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REEL Recovery Film Series
The Silent Movie Theater
Los Angeles, CA
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REEL Recovery Film Series
Tuesday 4.07.09 PERMANENT MIDNIGHT
Tuesday 4.14.09 THE LOST WEEKEND
Tuesday 4.21.09  LEAVING LAS VEGAS  
Tuesday 4.28.09  SID AND NANCY,
Tuesday 5.05.09  DAYS OF WINE and ROSES

Tuesday 5.12.09  LESS THAN ZERO

Special screening of the new hit short comedy, Bed Ridden on
Tuesday 5.19.09 with  BARFLY

Tuesday 5.26.09  IVAN'S XTC


On EIGHT CONSECUTIVE TUESDAY NIGHTS in APRIL & MAY 2009, Writers In Treatment presents eight classic films in Los Angeles, California.

Directors, writers and cast members will be invited to speak before each film. Live jazz before the film. FREE POPCORN.
Beverages courtesy of HINT water (drink water not sugar), TeaZazz> (sparkling tea), PEET'S COFFEE .7 PM to 8 PM.


APRIL 7, 2009   PERMANENT MIDNIGHT with author Jerry Stahl presenting. Starring Ben Stiller. The film is based on Jerry Stahl's autobiographical book of the same name, and tells the story of Stahl's rise from a small-time television writer to his success as a comedy writer making up to $5,000 a week writing for 1980s shows like thirtysomething, Moonlighting, and probably most infamously, ALF (changed in the movie to Mr. Chompers). Maria Bello stars as Kitty, a fellow detox survivor to whom Stahl relates his rise and fall. The movie also stars Owen Wilson as Stahl's friend and fellow addict, Nicky; Elizabeth Hurley as his wife, Sandra; Janeane Garofalo as a Hollywood agent, Jana.



APRIL 14, 2009  THE LOST WEEKEND  Academy Awards for Best Film, Best      Director, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay!
The Lost Weekend is a 1945 dramatic film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. The film was based on a novel of the same title by Charles R. Jackson about a writer who drinks heavily out of frustration over the accusation that he had an affair with one of his buddies while in college. The reference to the gay affair is removed in the film, and the main character's descent into an alcoholic binge is blamed on personal frustration and more general doubts about his identity



APRIL 21, 2009   LEAVING LAS VEGAS  Academy Award to Nicholas Cage for Best Actor. Nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and Best Screenplay.
Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film about a relationship between a suicidal alcoholic and a prostitute from Las Vegas, starring Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue. Ben Sanderson is a late-stage alcoholic who has hit rock bottom. Trashing all personal and professional ties to his L.A. existence, he sets off for the lights of Vegas on a mission: to drink himself to death. There he meets Sera, a beautiful, seen-it-all hooker. From the moment Ben and Sera connect, they form a unique bond based upon unconditional acceptance and mutual respect that will change each of them forever. The film was directed and written by Mike Figgis, based on a semi-autobiographical novel by John O'Brien. Two weeks after the production of the film had started, O'Brien committed suicide. A halt of the project was considered, but work on the film was continued as a memorial of sorts.



APRIL 28, 2009   SID AND NANCY,   with special invited guests. Sid and Nancy is a 1986 film directed by Alex Cox. The film materialized during a time of renewed interest in the period of punk rock, heroin addiction and specifically the life of Sid Vicious. It stars Gary Oldman as Vicious and Chloe Webb as his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

Oldman lost weight to play the emaciated Vicious by eating nothing but "steamed fish and lots of melon," but was briefly hospitalized when he lost too much weight. Vicious's mother also gave Oldman Vicious' own trademark heavy metal chain and padlock to wear in the



MAY 5, 2009   DAYS OF WINE and ROSES   Academy Award for Best Song. Nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress. Invited guests.
Days of Wine and Roses (1962) is a film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller adapted from his own critically acclaimed 1958 teleplay for Playhouse 90 of the same name (see: Days of Wine and Roses, 1958 TV drama). The movie was produced by Martin Manulis with Henry Mancini music, and features Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford and Jack Klugman.
The film depicts the insidious nature of addiction in modern life, following the downward spiral of two average Americans who succumb to alcoholism and attempt to deal with their problem.



MAY 12, 2009  LESS THAN ZERO   Special invited guests.
Less Than Zero is a 1987 film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. It stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for Christmas to find his ex-girlfriend (Jami Gertz) has been having sex with his high school friend who is also a junkie (Robert Downey Jr.) and being hassled by his dealer (James Spader) to whom he owes money. The movie presents a look at the culture of wealthy youth in Los Angeles and has a strong anti-drug message



MAY 19, 2009  Bed Ridden , the new hit comedy about obsession and addiction written by Lowell Caufiel, directed by Jonathan Heap. BARFLY   with onstage interview with cast member Roberta Bassin.
Barfly is a 1987 film which is a semi-autobiography of poet Charles Bukowski during the time he spent drinking heavily in Los Angeles, California. The screenplay by Bukowski was commissioned by the French film director Barbet Schroeder  it was published, with illustrations by the author, in 1984 when film production was still pending.
Barfly stars Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway, with direction by Schroeder, and was presented by Francis Ford Coppola. The movie also features a silent cameo appearance by Bukowski himself.



MAY 26, 2009  IVAN'S XTC  Director Bernard Rose and Danny Huston presenting.
Ivans XTC (2000) is an independent film directed by Bernard Rose shot on digital camera about the last day in the life of LA agent Ivan Beckman, played by Danny Huston. It's based on Leo Tolstoy's novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich. The film also stars Peter Weller.


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The Silent Movie Theater
611 N. Fairfax St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States


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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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