Post-screening Q&A with author Claire L. Evans, Electronic Resources Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library Eileen Ybarra, and Associate Director of Reference and Public Services at the Margaret Herrick Library Elizabeth Youle.
Network television research librarian Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) finds her job threatened when efficiency expert Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy) becomes fixated on replacing the all-female department with cutting-edge computing technology. For the movie’s fictional “EMMARAC” system, IBM provided early supercomputer prototypes to Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, which are impressively captured by cinematographer Leon Shamroy’s CinemaScope lensing. At its core a workplace comedy and a battle between two genders (and Tracy and Hepburn’s eighth of nine films together), Desk Set also eerily forecasts the increased digitization and consolidation of certain careers while interrogating the capitalistic motivations behind workplace efficiency measures.
To discuss the rich history of women and technology, we’re pleased to be joined by a panel of guests, including Claire L. Evans, author of the book Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet, Eileen Ybarra, Electronic Resources Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library, and Elizabeth Youle, Associate Director of Reference and Public Services at the Margaret Herrick Library.
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Friday, June 9
Guillermo del Toro presents Pan’s Labyrinth
Screening includes a conversation with Guillermo del Toro, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, and actor Doug Jones.
The Big Chill
Honoring executive producer Marcia Nasatir. Introduction by writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, Scott Feinberg, Lucy Fisher, Piper Laurie, Anne Goursaud, and Mike Medavoy
Opening with the title card, “Once upon a time in South Central Los Angeles,” writer-director John Singleton’s sophomore feature Poetic Justice blends tragedy with romance for a searing portrait of a community rebuilding from the ashes.
Sat, Jun 11, 2022
A Trip to the Moon and Other Trips through Time and Space…with Serge Bromberg
Serge Bromberg introduces his most astounding discoveries and accompanies them on the piano, honoring the way they were first presented.
Saturday, July 30th 2022
The Last Unicorn
40th Anniversary Screening. In-person: screenwriter and author Peter S. Beagle and producer Michael Chase Walker.
Thu, Sep 22, 2022
Fri, Sep 30, 2022
Special guests: The Debbie Allen Dance Studio
Friday, January 27, 2023
Losing Ground @ 40
Introduction remarks by Nina Collins. Post-screening conversation with Julie Dash - Filmmaker, Dr. Jacqueline Stewart - Director and President of the Academy Museum, and Dr. Ariel Stevenson - Assistant Professor at USC.
Thursday, February 9, 2023
The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness
United States Premiere. Special guest: Introduction by director Lewis Klahr.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
2 Fast 2 Furious
Special guests: Post-screening conversation with Tyrese Gibson - actor, Neal Moritz - Producer/USC alumnus, Derek Haas - Co-Writer, Bobbi Banks and Greg Hedgepath - Supervising Sound Editors, and Warren Drummond - Storyboard Artist. Moderated by Manouchka Labouba - Academy Museum Research Assistant.
Friday, March 17, 2023
Lee Unkrich Presents The Shining
Special guest: Introduction and presentation by Lee Unkrich - director, animator and author of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining
Thu, Jun 23, 2022
40th Anniversary Screening. Q&A with A. Scott Berg, Barry Sandler, and Harry Hamlin.
Thu, May 4 | 7:30pm
Sunday, May 28, 2023