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LAist Film Calendar: AFI Film Festival & California Parks Benefit

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Writer/director/transcendental meditator David Lynch emerges for a screening of cult classic Eraserhead on Saturday afternoon at the Egyptian. The cryptic auteur appears as the first Guest Artistic Director of AFI's Annual Film Festival, and will answer three questions drawn from tweets directed @AFIFEST. Lynch's other selections for the festival include classics Sunset Boulevard, Rear Window, Mon Oncle, Lolita & The Hour of The Wolf. Of course, AFI has programmed plenty of new films as well. Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams uses the latest 3D technology to capture humanity's oldest known works of art. John Cameron Mitchell (of Hedwiginch-famy) follows Nicole Kidman & Aaron Eckhart down Rabbit Hole, while Aaron Sorkin and Halle Berry appear in lengthy conversation. Lesser known (but higher concept) films include Carancho, an Argentine noir thriller about an ambulance chaser, and Rubber, a killer tire movie. For full line-up and additional ticket sales, visit

If you love state parks, you needn't wait for another ballot to show your support at the California State Parks Foundation's California Parks Starring in Hollywood Films series. Produced in cooperation with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the series kicks off in a redwooded galaxy far, far away, with a soon-to-be-rare 2D version of Return of the Jedi. Actor Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) appears for a Saturday afternoon screening, while Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) & David Barclay (puppeteer for Jabba the Hutt) sign autographs for considerably more than $18. Later that day, enjoy a triple-feature of M*A*S*H the film and two episodes of M*A*S*H the TV series, all shot in Malibu Creek. Sunday, the series continues with Spartacus and concludes with the original Planet of the Apes. Tickets are $10 a pop or $25 for a three movie package. For true lovers of the au naturel, the Cinefamily has a restored version of '70s erotic drama Score, while the Grindhouse Film Festival has XXX comedy Wanda Whips Wall Street at the New Beverly, with starlets, Q&A's and tons of rare adult trailers in tow!

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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That's all for this week. Somewhat surprised I didn't make a Pound of Flesh joke in that last sentence.

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