New Filmmakers, Breathless, and Some Really Short Shorts: Your Weekly To-Do List
Friday, Feb. 21
Got ADHD? Like AdultSwim? Then Titmouse 5-Second Animation is the perfect event for you. In this annual showcase, the animation studio behind shows like China, IL and The Venture Bros. presents a series of short cartoons crafted by these creative animators in a special one-day free-for-all (See "TOWN STORY TK," PAGE TK). Things kick off at the Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 p.m. with an introduction from Titmouse founder Chris Prynoski.
Friday also marks the premiere of IFC Midnight's Almost Human at the Arena Cinema, with a special opening weekend showcasing director Joe Begos and the cast in attendance, plus fan giveaways. Friday's 9:20 p.m. screening will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Evan Dickson of Bloody Disgusting. Almost Human finds Seth (Graham Skipper) and Jen (Vanessa Leigh) investigating the mysterious return of their friend, who was abducted by aliens two years earlier.
Saturday, Feb. 22
At the AT&T Center is another installment of the NewFilmmakers L.A.'s monthly film festival, with three shorts programs. The first starts at 5:45 p.m., and each includes its own pre-reception, screening block, Q&A with the filmmakers and after-party with a full bar. The first program includes Another Happy Anniversary, starring Hayes MacArthur (Go On, She's Out of My League) as a husband who thinks he and his wife should celebrate their anniversary with a threesome. The second program offers #twitterkills, in which a Twitter hacker begins posting humiliating tweets. Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, 12 Years a Slave) stars as the hacker's Twitter-clueless friend. The last program includes For the Birds, about an Iranian girl nearing her fate of being hanged in the gallows. Tickets are $5 per program online ($7 at the door) at newfilmmakersla.com/tickets.
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Then it's vive la révolution, kind of, as the Aero's French Revolutionary: The Films of Jean-Luc Godard continues with a double feature. In Breathless, Godard's feature debut, we follow Humphrey Bogart wannabe Michel, who hides out at his American girlfriend's apartment after stealing a car and shooting a cop. Next is the once-banned Le Petit Soldat, which had a restored run last April: A French agent must kill the leader of the National Liberation Front of Algeria (FLN) but falls for an FLN supporter. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m.; catch Godard's other films at the Aero through March 3.
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