Club TCM is a private locale in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where movie fans can gather to relax, meet new friends, and attend special presentations and events with many of our celebrity guests. Recreating the flavor of bygone Hollywood hotspots, Club TCM embodies true Hollywood glamour and is located in the Blossom Room – the site of the very first Academy Awards banquet.
Thursday, April 26
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm – MEET TCM
Join TCM staffers as we share insight into the network, how it is produced and what is on the horizon.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm – SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW MOVIES
Bruce Goldstein, repertory program director of New York’s Film Forum, returns as host of his popular annual quiz, now a TCM Classic Film Festival tradition. Everyone—from casual movie buffs to fanatical film fans—is welcome to take part in this fun, often astounding, team challenge. You can even join a team on the spot (min. 2 team members, max. 8).
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm – WELCOME PARTY
Join your fellow passholders as we kick off the 9th annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Please refer to the back of your pass for entrance eligibility.
Friday, April 27
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm – MICKEY IN HOLLYWOOD
This year marks the 90th birthday of Mickey Mouse, perhaps the most beloved cartoon character of them all. Join film historian J.B. Kaufman for a presentation designed specifically for the TCM fan. Mickey and his creator, Walt Disney, achieved worldwide success during the golden age of Hollywood, when Mickey’s cartoons appeared in theaters alongside some of the most memorable classics of cinema, making him a bona fide star. Through stories, photo stills and cartoon footage, attendees will get to watch the duo skyrocket to fame in the 1930s as Walt hobnobs with Hollywood royalty, and on the screen Mickey rubs shoulders with Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Greta Garbo and many more of the biggest stars in the business. This program will celebrate Walt and Mickey’s rise from scrappy “outsiders” to prominent members of the filmmaking community.
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm – FILM BIOGRAPHERS: A LIFE
Classic films are the collective works of fascinating figures, both in front of and behind the camera. The real-life stories of movie stars, directors, producers, screenwriters and others are an integral part of telling the full history of Hollywood. Authors of celebrated film biographies share their experiences of choosing and researching their subjects—from John Wayne and Josephine Baker, to Katharine Hepburn and Louis B. Mayer and more—the process of writing, and the challenges in finding an audience for this popular and lasting form. Panel featuring: Donald Bogle, Scott Eyman, William J. Mann and moderated by Alicia Malone.
Book signing in the Roosevelt lobby with Donald Bogle, Scott Eyman and William J. Mann will take place following their presentation (from 3:30pm – 4:30pm)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm – A CONVERSATION WITH JAMES IVORY
Celebrated director and Oscar-winning screenwriter James Ivory will discuss his longstanding career in this one-hour conversation. Ivory began his career in the late 1950s, as a documentary filmmaker before beginning his nearly six-decade journey into narrative filmmaking. It was the film The Householder (1963) that launched his decades-long partnerships with producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. They started Merchant Ivory Productions, earning them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for longest partnership in independent cinema history. Ivory went on to receive three Academy Award nominations for Best Director for the films A Room with a View (1985), Howards End (1992) and The Remains of the Day (1993), and he earned an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name (2017). Moderated by Dave Karger.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm – WRITERS GUILD FOUNDATION: WOMEN OF THE YEAR
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm – Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor
**Time Subject to Change
Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor is a documentary about a woman who had to make a choice after learning her personal—and very intimate—diaries had been stolen. As an actress, an employee of the Hollywood studios, it meant risking everything. Using interviews with Astor’s daughter Marylyn, along with film historians Molly Haskell and Leonard Maltin, this film tells the story of Astor’s 1936 child custody case. Coincidentally, at the same time the trial was taking place, the actress was filming the movie Dodsworth (1936), directed by William Wyler. David Wyler, the director’s son, and L.A. Times critic Kevin Thomas are also interviewed and give their perspectives on this amazing—and very timely—struggle. Produced, written and directed by Alexa Foreman and narrated by director and Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant.
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm – To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey
**Time Subject to Change
To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey (2010) is the definitive and true life story of Nancy Kwan, star of The World of Suzie Wong (1960) and Flower Drum Song (1961). Written, produced and directed by Brian Jamieson. (1 hour, 46 minutes)
Saturday, April 28
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm – A CONVERSATION WITH GILLIAN ARMSTRONG
Award-winning director Gillian Armstrong will discuss her prolific career in this one-hour conversation. Recognized for her breakout feature-length film My Brilliant Career (1979), Armstrong has since earned the title of being Australia’s most recognized female director. She began her career in the early 1970s directing shorts and documentaries before pivoting into feature length films. She continued directing documentaries and made a name for herself with titles like Starstruck (1982), Mrs. Soffel (1984), Little Women (1994) and Charlotte Gray (2001).
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm – THROUGH A LENS OF COLOR: BLACK REPRESENTATION IN FILM
Black Americans have been involved in cinema since the industry’s infancy. However, as the Hollywood studio system became more economically driven, America’s existing power structure led to the filtration of black stories through a white lens. This resulted in stereotypical representations and the exclusion of blacks from the filmmaking process in Hollywood, which ultimately defined how black history was told and preserved in America. In this panel, we will present a compelling discussion on how this depiction was shaped and changed over time, and how black filmmakers persevered to finally tell their stories and share their history through their own lens. Panel featuring: Gil Robertson IV, of the African American Film Critics Association, Professor Jacqueline Stewart, filmmaker Mario Van Peebles and moderated by Donald Bogle.
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm – A CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT BENTON
Three-time Oscar winning screenwriter and director Robert Benton will discuss his remarkable career in this one-hour conversation. Benton co-wrote his first screenplay with David Newman, the breakout hit film Bonnie and Clyde (1967), which earned the duo an Academy Award nomination. Benton and Newman went on to open their first Broadway musical that same year before writing scripts for a number of films including What’s Up, Doc? (1972). Benton made his directorial debut with Bad Company (1972), then followed it up with several successful hits before directing and writing the Oscar-winning Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and his Best Screenplay-winning Places in the Heart (1984).
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm – HOLLYWOOD HOME MOVIES: TREASURES FROM THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE
The Academy Film Archive shares gems from its collection with specially-selected home movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including an early color glimpse of Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart, George and Ira Gershwin at home, Carmen Miranda’s wardrobe tests, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney playing in a charity tennis tournament, the 1952 Park Row premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Marilyn Monroe on location, Gypsy Rose Lee with Hollywood friends, plus Lucille Ball, Constance Bennett, John Carradine, Marlene Dietrich, Anthony Quinn and more. Enjoy unique, rarely-screened footage with special guests, Samantha Fuller (daughter of Samuel Fuller) and Erik Preminger (son of Otto Preminger and Gypsy Rose Lee). Presented by Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs for AMPAS, and Lynne Kirste, Special Collections Curator at the Archive.
8:00 pm - 12:00 am – Mickey Mouse Animated Shorts
**Time Subject to Change
Mickey Mouse Animated Shorts (1928–1938) is a collection of 20 animated shorts that features Walt Disney’s famous character in B&W and in color, starting with his debut in Steamboat Willie (1928). (2 hours, 36 minutes
Sunday, April 29
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm – GROWING UP MANKIEWICZ
To paraphrase Stan Lee regarding the Mankiewicz family: with great privilege comes great responsibility. Ok, maybe not great responsibility, but some burden falls on those descended from Herman and Joe Mankiewicz and their five Oscars. That burden requires them to be the funniest, smartest, most clever people in the room. In that regard, John Mankiewicz (writer on House of Cards & Bosch), Josh Mankiewicz (Dateline NBC correspondent), Alex Mankiewicz (graphic illustrator) and Ben Mankiewicz (TCM host) have largely failed. But they’re all here to discuss carrying that baggage, as well as their lives growing up and growing old(er) as “Hollywood Royalty.”— written by Ben Mankiewicz. Moderated by Illeana Douglas.
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm – MOSTLY LOST: IDENTIFYING UNKNOWN FILMS AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Ever wonder where those “first time on TCM” films lurked before making it to air? While some films have been waiting patiently to be found, others have survived in plain sight but due to the ravages of time often exist without their titles. These incomplete and unidentified films are not lost…they are just “Mostly Lost.” To help them regain their identity, the Library of Congress holds an annual film identification workshop where such films are projected to an audience that calls out anything that they recognize on screen. Rachel Del Gaudio and Rob Stone of the Library of Congress will bring part of that workshop to you with screenings of newly identified films, insights in how to identify a film and even give you a shot at identifying one live! Ben Model will also present on how silent film comedians used camera trickery in the program Undercranking: The Magic Behind Slapstick.
9:00 pm - 12:00 am – CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
Join TCM and your fellow passholders as we celebrate new friends, new memories and our shared love of classic movies. Please refer to the back of your pass for entrance eligibility.