Most of us know a character or two whose eccentricities and offbeat charm make them worthy of documentary. Longtime Laurel Canyon resident Bill Jackson is one of those characters. The man's a multitalented handyman who never met a project he couldn't invent some newfangled tool to accomplish (witness the jerry-rigged pulley system he invented to hoist sod into my backyard). Dude invented a genius system so he can eat dinner while having a whirlpool in his bathtub. He's also among the vanishing breed of true Laurel Canyon hippie, though he prefers the actual term "freak." Neighbor Dyanne Asimov spent seven years following Bill around the canyon for her documentary 's Mountain . If you want to meet a beautiful soul (who may look a tad like an ax murderer), check it out. The filmmaker will answer questions after the screening. In Weingart 117.
Sat., Dec. 6, 6 p.m., 2008