 'The Face of Love' with Co-Writer Arie Posin

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The Spring KCET Cinema Series launched on Tuesday evening February 25 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood.

Our first film of the series was 'The Face of Love' starring Annette Benning, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams. Co-writer and director Arie Posin joined Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for the post-screening Q & A and revealed that the film was conceived after his own mother had a very strange experience. Listen to the audio podcast to learn how her unusual encounter inspired Arie to create this moving story.

Preview 'Le Week-End'

The Spring KCET Cinema Series is shaping up to be another exciting eight weeks at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood. On Tuesday, March 4 we'll be showing 'Le Week-End' starring the brilliant Jeff Goldblum.

'The Face of Love' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, March 4, 2013
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Actor Jeff Goldblum

Location:

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood
    5220 Lankershim Blvd.,
    North Hollywood, CA 91601

Please call (747) 201-5800 for information.

The synopsis: Every so often, films will turn their attention to the romantic lives of older people, but often in an "isn't that charming" manner that borders on condescension.~ Bracing, and full of passion, the characters shed the cozy comfort of retiree romantic comedy for an altogether more charged love story.

Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent) have been together forever. For their thirtieth wedding anniversary, they've chosen to return to Paris, where they honeymooned. It's not long before the city of light begins reflecting the couple's conflicts right back at them.
Rejecting their first, depressingly beige, hotel for an impossibly expensive choice, Meg then begins rejecting her husband. "Can I touch you?" he asks, tentatively. "What for?" she snaps. Although they would never stoop to acting them out physically, this relationship has emotional contours the Marquis de Sade could embrace. When Meg and Nick run into their insufferably successful old friend, played with pure delight by Jeff Goldblum, their squabbles rise to a register that's both emotionally rich and very funny.

To purchase passes for the Spring Cinema Series, call 747.201.5800, download and mail in the registration form here, or purchase passes online here.

Previewing 'The Face of Love'

"The Face of Love" starring Ed Harris and Annette Benning will be a part of our spring line-up. This and seven other fabulous films will make up the eight weeks of unmissable, highly anticipated releases from February 25 through April 15 at the Academy of Television in North Hollywood.

'The Face of Love' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2013
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Director/Co-writer Arie Posin

Location:

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood
    5220 Lankershim Blvd.,
    North Hollywood, CA 91601

Please call (747) 201-5800 for information.

The synopsis:

Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki (Annette Bening) meets a man who seems his exact duplicate. Not only does this stranger possess the same deeply lined face and startling blue eyes, he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. Romance blossoms between Nikki and this alluring doppelgänger, but she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. So she hides her photos and prevents him from meeting friends and family. Still, she can't resist taking him to all the old haunts. It isn't a question of if the truth will come out, but when. Arie Posin directs this emotionally thorny drama about how we cope with loss, live in the moment and ultimately move forward.

To purchase passes for the Spring Cinema Series, call 747.201.5800, download and mail in the registration form here, or purchase passes online here.

Plan Ahead: Buy Season Passes for the 2014 Spring KCET Cinema Series

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Now that 2014 is underway, it's time to reserve your place to see the best new films being released this year! And the best place to see these films is the popular Spring KCET Cinema Series, which returns to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood on Tuesday, February 25 for eight weeks.

We will have a stellar line-up of the best of Hollywood and Independent films, and the top award winners from film festivals. All screenings are followed by a lively Q & A hosted by series' moderator, Pete Hammond, along with the film's filmmakers or talent. The E. Hofert Dailey Trust is returning as the Presenting Sponsor for this season's KCET Cinema Series.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW.

You can download and mail in the registration form here, or purchase online passes here.

Audio Q&A: 'Osage County' with Meryl Streep, Margo Martindale, and Abigail Breslin

The KCET Cinema Series at the Television Academy closed the fall season with a preview screening of the much anticipated August: Osage County, based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play.

The film is distributed by The Weinstein Company, directed by John Wells and has an all-star cast of incredible actors, including Meryl Streep, Margo Martindale and Abigail Breslin, who were are all in attendance for the Q & A, with series' host Pete Hammond. Watch the video above of this most engaging conversation, which includes a spontaneous song by Meryl and Margo!

The podcast version is below:

Audio Q&A: 'One Chance' with Producer Mike Menchel

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Getting "One Chance" on the big screen was no easy feat for producer, Mike Menchel as the KCET Cinema Series audience quickly learned during the Q&A on Tuesday night following the screening of the film. Mike shared his story of cold calling Simon Cowell to pitch to him the idea of making a movie about Paul Potts, the YouTube phenomenon and winner of 'Britain's Got Talent.' Without any film-making experience, Mike convinced Simon to make the movie and success followed; along with the casting of James Corden in the role as Potts and Taylor Swift agreeing to write a title song for the film.

Listen to the podcast below: