The Sunset 5, the art-house multiplex on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights that was once ground zero for L.A. cinephilia, was at press time scheduled to close after Tuesday night's shows. We'll have a story in the coming weeks on the history and future of the theater, which is currently slated to be reopened under new management sometime next year. In the meantime, look for films that you might ordinarily see at the Sunset 5 to pop up at other Laemmle theaters, including the Playhouse in Pasadena and the Music Hall in Beverly Hills.
Thurs., Dec. 1
Cinefamily's annual Animation Breakdown festival begins tonight with An Evening With Don Hertzfelt. The Oscar-nominated artist will present his entire Bill trilogy, including the L.A. premiere of its final installment, It's Such a Beautiful Day. The fest continues through Tuesday, with programs devoted to Polish animation, the psychedelic clay-animation of Zappa crony Bruce Bickford, a tribute to Brad Neely and a reunion of the cast and crew behind proto-Adult Swim fave Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.
Sat., Dec. 3
Tonight at the Armory, in conjunction with the exhibition "Speaking in Tongues: The Art of Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961-1976," Filmforum presents a program of works birthed out of Berman's mid-'60s, Topanga Canyon crew. The program includes films by Berman, Russ Tamblyn, Toni Basil ("Hey Mickey") and Bruce Conner. Basil, Tamblyn and Berman's son, publisher Tosh Berman, are scheduled to appear, and Filmforum promises "a conversation among the guests and perhaps a performance." The exhibition will be open, too.
Sun., Dec. 4
Starting at 4 p.m., USC's Outside the Box (Office) series presents a double feature of films by Lawrence Levine and Sophia Takal, the Brooklyn-based couple whose directorial efforts belong on anyone's list of must-see, as-yet-undistributed American indie features of the past year. Levine and Takal star in Green (2011), directed by Takal, playing two poles of a rural triangle of sexual tension, jealousy and competition anchored by Kate Lyn Sheil (Silver Bullets). And Gabi on the Roof in July (2010), directed by Levine, captures the day-by-day erosion of a halcyon hangout vibe, as the titular Oberlin sophomore (Takal) overstays her welcome at the Williamsburg pad of her older brother (played by Levine). —Karina Longworth
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