West of Memphis (2012) + How to Survive a Plague (2012) [double feature]
Wednesday and Thursday, June 5-6, 2013:
WEST OF MEMPHIS
2012, New Zealand/USA, 147 min, 35mm, Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Amy Berg
Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin
Featuring Damien Echols, Lorri Davis, Jason Baldwin,
Jesse Misskelley, Jr., Pam Hicks
Music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Wed & Thu: 7:30 pm
"'West of Memphis' is the fourth film about one of the most heinous cases of wrongful conviction in American judicial history. Do we need a fourth film? Yes, I think we do."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"a devastating account of police incompetence, civic hysteria and prosecutorial behavior that was totally at odds with a vastly persuasive body of evidence uncovered in a privately funded investigation."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Happy, sad, inspiring, infuriating, right and terribly wrong, all at the same time."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"'West of Memphis' is nonfiction filmmaking at its best, a film with a fierce point of view yet one that doesn't pretend to have all the answers or a monopoly on truth."
- David Germain, Associated Press
PLUS, on the same program:
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
2012, USA, 120 minutes, 35mm, IFC Films
Directed by David France
Written by David France, Todd Woody Richman, Tyler H. Walk
Wed & Thu: 10:20 pm
"One of the Top 10 Movies of the Year"
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"One of the best documentaries I saw in 2012"
- Roger Ebert
"One of the ten best movies of 2012...If its essence could be bottled, David France's fierce, heartbreaking documentary about the very early days of AIDS activism could serve as a tonic for demoralized political organizers, a bracing reminder that change is possible when a group of committed people come together to fight injustice, indifference, and prejudice...don't miss this cathartic, inspiring film."
- Dana Stevens, Slate
"The first documentary that I have seen that does justice to this story of a civil rights movement rising from the ashes of our dead."
- Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast
"Tells the story of these activists and the organisations they built... in compelling detail. Their fight was a Gandhian oneusing the tactics of non-violent civil disobedience, the creativity of the gay community, and the effective but tough slog of grassroots participatory democracy."
- Chris Beyrer, The Lancet
"Served powerfully, with minimal adornment... A moving and meticulous documentary about AIDS activism in the late '80s and early '90s"
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"An epic celebration of heroism and tenacity, and less directly, a useful template for any fledgling activist movement, demonstrating the effectiveness of inside/outside strategy."
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"Both gripping and wrenching -- not to mention thrilling -- David France's documentary recalls a slice of recent history that is in danger of being lost."
- Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post
This is a double feature:
your ticket admits you to BOTH films on the program!
(You can also just see one of the films if you wish)
Screening formats: 35mm
If purchasing tickets via Brown Paper Tickets, your tickets will be at the box office and available for pick-up starting 30 minutes before the first film in the double feature. The box office will then re-open about 10 minutes before the second film for those who wish to only see the second film.
There is a single line for both advance ticket purchasers and those who still need to purchase tickets at the door. There is not a separate "will call" line. To claim your advance tickets, please present your photo ID at the box office window.
Seating is unreserved.
The intermission between films is approximately 10 minutes.
New Beverly Cinema (View)
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036