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I know a lot about alienation… I think all women filmmakers are aware of it. It was the subject of a lot of the conversations I had with Maya Deren. We agreed that we were always going to present a united front to the world…

I would not have been able to make THE COOL WORLD had I not been living with Carl Lee at that time. It took Carl three months of going up to Harlem all the time, gathering kids, and bringing them down for us to interview… The “good” kids in school weren’t giving us believable readings… I finally persuaded Carl to try to get to the gangs, [and] it was very exciting because the “real” kids started improvising the script we had written right back to us.Shirley Clarke

As part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive series American Neorealism, Part One—1948–1984, Clarke’s THE COOL WORLD will screen at the Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum this weekend on a double bill with Michael Roemer’s Nothing But a Man.

Frederick Wiseman produced THE COOL WORLD, and the jazz score is by Mal Waldron, with Dizzy Gillespie on the soundtrack.


Saturday, January 18, at 7:30 pm.

Billy Wilder Theater—Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Shirley Clarke, The Cool World (1964). Film stills and (above) photographs of Clarke on set and with composer Mal Waldron. Images courtesy the filmmaker’s estate, the actors, the producers, and the distributors.


As part part of LA Opera’s Eurydice Found program celebrating the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl’s opera Eurydice, the Hammer Museum will screen BLACK ORPHEUS, Marcel Camus’ bossa nova take on the myth. (The film’s score is by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfá.)


Wednesday, January 15, at 7:30 pm.

Hammer Museum—Billy Wilder Theater

10899 Wilshire Boulevard.

Marcel Camus, Black Orpheus (1959), from top; Marpessa Dawn as Eurydice and Breno Mello as Orpheus; French poster; Dawn; Black Orpheus carnaval do Brasil scene. Images courtesy and © the actors, photographers, producers.


At the Hammer Museum on Tuesday, Ernest Hardy, Jonathan Lethem, Andy Spade, and Linda Yablonsky will read from INTELLIGENCE FOR DUMMIES, the final book of essays and other writings by the late editor and author Glenn O’Brien.

Following the readings, Yablonsky and the book’s publisher Michael Zilkha will participate in a conversation and Q & A.


Tuesday, January 14, at 7:30 pm.

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Glenn O’Brien, PARIS LA 15 (2017); O’Brien (left) and Mick Jones of The Clash on O’Brien’s TV Party in the 1970s, photograph by Kate Simon; Dash Snow (left) and O’Brien at Margiela show, Paris, September 2008, photograph by Tamara Weber; O’Brien, Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings (2019), ZE Books; O’Brien, editor, The Cool School: Writing from America’s Hip Underground, Library of America; O’Brien. Images courtesy and © the author’s estate, the photographers, the publishers, and the Hammer Museum.


Ibram X. Kendi—author of Stamped From the Beginning—will be at the Hammer Museum to discuss his new book HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST.

Kendi is the director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, January 8, at 7:30 pm.

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Ibram X. Kendi; Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist cover (Random House); Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning cover (Hachette). Images courtesy and © the author, the publishers, and the Hammer Museum.


THE REPORT—written and directed by Scott Z. Burns—will screen during the first week of the MoMA Contenders 2019 series at the Hammer Museum. Burns will be on hand for a Q & A following the screening.

Featuring Adam Driver as a Senate committee investigator and Annette Bening as his boss—senior California Senator Dianne FeinsteinTHE REPORT is essential viewing for anyone even remotely curious about how government agencies tasked to protect the country often bungle the job in a morass of startling incompetence, territorial pride, political self-dealing, and ideological zealotry.

Burns’ lucid script and mise-en-scène tell the story of the Bush-Cheney Administration’s illegal, inept torture program following 9/11 and its aftermath—a decade and a half of discovery, investigation, destroyed documents, and thwarted oversight.

Tickets for the MoMA Contenders series are $20 general and $10 for Hammer Museum members.

THE REPORT with Scott Z. Burns

Tuesday, December 3, at 7:30 pm.

Billy Wilder Theater—Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Scott Z. Burns, The Report (2019), from top: Adam Driver and Linda Powell; Annette Bening, photograph by Atsushi Nishijima, courtesy of the Sundance Institute; American poster; Jon Hamm; Bening and Driver. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the photographers, and Amazon Studios.