Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa @ LMU Campus – 7:30PM, Free, All Ages
Over 20 fiction and nonfiction films will offer students and general audiences a rare look at the wealth of cinematic talent that has emerged from West Africa in the last 50 years. Long a Francophone section of the African continent, the films generated from directors as varied as the Senegalese artists Ousmane Sembène to the Diop family–director Djibril Diop Mambéty, his composer brother Wasis and Wasis’ daughter, Mati–and Mali’s Souleymane Cissé wrestle with the cultural imperialism of Europe, while observing the traditions that shaped West Africa. Featuring appearances by directors, panels and a series of four free community screenings on the LMU campus and LACMA.
6th Annual Bel-Air Film Festival @ Hammer Museum and UCLA – All Ages
The Bel Air Film Festival (BAFF), was founded in 2008 by Melody Storm. The annual festival is an annual event held throughout Bel-Air and greater Los Angeles which promotes the appreciation and knowledge of film. BAFF strives to recognize top industry leaders, and fosters the development of up-and-coming filmmakers and their craft.
German Currents Film Festival Opening Night: Measuring the World @ Egyptian Theater, Hollywood – 7:30PM, $12, All Ages
American audiences have been treated to an amazing spectrum of German films over the years. The past decade has been no exception. Having won two Oscars® for Best Foreign Language Film and having been nominated six times in the last ten years is proof that German films are a force on the international film scene. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles is delighted that German Currents: Festival of German Film is back for the seventh annual showcase at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
The Black Radical Imagination @ RedCat, Downtown – 8:30PM, $8-10, All Ages
Presented following a recent U.S. tour and an installation in Basel, Switzerland, The Black Radical Imagination is a visually rich collection of shorts—from video art to experimental and narrative films—inspired by a futurist aesthetic that explores issues of identity in our postmodern society. The program features Golden Chain (2013) by Adebukola Bodunrin and Ezra Clayton Daniels; Afronauts (2013) by Cristina De Middel; Mae’s Journal (2013) by Amir George; Quiescence Interrupted… Adumbrate (2013) by Anansi Knowbody; Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012) by CalArts alumnus Akosua Adoma Owusu; Reifying Desire 2 (2012) by Jacolby Satterwhite; and The Changing Same (1998) by Cauleen Smith, whose experimental work was presented at REDCAT last spring. In addition, Pumzi (2009) by Wanuri Kahiu is screened as part of the evening.
Spirit Vine October Residency @ The Satellite, Silverlake – 9PM, Free, 21+
We are celebrating the release of our record ASCENDER under Manimal Vinyl with friends and special guests. Brace yourselves, this month will be quite the spectacle.
School Night @ Bardot, Hollywood – 9PM, 18+ $10, 21+ Free
My favorite place on Monday nights for live music is School Night hosted by KCRW DJ Chris Douridas.