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'Night of the Ad Eaters' Festival Celebrates Best of Global Advertising

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 30, 2013 at 2:42PM

In the midst of a world tour, producer Jean Marie Boursicot's 30-year-old international advertising cinema festival, "The Night of the Ad Eaters," is hitting L.A. for one night on May 31 at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. The special three-hour event features hundreds of the world’s most creative and outrageous commercials on the big screen; the ads come from 40 different countries.
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In the midst of a world tour, producer Jean Marie Boursicot's 30-year-old international advertising cinema festival, "The Night of the Ad Eaters," is hitting L.A. for one night on May 31 at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. The special three-hour event features hundreds of the world’s most creative and outrageous commercials on the big screen; the ads come from 40 different countries. 

The two-part Los Angeles program will include: ‘Singing America’ (popular songs in commercials produced in the USA) as well as commercials focused on celebs, the best spots from New York, Great Britain and Europe, Pepsi spots from around the world, Parisienne cigarette commercials shot by the world’s top film directors, and cinematic blockbusters in commercials. There will be a complimentary filmgoer wine reception at intermission.

"The Night of the Ad Eaters" has played in more than 100 cities in 40 countries worldwide including Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Beirut, Mexico City, Lisbon, Hong Kong and Geneva, attracting more than 300,000 enthusiasts.

The ads are handpicked by AdEaters founder Boursicot from his own vast personal archive. No subtitles are necessary. 

Tickets are available at fandango.com or from the American Cinematheque website


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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.