Silent Hitchcock, Sean Connery and a Coachella Valley Film Fest: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List
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Friday, June 14
The Coachella music festival may be over, but the Coachella Valley is keeping the party going with AMFM (Art Music Film and More) through June 16 in Cathedral City. More than 50 films will screen at the UltraStar Mary Pickford Stadium 14, including Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, marking its 20th anniversary. But on Friday at 1 p.m., check out Living on a Dollar a Day, which documents four college students as they try to live in Guatemala on $1 a day for eight weeks, in order to gain a better understanding of extreme poverty. (The project parallels the recent "Live Below the Line" movement, with celebrities like Tom Hiddleston and Ben Affleck going five days at $1.50 a day.) AMFM also will honor Viggo Mortensen with the Dennis Lee Hopper Award to commemorate his work as an artist, actor and writer.
Saturday, June 15
Four years ago, filmmakers Sam Mestman, Joe Leonard and Tara Samuel came together to create We Make Movies, a film collective for indie filmmakers -- directors, actors, writers, producers -- that hosts workshops meant to help nurture collaboration and talent. Starting Saturday is their first mini-festival, part of the Hollywood Fringe, where they will be premiering shorts and the feature Way Down in Chinatown, a noir about a married couple preoccupied with putting on the perfect play even as the world is ending. Way Down screens at midnight at Theatre Asylum (and again on June 29).
Sunday, June 16
What better way to show dad you care than to take him to a double feature starring Sean Connery -- the epitome of the manly man. First up is Goldfinger, with Connery as the most debonair of action heroes, James Bond -- plus the infamous Pussy Galore. Then it's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which another notable hunk, Harrison Ford as Indy, searches for his father (Connery). It all starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre.
Tuesday, June 18
The city of Los Angeles honors the work of Alfred Hitchcock and the recent British Film Institute restorations of the Hitchcock 9 (his surviving first nine films) starting this month, including tonight's double feature of two versions of Blackmail at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The silent version -- created by Hitchcock for cinemas not equipped to show sound at the time -- will have live accompaniment. It will be followed by the sound version.
The celebration continues with Dial M for Murder on June 19 in 3-D, also at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. On Thursday, June 20, the L.A. Film Fest will screen Vertigo outdoors (with a standby line). Cinefamily also will be showing Hitchcock films throughout the month. And the Hitchcock 9 series will be shown at *More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage
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