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Silverlake launches film fest

'Gold' to open community event, 'Tempstress' to close

In an effort to showcase its diverse and creative community as well as its history, denizens of Silverlake have established the Silver Lake Film Festival, to run Sept. 14-17.

Organizers take particular pride in the fact that Silverlake was initially the home for the studios of Mack Sennett, D.W. Griffith and Walt Disney. Community luminaries included Gloria Swanson, Laurel and Hardy, Antonio Moreno, Anais Nin, Edward Weston and Tina Modotti.

Opening night film, to be screened at the Vista Theater in Silverlake, is Lucas Reiner’s “The Gold Cup,” mostly shot at the Onyx coffee house. Kenneth Anger’s “Don’t Smoke That Cigarette” will accompany the screening followed by an opening night gala.

Fest will close with the silent classic “The Temptress,” starring Antonio Moreno and Greta Garbo. Screening will be held at the Paramour — the Canfield-Moreno estate.

Among an eclectic array of pics to screen at the fest are Roger Corman’s

“Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” featuring Mary Woronov (who, prior to the screening, will put her hand prints in cement in front of the Vista); “The Agony of Love,” a 1960s sexploitation pic; Charles Burnett’s “Annihilation of Fish,” starring James Earl Jones, Lynn Redgrave and Margot Kidder, making its Los Angeles premiere; and Mark Wannamaker’s docu “History of Cinema in Silverlake.”

Fest also includes a special program centering on Chicano politics, an Anger retrospective, two original L.A. Beat generation films and docus including “Agitprop at the Democratic Convention,” a menage of footage from the recent political confab.

Woronov and Anger will present Spirit of Silverlake Awards at the fest’s closing night ceremonies.

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