Movie Madness University: Online

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Movie Madness University: Online is a virtual education program from the Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness, featuring lectures and discussions hosted by film experts. Your only homework is to find and watch the film beforehand!


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ELASTIC TIME: A RICHARD LINKLATER MASTER CLASS
Hosted by Shawn Levy, featuring Richard Linklater and author Melissa Maerz
April 13, 20, & 27, 2021
$12 per class/$35 for the 3-class package
$10/$28 for Hollywood and Movie Madness Members

The pandemic has turned our collective sense of time inside out: disrupting routines, lengthening days, and obliterating the calendar’s familiar touchstones. It’s the perfect moment to delve into the work of Richard Linklater, the American filmmaker who has spent his career exploring (and manipulating) the passage of time.

For this three-week Movie Madness Master Class, we’ll take an in-depth look at Linklater’s filmography. We’ll be joined by Richard Linklater and Melissa Maerz, author of Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused. The Master Class is hosted by Shawn Levy, a bestselling author and former film critic for The Oregonian and KGW-TV.

Please note: We can't provide the films themselves, but all are easily rentable on major streaming platforms or at Movie Madness.

3-CLASS PACKAGE


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BOYHOOD (2014)
with Richard Linklater
Tuesday, April 13, 6:00pm
$12 general/$10 for Hollywood and Movie Madness Members

Filmed over the course of 12 years, BOYHOOD follows a boy, Mason (Ellar Coltrane), as he passes through childhood and adolescence to the brink of leaving home for college. As Mason ages and evolves, so do his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette, who won an Oscar in the role, and Linklater stalwart Ethan Hawke). The result is a breathtaking vision of lives evolving in both time-lapse and real time.

Please note: We can't provide the films themselves, but all are easily rentable on major streaming platforms or at Movie Madness.

TICKETS & INFO

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DAZED & CONFUSED (1993)
with author Melissa Maerz
Tuesday, April 20, 7:00pm
$12 general/$10 for Hollywood and Movie Madness Members

Linklater’s beloved teen comedy unfolds over the course of a single day: May 28, 1976, the last day of school at Lee High School in Austin, Texas. The film follows several groups of teenagers as they party, hook up, chat, endure adolescent rituals and rites of passage, and face down the future.

Melissa Maerz is the author of Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused.

Please note: We can't provide the films themselves, but all are easily rentable on major streaming platforms or at Movie Madness.

TICKETS & INFO


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BEFORE SUNSET (2004)
Tuesday, April 27, 7:00pm
$12 general/$10 for Hollywood and Movie Madness Members

Linklater’s Before trilogy follows two characters, played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, as their relationship evolves from a chance meeting on a train to a lifelong connection. The films tell one story but were released at nine-year intervals, allowing the actors to age in real time as their lives unfold. We’ll be focusing on the second film in the series, but our discussion will touch on all three.

Please note: We can't provide the films themselves, but all are easily rentable on major streaming platforms or at Movie Madness.

TICKETS & INFO


Past MMU Events

MMU Online has covered a wide range of films and topics, with instructors and special guests that run the gamut of film professions. Past instructors and guests include Hollywood programmers Dan Halsted and Anthony Hudson (Queer Horror), writer Robin Schiff (ROMY & MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION), author and film critic Shawn Levy, and filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, and Joe Dante.

Find all past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)

FAQ

What is MMU Online?
Movie Madness University Online is the Hollywood Theatre's virtual education program, featuring lectures and interactive discussions about some of your favorite films. You can find past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)

How does it work?
1)
Purchase a ticket. With your purchase, you will receive access to a pre-recorded lecture to watch on your own.

2) Find and watch the film. Please note that MMU is not offering direct access to any films. All MMU featured films are available to rent on major VOD services for under $5. Contact us if you have difficulty finding a title.

3) Submit questions in advance. Email us any questions you’d like the instructor to answer! You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions during the seminar, but giving us some advance notice helps us better prepare.

4) Join us for a virtual discussion, where our instructor will discuss the film in more detail and answer your questions. You will receive a link to the discussion when you buy a ticket.

Do you offer scholarships?
We are committed to making our education offerings as accessible as possible. If cost is a barrier, please fill out this form to receive a 50% off tuition waiver. For content considerations or information about age appropriateness, please email education@moviemadness.org.