“Champion: The Stanley Kramer Centennial,” a film series presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, continues at the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles through Sept. 29 on what would have been the late legendary award-winning filmmaker’s centennial birthday.
Many of the upcoming screenings in the film series will be highlighted by special guest appearance including “Pressure Point” and “Bless The Beasts and Children” with Tippi Hedren, Bill Mumy and Marc Vahanian in person; “Ship of Fools” with BarBara Luna and Karen Sharpe Kramer in person; “On The Beach” with Donna Anderson, Ed Begley, Jr. and Pete Hammond in person; and “The Secret of Santa Vittoria” with Lainie Kazan in person and “High Noon” with Karen Sharpe Kramer in person. All screening times are at 7:30 p.m. in the Billy Wilder Theater, except for “The Secret of Santa Vittoria” that will screen at 3 p.m. and “High Noon” which will screen at 7 p.m.
The film series, “Champion: The Stanley Kramer Centennial” kicked-off with a star-studded opening night on Aug. 9 with the world premiere screening of Stanley Kramer’s film, “Death of a Salesman,” based on Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.
The restoration of the film was made possible through the generosity of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, which was overseen by Grover Crisp of SONY. Members of Stanley Kramer’s family, including his wife, Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated actress, Karen Sharpe Kramer and one of the Kramer’s daughters, Katharine “Kat” Kramer were in attendance. Also attending were members of Arthur Miller’s family, including his grandson Zach Miller and his wife Andrea Miller. Many celebrity and VIP guests who appeared in some of Stanley Kramer’s 35 films were also on scene.
A highlight of opening night was when actor Sidney Poitier presented Karen Sharpe Kramer with a tribute to his late friend and colleague, director Stanley Kramer. Poitier starred in the landmark 1967 Kramer film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
All upcoming programs in the film series, “Champion: The Stanley Kramer Centennial” will screen at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (at the corner of Westwood Boulevard), Los Angeles. Advance tickets are available for $10 online at http://cinema.ucla.edu/programs/ticketing-information. Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime and are $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8 for other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.
Parking is available at the Billy Wilder Theater for a $3 flat rate on weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, call 310-206-FILM (310-206-3456) or visit www.cinema.ucla.edu.