Friday, April 26
From Japanese director Shunji Iwai comes Vampire, a film about a teacher (Kevin Zegers -- a long way from his Air Bud days) who seduces his suicidal female students prior to draining them of their blood. Iwai will be at the Aero is showcasing a more innocent repertoire with the inaugural Los Angeles Children's Film Festival. Spanning two weekends, it kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with the L.A. premiere of A Letter to Momo, a Japanese animated movie about an 11-year-old who discovers three goblins in her new home.
Saturday, April 27
Set in Echo Park, The Crumbles follows the highs and lows of an indie rock band that's trying to make it. With an original soundtrack by Quetzal (winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album), the film's multiracial, two-women/one-man fictional band actually perform the songs themselves. The Crumbles will have a one-week run at the Laemmle Playhouse 7. But Quetzal will perform Sunday at a public reception at Zona Rosa Café after the film's 7:30 p.m. screening.
Are you a fan of cycling? So is Pee-wee Herman. Launching a movie series at the Riverside Service Station is Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Tim Burton's film about Herman tracking down his stolen bike, screening at 7:30 p.m. But wait, there's more: A bike ride along the L.A. River leading to the Service Station -- an intriguing event space that combines a 1960s gas station with shipping containers -- begins at 5:30 p.m. There will also be pop-up shops, music, art and food trucks on-site.
Sunday, April 28
At noon, the Saban Theatre hosts a gathering of Holocaust survivors as part of the 27th Israel Film Festival, now running through May 2. The event includes a screening of documentary Numbered, which pays homage to those who survived Auschwitz.
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Then at 4 p.m., National Theatre Live broadcasts a filmed version of the London production of People, a new comedy by Alan Bennett, at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. People stars Frances de la Tour as a now-impoverished, formerly successful fashion model who resists giving up her home to the National Trust, an organization that preserves historic treasures.
Thursday, May 2
Coinciding with Asian Pacific Heritage Month is the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Kicking off the 10-day fest is Linsanity, a documentary from Evan Jackson Leong about Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin. Leong traces Lin's path from childhood in Palo Alto through his basketball-playing days at Harvard and his joining the NBA, highlighting the racism he faced along the way. Linsanity will screen in Theater One at the Directors Guild of America at 7 p.m. with a ticket price of $100 (including the VIP reception in the atrium at 5:30 p.m.), or skip the screening and go straight to the party afterwards at 9:30 p.m. for $20.