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 2 - Hector and the Search for Happiness 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
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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 Johnny Mercer Foundation

Audio Q&A: 'One Chance' with Producer Mike Menchel


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:


  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    7:00 PM


  • Director John Wells


  • 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:


  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    7:00 PM


  • Producer Mike Menchel


  • 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


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


"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:

Audio Q&A: 'Saving Mr. Banks' with Director John Lee Hancock


"Saving Mr Banks" is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and certainly did not disappoint our KCET Cinema Series audience who turned up to see the film a month ahead of its national release and meet the director, John Lee Hancock.  

We were also joined by the actors who briefly appeared in the film as Mary Poppins and Bert -- Victoria Summer and Kristopher Kyer. Listen to the Q&A with our host Pete Hammond here as Hancock talks us through how an Australian documentary lead to the first Disney film that could potentially take out a best picture Oscar since... well, Mary Poppins!

Listen to the podcast below!

Previewing 'Saving Mr. Banks'

The latest KCET Cinema Series selection is "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of author P.L. Travers' journey to Hollywood from London to adapt her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson portrays P.L. Travers.

'Saving Mr. Banks' Screening Info:


  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    7:00 PM


  • Director John Lee Hancock.


  • 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:

When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise--one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Audio Q&A: 'Great Escape' with Steven Jay Rubin

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This week's film was the fabulously restored and remastered 50th Anniversary edition of "The Great Escape." Presented by our generous sponsors The James and Paula Coburn Foundation, the film stars James Coburn alongside Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, and Charles Bronson. Our Q&A guest was author and filmmaker Steven Jay Rubin, who produced and directed the documentary "Return to the Great Escape" in 1993. He discusses everything from the staging of the iconic motor cycle ride, the politics of making a World War 2 film in 1963, and how Coburn and James Garner had to step up to stop McQueen from walking out on the film after viewing the rushes for the first time.

Listen to the podcast below!

Audio Q&A: 'Philomena' with Steve Coogan


British actor, writer, and producer Steve Coogan literally flew in to join our host Pete Hammond for an insightful Q & A following the screening of his new film "Philomena." An incredibly gracious Steve discussed the process of taking this touching true story to the screen, why it's such an important story to tell, and how Dame Judi Dench's vision impairment meant he had to read the entire script to her out loud to get her on board!

Listen to the podcast below!

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