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, August 26 - The Last of Robin Hood 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.
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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: TBA
9/30: TBA
10/7: TBA
10/14: TBA
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 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:

Previewing 'August: Osage County'

The latest KCET Cinema Series is "August: Osage County," the dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family.

'August: Osage County' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Director John Wells

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:

The Weston family's lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

"August: Osage County" is directed by John Wells and features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham.

Previewing 'One Chance'

The latest KCET Cinema Series selection is "One Chance," the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night.

'One Chance' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Producer Mike Menchel

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:

Most people only dream about becoming a famous superstar, but against all odds one man from Wales did just that. This is the story of his journey.

Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win 'Britain's Got Talent' and the hearts of millions.

Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in 'One Man, Two Guvnors', BAFTA winner James Corden stars as Paul Potts and is supported by an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper, and rising star Alexandra Roach.

Directed by David Frankel and written by Justin Zackham, "One Chance" is produced by Mike Menchel, Brad Weston, Kris Thykier, Simon Cowell, and executive produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Audio Q&A: 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' with Producer Brian Cox and Writer Ann Peacock

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The December 3 screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at the KCET Cinema Series concluded with a conversation with series' host Pete Hammond, Brian Cox, co-producer of the film, and South African screenwriter Ann Peacock. Brian shared the details of how it took 20 years to get the film produced and then the difficult task of finding the ideal actor to cast as Nelson Mandela. Ann offered her personal impression of the portrayal of Mandela in the film and how his work has enriched today's racial integration in South Africa.

Listen to the podcast below:

Audio Q&A: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' with Actor Oscar Issac

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"Inside Llewyn Davis," the most recent film from the talents of brothers Joel and Ethan Cohen transports the audience back to the late 1950's folk music scene of Greenwich Village. The storyline follows a young depressed folk singer who was half of a popular folk duo. His singing partner suddenly commits suicide and he is then left to navigate the difficult music scene on his own. The film stars Oscar Isaac, who joined KCET Cinema Series' host Pete Hammond for an engaging Q&A.

Here's the podcast: