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Sunday, April 26

Art Directors Guild Presents “Sotto … Sotto” Film Screening & Panel

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403


The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque kick off the Guild’s 2015 Film Series, “Confessions of a Production Designer," with the 1984 Italian comedy “SOTTO … SOTTO".  The screening will be a tribute to the film's production designers Gianni Giovagnoni and Enrico Jobu, who used Rome and its localities as enchanting backdrops. Directed by Lina Wertmüller (the first female director to be nominated for an Oscar®), this provocative film uses sex as a metaphor for self-discovery - and punctures Italian machismo in the process. Ester (Veronica Lario) finds herself attracted to newly divorced friend Adele (Luisa De Santis) and confesses her love to husband Oscar (Enrico Montesano), who searches frantically for his rival, never suspecting it’s a woman. In Italian with English subtitles.

A panel discussion, moderated by production designer John Iacovelli (Babylon 5), will follow the film.

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Monday, April 27


El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA


Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful monkey featured in Disneynature's MONKEY KINGDOM. Maya's world is forever changed when she welcomes son Kip into her complicated extended family. Maya is determined to give her son a leg up in the world - and when their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by neighboring monkeys, Maya must use her street smarts and ingenuity to lead her whole family to untapped resources amidst strange creatures and unsettling surroundings. They will have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son's future. MONKEY KINGDOM features a variety of characters, including mongooses, langur monkeys, leopards and monitor lizards, and is directed by Mark Linfield (CHIMPANZEE, EARTH) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (CHIMPANZEE, BEARS). 


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The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them

Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA


Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with Jim Newton

Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics, has time and time again offered a singular voice of reason to diagnose America’s greatest economic challenges. In his provocative new book, the bestselling author makes an urgent case for Americans to solve inequality now. Veteran journalist Jim Newton engages Stiglitz in conversation, probing for answers to the greatest threat to American prosperity—the yawning gap between the rich and the poor. Reservations recommended. Please visit website for reservation/standby policies.

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Thursday, April 30

Connor Franta Book Signing for A Work in Progress

Barnes & Noble - The Grove

189 Grove Drive K30, Los Angeles, 90036


YouTube sensation Connor Franta will be hosting a book signing for his debut memoir, A Work in Progress. The book focuses on Connor’s journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation, interspersed with life advice, personal stories, random musings, inspirational photography and childhood pictures. Connor Franta has been a trendsetter and curator for millions of fans across his social media channels, and has several off-YouTube projects in the works, including the launch of his specialty coffee line, Common Culture Coffee, and the release of the Billboard Top 200 compilation albums Crown and Common Culture. Fans will have the chance to meet with Connor and get a signed copy of A Work in Progress.

Wristbands for this event will be available at Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning at 9 AM on April 30. Books must be purchased in-store to receive a band.

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14th Annual Dance Media Festival


Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West (DCW) presents the 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. Taking place at various venues in Beverly Hills (UTA Screening Room), Downtown Los Angeles (MOCA, historic Palace Theatre, REDCAT), Hollywood (historic Egyptian Theatre), Santa Monica (Aero Theatre), and Westwood (Crest Theater, UCLA) from April 30 – May 5, 2015, this multi-disciplinary festival promises to offer something for everyone and will showcase many forms of dance including modern, post modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value. Over 30 films will be screened over the course of the Festival connecting diverse cultures and environments through the exploration of dance.

Events and screenings range from free - $15; Festival Kickoff $75. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.DanceCameraWest.org.

Highlights of the Festival include:

April 30 Festival Kickoff: West coast premiere of Dancing is Living: Benjamin Millepied

May 1: Opening Night Shorts: A selection of top international short films at The Palace Theatre

May 2: Two daytime screening programs including a celebration of Technicolor’s 100th Anniversary with a
of The Unfinished Dance, with the film’s star Margaret O’Brien in attendance at The Crest Theatre and an evening screening at The Aero Theatre

May 3: Daytime programs at MOCA including Israel Past and Future screenings and a Choreography and Animation Technology Panel with special guests including Frank Gladstone and Peggy Holmes and two evening programs at REDCAT which includes the CalArts Emerging Artists Competition

May 4: UCLA Special Campus Screening

May 5: 4th Annual Dance-A-Long at the Egyptian Theatre - Bring your dancing shoes, friends and family for a fun dance lesson – Free; and the final festival screening Dancing for my Havana

DCW aspires to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming. The vision of DCW is to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.

Dance Camera West is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media. DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace. Even more importantly, Dance Camera West utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media.

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The 10th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival is the best one yet! This is a community wide film festival that honors Jewish characters and culture through film. The LAJFF brings one of a kind films to Los Angeles audiences between April 30 and May 7, 2015. With over 25 new films being brought to Los Angeles at special screening events, everyone, from all walks of life are able to enjoy rare and never before seen films from around the world. Audiences will have not only selected films, but "chosen" films from UK, Germany, Russia, France, Netherlands, Uruguay and Israel. Its a week filled with fascinating, controversial and always entertaining documentaries, shorts and comedy feature films. The LAJFF will hold many Los Angeles area premiere screening events including the April 30th, Opening Night Gala when LAJFF will show the award winning documentary film "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" with filmmakers Susan and Lloyd Ecker attending for the filmmaker Q&A. Due to popular demand this grand first film will get a second screening at another during the week long event.

There will also be a very special in person Q&A held at closing night on May 7th with filmmaker, Israeli writer/director Gideon Raff, best known as the creator of "Prisoners of War," the Israeli version of Showtime's hit American series "Homeland". Many films will be coming to the LAJFF for their Los Angeles premiere screening event.

Among the many fine films, LAJFF will screen there are two art themed films. "The Art Dealer" (l’Antiquaire),Drama/France, Directed by François MargolinStarring Anna Sigalevitch in French with English subtitles and will include a Q&A session with Randy Schoenberg, renowned art restitution lawyer and subject of the current film “Woman in Gold.” Plus, another fine art themed screening will be held for "Chagall-Malevich" a Russian language film (with English Subtitles) for its LA Premiere event. This beautiful film is about the life and times of famed fine art master Marc Chagall. There are many more unique and wonderful films including the French film and family friendly showing for "Belle and Sebastian" making its Los Angeles Premiere. This French film is dubbed in English so that audiences of all ages can enjoy the heartwarming story of a boy and his dog.

Sports fans, especially fans of the NFL, will want to get tickets for a special LA Premiere screening for "Touchdown Israel." This wonderful Documentary is about Israeli Football as a unifying force for the troubled country. Packed with plenty of gridiron action and irreverent humor, this film chronicles the improbable rise of American football in Israel. Hampered by inadequate playing conditions and an indifferent public, the Israeli Football League received a boost from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who funded a football stadium and became a league sponsor. Today, football in Israel is thriving, with over 600 players from a cross-section of Israeli society, including Arabs, Christians, secular and Orthodox Jews, even Palestinians, who have one thing in common — love of the game.

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