Friday, June 7
The seventh annual Greek Film Festival at the Writers Guild Theater runs through June 9. Friday's lineup includes the U.S. premiere of They Glow in the Dark at 3 p.m. This documentary finds two gay ex-lovers reconnecting after 20 years to move in together in post-Katrina New Orleans -- though both are broke and HIV-positive.
Meanwhile, at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater at 7:30 p.m., Kirk Douglas will honor Burt Lancaster, his frequent costar, at a double feature of their first two collaborations together: Gunfight at the OK Corral and I Walk Alone. Gunfight tells the story of famous lawman Wyatt Earp and his alcoholic dentist friend, Doc Holliday, while I Walk Alone pits the stars against one another in a tale of an ex-convict seeking revenge on his former partner. It's part of Burt Lancaster: A Centennial Celebration, running through June 30.
Saturday, June 8
There's nothing like experiencing silent movies from the 1920s as they were meant to be experienced -- with a live orchestral score. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will provide musical accompaniment at the 24th annual Silent Film Gala starting at 7 p.m. at UCLA's Royce Hall. Watch the first film adaptation of the Hatfield-McCoy feud (predating the recent Kevin Costner miniseries by 90 years) in Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality, plus the rediscovered Disney cartoon with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (see story in this section). Tickets are $35 for general seating, $80 for priority seating and $350 for the gala (including a supper party on the Ahmanson Terrace after the screening).
Tuesday, June 11
The fourth annual New Media Film Festival takes place over two days at the Landmark, and it's only fitting that it opens with a night dedicated to 3-D. Starting at 9:30 p.m. is a block of shorts that includes a documentary on the process itself, Digital Darkroom: The Art of 3-D. The festival honors apps, music videos, digital comics and more, as well as hosting panels with experts from the industry.
Wednesday, June 12
Taking over Los Angeles through June 23 is the 19th Los Angeles Film Festival. Featuring independent (and some non-independent) films, the fest unofficially kicks off with a pre-festival screening of highly anticipated summer blockbuster Man of Steel on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at downtown's Regal Cinemas. Admission is not guaranteed, but you can chance it by lining up one hour prior.
Other big movies included in the fest are advance screenings of Only God Forgives (Ryan Gosling's second team-up with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn) and The Way, Way Back starring Steve Carell. Check out our LAFF preview in these pages next week.
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Individual screenings are $5 for shorts and $13 for features, or you can buy festival passes, ranging from $80 for the college package to $2,500 for the all-access pass. That hefty price tag includes two tickets to all the hot parties and gala screenings, admission to the Grammy Museum and extra tickets for your buddies to the filmmaker lounge.