Events & Appearances

SUMMER NOIR: SHAKEDOWN + AUTUMN FIRE – Bootleg Theater July 28, 2019 Los Angeles @ Bootleg Theater
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
SUMMER NOIR: SHAKEDOWN + AUTUMN FIRE - Bootleg Theater July 28, 2019 Los Angeles @ Bootleg Theater

SUMMER NOIR: Joseph Pevney’s SHAKEDOWN + Herman G. Weinberg’s AUTUMN FIRE

July 28, 2019

Doors at 6:00 PM
Show at 6:30 PM

Alan K. Rode, celebrated author, film historian, and charter director of Film Noir Foundation, will join us for an introduction to SHAKEDOWN!

“His Camera Was More Deadly Than a Gangster’s Gun!”

Step out of the sun and into the darkness with this incredibly rare, hugely entertaining hard-boiled Film Noir about a ruthless, career-obsessed photojournalist who finds himself on the payroll of both the newspaper and a notorious crime boss. As things go from bad to worse, under-appreciated Director Joseph Pevney unspools the pulpy yarn with explosive, fast-paced aplomb that will leave you breathless (and make you wonder why genre movies are ever longer than 85 minutes). Predating better-known Noirs like Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole and Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, this brute-force critique of ambition in the media stars Howard Duff (The Naked City), Peggy Dow (Harvey) and Brian Donlevy (The Big Combo). This film is not available on DVD or streaming, catch it with us on beautiful 16MM, the way it was intended — flickering on the big screen with a room full of friends and strangers.

To offer a bit of poetry with the pulp, we’ll be starting with Herman G. Weinberg’s gorgeous 1931 experimental short Autumn Fire.”

Please note: Stand-by tickets will be available night of show on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All ticket holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to show start time or tickets are subject to re-sale.


Full bar at the Bootleg Theater. There is street parking, or a free lot at the church across the street on Beverly/Roselake. Any questions, please email



Projections celebrates the collective experience of cinema, showing one-of-a-kind, original release film prints in an intimate environment. Each feature is preceded by a related short film, and Projections selects films which are best appreciated as a group to create a unique, community-oriented filmgoing experience.


Bootleg Theater is a year-round inclusive art space for original, boundary-defying live theater, music, and dance performances born from the diverse cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Bootleg supports and collaborates with the best of established and emerging music, theater, and dance artists to create daring multi-disciplinary live experiences that are striking, contemporary and non-traditional.


All the Right Stuff: Vet’s Day Screening + Conversation with Director PHILIP KAUFMAN – Hollywood – 11 November 2019 @ The American Legion Hollywood Post 43 Theater
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:45 pm
All the Right Stuff: Vet's Day Screening + Conversation with Director PHILIP KAUFMAN - Hollywood - 11 November 2019 @ The American Legion Hollywood Post 43 Theater

Director Philip Kaufman In Person!


The American Cinematheque’s tribute to Philip Kaufman includes a special Veterans Day screening of THE RIGHT STUFF in 35mm at the American Legion Hollywood Post 43 Theater:

Monday, November 11 – 7:00 PM
Co-presented by the Hollywood American Legion Post 43
THE RIGHT STUFF, 1983, Warner Bros., 193 min. Dir. Philip Kaufman. Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward and Jeff Goldblum head the stellar ensemble cast of THE RIGHT STUFF, which is based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling book chronicling the exciting early years of the United States’ race to conquer the final frontier, and the daredevil test pilots who ultimately became the first Americans in space. A pre-screening conversation with director Philip Kaufman begins at 7:00 PM, moderated by Alan Rode.

Special Ticket Prices: $20 General, $15 Cinematheque Members. $35 VIP tickets include a 6:15 PM meet and greet with director Philip Kaufman (including a drink and a reserved seat). No vouchers or refunds.

Venue Info

The American Legion Hollywood Post 43 Theater is located at 2035 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Post 43 is just South of the Hollywood Bowl on the West side of the street. Parking is available for $10 in the Legion lot (first come, first served) and free across Highland Avenue in the Hollywood Bowl lot.

More info and tickets here:

BEHIND THE BLACKLIST Film and Discussion – Skirball Center – June 11, 2023 @ Skirball Cultural Center
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Skirball Cultural Center June 11, 2023 BEHIND THE BLACKLIST film and discussion program moderated by AKR.

About the Program

See how prejudice manifested during the Hollywood Red Scare with a double feature that looks at antisemitism in the 1940s. Waging a “cold war” on minority groups, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) used the Hearings to target Jews and other oppressed peoples, whether or not evidence of their involvement with the Communist Party existed.

In between films, hear from film historian Alan Rode and Thomas Doherty, professor of American studies at Brandeis University and cultural historian focusing on Hollywood cinema.


11:00 am— Hollywood on TrialNine men in suit and tie assembled in 1940's photo.
This Oscar-nominated documentary is an authoritative account of the 1947 HUAC Hearings centering on the screenwriters, directors, and producers who were cited for contempt of Congress. Archival footage of the Hearings is punctuated by interviews with the participants and others who were affected. Directed by David Helpern. (1976, 105 min. No MPAA rating.)

12:45 pm—Conversation and Q&A with Thomas Doherty
Moderated by film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode.

2:00 pm—Crossfire
Crossfire is an essential post-war drama examining antisemitism in the US military. Despite its financial success and five Oscar nominations, the film led to its American Jewish director (Edward Dmytryk) and producer (Adrian Scott) being Blacklisted and jailed with the Hollywood Ten. (1947, 84 min. No MPAA rating.)Couple sharing drinks at nightclub table.

Look out for related artifacts in the exhibition! Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare features protest materials by members of the Hollywood Ten, a spotlight on Crossfire, and more!

More information here: The Skirball Cultural Center