Friday, May 17
In 1995, audiences met Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) in Before Sunrise, the story of a chance meeting on a train that turns into a night of conversation and roaming around Vienna. With only a short time together until Jesse's flight back to the States in the morning, Jesse and Céline fall in love quickly and promise to meet at the train station in six months. Their relationship continues in Before Sunset, which takes place nine years later, in Paris. Jesse, now doing a book tour for the best-selling novel he'd written based on his time in Vienna, spies Céline at the bookstore. Once again, the two have until Jesse's flight to talk, catching one another up on their lives and discovering their mutual dissatisfaction with their current relationships.
Watch from the beginning with this special double feature at LACMA's Bing Theater starting at 7:30 p.m., to prepare for the May 24 premiere of Before Midnight. LACMA members can attend a free advance screening of Before Midnight on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., featuring a conversation with director Richard Linklater plus stars Hawke and Delpy.
Meanwhile, in Boyle Heights, the 10th annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival (May 17-19) returns in a showcase of U.S. Latinos in art and film at CASA 0101. After a free art exhibit at 5 p.m. featuring Juan Solis' work, the film program at 8:30 includes the Los Angeles premiere of Latinos Beyond Reel, a documentary by Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun, which aims to explore and counter the negative portrayals of Latinos in film and media by interviewing key members of the Latino community, from educators to filmmakers.
Saturday, May 18
UCLA brings back one of its alums in "An Evening With Quentin Lee" at the Billy Wilder Theater at 7:30 p.m., part of its Outfest/UCLA Legacy Project Screening Series. Lee and actors Barney Cheng (Flow) and Jonathon Roessler (Drift) will be in attendance for screenings of two of the filmmaker's earliest features. Flow, filmed while Lee was still at UCLA, is a collection of short films made by a fictional gay, Asian filmmaker with themes ranging from vampires to a college student discovering his sexual identity. In Drift, three possible scenarios play out when wannabe screenwriter Ryan starts questioning his relationship with his boyfriend of three years after meeting a younger Leo.
The DeLorean returns for a Back to the Future triple feature, teaching us all the repercussions of time travel. Marty McFly and Doc spend three films writing, rewriting and fixing the past, present and future. See an imagined 2015 that probably won't come to pass (unless someone invents a nuclear fusion-powered hover car pretty soon) at the Egyptian starting at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 23
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Proving that anyone -- even 4-year-olds -- can make films, it's PXL This 22, the 22nd annual film festival featuring movies made with the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 toy camera. L.A.'s second oldest film festival, lauded as "the ultimate people's video" by film critic J. Hoberman, covers a variety of genres. Join director Gerry Fialka for the event and a discussion at the Echo Park Film Center at 8 p.m.