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The Natural History Museum’s “NHMLA Talks” catalyzes meaningful conversations between the Los Angeles community and authors, artists, critics, scholars, and staff from NHM and La Brea Tar Pits. We’ll delve into the past, take a look at current events and latest scientific findings to make connections between global topics and local relevance. 



Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 6 PM


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is proud to celebrate the release of Kulap Vilaysack’s documentary, Origin Story. In her directorial debut, filmmaker/showrunner/writer Kulap Vilaysack explores her tangled family tree to find out who she is. Origin Story is a feature-length, international quest with stops in Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Laos to meet the biological father she never knew. On the road, unforeseen revelations strike as hilarious or heartbreaking, rarely in between.  


This evening guests will enjoy a reception where they will have the chance to see rare Museum collections that have their own unique origin stories. The film screening will follow the reception and conclude with a conversation and audience Q&A with Kulap Vilaysack and moderated by NHMLA’s Vice President of Education and Programs, Su Oh. 


6:00pm: Reception and Collections on Display   
7:00pm: Film Screening
8:45pm: Conversation and Audience Q&A
9:30pm: Program Concludes



FREE to the public with advance RSVP



Parking in Museum Car Park is FREE


Reservation Policy for Free Programs:
For Museum programs that are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. Ticket does not guarantee entry. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend arriving early. Unclaimed tickets will be released at the check-in booth at 6:45pm.




Kulap Vilaysack

Kulap Vilaysack is the child of Lao refugees. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Eagan, Minnesota, she currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Scott, and two dogs, Georgia Michaela and Molly Ringwald. Her debut documentary Origin Story chronicles a road trip into her complicated past. Vilaysack is also the creator, showrunner and sometimes director of the 4-season semi-scripted comedy series, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$. She also served as showrunner and co-executive producer of the NBC special, A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy. Kulap also recently directed the Emily Heller Comedy Special, Ice Thickeners for Comedy Central digital.