THE VALLEY Q&A schedule: Saturday, June 9, 7:00pm: Jacob Yoffee and Tom Marks; Sunday, June 10, 7:00 PM TBD; Monday, June 11, 7:00pm: Salma Khan; Wednesday, June 13, 7:00pm: Lauren Herrel; Thursday, June 14, 7:00pm TBD.
THIS IS CONGO producer Geoff McLean and representatives from Friends of the Congo will participate in Q&A’s at the Music Hall following the 7:20 PM screenings on Saturday, June 30th and Thursday, July 5. Dr. Kasereka George Kasomo from Friends of the Congo will participate in the Saturday screening. The Thursday representative is TBA.
Dr. Kasomo was born in Oicha/Beni Zaire, which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He studied in Kenya where he earned a bachelor of theology (BTH). Dr. Kasomo continued his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, where he earned an MA in Intercultural Studies, with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology. He completed his PhD in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. His dissertation was on the “Creation and Maintenance of Culture of Violence in Eastern Congo.” Dr. Kasomo is currently the Senior Pastor of the African Christian Community Church of Southern California.
Celebrate Father’s Day at the movies as Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 55th anniversary screening of an all-star comic romp, Stanley Kramer’s IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD.
After making several Oscar-winning and nominated dramas like Judgment at Nuremberg, Inherit the Wind, On the Beach, and The Defiant Ones, Kramer (the winner of the Motion Picture Academy’s prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award) decided to shift gears and make his first slapstick comedy.
The plot revolves around the frantic and desperate search for a cache of money hidden by an ex-convict. Although the film is basically lighthearted and riotous, Kramer does throw a few pointed barbs at all-American avarice. The director recruited a gigantic cast of comedians from television and theater as well as film; these performers span several decades of Hollywood history. The leading roles are played by Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Dick Shawn, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Phil Silvers, Edie Adams, and Ethel Merman, with supporting and cameo roles essayed by everyone from Jimmy Durante, Buster Keaton, Jerry Lewis, and Terry-Thomas to Peter Falk, William Demarest, Barrie Chase, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, and the Three Stooges. Spencer Tracy, who had starred in Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremberg for Kramer, relished the opportunity to bring off a change of pace as the detective with his own devious plans for the hidden cash.
William Rose, who later won an Oscar for writing Kramer’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, created the ingenious screenplay. The picture was nominated for six Academy Awards, including nods for cinematographer Ernest Laszlo (Ship of Fools) and composer Ernest Gold (Exodus). It won the Oscar for Sound Effects. Mad World was one of the top grossing films of 1963 and earned mainly positive reviews. Variety observed, “The comic competition is so keen that it is impossible to single out any one participant.” The New York Times’ Bosley Crowther concurred: “So many excellent actors and stunt men do so much in this film.”
Against Kramer’s wishes, the film was edited after its release. The Criterion Collection released a complete, restored version on Blu-ray in 2014, and this is the version that we will be screening.
Before the film, Kramer’s widow Karen and daughter Kat will participate in a Q&A
along with actress Barrie Chase. Unfortunately, Chase will not be in attendance.
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD screens at 4pm on Sunday, June 17th at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. Click here for tickets.
Laemmle’s Art in the Arthouse presents THE PASADENA ART SHOW 2018! Please join us as we celebrate our local artists in an intimate theatre setting. Our special event features a slideshow on the big screen, artist talks, and of course refreshments. Meet the artists and stay for the wine, cheese and conversation Art in the Arthouse is known for. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in the Los Angeles region.
About the Exhibit
We continue our tradition of showcasing dynamic, local talent in this fourth edition of our annual Pasadena group exhibit. Produced every year by master impresario Lynn Chang, the process began with an online juried selection culled from over two hundred entries.
Judging criteria included aspects such as color, tone, line, composition, as well as skillful handling and sensitivity to media and materials. The body of work engages, delights, and provokes some intriguing questions: Do artists impose their picture on the world or does the world impose itself upon the artist? How do artists bridge the space between source and creative output? One cannot create and be in doubt at the same time. Just as no two objects occupy the same space, it takes conviction and commitment for the work to find its voice.
The challenge for our artists is how to extend the visual moment through guile and
wonder. Shifting fields of nature, tonal photos, torn paper landscapes, figures gazing in the stillness of a room, and dreamy abstracts reconnect us to the present.
– Joshua Elias, CURATOR
Laemmle Playhouse 7
Wednesday June 13, 7-9pm
Refreshments will be provided
This is a Free Event