Tag Archives: American Cinematheque

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.

ATOM EGOYAN AND DAVID THEWLIS LIVE Q & A

GUEST OF HONOURAtom Egoyan’s ingeniously layered take on unreliable narrators and fatal misapprehension—stars David Thewlis as a restaurant health inspector and Laysla De Oliveira as his daughter Veronica, a former high school music teacher imprisoned for an unprofessional incident with a student. Told in flashback as Veronica confers with Father Greg (Luke Wilson) about a funeral eulogy, the film is streaming now on Kino Lorber’s Kino Marquee.

This weekend the American Cinematheque, Canada Now, and the Armenian Film Society present a virtual Q & A with Egoyan and Thewlis.

See links below for details.

GUEST OF HONOUR

Now streaming.

ATOM EGOYAN and DAVID THEWLIS ONLINE Q & A

Sunday, July 12.

Noon on the West Coast; 3 pm East Coast.

Atom Egoyan, Guest of Honour (2019), from top: David Thewlis; Laysla De Oliveira; Gage Monroe; Thewlis; Luke Wilson; Thewlis. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the photographers, and Kino Lorber.

SPIKE LEE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION

A black Vietnam vet who saw DA 5 BLOODS, said, “Spike, what the fuck took you so long?” Black and brown Vietnam vets, they loved the film, and that’s my validation. They put their lives on the line, for the red, white, and blue, while also knowing that their brothers and sisters were fighting another war in the United States of America. — Spike Lee

In conjunction with the release of his new film DA 5 BLOODS, Lee will join Barry Jenkins and other guests this weekend for a virtual conversation and career tribute, presented by the American Cinematheque.

SPIKE LEE VIRTUAL Q & A—MODERATED BY BARRY JENKINS

Saturday, June 20.

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

DA 5 BLOODS

Netflix, streaming now.

Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods (2020), from top: Chadwick Boseman; Clarke Peters (left) and Delroy Lindo; Lindo (in front of line, followed by) Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Jonathan Majors, and Peters; Netflix poster, 2020; anti-Vietnam War march; Whitlock, Lewis, Lindo (with rifle), and Peters; Netflix poster. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the photographers, and Netflix.