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Monday through Thursday, May 14, the Art screens Eleven Minutes, which followed Jay McCarroll for the year after he was labeled “the next great American designer” in winning season one of Project Runway. Michael Selditch and Robert Tate’s documentary was well-received at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Q Film Festival at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 428-5435; and the Center Long Beach, 2017 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 434-4455. Fri.-Thurs., May 14. Visit centerlb.org, arttheatrelongbeach.com and mondocelluloid.com for show dates and times. Individual screening ticket prices vary, but they are $5 for students and those older than 60 with valid IDs. Parties and workshops are not included. Weekend passes, which do include admission to parties, are $80-$110. Admission to the Mondo Celluloid screenings is free to weekend-pass holders.
An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong
“Industry Insider” Martha Coolidge closes out the Spring Semester series with a screening of a film she directed and was released earlier this year. It’s the story of a fourth grader and her friends dealing with bullies at school. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Thurs., May 14, 7 p.m. Free.
Animated films are shown in the main room. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6334; fullertonlibrary.org. Fri., 3:30 p.m. Free.
One can debate whether David Fincher’s 1999 swing at the Chuck Palahniuk novel has attained the classic status that affords its inclusion on Regency’s Classic Movie Night list. But there is no denying the Brad Pitt-Edward Norton pic is now deeply woven into popular culture, simply by the number of variations on “The first rule of ‘X’ is you don’t talk about ‘X’” that are out there. South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $7.
Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof
The Quentin Tarantino-directed portion of the 2007 exploitation double-bill with colleague Robert Rodriguez concerns some shapely lasses terrorized on backcountry highways by a sociopathic stuntman (Kurt Russell). A hair-raising, 18-minute automotive duel that features one girl strapped to the hood of a thundering Dodge Challenger “earns a place of honor among the great movie car chases,” according to Scott Foundas at our sister paper LA Weekly. This screening allows you to meet that girl, stuntwoman Zoë Bell, who also doubled for Uma Thurman in Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 and Lucy Lawless in TV’s Xena: Warrior Princess. UCI’s Film and Video Center is scheduled to follow up with Rodriguez’s Grindhouse Presents: Planet Terror on 35mm at the same time, same place on May 21. UC Irvine, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc/. Thurs., May 14, 7 p.m. $3.
The Long, Long Trailer
Newleyweds Nicky (Desi Arnaz) and Tracy (Lucille Ball) spend their honeymoon on the road towing a long, long trailer in what feels like a long, long movie. Cinema Fusion at Anaheim’s GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 399-0300; www.cinemafusionanaheim.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $7.50.
My Life As a Dog
Spring semester “Industry Insider” Martha Coolidge presents Lasse Hallström’s 1985 Swedish film about a little boy named Ingemar, who lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother and frets about Laika, the Russian dog sent into space. Ingemar gets sent away for the summer to stay with relations and meet various strange characters who will forever change his life. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Thurs., May 7, 7 p.m. Free.
The “Bowerscon” anime day includes a screening of this classic anime about young Ashitaka finding herself caught between inhabitants of the supernatural world that exists in the forest and humans in the real world who are destroying it. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Sat., 11 a.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
Scholars and modern samurais bring the elite warrior class to life in this 50-minute documentary. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Fri., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
Secrets of the Samurai Sword
This doc shares the secrets of the samurai’s most-cherished weapon. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Sun., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
Senior Thesis Screenings
Projects from the graduating class are screened for the whole world to see. Up this week are Rylan Kendall (Seven Minutes), Andrew McIntyre (Eternity), Brian Garson (Deception), Derick Alexander (Last Days of Toussaint L’Ouverture), Cameron Clark (Passing On) and Joshua Kun (Megan’s Documentary). A brief reception follows the screenings. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Sat., 7 p.m. Free.
The Great Migration is captured in this 40-minute doc. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Wed., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
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