Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Funny Faces, Cats and Schizophrenic Beatniks

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Valentine’s Day is fast upon us, and The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., is giving us the gift of romantic comedies starring Audrey Hepburn all month long! Tonight at 7:00 p.m. you catch the delectable Ms. Hepburn along with Fred Astaire in the 1957 film version of George Gershwin’s musical Funny Face. Tickets are regular admission. Stay tuned for next week’s entry in the Loft’s Our Fair Audrey: The Films of Audrey Hepburn series.

Starting on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Loft is a new multi-month film series called The Human Rights Film Festival. The festival starts with a discussion on documentary films titled Talking Docs: An Introduction to Documentary Film Theory. At 11:00 a.m., Loft film programmer Jeff Yanc will hold court and discuss the art of watching and critiquing documentaries. On Tuesday, Feb. 11. at 7:00 p.m. the Loft will present a screening of deepsouth at Casa Libre, 228 N. 4th Ave. Deepsouth is a 72-minute doc on HIV and poverty in the Southern region. All festival films are free admission.

Also on Saturday, Feb. 8 is the triumphant return of The Internet Cat Video Festival. I love cats and all, but jeez people, you must really like watching videos of cats to warrant a second screening. The festival starts at 7:00 p.m., but you can come early and say hello to your little feline friends at 5:00 p.m. when the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter brings cats available for adoption.

On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Loft will screen David Gordon Green’s debut film George Washington as party of their Essential Cinema series. I remember watching this when it first came out, and I was absolutely floored. I thought Green was the second coming of pastoral filmmaker Terence Malick. Since George Washington, Green’s gone on to direct All The Real Girls, Pineapple Express and Your Highness, plus that goofy Maserati commercial last Sunday during the Super Bowl. Ok, maybe he’s not the second coming of Malick, but George Washington is damn near perfect. It plays at 11:00 a.m. and there’s a second screening on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. Both screenings are free admission with a $5 suggested donation. For more information, you can go loftcinema.com or call 795-0844.

Exploded View, 197 E Toole Ave., is playing the 1969 experimental film Me and My Brother, starring Peter Orlovoky (a protege of beat poet and hippie guru Alan Ginsberg), a young Christopher Walken and featuring writer/actor Sam Shepard in his debut performance. You can catch all the gritty NYC glory at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

Also at Exploded View this week is the fascinating documentary Searching For Wrong Eyed Jesus. It’s the start of a four-week series called Extreme Southern Culture, curated by Tucson Weekly contributor Carl Hanni. If you want a dose of Southern Gothic, look no further than this doc. Hitch a ride with musician Jim White as he travels through the swamps and lost highways of long-forgotten patches of the American South. There’s some amazing musical performances from The Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, 16 Horsepower’s David Eugene Roberts, and a cameo by one of my favorite authors, Harry Crews. The film starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit explodedviewgallery.org.

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