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UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

Spirits in the Sky: A Weekend with Mary Lambert

Mary Lambert
August 3, 2019 -
August 4, 2019
director Mary Lambert; actors Brad Greenquist, Miko Hughes, Dale Midkiff; editor Tom Finan (Aug. 3); director Mary Lambert; actors Jodie Foster, Ellen Barkin; editor Glenn Morgan (Aug. 4).

“When a spirit lingers, it’s because the spirit can’t move on, and that’s real for me.” —Mary Lambert

A graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied fine art, filmmaker Mary Lambert applied her art school sensibilities to groundbreaking work in music videos for Madonna, Janet Jackson, Eurythmics and many more pop icons of the period, helping fuel the visually-hungry MTV revolution. Her visual panache developed in the video world led naturally to the hallucinogenic, dreamy landscapes in her first feature, the cult classic Siesta (1987), which received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature after its release. Lambert is perhaps best known for directing Stephen King’s first adaptation of his own work, Pet Sematary, the huge box office success of which inspired a sequel, Pet Semetary II, three years later. Now a prolific television director with credits ranging from SNL to HBO, and the first woman to direct a SyFy Channel original movie, Lambert has consistently tapped into her own interior mindscape to manifest deeply emotional genre fables, establishing a unique visual lore all of her own design. The Archive is thrilled to host a weekend with this visionary filmmaker, alongside some very special guests from her early features. 

The weekend’s conversations will be hosted by film writer and “Switchblade Sisters” podcast host, April Wolfe.

Photo credit: Béatrice de Géa.

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location


Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary  /  Pet Sematary II

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater