Film Events Next 7 Days in San Antonio

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Looking for Langston

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11

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Although his resume includes writing and directing credits for the award-winning coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) and the blaxploitation documentary BaadAsssss Cinema (2002), British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien is arguably better known for conceptual films presented on multiple screens simultaneously. Seemingly dissected and left for viewers to reassemble with their own eyes, these immersive projects have involved journeys to remote ice caves in Iceland, juxtapositions of Arctic and African landscapes, travels through China and curious collaborations with the likes of Tilda Swinton and James Franco. A co-founder of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective (an organization “dedicated to developing an independent black film culture in the areas of production, exhibition and audience”), Julien made one of his earliest waves with Looking for Langston — a 1989 film billed as “a lyrical exploration — and recreation — of the private world of poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and his fellow black artists and writers who formed the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s.” In essence a non-linear homage that presents Hughes as a metaphor for the black gay experience, the film has earned cult status and is taught extensively in universities as part of African-American and queer studies programs. Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017, Julien was a favorite of late local artist and philanthropist Linda Pace, who acquired more than 50 of his works during her lifetime. In celebration of Looking for Langston’s 30th anniversary, the Linda Pace Foundation’s gallery Studio at Ruby City showcases the 45-minute film as the anchor of a new exhibition of two recently acquired photographs Julien shot during production — Film-Noir Angels and Masquerade No. 3.

Outdoor Film Series: Karate Kid

Thu., June 20, 7-10 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza 3100 Roosevelt, San Antonio San Antonio

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The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office will host the annual Outdoor Movie Series at Mission Marquee Plaza. Guests will be able to enjoy a screening of 'Karate Kid' along with themed activities, food trucks, vendors, entertainment and more. With plenty of lawn space, visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy during the movie. (210) 554-1000

007 Summer Movie Series

Fri., June 21, 8-11 p.m.
Dellview Park 507 Basswood, San Antonio San Antonio

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Dellview Area Neighborhood Association and Grande Communications presents 007 summer movie series at Dellview Park. (210) 245 7331

Mr. Anderson’s Possessed Car

Sun., June 23, 7 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star 108 Blue Star, San Antonio Southtown


Self-taught indie director Maria Galindo jumped feet-first into filmmaking with her first feature, Life’s a Bitch (released as A Slice of Life in Barcelona on Amazon Prime). Galindo has brought things back to Good Ol’ San Anto for her second full-length film, veering into the horror genre while she’s at it. In Mr. Anderson’s Possessed Car, our eponymous protagonist nabs himself a 1992 Honda Accord for a song. The problem is, the car is a lemon — there are literally demons in the engine! A slave to his pride, Mr. Anderson refuses to simply get rid of the car, insisting on recouping his costs by selling it to some other poor soul, and, predictably, chaos ensues. The horror comedy will be preceded by a screening of Galindo’s 2017 short, “The Witch Hour.”

Star Wars at Hemisfair

Tue., June 25, 7:30 p.m. and Tue., July 2, 7:30 p.m.
Yanaguana Garden 434 S. Alamo St., San Antonio Southtown


Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and head down to Hemisfair Park to catch three free screenings of the Star Wars original trilogy in the Yanaguana Garden: A New Hope on June 18, The Empire Strikes Back on June 25, and The Return of the Jedi on July 2. Galactic activities kick off at 7:30pm featuring pre-movie entertainment by local musicians, strolling characters in costume by Teacups and Tiaras and stargazing in an inflatable planetarium. The movies will begin at dusk around 8:30pm.

TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Oscar Shorts

Tue., June 25, 7:30 p.m.
Santikos Bijou 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$15


How many times have you sat there watching the Academy Awards broadcast on television, and when the Short Film categories come up, you're left scratching your head, either trying to guess which one will win based on its title alone, or wishing you could actually see some of these films, somewhere? Well, tonight is your night, as TPR Cinema Tuesdays brings back the popular Academy Award Shorts program. This year, all ten of the nominated short films are included on the program, including the animated winner, "Bao," and the live action winner, "Skin." Come and enjoy films from Canada, Ireland, the United States and Spain, all in one night! Total running time of the program: approximately 2 hours, 46 minutes. (210) 734-4552

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday

Wed., June 26, 8-9:30 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Park North 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$12.25

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Get ready, San Antonio—now’s your chance to watch some amazing cephalopods on the silver screen! The short science film documentaries will be followed by a conversation with aquarist Jamie Shank from the San Antonio Aquarium and oceanographer Dr. Alberto Mestas-Nuñez from University of Texas, San Antonio as they explore the mysterious world of the deep through film, conversation and lots of arms and tentacles. (210) 677-8500

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