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“The Tax Collector”

by Justin Lyons

2020 sure has been an interesting year for movies. We’ve missed our fair share of big releases, but here we are in September with a new film from David Ayer, a director who has seemingly taken nothing but criticism over the past half decade. Maybe some of that has been warranted, maybe some of it hasn’t, but here he stands with a new movie available for rent.

Ayer is re-teaming with Shia LaBeouf, whom he directed in one of the best performances of his career in 2014’s “Fury.” LaBeouf is past the point of only being recognized for the “Transformers” series. He’s truly one of the most gifted actors working right now, and this nice, little roll he’s found himself on since exiting Michael Bay’s billion dollar franchise has solidified him as a top tier talent.

He’s coming off a fantastic 2019 with “Honey Boy” and “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” so it was no surprise seeing him marketed as a co-lead in “The Tax Collector.” It was, however, a shock to see him in a supporting role in the film itself, and that’s the movie’s biggest problem.

It might be better said that the movie’s biggest problem is that none of the characters, aside from LaBeouf’s character, called Creeper, are very interesting. Each and every one is built upon a foundation that we’re familiar with, including those in other David Ayer movies. Their principles and motivations never sincerely stand out.

David, the main character played by Bobby Soto, drives around Los Angeles collecting a percentage of gang profits for his boss, a man called Wizard. He does it to protect and provide for his non-gang-affiliated family, who are in fact good. When Wizard’s ex-rival returns to town, dead set on taking over Los Angeles, David’s allegiances and strength are put to the test.

Again, we’ve seen that before, so viewing it again, in a mostly predictable manner that doesn’t make “The Tax Collector” stand out among memories of other gang movies and stories, doesn’t let it resonate. It never pushes for that emotional connection to the characters or story that I was looking for. Possibly the most unfortunate part is that there’s evidence of potential here. There is potential in these characters and in this world that makes me think there’s a decent movie in here somewhere, but it needed more time to give the characters the life and development they deserved.

The story itself also feels disjointed in an effort to develop the relationships with characters, even though those relationships don’t benefit from the sacrificing of story. Most beats, particularly toward the end of the film, seem to just happen without express purpose. There is a guiding narrative pushing David against the rival gang leader, but most events in the story don’t have the build up that I had hoped for. Things just kind of occur without any rhyme or reason. We have a character whom we’re supposed to immediately latch onto and a character whom we’re supposed to immediately hate, and none of the story beats ever allow the characters to breathe and change.

Each scene is also played at the highest possible level. Subtlety isn’t always a synonym for high quality, but constant high octane sequences never helped David’s character. Despite being a lover of action sequences, I found myself more intrigued by David’s moments with his family. He shows the struggle of balancing his roles as a protector and as a “tax collector,” but it’s never enough to round out the character.

It feels like Ayer is going through the motions, which is disappointing from a director who has obvious talent. He didn’t fall into the screenplay for “Training Day,” and he surely didn’t accidentally direct “Fury” and “End of Watch” with the skill and charisma of those films. That filmmaking talent is in there, but in going back to a story reminiscent of his earlier work, it appears he is recycling his own techniques. Even the visual look of the movie, which Ayer typically excels with, feels bland. He does pull a couple of visual tricks from his repertoire in flashbacks and high-intensity action sequences, but the flashbacks feel played out, and one specific moment of slow motion was enough to pull me out of a movie that appeared to go for gritty reality.

There are positives to take away from “The Tax Collector.” Again, Shia LaBeouf is immensely talented, and that shows in this film. Every single time he’s on-screen, it’s tough to look away. He does take a supporting role in the movie, but he steals the show right out of Bobby Soto’s hands. Some of that is due to the writing as Creeper is a far more compellingly written character than David, but LaBeouf commits so hard to every single word, and he’s an absolute blast to watch.

The scenes in which David and Creeper drive around Los Angeles, spewing mostly throwaway dialogue, are easily the most fun in the film. Creeper is the muscle of the duo, but I enjoyed his humanity. I have to credit LaBeouf because when Creeper is thinking, it’s easy to watch the wheels in his brain spin. He has these survival instincts, and he’s skilled with weapons and intimidation tactics, but he’s not a robot. He diets, meditates and wants to be included in David’s personal life.

“The Tax Collector” isn’t memorably bad. It’s just not memorable at all, and that is the most frustrating thing about the film. There is potential in the story, the characters and the story world, but it’s so easy to think of scenes that should have been cut in favor of scenes that should have been added. There’s also so much inspiration behind Creeper, but he’s not the focus of the film, which I think would have made the movie much more engaging.

There comes a certain point in the film where nothing is left to care about, and the story revisits a relationship that doesn’t feel earned. Had it spent more time developing that relationship, I might have been invested in the final act, but one short sequence and one small show of good faith wasn’t enough to make me believe that some of these characters would show the support they’re asked to show. Nevertheless, I’m happy to discuss Shia LaBeouf in a positive way. Maybe with that tattoo on his chest forever he’d be better suited in a similar role as a lead performer.

“The Tax Collector” is streaming now on Amazon.

LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Long Beach International Film Festival

Kicks off its Eighth Year of Films, Food & Culture

Elected Officials Join Festival Founder, Renowned Filmmakers and Charitable Partners
*Photo, Video & Interview Opportunities*  

Thursday, July 25th at 11:00am  – Allegria Hotel, 80 W Broadway, Long Beach

WHO:

Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive

Craig Weintraub Founder, LBIFF

Harry Coghlan, CEO, Nassau IDA

Judy Griffin, New York State Assembly

Rick Eberle, LBIFF Director of Live Music

Nicki & Sami Saatchi, SVS Fine Jewelry

Chris Cassidy, Emmy award-winning cinematographer and photographer

Marc Brissett, filmmaker of Suicide Files, documentary film making its World Premiere at LBIFF

John Maffei, Executive Chef, Allegria Hotel

DJ CHEF, the only entertainer to cook & deejay simultaneously

 

WHAT:                

Join us as we kickoff the 8th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) celebrating film, food, arts and culture on the shores of Long Beach, and celebrate the success of LBIFF on Long Island, some of New York’s own award-winning filmmakers, culinary & musical talent, as well as the liveliness of the filmmaking industry in Nassau County.

WHEN:              

Thursday, July 25 at 11:00 AM

Media Call Time: 10:45 AM

 

WHERE:    

Allegria Hotel

80 W Broadway, Long Beach   

 

ABOUT LBIFF 2019:

During its four-day run, July 31 – August 3, the festival will screen an international slate of more than 50 films, including feature-length narratives, documentaries, short and animated movies open for all ages. In addition, the festival will feature array of nightly special events, including red carpet premieres, gourmet food events, Chefs & Shorts, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q&As, and musical performances. The Opening Night Film (to be announced) will screen at the Regal Lynbrook 13 Theater at 5 p.m., immediately followed by Taste on the Plaza. This red-carpet event will feature interview opportunities accompanied by the “Tastes” of over 30 Restaurants, Wines, Beers and Spirits on Long Beach Plaza with Live Musical Performances celebrating filmmakers and artists.  The festival will conclude on Saturday, August 3, with a FREE Concert on the Beach followed by FREE Shorts on the Beach, which offers movie screenings right on the shores of Long Beach beginning at sunset. For more information visit www.longbeachfilm.com.

 

Momentum Generation Debuts Dec. 11

HBO Sports takes a deep dive into the fascinating, constantly evolving world of surfing, exploring how a group of dedicated teenagers changed the sport and its culture in the 1990s, when MOMENTUM GENERATION debuts TUESDAY, DEC. 11 (10:00-11:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBOThe film will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming platforms.

From Emmy® and Peabody winners Jeff and Michael Zimbalist of All Rise Films, the HBO Sports presentation, in association with Priority Pictures and Sundance Productions, is executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions alongside Karen Lauder and Greg Little of Priority Pictures. Justine Chiara, Lizzie Friedman, Tina Elmo and Colby Gottert produced.

In the 1960s, surfing in America was known primarily as a California- and Hawaii-based phenomenon associated with surf instrumentals and Beach Boys songs. In films, it was a vehicle to infuse all-American romantic comedies with action or zany antics. Although equipment and skills evolved, the public’s perception of surfing as a novelty sport remained constant until the 1990s, when a group of punk rock-loving teens, many from troubled homes and backgrounds, found its way to a house on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, in the process changing their lives and the sport itself.

In MOMENTUM GENERATION, the core members of that legendary crew – including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley, Kalani Robb, Ross Williams, Taylor Steele and Pat O’Connell – tell their story together for the first time. Filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist draw on unprecedented access to their inner circle, as well as to tens of thousands of hours of footage in private archives, to highlight the deep friendships that were formed and tested during the surfers’ careers as top athletes and cultural icons.

“We’re proud to be the home for MOMENTUM GENERATION, a film that is obviously about a group of surfers at the zenith of the sport, but more subtly about their lifelong friendships,” says Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “The Zimbalist brothers take us on an adrenaline-fueled journey spanning three decades, and the intimacy with which they reveal the ups and downs of some of surfing’s biggest stars makes this film unlike anything else of its kind.”

After relocating to Oahu, the young surfers courageously followed each other into Mother Nature’s most dangerous waves. When some of them didn’t make it back to shore, they found a way to mourn together – and adapt. Fueled by camaraderie and a deep-seated competitiveness, the tight-knit crew became known as the “Momentum Generation” after being featured in Taylor Steele’s groundbreaking films. Its members went on to win world titles, break records and redefine the world’s perception of the surfer, youth culture and what it means to be free.

Filmed over the course of two and a half years, the Momentum Generation surfers reflect on the complexity of the brotherhood and competition that have shaped their shared emotional journey, and made these pioneers both heroic and human.

The film made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York earlier this year where it won an Audience Award.  It has also won top awards at the Aspen Film Festival, Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival, Honolulu Surf Film Festival, Surfalorus and the Los Angeles Film Awards.

MOMENTUM GENERATION is directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist; executive producers, Robert Redford, Laura Michalchyshyn, Karen Lauder and Greg Little; producers, Justine Chiara, Tina Elmo, Lizzie Friedman and Colby Gottert; written by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist. For HBO: executive producers, Bill Simmons, Peter Nelson and Rick Bernstein; supervising producer, Bentley Weiner.

Check out the trailer for MOMENTUM GENERATION here!

YG’s 3rd Album

YG’s HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 3rd ALBUM STAY DANGEROUS TO DROP AUGUST 3rd VIA DEF JAM RECORDINGS!

YG, NICKI MINAJ, 2 CHAINZ AND BIG SEAN PERFORM “BIG BANK”, YG’S SUMMER SMASH HIT TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME ON BET AWARDS

STAY DANGEROUS ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT AND 4HUNNID FASHION SHOW SET FOR AUGUST 5th AT MICROSOFT THEATER IN LOS ANGELES, HOSTED BY YG

Multi-platinum Bompton-based rapper YG is gearing up for the August 3rd release of STAY DANGEROUS via Def Jam Recordings. The highly anticipated album is slated to include“Big Bank,” YG’s instant summer smash track featuring Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and Big Sean. The track was performed for the first time live on Sundays 18th annual BET Awards. Watch performance here!

VIEW THE “BIG BANK” VIDEO HERE: http://YG.lnk.to/BigBankOfficialVideo

LISTEN TO “BIG BANK”HERE: http://YG.lnk.to/BigBank

The countdown is on for the arrival of STAY DANGEROUS, the long-awaited follow-up to YG’s critically acclaimed Still Brazy (June 2016), hailed by the New York Times as “an artisanal, proletarian Los Angeles gangster rap record.” On June 28th, YG will host an exclusive album listening party with Postmates in San Francisco, to be streamed exclusively on WAV. On August 5th, two days after the new album drops, YG will host the STAY DANGEROUS album release concert and 4Hunnid fashion show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets available here.

YG has appeared in several films since 2012, including his own Compton-centric documentary Blame It On the Streets. His next appearance will be in White Boy Rick, a true crime drama upcoming September 2018 from Sony Pictures, starring Matthew McConaughey and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta). Check out trailer below: http://youtu.be/qns48PtK2io

http://www.4hunnid.com

Gorgon City Deliver Video for Latest Single “Go Deep”

Duo To Perform at Chicago’s Mamby On The Beach Festival On June 23

Gorgon City have unveiled the official video for their latest track, “Go Deep,” a rich production which has already received the support of BBC Radio 1′s dance family, including Annie Mac, Pete Tong, and Danny Howard. View “Go Deep” here: Http://po.st/GoDeepV

Directed by London-based duo Melody Maker & Lauren Van Veen, “Go Deep” utilizes the popular filming technique known as “dry for wet” using smoke colored filters and lighting effects to simulate a character being underwater while filming on a dry stage. The technique, which appears in films such as Lord of the Rings, and Guillermo Del Toro‘s The Shape of Water, sees the duo ‘go deep’ to the bottom of the sea, where they perform a passionate choreography routine.

Teaming up with Ghosted and BRIT Award-winning singer/songwriter Kamille on the release, the track follows Gorgon City‘s recent sold out UK and Europe Kingdom tour and has already amassed over 3 million streams since release.

Having established themselves as one of the most in-demand acts around, Gorgon City have enjoyed stellar success over the past 5 years thanks to their unique blend of bass-driven house music and addictive vocals, launching their own club-focused REALM imprint, which housed recent EP Grooves On The Vinyl, “Motorola” and Radio 1 specialist anthem “Primal Call.”

A unique and refreshing collaboration from UK’s music’s most talented and innovative acts, “Go Deep” is set to cause summer shockwaves, and follows on from Gorgon City‘s anthem of the 2017 Ibiza season, “Real Life” with Duke Dumont. “Go Deep” is out now HERE.

View Video For “Go Deep” Ft. Kamille & Ghosted Here:


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61st BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 AWARD WINNERS

LOVELESS (Best Film), THE WOUND (Best First Feature), KINGDOM OF US (Best Documentary) and THE RABBIT HUNT (Best Short Film) receive the Star of London

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® announced this year’s Festival Award-winners at its high profile Awards dinner, at Banqueting House, Whitehall, this evening. Hosted by James Nesbitt and with an address from BFI Chair Josh Berger, guests included Andrea Arnold, Hayley Atwell, Eric Bana, Jessie Buckley, Lily Cole, Jason Isaacs, Adrian Lester, Helen McCrory, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor Joy and this year’s BFI Fellowship recipient, Paul Greengrass.

OFFICIAL COMPETITION WINNER – Best Film: LOVELESS, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia, France, Germany, Belgium)

Recognising inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, the winner of the Best Film Award, went to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s LOVELESS, a powerful and eloquent film about a divorcing Russian couple whose son disappears. The award was announced by President of the Official Competition jury, previous Sutherland alumnus and Academy Award® and BAFTA-winning director Andrea Arnold:

The jury commented:

 “We felt that Loveless was a very poetic and beautiful film. Dark and told with a fierce passion. Although the film concentrated on the intimate story of one family in Russia, it felt like a universal tragedy; one that we recognized as one of the world¹s great sadnesses. The film-maker elevated the personal to a social and political statement. A critique of our current psychological and political moment. Some of us felt the film a cautionary tale. An angry warning. And some of us saw it as a rallying call for the opposite of what the film is called.  

We also commend Wajib. We found this to be a very honest, tender and beautifully acted story about a father and son delivering wedding invitations to their relatives. Sometimes funny and often sad we loved the glimpse into the lives of ordinary Christian Arabs in Nazareth. And through the intimacy between father and son, the film explored the clash of old and new in a fast changing world. A call for patience, respect and understanding”. 
Arnold’s fellow jurors were the BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Babak Anvari; the actor Eric Bana whose latest film THE FORGIVEN premiered at this year’s LFF; Ashley Clark, senior programmer of cinema at BAM Brooklyn; actor and social entrepreneur Lily Cole; previous LFF Best Film winner, the writer and director Alexei Popogrebsky and the BAFTA and Academy Award®-nominated producer Emma Thomas.

This is the second time that Andrey Zvyagintsev has won the Best Film at BFI London Film Festival having previously received the award for LEVIATHAN in 2014 which subsequently went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film and was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA in the same category.

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION WINNER – The Sutherland Award: John Trengove for THE WOUND (South Africa)

The long-standing Sutherland Award is named after the first Chairman of the British Film Institute, George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland. The Sutherland Award is presented to the director of the most original and imaginative first feature in the Festival, and this year’s winner is John Trengove for THE WOUND, a powerful exploration of masculinity and unspoken queer desire set in the remote mountains of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The winner was announced by the jury president, composer and producer, Melissa Parmenter.

About THE WOUND, the jury said:

“Among a strong field of debut features, we found ourselves enamoured by the urgency, vitality and originality of The Wound. Director John Trengove and his terrific cast have created a dynamic and inimitable coming-of-age story that takes a heart-breaking look at masculinity and sexuality. 

We would also like to give a special mention to the dreamlike Summer 1993, a beautiful and personal film, impressively and sensitively crafted. Its director and screenwriter Carla Simón is an exciting emerging filmmaker to watch”.

Parmenter’s fellow jurors were freelance film writer and editor Kaleem Aftab; the multi-award-winning actors Jason Isaacs and Helen McCrory and the filmmaker and Turner Prize-nominated artist Isaac Julien CBE.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION WINNER – The Grierson Award: KINGDOM OF US , directed by Lucy Cohen (United Kingdom)

The Grierson Award for the Best Documentary recognises outstanding feature-length documentaries of integrity, originality, technical excellence or cultural significance. Lucy Cohen’s documentary feature debut is a luminous exploration of grief, identity, family bonds and emotional recovery.. The award was presented by the jury President, the BAFTA & Academy Award®-winning documentary producer, John Battsek.

On behalf of the jury, John Battsek said:

“In a strong and diverse documentary selection, Lucy Cohen’s impressive debut Kingdom of Us equally fascinated and moved us all. It captures an extraordinary level of family intimacy in its delicate exploration of grief and memory.  

We would like to specially commend the poignant yet beautiful Makala, which examines third world poverty in simple and unflinching way, and also the thoroughly enjoyable, charming, inventive hybrid Before Summer Ends – this French road trip with three expat Iranians really touched and delighted the jury”. 

Joining Battsek on the jury this year were BAFTA and GRIERSON-winning editor and producer Paul Dosaj; creative director of UK Factual at Raw TV Liesel Evans; multi-award-winning directors Edward Lovelace and James Hall and the highly-accoladed documentary veteran Norma Percy.

SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNER – Best Short Film Award: THE RABBIT HUNT directed by Patrick Bresnan (USA)

The Short Film Award is now in its third year at the Festival, and recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content. Patrick Bresnan’s documentary short film THE RABBIT HUNT follows a family hunting rabbits in the sugarcane fields of the Florida Everglades during the harvest season. The Short Film award was presented by jury President, the Academy Award® and BAFTA-winning animation director and illustrator, Michael Dudok de Wit.

Of the winning film, Dudok de Wit and his jury commented:

“We were unanimously impressed by Patrick Bresnan’s verité documentary The Rabbit Hunt. The film is a thrilling look at one family’s otherwise everyday hustle, and is proof that farm-to-table eating doesn’t have to be a bourgeoisie exercise. We admired its agility, its confidence and its refusal to judge its enterprising subjects, and are excited to see what Bresnan does next.

We are also giving a special mention to Scaffold, for its assured simplicity and economy of storytelling; Martin Cries (Martin Pleure), for its inventiveness in transforming the ultraviolent video game Grand Theft Auto V into a tone poem about loneliness; and to Deborah Zebeda, for her magnetic performance in Laws Of The Game”.

Joining Dudok de Wit on the jury were film critic and culture writer, Simran Hans; BAFTA-winning producer Afolabi Kuti; one of the former BAFTA ‘Brits to Watch’ and director of the acclaimed feature debut LADY MACBETH, William Oldroyd and actor Chloe Pirrie, a former BAFTA Breakthrough awardee and Screen Star of Tomorrow.

BFI FELLOWSHIP Paul Greengrass (as previously announced)

This year’s BFI Fellowship was presented to BAFTA award-winning director, producer, screenwriter and former broadcast journalist, PAUL GREENGRASS by his frequent collaborator Tim Bevan.

Front Porch Cinema

Front Porch Cinema Free Outdoor Movie Experience on the Santa Monica Pier Returns Every Friday From Sept. 29-Oct. 20
 
Relax on the Front Porch of the Pacific with Classic and Contemporary Films, Scrumptious Food, Themed Cocktails, and Ocean Breezes

Continuing the endless summer vibes in Southern California, Front Porch Cinema returns to the Santa Monica Pier with a one-of-a-kind evening of free, oceanfront movies under the stars every Friday from Sept. 29-Oct. 20. The Pier will be transformed into a cozy front porch environment, providing thousands of movie lovers the perfect setting for a night of their favorite films, scrumptious food, themed cocktails, and special activities for all ages. 

Presenting the fall film series is Squarespace, the leading all-in-one web publishing tools company, which empowers millions of people to share their stories and chase their dreams by creating a stylish and easy-to-manage website. Programming will kick off with Academy Award-winning musical La La Land on Sept. 29 starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and will be followed by:  

– A 30th anniversary celebration of 1980’s cult film The Princess Bride on Oct. 6

– A viewing of Hidden Figures, the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians at NASA in the 1960’s on Oct. 13 

– A live-action re-telling of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and The Beast on Oct. 20 

All Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and films will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Front Porch Cinema is one special film series. Where else can you see moviegoers laugh, cry, cheer, and wince with the sand and Pacific Ocean as a backdrop? Our primary goal is to promote civic engagement via free and open to the public Pier programing, and Front Porch Cinema certainly checks that box.” said Craig Hoffman, Director of Partnerships and Development for the Santa Monica Pier Corporation. “We love celebrating both new and classic films, and are excited for the community to come out and enjoy the launch to the Pier’s fall programming.”  

“We’re so excited to be partnering with Front Porch Cinema this fall, and presenting a fun lineup for LA movie-goers,” said Kinjil Mathur, Chief Marketing Officer for Squarespace. “Films can be an incredible source of inspiration, and a powerful outlet for creative expression. We hope that the magic of the movies inspires viewers to go out and pursue their own dreams with Squarespace.” 

The series will offer unique on-site activities and entertainment. Come dance as they do in the movies, and experience free dance lessons for dancers of all ages before the series launches with La La Land on Sept. 29 from 6-7:30 p.m., courtesy of ACE and Arthur Murray Dance Center. Additionally, the younger audience will enjoy a special themed arts and crafts activation for the kids courtesy of popular local children’s bookstore, Books & Cookies

The audience can unwind on old-timey lawn chairs, comfy blankets, and watch on a giant screen with the highest quality HD-projection and line-array sound provided by LA’s premier outdoor movie producers, Eat|See|Hear. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as only a limited number will be available for rent. Each week there will be curated cocktails themed to the film available in the Cinema Lounge, with beverages from Boulevard Brewing Company and Deep Eddie Vodka, as well as seating for guests to enjoy before and during the film. 

Presenting partner Squarespace will also provide all attendees with a free trial at squarespace.com/frontporchcinema, and 10% off on their first purchase by using offer code FRONTPORCHCINEMA. 


Front Porch Cinema Fall Schedule: 
Cinema Lounge opens at 6 p.m. 

Movie begins at 7:30 p.m. 

September 29 – La La Land (PG-13) 

October 6 – The Princess Bride (PG) 

October 13 – Hidden Figures (PG) 

October 20 – Beauty and the Beast (PG) 

This year’s Front Porch Cinema media partners include LA Weekly, KROQ, KEARTH, and Laemmle Arthouse Theaters Parking will be available in the lot north of the pier at 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, and FREE bike valet will be provided. For more information, please visit www.frontporchcinema.com

About Squarespace 

Squarespace powers the next generation of the independent workforce by providing millions of makers, thinkers, and doers with the tools they need to bring their unique stories to life. By blending industry-leading design and world-class engineering, Squarespace presents a beautiful all-in-one solution for building websites, selling online, and taking control of your online identity. Founded in 2003, Squarespace’s team of 700 is headquartered in downtown NYC, with offices in Dublin and Portland. For more information, visit www.squarespace.com/about.

About The Santa Monica Pier Corporation 

The Santa Monica Pier Corporation (SMPC) is a non-profit, public benefit corporation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Santa Monica Pier experience for all visitors. For more information, visit http://www.santamonicapier.org

About Eat|See|Hear 

Voted “Best Outdoor Movie Series” by Los Angeles Magazine in 2014, the Eat|See|Hear outdoor movie, food truck and live music series brings an evening of fun to Los Angeles-area venues each summer. The annual series features up-and-coming bands from the local music scene, the hottest food trucks and the largest inflatable movie screen west of the Mississippi with the highest quality HD-projection with a 52-foot wide image and professional sound. Eat|See|Hear promises an enjoyable movie-going experience for everyone, including dogs. Each event and is produced by LA-based Trailhead Marketing, Inc. For more information visit www.eatseehear.com.