United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA)

Where Art Transforms Lives in Washington Heights

PAST EVENT-Free screening of "King Kong" with legendary filmmaker John Landis and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Sunday, April 27, 2014
4pm doors; 5pm stage show; 5:30pm movie
FREE!

The 4th installment of "Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda" features the original "King Kong" from 1933 with an introduction by legendary filmmaker John Landis, director of "Animal House," "The Blues Brothers," "An American Werewolf in London," "Trading Places," "Three Amigos!," "Coming to America," and "Michael Jackson's Thriller."

The doors open at 4pm when guests in tuxedo or gown can get a free bag of gourmet popcorn made in our brand-new machine donated by Lebron Restaurant Supply.

At 4:30pm the Palace Youth Drum Ensemble will provide pre-show entertainment, followed at 5pm by a stageshow presented by our Tony and Grammy Award-winning host Lin-Manuel Miranda who will interview Mr. Landis.

John Landis has lived a life in the movies since starting off in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. His first film was SCHLOCK (1973) which, notably, was a tribute to classic monster movies. He wore a gorilla suit to portray the lead character, "Schlockthropus." In the late 1970s and early 1980s he directed what became some of the most popular comedies of all time: ANIMAL HOUSE (1978), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980), TRADING PLACES (1983), and COMING TO AMERICA (1988). Despite his success with comedies, Landis always had a soft spot for monster movies. Landis wrote and directed AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) that became a cult movie classic in part for deftly marrying elements of the comedy and horror genres. Its groundbreaking special effects won the Oscar for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup. Landis scored additional successes by pushing the boundaries of special effects while directing two videos for Michael Jackson: THRILLER (1983) and eight years later BLACK OR WHITE (1991), which helped popularize the use of digital morphing. In recent years Landis has continued to direct feature films, commercials, and TV shows, lectured at universities across the nation as a filmmaker/scholar under the auspices of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, and published MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES (2011). Landis has said that KING KONG "is an almost perfect movie." He is married to Deborah Nadoolman, an Oscar-nominated costume designer, who grew up in Washington Heights.

John Landis appears courtesy of the Visiting Artist Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"King Kong" will play after the Q&A. It was directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack and features a giant stop-motion ape who falls in love with a beautiful actress played by

Fay Wray. It has been called "one of the most iconic movies in the history of cinema." It is 100 minutes long and will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles.

The free movie is part of the campaign to "Raise a New Screen at the Palace" to replace the one that has been in place since the 1950s. UPCA volunteers will be in the foyer collecting donations and distributing perks.

You don't need to wait until the movie to donate. So far we have raised $6,500 toward our $20,000 goal.

Contributions can be made at http://igg.me/at/upca-screen/x/1974676. Complete details about the campaign and perks for donations can also be found there.

Anyone who donates at least $5 to the campaign before April 27 will automatically enter a drawing to win dinner for two at New Leaf Restaurant and Bar, the modern American jewel inspired by local green markets nestled in Fort Tryon Park.

All contributors can also vote for the New York City movie they would most like to see at our audience appreciation screening in July. Just type your vote in the comments section of our Indiegogo page.

Don't forget to make arrangements for dinner before or after the show!

The United Palace is located at 4140 Broadway at W. 175th Street
It is 1-block from the 175th Street A-train station.
Parking garages on Broadway b/w 176th & 177th Streets.

Share this post