Grizzly Man / Gates of Heaven

Sat 3/9/2024 • 7:30PM PST

Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event.

The Newt Congress
Switzerland, 2022

A conference is convening where the participants are discussing how to best utilize all aspects of the newt. The newts are there too.

DCP, color, 17 min. Directors: Immanuel Esser, Matthias Sahli.

Grizzly Man
U.S., 2005

Grizzly Man tells the story of the life and death of self-proclaimed bear protector, Timothy Treadwell — a man who infamously spent over a decade in Alaska living among the grizzly bears before being tragically killed by one. Combining interviews with loved ones with Treadwell’s self footage from his time in Alaska, Werner Herzog stitches the story together with his own narration, imbuing the film with awe, criticism and his own philosophical musings on nature and its harsh realities.

DCP, color, 103 min. Director: Werner Herzog.

Gates of Heaven
U.S., 1978

What do you do with your beloved animal after it passes away? Northern California residents Floyd McClure and the Cal Harberts family thought it best to get into the pet cemetery business and these two places are the main focus in Errol Morris’ documentary debut Gates of Heaven. With interviews with them, customers and other people tangentially involved in the cemeteries, Morris’ provocative film “is surrounded by layer upon layer of comedy, pathos, irony, and human nature. I have seen this film perhaps 30 times, and am still not anywhere near the bottom of it: All I know is, it's about a lot more than pet cemeteries.” — Roger Ebert.

35mm, color, 85 min. Director: Errol Morris.

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