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Stan Brakhage, Bruce Springsteen and Getting Your Film Into Festivals: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List

Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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Friday, July 19

We're loving Michael Cera right now. (Check out our review of his latest film, Crystal Fairy.) But if you want to take a short walk down memory lane, the New Beverly Cinema is screening Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at midnight, featuring Cera as the bass guitarist for Sex Bob-omb who falls for Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Before he can win the heart of the fair Ramona, he has to defeat her string of ex-boyfriends (and one ex-girlfriend).

Saturday, July 20

Considered to be one of the most influential experimental filmmakers, Stan Brakhage (1933-2003) made more than 350 films. In 1971, he made three films inspired by Pittsburgh. With Stan Brakhage: The Pittsburgh Documents, UCLA hosts the world premiere of the newly restored trilogy: Eyes (showing footage from Brakhage's ride-along with Pittsburgh's police force), Deus Ex (where the filmmaker confronts his fear of hospitals) and The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes (an examination of our mortality through an autopsy). Werner Herzog is scheduled to attend. This special event will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater.

Monday, July 22

They call him "The Boss." Coming to a theater near you, from Fathom Events, is Springsteen and I, a film that incorporates concert footage recorded by fans in addition to behind-the-scenes moments of fans meeting their rock & roll hero. Viewers also will get to see never-before-released performance segments from his London Hard Rock Calling Wrecking Ball tour. Starts at 7:30 p.m.; see fathomevents.com for more info.

Thursday, July 25

So, you came to Los Angeles to be a filmmaker... Well, chances are, you're going to want to submit to a film festival. But how does one get a film into the coveted lineup of Sundance? Start by attending Navigating the Film Festival World at 7:30 p.m., in the Egyptian Theatre's Spielberg auditorium, to find out. See what other important film festivals are out there, how to get the best release of your film and other helpful tips from Thomas Ethan Harris, former director of programming at the Los Angeles Film Festival. General tickets are $20, $15 for students.

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