Most of the film screening screenings at the American Film Market (AFM), an industry marketing and networking event for independent film and buyers, is limited to acquisition and distribution executives. But each year organizers designate a number of premiere screenings to be open to Santa Monica residents and entertainment industry professionals. The screenings are free, but advance registration is required. Screenings will be held at the AMC Santa Monica, 1310 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.
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Free premiere screenings this year include:
Admissions — A 17-year-old girl lies about her savant sister’s poetry writing, setting off a chain of events that ends in the revelation of a long-buried family secret.
Showtimes: 3 p.m. Thursday and Monday, November 4th and 11th.
Dead & Breakfast — Six friends stop at a bed-and-breakfast for the night. When the inn’s owner and chef die, the gang finds themselves under suspicion by the local sheriff. Showtimes: 11 a.m. Sunday, November 7th, and 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 9th.
Deck Dogz — With cops, school and parents hot on their tail, three suburban skate punks hit the road to compete in a prestigious competition and prove their dream of going pro. Showtimes: 11 a.m. Saturday and Tuesday, November 6th and 9th.
Familia Rodante — Thirteen members of a family are crammed into a 20-year-old camper and forced by Grandma to travel a thousand kilometers in Argentina to attend a family wedding. Showtime: 1 p.m. Friday, November 5th.
Fighting Tommy Riley — A young boxer and an ailing trainer team up to overcome the demons of their past and chase the dreams of their future. Showtimes: 11 a.m. Saturday, November 6th.
Funny Valentine — A street performer who has trouble meeting women while his friends have no trouble at all discovers his confidence when he asks out the waitress at their local hangout and shows his friends that love is more than a good pickup line. Showtime: 1 p.m. Monday, November 8th.
The Hillside Strangler — A dramatization of one of America’s most gruesome serial killer cases in which two aspiring pimps embark on a killing spree that grips Southern California in a reign of terror for two years. Showtime: 9 a.m. Friday, November 5th.
The Hua Chronicles: Blade of the Rose — A beautiful young maiden is forced by the emperor to become his concubine although she is in love with another man. As a result she learns to hate all men and usurps the emperor’s power by setting up a new circle where women rule and men serve. Showtimes: 1 p.m. Thursday and Monday, November 4th and 8th.
Human Error — This contemporary comedy directed by Robert M. Young follows three middle-management drones as they each attempt to climb the corporate ladder in a strange third-world factory. Showtimes: 1 p.m. Friday, November 5th, and 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 9th.
The Hunting of the President — This documentary explores a “smear campaign against Clinton” from his gubernatorial days in Arkansas leading up to his impeachment trial. Showtimes: 11 a.m. Thursday, November 4th, and 9 a.m. Saturday, November 6th.
Hypnotized — A fatal love story between a psychiatrist and a schizophrenic ends up with tragic consequences. Showtime: 3 p.m. Friday, November 5th.
Indian Cowboy — Nick is on a quest to find “love-love” as it’s depicted in the soft-focus, happy endings of romantic South Asian Bollywood movies. Showtime: 1 p.m. Thursday, November 4th.
Intoxicating — Dorian is a young talented surgeon with an insatiable taste for sex, booze and drugs. Since he could heal others but not his dying father, he must confront his choices and decide between intoxication, responsibility and love. Showtime: 9 a.m. Thursday, November 4th.
Lady Luck & the Player — Childhood friends Danny and Melissa are apart, but forever connected, as he chases his dreams to become a pro athlete, and she becomes a Playboy playmate. Showtime: 11 a.m. Sunday, November 7th.
Mr. Gam’s Victory — A drama about a pitcher, Gam Sa-yong, in the ’80s, the golden days of Korean baseball. Showtime: 9 a.m. Sunday, November 7th.
My Brother — Jong-hyun feels ashamed to have a handicapped brother in his family. As time goes by, he learns to see his brother’s innocent, pure soul and begins to love him. Showtimes: 9 a.m. Friday and Tuesday, November 5th and 9th.
Off the Lip — A young journalist dodges her boyfriend, her boss and the FBI while chasing the elusive big wave surfer, “The Monk,” across Hawaii in her attempts to get an interview. Showtime: 11 a.m. Thursday, November 4th.
Out of Season — A run-down seaside town is closing for winter. Pierre Walker is leaving. He meets Kelly, who schemes to prevent him from doing so. He becomes involved in a world of burglary, murder plots and small-town secrets until it all collides before he can leave. Showtime: 3 p.m. Monday, November 8th.
The Picture of Dorian Gray — Based on Oscar Wilde’s novel about handsome, young, but morally corrupt Dorian Gray who has a portrait made of himself. As the years pass, he does not age, but the evidence of his sins shows in the portrait, which grows more grotesque with each vile act. Showtime: 9 a.m. Monday, November 8th.
The Queen of Sheba’s Pearls — In 1944 Jack Carter celebrated his eighth birthday and lost his mother. On the same date in 1952, when Jack turned 16, the King died and a stranger attended his party. That stranger would turn his world upside down and raise the question “Is there life after death?” Showtime: 3 p.m. Thursday, November 4th.
Rice Rhapsody — A single mother worries that her child might be gay like her two older brothers. Showtime: 9 a.m. Sunday, November 7th.
S Diary — Jini writes a diary recalling her past boyfriends. That S Diary contains all her secret love stories about sex and love affairs. Showtime: 9 a.m. Monday, November 8th.
Straight into Darkness — Two American soldiers desert, flinging themselves into unknown geographical and emotional territory in rural WWII France. Showtimes: 11 a.m. Friday and Monday, November 5th and 8th.
Strange Bedfellows — Story of two very straight country blokes who, out of financial desperation, declare themselves a gay couple to exploit new tax legislation. Showtime: 3 p.m. Friday, November 5th.
Sumas & Restas — This is the story of H, a family man in the construction business who is lured into the cocaine trade. Described by Variety as “breathless, chaotic and extraordinary.” The story of an everyday man who becomes a small player in the dangerous drug world. Showtime: 9 a.m. Saturday, November 6th.
The Whistle — At the blowing of a toy whistle, a young woman is rescued time and again by a childhood friend only to discover that the young man lies comatose in a hospital bed. Showtime: 11 a.m. Monday, November 8th.