Smith Henderson discusses and signs Fourth of July Creek. Benjamin Pearl is an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness. Pete Snow is a social worker that is trying to help Benjamin. However, Pete comes face-to-face with the boy’s disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and a lot of caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist. As Pete’s own family spins out of control, Pearl’s activities park the interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of an enormous manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.
Los Angeles, 90014
Stuff You Should Know, often abbreviated as SYSK, is a free, award-winning podcast and video series published by the HowStuffWorks website and hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. "Chuck" Bryant, both writers at HowStuffWorks. The podcast is consistently ranked in the Top 10 on iTunes.
2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404
(3/30) Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated and admired cartoonists in America, whose single-panel cartoons frequently appear in The New Yorker. His cartoons are known for their signature simplistic style and ironic humor. Kaplan is also a screenwriter and producer, and has worked on Seinfeld and HBO’s Six Feet Under and Girls.
In I Was a Child, he examines his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small moments we all similarly carry into adulthood. Deceptively unconventional, Kaplan’s anecdotes are accompanied by his signature drawings of family outings and life at home—road trips, hamsters, ashtrays, a toupée, a platypus, and much more. Kaplan’s images contain an easy irony and a sense of humor that cuts straight to the truth of experience. As children, we are all stuck in a certain situation, in a certain time, and those circumstances all shape, push, and prod us into who we become. Brilliantly relatable and genuinely moving, I Was a Child is about our attempts to understand the mysteries that are our parents, families, and ultimately, ourselves.
B.J. Novak is perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. Novak’s debut collection of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, was a New York Times Best Seller and received rave reviews. His children’s book, The Book With No Pictures, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller and will appear this year on international bookshelves in 18 additional languages. Novak’s stories have been published in The New Yorker and featured on This American Life.
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This program of experimental work reflects creative approaches by which Angeleno filmmakers and filmmakers having lived in Los Angeles are engaging with real or imagined spaces and shaping those encounters into distinctly cinematic experiences. Landscape becomes a meditative space in Kate Brown’s Utah (2014, 20 min.) while it abstracts into sensual tapestries in Abigail Severance’s latest Kinesthesia Series (2014, 8 min.). Laura Kraning turns to heavy industry in Port Noir (2014, 11 min.) and recasts its structures as haunted mazes. The cinema itself becomes a shared space for reflecting on time and sensation in Madison Brookshire’s About 11 Minutes (2014, 11 min.), whereas in Janie Geiser’s The Hummingbird Wars(2014, 10 min.), the screen serves in its familiar role as window, one that magically blends a treasure trove of found objects into a luminous spectral domain. Also screening are Andrew Kim’s Society of Motion (2015, 3 min.) Cauleen Smith’s H-E-L-L-L-O (2014, 11 min), Lee Anne Schmitt’s womannightfilm (2014, 6 min) and Julie Murray’s End Reel (2014, 7 min).
1623 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hailing from the borough of Brooklyn, New York City, with musical influences ranging from the world of pop, soul and R&B, multi-instrumentalist Blessing Offor, 26, is finding his way to achieving his life’s ambition – namely to write and perform his music for a living.
Blessing has that ability to knock people out when they simply hear him sing and play the piano. Now that his abilities have stretched into songwriting on both the piano and guitar, his talent has not gone unnoticed. Last fall, he was a contestant on Season 7 of The Voice, and appeared over several episodes. He made all 4 judges seats turn during his audition, covering Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers’ “Just The Two Of Us.”