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.
Current Film Schedule
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.
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.
October 20 through December 15
ArcLight Sherman Oaks
15301 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
All films start at 7pm
Q&A Guests: Producer Nicole Rocklin and Executive Producer Jonathan King
Q&A Guests: Director John Crowley, Star Saoirse Ronan
Q&A Guest: Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy
Q&A Guests: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel
The Danish Girl
Q&A Guests: Director Tom Hooper, screenwriter Lucinda Coxon, producers Gail Mutrux
and Anne Harrison
Q&A Guests: Writer/Director Peter Landesman, Will Smith, Albert Brooks, David Morse, Dr. Bennet Omalu
The Lady in the Van
No Q & A Guest
Q&A Guest: Writer/Director Andrew Haigh
JAMES COBURN FILM NIGHT
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.