LAist Film Calendar 04/26-04/29: Wimfest! & LA Comedy Shorts Festival

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Harry Dean Stanton walks the line for Wim Wenders' wanderlust in PARIS, TEXAS. Courtesy 20th Century Fox / The Criterion Collection.

German auteur Wim Wenders (pronounced "Vim Venders" - like a Bond villain) may be most acclaimed over here for the Oscar-nominated documentaries Pina & Buena Vista Social Club, but his output spans 4 decades and 50+ films. Wenders' work is a unique brand of wanderlust; he can capture both the beauty of the landscape and the discontent of staying in one place. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles follows Wenders' career across continents Saturday with Wimfest!

A highlight from the day-long event (noon to midnight) is The American Friend, adapted from the novel Ripley's Game. The film is an open meditation on mobsters & murder starring Bruno Ganz (Wenders' own Wings of Desire for the arthouse crowd, Hitler from Downfall for viral video fans) and the late Dennis Hopper (who makes a talented Mr. Ripley). Additional screenings include Wenders' seminal Paris, Texas, Tokyo-Ga, in which Wenders retraces the Tokyo of his favorite filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu & Lisbon Story, wherein a frantic filmmaker tries to present the beauty of Portugal. Delve even deeper with documentaries & early shorts. $10 nets a pass for the whole day. Wunderbar!

Have a quick laugh (or 10) at the Downtown Independent with the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival. A masterful meld of industry panels for filmmakers & their best bits for ticket-holders, the chaos comes Thursday night & stays through the weekend. Programs feature pro comics, amateurs, animators, screenwriters & student filmmakers. Irreverence continues after dark with parties at The Conga Room (Thursday), Urban Colony (Friday), Kyoto Grand Hotel (Saturday) & a "Red Carpet Rapture" Sunday night. The full schedule & tickets are available online. Here's the mother of all previews, from 2010's fest (our vintage coverage).

On that note, Mrs. Film Calendar & I have our own bun coming out of the oven next week, so this column will go dark for a while. Until then, there's still a few days to pack ourselves full of popcorn! See you at the movies!

All Week
Bernie (2011) (The Landmark)
Damsels in Distress (2012) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Elles (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
Headhunters (2011) (The Landmark)
Here (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Highest Pass (2012) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Kid With a Bike (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Mamitas (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Moth Diaries (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Monsieur Lazhar (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
People vs. The State of Illusion (2011) (Regent Theatre)
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Restless City (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Sound of My Voice (2012) (Arclight Hollywood) (The Landmark)
Tezz (2012) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
We Have a Pope (2012) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)

Thursday 4/26
The Big Red One (1980) (New Beverly Cinema)
Caged (1950) / Big House USA (1955) (Egyptian Theatre) (Noir City: Hollywood, 14th Annual Festival of Film Noir)
I Wish (2011) (free event) (Melnitz Movies)
Icon Eye (2012) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Jamaican Noir: The Cinema of Dread)
LA Air: John Palmer (free event) (Echo Park Film Center)
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival (Downtown Independent)
Lenny (1974) (Aero Theatre)
Marley (2012) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Jamaican Noir: The Cinema of Dread)
Seance (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Skin I'm In (2012) (free event w/ filmmaker Broderick Fox) (USC School of Cinematic Arts) (Alumni Screening Series)
South Park (1999) (LACMA) (100 Years of Paramount Pictures: Animation)

Friday 4/27
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Bindlestiffs (2012) (free event w/ filmmakers Andrew Edison, Luke Loftin & Morgan Hahn) (USC School of Cinematic Arts) (Alumni Screening Series)
A Brand New Life (2009) (free event) (Korean Cultural Center)
Dr. Giggles (1992) (w/ star Larry Drake) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Le Havre (2011) / La Vie de Bohème (1992) (New Beverly Cinema)
Here (2011) (w/ filmmaker Braden King at 8:15pm show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Le Jour Se Leve (1938) (Aero Theatre) (Midnight in Paris)
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival (Downtown Independent)
Land of Look Behind (1982) (w/ director Alan Greenberg) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Jamaican Noir: The Cinema of Dread)
Optical Poetry: An Oskar Fischinger Retrospective / Color and Form: Modernist Animation in California (LACMA)
Precious Knowledge (2011) (w/ director Ari Palos) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) (w/ filmmaker Chad Freidrichs at 7:20pm show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Royal Wedding (1951) (Old Town Music Hall)
Samad Becomes an Artist (1974) (w/ filmmaker Parviz Sayyad) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema)
Scene of the Crime (1949) / Reign of Terror (1949) (w/ actor Norman Lloyd) (Egyptian Theatre) (Noir City: Hollywood, 14th Annual Festival of Film Noir)
Welcome to Shirley (2012) (free event w/ director Joe Weil) (USC School of Cinematic Arts) (Alumni Screening Series)
The Turin Horse (2011) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Aching Beauty of Bela Tarr)

Saturday 4/28
Alice in Wonderland (1933) (w/ comedian TJ Miller) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Alices in Wonderland)
Beyond the Stereotype: Real Asians Onscreen (Autry National Center) (Conversations on Convergence)
The Birds (1963) (Alex Theatre)
Checkpoint (1987) (w/ filmmaker Parviz Sayyad) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema)
The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think (2012) (Arclight Hollywood)
Children of Paradise (1945) (Aero Theatre) (Midnight in Paris)
Christine (1983) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Countryman (1982) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Jamaican Noir: The Cinema of Dread) (HFS)
Le Havre (2011) / La Vie de Bohème (1992) (New Beverly Cinema)
Here (2011) (w/ filmmaker Braden King at 7pm & 10pm shows) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Kid With a Bike (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival (Downtown Independent)
The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) (Devil's Night Drive In)
Mamitas (2011) (w/ special guests at 7pm show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Mera Nam Joker (1970) (free event) (LACMA)
New Works Salon (Echo Park Film Center)
A Night to Remember (1958) (w/ Titanic centennial discussion) (Egyptian Theatre)
Pandora's Box (1929) (free event) (Getty Center) (What Becomes a Legend)
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) (w/ filmmaker Chad Freidrichs at 7:20pm show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
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)
Royal Wedding (1951) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Sheik (1921) (free event) (Getty Center) (What Becomes a Legend)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1958) / Edge of the City (1957) (w/ actress Julie Adams) (Egyptian Theatre) (Noir City: Hollywood, 14th Annual Festival of Film Noir)
The Turin Horse (2011) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Aching Beauty of Bela Tarr)
Wimfest! (Goethe-Institut)

Sunday 4/29
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (The Bay Theatre)
Animation Breakdown: Masters of Polish Animation (1957-1975) (w/ live score by Baaba) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Gilda (1946) (free event) (Getty Center) (What Becomes a Legend)
Goodbye (2010) / This Is Not a Film (2010) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema)
High Plains Drifter (1973) / Joe Kidd (1972) (Aero Theatre)
Johnny O'Clock (1946) / Johnny Allegro (1949) (Egyptian Theatre) (Noir City: Hollywood, 14th Annual Festival of Film Noir)
The Kid With a Bike (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival (Downtown Independent)
Land of Look Behind (1982) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Jamaican Noir: The Cinema of Dread)
Morocco (1930) (free event) (Getty Center) (What Becomes a Legend)
The Party (1968) / I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Royal Wedding (1951) (Old Town Music Hall)