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Inspired by Riley Stearns’ dark comedy, DUAL, in which a woman miraculously recovers from a terminal illness only to be forced into a duel to the death with the clone she commissioned to comfort her loved ones, this program will examine representations on film of humanity’s dream of transcending its fragile mortality via cloning and the uploading of consciousness. Picking up where Cartesian philosophy and uncanny literature left off, filmmakers have used science fiction to expand the conversation of what transcending our bodies means to our understanding of individual identity and the logic of trying to live forever on a dying planet. We’ll look at decades worth of visionary science-fiction clips and end with an in-depth conversation with Riley Stearns about his cinematic inspirations and thoughts on the future of mankind.


LFLA Members are invited to enjoy an exclusive reception following the program.

Lost & Found at the Movies is generously supported by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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Riley Stearns

Riley Stearns is a Los Angeles based writer and director. His short film THE CUB screened at Sundance in 2013. In 2014, his feature debut FAULTS premiered at SXSW Film Festival. His sophomore film THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE starring Jesse Eisenberg premiered in 2017, also at SXSW. DUAL is his third feature film. Stearns is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and loves Dachshunds.

Gillian Wallace Horvat

Gillian Wallace Horvat is an Independent Spirit Award-nominated filmmaker whose work has shown at Rotterdam, SXSW, Venice and other festivals around the globe. Her short form documentaries on film history have appeared on dozens of blu-rays and her film writing has appeared online in Filmmaker Magazine, Sight & Sound and Talkhouse.

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    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.

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    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • 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.