Do you want to see an early screening of Johnny Depp’s latest film, The Rum Diary, before its theatrical release on Oct. 28? You could have, if tickets for the screening didn’t sell out so quickly at Film Independent’s latest collaboration with LACMA. But don’t despair, the series fittingly called Film Independent at LACMA still has other things up its sleeves.

The non-profit arts organization, which also produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has partnered up with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to present a new program that will showcase “classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films, artists and their influences, emerging auteurs, international showcases, special guest-curated programs, in addition to conversations with artists, curators and special guests.” You can no longer purchase tickets for the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation, The Rum Diary, but you can still join the party with four other events that will surely be as awesome, if not more, depending on the level of your Johnny Depp fixation.

On Oct. 16, the series will screen Martha Marcy May Marlene, a thriller written and directed by Sean Durkin and starring Elizabeth Olsen (the twins’ younger, less publicized sister) and Sarah Paulson. Paulson plays Lucy, who struggles to reclaim the soul of her sibling (played by Olsen) from a cult leader (John Hawkes) “that seduced her away.” This is a members-only screening for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and New York Times Club members. Writer-director Durkin and actors Hawkes, Paulson and Olsen will be present for Q&A, so there won’t be any nagging questions left in your head as you leave the screening.

So The Rum Diary is sold out and you’re not a Film Independent, LACMA Film Club or a New York Times Club member (I’m sorry!), you can go see Modern Times on Oct. 18. Don’t let the 1936 release year turn you off; it’s a Charlie Chaplin classic that is as hilarious as it is potently relevant as a commentary on the swing of labor conditions. Modern Times is set during the Great Depression and follows Chaplin’s Little Tramp as he survives an “ingeniously conceived series of tableaux that display the comedian’s ability to make audiences laugh and sigh.” “How I Met Your Mother”’s Josh Radnor will be attending for a Q&A session. Is he a big Chaplin fan or a Great Depression buff? Who knows? Chaplin’s long gone and a young actor, writer and director from an Emmy Award-winning sitcom will definitely make for an insightful and interesting evening.

If you’re not a fan of The Breakfast Club, then there is something wrong with you. The ’80s, John Hughes classic chronicles five delinquent teenagers and their time serving Saturday detention at their clique-infested high school. They all play different stereotypical characters, but guess what, they all are just trying to survive adolescent heartaches after all. No recent high school-genre film can compare. On Oct. 20, the series is hosting a live read of The Breakfast Club featuring a carefully selected cast of actors to revisit the script together for the first time. It’s an interesting and rare concept that any Breakfast Club fan can’t miss.

On Oct. 27, the series will be showing the 1961 film Accattone. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, it’s “an absorbing view from the gutter that forever changed the definition of Italian Neorealism.” The movie follows a hustler named Accattone as he preys on one young woman after another. Pasolini discovered and picked Franco Citti to play the lead role though he wasn’t even an actor at the time. He gives a haunting performance abetting Pasolini’s creation of a somber and unforgettable tone poem – paid tribute to by Morrissey in his song “You Have Killed Me.” Attending talent will be announced.

Tickets to attend Film Independent at LACMA are $10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members and $5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and New York Times Film Club members.

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