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Series programmed by: Grant Moninger & Gwen Deglise. Focus on Female Directors: Program compiled by Kim Adelman, Andrew P. Crane, and Andrea Richards. Elvis Event Produced by Margot Gerber with the assistance of Myles Nye and Greg Snyder and Scott G.G. Haller
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SOLD OUT SCREENINGS: There will be a waiting line for Sold Out screenings. Tickets often become available at the door the night of an event.

Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

 

 

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Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $11 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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One Night Special Events in January:

 

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This is an Egyptian Theatre exclusive!

 

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Sunday, January 10 – 5: 30 PM

Elvis Presley 75th Birthday Celebration:
Join us for a celebration of what would have been Elvis' 75th birthday, with films, special guest Francine York, music and karaoke from Roarshack, the biggest Elvis Mix 'n Mingle trivia game & Bingo west of Memphis from Wise Guys Events (and Elvisy Prizes),roarshack.jpg (20828 bytes) food vendors including banana-peanut butter pancake bites from Buttermilk Truck, BBQ from BarbiesQ and to top it all off, birthday cake from La Morenita Bakery for the entire audience. Plus, Elvis merchandise for sale  from Hollywood Book & Poster. Fabulous prizes from Warner Bros., Bettie Page Clothing, Taschen Books (at the Grove), the Grammy Museum's Elvis at 21 Exhibit and Hollywood Book & PosterThe Pig 'n' Whistle will have a no-host bar in the Egyptian's Courtyard. Entrance to courtyard activities is with paid admission only. Food trucks are cash only. See photos from our Elvis birthday press conference on Jan. 8th on the Egyptian Theatre Facebook page. Dress to im-Presley!
Then at 7:30 PM, an
Elvis Presley Double Feature:
ELVIS '56
, 1987, 61 min. Dir. Alan & Susan Raymond (AN AMERICAN FAMILY). A chronicle of Elvis' breakthrough year when he rose from naive rock singer to world famous superstar. Featuring rare performance footage and most of the 22 songs he recorded in 1956... "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender" and more. Band member Levon Helm narrates. [SD/DMX Digital Cinema Presentation]

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JAILHOUSE ROCK
, 1957, Warner Bros., 96 min. Dir. Richard Thorpe. Elvis Presley is serving a term for manslaughter. Once the King is released from jail, he quickly rises to the top as a rock 'n' roll singer. Trailer Special Guest Francine York.

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Francine York & Elvis.

 

 

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Wednesday, January 13 - 8:00PM

Los Angeles Premiere! GIRLS ON THE WALL, ITVS, 2009, 62 min. Dir. Heather Ross. What happens when a group of incarcerated teenage girls get a shot at redemption via a musical based on their lives? This award-winning documentary introduces us to three unforgettable girls whose sense of humor is all the more surprising as we hear the stories that brought them to lockup during the writing and staging of their production. Discussion following with director Heather Ross. Plus, starting at 7 PM, a live hip hop session in the courtyard featuring the breakdance stylings of the "ANTICS" b-girl crew, plus some of the city's finest teen MCs. Trailer | Official Website

 

 

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Thursday, January 14 - 7:30 PM

5th Annual Focus on Female Directors:

This shorts program celebrates cinema pioneers, Oscar nominees, music video helmers, documentary filmmakers, international award winners, and the brightest stars emerging from the festival circuit.

Jane Campion's "Peel" (Australia, 1982, 8 min.) This classic Palme d' Or-winning film about a dysfunctional family car trip is also known as "An Exercise in Discipline."

Robyn Simms’ "Sisyphus" (USA, 2009, 1 min.) This documentary explores the musings of a very young man.

Janet Grillo's "Flying Lessons" (USA, 2008, 15 min.) Dana Delany stars in this moving story about a single mother and her autistic son.

Steph Green's "New Boy" (Ireland, 2007, 11 min.) Based on a Roddy Doyle short story, this Oscar-nominated short follows an immigrant schoolboy.

Patricia Cardoso's "The Air Globes" (USA, 1990, 12 min.) A rare early piece from the director of REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES.

Jessica Yu's "The Kinda Sutra" (USA, 2009, 8 min.) Yu's latest work explores youthful misconceptions about a universal question: How are babies made?

Katie Wolfe's "This Is Her" (New Zealand, 2009, 12 min.) A woman giving birth foretells her family's future.

Juanita Wilson’s "The Door" (Ireland, 2009, 17 min.) A father’s desperate attempt to come to terms with the devastating effects of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster; this film just made the short list for Oscar nominations.

Cat Solen’s "Bowl of Oranges" (USA, 2002, 3 min.) This charming music video made for the band Bright Eyes interweaves stop-frame animation and live action in a playful celebration of craft.

Alice Guy Blaché’s "The Thief" (1913).
A silent short about a down-on-his-luck solider from cinema’s first female director, who was also the first woman to run her own film studio.

Discussion to follow with Patricia Cardoso, Robyn Simms and Janet Grillo. All ticket buyers eligible to enter a free drawing for a director empowerment bag.

 

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Thursday, January 14 - 7:30 PM

Friday, January 15 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 16 - 7:30 PM

[Spielberg Theatre] Limited Engagement! THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, 2008, Vitagraph Films, 155 min. Dir. Uli Edel. Following a sold-out weekend engagement in November and inclusion on John Waters' Artforum Top Ten Films of 2009 list, THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX is back on the big screen by popular request. Germany 1967: The children of the Nazi generation have grown up in the devastation their parents created. They vowed fascism would never rule again. In their fight for freedom they lost themselves in the cause and ignited a revolution around the world. Meet the original faces of terrorism, the Baader Meinhof Group, in this Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated film. Starring Martina Gedeck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS), Moritz Bleibtreu, Joanna Wokalek (POPE JOAN, NORTH FACE), Bruno Ganz. Directed by Uli Edel (LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN). Produced by Bernd Eichinger (LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN and DOWNFALL). Trailer/Official Website

"Now here were some kids who knew how to cause trouble! Hmmm... What should we do today? Stop the Olympics or blow up a commercial airplane? These radicals made The Weathermen look like pussies." - John Waters, Artforum "Top 10 Films of 2009 List"

Critic's Pick New York Times
"....A real life thriller ..."
"...mesmerizing story of curdled idealism, one that has been told before but rarely as well "
-Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"The equivalent of Steven Soderbergh's 'Che' having a love child with 'The Fast and the Furious.'"
-Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

"The year's best-made and most counter-romantic action thriller."

-Christopher Hitchens, VANITY FAIR

"Explosive, in every possible way. Director Uli Edel ("Last Exit to Brooklyn") is a meticulous alchemist, creating a combustible mix of suspense, historical fact and dramatic license..."
-Alexis L. Loinaz, METROMIX

 

 

 

Friday, January 15 - 7:30 PM

The American Cinematheque Blows Up the Internet:

Webisodes on the Big Screen! STRIKE TV: Strike TV was created by screenwriters during the Writers Guild of America’s strike of 2007. Since then it has grown to house more than 200 independently financed web series from writers of "The Office," "The Daily Show," "Friends," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Saturday Night Live," "Robot Chicken," and many more. Featuring webisodes from their biggest star-studded web series, including the Emmy-nominated IMAGINARY BITCHES and the triple Webby honoree UNKNOWN SENDER. Hosted by Bob Kushell (writer and producer, "The Simpsons"). Discussion with Steven de Souza, Timothy Dalton, Mindy Sterling, Peter Hyoguchi, Ken Lazebnik, Matt Enlow, Steven de Souza, Ellen Sandweiss, Anthony Farrell, Kate Purdy, Christopher Barrett, Lester Lewis, Ian Deitchman, Andrew Miller, Eden Riegel, Susan Miller, Tina Cesa Ward, Lorin Wertheimer, Patricia Scanlon. (subject to availability) and others to be announced. Teaser | Official Website

 

 


Saturday, January 16

Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.) following the tour. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: Tour & movie FOREVER HOLLYWOOD: $10.

 

 

Saturday, January 16 - 7:30 PM

NINE, 2009, The Weinstein Company, Dir. Rob Marshall. Famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent and his mother. An impressive cast of Academy Award winners and nominees, including Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Penélope Cruz. Guest to be announced. Trailer

 

Sunday, January 17

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

bigparadepremiere.gif (78018 bytes)For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.) following the tour.

Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: $5. Tour & movie FOREVER HOLLYWOOD: $10.

 

 

 

Sunday, January 17 - 7:30 PM

8-1/2 (OTTO E MEZZO), 1963, Corinth Films, 144 min. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and arguably Fellini’s greatest masterpiece. 8-1/2 stars the great Marcello Mastroianni as a very Fellini-like director trying to escape the self-made chaos of his artistic and personal lives at an Italian health spa, where he’s pursued by jealous mistresses, demanding producers and surreal fantasies of his own past, present and future. Co-starring Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk and Barbara Steele. The inspiration for the musical NINE. [BR/DMX Digital Cinema Presentation] Trailer

 

 

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Wednesday, January 27 - 7:30 PM

Hollywood Outlaws: Clu Gulager and Damon Packard: "John and Norma Novak," 1977, ZxEAP no.1, 30 min. Dir. Clu Gulager. A dazzling, cross-dressing, violent and lavishly shot rock opera with an amazing score.

REFLECTIONS OF EVIL, 2002, Pookie Films, 115 min. Dir. Damon Packard. Bobby (Damon Packard) is a watch salesman, trapped in an endless cycle of frustration, terror and disappointment. A mind bending odyssey through the angry and paranoid streets of Los Angeles, this is the ultimate underground film. Part horror film, part autobiography, all Packard.

"A Day With the Boys," 1969, Universal, 18 min. Dir. Clu Gulager. A haunting and beautiful short, with no dialogue, following a pack of boys as they play on a summers afternoon. Lush cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.

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"Fucking Tulsa," 1992, Blackvale Films, 20 min. Dir. Clu Gulager. The WORLD PREMIERE of the Gulager family’s grand guignol, intended to be the cruelest film ever made. "I found the filmmaking tremendously powerful and exciting to witness, while being totally appalled and distressed..." - Jonathan Demme. Discussion between films with Clu Gulager, Damon Packard, John Gulager, Tom Gulager and Diane Ayala Goldner. Trailer

 

 

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Thursday, January 28 - 7:30 PM         SEMINAR
[Spielberg Theatre] CREATING A MORE VISUALLY COMPREHENSIVE CINEMA (180 min.) This unique film aesthetics seminar is designed to empower emerging filmmakers with greater artistic knowledge of how to achieve the visual and aural potential of cinema. Film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris addresses why it is important for new filmmakers to think more creatively about their images and the necessity of creating a more intricate, complex and personally realized cinema. Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience.

Ever wonder what lies ahead in the immediate future for a next generation of film artists?

Ever wonder if you are on the right track to finding your way as a creative filmmaker?

Ever wonder if something lies beyond the Independent filmmaking world and its 25-year old genres and formulas?

Still chasing that elusive dream?

It is time to get you back in touch with your creative instincts and discover a way to really move your film career forward. While technology is in your favor to help you make your film, do you really understand how to create complex and indelible images that will help bring attention to your new film? What sets Almodovar, Antonioni, Bergman, Bunuel, Coppola, Fellini, Hitchcock, Scorsese and Tarantino's ability to visualize apart from yours? Believe us when we say it¹s not money!

Before you finish that scripts before you shoot that filmŠtake this one of a kind, ALL NEW, extremely motivating film aesthetics seminar that is designed to empower you with greater artistic knowledge of how to achieve the visual and aural potential of cinema.

Film festival programmer and film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris addresses why it is important for new filmmakers to think more deeply and more creatively about the construction of their images and the necessity of creating a more intricate, complex and personally realized cinema. Moving beyond the most basic forms of cinematic language is essential to having the film career you want. Learning how to effectively embrace and understand the functionality of the primary "visualizing components" of great cinematic construction (the close-up, the long take, mise-en scene, color schemes, film editing styles, sound design, production designs) is critical to establishing yourself in the U.S.¹s crowded film arena. Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience. The experience of watching over 17,000 independent feature films from emerging filmmakers (and even more shorts!) has given Mr. Harris unique insight into the contemporary world of independent filmmaking and the reasons why you must transcend it!

Because you have to know what¹s on cinema's horizons CREATING A MORE VISUALLY COMPREHENSIVE CINEMA An Interactive Cinematic Forum. $12 Cinematheque Members, $15 Students/Seniors, $20 General.

COMING IN MARCH 2010 TO THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE:

ALL DOC'D UP: A Documentary Industry Panel And Forum Discussion.

NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD: The Complete Guide To Film Festivals and How To Establish The Best Festival Release Strategy For Your Film

 

 

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Saturday, January 30 - 4:00 PM

Los Angeles Art Deco Architecture

Co-presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles Lecture: Between 1920 and 1940 the population of Los Angeles grew by more than 1 million. To meet the needs of this explosive growth, the architects of the day were called on to build a vast number of structures, most of them in the prevailing art deco style. More a style of decoration than a type of architecture per se, art deco developed its own unique look as it blossomed in L.A. Palm fronds, grape clusters, sunbursts, and ocean waves, all symbols of the California arcadia, adorn the buildings of Los Angeles. The lecture will include a synopsis of the metamorphosis of architectural style into what we now call Art Deco; plus a virtual tour of a dozen buildings in the Historic Core including the William Fox, Eastern Columbia, Title Guarantee & Trust and Oviatt Buildings, as well as works by architects Parkinson & Parkinson, Styles O. Clements and Claude Beelman. Lecture by Jeffrey Bissiri A.I.A., architect, member of the ADSLA preservation committee.

In light of the recent closure of the Fairfax Theater on Beverly Blvd., this lecture will include a special presentation on this endangered theatre which has been serving the Beverly/Fairfax community for 80 years. See a video about the Fairfax.

Special ticket price for Art Deco Society Los Angeles and Cinematheque Members: $5 all others $7.