The Dinner Game
Col Needham is the founder of IMDB. Not surprisingly, he’s a cinephile of the highest order and reliably the best fun to talk to at film festival parties. His cinema enthusiasm is infectious and for decades, he’s catalogued his film-watching habits, first in a meticulously kept diary (circuitously leading to the world’s most popular film website) and now for the web public to scrutinize.
Lesser known are the brilliant dinners he hosts at various festivals, gathering an eclectic group of film folks for dinner and a game. Guests are seated at different tables but furnished with the same list of questions meant to instigate conversation about movies…ways for us to share our love and appreciation of cinema, and by extension, way for us to get to know each other.
We’ll talk to Col about his lifelong love of movies and the founding of IMDB. And We’re joined by actress Molly Shannon, Director Miguel Arteta, producer Lynette Howell Taylor, and John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, who will give the “dinner game” a try.
And we take a look at cinema’s best and worst dinners, those we’d want to attend and those from which we’d definitely want to be excused.
LFLA Member reception to follow.
Lost & Found at the Movies is generously supported by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
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How much does Lost & Found at the Movies cost to attend?
Lost & Found at the Movies is free to attend.
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While priority notification is given to LFLA Members, non-Members are welcome to attend if space allows. However, the complimentary reception following the program is limited to Members.
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Where does Lost & Found at the Movies take place?
Unless otherwise noted, Lost & Found at the Movies is held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.
Where should I park for Lost & Found at the Movies?
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Where do I purchase the speaker’s book?
Occasionally a guest on Lost & Found at the Movies is touring with a book. Books are made available for purchase at programs or can be purchased while making your online reservation. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book.