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Pencil This In: New Filmmakers LA Monthly Screening, Donovan Leitch Musical @ Largo

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Donovan Leitch’s musical The Dark Root of the Dream is a mix of glam rock, literature and theatre, and it take to Largo’s stage tonight at 8 pm. Written by Leitch and guitarist Larry Cordola, the songs center around the character Mr. E, the fictional son of poet Virginia Woolf. “After his mother commits suicide early in the boy’s life, E is raised by gypsies, going on to become an egotistical, disillusioned rock star. Subsequently, Mr. E struggles to fill the void left by his mother’s death - with drugs, music and love. Once all these fail, he is forced to confront his darkest dreams in order to survive.” Tickets are $20.


The Paley Center screens a preview of Art & Copy, Doug Pray’s inside look at the creative process of some of advertising's most influential ad campaigns including  "Just Do It," Apple Macintosh "1984" and "Got Milk." The documentary begins at 7 pm and will be followed with a conversation with Pray moderated by Jae Goodman, creative director, Creative Artists Agency. Tickets are $10 for Paley members and $15 for the rest of us.

The monthly NewFilmmakers LA showcase screens innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world. Tonight’s screening at Sunset Gower Studio: Stage 5 includes 12 short films and a feature film with a Q&A with each film’s director. The feature film is Todd Berger's The Scenesters, a deconstructed whodunit (standby only). There’s a reception following the screening by DJ Shy. Tickets for tonight's three programs are $5 each.

Amoeba’s Monday night music-related film series continues tonight in the courtyard of Space15Twenty, just up the street from Amoeba. Tonight’s movie is Festival Express, a documentary about a festival train ride with Janis Joplin, The Band and the Grateful Dead in 1970. It made stops at Toronto, to Calgary, to Winnipeg, with a concert at each stop. This film’s like Woodstock on rails.

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