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The Chi


2018, 60 minutes, color, DCP | Written by Elwood Reid and Justin Hillian; directed by Tanya Hamilton; with Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma, Mbaho Mwine, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Tiffany Boone, and Armando Riesco

Includes a conversation with creator Lena Waithe

Before she exploded on the scene as a part of Aziz Ansari’s transformative Netflix series Master of None, Lena Waithe was plying her trade as a writer bathing under the influence of TV, while questioning why her existence as a woman of color was ignored. Now, she’s a star—being the first African American woman to win an Emmy for writing—and her vision has been realized. The Chi, which she created, premieres on the pay cable system this month. Set in Chicago (Waithe’s hometown), this sprawling and compelling melodrama focuses on three different dreamers, separated only by age and their ability to hang onto hope. The Chi has one of the best casts in recent years; it includes Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Jacob Latimore (Sleight), Yolonda Ross (The Getdown) and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine. After a screening of the premiere episode of The Chi, Waithe and her cast will take part in a Q&A about the making of the show.

In conjunction with Film Independent at LACMA

LACMA | Bing Theater

LACMA Film Club and Film Independent members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 14. | 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.