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A Tribute to Director David Gordon Green


February 26 - 28

A Tribute to Director David Gordon Green

This series is an Egyptian Theatre exclusive!

Screenwriter/director David Gordon Green's distinctive style of filmmaking has been described as Southern Gothic, a "poetic merging of realism and surrealism," as Roger Ebert called it, where the horrors of everyday life are played out in tragedies. Best known for his acclaimed coming of age stories set in small town southern America, for a change of pace, Green heads north of the Mason-Dixon line for his fourth feature, SNOW ANGELS which will premiere at the Egyptian Theatre prior to its March 14th release through Warner Independent Pictures. Green strikes a harsh emotional truth with a lyrical hand that is as beautiful as it is devastating with his latest film which stars Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale, Amy Sedaris, Michael Angarano and Olivia Thirlby (JUNO). Shifting gears entirely, this summer Green’s highly anticipated Judd Apatow produced comedy PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (starring Seth Rogen and James Franco) hits theaters. At the North Carolina School of the Arts, he made a short that provided inspiration for his first, critically acclaimed feature, GEORGE WASHINGTON. The film received critical acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival in 2000, winning the Discovery Award, before going on to win Best First Film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in addition to four Independent Spirit Award nominations, including one for best first screenplay. Green's second feature, ALL THE REAL GIRLS, starring Zooey Deschanel, won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Green's third feature, UNDERTOW is the story of two brothers in Georgia struggling to survive in the midst of a family feud. Green will appear in person throughout the series to discuss his career in depth -- from his $50,000 first feature to making studio films.

Tuesday, February 26 – 7:30 PM

In Partnership with No Budget Film Club

GEORGE WASHINGTON, 2000, 89 min. David Gordon Green's $50,000 directorial debut depicts four multi-racial youngsters coming of age during a slow but tragic summer in rural North Carolina. The group's lives take a strange turn when an accidental tragedy takes place. Premiering at Berlin, this micro-budget film made many critic’s Top 10 lists for the year. Young Nasia (Candace Evanofski) has broken up with her beau, Buddy (Curtis Cotton III), newly smitten with philosophical loner, George (Donald Holden). The group’s lives take a strange turn when an accidental tragedy take place, and they make the fateful decision to cover it up. "This dream of a movie is set in such a place; with its delicate shifts of tone, it could be a fairy tale by Faulkner…an antidote to the forced and gruesomely engineered kid comedies that exaggerate trite incidents… Mr. Green has chosen a group of new young players who don't have the antic need to ingratiate...Instead, each is different, and what appears to be idle, sporadic chatter is character revelation." – A. O. Scott, The New York Times A Q&A discussion and a wine reception with David Gordon Green will follow the screening, moderated by renowned film consultant Peter Broderick.

Wednesday, February 27 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature

ALL THE REAL GIRLS, 2003, Sony Pictures Classics, 108 min. Precocious young womanizer Paul (Paul Schneider) suddenly finds himself falling head-over-heels in love with Noel (Zooey Deschanel), but he wants to wait until the time is exactly right before they have sex. Unhappily, Noel is the sister of Tip (Shea Whigham), Paul’s best friend who is well aware of his buddy’s formidable reputation with the ladies. David Gordon Green’s film is a masterpiece of tone and balance, unlike any other youthful romantic comedy or drama being made today. His characters are real and consequently behave like real people, diametrically opposed to the kind of knee-jerk automatons populating big studio, gross-out teen comedies. "Four stars… Green is 27, old enough to be jaded, but he has the soul of a romantic poet." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

UNDERTOW, 2004, MGM Repertory, 108 min. Dir. David Gordon Green. When John Munn (Dermot Mulroney) and his two sons (Jamie Bell and Devon Allan) are joined in their backwoods Georgia home by ex-con Uncle Deel (Josh Lucas), past family resentments boil over. A story of hidden gold and an unexpected act of violence send the boys fleeing through the wilds and over back roads, looking for safety and shelter. "For anyone who likes classic, offbeat American moviemaking, in the rural-thriller genre from MOONRISE to MACON COUNTY LINE, UNDERTOW is one to check. Seething with violence, bleeding with lyricism, it's a poem from the junk heap, a cry from the swamp." – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune Discussion between films with director David Gordon Green.

Thursday, February 28 – 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere!

SNOW ANGELS, 2007, Warner Independent Pictures, 106 min. David Gordon Green’s latest piece of bravura, virtuoso cinema is framed by the sound of two gunshots, this is the haunting story of two broken families and two romantic relationships, one just beginning and one nearing its end. Michael Angarano plays Arthur, a teenager experiencing both his parents’ separation and his first romance with Lila (JUNO’s Olivia Thirlby), while Sam Rockwell’s Glenn is a hard-drinking Evangelical trying to get back into the life of his estranged wife Annie, played by Kate Beckinsale with surprising vulnerability. Supporting cast that includes Griffin Dunne, Jeannetta Arnette, Amy Sedaris, Nicky Katt and Tom Noonan. "The multiple storylines weave together seamlessly to create a tapestry of emotion that stays with the viewer long after the screening." - Ain't It Cool News "Emotionally harrowing and gentle by turns, this well-acted winter's tale is a more narrative-driven experience than Green's more lyrical Sundance entries… the beautiful outdoor photography extends Green's fascination with nature as a realm of beauty and danger, a place where men, women and children alike experience their final reckonings." – Justin Chang, Variety. Director David Gordon Green and other guests (TBA) to introduce the screening.