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"Silver Lake Picture Show" Outdoor Film Series Premieres Tonight at Polka Dot Plaza

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The polka-dotted pedestrian plaza in Silver Lake is getting its own summer film series called the "Silver Lake Picture Show." It kicks off tonight at sundown (that's 8:08 pm) with the cartoon-noir "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

The line-up is full of crowd-pleasers with a local connection, like "L.A. Confidential" and "Earth Girls Are Easy." But the local filmmakers who started the festival Nicholas Robbins and Taylor Maxwell told The Eastsider LA that they plan to screen the short films of indie directors every night before the feature film starts. Robbins told The Eastsider:

"Short films have often become the calling card of filmmakers looking for opportunities to make feature films. However, the thousands of hours and dollars, and the creativity and soul put into these short films are often never seen by the public, outside of film festivals."

The films are free, so all you need to do is bring something to sit on and some snacks. Get there a little early if you want to beat the crowd and get a good spot. Although the series is free, the creators of the summer series are asking for help from local vendors and the public to finance the series.

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Here's the line-up:

July 11: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
July 25: "LA Confidential"
August 8: "A Better Life"
August 22: "Earth Girls Are Easy"
September 5: "The Graduate"
September 19: "Speed"
October 3: "Grease"

The indie shorts that get shown beforehand will be a surprise.Related:
Your Guide To Summer Outdoor Movies in L.A.