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The future of nuclear power from a New York facility built more than 50 years in the past: INDIAN POINT Opens at the Monica Film Center July 22.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant looms just 35 miles from Times Square. With over 50 million people living in close proximity to the aging facility, its continued operation has the support of the NRC —Nuclear Regulatory Commission — but, as depicted in the documentary Indian Point, it has stoked a great deal of controversy in the surrounding community, including a vocal anti-nuclear contingent concerned that the kind of disaster that happened at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant could happen there. In the brewing fight for clean energy and the catastrophic possibilities of government complacency on oversight, director Ivy Meeropol presents a ba [...]
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UNLOCKING THE CAGE's Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker on KCRW's Press Play

Unlocking the Cage, which we open today at the Monica Film Center and tomorrow at the Playhouse 7, follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans, by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. The Hollywood Reporter described the film as "a crisp and convincing doc" and Indiewire "eye-opening." The filmmakers, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, were interviewed on Madeleine Brand's KCRW show Press Play yesterday. You can listen to it by clicking here.
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Win a Signed Copy of "Be Here Now" and See the Hit Doc DYING TO KNOW

It comes as no surprise that DYING TO KNOW, Gay Dillingham's documentary has been held over at three Laemmle locations (Monica Film Center, Playhouse 7 and Claremont 5). After all, it chronicles the intriguing friendship between TIMOTHY LEARY and RAM DASS, two of the 60s most fascinating luminaries. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the film has been playing to great critical and audience acclaim.  To wit, check out this short video clip featuring audience footage from the film's premiere at the Royal last week. To celebrate this sleeper hit, we've procured a copy of Ram Dass' seminal book BE HERE NOW signed by the great mystic himself! EN [...]
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They flew through the air with the greatest of ease: Trapeze artists and the director of THE FLIGHT FANTASTIC in person for Q&A's

THE FLIGHT FANTASTIC, a fascinating look at the world of the flying trapeze, centers on one of the greatest acts in circus history, The Flying Gaonas. First performing on a trampoline, the Gaonas went on to become the star attraction for the best circuses in the world, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Long-time Broadway director (and trapeze flyer) Tom Moore brings their story to life through interviews with family members and colorful archival material. Meet them and the THE FLIGHT FANTASTIC filmmaker in person: Monday, 20th, NoHo Richie Gaona & Mercedes Gallup (partner), Jose Gaona, Alex Gaona, Masha Nordbye, Corin [...]
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If music be the food of love, play on! Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Yo-Yo Ma and Unlocking the Truth coming soon.

We've got four very cool music films coming up: On June 16 we'll screen Iggy Pop: Live in Basel 2015 at five of our venues, the Fine Arts, Claremont 5, NoHo 7, Playhouse 7 and Monica Film Center. We'll open The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble for week-long engagements on June 17th at the Playhouse and Town Center and a week later at Monica Film Center and Claremont. On July 1 we open the rock doc Breaking a Monster at the Monica Film Center. And finally we'll feature Nick Cave and Bad Seeds' One More Time with Feeling at the Fine Arts, Claremont, NoHo, Playhouse and Monica Film Center on September 8. Iggy Pop: Live [...]
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