Virtual KCET Cinema Series Schedule

Now for the first time, movie fans everywhere can attend the KCET Cinema Series live on the Internet!

Launched in May 2020 and hosted by popular film critic Pete Hammond, the Virtual KCET Cinema Series takes place on Eventive, not in movie theaters. It features exclusive screenings of new motion pictures prior to their public theatrical or streaming release, with live interviews with filmmakers and talent.

All you need to attend is a computer or tablet and to sign up, but space is limited!

Sign up below via the respective links for each film.



"Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy," an intimate portrait into the remarkable world of cookbook author Diana Kennedy, who is widely regarded as the world’s expert on Mexican cuisine. A two-time James Beard Award winner, she is often referred to as the “Julia Child of Mexico,” but Diana prefers a different title: “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.” The documentary features extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters.

A Q&A immediately following screening with director/producer Elizabeth Carroll.


JUNE 16, 7:00 PM PDT               BABYTEETH                                 IFC FILMS

When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it’s her parents’ worst nightmare. But as Milla’s first brush with love brings her a new lust for life. Milla soon shows everyone in her orbit, how to live like you have nothing to lose. What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family instead leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. Babyteeth joyously explores how good it is not to be dead yet, and how far we will go for love. Film stars: Eliza Scanlen ("Little Women," "Sharp Objects"), Essie Davis ("Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries," "Game of Thrones"), and Ben Mendelsohn ("The Outsider," "Bloodline"). An Australian film by first-time feature filmmaker Shannon Murphy was nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion Award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

A Q&A immediately following screening with director Shannon Murphy, and star Eliza Scanlen.

To sign up, click here. Only $10 per viewing link.


JUNE 24, 7:00 PM PDT                THE OUTPOST                                             SCREEN MEDIA

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rod Lurie ("The Contender," "The Last Castle"), the film is the true story of the 53 U.S. soldiers who battled a force of some 400 Taliban insurgents in one of the deadliest battles in the war of Afghanistan. Based on television correspondent and news anchor Jake Tapper’s New York Times best-selling book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” the film stars Scott Eastwood ("Suicide Squad," "Pacific Rim"), Caleb Landry Jones ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing," "Get Out"), Orlando Bloom ("Lord of The Rings," "Pirates of the Caribbean"), Jack Kesy (TNT’s “Claws”, "12 Strong"), Taylor John Smith (HBO’s “Sharp Objects”), and Milo Gibson ("Hacksaw Ridge," "Brother’s Keeper").

A Q&A immediately following screening with director Rod Lurie.

To sign up, click here. Only $10 per viewing link.


JULY 8, 7:00 PM PDT                  TRANS PECOS                  RAGLAND FILMS & THE RANGE

The film documents the impact of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline during the two years of its construction, as oil and gas interests trample on land and water rights and endanger residents along 148 miles in West Texas. As a beautifully rendered cautionary tale, it asks viewers to contemplate not just this specific incident, but the broader meaning of nature and the question of proprietorship.

A Q&A immediately following screening with Nicol Ragland, director and producer, Anna Rau, producer, and Corbett Jones, producer, director of photography, and editor.

To sign up, click here. Only $10 per viewing link.


JULY 28, 7:00 PM PDT                                      SUMMERLAND                                                 IFC FILMS


The poignant story of Alice (Gemma Arterton), a young English writer with a broken heart who retreats to a small seaside town during World War II. When a young boy and evacuee from the London Blitz named Frank is unexpectedly placed in her care, Alice opens her heart and discovers new possibilities in her life. This is the first feature film for award-winning British playwright, theatre director and screenwriter Jessica Swale. The cast includes "Downtown Abbey's" Penelope Wilson, Oscar-nominated Tom Courtney, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Frank Bond as Frank.

Q&A immediately following screening with director/screenwriter Jessica Swale, and actors Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

To sign up, click here. Only $10 per viewing link.


AUGUST 6, 7:00 PM PDT                                  MADE IN ITALY                                                   IFC FILMS

A story set in Tuscany about a bohemian London artist Robert (Liam Neeson) who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Neeson’s real-life son Micheál Richardson) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair, or be captivated by locals who include an ex-pat (Lindsay Duncan) making her living selling villas and a young Italian chef (Valeria Bilello) restoring both body and soul with delights from her trattoria. By actor, writer and first-time director James D'Arcy ("Dunkirk").

A Q&A immediately following screening with writer/director James D’Arcy.


AUGUST 19, 7:00 PM PDT                                TESLA                                                                 IFC FILMS

Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) is a brilliant European-born inventor who wants to change the world with his creations. To bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, he partners with fellow scientist Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan), but grows increasingly frustrated by the American’s greed. The story of Tesla and the legendary “Current War” is told by his associate Anne Morgan (Eve Hewson), offering a distinctly modern voice in this scientific historical drama.

Q&A immediately following screening with director Michael Almereyda.

To sign up, click here. Only $10 per viewing link.


SEPTEMBER 1, 7:00 PM PDT                        CRITICAL THINKING                 VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT

Mario Martinez (John Leguizamo) is a teacher at Miami Jackson Senior High School in 1998, who uses chess to help students in his "Critical Thinking" class learn how to focus mentally on their goals in life. Determined to excel in the game, the school’s chess club, comprised of Black and Latino students, becomes the first inner city team to win the U.S. National Chess Championship. The film marks the directorial debut of actor John Leguizamo.

Q&A immediately following the screening with director/actor/co-executive producer John Leguizamo.

To sign up, click here. Only $10 per viewing link.


SEPTEMBER 15, 7:00 PM PDT                           BLACKBIRD                                      SCREEN MEDIA FILMS

Roger Michell ("My Cousin Rachel," "Notting Hill") directs this remake of the Danish film, "Silent Heart," in which Lily (Susan Sarandon) and Paul (Sam Neill) host a festive holiday weekend for family and closest friends. Although unresolved issues surface between mother and daughters Jennifer (Kate Winslet) and Anna (Mia Wasikowska), Lily’s story is ultimately one of hope, love and a celebration of life.

Q&A immediately following screening with director Roger Michell, and actors Bex Taylor-Klaus, Lindsay Duncan, and Anson Boon.

To sign up, click here. Only $10 per viewing link.


SEPTEMBER 22, 7:00 PM (PDT)                     THE ARTIST’S WIFE                        STRAND RELEASING

Claire (Lena Olin) lives a privileged life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). Claire was once an aspiring painter herself, but lives in the shadow of her husband's illustrious career. While preparing for his final gallery show, they receive news that changes their lives forever.

Q&A immediately following screening with director Tom Dolby and actor Lena Olin.

To sign up, click here. Only $10 per viewing link.

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