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Arts and Entertainment

LAist Film Calendar 03/03-03/06: Quentin Tarantino's March Madness & 'Stupid Questions' Premiere

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Four years ago, Quentin Tarantino began a proud tradition of guest programming the New Beverly. Fellow film geeks have followed in his wake, including Edgar Wright (twice!), Eli Roth, Diablo Cody, Joe Dante (another two-timer) & even Peter Bogdanovich, and now the king's returned to his cinematic castle. QT's opening his private vaults for some of the grimiest, craziest, rarest exploitation to hit the silver screen - and luckily for us, they're staying open for a full month of March Madness!

Case in point: Friday & Saturday's midnight screenings of Shame of the Jungle, a XXX Tarzan cartoon produced in France, with the voices of Bill Murray, John Belushi & Christopher Guest! To borrow an acronym from neighboring Cinefamily, HFS! The adult animation continues by daylight with two from Ralph Bakshi (who animated Lord of the Rings & Fritz the Cat): Coonskin satirizes blaxploitation, crime movies and the Uncle Remus chapters of American folklore, while Hey Good Lookin' takes aim at 1950's greasers and gangsters. A black market DVD of Coonskin has floated around Amoeba Hollywood, but none of these films will likely ever see an official release.

Fans of cult film doc Not Quite Hollywood can check out "Ozploitation" classic Road Games, with Jamie Lee Curtis & Stacy Keach on Sunday. It's paired with surveillance thriller cum crime caper The Anderson Tapes, headlined by Sean Connery. Speaking of Connery, Thursday's double bill features two grittier '70s takes on The Rock: Clint Eastwood vehicle Escape From Alcatraz & Roger Corman's I Escaped From Devil Island, starring NFL player turned blaxploitation superstar Jim Brown.

If you need a QT quarantine, head over to Echo Park Film Center for the Saturday premiere of Jessie Kahnweiler's Stupid Questions. The charming comedy short - shot on location in Echo Park (in Kahnweiler's Airstream trailer home) - stars Zelda Williams as a casting assistant who holds a fake audition for a boyfriend. But when she finds someone she clicks with, her optimism is challenged: is he the real deal, or just a really good method actor? Can you "have it all" amidst the neverending hustle of show biz? Kahnweiler appears in-person for two screenings - one at 7 & one at 8. Keep up the hustle on Thursday, International Sex Workers' Rights Day, when EPFC teams up with Sex Workers Outreach Project LA for a festival celebrating sex toys, sex workers & sex equality (NSFW).

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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Thursday 3/3

Friday 3/4

Saturday 3/5

Sunday 3/6

That's all for this week. Glaring omission: with this weekend's Cinefamily retrospective, Chris Morris is blowing up with Four Lions!