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Film: Free Members-Only Screening, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
April 20, 2017 • 7:30 pm PDT
2017, color, DCP | Written by George C. Wolfe, based on the book by Rebecca Skloot; directed by George C. Wolfe; with Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, Rocky Carroll, Leslie Uggams, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Reg E. Cathey, Courtney B. Vance
For LACMA Film Club and Film Independent members only
Includes a conversation with executive producer/actor Oprah Winfrey, and writer/director George C. Wolfe
Oprah Winfrey teams up with legendary Broadway director George C. Wolfe—whose Obie and Tony Award-winning works span from The Colored Museum to Angels in America—to present The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a drama based on real-life figures. Wolfe wrote and directed this profound and powerful adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction bestseller on the landmark case of medical discovery and social abuse involving Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman whose cervical cancer cells were removed and became the foundation for groundbreaking medical research. The film follows Skloot’s (Rose Byrne) collaboration with Lacks’s surviving daughter Deborah (Winfrey). At its best, Lacks teems with life and boasts a cast of veteran talents that includes Reg E. Cathey, Rocky Carroll, Leslie Uggams, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and Courtney B. Vance. Winfrey and Wolfe will discuss making Lacks after the film.
In conjunction with Film Independent at LACMA
Film Independent and LACMA Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, March 16. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period. | Reserve Tickets
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for the screening can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seats may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.