Your Weekly LAist Film Calendar

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It's a very festive time right now. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and there's a lot of copying & pasting in Film Digest land. The Indian Film Festival continues its run at the Arclight, as well as its mixed masala line-up. Joining it are the 10th Annual Polish Film Festival, the 4th Annual Jewish Film Festival & a virtual continuation of last week's Japanese Film Festival at the Egyptian with a series dedicated to controversial auteur Nagisa Oshima. If those aren't exotic enough, you can always make the journey to San Pedro for the L.A. Harbor Film Festival, or trek all the way to Orange County for the Newport Beach Film Festival. Even the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is getting in on the act, with panels dedicated to Hollywood biographers & the adaptation of The Soloist.

Speaking of books, science-fiction genius / contentious craze-o Harlan Ellison makes several appearances at the New Beverly, both for his own work, and the elite few he's respected enough not to sue. A kinder, gentler, lower-budget craze-o will be on deck in Long Beach - Mr. Troma himself, Lloyd Kaufman, with seminal janitor-turned-nuclear-superhero film The Toxic Avenger. For those who missed it at the Nuart, the Landmark has picked up mock-rockumentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and you can never go wrong with The Jerk or The Dude.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

lk_toxie4.jpg The face that launched a thousand no-budget movies! | Photo courtesy of Lloyd Kaufman

All Week
American Violet (2008) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008) (The Landmark)
Baby On Board (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Ballerina (1993) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Fuel (2008) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Goodbye Solo (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Garden (2008) (Nuart Theatre)
In a Dream (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Lifelines (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Paris 36 (2009) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
The Song of Sparrows (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Thursday 4/23
American Violet (2008) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Ante Up (2006) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Butterfly Tattoo (2008) (Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex)
Chasing the Green (2009) (w/ Filmmakers) (Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex)
Che (2008) (The Bay Theatre)
Cody (1977) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Damned Rain (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Dreams With Sharp Teeth (2008) / "Masters of Science Fiction": The Discarded (2007) (w/ Harlan Ellison & Josh Olson) (New Beverly Cinema)
Enlighten Up! (2008) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Escapist (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Gandhi, My Father (2007) (World Premiere) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles) (Salute to Anil Kapoor)
Gems From the Archives (Seduction of the Innocent (1961) / TAB Marketing Film / You and Your Family) (w/ Russell Harnden) (Echo Park Film Center)
Gift for Comrade Edward G. (2009) (Free Event) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Gigantic (2008) (Nuart Theatre)
Goodbye Solo (2008) (The Landmark)
Il Divo (2008) (Melnitz Movies)
In the Realm of the Senses (1976) / Empire of Passion (1978) (Egyptian Theatre) (In the Realm of Oshima: Nagisa Oshima Tribute)
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Shorts Program 2 (2007-2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Kidnapped (1960) (Free Event) (Warner Grand Theatre) (L.A. Harbor International Film Festival)
Little Zizou (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Our God's Brother (1997) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) / Frownland (2007) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Red Dawn (1984) (w/ Production Designer Jack DeGovia) (Aero Theatre)
The Song of Sparrows (2008) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
State of Play (2009) (21+ Screening) (Arclight Hollywood)
The Year of the Quiest Sun (1984) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)

Friday 4/24
Adoration (2009) (Sneak Preview w/ Director Atom Egoyan) (Aero Theatre) (Atom Egoyan Tribute)
All About Eve (1950) / The Big Knife (1955) (w/ Harlan Ellison) (New Beverly Cinema) (Harlan Ellison Picks His Favorites)
Animation (2007-2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008) (The Landmark)
Appaloosa (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
The Big Lebowski (1998) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Heaven on Earth (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
The Hour Between Night and Day (2008) / Vodka and Women (2008) / The Ruby Wedding (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
L.A. Confidential (1997) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Laurel and Hardy Festival (Old Town Music Hall)
Leaving Home: The Life and Music Of Indian Ocean (2008) (World Premiere) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) / Frownland (2007) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Pleasures of the Flesh (1965) / Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (1967) (Egyptian Theatre) (In the Realm of Oshima: Nagisa Oshima Tribute)
Quick Gun Murugan (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) (Midnight Show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Sagar Alias Jacky (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Searching for a Storm (2008-9) (Warner Grand Theatre) (L.A. Harbor International Film Festival)
Silent Light (Stellet Licht) (2007) (LACMA)
The Toxic Avenger (1984) (w/ Director/Troma Magnate Lloyd Kaufman) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Midnights)
Virasat (1997) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles) (Salute to Anil Kapoor)
Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977) (w/ Filmmakers) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (14th Festival of Preservation)

Saturday 4/25
33 Scenes from Life (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
100 Feet (2008) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
All About Eve (1950) / The Big Knife (1955) (New Beverly Cinema) (Harlan Ellison Picks His Favorites)
Angus (1995) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Bed Ridden (2009) (Premiere w/ Special Guests & Reception) (Fine Arts Theatre)
Bombay Summer (2009) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles) (World Premiere)
Children of the Pyre (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Cruel Story of Youth (1960) / Shiro From Amakusa (1962) (Egyptian Theatre) (In the Realm of Oshima: Nagisa Oshima Tribute)
Dangerous Men (2005) (Midnight Show) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Dhin Tak Dha (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Earth Versus the Flying Saucers (1956) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Fangoria Midnite Madness)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) (Echo Park Film Center) (Hardluck Potluck Series)
Horizontal 8 (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Shorts Program 2 (2007-2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Jan From the Tree (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Kanchivaram (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Lahme (1991) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles) (Salute to Anil Kapoor)
Laurel and Hardy Festival (Old Town Music Hall)
Mr. Kuka's Advice (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
On Credit (2008) / Night Shift (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) / Frownland (2007) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Rudi the Racing Pig (1995) (Goethe-Institut) (Family Matinee)
Siddarth the Prisoner (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Silent Light (Stellet Licht) (2007) (LACMA)
Sita Sings the Blues (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Supermen of Malegaon (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997) / Family Viewing (1987) (Aero Theatre) (Atom Egoyan Tribute)
The Time Machine (1960) (Alex Theatre) (Matinee and Evening Show)
The Trouble With Harry (1955) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Vitaphone Varieties 1927-1931 (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (14th Festival of Preservation)
A Warm Heart (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
West Side Story (1961) (Free Event) (Warner Grand Theatre) (L.A. Harbor International Film Festival)

Sunday 4/26
7 Years in Slow Motion (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
Beau Jest (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)
Chasing Ghosts (2008) (Warner Grand Theatre) (L.A. Harbor International Film Festival)
Dirty Dancing (1987) (Egyptian Theatre) (Celebration and Film, Matinee)
Drowsiness (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Fog Line (1970) / Go! Go! Go! (1964) / Chumlum (1964) / Peyote Queen (1965) / Necrology (1969-1970) / 7362 (1965-1967) (Egyptian Theatre) (Los Angeles Filmforum Treasures from American Film Archives IV: Experimental Films)
IFFLA Shorts Program 2 (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (14th Festival of Preservation)
Lady in Waiting (2008) (Warner Grand Theatre) (L.A. Harbor International Film Festival)
Laurel and Hardy Festival (Old Town Music Hall)
The Lemon Tree (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)
Lost Horizon (1937) / The Train (1964) (w/ Harlan Ellison) (New Beverly Cinema) (Harlan Ellison Picks His Favorites)
Louise's Garden (2007) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Matilda (1996) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Family Matinee)
Membrane Lane (2009) (Hammer Museum) (Sunday Afternoon with Chaz w/ Charles Irwin)
Naya Daur (1957) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) / Frownland (2007) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Port of Los Angeles (Four Documentary Films) Warner Grand Theatre) (L.A. Harbor International Film Festival)
The Reliable System (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
They Were Expendable (1945) (Aero Theatre) (Panel Discussion following)
Top Hat (1935) (The Bay Theatre)
Toyland (2007) / Not Idly By (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)
Tricks (2007) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Violence at Noon (1966) / Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1968) (Egyptian Theatre) (In the Realm of Oshima: Nagisa Oshima Tribute)
Water: The Great Mystery (2008) (Fine Arts Theatre)
Yes, Madam, Sir (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)

Monday 4/27
Ego (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Four Nights With Anna (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
House (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
The Jerk (1979) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (AFI 100s)
Lost Horizon (1937) / The Train (1964) (New Beverly Cinema) (Harlan Ellison Picks His Favorites)
Milt Kahl: The Animation Michelangelo (w/ panel discussion) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
Shadowland Or Light From the Other Side (2000) / Charming Augustine (2004) (w/ filmmaker Zoe Beloff) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
Top Hat (1935) (The Bay Theatre)
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009) / At Home in Utopia (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)

Tuesday 4/28
0_1_0 (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Big Man Japan (Dai-Nipponjin) (2008) (Melnitz Movies)
Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueberger (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)
Hurt (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Lost Horizon (1937) / The Train (1964) (New Beverly Cinema) (Harlan Ellison Picks His Favorites)
Midnight Talks (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
The Road to Tel Aviv (2008) / The Case For Israel (2008) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947) (LACMA) (Classic Tuesday Matinees)

Wednesday 4/29
The Cameraman (1928) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Silent Wednesdays)
The Cinema Caberet: Live Film Narration (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
How to Live (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Letters For Jenny (2007) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)
Lola Montes (1955) (Aero Theatre)
Now and Forever (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)One Day You'll Understand (Plus Tard) (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)
Some LIke It Hot (1959) (Arclight Hollywood) (AFI 100s)
Stray Dog (1949) / Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) (w/ Harlan Ellison) (New Beverly Cinema) (Harlan Ellison picks his favorites)
The Sweet Smell of Success (1957) (w/ Panel Discussion) (Egyptian Theatre)

Top Hat (1935) (The Bay Theatre)
Warsaw Dark (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)

That's all for this week. Love it or Netflix it.

Compiled as always by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins