Following its recent renovation, L.A.’s longest running art house is throwing its own inaugural film festival. Kicking off this past Friday, Nuart Fest is running thru Oct. 30 with a mixture of movies old and new that’ll remind anyone who’s seen a flick there just how special the venue is. In particular we are loving the callbacks to the Nuart’s midnight movie history, which for many Angelenos –like this one– were formative. From Penelope Spheeris (the Decline movies) to Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos), appearances are planned and surprises are to come that highlight the past and look forward to the future of the theater.
If it seems like there are more movie festivals than ever, it’s because there are. But especially since the pandemic, attention and appreciation for the in-person cinematic experience is necessary. We hope Nuart Fest becomes an annual affair and that the venue lives on for many decades to come.
Still on the upcoming schedule: David Lynch’s Eraserhead in 35mm (with photo booth ops and a “face fan” giveaway); Albert Brooks 1979’s Real Life in 35 mm with screenwriters Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski; a preview screening of the brand new Weird: The Al Yankovic Story and post screening discussion with director Eric Appel; and The Decline Of Western Civilization Part III (1998) featuring a Q&A with director Spheeris. Of course, there’s also a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening with live shadow show from fan performer group Sins O’ the Flesh (it became a phenom right here) and an early screening of the film (7 p.m.) without performers, too.
11272 Santa Monica Blvd; thru Oct. 30. More info and tickets at landmarktheatres.com/events/2116-nuart-fest-2022.
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