LAist Film Calendar 01/12-01/15: Two New Film Festivals at Cinefamily & Irvine

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CalArts alum Nick Peterson's short DRAINED, screening Friday as part of the Irvine International Film Festival's short programs. Courtesy cinematographer Chris Saul.

There's always room for another film festival, and this weekend marks the debut of two. The Cinefamily's Wayne Federman International Film Festival is a unique blend of stage & screen. Each program takes a world-renowned live comic, sticks them with a favorite comedy film of their choosing, and removes all reins. Guests perform a set of their own material, introduce their cinematic influence & host a Q&A after the screening. This year's slate of stand-up cinephiles consists of Garry Shandling, Margaret Cho, Kevin Pollak, Andy Kindler & the always affable TBA. Their selections are Martin Scorsese's dark classic The King of Comedy (Shandling), the Julie Christie vehicle Darling (Cho), Mike Leigh's Gilbert and Sullivan biopic Topsy-Turvy (TBA), Alan Arkin & the late Peter Falk in The In-Laws (Pollak) and Albert Brooks' Modern Romance (Kindler). Cinefamily favorite Doug Benson interrupts the fest Friday at midnight with a trademark takedown of Tom Cruise's Cocktail.

It must be frustrating for Orange County readers to hear about the constant flow of films & festivals kinda close, but still quite a drive away (as a former Antelope Valley resident, I feel your pain!). The Irvine International Film Festival brings emerging talents & prestigious premieres much closer to home. The festival opens tomorrow with the local doc Empty Hand: The Real Karate Kids, following martial arts students in Mission Viejo. On a separate bill is West is West, a sequel to the British-Indian immigrant family comedy East is East.

Friday features shorts programs at 3 & 5PM. This line-up includes Polish air battle animation Paths of Hate (an interesting companion to George Lucas' forthcoming Red Tails), the John Hurt-led Love at First Sight (both on the "short list" for Oscar nomination), the live action-animated hybrid Drained and Patrimony, a hard-hitting family drama with Robert Vaughn which we featured following its premiere at last year's LA Shorts Fest. Friday night gets very superstitious with haunted-house comedy The Selling and Canadian chiller Skew.

Saturday morning, shorts programs feature submissions from local students ranging from elementary school (including a second grader!) all the way up to UCLA & USC film theses. The collegiate filmmakers' talents square off against their contemporaries in German, Israeli, Spanish & even Iranian film programs. Saturday night brings the festival's crown jewel: the newly restored silent The Loves of Pharoah. Once thought lost, the ancient epic was director Ernst Lubitsch's final European production, before he came to the US for endearing classics like Ninotchka, To Be Or Not To Be & Heaven Can Wait. Sunday, continue enjoying the silence with a tribute to starlet Carla Laemmle (niece of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle) and the West Coast premiere of the documentary Among The Rugged Peaks: The Carla Laemmle Story. Laemmle appears in person - she's still a working actress at the age of 102!

The Irvine International Film Festival continues through Monday at Edwards Westpark 8. Full list of less festive (still entertaining) picks appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week
Addiction Incorporated (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
Angels Crest (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Carnage (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
In Heaven, Underground (2011) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
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Melancholia (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Pina 3D (2011) (The Landmark)
Sing Your Song (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Skin I Live In (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
The Tree of Life (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Young Adult (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

Thursday 1/12
Addiction Incorporated (2011) (free event w/ director Charles Evans Jr.) (USC School of Cinematic Arts)
Cassavetes' Shadow: Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Discussion (LACMA)
Darling (1965) (w/ Margaret Cho) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The 1st Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival)
Dripped: The Movement (w/ trunk show) (Downtown Independent)
The Kid With a Bike (2011) (w/ directors Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) (Aero Theatre) (Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee Series)
The King of Comedy (1983) (w/ Garry Shandling) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The 1st Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival)
Never Let Me Go (2010) / Fahrenheit 451 (1966) (w/ director Mark Romanek) (New Beverly Cinema)
Niloofar (2008) (Skirball Cultural Center)
Punk and Media Art, 1974-1981 (Los Angeles Filmforum) (MOCA Grand Avenue)
Rampart (2011) (free sneak preview w/ Q&A) (Melnitz Movies)

Friday 1/13
Addiction Incorporated (2011) (w/ director Charles Evans Jr. & film subject Victor DeNoble at the 7:30pm show) (Nuart Theatre)
The Divide (2011) (w/ actor Michael Biehn) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Doug Benson's Movie Interruption: Cocktail (1988) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The 1st Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival)
Face in the Sky (1933) / She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Spencer Tracy: That Natural Thing)
The Flowers of War (2011) (Aero Theatre)
Hell and Back Again (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Midnight Son (2011) (w/ writer/director Scott Leberecht) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Monster Squad (1987) / The Gate (1987) (w/ director Fred Dekker) (Egyptian Theatre)
Phantom Lady (1944) / Black Angel (1946) (New Beverly Cinema)
Rubber Tires (1927) (Old Town Music Hall)
Sing Your Song (2011) (w/ Gina Belafonte at the 7:10pm show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Topsy-Turvy (1999) (w/ Paul F. Tompkins) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The 1st Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival)

Saturday 1/14
Addiction Incorporated (2011) (w/ director Charles Evans Jr. & film subject Victor DeNoble) (Nuart Theatre)
Blood of a Poet (1930) / Testament of Orpheus (1960) (free event) (Getty Center) (Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film)
Bottoms Up (1934) / Man's Castle (1933) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Spencer Tracy: That Natural Thing)
Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominee Panel Discussion (free event) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Grey (2012) / Narc (2002) (w/ director Joe Carnahan) (Aero Theatre)
Hell and Back Again (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Industry Town: The Avant Garde & Hollywood (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980)
The In-Laws (1979) (w/ Kevin Pollak) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The 1st Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival)
Lady Terminator (1989) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Modern Romance (1981) (w/ Andy Kindler) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The 1st Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival)
The Moderns (1988) (free event) (Getty Center) (Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film)
Phantom Lady (1944) / Black Angel (1946) (New Beverly Cinema)
Predator (1987) / Predator 2 (1990) (Egyptian Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Live Shadowcast Midnight Show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
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)
Rubber Tires (1927) (Old Town Music Hall)
Sing Your Song (2011) (w/ Gina Belafonte at the 7:10pm show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) (free sneak preview w/ cinematographer Seamus McGarvey) (Melnitz Movies)

Sunday 1/15
Caravaggio (1986) (free event) (Getty Center) (Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film)
The Draughtman's Contract (1982) (free event) (Getty Center) (Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film)
Miss Bala (2011) (free event w/ writer/director Gerardo Naranjo, actress Stephanie Sigman & executive producer Diego Luna) USC School of Cinematic Arts (Outside the Box (Office))
Roman Holiday (1953) (The Bay Theatre)
Rubber Tires (1927) (Old Town Music Hall)
Sing Your Song (2011) (w/ Gina Belafonte at the 4:10pm show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
A Star is Born (1954) (Egyptian Theatre)
Undefeated (2011) (free event w/ Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin, Rich Middlemas & Glen Zipper) USC School of Cinematic Arts (Outside the Box (Office))
The Viral Factor (2012) (free event) USC School of Cinematic Arts (Outside the Box (Office))
Viva Villa! (1934) / Juarez (1939) (New Beverly Cinema)
Where Are You Taking Me? (2010) (free event) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Archive Documentary Spotlight)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) (Aero Theatre)