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The Empire Files: Gaza Fights For Freedom Premiere w/Q&A – June 20th

Be the first to see the new Empire Files documentary, ‘Gaza Fights For Freedom’, at its world premiere at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles.

Click here to watch the official movie trailer!

This riveting collaboration between The Empire Files and a heroic team of Palestinian videographers in Gaza features exclusive coverage of the ‘Great March of Return’ protests, and extensive evidence—with frontline footage and victim testimony—of Israeli war crimes.

The premiere marks the one year anniversary of the killing of famed Gaza medic Razan al-Najjar by Israeli snipers (on June 1, 2018) and features never-before-seen interviews with Razan’s immediate family, medics who treated her, and victims shot down alongside her.

Following the screening will be a Q&A with the film’s creators, Abby Martin and Mike Prysner.

Join us before and after the screening for a reception. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

Wretched Things (Gage Oxley, 2018)- US Premiere/Q&A/After-party – June 13th

A first-time model, a webcam sex worker, and a power-hungry homophobe journey through their insecurities and vulnerabilities. This hedonistic and seductive British feature film challenges toxic hyper-masculinity and the abuse of power through three vignettes. Produced by independent, young creatives from England who volunteered their time, Wretched Things had its World Premiere in London’s Leicester Square in January to critical acclaim.
This provocative and challenging film has its US Premiere at Downtown Independent alongside a Q&A with writer/director Gage Oxley and the films’ talent, Bruce Herbelin-Earle and Jack Parr (other cast TBC). After-party to follow!!!
Film Details:
Wretched Things: Chapter One (Rated 15 by the BBFC, Recommended R)
Ben is a young, inexperienced model who receives the opportunity of a lifetime: a front cover on one of the largest magazines in the world. However, his insecurities and vulnerabilities soon lead him into the arms of an exploitative photographer.
Wretched Things: Chapter Two (Rated 18 by the BBFC, Recommended R)
After months of isolation and financial pressures, a young man plunges into a world of online sex-work, and soon finds a new sense of confidence in his image and exploration of his sexuality. Yet, in a world of technology, can he keep safe what matters?
Wretched Things: Chapter Three (Rated 18 by the BBFC, Recommended NC-17)
Set in 90s England, Louis, a disturbed man preys on those around him to numb his addictive craving of interaction. With the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, Louis turns his aggression towards gay men, while channelling his own sexual frustrations.

LA Guild of Puppetry presents Handmade Puppet Dreams and Gloria’s Call w/Q&A – June 8th

The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry presents a special screening of Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams film series, along with the short documentary film Gloria’s Call

Handmade Puppet Dreams is an award winning film series created by Heather Henson (daughter of famed puppeteers Jane and Jim Henson) that promotes independent artists exploring their handmade craft for the screen. These films focus on real-time puppetry, and create fantastical worlds in which their characters live. This special collection showcases Dak’toka Taino from director Alba E Garcia-Rivas, Yamasong from director Sam Koji Hale, Cosmic Fling from director Jonathan Langager, Amaterasu from director Christine Papalexis, and Bunny Love from director Pam Severns. 

Gloria’s Call is a documentary short from director Cheri Gulke follows Gloria Orenstein, on a lifelong journey into art, ecofeminism and shamanism. The short film uses art, stop-motion animation and storytelling to celebrate this wild adventure from the cafes of Paris to the mountaintops of Samiland.
A special display of puppets form the Handmade Puppet Dreams films will be available before the screening. Filmmakers from both Handmade Puppet Dreams and Gloria’s Call will also be present for a Q&A afterwards!

Gloria’s Call trailer from Cheri Gaulke on Vimeo.

CityUnited, May 17th

CityUnited is a short film that memorializes the bombing attack in Manchester in 2017 that targeted a crowd leaving an Ariana Grande Concert, and the community that came together around the tragedy.


Showtimes:

Friday, 5/17 6:00 PM

Saturday, 5/18 7:00 PM

Sunday, 5/19 1:30 PM

Monday, 5/20 6:45 PM

Tuesday, 5/21 6:45 PM

Wednesday, 5/22 6:45 PM

Thursday, 5/23

The Fog (John Carpenter, 1980) – 4K restoration- May 16th

There are film restorations and then there are John Carpenter Film Restorations.

Most of Carpenter’s films have remained available to see in movie theaters over the years. But not The Fog (1980). Released two years after the world was rocked by the entrance of Halloween, Carpenter’s gory ghost story about ship wrecks, greed and vengeance became a big-screen rarity. Unable to be shown due to poor 35mm print quality, The Fog became one of Carpenter’s more precious theatrical titles.

Thankfully, StudioCanal and Rialto have done an excellent job on this 4K restoration and the Downtown Independent is beyond excited about being able to play this film in Los Angeles!


With a epically strong (and female-centered) cast that includes Scream Queen mother-and-daughter team Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis and Carpenter Classic Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog is also delightfully refreshing in its offering of strong and exciting women-in-horror characters, to say nothing of producer Debra Hill’s own work (par for the course in the Carpenter-scape).

Please join us for this exceptional 4K restoration made from the original camera negative, with color grading approved by the film’s cinematographer, Dean Cundey.

Must be seen to be believed!!!

 

The Fog (John Carpenter, 1980) – 4K restoration- May 15th

There are film restorations and then there are John Carpenter Film Restorations.

Most of Carpenter’s films have remained available to see in movie theaters over the years. But not The Fog (1980). Released two years after the world was rocked by the entrance of Halloween, Carpenter’s gory ghost story about ship wrecks, greed and vengeance became a big-screen rarity. Unable to be shown due to poor 35mm print quality, The Fog became one of Carpenter’s more precious theatrical titles.

Thankfully, StudioCanal and Rialto have done an excellent job on this 4K restoration and the Downtown Independent is beyond excited about being able to play this film in Los Angeles!


With a epically strong (and female-centered) cast that includes Scream Queen mother-and-daughter team Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis and Carpenter Classic Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog is also delightfully refreshing in its offering of strong and exciting women-in-horror characters, to say nothing of producer Debra Hill’s own work (par for the course in the Carpenter-scape).

Please join us for this exceptional 4K restoration made from the original camera negative, with color grading approved by the film’s cinematographer, Dean Cundey.

Must be seen to be believed!!!

 

The Fog (John Carpenter, 1980) – 4K restoration- May 14th

There are film restorations and then there are John Carpenter Film Restorations.

Most of Carpenter’s films have remained available to see in movie theaters over the years. But not The Fog (1980). Released two years after the world was rocked by the entrance of Halloween, Carpenter’s gory ghost story about ship wrecks, greed and vengeance became a big-screen rarity. Unable to be shown due to poor 35mm print quality, The Fog became one of Carpenter’s more precious theatrical titles.

Thankfully, StudioCanal and Rialto have done an excellent job on this 4K restoration and the Downtown Independent is beyond excited about being able to play this film in Los Angeles!


With a epically strong (and female-centered) cast that includes Scream Queen mother-and-daughter team Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis and Carpenter Classic Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog is also delightfully refreshing in its offering of strong and exciting women-in-horror characters, to say nothing of producer Debra Hill’s own work (par for the course in the Carpenter-scape).

Please join us for this exceptional 4K restoration made from the original camera negative, with color grading approved by the film’s cinematographer, Dean Cundey.

Must be seen to be believed!!!