FIRST POSITION director Bess Kargman will participate in Q&A’s after the 5:10 and 7:40 screenings on Saturday, May 26 and after the 2:40 screening on Memorial Day at the Music Hall 3 and after the 1:40 and 4:20 screenings at the Monicas on Sunday, May 27.
In 1999, Bill Wilson was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Heroes and Icons of the 20th Century for his role as co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Through interviews, recreations, and rare archival material, BILL W. traces Wilson’s life through his 17 years of devastating alcoholism, the crucial years of A.A.’s founding and growth, his battle with depression, his experimentation with LSD, and his struggle with celebrity status in an anonymous society. There are no doubts about it, Bill Wilson was a monumental figure with regards to raising awareness of alcoholism and the importance of seeking out treatment for addiciton and substance abuse issues. It is because of his work that getting help for alcohol addiction is much easier these days. Although overcoming alcoholism is not going to happen overnight, it is important for people battling any kind of addiction to know that help is always out there. Correspondingly, you can find more information about the upcoming Q&A sessions below.
- May 18 at the NoHo 7 after the 4:30 and before the7:20 screenings with A.A. historians Jay S. and Bill C.
- May 18 at the Playhouse 7 after the 7:20 and before the 10 PM screenings with A.A. historians Jay S. and Bill C.
- May 19 at the Monicas after the 11 AM screening with director Dan Carracino.
- May 19 at the Music Hall 3 after the 2:30 PM screening with director Dan Carracino.
- May 19 at the NoHo 7 after the 4:30 PM screening with director Dan Carracino.
- May 19 at the Playhouse 7 after the 7:20 and before the 10 PM screenings with director Dan Carracino.
- May 20 at the Claremont 5 after the 11 AM screening with longtime A.A. member and student of A.A. history Bill C.
- May 20 at the Music Hall 3 after the 8 PM screening with longtime A.A. member and student of A.A. history Bill C.
- May 21 at the Playhouse 7 after the 7:20 and before the 10 PM screenings with director Dan Carracino.
- May 22 at the Music Hall 3 before the 8 PM screenings with director Dan Carracino.
- May 22 at the NoHo 7 after the 7:20 and before the 10 PM with director Dan Carracino.
- May 24 at the Playhouse 7 after the 7:20 and before the 10 PM with longtime AA member and student of AA history Bill C.
Many small but great films rely on critics and audiences to create buzz instead of marketing budgets. If you want to support independent cinema make your way to the Monicas this weekend for an exclusive engagement of the self-distributed and highly praised IN THE FAMILY.
“…Mr. Wang’s slow-reveal psychological drama isn’t just a showcase for his excellent ensemble cast. Beautifully modulated and stylistically sui generis, “In the Family” is also one of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year.” – Paul Brunick, New York Times
“I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own.” – Four stars, Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
IN THE FAMILY starts Friday, May 4 at the Monicas in Santa Monica. Actor/writer/director Patrick Wang and actor Trevor St. John will participate in a Q&A after the 8:30 screening on Friday, May 4. Trevor St. John and crew from the film will do the same after the 1 PM screening on Saturday, May 5.
Occasionally — about once or twice a year — Laemmle Theatres owner Bob Laemmle likes to put a personal stamp of approval on one of the many movies we show. Here is his latest:
I would like to offer a recommendation for the French film QUEEN TO PLAY. When I first saw this film two years ago, both my wife and I found it to be a deeply enjoyable film. It has taken two years for the film to finally reach our screens due to the fact that the initial distributor went bankrupt. QUEEN TO PLAY stars Sandrine Bonnaire, who first became a star at age 18 in Agnès Varda’s 1985 film VAGABOND. Her co-star is Kevin Kline in a superb French-speaking performance. It is all that you could hope a French film would offer you. It is as well a heartwarming female-empowerment story. It will not have a large advertising budget so if you see and enjoy this film please pass along your recommendations to your friends.
For more information on QUEEN TO PLAY, visit the film’s page, here.
Director John Sayles will have a Q&A immediately following the 7 p.m. show on Monday, 8/22 at the Monica 4-Plex. You can buy tickets here: http://ow.ly/69Hnw
AMIGO, the 17th feature film from writer-director John Sayles, stars Joel Torre as Rafael Dacanay, the mayor of a rural village caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War in 1900.