2019 Fall KCET Cinema Series Schedule

Don't miss the upcoming 2019 Fall KCET Cinema Series which screens the best of Hollywood, independent and top festival films prior to their release in theaters.

Avid moviegoers have the unique opportunity to preview the most anticipated films of the season and hear a lively post-screening Q&A with the on-screen talent and filmmakers.

Film screenings are held at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403) on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. The screening dates are: August 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24, and October 1.

If you would still like to attend the Summer KCET Cinema Series, prorated series passes are available at the Aero Theatre on Tuesdays prior to the screening. Limited walk-up admissions are available on the night of each screening for $30 per person. You may also call 747-201-5238, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to reserve an advanced pass to the screening.

All films and Q&A guests are subject to change without prior notice and some films may have studio security checks.



Brittany Forgler (Jillian Bell) is a hilarious, hot mess of a New Yorker who always knows how to have a good time, but at 27, her late-night adventures and early-morning walks-of-shame are catching up to her. Forced to face reality, Brittany laces up her Converse and starts running -- but is she going in the right direction?

Q&A immediately following with writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo.


AUGUST 20          BEFORE YOU KNOW IT     1091 MEDIA      

A long-kept family secret is at the heart of this dramatic comedy that centers around Mel (Mandy Patinkin), a man who runs a community theatre in New York City, his actress daughter (Jen Tullock) with a teenage daughter (Oona Yaffe) and a business-oriented daughter (Hannah Pearl Utt) who's a control freak. Then he dies and their "dead" mother (Judith Light) shows up.

Q&A immediately following with directors, screenwriters and stars Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock.



The true story of Katharine Gun, a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal spy operation by the US National Security Agency designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. This American-British political thriller is directed by Academy Award-winner Gavin Hood and stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Adam Bakri, Indira Varma, and Ralph Fiennes.

Q&A immediately following with director Gavin Hood and producer Ged Doherty.



A musical biography of one of the most popular and versatile female singers of the 20th century who at the height of unprecedented success, turned away from pop music to explore an astonishing variety of musical styles. Withstanding constant pressure from a risk-averse industry, Linda Ronstadt followed her musical instincts until she could no longer sing. Now, the 10-time GRAMMY Award-winner shares her personal story through her own words and music, with contributions from fellow artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, and others.

Q&A immediately following with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and producer/interviewer James Keach.                  



Directed by BAFTA Award winner John Crowley (“Brooklyn”), the film features a multigenerational cast led by Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”) as Theo Decker and Academy Award winning actor Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Big Little Lies”) as Mrs. Barbour. Theodore Decker was 13 years old when his mother was tragically killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event changes the course of his life, sending him on a journey of grief and guilt, and finally redemption. Through his misfortune, Theo holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch: The Goldfinch.

Pre-screening conversation with series host Pete Hammond and film critic Leonard Maltin.​



Thirty years after starring in "The Wizard of Oz," legendary actress and singer Judy Garland (Academy Award-winner Reneé Zellweger) is in swinging London in Winter 1968, performing a five-week run of sold-out shows. If her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. A passionate woman who has already had four husbands, Garland begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of "the world's greatest entertainer." Jessie Buckley, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell, and Finn Wittrock also star.

Q&A immediately following with star Reneé Zellweger.


September 24         THE CURRENT WAR         101 STUDIOS   

Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) -- the greatest inventors of the industrial age -- engage in a battle of technology and ideas that will determine whose electrical system will power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan (Matthew Macfadyen), Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan using direct current (DC). Westinghouse and his partner Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) see fatal flaws in Edison's design and bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current (AC).

Q&A immediately following with director Alfonso Gómez-Rejón (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).

October 1               THE REPORT                       AMAZON STUDIOS 


U.S. Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked with leading an investigation into the CIA's systematic torture of terrorist suspects in the years following the September 11 attacks. When the Senate Intelligence Committee attempts to publish their findings, they have to contend with the CIA and White House's attempts to block and undermine the report. The docudrama also stars Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein and Ted Levine as John Brennan, among others.

Q&A immediately following with writer/director Scott Z. Burns and producer Jennifer Fox.


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