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Front Porch Cinema and Film Independent Offer a Month of Free Films in Santa Monica, From 'Los Wild Ones' to 'The Sting'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! September 19, 2013 at 1:38PM

Returning for a second year, Santa Monica Pier's Front Porch Cinema will offer free films for the community every Friday for four weeks beginning September 27. This year marks the event's first collaboration with nonprofit arts organization Film Independent.
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'Los Wild Ones'
'Los Wild Ones'

Get out your lawn chairs! Returning for a second year, Santa Monica Pier's Front Porch Cinema will offer free films for the community every Friday for four weeks beginning September 27. This year marks the event's first collaboration with nonprofit arts organization Film Independent.

Kicking off the series is the LA premiere of SXSW hit and festival favorite rockabilly doc "Los Wild Ones." Filled with great music and large personalities from Rob Kennedy's LA-based indie label Wild Records, the film follows Kennedy and the young Latino musicians he's signed as they face an uncertain future for the label. The Rhythm Shakers will perform live. Trailer below.

On October 4, the Pier will screen George Roy Hill's Oscar-winning comedy caper "The Sting" (1973), starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, for the film's 40th anniversary. The evening features a live ragtime pianist and card tables.

October 11's film will be a family-friendly screening of the classic animated Peanuts gang treasure "Snoopy Come Home!" Closing the series will Oscar-nominated documentary "Chasing Ice" (2012), directed by Jeff Orlowski about National Geographic photographer James Balog as he takes us on a time-lapse tour through the challenging glaciers of the Arctic.

Head to Front Porch's official site for more info.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.