Wednesday, May 21 7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with actor Matt Bomer and director Ryan Murphy

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Director Ryan Murphy (Eat Pray Love and creator of Glee and Nip/Tuck) takes on playwright Larry Kramer’s breakthrough 1985 play with a cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts. In a piece that’s semiautobiographical, Kramer’s landmark work was one of the first major off-Broadway plays to dramatize the ravaging scourge of AIDS. The film traces the impact of AIDS on the life of gay activist Ned Weeks (Ruffalo) and how the disease takes its merciless toll on people in his circle. Heart follows the breaking news of the era, as the condition became more public as new information—and misinformation—was disseminated. Dr. Bruckner (Roberts), a physician with the most knowledge on the issue, offers her specific—and at the time, unusual—advice on handling this burgeoning crisis. Ned, petitioning the government to take an active stance on the epidemic, finds an inadvertent nemesis in Bruce (Kitsch), a fellow activist whose genial demeanor is a counterpoint to Ned’s fiery rhetoric and militancy. Director Murphy and cast member Bomer will be on hand at Film Independent at LACMA to discuss the film after the screening.

2014/132 min/color/DCP  |  Written by Larry Kramer; Directed by Ryan Murphy; Starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 16. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

New York Times Film Club members must RSVP to for this screening.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event – as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the start time of the event or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first-come, first-served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are non-transferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.


The Normal Heart: Tease #3 (HBO Films)

Matt Bomer | The Normal Heart photoshoot for The Hollywood Reporter (April 9, 2014)

The cast of The Normal Heart for The Hollywood Reporter (April 2014)


Jim Parsons behind the scenes of The Normal Heart photoshoot for The Hollywood Reporter. 


Matt Bomer — The Normal Heart photo shoot for The Hollywood Reporter (April 9, 2014) [part 1 of 2]

"One of my big hopes is that people who did not experience it directly will  have an understanding of what people went through at that time, but even more importantly, that fact that groups like Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT Up really catalyzed the gay rights movement.  We really stand on the shoulders of a lot of these people for the rights we have today.”

— Matt Bomer (The Hollywood Reporter)  [x]

Matt Bomer — The Normal Heart photo shoot for The Hollywood Reporter (April 9, 2014) [part 2 of 2]

Matt Bomer - The Hollywood Reporter (April 2014)

Matt Bomer captures from The Hollywood Reporter TNH video 

The Hollywood Reporter videos in mediafire [01] [02]

The Hollywood Reporter videos in mediafire [01] [02]

The Cast of ‘The Normal Heart’ on Bringing Gay Rights to the Big Screen [x]

Taylor Kitsch on Favorite Jeans: ‘They Had to Get the Crotch Elongated’ [x]

More HQ pictures of THR‘s cover story featuring The Normal Heart cast.