Summer 2012: KCET Cinema Series Schedule

Still from Robot Frank

KCET's quarterly screening series is back for Summer! Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, the KCET Cinema Series previews eight major new films prior to their local release and a classic Johnny Mercer scored film at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica every Tuesday starting June 5th to August 7 (Dark the week of the July 4th holiday). A lively Q & A follows each screening with the filmmakers and top movie talent.

Cost Levels:
$168 per person for current KCET Members Only
$185 per person non-members
$20 at the door

Reservation by phone, call 747.201.5800
Buy tickets online.

All screenings start at 7 PM.

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June 5
Magic of Belle Isle
Still from Magic of Belle IslandMorgan Freeman reunites with director Rob Reiner from the hit film "The Bucket List;" Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin in the picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door, an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters - who help him reignite his passion for writing. Q&A immediately following with director, Rob Reiner

June 12
Your Sister's Sister
Filmmaker Lynn Shelton's latest and much anticipated film, Your Sister's Sister starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass will debut at the Toronto Film Festival in May. The premise of the film finds a bereft and depressed young man mourning the year-old death of his brother as he accepts an invitation to stay with friends, two sisters at their family's remote cabin in Puget Sound. The film navigates the characters through romance, sibling relationships and complex emotional honesty. Q&A with Mark Duplass and director Lynn Shelton.

June 19
Still from BraveA computer animated film produced by the talents of Pixar Animation Studios (Toy Story/Bug's Life/Ratatouille/Cars). It is a dark and mythical fairy tale of sorts set against the backdrop of the Highlands of Scotland. The story tells the tale of an unruly princess, who through her defiant actions brings much chaos to the kingdom. The film employs the voice talents of an all-star cast: Emma Thompson, Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, and Craig Ferguson. Q&A with director Mark Andrews and producer Katherine Sarafian.

June 26
People Like Us
Still from People Like UsA drama that marks the directorial debut of director Alex Kurtzman, tells the story of a struggling man, who after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his father discovers that a stipulation in the father's will states that he must deliver a $150,000 to a 30-year old sister he didn't realized existed and her troubled 12-year old son. Film stars Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Favreau. Q&A with director Alex Kurtzman

July 10
The Queen of Versailles
Still from The Queen of Versailles
Winner of the U.S. Directing award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, this remarkable and incredible film is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy the film follows two unique characters whose rags to riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. Q&A follows with director Lauren Greenfield.

July 17
Ruby Sparks

The first film from the directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris since their Oscar winning 2006  Best Picture nominee , Little Miss Sunshine  stars Paul Dano as a young novelist, strugging in his personal and professional life, who invents a character named Ruby who inspires him. But watch out. When she turns up in the flesh a week later he is stunned that his words could have created a living , breathing answer to his dreams.  Annette Bening, Zoe Kazan and Antonio Banderas co-star.  Q&A immediately follows with actor Chris Messina and producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (Little Miss Sunshine).

July 24
Johnny Mercer Movie Night: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Still from the film.
The much-acclaimed big screen movie musical, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers stars Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn and a great cast of singers and dancers is presented once again in all of its original glory. With seven great songs from Johnny Mercer and directed by the legendary Stanley Donen with music by Gene de Paul and Saul Chaplin. Nominated for five Oscars in 1954 including Best Picture and winner of Best Musical Scoring. Q&A with Julie Newmar, Dante DePaulo, and Earl Barton.

July 31
Hope Springs

Three time Oscar winner and 17-time nominee Meryl Streep and Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones star in this sophisticated and winning comedy about a couple married for thirty years who attend a week-long retreat and counseling session in order to put the sexual spark back into their lives.  Steve Carell co-stars as their therapist. From director David Frankel  who also directed Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada."  Q&A immediately follows with Producer Todd Black.

August 7
Robot and Frank
Still from Robot and Frank
Set in the near future an ex-jewel thief receives an unusual gift from his son, a Robot butler programmed to look after him. But things take a turn when the new companions try their luck at pulling off a few heists.  Stars Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard. Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Q&A immediately follows with director Jake Schreier.

Don't delay in purchasing your membership for the Summer KCET Cinema Series!



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