Nick Offerman Presents Billy Jack
Tom Laughlin’s unique 1971 philosophical action film Billy Jack—in which the titular part-American Indian, Vietnam Vet loner wanders America’s back roads and literally strikes out against injustice—no doubt put the ‘fist’ in “pacifist.” It may also be the first case in history in which a sequel to a B-picture (1967’s The Born Losers, which was initially sold like an exploitation biker film) became an even bigger sensation. Moreover, Billy Jack became a success after the movie failed in a theatrical release. The release was taken over by Laughlin, who served not only as star but also, under pseudonyms, as director, producer and co-writer. He pitched the film directly to a disenfranchised young audience whose appetite for movies featuring lengthy conversations about making the world a better place sandwiched between bouts of high-kicking action had gone unsatisfied. And his instincts were right; that crowd made it a smash. Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation will be in attendance to discuss his appreciation for the film in a Q&A after the screening.
Bing Theater | Followed by a Q&A with Nick Offerman
$5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and The New York Times Film Club members | Members of these three groups can purchase tickets starting at 5 pm on Tuesday, March 19 | Limit two tickets per membership | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.
$7 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+); $10 for the general public | Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 5 pm on Tuesday, March 26 | Two ticket limit | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets can be picked up at the Hammer Building Ticket Office at LACMA during museum hours anytime after purchase or on the night of the screening any time before the start of the event. Ticketed guests must be in the theater by the published start time of the event, otherwise your seat(s) may be released and distributed to the standby line.