Ugh. Summer in the desert. It’s too hot to move. Too hot to hike. Too hot to sit by the pool. Even reading a book makes your eyes sweat.


Well, don’t make your inner literary nerd suffer just because temperatures hit triple digits. Hang out with a good book with UCR Palm Desert’s free  summer movie series, Lit Flicks – films that take big writing and put it on the big screen.
Prior to each movie, there will be a 15-minute discussion by film and literary experts. There will also be a brief discussion afterward to talk about the adaptation, what worked, what didn’t and what the director left out.
The movies will be screened in the incredibly well-air conditioned auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert.
– via Maggie Downs
university of california, riverside - palm desert campus
university of california, riverside - palm desert campus

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 FREE Film Screenings

on a monthly basis at the 

University of California, Riverside – Palm Desert

75080 Frank Sinatra Dr. @ Cook Street in Palm Desert, CA

starting at 7:00pm

in celebration of their Lit Flick free film screenings this summer
 
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Film Info:

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This Wednesday!: July 11 – “Into the Wild” at 7:00pm
The 1996 nonfiction work by Jon Krakauer was brought to the big screen in 2007 by director Sean Penn.  This biographical drama follows the travels of Christopher McCandless on the road (Slab City and the Salton Sea make guest appearance!) and into the Alaskan wilderness. The film was nominated for two Golden Globes and two Academy Awards.
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Aug. 15th – “Winter’s Bone” at 7:0pm
This dramatic film is an adaptation of Daniel Woodrell’s 2006 novel, which explores rural poverty in the Ozarks. The film has received numerous accolades, including four Academy Award nominations and the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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Sept. 12 – “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at 7:00pm
One of Tennessee Williams’ most-beloved stories, this is the only play-turned-film in our series. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. The story is set on a plantation in the Mississippi Delta and examines family, greed, sexual desire, homophobia, death and social mores. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards.

* Prior to each movie, there will be a 15-minute discussion by film and literary experts. There will also be a brief discussion afterward to talk about the adaptation, what worked, what didn’t and what the director left out.
All movies will be screened in the beautiful, air-conditioned auditorium.
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Why these Films?

 All three films in the series were selected because they represent critically acclaimed adaptations from great works of literature, and they all have a regional/Coachella Valley connection. Scenes from “Into the Wild” were shot at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Salvation Mountain and Slab City. Also director Sean Penn received the Director of the Year award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, while the movie’s star, Emile Hirsch, took home the Rising Star prize.

“Winter’s Bone” was selected because actress Jennifer Lawrence received the Rising Star award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Also, it’s cold — and we could use a little bit of that here in the summer.
 
As for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” it is the play that Palm Desert High School administrators canceled last fall. http://ninjasandbacon.tumblr.com/post/11010929180/community-against-the-censorship-of-arts-at-pdhs

 – via UCR, Palm Desert

Don't forget to put your phone on silent in the movie theater!

Don’t forget to put your phone on silent in the movie theater!

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More Info: 

The full schedule is listed here: http://palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/Lit_Flicks.html That page also contains links where people can RSVP. Even though all the films are free, RSVPs are recommended to ensure a seat.

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