|Special One Night Events &
Limited Engagements in November:
Wednesday November 5 7:30 PM
ED WOOD, 1994, Disney, 127 min. Director Tim Burtons
unabashed love for his subject makes this 1994 biopic of the director of the "worst
movie ever made" (that would be PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE - See it Nov. 2) a
perversely uplifting experience, although in reality its title characters life was
anything but happy. Johnny Depp portrays legendary schlock director Ed Wood as an
enthusiastic hero of the cinema, a man whose love for moviemaking is so intense that it
almost makes the quality of his work irrelevant. Just as P.T. Anderson would do three
years later with BOOGIE NIGHTS, Burton depicts a group of disreputable filmmakers who form
an alternative family unitand since that family includes Martin Landau (in an
Oscar-winning performance), Jeffrey Jones and Bill Murray, the results are
sublime. Trailer | Ebert
Review Discussion following with actor Martin
Landau, writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
Wednesday, November 12 7:30 PM
Nick Broomfield In-Person!
Los Angeles Premiere! BATTLE FOR HADITHA, 2008, 97 min. A film ripped
from the newspaper headlines: It's a powerfully raw and plausible verite-style
reconstruction of a skirmish during which a U.S. Marine was blown up and, in retaliation,
24 Iraqi civilians were shot. "BATTLE FOR HADITHA is a searing eye-opener of a
docu-style drama - an often brilliant attempt by Nick Broomfield to reveal the war, from
both sides, at ground level. We see the nuts and bolts of how desperate insurgents plant
and detonate a roadside bomb, and then we see the U.S. retaliation, as Broomfield
re-stages one of the war's notorious calamities, a slaughter of civilians in Haditha."
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly More on this Film | Trailer Discussion following with director Nick Broomfield.
Tuesday, November 18 - 7:30 PM
ITVS Community Cinema:
I.O.U.S.A. , 2008, 85 min.Dirs.Patrick
Creadon and Christine O'Malley. The Independent Television Service is proud to offer
I.O.U.S.A. as a special presentation of the Community Cinema program. As the Baby Boomer
generation prepares to retire, many experts warn that if we continue down this financial
road, America will be flat broke in a generation. In I.O.U.S.A., Director Patrick Creadon
looks at how America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic
proportions. www.itvs.org www.pbs.org/independentlens
Wednesday, November 19 7:30 PM
NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD: THE SHORT FILM
We have revamped, "gussied up" and restructured our popular
"Complete Guide To The Short Film" and turned it into a TALK SHOW complete with
special guests who are ready to deliver all the information and "insider talk"
of the world of the short film direct to you!
Whether you are looking to obtain information on Short Film Distribution, Short Film
Grants, Short Film Writing Labs, "secret tips" to getting the most festival play
for your short, we¹ve got it all for you in one place!
And get this!!! We will even be including a segment where you 'pitch' your short film
to our short film industry professionals they will strategize a film festival plan for you
on the spot!
The world of the short film is changing quickly. In fact, not since the ".com
era" of the 1990s have we seen such rethinking of how the short film figures into
overall landscape of the entertainment industry.
There are literally thousands more film festivals to consider as you move your short
film out to festival audiences. Today, besides cable television play to help your short
film find an even larger audience, you have to contend with the options of
Video-On-Demand, DVD collections, pod casts, airline broadcast and the prospects of a
24-hour a day Short Film cable television network that reaches an estimated 9 million
But don't stop there! What about those 1000s of Internet sites available to you to post
your film on, some of which are willing to pay to license your film? And what about the
advantages of showing your film on your own web site or your favorite social networking
site (FACEBOOK, MYSPACE etc) to help people discover you and advance your career?
What is a "festival" short? What is the difference between a Sundance short,
a Cannes short and a Short Film Festival short? What is the design of "internet"
short? What does the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences look for in a short film? What is
the definition of the most desirable form ofshort for a short film distributor? A short
film festival programmer?
So join us for the first edition of the American Cinematheque¹s SHORT FILM TALK SHOW,
as we turn our total attention to unraveling the whole, overwhelming and complex world
that today's short filmmaker must deal with to take good care of their films!
Guests on the American Cinematheque¹s SHORT FILM TALK SHOW included:
Kim Adelman, Author, The Ultimate Filmmaker Guide To Short Films/ Short Film Columnist,
Kimberley Browning, Executive Director, Hollywood Shorts/Executive Producer, Griffith
Andrew Crane, Short Film Programmer, American Cinematheque
Elizabeth Leidt, Acquisitions Manager, Shorts International
Linda Olszewski, Acquisitions, Shorts International
Amanda Sweikow, Executive Director, Filmmakers Alliance/Los Angeles Short Filmmaking
Saskia Wilson-Brown, Manager VC2 Outreach, Current TV
Hosted By Independent Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris
Whether the recent renewed vitality of the short film is based on the rise of consumer
podcasts, the content-crazed appetite of the Internet or the appearance of the world's
first short film television network, there's no denying it's a BIG world out there for
these "little" movies. Uncover a wealth of information on short filmmaking
trends, current channels of distribution and film festivals in this seminar that puts a
big, EXCLUSIVE spotlight on quick flicks! Independent Film Consultant Thomas Ethan
Harris instructs. Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior with valid I.D.; $12
Members of the Cinematheque.
Canceled! Thursday, November 20 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview! THE SOLOIST, 2008, DreamWorks. This
film's release has been changed to March so it is not available to screen right now as was
Friday, November 21 7:30 PM
Samuel Jacksons Classic Performances Double
PULP FICTION, 1994, Miramax, 153 min. Quentin
Tarantinos dazzling, nitro-fueled homage to 1930s crime fiction, Elvis Presley
flicks, Los Angeles diners, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville and much more was easily
the most audacious and exciting American film of the 1990s. The movies brilliant,
against-type casting includes John Travolta (in a career-reviving performance), Samuel
L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stolz, Maria de
Medeiros, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Walken and Ving Rhames.
Nomnated for 7 Oscars and winner for Best Screenplay. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best
Picture, Actor (Travolta) and Screenplay (Tarantino and Roger Avary). Official Website | Trailer
JACKIE BROWN, 1997, Miramax, 154
min. Director Quentin Tarantino followed up PULP FICTION with a more subtle and
adult but equally entertaining crime film. Adapting Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch,
Tarantino tells the exciting, funny and ultimately touching story of a tentative romance
between a bail bondsman (Robert Forster) and flight attendant (Pam Grier)
whose lives have not gone as planned. When Grier gets caught smuggling cash for arms
dealer Samuel L. Jackson, a cycle of double-crosses and betrayals is set into
unpredictable motion, expertly staged and written by Tarantino. Co-starring Robert De
Niro as Jacksons hopelessly institutionalized and ill-fated ex-con accomplice. Trailer
Review Samuel L. Jackson will be receiving the Cinematheque Award on December 1, at
the Beverly Hilton Hotel (For tickets and more information call: Mann Productions,