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Weekly Movie Picks: Viridiana, Santa Sangre, Su Friedrich, Grindhouse & More!

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Grindhouse
The week kicks off with a pair of rarely screened gems of black 1970s cinema, Brotherhood of Death about a group of black Vietnam vets who fight back against the Ku Klux Klan, and Johnny Tough, a coming-of-age movie about a troublesome teenager. That's followed by a dose of Italian horror, Autopsy and Eyeball.

Then it's a trio of bizarre wonders: Coonskin, a Ralph Bakshi-directed animated blaxploitation spoof about a trio of animals (Philip Michael Thomas AKA Detective Tubbs on Miami Vice is Brother Rabbit and Barry White is Brother Bear) who rise to the top of the Harlem underworld;Shame of the Jungle, an adult cartoon from France about an ape man whose girlfriend is kidnapped by a gang of giant penises at the behest of their queen, a 14-breasted bald woman; and Tunnel Vision, a 1976 spoof of what uncensored television might look like in the dark, distant future of 1985.

WHEN: Mon., March 19 - Sun., March 25; various times
WHERE: The New Beverly: 7165 Beverly Blvd. (1 block West of La Brea Ave.)

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Su Friedrich
Avant-garde, New York-based, queer filmmaker Su Friedrich pays a rare visit to the West Coast for the Los Angeles premiere of two recent works, Seeing Red (2005), a 27-minute film about her personal evolution as an artist, and The Head of a Pin (2004), a comic look at how city dwellers respond when faced with nature. These will be screened alongside Sink or Swim, Friedrich's 1990 film about the tense relationship between a workaholic father and his wounded daughter.

Friedrich will also be at the American Cinematheque on Wednesday as part of Outfest's 25th anniversary screening series, where she will screen two of her older films, Damned If You Don't and Hide and Seek.

WHEN: Tues., March 19, 2007
WHERE: REDCAT: 631 W. 2nd St. (at Hill St. in downtown LA)

WHEN: Weds., March 21, 7:30pm
WHERE: American Cinematheque, Spielberg Theatre at The Egyptian Theater: 6712 Hollywood Blvd., (1 block East of Highland Ave. in Hollywood)

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Leslie Hall
Visual artist and performer Leslie Hall -- the creator of the Mobile Gem Sweater Museum -- will screen her music videos and present a live show with her pal DJ Dr. Laura.

WHEN: Weds., March. 21 at 8:00pm
WHERE: The Hammer: 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (at Westwood Blvd.)