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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.


The White Tiger | Official Trailer | Netflix

In this witty, provocative, and moving film, Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) has been trained by Indian society to be one thing — a poor servant. To better his situation, he makes himself indispensable as a driver to two rich masters who have just returned from America. After a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra-Jonas) will go to save themselves at his expense. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against them and the system to become a new kind of master. Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Aravind Adiga.

Q&A immediately following screening with screenwriter and director Ramin Bahrani.

To sign up, click here. Only $10 per viewing link. Deadline to register for this screening is Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m.


Palmer — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) is a former college football star whose professional career was shattered when he went to prison. When he returns to his hometown to put his life back together, he finds his grandmother caring for a neighbor’s child. The seven-year-old boy has been abandoned by his mother and doesn’t fit into the rigid expectations of his rural home. Palmer forms an unlikely friendship with the outcast boy, Sam, and meets and starts a relationship with his teacher, Maggie (Alisha Wainwright). But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.

Q&A with Academy Award-winning director Fisher Stevens, and screenwriter Cheryl Guerriero.

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 7:00 PM (PST) - A VERY SPECIAL EVENT - Legendary Actress Sophia Loren Receives KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award

The Life Ahead | Official Trailer | Netflix

In a special two-part event hosted by Pete Hammond, Italian actress and screen legend Sophia Loren is honored with the KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award and a screening of her new motion picture, "The Life Ahead." The film’s director, Edoardo Ponti, joins his mother in her Switzerland home for a candid and emotional conversation with Hammond.

In Mr. Ponti’s new film, Madame Rosa (Ms. Loren) is a Holocaust survivor and former sex worker who begrudgingly takes in a wayward Senegalese street kid, named Momo. Ms. Loren returns in full force to the screen after a decade in this powerful and moving story of two survivors.

Sponsored by Mitzi Ash Blahd and Netflix, this special event includes the Lumière Award presentation and interview with Sophia Loren and Edoardo Ponti, followed by a screening of "The Life Ahead."

To purchase tickets to the KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award honoring Sophia Loren, click here. Only $15 per viewing link.


The Mauritanian | Official Trailer [HD] | February 12

This British-American legal thriller is based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Salahi. Held without charge for 14 years by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay detention camp, Salahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Their pursuit of justice, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals Salahi’s shocking experience.

Q&A immediately following screening with Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald, two-time Academy Award-winning actor Jodie Foster and actor Tahar Rahim.

Registration information available soon.

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