Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 - Sat, Apr 9, 2016
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Co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum

The culmination of a seven-year filmmaking journey, Ross Lipman’s documentary NOTFILM is a meditative and mesmerizing exploration of one of the strangest ventures in cinema history - a collaboration between Irish playwright (and future Nobel Prize winner) Samuel Beckett and comic genius Buster Keaton.

Lipman, a renowned film restorationist (KILLER OF SHEEP, THE CONNECTION, SHADOWS) and independent filmmaker, first encountered "Film" decades ago when he read Beckett’s published screenplay for the short film shot in New York City in the summer of 1964. Years later, Lipman sought out its producer, maverick publisher Barney Rosset. When Lipman asked if there were any outtakes from that legendary film shoot. Rosset replied that he had some “scrap” in his apartment. Under a kitchen sink, Lipman found piles of rusty film cans, unopened for many years.

Along with a long-lost film sequence, Rosset supplied more than two hours of audio recordings from the production, including impassioned conversations between the rarely recorded Beckett, director Alan Schneider, cinematographer Boris Kaufman, and Rossett. As Lipman began to envision a film about the making of "Film," he contacted Beckett’s beloved actress Billie Whitelaw, close friend and biographer James Knowlson, Alan Schneider’s widow Jean Schneider, Rosset’s childhood friend Haskell Wexler, and film historians Kevin Brownlow and Leonard Maltin - who actually visited the set of "Film" as a 14-year-old silent film fan.

Weaving together these interviews, his own insights into film history, clips from "Film," scenes from Buster Keaton comedies, and other materials, Lipman has created a wonderfully absorbing and beautiful “kino essay.” Famed composer Mihály Víg’s score, at times melodic and at others, boisterous, adds to NOTFILM’s seductive charm.

Special guests at select screenings to include director Ross Lipman, film historian Leonard Maltin, actor James Karen and photographer I.C. Rapoport.
Both TheatresFri, Apr 1, 2016 - Sat, Apr 9, 2016
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Fri, Apr 1, 2016 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

Films in this Series at the Aero

Director Ross Lipman In Person!
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre