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Postby TedTrent » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:34 pm

DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
Monday, January 9th 2012
TICKETS

NOW PLAYING:

TWO FOR THE MONEY:
CASINO/GOODFELLAS
Monday, January 9th
Casino at 7pm
Goodfellas at 10pm
$10 online and at the door
TICKETS
Join us for our first Martin Scorsese Double Feature featuring Casino and Goodfellas. Your ticket admits you to both films.
Goodfellas
1990, USA, 146 minutes
written by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese
directed by Martin Scorsese
starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco & Paul Sorvino
Casino
1995, USA, 178 minutes
written by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese
directed by Martin Scorsese
starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci & James Woods


HOLY Love. FREE COMEDY.
Tuesday, January 10th
9pm
FREE



TRUNK SHOW & FASHION SOIREE
DRIPPED
THE MOVEMENT
Thursday, January 12th
TICKETS
The producers of "Dripped Fashion Soiree and Trunk Show" present their first short documentary on the "Dripped Movement."
"We wanted to put together a short that encompasses our direction for 2012; Dripped is not only a fashion party or trunk show, it's a progressive movement about facilitating a platform to support creative taste makers in Los Angeles through fashion, independent design, and art. A movement that encourages a sense of community in a cut throat industry, and in a city such as Los Angeles seen as the underdog in global fashion. We are responsible as artists to create what is lacking and feel that Los Angeles needs a platform to network, build, sustain, and showcase each others talent." says curator, Geisha.
The short displays Dripped's growth from it's first event in May 2011 to the last Holiday Edition held on Dec. 16th 2011 showcasing it's first performance art dance piece by WIFE, and runway designers Kittinhawk, Debakalis, See You Monday and Gypsy Junkies.
Producers: Phyllis Navidad, and GGeisha
Videography: Edgar Quinonez, Hellen Keller, Maurice Samuels, and Roger Griffith
Running Time: 15 minutes
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Screenings: 7:00 P.M, 9:00 P.M
Trunk Show in Lobby featuring Designers: Haus of Love, Trillery, Miss Wax, Bea Line, Commonwealth,
$7 discounted pre-sale tickets
$10 at the door
All Ages
21 & up to drink


NOAH AND THE MEGAFAUNA
Friday, January 13th
FREE
Opening band TBA at 9pm
Noah and The MegaFauna video premiere and live set at 10pm
DJ Daniel Stessen to follow.


TREE OF LIFE
Directed by Terrence Malick
Saturday, February 14th - Thursday, January 19th
TICKETS
Sat 1/14: TBA
Sun 1/15: 5pm
Mon 1/16: 6pm
Tue 1/17: 6pm
Wed 1/18: 9pm
Thu 1/19: 1pm
From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as BADLANDS, DAYS OF HEAVEN and THE THIN RED LINE, THE TREE OF LIFE is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned love years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an love by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.



MELANCHOLIA
Directed by Lars von Trier
Saturday, February 14th - Thursday, January 19th
TICKETS
Sat 1/14: TBA
Sun 1/15: 8pm
Mon 1/16: 9pm
Tue 1/17: 3pm
Wed 1/18: 6pm
Thu 1/19: 4pm
In this beautiful movie about the end of the world, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire's best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth… MELANCHOLIA is a psychological disaster film from director Lars von Trier.



LA 3-D CLUB SCREENING:
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D: RE-ANIMATION
Sunday, January 15th
2pm
Be among the first to see NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D: RE-ANIMATION, the prequel to the 2006 cult hit, in a special sneak preview screening presented by the LA 3-D Club on Sunday, January 15th at the Downtown Independent.
In NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D: RE-ANIMATION, pyrophobic mortician Gerald Tovar, Jr. (ANDREW DIVOFF) inherits the family mortuary and accidentally exposes hundreds of uncremated bodies to toxic medical waste. As the corpses reanimate, Gerald’s inheritance-seeking younger brother, Harold (JEFFREY COMBS) unexpectedly shows up and stumbles upon Gerald trying to keep the zombie outbreak under control. Sibling rivalry gives way to madness as Harold discovers Gerald’s dark secret – the freshly exhumed and zombified corpse of their father.
NIGHT OF THE LIVNG DEAD 3D: RE-ANIMATION is the first feature film in the United States to be filmed in 3D using the new Genus Hurricane Stereoscopic Beam-Splitter Rig. DimensionWerks partner, Andrew Parke, pulled double duty on the film as Director of Photography and Stereographer and DimensionWerks partner, Jeff Broadstreet, wrote, produced and directed.
The screening will feature a Q&A with Jeff Broadstreet and other members of the cast and crew.



NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: COLLABORATORS
TICKETS
Thursday, January 19th: 7:30pm
$15, or $45 for a NTLive season pass.
A new play by John Hodge (screenwriter of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Beach).
4 STARS 'Dream casting of Alex Jennings as Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale as Stalin... A truly tremendous double act which thrills, chills and makes you laugh out loud - even though you know you shouldn't.' Daily Telegraph
4 STARS ‘Collaborators is fresh and energetic, with a thick, throbbing vein of grotesque humour.’ Evening Standard
4 STARS ‘Rare and special… An absurdly fantastic view of Stalin, and it’s seriously funny.’ The Times
Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.
Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.
John Hodge’s blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny.
Alex Jennings (The Habit of Art) plays Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale (London Assurance), Stalin.
Collaborators will be broadcast live on 1 December and varying dates internationally.


FULL METAL ALCHEMIST:
THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS
January 20th - January 26th
TICKETS
Fri 1/20: 9pm*, 11pm
Sat 1/21: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
Sun 1/22: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
Mon 1/23: 7pm, 9p
Tue 1/24: 5pm, 7pm
Wed 1/25: 5pm, 7pm
Thu 1/26: 5pm, 9pm
*The first 100 ticket-buyers will receive a special limited edition poster.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, a new feature-length adventure into the world of an international anime sensation.
A fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors. At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She’ll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory – even if that means harnessing the awful power of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone.


RED HOOK BLACK
Friday, January 27th
Exclusive Los Angeles Premiere!
Doors at 8pm.
Red Hook Black at 9pm.
Reception with cast & crew to follow!
TICKETS
Luis Landivar's third film, RED HOOK BLACK (89 minutes) a story of two friends, Marco (Kyle Fields) and Damian (James Jackson) one white, one black, former high school football teammates who try to find a place for themselves as men in a neighborhood they no longer recognize Red Hook, Brooklyn. As each tries to move forward, economic and family obligations pull them back.
Marco lives in the past, trying to hang on to his life as a longshoreman. His wife Elizabeth (Victoria Negri) suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and her niece, Olivia (Danielle Lozeau), who lives with them, has her eyes fixed on escaping Brooklyn and taking uncle Marco with her as her lover. Marco loses his patience with his wife's needs and falls for Olivia's allure.
Damien, a much more stable and resourceful man, has momentum. He's found a good job and a new love after a painful divorce; but he is pulled down by his stoned out younger brother, Melvin (Keith Walker), a would be actor who is always on the verge of something and amounting to nothing.
In these hard economic times any change or go their own way presents a risk that may be insurmountable. The over-arching question for all of these characters is whether they should cut their losses and move on or settle for the little security they do have.


MINDSHARE LA:
TOP SECRET ROSIES: THE FEMALE COMPUTERS OF WORLD WAR II
Sunday, January 29th
TICKETS
6pm-7pm Drinks Specials
7pm-9pm Screening & Followup Discussion
The Little Cart will be serving up gourmet food from 5:30pm onward.
In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. Sixty-five years later their story has finally been told through LeAnn Erickson's documentary Top Secret Rosies.
In early December 1941, Betty Jean Jennings was a freshman completing her first semester at a rural Missouri college. In Philadelphia, Doris and Shirley Blumberg were seniors at Girl’s High and Marlyn Wescoff was completing a minor in business machines at Temple University. In an era of limited career opportunities for women, these bright students anticipated low paying careers as schoolteachers or bookkeepers. But on Sunday, December 7, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and changed these young women’s lives forever. With Pearl Harbor suddenly drawing the US in to WWII, the Army launched a frantic national search for women mathematicians.
The women of Top Secret Rosies were plucked from high schools and colleges to work at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1940s. They moved into dorms and apartments and went through a rigorous introduction to ballistics calculations in order to do the job. It paid well, and the women were close. They played bridge, shared dinners and danced together in the university gardens when the war in Europe ended.
Still, they struggled with the knowledge that their calculations -- so precise they measured whether an enemy soldier was standing up or lying in a trench -- were used at war.


FILM COURAGE
presents
SANTIAGO
Monday, January 30th
7pm
TICKETS
Tickets are $12 at the door and online. Director/cast Q & A to follow.
The 24th Film Courage Interactive with David Branin and Karen Worden presents the LA premiere of the feature film SANTIAGO.
About Santiago:
Written/Directed by Felix Martiz
Produced by Daniel Woltosz
Santiago stars Brittany Barney, Jorge Espinoza, Jesus Guevara, Wesam Keesh, Dan Lopecci, and more.
The Synopsis: Eager and naive, film student Billy (Wesam Keesh) trustingly takes on as cameraman for Miguel (Dan Lopecci), who has arranged to follow Santiago (Jesus Guevara), a notorious pimp and drug dealer, as a character study. The adrenaline-rushed adventures captured through the lens obscures the grim reality of the crime world Billy witnesses and celebrates alongside Santiago and his gang, all the while Miguel is not so easily swayed. Is he not charmed by Santiago as we all are, or does he know more than he leads on?
Sanitiago will be preceded by two short films: The Terrain written and directed by Brian Durkin & En Passant written and Craig Wilson.

THE INNKEEPERS
Friday, February 3rd - Thursday, February 9th
TICKETS
Fri 2/3: 8pm, 10pm
Sat 2/4: TBA
Sun 2/5: 1pm, 9pm
Mon 2/6: 5pm, 7pm
Tue 2/7: 5pm, 7pm
Wed 2/8: 3pm, 5pm
Thu 2/9: 3pm, 5pm
Directed by Ti West
After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees -Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) - are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage “ghost hunters” begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel’s long unexplained history.


NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: TRAVELLING LIGHT
Thursday, February 9th - Wednesday, March 7th
TICKETS
Thursday, February 9th: 11am
Saturday, February 18th: 2pm
Thursday, February 23rd: 7pm
Wednesday, March 7th: 7pm
A new play by Nicholas Wright will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 9 February 2012 and varying dates internationally.
How had a twenty-two-year–old pretentious layabout made a discovery that would elude every other cinematic pioneer for years to come?
In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father’s cinematograph. Bankrolled by Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant, and inspired by Anna, the girl sent to help him make moving pictures of their village, he stumbles on a revolutionary way of story-telling. Forty years on, Motl – now a famed American film director – looks back on his early life and confronts the cost of fulfilling his dreams.
I know it was in the picture. I made the picture and now the cow’s getting paid and I’m not!
Following Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter, Nicholas Wright’s new play is a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. The award-winning Antony Sher – whose previous work with the National Theatre includes Primo and Stanley – returns to play Jacob.

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