On Saturday, July 30, audiences have the good fortune of discussing movies with the film writers, directors and talent. It‘s not an everyday occurrence, and it’s always interesting to hear the filmmakers and talent talk about their passion projects. In this instance, the projects are “Another Earth” and “The Myth of the American Sleepover.”
The Landmark Theatre in West Los Angeles hosts actress and co-writer Brit Marling along with co-writer/director Mike Cahill in a discussion of their film, “Another Earth.” While at the Nuart Theatre, “The Myth of the American Sleepover” will have cast members Jeanine Nicholas, Claire Soma and Amanda Bauer, along with writer/director David Robert Mitchell answering questions from the audience.
Both films are indie favorites. “Another Earth” won the Special Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A speculative fiction, “Another Earth” follows Rhoda (Marling) on the eve of her acceptance into the MIT astrophysics program, which is the same night that a discovery of another planet is announced. Gazing up at the planet, Rhoda is involved in a terrible accident and sentenced to jail time. Released four years later, Rhoda finds the planet orbiting closer. Dropping her dreams of MIT, Rhoda attempts to rebuild her life and make connections to assuage her guilt, including a final act of forgiveness. It’s an interesting mix of personal drama set against the backdrop of another planet that may mirror are own Earth.
Also an indie award winner, “The Myth of the American Sleepover” was an official selection of Cannes Critics Week and winner of the Special Jury Prize at SXSW Film Festival. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, “The Myth of The American Sleepover” follows four teens on the last night of their summer before the new school year begins. With a cast of critically acclaimed newcomers, the teens explore love and adventure, popularity and parties. Critics have hailed Mitchell’s deft and observant handling of American teen life in his acclaimed film.
“Another Earth” and “The Myth of the American Sleepover” are two independent films that are making waves. Their filmmakers and talent are definitely ones to watch for in the future. So here’s your opportunity to hear the filmmakers speak about their films. Don’t miss it.
Brit Marling and Mike Cahill will discuss “Another Earth” (PG-13) at the Landmark Theatre on Saturday, July 30 after the 7:50 p.m. showing.
Writer/Director David Robert Mitchell and cast members, Jeanine Nicholas, Claire Soma and Amanda Bauer will discuss “The Myth of the American Sleepover” (Not Rated) after Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. show and also will also introduce the 10:00 p.m. show at the Nuart Theatre.