Four Seasons of Film!

KCET's quarterly film series returns to The San Fernando Valley at its new location, the ArcLight Sherman Oaks. Join us for screenings of the most anticipated films prior to their release in theaters! Each screening is followed by a lively Q&A with the film's cast and/or filmmakers, hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond.


Upcoming Film: Tuesday, November 25 - Cake at 7pm

2014 Fall Series
Fall Series:

October 28 through December 16
ArcLight Cinemas
15301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

All films start at 7pm
10/28: The Imitation Game
11/4: Wild Tales
11/11: The Theory of Everything
11/18: Wild
11/25: Cake
12/2: The Humbling
12/9: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
12/16: Unbroken
View film and schedule details

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


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 E. Hoffert Dailey Trust
Sponsored By: The James and Paula Coburn Foundation Sponsored By: The Arclight

Audio Q&A: 'Earth to Echo'

Q&A, Earth to Echo screening

Writing for has clearly paid off for Henry Gayden with the release of his first feature film Earth to Echo, directed by first time feature director Dave Green. A regular writer for our famous Food blog, Henry is the screenwriter of this wonderful new sci-fi buddy pic reminiscent of classics like 'Stand By Me', 'E.T' and 'The Goonies'.

The film is told from the perspective of the 13 year old central characters who are spending their last night together as best friends before being forced to move due to the construction of a new freeway. Their night takes a turn when they make a stunning discovery and meet a special creature that is trying to get home.

Henry and Dave joined Pete Hammond for a delightful Q&A, even offering birthday boy Pete some birthday cake while discussing the pressure of shooting a film with special effects in just 28 days, working with young actors and the creation of 'Echo'...

Audio Q&A: 'Third Person'


Academy Award Winner Paul Haggis joins us at the Aero!

Our most recent advance screening was the latest film from Oscar® winner Paul Haggis ('Crash', 'Million Dollar Baby'), 'Third Person'. The film stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, James Franco and Kim Basinger and is a return to the multi-layered story telling of his breakthrough film Crash. Paul joined KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for an insightful and revealing Q&A.

Audio Q&A: 'Lullaby'

The 2014 Summer KCET Cinema Series kicked off at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica this week with the drama 'Lullaby.' The film, written and directed by Andrew Levitas. is about a man confronted with his estranged father's choice to be taken off of life support within 48 hours. Levitas and actress, Anne Archer were our guests for a lively Q&A following the screening.

Listen to the podcast here:

Audio Q&A: 'Tasting Menu'


The KCET Cinema Series served up it's last supper at the Television Academy!

The final night of the Spring KCET Cinema Series at the Television Academy was a literal cinematic feast with Magnolia Pictures ''Tasting Menu'. A wonderful Spanish/Irish co-production, the film tells the story of the closing night of one of Spain's most celebrated restaurants and its devotees gathering for the last supper. Fionnula Flanagan (Waking Ned Devine, The Others, Transamerica) stars as the Countess and joined KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for a 'delicious' Q&A after the film.

Listen to the podcast here:

Plan Now For The Summer KCET Cinema Series

Registrations are now open for the Summer KCET Cinema Series - Aero Theatre, Santa Monica.

The Summer KCET Cinema Series begins on June 3 and runs through July 29 at the historic Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and is sponsored by the James and Paula Coburn Foundation.  Eight evenings of independent and Hollywood films shown prior to their theatrical release in Los Angeles theatres, plus a classic James Coburn film night.  

Each film is followed by a lively Q & A with the talent or filmmaker moderated by series' host Pete Hammond. Films screen on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. To purchases passes to the series call 747.201.5800 or go to

Audio Q&A: 'The Railway Man'


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:


  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    7:00 PM


  • 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'


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:


  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    7:00 PM


  • Actor Hiroyuki Sanada


  • 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.

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