Friday, Aug. 2
Head to downtown Long Beach for the inaugural Wilmore 9 festival, with a lineup of films and music, taking over different venues around North Pine Street over the course of three days. Films opening on Friday include The Game Don't Change, a documentary about the choice many Long Beach teens have to make, between staying in school or joining a gang, at 6 p.m. at Polytechnic High School. You can buy a VIP pass for $70 that includes entrance to the VIP party. All proceeds from these passes will go to Music Saves Lives, a nonprofit foundation. On top of the movies and music, there will be artists, a beer garden and a custom skate park.
It's not related to the festival, but feel free to stay down south for the 11 p.m. world premiere of This Is Long Beach at the Art Theater. If you're a fan of custom cars and hot rods from the 1940s to now, this is the documentary for you. Brian Darwas, the director, will be in atten-dance.
Our critic Aaron Hillis calls Computer Chess "so far the funniest, headiest, most playfully eccentric American indie of the year" -- see his review and our interview with director Andrew Bujalski in this section. This Friday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Nuart, Bujalski will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Afterward, grab free drinks at Karaoke Bleu at a party hosted by the film's team. We have it on good authority that Bujalski has some pipes on him, so it promises to be a great time.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Revisit history's most influential martial arts actor in one of his most memorable films on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the San Bernardino Art and Film Lab at Perris Hill Park. Fist of Fury was Bruce Lee's second starring role, and it catalyzed the golden era of kung fu cinema in the 1970s. In it, Chen Zhen (Lee) avenges his kung fu master's death and kicks some serious ass.
Thursday, Aug. 8
The four-day Next Weekend film festival from the Sundance Institute comes to Sundance Sunset Cinemas and other area theaters. Check out our feature on the fest in this section.
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