LAist Film Calendar 02/09-02/12: Oscars Love Shorts, Cinefamily Loves Valentines

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Silent romance & first Best Picture winner SUNRISE: A TALE OF TWO HUMANS screens as part of Cinefamily's "Seven Days of Valentines" series. Image courtesy 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

This Valentine's weekend, remember it isn't the size of the short that counts, but how it puts its frames to use. The Oscar-nominated Live Action & Animated Shorts opens at the Nuart this weekend. The Live Action line-up includes Irish football comedy Pentecost, German-Indian missing child movie Raju, Northern Irish slice-of-life The Shore, neurotic time travel comedy Time Freak and Scandinavian surrealist satire Tuba Atlantic. The Animated program consists of Dimanche/Sunday, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Pixar's La Luna, A Morning Stroll and Wild Life. If you're saving up for a dozen red roses, UCLA's Melnitz Movies series screens the Oscar-nominated Live Action & Animated Shorts for free Thursday. Linda O. Olszewski, Vice-President of Global Acquisitions for Shorts International (distributor of the shorts) will introduce, and the event will be the second under Melnitz' new numbered, laminated ticket system.

Combine the love of shorts with Black History Month at the Egyptian's Spielberg Theatre Saturday for the 5th annual African American ShortsFest. The two programs cross a variety of styles & genres, from live action drama to web comedy, animated action, documentary & even experimental. Highlights include Paul Mooney's This Weekend Update, LA's historic club Jamaica House, Ghanian rapper M3NSA & Facebook drama. A bad Black History Month can oversimplify the African American experience to slavery, civil rights & peanut butter (or to put it cinematically, blackface, Sidney Poitier & Tyler Perry), but a program like this shows how diverse African American culture was & continues to be.

If you're looking for love in feature-length places this weekend, look no further than the Cinefamily's Seven Days of Valentines. The series spans all eras, beginning tonight with Wholphin Love, celebrating the video magazine's forthcoming Valentine issue. Tomorrow, resident animation historian Jerry Beck curates tales of toon lovers. Friday, it's the only-in-LA independent Minnie and Moskowitz, featuring a Q&A with star Seymour Cassel (whose hundreds of roles includes Max Fischer's dad in Rushmore). Saturday gets grungy with 90s time capsule Singles, accompanied by what the 'Fam calls "an authentic ‘90s coffee shop experience [with] video dating booth, photo booth by Snap Yourself!, craft table by Paw Paw-Club, and more!!" Sunday, swank it up with truly classic couple Nick & Nora Charles in the screwball mystery The Thin Man (with plenty of cocktails in tow). It all comes back to the beginning with a Valentine's Day screening of the Academy's very first Best Picture, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. Then it truly climaxes with one of the Cinefamily's trademark movie mixtapes, The 100 Most Outrageous Fucks.

Full list appears below. See you (making out) at the movies!

All Week
Bonsai People (2010) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Crazy Horse (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Don't Go In the Woods (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Hugo (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
In Darkness (2011) (The Landmark)
Kill List (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Margin Call (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Marriage Chronicles (2012) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animated (Nuart Theatre)
Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action (Nuart Theatre)
Rampart (2012) (Arclight Hollywood)
Return (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) Ultrasuede (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
W.E. (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

Thursday 2/9
All About Evil (2010) (Downtown Independent) (The Pop tART Gallery)
"Delocated" Witness Protection Party (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Films By Andrew Meyer (Echo Park Film Center)
Haywire (2012) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ show)
In Darkness (2011) (free event) (USC School of Cinematic Arts)
Jerry Beck: Valentoons! (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Seven Days of Valentines)
Narc (2002) / Smokin' Aces (2006) (w/ writer/director Joe Carnahan) (New Beverly Cinema)
Only Yesterday (1991) (Aero Theatre) (Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli)
Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action/Animation (free event) (Melnitz Movies)

Friday 2/10
Citizen Kane (1941) / The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Egyptian Theatre)
Dreileben (2011) (free event) (Melnitz Movies)
Lady Sings the Blues (1972) / Hit! (1973) (LACMA) (100 Years of Paramount Pictures)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) (w/ Seymour Cassel) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Seven Days of Valentines)
The Mysterious Lady (1928) (Old Town Music Hall)
Pom Poko (1994) (Aero Theatre) (Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli)
Say Anything (1989) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Stony Island (1978) (w/ director Andrew Davis & actress Susanna Hoffs) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
You Were Never Lovelier (1942) / Cover Girl (1944) (New Beverly Cinema)

Saturday 2/11
5th Annual African American ShortsFest: Program 1 (Egyptian Theatre)
5th Annual African American ShortsFest: Program 2 (Egyptian Theatre)
Brokeback Mountain (2005) (Devil's Night Drive In)
Dissent: Teen Night 2012 (Echo Park Film Center) (MOCA)
Felonious Flappers: Bad Girls of the Art Deco Era feat. The Ladies They Talk About (1933) (Egyptian Theatre)
Gone With the Wind (1939) (Egyptian Theatre) (Romancing the Screen: Valentine's Day Weekend)
Grunge-tastic "Singles" Mixer feat. Singles (1992) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Seven Days of Valentines)
Happy (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Happy (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Hell and Back Again (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
His Girl Friday (1940) / It Happened One Night (1934) (Aero Theatre) (Romancing the Screen: Valentine's Day Weekend)
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) (Aero Theatre) (Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli)
Midnight in Paris (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Mysterious Lady (1928) (Old Town Music Hall)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) (Alex 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)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) (free sneak preview w/ reservation) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
A Sixth Part of the World (1926) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Kino-Eye: The Revolutionary Cinema of Dziga Vertov)
The Wild Bunch (1969) (Autry National Center) (What Is a Western? Film Series)
Xanadu (1980) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
You Were Never Lovelier (1942) / Cover Girl (1944) (New Beverly Cinema)

Sunday 2/12
The African Queen (1951) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
The Death of Captain Pilecki (2006) (free event) (USC School of Cinematic Arts) (Outside the Box (Office))
Dirty Dancing (1987) (Arclight Beach Cities)
Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass (1930) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Kino-Eye: The Revolutionary Cinema of Dziga Vertov)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) / Punch-Drunk Love (2002) (New Beverly Cinema)
An Evening With Amy Poehler in Conversation with Jane Lynch (Aero Theatre)
First Squad (2009) (free event) (USC School of Cinematic Arts) (Outside the Box (Office))
Happy (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Hell and Back Again (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004) (Egyptian Theatre) (Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli)
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963) (free event) (Hammer Museum) (Family Flicks)
A Labrat Matinee 10: The Light Bends (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Midnight in Paris (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
My Neighbor Tortoro (1988) (Egyptian Theatre) (Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli)
The Mysterious Lady (1928) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Philadelphia Story (1940) (Arclight Hollywood)
Redline (2007) (free event) (USC School of Cinematic Arts) (Outside the Box (Office))
Sabrina (1954) (Arclight Pasadena)
Sex Roles: Gender, Liberation, and Sexuality (Los Angeles Filmforum) (Egyptian Theatre)
"The Thin Man" Cocktail Party (1934) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Seven Days of Valentines)