That’s the Film & Focus series, launched by our Cultural Affairs Committee this past summer. The events bring the community together for an informative presentation by an expert on a chosen topic, followed by a film screening that thematically explores it.
Committee Chairman Nello DiGiandomenico says the turnout has demonstrated the community’s robust interest.
“Every time we’ve had one of these events, people have been really excited about it, and have a lot of questions about the topic afterward.”
The first installment featured author and UCLA professor Vincent Brook, who provided historical insight on Helen Hunt Jackson’s popular 1884 LA-centric novel, Ramona, followed by a screening of D.W. Griffith’s 1910 silver screen film adaptation.
The second series event examined public banking, with a talk from Public Bank LA’s Legislative Director, David Jette, followed by a screening of the 1983 film Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The next planned topic: Space Exploration. The Cultural Affairs Committee is at work securing a speaker (mostly likely from NASA) and selecting a film. Perhaps Elon Musk (who was recently spotted lunching at Home State) can make an appearance?
Whether Mr. Musk joins us or not, the Film & Focus events are a great way to connect with other Los Felizians.
“It provokes discussion,” DiGiandomenico says. “We’re so isolated in this digital age, so having an event where people come together and communicate is underlying it all.”
The committee is also soliciting suggestions for future topics.
— Sarah Lynn Tressler