The KCET Movie Series, Los Angeles’ longest-running screening series, returns for exclusive in-person engagement this fall; Screenings followed by questions and answers with filmmakers and talents
Los Angeles, California – 21 October 2021 – KCET, showcasing the best of PBS while being the premier source of art, culture and news in Southern California, today announced that the KCET Cinema Series will be back for in-person screenings at the Historic American Cinematheque Aero Theater in Santa Monica in November. The series features a range of star-studded films set to screen over the next few weeks, featuring top Hollywood talent who will participate in post-screening Q&A. The films screened are expected to be nominations for this year’s Awards season, which will open with “king richardÂ»And followed by that of Kenneth Brannagh “Belfast” and “The Power of the Dog” by Jane Campion. Known in the entertainment industry for showcasing the best of Hollywood, independent and festival films, moviegoers will once again be able to attend exclusive screenings of new films before their theatrical or streaming releases. To register for the new season visit: https://kcetcinemaseriesaero.eventive.org/welcome.
KCET FILMS TO WATCH Deadline.com Host and Chief Film Critic Pete hammond will once again host the question-and-answer panels that will highlight the films considered to be the best Oscar contendersÂ® nominations. Hammond will take attendees behind the scenes of this year’s biggest movies and give them intimate access to conversations with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and award-winning filmmakers.
The KCET Virtual Cinema Series will also continue alongside the in-person screenings. Due to movie audiences staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the KCET Cinema Series passed to KCET Virtual Cinema Series using the Eventive screening service, a technology platform designed specifically to enhance the online movie watching experience. The new KCET Cinema Series format has provided an easy-to-use alternative for moviegoers looking to see first-run films before their theatrical or streaming release.
The virtual format also allowed local, national and global talent to participate. The popular virtual series will continue on Eventive, with a slate of expected films featuring conversations with award-winning filmmakers and top film talent. The film program of the KCET Virtual Cinema Series will be announced on kcet.org/cinemaseries
Upcoming in-person screenings announced for the KCET Cinema Series at the Aero Theater include (* Guest Q&A are subject to change):
Tuesday November 2 at 7 p.m .: “King Richard” (Warner Bros.)
Based on a true story, this biographical drama follows the journey of Richard Williams (Will smith). Driven by a clear vision of his daughters’ future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan to take Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) from Compton to the world stage and in doing so, change professional tennis forever. Q&A immediately after with Producer (and championship tennis player) Tim white and producer Trevor White.
Tuesday 9 November at 7 p.m .: âBelfastâ (Focus Features)
A semi-autobiographical film by Kenneth branagh which tells the story of a working-class family and the childhood of their young son during the tumult of the late 1960s in the capital of Northern Ireland. The stars of dramatic comedy Caitriona balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, CiÃ¡ran Hinds and newcomer Jude hill and features music from a native of Belfast Van Morrison. Question and answer panelists will be announced at a later date.
Tuesday November 16 at 7 pm: “The power of the dog” (Netflix)
In this western written and directed by an Oscar winner Jeanne Campion (and based on the novel by Thomas Sauvage), a bossy rancher reacts with cruelty when his brother brings home a new wife and son, until the unexpected happens. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse plemons, Kirsten dunst, Kodi Smit McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon, Keith Carradine and Francoise Conroy. Immediate Q&A with Oscar-winning director Jeanne Campion and cast members (to be announced at a later date).
The KCET cinema series celebrates its 27th anniversary in 2021. The series enjoys an excellent reputation in the entertainment industry, as evidenced by the film and talent schedule of the latest awards season, which included “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” with Oscar winner Morgan neville; “The Father” with the Oscar winners Anthony hopkins and Olivia coleman; “Le Mauritanien” with an Oscar winner Kevin macdonald and two-time Oscar winner Jodie foster; “Stillwater” with award-winning writer / director Tom mccarthy; and “Blue Bayou” with the director, screenwriter and co-star Justin chon.
The KCET Cinema Series and KCET Virtual Cinema Series are made possible through the sale of tickets, membership passes and charitable donations. To discuss sponsorship opportunities for individuals, businesses or charitable foundations, contact MichÃ¨le Garza, series producer, at [email protected] Both series are presented by Mitzi Ash Blahd and the E. Hofert Daily Trust, both acting as principal sponsors with the MaddocksBrown Foundation as a sponsoring director. For more information or to register for upcoming film screenings, please visit kcet.org/cinemaseries.
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