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LACMA announces initial lineup for new film program

September 14, 2011 |  6:30 am


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the first titles of its revised film program in partnership with Film Independent. The museum said the series will kick off on Oct. 13 with the world premiere of "The Rum Diary," starring Johnny Depp, followed by a mix of new and classic movies.

LACMA said the initial lineup will include "Martha Marcy May Marlene," an award winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, on Oct. 16; Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" on Oct. 18; and Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Accattone" on Oct. 27.

The film program is also scheduled to feature a Live Read series, curated initially by director Jason Reitman, that will involve readings of screenplays. The first installment will take place Oct. 20 with a reading of the 1985 comedy "The Breakfast Club."

LACMA said a regular weekly schedule will begin on Oct. 27.The museum said it has recently acquired a new digital projector from Barco, a digital cinema company, that will be used in the Bing Theatre.

As previously reported, critic Elvis Mitchell is serving as head of the new film program, replacing Ian Birnie. In 2009, LACMA said it was shutting down the bulk of its film program due to declining audiences and budgetary factors. But a public backlash -- including a harsh letter from Martin Scorsese -- prompted the museum to rethink its decision.

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Photo: The Bing Theatre at LACMA. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times