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THE DANCES OF ED MOCK

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“Ed Mock is the missing choreographic link between Alvin Ailey, Anna Halprin, and Bill T. Jones. He is my direct predecessor, creatively. We—artists, black queers, Bay Area dancers, gay men—have to extract our collective past and create the historical record.”* — Brontez Purnell Dirty Looks On Location premieres the debut feature film by artist, choreographer, punk […]

ISABELLE HUPPERT AND MRS. HYDE

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Isabelle Huppert plays a double role in Serge Bozon’s “rich, strange comic thriller, a very free reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson set in the Paris suburbs, with Huppert as a physics professor bullied by students and colleagues. Her routine of professional degradation is interrupted when, after being struck by lightning, she acquires a powerful second […]

EL MAR LA MAR AT DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT

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Acropolis presents EL MAR LA MAR, a documentary mood-piece written, designed, produced, directed, photographed, and edited by Joshua Bonnetta and J. P. Sniadecki. “An immersive and enthralling journey through the Sonoran Desert on the U.S.-Mexico border, EL MAR LA MAR weaves together harrowing oral histories of intense, mythic experiences in the desert with hand-processed 16mm images […]

LATIN BOYS GO TO HELL

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Justin (Irwin Ossa) is crushing on his cousin Angel (John Bryant). They hit the club and “collide with the murderous jealously orbiting around model Carlos (Mike Ruiz).”* Dirty Looks and Bienestar present LATIN BOYS GO TO HELL, Ela Troyano’s New Queer Cinema hit from 1997. Also on the bill is episode 5 of Ricardo Gamboa’s BRUJOS. Both […]

BONELLO’S NOCTURAMA

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Call it daring, call it facile, call it the Cinema of Unease, Bertrand Bonello’s new film NOCTURAMA gets an encore screening tonight at the Downtown Independent. “The new Bonello is a terrorism thriller like no other, recalling Bresson’s Le Diable probablement as much as it does Dawn of the Dead. We follow a group of tense, shifty […]

LOCARNO IN LOS ANGELES 2017

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Curated by Acropolis Cinema founder Jordan Cronk and co-artistic director Robert Koehler, the inaugural edition of the LOCARNO IN LOS ANGELES film festival will run from April 21–23 at the Downtown Independent cinema. Ten features—all local premieres—from nine countries will bring the best of the 69th Locarno Festival to Los Angeles. Organized with the Swiss Consulate General […]