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Film Independent at LACMA
Jan 21, 2012
Film Independent at LACMA is the new, inclusive film series that is produced by Film
Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the
Los Angeles Film Festival, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with
The New York Times as presenting sponsor and Ovation as premier sponsor. Curated
by Elvis Mitchell, the program offers classic and contemporary narrative and
documentary films, artists and their influences, emerging auteurs, international
showcases, special guest-curated programs and conversations with artists, curators and
All events will start at 7:30 pm. Please visit www.lacma.org for updates on talent and
• February 2 – Zentropa (aka Europa) – New 35mm print! – Lars von Trierʼs
noir-soaked thriller casts postwar Germany as a Kafkaesque dreamscape
haunted by “werewolves” (underground Nazi terrorists). Leopold Kessler, a young
and idealistic American of German stock, returns to the old country and takes a
civilian job as a sleeping-car conductor for the mysterious Zentropa railway
company where he falls into the clutches of femme fatale Katharina Hartmann
(feral Barbara Sukowa). A hypnotic blend of CinemaScope cinematography, rear
projections and mixed color stocks, Zentropa (releases worldwide as Europa)
finds von Trier at the peak of his powers as a movie-mad stylist.
1991/color & b&w/107 min./Scope | Scr: Lars von Trier, Niels Vørsel; dir: Lars von Trier; w/ Jean-
Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Henning Jensen, Erik Mørk, Eddie
Constantine, Max von Sydow.
• February 10 – 100 Years of Paramount Pictures – For February, the
hundredth year celebration of Paramount Pictures continues with two films
featuring Richard Pryor, both directed by Sidney J. Furie and teaming Pryor with
Billy Dee Williams. The first film is 1972ʼs Lady Sings the Blues—itʼs the movieʼs
40th anniversary—the Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross, Williams and
introduced Pryor to the mainstream audiences. The second film is the 1973
action Hit!, in which Pryor is part of a team assigned by CIA agent Billy Dee
Williams to avenge the death of his daughter at the hand of drug dealers—a
mission that takes the group to Marseilles to achieve its goal.
o 7:30 pm – Lady Sings the Blues – 35th Anniversary!
1972/color/144 min./Scope/digital | Scr: Terence McCloy, Chris Clark, Suzanne de Passe;
dir: Sidney Furie; w/ Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James Gallahan, Paul
Hampton, Sid Melton.
o 10:00 pm – Hit!
1973/color/134 min./Scope/digital | Scr: Alan R. Trustman; David M Wolf; dir: Sidney Furie;
w/ Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Paul Hampton, Gwen Welles.
• February 16 – Live Read, directed by Jason Reitman – The new yearʼs
second installment of Jason Reitmanʼs Live Read. With a surprise—and
celebrated—cast and title to be announced. Buying tickets in advance is strongly
recommended. A reception will follow the Live Read. Limit two tickets per person.
Ticketing for all February screenings
$5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and New York Times Film Club Members.
Pre-sale tickets are available Thursday, January 19 at 5 pm. To purchase, please call
323 857-6010 or visit www.lacma.org. Members of these groups will be required to show
proof of membership when retrieving their tickets.
$10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62+) and students with
valid ID. Tickets are available Thursday, January 26 at 5 pm.
Film Independent at LACMA has The New York Times as a presenting sponsor and
Ovation as a premier sponsor. The series is also made possible by grants from the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association® and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences. In-kind support is generously provided by Barco.
About Film Independent
Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists
who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds
an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independentʼs Board of Directors, filmmakers,
staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race,
and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry
professional, or a film lover.
Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest
achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival,
showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a yearround,
weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general
With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who
are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independentʼs Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected
writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project
Involve is Film Independentʼs signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from
communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.
For more information or to become a member, visit FilmIndependent.org.
Press Contact: Elise Freimuth, EFreimuth@FilmIndependent.org or 310-432-1287
Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography-and
represent Los Angeles's uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian,
Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a contemporary museum on its campus. With this expanded
space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing Transformation project, LACMA is
creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection.
Location and Contact: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036 | 323 857-6000 | lacma.org
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: noon-8 pm; Friday: noon-9 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 11 am-8 pm; closed Wednesday
For more information, visit www.lacma.org.
About The New York Times
The New York Times provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the movie industry in print and online.
Whether itʼs offering news and reviews or reports of the latest deals and trends, The Times is dedicated to reaching the
finest nationwide audience of film lovers and industry insiders alike.
The Times also supports the movie industry through sponsorships of major film festivals and film organizations
nationwide; live TimesTalks events featuring Times journalists in conversations with leading film industry talents; and their
newest initiative, The New York Times Film Club (nytfilmclub.com), showcasing classic and contemporary films to a
membership-based audience in New York City and Los Angeles.
March 23, 2019