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LAist Film Calendar 08/11-08/14: Documenting Dead Rockers (& Living Ones Too)

MONTEREY POP courtesy The Criterion Collection
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Jim Morrison may not be interred at Hollywood Forever, but plenty of his peers make spirited appearances there this weekend for Cinespia's Movies From Dusk Til Dawn. The event runs from 7PM Saturday through 6AM Sunday. Don't worry, the coffee is free.

The Mamas & The Papas headlined 1967's Monterey Pop Festival, but the concert is remembered today for kickstarting the careers of fellow 27 Clubketeers Jimi Hendrix & Janis Joplin. This weekend, Jimi & Janis return the favor, as Monterey Pop gets the rockin' started right. Hendrix fans in particular have lots to look forward to, as the posthumous documentary A Film About Jimi Hendrix follows, accompanied by a Q&A with director Gary Weis & Hendrix's engineer/producer Eddie Kramer. Hardcore hippies at heart will want to stay for the remaining hours of DJ sets, psychedelic concert footage & 60s animation.

Cinefamily pays tribute to another fallen rocker with the Los Angeles premiere of Better Than Something: Jay Reatard as part of their annual Don't Knock the Rock fest. Comprised of rare concert footage, intimate interviews & a Reatard-led tour of Memphis mere months before his death the fast, the film is the closest we'll come to a last will & testament to a fast, furious & fatalistic punk rock career. Filmmakers Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz appear for a Q&A after the screening.

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But not all rockers burn out. Cinefamily chases the Jay Reatard with the West Coast premiere of The Beat is the Law - Fanfare for the Common People. The film covers Britpop pioneers Pulp, from their early shows in Nowhereland, UK to their breakout performance at Glastonbury Festival in 1995 (please don't remind us that was 15+ years ago). Presented in collaboration with Part Time Punks, bookended DJ sets from the group make a nice aperitif to their first-ever Pulp-themed club night Sunday at The Echo.

But back to film for a moment. Full list appears below!

All Week
6th Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Aarakshan (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Another Earth (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Bellflower (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Regent Theatre)
Gun Hill Road (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Latin American Showcase (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Magic Trip (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
Midnight in Paris (2011) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) (The Landmark)
Out the Gate (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Rapt (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Sarah's Key (2010) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Senna (2010) (The Landmark)
Tabloid (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Tree of Life (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)

Thursday 8/11
The Beat is The Law - Fanfare For The Common People (2010) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Don't Knock the Rock)
Better Than Something: Jay Reatard (2010) (w/ filmmakers Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Don't Knock the Rock)
Bill Cunningham New York (2010) / The Cruise (1988) (New Beverly Cinema)
Brainstorm: The Films of John Salcedo (w/ John Salcedo) (Echo Park Film Center)
A Joker in High School (1976) (free event) (Korean Cultural Center) (Korean Films in the 70s)
Out the Gate (2011) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey (2011) / Flower Drum Song (1961) (w/ actress Nancy Kwan & director Brian Jamieson) (Egyptian Theatre)

Friday 8/12
Autoerotic (2011) (w/ cast & crew) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
The Big Lebowski (1998) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) (Egyptian Theatre)
Candyman (1992) (w/ director Bernard Rose) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Friday Night Frights)
The Front (1976) / Play It Again, Sam (1972) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Jerk (1979) / Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) (Downtown Independent) (Drink-a-Long/Beer Pong)
Jeu de Massacre (1967) / Erotissimo (1969) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (France Goes POP!)
Magic Trip (2011) (w/ co-director Alison Ellwood at 7:30pm & 10:00pm shows) (Nuart Theatre)
Moon Over Miami (1941) (Old Town Music Hall)
Senna (2010) (w/ director Asif Kapadia at 7:20pm & 10:05pm shows) (The Landmark)
Summer of Goliath (2010) (w/ filmmaker Nicolás Pereda) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Perpetual Motion: The Cinema of Nicolás Pereda)
The White Meadows (2009) / Climates (2006) (LACMA) (Once Upon a Time in the Middle East)

Saturday 8/13
Alexandria, Why? (1979) (LACMA) (Once Upon a Time in the Middle East)
Fight Club (1999) (Outdoor Cinema Food Fest) (Exposition Park)
Film Journeys (Echo Park Film Center)
The Front (1976) / Play It Again, Sam (1972) (New Beverly Cinema)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) (Autry National Center) (What Is a Western?)
Highlander (1986) (w/ director Russell Mulcahy & producer Peter Davis) (Egyptian Theatre)
Less Than Zero (1987) (Devil's Night Drive In)
Moon Over Miami (1941) (Old Town Music Hall)
Mothra (1961) (LACMA) (Saturday Monster Matinees)
Movies Til Dawn feat. Monterey Pop (1967) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings) (Summer Series)
Occult L.A.: Season of the Witch (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
On Golden Pond (1981) (w/ director Mark Rydell) (Aero Theatre)
Passione (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Rapt (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
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)
Rubber (2010) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Skidoo (1968) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Thief of Baghdad (1940) (LACMA) (Once Upon a Time in the Middle East)
Where Are Their Stories? (2007) (w/ filmmaker Nicolás Pereda) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Perpetual Motion: The Cinema of Nicolás Pereda)
Young Frankenstein (1974) (midnight show) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)

Sunday 8/14
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) (w/ director Paul Mazursky & actor Nick Nolte) (Aero Theatre)
Iron Man (1931) / Red Dust (1932) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Harlow Before the Code)
Living Light: An Evening With Linda Perhacs & Friends (w/ Linda Perhacs) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
Marketa Lazarova (1967) (Egyptian Theatre)
Moon Over Miami (1941) (Old Town Music Hall)
Passione (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Rapt (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Targets (1968) / Two-Minute Warning (1976) (New Beverly Cinema)

That's all for this week. See you at the movies!

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