I AM ELEVEN filmmaker Genevieve Bailey visited KCAL 9 for an interview recently:
I AM ELEVEN filmmaker Genevieve Bailey visited KCAL 9 for an interview recently:
I AM ELEVEN filmmaker Genevieve Bailey visited KCAL 9 for an interview recently:
A reminder that Laemmle’s Culture Vulture Mondays starts this Monday! We pick the best from the world of ballet, opera, stage, and fine art to feature on the big screen every Monday* at 7:30PM at every Laemmle location! Can’t make it Monday at 7:30PM? No problem! Catch discounted encore presentations Tuesdays at 1PM.
Future presentations include LA TRAVIATA from the Opera National de Paris, the ballet LA BAYADERE from Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre, and a guided tour through the works of MATISSE from London’s Tate Modern museum.
Visit our oft-updated Culture Vulture page (http://laemmle.com/CultureVulture) for the latest information on upcoming selections.
Laemmle’s Culture Vulture Mondays kicks off September 22 with the Globe’s stage production of TWELFTH NIGHT. The all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings possible in the Globe around 1601, stars award-winning Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry. Purchase your tickets now!
Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, TWELFTH NIGHT is a moving comedy of loss and misplaced love and includes some of the most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.
General admission tickets for all Monday screenings are $15. Tickets for seniors 62 and over and students with valid ID are $12. General admission tickets for Tuesday encore presentations are $11. Senior and student tickets are $8. Premiere card holders receive an additional $2 off each ticket!
*Okay, almost every Monday. The program may be precluded for certain Holidays and special events. Visit http://laemmle.com/CultureVulture for a detailed schedule.
The iconic and much-beloved THE PRINCESS BRIDE is being shown outdoors this Saturday at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills as part of L.A.’s premiere outdoor film series – EAT SEE HEAR. And we will be there too giving out free popcorn and holding a drawing to win a LAEMMLE MOVIE 5-PAK.
Combining food truck caravans, live music, and outdoor movies, EAT SEE HEAR is a great way to spend a summer evening. It’s like your neighborhood summer picnic, only with trendy eats, quality music, and legendary films. Plus, these events are famous for being doggie friendly, offering free biscuits and bowls of water at the door.
So bring the whole clan (including the furry ones) and join us this Sat. at La Cienaga Park. Doors open at 5:30pm, the band comes to life at 7pm, and the flick starts at 8:30pm. Admission is only $10 in advance or $12 at door. VIP tickets (featuring a reserved seating area) goes for $20. Kids 5-12 are just $8 and little ones under 5 get in free!
Visit their EVENT PAGE for tickets and more info on The Princess Bride extravaganza.
Along with The Princess Bride, this Saturday’s festivities include the musical stylings of the DARK FURS. This indie/art band is headlined by the emotionally intense vocals of U.K.-born Suzanne May and has been described as “sophisticated reverie” and a “gift that keeps on giving” by Buzzbands.LA. On the “Eat” side of things, your hunger and thirst will be amply quenched by Food Trucks such as Border Grill, Komodo, Smokin’ Willies BBQ, Steel City Sandwich, Mighty Boba, and Brasil Kiss among many others.
Upcoming Eat See Hear Saturday nights include DJANGO UNCHAINED, Aug. 30 at the Autry Museum, DIRTY DANCING, Sept. 6 at Will Rogers State Park, and THE GOONIES, Sept. 13 at Pasadena City Hall.
For more info on the series, visit EatSeeHear.com.
Laemmle has several pairs of tickets to give away to the astounding FOREVER FLAMENCO — a special one-night only celebration of music, song, and dance at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. The event takes place Saturday, August 9 at 8:30pm.
The dancers, musicians and singers of FOREVER FLAMENCO have been delighting Fountain Theatre audiences for over two decades with the intensity, precision and exhilaration for which flamenco is known. Now Forever Flamenco returns to the outdoor stage at the FORD THEATRES with this passionate expression of Spanish culture. A roster of internationally renowned flamenco artists will pay tribute to Los Angeles flamenco pioneer ROBERTO AMARAI in what promises to be a sizzling performance.
Acclaim for Forever Flamenco:
The Fountain’s Forever Flamenco series has been called “the city’s preeminent flamenco series” by the Los Angeles Times and “L.A.’s most significant venue for flamenco” by the LA Weekly.
Working Author designates it “the rarest of treats… for both connoisseur and novice alike, ‘Forever Flamenco’ offers the opportunity to luxuriate in the incendiary passions of flamenco.”
Dance writer DEBRA LEVINE says, “performances feature superb gypsy guitarists and singers. Do you enjoy seeing the body in spellbinding motion? Great artistic individuality? Live music? Then go,” and Stage and Cinema’s TONY FRANKEL writes, “Thrilling, sexy and sensuous.”
Visit Forever Flamenco on the web for tickets and more info.
We are longtime fans of the L.A. Conservancy’s annual program Last Remaining Seats and on June 11 Laemmle Theatres President Greg Laemmle presented the pricelessly funny 1941 comedy THE LADY EVE at the Los Angeles Theatre.
Beforehand he moderated a Q&A with two of filmmaker Preston Sturges’ sons, Preston Sturges Jr. and Tom Sturges. You can watch his introduction and the Q&A HERE.
At 18:20, don’t miss Tom Sturges talking about his upcoming book and then reading an amazingly candid letter from his late father about his relationship with the Lady Eve herself, Barbara Stanwyck.
There is still time to catch a screening at this year’s Last Remaining Seats. Upcoming programs include Luis Bunuel’s EL GRAN CALAVERA (The Great Madcap, 1949) at the astounding Los Angeles Theatr, Wed. June 25 and CITIZEN KANE (1941) at the Orpheum, Sat. June 28 for both a matinee and evening showing.
Visit the L.A. Conservancy web page for tickets and details.
L.A. Times film business reporter JOHN HORN recently filed an intriguing post about where branding and filmmaking meets environmental activism. We’ve excerpted it below and can also be originally found here.
by John Horn
Patagonia is famous for its high-end outdoor gear, selling its 3-in-1 River Salt Jacket for $549 and a Special Edition Diamond Quilt Snap-T Pullover for $199. In the coming weeks, the luxe retailer will begin stocking a very different item on its shelves: DVDs of “DamNation,” Patagonia’s self-financed and award-winning environmental documentary.
“DamNation” producer and underwater photographer Matt Stoecker emerges from the icy tail waters below the former Elwha Dam in a scene from the movie “DamNation.” (Ben Knight / DamNation Collection / September 18, 2011)
Long admired as one of the most socially accountable companies in America, Patagonia in recent years has become more of an outspoken advocate for environmental and corporate responsibility, letting shoppers openly inspect its supply and manufacturing chain and even encouraging potential customers to stop buying its products and recycle, repair and reuse the clothes they already possess.
“DamNation,” the first film the company has produced, takes Patagonia’s activism to a higher level, and its release will be linked to a petition urging the federal government to tear down what Patagonia calls “deadbeat dams.”
The movie opens in limited release theatrically May 9 in New York and Portland, Ore., debuting in Los Angeles on May 16. “DamNation” will be screened for free in and for sale at most of Patagonia’s 30 retail outlets on June 5, where the DVD will be listed at $24.99 (or $29.99 for a Blu-ray version). A day later, “DamNation” will become available on the streaming site Vimeo for $9.99.
Patagonia is supporting the documentary’s release with an extensive social media campaign that hopes to take advantage of the company’s fervent (if not well-heeled) fans, hosting scores of word-of-mouth screenings for organizations such as the Arkansas Canoe Club, Los Padres ForestWatch and Hells Canyon Preservation Council.
“We’re not going to be getting any money back on this,” said Patagonia’s 75-year-old founder, Yvon Chouinard, whose privately held company bankrolled the film’s approximate $500,000 budget and more expensive marketing push. “It’s just propaganda.”
“DamNation,” which suggests that the more than 80,000 American dams do far more ecological harm than good, is hardly a conservationist diatribe. Directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, the thoroughly researched documentary has won top awards at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Early reviews have been enthusiastic.
Made over the course of three years, “DamNation” argues contrary to popular belief that hydroelectric power isn’t environmentally clean or efficient, that reservoirs formed by dams release vast amounts of harmful methane (owing to decomposing organic material underwater) and that costly fish ladders and hatcheries scarcely mitigate the damage dams cause to spawning wild salmon. Dams ostensibly built to boost recreational opportunities, furthermore, don’t necessarily permit the same, as the filmmakers find out when they kayak up to one dam’s navigable locks and are assumed to be domestic terrorists.
The movie’s on-screen partisans, who include former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, recommend that the most responsible action is to tear down several large dams and let nature and the subsequently unstopped rivers follow their natural courses. “DamNation” chronicles how quickly Chinook salmon return after the sizable Elwha Dam in Washington is demolished.
Those who want to preserve dams say they play a critical role in flood control, maintain the water supply and benefit shipping and recreation. Supporters furthermore argue that dams not only generate necessary and relatively clean energy but also provide work for people who would become unemployed if the dams were removed.
Chouinard said he became focused on the downside of dams when Patagonia tried to reverse the ecological demise of the Ventura River, not far from the company’s Southern California headquarters. Chouinard in the late 1990s used Patagonia’s name and money in newspaper ads to advocate for the removal of the Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River; it was torn down in 1999, and the native ecosystem gradually has been restored.
“That’s the reason I’m in business,” said Chouinard, an avid fly fisherman who recently returned from a fishing trip to British Columbia. “I couldn’t care less about making more money or making more clothes. I want to use business to inspire solutions to the environmental crisis.”
He said he was inspired to make the movie out of frustration with the political process. “You can write letters to your elected officials all day long but they don’t even read them,” Chouinard said.
At the 2011 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, Calif., Chouinard started talking with Matt Stoecker, an environmental activist committed to freeing rivers. “We were talking about the need to show the destruction caused by dams and the amazing things that happen when you remove a dam — including seeing a salmon jump up a river where a dam used to be,” Stoecker said. Just like coal-fired power plants, Stoecker said, dams were an idea eclipsed by progress. “It was time to phase them out.”
Chouinard and Stoecker’s timing was propitious, as three large dams were about to be razed, which had the potential of turning an inherently uncinematic topic — large cement structures that simply sit there — into a visual story. But Chouinard and Stoecker, who served as one of the film’s producers and directed its underwater photography, struggled to find a willing documentarian.
Knight, who with Rummel had made smaller films about fishing, had two immediate concerns: He saw no way to make the issue compelling, and he worried about becoming a Patagonia shill.
“Our first instinct was no, and we told them so,” Knight said. “It was just too daunting, and it just seemed too difficult to humanize a story about dams. And it’s not every day that a clothing company comes out to say it wants to make a documentary.”
As they kept considering the topic, though, Knight and Rummel were drawn to the idea of following a dam’s destruction, and using that event as the film’s organizing principle. “We thought, at least there’s a beginning and an end,” said Knight, who narrates “DamNation.”
They were promised editorial independence from Chouinard but then had to figure out a way to film the dams.
“We honestly had to do a lot of sneaking around,” Knight said. “Dams are really unwelcoming places.”
He said that even without Patagonia looking over his shoulder, he was mortified when he and Rummel showed up in their kayaks wearing matching hoodies made by the company — “We bought them,” Knight said, “as they didn’t send us free clothing once” — which made it look like they were promoting the clothing. “But it’s not a branded movie by any stretch,” Knight said.
Chouinard said “DamNation” ultimately builds on what almost every child was taught by his or her parent. “If you make a mess, you clean it up. You don’t just walk away from it,” he said. The time has come, he said, to tear down, rather than build, more dams.
“I hope this film leads to a revolution,” Chouinard said. “A revolution about how we think about our water, and how we think about our rivers.”
Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Laemmle is once again proud to be a sponsor of EAT SEE HEAR, one of L.A.’s premiere outdoor entertainment series. As its name suggests, Eat See Hear offers a unique trifecta of classic movies, live music, and gourmet food trucks to create a distinctive summer experience. With entry as low as $10, it’s also a uniquely affordable option for families and all those hoping to squeeze the most out of their entertainment dollar. Events occur every Saturday night at various venues across the city from May 10 to Sept. 13.
The 2014 edition of Eat See Hear begins this Saturday, May 10 at the Greek Amphitheater at SANTA MONICA HIGH with the indie cult romance, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, starring the lovestruck Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel as the object of his affections. The night also features a musical performance by VERDE DERDE, an indie-rock trio whose melodic soundscapes have earned comparisons to Radiohead and Sonic Youth by local critics. And, of course, there will be usual ESH Food Truck Caravan to cater to whatever you’re stomach is craving. The door opens at 5:30 PM, with music starting at 7 and the movie scheduled for 8:30.
Upcoming events include OFFICE SPACE at Santa Monica High (May 17), THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Griffith Park (May 24), NAPOLEON DYNAMITE at Paul Revere Middle School (May 31) and RUSHMORE at Griffith Park (June 7). The Series continues throughout the summer concluding with THE GOONIES at Pasadena City Hall (September 13).
For tickets and more info, visit EatSeeHear.com.
It’s nearly time for Last Remaining Seats, the always-compelling series of film classics presented by the L.A. CONSERVANCY in our city’s grand, vintage movie palaces. The program opens this year on June 11, 2014, 8pm with the iconic comedy THE LADY EVE (1941, Preston Sturges) at the downtown LOS ANGELES THEATRE. What’s more, the evening will be hosted by our own GREG LAEMMLE who will be in conversation with PRESTON STURGES JR. and TOM STURGES, sons of the legendary director. It promises to be a captivating evening and we invite you to join in our support of the L.A. Conservancy by attending. If you haven’t been to the lavish LOS ANGELES THEATRE on Broadway, you are sure to be astonished.
Tickets for this event and other screenings are available through the L.A. CONSERVANCY who produces the series as a way to highlight the treasure trove of beautiful and historically significant theaters that remain in our city. In addition to the Los Angeles Theatre, this year’s line up includes the PALACE THEATRE (The Great Madcap), ORPHEUM THEATRE (Citizen Kane, Footlight Parade), the THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL (Back to the Future), and the DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION (West Side Story).
Tickets are pre-sold to Conservancy members, but are now also available to the general public. Seating is limited, however, so you must act quickly. We’ve already learned that one of the screenings has been sold out. GO HERE for more program and ticketing info.
Program notes from the Conservancy:
The Los Angeles Conservancy has assembled an esteemed slate of special guests for its twenty-eighth season of Last Remaining Seats. This annual series presents classic films as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, in a beautiful historic theatre, surrounded by fellow fans. Each event in the series is full of extras, including live entertainment, special guests, cartoons, and more. What began in 1987 as a way to draw attention to Los Angeles’ historic theatres is now a summer tradition, drawing thousands of people from the region, the nation, and outside the U.S.
While subject to change, the special guests and live entertainment for 2014 are outlined below.
The season kicks off June 11 with a screening of The Lady Eve at the Los Angeles Theatre. Evening host for opening night is Greg Laemmle, president of Laemmle Theatres. Laemmle will interview Preston Sturges, Jr. and Tom Sturges, sons of Preston Sturges, who wrote and directed the acclaimed 1941 comedy.
On June 14, West Side Story at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will feature one of the film’s stars, George Chakiris, in conversation with dance critic Debra Levine. Chakiris won an Academy Award® for his performance as Bernardo, leader of the Sharks, in this classic 1961 musical.
Guests at 1933’s Footlight Parade at the Orpheum Theatre on June 18 will enjoy two live performances. Robert Salisbury will perform on the theatre’s 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer organ, followed by Maxwell DeMille Presents “The Lullaby of Broadway:” A Tribute to the 1930s Movie Music of Harry Warren and Al Dubin, with Dean Mora and his Orchestra.
Renowned film critic and historian Leonard Maltin will host the sold-old evening screening of Back to the Future at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on June 21. Maltin will interview cast members Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, and Don Fullilove. A DeLorean Time Machine will make a special appearance at both the matinee and evening screenings.
Co-presented with the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles, the screening of Luis Buñuel’s El gran calavera (The Great Madcap) on June 25 will be hosted by Oscar Arce, director of the Luis Buñuel Film Institute. Arce will appear on stage before the film with special guest Pablo Ferro, award-winning film title designer.
The season ends June 28 with two screenings of Citizen Kane at the Orpheum Theatre. Both screenings will be preceded by a live performance by Tony Wilson on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. The matinee will be hosted by author and film historian Alan K. Rode, with the evening screening hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, weekend daytime host of Turner Classic Movies and the grandson of the film’s co-writer with Orson Welles, Herman J. Mankiewicz.
Details and tickets are available at laconservancy.org.
Tickets cost $16 for L.A. Conservancy members and $20 for the general public.