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Saturday, December 5

Sunday, December 6

Ben Rivers: Two Years at Sea

The Downtown Independent

251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, 90012


Ben Rivers in person! Los Angeles premiere! 35mm print flown in from England! Filmforum is delighted to host Ben Rivers again after a number of years with, finally, the Los Angeles premiere of his highly lauded feature film Two Years at Sea, the heightened portrait of the Scottish loner Jake Williams, previously the subject of Riverss short film This is My Land. Two Years at Sea was the winner of the FIPRESCI Prize (Critics’ Week and Horizons sections), Venice Film Festival 2011. Screening: Two Years at Sea (2011, 16mm anamorphic , b/w, blown-up to 35mm, 88 min.) A man called Jake lives in the middle of the forest. He goes for walks in whatever the weather, and takes naps in the misty fields and woods. He builds a raft to spend time sitting in a loch. Drives a beat-up jeep to pick up wood supplies. He is seen in all seasons, surviving frugally, passing the time with strange projects, living the radical dream he had as a younger man, a dream he spent two years working at sea to realize.

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Monday, December 7



800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015


Through a collection of sitars, artifacts and rare photographs from the Shankar family, the exhibit provides visitors with a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the GRAMMY-winning world music icon's early life, the roots of his musicality and his vast impact on Western music.

"Ravi Shankar is as synonymous to world music as Elvis Presley is to rock and roll," said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. "Through his decades of world concert performances and the relationships he built with Western artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Philip Glass, John Coltrane, and The Beatles, Shankar was instrumental in introducing the world to Indian music, and we are excited to introduce our visitors to the influential life of Ravi Shankar."

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