Reel Recovery, South East European, children’s film fests this weekend

“Flight,” starring Denzel Washington, and “Half-Nelson” with Ryan Gosling are among the films featured in the Reel Recovery Film Festival-Skid Row Edition, which takes place Friday through Sunday at the Inner City Arts Theater in Los Angeles.

The festival will feature three days of recovery-themed performances, film, discussions and fellowships. Three films will be screened each day. Every evening there will also be a performance of the play “The Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere,” which is written and performed by members of a theater group who live and work on skid row.

The South East European Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening at the WGA Theatre with the Romanian comedy “Of Snails and Men.” The festival continues through Monday and will feature films from 15 countries from the region, including the Croatian drama “Halima’s Path” and the Bosnian documentary “The Living Monument.”

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There’s also plenty of kid-friendly programming this weekend. The Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival enters its second weekend at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre. Among the highlights of the festival, which continues through Sunday, is a special appearance by actress and children’s author Jamie Lee Curtis on Friday at the screening of “From Up on Poppy Hill.”

REDCAT is hosting the International Children’s Film Festival, which begins Saturday and continues weekends through May 19. Among the opening programs are three shorts programs including such films as “Harbor Tale” from Japan and “Pishto Goes Away” from Russia.

The 2013 “Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie” visits the New Beverly on Sunday night. Following the screening will be an in-person podcast with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.


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