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2017 Winter KCET Cinema Series Schedule [SOLD OUT]

The winter KCET Cinema Series is SOLD OUT and we unfortunately are unable to accommodate walk-up admissions.

The series previews new Hollywood and independent films prior to their theatrical release. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, each film is followed by a lively Q&A with the talent or filmmaker.

Film screenings are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. The dates for the winter series are October 24, November 1 (Wednesday), 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12.

If you missed the winter series, sign up for our KCET Cinema Series enewsletter to stay in the know about upcoming series.

October 24 - Darkest Hour 

Based on a true story, this political thriller is set on the eve of World War II and just days before he becomes prime minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must choose between compromising his ideals and signing a treaty with Nazi Germany, or fighting for the freedom of his nation. A decision that will determine the course of history -- and his own. 

Q&A immediately following with Gary Oldman, OSCAR-nominated actor and recipient of the KCET Lumiere Award. 

November 1 - Lady Bird

A smart comedy that marks the directorial debut of actress and now writer/director Greta Gerwig, with a storyline that is strongly influenced by Gerwig’s own high school years. The film had its world premiere this year at the Telluride Film Festival and received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Q&A immediately following with writer/director Greta Gerwig

November 7 - Molly's Game

A film by Aaron Sorkin on the life of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high stakes poker games for Hollywood’s elite, famous athletes, business moguls and even the Russian Mob.  She was known as the poker princess, millions passed through her hands each year until in 2013 she became the target of an FBI investigation and was convicted of running an illegal poker empire.  The film stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner.

Q&A immediately following with director/screenwriter Aaron Sorkin

NOVEMBER 14 - The Man Who Invented Christmas

The film shares the true story of the remarkable Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) whose genius and incredible imagination led to his creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters for his unforgettable novel A Christmas Carol.  Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day).

Q&A immediately following with the film’s star Dan Stevens


The well-publicized story of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding whose ex-husband arranged for a man to break the knee of rival skater Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 National Figure Skating Championship. The criminal act cost Harding a national title and banned her from competitive figure skating in the U.S. for life.  The film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Q&A immediately following with director Craig Gillespie and writer/producer Steven Rogers


A romantic drama based on the real life memoir of actor Pete Turner and his romance with Hollywood legend Gloria Grahame in her later years.  The film stars Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Vanessa Redgrave, and Julie Walters.  The film is directed by Paul McGuigan, and it had its world premiere at this year’s Telluride Film Festival.

Q&A immediately following with the film’s stars Annette Bening and Jamie Bell

DECEMBER 5 - DOWNSIZING               

Matt Damon stars in director Alexander Payne’s sci-fi comedy about a man and his wife who decide to shrink down to the height of five inches to assist Norwegian scientists with the exploration of how the miniaturization of humans might correct a multitude of the world’s problems, including over-population and the utilization of natural resources.

Q&A immediately following with director and co-writer Alexander Payne

December 12 - THE POST 

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks head an all-star cast in Steven Spielberg’s new film which chronicles the publication of the classified Pentagon Papers by The Washington Post and The New York Times. The document exposed the U.S. Government’s deceptions about the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The findings resulted in a shockwave that revealed the truth about the White House findings and a war that couldn’t be won.

Q&A immediately following with production designer and art director Rick Carter and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski

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