Tag Archives: American Cinematheque

KATE WINSLET AND FRANCIS LEE IN CONVERSATION

It’s about how we choose to love and how that can end up defining who we are. Pushing romance is not a part of the narrative at all; it’s about subtlety and nuance. — Kate Winslet, on AMMONITE

Join Winslet and AMMONITE writer-director Francis Lee for a Q & A, moderated by Alex Cohen. Your RSVP confirmation will include a free screener link to the film. See link below for details.

AMMONITE—Q & A WITH KATE WINSLET and FRANCIS LEE

Neon and American Cinematheque

Saturday, January 9.

10 am on the West Coast; 1 pm East Coast; 6 pm London; 7 pm Paris.

Francis Lee, Ammonite (2020), from top: Saoirse Ronan (left) and Kate Winslet; Francis Lee with Winslet, photograph by Agatha A. Nitecka / RÅN Studio; Ammonite poster; Winslet and Ronan. Images courtesy and © Neon.

STEVE MCQUEEN IN CONVERSATION

I wasn’t ready [right after Hunger and Shame] to delve into this [Small Axe] narrative, because I had to mature, I had to still understand who I was and where I was, and where I wanted to go to achieve these films.Steve McQueen

In conjunction with the Amazon Prime streaming release of McQueen’s five Small Axe films—Mangrove; Lovers Rock; Red, White and Blue; Alex Wheatle; and Education—the American Cinematheque presents an online discussion with the writer-director.

See link below to register.

STEVE MCQUEEN VIRTUAL Q & A

Saturday, December 12.

10 am on the West Coast; 1 pm East Coast; 6 pm London; 7 pm Paris.

Steve McQueen, Small Axe (2020), from top: Shaniqua Okwok and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn in Lovers Rock, photograph by Parisa Taghizedeh; Kenyah Sandy in Education, photograph by Will Robson-Scott; John Boyega in Red, White and Blue; Micheal Ward and St. Aubyn in Lovers Rock, photograph by Taghizedeh; Sheyi Cole and Khali Best in Alex Wheatle, photograph by Will Robson-Scott; Shaun Parkes in Mangrove. Images courtesy and © the BBC, McQueen Ltd., and Amazon Prime Video.

MIRANDA JULY AND SPIKE JONZE IN CONVERSATION

My feeling is that, regardless of how we grew up socioeconomically, most of us grew up sort of siloed. We grew up within these constructions that we couldn’t really see were constructions—they seemed like the whole world. I guess I leaned into the righteousness that arises when we’re siloed in that way. There’s a nasty, villainous, slightly evil righteousness to this particular family [in KAJILLIONAIRE], but I think even the most well-meaning righteousness ultimately fails children. I mean, your parents will have misinformed you because they can only speak about life as they knew it, and you will betray them because you will not continue to live the way that you once lived as a child in that family. The inherent betrayal in that, and the resulting heartbreak, is what I was writing from. I tore through the first draft of the script never once thinking about my own family. They’re not literal, but for me they’re more resonant because of that. There’s this kind of ache. — Miranda July*

Join Miranda July and Spike Jonze in virtual conversation as they discuss July’s new film KAJILLIONAIRE.

To r.s.v.p. for this event—presented by the American Cinematheque—see link below.

MIRANDA JULY and SPIKE JONZE IN CONVERSATION

Monday, September 28.

7:30 pm on the West Coast; 10:30 East Coast.

KAJILLIONAIRE

Now playing in select cinemas.

*Miranda July, interview by Nick Haramis, Interview, September 18, 2020.

Miranda July, Kajillionaire (2020), from top: Evan Rachel Wood; Gina Rodriguez (left) and Wood; Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger (center), and Wood; Wood; Rodriguez; Kajillionaire U. S. poster; Wood; Rodriguez and Wood; Jenkins, Winger, and Wood; Miranda July. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, and Focus Features.

CHARLIE KAUFMAN IN CONVERSATION

The American Cinematheque celebrates I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGSCharlie Kaufman’s wonderfully destabilizing meditation on memory and aging—with a director’s virtual Q & A, moderated by Tony Gilroy.

The film—now screening on Netflix—stars Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis.

See link below to register for details.

CHARLIE KAUFMAN Q & A

American Cinematheque

Saturday, September 12.

5 pm on the West Coast; 8 pm East Coast.

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

Now streaming on Netflix.

Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020), from top: Jessie Buckley (left) and Jesse Plemons; Plemons (left), Buckley, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis; I’m Thinking of Ending Things poster; Plemons and Buckley; Buckley (left). Images courtesy and © Netflix.

FOR LYNN SHELTON

Join Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Jon Hamm, Kevin Murphy, Michaela Watkins, Eddie Huang, Giilian Jacobs, and Mark Duplass for a tribute to the late writer and director Lynn Shelton.

Shelton’s partner Marc Maron will also participate in the virtual event, presented by the American Cinematheque and moderated by Jim Hemphill.

Your r.s.v.p. includes a screener link to Little Fires Everywhere. Please see link below for details.

LYNN SHELTON TRIBUTE

Tuesday, August 25.

7 pm on the West Coast; 10 pm East Coast.

From top: Lynn Shelton, photograph by Phillip Faraone, courtesy and © the photographer, Getty Images, and Film Independent; Reese Witherspoon (left) and Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere, image courtesy and © Hulu; Betty Gilpin (left) and Alison Brie in GLOW, image courtesy and © Netflix; Shelton and Marc Maron, photograph by Parker Miles Blohm, courtesy and © the photographer and KNKX.