Q&A with A GOOD AMERICAN Executive Producer Oliver Stone, former technical director of NSA, Bill Binney, and director Friedrich Moser on Sunday, February 19th at 7PM at the Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle in Beverly Hills. Click here for tickets.
Join us at the Monica Film Center on Sunday, March 5, 2017 for Laemmle Live’s third concert featuring Lincoln Middle School Madrigal Singers. The program will include a variety of classical and popular music, folk songs and audience participation, too! Under the direction of Vanessa Counte, Choral Director, the Madrigal Singers are an audition-based a cappella ensemble that perform as part of Santa Monica’s Lincoln Middle School choral program. They meet once a week to rehearse and focus on Renaissance through contemporary a cappella choral literature. Recipients of top ratings in Southern California Festivals, they have been guest performers at local elementary schools, cub scout holiday meetings and the Aga Khan Foundation Walk.
Vanessa Counte has been the Choir Director at Lincoln Middle School since 2005. Mrs. Counte earned her BA in Music Education at Western Michigan University. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Southern California Vocal Association, she is currently finishing her Master of Music in Choral Conducting through CAL State LA’s three summer program.
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Sunday, March 5, 2017
Monica Film Center
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore with a 50th anniversary screening of THOROUGLY MODERN MILLIE (1967) in 35mm at 7:30PM on February 28, 2017 at the Ahrya Fine Arts. Click here to purchase tickets.
The musical romantic comedy, a spoof of the 1920s flapper era, stars Julie Andrews (at the height of her popularity), Carol Channing (Oscar-nominated for her role), Beatrice Lillie, John Gavin, James Fox, Pat Morita, Jack Soo, and Mary Tyler Moore.
Moore had just completed her role on television’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show” the year before, and before embarking on her own groundbreaking series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1970, made several movies. THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE was the best of those 60s films, and a popular success in 1967. Moore would return to the screen in an Oscar-nominated performance in ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980).
Bosley Crowther in the New York Times called the film “A thoroughly modern burlesque of the manner and styles of flaming youth in the jazzy 1920s, of movie melodramas in the Silent days…it is a thoroughly delightful movie.”
The film was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including the title song, and won for composer Elmer Bernstein his only career Oscar in the original score category.
Directed by George Roy Hill from an original screenplay by Richard Morris and produced by studio era veteran Ross Hunter, the movie was one of the 60s’ brightest musicals. It was later adapted for Broadway in 2000. Hill used it as a tune-up for his homage to another bygone era with the Oscar-winning THE STING in 1973.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE will show as a special tribute to the late actress Mary Tyler Moore on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 PM at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. We will screen in 35mm as a special presentation.
FEELINGS ARE FACTS filmmaker Jack Walsh will participate in Q&A’s after both screenings at the Fine Arts February 13 and 14.
Richard Epcar, who voices Batou in GHOST IN THE SHELL, will introduce the 9:45 PM screening at the Fine Arts on Wednesday, February 8.
It’s time for our annual Predict the Oscars Contest! The person who most accurately predicts the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s choices in all 24 categories, from the shorts to Best Motion Picture, will win fabulous prizes (free movies and concessions at Laemmle)!
First place wins a Laemmle Premiere Card worth $150. Second place wins a Laemmle Premiere Card worth $100. Third place wins a Laemmle Premiere Card worth $50. Entries are due by 10AM the morning of the awards ceremony on February 26th.
Not sure what a Laemmle Premiere Card is? Think of it like a prepaid gift card for yourself! Use it to pay for movie tickets and concessions. Plus, Premiere Card holders receive $2 off movie tickets and 20% off concessions. To find out more, visit www.laemmle.com/premiere-cards.
We’ve got some smart cookies for customers so we have a tie-breaker question: you also have to guess the show’s running time. Take the tie-breaker seriously! Last year, the running time question broke a tie between five entrants who correctly predicted 19 out of 24 categories!
We’ll announce the winners right here on our blog by March 1st. Good luck!
All 7:30 PM screenings of STRIKE A POSE will feature Q&A’s with dancers featured in the film. Perez Hilton will host on Friday, January 27.
A real life 19th century American western adventure story, CARVALHO’S JOURNEY tells the extraordinary story of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897), an observant Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina, and his life as a groundbreaking photographer, artist and pioneer in American history. We’re screening it this Monday, January 30 at 7:30 PM and Tuesday, January 31 at 1 PM at the Claremont 5, Playhouse 7, Fine Arts, Town Center 5 and Monica Film Center as part of our ongoing Culture Vulture series.
Daguerreotypist Robert Shlaer is featured in CARVALHO’S JOURNEY as an interviewee and also on location, re-creating daguerreotypes along the route Carvalho traveled in 1853. He will participate in Q&A’s after the Pasadena screening on Monday night and the Beverly Hills screening on Tuesday afternoon. Filmmaker Steve Rivo will participate in Q&A’s after the Beverly Hills screening on Monday night and after the Encino screening on Tuesday afternoon.
“Today, Rivo makes his own movies. He’s founder and owner of Down Low Pictures, an independent documentary production company based in Brooklyn. When he was offered a project about the painter and daguerreotypist Solomon Carvalho, a Sephardic Jew from Charleston, South Carolina, who accompanied legendary explorer John Fremont on his 1853 Fifth Western Expedition, the story’s resemblance to “The Frisco Kid” helped win him over.
“He talked about the resulting documentary, CARVALHO’S JOURNEY, on the phone from his studio in New York.”
Q. Did repeated viewings of “The Frisco Kid” give you an insight into Carvalho’s story?
A. That was kind of my only frame of reference. The comedic situations involved in having a rube on the trail, and not just any rube, but a classically Jewish character who has Jewish anxieties. Those elements of the Carvalho story were fun to play with. He was an observant Jew, so he couldn’t eat certain foods even when they were starving. And he wasn’t good at a lot of outdoorsy stuff like the rest of the party. He was a 38-year-old city slicker artistic type.
Q. The hardships of his trip were not so funny, though. More like “The Revenant.”
A. It is always surprising how physically difficult, challenging, and a little bit crazy it would be to get in a wagon and try to cross the country in the middle of winter. It’s inconceivable to us today. We get on an airplane and complain.
Q. What do you think viewers will take away from this film other than a new appreciation for air travel?
A. There are a lot of different things people have responded to — American Jewish history, Western expansion, the birth of photography, and a personal story of an artist. What attracted me was that it was a little bit of biography, but it was also kind of a travel story, and an adventure story through which you could talk about other things, the experience of outsiders in American culture. It’s a film about someone we didn’t know anything about.
Q. I understand you just finished a 10-part series for the True TV network on Hollywood comedies. Did you get to include “The Frisco Kid?”
A. I jokingly raised the possibility, but so few people have seen that movie. It’s the Solomon Carvalho of Jewish Western comedies.