Four Seasons of Film!
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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 James Coburn film in tribute to our series sponsor. Recently screened films and talent included: "Sicario" with Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro, "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, and "The Walk" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Q & A for October 13, 2015: "Room" with Cast and Crew


KCET Cinema Series' host Pete Hammond moderated an incredibly interesting dialog with the film's stars, director, author of both the novel and screenplay and the producer. The story is intense, difficult to watch on screen, and it has the audience on the edge of their seats for hours. It's the story of a mother and son who are held captive for years in an enclosed space, until ultimately they escape and gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. 

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay shared their intense experience working together on the film and the intimate bond that they formed. The young Trembly also talked about his acting career and how he felt portraying the character. Emma Donoghue discussed her thoughts about writing both the novel and the screenplay, and what worked best for her on the big screen.

Listen to Pete Hammond's interview with the cast and filmmakers below.

Preview for October 20, 2015: "The Spotlight" at the ArcLight Cinemas, Sherman Oaks

Producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust bring to the big screen the shocking story of the Boston Globe's Pulitizer Prize-winning team of investigative journalists, who in 2002 shocked the city of Boston and made worldwide news by exposing the Catholic Church's systematic cover-up of the extensive pedophilia perpetrated by more than 70 local priests.

Presented by Open Road Films

Directed by Tom McCarthy

Written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery 
and Stanley Tucci

Rated R / 118 minutes

Winter 2015 KCET Cinema Series Schedule


The winter KCET Cinema Series is back at the ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks! The series previews 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 October 20 - December 15 on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM.

Winter Series:
October 20 through December 15
ArcLight Sherman Oaks
15301 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
All films start at 7pm
October 20:
Q&A Guests: Producer Nicole Rocklin and Executive Producer Jonathan King

October 27:
Q&A Guests: Director John Crowley, Star Saoirse Ronan

November 3:
Q&A Guest: Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy

November 10:
Q&A Guests: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel

November 17:
The Danish Girl
Q&A Guests: Director Tom Hooper, screenwriter Lucinda Coxon, producers Gail Mutrux
and Anne Harrison

November 24:
Q&A Guests: Writer/Director Peter Landesman, Will Smith, Albert Brooks, David Morse, Dr. Bennet Omalu

December 1:
The Lady in the Van
No Q & A Guest

December 8:
45 Years
Q&A Guest: Writer/Director Andrew Haigh

December 15:
What Did You Do In the War, Daddy?
Pre-screening Q&A Guest: Producer and Actor Ken Wales

- 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.

Audio Q & A for October 6, 2015: "Trumbo," with Screenwriter John McNamara

An enlightening conversation with KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond and screenwriter John McNamara about one of the darkest moments in Hollywood history.  "Trumbo" recounts the story of the successful career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) and other Hollywood screenwriters whose careers came to a crushing end when they were all blacklisted along with other Hollywood figures for their political beliefs. The story brings to light their fight against the U.S. government and the Hollywood studio bosses in a war over words and freedom.  Everyone in Hollywood was entangled in the fight, leading the pack in the crusade was gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne, with Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger assisting Trumbo and the others.

McNamara shared with the audience the years it took him to finish the script and many marriages later to get the film produced.  A definite labor of love.

Listen to Pete Hammond's interview with John McNamara below.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015: "Room" at the Aero Theatre

It's the extraordinary story of a young boy named Jack and his devoted Ma.  As any good parent would do for their child, Ma creates a nurturing and loving environment for Jack, they do typical things families do together, however with a big difference, they physically exist trapped and confined in a windowless 10-by-10 foot space. This complex story shares the boundaries of human captivity and the ultimate desire for freedom.  It's a heart-pounding tale that brings Jack and Ma to the terrifying moment in their lives, the long awaited escape to the real world.  This amazing tale is based on the award-winning global bestseller by Emma Donoghue.

A Q & A immediately following the screening with actors Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay,
director Lenny Abrahamson, and novelist and screenwriter Emma Donoghue.

Presented by A24 Films

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Rated R / 118 minutes

Tuesday, October 6, 2015: "Trumbo" at the Aero


In 1947, the successful career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) and other Hollywood figures comes to a crushing end when Trumbo is blacklisted along with other Hollywood figures for their political beliefs. The story reveals their fight against the U.S. government and the Hollywood studio bosses in a war over words and freedom. Everyone in Hollywood was entangled in the fight, from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne, to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.  A Q & A immediately following the screening with screenwriter John McNamara.

Presented by Bleecker Street Films

Directed by Jay Roach

Rated R  / 124 minutes

Audio Q&A for September 29, 2015: "The Walk," with Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Thumbnail image for Pete Hammond and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"The Walk," offers big-screen spectacle, and puts the moviegoer in Philippe Petit shoes as the only man to walk in the air, on a wire, between the towers of the World Trade Center. Director Robert Zemeckis, integrates beautifully technology and passionate storytelling. The film is a homage to New York, and certainly the World Trade Center. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt shared with the audience and KCET Cinema Series' host Pete Hammond his incredible experience working with Zemeckis, and the physical requirements of the role. "This was one of those roles that felt so particularly tailored to my desires and individual talents," says the actor. Joseph embraced the challenge of walking on the wire.  "It was a serious challenge, but I like a challenge," he says.  "I love doing stuff with my body -- incorporating physicality into a performance.  There's nothing like a close-up in a movie, but what you can convey to the audience with your body is also part of what makes the whole thing fun." Joseph talked about his one-on-one training regime with Philippe and the technical magic necessary to make it all happen on screen.

Listen to Pete Hammond's interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt below.

Audio Q&A for September 21, 2015: Johnny Mercer Film Night with a screening of "The Facts of Life," and Lyricist Alan Bergman

Thumbnail image for Pete Hammond and Alan Bergman

It was an evening of Hollywood legends, from the in-person conversation with Academy Award-winning lyricist Alan Bergman (The Way We Were, An Officer and a Gentleman, The Windmills of Your Mind and Yentl), who shared his personal stories about mentor, Johnny Mercer, the great American songwriter.  Johnny Mercer, co-founded Capitol Records, and composed so many of the memorable songs that are considered American music standards, including "Jingle Bells," "Baby It's Cold Outside," "Skylark," "Charade" and the unforgettable, "Moon River."  

Preview for September 21, 2015: "The Facts of Life" at the Aero

Bob Hope and Lucille Ball in 'The Facts of Life' © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Award-winning actors Lucille Ball and Bob Hope star in the 1960 romantic comedy The Facts of Life as married people who have an affair. This classic film is being featured in the series in tribute to the great American lyricist, composer and singer Johnny Mercer, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The Johnny Mercer Foundation is a presenting sponsor of the KCET Cinema Series.

*Please note that this screening falls on a Monday night due to the Yom Kippur holiday on Tuesday.

Audio Q&A for September 15, 2015: "The Intern" With Writer and Director Nancy Meyers

Nancy Meyers, writer and director of 'The Intern'

The Intern, an intelligent and thoughtful comedy, proved to be a definite crowd pleaser with the KCET Cinema Series' audience on Tuesday night at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.. Academy Award®-winners Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Silver Linings Playbook) and Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables, The Devil Wears Prada) and seasoned actress Rene Russo (Thor, Ransom, Nightcrawler) star in the film, which is directed and written by Oscar-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers (It's Complicated, Something's Gotta Give, Private Benjamin). A lively conversation with Nancy Meyers and KCET Cinema Series host/film expert Pete Hammond followed the screening.