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About KCET Cinema Series

Now for the first time, movie fans everywhere can experience the KCET Cinema Series in two ways: in theatre and online!
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What is the KCET Cinema Series?

For 27 years, KCET has offered exclusive screenings of the best of Hollywood, independent and festival films prior to their release in theaters, through the KCET Cinema Series. Film fans have the rare opportunity to preview the most anticipated films of the season, and then watch or participate in live interview sessions with on-screen talent and filmmakers. Both experiences are hosted by popular film critic Pete Hammond.

In movie theaters and online, the KCET Cinema Series makes available to audiences feature films that tell compelling stories, important and gripping documentaries, and movies that are pure entertainment. In its commitment to education and public service, KCET offers opportunities for voices of creative independent and foreign filmmakers, as well as top names in Hollywood.

Recently screened films and interview guests have included:

Virtual KCET Cinema Series

"I'm Your Man" with Dan Stevens; "Blue Bayou" with Justin Chon; "Language Lessons" with Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales; "The Rescue" documentary with Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin; "The Father" with Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman; "The Mauritanian" with Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim; "The Life Ahead" with Sophia Loren and Edoardo Ponti; "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" with George C. Wolf; "Mank" with Gary Oldman; "The Trial of the Chicago 7" with Aaron Sorkin; "Wild Mountain Thyme" with Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, and Jon Hamm; "Critical Thinking" with John Leguizamo; and "The Midnight Sky" with George Clooney.

KCET Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre

"King Richard" with Tim White and Trevor White; "Belfast" with director Kenneth Branagh and cast members Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds and Jude Hill; "The Power of the Dog" with Oscar-winning writer/director/producer Jane Campion, film editor Peter Sciberras, producer Tanya Seghatchian, and cast members Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smit-McPhee; and "Being The Ricardos" with producer Todd Black.

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Mahershala Ali and Awkwafina in "Swan Song."

Mahershala Ali Stars in 'Swan Song,' an Emotionally Compelling Drama at the Virtual KCET Cinema Series on Dec. 14

A Q&A will immediately follow the screening with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Benjamin Cleary.
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog (2021).

Star-Studded Ensemble Western Drama 'The Power of the Dog' Explores Toxic Masculinity at the KCET Cinema Series on Nov. 16

A Q&A with Oscar-winning writer/director/producer Jane Campion, cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee and film editor Peter Sciberras will follow the screening.