Four Seasons of Film!

KCET's quarterly film series is back for the fall at the historic Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Join us for screenings of the most anticipated films prior to their release in theatres. Each screening is followed by a lively Q&A with the film's talent or filmmakers hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond.

Upcoming Film: Tuesday, September 30 - The Judge at 7pm

Fall KCET Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre: To purchase passes, call 747.201.5800, download your registration form here, or purchase passes online.
Get your passes

EARLY REGISTRATION FOR OUR FALL VALLEY SERIES AT THE ARCLIGHT CINEMAS IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR PASSES ONLINE OR DOWNLOAD YOUR REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

2014 Fall Series
Fall Series:

August 19 through October 14
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

All films start at 7pm
8/19: Last Weekend - Q&A with Tom Williams and Mark Johnson
8/26: The Last of Robin Hood - Q&A with Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
9/2: Hector and the Search for Happiness - Q&A with Peter Chelsom
9/9: - My Old Lady and Human Voice/Voce Umana - Q&A with Edoardo Ponti
9/16: This Is Where I Leave You - Q&A with Shawn Levy
9/23: The Good Lie - Q&A with Kim Roth, Thad Luckinbill and Karen Kehela
9/30: The Judge - Q&A with Robert Downey Jr. and David Dobkin
10/7: The Johnny Mercer Film Night! - Darling Lili
10/14: Nightcrawler - Q&A with Dan Gilroy
View film and schedule details

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: The Johnny Mercer Foundation

Audio Q&A: 'The Railway Man'

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Tuesday, April 8 saw the advanced screening of Australian / British Co-production 'The Railway Man' based on the autobiography by Eric Lomax. After the screening we were joined by one of the film's stars Hiroyuki Sanada who revealed his experiences of being a Japanese born actor in Hollywood and the importance of sharing this incredible story.

Listen to the podcast below:

Preview 'The Tasting Menu'

Our final film of the Spring KCET Cinema Series is 'The Tasting Menu' on Tuesday April 15, 2014. It also heralds the end of our residency at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Television Academy in North Hollywood as preparations begin to demolish and rebuild the theater later this year.

Registrations are now open for the Summer KCET Cinema Series at the Aero Theater, Santa Monica starting June 3, 2014.

'The Tasting Menu' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    7:00 PM

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: One of the greatest restaurants in the world is closing and an eclectic mix of international patrons have arrived in beautiful Catalonia for the final dinner service in this witty and delicious ensemble comedy. As the staff prepare and serve an audacious tasting menu, a young couple~in the midst of a divorce~who made their reservation a year ago (before separating) reunite for this once-in-a-lifetime meal. Can their romance be rekindled with the help of the widowed countess dining with her husband's ashes? Will the brilliant chef be able to pull off a perfect finale?

An Irish and Spanish co-production, 'Tasting Menu,' like all great ensemble dramedies centered on culinary delights, is a crowd-pleasing mishmash of relationships, feuds, and broken dreams that are mended through the simple act of "breaking bread" and the universal appreciation of great food. Similar in style to foodie classics like Babette's Feast, Big Night and Chocolat, 'Tasting Menu' will leave you awash in a European sensation of joie de vivre

Audio Q&A: 'Fading Gigolo'

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The most recent film screened at the Spring KCET Cinema Series was John Tuturro's Fading Gigolo. The film boasts and outstanding cast featuring Turturro, Sharon Stone, Sophia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Shrieber and Woody Allen in his first 'acting gig' for 8 years.

We were thrilled to be joined by the producer of the film, Bill Block who discussed his transition from agent to producer, filmmaking in New York City and making himself at home in Woody Allen's trailer...

Preview 'The Railway Man'

Our advanced screening of 'The Railway Man' will be followed by a Q&A with KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond and actor Hiroyuki Sanada.

'The Railway Man' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Actor Hiroyuki Sanada

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:
Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography, 'The Railway Man' tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax and his beautiful love interest Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.


Preview 'Fading Gigolo'

The next film at the Spring KCET Cinema Series sees Woody Allen back in front of the camera for the first time in 8 years in 'Fading Gigolo.'

'Fading Gigolo' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Producer Bill Block

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: Fioravante (John Turturro), at his friend Murray's (Woody Allen) suggestion, enters into the world's oldest profession, and ends up finding something he didn't know he was looking for.

The seed of this scheme is planted when Murray's beautiful dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone) mentions she's looking for a man to participate in a ménage à trois with her and her equally gorgeous friend Selima (Sofia Vergara). Contending with the recent closure of his bookshop, Murray recognizes the financial potential of this proposal and sets about convincing Fioravante to consummate the deal. While Fioravante is at first hesitant at the prospect of being Murray's "ho," he also needs the cash and comes to realize that there are worse ways to make a living than making two attention starved women happy. A partnership is born and Fioravante is soon on his way to Dr. Parker's bedroom for a pre-ménage tryout.

Meanwhile Murray has come across an unusual second client for Fioravante: Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), the widow of a revered Chasidic Rabbi, whom she married when she was very young. Twenty years later, Avigal now finds herself with six children, memories of a life lived only within the cloistered world of the Chasidic community, and a desperate yearning to experience something new. When Murray proposes that she visit Fioravante, she grasps this opportunity, curious as to where it might lead her. Fioravante's tender touch on her back awakens something inside her Avigal has never felt before, as well as stirring up an unexpected reaction in Fioravante.

Meanwhile, Avigal's every move is tracked by Dovi (Liev Schreiber), a Chasidic man who has pined for her since boyhood. Constricted both by religion and insecurity, his passion takes the form of watchfulness over Avigal and her children. Seeing Avigal with Fioravante arouses Dovi's suspicion, and before long, his jealousy.

As Fioravante makes his rounds through the bedrooms of Dr. Parker and Selima, as well as his more chaste meetings with Avigal, Murray discovers it's not so easy to be a pimp and finds out that the secular and the Orthodox must come to a head sooner or later.
As moving as it is funny, John Turturro's fifth film is about people's endless and never fully satisfying quest to find happiness through sex and love.

Spring 2014: NoHo KCET Cinema Series Line-Up

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KCET's quarterly screening series is back for the Spring at the Television Academy in North Hollywood! Join us as we preview new, exciting films prior to their local release. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond.

Call 747.201.5800 to purchase passes to the series, or register online here.

Click here for a full list of this series' film.

Preview 'Breathe In'

Our advanced screening of 'Breathe In' will be followed by a Q&A with KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond and producer Bill Block.

'Breathe In' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Producer Bill Block

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:
'Breathe In' pairs writer/director Drake Doremus once again with his incandescent 'Like Crazy' star, Felicity Jones. Soulful and musical British exchange student Sophie Williams (Jones) comes to New York in search of inspiration. On the surface, Sophie's host family seems happy enough, but with her arrival to the Reynolds' Upstate New York home, the private struggles of each family member begin to bubble. In particular, frustrated musician-turned-piano- teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) finds long suppressed dreams and desires reignited by Sophie's talent and inquisitive nature. While Keith's wife, Megan (Amy Ryan) and daughter, Lauren (breakout talent, Mackenzie Davis) focus on Lauren's final year of high school, Sophie and Keith are drawn ever closer by their mutual longing for creative expression. Ultimately, Sophie and Keith must confront how much they are willing to sacrifice and what they truly want out of life.

Audio Q&A: 'Belle' with Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Our latest film at the Spring KCET Cinema Series, 'Belle' was inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of an 18th Century Royal Navy Admiral. Not only was our audience granted the opportunity to see this wonderful film well ahead of it's May theatrical release, but they were treated to an evening with the film's star, Gugu Mbatha Raw.

Speaking with Cinema Series host Pete Hammond, Mbatha-Raw was equally as captivating off screen as on. Listen to the podcast here as she shares her stories of researching her role, treading the boards with Jude Law and the occupational hazards of shooting a 'period' film!

Preview 'Belle'

Join us at 7 p.m. on March 18 at the Television Academy as the Spring KCET Cinema Series continues with an advance screening of the highly anticipated film 'Belle.' Gugu Mbatha-Raw who plays the title role will join Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for the post-screening Q & A.

'The M Word' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2013
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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: Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in 18th century England.

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.