Quentin Tarantino, Todd Haynes Join MOMA's Contenders Film Series

The Instigators
Miller Mobley

Quentin Tarantino's latest offering, The Weinstein Co.’s Django Unchained, has ruffled more than a few feathers with its brazen use of the N-word (more than 100 utterances) and extreme violence (particularly in a post-Connecticut-school-shooting America). Pressed about some of the harsher criticisms of his filmmaking philosophy, Tarantino doesn’t flinch: “I believe in what I’m doing whole-heartedly and passionately. It’s my job to ignore that.”

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MOMA's film series is now in its seventh year.

Quentin Tarantino, Todd Haynes, Michael Shannon and Joshua Oppenheimer have committed to The Contenders. 

Now in its second year at the Hammer Museum, The Contenders is the Museum of Modern Art's anticipated film series that offers audiences the opportunity to see recent buzzworthy works from the current awards season. The Los Angeles edition of The Contenders, set to run Jan. 6-20, features 10 nights of films and post-screening conversations with directors and actors.

The schedule includes:

Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.: The Hateful Eight with director Quentin Tarantino

Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Room

Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m.: 99 Homes with actor Michael Shannon

Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m.: Carol with director Todd Haynes

Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Taxi

Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.: The Look of Silence with director Joshua Oppenheimer

Tickets are $15 for general public and $10 for members. More information can be found at hammer.ucla.edu.

Plucked from major studio releases and film festivals by curators in MoMA's Department of Film, The Contenders, now in its seventh year, drafts standouts from mainstream movies, independents, foreign-language films, documentaries and art-house releases. Previous guests have included directors Alfonso Cuarón, Kathryn Bigelow and David O. Russell, along with actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jonah Hill and Kristen WiigThe film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos chief curator of film, and Sean Egan, producer, film exhibitions and projects, the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

The Hammer Museum's presentation is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.