Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Howe Gelb is Mission Control and Mickey Rooney is a Japanese Landlord Edition

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM

There’s plenty of great offbeat screenings in town this week, including two indy films making a stop at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Both films are directed by up and coming director Geoff Marslett, who’ll be on hand to introduce ‘em, and both premiered last year at SXSW. First up is Mars, an animated film about robotic and manned journeys to the red planet after alien life has been discovered (with Tucson’s own Howe Gelb holding down the fort at mission control!). Mars plays tonight at 8 p.m., and there’s a second screening on Saturday, March 1, also at 8 p.m. Marslett’s second film is the much hyped Loves Her Gun, starring Trieste Kelly Dunn (of Cinemax’s criminally underrated series Banshee) as an NYC refugee in Texas whooping it up with Austin firearm aficionados. This plays on Friday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. Both films are $6. Check out for more info.

The Loft Cinema is wrapping up their February series Our Fair Audrey: The Films of Audrey Hepburn, tonight with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If you’re looking for a quality date night, you can’t go wrong with this one. Based on a novella by Truman Capote, director Blake Edwards and screenwriter George Axelrod created an endearing classic about young socialite Holly Golightly (Hepburn) finding true love in the Big Apple. Have fun trying not to bristle when Mickey Rooney shows up as a Japanese landlord. Ohhhhh boy, times were different. Sail down the “Moon River” tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are general admission.

Speaking of Truman Capote, this week the Loft pays tribute to the recently deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. On Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m., you can catch Hoffman in his award winning performance as the iconic author. Hoffman was a brilliant actor, and it’s hard to pin down his best work (Top 10 lists don’t serve him justice), but there’s no doubt that Capote was the film that cemented Hoffman as a leading man. Before the film, the Loft will serve up a special reel of Hoffman’s many dazzling performances. Tickets are regular admission. For more info, visit the Loft’s website at or call 795-0844.

Downtown’s Exploded View gallery and microcinema has a great showcase of short films on Saturday, March 1. Starting at 7:30 p.m., they’re putting on LA Underground #1: Recent works from Echo Park Film Center. I spent some time In Echo Park a few years back, and the Echo Park Film Center is definitely putting in some good work. It’s a creative hub where the world of music and film collide, and that’s what makes up a good chunk of this program at Exploded View. The films are in a range of formats, from Super 8mm, 8mm, 16mm and video. Admission is $5, and the program runs about 90 minutes. Check out for more info.

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