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35mm screening of SUPERGIRL (w/ Helen Slater Q&A!)

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Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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35mm screening of SUPERGIRL (w/ Helen Slater Q&A)

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Part of our FEMALES ROCK FILM! series. Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 10a, The Vista: SUPERGIRL (1984, Warner Brothers, directed by Jeannot Szwarc, 35mm, 120mns)

SPECIAL NOTE: Special Q&A panel with actress Helen Slater (SUPERGIRL herself!).

This movie is guest programmed by Secret Movie Clubbers, Kryztofer Stefanic and J Angel Sierra. The beautiful 35mm print is provided by Kryz, Angel, and Victor Gardea.

In November, we’re doing a special two part series featuring in-person Q&A’s with the female filmmakers behind some of the biggest American movies of the 1980’s.

We have no doubt that the next generation of American filmmakers will be (and should be) filled with some of the most talented female directing, writing, producing, editing, acting voices yet to make movies.

We want to shine a light on some of the female pioneers who are coming to tell their stories and take your questions about their experiences making movies.

First up, actor Helen Slater joins us to discuss her daunting task of playing SUPERGIRL one of the very first female superheroes in American cinema.

Before Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel or Gal Gadot’s wonderful Wonder Woman, Ms. Slater blazed a trail with her performance in the Salkind’s 1980’s superhero movie.

Here’s what guest programmer, Kryztofer Stefanic has to say: “After Superman: The Movie, and Superman II changed the game of the Superhero genre, producer's Alexander and Ilya Salkind wanted to expand on the franchise and broaden the genre's repertory. It was only natural, that the best place to go, was in the family. SUPERGIRL first soared across comic book illustrations in 1958, created as the female counterpart to Superman. Kara Zor-El established a predecessor to feminism with her energetic youthful nature in poise and storylines. The Kryptonian mythos had created the exact counterpoint that was needed - woman, who was strong, intelligent, and was sent to earth, from Argo City where she was born, to help fight for truth, justice, and the American Way with her cousin, Kal-El. The Salkinds immediately went to work on 1984's SUPERGIRL.

Directed by Jeannot Szwarc (Jaws 2, Somewhere in Time) lit by the luxiouious vision of Alan Hume (Star Wars Episode XI: Return of the Jedi, For Your Eyes Only, numerous James Bond films) and scored by the extraordinary Oscar winning Jerry Goldsmith, Supergirl was a picture that relied more on the fantasy styled impetus and narrative of the female Superhero, and marked itself as a departure from the verisimiltude chic of Richard Donner's Ground breaking Superman: The Movie. Roy Field's, opticial effects extraordinaire, who showed us a man can fly his work in SLTM, returns and imparts equality on women as he shows, particularly with a movingly shot scene near the beginning, that a girl can fly too, and his efforts yield some of the most compelling flying scenes ever put to 35mm.

The film, like many of it's type, was beset with production problems before the camera even rolled. Christopher Reeve was to reprise the role that made him famous, appearing as Superman to help his cousin in her quest. After the messy reception, both critically and financially, of Superman II, Reeves dropped out at the eleventh hour, and much of the script was revised, altering as little as could be given the short amount of time.

The film, often misunderstood, boasts some of the most thoughtful ideas ever presented in a female driven action film. The fact that Kara faces her journey alone is one of the best attributes. For this, the film boasts an optimistic look at a female who is smart, strong, sensible, brauny but also very demure in her character. Unlike the later feminist icons such as Ellen Ripley or Sarah Conner, who lose some aspects of their femininity, Supergirl flies and defeats her way through the film while keeping it classy, which is an attribute that was lost on almost every female superhero movie that has followed after. Moreover, the adversary being female was a concept that hadn't been explored on such an epic level. The film plays somewhat ahead of it's time. “

We’ll show Supergirl first, on a beautiful 35mm print. Then Ms. Slater will come up to take your questions about how she shouldered an entire franchise at the tender age of 21!

If you’ve got daughters, sisters, mothers, nieces, besties, bring them and cheer on Supergirl as she takes on the campy evil of a scenery chewing Faye Dunaway, gets tutored by a wonderfully sardonic Peter O Toole, and flies through a series of gloriously expensive, eye candy special effects sequences in one of the 1980’s most memorable super hero entries.

Before Marvel and DC, there was Helen Slater. And there was SUPERGIRL!

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Founder.Programmer


TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at:


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We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

Important Warning: Never buy tickets from anyone you do not know personally. We have noticed a rise in fraudulent scalpers on our social media and elsewhere. It’s always better to just write us directly at:

secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com to inquire about tickets.

OUR 35MM POLICY: We strive to show as many movies as possible on film. This means that we work to screen the majority of our movies on 35mm prints. Though we do occasionally screen movies on 16mm prints when we do special pop-up events at non-theatrical locations or a 35mm print is not available.

We will screen a movie digitally if its original medium was digital. This usually means that we screen what’s called a DCP or Digital Cinema Print. Almost all movies shot in recent years are digital and screen on DCPs.

In some rare instances, a film print will arrive to us in such poor condition that we deem it will be more distracting than entertaining or a last minute consideration will arise unexpectedly that we have to reserve the right to screen a DCP in an emergency. However, we will make all best efforts to alert the audience immediately if we have to screen a DCP alternate when a 35mm print was advertised.

Situations where we have had to substitute a DCP for an advertised 35mm print have thankfully only occurred a handful of times in our history. But we do need to reserve this right to insure the best possible presentation of a movie for our audience.

ORIGINAL POSTERS: We do limited edition 100 original poster runs for almost all of our movies. We sell these posters at the events and do our best to let our audience see the design at least 1-2 weeks ahead of a screening via our email and social media.

We are currently working to launch our website and online movie store in the Fall of 2019 so you can peruse our entire backlog and get posters of your favorite movies and/or by your favorite designers. Stay tuned!

SCREENING LOCATION(S): The majority of our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We screen 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027, 8 blocks from the Vista.

We also do occasional pop-up screenings at fun historic spaces around Los Angeles. So please double check the address to make sure you’re heading to the right location!

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests made through Eventbrite 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB SEASON PASS WORK: If you buy a Secret Movie Club All-Access Season Pass (access to all movies we’re showing within one season), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any screenings or special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!).

This is our best deal at $6.50/per movie if you know you’re going to see the majority of movies in a season.

These passes are available up to the start time of the first screening of a season at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com

If you decide to buy the SEASON PASS and have already bought an individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual ticket(s) you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

With the All-Access Season Pass, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket. You’re a VIP now and never have to worry about a movie selling out. We always save you a seat.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you want to see all the movies in a particular series but not necessarily all the movies in a season this is the way to go and is our next best deal (at $9/per movie) after the Season Pass.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 7 movies in the series, the pass would cost $63 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy a Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series.

We generate a special list with your name on it for that series. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions counter is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes early so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get a seat.

Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

There are many great public transportation options near the Vista including a Metro subway stop at the Vermont/Sunset station which is about 4 blocks from the Vista Theater.

SHOWTIMES: We screen most of our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at 11:59pm or on weekend mornings.

Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket to make sure you can make that showtime.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April 2016. In respect to our origins (and because the programmer is superstitious), we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers via the email list first before posting to any other social media. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com or send a message through our Facebook page: @secretmovieclub35mm

We work to respond asap within receipt of your email or message.

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