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James Franco in Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto" Fest Hit

  • May 10, 2014 · 7:45 PM
  • Walter Reade Theater

Artistic Teddy (Jack Kilmer, son of Val) cannot articulate his feelings for April (Emma Roberts, niece of Julia), who fills the void left by her distracted parents via a relationship with her soccer coach (James Franco.) Meanwhile, the erratic behavior of Fred (Nat Wolff), Teddy’s best friend with father issues of his own, spirals increasingly out of control when faced with the prospect of being left behind, as school “slut” Emily (Zoe Levin) searches for love the only way she knows how.

Adapted from the short story collection by James Franco, writer-director Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis, niece of Sofia) connects the lives of these affluent but troubled teens in this mesmerizingly assured debut. Combating listlessness and uncertainty with sex, drugs, and acts of self-destruction, the kids of Palo Alto exist beyond the film’s titular California city—they’re in every high school in America.

Click here for the NY Times review.

Venice Film Festival, 2013
Telluride Film Festival, 2013
Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
Tribeca Film Festival, 2014

"A formidable debut that shows amazing promise, and care." —Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment

"One of the best movies ever made about high school life in America." —David Ehrlich,

"Luminous… Coppola is a talent to watch." —Jon Frosch,The Atlantic


Showtime is 7:40.  Tickets can be purchased through or the Walter Reade box office.  The discount ticket offer is sold-out.

The group will meet around 6:15 at Empire Szechuan, 193 Columbus Ave. I won't be looking for people at the Cinema.

If you're not going to be there, your RSVP should say no.  Participants are requested to be fully engaged in the meetup by refraining from all phone usage.  (Now please don't ask for my cell number.)

Please drink responsibly.


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  • annE

    loved the film and really enjoyed the indie cafe after - thanks for all your efforts jonathan, making these opportunities available

    May 13, 2014

  • Ellen

    Agreed. It was a very nice evening and a good movie. Thanks Jonathan. Hope to see everyone again soon.

    May 11, 2014

  • lilian c

    Excellent! It was the venue, the movie, the people and the host.

    May 10, 2014

  • Janet

    Not feeling well, wanted to see it but need to stay in and rest.

    May 10, 2014

  • jonathan

    Please arrive on time at the restaurant, so they'll save seats for us. Fun fact: I posted this meetup while I was in Palo Alto, CA.

    May 10, 2014

  • jonathan

    Just announced. The screening will be preceded by a live performance of some of the score music!

    May 9, 2014

  • jonathan

    Discount tickets are now sold-out. Full price tickets are available at the Walter Reade box office and online at

    May 9, 2014

  • jonathan

    As of now, I don't have a discount ticket for everyone who has RSVP'd. If you wait, you may have to pay full price.

    May 2, 2014

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