Members-Only Screening: Promised Land
Co-presented by The New York Times Film Club.
In Promised Land, Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand). The town has been hit hard by economic decline, and the two sales executives see McKinley’s citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer for drilling rights to their properties as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated—professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates (Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook) and personally by Steve’s encounter with Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt). When Dustin Noble (John Krasinski), a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes rise to a boiling point. Gus Van Sant helms the film from an original screenplay written by John Krasinski and Matt Damon based on a story by Dave Eggers.
Bing Theater | Frequently Asked Questions (PDF | 72kb) | Followed by a Q&A with director Gus Van Sant and cast members/co-screenwriters Matt Damon and John Krasinski.
Screening for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and New York Times Film Club members only. | Tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership | Proof of member status is required to pick up tickets.
STANDBY ONLY: A stand-by line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office. Please note that we cannot guarantee any standby access; guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A RESERVATION: Tickets can be picked up starting at 5 pm on Tuesday, December 11 and must be picked up at least fifteen minutes prior to the screening before being released to the standby line. PLEASE NOTE: Your reservation does not guarantee entry to the screening. Program subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.