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LAist Film Calendar: Italians, Honey Bunny Redux & D.W. Griffith

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How do you make alt-porn even alt-ier? The Echo Park Film Center knows, with Honey Bunny v2, a video-remix of 2008's Honey Bunny. Re-imagineer Margie Schnibbe is on hand for every moan & groan, and for all the would-be Jeremih's out there, it's her birthday. If you prefer your alt-film on the straight and narrow, EPFC also hosts Los Angeles As A Character, a series of experimental shorts that slice & dice our city into delectable bites: some friendly, some alienated, others just plain confused. To take it WAY back, EPFC teams up with Los Angeles Filmforum for D.W. Griffith in California, a program of ultra-rare reels from film pioneer D.W. Griffith, produced locally before he went off & produced the ultra-popular (and ultra-racist) Birth of a Nation. No stranger to controversy, Griffith takes on evolution & the decimation of Native American populations in these shorts, as well as showcase early cinematic techniques & melodrama.

Across town, the Aero joins Cinecitt‡ Luce for Cinema Italian Style, offering the L.A. premieres of Italy's finest, freshest films. If you didn't recognize the name, Hollywood on the Tiber, Cinecitt‡'s overview of Italian film history, is a wonderful place to start, as is Vittorio D, profiling neo-realist auteur Vittorio De Sica. The Brave Men & The Sicilian Girl portray all sides of organized crime - cops & criminals, Mafia families & checkered lovers, those seeking revenge & those seeking to live. Focaccia Blues documents a struggle for hearts, minds & stomachs, when a McDonald's opens right next door to a small, family-owned bakery. But considering Rome's most famous funny-hatted inhabitant, Freedom may be the one most high on watch lists. In the musical-comedy, a prison production of the Passion play finds itself stuck for an ending when no one wants to play Judas.

Full list appears below. Vedilo ai film!