Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
7:30pm
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WGAW GROUNDBREAKERS
Double Feature! Writer Susannah Grant In Person!
ERIN BROCKOVICH / THE CHINA SYNDROME
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Writers Guild of America West, as part of the GROUNDBREAKERS screening series. Sponsored by Final Draft.
Discussion between films with ERIN BROCKOVICH screenwriter Susannah Grant and environmental activist Erin Brockovich, noderated by WGAW Sec.-Treasurer/screenwriter/professor Aaron Mendelsohn.
ERIN BROCKOVICH
2000, Universal, 131 min, USA, Dir: Steven Soderbergh

Oscar winner Julia Roberts is at her very best in the title role of this environmentally conscious biopic. Erin Brockovich was working as a clerk at a Southern California law firm when she discovered that residents of Hinkley, California, were being poisoned by chromium in their water supply. The subsequent class-action lawsuit spearheaded by the single mom against utility Pacific Gas & Electric resulted in a record-breaking settlement. Albert Finney co-stars as Brockovich’s boss, a seasoned attorney initially skeptical about the David vs. Goliath fight. “What's pretty original about the picture is that it focuses an investigative drama based on a true story around a comic performance.” - Amy Taubin, The Village Voice


35 mm!

THE CHINA SYNDROME
1979, Sony Repertory, 122 min, USA, Dir: James Bridges

The title of this riveting thriller refers to the possibility that a malfunction at a nuclear power plant could cause radioactive material to melt through the floor, “all the way to China.” Bright and ambitious TV reporter Jane Fonda is on assignment with her cameraman Michael Douglas at a Southern California power plant when she learns of an impending control-room crisis involving plant supervisor Jack Lemmon. While the nuclear power industry greeted the film’s premiere with howls of protest, the Three Mile Island accident that followed less than two weeks later gave it a chilling credibility.


Screening format: DCP (ERIN BROCKOVICH), 35mm (THE CHINA SYNDROME)
Aero Theatre • Wed, Apr 25, 2018 • 7:30pm
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