Peter Russell, screenwriting instructor from UCLA, will be commenting about the film at various points.
At 7pm we will start the evening with a networking event, and people can introduce their project and tell the group about their production needs. All film professionals are welcome to introduce their services before we start the screening.
At 8pm we will start the screening and film discussion.
Organizer - Actor/Writer/Producer
The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality called "the Matrix", created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their bodies' heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source. Computer programmer "Neo" learns this truth and is drawn into a rebellion against the machines, which involves other people who have been freed from the "dream world".
The Matrix is known for popularizing a visual effect known as "bullet time", in which the heightened perception of certain characters is represented by allowing the action within a shot to progress in slow-motion while the camera's viewpoint appears to move through the scene at normal speed. The film is an example of the cyberpunk science fiction genre. It contains numerous references to philosophical and religious ideas, and prominently pays homage to works such as Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Jean Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Wachowskis' approach to action scenes drew upon their admiration for Japanese animation and martial arts films, and the film's use of fight choreographers and wire fu techniques from Hong Kong action cinema was influential upon subsequent Hollywood action film productions.
Fundraising Movie Screenings:
I have 12 meetups and over 4,000 members in all my meetups, and I'm starting a movie screenings series to raise funds for my theater, where I hold most of our filmmaking instructional events.
Do come by to one of our screenings. Door is $10, and anything else you would like to contribute to the venue, if you wish to do so.
Networking Hour (followed by screening)
I will be encouraging our members/attendees to talk about any current artistic project they have going, and who they would like to meet in order to complete it. Artist who offer services are also welcome to attend and talk about their skills.
We will network for about an hour, and then go into the screening.