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Pencil This In: Night Flight Tribute, Talking Politics with George McGovern and John Dean

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The Egyptian Theater hosts a seminar tonight on how to navigate the film festival world. / Photo by jmatheny via LAist's flickr pool.

The Egyptian Theater hosts a seminar tonight on how to navigate the film festival world. / Photo by jmatheny via LAist's flickr pool.
There’s a diverse community of animators in Chicago, and the Echo Park Film Center brings their work to Los Angeles in “Chi(a)nimation All Stars: Recent Animations from Chicago.” Artist Jodie Mack will share a collection of animated shorts made in Chicago during her time in the Windy City (2005-present). “From hand-drawn character animations, to lush abstractions, to puppet or paint-on glass animation, to glitch video processing--this program illustrates a multitude of midwestern motion experiments!” The show begins at $8 and tickets are $5.

George McGovern and John Dean talk politics tonight at 7 pm at Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood. Former U.S. senator, presidential candidate, veteran, and historian George McGovern and author, columnist and commentator John Dean have seen it all, and we’re sure have a lot of stories to tell. There will also be a wine and cheese reception following the discussion.

There’s a “Navigating the Film Festival World” seminar tonight at the Egyptian Theater [Spielberg Theatre] that starts at 7 pm. For approximately 3.5 hours, the seminar shows filmmakers how to plot the right course for your film as you are about to embark on the film festival circuit. This goes way beyond Sundance. Festival programmer/film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris (former Director of Programming Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International Short Film Festival) offers practical skills to navigating the world of film festivals. Admission is $20, $15 for students/seniors and $12 for Cinematheque Members.

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The Grammy Museum welcomes trumpet player and composer Terence Blanchardtonight at 8. Executive Director Robert Santelli interviews Blanchard about his new CD, Choices, his musical influences, his film composing and educational work. After the interview, Blanchard will take questions from the audience and perform a few songs. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit the Grammy Museum.

Cinefamily hosts Night Flight tribute night at the Silent Movie Theater. If you’re old enough to remember the 80s, you’ll remember Night Flight. It premiered on the USA Network on June 5, 1981 (before MTV) and it was a “glorious amalgamation of music videos, short films, cartoons, interviews, concerts, and cult movies...Night Flight was required viewing for stoners, punkers, headbangers, and insomniacs.” The producers have selected the best clips/episodes of the show, and creator Stuart Shapiro will appear in-person for a Q&A after the program. The show begins at 8 pm and tickets are $10.

Daydream Republic, a film-photo studio/rehearsal space, is hosting a party tonight at 8 pm. with DJs, artists, dancing and cheap drinks ($2 beer, $3 wine, $4 cocktails). If you RSVP and bring two friends, they'll buy YOU a drink. Cover is just $3.

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