From independent to art films, and from popular movies to classics, Southlanders have no shortage of entertainment opportunities. Festivals, theaters and music combine with seminars as the summer opens up a new season of movie going. With the spring turning warm, it’s time to get out and about to experience Hollywood’s magic.
LA Air: Madison Brookshire
Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
May 30 at 8 p.m.
The non-profit Echo Park Film Center’s artist in residence, Madison Brookshire, will be creating a new “hand-maid” art film over a four-week period. The audience will be exposed to his film as art. Brookshire takes lengths of 16mm film, soaks them in acetate and paint and then allows evaporation to create fluid images. In addition, he will be presenting several other works of his that explore a personal relationship with music and rhythm. The center has weekly film events through the summer. The Brookshire films present a profoundly unique take on what art is all about.
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
In an open and social environment, popular film, music and food truck cuisine combine as Street Food Cinema presents “Pitch Perfect.” The recent musical comedy tells the story of a stale all-women’s university singing team and their turn to success. Beca, the central character, joins the Bellas and immediately comes into conflict with team leader Aubrey. The team competes with the university’s men’s team and moves on to the regionals with new and stunning music. For viewers, it’s an evening of less-than-serious drama and high-energy music.
Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA 90035
June 13 through 23
The Los Angeles Film Festival is an unparalleled dive into modern film. Held at multiple locations, it’s a 10-day full dose celebration of film entertainment with live music and seminars. With leading-edge film artists in attendance, the many films shown demonstrate the latest movie-making trends. Most screenings will be at the Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14, events center at the County Museum of Art and other venues. The festival climaxes with an award ceremony in categories like best film, best new artist, best short film and more. For tickets, check out the festival’s website.
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700 Exposition Park Drive 90037
Los Angeles, CA 90037
In a similar program format, complete with food truck cuisine, moviegoers revisit the classic 1975 film, “Jaws.” Steven Spielberg set a new benchmark for suspense and horror in this production. By creating a credible scenario, and adding in pseudoscience, you lose any sense of disbelief and live the drama. As the small island town faces the great white shark, an old fisherman, scientist and the police chief join forces and, only after a series of failures, succeed.
The TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
There is no better movie event for the summer of 2013 than a visit to the iconic Chinese Theatre. Showing popular films since 1926, this first-of-its-kind theater has entertained tourists and locals alike for generations. Part of the history of Hollywood film, and located on the Walk of Fame, the theater has been modernized and continues a tradition of over-the-top architecture. The front plaza has the well-known cement blocks with the signatures, hands and footprints of Hollywood’s greatest actors of all time and to the present.
Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on Examiner.com.