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Tuesday, February 3

The Plague Dogs


611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA


We advise you to leave the kids (and pets) at home for this one, as this rarely-screened masterpiece of “adult” animation is a disturbingly poignant experience you’ll not soon forget. A fascinating follow-up to 1978’s landmark Watership Down, The Plague Dogs can be bleak, but is totally absorbing in the way that any pulse-pounding, life-or-death human (or anthropomorphized) drama can be. Determined to escape the confines of an evil laboratory, two dogs make a flight for freedom into the rugged hills. When they accidentally break a vial used by plague researchers on their way out, the human world launches the deadliest hunt. Here is a world where animals are not a blank slate for our ideals and morality, but are the direct expression of the animals themselves; Humanity is the bad guy, and the audience is not left off the hook. The film’s starkness is lent a further heaviosity by top-tier British voice talents like John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Judy Geeson and Patrick Stewart. With a beautifully lifelike visual style (Pixar’s Brad Bird was among the film’s animation crew), this rare 35mm presentation will leave you astounded.

Dir. Martin Rosen, 1982, 35mm, 103 min. - See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/special-events-february-2015/#sthash.DOh...

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Wednesday, February 4

Casks & Cracklins: Dominick's Annual Pig Roast

Dominicks Restaurant

8715 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

5:00pm to 11:00pm

West Hollywood’s iconic rat-pack dining destination, Dominick’s, has partnered with Jameson Black Barrel to bring back their annual patio roast with a Casks & Cracklins Pig Roast on Wednesday, February 4th from 5pm – 11pm. Chef Brandon Boudet will once again dazzle patrons with a delicious menu of dishes featuring the Jameson Black Barrel roasted pig, $9 glasses of Dago wine and Jameson Black Barrel Cocktails.

PIG ROAST MENU:                                     

Cracklings $5

Gem Lettuces, Smoked Pistachio, Vanilla Bean & Dried Kishu Mandarin $10

Pig Roast Flatbread with Salsa Verde & Au Jus $13

Corzetti with Pig Roast Sugo $17

Roasted Pig with Fennel Pollen, Garlic, w/ Roasted Yams & Yukon Gold Potatoes $19

Roasted Yams & Yukon Gold Potatoes with Rosemary $8

Banana Cream Pie $9

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Rob Thomas: Veronica Mars (2): An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: Mr. Kiss and Tell

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069


In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune's most murderous locations.  The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town's ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove--or prove--the woman's story. 

The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won't divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim's memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel's surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying--but who? And why? (Vintage)


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An Image / Still Life - As You See: Harun Farocki Film Series


5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Ein Bild (An Image) / Stilleben (Still Life) German with English subtitles Free Admission, RSVP needed Ein Bild (An Image) Four days spent in a studio working on a centerfold photo for Playboy magazine provided the subject matter for my film. The magazine itself deals with culture, cars, a certain lifestyle. Maybe all those trappings are only there to cover up the naked woman. Maybe it’s like with a paper-doll. The naked woman in the middle is a sun around which a system revolves: of culture, of business, of living! (It’s impossible to either look or film into the sun.) One can well imagine that the people creating such a picture, the gravity of which is supposed to hold all that, perform their task with as much care, seriousness, a responsibility as if they were splitting uranium. www.farocki-film.de Stilleben (Still Life) Classic 16th and 17th century still life paintings are edited together with documentary footage from photographic studios of the 1990s; a juxtaposition of paintings and advertising. Images of money, cheese and beer are shown painted down to the last detail and meticulously staged to evoke consumer greed. Farockis film tracks the similarities and differences of two kinds of portrayals, in which goods and things almost appear as fetish objects. Free Admission, RSVP needed Info: +1 323 5253388 [email protected]

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Jan-Christopher Horak discusses and signs Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101


Academy Award winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920-1996) defined an innovative era in cinema. With title sequences such as Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch (1955), he introduced the idea that opening credits could tell a story and set the mood for the movie that followed. Bass's stylistic influence can be seen in popular Hollywood franchises from the Pink Panther to James Bond, as well as in more recent works such as television's Mad Men. The first book to examine the life and work of this fascinating figure, Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design explores the designer's revolutionary career and his lasting impact on the entertainment and advertising industries.

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High Maintenance (sneak preview hosted by Doug Benson)


611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA


“Each episode offers an intimate vantage on someone’s world, projects our fantasy of what happens when that lady with the weird hair and the sad eyes, who we’ve been staring at since she got on the train in midtown, steps off at West Fourth Street and disappears into oblivion.” — Los Angeles Review of Books

Our first idea to title this Cinefamily show was How To Do A Web Series RIGHT: “High Maintenance”, for everything about this juicy collection of episodic shorts has been on-point from the get-go. Vimeo’s first original joint, High Maintenance tracks a weed dealer’s different house calls misadventures amongst an intimate, frequently nutz circle of Big Apple eccentrics. Each crystalline episode drops us into a different, harried, perfectly-realized version of someone we know — but a heightened ideal of that character sketch. Doug Benson’s a fan of the show too; join us for a special taping of his “Doug Loves Movies” podcast with the creators of the show, a sneak peak of High Maintenance’s latest season, and a Q&A session with the creators!

- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/doug-loves-movies/#sthash.ymJP8Nec.dpuf

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I AM ARMENIAN: The Lark Farm (La Masseria delle Allodole)

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024


An Armenian family becomes caught up in the Ottoman Turkish governments annihilation of the Armenian people between 1915 and 1923. This Italian film by brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani is adapted from the best-selling novel by Antonia Arslan. (2010, Dir. P. & V. Taviani, 122 min.) I AM ARMENIAN: A YEAR OF ARMENIAN CULTURE AND HISTORY ON FILM In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we dedicate 2015 to an exploration of multiple facets of Armenian culture, history, and landscape through film. ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM.

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Thursday, February 5

The 2015 Pan African Film Festival

Rave Cinemas 15 Baldwin Hills

4020 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, 90008

8:00am to 10:00pm

(FEB. 5-16) Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(b) corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent. PAFF is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

The Festival showcases over one hundred fifty (150) quality new films and over one hundred (100) fine artists and unique craft persons from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent. The Festival also features special red carpet screenings and receptions, as well as a variety of other special events, including panels & workshops headed by industry professionals on various topics surrounding acting, directing and other film industry related topics.

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