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Free Screening: Goat

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2016, 96 min, color, DCP
Screenplay by Andrew Neel & Mike Roberts and David Gordon Green, based on Goat by Brad Land; directed by Andrew Neel; with Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty, Virginia Gardner, Jake Picking, James Franco

For LACMA Film Club, Film Independent, and The New York Times Film Club members only

Includes a conversation with actors Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas, and director Andrew Neel

The thin line between random violence and sanctioned assault is shown in this drama from director Andrew Neel (Alice Neel, the documentary on his innovative painter grandmother), which examines the life chosen by prospective fraternity pledge Brad (Ben Schnetzer). Along with David Gordon Green and Mike Roberts, Neel adapted the memoir by Brad Land, which keeps the boundaries hazy. So much so that a frat veteran who returns to watch the new initiates being put through the motions, and tortures, of pledging, is thrown right back into a reverie of sadism and vomit (the frat bro who should know better is played by James Franco, who also produced Goat). Ben’s a nice enough guy whose decency gets him pummeled consistently, literally and figuratively, even by his paddle-hardened older brother (Nick Jonas), who hangs over his shoulder like the devil and angel seen inNational Lampoon’s Animal House. By constantly moving the barrier between the threat of violence and the need for aggression—making us question the difference between aggressor and victim—Goat aptly dramatizes the plight of the need to belong for the college-age male.

In conjunction with Film Independent at LACMA

LACMA | Bing Theater

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 18. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period. | Reserve Tickets

LACMA member and general-admission tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 25. | Free; limit two tickets. | 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