Q&A’s this week (11/2 – 11/6) at Laemmle Theatres

ORCHESTRA OF EXILES filmmaker Josh Aronson will participate in Q&A’s after the 7:20 screenings at the Music Hall 3 on Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd; plus Q&A after the 5:30 and introduction of the 7:50 screenings at the Town Center on Saturday, November 3rd.

From Academy Award-nominated director Josh Aronson, ORCHESTRA OF EXILES reveals the dramatic story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who rescued some of the world’s greatest musicians from Nazi Germany and then created one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Palestine Philharmonic (which would become the Israeli Philharmonic).

Now playing at the Music Hall 3 and the Town Center. Plus, morning shows this weekend at the Claremont 5 and Playhouse 7.


Fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, subject of A MAN’S STORY, will participate in a Q&A after the 7:10 PM screening at the NoHo 7 on Friday, November 2.

Already celebrated as one of the most talented menswear designers in the world, Ozwald Boateng is about to go bankrupt and divorce his first wife. Through luck and circumstance director Varon Bonicos is able to switch on a camera. It continues to roll for the next twelve years.

Now playing at the NoHo 7.

 


BURN filmmakers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez will participate in a Q&A after the 3:30 PM screening at the NoHo 7 on Saturday, November 3.

From executive producer Denis Leary, BURN is a look at firefighting in Detroit with the highest arson rate in the country, and a budget crisis of epic proportions.

Now playing through 11/8 at the NoHo 7.

 

 


HIGH GROUND producer Don Hahn, (Frankenweenie, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) will participate in Q&A’s after the 7:50 screening on Saturday, November 3 and the 3:15 screening on Sunday, November 4 at the Playhouse 7.

HIGH GROUND follows 11 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan join an expedition to climb the 20,000 foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche.

Now playing at the Playhouse 7.

 


DEMOCRACY AT WORK Q&A schedule at the NoHo 7:

  • Friday (11/2) after the 7:50pm screening, producers Q&A after the screening (David Ciszewski, Sergio Crego, Susan Metzger)
  • Saturday (11/3) after the 7:50pm screening, Full Cast and Crew Q&A after the screening
  • Sunday (11/4) after the 7:50pm screening, producers Q&A after the screening (David Ciszewski, Sergio Crego, Susan Metzger)
  • Election Day, Tuesday (11/6) after the7:50pm screening, producers Q&A after the screening with actors Sean Spence and Robin Shelby

 

Now playing at the NoHo 7.

Full list of Q&A’s this week (10/26 – 10/29) at Laemmle Theatres


Q&As with YOGAWOMAN director Kate McIntyre Clere and special guests from the yoga community:

• Friday -10/26 at the Monicas following 7:40 show
• Saturday -10/27 at the NoHo 7 following 3:20 show
• Saturday -10/27 at the Monicas following 7:40 show
• Sunday -10/28 at the Playhouse 7 following 3:00 show

Plus, special prizes from YogaWorks for the first 100 tickets buyers for the 7:40PM show at the Monicas on Friday, 10/26. Prizes from Laura Jane for the first 100 tickets buyers for the 7:40PM show at the Monicas on Saturday, 10/27.

YOGAWOMAN reveals how yoga has transformed the lives of thousands of over-stimulated, overscheduled, and multi-tasking modern women from the streets of Manhattan to the slums of Kenya.

YOGAWOMAN is now playing at the NoHo 7, Monicas, Playhouse 7, and Claremont 5.


SPLIT director Kelly Nyks will participate in Q&A’s after the 11:10 AM screenings at the Monicas on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28.

SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE is a riveting investigation into the partisanship paralyzing our politics, going beyond the bitter rancor to reveal the truth of why our country is more polarized and our politics more gridlocked than at any other time in recent memory.

SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE plays Saturday and Sunday morning at the Claremont 5, Monicas, and Playhouse 7.

 


GAYBY director/writer/co-star Jonathan Lisecki will participate in Q&A’s after the 7:40 screenings at the NoHo 7 on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27.

Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together… the old fashioned way.

GAYBY is now playing at the NoHo 7.

 

 


BROOKLYN CASTLE director Katie Dellamaggiore will participate in Q&A’s at the Playhouse 7 after the 1:50 and 4:30 screenings on Saturday, October 27.

BROOKLYN CASTLE is a documentary about I.S. 318 – an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level – that also happens to have the best, most winning junior high school chess team in the country.

BROOKLYN CASTLE is now playing at the Playhouse 7 and the Town Center.

 


VERSAILLES ‘73 director Deborah Riley Draper will participate in Q&A’s after the 5 and 7:20 PM screenings at the Music Hall 3 on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27.

When African-American models Billie Blair, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Norma Jean Darden, Charlene Dash, Bethann Hardison, Barbara Jackson, Jennifer Brice, Ramona Saunders, and Amina Warsuma boarded a plane from New York to Paris, they had no idea they would be part of a new world fashion order

VERSAILLES ‘73 is now playing at the Music Hall 3.


MADRID, 1987 producer Jessica Berman will participate in a Q&A after the 7:20 PM screening at the NoHo 7 on Monday, October 29.

A journalism student is locked in the bathroom with a well-known and revered newspaper writer in Spain during the democratic transition that took place after Franco’s long dictatorship.

MADRID, 1987 is now playing at the  NoHo 7.

 

 


SEEDS OF RESILIENCY director Susan Polis Schutz will participate in a Q&A after the 7 PM screening at the Music Hall 3 on Friday, October 26.

The film introduces us to twelve diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having great hope and helping others.

SEEDS OF RESILIENCY is now playing at the Music Hall 3 and Town Center.

Q&A with FRANCINE star Melissa Leo after 7:30PM show on Wednesday 10/24 in North Hollywood

FRANCINE star Melissa Leo will participate in a Q&A at the NoHo 7 on October 24.Star of FRANCINE and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo will participate in a Q&A after the 7:30 PM screening at the NoHo 7 on October 24.

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Melissa Leo gives a fierce and restrained performance as Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison. Taking a series of jobs working with animals, Francine turns away others and instead seeks intimacy in the most unlikely of places. Gritty, elliptical, and voyeuristic, Francine is a portrait of a near-silent misfit and her fragile first steps in an unfamiliar world.

Q&A with WE ARE LEGION director Brian Knappenberger and Anons in Pasadena

WE ARE LEGION director Brian Knappenberger will participate in a Q&A after the 4 PM screening at the Playhouse on Sunday, October 21.WE ARE LEGION director Brian Knappenberger and some members of Anonymous will participate in a Q&A after the 4 PM screening at the Playhouse 7 on Sunday, October 21.

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WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists, takes us inside the complex culture and history of Anonymous. The film explores early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, and then moves to Anonymous’ own raucous and unruly beginnings on the website 4Chan.

Through interviews with current members – some recently returned from prison, others still awaiting trial – as well as writers, academics and major players in various “raids,” WE ARE LEGION traces the collective’s breathtaking evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown, global movement, one armed with new weapons of civil disobedience for an online world.

FOR ELLEN Q&A with Paul Dano, John Heder, and So Yong Kim

Q&A after the 7:30 PM screening at the Music Hall on Friday, October 19.FOR ELLEN writer-director So Yong Kim and actors Paul Dano and John Heder will participate in a Q&A after the 7:30PM screening at the Music Hall 3 on Friday, October 19.

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Film Summary:

Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) has wanted nothing more than to “make it”, having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success. In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Margarita Levieva) in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo). With a good-natured lawyer (Jon Heder) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend (Jena Malone) that represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation.

Q&A’s with BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS filmmakers and subjects in Pasadena and Santa Monica

Q&A’s with the filmmakers and subjects of BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* along special guests this weekend.

What is a big corporation capable of in order to protect its brand? Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten’s experienced this recently. His previous film BANANAS!* (2009) recounts the lawsuit that 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against the fruit giant Dole Food Company.

What follows is an unparalleled thriller that has Gertten capturing the entire process – from DOLE attacking the producers with a defamation lawsuit, bullying scaretactics, to media-control and PR-spin. This personal film reveals precisely how a multinational will stop at nothing to get its way.

Q&A Schedule:

Playhouse 7

  • Friday, August 3 – 7:50 PM – Q&A with Filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, lawyer Lincoln Bandlow with filmmaker ONDI TIMONER
  • Saturday, August 4 – 5:30 PM and 7:50 PM – Q&A with Filmmaker Fredrik Gertten and lawyer Lincoln Bandlow
  • Sunday, August 5 – 5:30 PM – Q&A with Filmmaker Fredrik Gertten and Lincoln Bandlow

Monicas

  • Saturday, August 4 – 11:00 AM – Q&A with filmmaker Fredrik Gertten and Lawyer Lincoln Bandlow with Oscar® Nominated filmmaker LUCY WALKER
  • Sunday, August 5 – 11:00 AM – Q&A with filmmaker Fredrik Gertten and Lawyer Lincoln Bandlow

Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Trailer from GAT Channel on Vimeo.

[UPDATED] Regarding inquiries about the This American Life film, SLEEPWALK WITH ME

UPDATE (7/24): SLEEPWALK WITH ME has been tentatively booked at the Claremont, NoHo 7 and Playhouse 7 for 9/14.

Without consulting with us or offering us a chance to bid, the distributor of the film chose to assign the exhibition rights to the film to the Nuart Theatre in West L.A. This decision meant that the distributor had to accept the “clearance” policies claimed by the Nuart and its operator, Landmark Theatres, which include the requirement that the theatre have exclusive Los Angeles County rights to show the film. Since the film will be playing at the Nuart for two weeks beginning on 8/31, the earliest we could exhibit the film in any of our theaters is 9/14. No determination as yet as to whether or not the film will be doing enough business to warrant continued exhibition after the exclusive period at the Nuart.

We will see.

Q&A’s with UNION SQUARE director Nancy Savoca this weekend in Beverly Hills, Encino, and Pasadena


UNION SQUARE director Nancy Savoca will participate in Q&A’s on the following schedule:

  • Saturday, July 14 after the 5:10 screening and introducing the 7:30 screening at the Music Hall 3.
  • Sunday, July 15 after the 1 PM screening at the Town Center.
  • Sunday, July 15 after the 7:50 screening at the Playhouse 7.