Writer-director Jim Akin’s autobiographical second feature THE OCEAN OF HELENA LEE follows 12-year-old Helena Lee’s lyrical pilgrimage from summer to spring with her self-destructive surf-rat father in Venice Beach. Kicking off with a world premiere event at the Egyptian's Rigler with cast and crew in person, the indie drama runs five nights in the Egyptian's smaller Spielberg Theatre, then moves to the Aero on a double bill with Akin's first feature, AFTER THE TRIUMPH OF YOUR BIRTH. Singer-songwriter Maria McKee, who costars in HELENA LEE, will perform after every screening.
Join us at the American Cinematheque for the 2015 installment of our Art Directors Guild Film Society monthly screenings. Kicking off the series is SOTTO… SOTTO, one of Italian director Lina Wertmuller’s most sumptuous cinematic feasts thanks to the design work of Gianni Giovagnoni and Enrico Job, followed in coming months by such richly visualized feature films as AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND.
The success of STAR WARS plus the rise of the computer made science fiction a hot commodity at the end of the 1970s. A new wave of futuristic films catered to fans who frequented video arcades and took technological advance as a given. A series celebrating the cinema of the "arcade age" includes an ALIEN double feature, BLADE RUNNER, THE LAST STARFIGHTER, KRULL, THE BLACK HOLE and TRON. Screenings will feature special guests and presentations of rare behind-the-scenes material.
Murder, lies and larceny return to the big screen with new 35mm prints of WOMAN ON THE RUN and THE UNDERWORLD STORY, tributes to Humphrey Bogart (DARK PASSAGE and new neo-noir THIS LAST LONELY PLACE), Barbara Stanwyck (WITNESS TO MURDER, JEOPARDY) and writer Cornell Woolrich (THE CHASE, THE LEOPARD MAN), rare British noir (THE HIDDEN MAN, THE SLEEPING TIGER), a proto-noir marathon, and a closing weekend Film Noir Party, featuring live music, martinis, burlesque, giveaways, vintage hair and makeup styling and casino games!
For the past three years, February has brought dazzling anime features from Studio Ghibli to our theaters; but the company’s Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are not the only great animators in Japan, and this month we spotlight films that are just as imaginative and ambitious as the best of Studio Ghibli, including Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s AKIRA and STEAMBOY, Mamoru Oshii's GHOST IN THE SHELL, Satoshi Kon's TOKYO GODFATHERS and Takeshi Koike's REDLINE.
Join us for some of the greatest films to ever celebrate amour in its many forms, including BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, CASABLANCA and GONE WITH THE WIND. A 75th-anniversary screening of THE PHILADELPHIA STORY showcases romantic comedy at its finest, while acclaimed drama BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.