LAist Film Calendar 03/31-04/03: Save The World, Then Send It To Hell!

The Antelope Valley has set the stage for many a film (including Star Trek, Stephen Spielberg's Duel, Kill Bill & countless westerns), but rarely gets to be the star of the show. The hipster road movie LiTTLEROCK bucks this trend, following two Japanese tourists whose car breaks down amidst the sweeping vistas & dusty trails of Littlerock (hope they hit up Charlie Brown Farms!).

Continuing the "global village" theme, Cinema Speakeasy's LiTTLEROCK screening this Sunday at Royal/T doubles as a fundraiser for Second Harvest Japan's earthquake & tsunami relief. Director Mike Ott appears for a Q&A, and Royal/T's cute-as-a-button cosplay wait staff will take dinner & drink orders.

Keep making a difference with the Do Something Reel Film Festival. The traveling showcase kicks off Earth Month with 6 documentaries in sustainable succession at several Laemmle's locations. Bag It explores our cultural obsession with single use plastics, and potential consequences for our bodies, cities & planet. It's an issue of particular interest to us thanks to county & city bag bans. Lunch Line looks at the history of the National School Lunch Program to better understand weaknesses within the current program while looking for a way forward. The subject matter is a must for parents or relatives of K-12 students; over half a million LA county kids receive free or reduced price meals through this program (PDF link), with twice as many eligible.

The rest of Do Something Reel's line-up is equally important, though less LA-specific. On Coal River traces a West Virginia town blotted by strip mining pollution, while Planeat analyzes how producing what we eat affects the environment. The Vanishing Of The Bees attempts to unravel the sudden death of thousands of honey bee colonies, and Urban Roots ends on a positive tip by introducing the work of urban farmers growing communities, jobs & food in Detroit. (If Urban Roots interests you, we've covered plenty of similar local projects too!).

Two more film festivals round out a busy week. Glendale's Alex Theatre hosts the 168 Film Festival. The all-day (10AM-10PM) event features 70 faith-based shorts created in 168 hours, each focusing on a biblical verse. Thou shalt not covet, but the organizers have posted many of the trailers for a little taste of divinity.

For a more hellish affair, the Downtown Independent has the Heavy Metal Film Fest. The underworld has unleashed a killer slate of concert documentaries - including classic metal, black metal, thrash metal, Finnish metal, Guatemalan metal, crowd-pleaser Anvil! The Story of Anvil and a rare midnight screening of Hated: G.G. Allin & The Murder Junkies, a filthy-as-all-get-out rockumentary from a pre-Hangover Todd Phillips.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week
Bill Cunningham New York (2010) (The Landmark) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Certifiably Jonathan (2007) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Chawz (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Choose (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Con Artist (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Game (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
In a Better World (2010) (The Landmark)
Jane Eyre (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (2003) (New Beverly Cinema)
The King's Speech (2010) (The Landmark) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Miral (2010) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Orgasm, Inc. (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Queen of the Lot (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Queen to Play (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Rubber (2010) (Nuart Theatre)
Source Code (2011) (The Landmark) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Super (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Trust (2010) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Win Win (2011) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)

Thursday 3/31
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (Aero Theatre) (70MM)
The Double Life of Veronique (1991) / Sisters (1973) (w/ Kate & Laura Mulleavy) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (An Evening With Kate & Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte)
Heavy Metal Film Fest (Downtown Independent)
Limitless (2011) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ show)
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ show)
Sucker Punch (2011) (Arclight Beach Cities) (21+ show)

Friday 4/1
Airplane (1980) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
The Big Lebowski (1998) / Kingpin (1996) (Aero Theatre)
Certifiably Jonathan (2007) (w/ filmmakers Jim Pasternak and Richard Marshall at 7:20pm show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Con Artist (2009) (w/ director Michael Sladek and artist Mark Kostabi at 7:30pm show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Every Man for Himself (1980) (LACMA)
Fata Morgana (1971) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Ecstatic Truths of Werner Herzog)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Follow the Fleet (1936) (Old Town Music Hall)
Heavy Metal Film Fest (Downtown Independent)
High Wall (1947) / Strangers in the Night (1944) (Egyptian Theatre) (Noir City: Hollywood)
In Cold Blood (1967) / Mystery Street (1950) (w/ actor Scott Wilson) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Looking for Richard Brooks: An Appreciation)
Orgasm, Inc. (2009) (w/ Kim Airs at evening screening) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Pulp Fiction (1994) (midnight show) (New Beverly Cinema)
La Soufriere (1977) / Lessons of Darkness (1992) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Ecstatic Truths of Werner Herzog)
Super (2011) (w/ director James Gunn at 7:40pm & 10:15pm shows) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Saturday 4/2
The 168 Film Festival (Alex Theatre)
Bag It! (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Bill Cunningham New York (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Brute Force (1947) / House of Numbers (1957) (Egyptian Theatre) (Noir City: Hollywood)
Certifiably Jonathan (2007) (w/ filmmakers Jim Pasternak and Richard Marshall at 7:20pm show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Con Artist (2009) (w/ director Michael Sladek and artist Mark Kostabi at 7:30pm show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Crossfire (1947) / Swell Guy (1946) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Looking for Richard Brooks: An Appreciation)
The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010) (w/ filmmakers Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope at 11am show) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Do Something Reel Film Festival (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Even the Rain (2010) (Aero Theatre)
Every Man for Himself (1980) (LACMA)
Follow the Fleet (1936) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner (1974) / How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck (1976) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Ecstatic Truths of Werner Herzog)
Gunslinger (2010) (Autry National Center)
Heavy Metal Film Fest (Downtown Independent)
Hop (2011) (w/ characters in lobby from 12pm -3pm) (Arclight Pasadena)
Orgasm, Inc. (2009) (w/ Kim Airs at evening screening) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Pulp Fiction (1994) (midnight show) (New Beverly Cinema)
REDCAT International Children's Film Festival: Day 3 (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
Retro Format: April Fools (Egyptian Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (South Coast Village Regency Theaters)
Something of Value (1957) / Battle Circus (1953) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Looking for Richard Brooks: An Appreciation)
Spirited Away (2001) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Japan benefit show)
Springtime in the Rockies (1937) / Hills of Utah (1951) (Autry National Center) (Saturday Matinee Double Feature)
Super (2011) (w/ actors Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn 10:15pm show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry (2008) (w/ Q&A) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Wodaabe: Herdsmen of the Sun (1989) / Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (1993) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Ecstatic Truths of Werner Herzog)
Young Frankenstein (1974) / The Producers (1968) (w/ Mel Brooks) (Aero Theatre) (Tribute to Kenneth Mars)

Sunday 4/3
Bag It! (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Bill Cunningham New York (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Chinatown (1974) (The Bay Theatre)
Con Artist (2009) (w/ director Michael Sladek and artist Mark Kostabi at 3:10pm show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Crisis (1950) / Storm Warning (1951) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Looking for Richard Brooks: An Appreciation)
The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Do Something Reel Film Festival (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Echoes of a Somber Empire (1990) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Ecstatic Truths of Werner Herzog)
Even the Rain (2010) (Aero Theatre)
Follow the Fleet (1936) (Old Town Music Hall)
Gaining Consciousness: An Evening with Gary Kibbins (w/ Gary Kibbins) (Los Angeles Filmforum) (Egyptian Theatre)
Heavy Metal Film Fest (Downtown Independent)
Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Ecstatic Truths of Werner Herzog)
NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball Championship (free event) (Downtown Independent)
REDCAT International Children's Film Festival: Day 4 (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
Spaceballs (1987) / Galaxy Quest (1999) (Aero Theatre)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Whiplash (1948) / The Hunted (1948) (Egyptian Theatre) (Noir City: Hollywood)
The Wrecking Crew (2008) (w/ director Denny Tedesco & pianist Don Randi) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)

That's all for this week. No listings next week, as I'll be out of town. Spoiler Alert: Cinefamily's Made In Austin line-up looks incredible. Why bother with torrents of degenerated dubs when you can see rare shorts with a room full of movie nuts & famous directors in tow?