Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, May 14, 2015
7:30pm
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Helena Lee Special Enagagement
Double Feature! Writer-Director Jim Akin & Cast Members In Person! Performance By Maria McKee & Band!
THE OCEAN OF HELENA LEE / AFTER THE TRIUMPH OF YOUR BIRTH
Discussion between films with writer-director Jim Akin and cast members, moderated by Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles. Concert following with Maria McKee.
THE OCEAN OF HELENA LEE
2015, Shootist Films, 88 min, USA, Dir: Jim Akin

Writer-director Jim Akin’s autobiographical second feature follows 12-year-old Helena Lee’s lyrical pilgrimage from summer to spring with her self-destructive surf-rat father in the carnival of California’s Venice Beach. The film introduces Moriah Blonna as the title character in Akin's music-driven celebration of impermanence and self-reliance. Costarring Tom Dunne, with an original soundtrack featuring acclaimed singer-songwriter Maria McKee (who plays the role of Helena’s mother).

"…this is a film well worth seeking out—a graceful and intelligent hymn to youth, perseverance and self-reliance featuring hypnotic imagery, captivating performances, a soundtrack that you will want to download as soon as possible and a final shot that will haunt you for a long time after it ends." (4 out of 4 stars)
-Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com


AFTER THE TRIUMPH OF YOUR BIRTH
2012, 119 min, USA, Dir: Jim Akin

Jim Akin wrote, directed and shot this surreally dark-humored portrait of outsider Eli Willits, compressed into a seven-day, philosophical-geographical quest through the wilds of Los Angeles. A music-driven celebration of uncertainty, the film features gorgeously composed digital cinematography and an original soundtrack by acclaimed singer-songwriter Maria McKee.


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Aero Theatre • Thu, May 14, 2015 • 7:30pm
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

World Premiere! Writer-Director Jim Akin and Cast Members In Person! Performance by Maria McKee!
Fri, May 8, 2015 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Performance By Maria McKee!
Sat, May 9, 2015 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Performance By Maria McKee!
Sun, May 10, 2015 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Performance By Maria McKee!
Mon, May 11, 2015 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Performance By Maria McKee!
Tue, May 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Performance By Maria McKee!
Wed, May 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian