Johnny Depp will kick off the new Film Independent at LACMA Film Series on Oct. 13 with the premiere of "The Rum Diary," starring the Oscar-nominated actor. Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art made the announcement Tuesday.
The series replaces LACMA's longstanding weekend film series, whose curators included the late Ron Haver and more recently, Ian Birnie. Film Independent at LACMA is curated by film critic Elvis Mitchell in collaboration with LACMA film coordinator Bernardo Rondeau and Film Independent's programming team.
The series' weekly schedule officially begins Oct. 27, but there will be four earlier events, starting with the world premiere of Bruce Robinson's "The Rum Diary." In addition to Depp, the film stars Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart, all of whom will be in attendance.
Writer-director Sean Durkin and actress Elizabeth Olsen will be on hand on Oct. 16 for the screening of the Sundance Film Festival hit "Martha Marcy May Marlene. " Two days later, LACMA will screen Charlie Chaplin's 1936 masterpiece, "Modern Times," with his 1922 short "Pay Day."
Jason Reitman will present a live read of John Hughes' script for the 1985 teen classic "The Breakfast Club" on Oct. 20. LACMA promises a surprise cast.
The official weekly series begins with Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1961 drama "Accatone!"
For more information go to www.lacma.org/film
-- Susan King
Photo: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary." Credit: Peter Mountain/FilmDistrict