Here are this week's happenings in film from New York to LA and points in between ...
New York City: This week at Film Forum, you can check out Live-In Maid (showing through July 31), Woody Allen's Manhattan in its last week, and Fritz Lang's Metropolis in a spandy-new 35mm print of the newly restored version! (Oooh, ahhh....). Special events at Film Forum this week include filmmaker Jorge Gaggaro at the 8:10 screening of Live-In Maid tonight AND (get this on your calendar's pronto, director at the 8PM screenings of his Iraq War doc, No End in Sight, next Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. I saw No End in Sight at Sundance, and attended a pretty impressive panel discussion of the film as well. It rocks -- don't miss it.
Over at the Walter Reade Theater, you serious film buffs might want to check out the celebration of Woodfall Film Productions, with Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave and Michael Sheen introducing some of the screenings. Check out the full program, it's a really nice lineup. Also at the Walter Reade, tonight at 7PM they have a screening of the restored print of silent film Way Down East. Sunday at 4:30 is an event you won't want to miss: Film Comment Selects Presents has a Norman Mailer event; tix include the 4:30PM screening of Tough Guys Don't Dance, a conversation with Mailer AND a complimentary pass to the 8PM screening of Maidstone -- what a great way to fill up a Sunday!
Los Angeles: Outfest -- the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival -- is still going on through July 23. There are still lots of films, panels and events going on through the weekend, so check out the schedule on the fest's official website to see what's happening.
Elsewhere in LA, American Cinematheque has the Mods and Rockers Film Fest going on. Friday and Saturday, the Egyptian has an "in-person salute to rock-doc pioneer filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker," with the West Coast premiere of his documentary 65 Revisited, with outtakes from his 1965 classic Don't Look Back. The full schedule can be found right here. Over at the Aero, there's a four-day engagement of David Lynch's Inland Empire, with discussions with "special guests."
Seattle: This weekend at Northwest Film Forum, they're screening June and July, winner of last year's Local Sightings Film Festival. Also, NWFF's Search and Rescue program continues the venue's exploration of 16mm film with a screening of 1964's Nothing But a Man. Coming up July 25 and 26, you can catch a screening of Jacques Tati's 1953 film, Mr. Hulot's holiday. Check out their website for complete schedule of events.
The Seattle International Film Festival may be long over, but the SIFF group is still bringing Seattleites great films all summer long with their SIFF Cinema Summer Series. This weekend through August 2, they're showing Apachatpong Weerasethakul's Syndromes and a Century, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's Daratt, Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon, and Tsai Ming-Liang's I Don't Want to Sleep Alone.
Also this weekend in Seattle: On Saturday, July 21 at 2PM, The Film School's Speaker Series, by Warren Etheredge, will host Sandra Nettelbeck, whose film Mostly Martha has been remade into the upcoming No Reservations starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin. Nettlebeck will discuss her film the remake, and what's different between the two. Upcoming on July 28, TFS brings Oscar-nommed director Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) into town to sneak-preview his latest doc, Taxi to the Dark Side, which played at the Tribeca Film Festival. Taxi is about torture practices used by the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, told through the story of an innocent taxi driver who was tortured and killed in 2002. Gibney's a sharp guy and a solid filmmaker -- that one's a must-see for you Seattle film buffs. Tix for both available at Etheredge's website, The Warren Report.
Austin: This weekend at The Alamo Drafthouse at Lake Creek brings you a special midnight screening of one of my fave Hitchcock films, Rear Window, Daft Punk's Electroma, and a screening for the kids (or those of us who haven't quite grown up yet, Dark Crystal. At the South Lamar location Master Pancake Does Conan -- the Barbarian, natch -- on Wednesday. Plus: The Village location has Rocky Horror Saturday night at 11:PM, so break out your corsets and fishnet stockings! Also, the Village and Lamar locations will have Simpson's Feasts, and the Village location
Dallas: Coming up in Dallas, the Dallas Video Fest runs July 31- August 5. The fest is surprisingly affordable -- all-day passes range from $10 weeknights to $25 weekends. Check out the full schedule and start making your plans now.
Oklahoma City: This weekend at the Oklahoma CIty Museum of Art: Parker Posey in Broken English and Oklahoma! Upcoming: Away from Her, Summercamp!, Once and Ten Canoes. Also, a panel discussion on images of Oklahoma in the movies. Full schedule is right here.
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