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Maybe I should consider relocating to Poland. | Photo courtesy of Van Worden

It's a very festive time right now. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and there's a lot of copying & pasting in Film Digest land. The Indian Film Festival continues its run at the Arclight, as well as its mixed masala line-up. Joining it are the 10th Annual Polish Film Festival, the 4th Annual Jewish Film Festival & a virtual continuation of last week's Japanese Film Festival at the Egyptian with a series dedicated to controversial auteur Nagisa Oshima. If those aren't exotic enough, you can always make the journey to San Pedro for the L.A. Harbor Film Festival, or trek all the way to Orange County for the Newport Beach Film Festival. Even the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is getting in on the act, with panels dedicated to Hollywood biographers & the adaptation of The Soloist.

Speaking of books, science-fiction genius / contentious craze-o Harlan Ellison makes several appearances at the New Beverly, both for his own work, and the elite few he's respected enough not to sue. A kinder, gentler, lower-budget craze-o will be on deck in Long Beach - Mr. Troma himself, Lloyd Kaufman, with seminal janitor-turned-nuclear-superhero film The Toxic Avenger. For those who missed it at the Nuart, the Landmark has picked up mock-rockumentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and you can never go wrong with The Jerk or The Dude.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!