What’s better than watching a movie under the stars on a balmy Los Angeles night? Not much, honestly. How lucky are we, then, that SAG-AFTRA Foundation has decided to host their outdoor screening series Game Changers at the Ford. With a focus on groundbreaking films and television, each screening includes a brief moderated talk featuring the people who changed the game both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Sounds amazing, right? Then the Ford is definitely #theplacetobe June 27-30.
The summer movie fun kicks off on Thursday, June 27 with a screening of director John Singleton’s acclaimed 1991 award-winning debut Boys N the Hood. Before the film, stars Laurence Fishburne (Furious Styles), Nia Long (Brandi) and Tyra Farrell (Mrs. Baker) will discuss the creative and cultural impact the film had on Hollywood and audiences all over the world. The O.G. Toy Story takes center stage on Friday, June 28 and includes a pre-screening talk with actors John Ratzenberger (voice of Hamm), John Morris (voice of Andy), art director Ralph Eggleston and character designer Bob Pauley.
Did you binge watch Neflix’s Stranger Things like we did? Well, then you will want to be at the Ford on Saturday, June 29 for a sneak premiere of the first episode of Stranger Things 3 ahead of its official July 4 premiere. Yes. The evening includes a conversation with star David Harbour (Jim Hopper) and a screening of the final episode of Season 2. On Sunday, June 30, make a bestie movie date night to watch the iconic female-driven (pun intended) Thelma & Louise. Special guests will discuss the role the film played in their lives and its influence on female-centered content being created today.
Game Changers features groundbreaking films and television that impacted diversity and representation in media, reimagined traditional narratives, and achieved major advances in storytelling. Proceeds from the screening series go towards the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, a nonprofit that provides vital assistance and educational programming to performing artists and serves the public with the free children’s literacy program Storyline Online® where actors read to over 100 million children every year.
Finally, more movies will be coming to our intimate little outdoor theatre… ICYMI, Cinespia just announced they’ll be screening the original Star Wars Trilogy; Outfest Los Angeles just released their lineup of Outfest Under the Stars titles that feature Trixie Mattell, Kathy Griffin and more; and the Hollywood Shorts monthly screenings of short films returns to The Zev Terrace on July 30.
We’ll see you at the movies.