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Pencil This In: Snark Talk, German Art and Found Film

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Snark has become so pervasive in our culture that David Denby, one of America’s most respected film critics, has dedicated his new book Snark to the subject. In it he criticizes the nastiness that has invaded [pop] culture without the substance to back it up. He’ll be in conversation with KPCC’s Patt Morrison at the ICM Screening Room in Century City at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the Writers Bloc event.

The Silent Movie Theatre features the experimental film program, “The Cocoa Screenings: Founding Fathers of Found Footage Films” tonight at 8 pm. Before hip-hop sampling and Photoshop, there were people who created art out of found (other people’s) work. “The pioneers of perverting other people's intellectual property invented a whole new art form, recontextualizing through montage, creating new significance that lied dormant in otherwise neutral footage. In the bourgeoning days of Pop Art, these spiritual descendants of Duchamp and his readymades found a new language of cinema through creative theft.” The series has been dubbed “The Cocoa Screenings” because they’ll be serving, you guessed it -- hot cocoa. Tickets are $12.