Luc Besson – The Professional

In advance of the release of “Lucy” by Luc Besson on July 25, American Cinematheque is screening some of his better known works.

July 18th at the Egyptian at 7:30

A double feature of The Professional and La Femme Nikita

July 20th at the Egyptian at 7:30

A double feature of The Fifth Element and Subway

Leading up to a special screening of Lucy with a Q&A afterwards with Luc Besson.

Check out Cherry Davis interview with Luc Besson at Wondercon 2014.

For more information, check out the American Cinematheque.

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5 Questions: Etheria Film Night

On July 12, the Egyptian Theatre presents Etheria Film Night which showcases films directed by women focusing on horror, science fiction, fantasy and action genres. I had the opportunity to interview Heidi Honeycutt, Director of Programming, about the upcoming event.

1. What inspired you to start Etheria Film Night?

Stacy and I used to be a part of a horror film festival for women directors called Viscera. During submissions, I’d watch so many amazing movies that were *just not horror enough* for Viscera. Perhaps they’d be sci-fi-tinged, or more of a fantasy, or a straight thriller, but we’d have to turn them down because the genre wasn’t right. Etheria initially came about as a way to involve those fantastic films from other genres in a festival setting.

It’s important, I think, to show really talented and capable women directors making genre films. Hollywood tends not to hire women for most of these types of theatrical movies, so if we specifically show them how great these emerging women directors are at horror, sci-fi, action, fantasy, etc., they can’t claim that there’s a shortage of women they can hire.

2. What can a first time attendee expect at this year’s Etheria?

They can expect 7 of the best short genre films they have ever seen. They can also expect to see a fabulous feature film (Axelle Carolyn’s “Soulmate”) directed by a woman. The event is only one evening, so they get it all at once. They can meet the filmmakers and enjoy themselves during the red carpet cocktail party, and they can hopefully be inspired by what they see onscreen.

3. There is a film tour planned as well. Is this the first year that there has been Etheria screenings around the world?

Etheria screenings have been happening since 2012. But this is the first time that the horror and action films will be playing alongside the fantasy and science fiction films.

4. We seemed to have entered a golden age in terms of the popularity of genre films. Has this led to more opportunities for women directors?

More films being made, and better technology (just look at the boom in filmmaking since 2000 because of digital technology), have led to more opportunities. The fewer people that control what can be made, how it can be made, and where it will be seen, the more opportunities there are for women directors and, frankly, any minority in film.

5. Your organization is sponsoring an on-site charity drive for Reel Girls. Can you expand upon your involvement with Reel Girls?

We felt that it was important to make a statement that we value the charity work other groups are doing to try to bring more women into film. It’s one thing to throw a big party and pat ourselves on the back for making good films and clapping when a film screens; it’s another altogether to put your money where your mouth is and actually do something that helps someone else, not yourself, because you believe in what they are doing. Reel Grrls is a way to do that. We want everyone to know that it’s awesome to have them support the idea of women directing more movies, especially in areas where they don’t generally find themselves hired a great deal, but they would be even more awesome to support a charity like Reel Grrls that makes a genuine difference in the lives of young girls.

I’ll be there supporting new voices and I hope to see you there too.

Learn more about

Etheria Film Night here

Egyptian Theatre/American Cinematheque here

Chuck Jones Tribute

Chuck Jones Tribute

Chuck Jones 101: A Birthday Celebration

Sat, Sep 21, 2013 • 8:00pm • Egyptian Theatre

As a fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, we celebrate the Oscar winner’s 101st birthday with an evening of his most memorable Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes, and discussions with his family members, creator/conductor of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” George Daugherty, producer David Wong, and Leonard Maltin.

For more infomration: American Cinematheque

It’s never to early to plan

Hallown is just around the corner.

8th Annual Dusk-To-Dawn Horrothon

Sat, October 26 • 7:30pm

The madness returns! Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s eighth annual Horrorthon! Join us for six of the most shocking and schlocky movies from the Golden Age of Gore, many of them unseen on L.A. screens in decades! Complete with between-film free food, snacks, coffee, giveaways, crazy shorts and surprises!

For more information: American Cinematheque

Movie Revivals – Sir Pat Stew

If you’re in the LA area check out the following sci fi flick later this month:

LIFEFORCE

Fri, August 30 • 7:30pm

Sex-starved space vampire Mathilda May terrorizes the world while looking for something to wear in director Tobe Hooper’s gleeful, over-the-top sci-fi flick – one of the great pulp movies of the 1980s. With Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, and Patrick Stewart!

For more information: American Cinematheque

Revival Cinema

This July, American Cinematheque is showcasing classic science fiction. If you are in the area, check them out:

SOLARIS Fri, July 19 • 7:30pm

Scientists try to understand the secrets of the mysterious planet Solaris, but find themselves slowly becoming victims of their own imaginations and secret desires in Andrei Tarkovsky’s thought-provoking original 1972 film.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Fri, July 26 • 7:30pm

[THE GREAT MOVIES: A TRIBUTE TO ROGER EBERT]

Roger Ebert said of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece: m>”It says to us: We became men when we learned to think. Our minds have given us the tools to understand where we live and who we are. Now it is time to move on to the next step, to know that we live not on a planet but among the stars, and that we are not flesh but intelligence.” – Roger Ebert

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Sun, July 28 • 5:30pm

Jules Verne’s cinematic steampunk adventure story and the most expensive Hollywood tentpole film of its day is the perfect popcorn movie for the entire family! Join us as we celebrate the remarkable legacy of production designer, artist, Disneyland theme-park visionary, musician, raconteur and 2013 ADG Hall of Fame Inductee Harper Goff.

For more information visit: American Cinematheque

Following

American Cinematheque is screening the Following

“A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

Christopher Nolan, who will be in attendance to participate in a Q&A 

Thusday December 6 at The Egyptian.  For more information:  American Cinematheque

(Dang.  I can’t add the trailer: http://youtu.be/5q8bBAKNSA8)