An Evening With … Rian Johnson

1973, 110 minutes, Color, 35mm | Written by George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck; directed by George Lucas; with Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Paul Le Mat

Includes a screening of American Graffiti and conversation with director Rian Johnson

Lead Sponsor: Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Before he completed the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, writer-director Rian Johnson made his name with three independent features that teemed with activity and menace. His debut film Brick, a film noir set in the halls of a high school, made a star of the filmmaker (and finally put the lead, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, on the map). Their second collaboration was the post-apocalyptic thriller Looper, in which Leavitt played a younger version of Bruce Willis. For our “An Evening With…”, Johnson selected a film that had an informative impact on him, and it’s a George Lucas film that isn’t Star Wars: 1972’s American Graffiti, which is packed with characters and events. After Graffiti plays, Johnson will explore Lucas’s influence beyond a long time ago, in a world far, far away.

In conjunction with Film Independent at LACMA

LACMA | Bing Theater

$15 for LACMA Film Club and Film Independent members. Members of these two groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 14. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period. | Purchase Tickets

$20 for LACMA members, students with valid ID, and seniors (65+); $25 for the general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 21. Two ticket limit. | Purchase 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.