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A Z Channel Weekend

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It's not TV. Hell, it's not even HBO. Z Channel was one of the first pay cable television stations and probably the first to showcase what high quality, niche TV could look like. Founded by Jerry Harvey, who met a most tragic end in 1988, the station was all about independent and art house flicks for its run...before it was overtaken by the pay movie channels we enjoy today. IFC and Xan Cassavettes want you to know all about the LA original and we do too.

Not only are they running the Z Channel documentary by Ms. Cassavettes this week but they are showcasing several of the films that ran on the channel and defined its signature style all weekend. Our particular recommendations are Salvador (which we watched this mornng), Heaven's Gate (because who doesn't love an overblown Western?), and F For Fake because we've never seen it and it just seems like we all should watch Orson Welles's last film.