611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
(3/27) Dip your toes in silky monochrome, then submerge to consider the aqueous essence of ghosts (or goldfish) in a brand-new jaunt by In The Soup filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell that explores the weird, fragile logic of childhood — the era when you might’ve seen spirits in your bathwater. The far-out musings of Rockwell’s own four- and seven-year-olds are preserved in amber through a series of exuberant improvisations, as they portray neglected siblings who navigate their mother’s death via a slummed-out Echo Park enchanted forest odyssey that trades its trees for a smog-stained sprawl of twisted chainlink, dumpster divers and fixie-mounted street magicians. Thom Andersen’s vision of an under-depicted cinematic Los Angeles comes to mind: a poverty-stricken alter-Southland of “those who walk” and “those who ride the bus,” lovingly enshrined in 16mm short ends immortalizing our faded carnicerías, bleached parking lots and sun-baked roadside chaparral in a glimmering daydream travelogue. Filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell in person — plus, the show kicks off with Frances Bodomo’s short film Boneshaker, starring Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)!
Little Feet Dir. Alexandre Rockwell, 2013, DCP, 60 min.
1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Legendary writer-director-producer Ralph Bakshi appears in person for a spotlight on his groundbreaking animation, beginning with this double feature of 1973's HEAVY TRAFFIC, a highly personalized view of urban America, and 1981's musical cruise through rock’ n’ roll history AMERICAN POP. Mr. Bakshi will also present a clip from his new film, and his art will be sold in the lobby.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Created by Matthew Weiner; with Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery
Includes a conversation with actor Kiernan Shipka and costume designer Janie Bryant
As Mad Men approaches its final run of episodes, Film Independent at LACMA devotes a second evening to the show with a night spotlighting a pair of episodes. The specific shows to be screened will be chosen by Mad Men creators. Actor Kiernan Shikpa and costume designer Janie Bryant will attend the event for a Q&A about the creative process and their participation in the making.