Friday, March 22
Help celebrate two (non-mutually exclusive) minority groups by attending the 10th Annual Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, which starts its two-day run on Friday. The fest will open at 7 p.m. at REDCAT with the documentary Homeboy (not to be confused with last years Homeboy Industries doc, G-Dog) which features candid interviews with former Latino gang members who are gay. After that, at 9 p.m., is an advanced screening of Welsh-Egyptian filmmaker Sally El Hosaini's debut, My Brother the Devil, about two British Arab brothers: While older brother Rashid wants out of gang life, his younger brother Mo wants in. Also playing on the opening night is the 1980 high school musical Fame, at 7:30 p.m. across town at the Egyptian.
Saturday, March 23
Down in Long Beach, the Art Theatre is uber-belatedly celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth (Feb. 7, 1812) with an 11:30 a.m. broadcast of the West End stage production of Great Expectations captured on Dickens' birthday this year. As an added bonus, you can see pre-recorded behind-the-scenes footage and red-carpet arrivals from the event. Miss Havisham, Pip and Estella await.
Meanwhile, at midnight at Laemmle's NoHo 7, prepare yourself for a Midget Zombie Takeover — another comedy from Glenn Berggoetz, the filmmaker who previously brought us The Worst Movie Ever! (his words, not ours). The title gives half the plot away: Zombies of smaller statures invade a hot-tub party, craving college co-ed flesh to eat — and to grope. Apparently even zombies chomping away on a bikini-clad girl can't resist a boob grab.
Tuesday, March 26
Why aren't there more African-American Republicans? The political documentary Fear of a Black Republican seeks to answer just that question — among many others, including the opening question of the film: “You think the Republican party really wants more African Americans?” Screening free at USC's Taper Hall of Humanities, Room 202, at 6:30 p.m., the film will be followed by Q&A with director Kevin J. Williams. The film, which attempts to give a bipartisan look at minorities in the U.S. political system, includes interviews with presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and John McCain, as well as rare archival footage of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, March 28
With a soundtrack featuring the mellifluous tunes of Sir Paul McCartney and Youth, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and others, A Deeper Shade of Blue uses the latest underwater cinematography techniques to bring you a story about the art of surfing and the culture around it. This 7:30 p.m. broadcast will also feature a discussion with the director, Jack McCoy, and world-renowned surfing legends, including the inspiration for Gidget, Kathy Kohner. Check fathomevents.com to find a theatre near you.