This week the cinephile community is focused on AFI Fest, but here are some other special event films we recommend:
Friday, Nov. 2
Women have made giant leaps in history, but every so often someone tries to put them in a binder. Oprah-approved doc Miss Representation explores the correlation between women's portrayal in the media and their underrepresentation in powerful positions in America. It features interviews with trailblazers from Margaret Cho and Rachel Maddow to Nancy Pelosi and Condoleezza Rice. See it free at 7 p.m. at USC's Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Consumption! Death! Ruin! The plot of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens reads like a Bravo reality TV show. National Theatre Live presents a modern telling of the tale starring Simon Russell Beale as the titular wealthy man, flame to sycophantic and freeloading moths. The Downtown Independent will broadcast the event — filmed live at London's National Theatre — today at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Stanley Kubrick's impressive body of work ranges from the savage (A Clockwork Orange) and creepy (The Shining) to the just plain innovative (2001: A Space Odyssey). An Academy Salute to Stanley Kubrick at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, a showcase of film clips and a tribute to the filmmaker, launches LACMA's Kubrick film series “2012: A Kubrick Odyssey” and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' “Stanley Kubrick: The Ultimate Trip” exhibition, both tied to LACMA's huge new Kubrick exhibit.
ArcLight Docufest, running through Nov. 8 at the Hollywood venue, includes The Entertainers, a humorous doc about contestants in the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest; Shelter Island, about “outsider” artist Harald Olson; and The Bitter Buddha, about comic Eddie Pepitone.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Tired of the same old sitcom reruns? Head to the Egyptian Theatre for a selection of the eeriest episodes of long-running series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The lineup includes “Maria” (about a man whose pet chimp is not what it seems) and “The Jar” (based on Ray Bradbury story's about a jar of mysterious … stuff). Veteran producer-director-actor Norman Lloyd, who turns 98 today, is scheduled to do a Q&A.
After Tuesday's freedom exercising, become an even better citizen of the world by seeing documentary The People's Crisis at Echo Park Film Center, presented by Liberty in North Korea. It sheds some light on that country's human rights issues.